<-- Sep-Dec 2004                                              Jul-Dec 2005 -->

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Message: 32/4                      Posted        Author
The Fian                           Sat Jan 08    A Little Bird
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        Rumors dating from back when the Balkans were freed from Maverick 
control have been resurrected, and boy do they ever fly. It deals with a 
group, a secret society, a brotherhood, dedicated to getting the Mavericks out 
of Europe. It's said that they're intensely secretive, hiding away in the 
strangest of places and never revealing their identities as members. They 
could be anyone. They /are/ anyone.
        They are, the rumor goes, a network, a web of informers and smugglers 
and other invisible artisans spread out all over the world, and all focused on 
Europe. They do whatever they can and have for a long time now -- apparently 
they share some of the responsibility for the liberation of the Balkans. 
Perhaps, anyway.
        The rumors vary only in the names given to the society. There are 
dozens. The Fian, Fideli Defensor, Fenrir, Fenians, Freemasons (yes!), Odd 
Fellows, Fiat Lux, and the Foresters are just the beginning of the list.
        And, as before, one thing remains constant about every version of the 
rumor: a clue. To find the society, they say, you must go where angels fear to 
tread.

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Message: 32/1                      Posted        Author
Nightmare Villages?                Tue Jan 18    A Little Bird
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Word has it that a large number of people in many of the villages within the 
sprawling islands that make up Indonesia have reported an increased amount of 
horrific dreams. Quite beyond the normal scope of dreams the normal person 
might have.. Some dismiss the rumor, as there is no official statement from 
doctors or media or any of the politcal ambassadors on the subject. Others, 
however, visitors to the islands and even the natives might offer a different 
perspective however. Some people are spreading rumors that a few people have 
gone so far as committing suicide or killing themselves in their sleep. Of 
course... these /are/ just rumors, though. Or are they?
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Message: 32/2                      Posted        Author
Anonymous Agents...                Sat Jan 22    A Little Bird
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Word among the high-tech security firms and contractors of the world is that 
some representatives of a mysterious organization, swinging a lot of money, 
have begun looking for contractors...Mechanoid-drone security systems, 
military AI intelligence computer-grids, and defensive emplacements...There's 
not a lot of talk on who is doing this, but it definitely isn't being done 
publically.

<OOC: @mail Yosho to investigate, or to work for us.>
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Message: 32/3                      Posted        Author
Finished?                          Mon Jan 24    A Little Bird
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        After well over two months of quietly-cancelled performances, the 
classical music community is starting to wonder if Javelin Whitetail's career 
is over. While there hasn't been official word, there's been no further 
performances booked, and any talk of a 'final project' has ceased. 
Additionally, universities and music education journals are finding it 
nigh-impossible to get ahold of the normally prolific composer. These, 
combined with other less-endorsed rumours of substance abuse, insanity, the 
joining of Interpol (which may be redundant), and viral infection, lead many 
to point at the similar downfalls of previous classical musicians. 

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Message: 32/4                      Posted        Author
Daryn Fans Hold Out Hope!          Mon Jan 24    A Little Bird
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Clearly, Hardcore Heavy Metal has a more, well, Hardcore fanbase. For any 
rumors that Daryn will never play and/or sing again are very muted in 
comparision to the substantial loud uproar that Daryn is going to be putting 
on another concert...VERY SOON. Whatever this means is anybody's guess, but 
despite Daryn's dedication to the Robot Masters, he really hasn't lost that 
many supporters out of his fanbase...
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Message: 32/5                      Posted        Author
Asian Depression                   Tue Jan 25    A Little Bird
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There's been a dry spell in global methamphetamine distribution, InterPOL has 
been cracking down on the Yakuza's major operations before they get much of a 
chance to get beyond Japanese waters. Ones best guess is as good as the next 
as to when the speedfreak scene in Asia and internationally will return to 
normal, but the rumor holds that the Japanese PM is Interpol friendly and that 
this international task force may have the power and inclination to uproot and 
destroy theGolden Dragon of organized crime once and for all.
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Message: 32/1                      Posted        Author
Talk in London                     Tue Feb 08    A Little Bird
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        Observers and inhabitants of the more mundane side of London -- where 
the people are who don't work in shining glass towers or make millions a year, 
who talk politics in pubs with strangers and friends alike, who go to 
Speaker's Corner on an afternoon -- will notice a change in atmosphere 
centered in the London Town area.
        More and more, the topic of Mavericks comes up -- not the Coalition, 
for increasingly unkind words are used -- and more and more, it seems, the 
people present in these 'discussions' are inspired to sentiments against the 
Mavericks. They vary according to who's talking, but it's a rare man that 
takes the Coalition's side.
        Rumor has it that these debates are not spontaneous at all, but 
purposefully begun by the shadowy members of a group of underworld vigilantes 
who are moving against the Mavericks. Nobody is really sure who they are, but 
numerous parties are implicated, including a leftist political group, the 
government's secret intelligence agency, and the recurring rumored secret 
society now known consistentlly as the "Fian." Whoever's doing it, if anybody 
is, they have set off a chain reaction, spurring talk across London not only 
of Mavericks, but also of conspiracies. Someone wants to do something.

OOC: Ask Feste for details. The Fian can still be found where angels fear to 
tread.
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Message: 32/2                      Posted        Author
Rumors of Theft                    Thu Feb 17    A Little Bird
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In the subject of 'news of the weird,' rumors around San An have it that 
incidental crimes have gone up...somewhat...in the wake of the Robot Master 
attack on the area.

Probably the most humorous story to come from this is that the 'safehouse' 
apartment of former Robot Master affiliate, and escapee, Cappella, was 
actually ROBBED. The abode of the "greatest thief in the world" was ripped 
off, stripped, and gutted: missing the electronics equipment, a reported album 
collection, and all but one fancy red coat.

Oddly, the only sign as to who committed the crime was a symbol written on the 
mirror in stolen lipstick, which had the appearance of a pair of upside-down 
'V's, linked together. Cappella was witnessed to have shouted, in an irate 
manner:

"JUST who the HELL is 'M'?!!"
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Message: 32/2                      Posted        Author
As Seen On AIM                     Fri Feb 18    A Little Bird
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> hey man r u on the ENGF?
> the whu?
> Enforced Neutral Ground Frequency, newb
> O ya I totally heard about it from my haxx0r friend. its freqency 1337 rite?
> that's wut I herd but I tried to join and i got locked out
> duh, thats why its called Enforced. its just for haxx0rs
> they can do that?
> they so can
> but im a haxx0r!
> no, ur a newb, newb
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Message: 32/3                      Posted        Author
Change in Ownership?               Fri Feb 18    A Little Bird
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Overheard randomly in Tartarus:

        "Hey, did'ja hear? Mendoza Robotics and Medical in Tartarus has changed 
ownership."
"...yeah, I heard."
        "And that young kid who used to work there, he hasn't been seen around 
for a while."
"...I know."
        "But that red-haired tech woman's still there, right?"
"...leave me alone."
        "I wonder why the name hasn't been changed?"
"Didn't you hear what I said?"
        "Ah, it's probably because there's still a while left on the paid 
advertising."
"...arrghh."
        "Contact details are still accur- hey, are you alright?"

(OOC: Contact Liz Braeden for details.)
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Message: 32/4                      Posted        Author
Rumours going around Neo-Tokyo     Sat Feb 19    A Little Bird
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<"You heard the Prime Minister got InterPOL a testing run? Yeah they've been 
given probationary authority to police the country against the Yakuza, but 
apparently the Yaks kidnapped an InterPOL officer, and I hear he's dead. Or 
something. Did you hear that rumour that Kano Kawasaki, Prime Minister of 
Japan is going to rally the Diet to sign the charter now, because of some 
wound to their honor by the Yakuza anyway... It's heavy #@$ I imagine there'll 
be blood running in the gutters now."> japanese conversation.
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Message: 32/5                      Posted        Author
Rumors about Indonesia             Sun Feb 20    A Little Bird
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Yeah, theres a rumor going around that some weird stuffs going down in 
Indonesia. Blurry videotapes have appeared on the internet of Indoneisian 
soilders shooting civillians with stun rifles while FORCING them to build 
factories All Slave-like! But they're VERY low quality. Familes who live 
elsewhere who have realitives within the island of Kalimantan can't seem to
 get ahold of thier realatives anymore! Some say the factories are a front for 
something but are'nt quite sure WHAT....

(( OOC: Questions to Storm Eagle. Time to make this a bit more mainstream. <3 ))
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Message: 32/6                      Posted        Author
Global Broadband?                  Mon Feb 21    A Little Bird
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<Manifesto published on most major web sites.>

        Ignorant people of Earth, the Global broadband system was established 
during the attack of the Stardroids as a way to communicate without their 
knowing. This was an asinine, foolish thing that did not work, and lent 
nothing to our inevitable victory.
        Since that time, it has become a cesspool of ignorance and stupidity, 
and I, for one, would like to see it gone. However, making a foolproof 
solution would require there to be no better fools to undo it... and this 
world is rank with them, from idiotic Maverick Hunters to rock-stupid Neo 
Arcadians, and even to rank amateurs like Higure Higsby and Cyber Peacock.
        I intercept and listen in on your frequencies on a regular basis. Thank 
you for being so informative, and know that I do not intend to stop. Because 
of this, I am forced to put up with the tripe you idiots think is so 
important, and while I would rather not, I have no other choice.
        To this end I have reprogrammed your global satellite system. The 
signal discriminators on the satellites now only respond to the exact 
frequency that we have been using these last several years. This should solve 
the problem of other information from bleeding in, but it will not solve you 
of your stupidity. For that, I prescribe this handy .44 calibre aspirin. In 
the meantime, I will know the exact frequency your ignorance is coming from, 
and can readily tune it out.
        There's no need to pay me, I do my billing directly, and if any of you 
in the United Nations should notice a decrease in your checking accounts, 
remember that I did you a service. And it's not like you can stop me, anyway.

                                Yours sincerely,
                                        Erwin N.M. Wily

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Message: 32/7                      Posted        Author
Broadcasts                         Mon Feb 21    A Little Bird
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        Yeah. Those funky broadcasts last night? The ones with orchestral music 
in them? They were heard /all over the world/. Sure, it was only for a short 
time, but it still happened. And you -know- who it was. That crazy Deer chick 
and her final project. Guess it failed, though... 

        Speaking of that Whitetail, I hear her house got burnt down too. Some 
people have all the luck, and it's all -bad- luck. 

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Message: 32/8                      Posted        Author
Big Fake                           Fri Feb 25    A Little Bird
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Rumors abound on the internet, on the eve of GTSE, that a certain Dr. Gaudile's 
project was stolen from his much smarter, much more handsome ex-partner, Dr. 
Psyche. Debate follows, as well as flame wars.
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Message: 32/9                      Posted        Author
Rumors of Technology               Fri Feb 25    A Little Bird
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Rumor has it that things... Strange sorts of secretive plans are going on in 
the Okinawa region of Japan these days. But of course, this could very well 
just be a something like a statue being constructed being overblown by 
word-of-mouth. You never know...
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Message: 32/3                      Posted        Author
Mysterious Auction                 Tue Mar 08    A Little Bird
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Recently, just barely after the grudge match between the Neo Arcadian Alexander 
Wulf and the civilian sewer worker Sewage Shark, an object just surfaced on 
the Ebay website, reading: 

 DISEMBODIED REPLOID VOCODER W/ DIRTY JOKES - GREAT FOR PARTIES 
 Item location: Eurasia 
 Item Number: 8787358345632 
 Ships to: Worldwide 
 Description: Awesome vintage teddy bear with a reploid vocoder inside - 
constantly screaming death threats and 'your momma' jokes! Awe and amaze your 
friends and family! Bid now! Offer ends March 11, 2218! 

 Coincidence? Maybe.
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Message: 32/4                      Posted        Author
Thief for Hire?                    Wed Mar 09    A Little Bird
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Rumors have started running through circles about the mysterious M. It's said 
that M is the one that ganked all of Cappella's stuff. It's also said that M 
is the true greatest thief ever. But rumors as to who M is, what M looks like, 
and whether or not M really exsists are wide and varied. But one thing holds 
true, those wishing to hire M for the right price and the right amount of 
dedication to finding M, can hire M after going through a chain of contacts a 
mile long. 

<Interested? Contact Marino for details!>
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Message: 32/5                      Posted        Author
Weapons of Mass Destruction!!      Wed Mar 09    A Little Bird
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It's true!!

Somewhere. Somehow. Some way. There are weapons of mass destruction hiding 
within the most unlikely of places! No one has them, yet everyone has them. 
It's a secret to everybody!
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Message: 32/6                      Posted        Author
A New Company...                   Wed Mar 09    A Little Bird
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Recently, in the news and rumors sections of various gaming magazines, there 
have been reports of a new company being formed and aggressively acquiring 
programmers. This upstart, "Snowstorm," has taken some of the best members of 
all fields of game production and started work on a new project. So far, there 
is no real information about the company, who founded it, or what it is 
working on.

<OOC Questions can go to Magnet Man, IC questions can be written to your local 
gaming magazine.>
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Message: 32/1                      Posted        Author
Singles Freq. Opens                Sun Mar 20    A Little Bird
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Seems a small independent company by the name of Aphrodite Inc. has started a 
dating service for singles via internal radios. Apparently, after an online 
registration personal ads can be transmitted freely via a reserved frequency 
in order to arrange dates and such. Weird, huh? 

 <OOC: Contact Dash for details>
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Message: 32/2                      Posted        Author
Brothers in Tendrils               Sun Mar 20    A Little Bird
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Rumor has it that two brothers were seen in Rio recently. As the sun set, what 
looked like Launch Octopus and Bolt Kraken were apparently talking for quite a 
while. In the end, it looked like Kraken fainted, or maybe broke down crying 
while Octopus simply left. No one dared to get close enough to try and listen, 
though.
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Message: 32/3                      Posted        Author
Get Yours Today                    Sun Mar 20    A Little Bird
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A sound file has recently become available on a pay-per-download basis from the 
Iga Ministry of Defence. The page text describes the contents of the file, but 
you have to pay your $0.99 to get the actual sound byte.

SPIRIT System Core Unit transmits, "DIRECTOR FAIRCHILD'S THOUGHT PROCESS IS 
CURRENTLY TOO CONFUSED TO DECIPHER VERBAL COMMUNICATION."
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Message: 32/4                      Posted        Author
Giant Cockroaches!                 Mon Mar 21    A Little Bird
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A not so idle thing has begun to spring up around the scrapyards and recycling 
plants around the various countries. 

A minor invasion of large cockroaches, metallic but disgustingly realistic have 
begun to make themselves known. Sparse so far, but with a rather unpleasant 
projected growth potential, the large mechabugs have reportedly not caused a 
single injury, but the reported loss from raw scrap being eaten by the things 
is mounting. 

The few processors that have been cracked open seem to be simple receivers, the 
signal fluctuating between Japan and Torontreal.


(Questions, threats, wtf's to Junk Man)
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Message: 32/5                      Posted        Author
Underworld Rumblings               Mon Mar 21    A Little Bird
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        Word is throughout the murky criminal underworld that an anonymous 
organization has been sending its feelers out for the bounty hunter 'Dynamo', 
paying off informants for information as to his whereabouts. It's become 
apparent that a rather large, and secretive, spy network has begun looking for 
him, as the name 'Dynamo' has begun being whispered on the lips of many 
different people in many different areas, seemingly all at once. 

<OOC: @Mail Yosho Roshi with questions/actions.>
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Message: 32/6                      Posted        Author
One Must Fall                      Mon Mar 21    A Little Bird
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The latest rumor buzzing about is that there is an underground fighting circuit 
going on in various places across the globe. While this is nothing special in 
and of itself, the REAL kicker is that supposedly, the fighting is done with 
giant mech robots with various super powers! Sounds like something out of an 
old 20th Century computer game, doesn't it?

"Dat might esplain wheah all scrap is goin'," one New York scrap yard manager 
was heard saying in responce to these rumors. "Outside'a dah HUUUUUGE 
cockroaches that're munchin' my metal, I mean. Wonder if th' two're connected?"
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Message: 32/7                      Posted        Author
A Strange Fighter in Cairo         Tue Mar 22    A Little Bird
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        Last night, word on the street is that new fighter showed up in Cairo. 
The person carries around a katana, and wears a blue and black jacket. 
Sopposed to be very good with the katana. Walked into several underground 
fighting arenas, and fought, dominating most competition in a matter of 
seconds. On the back of his jacket, are the words "Fallen Heaven"

        Another part of the rumor is that he will spar or fight with anyone, 
and is looking for a dojo somewhere in the area. Its not sure what he wants, 
or why he's there. Maybe to challenge the dojo? Or is there other reasons?

(Contact Shinji Kawada for details.)
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Message: 32/8                      Posted        Author
The New Russian Army               Thu Mar 24    A Little Bird
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Rumor has it there's an organizing afoot for a 'new' Russian Army. Yeah, you 
heard me. Someone is going around, through the more...underground...channels, 
giving a call for all Russian Defense Force Officers and such to join a New 
Russian Army to take the country back and defend. And it gets better.

Apparently, it will have backing by /Repliforce/. Yeah. You heard me.
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Message: 32/9                      Posted        Author
On Newsstands Now                  Sat Mar 26    A Little Bird
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This months issue of 'Wide World News' everyone's favorite tabloid, has just 
hit news stands. Blaring in hold letters, 'The Hunters: Vigilante Defenders of 
the World, or Homosexual Love Cult?' along with 'Javelin's Twelve Tips to a 
Better Sex Life', and 'Sigma & Vile's Love Child Revealed'

Turning inside you'll find those stories then Crash Man's Column Pimpin' this 
month giving tips on how to dress, and which bars have the hottest chicks. 
Right next to it is an article by Rosa Mendez on Neo Arcadian fashion 
trends... winter looks are in... mix it with military... the hotest craze in 
Atzland. Dare you dig further? You come to 'Javelin-Hyenard Wedding: Is it 
Love or the Apocalypse?' all parties say 'Yes'. Then there's the obligatory 
'Star Droid Baby Channels the Ghost of Elvis' story followed by an article 
over Hollywood comtemplating banning celebrity marriages.

FULL PAGE SPREAD!!!!! Bullet Unleashed: Androids in Porn Today!

If you don't get stuck staring at the pictures in that last article you'll find 
'Interpol Conspiracy! Aliens Discovered in Command Structure!' which as usual 
never actually proves anything, and then a large pie chart on the next page 
with the heading 'Bass Merely Misunderstood, Says Survey'

Ahhh tabloids... what will they think of next.
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Message: 32/10                     Posted        Author
Iga Girls Double Their Fun!        Sun Mar 27    A Little Bird
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While not a headline, one of the more popular tabloids carries the following 
article:

For centuries teenage Japanese girls have shown a fondness for Yaoi, the act of 
male love. Judging by Doujinshi sale trends in the past decades their tastes 
have turned not only towards yaoi, but towards reploid yaoi. (Protoman <3 <3 
Rockman sold over 200 milion copies alone and is still widely sought after by 
collectors.) A noted trend has broken out among the schoolgirls of Iga 
Prefecture in Japan as the object of this obsession seems to currently be none 
other than Gemini Man. Rather than pair him with some of his brothers (as 
unsuccessful Doujinshi has attempted in the past with such pairings as Gemini 
Man and Snake Man or Crash man) it's now the 'in' thing for artists to draw 
the Wilybot as having relations with his holographic twin. Many fans proudly 
display babydoll t-shirts bearing 'Twincest is Best!' and chibi Gemini Man 
profiles making kissy-face with one another.
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Message: 32/11                     Posted        Author
Femini!                            Sun Mar 27    A Little Bird
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In the counter-tabloids.

If you don't like Yaoi, how 'bout Yuri!? Gemini Man may be Gemini Man, but 
change the G to an F and you get Femmini Man! These transgendered Twin-Lovers 
will Double-Team you if you're a Gemini...or a Femini! yourself!

Femini Action, the new tabloid 'manga' that is made exclusively in the US!

Is this a growing fad!?
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Message: 32/12                     Posted        Author
Director Fox... Skimming!?!        Sun Mar 27    A Little Bird
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There are rumors circulating in the business community that Dogstar Industries' 
Director Veil Fox, son of the owner of the company himself: Sirius Viper, is 
skimming off the top. There's no outward indication of this, however, the 
rumor says that Director Fox has made large cash withdraws from company 
accounts, and has made large purchases of various commodities, under false 
names, using company funds.



                <Contact Veil Fox for IC follow-up>
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Message: 32/13                     Posted        Author
Black-Market Purchases             Mon Mar 28    A Little Bird
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To those who have access to such rumors, it appears some 'wealthy someone' is 
purchasing weapons off the black market and cheap and high prices alike. This 
includes armor, in fact, as well as 'cybernetic upgrades'. The weapons have 
been shipped, but the upgrades seem to be put on hold...as if the purchaser 
were not ready yet.
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Message: 32/14                     Posted        Author
Free Healthcare??                  Mon Mar 28    A Little Bird
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A rumor, mostly uncirculated at this time but being mentioned more and more, 
seems to indicate somewhere in Japan a source of free healthcare for reploids 
and other robotic citizens. Although clouded by what appears to be an 
extensive disclaimer, the offer does seem somewhat open-ended, though details 
are sketchy.

Could it be a trap? In this day and age, is it really safe to say?

(OOC questions and comments to Junk Man)
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Message: 32/15                     Posted        Author
Strange Sightings                  Tue Mar 29    A Little Bird
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In recent days, there have been reports of small squads of Robot Master drones 
of all types from all across the globe. Not limited to land types such as Joes 
and Mets, reports also flood in of airborned and unerwater units. The 
sightings are not centered on any particular region, instead seeming to be 
random in distribution. Oddly, all the reports are very similar: The groups of 
drones were non-hostile, retreated if threatend and all appeared to be looking 
for someting quite intently. Nobody in the Master organization has offered 
comment, leaving the motive for this up to speculation.
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Message: 32/16                     Posted        Author
Theatre Gossip                     Tue Mar 29    A Little Bird
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        Theatre aficionados and those involved in the business, mostly in 
London but also here and there and other places too, will begin hearing things 
about Feste, infamous local actor and troublemaker extraordinaire. It would 
appear that he is endeavouring to put together a production of Shakespeare's 
"King Lear", or some kind of adaptation of it. The exact details of the 
production itself vary from straight-up traditional to hip modern redo + ad 
libbing, depending on who's talking.
        In any case, the Fool is especially making noise by not going about it 
in a traditional way at all. He has extended an open all-call for cast 
members, whether actors are on the underground circuit, professional, troupes, 
or whatever. Anybody who wants a crack at it can come. And besides -- if Feste 
is involved, you know it's at least going to be worth watching.
        Curiously enough, whenever under discussion, the topic of the play is 
nearly always followed by the rumor that Feste has a new patron, and it's one 
Glyde Loath. Longtime bystanders are reported to be unsurprised.

<OOC: Contact Feste if you're interested. Duh.>
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Message: 32/17                     Posted        Author
ZOMGERMANY                         Wed Mar 30    A Little Bird
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News of someone spreading little notes of love to German exiles is spreading. 
Of course, it might just be rumor, but you never know. What anybody wants with 
a bunch of angry Germans is anybody's guess, but it seems that the German 
exiles are moving, organizing, and getting together. Of course, most of this 
is happening on Eurasia, but what they are actual up to is in zipped lips.
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Message: 32/18                     Posted        Author
Colonel Conspiracy                 Fri Apr 01    A Little Bird
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Rumors of Colonel, Redips, Signas, and Nova all being the same person are 
filtering through the latest conspiracy theorist magazines. The main theory is 
that they are all, in fact, the same person. One never sees either of them 
together, and there isn't a Maverick one, suggesting that Colonel may just 
very well want to be on the winning side...or controlling the entire War 
behind the scenes.
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Message: 32/19                     Posted        Author
One Must Fall!, Part II            Sat Apr 02    A Little Bird
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Remember those rumours of underground fighting competitions involving gigantic 
robots beating the scrap out of one another from last month? The rumours are 
abound once again with the supposed sighting of one such robot. Said robot 
apparently looks like a huge mantis complete with scythe-like arms and four 
legs. This was supposedly spotted in the vicinity of Thai Land, just 
galavanting about. Weird.
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Message: 32/20                     Posted        Author
Online Auction                     Sun Apr 03    A Little Bird
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An interesting item has appeared on one of the more popular online auction 
sites... What could this thing be? Put up by one 'radredbomber' is Dust Man 
the bidding is furious as the price has topped out at thirty cents as of this 
morning.
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Message: 32/21                     Posted        Author
Janitor for Hire!                  Sun Apr 03    A Little Bird
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Posted up on various websites (including internet forums whose main contents 
are messages reading 'butts lmao'), and also posted around major cities is a 
message. It reads the following: 

 Janitor for Hire. 
 Any organization acceptable. Hard-working, easygoing, knows how to scrub 
around those annoying hard-to-reach corners, and also can clean up even the 
worst, most disgusting, horrific pigsty of a bathroom. Pay can be negotiated. 
 Tightbeam or email jaws@sawasteco.ca for more details/offers. 

 (Questions? Ask Sewage Shark, you slacker!)
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Message: 32/16                     Posted        Author
Satellite Purchased                Tue Apr 05    A Little Bird
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Rumor has it that an old broadcasting satellite has been purchased by an 
unknown source and is being refurbished. But no one knows just /why/.

(OOC: See Aegis for details)
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Message: 32/17                     Posted        Author
Secret Desert Facility...          Tue Apr 05    A Little Bird
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        There are whispers among residents of Aztlan, of a new area of desert 
in western Aztlan that's been cordoned off by the government, with no 
explanations given for aircraft restrictions in the area around the facility. 
This information circulates into various info-networks, becoming knowledge 
among organizations with spy-nets in Neo-Arcadia.

<OOC: @mail Heck with questions!>
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Message: 32/18                     Posted        Author
Ninja Training                     Tue Apr 05    A Little Bird
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        On the eastern seaboard, North Carolina has aquired a new martial arts 
school oddly named the "100 Feet Martial Arts Academy." Many people in this 
region have signed up for classes, but strange things occur after these 
reploids leave. Some say that a handfull of the reploids taking these lessons 
have dissapeared, or haven't been heard from in weeks. Others that regularly 
attend this acdemy are reported as acting strange, or different. What strange 
things are happening behind the scenes at this Martial Arts School? No one is 
quite sure.

(OOC Questions page or @mail Magna Centipede)
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Message: 32/19                     Posted        Author
. . . What?                        Wed Apr 06    A Little Bird
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        Rumor has it that Emperor Wily is embezzling funds from the Japanese 
Government, Star Man is actually in a relationship with one or several of his 
Robot Master brothers, Hard Man loves the classic sport of Golf, and Ballade 
and Enker are taking tango lessons to impress girls over in Repliforce. How 
fun is that? Of course, these are all most likely falsehoods, but hey. That's 
what the Daily Gazette is for.
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Message: 31/19                     Posted        Author
Slasher in Neo-Tokyo               Thu Apr 07    A Little Bird
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Last night, Underboss Hayamichi, the owner of the 'Black Ruby Nightclub' in 
Neo-Tokyo, a reputed Yakuza drug den, was attacked by what is reported to be a 
'ninja', who killed Underboss Hayamichi and then went on a rampage through 
Neo-Tokyo, killing at least three more Yakuza made men and underbosses in the 
Lower Nogaki before he finally halted, as well as at least a dozen kobun and 
thugs.

<OOC: @mail Yosho Roshi with questions.>
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Message: 31/20                     Posted        Author
New Upcoming Show                  Fri Apr 08    A Little Bird
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Theres a Rumor going around some obscure animation company is making a news 
Anime called "Mega Aerial Sky Battle Surpreme!" (Rough Japanese Translation) 
that features STORM OWL and STORM EAGLE as ultimately ripped off 'Chibi' 
versions of themseleves named "Air Turkey" and "Thunder Chicken" (Also, Rough 
japanesse Translations) in an EPIC Battle of Wits and Firepower to take the 
throne of "KING OF SKY!". Thought there have no been no reports or verfication 
from ANY Animation company, you can't help but wonder HOW good of a show this 
would really be.
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Message: 31/18                     Posted        Author
THE WORLD IS ENDING                Sat Apr 09    A Little Bird
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        The apocalypse is nigh! Dr. Light turned evil! The Sigma Virus is 
cured! Hell froze over! Flame Hyenard got marr--wait, that did happen. 

        And /now/ rumours are saying that the Deer ditched drinking. 

        What is the world -coming- to? 

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Message: 31/19                     Posted        Author
Financial weirdness                Sat Apr 09    A Little Bird
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In many areas around South America, various small harmless companies are 
reorganizing themselves, in some cases abruptly closing their doors - 
occasionally during the business day - and in other cases, former competitors 
suddenly combining operations in a particular region. This seems to affect 
import-export operations more than anything else, with repercussions in 
agricultural and security sectors.
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Message: 31/20                     Posted        Author
New Russian Army                   Sat Apr 09    A Little Bird
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Word spreads that the New Russian Army has begun to train-and hard. Camps, 
located somewhere in Russia, and protected by Repliforce, have begun to 
instruct the new force's recruits in assorted combat skills. Arms have begun 
to divert away from assorted locations, no doubt to supply these camps. A few 
people claim they swore seeing a Repliforce transport moving Ride Armors 
somewhere.

(OOC: Contact Crescent Grizzly for more Info)
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Message: 31/21                     Posted        Author
Criminal Emigration?               Sun Apr 10    A Little Bird
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All over Japan, people have reported thugs and goons simply picking up and 
leaving. Drug dealers, smugglers, thugs and goons, 'protection agents', 
bosozuku bikers, con-men and murderers, ninjon and mercenaries...The regular 
criminal faces people have seen about their cities and towns have begun an 
emigration by bus, train, biker herd, limosuine, or truck convey, to one 
place...Neo-Tokyo.

Local crime rates have dropped drastically, but a near panic is buzzing through 
Neo-Tokyo's underworld at the thought of so many hardened criminals flooding 
Neo-Tokyo's already thriving criminal environment. Business will be tight, 
certainly, and the citizenry will be under an iron thumb from nowhere and a 
watchful eye from the shadows.

Even some brothels, drug dens, chopshops, and other illegimate ventures 
operating under real facades have been shutdown, while real-estate rates in 
Neo-Tokyo are reported to be rising...Something is going on.

<OOC: Questions? @Mail Chet.>
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Message: 31/22                     Posted        Author
Hacker wanted.....                 Sun Apr 10    A Little Bird
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Theres a Rumor going around a good "Will do it for the right price Hacker" is 
needed for a very delicate job, with possible high payment if information 
extraction is succeded. A Untraceable, Aptly named E-mail is the only contact 
at "ThunderChicken@excite.com" ((OOC: Contact Storm Eagle for more information 
))
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Message: 31/20                     Posted        Author
Weekly Slander                     Tue Apr 12    A Little Bird
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 A gathering of clippings from the Weekly Slander, Truth And Fiction Mixed With 
Women 
 
 -- Evidence has come out from Aztlan that Elpizo is actually a clone of Ciel, 
given a mask and a more masculine body-look. The fact that he seems to hide 
half his face behind a mask is due to the fact that the cloning process failed 
miserably to keep half of the face fully intact. 
 
 -- Doctor Light is currently without a wife, and a certain person talked about 
potentially getting him one. Of course, this then resulted in a certain degree 
of tension and potential life threatening, and the issue vanished like magic. 
Everyone at the WS is of the belief that Doctor Light actually has a Wife at 
the moment, but is hiding her from the public. Who is it? Liese of course! 
 
 -- Information has started to sneak out from MavBerlin about a certain new 
viral weapon. Whether or not this is designed for usage in controlling other 
robots or merely screwing up computers is unknown and being kept silent. 
However, reports of Sigma's baldness having vanished and been replaced by a 
mullet continue to occur, and many people are known to be saying that the 
mullet makes Sigma look "Way Cool". 
 
 -- What was that sound, you ask? That was the sound of one Mrs. Hyenard 
yelling at Magma Dragoon in the middle of New York's streets! Eyewitnesses all 
say that Mrs. Hyenard's husband was beaten up for money, and that the woman 
was nearly on the verge of decking Magma. Love is in the air! 

<ooc: This insanity has been brought to you by Solstis Inc.>
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Message: 31/21                     Posted        Author
Okinawa Prefecture                 Tue Apr 12    A Little Bird
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Okinawa Prefecture'ss defenses have slowly begun to dissapear from sight in Iga 
Prefecture, with Dive Man's resignation. Wonder where they're all going?
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Message: 31/19                     Posted        Author
Okinawa Prefecture... again!       Wed Apr 13    A Little Bird
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        Some say the Robot Masters in the Okinawa Region are now scrambling to 
put up new defenses since the fall of the old rule. There have been sightings 
of a battered aqua-drone armada taking up place around the small island. 
Judging from the composition, it looks like the same one Bubble Man used to 
attack, along with Dive Man, the Hong Kong harbour. The drone armada doesn't 
look to be in the best of shape anymore after that engagement. Wonder if 
they'll be able to keep the island secure. 

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Message: 31/20                     Posted        Author
Opression Channel!                 Wed Apr 13    A Little Bird
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A new frequency has been heard to be rolling about, Opression Channel! This 
channel is dubbed by the owner 'where the cool people go'.

Frequency Number is slated to be 455455.

The purpose of the channel has yet to be determined, but 'being awesome' was 
one of the requirements.
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Message: 31/21                     Posted        Author
Fortress Neo-Tokyo                 Thu Apr 14    A Little Bird
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        Underworld sources have reported a massive gathering of organized crime 
in Neo-Tokyo, with many criminal markets around Japan left literally empty, 
with incompetent common criminals trying to take their place and high prices 
in their wake. The local populace describes an uneasy tension with the 
scumbags, hitmen, dealers, pimps, and 'businessmen' now populating Neo-Tokyo, 
with real-estate prices shooting through the roof and reported corporate 
extortion occuring in greater numbers. Yakuza security has been reported as 
being at the highest concentration ever, with the streets full of goons - 
openly and hidden - gathered especially in the Donachi Business District, near 
Skull Monument and Mikage International corporate offices. A stream of common 
opportunistic criminals, mercenaries, perverts, and addicts is flooding into 
Neo-Tokyo, causing crime rates to steadily rise and generating local problems 
between Yakuza customer bases and common citizens.

<OOC: Questions? @mail Chet.>
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Message: 31/20                     Posted        Author
Robot Master Good Deeds?!          Sun Apr 17    A Little Bird
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        A group of Robot Masters were reported to be filling in the crater left 
on Skydeck from the Barbecue a week ago and planting it with seeds. But... 
Robot Masters would /never/ do something good, so this can't be true.
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Message: 31/12                     Posted        Author
Lights in the Sky?                 Sun Apr 17    A Little Bird
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        Whispers of Neo-Arcadia studying alien craft have been reported among 
some of Aztlan's poorer and more superstitious peasants, although most locals 
agree that the lights in the sky at night near AREA 23 are really craft being 
tested by the Neo-Arcadian government...Reportedly, they're large and floating 
arrays of lights, although the facility is still off-limits, and the 
government refuses to comment on it.

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Message: 31/13                     Posted        Author
That's "Hamsterviel!!"             Mon Apr 18    A Little Bird
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        Sources say that former Prefect of Okinawa Prefecture, Dive Man, is now 
called "Mr. Dr. Hamsterviel, Jr." and lives inside a giant, plastic hamster 
ball. Of course, how much of these rumours are true, if any, has yet to be 
determined.
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Message: 31/14                     Posted        Author
Weekly Slander                     Tue Apr 19    A Little Bird
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 A gathering of clippings from the Weekly Slander, Lies and Facts Tainted With 
Intelligence. 

 -- Steel 'Cavallo' Massimo and Marino have married! Their wedding was held in 
secret, and they are attempting to keep it completely hush-hush...but it's all 
true! *Insert horribly doctored images here* 

 -- Reports of one Dr. Matthews being assaulted by a certain mean person and 
then helped by Dr. Doppler abound! People are all saying that those two are 
becoming a couple, and Doppler wants to slowly turn her into his Borg Queen. 

 -- Maverick Hunter Glaive is wanted in some areas for hugging! It seems that 
his brash and offensive way of talking to deadly people has caused a certain 
amount of women to swoon at the mere sight of him. *Image of a woman kissing a 
cardboard cutout of Glaive* 

 -- Vindictas Virus? Who cares about that? Reports are coming out of Japan 
about a Yuri Virus that threatens to take over the country itself! People are 
scrambling as hard as they can to deal with it, but all eyes are toward Skull 
Monument and the one occupant known only as Number Man. 

 OOC: Solstis I is!
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Message: 31/15                     Posted        Author
Mogul Media...                     Tue Apr 19    A Little Bird
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A firm located in Yamoussourko, capital of the Ivory Coast, has begun 
recruiting top programming and video game talent, as well as marketing people. 
The company is owned by the Union of African Corporations, a MegaCorp that has 
recently parted ways with Mikage International after a scandal, and is 
reportedly offering top zenny as well as swank luxury condominiums to all its 
employees. 

<OOC: Questions? @mail Chet.>
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Message: 31/16                     Posted        Author
Jakob Village?                     Tue Apr 19    A Little Bird
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 (Weird Gameplayer #1) - "Hey, did you hear about the new place in the Pacific 
Rim System? It's some odd little village that just popped up out of nowhere!" 
 (WG #2) - "Seriously? What's it like?" 
 (WG #1) - "It's a nifty old place, all knights and sorcery style look and 
friendly NPC's...but that isn't all! You won't believe what I saw!" 
 (WG #2) - "What?" 
 (WG #1) - "Some idiot hacker tried to mess with the village and all the 
townspeople turned into monsters and ripped him apart! It was awesome! It's a 
hacker-free area! A lot of people are going there to get away from all the 
cheaters." 
 (WG #2) - "Wtfroflbbqsauce alright! Let's hang out there after we're done 
here!"
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Message: 31/17                     Posted        Author
New video game...                  Fri Apr 22    A Little Bird
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'Mogul Media', a new startup entertainment company in the Ivory Coast and 
featuring top-programmers from all over the world, has announced the creation 
of a new game, 'Street Samurai'.

"This game will fully rendered Neo-Tokyo, with inhabitents and a realistic 
economy, simulating daily activities. Play a young street warrior, taking up 
the Way of the Sword or the Way of the Gun, and mastering various Arts so you 
may teach others. Fight for the police, build your own criminal empire, become 
a vigilante or mercenary, or enforce honor in your neighborhood to drive crime 
out! Featuring a variable storyline, fully customizable character appearance 
and skills, cybernetic upgrades and business contracts, Street Samurai allows 
you to fight for justice or crime, or to walk the line in-between. Moral 
decisions and character skill decisions shape each game and promise uniqueness 
and high replay value. Slated for release in December of 2218. Rule the 
Streets!

<OOC: Questions? @mail Chet.>
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Message: 31/18                     Posted        Author
Anthropological News!              Sat Apr 23    A Little Bird
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<Blurb from a anthropological journal complete with pictures>
Dr. Selezaro del Bramah has made a ground breaking discovery. While surveying 
an island in the Indian ocean he discovered the remains of what appears to be 
a statue of a fertility god deep in the jungle, it matches nothing else the 
world over.

<Insert picture of a seven foot tall statue brimming with muscle, however two 
things are very noticeable about it... one being that the face looks a -lot- 
like a the robot master Crash Man, and the other is the statue's overly 
adequate endowments...>

        Dr. Bramah's is being lauded the world over, and the doctor hoping to 
find more artifacts from the perhaps long undiscovered tribe that the statue 
is connected to. Currently the statue is being studied further, but 
holographic copies may be purchased from the World Anthropological Society.
<Oh look another article... they've discovered the missing link again... maybe 
they've got it right this time...>
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Message: 31/19                     Posted        Author
Attack Without Mercy!              Sat Apr 23    A Little Bird
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        A new poster can be seen in some London cafes as of late... On it lies 
pictures of Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, Sigma, Dr. Wily, and what appears to be 
some overly-cute video game character from the 90's that looks like a yellow 
mouse with a lightning bolt for a tail. Below that reads the following.

   "Nothing in this world is more surprising than the ATTACK WITHOUT MERCY."
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Message: 31/20                     Posted        Author
Underworld Rumors                  Sat Apr 23    A Little Bird
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        The crimanal underworld has been buzzing lately after the ambush that 
the Yakuza performed earlier in the week. Especially in regards to the 
mysterious Zangetsu, who perform on a level that made many bosses in the 
underworld take a big notice of. Rumor has it that he fought 2 striders and a 
Power Armor before having to retreat. One strider was forced into retreating, 
and the Power Armor took considerable damage before Zangetsu was forced to 
retreat by the enterence of the second Strider. Many underworld bosses are 
looking for Zangetsu to offer high pay jobs to, but he seems to be very 
difficult to track.

        Another rumor going around is about this Shinji Kawada person being a 
demonic martial arts master person. Sopposedly, he works as a cook at a small 
oden bar that is worked by a father-daughter duo with him working in the back. 
Rumor has it that he was somebody who stood up to the Yakuza protection 
collectors, breaking the hand of one. This forced an enforcer to come down for 
a chat...in which, another collector had his arm broken. Now the place seems 
to be on the left alone list for collectors. Some bosses are argueing that 
this Shinji needs to be taught some respect, and they want Zangetsu to be the 
one to do it.

        And the last rumor is that of the mysterious fighter from a few weeks 
past. He resurfaced a few times, and apparently is the cook of the oden bar, 
Shinji Kawada. This seems to making Shinji's name rise even higher on hit 
lists, as it seems he's faced some highly named people in fights and won. One 
being the famous Dr. Light. Shinji is also known for putting his life in 
danger to help rescue animals and people during the firebombing of Anchorage a 
short time ago. The underworld bosses want him...to dissappear...perminently, 
and they look to what many of them see as being one of the best fighters in 
the underworld, Zangetsu, to do it.
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Message: 31/1                      Posted        Author
Fire in the Sky!                   Sun Apr 24    A Little Bird
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        Aztlan peasant rumors of lights in the sky have increased to report 
great explosions, loud rumbles, and loud shrieks. Most peasants agree that 
these are the sounds of large weaponry being used, although rumors of an 
alliance between President Elpizo and Extraterrestrials remains.

<OOC: @mail Heck with questions.>
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Message: 31/2 (timeout warning)    Posted        Author
Latest NA Propaganda!              Sun Apr 24    A Little Bird
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There are many posters appearing in many of the Pro-Human establishments in 
cities all over the world. The poster is an obvious propaganda poster. You can 
definately find one of these in Neo Arcadia.    
 
The Poster is that of the Aztlan Propaganda Child, Alouette sitting in a 
battlefield, crying her eyes out. The bodies of hundred are all around her.. 
but the main center is that a large Reploid that has the symbols ~*RF*~ on the 
visible arm, and he is currently stepping on Alouette's signature doll, 
'Kitty'. There is also a gun aimed at Alouette.         
 
The words on the bottom of the poster:   
 
        WILL YOU ALLOW YOUR CHILDREN TO BE STEPPED UPON BY THE MACHINES? 

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Message: 31/3                      Posted        Author
Grand Hell Knight                  Sun Apr 24    A Little Bird
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In one of the many MMORPGs of the Pacific Rim System... 
 
<eliteblade566> ZOMG!!! wut the @#$& happen in teh castle of mor'shan the 
obscure? I got pwnd!!11 
<wolfz> hahaha, u n00b! you didn't listen to the GM! 
<eliteblade566> wut? 
<rayine> A GM was saying not to go to that place. There's an infestation of 
Grand Hell Knight boss monsters and lot of lag. 
<eliteblade566> @#$& 
<Annie> Aw, man. I wanted to go kill the Redips Tnaig miniboss! 
<rincewind> They say Skull Man attacked, or somethin' 
<kawaiiKiTTy> ahaha, I remember. itachipwnz asked that GM for zenny while he 
was skpeaking and got starblasted three times 
<itachipwnz> :(
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Message: 31/4                      Posted        Author
Strange things in NA               Wed Apr 27    A Little Bird
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Numerous weird things happening recently have sent the local rumor mill working 
overtime. It seems for starters that there's a water saboteur! Water 
malfunctions from showers turning on by themselves, temperatures changing 
without reason, flooding, and water shutting off completely have been 
reported. All experts agree this is clearly a conscious effort to cripple NA's 
morale. But rumors go on to say that in these times of hardships, romance 
blooms inside Mexico. Their very own Guardian Umbra and Doctor Lafayette have 
fallen in love! Reliable sources claim the two of them were spotted leaving 
President Elpizo's office no less in various states of undress after being 
discovered by Elpizo having a secret rendevouz there. Shocking! Finally, giant 
electric rats have infested the air ducts of Neo Arcadia's base. Nobody has 
gotten a good look at them, but people have heard them and evidence of their 
passage is noticed by electrical discharges through the ventilation system. It 
is truly one of the more eventful weeks in Neo Arcadia. 

<OOC: Don't you wish you were in whatever scene could have inspired such rumors?>
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Message: 31/5                      Posted        Author
New Troubleshooter                 Thu Apr 28    A Little Bird
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        Circulating through the rumor mills in a lot of back alley bars, 
corporate boardrooms, and several different levels of criminal circuits have 
been rumors of a new troubleshooter. The general trend of the conversation 
goes like so: 

"I'm telling you, he's not just hype. He's dedicated to whatever he's hired for 
and as efficient as possible." 
"He was in prison! Jeez, James, what are you thinking?" 
"So? You saw him, he's as big as they come and he's gotta have some contacts 
that could take care of problems as they arise. Besides, Interpol never 
would've let him out if he did anything serious." 
"You said he was smart?" 
"Smart as they come. He knows his stuff and if it's possible to get in 
somewhere, he'll find a way." 
"Fine. You give this... This Borzakov a call back. Tell him we'll hire him for 
a trial run." 
"This is the right way to do it, boss. I'll show ya!" 

        Everyone that talks about his services knows how to contact him and 
most are more than willing to give out his telecom number. Page/2way/@mail 
Grisha with inquiries for information/hiring.
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Message: 31/6                      Posted        Author
A Hit                              Sat Apr 30    A Little Bird
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        Someone in the underworld has put a half million zenny bounty on Skull 
Man's processor. The word spread in Neo-Tokyo first, before bouncing from 
cell-card to cell-card throughout the criminal underworld - particularly those 
with links to organized crime and the nearly omnipresent Japanese Mafia.
 

<OOC: Inquire with Chet to collect your reward.>
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Message: 31/7                      Posted        Author
Monster In The Jungle?             Sat Apr 30    A Little Bird
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        Rumors have been spreading around that something has killed at least 
one, possibly more, Repliforce soldiers on the Neo Arcadian front. However, 
more disturbing are the reports that the victim or victims were partially 
eaten when found.

        (Talk to Marius Radulescu for more information.)
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Message: 31/8                      Posted        Author
One Must Fall: Battlegrounds       Sun May 01    A Little Bird
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This clip was found in an editorial of a newspaper in Oregon some place.

"Some of you might remember rumours of giant fighting robots from a while back. 
Well, these rumours are just that! Rumours! There is no ring of international 
robot fighters. There are no giant constructs made for robot fighting! There 
is no prize to the person who can knock Nevar from his pedestal. And there are 
CERTAINLY no conspiracies, advanced AI programs, genetic experiments driving 
mechs, or anything like that!"

This rumor is signed by some calling himself Mr. Shirt Rinse Guilty. Odd name, 
that.
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Message: 31/9                      Posted        Author
Repliforce Propaganda              Mon May 02    A Little Bird
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        As seen in shopping malls near you. 

        "Ma'am, have you ever given any thought to serving in the Repliforce? 
Enlistment bonus is 15,000 zenny for a two year tour of duty. Now contrary to 
popular belief, there's a very good chance you won't be sent off to war, 
ma'am. We're looking for skills and trades of all sorts. What's that, ma'am? 
No, our casualty rates are below 1%." 

        "If I may ask, ma'am, what's your primary function? Mathematics 
calculations and trajectory plotting? That's fantastic. A good buddy of mine 
was programmed similarly. He's now the chief pilot of the Fortress V battle 
platform. A hell of a guy. He says with the training he's received in 
engineering and computer programming he's going to be able to start up his own 
business after his tour of duty is over." 

        "Well that's not a problem, ma'am. Repliforce basic training includes 
full weapons upgrades and programming. Even though you might never see combat 
you're well equipped should it occur. Have a look at these brochures, ma'am. 
Perhaps you'll see an area of expertise that interests you. How many years are 
you looking to serve, ma'am? That's fantastic. Contact information is on the 
back of the brochure. It was an honour to meet you, and I hope to see you 
uniform. Have a nice day now." 

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Message: 31/10                     Posted        Author
Iga Prefecture Rumor               Tue May 03    A Little Bird
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There seems to be a rumor going around Iga Prefecture that the Shogunate has 
taken control of a warehouse area in Osaka for a top secret experiment. People 
who are somewhat more in-the-know mention an area where Master drone 
concentration is higher than normal, but no one knows what precisely may be 
under construction there.

(Bother Gemini Man if you desire investigation or more details.)
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Message: 31/11                     Posted        Author
Kidnapping?                        Wed May 04    A Little Bird
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<A picture taken of the cover of a Magazine> 

<At the top, a picture of Skull Man with a crudely drawn bag over his head and 
a circle drawn around him.>
The caption reads:

        "Rumor has it that a small group of people have grown increasingly 
tiresome of hearing Skull Man's hollow threats on the radio. Some say that 
this group has even plotted on tracking his radio signal to his location and 
"Kidnapping" him. Ofcourse they wouldn't ransom any money, nobody would pay 
for him."
More on page 3D
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Message: 31/12                     Posted        Author
Central America/Aztlan Rumors      Thu May 05    A Little Bird
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        <Overheard in various bars and shady dives throughout Central America 
and Aztlan, moving quickly northwest from the Central American Jungles> 

"Yo man. You hear about El Gringo Loco?" 
"I hear 'bout lots of nutty gringos everyday. Why's this one all capitalized 
'n' ****?" 
"He's more blanco than a ghost, amigo. And he's always yelling about The Man 
and oppression of his people, man. He's like some hippie from the 20th century 
or some crap." 
"Maybe you just had a few too many, Paco." 
"Nah, man. Seriously. Just ask Luis! He was there. He saw 'im. He heard 'im! 
The guy's bat**** loco, man. I heard from some guys next town north, they 
think he's headed for the Baja. They say he was ranting about the waves and 
bums that wouldn't do jack to stop the Man." 
"Yeah? Well maybe he'll get taken out back and shot by them Neo Arcadians up in 
Mexico when they realize he's looney tunes." 
"I dunno, man. I tell you what, though. He's bat**** loco." 
"Whatever. Now, y'gonna pay for your cerveza or what, Paco?" 

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Message: 31/13                     Posted        Author
European Idiot?                    Thu May 05    A Little Bird
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 A rumor is starting to go about that someone killed off a band of idiotic 
little robotic morons that tried to rob him. That someone is also said to be 
carrying lots of guns, and to be semi-lost. 

 Will you be one of the wonderful people who meets up with him in his random 
wanderings? WILL YOU? 

 (OOC: Chris Mainards for the win!)
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Message: 31/14                     Posted        Author
Streets of Neo-Tokyo...            Fri May 06    A Little Bird
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There have been less street urchins about on the streets of Neo-Tokyo, and 
there have been whispers of men in black vans coming to take homeless children.

<OOC: Contact Chet to investigate.>
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Message: 31/15                     Posted        Author
Streets of Neo-T Pt.2              Fri May 06    A Little Bird
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Sometime late during the night, there was a car accident. A black van. 
Investigators on the scene looked through the wreckage, and didn't find any 
bodies. They searched the area, and found the bodies in the ally near the 
crash site. All the bodies but one, a sole survivor, were viciously sliced. 
The investigators question the man, and this was his statement.

        "An oni. A red eyed oni with a katana. Hands with bloody lotus flowers 
burning bright on the back of the hands. He dissappeared, and reappeared, 
cutting them. Slicing them open. They tried shooting him, swore they hit the 
oni...yet he kept coming..."

        The man had a heart attack soon after that. Investigators also found a 
white lotus flower there, along with a few homeless children hundled together 
around what appeared to be 50,000 zenny. Needless to say, investigators are 
baffle as to what happend.
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Message: 31/16                     Posted        Author
Aztlan Thefts                      Sat May 07    A Little Bird
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<Overheard in some bars in the northwestern outskirts of Aztlan.> 

        "Paquito! Why so glum, man?" 
        "You remember that old hovertruck on my property?" 
        "The scrapheap loaded down with scrap metal?" 
        "Yeah, man. It got stolen last night." 
        "That's weird man. That's real weird. Javier said someone stole a bunch 
of tools from him last night too. Mostly welding supplies and ****, man." 
        "Yeah and Tomas, you remember Tomas? He said a dozen or more of those 
old oil drums he keeps for burning up diseased animals got stolen." 
        "We got a poltergeist man. This is bad mojo." 
        "Poltergeist? Fah! 's probably one of the old gangs de banditos trying 
to get restarted." 

<And that's the end of useful conversation as they start arguing for a few 
hours over poltergeists and gangers.> 
<OOC: If you didn't realize that questions go to Bolero yet, then consider 
yourself well informed now. ^_^>
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Sorry, missed some posts here.

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Message: 31/1                      Posted        Author
Odd Questions                      Thu May 19    A Little Bird
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Lately, someone has been discreetly offering rewards for information on 
Reploid designers, builders, and owners in Ireland, deceased or alive. The 
same person has, so far, only been known as someone in a black, hooded cloak, 
using fear tactics against those who haven't given the information he wants. 
 <OOC: Contact Skull Man for details>
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Message: 31/2                      Posted        Author
Legion.                            Mon May 23    A Little Bird
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Virus busters everywhere would notice upon scanning various types of viruses 
that wander around the Cyberworld a file weaved into their programming and 
attached to them.

        Legion.DAT

Doesn't mean much if you crack the file open, really, but it's an odd thing to 
be attached to a virus don't you think?

(Contact Higgles for more information.)
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Message: 31/3                      Posted        Author
Lawsuit A Go Go!                   Wed May 25    A Little Bird
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According to inside sources, Light Labs has been interviewing the greatist evil 
facing the future. 

Entertainment Lawyers. 

Dun dun DUN.
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Message: 31/4                      Posted        Author
LiveJournal                        Thu May 26    A Little Bird
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Conscientious bloggers will notice a new LiveJournal on the internet. The 
username is blueroyal. It was only just created today, but there are about two 
dozen entries about how life is pain and existence is meaningless and unfair.

They are all signed with a large flowery script K.
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Message: 31/5                      Posted        Author
Word in Texas...                   Fri May 27    A Little Bird
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        The only major gang rivalling Los Dragones, El Vagos, has been pushed 
out of Houston and Austin. Los Dragones now controls crime in at least four 
major Texan cities, and has been terrorizing law enforcement in municipul 
rural counties in an effort to stop them from prosecuting Dragones members. 
Texas has commissioned a full-fledged Rangers task-force to fight them, 
although they have taken the liberty of contacting other law enforcement 
organizations to help stop the spread of crime. This recent explosion is due 
to an explosion of assault weapons that have fallen into Dragones hands, 
rumored to be from across the border to the north. Could the Hell's Angels be 
involved?

<OOC: Contact Chet.>
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Message: 31/6                      Posted        Author
Propaganda?                        Sat May 28    A Little Bird
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        Latin-American television was the same as usual, with the usual bad 
soap operas, bizarre game shows, and various other things that commonly show 
up on TV. Lately, however, a rather tense commercial has begun airing on 
Latin-American television channels, with a single purpose in mind...

        The setting: A Central American city. Seasoned world travelers would 
easily recognize the city to be San Josť, El Salvador. Within the streets of 
San Josť, a young mink-looking Reploid innocently walks across the pavement, 
minding her own business. That is, until a nasty-looking duo of humans comes 
along, looking clearly like a pair of Enhanced Humans. The first is an 
unusually-large man with insanely-huge muscles, wearing nothing except tattoos 
and a pair of blue jeans; and the other has cybernetic implants (one of 
Orion's cyborgs?,) although his human appearance remains, one of his most 
distinguishing features being a red patterned wristband. Both of them are of 
Latino complexion. They bump into the Reploid, who looks up at them 
frightened, and dialog occurs -- all of which is in Spanish / Castilian or 
Portuguese (depending on the country this is viewed in.) The dialog, 
translated into English in this text with equivalent accents, goes as 
follows...
        "Heh heh, lookit dis dumbass toasta' hea'... What's a useless tool like 
ya' doin' walkin' on /our/ ta'f?"
        "Yeah. Get yer dinky metal ass outta this place, /junke',/ or we're 
gonna rip ye' to /pieces./"
        The mink brings her hands to her mouth and stumbles back wearily.
        "No! You can't take away my right to be here! I was born in this 
country!"
        The cyborg spits on the mink.
        "...Yer defective. Waste 'er!"
        The two E-Humans converge upon the Reploid and begin to beat her within 
an inch of her life. Eventually, a female human of Latino complexion with a 
purple necklace appears on the screen, and when she sees the carnage going on, 
she gasps, and holds out a hand, pleading to the men.
        "Please, no! Don't kill that Reploid! She's a person just like us!"
        At this, the gigantic man turns, and begins to walk toward her.
        "Only in th' eyes o' a sympathiza' like /you./"
        Once he gets close, the man starts beating on the /human/ girl, while 
his friend beats on the Reploid. After a minute or so of harrowing footage, 
the scene abruptly turns black. A second later, white Spanish / Castilian text 
(translated into Portuguese in the Brazilian version) begins to appear on the 
screen, voiced out by a narrator (shown here translated into English.)

        What is the true message of the nation of Aztlan?

        Do you truly want this way of life?

        The text fades out, and more white Spanish / Castilian text (Portuguese 
in the Brazilian version) appears, voiced by the same man.

        Support the Repliforce:
        Fighting injustice in the world everywhere.

        End commercial.

(Questions via page or @mail should be directed to Assault Kangaroo.)
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Message: 31/7                      Posted        Author
Fortress of Duckitude              Tue May 31    A Little Bird
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Heard on Internet Marathon Chat.

co0lthang> i heard matrixduck is reconstructing his fortress of duckitude.
leet>o rly?
co0lthang>y. people say it will be bigger and better than the old one
sweetgurl> lol
leet> wait.
leet> when did he have one bfore
co0lthang> duno, its what I heard
leet> o
co0lthang> y. 

(Questions to Scientaur Pladyroo.)
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More posts missed here.

================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/1                      Posted        Author
Indonesia: War on the Zaibatsu!    Sun Jun 05    A Little Bird
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After a brutal gang war in Jakarta, criminal factions in Timor, Java, and 
Sumatra have openly declared war on the Zaibatsu, for their own preservation. 
Although there have been no attacks in Jakarta, several suspected enclaves 
have come under attack throughout the islands, and massive arms deals with 
non-Yakuza-aligned groups (the Zaibatsu have long been Yakuza allies) have 
been reported. It seems smugglers, druglords, and gang leaders are gearing up 
for war with the Zaibatsu, who are expected to expand beyond Jakarta once 
their hold has been established. A series of assassinations has been rumored 
after the killing of many top Jakarta underworld players in the warehouse 
blast that fueled the gang-war, and any major player in their right mind has 
left Jakarta, creating a vacuum of power in Jakarta's capitol city. There are 
also rumors of a secret deal between the Zaibatsu and the Indonesian 
government, promising no violence in exchange for protection from the police, 
although the government has denied this rumor up and down.

Real estate rates in Jakarta are on the rise, as are rumors of brothels 
replacing streetwalkers and drug-dens replacing street dealers. It appears the 
Zaibatsu are making crime in Jakarta safer and more efficient - which may or 
may not be a good thing. Rumors of a mysterious 'Director of the Zaibatsu' 
figure loom on the horizon.

<OOC: Chet has initiated a criminal takeover of Indonesia from independent 
gangs and players there. @Mail for details - there's lots of room for busts 
and intrigue here, since the Zaibatsu/Yakuza's hold is still fresh.>
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Message: 31/2                      Posted        Author
New Fighter Debuts...              Mon Jun 06    A Little Bird
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Rumors of Yakuza pitfighting clubs have always permeated Neo-Tokyo, a reality 
amongst the rich and corrupt. However, there's been a recent development...A 
new fighter, named 'The Maniac', has debut'd at The Fight Pit located 
somewhere under the Nogaki. This 'Maniac' is rumored to be a vicious cyborg 
fighter, much faster than the others. He laughs like a lunatic and rants while 
he fights, and is never seen outside of the Fight Pit...Who knows what the 
story behind him is...

<OOC: Questions? @mail Chet.>
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================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/3                      Posted        Author
VRA? Money? Ooo                    Mon Jun 06    A Little Bird
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 A notice has appeared on various boards around the wonderful cyberspace about 
someone seeking information on Virtual Ride Armors(Or something akin to them). 
Information requests are also followed by directions on where to send the 
information to, and images of the VRA in question(Birdsong), as well as 
information on the location of it and who holds the knowledge of how it all 
works. 

 (OOC: Solstis will gain the knowledge for the Maverick cause! FEAR!)
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Message: 31/4                      Posted        Author
The Maniac...Defeated?             Mon Jun 06    A Little Bird
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        Tonight, spectators were shocked to see the champion fighter 'The 
Maniac', defeated after a brutal battle with a rogue Strider by the name of 
'Midnight Wind', claiming membership to the Uesugi Clan. He was even audacious 
enough to call out a Yakuza heavyhitter there for a fight if he ever shows up 
again - he probably won't, given how the Yakuza can bear a grudge. But the 
audience is clamoring for another appearance.

<OOC: @mail Chet or Shinji with questions.>
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Message: 31/5                      Posted        Author
The Sun Bandits                    Tue Jun 07    A Little Bird
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In some Middle Eastern countries, there's a rumor that the Sun Bandits are 
being funded by the Tiamat Oil. Just about everything doesn't believe in it, 
though. Still, the rumor starters in the 'underground' insist it's true. 

<OOC: Interested in investigating this rumor? Contact Flame Man.>
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================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/6                      Posted        Author
New Restaurant?                    Thu Jun 09    A Little Bird
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There have been rumors going around about a Maverick opening up a restaurant in 
San An. Right now there appears to be some building going on the confirm this, 
but the owner is not known. Some say that this is what the recently defected 
Maverick Glaive was referring to, and some are skeptical...however, San 
Angeles officals assured that the virus would be contained and there would be 
no ill effects of the virus spreading. This shop would be placed under heavier 
scrutiny then most.. 

Also, this new places seems to be hiring cooks, wait staff, and other 
positions. 

<Questions to Glaive>
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Message: 31/7                      Posted        Author
Everything Zen...                  Fri Jun 10    A Little Bird
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The word on the streets of Neo-Tokyo is that Zen is where it's at. It gets you 
high, then carries you down nice and slow. The feeling of euphoria is like 
nothing anyone's ever felt before, and it makes music tingle inside your face. 
It's popular at clubs and with users at home...No one's found any bad side 
effects yet. Most junkies are switching over readily, and crime rates among 
crackheads have been down, since they're chilling out...

<OOC: @mail Chet with inquiries.>
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Message: 31/8                      Posted        Author
Satellite Photography...           Fri Jun 10    A Little Bird
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...shows training camps of some nature in the Australian outback. Rumors 
persist of Reploids around the world being recruited to the Australian 
People's Front, an economic action movement - militias are being formed in the 
outback.

<OOC: Questions? @mail Chet.>
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Message: 31/9                      Posted        Author
Media Mogul Masterpiece            Sun Jun 12    A Little Bird
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Rumors about Alia and Liese have sprang up since the kiss last night on 
national TV while they where in Berlin. Major magazines and some two bit 
newspapers have been claiming pictures which doesn't just emulate the kiss, 
but goes as far to show them as being a couple, and even one that looks to 
show relations, with two shadows behind a closed curtain in which looks to be 
a part of the tower of light. The pictures seemingly distributed by an unknown 
source, usually making the deals online. The only source the avatar leaves is 
a single ring to each of the clients he has made. Rumors have spread about 
Alia and Liese being good friends, great lovers, and some even hinting towards 
a wedding in the future. 

<OOC: Questions? @mail Ring Man.>
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================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/10                     Posted        Author
Repliforce Propaganda              Mon Jun 13    A Little Bird
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REPLIFORCE Shall Prevail!

Make no Mistake Citizens, Repliforce is winning this war against the sinister 
intents of that which is the group known as Neo Arcadia! This group does not 
only pose a threat to peaceful existance of Reploid Life, but to peaceful 
existance with all Human life.

Of course, you need not be a member of Repliforce to help with this Noble 
cause! Many Brave souls are fighting on the front, away from thier homes and 
familes! **Follows is footage of a Repliforce Base camp with Reploids busy. 
Enjoying a bit of "Break time" outside thier tents. Some reading letters** 
Start a letter writing campagin in your local schools and write to our troops! 
Let them know you support them in this fight for Justice! Start a donation 
drive for care packages! Things such as Video Chips, Music Data Disks and Dry 
Goods are happily accepted at local pick-up points! *picture of what could 
very well be YOUR local Grocery store with a "We Support the Fight for 
Repliforce!" basket for Donations for Care Packages.

You can also help by donating fuel to the cause! While there is no fuel Crisis, 
Reploids require such substances to adaquatlely survive in such harsh 
conditions! Over usage and a temporary shortage might occur if not kept in 
check over a long period of time! Instead of Putting that gas in your Hover 
Car, Send a tank over to a Repliforce Donation Container at your local Gas 
Stations. *picture of Gas Station here with such a tank* Remember,when you 
Drive on a full tank, you Drive with Elpizo! **Scenes from an Epic Recent 
battle are displayed were Repliforce had destroyed a supply depot and driven 
away the Sentinel-1 are displayed from a distance** We are slowly gaining 
ground! Close to the heart of Neo-Arcadia! We are Repliforce, and we Will 
Previal!

**The Advertisment ends with a banner waving in the background on a blue sky. 
the Banner has the Repliforce Emblem on it as Victorious music fades off and 
the ad ends back to your regular program AFTER a breif message in text on how 
to contact your local Repliforce recruiter!**
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Message: 31/11                     Posted        Author
The Greatest Hit of All Time       Tue Jun 14    A Little Bird
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<Word has circulated through underworld channels...>

"Interpol's 'Most Wanted Man', former CFO Rajura Doji and former Yakuza 
Wakagashira, has had a hit put out on his head by none other than the Yakuza 
themselves. The bounty is in the form of a ridiculously huge one hundred 
million zenny, with the stipulation that he must be brought in dead, with some 
form of identification - dental records or an intact hand for fingerprinting - 
to identify him as Mr. Doji.

<OOC: @mail Chet with questions.>
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Message: 31/12                     Posted        Author
The Asian Families...              Wed Jun 15    A Little Bird
------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Word has circulated throughout the Asian Families - The Yakuza, Triads, and 
Zaibatsu - that one of the Kumichou's best Shadow Hunters has been placing new 
'advisors' in the midsts of the Oyabuns, Bosses, CEOs and Red Pols, to make 
sure the families obey the bottom line of their mysterious employers. Their 
purpose is unclear, although it certainly has something to do with the 
breakaway of former Wakagashira Rajura Doji.

OOC: @mail Chet with questions.
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================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/13                     Posted        Author
Zaibatsu Move into Timor           Fri Jun 17    A Little Bird
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With the deaths of the leader of the Red Tong Syndicate, once the dominant 
underworld power on the isle of Timor, many Triads have had no choice but to 
pledge allegiance to the Indonesian Zaibatsu, and their mysterious 'Director'.

<OOC: Questions? @mail Chet.>
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Message: 31/14                     Posted        Author
Neo Arcadian Propaganda            Fri Jun 17    A Little Bird
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         
<A commerical shown on various stations>         
 
An image of the Repliforce Insignia comes on. It looks as though it might be 
another 'Support RF' spiel. The insignia fades away in the backgroun to play a 
very upbeat music, and a narrator comes on. It has a very distinct voice, but 
it can't be identified at the time.     
 
"Repliforce has a long history of protecting the world. Saving those in need, 
and giving basic aid to those countries who require it. They have claimed to 
have provided a promising and peaceful end to this war. An earth to return to 
in the end. Those who support Repliforce end up with their star officers, 
Wreck Brahma, and Barrage Raptor." Images of the two 'star officers appear 
with their names underneath.    
 
Barrage Raptor: CO of Repliforce Marine core. One of the most hardhitting 
officers of Repliforce. Highly decorated for many merits of achievement which 
include: Destruction of Countless Cities, Massacre of Innocents, and Citizen 
Endangerment. Infected with the Sigma Virus.    
 
The music slowly turns off-key, and more sinister.       
 
Bolero(Wreck Brahma): Known for various war crimes, thrown into brig for the 
destruction of the Russian Duma, and Infected with the Sigma Virus.     
 
Various other officers that have turned Maverick are listed. With their 
'achievements' listed beside their name and picture. Suddenly, the music 
stops, and the voice speaks again.      
 
"...And these are the very things that claim to want to protect you?"    
 
The Repliforce Insignia burns away, and President Elpizo's face appears on the 
screen, "Are you willing to allow your children, your life, and your peace to 
be placed into the hands of machines that we can not be sure of will remain 
loyal? Support Aztlan. We will make sure you will live into a peaceful, and 
born-again world."      
 
The Neo Arcadian flag appears behind Elpizo, and the text fills in at the 
bottom:         
 
        SUPPORT NEO ARCADIA 

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Message: 31/15                     Posted        Author
Mercenary or Hoax?                 Sun Jun 19    A Little Bird
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        Rumors have been circulating throughout various criminal organizations 
as well as back alleys and bars about an individual willing to perform any 
small task, no questions asked, as long as the money is right. These rumors 
have had some substantiating from various ads that have been posted in 
newspapers, magazines, and in cyberspace. Every source has little to no 
information on the individual other than a contact address and frequency.

        (OOC: @mail Blitzkrieg with questions and/or contracts.)

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================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/15                     Posted        Author
Personals                          Mon Jun 20    A Little Bird
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Not a major rumor, but those that tend to read personals ads, especially on the 
internet, might notice a weird entry in some of the more notable 
singles-seeking sites. It's some variation on the following:

Single Red Robot seeks hot sex kitten for wild nights with jackhammers. 
Interests include: walks in the park for a fun night of mugging, hardcore 
shows, breaking things. Description: Spikey, beefy, angry, ruggedly handsome, 
no face. No race preference, No fat chicks.

The contact number is Punk's personal frequency.
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================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/13                     Posted        Author
RF Propoganda                      Mon Jun 20    A Little Bird
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        The video begins, the images being a beautiful silhoutte of the 
Fortress Five nestled above the Panama Canal, a sun settling down behind it, 
while the sky was mixed with the brilliant colors of a sunset. The camera 
began to quickly move toward the Fortress Five, passing into one of the 
windows peering out, and showing a vast interior hallway that was large enough 
to allow most Ride Armors easy passage through them.

        The camera continued moving through the hallway, only to settle onto 
what was a wonderfully social looking meeting between two new recruits, each 
one talking happily together and looking happy. Then the camera flashed to a 
showing of a horrible scene, bodies strewn about, robots who had been killed, 
the little Neo Arcadian symbol slowly phasing in, and then out as the camera 
changed once more.

        This time it was of the lush Central American Jungle, reaching out in 
all directions, a satellite photograph of an area. Then it had the Neo 
Arcadian symbol as the image changed, showing how the Neo Arcadian Sentinel-1 
had razed a portion of the jungle, how Neo Arcadia had an ally who had burned 
a long line of the forest down to the ground.

 Repliforce stands for peace. Repliforce stands for happiness.
 An image of Repliforcers talking happily together, acting friendly. 
 Neo Arcadia prefers to destroy, to ruin, to raze to the ground.
 An image of Neo Arcadia killing robots, firing on civilians in a populated 
city.
 Repliforce loves life. They love equality.
 An image of some Repliforcers eating and talking with Humans and Cyborgs.
 Neo Arcadia has sworn to kill all robots.
 An image of Elpizo, glaring at the camera like a madman.

 Repliforce needs your help to save the world from Neo Arcadia's madness.
 Neo Arcadia released a Maverick. Neo Arcadia failed to kill another Maverick 
as well.
 Will you help Repliforce? Or will you help the madmen?
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Message: 31/12                     Posted        Author
Eurasia Construction               Thu Jun 23    A Little Bird
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Passages are being sent around on the astronomer hobbyist chats about an odd 
construction being put into place on the Earth-facing side of Eurasia.

IsOnTheSkies: Maybe they're repairing something?
#1StarFan: OMG STARMAN R0XX0R!!!!!!!1111
QuasarKid: I don't know it wasn't there before. It looks like an antena.
IsOnTheSkies: Well it could always be a death ray laser lol
QuasarKid: Don't even joke about that man that's scary stuff.
#1StarFan: I AM HAVING STARMANS BEBBIES OMGLOL!!!!111
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================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/13                     Posted        Author
More Aliens Above Aztlan?!         Thu Jun 23    A Little Bird
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Although it's since discovered that the lights near Area 23 were a result of 
the Sentinel aircraft, local villagers living in Baja California have reported 
strange lights appearing and disappearing in the sky, as well as temporary 
malfunctions of radar and weather-tracking equipment. Could the Stardroids 
have returned...Or is it a new menace?! Someone, call William Fetcher!

<OOC: Questions? @mail Heck.>
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Message: 31/12                     Posted        Author
Indonesian Hotspot                 Fri Jun 24    A Little Bird
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        Word on the streets in Java is that some out-of-towners are stirring up 
the local populace -- for a hotspot of the swingin' kind. They've already 
bought the buildings and are hiring out locals to start work there in less 
than a month. It's supposed to pay pretty good and be some sort of bar or cafe 
place -- a little culture for the backwoods. 

<@mail Feste for info.>
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Message: 31/11                     Posted        Author
Seoul Labs                         Tue Jun 28    A Little Bird
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        Professor Gate's old research facility in Seoul is being renovated. 
What's left is being mostly rebuilt; things are going slowly but it looks like 
the intent is for a new business to take over the old spot. But who better to 
use the old labs than one of his own children? 

        The new Laser Institute is looking to be a promising business. 

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================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/12                     Posted        Author
Seeking: The Blade of Angels       Tue Jun 28    A Little Bird
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        A substantial reward has been offered for the locating of a rare sword 
via the Black Market. 'The Angel Blade' is being sought by an apparent 
interested eccentric Historian who wants to collect rare relics from the Robot 
Wars. Said to have been wielded by the Japanese Thug, Arago, its location is 
currently unknown. Treasure Hunters and Bounty Seekers, as well as Thieves if 
the Sword is in someone else's possession, are encouraged to find the blade as 
the reward posted is a few million zenny.

        Searching for the identity of this Historian turns up nothing but an 
anonymous message relay server.

(( Contact Tron Bonne for more information, especially if you know who 
currently has the sword OOCly. ))

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================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/13                     Posted        Author
RF Movements?                      Tue Jun 28    A Little Bird
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 A detachment of soldiers has been reportedly dispatched to watch over the 
Juggalo event near Detroit, and to attempt to contain any manner of violent 
demonstrations. 

 When asked General opted to avoid commenting on it, and what he felt 
pertaining to the Juggalos.
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================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/14                     Posted        Author
...The Coming of The Prophet...    Tue Jun 28    A Little Bird
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Rumors of an enigmatic new public speaker have been turning up here and there. 
Apparently seen giving orations on street corners, or before crowds of 
apparently attentive listeners who vanish shortly after the rallies are 
held... this 'Prophet' has been spreading the good word to the world.

And what is the word?

Epsilon!

The Prophet, when he is seen, is a six foot tall male individual, wearing a 
long white robe with epsilons adorning it, pulled low to cover his face and 
his arms. It is unknown if he is a human or a robot. The Prophet speaks in a 
firm voice that often silences jeers from the crowds, and makes passers by 
have a hard time ignoring his words.

The Prophet has been rumored to preach on the glory of Epsilon... and, the most 
disturbing thing of all, is being listened to...

(Questions to Leo or Tron)

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================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/13                     Posted        Author
The Angel Blade Bounty...          Wed Jun 29    A Little Bird
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

        ...has been withdrawn from the Black Market. This is likely because it 
was obtained by the collector who sought it, or was obtained by another. 
However, rumor has it that a famous Rock Star got the sword.

        (Contact Tron or Daryn for more information)

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================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/14                     Posted        Author
Rumors on the Internet             Wed Jun 29    A Little Bird
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
All over various Robot Master fan boards and slash boards. 

 Kawaiinekobaka20005: hey guys!! ^___^ did you hear the news?! 
 Pharaohgrrl: yes, neko-kun? ^.^ 
 Quickchan: You mean the thing about Aqua Man and Clown Man being OTP?! XD XD 
XD 
 Kawaiinekobaka20005: yess!! they're such a cute couple ^____^ 
 Pharaohgrrl: Ehh, I like Pharaoh Man better. He has those manly hips ^.~; 
 Quickchan: omg, picz pls. i'm going to make a cool fanfic about them going at 
it in bed, it'll be soooo hot 

 Yeah, you get the point. (Ask Aqua or Clown OOCly about this.)
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================================= IC Rumors ==================================
Message: 31/15                     Posted        Author
Re: OTP                            Wed Jun 29    A Little Bird
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        Several of the fan boards boards have been messily destroyed in quick 
succession. Whatever did it disappeared quickly, leaving a trail to the Robot 
Master main hub.
        Users reported a huge half spider half man thing with huge claws 
shouting, "LIFEVIRUS SMASH!"

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<-- Sep-Dec 2004                                              Jul-Dec 2005 -->


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