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Quote of the Week
Sometimes you’re dealt a bad hand, but that doesn’t mean you give up. You find the positive.
Four Legged Friends (FLF) Fall 2017
A: As the leaves change colour and the air turns to a cool, crisp breeze, it is time to check out some of the Fall 2017 NC customization items. This article is geared towards four-legged pets, so the items will mostly be backgrounds, foregrounds, garlands and trinkets.
H: There have been some amazingly gorgeous items released this year, and of course, we are here to highlight the ones that work well on four-legged pets.
A: Okay, let's get down to business! Hi there everyone! We are back with another edition of Four Legged Friends. Not familiar with us? Well, I (Amanda) am a huge eyrie fan and Hayley is a huge Gnorbu fan - we want to highlight wearables and show customizations that are specifically dedicated to four-legged pets!
Beyond the Standard Trophies
Very few things on our userlookups make a better, quick impression than shiny trophies. To most of us, we’re happy enough with the dozen or so “easy” trophies that abound, such as Cheat or Beating Punchbag Bob. Secretly we may aspire to more, but unless we love playing games or have a gift for them, we tend to stick to the more obtainable ones. I have a few suggestions for game trophies that are slightly less common, although still relatively straightforward to obtain. Each suggestion is broken down into a little bit of background about the game, basic gameplay, and some game tips.
1. Imperial Exam
First on the list is Imperial Exam. In this game, you, the examiner, are responsible for determining the most qualified scholars in Shenkuu.
Guild Games R Us!
We all love our guilds in Neopets. We love the bonds, friendships and heart-warming feeling we get when we connect with others over our love for Zomutts, Korbats or finding new loves; ones we didn’t know we liked until friends encourage us to get into! Sometimes though, those friendships aren’t enough to keep us in a stale guild, with no fun activities or the same repetitive ones over and over. I’m here to help you take that stale feeling and add some POW and KICK back to your guild activities!
|"Turning A Page Yourself
" by 500knives
The din of the city was almost too much to bear at times, with bikes the obvious outlier to find some silence. Arpagius often questioned moving to a suburban town in Neopia, where he could avoid the crowds, the hustle and bustle of work in a library only young Neopets seemed to visit on the weekend with their parents. He envied the quiet life he saw in the shows and the paper, photos of families and lawns to preen, Petpets to spoil and take for walks.
Sometimes he missed the sound of only a few cars passing by, but now their screeching tires and blaring horns amid the rush of city air was what through him out of loop. On the way home from his shift at the library, he used to make a point to take a scenic detour, every single time, finding each and every puddle after the rain and each misplaced trashcan on the curb. There had been something mundane about this pattern, but it was one that kept him happy.
There was no room in the city, but there used to be. Then his routes became overrun by trash and pedestrians, often driving him off the sidewalk and into a puddle he'd otherwise enjoy. The skies were often dark, another feature of the city he used to enjoy, but now it only weighed him down, brought forth a sadness he couldn't comprehend. Everyone hear was a drab, dreary color, fur stained by the rain...
"What's got you down?" an eldery Eyrie whispered, placing her spotted paws on the checkout counter. Arpagius blinked, looking up from the books he was mindlessly stamping so they could be put back on their shelves. Apparently, he had been stamping the same page a few hundred times.
|"Albert the Kacheek's Birthday" by butterflybandage
"Where is that darned shopkeeper at?"
The young Kacheek grumbled to himself, holding a lantern high above his head, cradling a (very expensive) Gorerito with his left hand. The night sky was speckled with bright silver stars and the sound of feral Petpets’ growls, hoots, and yips filled the chilly air. As spooky as the scene was, the Kacheek was accustomed to the ambience and was more concerned with finding that darned Bruce.
This was a typical night for Albert. Having been kidnapped by the Esophagor years earlier, the Kacheek spent his days (and evenings) fetching spooky foods for the strange creature. Often on this trips alone, he would imagine what his life would’ve been like if he never wandered into the Haunted Woods that fateful day. What his garden would look like; how many new species of flora were discovered; if the Buzzes that lived in his garden were doing well … he dreamt of a day where he could accomplish the Esophagor’s quest in time, where he could leave the Mutant Graveyard, where he could have his precious flowers.
But that day was not today, especially if he couldn’t find that darned Bruce.
Albert had already finished his daily quota of quests (which is ten), but when he was carving funny depictions of the Esophagor on a gravestone, he heard his name being called. He huffed and made his way towards his master, and gawked when the giant blob had the gall to ask for an eleventh quest. When Albert tried to refuse, the Esophagor threatened him mercilessly. When that didn’t work, the Esophagor began throwing rocks.
|"Fall From Grace" by cosmicfire918
"Good morning, Xandra," said the Library Faerie to the speckled Xweetok who’d just walked through the doors of the royal libraries of Faerieland. The brown-haired, bespectacled Faerie placed one last book on the volumes she was sorting and then smiled over at the young witch.
"Good morning, Sybella," Xandra said, returning her smile as the Xweetok adjusted her own spectacles. Her arms were full of books, as usual. "I’ve come to return these and check out more."
Sybella’s eyes widened. "More? But you just checked those out last week!"
"I read too quickly," Xandra said with a joking sigh as she placed the books on the front desk.
The faerie laughed. Turning to Xandra, she placed a hand on the stack of returned books and stared at it for a moment.
"Why do you perform that spell every time?" Xandra asked her. "You know I always bring the books back in the same condition they were checked out."
"I know, dear," Sybella said, "but it is library policy."
Xandra frowned. "Don’t you trust me?"
"Of course I trust you, Xandra," Sybella said. "But it’s the rules. Please don’t take it the wrong way." She removed her hand from the books and placed them on an enchanted flying cart to await re-shelving. There were spells that could automatically shelve books, but Sybella said once that she derived greater enjoyment from doing it herself.
Xandra couldn’t quite get herself to smile again as she watched. Faeries had so many rules—rules about what you could and couldn’t do with magic, rules about how Magic Academy assignments were to be carried out, rules that restricted certain areas of Faerieland to those with the proper clearance…
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|Beyond the Standard Trophies|
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