December 30, 2003
Zorton's Porting Rescue


Callus sent TMN the following report:

"I thought that TMN readers would be interested in this rescue:

"The situation: a small group is exploring the foothills, starting from Camp Dred and traveling to the shimmering pool. Yor went ahead to scout the snell, exiting Sor's Door (into snell 11 on Entil'Zha's map), and got surrounded by 40+ Midnight Wendeckas. What followed was Zorton's own version of a 'Darkane' rescue!

"Side note: everyone made it safely to town!"

Download visionstone of Zorton's Porting Rescue

Posted by Para at 11:30 PM
Azriel Roams the Lands


Azriel's latest journal entry tells of successful expeditions to Kismia's Island and Melabrion's Castle. Azriel also participated in a Full Moon Orga Camp Raid.

Posted by Para at 11:17 PM
December 28, 2003
Wedding of Relkin and Stinkfist


Shakyamuni sent TMN these images from the wedding of Relkin and Stinkfist:

Wedding of Relkin and Stinkfist: Ceremony
Wedding of Relkin and Stinkfist: Reception

Posted by Para at 10:37 PM
More Bawkmas, More Invasions


Aravir has new journal entries on Santa Chicken giving out Bawkmas gifts and on a fresh round of invasions, this time including Abyssal Hunters. (Update: image of a recent Abyssal Hunter invasion provided by Lorikeet. I was around during a Fire Drake invasion myself today. -Para)

Hor's most recent journal entry tells of an abundance of ore for auction, presents from Santa Chicken, and battles against tree giants in a Snowy Place.

Norm and Jeanne also have posted reports on events of the Bawkmas season. Norm reports on fallout from recent teleportation changes (see the entry for 46 Autumn 552), and Jeanne on Malkor taking Bawkmas lights to the junkyard.

Posted by Para at 02:40 PM
Bawkmas Invasions


In his latest journal entry, Azriel reports on Bawkmas invasions of vermine and drakes as well as a Kizmia's Island Scarmis egg hunt.

Posted by Para at 02:33 PM
December 26, 2003
Bawkmas Celebrations


Santa Chicken sent the following message to TMN:

"Ho Ho Ho! Merrry Bawkmas, Paramedic! The line was long and vast this Bawkmas! The gift giving went well. People got ponies rides, beer, doughnuts, and other thing. I think everyone had a good Bawkmas."

Santa line
Cyan's pony ride

Thanks to Elgorean and Santa Chicken for the images.

Posted by Para at 09:21 AM
December 24, 2003
Chaos Storm #317


Chaos Storm #317 has swept the Lok'Groton island chain. Please post any changes you have observed and wish to share with others in the comments. If you don't want to read possible spoilers, please do not read the comments.

Posted by Kiriel at 09:54 AM
Azriel and the Chatty Spriggin


Azriel has a new journal entry on Bawkmas events and an encounter with a talkative spriggin.

Posted by Para at 05:56 AM
Stuenora Upgrade?


Galadriel sent the following inquiry to TMN:

"It was my impression that only properly trained exile mystics could tune sunstones into sungems or suncrytals. I accidentally ran into Stuenora yesterday, and she immediately offered to upgrade my suncrystal to a sungem (see image above). I was taken aback. Is she now competing with exile mystics for the sunstone upgrade business?"

Posted by Para at 05:50 AM
December 23, 2003
New Bawkmas Show


Poesy and the Puddleby Players sent this announcement to TMN:

"The Bawkmas show is not dead! New script! New players! Old players! We've got it all! Ok, we've got a short Bawkmas sketch, think of it as a teaser to whet your appetite for Anfyr's Five Act Extravaganza. There will be bard music, bad acting, and beer! How better to spend the day after that gifty holiday? The show will start at 1pm PST December 26th in the ballroom. We'll begin with a half-hour Bard jam. The skit will be at 1:30, and then beer! Or maybe beer first...always! And then more music until we pass out. Come for the first half, stay for the second, or come for the second half and stay for the first! Whatever your pleasure, we'll be there to entertain."

Posted by Para at 10:23 AM
Rescue at the Drake Den


Lundar has news of a recent rescue on Devil's Island in his latest journal entry.

Posted by Para at 09:21 AM
Bawkmas Reindeer


Finnias and Super Chicken both send news to TMN of the appearance of Bawkmas Reindeer.

Posted by Para at 01:36 AM
December 21, 2003
Snowy Place


Access to a snowy place is now open north of town.

Posted by Para at 03:04 PM
Bawkmas Decor & Spriggin Ale


Bawkmas decorations have gone up all over town. Note the Bawkmas lights, the Bawkmas wreath, and the festive holiday vermine.

Update: festive holiday rat, not vermine.

Update 2: Aravir has a journal update with more information on Puddleby's decorations. Aravir reports that Malkor ran off and decorated Junko's dump with some Bawkmas lights that were provided to him. In other Malkor-related news, J'nder sent TMN the following message:

"I was shocked to find this portrait of Malkor when in my local pub! Is no place sacred? I see the brewer has a lot of skea, perhaps they should be hunting spriggans instead of making beer for them!"

Posted by Para at 10:29 AM
December 20, 2003
A Blue Bawkmas


Himitsu reports that the Bawkmas play has been cancelled, due to a lack of volunteers.

(Editor's Note: TMN would be pleased to publish the script for the play, if the authors are interested.)

Himistu has also recently written about her ideas for possible improvements to the mystic ability of scanning.

Posted by Para at 11:48 AM
Llehn ryn Rhav'tsath


Phineas reports to TMN that there is a new clan in town:

There are five members of Llehn ryn Rhav'tsath clanning: Anfyr, Babsi, Dagiris, Daimoth and Llym'shann.

Posted by Para at 11:34 AM
Wedding of Relkin and Stinkfist


Aravir's latest journal entry mentions the upcoming wedding of Relkin and Stinkfist on the 35th of Autumn at around 2:30 PM (OOC: December 27th at 11 AM PST), at the lake on Noth Island. He also reports on a recent orga invasion.

Posted by Para at 11:31 AM
The Caves Beyond



TMN has learned that a group of exiles has successfully breached areas beyond the pitch noid cave entrance and are proceeding with further exploration. They plan to publish more details as they become available.

Posted by Para at 05:08 AM
December 17, 2003
Puddleby's Gamblers Anonymous


TMN received the following announcement from the Gamblers Anonymous Board:

"Sorry to write to you under the cover of anonymity, but you will certainly understand why. We are a small organization called Gamblers Anonymous. Our goals are not really to cure people of their addiction to gambling, because it seems to run through ALL of us, under various forms. One could even call *hunting* a kind of gambling!

Rather than curing, we try to help addicted people feel less alone, have fun, and become more successful. We also like to entertain exiles and ourselves with custom and hopefully fun games. Lately, we figured that since addiction to gambling can take various forms, there may be more addicted exiles than we know of. And they may need help!"

As a result, we have decided to advertise our group and its scrolls. Please search in the library for for more information about our organization.

Posted by Para at 06:15 PM


Hor recently spent some time in the bear caves, the noids cavern, and Melabrion's Island. Read more about his adventures in his latest journal entry. Note his rescue of ThoomCare member Salubrious in the image above.

Posted by Para at 05:56 PM
Mystic Changes


Himitsu has some thoughts on recent changes for mystics in her latest journal update.

Posted by Para at 05:40 PM
Between Two Trees


Feauial reports on a recent Fundin-sponsored trip to the Foothills in his latest journal entry.

Posted by Para at 05:29 PM
Slip-sliding Away


In his latest journal entry, Azriel has a report on a rescue in the Jade Arachnoid cavern and some thoughts on the apparent end of Fundin's Foothills expeditions.

Posted by Para at 05:20 PM
Return of Lundar


Lundar's journal has returned. Lundar's first new report has accounts of a meshra invasion and of the wedding of Anfyr and Baltok. His most recent journal entry discusses ELF's skinning contest, recent ELF news, and a trip to Melabrion's Island.

Posted by Para at 04:26 PM
December 13, 2003
Clan Lord Design Contest


Ann GM made the following announcement on USENET in

Announcing a Clan Lord T-shirt (and other stuff) design contest.

We're planning to put one or more Clan Lord designs on T-shirts, sweatshirts, and maybe mugs and other stuff at Cafe Press. We've ordered a sample shirt to make sure the quality is acceptable first, but as long as it is, we'll need a good design. Trust me, you don't want *my* art on the thing. :)

Designs should meet the Cafe Press image guidelines for shirts:
They can be front-only or both front and back.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, January 11, at midnight Pacific time. Send them to me by email.

Like any good contest, this one has prizes! First, of course, there's the fame and honor of having designed a shirt for a cool game. :) If we do end up making shirts (as long as one of the designs is suitable and Cafe Press has good enough quality), then the winner will also receive a free shirt. In addition, he or she will get to choose one of the following prizes:

1. A museum display space
2. Two dyeing berries (lilaberries, orgaberries, or brambleberries)
3. An announce token
4. A temporary signpost
5. 3000 coins

The winner of this contest will be chosen by me. I am the only official judge, and my decision will be final. If there are more than one exceptional designs then we may make more than one T-shirt choice, or put some of them on different kinds of items.

If there are multiple winners, first place will choose first from that list, then second place, and so on.

Designs can use your own art, screenshots, or any of the artwork from the Clan Lord website (except Apple's "X"). If you need an image you can't get from a screenshot, ask me and I'll send a copy if I can. I think I can also send 'Clan Lord' or 'Delta Tao' in a size you request in DT's customary font (Italia bold, for those who have access to it:

Although it's not a requirement, designs should preferably include the name "Clan Lord" and its URL (, and possibly "Delta Tao". Spelling counts! :) It would also be best if they were clean -- meaning something your 14-year-old sister could wear to school.


Posted by Para at 07:30 PM
Fundin Cancels Foothills Trips


Fundin sent the following announcement to TMN:

It is with a sad heart that I post this message. The full announcement is available on my scrolls.

Posted by Para at 01:29 PM
December 10, 2003
Squonk Passes Fourth Circle


Rael the Squonk has passed the 4th circle fighters' test.

Posted by Para at 10:46 PM
"You lookin' at me, goatsh?"


Philo has a report in his latest journal entry on the wedding ceremony of Lady Anfyr and Lord Baltok. There was a goat involved, and a good time was had by all.

Posted by Para at 06:45 PM
Azriel Can See Clearly Now


Azriel reports on a group trip to the Orga Outback, Trainers' Grotto, and Orga Village in his latest journal entry.

Posted by Para at 06:34 PM
Fen President Lorikeet


The results are in, and Lorikeet has been elected Fen President. Congratulations to Lorikeet!

#350: Who has your support for the position of Fen President?
44 (38%): Lorikeet
23 (20%): Manx
22 (19%): Odesseus
9 (8%): Polerand
19 (16%): None of the above
0 (0%): Abstain

Posted by Para at 06:10 PM
Chaos Storm #315


Chaos Storm #315 has swept the Lok'Groton island chain. Please post any changes you have observed and wish to share with others in the comments. If you don't want to read possible spoilers, please do not read the comments.

Posted by Kiriel at 03:41 PM
December 09, 2003
Nice Wall


Norm reports in his journal entry for 46 Summer 552 (12/8/03) on some kudzu walls in the Valley and on helping Axell fall in the Kismia's Island cove.

Posted by Para at 08:48 PM
Para Found


The winner of the the most recent "Find Para" contest is Xel, who correctly guessed that I was in the Devil's Island cave passage. Xel is the proud winner of an elf skin worth 83 coins, er, wait, that's not it...ahem, he's the proud winner of the grateful thanks of hundreds of TMN readers.

Posted by Para at 08:29 PM
ELF Skinning Contest


News from Campfire:

ELF has announced the results of their recent skinning contest. Congratulations to Phineas, proud skinner of a pelt worth 83 coins.

Thanks to Sasha for sending news of the announcement to TMN.

(Please note: no sylvans were skinned during this contest, to the best of my knowledge.)

Posted by Para at 08:20 PM
Fen President Polling Nearly Over


The polls will be closing soon for voting for the office of Fen President. Don't miss your chance at the Election House to cast your ballot for your fen of choice.

Posted by Para at 08:10 PM
December 08, 2003
Finished with Giayl


In his most recent journal entry, Azriel reports on finishing his training with Giayl's Guide to Hidden Ways and on working with his Gossamer.

Posted by Para at 08:09 PM
Umbrion Turns Up the Heat


Hor reports in his most recent journal entry on an expedition to Umbrion's Keep.

Posted by Para at 08:02 PM
ELF Meeting Report


You can read the minutes of the most recent ELF meeting at the Campfire.

Posted by Para at 02:20 AM
December 07, 2003
Mystic Battle


Himitsu reports on a mystic battle in the arena, as well as the meshra invasion, in her most recent journal entry.

Himitsu also reports that volunteers are still needed for the upcoming Bawkmas play. More details are available here. Contact Himitsu for more information on how you can get involved.

Posted by Para at 11:22 PM
Tara Buried?


Was Tara buried? Koppi was reporting something to the effect that she might have been. Yet she was selling her special muffins today in town. So what's her status? Is she above or below ground?

Update: Doh, my mistake, of course she wasn't selling them. Wuv muffins are naturally free.

Posted by Para at 01:57 PM
When Meshra Come to Town


Meshra invaded Puddleby today. The biggest battles were at the south gate and south of town. The meshra forces were repelled, but not before two new kinds of meshra were identified: Blood Meshra and Deep Meshra. Blood meshra steal coins from the fallen.

Posted by Para at 01:28 PM
December 06, 2003
Chaos on Ash


Chaos on Ash Island broke out this evening as exiles battled against an alliance of undine and Darshak forces. Many fell in the Horde, and were rescued via some excellent chain work by Iho. After regrouping in the south, the forces from Puddleby cleared the Horde.

Posted by Para at 07:48 PM
Egg Gathering


Azriel reports on a scarmis egg hunt in his most recent journal entry.

Posted by Para at 12:49 AM
Find Para


Where's Para?

Posted by Para at 12:37 AM
December 04, 2003
Fen President Balloting Begins


The polls are open in the Election House for voting for the office of Fen President. Be sure and stop by to cast your ballot for your fen of choice.

Posted by Para at 01:11 AM
December 01, 2003
Santa Chicken


Santa Chicken sent TMN this portrait of his workshop in preparation for the Bawkmas holiday.

Posted by Para at 09:46 PM
Fen Convention


Hor reports in his most recent journal entry on a gathering of fens and a trip to the Greymyr Village.

Posted by Para at 08:59 PM