Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

It has been an incredible first year as your EM, and I hope you all had as much fun as I had.

A whole lot has happened this year. We had the end of the Warriors of Destiny story arc that started with Inu the Crone in 2006. It was a privilege to be your EM for the final chapter of this story. The Royal Spies were very active this year, meeting almost fifty times during nine unique training events and around thirty-eight missions. The Royal Spies should congratulate themselves on stopping tyrant traitors, human supremacists, and doomsday cultists. The Royal Guard also fulfilled their duty with valor and honor, investigating many threats to Britannian security and winning the War of Shadows.

I would like to thank EM Iatu, who served Great Lakes for the first year of the new EM program and worked with me on so many events. I also want to thank EM Elizabella who managed to jump right in as the newest EM for Great Lakes.

Also, I raise a toast to all of you who play on the Great Lakes shard and have taken part in this year’s events. Thank you for your skill and diligence during Royal Guard and Spy events. Thank you for your style and eloquence, best seen during Dawn’s coronation. Thank you for the laughs during silly events like the Pie Fight. Thank you especially for your constructive criticism when events didn’t go as planned.

May the next year be as incredible as this past one!

-EM Malachi

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Elizabella and I wanted to wish you safe and happy holidays!

Due to travel and holiday schedules, there won’t be much EM activity and events until after the new year. Magnus Grey does plan to have something for you on the 29th, though it won’t be a standard spy mission.

-EM Malachi

Christmas Quest – December 22, 2009

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

All are invited to a Christmas Quest on Tuesday, December 22 at 8 p.m. CST. It will begin at the Counselors’ Hall in Britain. A gate labeled “Christmas Eve Dreams” will be left open inside the Hall for latecomers. Magnus Grey asks that the Royal Spies attend and bring their equipment. The same is requested of the Royal Guard.

Solstice Stag Notice

Friday, December 18th, 2009

The Solstice Stag has been out the last few nights leaving sweets to those who follow the path of Virtue and naughty switches to those who don’t. Keep your eyes open for such reindeer games.

Sashes To Be Handed Out

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

EM Elizabella will be giving out sashes at the Award Hall:

Thursday, Dec. 17, 8 pm CST
Saturday, Dec. 19, 3 pm CST

A permanent gate is available outside the Counselors’ Hall in Britain.

Welcoming EM Elizabella!

Friday, December 11th, 2009

I would like to welcome EM Elizabella to Great Lakes. She will be making her first public appearance this Sunday at noon CST at the West Britain Counselors’ Hall. Come by and say hello!

–EM Malachi

More Hints for Dexter’s Code:

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

The following groups both encode the same letter:

/ and o
! and a
b and g
c and h
5 and k
6 and l
7 and r
s and 3
t and 4
u and ?
v and y
w and z
x and 1

Hints for Dexter’s Code

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

1. The cipher is a substitution cipher, so the order is the same in both the coded and decoded message. Also, as with any substitution cipher, the letter or symbol in the message is actually something else.

2. The cipher has at least one symbol or letter for each letter in the alphabet. The 13 most common letters (acdehilnorstu) have two for this cipher.

3. The cipher symbols used are: abc def ghi jkl mno pqr stu vwx yz1 234 567 89? /&!

4. The original alphabet would look something like this: abc def ghi jkl mno pqr stu vwx yza cde hil nor stu

5. The cipher uses groups of 3 symbols.

More clues on Friday if no one has solved it yet.

Code of Styx

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

pearl batwing pearl silk garlic crystal ash garlic ginseng nightshade garlic

silk blood ginseng blood blood silk ginseng blood blood batwing pearl

silk iron moss garlic blood pearl silk mandrake moss ash mandrake

silk ginseng dust ash moss moss ash mandrake dust crystal nightshade

iron nightshade garlic blood silk mandrake dust blood ginseng blood blood

nightshade ash mandrake pearl silk pearl blood garlic dust iron crystal

dust garlic batwing ginseng moss nightshade nightshade silk mandrake blood mandrake

moss pearl blood batwing garlic crystal moss ash pearl blood garlic

dust iron moss garlic nightshade ash pearl moss moss mandrake dust

moss ash mandrake blood garlic batwing silk ash garlic blood iron

ginseng silk dust moss ash mandrake silk ginseng dust ash moss