Archive for December, 2014

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!



Sugar Plum Toy Drive a Success!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

The people of the Village of Paws wish to express their gratitude to all those who participated in the Sugar Plum Toy Drive. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, there were enough toys to give two to each child.


Sugar Plum Toy Drive, From Now Through December 22nd

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

His Majesty King Blackthorn had intended to give out toys to the children of Paws. Unfortunately, Speedy Wings Delivery Service has been having difficulty meeting their delivery deadlines this holiday season. There are supply problems as well as the usual hiccups in getting post through Ilshenar.

If you would like to help make this Walrus Festival season merry and bright for the children of Paws, please speak to the royal secretary, Easton, at Castle Blackthorn. The toys you find can be donated at the mailbox.

The toy drive ends at 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, December 22nd.

For members of the Royal Spies or Royal Guard, this counts a training in Community Awareness. Donating one toy will be treated as though you had attended one Tuesday event. Donating all four toys will be treated as though you had attended two Tuesday events.

  • There is a rune to Paws in the runebook in the mailbox house.
  • All the toys are timered.
  • The toy boxes will only give one toy per character, so please insure it quickly (or try not to die).
  • Questions can be sent to one or both of us.

Council Meeting, Monday, December 15th, 7:00 p.m. CST

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

His Majesty King Blackthorn congratulates the newly elected governors of Britannia and awaits the results of the remaining elections. His Majesty looks forward to meeting with his Council, and all interested citizens, at the nineteenth meeting of the Royal Council. It will be held in the Council Room at Castle Blackthorn on Monday, December 15th, 7:00 p.m. CST. Please note the earlier than usual time.

Governors and Governors-Elect
Britain – Dot Warner
Jhelom – Thom Jameison
Minoc – Tanda
Moonglow – Nemesis
New Magincia – SHAMANASS
Skara Brae – Farimer Tensus
Trinsic – Requi Mortaul
Vesper – Aornis
Yew – Willa of the Yew-Wood

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.

Zox’s Monthly Fishing Contest! December 2014

Friday, December 5th, 2014

For this month, Zox would like a fairy salmon for the top of her Walrus Festival tree. Fairy salmon can be found in Ter Mur. It must be caught between December 2nd and December 31st. Please leave the fish in the mailbox by Wednesday, December 31st at 11:59 p.m. CST.

If your fish is not the heaviest, you may have it back, if you leave a house rune to your mailbox with the fish.

EM Events, December 2014 (UPDATED)

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Tuesday, December 2nd, 8:00 p.m. CST, Royal Spy Mission
The Smuggler’s Pack

Tuesday, December 9th, 8:00 p.m. CST, The Walrus Festival
The merriest and most heartwarming revenge-based holiday of the year!

Monday, December 15th, 7:00 p.m. CST, Council
The nineteenth meeting of the Royal Council. Please note earlier time than usual.

Tuesday, December 16th, 8:00 p.m. CST, Royal Spy Mission
Icy Bow

Tuesday, December 16th – Monday, December 22nd, Sugar Plum Toy Drive
You can help make this a joyous holiday for the tiny tots of Paws.


There will not be any other events until January 13th. Magnus Grey and Sarah Paumera wish you a wonderful holiday season. Please join them on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 for the Royal Spy promotion ceremony.

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

Updated December 3rd to add two events and to change the date of the Royal Council meeting. If any governor cannot attend the meeting because of the change, his/her absence will be excused.
Updated December 17th to adjust the length of the toy drive.