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<Benhimself> Oh no! Pandora is back for revenge! Again!
<Benhimself> Also, heyo Nentuaby!
<Nentuaby> Hai guis, what's goin on in this thread!
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<Benhimself> We've given up saving humanity for gardening.
<borogove> Hey, people.
<Benhimself> It's very relaxing. Ryan may change his Code/Virtue.
<Nentuaby> Heh. :)
<Rand Brittain> Yeah, it was kind of a boring fight, but now there will be fun.
<crusher_bob> But will there be tea?
<Rand Brittain> I overestimated the usefulness of his Estates in a fight.
<Rand Brittain> The battle against the dragon a while back was the really good one.
<Nentuaby> Over DC? I read that.
<Rand Brittain> Ryan got trapped in a ball of gravity, the only thing light can't escape from!
<Rand Brittain> Yes, good times.
<Benhimself> The problem was he could only really attack us indirectly, but there wasn't much indirectly that we care about.
<Rand Brittain> I choose to put it down to the inherent tendency of evil to turn upon itself!
<Rand Brittain> Uqbarian is still coming, right?
<Benhimself> Someone whose estates include suicide can't be that hard to kill.
<Benhimself> He's the embodiment of asking for it!
<Benhimself> We can only hope, if people do the rescue rite on them, that his former powers don't hold a grudge or anything.
- Benhimself coughs.
<Rand Brittain> Not it!
<Rand Brittain> So, did you decide to use all those Dynasty Points to buy off Demanding?
- Nentuaby is now known as NotPandoraHonest
<Benhimself> I wouldn't be against doing so.
<crusher_bob> Heh, so now that our reputation as loose canons is assured, the Phoenix gets rid of the crazy?
<Rand Brittain> Poor Pandora got beaten up a bit last time she showed up, but I guess she got what she wanted.
<Benhimself> Nent, is the storm-song in End Forsaken something you would really like me to follow up on, or would you rather things just get moving?
- Benhimself is trying to get off his ass and actually post those these PbP a bit more.
- NotPandoraHonest is now known as Nentuaby
- RandBrittain is thinking about putting a veil up so he can offer to trail Succession but isn't sure if his veil can actually do that.
<Rand Brittain> We may as well get started tonight; I've got exams to study for.
- You are now known as HollyhockGod
- Benhimself is now known as RyanSherbrig
- borogove is now known as Fiona
<Hollyhock God> So, when last we left, Maebara was sprouting out of a tulip while Fiona and Alexa watch.
<Nentuaby> (OOC: Hmmm, the veil should be able to selectively prevent certain things from being overheard; it's based on a powerful enough miracle.)
- crusher_bob is now known as Ebba
<Hollyhock God> Someone should probably explain to Nentuaby about Maebara's many troubles since last he saw him.
<Nentuaby> (OOC: I've read at least a few in the logs. Poor bishi. As for following up on the storm, it's your choice. Plot complications either way. :P )
<Hollyhock God> But I will summarize them as "To lead an untroubled life, don't be sexier than the Tempest."
<Ryan Sherbrig> ("Oh, I'm sorry, were you using that air?")
<Hollyhock God> His long string of increasingly unlikely reincarnations has finally led him here, to be reborn in the Garden of Eden as a baby version of his original self.
<Hollyhock God> Meanwhile, Ryan is fixing bits of broken masonry and generally putting his mark on things.
- RyanSherbrig walks peacefully through the garden, enjoying the scenery, adding artistic statuary and the like here and there.
<Hollyhock God> Possibly he's wondering if he's allowed to build a house or if he has to sleep in a tree.
- RyanSherbrig doesn't need silly things like sleep.
<Hollyhock God> It's all very pleasant and you're thinking about how awesome you all are.
<Hollyhock God> Then, BAM! Lord Entropy.
<Ebba> Well, if we are lucky, any of our stuff stored in the volcano should now also be stored in the new volcano, right?
<Ryan Sherbrig> "A dedicated space for high summonings would be… wait, I feel I'm about to be interrupted."
<Hollyhock God> You left the volcano behind.
<Ebba> Yeah, about that…
<Hollyhock God> The flowers all turn in a specific direction and go red.
<Hollyhock God> This, to a Tempest, registers as a very specific alert.
<Hollyhock God> You all hurry to the single gateway (unless you can think of a reason not to).
<Ryan Sherbrig> "Either the Blood Sun has risen, or we have visitors."
<Hollyhock God> There is a ripple in space as something pushes at the portal, trying to force it open.
<Ebba> "What? No knocking?"
<Hollyhock God> Then it bursts.
<Hollyhock God> At least twenty ogres knuckle through, and you find yourselves quickly surrounded.
<Hollyhock God> Only then does Lord Entropy make his personal appearance.
<Hollyhock God> His manner is quite calm and collected, so you can tell he's extra furious.
<Nentuaby> (Oh, great. You won't get the smell out of the upholstery for decades.)
<Hollyhock God> (Fortunately we have no upholstery.)
<Ryan Sherbrig> (This may call for some spring cleaning afterwards.)
<Hollyhock God> He looks very slowly from side to side at the Garden and the general niceness.
<Hollyhock God> Then he says, "I see."
<Hollyhock God> He looks at Ryan, whose heart stops beating for just a tiny second before reasserting itself.
<Hollyhock God> "Give me one reason, just one reason, why I should allow any of you to live."
<Ryan Sherbrig> "Serve thy Imperator before the War?"
<Hollyhock God> The ogres are getting really quite close to touching you now.
<Hollyhock God> "You've put quite a lot of things before the war, Dominus Sherbrig. And when I said "you," I was including your Ymera."
<Hollyhock God> "It seems she sleeps, so it lies to you to explain why she doesn't deserve death along with the rest of you."
<Ryan Sherbrig> "Ah. Well then."
- RyanSherbrig Aspect-0 tries to think of a good justification! (Both IC and OOC)
<Hollyhock God> A house divided against itself cannot stand?
<Ebba> (We are already at risk of open war between the Light and the Dark, something a bit more negotiated than 'all heads off' would probably be in order?)
<Ryan Sherbrig> (Is seriously considering "We've got Defender's Blessing 5, so, yeah, bring it.")
<Ryan Sherbrig> (But probably won't.)
- Nentuaby is now known as Nentuaby|Lurking
<Ryan Sherbrig> "The Dark seeks the elimination of humanity. By their own admission, a victory for the Excrucians, while not the victory of their choosing, would still be a victory for them, as well."
<Ryan Sherbrig> "It seems wise not to leave such valuable resources as the birthplace of humanity in their hands, then, yes?"
<Hollyhock God> "Ah," says Lord Entropy. "I suppose I should simply have killed them myself long ago. How foolish of me not to have seen it."
<Hollyhock God> "The First Lord and I had much in common."
<Ryan Sherbrig> (/me briefly considers giving them more in common.)
<Hollyhock God> "For one thing, he never pretended to be anything other than what he was."
<Hollyhock God> "I think I shall kill one of you now. Start with the Lady Fire," he instructs his ogres.
<Hollyhock God> Alexa isn't sure whether she should run or not, so the ogres are already on her before she can act.
<Ryan Sherbrig> "Wait!"
<Hollyhock God> Ping!
<Ryan Sherbrig> (Are ogres immune to direct miracles? I forget.)
<Hollyhock God> The ogres are forced to draw back, unable to touch Alexa as light ripples around her skin.
<Hollyhock God> (I don't believe so, no.)
<Hollyhock God> Lord Entropy's face mottles, showing color for the first time.
<Ebba> (Is this our chance to see if we can go 2 for 2 with Imperators?)
<Hollyhock God> "There is indeed power here, more than I've realized."
<Hollyhock God> "More than could possibly be trusted to traitorous, selfish fools!"
<Ryan Sherbrig> "We don't seek further war."
<Hollyhock God> Lord Entropy says nothing, but you can feel him raising a truly hellish blast of Destruction.
<Ebba> (This is the limit of our territorial ambitions, really.)
- RyanSherbrig readies an all-inspiring preservation in response.
<Hollyhock God> "Is it true?" a voice asks, from behind Entropy.
<Hollyhock God> Lady Dana Whitsunday has appeared in the open doorway, leaving skids in the earth from her customary deceleration.
<Hollyhock God> "Ohmygod it is true," she says, sweeping around the Darkest Lord as though he was the butler.
<Hollyhock God> "This is Eden!"
<Hollyhock God> Ryan, you find your hands being shaken as people begin pouring in through your front door.
<Ryan Sherbrig> (Or we could have a party instead!)
<Hollyhock God> "Was this your plan all along?" asks Dana. "I had no idea you were so perspicacious!"
<Hollyhock God> You aren't quite sure who brought them along, but it seems as though somebody invited the Light for a drop-in.
<Hollyhock God> All of it.
<Ryan Sherbrig> "You'll have to forgive us for our…. subtlety. Some of us thought not everyone would appreciate such an act."
<Hollyhock God> Dana's eye twitches to the side a bit, and although she doesn't explicitly acknowledge Entropy's presence, her body remains interposed between him and you.
<Ebba> (Is Lord Entropy still getting ready to explode?)
<Hollyhock God> Meanwhile, a number of old acquaintances are streaming in.
<Hollyhock God> (He seems to be recalibrating.)
<Hollyhock God> You count E'jah, Gloria (limping), Selim, Vesper, Marley, Katriana (walking for the first time in a century and not happy about it), Karen, and Wanda, and probably any number of other people who hopefully aren't from the Dark.
<Hollyhock God> Everyone is very pleased to see you, even Wanda, who probably isn't actually pleased to see you.
<Hollyhock God> But she says "Well… old Wanda certainly didn't expect this! How remarkable!" and tries to smile like a sane person.
<Ryan Sherbrig> "We are pleased to surpass your expectations of us."
<Hollyhock God> "A capital victory," says Vesper. "How ever did you manage it?"
<Ryan Sherbrig> (Charging in and beating on him until he stopped. Oh, and an Excrucian superweapon!)
<Hollyhock God> "Lady Ebba," asks E'jah with relief in his voice. "Are you hurt? I had heard a rumor that you had been captured."
<Ebba> (Since it looks like no explosion today.)
<Ebba> "Would you like tea while you consider, Dread Lord?"
<Hollyhock God> Lord Entropy, realizing that smiting you now would not merely require a Word of Command but will also invoke politics, continues to mottle.
<Hollyhock God> He does not want tea.
<Ebba> and to E'jah, "I was captured an replaced by a Deceiver-shard for a short while"
<Ryan Sherbrig> "Lady Fiona's Estate proved quite useful in granting us access to the first Garden, and from there, things proceeded more or less naturally."
<Hollyhock God> E'jah bows his excuse for a head. "I must apologize for not spotting the deception immediately. I should know my student better."
<Hollyhock God> Entropy's voice interrupts.
<Fiona> (Unless you count Excrucian superweapons as unnatural, although I guess that's where the 'less' is from?)
<Hollyhock God> "I see that your actions meet with complete approval from your lackeys, Dominus."
<Hollyhock God> "I had not realized you were the leaders behind the Light, but I pay little attention to such movements."
<Ryan Sherbrig> "I think 'peers' would be a bit more appropriate."
<Ebba> (Huh? Is he talking to Ryan?)
<Hollyhock God> "Forgive me for not recognizing your status earlier. I shall do so now."
<Ryan Sherbrig> (Crap! He's fighting politics with politics!)
<Hollyhock God> (Yes, he is.)
<Ryan Sherbrig> (Our one weakness!)
<Hollyhock God> "I must say it is comforting to have a face to turn to when I have problems that must be… dealt with."
<Hollyhock God> "Next time some incautious Sovereign of Light trespasses upon my time, I shall know that it is you, those least of the lightlords, on whom I must call."
<Hollyhock God> "Hopefully you'll be able to sort out such trifling problems in future before they require my attention."
<Hollyhock God> "But I hope, I truly hope that you don't, because I am very eager to meet you again… somewhere else."
<Hollyhock God> "Let me bid you good day, for form's sake."
<Hollyhock God> And with that, he dematerializes.
<Ryan Sherbrig> "This is preposterous. While they are pleased with our results, the rest of the Light clearly had… bah."
<Hollyhock God> "Huh," says Dana, a little bit off color.
<Hollyhock God> "A toast for our new leaders," cries Vesper.
<Ryan Sherbrig> "Rest assured, while Entropy may seek to blame me, I'm certainly not trying to usurp lea…"
- RyanSherbrig sighs.
<Hollyhock God> "New leaders traditionally are expected to host a party immediately upon their ascension," Marley reminds everyone knowingly.
<Hollyhock God> "Howwonderfulforyou," grits Dana through tightly clenched teeth.
- HollyhockGod delights in destroying you with your one weakness.
<Hollyhock God> Meanwhile, Karen is trying to visit with Alexa and coo over all the babies at the same time.
<Ebba> "Well, since everyone we are now technically responsible for seems to be here, hall we engage them in a party before they have a chance to wander off and get into trouble?"
<Hollyhock God> And since everyone else has a designated NPC relationship to advance, it's Fiona who's left to face Katriana, who is every inch the disapproving aunt.
<Ryan Sherbrig> "Yes. Ebba, Fiona, help see to the guests while I have a talk with Dana."
<Hollyhock God> "You all seem to be pleased with yourselves," she says, eyeing you as though you were a blossom in the frost.
- RyanSherbrig waves his hands to create a few helpful servants and an appropriate offering of delicious foodstuffs.
<Fiona> "I guess. I'm kind of just glad we're still ok, really."
<Fiona> (Quick check: what are our Imperator properties now?)
<Hollyhock God> Granted Handicap and Polished (Gardening)
<Ebba> (Don't they now involve gardening, or something?)
<Hollyhock God> "It's better than you have any right to expect," Katriana snaps, but she has difficulty maintaining her icy rage in the face of your retreat.
<Hollyhock God> Ryan is unable to talk with Dana because Vesper and Marley are all but pouring drinks down his throat. You don't see a polite way to disengage.
<Hollyhock God> Meanwhile, people are poking around and tickling the babies and eating the hors d'oeuvres.
<Ebba> (Better than the reverse, I guess.)
<Fiona> (We did get rid of all the ogres, right?)
<Hollyhock God> (I suppose they probably left, too, since they couldn't get through Defender's Blessing to do anything.)
<Ebba> And back to E'jah, " Well, hopefully everyone can stay out of trouble for at least one night. Would you like me to show you the garden?"
<Hollyhock God> "More than anything," E'jah replies. "So fascinating from a botanical point of view!"
<Ryan Sherbrig> (Quick! Impress him with some Aspect-7 gardening!)
<Ebba> (About time for me to go.)
<Ebba> (But could make the "… see! they do look just like orchids." joke)
<Hollyhock God> Show off your kumquats!
<Hollyhock God> Like normal kumquats, but immortal!
<Hollyhock God> Or I guess those were wisdom.
<Hollyhock God> Anyway, the citrus trees of Immortality don't seem to be in blossom as yet.
<Hollyhock God> There are little tiny kumquats growing on the trees of Wisdom, though. They look a bit peakish, however.
- Fiona has quit (Ping timeout)
<Hollyhock God> Ryan, are you terribly drunk yet?
- RyanSherbrig is trying to avoid it, as an Immortal, and in theory, someone who has to take a bit of responsibility now.
<Ryan Sherbrig> (Especially as my Familia keep mysteriously vanishing on me!)
- HollyhockGod blames Lord Entropy!
<Ryan Sherbrig> "Please, please. I hardly think one act of admittedly foolhardy glory qualifies someone to lead an entire philosophy!"
<Hollyhock God> "Indeed, indeed," nods Vesper, quite drunk already. "You'll have to commit more!"
<Ebba> (Heh, that's the spirit.)
- Ebba has quit (Disintegrated: Leaving)
<Hollyhock God> All my Sovereigns are disappearing!
<Hollyhock God> I guess that means we're done for now.
<Hollyhock God> Please enjoy your new status quo.
<Ryan Sherbrig> Ryan NEVER LEAVES THE CHANCEL AGAIN.
<Ryan Sherbrig> I really am going to have to have a talk with Dana, though.
<Hollyhock God> Seriously? Because that would be funny.
<Hollyhock God> What's there to say?
<Hollyhock God> "Sorry I've rendered everything you've ever done irrelevant."
<Ryan Sherbrig> "Um, I didn't want this, and I don't want to usurp everything you've ever done."
<Ryan Sherbrig> And the whole second-earth thing is still a good idea!
<Ryan Sherbrig> There's still the Dark and Excrucians out there.
<Ryan Sherbrig> It's more that she sort of struck me as an unofficial leadership, or at least well-respected, role already, and Ryan feels guilting about 'officially' usurping that, especially when he's so poorly suited to it.
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<Ryan Sherbrig> I dread to think of what the Can't Find Good Help flaw would do to the Light.
<Hollyhock God> Plus the next time Vesper gets drunk and causes problems, it's your problem.
<Hollyhock God> VESPER IS NOW OFFICIALLY YOUR PROBLEM FOREVER
<Hollyhock God> heh heh heh
<Hollyhock God> Ahahahaha!
<Hollyhock God> Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha!
<Ryan Sherbrig> "You're right, Lord Entropy. Feel free to punish Vesper as you see fit."
<Ryan Sherbrig> "In fact, I'll make suggestions!"
<Hollyhock God> I'm pretty sure you're going to be the whipping boy in that relationship.
<borogove> I'm glad it's Ryan that Entropy seems to be mostly blaming. Although it'd be pretty weird to put Fiona in that position, given she's not actually Light-aligned anymore.
<Ryan Sherbrig> Ryan's the only one who said anything!
<Hollyhock God> Ryan is nominally in charge as the Tempest.
<Ryan Sherbrig> You all kind of just stood meekly aside while he had to deal with things.
<Hollyhock God> Plus he talks more than anybody so it's easier to engage him in dialogues.
<Ryan Sherbrig> A FACT HE WILL REMEMBER.
<Hollyhock God> Nobody poked around enough to notice the really interesting thing, though.
<borogove> That Wanda hasn't murdered us all yet?
<Ryan Sherbrig> That somebody told them all where we were?
<Hollyhock God> All of those babies are immune to direct miracles.
<Hollyhock God> I'll just go ahead and say since you'd obviously notice sooner or later.
<Ryan Sherbrig> "My Glorious isn't making them stop crying! Fiona! Ebba! Alexa! Help!"
<borogove> Yes, because Fiona is obviously good with babies, what with being made of flowers and all.
<borogove> Also, Ebba will just try and give them tea.
<borogove> And Alexa cigarettes.
<Ryan Sherbrig> Alexa is made of fire half the time. You two are clearly the superior alternatives.
<Hollyhock God> Yes, indeed. You can't age them or anything. You have to use real child care!
<Hollyhock God> So I guess Ryan never leaves the Chancel again, for 18 years minimum.
<Ryan Sherbrig> I can create nannies.
- Nentuaby|Lurking is now known as Nentuaby
<Nentuaby> (OOC: *reads the back-log* Touche, Entropy.)
- RyanSherbrig is now known as Benhimself
<Hollyhock God> You'd entrust miraculous babies to the Good Help You Can't Find?
<Hollyhock God> (I didn't spend forty sessions with these dudes without spotting their weak point.)
<Hollyhock God> I kind of feel bad for bringing Lord Entropy and having him not kill anyone, though.
<Benhimself> He was in a spot where it was hard to kill anybody!
<Benhimself> Especially since we all had spirit 5 and most of us had Immortal.
<Benhimself> And it's kind of mean to kill someone whose player isn't here.
- You are now known as RandBrittain
<Rand Brittain> Lord Entropy is a mean guy.
<Rand Brittain> So, anyway, what do you see for the future?
<Rand Brittain> Your miracle-babies won't be ready for 18 years, so what adventures will you be having until then?
<Benhimself> Major Change of Realm! 18 years in the future!
<Benhimself> Probably regrettable amounts of politics and waiting for Ebba to get more alchemy so we can work on that whole Human Immortality Project.
<Rand Brittain> I'm sure the citrus of immortality will bear fruit sooner or later.
<Benhimself> Including dealing with an angry Dark.
<Benhimself> Yeah, but one or two oranges versus 6 billion people is a problem.
<Nentuaby> Clearly you need high-grade alchemical fertilizer.
<Rand Brittain> Heh, heh, heh.
<Benhimself> The Corpse of the First Lord wasn't enough?
<Benhimself> Oh, Lord Entropy, funny to see you here again.
<Rand Brittain> It was full of concentrated evil!
- Benhimself dies.
<Rand Brittain> That's no good for plants.
<Benhimself> So… we need to kill someone full of concentrated good, then.
<Rand Brittain> Seriously, though, I think people wanted a break from metaplot for a while.
<Rand Brittain> So I think next week it's a call for help from Alexa's anchor!
<Nentuaby> Or maybe you need to bioengineer the Kudzu of Immortality.
<Benhimself> A flower rite! We haven't had one of those in a while.
<Benhimself> The estate of Resolve is under attack!
<Rand Brittain> Resolve is in danger, but we can't be bothered.
<Benhimself> Oh, shiny things!
<borogove> As an aside, I'm starting to have problems with this time slot. mostly in terms of it being about an hour or two later than is really ideal for me. but I'm not sure if we can do anything about that?
<Rand Brittain> It wouldn't destroy me to start an hour earlier, I suppose, but other people have to wake up for it.
<Benhimself> Mmm. I could do it, although I can't promise superpunctuality.
<borogove> It's probably not something that needs to be resolved immediately, anyway. This is the downside of daylight-savings, in that a couple of months ago the game started 2 hours earlier for me, and that was noticeably more convenient.
<Nentuaby> Wait… Two?
<Rand Brittain> Well, I don't mind moving it back. Maybe we'll be able to entice Nen into coming again.
<Rand Brittain> "Hai guys, turns out I was never an Excrucian at all. The test gave me a false positive!"
<Nentuaby> Probably more like "Look, you knew I had an evil twin."
<Rand Brittain> Or just roll up a new Rebirth. Logically there should be new Rebirths all the time!
<Benhimself> All of the above!
<Benhimself> It'll be like when Superman died, and four new Supermen appeared.
<Nentuaby> I call the red lightning dude.
<Benhimself> I call evil cyborg Pandora.
<Benhimself> "This. Too. (beep). Will. (click whirr) Pass."
<Rand Brittain> I call ordinary guy in a metal suit Pandora.
<Rand Brittain> I guess the fourth is Pandoragirl.
<Benhimself> Pandora's husband takes up the mantle!
<Nentuaby> That's what I was thinking of, actually.
<Nentuaby> Was Marcus ever sighted after he disappeared from Africa with Pandora?
<Rand Brittain> Nope!
<Benhimself> She was grooming him to be a replacement if something went wrong!
<Rand Brittain> It's a cavalcade of better-looking men entering Ryan's Chancel.
<Rand Brittain> I approve!
<Nentuaby> She was too Phoenix-addled to think that far ahead, but he would have absorbed enough to be a natural choice. :P
<Nentuaby> The only question being how and when he turns up again, and why anybody trusts him after last being seen in the presence of his Excrucian wife.
<Rand Brittain> They don't!
<Rand Brittain> But the shard is stuck in there with superglue, so it's a fait accompli.
<Nentuaby> "Yeah, I *really* hate meetings with the boss. She keeps idly trying to kill me."
<Rand Brittain> Also the Phoenix is very sleepy after dying so she can't really complain.
<Rand Brittain> "…what's that? …a new Power of Rebirth? Good job! zzzzzz…."
<Rand Brittain> Would you stat him out the same way or go with something different?
<Nentuaby> Mostly the same.
<Nentuaby> I'd drop Double and Purifying Flame, since neither ever went anywhere.
<Rand Brittain> Might have to ask borogove to give back those points of Rebirth.
<Nentuaby> And I'd change his Associations to reflect the differences in his personality.
<Rand Brittain> What are those differences, incidentally?
<Nentuaby> He's more of a serious, duty driven person. Pandora reflected "rebirth" in her personality in constantly being in a "fresh and new" state of mind despite her hardships; his thing would be more of a born-again sort of fervor.
<Rand Brittain> Which this Familia kind of needs right now.
<Rand Brittain> Given that Ryan was the only driven one and he's reached his destination.
- Benhimself has quit (Ping timeout)
<Rand Brittain> You can show up and be insistent on taking all these new responsibilities seriously.
<Rand Brittain> Since it was your wife who caused all the trouble by handing out Abhorrent Foci like candy.
<Rand Brittain> We'd certainly be pleased to have you back if it's convenient!
<Nentuaby> I'll start fleshing Marcus out. I won't be able to join next week on account of travel, but I think I'll probably come in after that.
<borogove> I don't mind giving up Rebirth, given I've never actually used it.
<Rand Brittain> Yay!
<borogove> (Also, two hours, because daylight savings changes here too.)
<borogove> (And now I'm off.)