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June 27, 2007

Whacky Gadget

Recorded in: Izy's Journal,News Journal — Isyldar @ 10:46 pm Cavern Time

Down by the Ferry Docks, it looks like Laxman’s left a gadget behind. My original speculation was that it had something to do with measuring the results of our attempts to brighten the algae. Those thoughts were confirmed by one of the other explorers examining the device at the time I was down there. Apparently Laxman commented that it’s to measure the illumination / brightness of the algae.

Currently, it is flashing between 0 and 1. (Thought what those numbers represent, I am unsure.) :)

I will post a KIshot of the device later. What I wouldn’t give to be allowed to push a couple buttons. :)

June 27, 2007

Er’cana

Recorded in: Izy's Journal,News Journal — Isyldar @ 2:11 pm Cavern Time

It would seem that the DRC released Er’cana in the Watcher’s Sanctuary yesterday. I was down in the Cavern for a short while today and Nad quickly took me down there after Marie Sutherland’s visit to D’ni Ae’gura. I have to say the pub is very blue.

It doesn’t look like Er’cana’s changed that much since my last visit there. At least not on the surface anyways. I didn’t get much of a chance to poke around before I had to head back to the surface. (Work, ya know.) Oi.

[ooc] Stupid computer crash. :( I do have to jet to work, but I would like to have stayed longer. [/ooc]

At any rate, I hope to be able to explore a little more in depth later on this week. With the long weekend coming up, I should be able to spend much time down there.

Isyldar

June 25, 2007

Marker Madness

Recorded in: Nad's Journal,Nah'dneb's Journal — Nadnerb @ 7:41 pm Cavern Time

Custom marker missions have only been enabled for a few days, yet we already have some truly insane ones out here. Yesterday, I received a mission for Teledahn by Rileyroo. Here are some pictures of the insanity.

I hadn’t even realized that you could walk up on the walls of the hut room before. :shock: It’s entirely solid up there, and it’ll make a great hiding spot. :D

That isn’t the only area with crazy markers though. There are a bunch above the rails wherever there are walkways, and they litter the hillside above the wooden docks.

I’m thinking about where to make my own killer mission… Kadish is neat, but it’s been easified by the new physics engine. Guess y’all will just have to wait and see. ;)
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June 25, 2007

Cate takes over, Sharper on warpath

Recorded in: Nad's Journal,News Journal — Nadnerb @ 7:14 pm Cavern Time

Makes a great headline, doesn’t it? Today has been one of the more eventful days of the episode, storyline speaking. (of course everyone else is still just waiting around for Er’cana :P)

[OOC]

I have to say, I am greatly impressed with the engine improvements in this build. I can link into the Watcher’s Sanctuary, (a new public area) within a minute, when the population is over 100! :shock: Apparently they fixed the problem with avatars loading slowly that caused the “link in lag” that has plagued this game since the beginning. :D

[/OOC]

Now, to Cate. She showed up in the Watcher’s Sanctuary, (that name is way too long, it will be referred to as “the pub” hereafter) and announced that she was now a member of the DRC. She had been “graciously” voted in to replace Michael Engberg, who has been missing for several weeks now. The news was greeted less than warmly by a good number of explorers, who saw her as trying to steal control of the cavern. This was not helped by the fact that she brought up the prospect of bring advertising into the cavern to help fund the restoration. Though she stated that this was, “only bringing up some of our discussions – nothing has been decided.” many took to threats of leaving, and general hysteria at the idea, while others stated that if it was necessary to keep the cavern open, they would go along with it. This somehow gave many the idea that advertising was some sort of last resort to keep the game afloat, even though Cate specifically stated that “We are not close to closing the cavern.” She then, after a while headed out, for “I do have to get to a meeting with Mr. Sharper. We will talk more about this. Please keep an open mind. I will do the same.”

Some time later, Marie Sutherland made an appearance in the pub, and checked the place out while chatting with the explorers. After a few minutes, Cate linked in, and after some questioning, said that she was “here to listen to Marie explain things.” Marie had been the only member of the DRC to vote against Cate joining. There was some evident tension between the two during the rather brief conversation. However, the crowd of over 100 people insisted on grilling Cate about the possibility of in cavern advertising, and after a few minutes, she asked Marie to join her in a private Bevin to finish their conversation.

Later on, I heard that Sharper had shown up in the Uru Obsession Bevin and stated that he intended to try to find and kill the faction of bahro that seem to be against us. In the words of IB, “Sharper just told people that he wants to kill the bahro responsible for the killings… he wants to observe them…pick out the ones that seem to care about us and those that are against us and kill those against. says we can’t give them excuses and wait for them to kill again. UO is in an uproar.”

I can’t really imagine the bahro in general liking this scheme a whole lot. As Vormaen said, “we better watch our backs.” I hope sharper isn’t the next victim in this story. Based on his description of their fighting ability, I don’t really see how he intends to do this. Either way, this is a pretty disturbing development. There are those who suspect that this is not Sharper’s idea alone too. They point out that Cate went and met with Sharper earlier in the day, before the announcement, and that the DRC must be approving of this action for him to be announcing it like this.

I was personally present for both Cate’s and Marie’s Visit, so here are some quotes and pictures from the pub. ;) (There were over 100 people in the room and I could take KIpics without freezing for 10 minutes!!! Woot! :D)

(06/25 14:39:19) Cate Alexander: We are not close to closing the cavern.

(06/25 14:37:42) Cate Alexander: I am only bringing up some of our discussions – nothing has been decided.

(06/25 14:27:14) Cate Alexander: ResEngs will be filling in the gaps for strcutural analysis.

(06/25 14:25:02) Cate Alexander: Marie was not sure that I should be appointed to the Council.

(06/25 14:42:45) Cate Alexander: I do have to get to a meeting with Mr. Sharper. We will talk more about this. Please keep an open mind. I will do the same.

(06/25 16:46:01) Cate Alexander: I’m here to listen to Marie explain things.

(06/25 16:54:49) Cate Alexander: I was under the impression Marie would rather the cavern go down in rubble before she would allow advertising here.

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