July 30, 2004
Newbielympics Educational Visionstone Contest

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During this year's Newbielympics, The Winds of Dawn is holding a special educational visionstone contest that all exiles are eligible to participate in. Grand prize is an albino maha pelt! The deadline for the contest is 10pm pacific time (GMT -7) on Sunday, August 1st, 2004. For full contest details, see the Educational Visionstone Contest page. Winners will be announced at the Newbielympics closing ceremonies on August 8th.

Posted by Kiriel at 02:24 PM
Newbielympics: Falling Contest and Foot Race

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There were two Newbielympics events today, the falling contest hosted by Farhope, and the foot race hosted by Himitsu. In the falling contest there were two categories, Master/Mistress and Exile. For the Master/Mistress category, Stephen came in 1st and Elena came in 2nd. For the Exile category, Kazik came in 1st, Milan and Flooovde tied for 2nd. In the foot race, Kazik came in 1st, Flooovde came in 2nd, and Stephen came in 3rd.

Tomorrow there are no competitions but there is a farms clearing event hosted by Farhope at 1pm PDT (GMT-7), and Sunday is the trivia contest hosted by Bob the Archer at 1pm PDT (GMT-7) and the deadline for entries to the Educational Visionstone Contest. Full Newbielympics schedule available.

Posted by Kiriel at 02:23 PM
July 29, 2004
Newbielympics: Mystic Push

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The Mystic Push team event was held today. The winning team was Kazik, Windy and Flooovde who competed against Revelor, Elena and Humus.

Tomorrow there are two events, the Falling Contest at 12pm PDT (GMT-7) and the Foot Race at 1pm PDT (GMT-7). Full Newbielympics schedule available.

Posted by Kiriel at 04:16 PM
July 28, 2004
Newbielympics: Whiff-a-Fighter and Hide and Seek

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Today there were two Newbielympics events. The whiff-a-fighter contest, hosted by Himitsu, and the hide and seek contest, hosted by Kiriel. Results of the Whiff-a-Fighter were: Lokar in 1st, Windy in 2nd, and Elena in 3rd. In the hide and seek contest, Gragnar came in 1st, Flooovde came in 2nd, and Stephen, Rhone and Alkarwen tied for 3rd.

Tomorrow there is one event, the Mystic Push at 1pm PDT (GMT-7). Full Newbielympics schedule available.

Posted by Kiriel at 09:42 PM
July 27, 2004
Newbielympics: Clue Hunt and Sampling

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Today there were two Newbielympics events. The clue hunt, hosted by Himitsu, and the Cear'vae sampling contest, hosted by Farhope. Results of the Clue Hunt were: Stephen in 1st, Aprender in 2nd, and Ezail in 3rd. In the Cear'vae sampling contest, Jaspur came in 1st and Calime came in 2nd.

Tomorrow's events are the cloaked shapes event at 1pm PDT (GMT-7), the music event practice session at 3pm PDT (GMT-7), and the hide and seek contest at 6pm PDT (GMT-7). Full Newbielympics schedule available.

Posted by Kiriel at 10:58 PM
Ridin' the Slime Out

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The ELF Blog has a report on a recent slime invasion and minutes from from the last two ELF meetings (including hunt reports):

July 25
July 19

Posted by Para at 05:58 AM
Farm Cleaning Time

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Farhope has announced the upcoming Fourth Spring Farms Cleaning Hunt. She has also posted a report on the previous hunt.

Posted by Para at 05:42 AM
July 26, 2004
Newbielympics: Boat Race

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Today's Newbielympics event was the boat race. Stephen came in 1st, Lokar was 2nd, and Flooovde came in 3rd!

Tomorrow's events are the clue hunt at 1pm PDT (GMT-7) and a Cear'vae sampling contest at 9pm PDT (GMT-7). Full Newbielympics schedule available.

Posted by Kiriel at 05:14 PM
July 25, 2004
Behind the Wall of Kudzu

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Azriel reports on combat in the Earth Wyrm cave on Gungla Island in his latest journal entry.

Posted by Para at 10:46 PM
Large Sand Wurm in Town

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Lorikeet sent the following report on a recent Large Sand Wurm attack in town:

"First, when I came out of the library, there was a zoo in town, and Kani was explaining to some doubters that it was possible to lure an LSW to town. Shortly thereafter, he and I headed to the Savannah. We lured the LSW to town, and Natas kudzued it in the zoo. Unfortunately, the sign was in the way and the LSW couldn't figure out how to move further in. Crius was concerned about the LSW, as you can see in the second picture.

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"Later we got word of three fallens in the Astral Plane, and a Greater Death on the loose. A small crew gathered, and Kani lured the GD into the Dark Temple area. Snce I was on mop up duty, I fled and didn't witness the actual death, but Aldernon was able to kill it after everyone else fell. The silly GD didn't see him until it was too late. The last picture is of the aftermath."

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Posted by Para at 10:38 PM
Newbielympics: Item Contest & More Pushball

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There were two Newbielympics events held today. The Sun Dragon Clan hosted an item identification event. Hugh came in 1st place, Joseph came in 2nd place, and Kazik came in 3rd place. There was also another pushball competition. The winning team was the red team- Lokar, Flooovde, Moonlight and Joseph.

Tomorrow's event is a boat tour at 1pm PDT (GMT-7). Full Newbielympics Schedule available.

Posted by Kiriel at 02:51 PM
July 24, 2004
Newbielympics: Pushball

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Today's Newbielympics events were the opening ceremonies and pushball. There were two rounds of pushball: the red team won the outdoor round (Destian, Stelphen, Lokar, Alkarwen and Moonlight) and the blue team won the indoor round (Derna, Elena, Bonk, Esa and Rhone). It was a very hard-fought and exciting event!

Tomorrow's events are pushball at 10am PDT (GMT-7) and an item identification event hosted by Sun Dragon Clan at 1pm PDT (GMT-7). Full Newbielympics schedule available.

Posted by Kiriel at 03:32 PM
Newbielympics Begin!

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The Newbielympics opening ceremonies are at 12pm PDT (GMT-7), July 24th. The opening ceremonies are open to all exiles and will provide food, drink and music, as well as an overview of the planned Newbielympics events. The Newbielympics events will continue through August 8th. For more information, see the Newbielympics scroll.

Posted by Kiriel at 12:44 AM
July 21, 2004
Chaos Storm #347

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Chaos Storm #347 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 05:04 PM
July 18, 2004
Fat Alice's Zoo Challenge

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Droch sent this report to TMN:

"Recently Fat Alice roused herself from her stinky, drunken stupor and set out a challenge for us. With the magic words, "Zarfle bloofish", she summoned a zerk into the town zoo, and said that should we manage to keep it alive for a zodiac, she would reward us with "a wand." Mind you, she may be talking about a wand of shoe-breaking, or a wand of wart-curing and not one of the luminescent variety. Anyways, let's try and keep this orga alive for the old gal, shall we?"

Posted by Para at 10:37 PM
Announcing the Grand Punfair

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Mjollnir sent TMN the following announcement:

"I am currently organizing a Grand Punfair to be held on Saturday, the 14th of August, at 8pm BST (12pm Pacific Time).

"The Grand Punfair is an afternoon of fun, games and above all puns!

"The event is going to consist of three different contests: Looney Limericks (on the subject of people of Puddleby), Tall Tales (on the subject of life in the Lok'Groton islands), and The Grand Punfest.

"All three contests are open to everybody, although the Grand Punfest will require registration either by enchanted mail or by contacting me (Mjollnir) in the lands. The limericks and tall tales contests are just open; exiles wishing to participate should simply show up on the day with their limericks and stories prepared.

"For more details and a full list of contest rules and prizes go to http://www.blue-bell.demon.co.uk/punfair.html.

"Anybody wishing to register for the Grand Punfest or to donate money for the prize fund please contact me."

Posted by Para at 07:19 PM
July 17, 2004
Wuv Muffins

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Tara made some fresh wuv muffins last night.

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Posted by Para at 08:40 AM
Talin and Scarmis Eggs

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Talin sent the following announcement to TMN:

"Thanks to the effort of many exiles we have collected enough scarmis eggs to cure all 'Rowl-lyfes' known to us. Some I still hold in storage, because I haven't seen the exiles out of the library yet. If you are a 'Rowl-lyfe', and still need an egg, please contact me or Nightbird.

"We are now going back to the former system of distribution. That is, if we do an egg run, we roll for the eggs, and the one that wins it has the say regarding what he or she does with it (sell, give away, whatever).

"I will still keep a list of lyfed ones, so that we know who needs one. Also, if someone wants to give me free eggs, I am more than willing to store them and give them away as needed. As before, a rough FIFO principle will be applied (first in, first out: we gave precedence to those who have no way of organizing their own egg runs, that is, younger folx. Apart from that, it was FIFO. I will continue this process should I get free eggs to give away).

"I have to add though, there is no *right* to a free egg."

Posted by Para at 07:56 AM
Bone Drake

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Larno sent TMN this report:

"Today I went to Hatred's Hollow with Kani. On our way back, there was a hatred in Hatred Hollow that Kani couldn't kill. We saw a large group of skeletons in Northeast Field. We thought it was a normal spawn, but once we almost reached the bridge to the river, we saw a big Bone Drake. It has the size of a normal drake, but is yellow/white and made outta bones. Later in the day I saw it again in Dark Temple at the Pentagram. It flew off though. I think it flew up to the Pentagram in Dark Chamber. We go there while I write this report."

"The dead are rising!"

Posted by Para at 07:40 AM
July 13, 2004
Stuff Lundar?

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Members of ELF consider the ramifications of stuffing and displaying a clan member in the latest clan minutes.

Posted by Para at 08:02 PM
It's Raining Frogs

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Freelance reporter Slyph sent this bulletin to TMN:

"It all started when Baffina killed a frog a day earlier. What an exile took for happenstance later turned deadly for that same exile -- and for Puddleby. Retaliating against amphibian slaughter, dozens of frogs stormed Town Square, occupying it for hours. People are still missing. Trainers mutter about moving. Frogs legs are vanishing from menus. Yes, it's a new dawn in Puddleby and it's green. Sweet Gaia, save us. It's green."

Received shortly afterwards:

"My Gaia, they're shooting lightning, now. This may be my last update, Para.
-Slyph"

Bakunan sent TMN the following transcript:

Farhope thinks, "emer in a farm?"
Farhope thinks, "she is fallen to a frog"
Nekrataal thinks, "healer in townhall. cant go out. frog kills all people."
Arod thinks, "you're kidding, right? :)"
Tippy thinks, "frog one killing whole town"
Bakunan has fallen to a Frog.
Bakunan says, "Holy crud"
Nekrataal thinks, "ask mork, he fallen to frog, too"
Arod says, "now there's something I thought I'd never see: "you helped vanquish a frog""

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Chi sent the following report to TMN:

"Mai, Gaia, and many others have always said to leave the frogs alone. Isn't this common exile knowledge at this point?! Does anyone listen!? No! I may be mistaken, but I believe Slyph was the prime instigator of this frog invasion. Even Edric, the free librarian, got involved."

Posted by Para at 06:35 PM
July 12, 2004
Newbielympics Educational Visionstone Contest

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During this year's Newbielympics, The Winds of Dawn is holding a special educational visionstone contest that all exiles are eligible to participate in. Grand prize is an albino maha pelt! The deadline for the contest is 10pm pacific time (GMT -7) on August 1st, 2004. For full contest details, see the Educational Visionstone Contest page. Winners will be announced at the Newbielympics closing ceremonies on August 8th.

Reminder: The Newbielympics are coming to town! They will take place between July 24th and August 8th. For more information, see the Newbielympics scroll. Winds of Dawn is taking donations now for prizes, so if you'd like to contribute, please contact a Winds of Dawn member. We are also encouraging other clans and organizations to schedule their own special events in tandem with the Newbielympics, so see a Winds of Dawn clan member if you want to set something up.

Posted by Kiriel at 02:42 PM
July 11, 2004
Lyfestyles of the Rich and Famous

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Sturgeon Fishes and Caviar Dreams?

What will Phineas do with the 5000 coins he will receive from winning the TMN Ad Art Contest? Keep checking for updates!

Posted by Para at 04:10 PM
July 10, 2004
Seven Months

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Hor has emerged from the library after a long period of study.

Posted by Para at 08:51 AM
Searching for Eggs

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Azriel reports on the ongoing search for scarmis eggs.

Posted by Para at 08:42 AM
July 08, 2004
Xenos in Action

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In his journal entry for 13 Winter 555 (7/7/04), Norm tells of recent scarmis egg hunt expeditions.

Posted by Para at 09:18 PM
July 07, 2004
The Fish Came Back

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The third fish has returned to the monastery pond.

Posted by Para at 10:23 PM
Chaos Storm #345

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Chaos Storm #345 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 02:16 PM
July 06, 2004
Omega and the Fellock

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Omega sent this report on the Orga Fellock (also recently reported by Farhope) to TMN:

"Kishi recently asked me to help her learn Wisher's Gate now that she has reached toes with the Marsh Hermit. She also enlisted the help of Farhope and Dana, and off the four of us went to Wisher's Gate. Snaggy was a breeze, and when we got to Bones, I did a quick peek inside the gate at Hatred's Hollow. Some locks, a BRO (Big Red Orga) and the usual assortment of orga were inside. I left Hatred's Hollow and went back to Bones to report. Lined up, in we went . . . I took some lightning hits and walked a bit east . . . then BAM!!!! In comes the biggest bolt of lightning I have ever seen and over towards me walks this big red orga! Errrr, this BIG, BIG, BIG red orga! The fact that Farhope didnít know what it was really had me worried. Researching many a scroll we figured it was the elusive Fellock. Anyway, for those interested, here's a picture of the beast!"

Posted by Para at 06:19 PM
Scarmis Ash Queens Sterile?

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Yor sent the following report to TMN:

"I've taken groups to the Ash Scarmis Queen's Chamber four times since the last storm. Each time we successfully cleared the chamber only to find no eggs. Are the queens that reside there sterile? Or have we just gone there at the wrong times, or just been unlucky? Brave egg hunters be warned!"

Posted by Para at 05:45 PM
July 05, 2004
Rocking Underground With Feauial

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Feauial reports on a recent rescue at the Puddleby Underground in his latest journal entry.

Posted by Para at 11:26 PM
Fun With Scarmis

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Azriel reports on a recent expedtion to the Scarmis Lair as well as a failed FMOCR in his latest journal entry.

Posted by Para at 11:21 PM
Ethereal Invasion

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Puddleby was struck by an ethereal invasion a few days ago. I managed to get a few pictures.

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Exiles took cover in the Temple and the Puddleby Underground during the worst parts of the attack.

Kelron sent to TMN these images of the ethereal invasion at sea, with fallen exiles floating away like driftwood.

Posted by Para at 11:14 PM
Ad Art Contest #2: Grand Prize

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The Grand Prize winner of TMN Ad Art Contest #2 is Phineas! Phineas will receive 5000 coins from the Golden Trout for this entry!

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by Phineas

Posted by Para at 03:48 PM
Ad Art Contest #2: 2nd Prize

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Here is the winner of 2nd Prize. Sor will receive 2500 coins from the Golden Trout for this entry!

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by Sor

Posted by Para at 03:41 PM
Ad Art Contest #2: 3rd Prize

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Look below to see the winners of 3rd Prize. Each will receive 750 coins from the Golden Trout.

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by Nohurt

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by Xepel



by Poesy and Lorikeet

Posted by Para at 03:32 PM
Ad Art Contest #2: 4th Prize

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I'm proud to finally announce the winners of the TMN Ad Art Contest #2. My thanks to everyone who submitted an ad and those who contributed prize money.

Look below to see the winners of 4th Prize. Each will receive 500 coins from the Golden Trout.

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by Lofar

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by Piwicket

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by Zeitgeist

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by Odesseus

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by Sor

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by Typ

Posted by Para at 02:54 PM
Farhope Jumps 2 Circles With Broom

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On Lundi, day 2 of Winter, 555, Farhope passed both the 3rd and 4th circle fighter tests in rapid succession, wielding only a broom. In the process of the 3rd circle test she made an educational visionstone about test taking, which is recommended viewing for all.

Posted by Kiriel at 12:41 PM
Pretzel Party

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I walked out of the library recently and right into the middle of a giant pretzel party.

Posted by Para at 08:23 AM
July 04, 2004
Pyra in Town

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Pyra put on a fireworks show in town center tonight. I made a visionstone of the fireworks display (308K compressed, 1.8MB expanded).

Posted by Para at 08:39 PM
Gigantic Orga

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Farhope has wriiten an account of the encounter several exiles recently had with a gigantic orga. She speculates that this was an Orga Fellock.

Posted by Para at 10:57 AM
July 02, 2004
ELF Minutes

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Minutes from the last ELF meeting are now available on the ELF Blog.

Posted by Para at 08:04 PM
Something Fishy

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Monastery pond now

TMN received the following letter to the editor today:

"Dear Paramedic,

"As you or your readers may have noticed, the monastery pond currently contains only two fish in it where once there were three. The last time I was sure that there were still three fish was during the Open Hands Movie Contest prize-giving ceremony, held in that courtyard. One fish disappeared not too long afterwards, and remains missing till this day.

"The monastery is a little less peaceful now, a little less beautiful, a little less serene with the loss of one of its fish evident at every visit. Our town, rough as it is, has many of these small touches that make it home, and it would undoubtedly be upsetting if more of them were to fall to vandals.

"Through your newspaper, I appeal to all exiles to not deface or remove public property for their own use.

Yours sincerely,
Aprender"


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Monastery pond in the past with 3 fish

Posted by Para at 07:35 PM