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Sock 2

All right, all right, I'm back, stop whining. Yes, the column is up early today. Expect it up very early tomorrow as well, since I'm spending the day at the CNE, which I think stands for "Canadian National Exhibition," a huge fair held in Toronto every year. Fun times? I hope! OK, enough of this.

Today's Tips:

  • Thanks for being patient. The people that are still in the game at this point have come so far! There's still a ways to go, but you're getting closer to victory.

All right, let's begin again.

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The tunnel was dark, with condensation dripping down from what appeared to be overgrown bricks above. We knew we had to be close to the castle- likely right under the foundation. The monsters arose from every which where, but we were strong enough that they didn't stand a chance.

It was after quite awhile, though, before we came to an abrupt halt. The cave ended suddenly before us.

"This can't be it..." Wooley puzzled. "Surely there must be something we're missing!"

Shayla warned everybody to stand back, and took a run at the wall. Her impact had only the effect of causing her to stumble and fall.

"No, everybody, the passage ends here." She got up, brushing dirt off of herself.

Looking above, I noticed that the bricks seemed less overgrown, as if they had been placed much more recently than the rest. Getting Shayla to hammer at them with the blunt end of her sword, it was not long before a waterfall of bricks and sand rained down from above, revealing a dimly lit passageway above.

"Nice work!" Wooley was excited.

Shayla helped to hoist everybody up, and followed behind. We found ourselves in a dark corridor, flickering torches on either side. The walls were jail cells.

"Over there!" Wooley pointed. "Angelina!"

My portly aunt was only a few feet away, waving excitedly. Her colourful clothing was stained with soot and a little bit of blood, but her smile was warmly familiar and appreciation shone in her eyes.

"Cookies! Get over here and get me the hell outta this place!" Aunt Angie looked around quickly. "The big guy's gone right now, so we have to get out!"

"HE'S COMING BACK. ACKSHALLY HE'S ALMOST HERE." A door flew open, and a monster of a woman barged through with a number of frightful monsters. "YOU LITTLE BUGS THINK YOU CAN BURROW THROUGH MY MAZELL'S CASTLE? YOU LITTLE BUGS ARE FUN TO SQUISH!"

"Who on earth?" Veronica stammered. The monster-lady rushed at us with an enormous weapon readied...

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Battle Window              Points upon Revival: 75
insert battle theme...

Currently in Play:
  • Terror-D
  • Demon Guard-A
  • Demon Guard-B
  • Gorgant
  • Kolphyre's Double
  • Shadowcat
  • Conjurer
  • Electabuzz (Summon)
  • Ifrit (Summon)
  • White Witch-A
  • White Witch-B
  • Glalie (Summon)

Action Window

Carabbit's Wait Mode wears off. The contest resumes!
Tasukete casts Fire! It's super-effective! Terror-C takes 23 damage!
Seiryu attacks! Thing takes 15 damage!

Thing is defeated! All Brotherhood of Lief members receive 180 Experience and 61 Gold!
Seiryu gains a level, reaching Level 6!

CW casts Fire! It's super-effective! Terror-C takes 20 damage!
Ice^Tiger attacks! Terror-D takes 7 damage!
Belthasar2 attacks! Conjurer is covered by Demon Guard-A! Demon Guard-A takes 11 damage!
Witecat casts Thunder! Shadowcat takes 20 damage!
Slashlen attacks! Terror-C takes 44 damage!

Terror-C is defeated!
Slashlen receives 262 Experience and 149 Gold!

Arros Raikou attacks! Mud Demon takes 10 damage!
Alexander attacks! Terror-D takes 18 damage!
Alexander's Slow status is relieved!
DMJ attacks! Terror-D takes 19 damage!
Macstorm attacks! Terror-D takes 12 damage!
Mike attacks! Shadowcat avoids the attack!
Glalie uses Ice Beam! Conjurer takes 45 damage!
Genjuu uses a Sneak Glove! Genjuu steals an item from Slashlen!
Thinkfreemind attacks! Terror-D takes 17 damage!

The Healing Shield makes an announcement:

"Bainick has no direction over who the Warp Stone chooses, so do not attack him again, or else."


Terror-D reaches out a bony hand! Mike suffers 40 damage!
Mike is frozen! (You'll take double damage until this wears off...)
Conjurer uses an Ifrit Orb! Ifrit is summoned to battle!
Ifrit casts Firaga! Arros Raikou suffers 71 damage! Tyraraven suffers 85 damage! Waterfiend suffers 84 damage!
Mud Demon casts Transform! Mud Demon transforms into an exact replica of Kolphyre!

Demon Guard-A is poisoned. Demon Guard-A takes 15 damage!

Frammy is revived with 75 points!

Two White Witches appear!
Gorgant appears!





GUILDS
Don't go it alone!



Guild of Magus

Creator: Sandy
Type: Invite Only
You will be notified in case you are given an invitation- you may not freely join.

Order of Beorn

Creator: Sundoulos
Type: Invite Only
You will be notified in case you are given an invitation- you may not freely join.

Brotherhood of Lief

Creator: FirstAid
Type: Open
You are free to join this guild as long as your total level is 4 or less.

SOCK Intelligence Agency

Creator: Joshua
Type: Invite Only
The SIA has no open positions at this time.

The Healing Shield

Creator: Bainick
Type: Open
May freely join if the following is fulfilled:
You need to have begun the competition as Defender or Healer and have at least 2 levels combined of either to join!



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   Zaile's Items - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Item Effect Price
Antidote Cures Poison. 25 Points
Smelling Salts Cures Confusion. 25 Points
Echo Herbs Cures Silence. 35 Points
Flex Herb Cures Immobilize and Disable. 50 Points
Gold Needle Cures Stone or Paralysis 75 Points
Holy Water Cures Haunt or Curse. 75 Points
Vaccine Cures Virus. 75 Points
Remedy Cures all negative status. 150 Points
Energizer Increases Unarmed Attack Power by 2 permanently. 200 Points
Fighter's Star Increases Fighter Level by 1 permanently. 200 Points
Defender's Star Increases Defender Level by 1 permanently. 200 Points
White Mage's Star Increases White Mage Level by 1 permanently. 200 Points
Black Mage's Star Increases Black Mage Level by 1 permanently. 200 Points
Bolsterer Increases a Weapon's Power by 10% permanently. 250 Points
Rare Candy Levels up another piece of equipment when used. 250 Points


   Zaile's Weapons - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Weapon Equipped Effect Price
Wizard's Rod
Blk 1
Power 3; Break% 10
Magic Power + 10%
75 Points
Staff of Senselessness
Src 4
Power 15; Break% 10
50% chance of inflicting "Confuse" with attack
250 Points
Deathbringer
Fgt 18 or Sck 9
Power 60; Break% 10
25% chance of instant KO
950 Points


   Zaile's Armor - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Armor Equipped Effect Price
Summoner's Cloak
Sum 5
Break% 10
Summon Sacrifice Costs - 25%
250 Points
Force Armor
Def 14
Break% 5
Halves all elemental damage.
300 Points
Chicken Suit
Drg 3
Break% 5
Triples obtained Points and Experience,
but causes Confuse status (cannot be prevented)
1000 Points


   Zaile's Accessories - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Item Effect Price
Fighter's Badge Unlocks abilities from three levels above current Fgt level. 750 Points
Defender's Badge Unlocks abilities from three levels above current Def level. 750 Points
White Mage's Badge Unlocks abilities from three levels above current Wht level. 750 Points
Black Mage's Badge Unlocks abilities from three levels above current Blk level. 750 Points


   Zaile's Motes - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Item Effect Price
Might Mote Bestows "Might" status. 120 Points
Focus Mote Bestows "Focus" status. 120 Points
Immobilize Mote Causes "Immobilize" status to one target with 75% probability. 120 Points
Disable Mote Causes "Disable" status to one target with 75% probability. 120 Points
Protect Mote Bestows Protect status on one target. 100 Points
Ray Mote 35-70 Light-E dmg to one target. 80 Points
Umber Mote 60-110 Dark-E dmg to one target. 120 Points


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Benchmark Prize Choice
50 pts Fighter's Sword (Fgt 2; Power 15; Break% 1)

Wizard's Rod (Blk 2; Power 3; Break% 10; MagPwr + 10%)

Point Doubler (Doubles day's Pts when used)
75 pts Defender's Shield (Def 2; Break% 5; Absorbs 20 Pts of Dmg completely)

Cleric's Robe (Wht 2; Break% 20; Wht Magic Exp. Costs - 25%)

Gold Doubler (Doubles day's Gold when used)
100 pts AGG (Accessory: Gain bonus Gold when you write in a Q&A letter)

APG (Accessory: Gain bonus Points when you write in a Q&A letter)

AEG (Accessory: Gain bonus Experience when you write in a Q&A letter)
125 pts Everybody's Mace (Weapon: No prerequisite job level; Power 10; Break% 3)

Everybody's Guard (Armor: No prerequisite job level; Break% 10; Phys. Dmg. - 10%)

Wait Mode (Item: Freezes Sock 2 in time for user's choice of between 1 and 3 days.)
150 pts Guild Permit (Allows user to create a guild.)

Level-Up Star (Grants target with exactly enough experience to reach the next level.)

Blue Mage's Medal (???)
200 pts Point Doubler (Doubles day's Points when used.)

Gold Doubler (Doubles day's Gold when used.)

Exp. Doubler (Doubles day's Exp. when used.)
250 pts Staff of Aid (Weapon: Prereq. Wht 5; Power 5; Break% 10; Doubles power of Cure spells.)

Sneak Glove (Item: Steal a random item from enemy or opponent with 75% prob.)

Warp Stone (Item: Change points with another player, chosen at random.)
300 pts Mind Break (Armor: Prereq. Def 7; Break% 15; Magic Damage - 50%)

Goldgrabber (Weapon: Prereq. Fgt 5/Mer 12/Thf 1; Power 20; Break% 2; Gain 10% of target's Gold with successful attack.)

Hawk's Eye (Accessory: If equipped, Obscure and Obscurega spells have no effect upon you.)
350 pts Everybody's Lance (Weapon: No prereqs; Power 25; Break% 3)

Everybody's Shield (Armor: No prereqs; Break% 5; Absorbs up to 50 pts of damage completely.)

Thief's Medal (???)
400 pts Deep Pocket (Accessory: Increases Item Capacity by 2.)

Sneak Glove (Item: Attempts to steal random item from target with 75% probability.)

Iron Boots (Accessory: Prevents wearer from getting knocked over.)
475 pts Exp. Tripler (Item: Triples day's Experience when used.)

Bullseye (Armor: Blu 5; Break% 5; 50% prob. that any monster attack will be directed at wearer.)

Magnetic Apron (Armor: Mer 5; Break% 5; 50% prob. of obtaining any items used against you.)
550 pts Gold Tripler (Item: Triples day's Gold when used.)

White Magic Staff (Weapon: Wht 8; Power 5; Break% 10; White Magic Exp Costs -50%)

Black Magic Staff (Weapon: Blk 8; Power 5; Break% 10; Black Magic Exp Costs -50%)
625 pts Point Tripler (Item: Triples day's Points when used.)

Thiefknife (Weapon: Thf 5; Power 20; Break% 5; 25% prob. of stealing with successful attack)

Quickening Armor (Armor: Def 15; Break% 20; Eva + 25%, Can make a bonus guess on one question each day.)


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Q&A Guest Host Position 1500 Points
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Yesterday's Answers

#81:
d) Cindy (70 Gold)
This should have been pretty straightforward, as long as you've played Final Fantasy IV.

#82:
b) Panzer Dragoon Saga (80 Points)
Yep. Not much more to say here.


Today's Questions
Today's Consolation Points: 15


#83:
If there was a genus of humanoids with catlike characteristics called Homofelinus, which of the following characters would most certainly not belong to it?
(65 Points)

a) Gabo
b) Cray
c) Norn
d) Mordecai
e) King Drake the 3rd


#84:
Complete the following sequence: Dragon Quest IX, Metroid Prime 3, Fire Emblem: Goddess of Dawn, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, ...?
(85 Points)

a) Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
b) Super Mario Galaxy
c) Final Fantasy XIII
d) Lost Odyssey
e) Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings



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Contestants
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1 Aurelius
Wht Lv 9
Points 1388
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2 LufiaLvr
Wht Lv 6
Points 1326
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3 Slashlen
Fgt Lv 15
Points 1201
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4 Arpijy
Fgt Lv 8
Points 1152
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5 Mike
Fgt Lv 6
Points 1128
Frozen

6 Knighttrain
Blk Lv 9
Points 1091
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7 Brian J. Blottie
Fgt Lv 10
Points 1060
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8 Shinuzzo
Def Lv 7
Points 1018
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9 MrMSty
Blk Lv 10
Points 898
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10 Sandy
Blk Lv 11
Points 838
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11 DMJ
Fgt Lv 8
Points 836
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12 ERROR
Blk Lv 12
Points 758
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13 Kharamain
Blk Lv 11
Points 758
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14 Goddess Atma
Fgt Lv 14
Points 739
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15 JuMeSyn
Wht Lv 8
Points 723
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16 Ice^Tiger
Blk Lv 6
Points 722
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17 Arros Raikou
Fgt Lv 7
Points 696
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18 Carabbit
Wht Lv 7
Points 682
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19 FoxKelfonne
Blk Lv 10
Points 680
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20 Joshua
Wht Lv 10
Points 640
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21 Cacticus
Wht Lv 8
Points 605
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22 Jeremy V.
Def Lv 7
Points 589
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23 Tasukete
Blk Lv 9
Points 570
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24 Straadin
Def Lv 9
Points 568
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25 Jess
Wht Lv 8
Points 559
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26 Purelunatic
Fgt Lv 6
Points 559
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27 Witecat
Def Lv 6
Points 555
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28 Heltje
Fgt Lv 4
Points 553
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29 Gaijin
Blk Lv 8
Points 537
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30 Alexander MD
Fgt Lv 8
Points 531
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31 Timbit
Fgt Lv 8
Points 523
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32 Thinkfreemind
Fgt Lv 6
Points 516
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33 Ken
Blk Lv 9
Points 515
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34 Leviathan
Fgt Lv 9
Points 513
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35 Lost Boricua
Blk Lv 11
Points 505
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36 Seiryu
Def Lv 6
Points 491
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37 Maggie
Blk Lv 7
Points 479
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38 BigWook
Wht Lv 11
Points 463
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39 The Dark Chevalier
Blk Lv 6
Points 448
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40 Alael
Fgt Lv 8
Points 441
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41 Weretiger Rei
Wht Lv 6
Points 411
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42 Kolphyre
Fgt Lv 11
Points 407
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43 Fang
Def Lv 9
Points 388
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44 UFJ
Wht Lv 10
Points 383
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45 Koala Bob
Blk Lv 7
Points 380
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46 CW
Fgt Lv 10
Points 373
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47 Leaper
Blk Lv 10
Points 353
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48 Genjuu
Blk Lv 9
Points 341
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49 Belthasar2
Fgt Lv 7
Points 317
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50 Macstorm
Def Lv 5
Points 315
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51 Jeffrey
Def Lv 4
Points 310
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52 Cloud_2049
Wht Lv 3
Points 299
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53 FirstAid
Wht Lv 9
Points 290
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54 Bainick
Def Lv 6
Points 284
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55 Draconn
Fgt Lv 9
Points 275
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56 Strawberry Eggs
Blk Lv 7
Points 257
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57 Boojum
Blk Lv 9
Points 252
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58 Ourobolus
Blk Lv 9
Points 241
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59 Waterfiend33
Fgt Lv 8
Points 221
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60 Raaj
Blk Lv 12
Points 209
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61 BLG
Blk Lv 9
Points 193
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62 Shadow Chancellor
Wht Lv 7
Points 174
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63 Bucket
Def Lv 3
Points 170
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64 Sundoulos
Fgt Lv 8
Points 160
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65 Vyselocke
Def Lv 11
Points 153
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66 Adam
Fgt Lv 8
Points 142
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67 Prism
Wht Lv 7
Points 128
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68 Laurie
Wht Lv 6
Points 128
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69 Flamethrower
Blk Lv 7
Points 124
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70 Nightwolf
Blk Lv 11
Points 118
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71 IceNine
Blk Lv 5
Points 115
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72 Killa B
Fgt Lv 1
Points 85
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73 Xlash
Fgt Lv 11
Points 83
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74 Dracus
Fgt Lv 3
Points 80
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75 Frammy
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75
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76 ~Sean~~
Fgt Lv 7
Points 65
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77 SuperKyle
Fgt Lv 10
Points 58
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78 Alukien
Fgt Lv 1
Points 40
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79 Ziphakiel Valkrist
Def Lv 1
Points 40
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80 Smiley Elf
Fgt Lv 1
Points 30
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81 Jwcooley
Fgt Lv 1
Points 20
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82 Otaku Nick
Blk Lv 1
Points 20
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83 ProtoMan
xxx Lv 1
Points 6
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84 Patternscribe
Fgt Lv 1
Points 5
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85 Tyraraven
Fgt Lv 4
Points 0
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