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    Been lighting the lamps all my life! What else is there to do? Nothing more important I assure you.

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  1. New Bug Brigade’s 2nd Anniversary Party! Please join us for a party celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the new Bug Brigade, hosted by the Bug Moderators Ravalox, Alley Oop, Justyn, Echondas, and our newest Bug Moderator (to be announced during the party)! The party will start Saturday the 10th at 7PM NBT in Ardoris on the Bug Brigade’s Houseboat indicated in the image on the right. Justyn will be spinning tunes on WRFB while the party-goers dance, play party games, and more! You... Bug Brigade’s 2nd Anniversary Party! **This Saturday**View the full article
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    Play Release 105!

    Greetings Fellow Avatars! Release 105 goes live August 25th at 10:30 AM CDT. Welcome! The Catnip Games development team marks this monthly release of Shroud of the Avatar with new content and improvements. For Release 105 (R105), we offer bug fixes, the deactivation of the Heritage flag, and a small upcoming scene preview. For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring... Play Release 105!View the full article
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    SOTA NewsPlay Release 105!

    Greetings Fellow Avatars! Release 105 goes live August 25th at 10:30 AM CDT. Welcome! The Catnip Games development team marks this monthly release of Shroud of the Avatar with new content and improvements. For Release 105 (R105), we offer bug fixes, the deactivation of the Heritage flag, and a small upcoming scene preview. For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Player Guide and Known Issues for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. News Announcements Vikland Preview Heritage Flag Deactivation Release 105 Patch Notes Latest News and Q&A August Livestream Sales and Bonus Events Release 105 Subscriber Login Rewards September Login Rewards Crown Store Updates Bug Brigade Second Anniversary Party Bug Brigade & Testing Directives Streamer Program Upcoming Release Dates Community Updates Community Events & Resources Project to Support: Shard RPG Project to Support: Embers Adrift Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Vikland Preview Sannio’s upcoming scene in progress, Vikland, is apparently a small village of barbarians. I’ve heard they’re raiders who ransack other communities up and down the west coast of Slangemagge, but there’s nothing worrisome here in the village or in the hills further inland. Heritage Flag Deactivation Yes, the rumors are true! Due to overwhelming community request, we are disabling the Heritage flag on all items purchased in the Crown Store. This applies to items bought in the past and items currently listed in the store. This change is planned to be put in place with a patch on Friday September 2nd. What is Heritage? Items currently marked with the Heritage flag are bound to the account that purchased the item. In the store this is indicated by the lion icon and the item names showing green, indicating that they cannot be traded (unless packaged for trade with Crowns.) We are overriding the effects of Heritage items so they may once again be tradeable. Feel free to gift all your friends with fancy outhouses! RMT (Real Money Transactions) are still not supported by Shroud of the Avatar, in so far as Support will not assist in any issue arising from a player to player RMT trade, and RMT advertisements should not be made on any of the official SotA social channels (Discord, Forums, in-game chat, etc.) We recommend using one of the existing (or maybe even a new) player-run website/forum for RMT trades. Release 105 Patch Notes Below are a list of the updates that are live as of Release 105 in the game of Shroud of the Avatar! R105 is a polish month. Content, additional improvements, and bug fixes are inbound for R106 next month. We hope you enjoy the changes that are live today as of Release 105! Crafting, Decoration, & Inventory Item Changes: Allow items to be placed on the Small Nightstand. SOTA-70695 Fixed a typo in Fragile Trailsend Tunnel Key description. SOTA-70687 Fixed the icons for two Puzzle Cloaks. SOTA-70685 Fixed an issue where the Belt of Control, Legendary had less Tame Health Level Modifier than the Rare version. A fix for the Tame Critical Hit Damage Multiplier is coming soon. SOTA-70688 User Interface, Store Information, & Lua Changes: Adjusted the lot expiration text to reflect that the decorated lot can be retrieved from the Property Manager instead of the bank. Made Lua function button textures optional. Updated Avatars Radio stream location. SOTA-70694 World and Quest Changes: Fixed an issue with dynamic resource nodes not rewarding XP scaled for the scene tier. Fixed low-tier nodes’ durability costs for dynamic nodes. SOTA-70560 Fixed a null exception in the lost mail quest when triggering the keyword “lost mail” in the chatbox. SOTA-70486 Brittany Fields: Moved a tree which was blocking the road with its limbs. SOTA-70701 Castle Atos: Added a guild registrar inside the throne room entrance. SOTA-70702 Etceter: Updated the quest logic so that the “Get Information from Lady Ransom” compass marker goes away at the proper time. SOTA-70699 Grusk: Fixed some walls that had z-fighting. SOTA-70700 West Perennial Trail: Removed a floating spider web. SOTA-70696 Player-Owned Town Changes: Mith Trysull: Fixed Governor name. Rajazel: Added a custom loading screen and message. SOTA-70706 Traveller’s Rest: Upgraded to Metropolis. SOTA-70698 Latest News and Q&A Livestream The post-release Community Livestream is Friday, August 26th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other members of the development team for a 1-hour community livestream! To enter the prize drawings, type “Fall is on its way” into any in-game chat channel OR make a purchase on the website Add-On Store. Please submit questions using in-game universal chat by typing “askadev” before your question. We’ll do our best to answer these questions live on the stream, and we’ll even be periodically posting answers to some unanswered questions in the forums. Watch on Twitch, Friday at 4PM CT! Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live frequently on twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar — be sure to get the channel on follow for notifications so you can join us right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel. Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at all our social media venues: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShroudoftheAvatar/ Catnip Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnipgames Shroud of the Avatar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShroudofAvatar Shroud of the Avatar Discord: https://discord.gg/shroudoftheavatar Sales and Bonus Events To commemorate Labor Day, until end-of-day September 5th: Double XP will be enabled. Crown store sale category items will be 30% off. Crowns of the Obsidians will be 20% off. Player Owned Town upgrades for Crowns of the Obsidians will be 20% off. These upgrades may only be initiated by an email to Support. Release 105 Subscriber Login Rewards These rugs are made for walkin’. The Rewards Program login items for Release 105 are a Rectangle Rug (Yellow and Gold), a Small Rectangle Rug (Ocher and Green), and a Slim Dark Wood Dresser to place upon one of them. …out of the path of traffic. Subscribers to the Rewards Program must log in during Release 105 to receive these special login items. The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Crowns, AND receive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Crowns of the Obsidians every month Monthly Login Reward Items (about 3 per month) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge 21 Months: Keeper of the Bond 24 Months: Keeper of the Promise 27 Months: Keeper of the Covenant Pick any Dye 12-Pack every 6 months Pick any three of these 7 Obsidian Potions every month: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Potion of Stamina: Decreases focus use from sprinting While subscribed to the rewards program, players also receive these special bonuses: Obsidian Potions are significantly more powerful! 24 Additional Deck Slots! September Login Reward Each account that logs in during the month of September will receive a one-time gift of a Rectangle Rug (Orange and Tan). Crown Store Updates New in the crown store for a patch soon after release: Reference Book Group 3-Pack Painting (Landscape) …for September 2nd: Rectangle Rug (Orange and Tan) …and for September 16th: Slim Dark Wood Dresser Rectangle Rug (Yellow and Gold) Small Rectangle Rug (Ocher and Green) The Summer Seasonal store items are available until Sunday September 25th: Firedancer Outfit Fire Dance Emote Fire Dance Cross Emote Flame Scimitar Flame Shield Flame Stained Glass Table Lamp 3-Pack Flaming Bagpipes Hula Emote Island Spear Island Flower Crown Island Dress New Bug Brigade’s 2nd Anniversary Party! Please join us for a party celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the new Bug Brigade, hosted by the Bug Moderators Ravalox, Alley Oop, Justyn, Echondas, and our newest Bug Moderator (to be announced during the party)! The party will start Saturday the 10th at 7PM NBT in Ardoris on the Bug Brigade’s Houseboat indicated in the image on the right. Justyn will be spinning tunes on WRFB while the party-goers dance, play party games, and more! You never know what might happen! Bug Brigade & Testing Directives! The Bug Brigade was established to improve how the community and the development team work together to improve the game. Since the Brigade’s inception, the program has gone through a number of changes and was eventually placed on hold. The stability of the game is as important to the development team as it is to the players, therefore the program was revamped and was relaunched. The Brigade has been up and running and the volunteers (Alley Oop, Echondas, and Justyn) are in a good rhythm for verifying and submitting bugs to the developers. If you have reported a bug that has not yet been addressed, please be patient while the backlog is being worked. The Brigade is working diligently to clean up the backlog of bug reports posted by players on the forums. Every month, a considerable amount of development time will be spent working many of the verified bugs which have been submitted to the team by the Bug Brigade. This focused effort on bug fixes would not be possible without the recent efforts of the Bug Brigade. Please take the time to thank these bug hunting aficionados when you encounter them in your travels! In turn, the development team would like to express a big thank you to the Bug Hunters! These community members are doing a fantastic job bringing so many bug reports to the team, and they’re doing it in a way which makes the process smooth and efficient. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Much improvement has been noticed by the development team and we’re so very excited to see the program’s continued success! The development team would also like to thank all of those who take time to participate in QA Testing Directives. Thanks to your hard work and dedication, many issues and bugs can be identified and fixed prior to content going to the Live Server! Keep up the great work! For those that wish to participate in future bug hunting endeavors, please check the forums regularly for upcoming QA Testing Directives. Don’t forget, the Bug Brigade is open to all players in good standing and bug rewards are SWEET! They will be awarded on a monthly progression basis with only minimal requirements to qualify. The available rewards to receive in progression via qualifying participation are as follows: Antennae Head Gear and Forum Title 1: “Bug Hunter” Single Ant Cloak Lady Bug Backpack Bug Painting A and In-Game Title 2: “Associate of Aphids” Ant Farm Insect Leg Table Many Ants Cloak and In-Game Title 3: “Bachelor of Beetles” Bug Painting B Bug Sprayer and /bugspray Emote Bug Painting C and In-Game Title 4: “Master of Moths” Butterfly Chair Corpion Chair (Pictured Below) Yellow Fireflies VFX and In-Game Title 5: “Doctor of Dragonflies” Hacked Oracle Flyer Giant Blue Butterfly Pet Butterfly Mask Dragonfly pet Fairy Wings Monarch Butterfly Pet Dragonfly Wings Hacked Oracle Crawler Blue Butterfly VFX Orange Fireflies VFX Orange Butterfly VFX If you’ve come to think of Shroud of the Avatar as your home, sign up and help make New Britannia a better place to live! To learn more about joining the Bug Brigade, please read the announcement thread by Ravalox in the main Bug/Feedback forums. Streamer Program Streamers of Shroud of the Avatar can participate in a program to showcase the game and be rewarded for their efforts. Any Streamer who wishes to be included in the Streamer Program can contact Laney via in-game mail with their Character Name and Twitch Channel information. If you have already signed up for the program in the past, fear not: you’re on the list and you don’t need to reapply. Streaming Rewards Program participants must adhere to our Terms of Service (TOS) and Community Rules while Streaming Shroud of the Avatar. Streaming Rewards Program participants must stream at least 10 hours of Shroud of the Avatar ACTIVE game play to remain in the program with reward accrual. Streamers will receive a one-time digital reward of in-game items after meeting the program’s requirements: Streamer’s Cloak, Streamer’s Camera, and the LIVESTREAMING title. Rules: To qualify for Streamer Rewards, each streamer must continue to meet the minimum requirements for 60 days after application. To accrue additional rewards, Streamers must stream SotA a minimum of 10 hours per month, tallied on the 1st day of each month, to remain in the program. Monthly Streamer Bundles: On the 1st of each month, qualifying streamers will be eligible to receive 50 Streamer Bundles. Bundles will be sent out to Streamers via in-game mail. A few things you need to know: Streamer Bundles are intended to be given away to stream viewers, not consumed by the streamer. Streamers are not allowed to put paywalls in place for the Streamer Bundles. (For example, giving away Streamer Bundles once the stream reaches a certain number of bits, subscriptions, or donations). Other Items of Note: Streamers in the program will be included in the SotAbot StreamPop function, appearing in the player-streaming channel in Discord. An optional “Streamers Kit” is available to the participating streamers as well as all players of Shroud of the Avatar, which includes graphics, overlays and other material. Streamers must be actively playing the game during their streams. Being away from the keyboard (AFK) for short periods is acceptable. If Twitch indicates the streamer is playing SotA but they are streaming other content or a timeout/login screen, they risk being removed from the program. Upcoming Release Dates Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums. The upcoming 2022 Release Schedule is as follows: This Release 105 – August 25 (Polish) Release 106 – September 29 (Content) Release 107 – October 27 (Polish) Release 108 – November 17 (Polish) Release 109 – December 15 (Polish) Community Events & Resources Greetings event holders and event attendees! So many fun and exciting events are available in the upcoming weeks. Be sure to get out there and participate, make some new friends, perhaps make some great emote, recipe, or gear trades, or get some adventuring and role-playing into your mix! Here are spotlighted events or updated community resources that we’ve noticed popping up lately on the official forums. Recurring Events: Monthly Release Fishing Contests: This will be a rotating, multi-location contest sponsored and organised by Rajazel, The Town Museum and its Governor Diablotine. Trash to Treasure Dropped Items Turn-In: Some unscrupulous fella has been flooding all of New Britannia with junk: Headdresses, Wings, Backpacks, assorted miscellany of every sort. It’s time to clean this trash up and so a bounty has been placed on all gear crafted by Coswald Dirthmire that is turned in each contest period! Lightbringer Isle Fishing Contest: Why not earn some extra prizes each month and participate in Lightbringer Isle’s monthly fishing tourney? Lots of fantastic prizes — don’t miss out! 500 Crown Leisurely Fishing: Sonja Solar and friends are running a continuous fishing contest in Brittany Fort “Now and Forever for All Eternity” which has wonderful prizes and objectives. You can now win 500 Crowns for record fishies caught in Brittany Fort by anybody at any time in history for display in Sonja Solar’s fishy aquarium museum. Be sure to watch the video indicated in the “Brittany Fort” link provided in the first post to see the full explanation of the contest rules. Lightbringer Isle Auction: Lightbringer Isle hosts a monthly auction held the Sunday after release at 11AM CT! Community Calendars: Avatars-Virtue Radio Calendar: Just when are all those talented DJ’s and streamers broadcasting? Don’t just guess, check out there very helpful calendar! Never again will you wonder when’s the best time to tune in! NBNN Calendar: This calendar provides a great schedule for NBNN and WRFB programing as well as many other community events. If you’re a fan of the Laz & Jack show or even if you’re hoping to catch them in action for the first time, this is the calendar for you! SotA Event Calendar: Event participants, take heed! Thoryk Omara has done a wondrous job creating a community event calendar which is available to all players of Shroud of the Avatar. Please make an effort to support this new calendar. The more resources players have at their disposable for event notifications, the better! Community Event Resources: Here are some fantastic resources for tracking down community events or posting your own events. Become involved! Create! Explore! Make friends! But most of all, have fun! One-Time Community Events Forum: Sometimes events happen only a single time, so you’ll not want to miss out on these events as they occur. Check out the forums routinely to spot these! Recurring Community Events Forum: Some events occur on weekly or monthly schedules which are a great way to routinely meet up with friends and to make new ones. Be sure to check this forum frequently for new events or time changes to existing ones. Game Master (GM) Potion Request Procedures: Shroud of the Avatar has an amazing in-game consumable for player event holders — the Potion of Temporary GM Powers! Players wishing to enhance their in-game community event by having GM Powers at their disposal need to simply follow the procedures outlined in this forum thread. Player Event Trophies and Special Item Requests: Would you like to request a special trophy or renamed item for a player event you’ve created? Head on over to this thread to see what’s available and to obtain more information about request procedures. Player Radio Station Forum: If you want to check out the latest and greatest from our in-game radio stations, go to the radio stations forum! If you’re a DJ, be sure to advertise your time slot and venue in this forum. Player Livestreams & Videos Forum: If you’re searching for a Shroud Streamer to watch, head on over to the streamer forum! If you are a live streamer for Shroud of the Avatar, be sure to advertise your Shroud stream by posting in this forum. Town Directory Forum: Want to find a town to live in or get your town listed in the directory, head over to the forums and check it out! Guild Directory Forum: Looking for a guild or want to get yours posted in the guild directory? Head on over to the forums and check it out! Fire Lotus Tavern: This wondrous role-playing and story writing forum is the spot to be if you love fan fiction and role-play. Community Resources: Looking for links to community and official resources for Shroud of the Avatar? Well look no further. On this page you’ll find links to a plethora of helpful resources created by the dev team or the community. SO many options to stay tuned-in with fellow community members. Please take advantage of all these wonderful options. Happy adventures, Avatars! Project to Support: Shard RPG Shard Studios invites you to enter the fantastic world Dárdünah, the vast shard of a shattered realm, as presented in the colorful pages of the SHARD RPG! Many years in the making, this system allows players to choose from a wide variety of animal people who are the main cast of the many adventures this otherworldly setting offers. Skyships glide through shimmering clouds past majestic crystal peaks. Giant insects prowl alien jungles or lurk in the sparkling emerald seas. Warriors with blades of diamond and amber duel across crimson sands. And mystics chant in shadowy chambers as their spirits wander abroad. Intro Sheet: For a quick glimpse into the world of Dárdünah, be sure to download the intro pdf! It’s packed with great information and features beautiful artwork, not unlike the artwork found throughout the many pages of this gaming system’s gorgeously designed manuals. Core System Manuals: It’s easier than ever to delve into Dárdünah, World of the False Dawn, with the Core Books Bundle! If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience this unique gaming system and setting, now’s your chance! This bundle includes two beautifully illustrated, full-color, hardcover books: the original Basic Compendium and the Magic and Martial Arts book! They contain everything you need to begin your adventures, and include instructions for the ritual magic and martial arts combat systems. These manuals also include 90 new Animal Templates upon which to base your character! Other Shard RPG Products: So many more manuals and gaming materials are available! Everything an avid tabletop role-player and game master needs to delve into the world of Dárdünah! So if you’re ready to experience a gaming world like no other, check out what Shard Studios has created for tabletop role-players on the Shard RPG official website! You’ll most certainly be immersed and amazed by the offerings of the Shard RPG! Project to Support: Embers Adrift! Help support one of our team members’ other projects, Embers Adrift! While not yet live, they plan to release later this year and you can join the closed beta now by pre-ordering from embersadrift.com. Check out their newly released video here: Project to Support: Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no commitment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immediate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources: Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  5. Read by Alleine Dragonfyre Louisiana Myths & Folklore Volume 5 – “City of Darkness” “So tell me about the vampires,” I said, in a casual manner, having bumped into Jacque once again, this time in the Ordinis Mortis marketplace. The man truly was everywhere, these days. “Vampires?” he said. “Fiction, pure fiction.” He made a dismissive gesture and pretended to be immersed in examining the merchandise on the stall in front of him. “You’ve told me of the loup-garou, of the marsh fires, of the voodoo witch. You’ve told me of ghosts and hauntings and the eerie above-ground cemeteries where any of the above may be lurking, it seems. But vampires are fiction?” “There are legends of course,” he began, leaning casually against a nearby stone facade. “There were murders. Bodies found drained of blood. That sort of thing. “ He paused then, gauging my reaction. I kept my expression neutral. He continued: “John and Wayne Carter, brothers you understand. Worked normal labor jobs, lived in the French Quarter. Seemed nice enough folks, at least, until the police found those bodies at their place, drained of blood. Found over a dozen of them.” “What happened to these brothers?” I asked, feeling a bit nauseous. “They were executed. Took 8 men to subdue them, they were so strong. Locals said they drank the blood of their victims…that’s how the nonsense started.” Jacque’s stiff posture and reticence in elaborating on this story made it clear to me that he did not think this was nonsense. I gave no response, and waited for him to continue. Eventually, he did: “Folks say their bodies went missing from their tombs. And that one of the victims that survived, went on to also kill people and drain their blood. Then you have the usual folk who claim to still see the brothers roaming the French Quarter at night, looking for victims.” I recalled our first meeting in Aerie, hearing his footsteps behind me on the dark, empty streets. I felt a chill. Jacque straightened himself and began walking past the market stalls. Vendors were packing their wares away and hurrying indoors. He looked at me carefully, as if making up his mind about something. Then he walked over to the devotional fountain. Removing a glove from his hand, he let his fingertips gently brush the surface of the waters. Steam billowed from the fountain, accompanied by a resounding hiss. He touched the side of my face then, with that same ungloved hand. I felt the beads of the fountain’s water trace burning paths down my neck. I reached out to push him away, laying my palm flat against his chest. No heartbeat….? I took a step back. “Oh come my dear, you were never in any danger. I know you are an Avatar.” And then he was off again, walking across the grass over to the river. “I call this the Ordinissippi. Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?” And there, further up the docks, I saw the drydocked ship, being loaded with assorted barrels and crates. Colored banners flew, glowing with their own luminescence under the starless sky. “What is it that you want from me? Why have you been following me?” I asked, as I followed him toward the ship. “Why, to tell the story, of course!” he said, laughing, as he climbed up onto the docks. He hopped down off the platform and gestured over at a brightly lit cafe down the street, still open and bustling at this time of night. “We all have much to learn of this world, but we must never forget where it is we came from. Here is where we have gathered, to rebuild our city as it once was…or as close as we can, in this place.” He gestured at the avenue in front of us. Look there, Madame’s House of Voodoo…and there..we’re calling that the New Absinthe.” “And there, the musical legends park…statues still with the sculptor. “It is apparently extraordinarily difficult to get quality granite on this world!” I looked up and down the avenue, recognition dawning as Jacque led me from place to place. We stopped for beignets at Cafe du Monde Noveaux. We sampled seafood at Pier 425. We danced under glowing lights at New Bourbon Street Balcony. Slowly, slowly the sun started to rise. As it did, the entire street seemed to …shimmer in the growing light. Fading out, until I was standing there like a fool in an empty field. Had it all been a dream? I looked down, and there in my hand was a handful of brightly colored metal coins, stamped with various faces and symbols. I stuffed them in my pocket, and started walking back toward town. It seemed Ordinis Mortis now had its own ghosts. ——————————The End Echoes From the Caverns [-][/c] The post Louisiana Myths & Folklore, Volume 5 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  6. Read by Alleine Dragonfyre Louisiana Myths & Folklore Volume 4 – “The Voodoo Queen” It was early evening and I had just come through the pass, and I could see the lights of Brittany ahead in the distance. Rather than head straight for the city, it was often my habit to pass through Midmaer to gather reagents that only bloomed in the moonlight. And of course, that’s where I ran into him again. Jacque, in his fine coat, stood at the forest’s edge almost as if expecting me. He didn’t seem to have any particular agenda, and trailed alongside me as I walked the path through North Midmaer way, gathering nightshade and mandrake root as I went. He made small talk mostly, but seemed on edge as we passed under the shadows of the trees. I left the path then, heading into a grove of trees I knew had bountiful roots and herbs. The grove was well lit by a shimmering will-o-wisp. I headed toward it, watching my step to not trip over brambles and branches. Suddenly Jacque’s hands grabbed my shoulders, halting my forward movement. Fifolet!” he whispered harshly, then gestured I should turn around. I looked around, trying to figure out what he was so worried about. “Its just a will-o-wisp,” I said, gesturing at the hovering purple floating creature. There are many of them in Novia.” He looked at it dubiously. “It is quite harmless,” I added. Jacque did not look convinced. He continued to look at the will-o-wisp, then at me, then back at the wisp, frowning. I laughed, and gathered my focus, calling upon the powers of moon magic to summon a will-o-wisp right there in front of us. It appeared with a whooshing sound, then sat placidly, glowing softly. “Feu Follet” he said, more slowly. It still sounded like ‘feefolay’ to me. “Devil spirits. They lure you out into the woods, often to your death!” Well, this one’s not leading anyone anywhere, look…” I said, running in a circle and the wisp followed me obediently. Jacque still did not look convinced. “You have this as a pet? In my homeland, these fairy spirits lure people to their doom – you’ll follow it right into a lake and drown!” I decided that this would not be a good time to demonstrate that I had taught my pet wisp to dance. I dismissed it with a wave of my hand. Jacque relaxed noticeably. In the sudden darkness, the lights of a nearby house became visible in the distance. Without a word, Jacque started toward it. We passed under the eerie branches of trees; trees that seemed to watch us as we moved. It was an unsettling feeling. I had never strayed this far from the path, before. Jacque walked to the side of the house, which itself seemed to be carved of a giant tree, and peered in one of the windows. He then mumbled to himself at some length in that same creole patois he’d spoken the night we first met, then walked back to where I stood, hidden in the forest. “It is her,” he said simply, and started back toward the road. “We should leave this place.” “You mean the supposed “witch” of Midmaer?” I asked. “She’s known to live in these parts. She does herbal remedies and such for folk. Similar to my line of work, really.” He shot me a glare. “I’d recognize her anywhere. Your Midmaer witch is Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen. I knew the rumors of her death were false. Look, there in the window! She lives still!” I raised an eyebrow. And then Jacque told me her story: Marie Laveau, The Voodoo Queen did indeed provide herbal remedies, and was a well known and influential member of society in her day, which was all the more impressive for being a woman of colour during that time in South Louisiana. But it was also said that she communed with the dead, and crafted spells on behalf of clients for good or ill, and engaged in rites with demons. “She knew things, that woman. She’d give advice to all the prominent people in town, and somehow she always knew the outcomes.” From his demeanour, Jacque spoke of her as if she were someone he regularly passed on the street. He talked then of her funeral, which was attended by people from all social circles. While it was said that she died peacefully of old age in her home, many people reported seeing her after her alleged death. While her daughters took over her shop, mystery and legend always surrounded what became of her. Whether her magic was real, or whether she was merely a gifted reader of people, her legacy has echoed through the years and become a part of New Orleans history. Even a century later, people still mark an X on her grave (where some claim she is not actually buried) and leave offerings in exchange for magical favors. “And at last now, the mystery is solved.” He said, as if it were blindingly obvious. “She’s come here, just as you have. Just as I have.” “But what need have we of Voodoo, here in Novia? The land itself teems with magic.” To emphasize my point, I summoned the will-o-wisp again. Jacque raised his arms and exclaimed something I did not understand, but needed no translation, and headed down the road out of the forest. He called out behind him, “If you see one of those fifolets, one that doesn’t live in your pocket, don’t follow it!” And he was gone. The forest seemed to ..unclench a little. There was a light breeze, like the trees let out a collective sigh. I looked back at the witch’s house, and saw a face at a window staring back at me. She nodded her head once, slowly. Then drew the curtains. Shimizu 560 Echoes From the Caverns The post Louisiana Myths and Folklore, Volume 4 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  7. Read by Alleine Dragonfyre Louisiana Myths and Folklore Volume 3 – “ The Haunted Mansion” So I was making a delivery to a regular customer of mine up north in Harvest. As usual, the place was busy with many people going about their business, even though it was late evening and the sun had already set. I heard a commotion down in the square, and saw a man in a familiar looking, fashionable yet out of style, overcoat being led by the hand by a group of young children who are chattering and gesturing wildly. Of course, it was Jaque, who seemed to be turning up everywhere these days. Or at least everywhere that I was. That thought nagged me a bit, but I let it lie for the time being, and went to see what all the fuss was about. Jaque smiled as I approached and said “These children have been telling me that the house up on the hill here is haunted. What do you know of this?” I briefly explained that yes, strange things had been known to occur in that house after midnight, but that many adventurers had come through and investigated the matter. It wasn’t something I was particularly worried about, just local legends. Jaque seemed to be considering something, and then finally he crouched down on one knee right there on the street and said “Children, do you want to hear of a haunted house from my homeland?” I expect that some of the children probably did want to hear this tale, but the fresh lemon buns that Jaque was handing out to his would-be audience were likely the more deciding factor. I loitered nearby, out of curiosity more than anything to hear the storyteller spin his tale. Jaque sat down on a bench, and the children clustered around eagerly. He glanced up at the house on the hill, and then back at his audience, and began. There was a house very similar to that one where I am from. Yes, a beautiful mansion and the home of Doctor LaLaurie and his wife Delphine…. Jaque went on a several minutes long tangent about the fabulous parties thrown at the LaLaurie house of which he had of course attended many though the nuances of wine and dancing, and the general behaviour of New Orleans socialites was probably lost on his current audience, who nibbled on their lemon buns and started to look bored. “So their mansion was haunted?” I asked, trying to steer him back on track. He grinned his famous grin at me, and carried on. “This house was, you understand, just a few houses down from my own home on Royal Street, and I can personally bear witness to some of the …activities… that went on under that roof. By this point, some of the other residents of Harvest had gathered round to hear the tale. As Jaque began to describe the events that took place, it became evident both to myself and the surrounding parents, that such a tale was certainly not fit for children’s ears. Suffice it to say that the mistress of the house, Madame Delphine La Laurie, was exceedingly cruel to the people in her employ, treating them as property and punishing them horribly for the smallest slight. I could see that Jaque was trying to explain the origin of the haunting without going into what I later learned was gruesome detail. “She did bad things, very bad.” was about the best he could come up with. Parents were trying to usher their children away from the crazy man in the antique clothes – It was far past their bedtime. Jacque did not seem perturbed by the loss of his audience. He continued talking, half to himself, half to me, while brushing the lemon bun crumbs off of his jacket. “Anyway!” he said after a while, snapping back to the present. “The people, they found out what was going on. They gathered around in the streets demanding justice. And there was a terrible fire……” So the story went, one of the cooks, tired of the cruelty of the mistress, set fire to the kitchen, which spread to much of the house. Madam Delphine was never seen again after that day, having vanished from the city. For years later, he went on to say, later owners of the house reported hearing screams of agony, or the sounds of sobbing, coming from seemingly within the walls. For many years the house stood empty and fell into a state of decay. For the next hundred years, he said, everyone who owned the house ended up in shame. Scandals, even murders, and rumors of lost riches surrounded the house, though very few dared to go and search for them. He said 150 years after Madame’s disappearance people discovered the skeletal remains of her servants, buried beneath the floorboards. He finished his monologue and looked up at the House on the Hill, then looked at me. I shrugged. Then a thought occurred to me. ´Jacque,” I asked, meeting his gaze. “How is it that you say you knew Dr LaLaurie and his wife, and attended their parties, and know of events that happened a hundred years after their deaths?” To his credit, he didn’t even look surprised by the question. “Ah, cherie, pretty AND smart” he said. “You’ll figure it out.” He did a flourishing bow and strolled off toward the house on the hill. I heard the clock tower in town chime midnight as I turned and headed on the road leading out of the city. When I reached the mountain pass, I turned and looked back. It may have just been a trick of the light, but I could have sworn that the mansion was ablaze. I wrapped my cloak around my shoulders more tightly and travelled the rest of the way home. Shimizu 560 PC Echoes From the Caverns The post Louisiana Myths and Folklore, Volume 3 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  8. Read by Alleine Dragonfyre Louisiana Myths and Folklore Volume 2 – “Beware the Loup – Garou” It was some days after my chance meeting with Jaque at the Tavern in Aerie, when I was going about my usual business. I am an alchemist by trade, and often visit local swamps for rare herbs and mushrooms. I’m more than capable of dealing with most of the swamp’s hazards, but it was unusual for me to encounter other people when I made my collection trips. Even more unusual for me to be taken by surprise. This is why I jumped a little, startled, when I heard a voice behind me suddenly utter in a raspy voice “Don’t move.” Instinctively, my hand began to tangle with the channelling of Earth magic, and I turned to face the threat. Who was it but none other than Jaque, the strange man from New Orleans. He backed away a step, and smiled what I would come to recognise as his famous disarming smile, and said “Mademoiselle Shimizu. I did not mean to startle you.” I let the earth magics recede. Satisfied I was no longer on the offensive, Jacque took my hand and led me back through the thick reeds aways, ducking behind one of the old Cypress trees. He pressed one finger to his lips. “Sssh” and with the other hand pointed out into the fog and gloom. “What is it?” I whispered, seeing nothing but the usual foetid swamp waters, and hearing nothing but the usual cacophony of insects, buzzing from every direction. I opened my mouth to ask him again, but he quieted me with a gesture. “Listen,” he whispered. I listened to the sound of the water’s surface disturbed by fish. I listened to the sounds of creatures rustling through the underbrush. Nothing out of the ordinary for South Fetid swamp. After an indeterminate amount of time listening to nothing out of the ordinary, Jacque sat down on a fallen log and said “Well, that’s a relief.” He sat there for a moment, straightening the cuffs of his shirt and carefully removing bits of leaves from his hair. I had spent enough time with the man by this point to realise that an explanation would be forthcoming, but that he had to tell these things in his own way. Storytelling being, according to him, one of his most passionate entertainments, as I had learned during our meeting in Aerie. Finally, satisfied that he had removed as much of the swamp muck as was possible while still sitting in the middle of the swamp, he turned and asked me, “Have you ever heard of the Loup-Garou?” I, of course, shook my head that I had not. And so he told me the story. In his homeland, Jacque explained, there were stories of a strange creature that inhabited the swamplands. the Loup-Garou, or what the locals sometimes called the Rougarou, was said to inhabit the swamps around New Orleans and Acadania. He looked at me with his still empty eyes and said “It’s a werewolf of course. That’s what the word means.” I smiled. Of course it was a werewolf. It seemed silly to believe in such things, and yet we did cross a rift into Novia, and I had surely with my own eyes seen and even fought stranger things than werewolves. This loup-garou, Jaque explained, carried with it a curse – If it were to bite you, then you must tell no-one of it for 101 days, lest you also turn into a loup-garou. “At least that is what the old wives used to say. In this world – who knows?” We sat in silence for a time, listening to the chirp of crickets. “So,” I asked him, “It’s just a large wolf?” “The head of a wolf, the body of a man, so the stories say. Or perhaps It was the other way around. I never saw it.” “Hmm.” I said, not sure what else to say. We sat a while longer, but it was getting late. Not that you could see sun or stars in fog this thick. I picked up my bag of herbs and stood up, preparing to bid Jaque good evening. A soul-chilling howl suddenly echoed across the swamp. Jaque jumped to his feet, and for a moment it seemed his eyes glowed red. “Has the beast also come to Novia?” he exclaimed, and took up a fighting stance, though I noted, he drew no weapon. I was going to ask him what he planned to fight it with, when another sound pierced the darkness. And this sounded like a woman’s scream. In an instant, Jaque was gone into the mists. He was swift, but I had travelled these swamps many times, and I caught up with him in a clearing, alongside a terrified young woman. He had his hand clasped tightly over her mouth, and kept saying “You mustn’t speak of it, you mustn’t breath a word of it!” Without so much as another glance in my direction, he wrapped his cloak around the woman’s shoulders and began walking her back in the direction of town. It had started raining again. I stood some time there in the darkness, listening, before turning to follow in the direction Jaque and the woman had gone. And for some reason, the next night I found myself staying in range of the city street lights when I went out to forage. By Shimizu in the year 560 PC. Echoes From the Caverns The post Louisiana Myths and Folklore, Volume 2 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  9. Read by Alleine Dragonfyre Louisiana Myths and Folklore Volume 1 – “Meeting with a stranger” People have come to Novia from so many places it was inevitable that some, at least, would hail from Louisiana. And while they have seen some strange things indeed in their time in this world, perhaps things are not so strange considering the tales they tell of their homeland. One such traveller, I met one late evening on the streets of Aerie. He was going nowhere in particular, it seemed. It almost felt like he was waiting for me or at least for someone. He watched me walk aways, following at a respectful but unsettling distance. A light drizzle began to fall, and I quickened my pace. My pursuer matched my strides. Finally, I stopped, turned, and stood beneath a guttering streetlight to face him. The night breeze pushed aside my cloak, revealing me to be harmed. After sizing me up for a few moments, he laughed and mumbled something I couldn’t understand in a French patois, then gestured at the tavern across the street and offered to buy me a drink. Since prior to running into the stranger the tavern had been my destination, I saw no harm in this – besides, the rain was picking up, and it would be best to go indoors until it relented. As we walked through the doorway, his eyes took in the entire room, meeting the gaze of the few assembled therein – a tired barmaid, and a few late revellers in the corner. He seemed to relax, and it wasn’t until I saw this change in his demeanour that I realised how tense he had been before. Then, as if we not just met by chance in the rainy street, he patted me on the shoulder and called the barmaid over to bring me a drink. Now that the light was better, I could see that he was quite handsome. He was young – not much older than I, certainly – but his eyes seemed ageless and ancient. I did not stare at them long. It was there as I sipped some wine from some local vineyard, that he said quietly, “Pleased to meet you. My name is Jacque.” I introduced myself in turn, and it seemed once this verbal barrier had been breached, there was no stopping the flow of words from him. He began with stories of Europe from an earlier time, and stories of Africa from the age of explorers. The level of detail in his recountings was remarkable. As he spoke, I reflected that he seemed someone more accustomed to be around people. His clothes, cut from an older style, were ornate and clearly belonged to a man of wealth. Finally, I asked of all the exotic places he had described which of these was his home before coming to this world? “Ah,” he said, leaning closer to me, his voice dropping to a whisper. His expression suddenly looks sad, his eyes misty. He then proceeded to tell me about his home on Royal Street in New Orleans. The dinners, the parties, the food, the women! He talked and talked and talked until the first glimmers of dawn began to flicker in the windowsill. Then, quite suddenly, he was on his feet, donning his hat and cloak and bidding me farewell. In a quite antiquated gesture, he bowed and kissed the top of my hand and slipped a shiny bauble in my hand. He said it had been quite a while since there had been someone he could talk to so openly. Then, with a flourish, he was gone, disappeared into the pouring rain. It wasn’t until after he left that I realised, he had never touched his own drink. It was some days later that I asked a local jeweller familiar with otherworldly artefacts about the shiny bauble. He wasn’t able to discern much, says it looks by style to have been from the 18th or 19th century France, but he couldn’t tell for sure. He was able to translate the old text for me; it read simply. “House of Saint Germaine”. Neither of us really understood the significance of this. What a strange fellow he had been! And the stories! Some too outrageous to believe! I have written down all that I remember here for your delight, so that we may celebrate our journey to Novia while paying homage to our past, our roots, and the legends that have shaped us. By Shimizu in the year 560. Echoes From the Caverns The post Louisiana Myths and Folklore, Volume 1 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  10. Read by Addy Chapter 8. Capes and Secrets. Just across a river or two from the city, Zyrina stopped along the side of the bridge and looked at the sign directing us to a midsize town just ahead. The sign said Ordanis Mortis. “Here it is,” Zyrina trailed off. “Restaurant coming up.” “Real food.” Lucy nearly drooled. Without hesitation I spoke up, “Absolutely, we’ve travelled hard and hungry. Let’s go find out what we can. Same tactic as last time: look for people who know more than they should know…and get them drunk if you have to.” “Is it far?” Lucy asked, her stomach rumbling along with her question. “Nope. And the town crier is usually near the docks just as we enter town, and he will give us better directions than I can remember off the top of my head. I just remember the menu…” I noticed Zyrina wiped her mouth which was salivating in anticipation. “Come on,” I called out as I headed for the community of Ordanis Mortis. I had more than food on my mind. “List Rostov hires the best chefs in the land, as far as I’m concerned,” Zyrina proclaimed boldly as she crossed the bridge. “She has never failed to fill my stomach with a good meal and sometimes a good song too. List dabbles in music too, you know?” I nodded my head, “Yes, I’ve played music with Ms. Rostov at various pubs around Novia. And I’ve eaten with you at this restaurant years ago.” Zyrina looked thoughtful for a minute before remembering, then nodded, and Lucy just looked confused and hungry. Here Zyrina stopped gossiping and hailed the town crier, “Good sir, where might I find Los Gardeñias Restaurant owned by List Rostov?” The crier pointed to the path across the field away from the river and through the beautiful cherry tree garden nearby. We did find it, mostly by following our noses. We seated ourselves in the outdoor area behind the main building, on a long bench and a long table covered with a checkered pattern. Then staff arrived at our table with heaping platters of succulent meats and dishes from around the land as well as a sweet wine that all of us drank far too much of. The Phoénix Picante was AMAZING. Lucy had two helpings. Zyrina had wandered off part way through the meal and, as Lucy and I were just beginning to wonder where she had gone, she returned. She held a few scraps of torn paper in her hand and placed them in a clear spot on the table. “I saw someone I knew,” she said simply. “The mage has been here in Ordanis Mortis, too.” That drew the immediate attention of Lucy too. We all leaned in further. “What? Where?” “When?” “Juanita Joanna Maria Pajero, a waitress here at Los Gardeñias, is an old friend of mine. I asked her if she had seen Aslinne come through town. She hasn’t.” Zyrina saw me open my mouth to ask. “We were talking about magic in Novia and she got a strange look on her face. I asked what she was thinking about. She hesitated a little before mentioning a weird fellow, a tattooed mage in black with a little book under his arm and a big blue bag that had been here for a meal with an equally striking older man also dressed in black,” she told us. Zyrina went on, “that description of the mage caught my attention right away. Juanita knew nothing else, but she showed me the cloak that the mage left behind after an argument between him and the other fellow.” Here she held up her hand to deflect my question. “The fight was about a dragon egg. It was short and vicious. She didn’t hear anything more specific. He didn’t even storm out, didn’t even finish his meal, he uttered a short incantation and rudely disappeared right in front of everyone.” She added, “Obviously used a magic travel scroll.” I nodded agreement, “Go on.” Zyrina continued by answering Lucy’s question, “They were here recently enough that Los Gardeñias has not yet discarded his forgotten cloak.” Lucy looked ready to speak but Rina continued, “Yes, I went through the pockets,” She added seeing our hope, “I only found three things. These were in one of the pockets. Another one that looks like it was torn out of something.” The first note was wrinkled from being in the bottom of a pocket and shredded to bits, but still readable. The series of numbers were different from the first ones we had discovered, but no less confusing. And the paper didn’t seem to match up to the edges of the other piece of parchment anywhere. The papers seemed to be related though. Four numbers in a row. 1-1-2-3 O-2 “What in the world can this be? A really long lock combination?” Lucy stared at the numbers as if they were going to speak to her. They didn’t. She smoothed the paper and tucked it in the satchel with the other numbers we had encountered. None of theses made any sense to any of us as of yet. The second note made more sense. We were on our way to Darkshire Hills and this might have been the mage that was there with Aslinne and Kitty, after all. I nodded my head and pursed my lips to read it aloud. At the headwaters of the Eylo River you will find the peace of mind you have been searching for all these years: The Bent Bow Inn When you arrive in Darkshire Hills choose Town Boundary #3 and take the left fork on the road. You will find us near the bridge. Our inn is clean and tidy. Our food is delicious and nourishing. Our ale is unique and thirst quenching. Especially after a long day of fishing along the headwaters. Especially when you weren’t as lucky as you hoped you be today, but there is always tomorrow. Come, eat, relax, and try again in the morning for that special fish that you know is there in the Eylo. Yes, THAT big fish that you will tell all your friends about back home! The Bent Bow Inn is managed by the Hawkins Family on behalf of the Byrd Family Holdings. “See? We know where to look in Darkshire Hills now at least. The Bent Bow Inn.” Lucy seemed satisfied at least. I handed it to her. “My family has properties I didn’t even know existed.” I shook my head sadly realizing that I really need to pay attention to that paperwork back at the Moontower Keep one day. Definitely one day soon. Thirdly, there was a flyer for the local pub here in Ordanis Mortis, The Filthy Stag. The Filthy Stag Come on down to the oldest pub in all of Novia located along the mighty Eylo River in Ordanis Mortis. You will want to come here and soak up the ambiance. Or at least soak up some of the suds. Don’t dress up. Trust us* There is plenty to drink and all sorts of folks willing to play a friendly game of chance or share a secret or two. We will never tell. Find us straight north of the Town Crier. Or ask the Town Crier. He will know where we are. Bards are always welcome and will be given a meal. *Wear boots as the floor may be sticky. *Leave your valuables somewhere safe. Of course, we went to explore. “Well, drat there isn’t anything here.” After sitting in the pub and playing song after song as well as a story or two, I had watched the entire room and there were no obvious Obsidians in the entire pub; we found little. Few would talk with us on such a personal topic of who they saw while they drank in the Filthy Stag, except one of the old locals remembered seeing a ranked mage with blue and green tattoos who was here one night muttering to himself for a few hours. The mage’s odd behavior spooked the locals. The Oldster didn’t know where that mage went when he rose up while “talking to the midair” and disappeared. Since there were no more drinks forthcoming from any of us he then left our table, grumbling under his breath. “Weren’t right in the head, s’far as I could make out.” The old fella murmured into the dregs of his drink then went back to ignoring us all as best he could. “We did find out how to catch a boat over by the docks to take us upriver to Darkshire Hills.” Zyrina said thoughtfully. “Yeah, okay sure. One thing here was useful,” I conceded. “Information is always valuable.” Though this interlude spurred us back to our mission, it shone no light on any of the things we understood. We now refocused on getting to Darkshire Hills as soon as possible. After paying for our meal and gathering up our belongings, we thanked the staff for the food and promised to be back next time any of us were anywhere near Ordanis Mortis. From then on, we kept to ourselves on the road, stopping only to eat from our lavish meal leftovers that had been wrapped in freshly waxed cotton and placed in a woven basket along with another bottle of that sweet wine, Sangria. We rested occasionally and ate when we were hungry. The foliage changed as we trod the well-worn path through the North Majestic Forest, skirting the edge of the Grunvald Barrens and the Savrenoc Timberland as we kept traveling south along the winding trail that followed the Eylo River until Zyrina pointed out the Spectral Mountain chain. There was a sturdy stone bridge to cross over a wide and deep crevasse with a fast-running river that gave us a great deal of trouble. This is where we turned and headed west into the Spectral Mountain range. We were expecting to have to tangle with bandits on this journey but, of course, the undead didn’t care about our expectations and attacked us on the bridge. Zyrina and I kept a storm of arrows flying as we all sprinted across and as far along the path as we could run while Lucy followed closely and kept a stream of heals pouring into each of us. Eventually the skeletons stopped running after us and went back to guarding their bridge just before we collapsed with exhaustion. Now THIS was adventurous and terrifying too; it sure got my blood pumping. The exhilaration of battle took some time to dissipate. We worked well as an impromptu team and it took a few moments to relive the running battle while we rested and patched up our broken and jostled gear. We knew we would not have survived a pitched fight with the skeletons and were all especially relieved to have outrun them. The guard at the gates of Central Britanny had warned us of bandits on the road. I hadn’t thought they meant the undead but, from then on, we were far more wary of our surroundings. We slept rough and took turns on watch through the night. There was only one wandering skeleton that we easily outran and, within two days walk from Central Britanny, we had reached the southern edges of the Savrenoc Timberland. It smelled so fresh and vibrant high up in the foothills and the view of the fading peaks in the distance was breathtaking. I could always enjoy the scenery, even under the direst of dashes across the land. And Darkshire Hills was not far away from this fantastic resting spot. Echoes From the Caverns The post The Stone Dragon series – Book 2, Chapter 8 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
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    Play Release 104!

    Greetings Fellow Avatars! Release 104 goes live July 28th at 10:30 AM CDT. Welcome! The Catnip Games development team marks this monthly release of Shroud of the Avatar with new content and improvements. For Release 104 (R104), we offer a host of bug fixes and a couple of notes from our developers. For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been... Play Release 104!View the full article
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    SOTA NewsPlay Release 104!

    Greetings Fellow Avatars! Release 104 goes live July 28th at 10:30 AM CDT. Welcome! The Catnip Games development team marks this monthly release of Shroud of the Avatar with new content and improvements. For Release 104 (R104), we offer a host of bug fixes and a couple of notes from our developers. For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Player Guide and Known Issues for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. News Announcements Unity 2021 Upgrade Status Ravalox’s Upcoming Plans Portalarium Reference Replacement Release 104 Patch Notes Latest News and Q&A July Livestreams Release 104 Subscriber Login Rewards August Login Rewards Crown Store Updates Bug Brigade & Testing Directives Streamer Program Upcoming Release Dates Community Updates Community Events & Resources Project to Support: Shard RPG Project to Support: Embers Adrift Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Unity 2021 Upgrade Status We’ve been working hard to get Unity to the current 2021 LTS version and it’s finally completed and coming! After this release is out, we are going to put the new version on QA for players to test for the next month. Why are we waiting another release? Because we want to get things right. A lot of things have changed in Unity since 2018 and here are a few things to expect: Better overall performance The newest hardware and software will be better-supported Terrain shaders have been updated and are faster. Some terrain settings have been refined to increase performance. These two changes in performance should affect RTX card users that previously had problems while looking at certain parts of the terrain after playing a while. Shader changes to use D3D11 more efficiently Loading time between scenes should have decreased by a few seconds We now have access to better tools to expand the game with greater visual effects, like shader graph and the new terrains tool The Unity 2021 editor is way more performant than the 2018 one, which is very good for us devs! On a sad note, this new update to Unity took so much of our time this release that other planned projects were completely on hold for the month, but don’t despair: the best is yet to come! With this said, we are hoping to see you in QA to test this with us! – Devilcult Ravalox’s Upcoming Plans With Unity 2021 going to the QA testing phase, I will be concentrating on the long-overdue Lord of the Isle outstanding deliverables including the basement and working with Richard to hasten the silver rings to completion (based on his schedule, of course.) I will also be working on player dungeon bugs and, if all goes well, new rooms. Finally, I will also be getting back to working on the missing scene maps. As we head into Q4, I want to coordinate with Devilcult in expanding the Lua API to better support players who want to coordinate events and run contests. This effort may include a basic Lua Add-on event sign-up tool that can be used as a springboard for our community Lua scripters. This is still at the drawing-board stage, so be patient while we make things better! As we continue to sweep the website and improve the functionality some exciting changes will be coming including the elimination of the new-player paywall meant to prevent spammers from accessing the forums. Changes need to be made in the way accounts are created to implement this, so please be patient as we update the structure. – Ravalox Portalarium Reference Replacement A pass has been made on changing references to Portalarium to either Shroud of the Avatar or Catnip Games, as appropriate, on the website, in the End User License Agreement and the Terms of Service, in game, in player reference documents, and (most importantly to note) in the support email address. Customer Service can now be contacted at support@shroudoftheavatar.com. Mail sent to the old Portalarium address will continue to be received for a period of time to be determined as needed, but please change your address books now! Release 104 Patch Notes Below are a list of the updates that are live as of Release 104 in the game of Shroud of the Avatar! R104 is a polish month. Polish, additional improvements, and bug fixes are inbound for R105 next month. We hope you enjoy the changes that are live today as of Release 104! Crafting, Decoration, & Inventory Item Changes: Fixed rotation issues with several recent pieces of liturgical furniture. This will mean that ones currently placed, and anything that may be placed on them, may need to be adjusted. SOTA-70576 Fixed recipe categories for Potion of Distilled Light Unicorn Blood and Restoration Potion, Imbued. SOTA-70649 Fixed incorrect names on Forest Mangler upgrade recipes. SOTA-70519 Fixed misspelling of Arapaima. SOTA-70648 Fixed name inconsistency with decorative grape vines. SOTA-70646 Fixed incorrect light position on Tall Candle Stand. Fixed visual issues with Dinner Bench deco preview. SOTA-70415 Removed incorrect description from Wooden Trough. SOTA-70516 Combat & Skill Changes: The skill combo Splintering Strike will now do purely physical damage that is not mitigated by the magic resistance of the target. The emotes Bird Trick and Golden Bird Trick should now display correctly. SOTA-70650 User Interface, Store Information, & Lua Changes: Minimaps should now work correctly while in dungeons (that have maps) and not snap to center when the player stops moving. World and Quest Changes: The Luminous Atavist has gone into hiding and Pumpkin Head has resumed terrorizing Drachvald. SOTA-69360 Added ‘Return to Previous Location’ boats to the Player-Run Towns that are not islands, but do have docks, such as Port Titan. Battle of Solace Bridge: Moved “Use the Z key…” tip to before the first zombie (prior to the first bridge). SOTA-70668 Blood River Outskirts: Accepting Alberic’s “Poison Vigilante Food Supply” task will now properly clear the “Poison Elven Food or Tell Alberic” compass markers. SOTA-70666 Castle Atos: Adjusted the distance for sound effects from flies that were reaching into nearby rooms. SOTA-70680 Castle Atos: Fixed two 1-way ladders to now be used as 2-way ladders. SOTA-70675 East Longfall Wetland: Added additional ankhs. Grusk Factory: Underdwellers will now have “Pale One” in their display names. Tougher ones will be named “Enduring Pale One.” Grusk Factory: Fixed pathfinding issues in the processing (wave battle) room. SOTA-70653 Grusk Factory: Added additional z-fighting fixes for the ceiling of the rooms with gears under the floor. SOTA-70640 Grusk Factory: Created new “Lesser Magic Empowerment” rune effect. Fixed and improved magic attunement field gimmick. SOTA-70637 Highvale Outskirts: The quest from Marissa the Crafting Trainer to find resources now has her wave her hands with blue sparkles and has proper compass markers. SOTA-70667 Jotungrund: Fixed bad grammar in one of Wymond’s responses. Kingsport: Nahche no longer has multiple simultaneous responses when you tell him your name. SOTA-65271 Owl’s Head: Updated some titles and responses for several NPCs, including John the Doorman. SOTA-70673 Plains Encounter: Fixed an issue where both the default dragon set and Aether dragon set were spawning, where it should have only been one or the other. SOTA-70679 Resolute: Adjusted the actions of Janet Kallen the gate guard to help ensure she opens her gate the first and every time. SOTA-70656 The Rise: Corrected naming inconsistencies with all common elf enemies. Added special “Obsidian” name variants for Obsidian Elves. In the “Gallery” library, the Tier 16 elf caster is now named “Obsidian Archivist” and has some unique barks. Also, updated the spawning of the elves in the gallery to be dynamic instead of static (meaning instead of respawning individually after a set time, they now begin repopulating as a dynamic set). SOTA-70677 Solace Bridge Outskirts: Fixed typos in responses for Corporal Heloise. Ulfheim: Fixed the scaling of many oversized ore nodes. SOTA-70678 Valhold Palace: Updated the barks for Mara and Essen that happen while escorting them to work better with the timing of their respective escorts. SOTA-70655 Player-Owned Town Changes: Argent Aspis: Changed biome to Snowy Mountains 01. Crafters Town: Upgraded to Metropolis. Lained: Upgraded to Hamlet. Pumpkinville: Upgraded to Hamlet, removed PvP. Rajazel: Upgraded to Metropolis. Silver Springs Market: Upgraded to Hamlet. Umbra Regnum: Renamed from Regnum. Change biome to Forest 01a from Mountain 01. Moved to near Soltown in Novia. Latest News and Q&A Livestream The post-release Community Livestream is Friday, July 29th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other members of the development team for a 1-hour community livestream! To enter the prize drawings, type “Make a splash” into any in-game chat channel OR make a purchase on the website Add-On Store. Please submit questions using in-game universal chat by typing “askadev” before your question. We’ll do our best to answer these questions live on the stream, and we’ll even be periodically posting answers to some unanswered questions in the forums. Watch on Twitch, Friday at 4PM CT! Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live frequently on twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar — be sure to get the channel on follow for notifications so you can join us right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel. Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at all our social media venues: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShroudoftheAvatar/ Catnip Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnipgames Shroud of the Avatar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShroudofAvatar Shroud of the Avatar Discord: https://discord.gg/shroudoftheavatar Release 104 Subscriber Login Rewards Have a friend help you keep cool! The Rewards Program login items for Release 104 are a Miniature Water Elemental decoration pet and a Metal Coat of Arms for dressing up a wall. Subscribers to the Rewards Program must log in during Release 104 to receive these special login items. The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Crowns, AND receive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Crowns of the Obsidians every month Monthly Login Reward Items (about 3 per month) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge 21 Months: Keeper of the Bond 24 Months: Keeper of the Promise 27 Months: Keeper of the Covenant Pick any Dye 12-Pack every 6 months Pick any three of these 7 Obsidian Potions every month: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Potion of Stamina: Decreases focus use from sprinting While subscribed to the rewards program, players also receive these special bonuses: Obsidian Potions are significantly more powerful! 24 Additional Deck Slots! August Login Reward Each account that logs in during the month of August will receive a one-time gift of a pair of Small Nightstands. Crown Store Updates On August 1st, the length of sales in the crown store will be adjusted from two hours to eight, to hopefully find a sweet spot between quick enough to be draw regular interest but slow enough to let people have a good chance of catching them. New in the crown store for August 19th: Miniature Water Elemental The Lord British store items are available until Friday August 5th: 2014 Lord British Replenishing Birthday Cake 2016 Lord British Replenishing Birthday Cake 2017 Lord British Replenishing Birthday Cake 2018 Lord British Replenishing Birthday Cake 2019 Lord British Replenishing Birthday Cake 2020 Lord British Replenishing Birthday Cake 2021 Lord British Replenishing Birthday Cake 2022 Lord British Replenishing Birthday Cake Lord British Basement Entrance Eternal Pattern Lord British Cloak Lord British Fur Collared Cloak Lord British Moondial Lord British Pavers Lord British Round Table Lord British Salute Emote Lord British Shield Lord British Shield Pattern Pack The Summer Seasonal store items are available until Sunday September 25th: Firedancer Outfit Fire Dance Emote Fire Dance Cross Emote Flame Scimitar Flame Shield Flame Stained Glass Table Lamp 3-Pack Flaming Bagpipes Hula Emote Island Spear Island Flower Crown Island Dress Bug Brigade & Testing Directives! The Bug Brigade was established to improve how the community and the development team work together to improve the game. Since the Brigade’s inception, the program has gone through a number of changes and was eventually placed on hold. The stability of the game is as important to the development team as it is to the players, therefore the program was revamped and was relaunched. The Brigade has been up and running and the volunteers (Alley Oop, Echondas, and Justyn) are in a good rhythm for verifying and submitting bugs to the developers. If you have reported a bug that has not yet been addressed, please be patient while the backlog is being worked. The Brigade is working diligently to clean up the backlog of bug reports posted by players on the forums. Every month, a considerable amount of development time will be spent working many of the verified bugs which have been submitted to the team by the Bug Brigade. This focused effort on bug fixes would not be possible without the recent efforts of the Bug Brigade. Please take the time to thank these bug hunting aficionados when you encounter them in your travels! In turn, the development team would like to express a big thank you to the Bug Hunters! These community members are doing a fantastic job bringing so many bug reports to the team, and they’re doing it in a way which makes the process smooth and efficient. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Much improvement has been noticed by the development team and we’re so very excited to see the program’s continued success! The development team would also like to thank all of those who take time to participate in QA Testing Directives. Thanks to your hard work and dedication, many issues and bugs can be identified and fixed prior to content going to the Live Server! Keep up the great work! For those that wish to participate in future bug hunting endeavors, please check the forums regularly for upcoming QA Testing Directives. Don’t forget, the Bug Brigade is open to all players in good standing and bug rewards are SWEET! They will be awarded on a monthly progression basis with only minimal requirements to qualify. The available rewards to receive in progression via qualifying participation are as follows: Antennae Head Gear and Forum Title 1: “Bug Hunter” Single Ant Cloak Lady Bug Backpack Bug Painting A and In-Game Title 2: “Associate of Aphids” Ant Farm Insect Leg Table Many Ants Cloak and In-Game Title 3: “Bachelor of Beetles” Bug Painting B Bug Sprayer and /bugspray Emote Bug Painting C and In-Game Title 4: “Master of Moths” Butterfly Chair Corpion Chair (Pictured Below) Yellow Fireflies VFX and In-Game Title 5: “Doctor of Dragonflies” Hacked Oracle Flyer Giant Blue Butterfly Pet Butterfly Mask Dragonfly pet Fairy Wings Monarch Butterfly Pet Dragonfly Wings Hacked Oracle Crawler Blue Butterfly VFX Orange Fireflies VFX Orange Butterfly VFX If you’ve come to think of Shroud of the Avatar as your home, sign up and help make New Britannia a better place to live! To learn more about joining the Bug Brigade, please read the announcement thread by Ravalox in the main Bug/Feedback forums. Streamer Program Streamers of Shroud of the Avatar can participate in a program to showcase the game and be rewarded for their efforts. Any Streamer who wishes to be included in the Streamer Program can contact Laney via in-game mail with their Character Name and Twitch Channel information. If you have already signed up for the program in the past, fear not: you’re on the list and you don’t need to reapply. Streaming Rewards Program participants must adhere to our Terms of Service (TOS) and Community Rules while Streaming Shroud of the Avatar. Streaming Rewards Program participants must stream at least 10 hours of Shroud of the Avatar ACTIVE game play to remain in the program with reward accrual. Streamers will receive a one-time digital reward of in-game items after meeting the program’s requirements: Streamer’s Cloak, Streamer’s Camera, and the LIVESTREAMING title. Rules: To qualify for Streamer Rewards, each streamer must continue to meet the minimum requirements for 60 days after application. To accrue additional rewards, Streamers must stream SotA a minimum of 10 hours per month, tallied on the 1st day of each month, to remain in the program. Monthly Streamer Bundles: On the 1st of each month, qualifying streamers will be eligible to receive 50 Streamer Bundles. Bundles will be sent out to Streamers via in-game mail. A few things you need to know: Streamer Bundles are intended to be given away to stream viewers, not consumed by the streamer. Streamers are not allowed to put paywalls in place for the Streamer Bundles. (For example, giving away Streamer Bundles once the stream reaches a certain number of bits, subscriptions, or donations). Other Items of Note: Streamers in the program will be included in the SotAbot StreamPop function, appearing in the player-streaming channel in Discord. An optional “Streamers Kit” is available to the participating streamers as well as all players of Shroud of the Avatar, which includes graphics, overlays and other material. Streamers must be actively playing the game during their streams. Being away from the keyboard (AFK) for short periods is acceptable. If Twitch indicates the streamer is playing SotA but they are streaming other content or a timeout/login screen, they risk being removed from the program. Upcoming Release Dates Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums. The upcoming 2022 Release Schedule is as follows: This Release 104 – July 28 (Polish) Release 105 – August 25 (Polish) Release 106 – September 29 (Content) Release 107 – October 27 (Polish) Release 108 – November 17 (Polish) Release 109 – December 15 (Polish) Community Events & Resources Greetings event holders and event attendees! So many fun and exciting events are available in the upcoming weeks. Be sure to get out there and participate, make some new friends, perhaps make some great emote, recipe, or gear trades, or get some adventuring and role-playing into your mix! Here are spotlighted events or updated community resources that we’ve noticed popping up lately on the official forums. Recurring Events: Monthly Release Fishing Contests: This will be a rotating, multi-location contest sponsored and organised by Rajazel, The Town Museum and its Governor Diablotine. Trash to Treasure Dropped Items Turn-In: Some unscrupulous fella has been flooding all of New Britannia with junk: Headdresses, Wings, Backpacks, assorted miscellany of every sort. It’s time to clean this trash up and so a bounty has been placed on all gear crafted by Coswald Dirthmire that is turned in each contest period! Lightbringer Isle Fishing Contest: Why not earn some extra prizes each month and participate in Lightbringer Isle’s monthly fishing tourney? Lots of fantastic prizes — don’t miss out! 500 Crown Leisurely Fishing: Sonja Solar and friends are running a continuous fishing contest in Brittany Fort “Now and Forever for All Eternity” which has wonderful prizes and objectives. You can now win 500 Crowns for record fishies caught in Brittany Fort by anybody at any time in history for display in Sonja Solar’s fishy aquarium museum. Be sure to watch the video indicated in the “Brittany Fort” link provided in the first post to see the full explanation of the contest rules. RHEC Traveling Pop-Up Fishing Contest: Keep an eye out in universe chat, trade chat, and the forums! Asmodi M’hul will routinely announces at least one pop-up fishing contest every week for those anglers out there anxious for extra prizes and fun! Lightbringer Isle Auction: Lightbringer Isle hosts a monthly auction held the Sunday after release at 11AM CT! Community Calendars: Avatars-Virtue Radio Calendar: Just when are all those talented DJ’s and streamers broadcasting? Don’t just guess, check out there very helpful calendar! Never again will you wonder when’s the best time to tune in! NBNN Calendar: This calendar provides a great schedule for NBNN and WRFB programing as well as many other community events. If you’re a fan of the Laz & Jack show or even if you’re hoping to catch them in action for the first time, this is the calendar for you! SotA Event Calendar: Event participants, take heed! Thoryk Omara has done a wondrous job creating a community event calendar which is available to all players of Shroud of the Avatar. Please make an effort to support this new calendar. The more resources players have at their disposable for event notifications, the better! Community Event Resources: Here are some fantastic resources for tracking down community events or posting your own events. Become involved! Create! Explore! Make friends! But most of all, have fun! One-Time Community Events Forum: Sometimes events happen only a single time, so you’ll not want to miss out on these events as they occur. Check out the forums routinely to spot these! Recurring Community Events Forum: Some events occur on weekly or monthly schedules which are a great way to routinely meet up with friends and to make new ones. Be sure to check this forum frequently for new events or time changes to existing ones. Game Master (GM) Potion Request Procedures: Shroud of the Avatar has an amazing in-game consumable for player event holders — the Potion of Temporary GM Powers! Players wishing to enhance their in-game community event by having GM Powers at their disposal need to simply follow the procedures outlined in this forum thread. Player Event Trophies and Special Item Requests: Would you like to request a special trophy or renamed item for a player event you’ve created? Head on over to this thread to see what’s available and to obtain more information about request procedures. Player Radio Station Forum: If you want to check out the latest and greatest from our in-game radio stations, go to the radio stations forum! If you’re a DJ, be sure to advertise your time slot and venue in this forum. Player Livestreams & Videos Forum: If you’re searching for a Shroud Streamer to watch, head on over to the streamer forum! If you are a live streamer for Shroud of the Avatar, be sure to advertise your Shroud stream by posting in this forum. Town Directory Forum: Want to find a town to live in or get your town listed in the directory, head over to the forums and check it out! Guild Directory Forum: Looking for a guild or want to get yours posted in the guild directory? Head on over to the forums and check it out! Fire Lotus Tavern: This wondrous role-playing and story writing forum is the spot to be if you love fan fiction and role-play. Community Resources: Looking for links to community and official resources for Shroud of the Avatar? Well look no further. On this page you’ll find links to a plethora of helpful resources created by the dev team or the community. SO many options to stay tuned-in with fellow community members. Please take advantage of all these wonderful options. Happy adventures, Avatars! Project to Support: Shard RPG Shard Studios invites you to enter the fantastic world Dárdünah, the vast shard of a shattered realm, as presented in the colorful pages of the SHARD RPG! Many years in the making, this system allows players to choose from a wide variety of animal people who are the main cast of the many adventures this otherworldly setting offers. Skyships glide through shimmering clouds past majestic crystal peaks. Giant insects prowl alien jungles or lurk in the sparkling emerald seas. Warriors with blades of diamond and amber duel across crimson sands. And mystics chant in shadowy chambers as their spirits wander abroad. Intro Sheet: For a quick glimpse into the world of Dárdünah, be sure to download the intro pdf! It’s packed with great information and features beautiful artwork, not unlike the artwork found throughout the many pages of this gaming system’s gorgeously designed manuals. Core System Manuals: It’s easier than ever to delve into Dárdünah, World of the False Dawn, with the Core Books Bundle! If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience this unique gaming system and setting, now’s your chance! This bundle includes two beautifully illustrated, full-color, hardcover books: the original Basic Compendium and the Magic and Martial Arts book! They contain everything you need to begin your adventures, and include instructions for the ritual magic and martial arts combat systems. These manuals also include 90 new Animal Templates upon which to base your character! Other Shard RPG Products: So many more manuals and gaming materials are available! Everything an avid tabletop role-player and game master needs to delve into the world of Dárdünah! So if you’re ready to experience a gaming world like no other, check out what Shard Studios has created for tabletop role-players on the Shard RPG official website! You’ll most certainly be immersed and amazed by the offerings of the Shard RPG! Project to Support: Embers Adrift! Help support one of our team members’ other projects, Embers Adrift! While not yet live, they plan to release later this year and you can join the closed beta now by pre-ordering from embersadrift.com. Check out their newly released video here: Project to Support: Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no commitment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immediate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources: Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  13. Recently Winston announced that he was ceasing to continue the monthly contests he was driving. These contests had always been intended to be driven by the community. The additions and complexities that were introduced into the contest structure kept him busy most of the time. As he is now going to be AFK for an extended time, and with no other Devs able to take on the responsibility with Winston away and unable to consistently maintain them he decided to cease operations. We are working... Dev Run In-game Contests and Events View the full article
  14. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Character Name Amnesty!

    As seen on last week's stream: All during the month of July, we are offering an amnesty to any players who have character names that violate the Community Guidelines/TOS. This means that if you know or think you mane may violate the naming rules, we are providing a chance to contact support and get your character's name changed for free. After July is over, we will be changing names that are in violation using a Fae name generator. If your character name is changed at that point a... Character Name Amnesty! View the full article
  15. Greetings everyone!! The long awaited return of the SotA Make a Difference charity store has become a reality! Please check out the web store here: https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?page_id=51225 (We still need to add the link into the Store Menu, that should be done shortly. Until then I have added a link in the Add-On store page.) View the full article
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