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   | The Olympia Times                                        issue g1-33 |
   | Februrary 8, 1995                                                    |
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   |                                          "The best pleasures of this |
   | turn 33  183 players                      world are not quite true"  |

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Stay, if you list, O passer by the way; Yet night approaches; better not to stay. I never sigh, nor flush, nor knit the brow, Nor grieve to think how ill God made me, now. Here, with one balm for many fevers found, Whole of an ancient evil, I sleep sound.

-- A.E. Housman

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Player-contributed press

Many people have written to Western Drucartan asking how they can get involved in the important work that's going on here. People are moved by their philanthropic instincts to try to join in and make the Land a better place. Hard as it is to accept, there's really nothing they can do to help at this time. The work that is being done to offset the damage done at the Ritual of Desecration is proceeding slowly. Very little of the Spoiled Plains has been restored even at this time, and the fragile ecosystems of Grimmerdhore Forest and even glorious Andelain remain only precariously balanced. At this time, we must ask all visitors to refrain from lingering in Western Drucartan, and to keep from bringing any but the smallest parties to visit. One day the aliantha and hurtloam will again flourish, but right now it is all we can do to keep the Ur-Vile loremasters in check and suppress the worst depradations of the cavewights. Visitors will only interfere.

Our thanks for your interest,

Saltheart Foamfollower, for the Lords of Revelstone

"It's been a long, hard day of hauling charred corpses from the ancient battlefields and preparing the Land to bloom again. Now it's time for a six-pack of Revelstone (tm) Brand Orc Oil!"

-- Lords of Revelstone [ad4]

To all: Please note that I no longer have an AOL account; address all Email to me at: "tandmb@sierra.net" Thanks for your cooperation! - Tony Baldacci

-- Novgorod [ch2]

Because of fear of unrest and a large influx of immigrants to a continent with low resources, visitors to Eastern Drucartan are asked to procure a visa before entering the area. ( We define Eastern Drucartan as the area of Drucartan that is east of the Uldim Pass).

If you want a visa, please send a message to John Sen[m6f], describing the nobles in the party, the size of the party, and the reason for visiting Eastern Drucartan. There is no fee, and requests will only be refused in rare ( i.e. I am bringing 2000 men to kill all nobles ) circumstances.

-- The Sen Clan [di4]

Oleg may be dead, but Oleg's jihad lives on! I would like to thank all of you who have provided me with information, last rites, scrying, and malitary support through these trouble times. The AOO must be defeated, or a dark shadow will be cast across the entire world!

-- Oleg's Obstreperous Obtruders [iv9]


"Very pleasing to the eye!" -- Ashcraft

"Got them, they're great! No more having to switch windows to peer at an ASCII map!" -- Faction Amber

"These aren't just maps, they're works of art!" -- B. Altmiller, new player.

"The maps are cool!" -- R. Skrenta

"The maps far exceeded my expectations; any new player will likely find the information contained exceedingly valuable.... I am especially impressed by the clarity." -- Crimson Sage


I am now currently assembling data for the second major revision of the maps, which will include more information on Western Provinia, Krussos, the Ossicus/Tollus strait, West Camaris, and more! Revisions will be available to my current customers for half price; for everyone else, the price will go up. This will happen within the next few months, so if you want your map at the cheeper price, get yours today!

Likewise, I am especially interested in gathering information from the far flung corners of the world for the second edition. If you've been thinking about sending me mapping data in exchange for a map, now's the time -- otherwise you may have to wait months to see your area in print.

Remember, newbies flock to blank spaces on the map like flies to honey! But if they see that your area is mapped, they'll know someone is there already, and they'll be more likely to explore elsewhere! Mapping is the best way of keeping your privact!

What are these maps? They are drawn in 7 colors, with graphical symbols representing all kinds of terrain and internal locations. They are available by surface mail only, when you pay the Illustrated Man (s5e) 50 gold in the Imperial City, or send me the terrain of ten provinces. I will send you a map of Provinia, and a map of the entire known world as well.

EXTRA DEALS!!!>>> We will make custom maps! Let us know the size, scale and quantity of any maps you want made, and we'll quote you a price! Want a blowup of your kingdom five pages wide by five pages high? Write the Illustrated Man (s5e) and we'll talk!

This offer brought to you by...

The Midnight Carnival ___ ||||| /\ =====----`==== oo oo /\ /\

-- The Midnight Carnival [nx2]

We travel onward with little to report. No other nobles have been seen. We have seen some bandits, but they offer little danger. We hope to discover more things of interest as we get further into unreported territory.

-- Seekers of Knowledge [tt4]

----------------------- S. CAMARIS Update -----------------------

Ah, another peaceful turn. Time to peruse the Times.

-- Compte du S. Camaris [b4q]

-- The Crazy Quilters [vn7]

This is monthly notice if you wish to visit the environs of Cycarth and Redwine please be courteous enough to let m9l know (you can reach him at heyman@camis.stanford.edu. I do not currently plan to restrict access, but would like to know who is wandering around in my front yard. I would especially like to know if you plan on using any of the natural rsources (peasants, wood, and the like) in the provinces bt25 bt26 bt27 bu25 bu26 bu27 bv25 bv26 bv27 bw25 bw26 and bw27.

By order of Darkman, caretaker of Dark Castle

-- Dweezil [e5q]

The Olympia Atlas is accepting contributions, and is available for download! Be the first to contribute information for unexplored lands (Faery).

In the tradition of Oleg's Map (tm), the Atlas is a compilation of geographical information useful for explorers, traders, and adventurers. Best of all, it's absolutely free!

To contribute to the Atlas, simply send turn excerpts (cut out all the incriminating parts) that contain the following information:

o) Mapping data (region & route info) o) City market reports o) City skills lists o) Inner locations

and send it to sx6@g1.pbm.com. We'll include it into the next version of the Atlas.

The Atlas is available by ftp from your nearest PBM ftp site (ftp.erg.sri.com in the USA, check the PBM FAQ for other sites), in the directory /pub/pbm/olympia, as atlas.X, where X is the turn of the last update.

The Atlas is also available on the PBMGames forum on CompuServe, in the fantasy games section, as atlas.oly.

Brought to you by the Skulking Vermin (sx6)

-- Sludge [x0o]

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-- Mandrake [t8t]


The Brotherhood of Ormos claims the city of Avalon [ao0k] and all lands and resources inside the boundary of [bp05]-[bp08]-[br06] -[br09] inclusive, as its sole and lawful demense. Those wishing to visit Ormos are required to request a visa and await clearance before attempting to make landfall. All unauthorized visitors are unwelcome and looked upon with extreme prejudice. Captains needing to make landfall at Avalon for emergency repairs will not be molested, but are still required to contact me for a visa.

-- Pelinore Dragonslayer [p4s]

Journal - Dark night, Year 4

Not surprising, I guess. We were left behind by Farseeker and his lackys. We hope to join the rest of our allies as soon as possible.

All of this fighting has left Ilyena and I all the more eager to unlock the secrest of the ONE POWER here and find a portal to send us back home.

The Lord of the Morning, The Dragon,

-- Lews Therin Telamon [m3m]

it was a dark and stormy night, 3 men sat round a campfire, 'right!' said one, 'Lets have a story' and this is how it started.... it was a dark and stormy night, 3 men sat round a campfire, 'right!' said one, 'Lets have a story' and this is how it started.... it was a dark and stormy night.....

-- Robert Bruce [q4w]


"As Yes Sow, So Shall Ye Reap", from Oneness, Great Principles Shared By All Religions

"It is nature's rule, that as we sow, we shall reap." - Buddhism

"Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." - Christianity

"A liberal man will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered." - Judaism

"What proceeds from you will return to you." - Confucianism

"Thou canst not gather what thou dost no sow; as thou dost plant the tree so it will grow." - Hinduism

"Whatever man soweth, that shall he reap. If he soweth trouble, trouble shall be his harvest. If a man sow poison, he cannot expect ambrosia." - Sikhism


WANTED : Information on the whereabouts of whoever stole the ship Marie Celest last seen heading into the Ossician Pentacle. Reward for replies leading to a disembowelment.

FOUND : Fifteen men on a dead man's chest. Found whilst sailing the southern oceans. Please come and collect immediately as the drinks cabinet is empty and my hi-fi can't take any more "Hooked-On Sea-Shanties".

SALE : HURRY HURRY! SALE OF THE CENTURY! EVERYTHING MUST GO! 35,000 clay pots. Unwanted gifts. 49,000 woven baskets. Fresh from Luscius's Home for the mentally deficient.

Dear Squire,

OK, I scried it, and got a big goose-egg. Did anyone else's orb work last turn? I do appreciate the rhyme, by the way. Or should I say rime?

--- Doubter

Did I complain once or twice about being on ship, bored, with nothing to do for 8 months? Oh how I long to return to those days! Twas a simple life: "Captain, steady as she goes. Men, keep practicing.". Now it's a veritable maelstrom of activity: Stacks to maneuver, units to rendezvous, dozens of workers to feed, lumber to harvest, stone to quarry, nobles to torture, fishing to coordinate, provinces to pillage. It's gonna take 10 months to build this castle, *after* we start quarrying the stone! My lads study bills alone will be about 800 per month, and the bank wants to know where it's gonna come from. *Harvest* opium, hell, I'm ready to smoke some!. Ah, well. A megalomaniacs work is never done.

"I love the smell of pillaging in the morning. It's the smell of ... victory."

A long long time ago in a land far far away, the AOO ruled with the dark forces at their command. They would have ruled for a very long time, except for a group of rebels who believed in a force for good. Yes, they believed in Atnerks. It was Atnerks who would provide for them in this time of oppression.

Aye! finally away from Provinia & on a boat! I hope Ulmo treats us better than did the AOO.

Is it true that Marat is indulging in charity and handing out blankets?

They are probably carefully broken in by his cadre of slaves with smallpox, first.

Shay Tollin slammed his fist on the map-strewn table. "Do you realize what you are asking for? You would disrupt trade from Aethelarn to Newleaf! Think of what it could do to the Cloudlands! You could be risking the wrath of Aknerks himself!"

The Duke head jerked upward at the noise, as if waking from a nap. "What? Wrath? Cloudlands? What is he talking about Athelfrar? Tollin, isn't it? Why are you still here?"

Count Athelfrar moved closer and whispered something to the Duke, then said, "No danger at all, my lord. You know these priests, always talking gloom and doom, and nothing ever comes of it. Everything is perfectly safe. You will go now and you WILL make the preparations, Tollin."

"Yes. Yes. Of Course. Preparations. Run along now..."

Shay Tollin whirled around, slamming the dining hall doors behind him as he left. By the time he reached the parapet, the sparks from his eyes had abated. "If the damned Duke wants his ruination, then so be it! May the Wanderer protect all the innocents he will take with him!"

I think I've seen 3 different Odin's wandering around the Imperial City. Can't we do something about this people? But I'll tell you this: I go to war with the first Lastat I see. :)

Noble s5e is still looking for a priest or scryer to help him find object. Please contact me, and we can work out a suitable arrangement.

what's the difference between marat and the other AOO? only those animals born in the wild can be tamed by beastmasters

Q: How may Oleg the Loudmouths does it take to light a torch?

A: None. The AOO killed him and stole all the torches.

Clifford's City Market Database: 79 city market reports, growing every day. Send in a city market report not yet in the database and you will receive a report each week on the commodity of your choice. For further info, write to w4t@g1.pbm.com.

The previous rumor printed in the Times was in error. MAFOC is not a creation of the AOO elite; the AOO, in fact, is merely a fragment of the might of MAFOC, as the "Duke" will soon discover. Chaos, as always, rules behind the scene, while the puppets appease the masses.

Has anyone found a trade route worth devoting a noble to? (No, I don't expect you to reveal it - yes or no is good enough.) So far all I've found to be profitable is to fish and sell the catch.

I wonder if there is any way of travelling without the risk of being attacked by anyone?

An open letter to the crew of the Sea Explorer... Please be careful when sailing the waters south of Ilion. Ships with Sea in their names have met with misfortune in this area recently. -An acquaintance of Topaz

Pesbrand is huge. Join the land rush now.

PLUNDERER'S THEME (to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocius)

Pillage, rape, and loot and burn, but all in moderation. If you do the things we say, then you'll soon rule the nation. Kill your foes and enemies and then kill your relations. Pillage, rape, and loot and burn, but all in moderation.

I have researched Resurect Noble. Now to learn the skill and perform the ritual before the year is over. There's just enough time!

CYRKARTH, PROVINIA (OP) - Carrier pigeons are lost. Over the past few months observers have noted a remarkable increase in lost or delayed pigeons. In at least one instance a pigeon traveled from the Imperial City to Aethelarn via Tollus. Large financial losses and even some deaths are attributed to such delays.

A number of theories have been proposed to explain this phenomenon. OP talked with Selena, Professor of Geomancy at the Cykarth Institute of Thaumaturgy.

OP: How do you explain this problem ?

S: As you understand a weak but pervasive mana field covers all of Olympia. The field lines run generally from east to west. Of course you are aware that carrier pigeons are capable of sensing those field lines and use them to navigate.

OP: Of course.

S: However, over the past few months there has been a distortion in the field lines. It began when the lines started changing direction over a limited area. Over time that area has grown and so has the strength of the field lines.

OP: But who could be responsible for that ?

S: Not who, but what. While it is theoretically conceivable that a mage might be able to change the fields in a small region, no known mage or even group of mages could possibly have the strength to bring about the changes we have seen. From this I conclude that what we are observing is a natural phenomenon, albeit a geographically centered one.

OP: Can you tell us where ?

S: In principle, yes. The field lines have bent inward towards paths which seem to cross in a particular area. Regrettably it is difficult to measure the field exactly due to its fluctuations. Our best guess is that the center is somewhere in central Provinia or northern Atnos, maybe western Provinia. As the disturbance increases in strength we'll have better estimates.

OP: You mean the strength is still increasing ? Any end in sight ?

S: Yes, there is a limit on how strong the field can become before the spontaneously and cataclysmically discharge in a manaquake.

OP: "Manaquake" ? You make that sound pretty scary, prof.

S: Let's just say that this summer I'll take a prolonged sabbatical which I intend to spend in sunny Rimmon.

Where could a newbie safely learn Beastmastery?

Another delay! I have lost faith in my fellows and I am going to try to swim to shore this month. I hope I make it. If I do I shall have a few words with my "friends". If not I shall be fish food and it will not matter to anyone anymore.

Circle the wagons! The war drums are beating! Defend yourselves or flee for your lives!

A dangerous beast has been seen swimming around in the waters south of Tollus. It is unknown if this beast can be slain without some weird artefact, so beware!

> PS: 1000 gold (and the favour of the AOO) to anyone who can provide > the body of Captain Tarkus (dead or alive).

Let's see: start with 12 NPs, make 12 nobles who annoy the Big Rat, kill them, collect 12000 plus the favour of the AOO for a net value of 6000 and a very rich personal noble. Sounds good to me.

Riddle of the Week: How does one build a castle without Mountains? (I don't have answer, does anyone???)

* Market Survey: I am interested in the potential profits of bounty hunting. Has anyone made a serious reward offer with satisfactory payment procedures? Please address "serious reward and payment plan" responses via the times, and include an e-mail address. I will contact you directly if I am willing to pursue your target. * Low Profile Bounty Hunters

How much longer shall the inhabitants of this realm suffer under the oppressive thumb of the AOO? Surely if we band together we can take them!

Announcing the opening of The Blue Blood Forge, clothier to the heroic

We have long noted that Olympia lacks a source of quality clothing for the Heroic Noble. Now with our line of fine clothing the true noble no longer has to be mistaken for a shabby peasant because he is attired in simple cloth. Come see our line of Briefs, Arm Bands, Bras, and Boots in Bronze, Silver or Gold. All items may be special ordered in Platinum Mithril or Electrum. Gem setters are ready to encrust your clothes in the jewels of your choice. Some of the best goldsmiths in Olympia are waiting to make whaterver alterations you may needed. We also have loincloths and capes in the finest exotic leathers and furs to be found.

You can find our shop on Spitting Dog Lane in the Imperial City

Travellers on Tollus should be particularly cautious. A pack of rabid ratspiders has attacked and devoured several nobles in the past few months.

There once was a crew from Provinia, That sailed off and never was seenia, Until the day, They returned to pay, Back their foes with a knife to the spleenia.

WARNING TO THE WISE: Dont use MOVE to SAIL! -------------------- (unless you enjoy wasting a month!)

What the heck is Rotten Swamp terrain? It sounds rather unhealthy!

******* Apollo The Bards Balladry Box ******* * * * Tennysons's Lady of Shalott continues ... * * * * By the margin, willow-veiled, * * Slide the heavy barges trailed * * By slow horses; and unhailed * * The shallop flitteth silken-sailed * * Skimming down to Camelot: * * But who hath seen her wave her hand? * * Or at the casement seen her stand? * * Or is she known in all the land, * * The Lady of Shalott? * * * * Only reapers, reaping early * * In among the bearded barley, * * Hear a song that echoes cheerly * * From the river winding clearly, * * Down to towered Camelot: * * And by the moon the reaper weary, * * Piling sheaves in uplands airy, * * Listening, whispers `'Tis the fairy * * Lady of Shalott'. * * * * continued * *********************************************

Hmm... A band of bandits. They look harmless enough....

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Pirates are reported to be lurking just outside of the Imperial city. Travellers are advised to beware of ending their turn there.