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October 15, 2020
Chaos Storm #1193

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Chaos Storm #1193 has swept the Lok'Groton island chain. Please post any changes you have observed and wish to share with others in the comments.

Delta Tao's "What's New" for v1193:

10/7/2020 v1193
Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he’s well dressed. There ain’t much credit in that. — Charles Dickens (1812–1870)

  • Spooky new areas. We hope they’ll be a smashing success!
  • Testing out some buffs to blood inferno. Big increase to overall power, as well as a buff to the ability to clear lower level junk.
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September 29, 2020
Largo Reports on the Bard Concert

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"It's true!" —Largo

Largo sent the following report to TMN:

Another bard concert has come and gone!

Though the competition from Borzon, Xepel, Coriakin, and Nippy was fierce, Aspasia won Snacks’ composition contest with her excellent piece "Historical Importance,” a chronicle of the fateful day 56 years ago that I got a new shirt.

Pirate has archived visionstones of the entire concert on The Puddleby Listener.

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"Xepel is forced to admit the truth" —Largo

As winner of Snacks’ competition, Aspasia will judge the next contest and has chosen its theme. Via Koppi: "Submissions must be a solo, duet, or trio inspired by the Feast of Tsrinn. Bonus points will be given for songs with lyrics!"

The next bard concert will be held at the Puddleby Playhouse in west town on OOC October 25 at 9PM Eastern; 6PM Pacific; 1AM GMT. Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume.

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September 27, 2020
Bard Concert Time

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The next Bard Concert is scheduled for:

TODAY!

Sunday, September 27, 2020 at noon PDT, 3PM EDT.

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September 24, 2020
Exiles Remembered

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Exiles gather in memory of those who have passed

Thanks to Dandelion and Largo for organizing the Memorial Gathering.

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Memorial statue for Tonoto

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September 22, 2020
Memorial Garden Gathering

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Largo sent the following report to TMN:

Tomorrow marks 15 years since Tyndall's passing. He was loved very much in life, and his memory is kept close and cherished by many.

The years have also taken at least four other beloved members of our community from us: Baffina/Baffette, the indomitable orga slayers; Tonoto, whose maps still guide us; Eyeball, who was kindhearted and funny; K'pyn, the warrior thoom without compare.

Dandelion has called for us to come together in the Memorial Garden to celebrate the lives of these departed friends and loved ones [OOC: on Wednesday, 9/23 – 8pm Mountain/7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern/2am GMT]. All are welcome. Please bring whiskey, cigars, beer, and logs for fires if you can.

If you knew or hunted with Tyndall, Baffina/Baffette, Tonoto, Eyeball, or K'pyn, you are strongly encouraged to attend and share your memories. If you are grieving someone from outside the lands, know that this is a space where you can hold that in community. If you would like to show love and friendship to exiles who have lost beloved people, know that your presence will do that.

We realize that this is coming together on very short notice. You can help by taking a moment to use the communication avenues available to you to reach out to folks who you think would be interested in coming but won't be reached by these posts because they are currently disengaged from Clan Lord and/or social media. Thank you!

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September 11, 2020
The Remudification of Puddleby Has Begun

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image courtesy of Largo on Discord

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September 10, 2020
Coriakin on Music

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Coriakin has created some resources for learning about music in Clan Lord.

Intro to Music Making in Clan Lord

CL Instrument Intro

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September 09, 2020
Orienting a Large Shipment of New Exiles

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TMN received the following message from Largo:

Hello Paramedic,

I am writing to report that an unusually large shipment of completely new exiles recently came in from the mainland. I had anticipated some of them—Rhapsody, Morgician, Stinker, Calaye, Rota, Radianne, Crysanthe, Camio Stolas, and Neem—through the word of a contact I have at the docks. Also in attendance were HighSens and Smithers.

We set out with a very ambitious itinerary in hand to orient the baby exiles, taking them first to the Puddleby underground (where we became split up and joyously lost until K’vynn came and rescued us all with his mystic powers), then to the University to meet Boostus. At this point we ditched the ambitious itinerary and went straight to West Ash to fight Dar’shak in the horde and bell tower. After that, we landed in town to get drunk and help the babies choose their professions—congratulations to our newest healer, Rhapsody, and to our newest fighters—Neem, Morgician, Stinker, Rota, and Radianne. After that, we continued to hunt and party for several hours.

Many of us—with apologies, too many to name in full—worked hard to help orient the new exiles on Puddlebean life. Special thanks go to K’vynn, for providing all the baby exiles with sunstones, to Dandelion and Lorikeet for serving as designated top-level shepherds for the whole ordeal, to Haffron for helping me plan, and to Snacks, Rakshasa, Xepel, and Coriakin for cooperating to provide music throughout.

Special thanks also to Pirate the Bloodmage, who took a visionstone of the whole endeavor and has posted it in the library for anyone who wants to enjoy it.

Readers of TMN—if you see any of these new exiles in the lands (some of them have been back around), please take care to be extra friendly to them!

Best,
Former Fen President Largo

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September 03, 2020
They Paved Paradise?

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Largo's Resignation: The Fallout

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TMN received the following report from Lynne Arr'shan:

Dear Editor-in-Chief Paramedic,

I've been investigating Largo's resignation and interviewing exiles about town about the future of the Fen Presidency. I will continue to monitor this situation as it develops, so please consider this piece the first in a limited series about the fen presidency.

As a non-partisan journalist, I recognize my obligation to serve as a watchdog over public affairs and government. I have endeavored to keep my reporting on this matter fair and accurate. I know that inexpensive widespread visionstone technology has made times tough for print media in the Lok'Groton, so I am willing to waive my fee in this instance.

Best,
Lynne Arr'shan

***

EXILES RESPOND TO LARGO'S DECREE
By Lynne Arr'shan, unofficial, unlicensed, unauthorized, unaccredited, and completely freelance junior cub reporter for the ThoomCare Media Network

As regular readers of ThoomCare already know, Former Fen President Largo recently resigned after a storied 49-year term to 'make way for new leadership'. In response to queries from ThoomCare, KPUN, and SNN reporters, Largo expressed his commitment to the peaceful transition of power, but declined to immediately name a successor candidate to represent the Largocratic party in the next election. Largo stated that he intended to remain in the lands "as a friend, not a leader," which sources on the scene described as 'gratuitous pandering'.

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Immediately before his resignation, former Fen President Largo decreed that candidacy for the position of Fen President shall no longer be restricted to Fen'neko. While this decree implies that candidacy for the office of Fen President has heretofore been restricted to fen'neko, public record clearly indicates that this is not the case. While only fen'neko have ever been elected to the office, both Stylunk (a ghorak zo) and Phineas/Fen-eas (an ostensible human) have all made their way onto past ballots through legitimate means.

It is unclear at press time whether Largo's move was the result of ham-fisted misdirection, well-intentioned incompetence, or bad information from an advisor.

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Largo's office did not respond to our request for comment, but this reporter was able to track Largo down in town center shortly before a recent Connie mosey. His hair was immaculate, and he was wearing a handsome but subdued maha pelt shirt. When pressed on the matter of his pointless and potentially obfuscatory decree, Largo flashed an angelic smile and made direct eye contact: "Sorry, I'm afraid I don't know what you're talking about… Who do you work for, again? Are you with Skirwan?"

In this reporter's entirely subjective estimation, he probably did know what I was talking about.

Regardless of the reasoning behind the decree, many exiles – especially Largocratic loyalists – have cheered the move. Inu Teisei, an exile of both sylvan and fen'neko descent who ran against Largo during the election of 572 but claims to have voted for him anyway, was thrilled at the opportunity to extend her family's political influence: "I love it – I always wondered why it was limited to just fen, so I think it's about time. I have nominated Pun'isher (to no one)." Again, the Office of Fen President has never been restricted to fen'neko.

Kitlin, a fen'neko healer and long-term Puddleby resident, offered a diplomatic perspective on the matter, emphasizing the dual importance of inclusivity and of representing fen'neko cultural experiences in Puddleby's anarchic and occasionally oblique power structure. "While it is encouraging to open the candidacy to others, I do not see how one can be a fen president without being fen. [However,] good Mr. Kensington is a thoom raised by fen. I can imagine him qualifying for being a fen president though not being fen."

Representatives from the Orga Camp, of course, have responded to the power vacuum created by Largo's resignation with calls for a Bartok candidacy. Most of the exiles I've been able to interview about this matter have been unequivocally against such a candidacy. For her part, Inu Teisei says she 'would not' support Bartok in a bid for the fen presidency, on the grounds that 'orga are just plain mean.'

Pirate, a sylvan fighter and self-described 'ally to all fens' was initially lukewarm on the idea: "if he had everyone's interests in mind, fens forward, I think he would be good." When reminded that Bartok is the Orga general who once stole Puddleby's altar and is ascendant once again after being presumed dead for many years, Pirate furrowed his brown and changed his tune: "Oh! No, that sounds terrible."

If not Bartok, though, then who? For now, Largo's untimely resignation has elevated Relkin to the office of Fen President. Relkin, in good keeping with Presidential tradition, is currently MIA. Informal non-orga nominations for candidates in the upcoming election abound in the lands. Some names that this reporter has heard floated include Zhirem, Dandelion, Coldy, Pun'isher, and D'ead – an unusually friendly group of contenders, to be sure.

With the exception of Bartok, this may be the most amicable and least contentious race in Puddlebean history.

More as this story develops.

-Lynne Arr'shan

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Chaos Storm #1188

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Chaos Storm #1188 has swept the Lok'Groton island chain. Please post any changes you have observed and wish to share with others in the comments.

Delta Tao's "What's New" for v1188:

9/2/2020 v1188
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. — Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910)

  • No significant changes this update, but the changes that were changed are significant.
  • For reasons that remain unexplained, in mid-month our network-facing gerbils got moved to a new cage, which they found to be distinctly cramped, noisy, noisome, and altogether an uncongenial place to live. Several days of unpleasantness and fog ensued, until we could move them back into nicer digs. We apologize for the deterioration of service; we’re awarding some free ranks to everyone to make up for it.
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August 24, 2020
SNN Reports on Largo Resignation

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SNN has posted updates connected to the evolving story of Largo's resignation.

SNN Special Report: Largo Resigns

Largo Has Fallen

(Note: The Favorites button on the upper right now links to the new SNN landing page; the old Flash site is accessible under More Clan Lord links below.)

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August 23, 2020
Orga Assault on Puddleby

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In the aftermath of Largo's resignation as Fen President, Puddleby was attacked by the Orga.

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Fishwrap Transcript: The Largo Resignation Address

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What follows is a Fishwrap Transcript of Largo's Resignation Address. Before resigning, Largo issued a decree that henceforth, the Fen President need not be a Fen.

Cassia Allin says, "Greetings, Lord Paramedic."
Cassia Allin says, "Welcome to the Alliance Castle."
Cassia Allin says, "You'll need to 'hail the tower' if you wish to enter."
Largo exclaims, "The press is here!"
(Largo dusts off his shirt.)
Largo exclaims, "Wonderful to see you!"
Largo is sharing experiences with you.
Paramedic asks, "Are you holding this shindig inside?"
Paramedic says, "And good to see you too"
Largo says, "I was thinking in front for dramatic effect."
Largo asks, "Would it play better if we did it inside?"
Paramedic says, "here works I think"
Largo says, "Good, good."
Paramedic says, "Huh"
Paramedic says, "is it supposed to be inaccessible?”
Largo yells, "Hail the tower!"
Paramedic says, "I have forgotten"
Paramedic says, "Oh"
Largo says, "They're just very dramatic about the whole thing."
(Jamboree smiles)
Skirwan leaps down from some rocks.
Silky says, "heya"
Largo exclaims, "Hi Silky!"
(Skirwan waves.)
Silky says, "wow good people around :)"
(Paramedic smiles)
Largo thinks, "We are gathering in front of Alliance Castle for my brief remarks. All are welcome to join! If you're having a tough time finding it, come to West farms and someone will show you the way."
Paramedic says, "Puddleby's elite is showing up"
Largo exclaims, "The cream of the crop!"
Largo exclaims, "And Skirwan!"
Paramedic says, "aged exiles"
Fearr exclaims, "Rawr!"
(Largo nods!)
Silky says, "we are so old :)"
Largo exclaims, "SO old!"
Largo exclaims, "Hi Fearr!"
Paramedic says, "So old..."
Silky says, "yeah..."
(Skirwan ignores the outgoing Fen President's twitterings.)
(Largo ignores Skirwans ignoring.)
Largo says, "One moment! Pun'isher is lost."
Kathius thinks, "Mork fallen to Gorvin for quite some time now."
Skirwan says, "No more lost than most of his supporters, I fear."
D'Ead thinks, "typical"
Paramedic says, "People don't remember where the Alliance Castle is"
Kathius thinks, "is there an arena or something?"
Fearr exclaims, "Fearr is always an option!"
Sabin Figaro thinks, "may need to depart"
Paramedic says, "This castle was always a white elephant"
•You seem to heal more effectively.
Paramedic says, "A Puddleby boondoggle"
Skirwan thinks, "SNN reports: Largocratic rally delayed as Fen President Largo's campaign staff get lost on the way."
D'Ead thinks, "he was fallen in town yesterday"
Largo exclaims, "But here it is!"
K'vynn is now Clanning.
Silky says, "ahah"
Inu Teisei is sharing experiences with you.
(Largo rolls his eyes at Skirwan's perpetual heckling.)
(Ryder waves)
Largo exclaims, "Hi Ryder!"
(Jamboree waves.)
Skirwan says, "Ryder's like a zodiac old and HE knows the way."
(Inu Teisei waves)
(Paramedic prepares a hand-crank camera with a fish on the side)
(Largo puts his notes in order.)
Ryder says, "i found this place a few weeks back with snacks"
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN reports" Largogrataic rally coverage underway"
Fearr exclaims, "Rawr Borzon!"
Silky says, "Hello Kvynn"
Largo exclaims, "!"
Ryder says, "sometimes i do something that appears to be useful."
Largo says, "That's a good trick, K'vynn."
Ruuk ponders, "beer"
K'vynn is sharing experiences with you.
K'vynn says, "Malkor taught me that one."
Largo asks, "Let's get this started?"
Largo says, "Thank you all very much for joining me here today."
Largo says, "It's wonderful to see so many old faces, and some new ones too."
Largo says, "I have two statements to make. I could have just sent them directly to the papers, but I like attention."
Largo says, "I'm sure you all sympathize."
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN reports: Largo addresses the SRO crowd in front of the picturesque Castle grounds"
Skirwan ponders, "story checks out so far"
Largo says, "First, I will issue a Presidential decree."
K'vynn ponders, "SRO crowd?"
(Paramedic raises eyebrow)
Pun'isher ponders, "standing room only"
Inu Teisei says, "ooh decree"
Skirwan thinks, "SNN: KPUN reports standing room only... while lying on the ground."
(K'vynn isn't president, yet.)
Largo says, "From here on forward, candidacy for the position of Fen President will be open to all citizens of Puddleby, not just fen'neko."
Inu Teisei exclaims, "yay!"
Largo says, "If anyone wishes to challenge this decree, I will defend it in court."
K'vynn asks, "does that not make them a fen President then?"
Inu Teisei says, "It's Punny vs Skirwan vs Mighty Largo"
Silky says, "aahah"
Inu Teisei ponders, "will all fen be their servants?"
Largo exclaims, "Great question, K'vynn!"
K'vynn ponders, "Fen President vs President."
Silky says, "The end of fen supremacy"
Paramedic says, "Thoom"
(K'vynn purrs ahead.)
Largo says, "With that said and done --"

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Largo says, "I hereby tender my resignation as Fen President."
Skirwan ponders, "Ahhh. That feels good on my knee."
(K'vynn senses something)
(Inu Teisei cries)
Paramedic exclaims, "!!!"
Largo exclaims, "It's been a wonderful and very long term!"
Borzon ponders, "About time."
(K'vynn purrs ahead.)
Largo exclaims, "We've accomplished a lot over the years!"
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN reports: Largo Resigns!"
Inu Teisei asks, "Does this mean you're leaving the lands?"
Largo exclaims, "Absolutely not!"
Inu Teisei exclaims, "Yay!"
Silky says, "you'd better not"
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN reports: But vows to stay!"
Paramedic asks, "Does this mean you're coming back to the lands?"
Largo says, "I've been gone for a long time, we all know that."
Largo exclaims, "Yes!"
Silky says, "nice"
Pun'isher ponders, "its like he never left"
Inu Teisei says, "Double yay"
Largo says, "As a friend, not a leader."
(Fearr purrs.)
(Aspasia smiles.)
Paramedic says, "How can we miss him if he won't go away"
Burrito is now Clanning.
K'vynn's parrot flaps its wings.
K'vynn exclaims, "!"

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(Largo is drenched.)
K'vynn ponders, "a storm i can't calm."
Paramedic says, "Rain on me"
Inu Teisei asks, "So do we get to start the Largo Army?"
Skirwan says, "Odd weather we're having."
(Aspasia opens up a parasol.)
Fearr ponders, "Is that the cry"
Silky says, "my yearly shower"
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN reports: Thunderous applause!"
Silky says, "yay"
Ruuk says, "ugh a weird microcosm"
(K'vynn didn't bring his rain cloak.)
Inu Teisei says, "lol"
Largo exclaims, "My parade!"
Paramedic says, "I forgot how bad wet fen fur smells"
(Inu Teisei laughs at the rain)
Silky says, "lol"
(Inu Teisei is Rolling on the floor laughing)
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN: when will he end this rain?"
(Inu Teisei recovers her composure)
Largo says, "Well. That's unexpected."
(K'vynn twitches the end of his tail)
Inu Teisei says, "time for soap"
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN: charismatic crowd is clouded"
(Largo raises his voice over the thunder.)
Aspasia says, "Clearly the land weeps for the end of the Largocracy."
Largo says, "I will take your questions now, if there are any."
Paramedic says, "It's raining on the Largo parade"
(K'vynn flattens his ears)
Largo exclaims, "Maybe so!"
Largo exclaims, "It's time for some new leadership, though!"
K'vynn ponders, "that was a short speech."
(Paramedic raises a flipper)
Silky says, "resignation always sad"
Inu Teisei thinks, "Who want's to join the Largo Army?"
Largo asks, "Yes, Paramedic?"
Skirwan asks, "What assistance will you be offering your successor to ensure a smooth transition of power?"
(K'vynn looks up.)
Paramedic says, "and who do you recommend for the next Fen President"
K'vynn ponders, "wee hours of darkness."
(Fearr eyes his wet fur)
K'vynn ponders, "thunder and lightning and rain... an omen?"
Largo says, "I am not prepared to make an endorsement today."
Largo says, "We will have to see who steps up."
Largo says, "There are a number of wonderful exiles who'd be perfect for the position."
Pun'isher says, "KPUN: Largo will endorse a candidate soon"
Largo ponders, "And some who wouldn't be."
(Largo glances at Skirwan.)
Inu Teisei says, "lol"
Skirwan asks, "But you are committed to supporting the winner of a free and democratic election?"
(Paramedic writes down "Largo endorses no one, inviting chaos")
Largo says, "Obviously."
(Ryder raises his hand)
Largo asks, "Yes, Ryder?"
Skirwan ponders, "will support... anyone... who wins..."
(Skirwan takes notes.)
Inu Teisei thinks, "Fen president for life largo lives on, as just god Largo"
Ryder asks, "as a newcomer to the island, how does the voting procedure work?"
Silky says, "hehe"
Largo exclaims, "Excellent question!"
(Paramedic smiles)
Pun'isher exclaims, "KPUN: Largo commits to counting the votes himself!"
Largo says, "A mysterious council puts forward a list of candidates to the ballot hall in town."
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN: Largo commits to counting the votes himself!"
Largo says, "Then we all vote. I've never had much knowledge of that part of things."
(K'vynn noes Inu stepped up.)
Inu Teisei says, "lol"
Pun'isher ponders, "there is one for the blooper reel"
(K'vynn notes Inu stepped up.)
(Paramedic raises a flipper)
Skirwan asks, "Largo, any comments about rumors of a potential Bartok run? Would you support a victorious Fen President Bartok?"
Inu Teisei says, "um no"
Largo asks, "Isn't Bartok dead?"
Largo asks, "Yes, Paramedic?"
Skirwan says, "Heck if I know."
Paramedic asks, "Where have you been all this time??"
(Inu Teisei tries to escape)
(K'vynn believes Inu is an excellent Candidate.)
Largo exclaims, "It's a long and sordid story, Paramedic!"
Inu Teisei exclaims, "trapped!"
Largo exclaims, "But I'm glad you asked!"
Skirwan says, "Wow. Orga voters come out and you guys just kill 'em."
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN: orga hecklers invade the castle in attempts to thwart the election"
Inu Teisei says, "I am president of Largo Army, self appointed."
Tumarr says, "sorry"
Borzon ponders, "Voter oppression?"
K'vynn ponders, "a coup."
Tumarr says, "reflex"
Largo asks, "Next question?"
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN: In an apparent coup, chickens"
Paramedic says, "hm"
(Borzon raises his hand.)
Skirwan asks, "Why now, Largo? Why not much, much sooner?"
K'vynn ponders, "did someone bring a pet?"
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN: Inu bravely fights orga hecklers"
Largo asks, "Yes, Borzon?"
(Largo ignores Skirwan.)
Paramedic ponders, "is the Alliance Castle usually infested with Orga?"
Skirwan thinks, "SNN: KPUN continues to support the suppression of Orga voters."
K'vynn asks, "why are we not in the safety of the castle?"
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN: Largo supports Orga-nic participants"
Largo thinks, "Is everything alright in town? We're being pestered by Orga at the castle."
Borzon asks, "How did you choose this place for specific speech?"
Ruuk asks, "How long was your term Largo?"
Borzon asks, "Is it to distract the masses from an what can only be described as a disastrous term?"
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN: Invasion....or privacy at castle"
Inu Teisei thinks, "I am not KPUN, I am self-annointed president or newly formed Largo Army for Largo worshipers"
Largo says, "For optics, mostly."
Largo asks, "Who has described my term as disastrous?"
K'vynn ponders, "ouch."
(Borzon writes down "distracting".)
Largo asks, "Besides you?"
(Skirwan raises a hand.)
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN: Largo will pay his supporters with cat nip"
(K'vynn notes dissenting.)
K'vynn says, "hmmm"
Borzon says, "You're the one answering questions, not me."
K'vynn's parrot nips him with its beak.
K'vynn ponders, "ow!"
Largo says, "Clearly."
(K'vynn tries not to show he's in pain.)
(Inu Teisei mews at K'vynn)
Largo asks, "Any other questions?"
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN: You radio station with "All fax-similied!""
Paramedic says, "When do you break out the refreshments?”
Largo sets down his heavy pretzel box.
Paramedic says, "Now you're talking"
Largo exclaims, "It's a long and sordid story, Paramedic! But I'm glad you asked!"
(Pun'isher partakes in pretzels)
(Inu Teisei steps away)
Inu Teisei ponders, "must watch my girlish figure"
Pun'isher takes a pretzel from the box.
Largo sets down his heavy ale keg, deftly fitting a spigot into the bunghole.
(K'vynn came for the 'nip.)
Paramedic exclaims, "Even the snacks are long and sordid!"
(Borzon writes down "stale pretzels".)
Pun'isher crunches on a pretzel.
Largo sets down his heavy stout keg, deftly fitting a spigot into the bunghole.
(K'vynn flattens his ears)
Silky says, "not sure I understand why you resign once you are back"
Largo pours himself a perfect mug of cold stout.
Largo raises his stout in a hearty toast.
Pun'isher pours herself a perfect mug of cold stout.
Pun'isher raises her stout in a hearty toast.
Inu Teisei asks, "why is the Alliance castle bridge up and not down?"
Largo exclaims, "It's time for new leadership!"
Pun'isher raises her stout in a hearty toast.
Pun'isher raises her stout in a hearty toast.
Al Ive says, "to free himself up for the emperor position"
Largo says, "Better to resign than to be driven out."
Pun'isher raises her stout in a hearty toast.
Pun'isher raises her stout in a hearty toast.
(K'vynn bows.)
Largo raises his stout in a hearty toast.
Pun'isher raises her stout in a hearty toast.
Silky says, ":)"
Largo exclaims, "Excuse me!"
Silky pours herself a perfect mug of cold ale.
(K'vynn purrs.)
Pun'isher raises her stout in a hearty toast.
Silky raises her ale on high, and drains it in one gulp.
Al Ive pours himself a perfect mug of cold stout.
Al Ive pours himself a perfect mug of cold ale.
Skirwan says, "It's a castle. If we just left the door open all the time it wouldn't be very secure."
Pun'isher raises her stout in a hearty toast.
(Silky raises her mug: A la santé de Largo)
Pun'isher thinks, "KPUN: Largo gracious, generous, and with impeccable manners"
Largo exclaims, "Cheers!"
Largo raises his stout on high, and drains it in one gulp.
Skirwan takes a pretzel from the box.
Pun'isher raises her stout on high, and drains it in one gulp.
Skirwan crunches on a pretzel.
(K'vynn notes Largo's tactic of getting the pea... er.. people, drunk and full.)
Largo says, "I'm going to squeeze to the east to lay out more snacks."
Skirwan says, "Not a bad pretzel, Largo."

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Fen President Largo Resigns

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DEVELOPING STORY

Fen President Largo has resigned.

Immediately after the announcement, Puddleby was attacked by Orga.

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August 08, 2020
Chaos Storm #1184

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Chaos Storm #1184 has swept the Lok'Groton island chain. Please post any changes you have observed and wish to share with others in the comments.

Delta Tao's "What's New" for v1184:

8/5/2020 v1184
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. — Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

  • Everything this update is secret. Shhh!
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August 04, 2020
The Return of Largo

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TMN received the following press release from the Office of Fen President Largo:

FEN PRESIDENT LARGO TO OFFER REMARKS AFTER LONG & UNEXPLAINED ABSENCE
massive kegger and strike on Dar’shak outposts will follow the rare and unprecedented address

(Puddleby, Lok’Groton, Autumn 8, 621) Following a decades-long absence from Puddleby, Fen President Largo will deliver remarks in front of Alliance Castle on [August 23rd, 3pm Eastern/12pm Pacific].

Extensive refreshments will be provided, and bards are heartily encouraged to attend. Following Largo’s remarks, a brief Q&A, and the communal decommission of several choice kegs of beer, a strategic and decisive raid will be conducted against key Dar’shak power centers on Ash Island.

Known for his charm, humility, and outstanding fashion sense, Largo is variously affiliated with the Puddleby Players, Astrum Lumini, Bane of the Black Heart, and the few remaining fragments of the Nox Sorora. His greatest claim to fame, though, is his political career.

Largo notoriously served under Manx as the first-ever Fen Vice President before ascending to the office of the Fen Presidency in Autumn 572. The strategic alliance that he brokered with Tyris Drakesblood's pirate rebels against the Dar'shak Theocracy serves as one highlight to his single extraordinarily long and storied term, though he is also known to have signed several permits and purchased a handful of new shirts.

Largo recently returned to Puddleby after many years of unannounced absence, and has not yet offered comment or explanation as to his whereabouts during that time.

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Please direct press inquiries to Largo via sunstone.

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The press packet also included the following flattering images of Largo.

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August 02, 2020
Fen President Spotted

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Long-missing Fen President Largo has been spotted in Town Center.

He vanished before taking questions from journalists.

Posted by Para at 03:35 PM | Comments (1)
July 05, 2020
Chaos Storm #1179

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Chaos Storm #1179 has swept the Lok'Groton island chain. Please post any changes you have observed and wish to share with others in the comments.

Delta Tao's "What's New" for v1179:

7/1/2020 v1179
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. — Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968)

  • Increase darkite damage to more exactly match darkus without balance components.
  • Tweaked some monsters (general summary of changes: more XP, sometimes more health)
  • Tweaks to pets:
    • The “come” command now makes the pet follow until they receive another command.
    • Slightly decreased pet slaughter rates.
    • You can now /pull /critter to pull a pet (size of pets also increased to make pulling more reliable)
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June 20, 2020
Map of Puddleby Island

New to TMN Favorites:

Map of Puddleby Island

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June 14, 2020
Scribius

New to TMN Favorites:

Scribius

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June 07, 2020
Here Be Dragons: A Puddleby Mapper's Guild

New to TMN Favorites:

Here Be Dragons

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Chaos Storm #1175

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Chaos Storm #1175 has swept the Lok'Groton island chain. Please post any changes you have observed and wish to share with others in the comments.

Delta Tao's "What's New" for v1175:

6/3/2020 v1175
Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms. — George Eliot (1819–1880)

  • Major updates and changes to healer pets. Some changes in pet management and collecting, and some bug fixes and quality of life improvements.
    • This is a major overhaul in how things worked behind the scenes. We tested as well as we could, but please report any bugs or issues.
    • Rescuing a pet will no longer replace your “secondary” pet. You can rescue as many pets as you want now, without fear of overwriting pets.
    • There were major changes to allow for this behavior; you’ll need to explore and experiment to figure it out.
    • The overall summary is that there are still limits on the number of pets you can have at once; and now it’s much more explicit when you choose to “tame” a pet: it’s no longer automatically done when you heal the pet. Instead, healing a pet adds it to your “collection” of possible pets.
    • This collection is limitless, although you can’t have duplicates.
    • It should now be nearly impossible to accidentally replace your pets.
    • Limit on number of simultaneous pets can now be increased beyond 2. (But you’ve got to earn it!)
    • Fixed bug which was preventing most rescuable pets from showing up in the world.
    • Added a bunch of new pets.
    • Pets can now get even stronger than before.
  • Chests on Gho-wei were inadvertently awarding total coin payout to everyone, instead of splitting it amongst nearby players. We've kept the non-splitting behavior, but lowered the payout to account for it.
  • Do you believe in magic? If you search for it, then it may lead you somewhere.
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May 15, 2020
Exploring Lugubrion's Castle

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K'vynn sent the following report to TMN:

Ghrre'tsei, Para.

Falinea's Blade is back, and we decided on Soldi, day 26 of Fall, 620 -- on the day of the New Moon -- to go exploring Lugubrion's Castle, as one of our members had a theory regarding fish . . . (yum) and Lugu's Keep. It has been years since I've explored the keep. I really dislike the damp, but libraries . . . I could spend hours in the library there!

We explored,and we tossed fish here and there (restrain me) . . . and we inadvertently startled one of Lugubrion's Sarirs! She fled from us initially; she was scared and frightened. Lugubrion detected she was attempting to . . . escape and attempted to track her. We decided to assist her and hide her while we endeavored to establish a way to take her to safety, out of the material plane to the ethereal plane.

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The town began eventually holding back the flood of water guardians that approached through the marsh, east field, north field and into town. The walls were not quite enough to keep back the water; however, the town exiles kept them at bay. The flood of guardians kept tracking Sarir and I where I had taken her for temporary safety, so I whisked her back into the keep, to hide her right under his nose, in his own keep, as we worked to put together the parts I needed to create a kyuem.

Between the fish, the exploding kyuems, and the flood of guardians, we eventually were able -- with the Sarir's guidance -- to place and activate a kyuem within the keep and thus she was able to escape. Although, we may have disturbed things even further between EP and the lands.

Lugubrion was not happy at all. We, of course, meddle in what we do not fully understand -- which he made blatantly clear.

The folks who were in this main endeavor were: Connie Crete, Dandelion, Ebony, Jo Ma'ril, K'vynn, Luna, Mehan, Mirabel, Mork, Warplet, and Wayfarer.

Hopefully the world is still intact . . .

-K'vynn

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May 06, 2020
Chaos Storm #1171

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Chaos Storm #1171 has swept the Lok'Groton island chain. Please post any changes you have observed and wish to share with others in the comments.

Delta Tao's "What's New" for v1171:

5/6/2020 v1171
The greatest compassion is the prevention of human suffering through patience, alertness, courage and kindness. — Amit Ray (b. 1960)

* We hope that everyone continues to remain safe and healthy during the new normal.

* It’s so very good to see old faces again. And by “faces” we mean “pixels”. Welcome back to Puddleby, returning players!

* Fixed bug where monsters that spawned “friends” on spawn would spawn additional “friends” when they were befriended and the befriend ended. ’Nuff said-ed?

* Extended the amount of ranks the “newbie” experience booster will boost to. It previously boosted up to 2000 ranks; it now boosts to 3000. This also tweaks the amount of boost at different ranks (for example, it used to switch from a 9x bonus to a 8x bonus at 200 ranks; it now does this at 400 ranks). Any suggestions for further improvements to the booster, or newbie experience in general, are very welcome.

* Fix a bug affecting certain capped skills after untraining. For some trainers, it would not let you get back up to the cap after untraining due to fractional rank gain (for example, if you had 9.3, and the cap was 10, it wouldn’t let you train even once, because that would go to 10.3). Now in this case it will let you train just up to the cap (so from 9.3 to 10, for example).

* Reduce spirit cost of some mystic abilities.

* Champion earth mineral bug fix:
- Previous behavior: When equipping a pauldron and a left-hand earth mineral, it would apply the full bonus for each item, instead of just the pauldron. So for example, with an atkite pauldron and left-hand atkite equipped, it would give 2x atkite instead of 1x. Or one atkite pauldron and one balthite would give 1x atkite and 1x balthite.
- Why this is a problem: 2x balthite bonus gives significantly more ranks than 1x balthus. (And same for dethite). This makes channel master better, by a very large percentage, than those base trainers. (And similar but lesser bonus for a mix of balthite/dethite and atkite/darkite)
- New behavior: Changed behavior when both ‘ites are equipped to give 1/2 full bonus of each ’ite. So for example, with an atkite pauldron and left-hand atkite equipped, it would give 1x atkite. Or one atkite pauldron and one balthite left-hand item would give .5 atkite and .5 balthite. When boosting, it will apply the pauldron full boost, and continue to apply the left hand ‘ite unboosted effect, so the last example, while boosted, will apply 1.5x atkite and .5 balthite.
- Additionally: Since this bug has been around for a very long time (since pauldrons were introduced), and since people have likely trained to optimize for it, we’ve also tweaked the amount of attack, balance, etc. that ’ites give to be more generous. In particular:
• Atkite: Used to give a bit more than half of what a “pure accuracy” (Atkus without balance components) trainer would give. It now gives exactly as much as a pure accuracy trainer would give.
• Balthite: Used to give a little bit less balance than what Balthus gave. Now gives exactly what Balthus gives.
• Dethite: Used to give a little bit less defense than what Dethus gave. Now gives exactly what Dethus gives.
• Darkite: Used to give a bit more than half of what a “pure damage” (Darkus without balance components) trainer would give. Now gives exactly what a “pure damage” Darkus would give.
- The result: This is a significant nerf for those using double pauldron and ‘ites with balthite and dethite. It’s closer to neutral (but still a nerf) for those using it for double atktite/darkite. For those not using double ‘ites, this is a buff all around (a significant one for accuracy/damage, minor for balance/defense). This makes channel master still a very good trainer, better in most cases than training straight balance/defense/accuracy/damage, but not to the degree it was before the change. The hope is that even if people have adjusted their training to channel master vs. base trainers, that investment is still a very good investment (if not, please let us know what you’d have rather trained; the intent is not to “punish” anyone, given this bug has been around for so long).

* Development continues behind the scenes on new areas.

* One more secret change; we can’t spoil everything.

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