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VOLUME NINE, NUMBER FORTY-FOUR                             November 9, 2002
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                           TABLE OF CONTENTS

                         NEWS, REPORTS, UPDATES
                           Calendar of Events
                             The PR Outlook
                             Recent Updates
                           Recent Q&A Topics
                      
                              LEGENDITES
                    Angst's Real Life Announcement
                         The Story of Zifnab
                        LIVING GOOD with SERGIO

                              Clan News
                      Knights Templar Recruiting
                         Infernals Recruiting
                        
                            The PK Front

                      Dream Diary of Faye Staley
                      From the Journal of Gavvius
                              Night Owl
                        A Wedding on the Fjord
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          [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]

                                NOVEMBER
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                          24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Saturday,  November  16th    3:00 pm          RP Fan Club - 3rd Meeting
                             8:00 pm          Templars Induction Ceremony
Sunday,    November  17th    3:00 pm          Trivia with Kaos
Thursday,  November  21st    7:00 pm          Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Tuesday,   November  26th    8:00 pm          Autumn Casino
Thursday,  November  28th                     Thanksgiving - U.S. - No Q&A

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This Saturday brings a literary salon to the Globe Theater -- an afternoon
of readings and performances prepared and brought to life by _YOU_. Join
us at 3pm system! Keep watching the events list -- viewable with the
EVENTS command -- for the latest information on all pre-planned events!

This week, I've been reflecting on a topic which some participants in
recent RP forums have called "everyday RP". For example, take greeting
people on the road and having in-character conversations while grouped.
Both of these are easy to forget about because one of the factors they
require is that you slow down enough to think about doing them, and that
you take the time to read what is being said by others.

I think that all too often we get caught up in the rapid efficiency of
game achievement, and lose out on the opportunities to interact with
others. Everyday roleplay can be immensely satisfying and engaging.
There's no need to wait for a drama to erupt in front of you -- everyday
roleplay can happen any time, all the time, where ever you are.

If you think of yourself as a roleplayer, I have some questions for you.
Do you wander past beauties and atrocities without flinching? Do you
gobble down food regardless of its type or flavor? Do you roll your
bleeding body in bandages without even wincing, and buy items from shops
without so much as a how-do-you-do? If you think of yourself as having a
noble RP, but when was the last time you bowed to a lady on the street?
Or, if you're evil, how often do you swipe candy from babies, mistreat the
shopkeepers, and taunt others on their misfortune? All these 'normal'
actions can add life to your character and stretch your creativity. Take a
deep breath and dive into your character with both feet -- you'll find
that it's an easy way to have an excellent time.

I also have questions for all of you who think of yourselves as friendly
and open to meeting new people. When was the last time you actually met
someone new, or took a struggling and unhappy newbie under your wing? Some
of the best friendships I've formed online, and some of the most hilarious
and amazing interactions I've had, started with taking the time to notice
something interesting about another person, or having a little random
conversation as I walked around. How do friendships form in the first
place, anyway? We all begin as strangers to each other. Human nature is
such that once we form a few friendships, it's all too easy to let it stop
there. All too quickly, our social circles can end up closed, and our
opportunities close with them.

If you're taking the time to roleplay your everyday interactions, and
you're always reaching out to others, that's wonderful -- and I encourage
you to keep it up. You might not feel noticed, especially at first, but
remember that your actions will encourage others to do likewise. You don't
have to be the gregarious type -- you can be an excellent leader just by
being patient and persistent.

New ideas, new stories, and new companions are a part of what keeps us all
growing as people, and what keeps Legend growing as a community. Even the
most amazingly rich RP can grow stale without new influences to respond
to, and even the most exciting and diverse group will need new sparks from
time to time.

Over the next week, I challenge you all to make the effort to stop and
smell the flowers a little, wave hello to strangers, and see what kinds of
fun you might have as a result!

-LadyAce

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    /\                         CODE UPDATES
   /  \     
  /    \    MISC CHANGES
 /_    _\     o damage for backstab now depends on character's level as
   |  |         well
   |  |       o exits no longer show up when blind
   |  |       o break door skill now deposits you in the room that you've
   |__|         broken into
    /\        o You can now see redeem options even if you don't have the
   /  \         points to redeem
  /    \      o fill  now defaults to filling from a water
 /_    _\       source in the room if no argument is given
   |  |     
   |  |     BUG FIXES
   |  |       o Raging players no longer continue to rage after being
   |__|         rescued
    /\        o ungag foo bar baz now correctly only says that you've
   /  \         removed foo.
  /    \      o fly, recall, and dispel magic no longer takes as much mana
 /_    _\       if the target isn't there
   |  |       o wake self no longer refers to you in the third person
   |  |       o sloth self no longer refers to you in the 3rd person
   |  |       o when you stun someone with a bow shot you no longer get a
   |__|         random "you are already standing" message
    /\        o earthquake spell now shows sleeping mobs wake up
   /  \       o you can no longer refill items from owned objects
  /    \      o you must currently have the required stats for night
 /_    _\       vision for it to work
   |  |       o wearing an item without a wear slot now gives a message
   |  |       o conjured feasts now have the keyword "food"
   |  |       o depositing currency no longer echos the message twice
   |__|       o slightly different message for "resigned" mood.
    /\      
   /  \     TYPO FIXES
  /    \      o mana drain now says "whose" instead of "who's"
 /_    _\     o wording fixed on message you get about purpose at clan
   |  |         formation
   |  |       o typo fix in elbow
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    /\                       HELP FILE UPDATES
   /  \     
  /    \    General Topics:
 /_    _\        ABBREVIATIONS, BEFRIEND, CHARACTER, CONFIG, COPYRIGHT,
   |  |          CRASH, HITROLL, JARGON, MUNDANE, NEWBIE HELL, POST TITLE,
   |  |          PROFICIENCY, REIMBURSE, RESTRING, SHOPS, TELL, UPDATE,
   |  |          XPGAME RULES
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    /\      Skills:
   /  \          APPRAISE
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 /_    _\   Spells:
   |  |          CHANT, SPELLBOOK, GREATER SUMMONING, IDENTIFY OBJECT,
   |  |          PLAGUE, SUMMON BUTTERFLIES, SUMMON FIRE ELEMENTAL, WITHER
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   |__|     Thanks to all the immorts and players who made this possible.
    /\      
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  /    \                        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
   |__|     currently responsible for the area (use AREAINFO to find out!)
    /\      
   /  \     THE CRUSADES
  /    \         Decreases blast damage on fork-tongued sword -- rent
 /_    _\        increased slightly. Typo fix to a whois. Improves the
   |  |          assassins' ability to learn from those they're fighting.
   |  |     MELBOURNE     
   |  |          Learning the way of the aborigines quest fixed. Brick
   |__|          maker's teaching acts fixed. Some problems with Ben
    /\           Jamieson fixed.
   /  \     PARIS EXPANSION
  /    \         Stable-master should be clearer if you missed a quest
 /_    _\        step. Various bugs and typos fixed.
   |  |     PORT OF LONDON
   |  |          Treasure maps no longer have keyword roll. Sailors
   |  |          shouldn't be rude to people with "child" or "kid" as
   |__|          keywords.
    /\      SOMME, FRANCE
   /  \          Forage section should be available again.
  /    \    VICEROYAL PERU
 /_    _\        Conquistadors help their captain. Conquistadors, Captain,
   |  |          and Palace Guards assist the viceroy. These are the same
   |  |          basic acts for attacks against the people in charge in
   |  |          Ireland, Arabia, and elsewhere.
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    /\      1802 ALASKA, AFRICAN SAVANNA, ANCIENT EGYPT, ANCIENT GREECE,
   /  \     ANCIENT INDIA, BENGAL, CASABLANCA, CELTIC IRELAND, 
  /    \    FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, LEGENDS OF THE PAST, PICTISH COUNTRY, 
 /_    _\   ROMAN BRITAIN, SOUTHSEAS, AND TEAROUTE
   |  |          Various bug and typo fixes.
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   |  |     
   |__|                    In Progress Area Updates
    /\      
   /  \     This section is intended to share what builders are working
  /    \    on behind the scenes. It is not a perfect record of progress
 /_    _\   as all builders do not commit updates every week. Badgering
   |  |     builders about their progress will get you flogged. 
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   |  |         No in progress areas had commits made this week.
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                               RECENT TOPICS
 
Apologies to those whose questions and answers were lost in the 1st half
of the log.
 
 o Availability of Coupons?          o Hp Gains: Con vs Level?
 o Cheats & EQ Databases?            o Non Ascii-Character Sets?
 o Pretitle Update?                  o Economy & More on Coupons
 o Lit Salon Rules?                  o Imm Apps Next Due?
 o General Suggestions/Questions

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The following made its way into our inbox and we're glad to share the happy
news with everyone:

                       Angst's Real Life Announcement

          Rather than have clan mates and friends become upset
          with me by my waiting in this announcement, I would
          like to take a moment to tell everyone that my wife and
          I are expecting our first child within the month of
          November. Please join in our celebration, and excuse my
          recent absence...Be sure to congratulate K'Mala's
          player (should she appear), on soon becoming an Aunt!

          Feel free to wish me congrats, complaints, or keep me
          up to date on mud and non-mud events via
          email: estegner@bellsouth.net

          Eric, AKA Angst (RP), Harmon (RP), AngstPunk (ex-PK),
          Rebel (PK), HolyRoller (RP) etc., etc., etc.

          P.S. I'm really missing the old 'Pirates of Destiny'
          (PoD) crew.  Emails are still welcomed.

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               Lorenzo has reached 100 million experience!

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                         The Story of Zifnab

Zifnab has always been the old bearded man wandering with his green
dragon, but he was small and inexperienced then. He started adventuring
and battled with creatures of great size. Soon he realized that he had
achieved a great knowledge of the world. One day, someone asked him to
tell something of one of his adventures, which he did, and the man was
amazed with a story of such prowess. Zifnab recognized the signs and
decided to start studying everything he could learn -- magic, fighting,
anything that he could comprehend. Nowadays, he wanders the world always
sharing a tale or two for whomever needs one.


Zifnab will no longer be recognized as:
Short:  an old bearded man
Long :  An old man with a long beard is here eyeing you cautiously.

but rather as:
Short: a sage of great wisdom
Long : A great sage is here, telling tales of tremendous adventures.

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     /__|              LIVING GOOD with SERGIO                   |__\
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I am Sergio and I am living good. I will share my secrets to living good
so more people can be like Sergio.

Wherever Sergio goes he always finds the finest foods and the most
beautiful people. This makes life much more enjoyable for Sergio.

This week, Sergio will tell you where the fabulous things are in Agrabah.

Just west of the Sultan's Palace is a roomy little place called the
Agrabah Camel Inn which the locals call the Snoozing Camel. Both names are
just fabulous. My room was rather nice with big airy windows and a fine
view of the city. The tourist trade was rather sparse as I saw only locals
on my two day stay. Hoping to find some Sergio worthy action, I decided to
visit the Inn's main room. I sat on some very plush silk cushions as is
the custom and watched as a never-ending parade of ugly walked through the
room. Beggars, mutts, and various scarred individuals were constantly
assaulting my eyes and my nose. When a chicken entered with the best strut
Sergio had seen all night, it was time to try something new. From the
wonderful front porch, you can look down on the city square and enjoy the
spectacular street performers who frequent the area. My first night there,
a fabulously attractive belly dancer caught the eye of Sergio and soon his
heart as well. Things were looking up. We had a fantabulous time shopping
in the wonderful shops and making fun of the lesser people before we
retired back to my room.

Dining at the Camel Inn is much like... how do you say... ah yes... bland.
The owner, a not very attractive man by the name of Asabi, only knows how
to serve bread and an occasional cheese. His biscuits are fine for an
early breakfast; or at least the belly dancer thought so; but for a real
taste of Agrabah one must only travel around the corner to find the
fabulously busy, food bazaar. Here, Sergio found fine cheese, fresh fruit,
and the outrageously wonderful Lamoun Makbouss. This fabulous dish
consists of lemons with a hint of paprika and nut oil and is the best
thing Sergio found in the entire city. You really have to try this when
you are in Agrabah.

All in all Agrabah is an exciting place with many wonderful things to see.
Sergio thinks everyone should treat themselves to a taste of the city in
the sand. It offers grand adventure and fine entertainment for any who
chose to seek it.

Until next time, Live Good.

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         *           By Order of the Grand Master                *
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         *   Let is be known that the fair Order of the Poor     *
         *    Knights of Christ of the Temple of Solomon of      *
         *     Jerusalem now seeks initiates to join in its      *
         *    crusade - to shed light where there is darkness    *
         *   and bring hope, through Him, where there is none.   *
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         *   Those wishing further information are encouraged    *
         *   to submit inquiry to Sister Trinity d'Arpajon, or   *
         *   to seek counsel with any Knight of the Temple.      *
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                          Infernals Recruiting

          We, the Infernals, believe in the saying "Live and let
          your enemies burn in Hell". If you are strong enough to
          master your fear of conflict with your fellow man,
          contact us. You need not be a master of the battlefield,
          only one interested in fighting. Experience comes in
          time to those who strive to attain it.

          Your Lord,
  
          Barabas BoneCrusher Infernals GM

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There are currently 13 RP clans and 9 PK clans. This leaves open slots for
ten (10) 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 guide for players interested in
starting and running a clan, we recommend that before you even type FORM,
you visit: http://www.legendmud.org/Reference/gm.html.
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     /__|                    The PK Front                        |__\
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Two-thirds of the Infernals and the Grendels were out spreading chaos and
mayhem this past week. The Syndicate saw all but two of their members in
the middle of some action this week. A few members of the Grand Coven and
the IRA were also seen out in the middle of the fray. The truancy rate at
the School of Hard Knocks seems to be a problem, with only about a third
of the students and teachers showing up for class. The Knights of Legend
had a couple of representatives championing the side of Good this week.
And the Secretives and Hermetics have their noses stuck deeply in their
studies and only sent one member each to champion their causes this week.

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There were 85 pkill-related deaths involving 56 different characters in
the last week. Of those 56 characters, 36 of them were accept all at the
time. So come on, let's get YOUR name up in lights! We can't report on it
if you don't tell us about it!

If you have you witnessed or committed 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 PK (not necessarily PK Clan
related), send it in! It's free AND you'll get a prize token! 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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                       Dream Diary of Faye Staley

The dream came again. Not exactly like the previous time, but again
nonetheless. I write this excerpt hastily so I don't forget any of the
minute details. Surely scrawling this down will help give meaning to
these dreams.

Tonight I found myself in a large Hall with columns inlaid with silver and
gold rune work, spiraling to a high-domed ceiling. The ceiling appeared
to be stained-glass, but no light shone from the other side to catch the
colored facets. My eyes drifted down, and the once empty Hall was filled
with heavily-clad people. Who they were I could not tell. Their faces
were covered by deep hoods of brown, but they each held a weapon of sorts
in their grasp. They gave no intention towards me with their cudgels, but
towards the darkly lit ceiling above us. This is when I found myself
looking upwards again, not fearing these strangers around me. Gasps of
surprise echoed through the Hall as a glimmer of light peeked over the
surface of the stained-glass. The brightness spread quickly revealing a
huge eye-shaped oval the color of the deepest crimson. A faint glow
emanated from the silver runes on the columns and the air had an eerie red
cast, which made goosebumps on my flesh. The strange people in deep
cloaks frantically whispered, 'He comes! He comes!' and scurried out
hurriedly. I watched them run behind columns and rounded doors that
weren't visible in the darkness before. Soon, the Hall was empty, with
the exception of myself, sitting on the gray marble floor. How I had
fallen to the floor confused me. In my hands appeared a white lotus
flower, cast red by the large red eye above. I was startled to at the
sight of the flower, and surprised even more so when the light turned the
petals into a dark crimson. When I went to inspect the flower a bit more,
it wilted just as fast as it had appeared. Bewildered, I peered up at the
red stained-glass eye as it blinked at me.

Awakened, I find myself quite disturbed by these odd images. What could
it possibly mean? Today I think I'll head to a few local Inns in hope of
finding one that can interpret this incessant dream.

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                    From the Journal of Gavvius

Opening the magical journal that is falling apart, a page fall out...

(the date is smudged slightly)

     Day 5
     
     After a few days in this solitude cell, I decided to use my
     kere magic and create a log, to keep myself busy, to keep
     myself distracted...

(parts are missing due to the condition of the journal)

     ...these walls are dripping with blood, all there is, is blood,
     dripping, slowly dripping. Faint torture screams echo all around.
     I can't seem to silence it. I tried to called forth my minions
     but was unsuccessful, knowing not of the reason, I have decided
     to wait... for...

(the rest of the page is unreadable...)

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                             Night Owl

I play a mean piano. Anyone that tells you otherwise is a big fat liar.
I'm known as a songstress, but hey, whatever gets you the gigs, you know?
I wowed 'em at the Village Vanguard, I tell ya. Hot piano, cool drinks,
sweltering songs. You don't wanna know what it took to get there. How do
you get to the Carnegie Hall of Jazz? Practice, honey.

I like the old standards. Love 'em. Sing a few Hoagy Carmichael tunes,
throw in some Gershwin, and bam! you gotta set that will bring down the
house. I sure did that night. You can tell at the Vanguard, it's real
intimate. The crowd's right there, cheerin' you on.

The Vanguard was hoppin' that night, let me tell you! All sorts of people
there, just enjoying the music. I had a bass and a drummer behind me, and
we could do no wrong!

This one guy, he tells me, (after the last set) Iris, baby, you're like a
Siren. You sing, all these guys fall at your feet. Then he tells me,
that'll come in real handy, Sugar. I says, Handy for what? So he says,
(get this!) Real handy for what I got in mind for you.

Well, I tell ya, I didn't know where he was going with that, but he seemed
nice enough. He was one of these darker Goth types, you know? He wore a
lot of leather. He had this black beret, which made him look like a
Beatnik kinda. They get all types there at the Vanguard, the
out-of-towners, the students, the Beatniks, the upper-crust sorts. It's a
swell place.

So he leans in real close and he whispers, Hey, Iris isn't your real name,
is it? So I says, Well, no, it's not. Nobody's gonna pay a cover charge to
hear Alice McGee sing the standards. Iris Bluenote's much cooler, much
more jazz. Besides, if my name's Bluenote, maybe I'll actually get to sing
there someday, right? So this guy, he just smiles, and says, Baby, I like
the name. Iris, it's real nice, it's classy.

The chatting was fun and all, but I had to get out and about. I wanted to
go to Birdland and catch the next set of the Bobby Hutcherson Quartet, but
this guy, he wants to stick around, you know? So I told him he could walk
me out. We go up the stairs and out the door, then he grabs my arm and
hauls me down the street! Well I told him off, you be sure, but he wasn't
listening. Everybody else had left the Vanguard, so there wasn't anybody
around to help any.

So he pulls me around this corner, and he brings me real close, and he
whispers, Iris, you like the nightlife? And I'm more than a little creeped
out by this guy, but I say, Yeah, buddy, I love the nightlife. I'm a night
owl. That was so the wrong answer. I got the bite marks to prove it,
honey.

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                      A Wedding on the Fjord

The air was cool and crisp on the banks of the fjord as the water lapped
gently against the beach. The water was well-protected by large fjells
which rose up on either side, and the surface seemed like glass, not a
ripple marring its smooth surface. The sun shone bright in the blue sky,
white clouds floating across in the expanse.

The norseman nodded as he took in the scene, deciding that it would be
perfect for the wedding. He had worried that it would clouds would take
over the sky, turning it dark and menacing, but the gods seemed to be
smiling on him this day.

The mortal incarnation of Susano would be performing the wedding. He had
arrived early and set up the altar that would be used for the sacrifices,
then went to get the mead, ale and food that would  be mark the true start
of the norse wedding.

The norseman again looked around and nodded. Then looked up as the boat
that carried his bride arrived. She was beautiful, as always, but seeing
her in his homeland, on the day of their wedding... all else seemed to
disappear as he walked over and kissed her tenderly and brought her to the
spot where the vows would be said.

The guests began to arrive. Stygian and his wife Mikaela, Basara the
bard,  Nephiel, and Wyth.

Susano looked around and nodded. 'As tradition has held for many a year,
weddings here have been held on Fridays,' the God of Destruction said,
beaming with pride. 'This has been to please the Goddess of fertility, and
so it is today. We will also ask for Thor's blessing, as Gad follows him
as well.'

Then Susano leads a goat out from a side path, and walks to a well hidden
altar and bowed to it. He then took out a small bowl, and with a short
motion, began to bleed the goat's blood into the bowl.

Lilac winced and closed her eyes momentarily at the site of the sacrifice.

Bowing to the altar again, Susano dipped a small bundle of fir branches
into the blood and then, using the motion of the

'Hammer-sign' blessed the gathering.

The God of Destruction said proudly to Gad, 'Have you the sword?'

'Ja,' the norseman said, nodding.

'Give it to your beloved.'

Smiling broadly, the norseman gave a battle-worn broadsword to Lilac.

'This sword represents the lineage of Gad. It is his family's and his
clan's from times before they can remember. Will you hold this in trust
for your children to inherit?' Susano asked her.

'I will hold this sword in trust for our children to inherit,' Lilac said
to the norseman. and smiled sweetly at him as an 'Awwww,' came from
Mikaela. Lilac smiled in response.

The God of Destruction looked at Lilac and said, 'You also have a sword?'

'I do,' she answered and gave a crystal sword surrounded by a purple mist
to the God of Destruction.

'Normally, Lilac's clan would entrust you with this sword, it is their way
of showing that you, not them, now will protect Lilac and keep her from
harm,' the God of Destruction said to Gad as he handed the sword to him. 
'Will you do so?'

'Ja, I will protect her with my own life,' Gad exclaimed. 'And Wyth'll
make sure of it.'

A melancholy mage nodded and said, with a quiet sadness, 'That I will.'

'Now,' the God of Destruction said 'You each have a finger-ring to
offer... these rings are representative of the oath rings in temples
throughout the land. Place them on your sword hilts, and offer them to
each other.' And Gad and Lilac places matching rings of ice on their
respective sword hilts. 'When you do, clasp the hilts as one, and I will
speak your oaths.'

Gad and Lilac placed their respective swords together, the rings held to
the hilts as tradition commanded.

'You both hold the swords together,' the God of Destruction said, beaming
with pride. 'This is not done lightly. It is to show that you are both now
one blood, and one family. What befalls one, befalls the other. Now,
normally, each clan would have a speaker tell of your deeds, to show your
worth...' Susano looked into the sky and pondered something. ''I will do
so, for you both.' He looked at those assembled and said, 'Many a land
have Gad and Lilac both travelled, many people have been helped when they
were in need.

The list of deeds is far too great to list in our time here today, but the
greatest will be told. At the very end of Gad's quest...the one gifted to
him by his hammer, Lilac willing gave all that she was to help him finish.
'Truly, if this is not worth, what is?' she thought.

Lilac let her hand lightly brush against Gad's while their hands rested on
the sword.

'Will you both become one blood, one family, one clan?' the God of
Destruction asked the two.

'Yes, one blood, one family, one clan,' Lilac said, smiling as she looked
deep into Gad's eyes.

'Ja. et blod, en familie, en clan,' Gad said softly and smiled broadly
behind the great, braided beard.

The God of Destruction beamed with pride and yelled, 'Then let it be known
that Lilac and Gad are now joined as husband and wife!

Truly, this is a day to remember!!'  He looked at the two people, still
clasping their swords and rings and chuckled, 'You two can kiss if ya want
now, and you can put the rings on too.'

Gad and Lilac embraced each other and kissed tenderly, placed the rings on
each other's fingers, and then turned to the people who had witnessed
their union, met by applause, whistles, and loud shouts of
congratulations.

'Now,' said Susano with gusto, 'let the feasting begin!' Susano pointed
to the table filled with mead, ale, and much meat.

ArchAngel, who had slipped in quietly to watch the festivities added some
wine that he had received from Odysseus himself to the table grinning as
he drank and ate.

The feasting lasted many hours, the guests giving their congratulations
and presents to the happy couple, and enjoying the day, and eventually all
that were left were Gad and Lilac.

Lilac hugged Gad and kissed him passionately and whispered to him,

'Jeg elsker deg, my husband.'

'Jeg elsker deg, min skjonn kone' the norseman whispered,
uncharacteristically soft, 'It be feelin' good to be sayin' that... now
let's go home.'

And with that, they too departed the beautiful fjord and fjells and began
the journey of their new lives.

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