March 31, 2004
Portal in Town

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A portal leading to different lands has appeared in Puddleby.

Posted by Para at 10:16 PM
Chaos Storm #331

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Chaos Storm #331 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 11:12 AM
March 27, 2004
Azriel's Aerial Combat

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In his latest journal entry, Azriel reports on downing a drake in-flight and on spotting a walking-on-water spriggin.

Posted by Para at 08:46 PM
March 26, 2004
Red Menace

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Sunblaze reports on an invasion of Abyssal Hunters and the appearance of more drakes in his latest journal entries.

Posted by Para at 03:59 PM
Movie Contest

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The Open Hands clan is organizing a movie contest. Prizes range from 10000c (1st prize) to 500c (4th prize). Details are available on their forum: http://openhands.puddleby.info (click on the "Movie Contest" icon).

Posted by Para at 03:37 PM
Crawlers and Drakes

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Himitsu tells of helling (err, helPing) Sutai attempt the Giant Crawler challenge and the recent drake problems in her most recent journal entry.

Posted by Para at 03:16 PM
In the Void

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Odesseus sent TMN this old picture from the days of the Ripture War.

Posted by Para at 03:04 PM
March 25, 2004
Orgas and Wyrms

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Azriel reports on trips to the Orga Village and the Earth Wyrm Cave in his latest journal entry.

Posted by Para at 12:34 AM
March 23, 2004
TMN Ad Art Contest #2 Update

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In order to encourage the work of Puddleby's top artists, I once again ask exiles to help sponsor the contest with donations for prize money. So far, TMN Ad Art Contest #2 still has only two sponsors:

Farhope
Liolel

We'll need more sponsors to provide prizes!

TMN has received one entry so far.

More info on the contest

Posted by Para at 04:06 AM
March 21, 2004
Drakes, Orgas, and Undine

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Aravir reports on invading orga and drakes, as well as some new undine, in his latest journal entry.

Posted by Para at 11:35 PM
Wangah Found; What About Ruen?

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Wangah Rah has been found safe and sound. Another missing exile is Ruen. Her scroll has not been updated in a long time. Anyone have any news on Ruen?

Posted by Para at 10:08 PM
March 20, 2004
Feauial Returns

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Feauial has updated his journal after a long absence. You can read his most recent journal entry at his scroll.

Posted by Para at 05:05 PM
Missing: Wangah Rah

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Has anyone seen Wangah Rah lately?

Posted by Para at 04:44 PM
Muzea Emerges

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Sunblaze reports in his journal entry for 8 Autumn 553 (March 17, 2004) on Muzea leaving the museum and on other news related to the recent increase in drake sightings.

Posted by Para at 03:52 PM
Jazz Passes Fifth

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An anonymous TMN correspondent sent this report:

"Not since the male halfling Jumblee missed that war decree something-or-other has a halfling event of such magnitude occurred. Jazz has passed the fifth circle fighter test.

"Asked to comment Jazz replied, 'Fighter tests? Oh yeah. Forgot about those the last couple years, thought I'd try it out again. I have no Detha so it came as a surprise to me when that Blood Wrym fell.'

"Queried for further comment, Jazz replied, while calmly braiding her luxurious toe hair, 'I'm no Adua.' She then 'banged a rang' and disappeared into the night after casually tossing a flagon of Bones Brand ThoomCare Scalp Tonic to the intrepid reporter."

Posted by Para at 03:41 PM
Drake Migration

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Lundar reports on observing migrating drakes in his most recent entry on the ELF Blog.

Posted by Para at 03:16 PM
Calling All Claws

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Odesseus sent TMN the following announcement:

"I am getting the Rising Claw scrolls back into shape, but it seems that the clan has lost the addresses to a number of Claws. Could all RC members please email me at odesseusTHOOMcl@aol.com with your enchanted mail address." (Ed. note: remove "THOOM" from the address. -Para)

"Everyone else is welcome to visit the scrolls at http://www.risingclaw.org/. Also, my sketches, stories and writings of The People are now available at http://www.risingclaw.org/odesseus/."

Posted by Para at 01:20 PM
Hunting for Chocolate

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Azriel reports on trapping a Sun Wyrm and fetching a cacao pod in his latest journal entry.

Posted by Para at 01:00 PM
March 18, 2004
Memorial Garden

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The Memorial Garden, near the Alliance Castle, is now open.

Posted by Para at 06:57 PM
Chaos Storm #329

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Chaos Storm #329 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 10:47 AM
March 16, 2004
Spiders and Chains

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Azriel reports on trips to Jade Noids, Kismia's Island, and Sarra in his latest journal entry.

Posted by Para at 11:54 PM
Staring Into the Eye of a Drake

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Phineas sent TMN this report:

"There was another drake attack earlier today; two forest drakes and a fire drake (or was it two fire drakes and a forest drake?) were spotted flying around the east field. Several exiles rushed to combat these drakes and fell quickly.

"I was able to get a close-up look look at a mature fire drake (an encounter, I gleefully add, that I survived). Using an old snake charmer's trick, I kept eye contact with the drake as I positioned myself to rescue some rat-chewed exiles. Moving slowly and steadily away from the drake enabled me to bring the fallens safely to safety!

"Drake Master Pro Tip: don't provoke a hungry drake!"

Posted by Para at 11:49 PM
Grape Question

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Aprender sent the following good question to TMN:

"Dear Paramedic,
Why is the junkyard full of grapes?
Yours sincerely,
Aprender"

Posted by Para at 11:40 PM
March 14, 2004
TMN Ad Art Contest #2

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The appearance of the Golden Trout in Puddleby has made it clear that it's time for the second annual TMN Ad Art Contest. The second anniversary of TMN (yes, second OOC) is coming up soon, and I want to celebrate with an Ad Art Contest like the one last year.

In order to encourage the work of Puddleby's top artists, I once again ask exiles to help sponsor the contest with donations for prize money. So far, TMN Ad Art Contest #2 has two sponsors:

Farhope
Liolel

Winners of the TMN Ad Art Contest will receive their prize from Paramedic the Thoom, wearing the ceremonial TMN Golden Trout cloak donated by Devil for the original contest.

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Contestants are encouraged to submit their original artwork in the form of advertisements for TMN. Some of the rules are a little different from last year's contest, so entrants should be sure to read the instructions below carefully.

Who are the judges?
The judge is Paramedic the Thoom. A panel of artistic exiles may be consulted for assistance in the judging.

What is the subject?
The subject is an advertisement for the ThoomCare Media Network.

What size should my image be?
All entries must be the size of the traditional TMN logo: 360x152 pixels. Other sizes will not be considered.

What about file size?
I would try to keep it less than 100K if possible.

Are animated GIFs acceptable?
Certainly, yes.

Where should I send my entry?
See "Contact Information" in the right-hand column of TMN.

May I submit more than one piece of art?
Exiles may submit as many entries as they like. There is a limit of one (1) prize per exile. Remember, TMN is looking for quality rather than quantity, so you're better off spending more time on one or two creative and polished ads than multiple inferior entries.

Where can I see last year's entries?
Scan through the May 2003 TMN archives.

What sort of style should I use for my ad?
You are open to select any type of style, IC or OOC. Feel free to be inventive with this. What would a TMN ad look like on a signpost in Puddleby? On a parchment delivered to the Darshak? How would a TMN ad look if done in the style of ancient Egyptian art? Italian Renaissance? Art Deco? Medieval illustrated manuscript? Anime? Atari 2600? CNN? Star Trek? Soviet propaganda? Any of these and countless others could provide interesting inspiration.

When is the deadline for submission of entries?
End of the day on May 2, 2004.

Posted by Para at 10:18 PM
Ongoing Drake Issues

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Sunblaze reports in his latest journal entries on preparing a guide for dealing with the recent drake invasions and on the creation of a new clan, Destine.

Posted by Para at 05:53 PM
Hitting the Wall with Evus

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Norm reports on his recent training developments in his journal entry for 83 Summer 553 (3/14/04).

Posted by Para at 05:40 PM
Exploring Sarra

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Lundar has a report on a recent expedition to Sarra on the ELF Blog.

Posted by Para at 05:33 PM
Merliska

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Lundar reports on the ELF Blog on the appearance in town of a Thoom known as Merliska.

Posted by Para at 05:23 PM
Soul Hunter's New Scroll

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Soul Hunter's Clan Lord Guide has been added to the list of links on the right-hand side of TMN.

Posted by Para at 05:03 PM
Phineas and Dino

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Phineas has brought his pet drake, Dino, to town center today.

Posted by Para at 12:26 PM
March 13, 2004
Days of Drakes

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Drakes continue to harass Puddleby. Aravir reports on an attack in East Field in his latest journal entry. Blaise sent TMN this image of an encounter with at least six drakes.

Posted by Para at 12:31 AM
March 11, 2004
Return of the Golden Trout

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The reappearance of the ceremonial TMN "Golden Trout" cloak can mean only one thing. Check back with TMN for more details soon.

Posted by Para at 05:10 PM
March 08, 2004
Musical Malkor

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Malkor has become a bard. Read more on the ELF Weblog.

Posted by Para at 10:41 PM
Lava Cloak Unleashed

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Sunblaze's latest journal entries (March 3 and March 4) include accounts of drake and zerk attacks as well as an impressive demonstration of the lava cloak by Viola.

Posted by Para at 12:07 AM
March 07, 2004
Chasing Aravir

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Aravir ran into a little trouble in South Forest. Read more in his latest journal entry.

Monkey Wonderland

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Hor has updated his journal with an account of some hunting on Melabrion's Island.

Posted by Para at 11:43 PM
Halflings and Frogs

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Shakyauni sent the following report from the Fairgrounds to TMN:

"I'm not sure which is more disturbing: the frog that zapped everyone, or Slyph as a halfling. I do think Natas makes a great halfling though..."

Posted by Para at 11:25 PM
Open Hands New Clan Scrolls

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Martin the Dorf sent TMN the following announcement:

"The Open Hands clan has new scrolls, featuring a new forum. The scrolls are still at: http://openhands.puddleby.info (click the "Reload" button on your web browser if you still see the old scrolls)."

Posted by Para at 10:49 PM
Nothing to Report

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TMN received the following update from Malkor:

"Just thought I'd say hi. How're the fish biting?
Regards,
Malkor"

Posted by Para at 08:46 PM
March 03, 2004
Sixth Circle Sylvan

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The ELF Weblog reports that Xepel has passed the sixth circle fighters' test.

Posted by Para at 10:02 PM
Chaos Storm #327

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Chaos Storm #327 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 12:54 PM
March 02, 2004
Rescue at MI

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Sunblaze has a report on a rescue at Melabrion's Island in his latest journal entry.

Posted by Para at 11:11 PM
Images from a Thoom

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Drablak has added some new images to his Scrapbook.

Posted by Para at 09:36 PM
Day of Invasions

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Azriel has a report on a day of invasions in his latest journal entry.

Posted by Para at 09:26 PM
March 01, 2004
Abyss Expedition

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Shakymuni sent the following report to TMN:

"Thought I would send ya a picture of a little trip some of us took to the abyss. I am hiding in there somewhere. Not too rough of a time, and we actually cleared it a few times."

Posted by Para at 08:22 PM
Ripture War Monument

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Sotally Tober sent the following report to TMN:

"Muzea has just opened a new memorial to the Ripture War veterans just north of the Temple in town center.

"Sincerely,
Sotally Tober
*hic*"

Posted by Para at 06:28 PM