+----------------------------------------------------------------------+ | The Olympia Times firstname.lastname@example.org | | February 28, 1992 v2n4 | | | | Turn 11 Circulation 60 "Rent this space" | +----------------------------------------------------------------------+ Orders due: March 21, 1992
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Having gained enough knowledge about battle to calm his fear of traveling, the norseman finally decided to leave. He stopped his training, and made his way, slowly, to the marketplace. He needed a horse. He looked...and looked...and looked. Then he looked into his money pouch, and thought...and thought...and thought. He finally decided to walk up to a horse merchant, thinking, "Blasted pirates...sucking the money out of us poor folk."
"Greetings, tradesman! I'd like a horse!"
"What do you offer?"
"Er, well, er... I don't have much money... How about 750 in gold?"
"YOUR MOTHER WAS A TROLL!!! 900 OR I'LL TELL!!"
"...Um, sorry, sir, didn't mean to offend you, but don't you think 900 is too much for horses like that?"
"I don't hear you. What? And sell this for a pittance? 867 and NOT A PENNY LESS!"
The norseman looked into his bag. "I'm sorry, I just can't afford it. I only have 850." He turned to walk away.
"Finally! My wife will skin me but accepted!"
So the norseman led his new, old horse away, thru the busy town streets, waiting every few minutes for his horse to catch up after stumbling.
He thought to himself, "They sure have some odd merchants coming into Drassa."
A young man enters Drassa, look of great joy on his face. He find a very busy man, and says, "Hi, Brother!" Gabriel looks shocked. "Michael! How are you? What brings you into town?" says Gabriel. "Well, I thought I'd help you in your business, maybe run some errands, and so forth." "Hey, I can always use the help!"
Michael quickly starts running about, doing errands for Gabriel, who is already busy with his shipbuilding work. Soon, he starts travelling across the wilderness to the north towards Shotluth with a message for the Synthetics.
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=> Answer in the next edition of the glorious OLYMPIA TIMES!
With bleary eyes the mage looked up from his book. What? Another month gone already? Well at least he now possessed the amulet of power. Soon, soon the world would hear from him.
EE, ES, & LJ: I am quite pleased with all your endeavors thus far. I feel it is time that LJ finds some mounts: the amount of supplies and materials you can carry will be greatly enhanced.
ES, you should prepare to assault any evil creatures he may find in the south. I may even join you. I am happy to have heard the news of you advancement at the pells of PA.
EE, my northern outrider, I am astonished yet again at the amount of land you have covered in your exploration. I hope to meet with you personally in the near future to express my thanks for your loyal service.
As always, Erekosse
Comrades... you are getting very sleepy... your eyelids are getting heavy...
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You will wake up completely refreshed, and remember nothing...
The Tower Guard and Workmen thundered into Drassa aboard their borrowed steeds. Their horsemanship had not improved much in the intervening weeks.
As they neared the Tower of Darkness, they slowed, and came to a stop before Pelenth. "Greetings, Master," said one, "We bring great news. Accompanied by your personal guard, we found Murphy and his cohorts in Dorenth. We attacked, and he would not submit, so he and his minions were slain."
Pelenth's face clouded at the pronouncement. True, Murphy had attacked several innocent bystanders, but as a force for law and order in the realms of Olympia, the Sheriff regretted the death of another. "This is grave news. Post bills about town noting that he has been brought to justice. Make it clear that we were only fulfilling our duties as protectors of Drassa and the surrounding environs. If only the great god Atnerks would change the laws of the universe so that capturing were possible in combat." He sighed heavily.
He walked away, shaking his head. Suddenly he turned. "Oh, be sure to pay that 100 gold piece reward."
Comrades! Fellow capitalist players! Do you suffer from understaffing? Do you have great need for menial workers? Construction workers? Campaign workers? Groupies? Worshippers? An army? TWO armies???
The Perestroikan Trade Association can help! We are proud to offer our tried and true personnel service: SLAV TRADING.
We are especially proud to announce our new, low, low rates:
ONLY 100 GOLD PER MAN!
That's right! We will deliver, on demand, ANY specified number of men for the low, low price of only 100 gold! That's 50 GOLD off the originally advertised price!
Spare yourself the hassle of RECRUITing -- these men are delivered to you RELIABLY, and IMMEDIATELY -- no guesswork, no wait! You want 10 men? You got 10 men, in only one day!
I cannot stress how INCREDIBLE a DEAL this is!
On average, one menial worker will bring in a profit of 51 gold per month, at 2 gold per day, for 4 weeks, minus 5 gold maintenance cost.
This means that a man bought from us will PAY HIMSELF OFF IN JUST TWO MONTHS! He can be earning PURE PROFIT for you as soon as the end of THE TURN FOLLOWING PURCHASE!
This deal is especially beneficial to you STARTING PLAYERS -- get an early lead in the game!
You say you're worried about SKILL DILUTION? Worry no more! We can deliver the men to you WITH THEIR OWN GROUP, for ONLY 400 DOLLARS, plus the cost of the men. That's LESS than it costs to form a new group -- 500 gold!
We no longer have a maximum on the number of men you can purchase -- ANY number of men can be delivered (while supplies last -- but we have a surplus!)
The men you will receive are untrained, but they have only the highest in health, and loyalty -- we only deal in prime specimens!
As an added bonus, all groups bought will come, FREE OF CHARGE, with a name change -- just inform us of the new name, and they'll be delivered to you with the requested name! We even handle requests for "idle" and "flee" commands, so you can put them to work the first day you get them!
YOU CANNOT LOSE!
Interested? Just stop by the Perestroikan Trade booth at the Drassa Bazaar, and fill out form:
We'd be happy to answer any questions about the transaction, or you can even fill out an order immediately! We can even handle orders by MESSAGE, but you must allow 1 month for the messenger to walk across town.
Just listen to what our esteemed customer Sherrif Pelenth of Drassa had to say about our service:
"Well, it's ok... I guess."