Hello and welcome to our latest edition of The Neopian News Brief, your one stop source for everything that's been happening in Neopia, from the gloomy gates of the Deserted Fairground to the elevated elegance of Faerie City. There's a good bit of news to cover this week, so let's get right to it, shall we?
Our lead story this week is the latest installment of the ongoing Meridell vs. Darigan plot. As we rejoin the action, our setting is the dungeon below Darigan's Citadel. After breaking free from his chains, the Yellow Knight managed to sneak past a snoozing Master Vex. However, on his way out, the Yellow Knight accidentally woke the warden, who didn't take very long to catch up and seize the Chia fugitive.
It just so happens, though, that as Vex was about haul the Yellow Knight back into the dungeon, they overheard Lord Darigan declaring his intention to conquer all of Neopia. Realising the grave nature of the situation, Vex freed the Yellow Knight, and sent him out to gather support for stopping Darigan. After listening to the Yellow Knight's story, one of Darigan's top henchmen, a Draconian Grarrl, agreed to join the proposed effort to thwart Darigan's plan for total domination. Will they be able to garner enough support to stop Darigan and his orb before it's too late?
Speaking of ongoing plots, our lead story last week was the debut of Borri the wizard and his Neopian Adventure Generator. Well, as if this game weren't popular enough, a bunch of new features have been added, which gives you even MORE reasons to check it out if you haven't already. Among the new additions: suppressed page numbers (so you can hide where your adventure's going), genre categories (for easier searches), and an Adventure Generator chat board. Still to come are basic HTML and Adventure Spotlights, so look out for those!
For those familiar with instant messaging, you'll be glad to hear that we've begun putting up animated "Buddy Icons". Starting with a quartet of Buddy Icons last Thursday (depicting Zurroball, Extreme Potato Counter, Jhudora the Dark Faerie, and NPv2), there are now eleven icons for you to choose from (with more on the way!).
Recent additions include Tuesday's unveiling of four icons depicting Eliv Thade and Advert Attack, while Wednesday brought us a trio of icons featuring Destruct-O-Match, a Light Faerie, and the Shadow Usul.
Adding another chapter to the Toy Shop's history of fine plush products, this past Tuesday marked the release of a trio of baby Neopet plushies. Do you think that baby pets are über-cute, but just don't have the heart to change one of your pets? Now you can pick up a baby plush toy, in three adorable varieties (Usul, Kougra, and Grarrl), which you can give to your pet or display in a gallery. They're soooooo cute... how can you resist?!?
Speaking of adorably irresistable plushies, Saturday March 29th will see the release of Faerie Kacheek plushies at Limited Too. LTD2 will receive an average of ten Faerie Kacheeks per store, with Rare Item Code cards for the first ten people who ask for them. If you're looking to pick one up, it would be wise to call ahead and/or make arrangements to be there Saturday morning, because based on sales of previous limited editions, these probably won't stick around long.
Also, don't forget that Limited Too is currently carrying Jelly Pops, which come in three varieties (Usul, Kougra and Kacheek). Additionally, as part of their month-long anniversary celebration, LTD2 is continuing to carry selected plushies on sale for $5.99, and plushie keychains for $3.99. Get yours while supplies last.
It's also been quite a week for the Rainbow Pool, as a number of great new styles were unveiled, beginning on Monday with the debut of plushie Shoyrus and baby Unis. That was followed on Tuesday and Wednesday with the respective releases of island Techos, pink Krawks and cloud Shoyrus (wow, what a week for Shoyrus! Two PB styles, and it wasn't even their pet day...) Not to be outdone, the Petpet Puddle was also a font of activity this week, as a quartet of Faerie PB styles came out on Wednesday for Warfs, Slorgs, Meepits and Anubi. Swanky!
Rounding out this week was none other than the much-awaited, highly-anticipated celebration of Chomby Carnival (also known among the laity as Chomby Day). Those who weren't still reeling from Gadgadsbogen (Ugh, guilty as charged...) took to reveling in the streets and getting their party on. With a rousing soundtrack of Chomby and the Fungus Balls pulsating throughout the land, there was plenty of fun for everybody, not just the locals in Tyrannia.
Chombies had plenty of reason to celebrate this year, as their bounty was exceedingly generous. Along with an endowment of books and Battledome accessories (including weapons, moves, and free training for two days), Chombies were also treated to a special assortment of vegetarian treats. In addition to receiving two new paint brush styles (shadow and baby) and a trio of Fun Images, Chombies could also be found in the latest editions of the Poetry and Caption Contests, as well as a two page special in the Art Gallery. Rawk on, Chombies!
The time has now come to take a closer look at today's headlines from the world of finance. After last week's relatively modest twenty-eight-point decline, the big question on everyone's lips was, "Well, what now?" Was this an opening salvo in the latest round of bearish declines, or a mere correction? Well, as this week drew to a close, the Neodaq had managed to hold steady and remain at an even 1194--just like last week. This week's biggest gainer turned out to be The Chia Actor's Guild, which put up a an incredible forty-nine-point profit, shooting all the way up to seventy-seven NPs a share.
Proving that they're far from finished, The Neopian Auction House posted the second biggest gain of the week, a whopping thirty-eight points, bringing them all the way back up to 145 NPs a share. Meanwhile, the two most valuable companies on the board, Shop Wizard N-Commerce and Peophin Water Parks, pretty much stayed in place, finishing with respective gains of one and five points. However, not everybody was so lucky--Korbat Cricket Supplies lost a staggering thirty-three-points a share, ending their three week streak of profitability.
Also taking a loss was Chia Steel, a company that's been on a real rollercoaster ride these past two months. During the past eight weeks, Chia Steel has gained three, lost eleven, gained eighteen, lost seventeen, gained sixteen, lost twenty-five, gained twelve, and lost sixteen points. If the past is any indication, it might be wise to look for Chia Steel to post a serious gain this week.
So then, with three companies valued at more than 140 NPs, there is no clear-cut "King of the Big Board". Will this kind of diversity at the top help to keep the economy going, or is a decline simply inevitable? We'll just have to wait and see....