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Diary of a Reformed Sugar Addict (NoTD2012)

NoTD Day 1, 10:00 a.m.

Memories o' th' past twa Nights o' th' Dead celebrations are nae more than sugar-induced blurs. In an attempt tae control th' candy corn addiction, I plan tae avoid th' candy corn this year, an' tae keep this journal as proof o' good behavior. Since I already purchased several bags o' candy corn, an' know my willpower will nae last long if it stays in th' house much longer, I am going tae deliver it tae some Qeynos merchants frae distribution tae their annual trick-or-treaters.

NoTD Day 1, 10:30 a.m.

Due tae problems in th' suburbs o' Qeynos (gnoll invasions, undead an' more!), it seems that safety concerns hae called a halt tae trick-or-treating in Qeynos. Rumor has it that Freeport hae also canceled theirs as well.

I now own e'en more candy corn than I did half an hour ago due tae well-meaning gifts. It seems that several merchants, knowing o' my love frae candy corn hae gifted me wi' th' candy they would normally give tae trick-or-treaters, an', despite my vows tae avoid th' stuff this year, I could nae hurt their feelings an' decline th' gifts, could I? I'll find some use frae it that does nae include me going on a multi-day sugar high due tae gobbling it all down.

NoTD Day 1, 11:00 a.m.

I was nae planning on attending th' NoTD festivities at all, due tae all th' tempting sweets in abundance. Howe'er, I need tae dispose o' this candy corn, afore I crack. I swear I can hear it calling tae me ...

NoTD Day 1, 11:30 a.m.

I met a young halfling lad who asked if I would preview a maze his Uncle Fizz put together frae th' holidays. Thinking that using candy corn tae mark my trail through it, in case I get horribly lost, I hae agreed tae check it out frae him. It is supposed tae hae some new decorations in it, an' I am always glad tae help aspiring decorators.

He alsae told me that his Uncle Fizz said it was more fun tae run through th' maze in costume, an' gave me a box wi' a complementary costume, as thanks frae agreeing tae test th' maze afore it went public tomorrow.

What a sweet young fellow he is!

I've promised tae check out th' maze as soon as I run home frae lunch an' tae change intae th' costume.

NoTD Day 1, 12:30 p.m.

I resisted th' urge tae make dessert out o' th' candy corn, though I can feel my will weakening. It is a good thing that I am going tae put some o' this candy tae use in th' maze after I change.

NoTD Day 1, 12:35 p.m.

By Bristlebane's baggy bloomers! Nae! Nae, nae and nae again, I say! I will nae wear such a scandalous costume! What in th' world was running through th' lad's mind, tae gie such an outfit tae a respectable halfling like meself? Och! Where's th' brain bleach when I need it th' most?

NoTD Day 1, 12:45 p.m.

I was sae rattled aboot th' mummy outfit that I ended up eating a double handful o' th' candy corn afore I realized what I was doing. Nae more. Off tae th' haunted maze I go, an' when I am done, mayhaps I'll bury that "sweet" young halfling lad in th' remains o' th' candy corn when I finish.

NoTD Day 1, 1:15 p.m.

Nothing out o' th' ordinary leapt out at me in th' first bit o' th' maze. E'en the jack-o-lanterns are th' same humdrum ones I've been seeing frae years. This "Uncle Fizz" definitely is nae in Jazabelle's class when it comes tae decorating, but I'll keep plodding through, just in case it improves further in.

I've been dropping a candy corn every few steps, an' randomly nibbling on a broken one as I find it. After all, I need tae keep my mood up somehow, an' this maze is underwhelming sae far. E'en th' graveyard is unimpressive, though th' fog-shrouded bones in front o' one stone do make it feel a bit creepier.

NoTD Day 1, 1:25 p.m.

Really, I've nae had much o' th' broken candy at all, but I swear that th' eyes o' th' jack-o-lanterns hae gotten much eerier an' malicious. I can feel their evil glow following me.

NoTD Day 1, 1:45 p.m.

Ubu an' I now hae a bad feeling aboot this maze, or at least I think that is what his yips an' growls are telling me.

There's an odd ringing in me ears now, an' I swear summat mus' be stealing some o' th' candy corn, as I've barely eaten any, an' I've nae used that much in marking th' path ... really!

I suspect Ubu o' eating some o' th' candy, naughty puppy that he is, sae I sent him home. Th' last thing I need is a sugar-hyper spirit companion running amok in here!

NoTD Day 1, 1:55 p.m.

E'en though I've seen scarecrows animate afore, I admit I shrieked a bit when I turned th' corner and came upon one gesturing at one o' those evil jack-o-lanterns. Are they plotting summat?

I wish I'd nae sent Ubu away sae quickly.

NoTD Day 1, 2:30 p.m.

I am horribly lost in here. Summat mus' be rearranging my trail o' candy, as paths criss-cross themselves in spots, an' other spots I swear I've been afore do nae hae any candy. Either that, or th' hedges themselves are moving on me when my back is turned!

I hae been here longer than planned, an' I did nae bring a snack wi' me. Candy I eat now does nae count, right? It is tae keep my tummy calm an' quiet until I can find my way oot o' th' maze.

NoTD Day 1, 2:45 p.m.

One o' th' jack-o-lanterns is following me. E'ery time I turn around tae check, it is standing still, but it is definitely following me.

NoTD Day 1, 2:55 p.m.

I am shaking sae hard that I can barely write. Nae, it is nae a sugar high, really, it is nae! Yes, all th' bags an' bags o' it that I had are gone, but I'm burning it off quickly! Truly! I am shaking due tae righteous anger. That's it! Righteous anger, I tell ye! That sneaky jack-o-lantern that is stalking me best beware, as I'm aboot tae turn th' tables on it an' start stalking it! Let's ee how it likes that! An' once I get my hands on it, it is going tae be pie time, bucko! Yessiree Bob! I hae a hankering frae pie once I get oot o' this accursed maze!

NoTD Day 1, 3:00 p.m.

That slinky mummy costume is sounding better all th' time. Jus' wait until I get my hands on that lad's "Uncle Fizz" an' see how he likes having "Mum th' Mummy" come after him wi' a rolling pin! As soon as I gi' that jack-o-lantern what for, an' cut my way oot o' this blasted maze.

NoTD Day 1, 3:15 p.m.

I've taken to picking up th' candy corn when I find it on the trail. It isn't really dirty, an' I need to keep my energy up if I am tae survive in here much longer. Lunch was 3 hours ago, an I've missed my early-afternoon and mid-afternoon snacks already!

NoTD Day 1, 3:20 p.m.

I can hear eerie noises all around me, and the hedges seem to be looming o'er me. I may ne'er make it oot o' this maze afore dark, at this rate, an' I do nae want tae see what this place is like in th' dark. I must hae been crazy tae call this place underwhelming earlier.

NoTD Day 1, 3:25 p.m.

I hae a sinking feeling that I know who "Uncle Fizz" is, an' I'm one unhappy halfling. My head is pounding an' my vision is blurring due tae th' stress. Aye, that's what is causing it, stress! I hardly had any sugar today, really! Anyway, I suspect that he is really .....

The diary ends with this entry and a long, incomprehensible squiggle. A parchment page from the Qeynos Daily News dated the next day has been inserted into the diary.

Last evening the Qeynos guard received numerous reports of a disturbance at a lot that has been abandoned for several months. When they arrived at the lot, they found the lot contained a large hedge maze. (While residents in the area swore that the maze "just appeared", authorities are still trying to track down the responsible party.)
Numerous feminine shrieks were heard coming from the depths of the maze, and the guardsmen were preparing to cut through the hedges to rescue the female in distress when the shrieks started coming closer to their location.
"It was the scariest thing I'd ever heard and seen and I've seen some pretty horrific things in my time," quoted Guard Moor. "The only thing I heard clearly was 'Fizzlethorpe'. The rest just sounded like gibberish, coupled with the sounds of something heavy breaking through the underbrush. The next thing we knew, this really hot female halfling mummy broke through the hedge near us and ran off into the night, screaming like a banshee. I mean, um, not that mummies are hot or anything, but she ... wow. Um, I'm just going to shut up now, and can we edit out the hot comments please before this is published?"

Nights of the Dead 2012 is currently scheduled to run from October 11, 2012 through November 5, 2012. As with past years, there will be a Nights of the Dead crafting vendor in home crafting societies selling special recipe books as well as some house items, charged illusion items and last year's plague cloud mount.

Recipes are crafted with tier 2 common resources as well as special candies that are body drops from creepy mobs - see the chart on the NoTD 2011 crafting page for additional candy drop information.

Somewhere near the NoTD crafting vendor in each home city, Grabby Gigglegibber will be happy to convert your assorted candy drops into candy corn. This will make it easier for storage, as well as allow you to purchase the mount (which requires 300 candy corn for purchase).New Craftables
Direful Blazing Skull
Eerie Melted Candles
Menacing Armor Rack
Murderous Weapon Rack
Perfectly Preserved Organ
Creepy Skull Garland
Fearsome Skull Garland
Direful Gift Box
Bruised Flesh Jack-o-lantern
Sad Bruised Flesh Jack-o-lantern
Bruised Flesh Pumpkin
Moldering Jack-o-lantern
Sad Moldering Jack-o-lantern
Moldering Pumpkin
Gruesome Bone Fetish
Menacing Bone Fetish
Ominous Flame Firepot
Jug of Caustic Poison
Clean Picked Bone Pile
Doomed Satyr Bones

Gruesome & Menacing Bone Fetishes
a closer look at the "organ"

New Buyables

In addition to the new recipe book, and new buyable costume illusions, there are three new buyable house items: warrior's grave marker, chipped tombstone, and evil pitchfork.

New Quest Goodies

While the only new quest is the Ghost Hunter race in Antonica & Commonlands, returning Nights of the Dead quests also have some new rewards. The Antonica version of the Ghost Hunter quest grants the prefix title of "Apparition Abolisher" after five repetitions of the race. The Commonlands version of the race grants the prefix title of "Ectonaut" after completing the CL race five times. (It should also be noted that, due to the revamps of Freeport and Qeynos, the timed trick-or-treating event is no longer available.

durn carrion beetle didn't want to stay still for a pic
Moldering Mummy set plus race reward weapons
Scare Crow
(Yep, the one that makes the zombie pop up)

Finish the Nights of the Dead Devotee Challenge (which is the same as last year, but with the Antonica/Commonlands race added in), and you'll get a jack-o-lantern fluff pet to follow you around. He hops around after you, and his face moves as he hops. I alternately think he's cute or creepy. (Sometimes both!)

Created: 2012-09-25 06:45:31          
Last Modified By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2012-10-09 09:30:03          

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