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VOLUME NINE, NUMBER SEVENTEEN                                April 27, 2002
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                          TABLE OF CONTENTS

                          The Editor's Note

                        NEWS, REPORTS, UPDATES
                          Calendar of Events
                            Recent Updates
                           Recent Q&A Topics
                   DID YOU KNOW: Useful Clan Commands

                              LEGENDITES
                            Announcements
                       Limerick Contest Results
                              Clan News

                         Fun and Games for all?
                    The Grey Infidel - part 2 of 3
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                            Connection Update! 

LadyAce has her new DSL line installed and functional. What this means is
that on Monday, April 29th, we will be moving the mud machine back to
Chicago. Our best estimates, right now are that somewhere between 5-6 pm
system time, the machine will be powered down and moved back to Chicago.
So we will experience a minumum of 7 hours downtime during the drive.

We also want to properly thank Huginn's friend who was willing to host us
on such short notice for a month. To this end I will be posting a note on
the news board asking that players append their note of thanks. Please
feel free to append yours there as well and the entire thread will be
passed along.

Spring fever is definitely in the air! Another updated version of the Elf
Game will be run on May Day (Wed, the 1st), Natalia is hosting a PK
tourney on the 4th, and the 5th brings back our annual Cinco de Mayo
Casino game! So mark your calendars if you haven't already and join us for
some fun!

-Kaige
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            [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]
   
                April 2002                   May 2002
          S  M Tu  W Th  F  S         Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
             1  2  3  4  5  6                   1  2  3  4
          7  8  9 10 11 12 13          5  6  7  8  9 10 11
         14 15 16 17 18 19 20         12 13 14 15 16 17 18  
         21 22 23 24 25 26 27         19 20 21 22 23 24 25
         28 29 30                     26 27 28 29 30 31
 
Monday,    April    29th   5:00 pm     Prep & Downtime to move mud machine
                                          (minimum 7 hour downtime)
 
Wednesday, May       1st   May Day     Spring Elf Game--Catch that Fairy!
Thursday,  May       2nd   6:00 pm     Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Saturday,  May       4th   6:00 pm     Gathering of Clans PK Tourney
Sunday,    May       5th               Cinco de Mayo Casino
Thursday,  May       9th   6:00 pm     Q & A in the OOC Auditorium

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    /\                         CODE UPDATES
   /  \     
  /    \    BUG FIXES
 /_    _\     o Tons of anti-crashing fixes
   |  |       o Fix to redemption points not being given at 800+ mil.
   |  |     
   |  |     
   |__|                        HELP FILE UPDATES  
    /\      
   /  \     The following helpfiles were recently added or updated:
  /    \    
 /_    _\       BUG LOTTO, CLAN, ROOT
   |  |     
   |  |     Thanks 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
    /\      
   /  \     Monkshood now rents the same as nightshade. Several keyword
  /    \    issues fixed on herbs. Possibles bags are now slightly smaller
 /_    _\   in size.
   |  |     
   |  |     THE ALHAMBRA
   |  |         The soldiers should respond when called for assistance.
   |__|     
    /\      FRENCH & INDIAN WAR
   /  \         Better, more varied descriptions on the braves. Various
  /    \        bugs and typos fixed.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     PICTISH COUNTRY
   |  |         Gold torc should be more intuitive to repair and rent
   |  |         recalculated.
   |__|     
    /\      PIRATES DEN
   /  \         Problem fixed in the collapsing cave.
  /    \    
 /_    _\   PITTSBURGH
   |  |         Some fixes to the ballgame.
   |  |     
   |  |     ABORIGINAL DREAMTIME, ANCIENT GREECE, CELTIC IRELAND, GYPSY
   |__|     CARNIVAL, HOSPITALLER MALTA, LEGENDS OF THE PAST, MELBOURNE,
    /\      PORT OF LONDON, ROMAN BRITAIN, SAN FRANCISCO, SHERWOOD, and
   /  \     VICEROYAL PERU
  /    \       Various bugs and typos fixed.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     
   |  |                    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.
   |  |     
   |  |             Kae          Larderello (Dante's Hell)
   |__|             Kaige/Ptah   1950s Americana

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     http://www.legendmud.org/Community/lectures/QandA/QA_index.html

                              RECENT TOPICS

 o AA Healing Bug?                   o Root Rate Increases Over Time?
 o New Char Ban On My ISP?           o Healing before PK: Interference?
 o More on PKOK Interference & AA    o Update & Housing for Klein?
 o Extra Weapon Attacks?             o Update on Inferno?
 o Recall Tag Fixed?                 o Skilltools: Boost vs Grant
 o Update for SL/PD/Charmy Armies? 

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  /  _  \   DID YOU KNOW: Tips and tricks and little-used features
 /__/ \  \  
      /  /  So you're looking for a clan to join, or maybe you're already
     /  /   a member of one. There are several commands available to all
    /__/    clan members that you might not know about or have forgotten.
    __      
   /  \     CLANS: command to list ALL clans, just the RP or PK clans so
   \__/            you can get an idea about which ones exist. If you use
   _____           CLANS  you get more detailed info about it.
  /  _  \   
 /__/ \  \  SEEK:  command to notify the GM of the clan that you want to
      /  /         become a member
     /  /   
    /__/    ABANDON: command to remove yourself from a clan. There are 
    __             some restrictions with respect to PK timers.
   /  \     
   \__/     PLEDGE: this is set automatically to the current GM when you
   _____           are inducted. If you think someone else could do a 
  /  _  \          better job, PLEDGE to another member or yourself.
 /__/ \  \  
      /  /  ROSTER: this command is useful for telling which members of
     /  /          your clan are currently online without having to sift
    /__/           through the who list. Online members have an *.
    __      
   /  \     ROSTER LONG: This shows more detailed info about the members.
   \__/            When they were last on, and when they last had their
   _____           PK timer reset. RP clans are sorted in order of login
  /  _  \          and PK clans are sorted in order of pk action. If you
 /__/ \  \         have color on, green means in last week, yellow: two
      /  /         weeks, default color: 3 weeks, red: over 3 weeks.
     /  /   
    /__/    CLAN:  This command allows you to talk to your clan mates.
    __             Note that this channel follows the same rules as any
   /  \            other public channel because they cannot be turned off.
   \__/     
   _____    TITHE: This command allows you to automatically set aside part
  /  _  \          of every deposit you make directly into your clan's 
 /__/ \  \         bank account. GMs may also set a minimum amount that
      /  /         all members must contribute. The larger value is used
     /  /          when you make the deposit.
    /__/    
    __      STATEMENT: Will also show amounts for your clan's bank account
   /  \            any housing costs if any, and any tithe amounts that
   \__/            you and the GM have set up.

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               Israfel has reached 900 million experience!
                Enmity has reached 100 million experience!
               Jen-Jen has reached 100 million experience!

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                       Limerick Contest Results

The Random Limericks contest brought an evening of strange and funny poems
into Legend! Participants had 3 minutes to devise the best limerick they
could, based off of two words on a drawn card. The challenge was tough,
but the participants were brave (and good-humored!).

Hooray for all our participants: Ember, Menion, Neptune, Percy, Pentara,
Brock, Dolor, Adamar, Kaine, YieXa, Lazarus, Sandman, Mario, and Quimby!

          Best Legend Theme -- Sandman -- A: deathtrap B: sword

                  We all know of the infamous deathtrap
                  which are scattered all over the map,
                  you collect and hoard,
                  all the old swords,
                  'til you hit one of those pieces of crap.


             Best Rhymes -- YieXa -- A: shadowy B: echo

                  In the forest shadowy,
                  Ali Baba goes tip-toey.
                  There's not much of an echo.
                  Until in the cave he go,
                  And the Thief Captain says "Close sesame...


              Best In Show  -- Kaine -- A: sidhe B: smithy

                  A couple of sssquabbling sssidhe,
                  Decided they couldn't agree.
                  They asked of the sssmithy,
                  'How do we quickly,
                  Pronounce our name for all to see?'

It was tough to choose among them all! A full list from the contest will
make it on to the web pages soon.

-LadyAce

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The following press release was issued by the Grand Mistress of the Dark
Enforcers in response to the recent press surrounding the Dark Lord's Elite
clan formation:

             DLE have absolutely nothing to do with DE.
             They are a splinter clan from Soldiers, who also
             had nothing to do with DE when they formed.

             As Head of DE, I don't sanction their formation,
             and have had no evidence from the Dark Lord to suggest
             He has any interest in theim either.
                 
             As far as I am concerned, they're just a bunch of wannabes
             who don't like doing as they're told.
                  
             *snicker*
                  
             I.S.O.D.L.
             Lilian McGinty
             Grand Mistress
             The Dark Enforcers

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The Mercenaries have had their members out in large numbers this week on
the PK front. No news was heard if it was all business or a mix with some
personal pleasure tossed in. The members of the Grendels and the IRA also
saw some action this week, but not many more members than those of the
Knights of Legend and the Syndicate. The Coven and the Dark Enforcers each
had one member in the field and the Hermetic Order seems to have spent the
week in their laboratories and studies, laying low.

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Feeling that the above report is boring, not very colorful or inform...

--                       Hang on! Stop the Presses!                     --
--     I've read/rewritten that section way too many times now          --
--                 and it's not getting us anywhere.                    --
 
So, we're going to try an experiment. People complain it's so hard to get
coupons and many people don't think they're up to the task of writing a
piece for the RP section. People complain there's no clan news or pkill
news like there used to be. So... just as we do for the RP pieces, the LT
is going to try to bribe you with tokens to send in news from the PK
front.
 
We only ask that the reports be truthful (no making stuff up), in context
and brief. We don't want straight logs. They shouldn't be so brief that
they're boring -- no "I chased so-n-so all over the mud until I killed
them and they went running and hid in their house for 4 hours." stuff.
You don't want to read several entries like that a week. Take time to
MAKE it interesting -- RP motivated PK makes this MUCH easier. Show
everyone WHY you think pkill is exciting and a worthwhile pursuit!
 
--    So think about the paragraph below and see if you can't take a    --
--    few minutes of your time to help out and make this section more   --
--    interesting and keep everyone in the pk community up to date!     --
 
Wish your name was up in lights? Have you witnessed any glorious or
nefarious deeds? Send a short report to us at the LT. If you are looking
for a fight, recruiting, or anything else related to the pk world,
advertise with us! It's free and you get to see your name in print! Be a
celebrity, the envy of all your friends! Tick off your enemies or just
tell your side of the story! The possibilities are endless -- act today!!
 
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There are currently 18 RP clans and 8 PK clans. This leaves open slots for
six (6) more clans to form. For more information, read HELP CLAN and see
the clan information list via the CLANS command while logged into the game.
For a basic handbook and reference for players interested in founding and
running a clan, visit http://www.legendmud.org/Reference/gm.html.

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                         Fun and Games for all?

The will-o-wisp tugged on Jiriki's sleeve imploringly. Jiriki, however,
was too engrossed in some letter to pay attention. So the wisp tugged
again.

The young lord finally looked up. 'Yes?' he asked softly. He listened as
the wisp buzzed quietly into his ear. Jiriki blinked. 'Cahira is in
trouble?' The wisp bobbed up and down as if to say yes. The sidhe stood
quickly. 'Can you lead me there?' he demanded hurriedly.

The wisp immediatly zoomed off. They tore through the forest and Jiriki
was barely able to keep up. A strange thought began to occur to him. 'Wait
a minute. Aren't we near....'

                                SPLUTCH!!

Jiriki sighed. '...the bog?' he finished. He looked around to be safe, but
he already knew what was really going on.

'Cahira isn't here.' he stated flatly to the wisp. The tiny little sparkle
seem oblivious. 'She isn't even in trouble, is she?' Jiriki peered at the
wisp, who landed on his shoulder and began to hum in self congratulations.

'As if getting stuck in customs wasn't bad enough,' groaned Jiriki. 'But
at least there I had a place to sit while we waited.' He sighed again.
'And when you dropped my key to the King and Queen's castle right over the
ramparts?' At that, the little troublemaker actually started to glow a
slight rose color. 'You should be thankful that Moira was around to let us
out, you know.' He looked up into the sky and pondered.

The wisp didn't notice the young lord's grin, or the scroll that he
carefully pulled out from beneath his cloak. 'This time,' he whispered 'I
came prepared.' Before the wisp could react, there was a brief flash of
light. Jiriki moved quickly to close the door of the tavern where they now
stood, before his 'companion' realized what had just happened. At first,
the wisp pouted at this. Then he brightened. 'Oh well,' he hummed to
himself, 'There is always tomorrow!' Jiriki only raised an eyebrow,
wondering what pranks the tiny creature was planning next...

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                   The Grey Infidel - part 2 of 3

'I think you had better go, Aziz,' stated Majd to Al-Aziz, the young son
of his leader Salah ad-Din. 'Why, Uncle Majd?' asked Aziz, startled by the
concern and worry in the eyes of this normally unflappable warrior, the
Farrukshah of Baalbek. The fearless Majd ad-Din ibn 'Izz ad-Din who he
looked up to as a hero at the side of his father. Nothing ever worried
Uncle Majd. Well, nothing apart from a wrestling challenge from Uncle
Saif. Saif ad-Din Ali al-Mashtub, or Uncle Saif al-Bathtub, as he was more
affectionately known (partly due to his name, partly due to his weight and
partly due to the depth of his strength and stamina). Majd had once gotten
into a friendly spar with Saif, and he was horrified that his best punches
never seemed to faze Saif. Although both men were equal in strength, Majd,
and indeed any man in the camp, would tire before Saif did. If Saif so
chose, he could beat up Majd with one hand. However, Saif had wandered off
on some personal errand today and was nowhere to be seen, so it was
unlikely he was the one causing Majd discomfort.

Majd smiled at Al-Aziz and knelt down beside the lad, placing a reassuring
hand upon his shoulder. 'Just go, Aziz. I have something serious to attend
to.' Aziz tried to object but Majd flashed a stern glare at him. 'Aziz,
please.' Aziz looked his friend and mentor in the eye, then nodded
obediently. As far as he could remember, he was always taught to obey his
elders, especially those uncles who his father trusted implicitly. He
decided to head towards the Egyptian camp to look for his other uncles.
Maybe they could explain. Giving one last look to Majd, Aziz held his
hand. 'Allah be with you, Uncle Majd,' he said, and ran off without looking
back.

Majd watched as Aziz disappeared over the southern horizon just as a huge
ash-skinned lumbering figure crashed in from the road to the north. The
Grey Infidel had arrived, as his scouts had told him, and he knew from the
reports that Imam Abu Ja'far had fallen. Majd's eyes narrowed at his
opponent as he cooly drew his scimitar, assuming a defensive posture. The
Grey Infidel grinned and produced two bags from his cloak. With a heave he
threw them at Majd's feet, spilling the contents out of the bags. The
colour drained from Majd's face as he saw the two heads - the faces of 
'Alam ad-Din Sulaiman ibn Jandar, the Sultan's trusted aide and bodyguard,
and Baha' ad-Din, the Qadi of the army, staring back at him. Both men his
peers in rank, and more significantly, in skill. The Grey Infidel had
several wounds on him, but the confident look on his face hinted of the
challenge he thought of Majd. If he could kill Abu Ja'far, Baha' and 'Alam
with such ease and still look more than half-ready, things did not look
good for Majd. Closing his eyes, Majd focused on relaxing his thoughts and
focusing on the battle ahead. The sons of the 'Izz ad-Din family did not
surrender or fall easily, and he would not be an exception. Opening his
eyes, he fixed the Grey Infidel with a look of disdain. 'Come, infidel. I
shall have your head today!'

Raising his blood-stained blade, the Fomor charged at Majd.

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