DARBONNE, THE FLOATING CITY      There was a time, long before the beginning of history, when there were both good and evil forces in the Land of Mordor. The battles between them raged constantly with first one side and then the other claiming victory.  It was during the third age, at a time when the dragons and balrogs had joined forces against the elves, dwarves and humans in a grand assualt against them that a triad of powerful wizards and a white mage saved the city of Darbonne by casting a self-perpetuating spell on it.  The spell lifted the city into the air, higher than any dragon could fly.  Unfortunately, one of Darbonne's great libraries was torn asunder and parchments which were stored there, upon which were recorded offensive spells from the realms of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water, were lost from that library.  Mighty adventurers still seek the fragments of those mystical parchments in many dangerous and mysterious places.  Would you like to join them?
Styx, from the city of Oceancrest, will be your DM.

A little history... In the year 1994 I became the keeper of an established Multi-User-Dungeon game known as Oceancrest which had a player database of approximately 180 players.  The original game's code was written by Brett Vickers with contributions by his friends, while the game scenario was primarily written by Kevin Kawado.  Both were students at the University of California in Irvine.  The game was moved to a private server in my office which was connected to the internet through Cerritos College, in Norwalk, California.  At the time I was chairman of the Electronics and Technical Mathematics department.  In 1996 I gave up the game to Brooke Paul, grauate student and player in Irvine.  He and his friends continued to expand and improve the code which was used to create Isengard.

With their permission I used much of their improved code and wrote more with the help of Steve Smith and several other friends to create the game of Darbonne.  I also took the game of Darbonne to my home web server where it stayed until 2014, when it was closed.  (The original code was no longer compatible with the latest Linux operating system.)  The code, written in the C language for a Linux based operating system, still exists but needs to be updated to work with the newer programming libraries.  (If you are an accomplished Linux programmer and want to help, please contact me!)
    Roy Wilson -- styx