+----------------------------------------------------------------------+ | The Olympia Times issue g2-44 | | December 16, 1997 | | | | turn 44 261 players http://www.pbm.com/ | +----------------------------------------------------------------------+
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The ceasefire between PLATO and the New Empire has ended. No progress was made in negotiations. Neutral parties are advised to stay clear of the Yellowleaf area.
One note on the recent statements by PLATO. While I believe that PLATO honestly desires peace now, this does not change the fact that they were the aggressors in this dispute, launching an unannounced assault on the New Empire and attacking many neutral parties over the past twelve turns. Their desire for peace now is merely a desire to consolidate their gains. The New Empire will continue to oppose them until they have left Provinia and returned to their bases in Camaris.
-- Banquo's Ghost [ah7]
Hail Arete ! of the Eudaimonian Group [fy4]
We have noted your presence in the area garrisoned by us and thus currently under our jurisdiction.
We have attempted prior communications with you via the diplomatic mailer at the end of Month 3, Year 6 (turn 43), but as of yet have not received any reply. We are posting this notice to you in the Times in the hopes that communications may be established and could possibly result in accomodations are that mutually beneficial.
So please respond as soon as possible. If we do not receive communications from you within the week (turn 45) and conclude the situation to our satisfaction, we will consider your activities in the area to be unfriendly and will then take suitable action.
Bitt of Faction (ak6) - G2 Olympia (email@example.com)
-- Villains By Necessity [ak6]
Clan Baruk now joins the alliance named the Lords of the Crown. Together with Clan Azhik, we are the kingdom of Delzoun. Our ruler Bruennor Battlehammer now officially has the right to vote in the Council of Lords. We will post a claim list as soon as negotiations are made between Sir Codric and the neighbours of the Southern region of Provinia. Our kingdom is part of this area. May Clangeddin Silverbeard bring you strength in battle.
-- Clan Baruk [jm8]
You'll never get there in two that way.
-- The PGA [mh8]
Clan Baruk and Clan Azhik unite in the kingdom of Delzoun. We are also a full member of the Council of Lords and the Lords of the Crown. We recognize Bruennor Battlehammer of Clan Baruk as our leader and ruler because of his deeds in battle.
May Clangeddin Silverbeard bring you strength in battle.
-- Clan Azhik [ty4]
You've travelled east, you've travelled west, You've seen the rest, now see the best: The man with pictures on his chest! The Illustrated Man
After several months of shutdown due to the troubles in the area, The Illustrated Man is having a grand re-opening! We've remodelled, and the store is now bigger and better than ever before! Starting this turn, we will now buy and sell all basic commodities, as well as providing trading options for specialty goods as well. If you're visiting Yellowleaf, you need to visit the Illustrated Man!
THE TRADING POST - basic commodities bought and sold buy sell ID qty. Peasants 3 6 10 varies... Wood 6 8 77 Crossbows 12 15 85 Pikes 12 15 75 Longswords 25 30 74
ITEMS FOR SALE Mithril 100 82 10 Healing Potions 150 5 Winged Horses 800 54 6
ITEMS WE WILL BUY Wild Horses 25 51 20 Riding Horses 55 52 29 Lana Bark 50 64 10 Blank Scrolls 55 84 10 Giant Lizards 500 282 2
Finally, there is one item which you'll see listed on the Yellowleaf market report that we don't expect to sell. That's the Orb we have -- we don't really expect anyone to spend 20 K for it! But we were so pleased to have it in the shop, we thought we'd put it in the window for folks to look at. It's a sign of a new service we're putting in place: we will do location scries for you for 200 gold -- anywhere in Provinia, with no questions asked. Discretion is guaranteed. We also have the ability to locate characters, if you are so inclined, for 500 gold. If there are any goods or services that you don't see listed, let us know and we'll try to fullfill your needs. We're one-stop shopping, just in time for Christmas...we're the Illustrated Man!
The Midnight Carnival
-- The Illustrated Man 
The Grand Council of Ambassadors is proud to announce the publication of the first border map of Olympia. Soon the rules of the various realms will be added.
The Map can be viewed at http://www.lpr.com.au/carnelian/gcoa/
Any comments, requests for more info or corrections can be sent to myself, The Chamberlain of the Grand Council
-- Jhermai the Scarlet 
PLATO-style A PLATO-style military operation is completely ruthless, but normally beautifully executed. Rough language precedes the attack, if war has been declared. PLATO commanders have been known to insult a defeated enemy.
Spokesperson Someone who speaks before he thinks, as opposed to an Ambassador.
Uncle Bob wants You! Recruitment poster for the Harn Alliance, referring to mighty Bob, the Jolly Fat Guy
Un-Provinian ways A true Provinian never admits weakness.
Yellowleaf Huge starting city. Harnians refer to it as Y-leafve?, suspected to be a joke on overpopulation or turmoil.
-- Stuart LaGavulin 
News from the Lords of the Crown :
As more people have joined the negotiations for borders, we want to postpone any final claims to next month. We hope by then to have reached an agreement suitable to everyone's needs.
We haven't heard yet from the Tuatha De Danaan alliance but would greatly appreciate it, if they would join us in these conversations.
I myself would like to correct an incorrect view some may have of me and my group. We in no way want to claim such a large area for ourselves. Our wish was to gather all parties and try to reach an agreement before unnecessary blood flows. So in a way : the area was claimed BY us but not FOR us. Sorry if that didn't came through.
For the moment I am just a spokesman for a lot of single factions, groups and alliances in the predifined area. I believe there is nobdy of ill-will, so I don't see a reason why we can't get a suitable sollution for all of us.
People who haven't contacted us, but wish to do so, can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org All others still waiting for a reply, be patient we are puzzling a way out of it, and will get back to you soon.
So speaks the open Lord of the Crown,
-- Sir Codric 
Official Shadow Alliance Public Announcement. ID TSA-555-1212
Unfortunately, the Shadow Alliance Times announcement in issue 43 turned out not be a hoax. Those responsible have been sacked.
Such is the problem with a secretive alliance. As of yet we have no members who are willing to risk placing public announcements and so, for the time being, the rumors must go on. We are so secretive that we don't even know who the members of our own alliance are. I don't even know who I am. I've been trying to find my butt with both hands for months now but even that is a secret.
From the start of this turn, all factions in the game have a shadow. In fact, everything in existence has a shadow. Well, unless it's really cloudy outside. Or it's dark. Or vampires. Or is that reflection in the mirror? Anyway, the next time the groundhog sees his shadow we won't post another one of these silly announcements for six weeks. Or is it six months? In any case, watch out for the postings, becuase
Official Shadow Alliance Public Announcement. ID TSA-555-1212A
We apologize for the above posting. Those responsible for the hoax postings were to have been sacked, but they weren't. They have since been sacked, and those who were to have sacked them initially have also been sacked. The official posting continues below.
From now on, any hoax posting in the times, claiming to be from the Shadow Alliance, most likely is from the Shadow Alliance. Thus, the Shadow Alliance will be destroyed by the Shadow Alliance itself the very next time one of these hoax postings appears. So watch out, because we are after ourselves and will show ourselves no mercy like the groundhogs we are.
Of course, that assumes we know who we are. And we don't, because as we said before we are a very secretive bunch. But we have shadows, because it's quite sunny outside. And we aren't vampires. Yet. Or any sort of nasty undead. Like skeletal groundhogs. Boy, those will scare you. They have these big nasty pointed teeth and
Official Shadow Alliance Public Announcment. ID TSA-555-1212B
We again apologize for the above hoax postings. All those responsible for hoax postings in any form have now been sacked. This hoax posting now continues in a different form, put together at the last minute and at great expense by a team of outside consultants.
Q: IS TIBS TRYING TO HIDE SOMETHING? A: probably
Q: IS THE PLATO/NEW EMPIRE CONFLIT ANY CONCERN OF THE SHADOW ALLIANCE? A: no
Q: DOES ANYONE REALLY CARE WHAT THE SHADOW ALLIANCE HAS TO SAY? A: not until they admit to who they are and stop hiding behind rumors
Q: WILL THESE HOAX POSTINGS CONTINUE? A: see answer to above question
Q: IS YVENGI A LOUSE? A: yes
Q: IS OLEG A LOUSE? A: no, he is a groundhog dressed as a louse
So it is written, so shall it be done. This hoax posting was approved by a majority of the faux ruling council.
The colours down here! There from beyond space!
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"Teacher, is is not true that PLATO is now in the right in the Yellowleaf War?" the young man asked, "After all, they now want peace, and it is the New Empire that talks of war."
The older man thought for a minute, and then replied "Many years ago, when I was a young man like you, I was having some ale down at the Yellow Pheasant Inn. Suddenly, three young noblemen came in with swords and started going around taking everyone's coinpurses. Anyone who tried to resist was beaten up. But one of the serving girls slipped out the back and ran to get help. When four strong men arrived with axes, the nobles were suddenly very friendly and didn't want any more fighting. They even offered to buy a round of ale. But they didn't offer to give back what they had taken. Who was right, the noblemen who wanted to be friendly, or the townsfolk who wanted their belongings returned?"
"It is true that PLATO is now looking for peace, but do not forget the past. It was PLATO that attacked the New Empire, striking first and hard, and then continuing, attacking all those they saw. As long as they faced no strong opposition, all they thought of was fighting. But then when their forces reached the city of Toppe, they ran into a force that was stong enough that they couldn't easily defeat it. The following month, they started talking of peace."
"It should be no suprise that they speak of peace once their opponents are prepared to fight back," the elder continued. "They have made great profits from the war that they started, and now they want everyone to forget all that and be peaceful, so they can keep what they've taken. They would have us think they they are friendly protectors, not the agressive warmongers they were so proud to call themselves not long ago. And it should be no suprise that those who have been robbed want to take back what they had stolen from them."
"PLATO may speak of peace all they want but don't forget that when they speak they are sitting in the Crimson Citadel, which they took by conquest from someone who has never attacked anyone. When they have left, then they can speak of peace and be beleived."
Yvengi is a louse!
Provinia is for those who setlled her Foreign powers are not welcome Camarians should stay on their side of the sea and rot in their stinking swamp. The peaceful people of Provinia will only take so much of the lies and deceits of these interlopers. The Peoples Liberation Front of Provinia (PLFP)
The Loudmouth's voice carries across the waves So too does his foot Firmly embedded in his large ever open mouth
The Free Cities of Greyfell reject the patronising imperialism of the self styled Grand Council of Ambassadors. Go debate your phony borders with someone who cares.
I thought all you war mongers out there would get a kick out of this one. "The greatest happiness is to scatter your enemy and drive him before you , to see his cities reduced to ashes , to see those who love him shrouded in tears , and to gather to your bosom his wives and daughters"--GENGHIS KHAN 1226-- ...The Philoshopher...
FYI : Flash Gordon has recently been spotted skirting the coast of Camaris on a ship named Ajax.