Chaos Storm #496 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.
MaryJane sent the following report to TMN:
Just wanted to share with you a couple of sketches from the Noid invasion the other day. A band of exiles fought them all the way from Southern East Farms back to the Noids Cavern, but then several of us fell when trying to secure the cavern. For awhile, all looked bleak as it seemed that more exiles were fallen than were standing.
Eventually, though, the tide turned, partly due to Sielk and Tip'II departing and coming back to fight valiantly for our rescue.
Thanks to all the exiles who were there.
Aravir reports in his most recent journal entry on passing the fourth-circle fighters' test.
In his latest journal entry, Measle celebrates his anniversary as an exile.
Exiles failed to plant a kyeum in time to stop the ethereal incursion on Kismia Island. On the other hand, the incursion party survived and did not have to depart, and the ethereal forces of the sn'ell were eliminated.
Exiles are now gathering to fight the incoming Kismia Island ethereal incursion.
Pe Ell reports on the Clan Lord Sentinel that exiles failed to stop the recent ethereal incursion on Devil's Island.
The next ethereal disturbance will be on KI, 1N of FA, before noon on Day 12 of Winter (Mon 5/28 ~9-11 PM EDT)
Helios sent the following report to TMN:
During a very successfuly incursion into the Undine hut a Wraith happened upon our group. Without any fighters present, felling this monster became quite a feat! After swinging our blades aimlessly for some time, we finally managed to land a few strikes and finish the job.
Here's a quick sketch to show what happens when you get on the wrong side of four healers and a mystic.
Torin reports on PAG's trip to the Abyss today in his most recent report for OWE news.
Hey, how about I dig up and post just a few images from Para's Archives. Today's images were all filed under the letter A.
Althea's got a cough. I have no idea what Pengy's doing out there. Sorry about your head, Odesseus.
Cheese! Note that undine sneaking up on the happy group in Alchemist's Folly.
Fruitless wall humping in Alchemist's Folly.
Ann GM gives everyone the power of thooming.
The Astral Gumball.
Meteors are naturally attracted to Ann.
Hunter reports on the Twilight temple on Metz Island on OWE News. Torin follows up with more news about this mysterious temple and speculation about a Greymyr generation apparatus that can be found inside.
MaryJane sent the following report to TMN:
Just a note to say hello from the ring of fire. Lorikeet gave everyone a bit of fever during our regular Purple Haze Hunt. This is what happens when we managed to keep the Ethereal Plane stabilized for a little bit.
Torin's most recent reports on OWE News include:
In his most recent journal entry, Measle reports on the aftermath of the ethereal incursion on Ash Island and some unusual activity at the pentacle.
Exiles have defeated the forces of ether on Ash Island in the most recent incursion.
Ethereal Incursion in progress in Ash Island. Puddleby needs your help!
We are getting worked over.
Status report on the project to build a statue to chicken glory:
An ethereal incursion will occur on Ash Island, 1N of DC, Midday on 39 Autumn (Sun 13th ~2PM EDT)."
Hunter reports on OWE News that Puddleby's Sheriff, Noivad, may be an invisible cross-dresser.
Does Yor have a gambling addiction? Hunter has the story on OWE News.
Chaos Storm #493 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.
• The v493 update will be taking place at a convenient time on Saturday, May 12.
Measle sent the following announcement to TMN:
Puddleby Players are pleased to announce the staging of their latest play on Sat May 19th, 1pm PDT, 3pm CDT, 4pm EDT, 9pm GMT/UK, 10pm Paris, Sun 6am Aus-Sydney
Is that enough timezones for you?
Read more about it on the Clan Lord Sentinel.
SNN broadcast #3 is now live, featuring Phroon the Thoom as anchor.
So far, Fowlbane and Tenders don't seem to indicate much movement on the proposal to build a statue to chicken glory in the Petting Zoo. Is this a sign of exile ambivalence on the issue?
Perhaps we'll know more after the Chaos Storm.
What follows is a collection of images from the recent Camp Dred Ethereal Incursion.
Exiles constructed a massive defensive wall of kudzu.
Exiles worked hard to secure the surrounding area against auxiliary invasions. The orga were not happy to have us around. In this image, Yor receives some well-earned thanks.
Despite the best of precautions, even experienced exiles are vulnerable to unfortunate incidents.
Mary Jane explains the plan.
Hoggle and Yor double-team an Ethereal Cloud.
Intense fighting began from the start.
We make a strategic retreat. A selfless exile (I think it's Jive) bravely insists on being left behind to act as a wall to keep the ethereal invaders away.
The survivors leap to the east.
Healers and chainers survey the damage and take steps to prepare another assault to the west. This cycle repeated several times during the incursion. A couple of times, only a scant few remained standing.
Those few survivors of the ethereal onslaughts would heal the fallen and then slowly fetch via chain the fallen to the west.
Exiles burst forth to engage the ethereal forces again.
Merlisk dispatches a kuzdu with a knockout punch.
The defensive wall required constant maintenance.
Yor initiates a tactical move.
When the wall broke down, it endangered our rear guard.
The solution was the reapplication of fresh kudzu, before it was too late.
Merlisk and I show typical Thoom cool-headedness by sitting down during the battle.
Exiles drop down along the east side of the sn'ell to inspect the kyeum.
The ethereal portal, from which poured the ethereal flow, was on the west side of the sn'ell.
An Ethereal Cloud chases me.
Ethereal Clouds can be very persistent.
A fresh spawn of ethereal monsters can cause extraordinary damage in a very short period of time.
Another strategic retreat.
Merlisk chains a bunch of fallens on his way out.
Ethereal forces trap Rhys and Yor as we scramble out of the sn'ell.
A wide shot showing just what we were facing.
I pop back into the sn'ell just a little bit too early.
Yeah, you could see that coming.
The kyeum is almost ready.
A spawn gets behind the kudzu line.
The kyeum fires up, sealing the sn'ell from further ethereal invasion.
Dongle makes the traditional "We Win" salute.
This is when exiles are typically powerfully drawn toward throwing themselves into the portal despite the dangers within. I didn't stick around to see that this time.
Torin and Hunter report in OWE News on Yorbots, pink attack vermine, an Uli run, and escorting Asenath to the EP Forge.
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