Life of a Lutari: Common Questions Finally Answered
You know, the life of a Lutari isn't easy. Most of you think we just popped up
on a random day, taking the Neopian world by storm and surprise. But this simply
isn't the case! We Lutaris have been around just as long as any other pet, surprisingly
enough. Truth be told, many Neopians have known about us for many, many years--some
of us have even lived right under your nose the whole time! I guess the most memorable
and first recorded appearance of one of us in the lands of Neopia would be my
uncle, Muk Chipper (you may more readily know him as "Mr. Chipper"... his first
name is also where the rumors of our original species name, "the Muk," must have
sprouted.) Uncle Chipper, always the exuberant one in our extended family, just
couldn't stand just slipping and sliding around in the depths of the servers anymore
(a server is kind of like the underground cavern that Neopets keeps all of its
secret information in... I bet you didn't know we've been in it for almost two
years, huh?) so he became a Neo-entrepreneur of sorts, setting up shop right in
the middle of your Happy Valley! The second everyone saw him, of course, rumors
began to flourish--it's said that people would buy things from his shop just to
catch a glimpse of him! In any case, his business was booming, and the rumors
began flying faster than ever.
Well, although we have many great qualities, we Lutaris aren't great at being
stealthy. Our bright coats and big clunky feet seem to let tiny details slip
right between our claws... and before you knew it, Neopians were finding all
sorts of items from my homeland plain as day on the server! Stamps from our
letters, treats we would send to Uncle Chip, soon even some of our petpets and
even our furniture, were right in bold view of the 'Other Siders.' (Hehe, no
offense, that's just what us 'Taris call anyone that's not from our end of the
Letters from Chip came often, telling of the great sliding slopes all around
Terror Mountain and the abundance of great Neopians he was meeting. We were
extremely hesitant--we are a friendly species as a whole, but we were afraid
of something terrible happening to our beautiful paradise we cherish so much.
What with the war and the threat of the Darigan Citadel, plus the ever-present
worry of Dr. Sloth, we Lutaris were understandably scared of introducing ourselves
to the world! Just as it seemed we were going to call Uncle Chip home and ignore
the idea of coming out all together, a mysterious bright portal appeared over
the skies of our Neighbors of the seas, Altador. Though we don't like the warm
sea weather much, all of us 'Taris had traveled to the glorious lands at one
point or another--and as we watched from afar as the Other Siders bravely helped
Altador free itself from the spell of dark magic, we couldn't help but be sure
that introducing ourselves to the world was the right thing to do.
However, many of our Elder leaders had a severe objection to opening our Island
to the public. We youngsters begged and whined, pleading for the chance to share
our heritage with everyone. But the Elders were stern; their authentic rituals,
rustic paint and our own special Faerie native to our Island was a secret we
had harbored for years--many weren't in any hurry to share it! Finally, on the
19th day of the Month of Eating, a rebellious brigade of 5,000 young Lutaris
made the brave decision to swim across the sea, arriving in straggling, small
packs on the broad shores of your land! Everyone had their eyes on us; although
I didn't arrive with the first group, I hear rumors that some anxious Neopians
stood around the shores for HOURS, just waiting to rescue a swimming Lutari
and take it home for care. In just one day, every single one of the 5,000 that
swam had been adopted by a lucky family within seconds of arrival. That has
to be some kind of record!
Although the new Lutaris were very happy to be exploring their new environment,
all of them were hesitant to some of the changes specific to the Other Siders.
For one, we had never seen any paintbrush but our own--an ornate design of colorful
splashes and colors, designed by the Tribal Elders themselves. So when this
new flock of Neopians came running at us, their hands full of squishy, stitched,
hooked, flashy, colored paintbrushes, of course we retreated immediately! The
only color I feel like we belong in from your side of the world is Island, though
as to date none of us are brave enough to try it...
Another problem the Lutaris had to adjusting was this idea of the "Pound."
Apparently on your side of the world, animals are flipped and flopped and flashed
through the pound in an instant, used as a means of transferring your pets from
one owner to the next. But we Lutaris aren't just any pet! Any owner who tried
to reluctantly shove their 'Tari into the greasy hands of that yellow Techo
would be in for a shock. The terrified Lutari, despite however virtuous the
intentions of the owner, would scramble away, and dash right back to Lutari
Island! Only a few Lutaris returned home to us this way, which is how we heard
of the strange habits of the Other Siders. Well, all of this excited jabber
was enough for the Elders--it was time for us to make our grand appearance!
The rest of us Lutaris that were brave enough to make the swim collected together
in numbers of about 500, with everyone totaling about 10,000 all together. With
us, we carried talismans, news of our lands, and even secret maps on how to
travel back the same way we came. On the 28th day of Relaxing, 2006, our arrival
received an even greater uproar than I could have imagined! It was the day after
my mom's birthday, and she perchance happened to be idly fishing around the
shores of Maraqua when I popped up out of the waters to greet her--I was in
the first group to arrive! Ecstatic, she took me home immediately, cleaned me
up, and walked back with me as we watched other nervous owners SCRAMBLE to have
the chance to own another Lutari just like me. It was madness! But not only
was simply owning us becoming a struggle, but there was a bigger question on
everyone's mind--where is Lutari Island, and how do we get there? What is this
Talisman, and how can it help me? Well, that, my friends, is actually a pretty
simple question, with an even simpler answer.
As you all know, when we Lutaris came in the second batch to Neopia, we brought
with us maps back to our homeland. But because of the skepticism of the Elders
that remain on our lands, you have to buy the map with the price--this way,
only the worthy are allowed to enter! You can see Lutari Island using The Neopets
Mobile Program. This, a simple device that can be downloaded to any Cingular
serviced cell phone, gives you the ability to access Lutari Island (well, not
only my land, but all of Neopia!) whenever you please. Of course, as I said,
it comes with a price--and not just in Neopoints either. It currently costs
just under $3 a month, to pay to run the many games and special services that
our maps offer. It is all up to the Elders whether anyone will actually be able
to access the Island free or not; they're pretty set in their ways, so if you
want to visit it any time soon, my suggestion is to simply download the easy
Your Lutari Talisman is a free gift from all of us Lutaris, blessed by the
Elders back on the Island to give us special luck in our crossing. However,
your luck as a Neopian will only begin to increase if you add one of our magical
Lutari Beads to the tightly woven threads. I think in our hurry to get ashore,
some of us dropped a bead here and there--naturally, due to their rarity, the
prices they sell for around here are extremely high! The cheaper way to go about
getting one is simply by telling someone about how to access Lutari Island through
Neopets Mobile. Every time you can convince someone to purchase a map, another
bead is added to your Talisman--consequently, the better your luck becomes!
It's all a game of chance though, so don't take my word for it. Use your judgment
wisely. How much are better odds worth to you?
And there you have it--everything you need to know about how us Lutaris came
to be. I hope this has shined a bright light on our otherwise mysterious comings--still
want a Lutari! Have no fear! Something inside me feels that more of us will
be moving over to Neopian shores soon enough...
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