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VOLUME NINE, NUMBER FORTY-SIX                             November 24, 2002
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                           TABLE OF CONTENTS
                           The Editor's Note

                         NEWS, REPORTS, UPDATES
                           Calendar of Events
                             The PR Outlook
                             Recent Updates
                           Recent Q&A Topics

                              LEGENDITES

                              Clan News
                        
                             The PK Front

                            Cherished Gifts
                     From the journal of Gavvius...
                           A Journey Begins 
                          MANHUNT CONTINUES...
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Here in the U.S., Thursday marks our Thanksgiving celebration. Yes, I know
the Canadians had theirs last month, and the rest of the world probably
doesn't understand the embracing of a holiday that was started by people
with whom so few of the current population can even claim a relationship.

I think it's more the idea behind the holiday -- being thankful for what
you have, appreciating the family and friends who gather around you for
the football, parades, and feasts -- that has made it one that is still
regularly celebrated and fraught with tradition. Too often, we take the
mundane or constant things in our lives for granted and it's good that we
set aside one day a year to think about those things.

Many people who keep journals include something called a gratitude list.
Put simply, it's a quick list of 5 or so things that you are grateful for
that day. What would be on your list today? Would LegendMUD with its sense
of community and the friends you've made here be on it?

If not, perhaps you have more important and more crucial things to be
grateful to have right now. We know we're a luxury -- nothing costs more
than free time to spend having a good time. It's often depressing to
realize that we don't really stop to think to appreciate the place until
we can't access it for some reason. We should all try to recognize and
drop a quick thanks for all the things we like about the place and each
other more often.

Have a great week! Don't eat too much turkey and may your team win! And
thank you for playing and being a part of this awesome place that's more
than just a game!

-Kaige

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          [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]

                 NOVEMBER                          DECEMBER
           Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa              Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                           1  2               1  2  3  4  5  6  7
            3  4  5  6  7  8  9               8  9 10 11 12 13 14
           10 11 12 13 14 15 16              15 16 17 18 19 20 21
           17 18 19 20 21 22 23              22 23 24 25 26 27 28
           24 25 26 27 28 29 30              29 30 31

Tuesday,   November  26th    8:00 pm         Autumn Casino
Thursday,  November  28th                    Thanksgiving - U.S. - No Q&A
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Thursday,  December   5th    7:00 pm         Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Thursday,  December  12th    7:00 pm         Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Thursday,  December  19th    7:00 pm         Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Wednesday, December  25th                    Christmas Day
Tuesday,   December  31st                    New Year's Eve

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Tuesday night at 8:00pm kicks off the Autumn Casino! Participants will be
given one bag per character. The object of the game is to trade (NO CASH
TRANSACTIONS) your autumn casino tokens with other participants to acquire
the needed set for the prize you want to win! So come, play and see if you
can put together a winning set!

For more information and more specific rules, see HELP CASINO online.

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    /\                         CODE UPDATES
   /  \     
  /    \    MISC CHANGES
 /_    _\     o New SKIN skill
   |  |       o TAILOR skill improved
   |  |       o RING OF FIRE is now combat castable (long lag)
   |  |       o damage from moving with RING OF FIRE now takes into
   |__|         account susceptibility/resistance to flame
    /\        o You may now DROOL in your sleep
   /  \     
  /    \    GRAMMAR CHANGES
 /_    _\     o Gender of animated corpses is now correct
   |  |       o Argh self now correct
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   |  |     
   |__|                      HELP FILE UPDATES
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   /  \     Skill Topics:
  /    \    
 /_    _\        SKIN, TAILOR, TAN
   |  |     
   |  |     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!)
   |  |     
   |__|       There was at least one teacher for skin added in each era.
    /\      
   /  \     1802 ALASKA
  /    \        Being a successful fur trader will rely more on the skin
 /_    _\       skill now.
   |  |     
   |  |     AFRICAN SAVANNA
   |  |         New mob & new items. People should now respond to a lot
   |__|         more than they did previously. Expands things slaves can
    /\          do a little. Said's personality is a bit closer to what
   /  \         it was historically. Other minor bug fixes and typos.
  /    \    
 /_    _\   ARABIAN NIGHTS
   |  |         Assassin changed slightly.
   |  |     
   |  |     ANCIENT GREECE
   |__|         Fight specials should require victim to be in room and
    /\          mob to be awake to go off. Shopkeepers should only kick
   /  \         you out of their shop, if they're in it. Foraged items
  /    \        food values no longer fill for single item. Lemon and
 /_    _\       lotus resets altered slightly. Cyclops should notice
   |  |         intruders more ways. Slight changes to 'eye of the
   |  |         cyclopes' and hawk pendant. Servant should have a light
   |  |         of his own now. Telemachus should understand better.
   |__|         Various minor bugs and typos fixed.
    /\      
   /  \     CELTIC IRELAND
  /    \        Herne's hounds are better about assisting him.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     LEGENDS OF THE PAST
   |  |         Slight change to Malorn's shield.
   |  |     
   |__|     TORTUGA
    /\          Houngan and Cook are smarter about dealing with charmies.
   /  \         Houngan's fight tactics altered slightly. Various typos
  /    \        fixed.
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   |  |     THE OUT OF CHARACTER LOUNGE
   |  |         Fixes a few typos in OOC, adds a bit more explanation to
   |  |         the restaurant. Adds a whois for the literary salon.
   |__|     
    /\      THE CRUSADES, PARIS EXPANSION, PICTISH COUNTRY, PITTSBURGH,
   /  \     SAN FRANCISCO and SHERWOOD
  /    \        Various bugs and typos fixed.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     
   |  |     
   |__|                    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. 
   |  |     
   |  |             Cheyla        Zanzibar Expansion
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                               RECENT TOPICS

 o Skin & Tailor Changes             o Ways to Improve Skills
 o Martial Arts Skills?              o Handling Dollars?
 o Missing Exits in El Salvador?     o How are PR Imms Different?
 o Can Immorts Spy on Players?       o Add-a-Color Coupon Question
 o OOC: commands, spells, skills?    o General Suggestions/Questions

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               Gwalchmai has reached 100 million experience!

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     /__|                      Clan News                         |__\
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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 was rather quiet this week which isn't surprising with the
holiday weekend coming up and midterm exams and projects coming due. The
Infernals, Grand Coven and Grendels had about one-third of their forces
active this week. The Knights of Legend also had a couple of members out
and the School of Hard Knocks appears to have been holding practical exams
this week as well. The Secretives, Hermetic Order and IRA members were not
seen in the middle of any action this week.

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This past week there were 45 pkill-related deaths involving 34 different
characters. Of those 34 characters, 21 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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                            Cherished Gifts

A young templar carefully removed her white cloak with a red cross, folded
it with reverence and placed it on the short stool next to the bed. She
couldn't help giving it one final caress before turning and finishing her
preparations for bed. It was the finest thing she had ever owned. Soft and
warm, made of some fine material she couldn't identify. She knew to be so
materialistic was a sin, but at this moment she didn't care, she'd do
penance later, right now she just wanted to enjoy her wonderful new gifts.

Gently, she placed the silver goblet of deep red wine on the table she
used as a nightstand. She stopped and admired the way the moonlight coming
in the window reflected softly on the silver goblet and then slipped into
bed.

She lay there for a long time, just staring at the goblet and cloak,
occasionally reaching out to touch the precious objects. As tired as she
was after the long day, and the nerves of the ceremony she just couldn't
sleep knowing her gifts were there, just within reach. Gifts from people
she both respected and admired. People, she realised, she still respected
and admired after finding out some of them were... were what? ...less than
perfect. She knew she'd do anything they asked of her. Not just because
she had vowed to be obedient, but because, the greatest gift was that they
had accepted her, they had become the family she had never had.

Sighing at her own foolishness, Mary-Therese sat up, reached over and
carefully picked up her new cloak. She gently smoothed the wrinkles out,
and then lay back down. Her cheek resting on the cherished cloak, and her
arms hugging it to her breast, she finally fell asleep.

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                     From the journal of Gavvius...

(there is no date on this blood-stained page... you start to wonder why...)

     My spiritual energy is gone. And this room, it prevents me from
     meditating it back...

(damaged texts)

     Drinking from the bloods dripping off the walls seem to replenish
     both my physical and spiritual healths. I feel alive more than
     ever. But then I have a dilemma now... will I thank whomever put
     me in this prison? Or rip out their heart? Maybe I will give my
     thanks, then feast on them...

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                           A Journey Begins 

The note was unusually short, even coming from Camaris. 'I must leave for
my homeland.' was all it read. Judah pondered. Perhaps he should try to
talk to his long time friend and see if something was troubling him.

He finally found the paladin in Germany. It was the first place he had met
Camaris, so many years ago. The somber man was sitting at a back table,
seemingly oblivious to his surroundings. His meager belongings were
already packed and sitting next to his chair.

Camaris finally looked up. He stood and bowed. 'My apologies.' Camaris
said. Judah chuckled. Before he could ask about the note, Camaris
continued. 'I know I have left at odd times before, but this is an
emergency.'

'What has happened?' Judah inquired. 'Is there anything I could help
with?' Camaris sighed. 'My father has finally passed away, and in my
absence, there was some fighting over who should inherit. Now both parties
lie injured, possibly mortally, and I need to return home.'

'How do you know this?' his friend asked with concern. 'I thought messages
were difficult at best to send from your homeland.' Camaris nodded. 'Yes,
but this came for me the other day...' He pointed at the corner behind
him. There stood an immense sword of an unearthly dark hue. 'That is
Thorn, and she was delivered with the message about my father's passing.'

'Is that the sword you described...?' The solemn paladin nodded again,
sighing as he did so. Judah sat in thought for some time, then came to a
decision. 'It would be cruel for you to travel such a distance without a
friend by your side. Would you object if I asked to come with you?' he
asked gently. Camaris looked startled. In a quiet voice, he said, 'It
would be greatly appreciated...my friend.'

A short time later, two travellers set out from the gates of Klein, slowly
walking the long road before them.

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                          MANHUNT CONTINUES...

Law enforcement officials in several eras are broadening their efforts to
put an end to the reign of terror caused by the Unibowman. The recent
rash of attacks on lawyers and judges has escalated to the point where
mere law students are not safe.

'Guess I'll have to get a real job' said one survivor of last weeks Tudor
student massacre. 'Its no longer safe profiting from other people's
misery.'

After back logging the justice system in Klein by removing the entire
legal staff, the unibowman fell quite until last week's attack.

Officials are refusing to comment on the stealthful nature of this
assassin but are willing to say they are doing all that they can.

To once again look into the mind of this mad man, the Legendary Times will
publish another excerpt from the 139 page, hand written manifesto of the
man the police are calling the Unibowman.

From the manifesto of the Unibowman:

       A system which imprisons a poor man for stealing bread to feed his
       children and lets murder go unpunished because the guilty have
       wealth and fame is held suspect.

       Two sets of laws cannot and will not be permissible.

       Capitol punishment cannot be only for those with no capitol.

       Be warned, false justice will not be tolerated.

In related news:

A great white shark was found dead off the coast of Portugal.

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