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!"
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.
Shakyamuni sent TMN these images from the wedding of Relkin and Stinkfist:
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.
In his latest journal entry, Azriel reports on Bawkmas invasions of vermine and drakes as well as a Kizmia's Island Scarmis egg hunt.
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."
Thanks to Elgorean and Santa Chicken for the images.
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.
Azriel has a new journal entry on Bawkmas events and an encounter with a talkative spriggin.
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?"
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."
Lundar has news of a recent rescue on Devil's Island in his latest journal entry.
Finnias and Super Chicken both send news to TMN of the appearance of Bawkmas Reindeer.
Access to a snowy place is now open north of town.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
TMN BREAKING NEWS
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.
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 http://gamblers.clanlord.net for more information about our organization.
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.
Himitsu has some thoughts on recent changes for mystics in her latest journal update.
Feauial reports on a recent Fundin-sponsored trip to the Foothills in his latest journal entry.
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.
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.
Ann GM made the following announcement on USENET in comp.sys.mac.games.adventure:
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: http://www.linotype.com/693/itcitalia-family.html).
Although it's not a requirement, designs should preferably include the name "Clan Lord" and its URL (http://www.clanlord.com), 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.
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.
Rael the Squonk has passed the 4th circle fighters' test.
Azriel reports on a group trip to the Orga Outback, Trainers' Grotto, and Orga Village in his latest journal entry.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Hor reports in his most recent journal entry on an expedition to Umbrion's Keep.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Azriel reports on a scarmis egg hunt in his most recent journal entry.
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.
Santa Chicken sent TMN this portrait of his workshop in preparation for the Bawkmas holiday.