Feb 16 @ 5 pm EST : Treasure Hunting

Gold, gold, gold.

Gold, gold, gold.

We need some new lyrics.

Anyway, here’s what you need to know!

The Royal Archaeologist’s Assistant will lead you on a trail of treasure and terror, all across the lands. She has a pouch full of high-end treasure maps.

She will dig up each chest for you.

At least one backpack will be placed on the ground. PLEASE leave it there.

As the chest is emptied, the backpack(s) will fill up with loot.

As soon as the first item hits the first backpack, you are welcome to start taking things from the backpack. Again, do not take the backpack itself.

If you want to tame any of the rare monsters that leap out of the chest, let everyone know. If you don’t, they will almost certainly be killed before you can tame them.

Once each chest is empty, the backpacks will be taken back to the EM Hall, locked down, and set to public access. Help yourselves!

Not a single one of these maps will lead to a spot inside a guard zone. PKs might show up. They might decide to kill you. So, come prepared, whatever “prepared” means to you, personally!

The event goes on until we run out of maps, or until the EM falls asleep, whichever comes first!

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Feb 10th @ 5 pm EST : The Mysterious Case of Queen Blackthorn

“Make way for the Queen!” bellowed the footman, as the carriage trundled down the main road of Trinsic “Make way for her Royal Highness!”

Heads popped out of windows all along the road. “Queen?” asked a merchant, as the footman passed “What Queen?!?”

“Her Royal Highness, Queen Blackthorn the first, fairest amongst women, finest Jewel of Britannia’s crown, most glorious sovereign of all Sosaria! Make way!” yelled the footman

“What? Old Blackthorn finally got married?” “I didn’t know there was a wedding!” “You’d think the town criers would have said something, useless lot!”

The comments and complaints became a low rumble from the townsfolk, as confusion spread through the town.

The carriage carefully avoided the rubble in the road as it neared Trinsic’s largest bank, and came to a halt outside.

A large guard, dressed in red and gold, strode away from the carriage, and banged heavily on the front door of the bank. “Manager! Your Queen demands you presence!”

A small, nervous looking man stuck his head out the doors. “Yes? What is all this commotion? Can I help you?”

“We have come to collect the gracious wedding present that your town offered to Her Majesty, Queen Blackthorn, to celebrate her union with the king! The Queen was so taken with your generosity, she has come in person to offer her thanks!” intoned the guard.

The door of the carriage swung open, and a tall woman emerged, smiling and waving to the crowd.  “All hail Queen Blackthorn!” bellowed the footman “Honor and glory to her majesty!”

The bank manager spluttered and gaped. “What gift? I wasn’t informed of any gift!”

The guard glared at him “Why, a carriage load of gold and precious jewels, just as it said in the letter from the governor’s office! I hope you have it all ready! Her Majesty has come all this way – I’d hate to see her disappointed.  The consequences… ”  He drew his sword ever so slightly from its scabbard. The bank manager gulped.

“Well, if the governor approved it – ” he started, before being cut off in mid-sentence by the guard.  “Excellent! I’ll come in and start loading up the carriage with your gift then!”

Later that day, after the last of the cheering crowds had dispersed, and the last merchant was trying to sell hastily put-together royal souvenirs, the governor of Trinsic came riding back into town, tired from a long inspection of the area’s bridges.

“What is all this in the streets? Ribbons? Palm leaves? What happened here?”

“It was the Queen, sir. She came to collect the gift you promised her!” said the bank manager, appearing at his elbow suddenly. “I hope you have plenty of people lined up to do trade runs, because we haven’t got much gold left!”

“You gave what to who?!?” asked the governor, mouth agape.

“The Queen, sir. Queen Blackthorn.”

Far away, another small, weedy man finished counting the day’s takings into large wooden chests, and ticked them off on his clipboard. It had been a good day – unless you happened to live in Trinsic.


What you need to know:

  • Most of this event will take place outside the guard zone.
  • Gates will appear at all the usual places about half an hour before the event.
  • Hard luck to all those ladies who wanted to marry Blackthorn – looks like he’s spoken for!


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3rd Feb @ 5 pm EST : Siege Council Meeting

Serpents Hold, 3rd February, 5 pm EST. All are welcome.

Just remember the rules! If you want to fight, fight outside.

Otherwise, you get 3 dips in the moat, and then you’re banned for the rest of the evening!



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February’s Fishing Contest. Closing Date 28th Feb

This month, the contest winner will be whoever drops the largest golden tuna into the EM’s mailbox!

The mailbox is at the EM Hall, 2 screens north of Britain moongate.

So – get fishing!

The winner will be decided on the last day of the month!

A trophy for the winner will appear in the Reward Hall. If you’re curious, the orange/blaze gate outside the EM Hall leads to the Reward Hall. Go and have a look around!

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January 2018 EM Event Summary

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January 6th : Siege Council Meeting

Starting time : 5 pm EST at the Council Chambers (Serpents Hold)


Welcome new and returning governors!


Our first council meeting of the year will take place on January 6th. King Blackthorn bids you welcome!

All governors are asked to attend, to send a representative, or to submit a report in writing – either to the EM Hall mailbox, or via email.

Representatives of player-run towns are also welcome, and hold the same position as governors. However, they are not obliged to submit a report unless they want to.

Citizens of Sosaria, you are welcome to attend, and will have opportunity to speak your mind at the end of the meeting.


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January 12th : Hawkwind’s Chronoturgical Hampster

Starting time : 5 pm EST at the House of Commons (EM Hall)

Hawkwind gazed into his time viewer, observing the birth of another new year. This one seemed fairly normal, filled with invasions of monsters, people complaining about their lot in life, and the occasional explosion from an alchemist’s laboratory. No universe-ending threats in this one, and no newly invented types of cheesecake either.

A noise near his elbow drew Hawkwind’s attention to his pet hampster, who was snuffling at the bars of his cage. It was feeding time. Hawkwind opened a bag of hampster feed, and poured it into the small feeding trough in the cage, not noticing that the ties for the bag had looped around the catch of the cage door.

As he put the bag down, the door flew open, and the weight of the bag propelled the hapless hampster into his time viewer’s screen. There was a terrible crack, and a horrified squeak, and a flash of purple and black. Hawkwind flew across the room, and struck his head.

When he awoke, the screen was humming with a strange energy, and there was no sign of the hampster. However, the number of world-threatening emergencies on the display had increased since his earlier viewing. he turned on his spare viewer, and groaned.

There, scampering across Sosaria, was the biggest hampster he had ever seen, intent on sating its hunger any way it possibly could…


What you need to know:

  • Hampsters are hard to kill. No, really. They’re terrifyingly strong, have massive teeth, and really sharp claws. They also grow to the size of a large bull, and make a mess wherever they roam. You think I make this stuff up?!?
  • Gates to the EM Hall will appear in the usual places, between an hour to half an hour before the event.
  • This will take place outside the guard zone, so come prepared.


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January 20th : Treasure Hunt

Starting time : 5 pm EST at the House of Commons (EM Hall)

As was once written by the wisened scribe Fergus of Delta 4 software :

Gold is a lovely metal,
much better than copper or brass.
But a dragon stole mine,
so I’ll settle
for kicking him hard up the ass




What you need to know:

  • We start from the House of Commons (EM Hall)
  • The Royal Treasure Hunter will transport the group to each map location, one by one.
  • The Chests will be dug up by the Royal Treasure Hunter.
  • The contents will be placed in backpacks on the ground.
  • At this point, anyone can help themselves to the contents.
  • The only request is that NOBODY takes the backpacks. Thank you.
  • If you want to tame one of the creatures that leaps out of the chest, SAY SO LOUDLY.
  • If you don’t say so, people will try to kill them. Guaranteed.
  • You can join in and leave at any point.
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January 27th : Murder in the Library

Starting time : 5 pm EST at the House of Commons (EM Hall)


The Royal Detective’s wings bristled as he surveyed the library around him. It was almost tranquil. Normally there would have been pools of blood from a stab wound like this, but this time the corpse lay on a neatly arranged pile of magical scrolls, which had fine absorbent qualities.

Then there was the deceased himself. Neatly dressed, in expensive clothes which showed no sign of a struggle. Indeed, it was as if the man’s squire or valet had just finished helping him to dress.

The library staff were unhelpful, at best. Most of them kept “shushing” him when he tried to interrogate them, and those he could get to talk claimed to have seen nothing. He found that unlikely, given that the corpse lay in the middle of the room.

The young librarian who had reported the murder was equally unhelpful. She had been tidying the stacks of scrolls when she came upon the man lying there. The lack of blood had made her think he was sleeping at first or had succumbed to too much drink. It was only when she had tried to rouse him that she found death was already stiffening his limbs.

The victim’s pockets and belt pouch held little in the way of clues either. There was no indication as to his identity, but the motive had probably not been gold. His coin pouch was full – bulging, in fact. A golden time piece on his wrist was also untouched. Even his hat which would have fetched a fair penny in the markets was untaken, placed neatly to one side of the peaceful corpse.

Saengkt ver beh sighed, bristled his wings once more, and opened a moongate to his study. This case would take some thought, and several blocks of Trinsic chocolate to process.

What you need to know

  • This is a murder mystery. That means this event will require more thought, and less bashing. If you find puzzle-solving boring, then you will be bored. If, however, you like mental stimulation and mysteries, then I think you will be highly entertained.
  • Gates to the EM Hall will be available in the usual places, half an hour to an hour before the event.
  • I hope to have VvV turned off in Britain for the two hours surrounding this event. As of this writing, I do not know if that will be possible or not. If it is not, we will simply go and defend the outskirts of Britain from a sudden invasion of monsters until VvV is over. The guard zone will (probably) stay turned on.


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Christmas time, deco looks fine!

Hello Siege!

As you may have noticed, I’m slowly making my way around the towns, as and when I have time, making your banks look Christmassy! Unfortunately, I can’t do it all by myself. Not if you want everything done before Christmas!

So, here’s how you can help:

If you have anything decorative and Christmassy, and you aren’t emotionally attached to it, drop it in the EM Hall mailbox.

If you want it back, put it in a bag with a book telling me who you are, and exactly where I can find a PUBLIC mailbox that I can drop it into early in the New Year. No book, no returns.

Governors and candidates, if you want anything specific at your banks, either go the bag-and-book route for simple stuff, or, for more complex stuff, send me an email with the most detailed description of where you want me to lock down your items. Also specifiy if you want the stuff back, as above.

Some folks have provided things already – thank you very much!

I’ll be decorating on and off over the next few days, as and when I have time.

So, if your town bank hasn’t got anything yet, be patient – it will!

Ho Ho Ho!


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