February 27, 2006
Fen President Valtrim in a Landslide


Jo Ma'ril sent the following report to TMN:

Valtrim has won the Fen Presidency.

#420: Who has your vote for Fen President?
17 (12%): Lorikeet
4 (3%): Manx
36 (25%): Tigger
77 (53%): Valtrim
10 (7%): None of the above
0 (0%): Abstain

Valtrim had these words to say about his landslide victory:

Valtrim asks, "Uh… I did?"
Valtrim says, "That's… bizarre."
(Valtrim laughs.)
Valtrim says, "Well, people certainly know who to pick if they don't want anything done."

I'm sure all exiles with tails look forward to his acceptance speech.

-Jo Ma'ril

Posted by Para at 06:34 PM
Exiles at Wisher's Gate


Lirr describes a recent trip to Wisher's Gate in his journal entry for 33 Autumn 561.

Posted by Para at 02:23 AM
February 26, 2006
Vacationing Voolcons


Connie Crete sent the following report to TMN:


Ok, more on tha voolcons. Like Lirr said, there were tha three losted folks. Well, after a zodiac I thought I'd go check on em. They had wandered off, but north o where we found em I ran inta a whole mess what were outta tha wall.

Ima havin high hopes they evenutallike leads us ta tha voolcon language trainer.

But I be concerned about what's makin em jump tha fence. Ifn they is jest explorin tha way tha orgas does, its all good. Folks should git out and about. But ifn sumthin be drivin em from their home, Ima worried. They is such nice folks—pushin ya outta a fireburst and all.



Posted by Para at 07:02 PM
iClan v1.2


Skirwan's clanning-information application iClan has been updated to version 1.2. Read below for more information on the changes.


Skirwan's report on 1.2:


* iClan is now a Universal Binary. I think. My MacBook hasn't arrived yet, so I'm sorta guessing here.
* Ever since iClan 1.0 the first character (in alphabetical order) hasn't been displaying in iClan. It's fixed. Sorry Afrit.
* iClan now has a clock displaying the current time in Puddleby. The clock corrects itself based on Crius's announcements in the data feed, but it still won't perfectly agree with the game because Delta Tao's server's internal clock is off by about a minute.
* The icons for Mystics and Journeyman Mystics have been corrected.
* The iClan window now 'sticks' to the corners of the screen. It's tough to explain, but you'll recognize and appreciate it pretty quickly
* It should now be absolutely impossible to get the iClan window stuck in the collapsed state. I think. Let me know if you do!
* The about box is slightly more colorful now.
* Noivad rocks. But I think we all knew that already.
* iClan will no longer crash when the data feed vanishes. Of course, it'll still fail to do anything useful.
* Various nearly-invisible optimizations and improvements that you probably wouldn't care about.

Posted by Para at 12:50 PM
Chance and Yharren


Creed sent the following report to TMN:

Hail Para!

It seems that marriage is in the air lately in Puddleby. My dear friend Chance sent me some postcards from her recent trip to Peaceton, and as it turns out, she and Yharren have eloped!

I must say that I was surprised, as I had hoped one day to stand up at their wedding. But I guess the romantic boat trip and the beauty of Peaceton overwhelmed the two lovebirds. As you can see, they were married by Captain Ay'hab, who was a little confused at first . . .


. . . causing the groom a bit of confusion . . .


. . . and eliciting some very unflattering commentary from Jolly.


Finally, the deed was done. Doesn't Yharren look handsome in his new wedding outfit? Poor Chance was so flustered, she didn't even shop for a new dress of her own. But I think she looks lovely all the same.


As I mentioned, the happy newlyweds landed in Peaceton to enjoy their honeymoon. Unfortunately they arrived after dark and had to spend their first night in the barn:


but again—they had each other—and that was all they needed.

Congratulations to Yharren and Chance! All hail this new union between Clan Hunter and the Order of the Mini. Much happiness always!


Posted by Para at 12:42 PM
February 23, 2006
Wandering Voolcons


Lirr reports on an encounter with wandering voolcons on Fire Island in his journal entry for 17 Autumn 561.

Posted by Para at 09:32 PM
February 22, 2006
CoNGA Finds Statue


Crunch sent the following report to TMN:

Several weeks ago, CoNGA found this statue. Does it belong to anyone, or can we keep it?


FAQs about this entry: see below

1) "I posted an anonymous complaint about this image. Why was it deleted?"

All anonymous messages posted to TMN are subject to deletion at any time, especially inflammatory or whiny ones.

2) "I posted a complaint about this image and it was deleted. And then why did you delete my complaint about censorship?"

All flame-war comments posted to TMN, anonymous or not, are subject to deletion at any time. This board is NOT a discussion forum and the commenting system here is not robust enough to handle that sort of message traffic. Please take these discussions to the Clan Lord Sentinel. I have made this point many times in the past, and the policy still stands. As for "censorship," all comments posted here are subject to deletion if they get in the way of the mission of TMN. If you don't like the policy, please don't post comments or read TMN.

3) "Isn't this message from CoNGA just boasting? Why didn't they reveal all the information about the location of this statue? Doesn't the lack of such full disclosure mean they are a bunch of jerks?"

No. Even if CoNGA had expressly asked me to post exactly how to find this statue, I would not have done it. If you have a problem with this, you should take it up with me, not CoNGA. I believe that others should have the opportunity to explore on their own. I work very hard to maintain the delicate balance between potentially revealing game secrets and publishing news that's interesting and helps to make Clan Lord fun. I've been doing it for a long time, and I think I'm pretty good at it. If you think you can do a better job, I encourage you to set up your own news site.

I'm happy CoNGA sent me some interesting news (and I will say that I haven't been getting much news in general lately). My hat is off to them.


Posted by Para at 09:48 PM
Chaos Storm #430


Chaos Storm #430 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 Para at 08:22 PM
February 21, 2006
Sylvan Rangers


Fleming reports in his most recent update to the ELF Blog on a trip to Gungla Island and on members of ELF becoming Rangers.

Posted by Para at 09:01 PM
February 20, 2006
Fen President Balloting Begins Again


It's once again time for exiles to cast their ballots at the Election Hall for Fen President. As with the previous elections, the stakes will be high and the campaigning fierce for this ill-defined office with no clearly determined duties, obligations, or responsibilities. This year's nominees include:

Lorikeet, the incumbent

Manx, a top contender in previous races, with political experience as insurance commissioner

Tigger is making his first appearance in Fen presidential politics

Valtrim is also making his first appearance in Fen presidential politics

Polling is open now. As the Zo say, "Vote early, vote often, and hurt those who disagree with you!"

Posted by Para at 12:22 AM
February 19, 2006
Marriage, Rescues, Daemon


Lirr has updated his journal with news of the marriage of Eil'daen, Boo Boo Kitty, and Largo; the rescue business; and new healer Daemon.

Posted by Para at 11:01 AM
February 18, 2006
Spider Gauntlet


Measle reports on the Spider Gauntlet in his most recent journal entry.

Posted by Para at 09:27 PM
February 16, 2006
Another Adventure Tour of Death


Saffire has announced via Koppi that the next Adventure Tour of Death will be of Spirit Wood, Sacred Grove, Grape Farm, Plains, and North Beaches. This tour is especially for new exiles, but all are welcome. Time: Saturday, February 18, 8 pm GMT (3 pm EST, 12 noon PST).

Posted by Para at 07:39 AM
February 13, 2006
Puddleby Memories: Roc Bites Slyph


I thought I'd pull this little embarrassing nugget out of the TMN archives and give it a fresh airing.

Posted by Para at 10:30 PM
February 12, 2006
Journeythoom Lirr


Lirr has advanced to the position of Journeyman Mystic. Read more about it in Lirr's Journal update for 68 Summer 561.

Posted by Para at 11:14 PM
February 11, 2006
More Butterflies & Bakunan


Bakunan sent the following report to TMN:

Hail Para!

I have heard it said that "there's nothing more dangerous than a wounded mosquito." But apparently a swarm of butterflies ranks highly on the pecking order of dangerous creatures. (Maybe just behind the lightning-throwing killer frogs that invaded town long ago?)





Posted by Para at 02:49 PM
Chance, Butterflies & Bakunan


Creed sent the following report to TMN:

Greetings Para!

As often happens, I have a few random bits of news for you from the last, eventful few days in Puddleby.

I have one sketch of Chance to show you, although she probably won't be happy with me for sending it—since she's fallen in it! Oh well—I found it funny. As you can see, Chance fell while trying to solo a great rockodile, and was quickly surrounded by scavengers and rats. Old Man Grank came by, but was no help at all. He stood there for a while just staring, then began greeting some of the creatures as friends. Thanks for nothin', Grank!

The rest of the sketches have to do with me and with Clan Destine! On one recent hunt, while on our way back from TGBG, we encountered two blue butterflies. Every one of us was kissed, although Bakunan was kissed by one of the butterflies while the rest of us were kissed by the other. So he didn't quite match us! We did have a good time fluttering about. We went to Melabrion's island in winged guise, then traveled north along Puddleby's western coast, ending up at the river tunnel. It was fun to battle a Blind Amphibia in our butterfly forms! Alas, I did not get a sketch of our victory.

On another hunt, this time to GI, Rhone, Sian and I—joined by Theo and Fiona—saw an interesting phenomenon. It was a bathing boar! At first we thought perhaps it only ran into the water to escape our fighters' glittering blades, but it seemed to enjoy swimming about and splashing in the waterfall.

Last, but not least . . . I was visiting with Klio one day in town, and the two of us decided to go to the raffle house together to check on our raffle items. As we approached Auxa, we noticed she was in an odd and less-than-welcoming position. She seems back to normal now, so I don't know what was wrong with Auxa that evening!

Reporting somewhat live from various sites around Puddleby and assorted islands,









Posted by Para at 01:37 PM
Babajaga Leaves Puddleby


Babajaga is leaving Puddleby to search for Sleipnir. She met Prue just as she was about to leave and gave her a pie-stained wedding ring (the very ring used on the day when Sleipnir and Baba remarried). Prue threw a green paint thing on her in return. You can read her goodbye message and wish her well at the Clan Lord Sentinel.

Posted by Para at 01:02 PM
Bubble Zoo


Azriel reports in his latest journal entry on some strange events happening in Town Center, including invasions of fiery bubbles and Sun-zu, along with the appearance of mysterious signposts.


Posted by Para at 04:37 AM
In Sign We Trust


Cinammon sent to TMN some pictures of the signpost that was recently in Town Center.


He reports:

Yeah, so there's a sign in TC and someone's got their bum in a knot about it. I felt bad for sign. It's not like you see them everywhere. People don't get a free signpost just for hanging out for five minutes. Whatever. I bet this article outlives the sign.

The sign is indeed gone, but this article will remain.

Posted by Para at 04:28 AM
February 07, 2006
Chaos Storm #428


Chaos Storm #428 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 Para at 05:12 PM
February 03, 2006
Clem Stonecutter


Zynx sent the following message to TMN:

Heya Para.

Today (Friday), for a mini clan hunt, myself, Blackhole, and Cinnamon decided to explore some of the caves on Fire/Devil's Island. I know most of these caves have been explored, but we found what we believe is a fairly recent addition to a particular cave. After getting lost and beaten up, wandering from cave to cave, we came across cave C11. The cave itself was pretty empty, but low and behold, we found a phantasm seller. His name was Clem Stonecutter. Compared to some of the other sellers, he is out of the way.

Here is a picture of me, Black, and Cinn with Clem. He looks bored.



Posted by Para at 11:44 PM
Perils of Poison


Kitlin sent the following report to TMN:

Dear Editor:

I have recently been the victim of a potent case of poisoning.

Earlier in the zodiac, I had the occasion to travel with some lovely exiles to the earthwurm cave. As we were leaving, a minor winder did bite and poison me. I thought nothing of it as it was such a small snake. I did soon thereafter have to study. When I returned from my studies, the poison seemed to have spread through my system causing far greater harm than I expected. I ended up falling due to the malady. Furthermore, I am unhealable in my current state.

While those familiar with the ways of poisoning snakes have now told me that the snakes are far more dangerous and it is imperative that one stop the spread as soon as possible, I was unaware of the situation at the time. Therefore as a public announcement, I do warn those who are not familiar with snakes that some are quite dangerous these days.



Posted by Para at 09:29 PM
February 02, 2006
Black Widow Invasion


Rhone sent the following report to TMN:

The Black Widow Invasion was in full swing when I stumbled out of the library. It went by quickly with many vanquishes and coins . . . a perfect time to practice my craft.





Posted by Para at 12:04 AM