June 21, 2002
Fishwrap #49 Now Available


Fishwrap #49, "Xepel and Algernon," is now available. This issue features an interview with Xepel by Jeanne, a report from Monolith on a note he discovered in the South Forest, and from WorldWalker a transcript of a visit to town by Algernon's Keeper.

Read below for the full text.


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Issue #49: "Xepel and Algernon"
[June 21, 2002]
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Jeanne says, "Thank you for agreeing to this interview. I promise
to make it as quick and painless as possible. ^_^"
Jeanne says, "Question #1"
Jeanne asks, "Why aqua?"

Xepel says, "Before the riftwar, it was different... but the riftwar
has had a huge impact on my life..."
Xepel says, "And turned me taintless."
Xepel says, "Taintless isn't a very nice term for the color... so I
call it Aqua."
Xepel says, "And, since I wear Aqua only... I am the Aqua-Sylvan
Xepel says, "Besides, where I come from, on the mainland, we
lived near the sea."
Xepel says, "You could always see the blue ocean... and it's a
great color"

Jeanne says, "Question #2"
Jeanne asks, "How did you get your fantastic music ability?"

Xepel says, "Music... is hard."
Xepel says, "People think that it is so easy just to write down a
tune from anywhere... but you have to be unique."
Xepel says, "You have to be original... and many people have a
hard time working with the tools we have to write the music with."
Xepel says, "But... the ability..."
Xepel says, "Probably from my past on the mainland..."
Xepel says, "With a little inherent creativity of my own..."
Xepel says, "My grandfather was good friends with a bard..
though my parents weren't the artsy type."
Xepel says, "I must have been encouraged through him..."
Xepel says, "But I think that I developed my music skill myself."
Xepel says, "I try to create new and better ways of writing things,
so they aren't so... mmm..."
Xepel says, "uncreative, I guess."

Jeanne asks, "new music techniques?"

Xepel says, "Dynamics."
Xepel says, "Alternate endings"

Jeanne asks, "exploring the limits of the instruments?"

(Xepel nods)
Xepel says, "Tempo changes..."
Xepel says, "There are so many things you can do"
Xepel says, "With duets and trios you can do even more."

Jeanne says, "I don't see often enough of those."

Xepel says, "It's hard... you need lots of bards in the same spot
Xepel says, "Usually you can find one or two... but trios are hard
to do unless you have enough bards... with the right

Jeanne says, "I see lots of bards that I have never heard play."

Xepel says, "Yeah... that saddens me sometimes"
Xepel says, "I'll see people with gold bard belts that I've never
heard play."
Xepel says, "And I wonder why they wanted to be a bard...."
Xepel says, "I just think bards should share their music."
Xepel says, "Share it with others..."
(Xepel shrugs)
Xepel says, "Some bards think they aren't "good enough""
Xepel says, "A lot do, I think."
Xepel exclaims, "But, if they made it to bard, they've shown talent
Xepel says, "... then again, you may not hear some because they
don't like playing for crowds"
Xepel says, "I know some bards that will only play in privacy..."
Xepel says, "So you won't hear them in town square playing"
(Xepel shrugs)
Xepel says, "it's their choice..."

Jeanne says, "Question #3"
Jeanne asks, "What do you use for inspiration?"

Xepel says, "Oooo.. hard one."
Xepel says, "Usually I think of what I'm trying to make the piece
sound like."
Xepel says, "For Melabrion's contest, I tried to write something
dark and deep"
Xepel says, "Other times... I come up with a tune.. and then come
up with other parts for it"
Xepel says, "It's a bit sporadic..."
Xepel says, "Can't always tell when I'm going to have
Xepel ponders, "I should get me a muse..."
Xepel says, "Commissions make me work harder, though, even
if I don't have the inspiration ;)"

Jeanne asks, "maybe because the clients have a song already
in mind?"

Xepel says, "Sometimes they do."
Xepel says, "Sometimes... it's harder."
Xepel says, "I can't read their thoughts, I don't always know what
they want..."
Xepel says, "But I try to get them to give me details about how
they want it to sound"
Xepel says, "It's easier to create a song within certain bounds
than to create one from scratch..."
Xepel says, "At least I think so, in a way."

Jeanne says, "Question #4"
Jeanne asks, "What do you do when people mistake you for a

Xepel exclaims, "Ack!"
Xepel says, "That hasn't happened in a while."
Xepel says, "But it *has* happened before"
Xepel says, "They'll ask me why I'm not helping to heal the fallen
or something..."
Xepel says, "I don't know. Its probably because of my aqua
clothing... right.."
Xepel says, "Not exactly like turquoise, but something like it."

Jeanne asks, "so what do you do?"

Xepel says, "I just tell them I'm a fighter, not a healer, and then
they end up feeling embarrassed ;)"
Xepel says, "Sometimes I try to do it in a more indirect manner..."
Xepel says, "Just so they realize the mistake without me telling
them =)"
Xepel exclaims, "I was once put on a list as a 4th circle healer...
Xepel says, "That better not happen again ;)"

Jeanne asks, "how do you do it indirectly?"

Xepel says, "I'll put on my 3rd circle fighter belt..."
Xepel says, "Well, erm, not anymore"
(Xepel got rid of that thing a while ago...)
Xepel says, "I think so. I may have just dropped it, or gave it away,
or something"
Xepel says, "It was taking up too much room in my pack"
Xepel says, "Or I'll just point them to my info... which does say
that I'm a fighter, if they look close enough..."

Jeanne says, "Question #5"
Jeanne asks, "Besides your aqua and barding ability, what
would you like to be known for?"

Xepel says, "Well... a few things, I guess..."
Xepel says, "My defensive abilities are fairly good..."
Xepel says, "I should be getting a Detha ledger in not too long of
a time..."

Jeanne asks, "how much do you have?"

Xepel says, "Over 550 lessons"
Xepel says, "But a few people have ledgers already, so it'll take a
while longer"
Xepel says, "I'm trying to get myself involved with the
'brions....researching them, finding more about the 'brions
themselves, while other people research the ether"
Xepel says, "I'm fairly 'pro-brion'...."
Xepel says, "I don't think they will affect us negatively in any
Xepel ponders, "In any big way, at least..."

Jeanne asks, "'pro-brion' meaning that you want to be their allies
and not their enemies if possible?"

(Xepel nods)
Xepel says, "Very much so."
Xepel says, "I'd not like to go to war with them..."

Jeanne asks, "have you been accused of being an enemy of

Xepel says, "No, I've not... which is a good thing."
Xepel says, "The Brion brothers trust me, for the most part. I've
received a pass key.. which is useful... and I trust them, for the
most part."
Xepel says, "They have a lot of knowledge that could be shared."
Xepel says, "I think I'm a bit too willing to trust them... but they
have not shown me any reason not to."
Xepel says, "Their teleportation skills... ether manipulation..."
Xepel says, "We *do* trespass frequently on their property..."
Xepel says, "I'm amazed they don't retaliate any more than they
do... which is not much."
Xepel says, "Everyone is concentrating on ether studies..."
Xepel says, "Few are concentrating on the 'brions"

Jeanne says, "Now you can ask the Fishwrap reporter ONE (1)

Xepel ponders, "Ooo... hrm, hrm...."
(Xepel thinks hard)
Xepel asks, "Who is your most and least favorite 'brion, and

Jeanne says, "hmm, I admit to not knowing or seeing much of
them, especially the recent ones"
Jeanne says, "I should really know more about them but I doubt
I'd have any contact with them."
Jeanne says, "Umbrion has been helpful with his tools"
Jeanne says, "giving us the ability to learn more about the
ethereal plane"
Jeanne says, "I'd put him #1"

Xepel asks, "And least trustworthy?"

Jeanne says, "I think that Tenebrion's desire for purgatory
pendants worries me."
Jeanne says, "wondering what he'll do with them"
Jeanne says, "Tenebrion is the most dangerous"
Jeanne says, "maybe not because he wants to be"
Jeanne says, "but because his studies are the most dangerous"
Jeanne says, "if he studies death"
Jeanne says, "that's very powerful"
Jeanne says, "death and destruction go hand-in-hand"
Jeanne says, "and I doubt they are as wise and all-knowing as
they make themselves out to be"
Jeanne says, "although they are wiser than many of us"

Xepel says, "Probably wiser than nearly all of us.."
Xepel says, "It would be nice to get a few copies of the books
they have..."
Xepel says, "A few, like Sombrion, think exiles are too inferior to
talk to..."
Xepel says, "But most don't."

Jeanne says, "humph"
Jeanne says, "live a few centuries and you think you're better
than everyone else"

(Xepel chuckles.)
Xepel says, "Well, that's what *they* think..."


Dear Mr. Paramedic Fishwrap Editor Sir,

I found this scrap of parchment near the south forest hospital.
Do with it as you will. I think it might be important.

/the top part is torn off

...sun, glaring, burning, I can barely move today. I hope I can find
that oasis again or I will surely die today. I'm going to try and
catch a carrion bird and attach this letter to it in hopes that
someone will find it.

I've been trapped here for years now. I have no idea why the
mirror that I entered from just glares back at me now, it still looks
the same, but I can't enter it, not that I haven't tried. Gaia! I've
managed to kill about 40 sand tigers since the mirror closed to
me, but they keep coming back, no they don't taste like chicken.

I've set noise traps near the mirror, just in case someone comes
through. If only I could just get news of Puddleby. I stay in the
tents that have been near the mirror as long as I remember, I
have no clue who put them up, but they are durable and serve
well enough as protection from the heat of day and the cold of

I swear that damned oasis moves. I've managed to make some
water skins out of the sand tiger skins I have collected over the
years. I tried living in the oasis for a time, but the paranoia that I
would miss someone coming through the mirror was too strong.
I wonder if the other mirrors are impassable too. It must be so
as there used to be many hunting parties here and in the other
lands accessible by the mirrors. I wonder if that wizard who
appeared near the courtyard inside the great mirror had anything
to do with this. I should have paid more attention to his

Found the oasis again, filled my skins. It never ceases to amaze
me, the amount of life here when all else is dead except for sand
tigers, scorpions and carrion birds. Now for my trek back to the

I stumbled upon the desert well again, it's filled with sand and
the deeper I dig, the more fruitless it seems. Every time I seem
to make progress the growls of the sand tigers approaching
bring me back to my senses and by the time I'm done fighting
them the winds have filled the well up with sand again. I'd rather
fight the hundreds of undine in the well than spend another day
in this barren waste land.

I pray to Gaia that someone finds this note. Someone must know
that I am here. Someone must be trying to reopen the mirrors
that brought me here. Someone...

/the bottom part is torn off as well


Monolith The Good
Clan GDI - Keeper of Ferocious Squirrels



Keeper, Algernon's guardian from the Puddleby Home, made a
rare public appearance in Town this evening.

Algernon had a particularly hard several days, being PND for a
long, long time, undergoing several rescues from distant places
where he had been chained to, and two successful court cases
filed on his behalf against Shepherd for abusing him.

Keeper came out to talk a little about Algy's history, and to thank
those who help Algy. As keeper said, "All he needs from his
friends in town is their protection and affection."

Full text of Keeper's visit follows.


Keeper is now Clanning.
Algernon exclaims, "Tywani Cagga!"
(WorldWalker waves goodnight to Algernon)
Loila says, "Algy Can you say Loila? L o i la..."
Habbakuk Lal says, "lol"
Habbakuk Lal says, "that's a tough one"
WorldWalker exclaims, "Good night Algy!"
(Keeper smiles indulgently at Algernon.)
(Algernon smiles.)
Mephisto says, "Funny, Sephorus. You said Keeper had black
(Algernon smiles.)
Sephorus says, "I have a fuzzy memory"
(Mephisto chortles.)
Sephorus says, "Seen one sylvan, you've seen 'em all :)"
WorldWalker says, "Hello Keeper"
Keeper exclaims, "Hello!"
Keeper is a Sylvan, is male, is an exile, and is not wearing the
symbol of any clan.
His hands are empty.
Keeper has 2 good karma.
Kyoujin exclaims, "Algy look! it's Keeper!"
WorldWalker says, "I am pleased to at last meet you"
Naferu asks, "Algernon, do you recognize Keeper?"
Loila asks, "so you going to be ok here Algy?"
WorldWalker says, "Algy has had a very busy day"
Mephisto says, "Keeper.."
(Loila hugs Algy)
(Algernon smiles and hugs back.)
Kyoujin says, "Algy say Keeper"
(Algernon smiles at Keeper.)
Kyoujin says, "Algy say Keeper"
Loila says, "Bye Algy - hope you have fun with the feather"
Habbakuk Lal says, "Algy say Tyranis Calgar"
WorldWalker says, "We've done all we could to help him"
Tyranis Calgar says, "oh well.."
(Thornin grins)
Mephisto asks, "Keeper..was it you that pressured Algernon to
change his name?"
Keeper asks, "Pressured him?"
(Mephisto shivers at saying 'Algernon'.)
Keeper says, "No, no."
Mephisto says, "He seemed happy with the name Idiot Savant.."
Keeper says, "You see, the Marsh Hermit is his adoptive father."
(Loila smiles at Algy)
Kyoujin says, "Algy, say Kyoujin"
Keeper says, "Eventually, the hermit became a little...well, not
really responsible enough to take care of a youngster like
Tyranis Calgar says, "Algy say tyranis calgar"
Keeper says, "So we at the Puddleby Home took Algernon in."
Tyranis Calgar says, "I think algy is drawing.."
Mephisto says, "Keeper"
(Tyranis Calgar hands Algy a cookie..)
Keeper says, "We didn't know his real name, and the Hermit was
too far gone to tell us."
Mephisto asks, "Where is the Puddleby Home?"
Tyranis Calgar says, "yep.."
Kyoujin says, "Algy, say Kyoujin"
Tyranis Calgar says, "Algy is not responding.."
Keeper says, "So we called him Idiot Savant, because of course
he is one."
Tyranis Calgar says, "he is sleeping sorta.."
Naferu says, "algernon say "stop bugging me I've said your
name in my own cute little way already!""
Kyoujin asks, "Algy whatcha doing?"
Mephisto says, "I'd like to know, so I can enroll Loila here."
Keeper says, "In my professional opinion, Loila isn't in need of
our services."
(Valiant cleans Algy's mouth with his handkerchief)
Kyoujin says, "Naferu, say Kyoujin"
Mephisto says, "Well she ran off when I mentioned enrolling
(Keeper smiles.)
WorldWalker asks, "Keeper, do you think we could teach
Algernon to depart when fallen?"
Kyoujin says, "Naferu, say Kyoujin"
(Valiant cleans Algy's nose)
Sephorus says, "That'd be a bad idea Wowaka"
Tyranis Calgar says, "yeah.."
Keeper says, "You're all so kind to Algernon. He's improved so
much since he's been coming out to visit town."
Kyoujin says, "Naferu, say Kyoujin"
(WorldWalker smiles)
Kyoujin says, "Naferu, say Kyoujin"
Keeper says, "Teach him to depart? Well, I suppose you could
(Valiant thinks Algy needs a refreshing bath)
Mephisto says, "If Idiot Savant does not have the brain capacity to
count pass twenty, he certainly could not depart."
Sephorus says, "That would be far worse than rescuing him
each time, WorldWalker"
Kyoujin says, "as many as you can"
Sephorus says, "His tormentors would just make him depart
over and over and over and over"
WorldWalker says, "Hmmm"
Kyoujin says, "Naferu, say Kyoujin"
WorldWalker says, "Well"
WorldWalker says, "Maybe we'll just stick with teaching him to
sleep when he is chained"
Habbakuk Lal says, "algy say worldwalker"
Keeper says, "Yes, that would be a concern."
Algernon exclaims, "Wowoka!"
Sephorus says, "He'd never gain another Horus rank again, nor
another Mentus. He'd be permanently stunted"
(Keeper smiles.)
(WorldWalker smiles at his friend Algernon)
Devil says, "not only would we make him depart, we'd give him
so much bk he'd never come out of purg };-)"
Tyranis Calgar asks, "he trains mentus?"
Mephisto asks, "What if there is an invasion? And we need
Algernon's horus? And we need to chain him to the temple?"
Sephorus says, "Yeah"
Mephisto asks, "What then? Eh??"
(Kyoujin chuckles)
Keeper says, "He's learned all sorts of things in his visits to
Mephisto says, "That has happened before.."
Devil says, "*cough* I mean "they" not "we""
(Algernon sniffles unhappily.)
Keeper says, "There there, Algernon."
Thornin says, "algy is like that brother i never had, the one who
could only say the same 20 odd statements over and over"
WorldWalker says, "If Algernon has been chained to Alchemist's
Folly, he is no good to us then."
(Algernon smiles.)
WorldWalker says, "Besides, Algernon is our friend"
Keeper says, "Some people aren't as nice as other people, but
most people are nice."
(Algernon smiles.)
Loila yells, "Bye algy See ya later, Have fun with the feather!"
Kyoujin says, "Algy, say Kyoujin"
Algernon exclaims, "Kee-you-jin!"
Keeper is a Sylvan, is male, is an exile, and is not wearing the
symbol of any clan.
His hands are empty, and he is wearing a shirt and a pair of
Keeper has 2 good karma.
Kyoujin says, ":)"
Keeper says, "Say, that's a new one."
(Kyoujin nods)
Sephorus says, "It might be a good idea to let him rest a bit"
Keeper asks, "Have you been teaching him?"
Mephisto asks, "Idiot Savant, do you really get anything out of
repeating others' names over and over again?"
Sephorus says, "He's learned a lot tonight."
You gave good karma to Keeper, Thank you for taking such good
care of Algernon :)
(Algernon blinks blankly.)
Keeper says, "That's wonderful."
Keeper says, "He so enjoys learning new things."
WorldWalker exclaims, "And we enjoy teaching him!"
Keeper asks, "You all know about the scrolls of his past
adventures, I hope?"
Tyranis Calgar says, "see you folks.. later.."
Tyranis Calgar says, "algy remember that name of mine.."
Tyranis Calgar says, "=D"
WorldWalker exclaims, "Yes!"
(Habbakuk Lal nods.)
Keeper says, "I have many sketches from more recent years that
I still need to paste onto scrolls."
Thornin says, "i wuv you algy"
(WorldWalker nods)
(Tyranis Calgar hands algy a cookie)
Undertow E'flei exclaims, "Algernon, say sex machine!"
Keeper says, "He sketches a lot, this fellow."
Sephorus ponders, "As well as his current
(Keeper pats Algernon.)
Devil says, "Algy say sex machine"
Algernon exclaims, "sesmashee!"
Undertow E'flei says, "hehe"
(Sephorus hugs Algernon)
Kyoujin ponders, "it is very late!"
(WorldWalker needs to go, too)
(Keeper blinks.)
Thornin says, "yay"
Keeper ponders, "Who taught him *that*?"
Mephisto says, "heh"
Kyoujin says, "algernon I'm happy you learned my name :)
Undertow E'flei says, "I did, I am a bad person."
Thornin says, "you're my new hero"
(Undertow E'flei sighs.)
Keeper says, "A bad person? Well..."
Keeper says, "It seems an odd thing to teach him, true."
(Kyoujin smiles)
Mephisto says, "I'd teach Algernon how to the Worf salute if he
weren't so slow.."
(Kyoujin waves)
(Algernon sniffles unhappily.)
Undertow E'flei says, "Someone else taught him it a long time
Undertow E'flei says, "I'm not original enough to think of it
Thornin says, "sex machine"
Thornin says, "algy say sex machine"
Thornin says, "damnit"
Keeper asks, "Isn't the Worf salute banned in most places?"
Devil says, "heh"
Thornin says, "you do devil"
Devil says, "Algy say sex machine"
Mephisto says, "Everything on this island is illegal."
Devil says, "noooo"
Kyoujin is no longer Clanning.
Keeper says, "I remember we once had a resident in the Home
who kept doing something he called a salute."
Mephisto asks, "What's another one-fingered salute going to
Thornin says, "someone change his batteries"
Undertow E'flei says, "Algy, please say sex machine"
Undertow E'flei says, "Pleeease"
Keeper says, "Thankfully he got better. We were getting tired of
(WorldWalker chuckles.)
Algernon exclaims, "sesmashee!"
WorldWalker says, "Keeper, if I can ever be of help with Algernon,
please do not hesitate to ask."
Undertow E'flei exclaims, "Huzzah!"
Koppi yells, "WorldWalker reports: Evil-hearted anti-healers take
note - Algernon is my friend, and he will be AVENGED!"
Mephisto says, "Oh my, look at the time.."
Thornin exclaims, "yes!"
WorldWalker says, "I am at your service."
Keeper says, "All he needs from his friends in town is their
protection and affection."
(Mephisto hands Idiot Savant a dirty sock.)
(WorldWalker nods)
Mephisto says, "Happy Easter."
WorldWalker says, "And that I will do"
WorldWalker says, "you have my word on it"
Undertow E'flei says, "It's about a feeling universal love thing,
(Algernon sniffs at the sock, then puts it in his pack.)
WorldWalker says, "Algernon, I must be going to study now"
Devil says, "heh"
Thornin says, "you got it"
WorldWalker exclaims, "Good night Algy!"
Keeper says, "He isn't very good at knowing who will treat him
(WorldWalker nods)
WorldWalker says, "Yes"
WorldWalker says, "He is very trusting"
Keeper says, "He's too trusting, I think, but that's just his way."
WorldWalker says, "It is"
WorldWalker exclaims, "it is what makes him Algy!"
Devil says, "algy do your job dammit"
Thornin says, "yes algy has a very complex personality"
(WorldWalker shakes Keeper's hand)
WorldWalker says, "Thank you for everything"
Marko ponders, ".."
Devil says, "Algy heal Marko"
Keeper asks, "Algernon, why don't you walk west for a bit and go
help Marko there?"
Undertow E'flei says, "Yeah, one time I saw him picking his
(WorldWalker waves)
/SLEEP when you wish to begin studying.

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Help us someone, let us out of here
living here so long undisturbed
dreaming of the time we were free
so many years ago
before the time when we first heard
welcome to the Home by the Sea

"Home by the Sea"
- Genesis, "Genesis"

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