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Sock 2

Oooh, I almost wish it weren't the weekend. Boss fights are scary, but there's a lot more game left to be played, and anything could happen! Just look at what happened yesterday: ~Sean~~ bit the big one from the brutish, busty bitch, and poor Aurelius tumbled about 1500 points due to a very unfortunate (or very fortunate, for Alexander!) Warp Stone. Yikes.

Today's Tips:

  • Since a few people have had questions, I just want to clarify: White Mage's Stars, Defender's Stars, etc... they don't touch your experience level at all when used. They only act to give you a bonus job level, and your actual level remains untouched. Sorry about that confusion!
  • While you may exchange gold and items with other contestants that you may be in contact with, you may not exchange points or Experience. It's just the way it goes.

One more to round out the week!

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The demon lady was so incredibly strong. We fought on and on, but it felt as though we were fighting an unwinnable battle. More and more weary, we suddenly heard a shrill voice behind us.

"You fight... the demon woman. But hurry! The dark one is getting ever closer... there is not much time..."

"Zaile!" Shayla gave a backwards glance in surprise.

"FOOLS! YOU COULDN'T TOUCH ME IF YOU TRIED, GUH-*Snort*" Gorgant slobbered on the ground as she swung her frightening weapon within inches of my head. I dodged the attack easily.

"Yes... I am much stronger now, thanks to your... transactions. I will be most glad to lend you a hand in this battle. That woman is... shall we say... too big for her britches."

But the room suddenly darkened to such low light that everything seemed invisible. A hollow, horrible voice rang out.

"What is going on here?"

The light returned in a brilliant white flush that seemed almost blinding at first. Before us was Mazell, a strange and frightening smile curling up on his lips. Zaile shrank back in what appeared to be absolute terror.

Mazell gave a confident-sounding laugh. "You live, Zaile, my slave. I am impressed... after your dismal failure, I thought you were done for. Gorgant, my darling... what are you doing?"

"DAR... DESTROYING THESE BUGS, JUST AS YOU WANTEDSHL! THEY'RE QUICK, BUT THEY'RE AHHH NO MATCH FOR ME."

Mazell appeared unenthused. "I see." He brushed his deep, almost blue-black hair backwards. "It looks like you need some help. I don't like uninvited guests... especially when they try to kidnap the ones that are welcome." He gave Angelina a wry smile. Angelina sneered in response, and attempted to spit upon him. The saliva careened through the air and missed him by quite a lot.

"I've had enough. Zaile. Over there." Mazell suddenly gave him an almost inhuman gaze with his ice-blue eyes. Zaile collapsed in a split second to the floor, before slowly animating to life in a strange, alien way. "Kill them."

Zaile had a wild look in his eyes, filled with some newfound strength. He screamed with a bloodcurdling pitch as Mazell raised both of his arms up. "No one will stop the plans that I have set into motion, especially those as absolutely insignificant as yourselves. It is time for you to face the fact that you have no chance at altering the fate that we are destined to reach!"

With Mazell's raised hands, several monsters almost melted into the room. Our adrenaline high, we tried to keep focused against this hideous situation...

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Hmmm...

A strange door has materialized...



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

Currently in Play:
  • Zaile
  • Souleater-A
  • Souleater-B
  • Souleater-C
  • Souleater-D
  • Gorgant
  • Electabuzz (Summon)
  • Mazell
  • Glalie (Summon)

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Another editorial note: ~Sean~~'s points were set to zero at the end of yesterday's column, but I failed to change his status from normal to K.O. Sorry about that!

~Sean~~ is revived with 75 points!
Belthasar2 attacks! White Witch-A takes 22 damage!
Macstorm attacks! Gorgant takes 12 damage!
Mike attacks! Gorgant takes 18 damage!
Carabbit attacks! Gorgant takes 14 damage!
Straadin attacks! Gorgant takes 8 damage!
Joshua uses a Sneak Glove! Joshua steals an item from Gorgant!
Electabuzz uses Thunderbolt! Ifrit takes 63 damage!

Ifrit is defeated!
All SIA members receive 113 Experience (and no Gold)!
BigWook gains a level, reaching Level 12!
Brian J. Blottie gains a level, reaching Level 11!
Knighttrain gains a level, reaching Level 10!

Sandy casts Aero! White Witch-A takes 12 damage!
Leviathan attacks! Gorgant takes 27 damage!
Sundoulos attacks! Gorgant takes 27 damage!
Xlash uses a Might Mote! Xlash is now under Might status!
Draconn uses a Warp Stone! Draconn's points are switched with Jeremy V.!
Aurelius attacks! Gorgant takes 15 damage!
Shinuzzo attacks! White Witch-A takes 17 damage!

White Witch-A is defeated!
Shinuzzo gains 175 Experience and 105 Gold!
Shinuzzo gains a level, reaching Level 8!

Seiryu attacks! Gorgant takes 13 damage!
Glalie uses Ice Beam! Gorgant takes 42 damage!
Genjuu casts Blizzard! Gorgant takes 8 damage!
Leaper attacks! Gorgant takes 41 damage!
LufiaLvr tries to open the mysterious door... but it's securely locked!
Goddess Atma uses an Energizer! Goddess Atma's unarmed attack power increases permanently by 2!
Prism attacks! Gorgant takes 14 damage!
UFJ attacks! Gorgant takes 9 damage!
Knighttrain casts Fira! Gorgant takes 21 damage!
Jeremy V. attacks! Gorgant takes 14 damage!
Slashlen attacks! Gorgant takes 45 damage!
Alexander tries to remove the Sock from the mysterious door! But it seems to be painted on...
JuMeSyn attacks! Gorgant takes 14 damage!
Kolphyre attacks! Gorgant takes 34 damage! Gorgant is knocked down!
Maggie attacks! Gorgant takes 18 damage!
Witecat casts Blizzard! Gorgant takes 7 damage!
DMJ is poisoned! DMJ takes 15 damage!
Nightwolf attacks! Gorgant takes 25 damage! Nightwolf obtains 76 Gold!
Kharamain casts Water! Gorgant takes 31 damage!
Lost Boricua tries to grab the mysterious door by the handles and scream "LET ME IN!" But, the handles look like they're painted on too!
Thinkfreemind attacks! Glalie takes 13 damage!
Raaj attacks! Gorgant takes 26 damage! Raaj obtains 76 Gold!
BigWook attacks! Gorgant takes 26 damage! BigWook obtains 76 Gold!
SuperKyle attacks! Gorgant takes 32 damage!
Strawberry Eggs casts Aero! Gorgant takes 9 damage!
Shadowchancellor attacks! Gorgant takes 14 damage!
Ice^Tiger attacks! Gorgant takes 7 damage!
The Dark Chevalier casts Thunder! Gorgant takes 8 damage!
CW uses a Warp Stone! CW's points are switched with Straadin!
Jess attacks! Gorgant takes 15 damage!
Purelunatic attacks! Gorgant takes 17 damage!

Gorgant returns to her feet with an angry grimace!

Gorgant hurls her axe wildly, like a boomerang! Otaku Nick suffers 169 damage! Timbit suffers 172 damage!

Otaku Nick is KO'd... (You'll be revived in tomorrow's column.)
Timbit is burned... (You'll obtain half points until it has healed!)
Timbit's Cleric's Robe rips into shreds...

Gorgant's Poisoning wears off!
Gorgant is under Regen status! Gorgant is healed by 15 points!

Zaile appears!
Mazell appears!
Four Souleaters appear!





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!

The Hidden Hand

Creator: Raaj
Type: Semi-Open
The Hidden Hand intends to act as a highly coordinated and organized guild. Members must have AIM and be able to discuss SOCK nightly (on Tuesday to Friday) - preference will be given to those who are intending to become proficient in advanced or unusual classes, but others will be considered as well.



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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.)
700 pts Reliant Blade (Weapon: Fgt 14; Power 60; Break% 1)

Blazing Cloak (Armor: Blk 14; Break% 5; Absorbs Fire Damage, Doubles Power of Fire Magic)

Super Sneak Glove (Item: Steals user's choice of a random item, equipped weapon, or equipped armor of target with 75% probability.)


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Yesterday's Answers

#87:
b) Final Fantasy VI (75 Points)
Setzer's Lagomorph, along with its cute little sound effect, comes with the "Mugu mugu?" phrase at the top of the screen.

#88:
e) Phantasy Star IV (100 Points)
Yes, in Phantasy Star IV, gaining the final level (99) actually causes your stats to FALL instead of increase! Thus, there is absolutely no advantage to gaining as far as you can. Interesting, no?


Today's Questions
Today's Consolation Points: 15


#89:
Which of the following is most vital in the original Shadowgate?
(80 Gold)

a) That you ensure that you are always carrying a First Aid Kit.
b) That you ensure that you always have at least one torch lit.
c) That you ensure that you don't ever drink the potions you find.
d) That you ensure that your magic spellbook is never opened.
e) That you ensure that you don't ever run out of food to eat.


#90:
Which of the following options will be chosen most often?
(100 points)

a) Meteor
b) Flare
c) Quake
d) Holy
e) Death



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Contestants
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1 Arpijy
Fgt Lv 8
Points 1586
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2 Slashlen
Fgt Lv 16
Points 1532
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3 LufiaLvr
Wht Lv 6
Points 1471
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4 Knighttrain
Blk Lv 10
Points 1376
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5 Alexander MD
Fgt Lv 9
Points 1313
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6 Mike
Fgt Lv 7
Points 1309
Frozen

7 FoxKelfonne
Blk Lv 10
Points 1065
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8 Brian J. Blottie
Fgt Lv 11
Points 1060
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9 Kharamain
Blk Lv 11
Points 1008
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10 Shinuzzo
Def Lv 8
Points 993
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11 Ice^Tiger
Blk Lv 6
Points 987
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12 MrMSty
Blk Lv 12
Points 913
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13 JuMeSyn
Wht Lv 8
Points 883
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14 Heltje
Fgt Lv 4
Points 853
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15 Seiryu
Def Lv 6
Points 851
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16 CW
Fgt Lv 10
Points 844
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17 Purelunatic
Fgt Lv 6
Points 841
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18 Sandy
Blk Lv 11
Points 838
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19 DMJ
Fgt Lv 8
Points 815
Poison

20 ERROR
Blk Lv 15
Points 793
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21 Arros Raikou
Fgt Lv 7
Points 781
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22 Ourobolus
Blk Lv 9
Points 743
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23 Leaper
Blk Lv 11
Points 738
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24 Jess
Wht Lv 9
Points 734
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25 Leviathan
Fgt Lv 9
Points 703
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26 Alael
Fgt Lv 10
Points 690
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27 Joshua
Wht Lv 10
Points 670
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28 Draconn
Fgt Lv 9
Points 664
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29 Goddess Atma
Fgt Lv 14
Points 663
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30 Ken
Blk Lv 10
Points 650
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31 Boojum
Blk Lv 10
Points 637
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32 Carabbit
Wht Lv 8
Points 632
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33 Macstorm
Def Lv 5
Points 625
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34 The Dark Chevalier
Blk Lv 7
Points 608
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35 Thinkfreemind
Fgt Lv 6
Points 606
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36 Cacticus
Wht Lv 8
Points 605
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37 Raaj
Blk Lv 12
Points 594
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38 Maggie
Blk Lv 7
Points 579
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39 Witecat
Def Lv 6
Points 555
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40 Lost Boricua
Blk Lv 11
Points 540
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41 Gaijin
Blk Lv 8
Points 537
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42 Weretiger Rei
Wht Lv 6
Points 526
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43 Xlash
Fgt Lv 11
Points 478
Might

44 Sundoulos
Fgt Lv 9
Points 460
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45 Kolphyre
Fgt Lv 12
Points 452
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46 Shadow Chancellor
Wht Lv 8
Points 434
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47 UFJ
Wht Lv 10
Points 433
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48 Fang
Def Lv 9
Points 388
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49 Tasukete
Blk Lv 9
Points 365
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50 Nightwolf
Blk Lv 11
Points 353
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51 Timbit
Fgt Lv 8
Points 351
Burned

52 Vyselocke
Def Lv 11
Points 320
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53 Strawberry Eggs
Blk Lv 7
Points 319
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54 Jeffrey
Def Lv 4
Points 310
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55 Cloud_2049
Wht Lv 3
Points 299
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56 Adam
Fgt Lv 8
Points 287
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57 BigWook
Wht Lv 12
Points 255
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58 Genjuu
Blk Lv 9
Points 252
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59 FirstAid
Wht Lv 9
Points 245
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60 SuperKyle
Fgt Lv 10
Points 238
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61 Flamethrower
Blk Lv 7
Points 229
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62 Aurelius
Wht Lv 9
Points 224
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63 Waterfiend33
Fgt Lv 8
Points 221
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64 Prism
Wht Lv 8
Points 208
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65 Belthasar2
Fgt Lv 7
Points 200
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66 Bucket
Def Lv 3
Points 170
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67 Jeremy V.
Def Lv 7
Points 160
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68 Bainick
Def Lv 6
Points 159
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69 IceNine
Blk Lv 5
Points 115
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70 BLG
Blk Lv 9
Points 113
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71 Killa B
Fgt Lv 1
Points 85
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72 ~Sean~~
Fgt Lv 7
Points 75
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73 ProtoMan
xxx Lv 1
Points 75
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74 Frammy
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75
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75 Jwcooley
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75
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76 Patternscribe
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75
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77 Smiley Elf
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75
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78 Straadin
Def Lv 9
Points 48
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79 Dracus
Fgt Lv 3
Points 44
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80 Alukien
Fgt Lv 1
Points 40
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81 Ziphakiel Valkrist
Def Lv 1
Points 40
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82 Koala Bob
Blk Lv 8
Points 36
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83 Tyraraven
Fgt Lv 4
Points 28
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84 Otaku Nick
Blk Lv 1
Points 0
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