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VOLUME NINE, NUMBER ONE                                     January 7, 2002
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                           TABLE OF CONTENTS

                       Kaige's New Year's Musings

                        NEWS, REPORTS, UPDATES
                           Calendar of Events
                             Recent Updates
                      December Connection Analysis
                           Recent Q&A Topics
                       Did you know: Tips & Tricks

                             LEGENDITES
                           Announcements
                             Clan News
                      Taffy's Gide to Kiling Gnomes 
                        The Fury of a Friend
                            Postscript
                        The Fall From Grace

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                        Kaige's New Year's Musings

Here we sit as the calendar flips once again, closing out one year and
beginning another. It's resolution time, self-evaluation time and for
many, time to beat yourself up over what didn't get done last year.

I was going to sit down and do a comparison of what I said I wanted to
accomplish this past year (in Legend terms) and decided that wouldn't
be as productive as looking at what I wrote and see to keep working on
and improving on those goals.

It's all about baby steps. As long as there is forward momentum and
there is a feeling of accomplishment, we're all better off than we
were before or would have been if nothing had been done.

While I'll never get as much as I want done (I have way too many
interests and too many ideas for that ever to be feasible), I do think
some of the steps that the immortal staff has taken in the past year
have made positive differences in the LegendMUD community.

By getting the logs of the Q&A sessions up on the web in a timely
manner, everyone can see what the current concerns are. By including
the recent update information in the LTs, everyone can see what
changes are taking place. By including a space for an RP board in the
new OOC Coffee Shop, people who are interested in it can connect with
others. By enforcing rules, while not always the most popular job, the
atmosphere is much more enjoyable for all. By fixing what are
nuisances and minor bugs as well as some of the less visible but more
stability threatening memory bugs, the foundations for future code
improvements and expansions are strengthened. By updating existing
areas and featuring each era during the Summer Odyssey, we learn a bit
more about the world we gather in and find some new depths to explore.

There have been plenty more things along similar lines (unfortunately
not enough room to list them all) that have helped keep this place
running smoothly and have helped improve things for everyone who is a
part of LegendMUD.

The Annual Expies are on the horizon and I hope you'll take the time
to help make them a success by participating in the nomination and
final balloting processes as well as by joining us for our Eighth
Anniversary celebrations. The back issues of the LT are a great way to
refresh the events and changes of the past year.

In addition to thinking about the Expies, the question that I am
tossing out to everyone this year, is not what are your resolutions,
but what steps forward are you going to take this coming year?

Wishing us all a happy and prosperous New Year,

-Kaige

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            [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]

                 */* *\*  */* *\* January */* *\*  */* *\*

Thursday,  January   3rd   6:00 pm           Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Wednesday, January   9th   8:00 pm           Trivia! with LadyAce
Thursday,  January  10th   6:00 pm           Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Wednesday, January  16th   8:00 pm           Trivia! with LadyAce
Thursday,  January  17th   6:00 pm           Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Wednesday, January  23rd   8:00 pm           Trivia! with LadyAce
Thursday,  January  24th   6:00 pm           Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Saturday,  January  26th    noon             Imm/Player Mixer
                                                  hosted by Rusalka
Wednesday, January  30th   8:00 pm           Trivia! with LadyAce
Thursday,  January  31st   6:00 pm           Q & A in the OOC Auditorium

                 */* *\*  */* *\* February */* *\*  */* *\*

Thursday, February   7th   6:00 pm           Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Thursday, February  14th   Valentine's Day and LegendMUD's 8th Birthday
Thursday, February  21st   6:00 pm           Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Thursday, February  28th   6:00 pm           Q & A in the OOC Auditorium

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    /\                          RECENT UPDATES
   /  \
  /    \                         CODE UPDATES
 /_    _\
   |  |     Bug Fixes
   |  |       o A bunch of memory problems fixed
   |  |       o @! should no longer display junk to the player when used
   |__|
    /\      Misc Changes
   /  \       o colour is now a synonym for color command
  /    \      o flamestrike now has a different message if cast via an
 /_    _\       object
   |  |       o clan names no longer allow color (they just pull it out)
   |  |       o you can now give cursed/nodrop items to immortals
   |  |       o you now stand before going ooc instead of after
   |__|       o mourn <person> now says "mourn their death" instead of
    /\          mourning their impending death
   /  \       o scuffle self now has a message
  /    \      o ignore self now has a message
 /_    _\     o puke self message changed
   |  |       o 'someone just connected to you' now uses somebody instead
   |  |
   |  |     TYPO FIXES
   |__|       o "they turn to attack You!" fixed.
    /\        o Fighting breaks root and meditate now.
   /  \       o Makes it so you can't fight the dartboard in any way.
  /    \      o objects that no longer exist in the game will no longer
 /_    _\       restring to storage items when they're scrapped
   |  |       o 'whois person' shouldn't work on people IC when you're
   |  |         OOC.
   |  |       o Reconnect and losing link messages should show the
   |__|         description if the player has their descr on
    /\        o Locate person no longer gives the player's description
   /  \         away.
  /    \      o bloodloss no longer checks magic sink
 /_    _\     o roster no longer breaks hide/aim
   |  |       o Help "word. word2" will now work correctly (e.g. Ann. AFK
   |  |         on Info)
   |  |       o If you type "read note" without a note at a board the code
   |__|         no longer thinks that you typed "read next."
    /\        o If you look at an item in the room it will now say "You
   /  \         see nothing special" if there's nothing special about it.
  /    \      o Having balm applied to you no longer gives you a message
 /_    _\       in the third person
   |  |       o trying to put an item into a closed container no longer
   |  |         says "the herbs is closed" but instead uses the short
   |  |       o cower self now has a space before the dash
   |__|       o Recall no longer says "suddely"
    /\        o Typo fixes in incite (opinionated) and (its)
   /  \       o Typo fix in gauntlet social (missing "and" put in)
  /    \      o flamestriking without room to fight no longer missing a
 /_    _\       return
   |  |
   |  |
   |  |                        HELP FILE UPDATES
   |__|
    /\      The following helpfiles were recently added or updated!
   /  \       aliases, greater summoning, purge, sell_house
  /    \
 /_    _\   Thank you to all the players & imms who assisted in this update!
   |  |
   |  |
   |  |                          AREA UPDATES
   |__|
    /\      If you want to suggest specific improvements or new additions
   /  \     to existing areas please don't hesitate to submit them with
  /    \    the idea/bug/typo commands or drop mudmail to the builder
 /_    _\   responsible for the area (check areainfo to find out!)
   |  |
   |  |                       Installed Area Updates
   |  |
   |__|     ABORIGINAL DREAMTIME
    /\          Fixes wear slot spacing problem on the token.
   /  \     AFRICAN SAVANNA
  /    \         New items. Be careful fighting here--various mobs have
 /_    _\        been altered. Fishing & forage options added.
   |  |     THE ALHAMBRA
   |  |          Avalanche will trigger on more things that make noise.
   |  |          Various bugs and typos fixed.
   |__|     ARABIA NIGHTS
    /\           Stops the loops between the camel driver and locals.
   /  \          Various bugs and typos fixed.
  /    \    CASABLANCA
 /_    _\        Sam won't hit people over the head with the piano if
   |  |          they're not in same room. Various bugs and typos fixed.
   |  |     CELTIC IRELAND
   |  |          Herne & his hounds, Lugh, Finarra and Oonagh are a bit
   |__|          smarter about groups attacking them. Also don't expect to
    /\           talk trash and be ignored. Beorc now handles arms
   /  \          training exactly like the weaponeer in Bengal. Various
  /    \         bugs and typos fixed.
 /_    _\   FRENCH & INDIAN WAR
   |  |          New Item. Soldiers better assist generals. Various bugs &
   |  |          typos fixed.
   |  |     HOSPITALLER MALTA
   |__|          Giacomo handles family crests correctly. Fixed a couple
    /\           problems with housing (indoors/outdoors). Aaron's fight
   /  \          acts are working properly again. Some fixes with resets.
  /    \         Various bugs and typos fixed.
 /_    _\   PORT OF LONDON
   |  |          Increases the chance the vampire will spontaneously
   |  |          combust in sunlight. However, he'll drop the stuff he's
   |  |          carrying, not wearing.
   |__|     ROMANIA
    /\           Fixed a misleading response in the vampire quest and Vlad
   /  \          doesn't like people sitting on his throne. Various bugs
  /    \         and typos fixed.
 /_    _\   SEONI JUNGLE
   |  |          A couple syntax problems fixed, and the marsh fog acts
   |  |          should work properly now. Maharajah shouldn't bleed or
   |  |          get poisoned. Buldeo won't reteach if you already know
   |__|          the skill. Various bugs and typos fixed.
    /\      SHERWOOD
   /  \          Cook's tasks shouldn't confused by Nell. Richard and
  /    \         Thomas are no longer as tolerant of people renting or
 /_    _\        getting offers in their inn. Richard has gotten a bit
   |  |          more of a spine. Robin, Guy, and the Sheriff will now
   |  |          get assistance when attacked.
   |  |     TORTUGA
   |__|          Houngan and the cook shouldn't be quite as particular
    /\           about curses. Octopus hits slightly harder.
   /  \     TUDOR LONDON
  /    \         The proprietor goes back and forth between the ale house
 /_    _\        and the stew more often. Puts in the new and expanded
   |  |          forage and fishing options.
   |  |     VIKING SCANDINAVIA
   |  |          The warlord is smarter about handling his ship.
   |__|
    /\      1802 ALASKA, BEOWULF, MEDIEVAL SEAS, SAN FRANCISCO
   /  \     ANCIENT NAZCA, MELBOURNE, PARIS OPERA HOUSE, SOUTH SEAS,
  /    \    VICEROYAL PERU
 /_    _\        Various bugs and typos fixed.
   |  |
   |  |     LEGENDS OF THE PAST
   |  |          The create mages are a little smarter about their
   |__|          charmies than they were before. Augustus isn't quite as
    /\           nice as he was letting everyone believe he is. Harkon and
   /  \          Crowe will behave a little differently, be careful.
  /    \         Nothing's using the orb of power correctly again. And
 /_    _\        there's a new toy out there somewhere!
   |  |
   |  |     GREATER SUMMONING: ANGELS, TITANS and DEMONS
   |  |         Changing align on lesser or greater angels/titans/demons
   |__|         will cause loss of control over them and they may attack.
    /\          Yes, this also applies to ones with "ultimate control."
   /  \
  /    \                   In Progress Area Updates
 /_    _\
   |  |     This section is intended to let everyone know what builders
   |  |     are working on behind the scenes. It is not a perfect record
   |  |     of progress as all builders will not make updates every week.
   |__|     Players badgering builders about progress or a perceived lack
    /\      thereof will be flogged. Remember, the longer spent answering
   /  \     questions, the longer the project takes to complete.
  /    \
 /_    _\           Ea!          Uruk (Gilgamesh)
   |  |             Kae          Larderello (Dante's Hell)
   |  |             Kaige/Ptah   1950s Americana
   |  |             Rusalka      Tudor London Update
   |__|             Straussy     R. M. S. Titanic

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                    LegendMUD Connection Analysis
                            December 2001

                       Peak Mortal Players 64
                         Average Peak was 47
                    Peak PKOK Enabled Players 36
             Pkokenabled Characters represent approximately
                       51% of active players.

                   Peak Accept All Characters 9
           Accept All Characters represent approximately
  5% of all active characters and 11% of active pkok enabled characters.

The first two tables below show the Average Mortal Players,  Average
PKOK Enabled Players, and the number that were "Accept All" connected
to Legend by hour of the day as polled approximately on the hour
system time during the period noted above.

The third table shows the same averages calculated by the day of week.

              hour  0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11
              ------------------------------------------
              avg  35 31 26 23 19 16 15 14 15 18 21 24
              pke  19 17 14 12 10  7  6  6  6  8 10 11
              aas   2  1  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  1  1

              hour 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
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              avg  28 30 33 36 37 38 38 38 39 39 38 36
              pke  14 16 19 20 19 20 19 19 19 19 19 19
              aas   1  2  2  2  2  2  1  1  2  2  2  1

              day   MON  TUE  WED  THU  FRI  SAT  SUN
              ------------------------------------------
              avg    28   29   28   27   28   29   30
              pke    15   14   14   14   14   15   15
              aas     2    1    1    1    1    1    1

This table shows the breakdown by each hour for each day of the week.

      MON       TUE       WED       THU       FRI       SAT       SUN
   AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA
------------+---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+---------
 0: 33 19  1| 36 20  2| 30 16  2| 36 18  1| 37 20  2| 32 18  1| 39 22  2
 1: 31 19  1| 27 15  2| 27 13  1| 31 17  1| 35 18  1| 30 16  1| 36 20  1
 2: 25 14  1| 23 11  1| 19 10  1| 26 15  2| 28 14  2| 28 15  1| 29 17  2
 3: 22 11  1| 22 11  1| 17  9  0| 19 10  1| 22 12  1| 25 13  2| 29 14  2
 4: 21 10  2| 18  8  0| 14  7  1| 14  9  0| 20 11  1| 20 11  1| 24 12  1
 5: 18  7  1| 15  6  1| 13  5  0| 12  7  0| 19  9  1| 16  9  1| 18  8  0
 6: 17  6  1| 15  6  0| 11  3  0| 10  4  0| 16  7  0| 15  9  0| 17  6  0
 7: 15  6  1| 13  6  0| 10  3  0| 12  5  0| 16  7  0| 15  8  0| 15  6  0
 8: 14  7  0| 16  7  1| 11  4  0| 11  5  0| 18  8  1| 15  7  0| 14  7  0
 9: 18  9  1| 20  9  2| 15  6  0| 15  7  0| 21  9  1| 19  9  0| 18  9  0
10: 20  9  1| 24 12  2| 19  9  0| 15  7  0| 22  9  1| 28 14  1| 22 11  1
11: 23 11  1| 25 15  2| 21  9  0| 21 10  1| 20  8  1| 28 14  1| 26 13  1
12: 27 13  1| 30 16  2| 25 14  1| 25 11  1| 26 12  1| 29 15  2| 33 15  2
13: 30 16  2| 31 15  2| 29 16  2| 29 15  1| 31 16  2| 32 16  2| 31 16  3
14: 32 19  2| 35 19  3| 35 21  2| 30 17  1| 28 16  2| 34 19  3| 34 18  2
15: 38 22  3| 34 18  1| 38 23  2| 35 18  1| 34 18  2| 37 20  2| 34 19  3
16: 36 20  2| 35 17  1| 43 22  2| 36 19  2| 37 19  1| 34 17  3| 37 20  2
17: 36 19  1| 41 21  2| 42 20  2| 37 19  1| 36 19  2| 37 20  3| 38 20  2
18: 36 19  1| 41 20  1| 36 16  1| 41 23  1| 35 16  1| 38 21  1| 39 19  1
19: 38 21  2| 42 21  1| 39 18  1| 38 20  1| 35 17  0| 34 18  0| 39 17  1
20: 37 19  2| 42 19  2| 42 20  2| 38 19  1| 37 17  1| 40 21  2| 39 19  2
21: 37 19  2| 38 19  1| 41 20  2| 38 16  1| 40 20  1| 40 20  1| 43 20  2
22: 34 16  3| 40 20  2| 39 22  1| 36 17  1| 34 17  1| 41 20  1| 40 22  2
23: 34 20  2| 35 19  2| 37 19  1| 35 18  1| 37 19  0| 39 21  2| 36 19  1

Be sure to also check out www.legendmud.org/stats for longer term info.

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 /  ___  \ / __ \  /  ___  \  Logs of Q&A sessions are available on the
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 | |   | |  \  /   | \___/ |  or had to leave early. The most recent ones
 | |   | |  /  \/\ |  ___  |  are listed on the sitemap page or you can
 | | /\| | / /\  / | /   \ |  get a complete list on the Q&A index page
 | \_\ \ | \ \/  \ | \   / |  at the url below.
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       http://www.legendmud.org/Community/lectures/QandA/QA_index.html

                               RECENT TOPICS

 o Price of Cider in OOC?            o Poll Questions from Dude
 o PK Tourney Anytime Soon?          o Multis in Pkill
 o Immortal Innkeepers?              o Holiday Games Planned?
 o Fix for Soloable Group Areas?     o Archive Lock: How Long?
 o No Update on 28th                 o Increased Risk in Dun?
 o NPC Responses & Auto Withdrawal   o Random Disasters/Risks/New Ideas?
 o More Complex Quests?              o Currency
 o Get/Put/Drink Inconsistencies     o LT Deadlines?
 o Area Progress                     o How long until Inactivity Purges?
 o Warning Duration                  o Aaron's Fight Acts Broken?
 o Why does Aaron Cross Himself?     o Changes to Augment?
 o Greater Summons & Alignment Bug?  o Augment/Battle Druid Discussion
 o Changes to Cause Mage Charmies?

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   _____    DID YOU KNOW: Tips and tricks and little-used features
  /  _  \
 /__/ \  \  The AREAINFO command is an upgrade of the AREAS command. You
      /  /  can get helpful information on all the areas as well as more
     /  /   detailed information on specific areas with this new command.
    /__/
    __      Syntax: areainfo
   /  \     Syntax: areainfo <area keyword>
   \__/
   _____    AREAINFO by itself gives a general listing of all the areas in
  /  _  \     the game and their keywords, along with the recommended level
 /__/ \  \    range, and the original author and the immortal currently in
      /  /    charge of maintaining the area.
     /  /
    /__/    AREAINFO <area keyword> will give you more information about a
    __        particular area such as related help file keywords, when the
   /  \       area was first publish along with the time frame of the area.
   \__/       Builders may also include other information about the area.
   _____      The first maintainer listed is considered the current one.
  /  _  \
 /__/ \  \  If you regularly lose link using AREAINFO, see HELP SCREENLEN
      /  /  to find out how avoid that when reading large amounts of text.
     /  /
    /__/    Another place to learn more about Legend's take on particular
    __      areas is to visit our web pages and check out the Atlas of the
   /  \     Known world in the Reference section or point your browser
   \__/     directly to http://www.legendmud.org/Reference/areas.html.

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|Announcements|
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Krynn has reached 100 million experience!

Kastina has reached 200 million experience!



 =========
|Clan News|
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Congratulations to The Hermetics, The Secretives, and The Grand Coven of
Legend. These clans will all celebrate the 4th year of their (re)founding on
January 15th.

The Assassin's Guild disbanded due to low membership. The Rune Knights were
disbanded by Asguard.

There are currently 19 RP clans and 10 PK clans. This leaves space for 3 more
clans to form. For more information on the clan system, read 'help clan' and
see the clan information list via the 'clans' command.


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Taffy's Gide to Kiling Gnomes by Taffy Sillitoe

     Chapter 1: finding the litle boogers

     Finding gnomes is the hardest part of beeing Sworn Protektris of dee
Lehensfrows Shoos. The gnome yoo dont see may bee the won that gits yoor
shoo. Gnomes ar sneeky. Tha like too hide and preetend too bee horzes or
bunnies or tables or peepel. I am not so klever as sum peepel but I am very
very very good at spoting sneeky gnomes. I allways no, heer is how.

     1. Gnomes ware pointy red hats. Sumtimes thay have beerds. Sumtimes thay
are sneeky and don't.

     2. Gnomes allways hav beedy red iz. This is the best wa to spot them.
Sumtimes yoo have to look very hard or you cant see the iz when the gnome is
preetending too bee furnachur.

     3. Gnomes say meen things like "lern to spel, yoo ninkumpoop!" or "dont
tel enewon I tucht yoo" or "woodent yoo bee more kumfterbel in the
saloosumthing (I dont no the word!)?"

     5. Thay yooz big words I dont no.

I furgot number for, it wil bee in nest weeks chapter, best was to kil
gnomes.


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                        The Fury of a Friend

Wandering the world, I decided to that it was time to visit the familiar town
of Tara. It'd been a while since I'd last been to the Celtic lands. I
wondered if Tika is still the same grouchy woman she was, or had she softened
up in her old age? Memories of the past came back as I made my way back
towards the familiar cross-roads, day-dreaming all the way. Who will be
there, I wonder? So many friends gone now, I wonder if I'll know anyone still
around...oh well, I'll just have to wait and see.

Coming to the cross-roads south of Tara, I started hearing shouts of what
sounded like a fight in the making. That's not unusual of the area I thought
to myself, but that sounded a lot like a very familiar voice.  Hearing, "Just
end it, Demonspawn -- I wish to be with my love forever" I knew it was not
just a little spat taking place, it was the voice of my closest friend and
mentor. It was the voice of Judah! Turning north at the crossroads, I started
to run towards Tara.

Stopping at the gates of the town to catch my breath and listen for where my
friend may be, I heard Judah say, "Even in death I will be far better off then
you will ever be demonspawn!" 

"You think so do you? You followers of Aslan can be so naive at times,"
replied the voice with a hint of mockery. "But if you wish it to end this way
so be it. Although my master and myself had much fun toying with you and your
followers, pity you would fold after all this time Judah."

"Enough with your games Soze, I do not fear death. Death for me here brings
me eternal happiness with my love Haley." 

"So be it, Judite." Soze replied with a cackle, and calling down lightning to
strike Judah -- the fight had begun!

Seeing the storm clouds and lightning strike around the Tara Inn I knew where
they were, after all this was not a cloudy day. I started to sprint again to
try and save my friend from the demon spawn, Soze. Coming around a corner I
watched as my old mentor fell to the ground. "NO!" Not even realizing I
screamed I bent down to see if there was a chance to save my friend. With a
flash of light, Soze had done something and we were all at the base of some
cliff. "No need to be near a healer." Soze's hateful laugh echoed off the
valley walls.

Looking into my eyes at the brink of death Judah whispered, "d-do not....let
hate...consume you...f-friend." The cold look of death filled Judah's eyes. I
wept.

Hearing the soft cackle of a spineless pathetic worm of a man behind me, I
could not help but let the rage consume me. "You will die demonspawn!" With
sudden rage I didn't even realize was there I unleashed fury on this....this
thing that appears as a man, not stopping until I was sure he was dead. For
some reason I was not surprised to see his master send his dilapidated body
back to continue his business as a pawn for the underworld. Without a
thought, I attacked him again, sending him back to the underworld where he
belongs.

The cold voice came back again. "Go ahead Vagabond -- you're doing far better
work for my master then even I was doing. My master just loves death.  Kill
me again -- perhaps we'll be partners working for my master," Soze
snickered.

"I'll never work for that coward." I said. "You go back now to hide under the
heel of your master's boot. Tell him that all like him have made a new enemy
today. Tell him that those working for the underworld will be hunted and
destroyed. Go now and beware for when you see me in the future you'll not
longer see the once care free 'Silver-haired Guitarist'. You'll now see....

a vengeance driven vagabond
A hunter of evil waits here for his next challenge.

And you will all learn to fear this Vagabond! Demonspawn, you have been
warned, there will be no quarter!"


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                            Postscript:

writ for one Alan the Squire by the scribe Thoms Fenton
of Sherwood on the 28th day of December in the 1378th year of oure Lorde
Tancred,
I wolde tele you of a marvel that I have sene. The goode knighte Judah,
he that you and Camaris have tolde me muche aboot is a backe on this
earthe. I have sene him in a strenge desert lande where there be orange
frute. He were no angel, but a mane, and tolde me that he were sent bak
to this earthe, that he mighte do more grete deeds. He were a goodle man,
even more goodle than you and Camaris hade tolde me. And he asked thate
I sholde pass his greting on to you, so that you maye ken that he is bak
amonge men. Fule sad he were that his felowe knights hade beene sadened
by his pasing unto the hevens over us.
Alan
(a large X is written under the name)

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                       The Fall From Grace --
                Dias Spirals Into Insanity and Beyond

He was happy, was being the key word -- all things must end. Years of
struggling brought him to Devi, pain and frustration all giving way for her,
letting in love, something he had never before experienced. He was bred,
born, raised, and trained to kill, it was his life, it was his heritage, it
was his legacy.  That destiny pulled them apart, tore him apart.  Devi left
him not long after they had met, leaving him lost and empty inside.

The spiral began, insanity slowly taking, its grip on him tearing at his mind
and rending his soul.  Every meeting with her was more pain, he couldn't
handle it much longer, he just wanted to die, so die he did. He jumped Stain,
Reaper, everyone he could find, trying to die.

Then the announcement came, Devi was to marry Vidar.  The insanity finally
took full control, and now it's all he has to hold on to.

Dias-Jax now walks among you as:
a heartless fey killer

If you see him standing, most often by himself, you will notice:
Stark white hair enhances this fey figure's cold, feverish glare.



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