Edition 1 July 31st 2006

July 31, 2006

Welcome to the new Alliance of Heroes Newsletter! Those of you who have
been around with us a while may remember the monthly newsletters we sent
out some years ago. Well, this is similar but will be done on a quarterly
basis. Look forward to expansion on articles in the future as we get the
presses running full speed!

Table of Contents


Game News: New PM, Tracking, Sonic Improvements, Harvest Time
Current Events: Mentor Fair, Fairies!, Piraeus Update, Crete
Premium News: New Guru, Stand Alones, Merchants!

.~*~. Game News .~*~.
NEW PRODUCT MANAGER ANNOUNCED
For those of you who have been living under a rock, Alliance of Heroes is
now under the new management of Jubalee! One of her first acts as the new
PM was to hold a forum to listen to Athenian suggestions, and to see that
all typos and bugs were corrected. That done, the focus is now to the
future and it's looking bright!

LOCAL GIANT COUPLE RETIRES
After a long career out in the wilds hunting for a living, Baybee and
Bubba have retired from the tracking game and opened up a smokehouse deep
in the Hymettus Foothills. Now their secret hunting grounds are available
to you for your spearing pleasure! Just east of Athens, this forest full
of wild game had been previously unknown to the citizens as Bubba had
done his best to keep it hidden. Now in retirement, though, he and his
wife are lending their skillful hands to preparing your fresh kills into
tasty morsels. So grab yourself a boar spear and head out into the woods
to track yourself down some wild game… there'll be good eatin' tonight!

SONIC ATTACKS TO SEE IMPROVEMENTS
Tired of screaming your throat dry just to have to finish off that
vicious rat with your sword? Want to wail back at banshees and give those
screeching goblins a run for their dinars? Are you using your voice to
entertain at parties when you could be out howling dirges for enemies of
the state? Well, fret no more! Changes to the sonic system are up and
coming and they should see noticeable improvements. So dust off your lyre
and march into battle with your head held high and voice even higher…
ears everywhere will be in peril.

ALL HALLOW'S EVE ON THE HORIZON
Harvest time will soon be at an end as the long dead of winter
approaches. What other spirits will rise to as Persephone descends into
the Underworld? Join us at the end of October to see what the mentors
have planned for All Hallow's Eve. Look forward for another round of
trick or treating as well as some other surprises!

.~*~. Current Events .~*~.
MURDER AT MENTOR FAIR HOAX!
The weekend of July 30th was an eventful one for mentors and fair-goers
alike as a proposed donation to the mentor society turned into murder
during the festivities. But even with a corpse on their hands, the
mentors put on a solid show with games all weekend to be enjoyed by young
and old. Prizes were handed out like candy and fun was had by all! The
few spirits dampened by the murder were turned on their ear as the
multiple killings proved to be nothing more than Thalia, the muse of
comedy, posing as a reporter in order to write-up a real life murder
mystery for her own entertainment. Captain Trachys of the Athenian
Militia City Watch and Bumblonicus were on hand trying to solve the
impossible case as was the newly made Lance Constable Cleft. When reached
for comment, Captain Trachys simply stated, ""There was no stiff. There
was no weapon. There was no murder." Lance Constable Cleft do not salute
who was standing nearby added, "Cleft see one." The interview was cut
short as the giant troll was ordered to salute and this reporter barely
escaped with his life.

FAE-LIKE CREATURES SPOTTED IN ATHENS
The Iron Tongue of Midnight hath told twelve strange people have been
seen around Athens as of late and there's some rumors that they are
actually Fair Folk from the north. This reporter can't say one way or
another, but the Athenian Council for Dealing with Magical Beings has
advised all Athenians to remain in their homes and not to make any
contact with anything or anyone suspicious. The advisory came through a
slot under the President of the ACDMB's door, as he has not been
available for comment for the last six years after a particularly bad run
in with a nearsighted basilisk.

LOCAL WARLORD MAKES GOOD
Piraeus clean up under way under the capable management of its relatively
new ruler, Drakontas, Piraeus has been cleaned back up to near its former
glory and the streets are once more populated with citizens going about
their daily business. The magnanimous warlord even paid for a new tavern
called the Dragon's Lair to be built in the southern part of the town,
serving up such colorfully named drinks such as Assassin kisses and
Athenian Deathwishes. We have been assured that, despite the names, none
of the drinks are deadly.

He has also renovated the gate previously known as Asty with a tasteful
decoration of Ares and a few striking rubies, quite brilliantly naming
the gate after himself. When Vasileios, Captain of the Guard, was
reached, he commented, "Cleanliness and order are not matters of
instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you
must cultivate a taste for them." This reporter couldn't agree more.

CORRUPTION IN CRETE CONCLUDED
Unknowingly living under a terrible despot out to rule the world for the
past several months, the island of Crete was in for a wake-up call. You
might remember Crete making the headlines several years ago when the
citizens of Athens routed out a terrible minotaur from the labyrinthine
tunnels beneath the island. Now they have faced a threat above ground.
Kakosarchigos was a saint in the eyes of the Cretans, promising them
peace and security while actually delivering deception and terror.
Talos, the bronze guardian, was brought forth to guard the island by this
benefactor, but as the people of Athens soon realized upon arrival, the
giant was a fake. Kakosarchigos had built the machine to fool the
citizens into living under his rule and anyone who got too close to the
truth was turned into an animal and slain. Our resident news maker
Autolycus found this out the hard way. We went to the streets of
Chersonissos and talked to Zakro of Zakro's Smithy about the
situation. "I can't believe we put all our trust in that man! Drowning in
his own machine is too good for him!" Angry words from someone who has
seen the worst of man.

.~*~. Premium News .~*~.
NEW PREMIUM GURU ANNOUNCED
A new GM has joined Holyph in making sure the members of the Estate get
what they deserve! Please welcome GM Sunako to the Premium staff. As a
gesture of good will, Estate members have received a 10% discount from
all merchants in the game, as well as the ability to check their full
dinar status (including bank accounts) with wealth from anywhere. They
are also now able to use promissory notes to pay for things when they are
not holding enough dinars as long as they have enough to cover the
purchase in the bank.

STAND ALONE HOMES FOR SALE
At the last Premium Meeting, available stand alone homes were listed out
and a few new ones made available for the convenience of our Estate
Members. The homes still available can be found in-game on page 8 of the
Premium Gazette. For a limited time, the extravagant homes in Delphi have
also been lowered in cost. These homes will be seeing significant
renovations in the future that will up their property value so grab them
while you still can!

MERCHANTS AND ALTERERS GALORE
The new Premium Gurus are working hard to see that merchants continue to
visit the estate monthly for the forseeable future, and that the
occasional alterer drops by to treat Estate members to true style! A new
permanent catering merchant has also taken up residence in the Diamond
Estate and can be found near the dining hall. Rumor has it that another
permanent merchant may be joining it soon that will provide access to
hundreds of items only accessible by Estate Members! A special never
before seen merchant is slated to make a visit to the estate in the next
month as well, so get your dinars ready!

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