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VOLUME NINE, NUMBER THREE                                  January 19, 2002
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                            TABLE OF CONTENTS

                            The Editor's Note

                          NEWS, REPORTS, UPDATES
                            Calendar of Events
                        Imm/Player Mixer Invitation
                              Recent Updates
                            Recent Q&A Topics
                        DID YOU KNOW: Group Command
                  Sugar 'n' Spice: Attracting Immortal Help

                               LEGENDITES
                              Announcements
                      First Royal Egyptian Tournament
                                Clan News
                           A Hot Line From Hell
                  James Bond Foils Drunken Scotsman's Plot
                   Cloaked in fire and shadow... (Part II)
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Just some short and sweet reminders this week... 

Expies Nomination Ballots:
   Don't forget to go send in your nominations for this year's Expies! If
   you do, then you can't complain as much if there are no good choices on
   the final ballot! And please, I know there's a lot of them, but please
   take the time to put some thought and effort into ALL of the categories
   think back across the whole year. Take the time to nominate at least
   one person in each category not just the ones in which you want to
   nominate your friends and *cough* yourself. If you didn't receive a
   ballot yet, you can visit httpp://www.legendmud.org/Community/expie.php
   and put in your email address in the black and white request box and
   press the "request" button.

PKill Poll: 
  If you haven't taken the time to register your opinions on the subject,
  stop in and choose option [6] Polls (6 unanswered questions) from the
  inner menu ("What would you like to do now?") and follow the directions.
  The discussion board also has several threads for useful and constructive
  ideas and comments.
 
Helping Us Help You:
  It's been a while since I posted this message on the welcome board and
  here in the LT. It's still up on the welcome board and it might be
  helpful to reread when you're feeling frustrated about not getting the
  help you need when you need it or to point others to when you see people
  chatting bug reports or other similar problems. Cheyla also has a nice
  little piece in this issue on how to get help from the immortals that
  follows along the same lines, but is a bit more specific and direct.

LT Article Submissions:
  Deadlines are Fridays. You can now submit articles to the LT via the
  web! The page will allow you to input/choose all the relevant info for
  the article and give space for the article itself. To check this new
  feature out, visit http://www.legendmud.org/Community/ltsubmission.php.

Imm/Mort Mixer:
  Don't forget next Saturday at noon is the mixer in the OOC! My
  calendar's marked, is yours? See ya there!

-Kaige

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            [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]

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

Wednesday, January  23rd   8:00 pm           Trivia! with LadyAce
Thursday,  January  24th   6:00 pm           Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Friday,    January  25th   midnight          Expies Nomination Ballot Due
Saturday,  January  26th   noon              Imm/Player Mixer
                                                   hosted by Rusalka
Saturday,  January  26th   5:00 pm           Malia and Dashiva's Wedding
Wednesday, January  30th   8:00 pm           Trivia! with LadyAce
Thursday,  January  31st   noon              Expies Final Ballots sent out
                           6:00 pm           Q & A in the OOC Auditorium

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

Thursday, February   7th   6:00 pm           Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Monday,   February  11th   midnight          Expies Final Ballots Due
Thursday, February  14th   Valentine's Day and LegendMUD's 8th Birthday
                           6:00 pm           Expies Ceremony
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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Don't forget! Next Saturday at noon is the Imm/Player Mixer! Meet members
of the imm staff! Socialize with members of the imm staff! Socialize with
other players! Come and have fun!

                            Please join us!!

                      What:    Imm/Player Mixer!
                      Time:    Noon System Time
                      When:    Saturday, January 26th
                      Where:   OOC (room To Be Determined)

                                 - Rusalka
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    /\                           CODE UPDATES
   /  \     
  /    \    BUG FIXES:
 /_    _\    o Stealing owned eq. from the ground should set a tick timer
   |  |      o Should fix the problem with form and clans 
   |  |      o Title ignores color codes when determining the length 
   |  |    
   |__|     MISC CHANGES:
    /\       o You can now sit while hiding/aiming (so that you can hide,
   /  \        sit, and then aim)
  /    \     o Moves the cc to the end of the message
 /_    _\    o A bit more tweaking to the MCCP code. should now remove the
   |  |        compression when we crash - If you have problems with ZMUD
   |  |        still, Zugg suggests updating to the newest version or close
   |  |        it and start it up again.
   |__|    
    /\                         HELP FILE UPDATES 
   /  \    
  /    \    The following helpfiles were recently added or updated!
 /_    _\   
   |  |       General Info: REDEEM  
   |  |     
   |  |     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
    /\      
   /  \     AZTECS and TORTUGA
  /    \      Wild boars get angrier if there's a player with them.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     BEOWULF  
   |  |       Fixed a problem with how wargs were being checked. So
   |  |       updates on those affects may happen more often.
   |__|     
    /\      CELTIC IRELAND
   /  \       Beorc's teaching acts should work properly now. Wild boars
  /    \      get angrier if a player is with them. Various bugs fixed.
 /_    _\     
   |  |     FRENCH & INDIAN WAR
   |  |       Nicolette shouldn't be getting offers from charmies if the
   |  |       master tries to get one. Apologizing to her should also be
   |__|       working properly. Some oddities have been fixed on cabins.
    /\        
   /  \     HOSPITALLER MALTA
  /    \      Aaron the Jew shouldn't be acting so bizarrely these days.
 /_    _\     Various bugs and typos fixed.
   |  |     
   |  |     MELBOURNE
   |  |       NPCs here should be acting differently based on time of day.
   |__|       Various bug and typos fixed.
    /\      
   /  \     ROMAN BRITAIN and PICTISH COUNTRY
  /    \      Fixes Challenge woods for returning corpses correctly. Wild
 /_    _\     boars get angry if a player is with them. Minor bugs fixed.  
   |  |     
   |  |     ROMANIA
   |  |       Some changes to the janissaries, be very careful fighting  
   |__|       them. New forage options added. Various bugs & typos fixed.
    /\      
   /  \     SHERWOOD
  /    \      Richard and Thomas no longer quite so spammy. Also beefed up
 /_    _\     a bit more. They also ignore immortals for their little  
   |  |       jibes. Couldn't fix the multiple buy problem without code.
   |  |     
   |  |     1802 ALASKA, THE ANDES (anc and med), AFRICAN SAVANNA, ARABIAN
   |__|     NIGHTS, BENGAL, SAN FRANCISCO, TEAROUTE, and TUDOR LONDON
    /\        Various bugs and typos fixed.
   /  \     
  /    \    THE OOC
 /_    _\     Adds in all past winners to the Expies trophy room.
   |  |     
   |  |                    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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 | |   | |  \  /   | \___/ |  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.
  \___\/_/  \__/\/ \_/   \_|

     http://www.legendmud.org/Community/lectures/QandA/QA_index.html
 
                              RECENT TOPICS
 
 o Stringing Housing Doors?          o Dert Bag Idea
 o Visible Perm Affs on Items?       o Mobs Cheating?
 o Backstab Oddity?                  o Feedback on Ideas?
 o Lag & Connection Status?          o New Areas with Level Limits?
 o Why not Release Code Details?     o Only Year with No New Areas?
 o PkTimer?                          o Forming Clans & Open Slots?
 o Clans Command and Screenlen?      o Form Fixed?
 o Central Location for Changes?     o Different Damage from Guns?
 o PK Tourney?                       o PK & Walls?
 o Are Doppels REALLY clones? 

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  /  _  \   DID YOU KNOW: Tips and tricks and little-used features
 /__/ \  \  
      /  /  The GROUP command was expanded to make keeping track of your
     /  /   various party members easier.
    /__/    
    __      Syntax: group
   /  \       This is the same as always. Shows all current group members.
   \__/       Group members who are not in the room appear with ()'s
              around their group entry (not just their name, that means
   _____      they're invis and you can see them).
  /  _  \   
 /__/ \  \  Syntax: group <character>
      /  /    This will add a character who is following you to your 
     /  /     group, remove a group member, or send a message inviting 
    /__/      the character to follow you and join your group.
    __      
   /  \     Syntax: group pc
   \__/       This will show you all the PCs (player characters) in your
              group. Useful if you're with a mage and their charmies.
   _____    
  /  _  \   Syntax: group room
 /__/ \  \    This shows you all the current group members that are in
      /  /    same "room" with you.
     /  /   
    /__/    Syntax: group pc room or group room pc
    __        This allows you to see which PCs in your group are in the
   /  \       same "room" with you. Useful if you're trying to organize 
   \__/       a run and are grouped with a mage and their charmies.
            
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Need immortal assistance? First, type WHOIMM and see if there are any
visible. If you need one in a particular department, note what letters
are in the "Jobs" portion of WHOIMM. p/P=PR, c/C=Coding, a/A=Admin, and
b/B=Building.

 --  Dept. --   Jobs  ----- Visible Immortals -----
[Imp of Order] [PCAB] Kaige is around somewhere

If there are immortals visible...

- They are visible because they want to make themselves available to
  you. Even if they are working in another window, they are expecting
  interruptions and can deal with them.

- Use TELL instead of CHAT (or even PRAY) to ask for help, and give us
  a few minutes to respond. Like you, we require bathroom and/or smoke
  breaks, get the munchies, have to backscroll to read long board posts,
  and may be oow checking/reading email or working on something.

- But why use TELL before CHAT?
    > It makes us feel more like people and less like slaves. Which,
      well, we sorta are, but we don't like to be reminded of it? :)
    > TELLs are a lot more visible than CHATs, and some of us have
      nifty clients that beep when we get one. Just think, many of us
      watch ALL the channels, literally. Chat, auction, info, gossip,
      all the clan channels, idea, bug, typo, and then some.
    > TELLs can get logged in an AFK buffer... CHATs don't. So even
      if we didn't see your tell right when it came through (in which
      case, we'd be less likely to see your chat), if we have an AFK
      set, we at least know you needed something and can check back
      with you.

- If you send a tell to more than one visible immortal asking for help,
  please be sure to send tells to the first one(s) that you have been
  helped when you are.

If there aren't any immortals visible, feel free to use CHAT 
   (or PRAY - but only in an emergency - re/strings aren't emergencies
   even if you are over rent)... but don't spam for it. There very well
   may be an immortal technically not available but able to take a moment
   out of what they are doing to help you. Better yet, try dropping a note
   to one you think can help you... Not sure what type of immortal can do
   what you need? Check the WIZLIST and read the help files on the
   different departments or the helpfile for what you need. Check AREAINFO
   for area maintainers.

A few more things to keep in mind...

- Don't forget to be polite... Sugar attracts more butterflies, after all.
  ;)

- Be prepared! If you're looking to get a string or a description done, do
  your homework first, read the help files, and get your stuff in order.
  Have strings/descriptions written on paper and make sure you're
  following the rules (including the rules for slots).

- The presence of an AFK doesn't mean we aren't paying attention, or
  aren't even in window. On the other hand, the lack of an AFK doesn't
  mean we ARE in window, either. Be patient and give us more than a few
  seconds to respond - more if it is particularly laggy.

- If we don't get back to you... don't take offense! Things happen... like
  thinking you went invisible when you already were, or losing link but
  somehow still being here, or some emergency coming up RL that you forgot
  to leave the game. It isn't intentional.

- Just because an immortal isn't in a certain department doesn't mean they
  will be completely unable to help... Ask anyhow, you may end up getting
  the assistance you need. Worst that can happen is you'll get told they
  can't help you.

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                             Announcements
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               Sigrid has reached 100 million experience!

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                          A Wedding Invitation

As many of you know, Dashiva and I have been having this engagement thing
for a while now. Well, we've finally set a date to get married or
something, and you're all invited.

The wedding is on January 26th at 5pm system time unless Hell freezes over.
Which is entirely possible!

Malia and Dashiva

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This next full page advertisment must be something else altogether, it has
also been seen running in the London Times, the Pittsburg Press, and
various other publications across Europe and the Americas:
 
                      ARE YOU HAVING TROUBLE SLEEPING?
 
If it is a result of apnea or some other physical problem, I can't help...
 
                                  But! 
 
If your insomnia is a result of howling in the night, tapping on your
window pane, abduction by spacemen, ghosts, goblins, ghouls, sprites,
faeries, werewolves, vampires, demons, interplanar beings, or anything
else that your neighbors may look at you funny for complaining about, then
 
                            LET ME HELP YOU!
 
I've a doctorate of parapsychology from Oxford University (sublunar plane
extension), ten years of paranormal experience in over twelve hundred
various levels of existence, including (but not limited to) the Plains of
Vargalshin, Layer Ten of the Sphere of Naughty Boogiemen, and even the
Place Between the Walls Where Evil Critters Live! 
 
                       I ALSO HAVE A REALLY BIG GUN.
 
     So if you need the kind of help your scared to ask the police for, 
                             give me a call!
 
                         SALVADOR VITELLI, PI
                   Offices located just about anywhere.

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          All are welcome to the First Royal Egyptian Tournament.

A playerkill tournament available for levels 40+, if interested send a
mudmail with level to Senusret. An entry fee of 25,000 gold coins is
asked. The winner of the tournament recieveing 70% of the gold collected
and the Royal Egyptian Tournament Cup, while the second place recieves a
prize of 20% of the gold collected. A single elimination bracket will be
set up, and you will fight until you lose. All are welcome, for fighting
will be intense, exciting, and fun.

Senusret Khakaure III

                             Trivia Results
                             ==============
 
The scores in last Wednesday night's trivia were:
 
Dolor: 15            Mortisha: 5            Pop & Mario: 4
DavidBeckham: 3      Forseti & Wes: 2       Jenna & Milo: 1
 
Join us on Wednesdays in January at 8pm for Trivia with LadyAce!

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                The Horsemen Clan was disbanded by Riven.

   The Warlords clan was formed on January 18th, 2002 by Edric_Wulf.

The clan quickly experienced an identity crises because of a bug (that has
since been fixed) whereby anyone changing their title would affect the
newly formed clan's keyword and name. We're happy to report that the clan
is now fully operational and is ready to slay all creatures big and strong
and to make war on the general populous of legend. Edric_Wulf states, 'We
shall stalk ye day and night and shed ye blood if it be right to do so. If
ye be liking to slay and would like to be with those who enjoy the same,
then this be the place for ye. We strive to help one another as warriors
should and if killing is in order, then all the better!'

Recently, Isam, of The Dark Enforcers, has been busy. From slaying
Jamaciaman in the streets of Tudor to chasing several Hermetics, the dark
one has been racking up the kills. What will be next for this servant of
the Darkness?

Xerox was recently slain by Mercenary forces after a contract was taken
out on him by former DE clanmates. Is this the price of treachery?

Rumors have reached us concerning a recent war between the Mercenaries and
Clan DE. From what little we've been able to find out it was a short one,
with the Mercenaries emerging victorious. Is it really over between these
two clans or only the beginning? Only time will tell.

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! The possibilities are endless -- act today!!!!!

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      L|J(_)             Trinity d'Arpajon's quest to find a cure for
  )    | (")      (      vampirism appears to have produced some ancient 
  ,(.  |`/ \- y  (,`)    Hermetic documents describing rituals that we're
 )' (' | \ /\/  ) (.     not certain that the Roman Catholic Church would
(' ),) | _W_   (,)' ).   approve of; whether she will succeed in curing 
                         her friend, Lawrence Windstrom, remains to be 
 A Hot Line From Hell    seen, but we certainly give credit for effort.

Judah Eliezer, recently returned from the dead, finally managed to catch
up with his arch-enemy Jin, and sped the Tash-worshiper on to meet his
vulture deity. This will of course invoke somesorts response from us, the
Seven Circles, though we've yet to come up with a good plan for revenge.
Meanwhile, Judah has taken his position as Grand Master of the Knights
Templar back, leaving Tancred de Gisborne as Grand Commander.

And finally, short but interesting: Rumors abound that Lacey Lou and Krynn
Celerity plan to tie the knot one of these days, as are Vidar of Siberia
and Devi McFie.

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There are currently 18 RP clans and 10 PK clans. This leaves open slots
for 4 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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                James Bond Foils Drunken Scotsman's Plot

Recently, James Bond visited Legend and faced his toughest opposition yet!
For no sooner did he appear than he was accosted:

McDOUGAN: "Befair I keel ye, Mishter Bond, I shall tell ye o' m'cunning plan
tae tek o'er the wairld."

"Wi' sheep!!"

"I shall tek aul the sheep oot o' Walesh, nnd blame it oon the nnglish!
Shoon, the wee sheep-shaggersh will revolt! I weel repeat thish in New
Zealand, nnd elshewheer!"

"Then I need oonly tek control in the chaosh! Noo, I weel walk away, nnd
let m'goon keel ye!" 

McDougan indicated Dolan and stumbled away, only to return a few moments
later, presumably after downing several more pints.

McDOUGAN: "Are ye deid yet?"

JAMES BOND: "No."

McDOUGAN: "Hech! M'evil plan ish foiled!"

And so, once again, James Bond saved the world!

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                Cloaked in fire and shadow... (Part II)

Masha awoke in a dark cell, her head aching, and her left eye refusing to
open. They had beaten her into submission, she was sure of. But what of
Isam...? She closed her eyes and felt herself doze again, until the iron
door crashed open.

'On your feet, witch!' a harsh voice pierced through the dim cell. 'We
have decided your sentence.'

Masha's mind stirred as she felt herself being hauled to her feet by two
farm lads, their strength apparent as they handled her with no more care
than a sack of grain. They had stripped her clothes of her, leaving only
a plain white dress, shackles, and manacles on her.

She staggered as they shoved her into a wagon, bars on it, and people
threw rocks, rotten fruit, whatever they could find at her. The smell of
burning flesh assaulted her nose as she looked northwards, where a pillar
of smoke cut through the tree-line.

Faces she recognized in the crowd, some hooded, and she knew they were
Enforcers, but they couldn't do anything. Too outnumbered by the numbers
of the people here with pitchforks and scythes.

Her mind wandered. Where was Isam? she asked herself repeatedly again.
Fear gripped her.

Ropes soon found themselves bound tightly about her, tying her to a
quickly erected stake. Kindling and they threw firewood at her feet, and
the angry mob with torches seemed too close. 'Do you ask for forgiveness?'
a voice intoned.

'Forgiveness?' she asked and gasped as a torch was thrown onto the wood at
her feet. More yells and jeers sounded as more torches were thrown. The
heat gathered at her feet...

Isam snarled in rage as he wheeled his horse into action. The flames
reflected the rage deep inside. He and Masha were close, bound by their
souls in an arcane way, and he could feel the heat rising on his legs. Her
screams echoed in his ears as he charged, his mount knocking over
peasants, and the resounding roar of soldiers behind him as they charged.

Colors whirled, the sky now in his vision as his horse was no longer under
him. His leg ached, being pinned under his mount, now dying from the
pitchfork shoved into its fetlocks. He tried to get to his feet.

'Isaaam!' came the blood curdling scream from the platform. The scream
after scream came as the flames climbed higher, climbing up the white
linen dress she was forced to wear. The scent of burning flesh assaulted
him.

'Nooooooo!' he felt himself scream as his sword leapt out, slicing through
people. Enforcers behind him were cutting people down, and he felt himself
fall to his knees, agony engulfing him as the flames engulfed Masha's
corpse. His heart felt empty, just as his soul, as he could no longer
sense her at all, no longer there. Dead...

He awoke to darkness in the early hours of the morn, a man standing over
him. 'Lord Isam, it's good to have you with the living. We weren't sure if
you were going to live.'

He felt his heart ache. 'What about...' Voice trailing off, Isam felt
tears come to his eyes. Crying like a weak woman. Isam turned over slowly,
feeling the deep lacerations across his ribs bandaged by an expert hand,
but not enough. The ground rocked slowly, no, not the ground, in a ship.

'We have razed the town, as per Lord Dolor's orders, m'lord.' The man
looked stricken. 'We recovered Lady Masha's remains... We were hoping you
would know what to do...?'

Isam growled unintelligibly as he moved to sit up. He was now the
Commander of the Expeditionary force, and we would have to explain to
Lilian what happened to Masha, and to two-thirds of his forces. He felt
utterly empty inside. Chimaira would know what to do... He was a
necromancer... yes...

Darkness came quickly again.

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