Contrary to what Dawn has said in their write up, it is not a "mostly original" mud. In fact, it is mostly stolen from another mud called Realms of the Dragon. RoD was opened in 1992, has been running 24/7 for over 10 years, and has an average player base of 70+ at night, 40+ during the day. A former immortal on RoD stole the entire code base back in 1997, and opened Dawn. While Dawn has added a few new areas and made changes here and there, it is still largely the same mud it was when it was stolen.
If you want to see what a real mud is like, not a stolen mud with an average of 10 players, go try rod.org 3000.