Back around the Skara area, things were pretty much back to normal… Mu took to randomly walking around the road, pausing to chop a tree, hunt birds, and roast some meat over an open fire, a largely forgotten activity which had the pleasant side effect of raising not one but two skills which were largely considered to be useless.  There was also ample opportunity to hunt bigger game here… apparently all of the trolls, skeletons, lizardmen, spectres, ogres and orckin from the Atlantic shard had gotten tired of it as well and come to Catskills.  Eventually, there was so much fighting going on that Mu was forced to reluctantly trade in his ratty old studded leather armor and splintering shield for new gear, not so much out of any concern for his safety,  but more out of a lingering fashion sense from his old life.

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It was inevitable… as it is in all shards of Sosaria, Catskills soon became extremely boring.  This hardly came as a surprise to Mu; in a place where there are no real achievable goals outside of a meaningless title or a house full of loot, where morality is at best tenuous and completely subjective, where the King is dead, there is not much to look forward to day after day.  None of Mu’s old comrades were present here, and although he had made some passing acquaintances in Kinship, most of them tended to stick to their own and gave Mu funny looks when he mentioned "shards", as if he were interfering in some sort of fictional play universe they had set up for themselves.  Mu had also sadly been unable to locate his new friend Kull again since the cartoon scene at the bank.

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A magery-free life can be difficult, yet somehow the simplicity of it, the lack of running around for reagents, and the recent changes to the laws of nature *coughAnatomy/Healingcough* made it bearable, almost pleasant.  Finding an abundance of lumber, Mu dove into his new craft of bowyery, hiking around the woods, chopping trees, and whittling for hours.  It did take some getting used to… when Mu spied an orc headed his way on his second day in the woods, he immediately began to mumble Vas Ort Flam, forgetting that he no longer did that sort of thing.  However, even his horrid incompetence with the spear and the short bow was usually sufficient to handle his typical enemies, such as rabid timber wolves, hungry panthers, and fearsome songbirds.  The occasional bear insured that he was keeping up to date with his bandaging techniques.

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PC] attacks Dark Legion Syndicate at
[PC]Musashi/Protoss and [PC]Ni’Vek/Protoss vs GoDsLaYeR/Terrans and OttO/Zerg
Result:  VICTORY
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It felt strange to be chopping trees, especially to one as inured to mindless tailoring as Musashi, but after all, that’s what he had come to Catskills for… something akin to retirement.  On a whim, he had given over his house and possessions to the somewhat dubious care of Maraxus and entered the shard as a newcomer once again, seeking a life free of care, free of worry, free of tailoring, free of Kagero… It seemed too much to hope for, but the fact that Magnus of Occlo dwelled in Catskills gave him a small bit of hope… surely the prolific tank mage would refuse to dwell in a shard rife with idiocy and violence *coughAtlanticcough*.

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[PC] attacks Protoss Empire at Mendip, 1/21/99
[PC]Musashi/Protoss and [PC]Ni’Vek/Protoss vs -spec4-PE-/Zerg and GNG-Kosh/Terrans
Result:  VICTORY
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Out of sheer boredom, I once again consulted the Starcraft Channel to find a commander or two I could engage in a quick conflict with.  I simply wanted to test my ability to quickly deploy units and so I entered a conflict with a creative title, called, "3v2comp."  Knowing that my allies would, no doubt, quickly find a way to finish off our opponents, I wanted to see how quickly I could have my forces construct buildings for combat units. 

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I just have to make more of these entries.  Reflecting on a particular combat which was originally entitled, "4v3comp"… where do they get such interesting names?  As we were beginning, of course the organizer of this combat forgot to close out the last position and someone leapt in and took the spot, so it became, "5v3 comp."  Knowing this would already be a ridiculous experience, I began by raising the usual Terran structures so I could send forth a horde of marines and tanks.  The commander who had become the fifth on our side was poor enough to have his forces destroyed by the enemy we outnumbered.  Back to "4v3comp." 

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As ordered we made landing on Aquitaine last night. Our ground forces encountered only nominal resistance and victory was easily achieved. Unfortunately I am left in the awkward position of evaluating the performance of commander Tigger. While our objectives were achieved and he has earned some esteem for his actions, I cannot in good conscience commend his performance.

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[PC] attacks Protoss Empire at Aquitaine, 1/15/99
[PC]Tigger/Protoss and [PC]Kel_Riever/Terrans vs -spec4-PE-/Zerg and -whack-PE-/Protoss
Result:  VICTORY
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