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NEWS Spotlight Item April ’14

Discussion in 'UO Rares Collector' started by Lord Gareth, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Lord Gareth

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    Item Name: Bladderstick’s Pop-Up Book Of Deadly Practical Jokes
    Special: Smoke Animation
    Item Count: 20

    Event Title: The Treachery Of Jesters
    Event Date: April 1st 2014
    Event Moderator: Gotan
    Shard: Europa

    Historical Information
    By EM Gotan

    The rumors had been swirling around Nujelm for sometime; The Sultan was expecting to come into a lot of money very soon, and it seemed there was something to the gossip, for posters advertising new hires were going up everywhere. Down by the docks in particular, requests for experienced sailors and weapon-smiths covered every pole and barrel. But Bladderstick the Apprentice Jester wasn’t interested in those, oh no, not after a lifetime of having seagulls attack the bells on his hat. It was the small card pinned up in the bank which had caught his eye instead;

    “The Sultan requires that, like all Monarch’s of importance, he be entertained by a man of motley talents and amusing riddles and quips. Therefore he requests applicants for the position of Court Jester of Nujelm. A wide range of the jocular arts are essential, as is being able to lay down your life for your Sultan should he request it. Applicants are expected to make their own custard and provide their own rubber chicken.”

    Bladderstick worked through the requirements again; Custard? Check! Chicken? Check… he lifted Bertie The Rubber Chicken towards one of the bank tellers and gave him a quick squeeze, and got in return an exasperated look; Yup, you’ve still got it Bladderstick old boy! But dying for the Sultan? That was unusual. Jesters weren’t usually expected to be skilled in the combat arts too. He desperately needed the job though, times were tough in Nujelm, and what ever the rumored source of wealth actually was, none of it appeared to be trickling down to the people at all, for now. And those old hands Chuckles and Heckles never seemed to take so much as a day off sick, no matter how many litres of cold desert were poured into their pants; so the chances of applying his talents elsewhere were slim. Given a choice then between starvation now, or prat falling for the Sultan with unknown risks ahead, it was obvious what needed to be done… And this meant practice! Yes, comedy could be a serious business indeed, and Ol’Bladderstick had better rope in a few people to practice his act upon, before letting the Sultan see it!

    Quickly turning over the Sultan’s advert, so none of the competition would see it, Bladderstick wrote his own on the back;
     
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  2. drewster513

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    Event mod is EM Gotan not adris BTW
     
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  3. Lord Gareth

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    My apology to EM Gotan I was looking at the UO.com EM list, thank you for bringing this to my attention Drewster
     
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  5. Promathia

    Promathia EM Bennu Fanclub
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    Sheesh, now that you mention it I took a look, and I guess that thing hasn't been updated in like a year. Kinda sad considering its the UO website lol
     
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    i think its fine. no one actually uses that website
     
  7. Lord Gareth

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    *Eyes begin tearing up* Are you calling me a nobody?
     
  8. Assia Penryn

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    Wonderful to see some news being reported for this community.
     
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    haha ok Except Gareth (who uses it to find EMs from 3 years ago)

    Excellent writeup Gareth. I love stuff like this about rares. To me, what makes a rare "real" is the exceptional story behind it. Yes some may like a cool name, some just like to look at pretty colors, but rares are supposed to be a way to remember a story and some history that a devoted player took the time to conjure up and add to the world of Sosaria for all of us to enjoy. If a rare isnt rooted in something meaningful and creative, its really just pixels nothing more.


    Its great to see a write-up like this. I really wish there were more, its awesome to be able to look up some of the history and story behind an item. Perhaps others will follow suit so more items can have their unique and creative history documented!
     
  10. Lord Gareth

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    I will do my best to write up reports with as much historical information as I can find but it's EM Gotan who really deserves all the credit for having the information available on his shard website for me to use. Sometimes its hard to find the event information for items when records aren't kept.
     
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    Agreed. Decadence's site is good, but there's a ton of items, and she's only one person. I've often thought that a rares wiki might be a good thing to have, both whenever I get some new drop, or when I just want to look up info on an older item. (Hue #s for all the easter baskets, anyone? :D)
     
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    He who thinks of the ideas are destined to be the one nominated to completing the task.
     
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    I second Flutter's nomination of Brian
     
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    So it is hereby passed...
     
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    :p Anyone know a good wiki-hoster?
     
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    MOAR SPOTLITESSSSSSSSSS
     
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