Archive for September, 2011

Autumn Bonfire, Friday, Sept. 30th, 8:00 p.m. CDT

Monday, September 26th, 2011

You’re standing quietly at the bank, staring off into space. Suddenly, you feel a cannon ball hit your knees. You stagger, but maintain your balance and look down. Big green eyes look up at you and a squeaky goblin voice says, “Arp! Cidur and I learns how to setting things on fire!”

Join Zox Greatsnapper and Cidur Klomp for an Autumn Bonfire on Friday, September 30th, at 8 p.m. CDT, at the Skara Brae Fairgrounds (47° 1′S, 36° 0′W).

Fire Fish Weigh-In
Bring your heaviest fire fish, caught between September 27th and 30th. It must not be mounted. If it does not win, you may have it back.

Bessie Bingo
Which square will be Bessie’s last? See the glorious final moments of a speeding cow.

Autumn Archery
Oak Division: 100.1-120 skill
Acorn Division: 0-100 skill

Wild Goose Chase
Slay the killer geese and take their delicious gooseberry jam. Whoever brings back the most will be proclaimed Harvest King or Harvest Queen!

Oddly-Shaped Squash Showcase
Search your garden or the local fields and bring us the strangest squash, gourd, melon, carrot, or onion of this year’s crop. Spin a yarn about why it’s so funny-looking. If you can’t find anything, stop by the farmer in Skara or Britain and ask if he’s got anything to tickle your fancy.

Poll: Baby Crimson Dragon Name

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The poll on the new baby’s name will be up for two weeks:

Meet & Greet, Friday, September 16th, at 8 p.m. CDT

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

EM Malachi and I would like to cordially invite you to our Meet and Greet. It will be this Friday, September 16th, at 8 p.m. at the new Meeting Hall, which is at 24° 26’S, 0° 42’E, Trammel.

Also, please note the change in date for the upcoming Autumn Bonfire. It is now scheduled for September 30th. September Schedule

(Fiction) An Alley in Britain

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

The knife was sharp, and it danced. Magnus tried to follow the blade, but when he blinked, he opened his eyes to the blade stopped just an inch away. He slowly moved his head back, while the young man holding the knife simply frowned.

“Don’t waste time on fear. Respond.” His brother started making the knife dance again. “Oh, and don’t blink.” The flashes started again, pausing close to various vital spots, never touching.  “This part is mostly show. Ignore it. Watch for the change.”

Magnus noticed the change in grip this time, though he suspected his brother was slowing it down. He brought his hand up against the arm holding the knife, blocking the slash, smiling at his victory.

Lukas shook his head, “Still too slow.”

Magnus felt the cut then, a thin line of pain along his palm, fresh blood already spreading. He curled his hand into a fist, trying to stop the bleeding. Lukas tossed a strip of cloth to his brother. As Magnus bandaged his hand, he asked why Lukas had cut him.

“You don’t learn about a knife watching tricks. I’m not teaching you this so you can impress your friends and run your mouth. If you can avoid pulling a knife, I’ll have done my bit.”

“I thought the point was to learn to defend myself?”

Lukas snorted. “Pulling a knife escalates things. Pull one on a guy from another neighborhood who just wanted to punch you a few times, and he’s either going to pull his own or jump you some other time.  Pull a knife on the wrong person down on the docks, someone from the ships, someone from out of town who doesn’t care who you think you are, they won’t think twice about stabbing you in the stomach. You really want to defend yourself? Don’t get noticed.”

Lukas put the knife in Magnus’s hand. “Small, light-weight, sharp, easily concealed. It only comes out if the other guy draws his. The blade doesn’t have enough heft or length to break bones or get through armor, so you want to slash or jab with it, at bare skin, or the gaps in armor. Cuts on the hand or arm can make it difficult for the other person to hold a weapon, but not always. Keep your knife moving.”

Magnus nervously tried a few motions with the knife, feeling the leather handle. He tried mimicking a few of his brother’s motions, but the movements were clumsy and awkward.

Lukas watched for a moment before continuing, “You can’t always hope for retreat or submission. Those times, go for the throat. Fewer inconvenient bones to deflect your jabs, and you don’t need to slash as deep. Attack when you’re ready.”

Magnus wasted no time and lunged.

Lukas grabbed the arm as it shot forward, twisting it aside while his leg kicked Magnus’s feet out from under him. “Most importantly, remember there are no rules in a fight. No second chances.”

Lukas helped his brother off the ground and took his knife back, “That’s enough for today. I have work. A ship came in from Nujel’m, and there are crates of spices to haul. You have your lessons with Miss Corrigan. Don’t be late this time.“

Felucca Safari, Saturday, September 10th, 8:00 p.m. CDT

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Terygetha has been experimenting on dinosaurs and it’s all gone awry! Can you stop the raptors before they take over Felucca?

Gates will open near the Felucca Brit. moongate and the Felucca Buc’s Den moongate to a spot in the center of the combat zone. Begin hunting immediately!

EM Events, September 2011 (UPDATED!)

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 8:00 p.m. CDT, Royal Spy Mission

Saturday, September 10, 8:00 p.m. CDT, Felucca Safari
Hunt the most dangerous prey!

Tuesday, September 13, 8:00 p.m. CDT, Royal Spy Mission

Friday, September 16, 8:00 p.m. CDT, Meet & Greet
Come chat with us at the new meeting hall 🙂

Tuesday, September 20, 8:00 p.m. CDT, Royal Spy Mission

Tuesday, September 27, 8:00 p.m. CDT, Royal Spy Mission

Friday, September 30, 8:00 p.m. CDT, Autumn Bonfire
Celebrate the changing of the seasons.

All events, dates, and times are subject to change.

Updated Sept. 13th, Mesanna requested that we move the Autumn Bonfire from September 23rd to September 30th.

Baby Crimson Dragon Names

Thursday, September 1st, 2011


Please post your suggestions in the Stratics thread of names for the baby Crimson dragon or email them to me or Malachi. We will narrow down the list and let people vote.