(Cafe Istanbul-City of Meridian)--Bov, TimeLord, and Fire Angel took their coffee to the couch directly in front of one of the fireplaces. They reminisced about old times in Lord British' previous incarnation in a land fondly remembered by many Novia denizens, the predecessor to SOTA, Ultima Online. --Mingo shook his head as he remembered a 300 baud modem....house placing day, and RL friends who gathered on Friday nights as the Raiders of Valor on Chesapeake. He remembered with a fond smile how his compatriot, Mussop, had started out with insufficient strength....and died to a chicken. Somewhere in a trunk Mingo still kept a photo of his house on Moonglow Island. Three waterfalls fell in a cascade and from inside you could look out through the falling water. --Jason took charge of the four large salmon. "Lilith," he called. "Want to learn to prepare salmon?" --"you just bite into it...." Lilith started to say, then said, "yes, I think you do things to the fish..." --"On second thought," Jason said thinking twice, "Salmon should be frozen for 10 days to kill the parasites." --System Lord Elgarion came to the rescue of the story line. "Novia salmon has no parasites, not like Old Aerth whence you came. Also I think I would like some sashimi." --"Who else would like sashimi?" Jason called to the room. --"What's that?" Mingo asked. --"Raw fish," Gerta told him. "though there is a bit more to it than that." --Lilith, Emiko, Tomoko and Frida raised their hand choosing sashimi. "For the rest of you I shall have some fish grilled for lunch." Jason, Crescent and Lilith then moved to the food preparation room to prepare the fish. --"Emiko, Tomoko, pleaze go and take charge of preparing the rize," Frida directed to one of the handmaidens. "Don't let Jazon put zugar in it!" --Now Frida found herself alone at her table. She looked across at the other table where Mingo still sat with Elgarion, Gerta and Lilith. Frida glowered at her cousin, who fortunately sat with her back towards Frida. Mingo noticed. --Outside, the snow stopped. It lay deep and even in the still air, almost three feet thick.