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In which the High Tower of Sorcery's resident historian speaks

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              |::|  |  [Issue 151 October 2011]
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 See HELP CRY2 for the table of contents.
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   From the Herald's Office           - Falennt          CRY3

 Monthly Article     
   A Record from the 
             High Tower of Sorcery       - Belkira         CRY4-6
   Helpfile of the Month               - Annale          CRY7

 Nation News
   Quendi (Elf)                        - Annale          CRY8
   Uruk'hai (Half-Ogre)                - Klaatu          CRY9-10
   Khazad (Dwarf)                      - Stoneheft       CRY11
   Pixie                               - Kosaim          CRY12

 Quest News
   August CoD Quest Results            - Falennt         CRY13
   October CoD Quest                   - Falennt         CRY14
   Results for Elf Poker Quest         - Creemore        CRY15
   Quest Invitation for all Nations    - Annale          CRY16

 Realms Living
   Realms Heroes 2011                  - Romani          CRY17

 Orders, Guilds and Clans News
   Guild of Clerics                    - Sirrion         CRY18
   Guild of Mages                      - Bellasarah      CRY19
   Guild of Druids                     - Krasy           CRY20
   Guild of Rangers                    - Threndil        CRY21

 Funny Bones
   Funnies                             - Various Imms    CRY22
   Words of Wisdom                     - Romani          CRY23
   New Clothes, perhaps?               - Romani          CRY24

 Announcements and Advertisements
   Shop with Guts'n'Glory!                               CRY25
   Advertise with the Cry!                               CRY26
   CoD Readers Reward                                    CRY27
   Roleplay Wiki:      CRY28

  Cry of Despair Staff
   Write for the Cry                                     CRY29
   Announcement for Staff                                CRY30

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 Page 4    \/    A Record from the HToS - Belkira 

From the recordings of the High Tower of Sorcery's resident historian

A strange sequence of events has occurred lately.  Individually each event 
may have been insignificant but when viewed together I fear they portend 
to foul events looming on the horizon.  Though I am alone in my concerns, 
I remain watchful and have recorded my thoughts and observations herein.  

Approximately a fortnight ago a number of intruders were detected and 
eliminated from the tower.  At the time I, like my brethren, paid little 
heed to the matter once they were disposed of.  It is not uncommon 
for ordinary people to envy the powers held here and by extension an 
incursion by a group is not a cause for concern.

I have subsequently learned, however, that the intruders were able to 
bypass the normal detection spells and defenses and were actually 
found inside the tower grounds and even up among the assorted floors 
where we study, practice, perform our various tasks and even store 
assorted artifacts.  To have made it so far without alerting the guards 
and the Mistress is highly unusual.  I have checked the records but 
found no precedent for this event in recent history.

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 Page 5    \/    A Record from the HToS - Belkira 

In the following week a number of rumors began to circulate regarding 
the state of cleanliness of certain sections of the tower.  Some of 
the more unforgiving of the black robes went so far as to openly 
suggest the cleaning staff be publicly whipped for their lax 
attitudes.  (Personally, I highly doubt any among that group bothered 
to verify the rumors.  They simply enjoy the excuse to stir up trouble.)  

I, being the official historian, personally went to observe and record 
the facts and it seems the rumors are true.  However, I observed that 
the apparent mold is, in fact, magical in nature and I am highly 
suspicious of it and do not imagine that the staff, competent or 
otherwise, can successfully deal with it.  Sadly, my opinion is 
drowned out by the majority who cannot be bothered to go and check 
for themselves but prefer to simply blame someone for the trouble.

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 Page 6   \/    A Record from the HToS - Belkira 

Finally, I have recently learned that the Mistress has ordered an 
inventory and increased holding level of a wide variety of magical 
reagents.  Once again my brethren to whom I have spoken find nothing 
unusual about this incident.  I must admit, that were I to 
view it as an isolated case I too might find it to be a normal thing 
for her to do yet when taken in context I feel that there is 
something coming and that the Mistress is aware of it and quietly 
preparing.  While I do not know what that event may be, 
I feel a great sense of foreboding and also excitement that 
I may be able to chronicle a significant historical event.

                        - the end

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 Page 7    \/    Helpfile of the Month - Annale 

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 Page 8   \/    Quendi Nation News - Annale 

Diplomatic Relations
The Elves have gone quiet since the events surrounding the tyranny and
insanity of the Doom Pixie.  The borders of Arborlon have remained open,
although the Elves themselves have done little in the ways of contacting
To re-open the channels of diplomacy, rumours of an all-nation event have
begun to fly.  The where and when are yet to be released, but scribes have
been whispering of the Tari and the Nation First having meetings and issuing
requests for invitations.
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 Page 9   \/    Uruk'hai Nation News - Klaatu 

From the Opallinoc News Bureau for August, 2011
Dateline Opallinoc - The Doldrums
As the summer drought continues, little work is being done on civic projects.
New sites for wells are being sought, to access the North Plains Aquafier.
Already a number of irrigation channels are done and sluice gates built. But,
the need for a water source still persists. A study of various resevoirs used
by other municipalities of the Realms is under advisement.
Dateline High Tower of Sorcery - cube of wonders
The Grand Mistress of the High Tower of Sorcery has announced the discovery of
the "cube of wonders". Her announcement was to alert the Realms as to their
existence and as a plea of assistance in learning / discovering what the cubes
are for and how to use them properly. Sources within the Tower claim that there
are only twenty of the cubes, located on various entities of the Realms. Should
you find one, as with any magic item, be cautious, who knows what will happen.
Dateline Darkhaven - Uruk'hai Trade Talks
An agreement has been struck with the Pixies and Nuada of The Dunhill Demesnes.
Resumption of trade of Pixie brand nectars for Uruk'hai products is under way.
Negotiations with the Gralthai are tabled while Excane determines what Uruk'hai
trade items are needed by his nation. The Uruk'hai hope to hear from him soon.
New trade talks have surfaced with Ashandra and the Aerandir. Determination of
needs and value of trade items is being discussed.

Continued... Help Cry10
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 Page 10   \/    Uruk'hai Nation News - Klaatu 

From the Opallinoc News Bureau for Oct 2011
Dateline Opallinoc - Poor Harvest
This year's drought and severe heat over the growing season has resulted in a
poor harvest of food supplies. Alternative sources of staples, herbs and spices
are being looked at. Reports from the Inahir Protectorate also show low yields
of feed for the eltor beasts. The High Council has decreed that there will be
severe punishment for any kind of trades or exchanges with the Grand Daimyo.
Klaatu, the Benevolent, mentions the last trade with Edo and those rice husks.
Dateline Darkhaven - Troll Den Hides
Volstagg the Catacomb Dweller, while pausing for a mug of ale at the Grim
Smile, overheard some adventurers whispering about finding a craftsman that
could make items from the Troll Den hides. He is now travelling to the western
cities to seek out this fabled craftsman.
Dateline Darkhaven - Mystic Armor of Nidaros
Volstagg also reports that two gnomes came into the Grim Smile inquiring about
a gnome named Gilbenstock. The gnomes claimed Gilbenstock had sacred knowledge
of something long forgotten and legendary. The Mystic Armor of Nidaros was
alledged to be just bed time stories to many a young gnome. The gnomes claim
Gilbenstock had found a reference in the Room of All Knowledge and seeking the
eldest gnomes in the Realms for information.
Information on this "bed time story" will be rewarded

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 Page 11   \/    Khazad Nation News - Stoneheft 

With the news of dwarves across the realms coming together to show their
defiance to Duke Luther, working morale is high and production is looking
to exceed expectations.  Since Cadfael, Axgoth, Roki, Grimbold and so many
others took on the task of peaceful defiance to Luther's overstretching
taxations of the labourers of the world, hopes of a better future are high
and dwarves across the continent are whistling away longer work days. They
happily quarry the stones which are eagerly bought up for the production
of modern, elegant, structurally sound housing for the people.
I thank you dwarves for your participation, and eagerly await the better,
more dwarven future that awaits us.

Long live the Khazad. Strong live the Khazad.

*Signed in the purple wax seal of the Gemstone crest* Stoneheft Gemstone
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 Page 12   \/    Pixie Nation News - Kosaim 
This is PNN: Your source for pixie news
The Peace Treaty between The Half-Ogres and Pixie has been signed.

It is rumored that Eashavir Sidhe, the cousin of the former Duke, will take
over as the King's viceroy in the region.  Eashavir has refused to comment.

It is also rumored there may be a suprise member of the Sidhe or Arcannis
family that may take the position.
In Reomyr, the council is trying to balance the budget.  It keeps falling over
and hitting the ground.

When a council member insisted on taking up the taxes, Kosaim insisted on
taking up the carpet. the council member insisted again and Kosaim responded:

You're right, you have to take up the tacks before you take up the carpet!

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 Page 13   \/    August CoD Quest Results - Falennt 

Results are on hold till Gawen is done with some family matters. 

We sincerely apologize for the delay!


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 Page 14   \/    October CoD Quest - Falennt  

The Western Trade Route
 Take a road-trip along the Western Trade Route and tell me the 
sights and sounds you would see at each of the following markers :

1. What animals do you see at Milestone 30? 

2. What do you hear chirping at Milestone 40? 

3. At Milestone 50, what materials was used to make the road? 

4. The trees at Milestone 20 let little light through. Why? 

The Northern Trade Route
 Take a road-trip along the Northern Trade Route and tell me the 
sights and sounds you would see at each of the following markers :

5. What is used to separate the grass from the road at Milestone 70?

6. What are you able to see from the perch of the hill at Milestone 80?

7. At Milestone 90, what would you be walking across?

8. At Milestone 100, when you look south and north, what do you see? 

 Remember to mudmail all entries to Falennt only. There are three prizes
to be won! Good luck and have fun exploring!

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 Page 15   \/    Results for Elf Poker Quest - Creemore  

Aug 28th we held another Poker Run Quest.
Orchid walked away with an AV Elf Pally, with 3 3s, 10 8.

Semiramia took a Justice for having 2 Qs, 2 6s,  4.

Merkess got rays of the sun with 2 4s, 10, 6, 3.

Bolotomus recieved the ring of the ancient gods with A J 10 9 7.
Remember to watch the Elf Nation Board on the Island of Irrybis 
for future Quests.
Annale Firestorm and Creemore Springs
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 Page 16   \/    Quest Invitation for all Nations - Annale 

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 Page 17   \/    Realms Heroes 2011 - Romani 

                           The Heroes of the Realms

The following person has proved himself, not only as dedicated player, 
but as true asset to the Realms of Despair, and have such earned a place in
the Hall of Renown. Let his achievements never be forgotten, let him always
be known as a Hero of the Realms.

                      |:.       | 
                     (|Raistlin |) 
                      |   2011  |
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 Page 18   \/    GUild of Clerics News - Sirrion  

Hola!  GoC!
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The GoC would like to welcome all new applicants and adventure seekers of the
cleric-y variety to apply to our fantastic guild. We are always seeking new
and enthusiastic people to join our ranks.
Oh, and you have to love carrots too.
If you are interested, please head to our induction board at the guild and
post a note introducing yourself and a leader will contact you as soon as
possible.  The noteboard is nw, w, w, n, n, e, u from [] :)

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 Page 19   \/    Guild of Mages News - Bellasarah 

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 Page 20   \/    Guild of Druids News - Krasy 

So in the month of July, we have had a bit of an onslaught of new members
of all shapes, experiences and forms! and I'm happy to say that we all
seem to be getting along well. 


Also Krasy has decided to make things a little fun and is in the process 
of organizing a Guild run quest! It's currently in the process of being 
built and will probably be run within the next couple of weeks. 

All are welcome (if you're a guilded druid) ;)


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 Page 21   \/    Guild of Rangers News - Threndil 

   The Guild of Rangers gives a big shout to all of those new players out
there, to come and learn our ways.  To laugh and enjoy the game in among
good people (even the evil ones), to go on dangerous runs and participate in
a variety of games!
  For those still learning the game as a whole, I invite you to join us.
Our donations are always fully stocked (some would say overstocked), and,
in a near future, a variety of fun quests for those still learning and those
on a more capable level.
  If you have any questions regarding induction, please, don't hesitate to
contact a leader! But please, help yourself to a guide at our recruitment

   Threndil, Guildmaster.

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 Page 22   \/    Funnies - Various Imms 

Merkess: I find it odd that the current Order updates in the Cry of Despair
were written by Tenabren, who promptly left Arcanes, and Jim, who promptly
left the mud. I summize, writing for the CoD will make you get outcast/quit

 Note to Merkess from Falennt - I would like to employ you as my 
future COD psychic. Will pay good.

Abelard steals Romani's chocolate and hides it in the safe. 

Loril> We are Imms. We speak fluent Typoese.

Klaatu: i provide more methane to the atmosphere than any other cow on the

Pat openly traffics:  pst, looking to buy a spouse

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 Page 23   \/    Words of Wisdom - Romani 

Mab newbiechats 'Mab's Guide to Name Authing: Romani is a huge fan of tasteful
, original names borne from the depths of one's own imagination.'

Mab newbiechats 'Mab's Guide to Name Authing: Loril simply adores names
representative of one's virgin voyage into a world of fun and fantasy.'

Mab newbiechats 'Mabs Guide to Name Authing: Destre prefers no-nonsense naming
. Ensure your names don't contain any nonsense.'

Excane: If only you could ignore the other voices in your head.
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 Page 24   \/    New Clothes, perhaps? - Romani 

Seperoth looks to be about 5'10", and looks to be around 103 pounds.  She wears
her long silver hair straight.  Her cerulean eyes contrast beautifully with
her black skin.

Seperoth is in perfect health.

Seperoth is using:
     (Humming) Tialyn's Beloved
   (Glowing) Property of Mari and Leala
       a pair of stained underwear
       a pink lace garter

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 Page 25   \/    Shop with Guts'n'Glory! 

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Are you looking to buy something? Place an advertisement in the Cry! 
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Just write up a little advertisement and mudmail it to Annale, or post 
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your advertisement will be published in the next issue!

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 Page 27   \/    CoD Readers Reward 

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The staff at the CoD would like to thank you, the readers for your support,
input, and for reading each month!  For this reason, we have introduced 
The Cry of Despair Readers Reward!.

Each month, 10 million gold coins will be made available to one lucky 

How do you qualify?  Just write to us at the Cry of Despair!  Comprehensive
'Letters to the Editor', well-written feedback letters to an article, or 
detailed suggestion letters are all qualifying entries!

A minimum of ten entries must be received in order for the draw to be 
opened that month.  If 10 entries are not received, the money is pooled 
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next draw.  If, after ten issues there have not been enough submissions, the 
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Submissions will be published in the same issue as the draw.

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 Page 28Y   \/    Roleplay Wiki - 

For those seeking to feed their Inner RP Demons there is a wiki site
available with many sections including (but not limited to) Nations, Roleplay
culture, literature, arena, RP archives, order RP, Places to RP, player
organized groups, diaries etc.
We encourage contributions to this mud-wide RP archive and history. If you
require assistance in helping to set up a section in the wiki please contact
Falennt or myself for information or follow the handy guide in the right hand
side of the wiki.
Take the time to become part of this RP rich world which lurks in virtually
every part of RoD. Visit!

Falennt and Romani

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 Page 29   \/    Write for the Cry! 

Write for the Cry!

Currently the Immortal Sponsors are looking for more and more writers.
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like the position.  Please include your normal online times so that the 
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We also welcome freelance editors. Do contact Falennt for more 

We are also looking for more staff writers and freelancers. If you 
would like to earn some income through writing just about anything, feel 
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Our Current Payment Rates

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The Cry of Despair welcome all newbie and avatar writers alike. If 
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Thank you in advance for your interest. 

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Following Staff and Contributors for the last issue, please contact me if
you have not received your pay-out for Issue 150. Mudmail or send a tell,
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                                        - Thank you! Falennt.