The Friendship Ritual
February 16th, 2014
Hello! Hi! Yes! Hello again! It’s me, Hassli and I am here to talk about the sociological impacts of the traditional Gaian Friendship Ritual. This is an ancient ritual dating back to just the other day when Diedrich and I invented it. Today I plan on talking about performing the ritual with Diedrich and how we are now Best friends forever!
The first step is to place your head into a bucket of aphids and peach nectar. This is the cleansing step for your soul! The peach nectar makes you smell very nice for a couple days, but the aphids are tiny and gross and make you itch. You also are very sticky and nobody wants to stand directly beside you I found.
Photograph snapped by chai fae
Afterwards comes the ritual cheese eating. Diedrich confided in me that this is his favorite part of the Best Friend Ritual. I think it is my favorite too. We ate many cheeses! We ate and ate and ate all the cheeses for so long. It signified some kind of thing that is important to friendship.
Finally comes the goblet of cough syrup. You drink of the goblet until you get very sleepy and take a nap. When you wake up, the ritual is over and you find yourself in some kind of dumpster that you don’t know how you got to. Your memory of the ritual is somewhat foggy, but you are happy you are now best friends forever.
That was my experience doing the traditional best friends ritual with President Diedrich. We are now best friends and he even said that I could be his campaign manager for the next election which might not happen because he plans to abolish elections so he can be Eternal Dictator President Diedrich which also sounds nice.
Ok! Thank you for reading my first article! I love you! Ok bye bye! Love, Hassli!
Editor's Note: You can see where this transpired here
Article by Dref Dur
February 16th, 2014
Due to some investigative efforts, a new discovery regarding the spirit of [NPC] Artemis has been made! On January 10th, 2014 Artemis was seen in The "Complete" Nouvelle Lune Item List thread interacting with Gaians who had gathered that day.
She is quoted as saying:
|[NPC] Artemis Wrote:|
|Yeah! Some ghosts are the worst. They run around spooking people and stealing all the ghoulberries and ugh! It makes me so mad! That's why I went to my forest to begin with, I didn't like hanging out with the other ghosts. They're all so cranky!|
You can find the post in question here.
It would appear not only that Artemis used to live her afterlife in a place where other ghosts were ,but she had a falling out with them due to their hostile natures both internally and externally towards humans!
1) Where was Artemis previously? She is currently located in her tree in the clouds above the Forest of Night and now we know, close enough to where other ghosts or perhaps even people live.
If we look at our clues, we will discover there are at least 3 or 4 possible locations as to where Artemis originally hailed from. Of course, if we can discover where she was originally then we can also find out approximately where the Forest of Night with her Tree to the Sky is!
(*Clue A) There is a graveyard on the road just outside Barton's North Gate near Bass\'ken Lake. Since it is close to Barton, which is known for being near the (*Clue B) Deep Woods featured in a section of the map used during the Frontier Skies event, there may be a good chance this is the place.
Then again, the Deep Woods may be its own separate location since we also know the Gaians Woods is another location in which the nocturnal owl "O RLY?" lives. Since Artemis' forest is a Forest of Night it would be natural to think you would find a nocturnal species such as "O RLY?" there! Also since the O RLY owls are known to irritate the lumberjacks, and Artemis has been quoted as saying the animals in her forest can be mischieveous this is another reason to believe there is a connection. Could the Gaian Woods be related to the Forest of Night? And also, could the Deep Woods and the Gaians Woods be the same place?
Next up we have our third possible location, the Durem Graveyard. Although the (*Clue C)Durem Graveyard hasn't been officially identified as being in an event, the possibility is very likely that this too could be a spot where Artemis could live. Since the Frontier Skies map could be interpreted a variety of directions due to an implied coastline near Barton and other zoomed out map versions, the Deep Woods could actually lie somewhere between Durem and Barton Town! If that's true, its entirely possible that the Durem Graveyard is near the Deep Woods!
It has also been speculated in the past that the Durem Graveyard was the same cemetary used in the Grave Danger event and storyline. In this story, a corporation named Omnidrink is identified as having dumped a hazardous chemical in a "nearby cemetery". Since the cemetary is never specifically identified as the same one, the circular layout suggested on page 4 of the manga is similar to the circular grave pattern at Durem Graveyard. Also worth noting, is the fact that clearly seen around the cemetery in Grave Danger are woods!!
Now, let's think back to what Artemis had said about her fellow ghosts having a bad attitude. The graveyard used in Grave Danger ended with users fighting ghosts who practically filled the entire graveyard, who were described as being evil.
Sound like the type of ghosts Artemis was talking about not getting along with? If Artemis was here to begin with, and then the ghosts turned evil that would explain why she had been there and stayed to begin with and then decided to leave. After all, the ghosts were once good right? So they would've been able to get along with her!
And the fact that there are woods directly around that cemetery means its a good chance that Artemis left right into them when the ghosts started to turn due to Byproduct 2113! So is Artemis' original location in Durem Graveyard, the speculated place where the Omnidrink Ghost battle occurred? Or is she from somewhere near Barton, where there are animals identified as nocturnal and we know Barton is near woods?
This is all speculation of course. So what's the scoop?! This reporter's on the trail!
You can bet I'll be looking more into this story in the future! Thanks for joining me, and until next time!
A Photographer's Journey: A First Person Account Following Cresento and Nicolae Around for an Evening
Article and photography by minghi
February 15th, 2014
I was searching for something interesting in order to write an article for V-day for our magazine. Unfortunately the only interesting I managed to see was the local gaian Hassli doing a kissing booth with his bara diedrich mask on. Needless to say, not a lot went there to get a kiss. (But you get a diedrich doll if you kiss him so I did wahahah)
Anyways, back on topic, I end up wandering inside an expensive looking clothing store, because yanno, expensive places always have rich people doing something weird, I figured I could get a scoop.
Just as I entered, a familiar and annoyed voice lifted up, and in instinct, I grabbed my camera and took this shot:
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It was Cresento and Nicolae! I wonder why they are shopping though. Cresento must shop in places like Brennivin’s, and Nicolae doesn’t really change much, does he.
I approached in order to hear them better, and this was the following conversation:
Cresento: How many times so I have to repeat it, we are going to a very important place! So for the love of Gaia, do not wear that ugly scarf.
Nicolae: Aw come on Cressy, I even combed my hair with that weird gel of yours to look fancy, cut me some slack will ya? I don’t like tight and formal stuff, yanno.
C: I do not care, either you fix yourself or you are not coming with me.
N: Ha, you’d be alone on Valentine’s Day then, wouldn’t that be sad? Plus, no one wants to listen to operas, consider yourself lucky that I made that difficult decision of going to listen to that weird noise with you while not charging you anything. - 3 -
C: No one asked you to come! I do not find this valentine festivity of yours very appealing. The only reason I agreed is that you annoyed me so much it was unbearable.. Now please get rid of that ridiculous scarf. And for the love of- *he grabs Nicolae’s tie* Don’t you even know how to dress properly? *starts fixing it himself*
N: Dude, I just didn’t want to see you so lonl- *gets pulled over* Whoa, carful there. Well, you know me, I’m bad at your “fancy” stuff. *Let’s Cresento do his tie* Yanno…. You look like my wife right now pahahahah *grabs Cresento’s waist and starts patting it* (photographer’s note: ah, I think I dripped some blood on the script, sorry /plugs nose)
C: This is pretty much the reason I do not want to be seen with you sometimes *sigh* What? What are you talking about, don’t speak this nonsense! *Starts pushing Nicolae away, but he’s still grabbing on the captain’s waist*
After seeing all this I couldn’t help but to go up, wanting to get more scoop and see what the two coughlovebirdcough guys have in store for the night. Cresento saw me first, and pulled Nicolae over. They whispered something that even my demon ears couldn’t hear. Wow, he really didn’t want me to hear that.
The following interview comes from Nicolae himself only since Cresento went away and started to stare at the merc behind a shelf. I think I was also more or less attacked by his gaze.
“Plans for the night, errr well… *quickly glances at Cresento* Well, nothing much, we’re both single men yanno, there’s nothing really going on. For us shopkeepers this is just a simply another night! Fancy cloths? Well, it’s not like I always dress up like this cause well, a man needs a little wardrobe at least to attract the ladies right, aha, ahahah” (ah, I think Cresento’s eyes glared again) “Am, yeah. Opera? *glances back again* We’re just talking about his hobbies. He can’t stop talking about how great opera is. I don’t even understand what’s so good about songs that you can’t even understand the wor-“
Cresento approached god knows when and was preparing to drag Nicolae away, saying that they’re in a hurry. But how can I let such a precious interview chance go? So at the final moment, I asked them if they can make a pose or something of the like, so I would have a photo for my interview. I even offered a little sum in order for them to agree. Nicolae seemed to be excited, and started to drag Cresento back towards me.
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N: We can’t pass out on a chance of getting…. nice photos! Come on, let’s do that heart thing with our hands, yanno that pose we saw that couple do the other day? It’s gonna be fun. *grins*
C: Wha- N- Wait what no! I’m not going to do that embarrassing pose in front of the came- Agh stop pushing me! Alright, I understand, will you let go of me already! I swear to Gaia, you are annoying today.
After a minute of fighting, both of them finally looked at my camera, and I snapped this photo:
*warning: photographer may or may not have overly edited that photo, the actual scene at the clothing store does not involve so many hearts*
Well what do you know, never knew that they would do such a cute pose for me.*wipes nosebleed* Excuse me.
And Cresento seemed to have told everyone earlier today that he resent the notion of celebrating this lovey-dovey holiday, yet from that conversation I’ve heard, this sure sounds like a celebration to me.
*This article was given in late due to the fact the photographer followed the pair to the opera, but fell asleep on the rooftop due to the rather incomprehensible singing.*
Article by Dref Dur
February 12th, 2014
In a shocking turn of events, one of Gaia Online's most community-loved staff members, Uncle Kenny, has announced in his journal (found here) that as of today, he is no longer employed with Gaia Interactive. This is a decision he has made on his own, due to a far better opportunity for both himself and his family.
With a community of Gaians in utter disbelief, many filled with heartfelt sendoffs, shocked faces and some even an impending feeling of overwhelming nervousness I decided to reach out to Uncle Kenny for one final interview, a "farewell" interview if you will. I was overjoyed when he agreed, and the following is that said interview:
|Dref Dur: *holds up microphone*|
Hey there Uncle Kenny! Dref Dur here, can I have a moment of your time?
Was hoping you might be able to have a quick interview. Nothing too serious, just a sort of light hearted interview.
(Congratulations on your new opportunity by the way!)
Uncle Kenny: Ha, sure, go for it.
Dref Dur: 1) In all of your years here Uncle Kenny, and all of your experience it seems newfound opportunity has created a turn in which you will no longer be working with Gaia Interactive.
How does this make you feel?
Uncle Kenny: I am still bound by NDA so there's some stuff I can't talk about but I'll answer what I can!
I don't think it's fully set in that I'm actually gone yet. Even sleeping in today and not going into the office feels kind of weird. Overall though, it's a really big change since Gaia has been a pretty big part of my life for years now. It'll be really different but I made a big jump to come out here in the first place and that worked out well so I'm hoping this jump will also work out.
Dref Dur: 2) I can imagine it must've been quite the adjustment coming and working for Gaia! The company itself has changed so much, even over the years you've been on staff with them!
Over your years with Gaia, what are some changes that really stick out to you?
Uncle Kenny: I think the two biggest changes I can think of would be when Gaia moved into the social/mobile gaming industry and then when the company moved back out of it more recently. I think those two things caused the biggest shifts in terms of internal changes and direction that Gaia Online went in.
Dref Dur: I can definitely see how this would cause some big changes! It's not easy for a company to take a risk and really put themselves out there to try something new! And mobile gaming platform can be a very unpredictable market!
3) Gaia Online still has some risky future ventures in the works as we know! Some of the ones users constantly associated you with in the past included the Wedding/Marriage System, the Pets system, various events and even the Loyalty Shop!
I can guess you probably can't speak much as to those projects, but due to your no longer being with Gaia can we expect any of those upcoming projects to now be cancelled?
Uncle Kenny: Obviously I don't know either way but I doubt they'll be cancelled just because I'm gone. There are still Devs left at Gaia who can work on it and I left what documentation I could for anybody who continues it. I was only the one assigned to work on the projects so they'll probably continue on without me.
Dref Dur: Okay, I gotcha! Thanks for the heads up! Sometimes it can be hard to tell what will happen with things like that!
4) Recently we've seen an increase in NPC-user interaction. A lot of old fans are springing up again, and are loving some attention with the characters! Now that you'll have time to be a normal user when you're not working at your new job, you'll be freed up to enjoy things again!
Are there any NPCs that are your favorites?
Uncle Kenny: The holiday NPCs are probably my favorite which made the events of last year all the more fun for me. Being able to build up to an epic showdown between Easter Bunny and Jack was awesome.
Dref Dur: I don't think you're alone on that one Uncle Kenny, so many people are big fans of the holiday NPCs! That Jack and Easter Bunny sure know how to rumble, huh? And moving right along to the next question:
5) You said in your journal entry you were a Moderator for Gaia and then once you graduated college you pretty much wound up working there pretty quick, right? We hear a lot of people on the site who are very passionate express interest in working for Gaia.
For aspiring Gaia staff, what advice would you give on preparing for such an opportunity?
Uncle Kenny: I'm not very good at advice but I guess the best suggestion I have is to just make yourself known to those who can help you get to where you want to be. You can be the greatest at what you do but unless you reach out and make sure the right people know you exist, nothing can ever really happen.
Dref Dur: And what great advice! It's true you can be as prepared as you want, but you've got to get your foot in the door somehow! Very solid advice!
7) We're on our last two questions of the interview, I hope I didn't take up too much of your time! With the future laying wide open, this sudden dramatic turn of events is going to have users all topsy turvy!
Anything you want to say to users who might be worried about future projects? Anything you might be able to tell them to get excited for?
Uncle Kenny: Afraid I can't really give away any info about future projects but there are still Developers there so they should be able to handle any projects that come down the line.
Dref Dur: 8 ) There has been a massive outpouring of support on the news of your departure from Gaia Interactive. As I'm sure you've seen in the forums, users left and right are showing not only shock buth eartfelt goodbyes and appreciation for all your hard work on our beloved website!
Is there anything you'd like to say, a farewell message if you will for those reacting to the news?
Uncle Kenny: All I can say is that I'll miss everyone and am sorry for the sudden news. Everything works out in the end though.
Dref Dur: Okay Uncle Kenny! Great interview, and thanks for your time!
You will definitely be missed, and we thank you for your support over time! Best of luck, and you'll be seeing our interview in the forums tonight!
As you can see, the guy's a class act folks. Best wishes Uncle Kenny and thanks for taking time out of your crazy schedule to participate in one last interview! And thanks for all the great times!
Bonus from two of our photographers:
Couples Therapy: the Pursuit of an Interview with Logan and Agatha
By Mississippi Black Velvet
February 6th, 2014
A recent photo of a young Agatha and Logan has come to light and this novice reporter decided to hit the streets in the hopes of getting a scoop.
For days she lingered inside and outside of both shops trying to get a sliver of a comment, but alas this was not to be.
At Agatha's shop the best she could get was a, 'Please, if you're not going to buy anything leave.'
Logan was a little more promising but the reporter feared greatly for her life once the old man started to chase her yelling obscenities that would make even a sailor blush.
Stay tuned for more on this riveting tale as our story unfolds and the truth of this couple's relationship comes to light.
Becky: Heartbroken or Lovesick?
By: x Karurie x
Whether you’re a lovesick loner flying solo or have a sweet honey snuggling on your arm, it all means one thing: Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Time to crack open those tiny boxes of candy hearts, boys and girls! “Will U B Mine”?
Ahem! Time to get down to business! We here at Paparazzi are hard at work, making sure we bring you the top notch news featuring your favorite NPC’s!
Today’s article is about our local casino worker, Becky! Is she a topic of blossoming love, or a tale of heartbreak?
A week ago, Becky was caught by one of our finest reporters outside of Prize & Joy. When asked whether or not our Wild Card Girl had her heart set on love, Becky coyly replied, “Who, me? No way! I'm a career gal, through and through. Real relationships can get in the way of that sometimes, you know? Besides, I've always been a little unlucky in love...”
Unlucky in love? Goodness!
Immediately, we set out to dig up more information. Who was this stranger who broke Becky’s heart? Could it have been co-worker Lex? The hunt began!
Paparazzi searched high and low for information. We interviewed several people, including other shop keepers only to come up empty handed. Well, if anything can be said about Becky, that girl knows how to keep her secrets close!
When it seemed this chocolate heart had lost its creamy center, a rare picture (that Paparazzi can, but will not claim whether or not it was one of our employees.) of Becky sound asleep in her bedroom … cuddling two body pillows! One appears to be local bad boy and “gun show” enthusiast, Liam! The other appears to be the classy man with the wash board abs, Edmund!
Whew! Talk about steamy! It’s too bad Becky may be pining after men who have special significant others in their life.
Thus far, Becky hasn’t come forth to address this million dollar shot, but we here at Paparazzi don’t give up easy! We’ll keep you all up to date on any further developments. In the meantime, be sure to drop Becky a Valentine. That girl is much too cute to have such a sour drop attitude about love!
Possible Ruby/Sentinel/Azrael Love Triangle?
By Gumby Ningata
January 30th, 2014
Sentinel, former goddess and savior of Christmas, caught in a web of love. Azreal, fallen angel and one time seller of trick boxes, and Ruby, angel and local shopkeeper, sucked into a tricky triangle. The fallen goddess has been seen multiple times in the company of one of those two she calls “just friends.” On several occasions Sentinel and Ruby have been spotted having brunch and then going shopping. That may look like something “just friends” would do but the constant subtle flirting is not. The slight touching and hushed words did not go unnoticed. There was even an attempt on the former goddess’ part at a kiss. It was swiftly meet with a turn of the head before the shopkeeper vanished inside her place of business. The frustrated Sentinel would then leave. Later on the goddess was spotted at Gold Mountain with a certain fallen angel. The tone was very different. There was open flirting and at one point they vanished around the bathroom area for several minutes. When Gold Mountain employee Becky was asked about the possible love triangle she is quoted with saying. “…I've never even heard of it before! Maybe I can ask Ruby about it later, although she tends to keep pretty mum on these things...” X It seems a rather true statement because any attempts to get into contact with any of the parties involved have failed.