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Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Bordermarch Brandy Delivery

Bordermarch Brandy Delivery

The Great Lakes Event Moderators would like to thank all the players of Great Lakes for making 2014 another amazing year! I would also like to congratulate my partner Elizabella on her fifth year anniversary.

A brief list of some of what happened this year: Spy Mission #200, meddling in gargoyle politics, the slaying of Balinor at Stonegate, Bordermarch, Foulwell’s bitter humor, our new Award Hall, Zox’s Museum of Fish, the Well of Souls, a haunted circus, criminal conspiracies, and the defeat of Flain the White Rose Killer. A very full twelve months!

Happy New Year’s and keep your swords sharp for 2015!

–Malachi

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Grant of Arms

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

A Coat of Arms has been granted to Miss Sally Madeleine Sweet. The design of the Arms was approved by Lord Featherstonehaugh, Wyvern King of Arms and Senior Herald in Britannia.

The Grant of Arms has been made to Miss Sweet and her descendants in accordance with the laws of Arms. Like all applicants, Miss Sweet began the process by submitting a petition to Britannia’s Earl Marshal, Lord Hotchkiss. The Britannian College of Heraldry duly carried out research in their records and archives. Miss Sweet presented various engraved items from the ancient armigerous De Swete family, whose line was long thought to be extinct. There is no evidence to show that Miss Sweet is not descended from them. Lord Hotchkiss then issued a warrant to the Wyvern King of Arms recommending the granting of new Arms.

Sweet Coat of Arms

Arms: Gules a chief of the sea proper wheat garb Or.
Motto: Capere Aurum

The canting Arms form a rebus (“sea wheat”) for Sweet. The rebus is from the original De Swete Coat of Arms. The appearance of the sea is doubly appropriate for the armorial bearings of Miss Sweet, who describes herself as a sailing enthusiast.

Miss Sweet has chosen the tincture of the field herself. It is in honor of her late mentor. Miss Sweet also chose the motto, “Capere Aurum” (To Seize Gold). It is an aphorism of her own invention. It reflects her personal philosophy that one must strive to seize every opportunity the golden dawn of each new day brings.

Sweet Lozenge (spinster)

Miss Sweet’s armorial bearings are also displayed on a lozenge, as is traditional for a woman who is not the sovereign. The lozenge is surmounted by a true lover’s knot of blue ribbon, to indicate that she has never been married.

The artwork for the official record of the Grant of Arms was personally painted by Lady Clara Featherstonehaugh.

(Fiction) Artifacts of Darkness by Mordra

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Artifacts of Darkness by Mordra

Introduction:

I am not of Skara Brae. I was not born of this place. As a child, I came from a darker place. Many believe I came from Umbra, but I know I came from much further away: Morgaelin. Some power carelessly pulled a child through the Ethereal Void to leave me here.

It has been difficult being a stranger in this bright land, but I have some to thank for helping me find a place. I would most like to thank Horance who inspired me to write this catalog.

-Mordra

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(Fiction) The End

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

From Flain’s Final Book:

The oldest rangers know when their time is near. When one spends his life observing nature, one learns to know how things live and die. One feels the moment when one goes from the hunter to mere carrion. I am a child of Skara Brae, and though they will no longer have me, I learned my lessons well. My end is near. I have a rose for each of the fallen, including me. It will end where it began.

I was much younger when I followed Blackthorn’s call to anarchy. My fellow Chaos Knights and I stood against the polite and diseased authority of false virtue. Those beliefs brought me to this place and to the fight where I killed those I once called kin. When the certainty of combat had passed and my hands were covered in blood, my path was forever set. I could never turn back.

We were made an example of. The forces of Order used their courts and prisons to punish us, ignoring their own complicity. Only because of a grieving father were we set free. It was better to disappear and wait. It was not our time, but our time would come.

So many believed it came with the False Blackthorn’s war against Britannia. I too fought with the dragoons for a time, wanting to hold on to false hope. Even then, I knew something was different, wrong. The man who had played chess with British to stalemate was using his forces like a crude hammer. I left before Exodus’s pawn was defeated.

When the true Blackthorn returned and was made king, I believed, like so many, that this was a new age. Instead we got a shadow of the man who inspired so many with his call to anarchy. He played diplomat and peacemaker and forgot about old friends. Now that he ruled the broken and corrupt system, he saw no reason to change it.

I made it my place to set him right, in part for his education, but also my own legacy. My allies are those also disillusioned by this diseased world. While not my original intention, I have found one from each city, one oppressed and harmed by false virtue:

Dryden saw his son’s life claimed by failed justice. Tactus’s ambition was held down by an apprenticeship that sacrificed a young man’s work for the sake of an old fool. Saduj’s humble origins meant no one would ever see his potential. Elistaria was driven mad by years of others’ lies about magic and distrust of her abilities. Thrud was a fighter whose bloodlust no military hierarchy could control. Foulwell grew up destitute because he didn’t fit into the polite farce of Compassion. Blyth was the son who shamed his paladin father by becoming a sailor and then a pirate. I am the fallen ranger from Skara Brae.

I have played a game of pawns and powers with Blackthorn and lost, but even in death, I will be right. He can pretend to be British with elections and councils, but one truth will remain: Rex regit, et populus sequitur. The king leads; the people follow. The Blackthorn of old would never have allowed me to test his authority for so long. There will come a time when this false patience will lead to his destruction. This will not end well. And you will remember I was right.

-Flain

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(Felucca) Puppies & Kittens Statue, Tuesday at Fel Brit Bank

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The puppies and kittens statue will travel to Felucca for approximately twenty-four hours. Look for it at Felucca’s West Britain Bank on Tuesday, February 18th, from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm CST. Doubleclick the pink statue. One pet per character.

On Wednesday, which seems to be its last day, the statue will return to Trammel’s Moonglow Zoo.

Puppies and kittens at the Moonglow Zoo! Cuddle yours today!

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Lady Artemis the zookeeper is pleased to announce that the puppies and kittens Beezlebetsy found are all ready to go to their new homes. They are available for adoption at the Moonglow Zoo. (Doubleclick the pink statue, one per character.)

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

In December 2008, the current Event Moderator program went live. For five years, I have had the honor and privilege of being an EM on Great Lakes. My partner Elizabella is celebrating an anniversary as well, her fourth. This occasion seems a perfect opportunity to look back.

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Roleplay and Journeys

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Magnus Grey’s comments at the other night’s Royal Council were in response to this message from Governor O’Hare about how he wished to play his character:

Well, I am going to propose a ‘tax’ on Sally’s abroad earnings for the casino.

I found the idea of a racketeering Robin Hood governor quite intriguing. It seemed an interesting point to hint at in-character and opened up future roleplay possibilities.

I would also like to remind those who are interested in unique decorations and places that Great Lakes players visited eight worlds this year. Here are pictures from our journeys.

Anodunos
Tarna
Talorus
The Pits of Carnage
Scintillus Academy
Killorn Keep
Rhiannon
The Ethereal Void

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Elizabella and I would like to thank all the players of Great Lakes for making 2012 another amazing year! While this was my fourth year as an Event Moderator and Elizabella’s third, the most important anniversary was Ultima Online’s fifteenth! It was an honor to be part of this historic year.

It was a year of legends. Dupre returned from the Faction Wars to lead the Royal Guard against the demon-machine Exodus. Sherry the Mouse left Britain and traveled across a chaos-wracked kingdom. Other heroes and villains returned, such as Dasha, Adranath, Kabur, Gilforn, Krett, and Hawkwind. Perhaps the most surprising return was that of Lord Blackthorn. After escaping the Ethereal Void, he set about repairing both the Honor Moongate and a fractured Britannia. A reunited Britannia witnessed the coronation of King Blackthorn.

Happy New Year’s and keep your swords sharp for 2013!

–Malachi

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Elizabella and I would like to wish you safe and happy holidays! Beware the ghosts of Bucky and Splat, who look for a way back to life and to Sosaria. They may be peering through your window at this moment.

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Magnus Grey and Sarah Paumera will see you for the Royal Spy Promotion Ceremony on January 8th.

-EM Malachi