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  1. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Play Release 73 Now!

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    Release 73 launched Thursday, December 12, with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including:4Starr_SoltownImprovements_A-300x225.jpg

    • Player Game Master Tools Phase 1
    • Lua Phase 1.1
    • Scene Polish: Tartarus, Soltown
    • R73 Rewards Program Items: Winter Theme
    • Snow Pavers
    • January Login Reward: Krampus Statue
    • Performance Improvements
    • More Bug Fixes
    • and more!

    Check out the Release 73 Instructions update for detailed information about all the new content.

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    If you have not downloaded the game yet, go to www.shroudoftheavatar.com and click the “Play Now” button. The game is also available on Steam.

    Release 73 Player Instructions

    Release 73 Known Issues


    Sneak Peeks: Episode 2 Map, Bards, etc. Livestream Today!

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    Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is today, Friday December 13, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to give a few sneak peeks of upcoming content including the Episode 2 map, Bards (a new skill tree), and maybe more if we have time! We will also be answering questions and as always handing out prizes!Livestreams-ALL-twitch-1024x576.jpg

    Release 73 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Winter Holiday Theme!)

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    Winter has arrived so the Rewards Program items for Release 73 are winter holiday themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 73!

    • Candy Cane Wand
    • Ceiling Yule Tree
    • Desktop Elf Statue with Yule Hat

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    As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “The weather outside is frightful” in the chat window (no purchase necessary).

    Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT!

    Are You a Livestreamer?

    Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program!

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    Lot Deed Upgrades & Crown Sale + New Winter Vault Round!

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    Greetings Avatars,

    To celebrate the winter holidays Crowns and Lot Deed Upgrades are on sale for 20% off through the end of the year! We have also added another round of Winter and Yule themed items to the vault, including some of the very first Yule themed items we ever created!

    • Snow Pavers: Put pavers down that make it look like it has just snowed, just in time for the Winter Holidays! You can find these pavers in the Crown Shop. NOTE: We are updating the visuals of these to look like solid snowfall versus partially melted snow.
    • Lot Deed Type and Size Upgrading with Crowns Sale: Upgrading Lot Deed Type and Size in-game with Crowns is on sale for 20% through the end of the year! Originally patched into Release 62, you can upgrade your deed “type” and size SotA_2015_Holly_Wreath_Candles_Hat_thumbfor Crowns in-game via right-click. This means, for example, you can upgrade from a Taxable Player Owned Town Village Lot Deed to a Taxable Player Owned Town Water Village Lot Deed, adding the ability to claim a water lot. You could also upgrade from a Village Lot Deed to a Town Lot Deed. This was previously available in the Game Services store but can now be done directly with Crowns. You can also upgrade from Taxable to Tax-Free deeds, with the exception that other types of deeds cannot be upgraded to Founder deeds. NOTE: you can only upgrade types, not downgrade, so you cannot go from a Tax Free deed to a Taxable deed, for example. Also you cannot upgrade to Tax Free Founder Keep or Castle, or Tax Free Keep or Castle (these were pledge exclusives). You can still upgrade to all other Keep/Castle types, including Tax Free Player Owned Town Keep, for example.
    • The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, December 19 at 10:30 AM Central SotA_ReplenishingSnowballBox-300x202.jpgTime. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc
      • 2015 Menorah
      • 2015 Ornate Snow Family
      • 2016 Yule Gift Boxes 3-Pack
      • 2016 Yule Stockings 3-Pack
      • Taming Reindeer Call
      • 2015 Holly Wreath with Candles Hat
      • Replenishing Snowball Box
      • 2017 Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack
      • Viking 2-Story Stronghold Village Home

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    December Login Reward: Holly Wreath Hat with Sparklers

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    Sunday will be the first day to login and obtain the December login reward! To celebrate the Winter Holidays, every player who logs in during the month of December will receive a unique Holly Wreath Hat with Sparklers!

    To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of December and check your rewards tab!


    Release 73 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Winter Holiday Theme!

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    Winter has arrived so the Rewards Program items for Release 73 are Winter Holiday themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 73!

    • Candy Cane Wand
    • Ceiling Yule Tree
    • Desktop Elf Statue with Yule Hat

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    NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards.

    The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items!

    For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

    • 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month
    • Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 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
    • Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months
    • Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including:
      • 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


    Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles

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    As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! 

    Complete List of Rewards:

    • Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land!
    • Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle
    • Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later)
    • NEW: A Festival of the Avatar FULL ticket (which includes admission, King’s Dinner, Barons Men Play, A Heraldry Banner) and one additional guest at a discounted rate.
    • PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store
    • Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice
    • Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot)
    • Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later)
    • 140,000 Crowns
    • 999 Bank Slots
    • Pick 12 Prosperity Tools
    • 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later)
    • Early Access to Episode 2
    • Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team
    • 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference)
    • One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8
    • In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version)
    • Tour of Portalarium Offices
    • Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC.

    NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD.

    NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner.


    Player GM Tools & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube)

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    The Release 72 livestream was incredibly informative! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it:

    Atos and others also sometimes livestream and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam).  Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when they go live.


    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events!

    Dec 20 – Release 73 Livestream
    Dec 21 – Release 72 Dance Party

    2020
    Jan 18 – Release 73 Dance Party
    Jan 30 – Release 74
    Feb 27 – Release 75
    Mar 26 – Release 76
    Apr 30 – Release 77
    May 28 – Release 78
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81


    Meretz: Win a Viking Three-Story Stronghold (Vault Edition)

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    Win a Viking Three-Story Stronghold (Vault Edition) & earn free SotA in-game items daily!

    Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy!

    Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Viking Three-Story Stronghold (Vault Edition)! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

    What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!


    Community Event: Release 72 Dance Party

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    [Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre]

    Release 72 Dance Party & Stress Test
    @ Blue Lotus in Rinzai

    with DJ @DarkStarr on Virtue Radio
    hosted by @Griffler & the Residents of Rinzai

    Saturday, December 21st 2-4pm NBT

    Rinzai is nested in Desolis.
    Once in Rinzai, the Blue Lotus is the first lot on the left.


    Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 73 – Ordinis Mortis

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    By Appointment to
    His Majesty Lord British
    Welcome Quest Makers​

    You are invited to join the Welcome Quest in Release 73.

    This is a Player ran event – Portalarium (makers of Shroud of the Avatar) is not represented.

    This is NOT a PVP event. Please don’t plan on PVPing at this event.

    It will be held on Sunday, December 15th, 2019 starting at 12pm (noon) central time/New Britannian time and lasting an hour.

    Greagoir Pendragon will be active 30 minutes before the event and during the event. So you can teleport to Greagoir Pendragon if you wish.

    We are traveling to the town of Ordinis Mortis which is located to the south east of Central Brittany. This town is governed by @Minerva .

    You can also search for the town in the SOTA Map web site – https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/map/

    Are you with us?

    Purpose:

    The Welcome Quest is a quest for all people to see many towns and establishments. It is created as a way for people to visit many player-ran locations. It involves each town and establishment to give the quest person some information and then instructions to go to the next location (a town or establishment) to do something. The path may be sequential from place to place or in parallel to multiple places at the same time. The goal is for towns and establishments to showcase their places, educate the people, and work with other player-ran towns/establishments. We do the Welcome Quest 4 items a year, one in each season.

    We are proud to be the first player-ran quest in SotA! We do it for all of you. :)

    More information is located at
    http://sotawiki.net/sota/Community:Quests/Welcome_Quest#Welcome_Quests_in_Releases

    Welcome Torch changes – testing and answers due to burnout

    With Release 38, all torches changed physically. The durability started to decrease when the torch is held onto. This change also affected the Welcome Torch you receive from the Welcome Quest.

    With Release 41 you now can repair your own Welcome Torches with a carpentry repair kit and a carpentry table.

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    Community Event: Hit me with your Best Shot Holiday Giveaway

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    [Forum Post by Lace]

    Greetings Avatars

    Rather than our annual stocking stuffer hangover event (where you can steal the prizes someone won before you) we are doing a giveaway of “A few of our Favorite Things” for this Holiday Season.

    You can pick up a backpack of goodies from the public cache located on Lace’s Holiday House (Village Lot in Novia Market) and after Thanksgiving weekend at the Crafting Pavilion in Diamond Fields on the East Side.

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    *Note that beer and wine selection varies between bags

    The Contest
    These items should help get you in the holiday mood, and give you a leg up on decoing your house for the season. In addition we are holding a contest where you need to “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (yeah yeah Lace is excited about the nomination for Pat Benatar for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

    This is where you take a screenshot of one area of something you have decoed (including yourself if you wish) and post it on this forum thread.

    ONE SCREENSHOT ONLY! — That is the hard part picking the area, the angle etc. If you post multiple pictures you will be disqualified. WE WANT YOUR BEST SHOT!. You have until midnight server time on Friday December 27th. Along with the screenshot designate where you lot is located so others can go and take a look for the full effect as well.

    Prizes
    1st Place 3000 Cotos
    1000 Cotos to 4 runners up

    Bonus Category
    1500 Cotos Crafted Only Display (please designate in your post, so the items pictured can be verified)

    And as a personal favor to Lace, if you have the time give Pat Benatar some love in the fan vote for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, please head to the link below to see the current standings, then follow the link to vote. You can vote once a day until January 10th. (which happens to coincide with her birthday)–Note they ask for an email but don’t make you confirm or anything, but maybe use a unattended one in case they spam you lol)

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    Community Event: 2nd Annual Novia Market Yuletide Giveaway

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    Announcing the 2nd Annual Novia Market Yuletide Giveaway!

    When: December 1st, midnight NBT – December 31st, midnight NBT
    Where: Novia Market, located just south of Britanny along the road

    What it is:

    For the ENTIRE month of December, ANY purchase made at an eligible vendor (see map below) will enter you into a prize drawing! 1 entry per purchase at an eligible vendor PER day (example: 15 participating vendors, if you purchase an item from each = 15 entries for the day).

    The PRIZES include:

    1 MILLION in GOLD prizes (and not just small amounts – 2 x 250k is up for grabs!)
    Furniture (including sets!)!!!!!
    Over 10k in COTO’s!
    Artifacts
    Rares and other nice things — (Empty Land rows, Homes, Tax Free Village Lot deed, Eternal Patterns, Seasonal Deco, Dungeon set pieces, etc.)
    Resources and rare crafting mats!
    Pets!
    GM crafted items!
    …and much, much more! (I would list everything, but there is so much!)

    The drawing for prizes will be held January 3rd @ 1900 NBT (location inside NoMa TBD!)

    Additional vendors may be added to the map, so check back before shopping!

    Vendors and Map:

    1. Robyn Hood, Adam Crow, Lace Delamorte (Lace – Armor and Weapons vendors only)
    2. Kron Caledon
    3. shawn
    4. Yigg Endimion
    5. Swish
    6. D’Laein Lachlan
    7. Bjorn Dyonysis or Terrence Phillip
    9. Corina Napar
    10. Taikee Vetrae
    11. Tardis
    12. Scanphor
    13. Emmory Watson
    14. Bookin Air
    15. Phenyx
    16. Lace Delamorte

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    Community Event: 5th Annual New Years Eve Party

    [Forum Post by Mal Hari]

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    Come Join us this New Years in the Jade Valley Tavern for our 5th Annual New Years Eve Party.


    Project to Support – Crowfall

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    Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion!

    Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power!

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    Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen

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    Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen takes place on the high-fantasy world of Terminus, a wildly diverse land formed from fragments of many different realms and times, bringing with them their unique civilizations and deities. Explore long lost realms, as their people and cultures vie for power and form alliances, struggling to gain a foothold in an unfamiliar world. Uncover civilizations and awe-inspiring locales that offer incredible adventures for you and your friends to experience. Enter a world where the environment itself tells the story and where content is always king!

    UPDATE: We were stunned to learn of the untimely passing of Brad McQuaid this week. He was one of the true pioneers and visionaries of our industry who brought Everquest to us. We have few words that can express how much we respect him; so we choose to honor him with a flaming sword tomb in Brittany Graveyard that reads: “Aradune: For the Brightest Flame Burns the Least Long”.

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    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot]

    The Avatar Express is a Shroud of the Avatar fan news site!

    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 committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like.

    Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate 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

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    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.

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  2. Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next instalment of this wonderful story by Draxenath. It is entitled “Interview with the Dragon Goddess”.
    Background music by Smartsound

     

    Part 12: The Avatar’s Lament

    I proceeded with my next question. – Has there ever been a civilization that improved so much in science that it accidentally destroyed itself?

    Draxenath repeated the question to herself a couple times as she pondered. After a few minutes, her eyes lit up. – Let us have our barbecue out in the world, there is a place you need to see for yourself. – She picked up the spit with the roasted beef and opened a portal. I noticed the beef was already about middle term, it had cooked much faster than I expected, it probably had to do with the magical blue fire from the spit.

    We went through the portal and were transported to some ruins. Plants and animals had already made their home in them. Draxenath placed the spit on the ground and lay down on the grass, then continued speaking.

    – These are the ruins of Curiosity, the most technologically advanced city before my absence. They worshipped Amaxis’ wife Humenalia more than any other deity. As I said before, she was very curious and smart, and would constantly question her knowledge and put everything to test and experimentation. I mentioned before that she suffered a lot as Amaxis was abused by the other gods, she felt powerless for some time, but then she researched for ways to protect him and give him an edge. Amaxis had ideas of the tools and weapons he needed, but it was Humenalia that had acquired the scientific and technical knowledge to develop them. He couldn’t have done it without her. Take a look around, you may find scraps of the wonders they created. I will be waiting here.

    I was amazed, the legends spoke the truth, this place existed! I followed Draxenath’s suggestion and walked around for a bit. There were remains of walls that could be seen through, and humanoid constructs of strange material that wasn’t metal, wood or stone. They were broken and not functioning. Their faces, although worn out by the weather and the passing of centuries, looked so human and lifelike, it was scary, like looking at a corpse reanimated by a necromancer. Their innards had numerous tendrils of another strange, flexible material. Inside the tendrils, smaller such tendrils were found.

    The roads had ruined vehicles, which were probably scavenged after the city was destroyed. They were built of strange materials as well. Their innards also had tendrils much like the ones from the humanoid constructs. There were also massive, snake-like vehicles full of seats, capable of transporting hundreds or even thousands of people at a time. Besides that, there were so many things I am unable to describe properly. Strange boards with numerous small bumps that would sink when pressure was applied, and pop back once the pressure was gone, thin slabs and tablets hanging from the walls, with purpose unknown to me, and many other things unimaginable.

    I came back to the spot we arrived at, Draxenath was now sitting, next to her was a beautiful human woman with pale skin and auburn hair, resting her head on the Goddess’ lap. There were dozens of birds standing all over the Goddess’ body, chirping and singing. She opened her eyes, and the birds ended their song and flew away. – Rise, Avatar! – said the Goddess with a firm, commanding voice. – He has returned and will want to hear your tale about the fall of Curiosity. In the meantime, I will be taking a stroll.

    The woman got up and bowed to Draxenath. – As you wish, My Mistress! – she said, as Draxenath walked away, the birds following her and resuming their song. Now she turned her attention to me. Her amber-colored eyes looked at me with interest. – You must be VERY special! I had been trying to reach My Mistress for a thousand years with no success, to find out a mere human was able to bring her out of her hiding place! And she wants me to tell you the tale of my last great failure, where I lost our husband, almost had our sons killed and saw my hopes and dreams crushed!

    I was speechless. I didn’t know what to say, I just remained silent. She ripped some meat from the roasted cow and sat down, eating it. Then signaled me to sit down beside her by patting the ground down. I did as she requested. She looked at me as she chewed the meat and started talking. – Before that tale, I think you need to know some more context. What do you know about Sari, My Mistress’ firstborn? – she asked. – I didn’t know his name until now that you brought it up, I know that he was betrayed and murdered, but nothing more, I don’t know any details.- I answered. – Sari was one of a kind, very wise and powerful, could not have been otherwise, being raised by Draxenath and the second son of Amaxis. – said the Avatar. I was surprised by that revelation.

    She continued talking. – Amaxis was meant to be the inspiration of all other gods, but he became the most hated instead. Strangely, his second son did not turn out like him. He was mortal, however, he was virtuous, compassionate, and felt empathy for the other gods and creatures. He was liked by everyone, even esteemed by all the gods. He slowly became what Amaxis was meant to be: an inspiration and source of wisdom for gods and mortals. At the same time, the punishment he inherited from his father got weaker. He awakened his draconic traits and was able to use his divine powers with more strength with every passing day.

    – He won My Mistress’ heart, as well as mine. Then they had Sari. As Draxenath’s Avatar, I had the opportunity to live by his side and give him more children. I became his mortal wife. I appointed the eldest and strongest of our children as Sari’s retainer, her name was Merealla. The difference between them was too notorious, however. Merealla could never shine and stand out at Sari’s side, she was always overshadowed by her powerful godly sibling. Merealla grew to hate Sari, and plotted the conspiracy and betrayal that ended Sari’s life and made My Mistress abandon us.

    – It is my fault, I carry that heavy burden in my heart, and have spent these years trying to make up for it with no success. Preventing the destruction of Curiosity was the best chance I had, and my greatest direct failure as I also lost our husband.

    She looked very frustrated. I tried to comfort her with some human wisdom. – You have lived for a very long time. Humans like me are short-lived. As such, we have to understand that there is too little time to feel bad about our failures, if we are not ready for the next chance, we will miss it. Many more chances will come to you since you live longer, just be ready when they do.

    She said nothing for a few minutes, then decided to start with her tale. – Curiosity was a city of science and technology and the main place of worship for Humenalia. After My Mistress abandoned us, Humenalia decided to join us in freeing the other gods, the slaves and opposing Amaxis. She and the people from Curiosity developed technology and weaponry so advanced it could kill a god.

    – Our plan was to use those weapons as leverage to force Amaxis to do as we asked. Humenalia wanted to support her son as best as she could, but that doesn’t mean she intended to kill her beloved husband. Our demands infuriated Amaxis. How could we dare to threaten him? So he decided to destroy Curiosity by himself. We gathered to fight back. It was Humenalia, my husband, three of my sons and me.

    – The fight didn’t go as planned. Amaxis had all the intention to kill us. His attacks overwhelmed all of us except my husband. He was the only one with the power to face him, the only one with the chance to defeat him. Their fight was long and exhausting. Then Humenalia took Amaxis by surprise, restraining him. She asked my husband to kill them both by driving his weapon through their heart, that was her desire. He charged, with the weapon in hand, ready for delivering a killing blow, but missed. He could kill neither of his parents. Amaxis broke free and ripped my husband’s heart from his chest. Humenalia tried to restrain him again, but he overpowered her. I used the distraction to grab my husband and sons and escape. Humenalia was probably imprisoned like the other gods. Curiosity was destroyed.

    – I fled to a secret underground temple we had in a hidden place far away and put my husband’s body in magical stasis to preserve his body, in case there is a way to properly bring him back to life. My sons were alive, but just barely, so I put them in magical stasis as well, in different hidden temples scattered around the world.

    She had a grim look in her eyes. – That’s how the tale ended for Athaldar the Invincible Demigod, Zohorone the Fearsome Necromancer, Athel the Ferocious Shapeshifter, and Pram the Mighty Dragon Prince. And it keeps going as an uneventful story for Wallanime the Avatar of Failure… do you think there is a chance left for me?

    That was a tremendous surprise to me, I was sitting right beside Wallanime Draconia, and had just heard what happened to her three sons. – The Goddess seems very proud of you and your three sons. She never called you a failure or blamed you for Sari’s death. She never spoke ill of you in our chat. She even wondered if you would ever forgive her for abandoning you. More than worrying about your failures, she is worried about having failed you.

    Her look was less grim than before. – You are very kind, I have been needing that for far too long… let’s eat some more, then find out where My Mistress went – she said.

    Echoes From the Caverns

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    Avatars,

    Please read this entire message, as well as the linked Player Guide and Known Issues

    Release 73 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Thursday, December 12, at 10:30 AM US Central Time (15:30 UTC). Release 73 includes some exciting updates including Player Game Master Tools (Phase 1), Lua Integration (Phase 1.1), Tartarus and Soltown polish, Release 73 Winter Themed Rewards, and more!SS_4Starr_TartarusImprovements_A-1024x76

    I want to express a huge amount of gratitude to the players who tested the items listed below on our QA server. They found many bugs and also provided editorial feedback on this post so that it is easy to read and actually matches what is in the game.

    Before offering feedback and/or reporting a bug, we kindly ask that you read this whole message and the linked Player Guide and Known Issues to get up to date on the current game state. To keep up to date, please check out the Patch Notes.

    By taking a few moments to read through this information, a great deal of our time and effort can be focused on new “unanswered” questions and addressing critical issues that impact each release. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to review this post and for all the truly valuable feedback you continue to provide.

    Also, remember that while we are providing new content with each release, our community is also working overtime to make new events for you to enjoy. Be sure to check the schedule for player-run events (via the player-run websites: NBNN Community Calendar & Avatars Circle). You can also get the latest official events on the Main Website.

    Without further ado, here is a list of what you can expect to see in RELEASE 73, December 12, 2019. NOTE: This release is much earlier than our normal end of month releases due to the winter holidays and our desire to give our team much deserved time off. That is also why this release may seem like it has less than the normal amount of content.

    Story and Scenes: 

    • Soltown Polish: Polished the main paths connecting where players arrive to major quest points focusing on areas like signs.4Starr_SoltownImprovements_B-1024x768.jp
    • Tartarus Polish: A general polish pass was made to one of our newest dungeons including the addition of discoveries, more resurrection ankhs, adjustments of creature locations, improved lighting, improved sound effects, additional thematic decorations (including lootable dead bodies), and the removal of some inappropriate quest-related loot.SS_4Starr_TartarusImprovements_B-1024x76

    User Interface:

    • Player Game Master Tools (Phase 1): We have our first phase of Player Game Master Tools live! Players will need to apply for a VIP flag (message Atos in the official Shroud of the Avatar forums or with Discord to apply). Once approved, they will then get a single no-trade potion per event they wish to run that lasts 4 hours. Note, all commands are logged to an internal channel monitored by our developers. The GM potion temporarily grants the following powers from the player console:
      • gmghost: Become invisible!
      • slew: “Free camera” mode similar to what dungeon owners and POT owners currently have, but with the bonus of teleporting to the location of your camera upon exiting the mode.
      • teleport to player: Quickly move to another player’s location.
      • summon player: Instantly move another player to your location.
      • set weather over ride: Set the weather for all players in the scene to a new value. Options are:
        • Clear
        • LightClouds
        • HeavyClouds
        • LightPrecipitation
        • HeavyPrecipitation
        • Storm
        • Foggy
        • Custom1
        • Custom2
      • summon monster: Summon a monster from a preset list (NOTE: there is no loot nor experience points gained from killing these monsters to prevent exploits). To use simply type /summonmonster # monsterName where # is the number you wish to summon. For example, “/summonmonster 3 bear1” will summon 3 of the lowest tier bears. Currently available summons include the following and will expand over time:
        • Spider1-5
        • KoboldArcher1-5
        • KoboldMage1-5
        • KoboldWarrior1-5
        • Dragon1-5
        • Bear1-5
        • Llama1
      • timescale: Changes the time scale in the entire scene. Legal values are 0.25 – 4
      • resurrect: This give player GMs the ability to resurrect players in their scene. The valid options are:
        • me – resurrects the player GM
        • selected – resurrects the player the GM has targeted
        • all – resurrects all players and creatures in the scene
    • Lua Integration (Phase 1.1): Phase 1.1 of Lua Integration includes a further iteration of our integration of this full-featured but simple-to-use scripting language that can be used to create new features, simple UI, or other client-side add-ons with just a few lines of code. Players have been incredibly busy creating all sorts of amazing data queries already since we released Phase 1 of our Lua integration in Release 72. Join the Lua Discussions forum to find out what everyone is making! Also, those on Discord can join the Lua-scripting-api channel for real time chat and information! Look for more features to be exposed.

    Crafting and Economy:

    • Garden Gnome Recipe: Craft a delightful garden decoration! This recipe can be purchased from Brittany Decoration Merchants. NOTE: This was actually patched into Release 72.

    Player Towns and Player Housing:

    • Krampus Statue (January Login Reward): Just login during the month of January to receive this free reward!SS_4Starr_JanuaryLogin_KrampusStatue_A-1
    • Snow Pavers: Put pavers down that make it look like it has just snowed, just in time for the Winter Holidays! You can find these pavers in the Crown Shop. NOTE: This was actually patched into Release 72.4Starr_SnowPavers_A-1024x768.jpg
    • New/Updated Player-Owned Towns:
      • Bard’s Rest: Added new Village (nested in Brittany Fort).
      • S Mart Factorium: Moved to north of Solace Bridge.

    Performance: 

    • Load Times: Release 73 brings several improvements in load times. The average load time per level should be between 2 and 5 seconds faster depending on the speed of the computer. This optimization will show the biggest improvement with the slower computers. This optimization did come with a cost of roughly 5.9GB extra disk space for the initial installation. This will also cause a single large patch but going forward, patch sizes and speeds should actually be smaller and faster than before.

    Release 73 Rewards Program Items: To receive these exclusive rewards, all you need to do is join the Rewards Program during Release 73 and login to the game during Release 73.

    • Candy Cane Wand
    • Ceiling Yule Tree
    • Desktop Elf Statue with Yule Hat4Starr_R73Rewards_A-1024x768.jpg

    Thank you so much for reading all the way here to the end!

    Join in 2020 for a lot more exciting content including Lua integration (Phase 2), Player GM Tools (Phase 2), Player Vendor Polish, More Trophy Data (Agriculture, Trophy Heads), Property Rating System, More Creatures/Bosses/Tameables, New Skills, Bards, and more!

    There will also be Episode 2 which will have a new story, new lands, a revamp of the Quest and Journal system, a Theater System, Treasure Hunting with treasure maps that show up as loot, Item Affinity, Taming system expansions, Custom NPC Conversations (Inky Integration), and expanded permissions for containers and doors!

    As a reminder, here are links to Player Instructions and Known Issues. Thank you again for your continued support. This is truly the most amazing community we have ever worked with, and we are proud to be on this journey with you.

    Sincerely,

    Starr Long
    aka Darkstarr
    Executive Producer

     

     

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    Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is today, Friday December 13, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to give a few sneak peeks of upcoming content including the Episode 2 map, Bards (a new skill tree), and maybe more if we have time! We will also be answering questions and as always handing out prizes!

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    Release 73 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Winter Holiday Theme!)

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    Winter has arrived so the Rewards Program items for Release 73 are winter holiday themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 73!

    • Candy Cane Wand
    • Ceiling Yule Tree
    • Desktop Elf Statue with Yule Hat

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    As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “The weather outside is frightful” in the chat window (no purchase necessary).

    Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT!

    Are You a Livestreamer?

    Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program!

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  5. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Release 73 on QA (Live next week)

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    An early version of Release 73 is on the QA server! Release 73 has some fun updates like Player GM Tools! An early version of the Release 73 Instructions is also available for review. We could really use everyone’s help to test all of this amazing content before it goes live next week!

    • Player Game Master Tools Phase 1
    • Lua Phase 1.1
    • Scene Polish: Tartarus, Soltown
    • R73 Rewards Program Items: Winter Theme
    • Snow Pavers
    • January Login Reward: Krampus Statue
    • Performance Improvements
    • More Bug Fixes
    • and more!

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    SotA_Corpion-Chair_empty-1024x576.jpgPlease join us in testing on the QA server (instructions are posted each release in the bug forums) so we can make each release the best it can be. By helping us test prior to the release we can insure there are less bugs, more stability, and more balance.

    Participating qualifies you for the Testing Incentives Program! We will reward you for your efforts because we do understand that time spent on QA is time lost on advancing your character on live. Each release we will randomly reward the following rewards (one prize per player):

    • 500 Gold Crowns (4 prizes)SotA_Ant-Farm-300x169.jpg
    • Ant Farm (4 prizes)
    • Antennae (4 prizes)
    • Bug Cloak (4 prizes)
    • Set of Bug Paintings (4 prizes)
    • Bug Sprayer with emote (1 prize)
    • Insect Leg Table (1 prize)
    • Corpion Chair (1 prize)

    In order to qualify you must meet the following requirements:

    • Install the QA version of the game
    • Login and play on QA for at least 4 hours per release
    • Report at least 1 bug in the QA section of the forums
    • Note that players will only be submitted for the lottery once per QA cycle. Continued bug reporting will not count toward additional submissions into the lottery.

    Thanks Avatars!


    Player GM Tools Livestream Today!

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    Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is today, Friday December 6, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to talk about the multiple phases of Player Game Master Tools, Phase 1 of which is happening in Release 73!

    Release 72 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Fall Theme 2!)

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    Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 72 fall themed again! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 72!

    • Autumn Leaf Mask
    • Autumn Leaf Shield
    • Autumn Leaf Trident

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    As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Leaves are falling all around” in the chat window (no purchase necessary).

    Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT!

    Are You a Livestreamer?

    Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program!

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    Lot Deed Upgrades & Crown Sale + New Winter Vault Round!

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    Greetings Avatars,

    To celebrate the winter holidays Crowns and Lot Deed Upgrades are on sale for 20% off through the end of the year! We have also added another round of Winter and Yule themed items to the vault, including some of the very first Yule themed items we ever created!

    • Lot Deed Type and Size Upgrading with Crowns Sale: Upgrading Lot Deed Type and Size in-game with Crowns is on sale for 20% through the end of the year! Originally patched into Release 62, you can upgrade your deed “type” and size SotA_2015_Holly_Wreath_Candles_Hat_thumbfor Crowns in-game via right-click. This means, for example, you can upgrade from a Taxable Player Owned Town Village Lot Deed to a Taxable Player Owned Town Water Village Lot Deed, adding the ability to claim a water lot. You could also upgrade from a Village Lot Deed to a Town Lot Deed. This was previously available in the Game Services store but can now be done directly with Crowns. You can also upgrade from Taxable to Tax-Free deeds, with the exception that other types of deeds cannot be upgraded to Founder deeds. NOTE: you can only upgrade types, not downgrade, so you cannot go from a Tax Free deed to a Taxable deed, for example. Also you cannot upgrade to Tax Free Founder Keep or Castle, or Tax Free Keep or Castle (these were pledge exclusives). You can still upgrade to all other Keep/Castle types, including Tax Free Player Owned Town Keep, for example.
    • The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, December 19 at 10:30 AM Central SotA_ReplenishingSnowballBox-300x202.jpgTime. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc
      • 2015 Menorah (digital)
      • 2015 Ornate Snow Family (digital)
      • 2016 Yule Gift Boxes 3-Pack (digital)
      • 2016 Yule Stockings 3-Pack (digital)
      • Taming Reindeer Call (digital)
      • 2015 Holly Wreath with Candles Hat (digital)
      • Replenishing Snowball Box (digital)
      • 2017 Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack (digital)
      • Viking 2-Story Stronghold Village Home

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    December Login Reward: Holly Wreath Hat with Sparklers

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    Sunday will be the first day to login and obtain the December login reward! To celebrate the Winter Holidays, every player who logs in during the month of December will receive a unique Holly Wreath Hat with Sparklers!

    To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of December and check your rewards tab!


    Release 72 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Fall Theme 2!

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    The Release 71 Autumn themed items were so popular that we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 72 fall themed again! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 72!

    • Autumn Leaf Mask
    • Autumn Leaf Shield
    • Autumn Leaf Trident

    NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards.

    The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items!

    For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

    • 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month
    • Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 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
    • Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months
    • Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including:
      • 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


    Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles

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    As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! 

    Complete List of Rewards:

    • UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land!
    • Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle
    • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later)
    • UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store
    • Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice
    • Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot)
    • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later)
    • 1400 Crowns
    • 999 Bank Slots
    • Pick 12 Prosperity Tools
    • 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later)
    • Early Access to Episode 2
    • Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team
    • 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference)
    • One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8
    • In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version)
    • Tour of Portalarium Offices
    • Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC.

    NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD.

    NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner.


    Release 72 & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube)

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    The Release 72 livestream was incredibly informative! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it:

    Atos and others also sometimes livestream and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam).  Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when they go live.


    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events!

    Dec 12 – Release 73
    Dec 20 – Release 73 Livestream
    Dec 21 – Release 72 Dance Party
    Jan 30 – Release 74
    Feb 27 – Release 75
    Mar 26 – Release 76
    Apr 30 – Release 77
    May 28 – Release 78
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81


    Community Event: Hit me with your Best Shot Holiday Giveaway

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    [Forum Post by Lace]

    Greetings Avatars

    Rather than our annual stocking stuffer hangover event (where you can steal the prizes someone won before you) we are doing a giveaway of “A few of our Favorite Things” for this Holiday Season.

    You can pick up a backpack of goodies from the public cache located on Lace’s Holiday House (Village Lot in Novia Market) and after Thanksgiving weekend at the Crafting Pavilion in Diamond Fields on the East Side.

    Here is a map to the Novia Market location and the contents of the swag bags:Noma-Directions-1024x661.png

    *Note that beer and wine selection varies between bags

    The Contest
    These items should help get you in the holiday mood, and give you a leg up on decoing your house for the season. In addition we are holding a contest where you need to “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (yeah yeah Lace is excited about the nomination for Pat Benatar for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

    This is where you take a screenshot of one area of something you have decoed (including yourself if you wish) and post it on this forum thread.

    ONE SCREENSHOT ONLY! — That is the hard part picking the area, the angle etc. If you post multiple pictures you will be disqualified. WE WANT YOUR BEST SHOT!. You have until midnight server time on Friday December 27th. Along with the screenshot designate where you lot is located so others can go and take a look for the full effect as well.

    Prizes
    1st Place 3000 Cotos
    1000 Cotos to 4 runners up

    Bonus Category
    1500 Cotos Crafted Only Display (please designate in your post, so the items pictured can be verified)

    And as a personal favor to Lace, if you have the time give Pat Benatar some love in the fan vote for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, please head to the link below to see the current standings, then follow the link to vote. You can vote once a day until January 10th. (which happens to coincide with her birthday)–Note they ask for an email but don’t make you confirm or anything, but maybe use a unattended one in case they spam you lol)

    https://vote.rockhall.com/results/


    Community Event: 2nd Annual Novia Market Yuletide Giveaway

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    Announcing the 2nd Annual Novia Market Yuletide Giveaway!

    When: December 1st, midnight NBT – December 31st, midnight NBT
    Where: Novia Market, located just south of Britanny along the road

    What it is:

    For the ENTIRE month of December, ANY purchase made at an eligible vendor (see map below) will enter you into a prize drawing! 1 entry per purchase at an eligible vendor PER day (example: 15 participating vendors, if you purchase an item from each = 15 entries for the day).

    The PRIZES include:

    1 MILLION in GOLD prizes (and not just small amounts – 2 x 250k is up for grabs!)
    Furniture (including sets!)!!!!!
    Over 10k in COTO’s!
    Artifacts
    Rares and other nice things — (Empty Land rows, Homes, Tax Free Village Lot deed, Eternal Patterns, Seasonal Deco, Dungeon set pieces, etc.)
    Resources and rare crafting mats!
    Pets!
    GM crafted items!
    …and much, much more! (I would list everything, but there is so much!)

    The drawing for prizes will be held January 3rd @ 1900 NBT (location inside NoMa TBD!)

    Additional vendors may be added to the map, so check back before shopping!

    Vendors and Map:

    1. Robyn Hood, Adam Crow, Lace Delamorte (Lace – Armor and Weapons vendors only)
    2. Kron Caledon
    3. shawn
    4. Yigg Endimion
    5. Swish
    6. D’Laein Lachlan
    7. Bjorn Dyonysis or Terrence Phillip
    9. Corina Napar
    10. Taikee Vetrae
    11. Tardis
    12. Scanphor
    13. Emmory Watson
    14. Bookin Air
    15. Phenyx
    16. Lace Delamorte

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    Community Event: 5th Annual New Years Eve Party

    [Forum Post by Mal Hari]

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    Come Join us this New Years in the Jade Valley Tavern for our 5th Annual New Years Eve Party.


    Project to Support – Crowfall

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    Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion!

    Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power!

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    Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen

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    Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen takes place on the high-fantasy world of Terminus, a wildly diverse land formed from fragments of many different realms and times, bringing with them their unique civilizations and deities. Explore long lost realms, as their people and cultures vie for power and form alliances, struggling to gain a foothold in an unfamiliar world. Uncover civilizations and awe-inspiring locales that offer incredible adventures for you and your friends to experience. Enter a world where the environment itself tells the story and where content is always king!

    UPDATE: We were stunned to learn of the untimely passing of Brad McQuaid this week. He was one of the true pioneers and visionaries of our industry who brought Everquest to us. We have few words that can express how much we respect him; so we choose to honor him with a flaming sword tomb in Brittany Graveyard that reads: “Aradune: For the Brightest Flame Burns the Least Long”.

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    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot]

    The Avatar Express is a Shroud of the Avatar fan news site!

    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 committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like.

    Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate 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

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    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.

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    Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday December 6, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to talk about the multiple phases of Player Game Master Tools, Phase 1 of which is happening in Release 73!

    Release 72 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Fall Theme 2!)

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    Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 72 fall themed again! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 72!

    • Autumn Leaf Mask
    • Autumn Leaf Shield
    • Autumn Leaf Trident

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    As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Leaves are falling all around” in the chat window (no purchase necessary).

    Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT!

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    Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program!

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  7. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Lot Deed Upgrades & Crown Sale!

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    Greetings Avatars,

    To celebrate the winter holidays Crowns and Lot Deed Upgrades are on sale for 20% off through the end of the year! Also you have one week left to get the first set of this year’s Winter and Yule themed Vault items, including some of the very first Yule themed items we ever created!Lot-Deed-Type-Upgrades-300x151.jpg

    • Lot Deed Type and Size Upgrading with Crowns Sale: Upgrading Lot Deed Type and Size in-game with Crowns is on sale for 20% through the end of the year! Originally patched into Release 62, you can upgrade your deed “type” and size for Crowns in-game via right-click. This means, for example, you can upgrade from a Taxable Player Owned Town Village Lot Deed to a Taxable Player Owned Town Water Village Lot Deed, adding the ability to claim a water lot. You could also upgrade from a Village Lot Deed to a Town Lot Deed. This was previously available in the Game Services store but can now be done directly with Crowns. You can also upgrade from Taxable to Tax-Free deeds, with the exception that other types of deeds cannot be upgraded to Founder deeds. NOTE: you can only upgrade types, not downgrade, so you cannot go from a Tax Free deed to a Taxable deed, for example. Also you cannot upgrade to Tax Free Founder Keep or Castle, or Tax Free Keep or Castle (these were pledge exclusives). You can still upgrade to all other Keep/Castle types, including Tax Free Player Owned Town Keep, for example.
    • The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, December 5 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc2017 Yule Card 5-Pack
      • Ice Wings
      • 2016 Winter Holiday – Wax Cylinders
      • Winter Lynx Pet
      • 2015 Holiday Wreath
      • 2015 Yule Hat
      • 2015 Yule Tree
      • Yule Velvet Bodice Ensemble
      • Viking Stronghold

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    December Login Reward: Holly Wreath Hat with Sparklers

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    Sunday will be the first day to login and obtain the December login reward! To celebrate the Winter Holidays, every player who logs in during the month of December will receive a unique Holly Wreath Hat with Sparklers!

    To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of December and check your rewards tab!


    Release 72 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Fall Theme 2!

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    The Release 71 Autumn themed items were so popular that we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 72 fall themed again! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 72!

    • Autumn Leaf Mask
    • Autumn Leaf Shield
    • Autumn Leaf Trident

    NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards.

    The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items!

    For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

    • 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month
    • Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 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
    • Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months
    • Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including:
      • 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


    Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles

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    As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! 

    Complete List of Rewards:

    • UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land!
    • Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle
    • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later)
    • UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store
    • Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice
    • Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot)
    • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later)
    • 1400 Crowns
    • 999 Bank Slots
    • Pick 12 Prosperity Tools
    • 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later)
    • Early Access to Episode 2
    • Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team
    • 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference)
    • One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8
    • In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version)
    • Tour of Portalarium Offices
    • Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC.

    NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD.

    NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner.


    Release 72 & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube)

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    The Release 72 livestream was incredibly informative! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it:

    Atos and others also sometimes livestream and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam).  Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when they go live.


    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events!

    Dec 12 – Release 73
    Dec 20 – Release 73 Livestream
    Dec 21 – Release 72 Dance Party
    Jan 30 – Release 74
    Feb 27 – Release 75
    Mar 26 – Release 76
    Apr 30 – Release 77
    May 28 – Release 78
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81


     

    Community Event: Hit me with your Best Shot Holiday Giveaway

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    [Forum Post by Lace]

    Greetings Avatars

    Rather than our annual stocking stuffer hangover event (where you can steal the prizes someone won before you) we are doing a giveaway of “A few of our Favorite Things” for this Holiday Season.

    You can pick up a backpack of goodies from the public cache located on Lace’s Holiday House (Village Lot in Novia Market) and after Thanksgiving weekend at the Crafting Pavilion in Diamond Fields on the East Side.

    Here is a map to the Novia Market location and the contents of the swag bags:Noma-Directions-1024x661.png

    *Note that beer and wine selection varies between bags

    The Contest
    These items should help get you in the holiday mood, and give you a leg up on decoing your house for the season. In addition we are holding a contest where you need to “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (yeah yeah Lace is excited about the nomination for Pat Benatar for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

    This is where you take a screenshot of one area of something you have decoed (including yourself if you wish) and post it on this forum thread.

    ONE SCREENSHOT ONLY! — That is the hard part picking the area, the angle etc. If you post multiple pictures you will be disqualified. WE WANT YOUR BEST SHOT!. You have until midnight server time on Friday December 27th. Along with the screenshot designate where you lot is located so others can go and take a look for the full effect as well.

    Prizes
    1st Place 3000 Cotos
    1000 Cotos to 4 runners up

    Bonus Category
    1500 Cotos Crafted Only Display (please designate in your post, so the items pictured can be verified)

    And as a personal favor to Lace, if you have the time give Pat Benatar some love in the fan vote for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, please head to the link below to see the current standings, then follow the link to vote. You can vote once a day until January 10th. (which happens to coincide with her birthday)–Note they ask for an email but don’t make you confirm or anything, but maybe use a unattended one in case they spam you lol)

    https://vote.rockhall.com/results/


    Community Event: What happened at River’s Cross in Jade Valley?

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    [Forum Post by Lily Byrd]

    Have you found this temple? Do you know what it’s for? What’s in the basement that no one wants to talk about? And where have all the residents gone?

    Come on down to the Dragon’s Breath Inn in the hamlet of River’s Cross near Town Boundary 2 (or 3) in the Player Owned Town of Jade Valley.

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    Project to Support – Crowfall

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    Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion!

    Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power!

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    Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen

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    Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen takes place on the high-fantasy world of Terminus, a wildly diverse land formed from fragments of many different realms and times, bringing with them their unique civilizations and deities. Explore long lost realms, as their people and cultures vie for power and form alliances, struggling to gain a foothold in an unfamiliar world. Uncover civilizations and awe-inspiring locales that offer incredible adventures for you and your friends to experience. Enter a world where the environment itself tells the story and where content is always king!

    UPDATE: We were stunned to learn of the untimely passing of Brad McQuaid this week. He was one of the true pioneers and visionaries of our industry who brought Everquest to us. We have few words that can express how much we respect him; so we choose to honor him with a flaming sword tomb in Brittany Graveyard that reads: “Aradune: For the Brightest Flame Burns the Least Long”.

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    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot]

    The Avatar Express is a Shroud of the Avatar fan news site!

    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 committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like.

    Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate 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

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    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.

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  8. Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next instalment of this wonderful story by Draxenath. It is entitled “Interview with the Dragon Goddess”.
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    Part 10: Humans and Magic

    – With the improvements in science and technology, did humans forget how to use magic?

    Draxenath shook her head. – Humans never had any magic, that is part of the punishment imposed on Amaxis. That is the reason humans created technology and artificial means to harness magic, they need to use materials already infused with it.

    – But I have seen a few humans use magic on their own! For example, the fair-skinned humans from Draconia. – I said. She looked at me with condescendence. – Those are not entirely human, they descend from the House of Athaldar, as you already know.

    She evidently knew the details in depth, so I could not help to ask. – Not entirely human? But Athaldar was human! How did his descendants obtain magical power?

    – There are ways for magical races to interbreed, even with humans. There are also cases of humans forcefully breeding with other races to have magic-wielding offsprings, with varying degrees of success. Back to the subject of Athaldar, you have certainly read about him, but do you know anything about his wife?

    I tried to think, but I really knew nothing about her. Draxenath continued. – Her name was Wallanime Draconia, she was a dragoness that magically changed her shape, allowing her to give him children. That’s where the city’s name comes from. Are there no historical records about her?

    – Not readily available, none that I am aware of. – I replied. She seemed upset. – I see… most of the important women and dragons have been erased from history, it does not surprise me. She was one of my most faithful servants and a very bloodthirsty one. She was well known for her craving for human blood and meat, no other kind would satisfy her. Humans feared and respected her, the other races worshipped her.

    – I can see why humans feared and respected her. – I said. Draxenath chuckled. – Oh, you have no idea, she would eat human women, take their shape, mate with their husband or significant other, then eat them! That is where most of the original Draconians came from.

    I was horrified at the thought of such murderous wantonness. – And Athaldar allowed her to get away with all of that?! – Draxenath was very entertained. – At the time they first met, she was naked, rolling over the pond of blood from Athaldar’s original wife, she had just taken her form after eating her. He was furious as he quickly figured out what just happened. He swore to kill her, and almost did! After an arduous fight, Athaldar managed to defeat her. When he was about to give her the killing blow, she begged for mercy and promised to submit to him and give him strong and healthy children. He was not willing to spare her life at first, but she invoked me and swore under my name. That was enough for him. She was allowed to eat humans only on the battlefield, and she would also have rights over criminals sentenced to death.

    – Athaldar’s courage must have had no bounds! Wasn’t he afraid she could eat him? – I exclaimed. Draxenath gave me that condescending look again. – She swore under my name, had she broken her oath, I would have killed her myself! Never swear under my name unless you plan to keep that promise! But that was not all, with time they grew on each other. By the time I left, they were deeply in love.

    – I understand. What happened to her after Athaldar’s death? – I asked. – I don’t know, – she answered. – I left well before Athaldar’s death. Wallanime’s oath expired with his death, so if she was still alive I would assume she grieved for a few years and then went back to her old ways. Given the length of a dragon’s life cycle, she might still live today. If that’s the case, I wonder if she hates me for not answering her prayers for so long…

    – She owes you her life, she might be waiting for your return if she is still around. – I said, not sure if that would comfort her, but that thought sure made me feel uncomfortable. She remained thoughtful for a couple minutes.

    Part 11: The Three Siblings

    – What can you tell me about Wallanime’s sons? – was my next question.

    – Her favorite son was named Zohorone. – Draxenath answered. – Even though he was born with magical power, he was interested in the human methods of magic. His thirst for knowledge led him down a very dark path.

    – Zohorone, The First Necromancer?! He is legendary! Many have tried to follow his steps, but it’s hard to tell how much of the legend is real and how much is a mere embellishment. Would you be so kind as to unveil his true achievements? – I asked.

    – He dabbled in the mysteries of life and death, – she continued – making horrible experiments that upset even Samsara. Among his discoveries were the reanimation of corpses, and the means to transfer his consciousness to them, even more than one at a time. He could also invade the minds of the living and exert his magic on them in the same manner.

    – I have heard legends that the ranks of Draconia’s army included reanimated dead that were exceptionally coordinated among them. Such legends say they spread like a disease, that anyone killed by them would rise as one.

    – Indeed, he built armies that way. Even in the rare cases when the reanimated corpses could not kill their victims, the contact with them allowed Zohorone to use his magic to finish them off and reanimate their bodies.

    – That is very disturbing. I start to wonder, how could the enemies of Draconia sleep at night? – I commented. – And what happened to Zohorone? There is no legend or historical record mentioning his death, it’s as if he just vanished one day.

    – It doesn’t surprise me. – she said. – Zohorone retired to an inhospitable place to continue his studies undisturbed. He might still live, thinking of new ways to manipulate life and death and become truly immortal.

    – Immortality is a goal many have pursued with no success, but I think if someone has any chance of that, it’s him. Tell me about another of her sons, please. – I requested.

    – The best shapeshifter among her sons was Athel. – she answered. – He loved furry creatures and spent a lot of time with them, taking their form and learning from them. He gained a considerable following, especially among felids, canids, and rodents. He would often assume shapes that combine characteristics of multiple creatures, as well as from his draconic shape.

    – I have heard that name before… there are legends about a feral kingdom, inhabited by beasts larger and tougher than the ordinary. They would sometimes venture to the villages and cities and take the cattle away. Athel was the name of their king, he is.described in many different legends as a monster with a body composed of different animal parts, the only consistency among them being the feathered wings and fire breath. He is considered protector of all creatures covered in fur. – I commented.

    – Those extraordinary beasts are his offsprings. – Draxenath added. – He mated with many different species, lots of fun he was having with the furries in more than one way, the naughty boy. The humans tried to slay him and his army but had no success. He continued raiding villages and cities and driving the humans away. He claimed all that territory for his kingdom. Eventually, the humans decided to move as far away from his territory as possible.

    – I was not expecting that. – I commented. – There is no legend or record of his death either, so I guess he might still live. What can you tell me about Pram of Draconia, besides what you already told me?

    – He was very disciplined, a formidable warrior and strategist. He inherited his mother’s craving for humans. In the battlefield, he would rip his opponents’ throats with either his bare hands or his teeth in order to drink their blood. He left his father behind and founded Flameside as a kingdom of his own. He fought the vampire and human armies for years. He always looked up to my… to my firstborn. – A lump in her throat interrupted her for a brief moment, then she let out a very long sigh. – He was a young boy admiring and trying to emulate his hero… he was devastated after the death of my child. That is likely the reason he let his guard down and was wounded, and most likely also the reason he never came out of his chambers afterward.

    Draxenath remained silent for a moment, then talked again. – All of them were sons of Athaldar as well. Her other offsprings are also special one way or another, but those three are the ones that left the deepest mark in the world.

    She looked stern. I got the feeling she was thinking of someone, a black sheep among them, perhaps? I did not dare to ask.
     
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  9. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Play Release 72 Now!

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    Release 72 successfully launched Thursday, November 21, with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including:

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    • LUA Integration (Phase 1)
    • Reagent Agriculture Balance
    • Unicorn Stew Recipes
    • Grilled Wyvern Chops Recipe
    • Fish Sticks Recipe
    • R72 Rewards Program Items: Fall Theme (2nd Round)!
    • December Login Reward: Holly Wreath Hat with Sparklers
    • Performance Improvements
    • More Bug Fixes
    • and more!

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    Check out the Release 72 Instructions update for detailed information about all the new content.

    If you have not downloaded the game yet, go to www.shroudoftheavatar.com and click the “Play Now” button. The game is also available on Steam.

    Release 72 Player Instructions

    Release 72 Known Issues


    Release 72 Livestream Today!

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    The Release 72 Livestream is set for this Friday, November 22, at 3 PM Central Time! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be showing off player made Lua scripts, learning about the return of Krampus, getting a display of the Sword of Midras rewards, answering questions, and handing out prizes.

    Livestream Schedule (Central Time Zone)

    Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule:

    • 3 PM: Introductions
    • 3:30 PM: Krampus Return & Sword of Midras Rewards
    • 4:00 PM: Player Made Content: Lua Scripts
    • 5 PM: Ending Announcements

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    Win These Great Prizes!

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    We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “Leaves are falling all around” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our webstore during the livestream!

    • Royal Elven Longbow
    • Elven Elite Archer Armor
    • Tabletop Tree Pack
    • Ornate Elven Furniture Set
    • Elven Keep Village Home

    Submit Your Questions

    We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in Twitch Chat during the during the livestream and put !Question at the beginning of your text.

    Watch on Twitch Friday November 22 at 3 PM CDT

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    Are You a Livestreamer?

    Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program!

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    Crown Sale & 11/22 Crown Shop Updates

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    Greetings Avatars,

    To celebrate the winter holidays Crowns are on sale for 20% off through the end of the year! Also the Crown Shop is packed with new items this week including Player Owned Town Animals, Garden Gnomes, and Book-filled shelves ! In addition we have added a set of Winter and Yule themed items to the Vault including some of the very first items we ever created!

    • Book-filled bookshelves: A variety of fine oak bookshelves that are filled, and half-filled with books are now available in the Crown Shop to make your home and library feel more literary.
    • Garden Gnomes: Bring cuteness and life into your garden with gnomes! Now available in the Crown Shop.
    • Player-Owned Town Animals: Town Owners can now purchase items that, when placed, cause various animals to appear around their towns! For example, placing the saucer of milk causes a cat to appear! Some of these can be purchased from the Crown Shop and some are available from NPC Decoration Merchants. The initial list of animals includes:
      • Calico Cats (NPC Merchants)
      • Cats: Siamese & Tabby (Crown Shop)
      • Deer (Crown Shop)
      • Pigs (Crown Shop)
      • Reindeer (Crown Shop)
      • Rabbits (NPC Merchants)
      • Sheep (Crown Shop)
      • Squirrels (NPC Merchants)
      • Turkeys (Crown Shop)
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      • 2017 Yule Card 5-Pack
      • Ice Wings
      • 2016 Winter Holiday – Wax Cylinders
      • Winter Lynx Pet
      • 2015 Holiday Wreath
      • 2015 Yule Hat
      • 2015 Yule Tree
      • Yule Velvet Bodice Ensemble
      • Viking Stronghold

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    November Login Reward: Turkey Statue

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    Today is the first day to login and obtain the November login reward! To celebrate Autumn (and the traditional feasts of Thanksgiving here in the United States), every player who logs in during the month of November will receive a unique Turkey Statue!

    Fun Trivia: Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird of the United States but the Bald Eagle ended up being chosen.

    To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of November and check your rewards tab!


    Release 72 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Fall Theme 2!

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    The Release 71 Autumn themed items were so popular that we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 72 fall themed again! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 72!

    • Autumn Leaf Mask
    • Autumn Leaf Shield
    • Autumn Leaf Trident

    NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards.

    The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items!

    For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

    • 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month
    • Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 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
    • Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months
    • Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including:
      • 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


    Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles

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    As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! 

    Complete List of Rewards:

    • UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land!
    • Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle
    • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later)
    • UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store
    • Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice
    • Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot)
    • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later)
    • 1400 Crowns
    • 999 Bank Slots
    • Pick 12 Prosperity Tools
    • 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later)
    • Early Access to Episode 2
    • Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team
    • 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference)
    • One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8
    • In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version)
    • Tour of Portalarium Offices
    • Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC.

    NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD.

    NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner.


    Lua & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube)

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    The Lua livestream was incredibly informative! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it:

    Atos and others also sometimes livestream and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam).  Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when they go live.


    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events!

    Dec 12 – Release 73
    Dec 20 – Release 73 Livestream
    Jan 30 – Release 74
    Feb 27 – Release 75
    Mar 26 – Release 76
    Apr 30 – Release 77
    May 28 – Release 78
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81


    Community Event: What happened at River’s Cross in Jade Valley?

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    [Forum Post by Lily Byrd]

    Have you found this temple? Do you know what it’s for? What’s in the basement that no one wants to talk about? And where have all the residents gone?

    Come on down to the Dragon’s Breath Inn in the hamlet of River’s Cross near Town Boundary 2 (or 3) in the Player Owned Town of Jade Valley.

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    Project to Support – Crowfall

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    Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion!

    Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power!

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    Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen

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    Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen takes place on the high-fantasy world of Terminus, a wildly diverse land formed from fragments of many different realms and times, bringing with them their unique civilizations and deities. Explore long lost realms, as their people and cultures vie for power and form alliances, struggling to gain a foothold in an unfamiliar world. Uncover civilizations and awe-inspiring locales that offer incredible adventures for you and your friends to experience. Enter a world where the environment itself tells the story and where content is always king!

    UPDATE: We were stunned to learn of the untimely passing of Brad McQuaid this week. He was one of the true pioneers and visionaries of our industry who brought Everquest to us. We have few words that can express how much we respect him; so we choose to honor him with a flaming sword tomb in Brittany Graveyard that reads: “Aradune: For the Brightest Flame Burns the Least Long”.

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    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot]

    The Avatar Express is a Shroud of the Avatar fan news site!

    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 committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like.

    Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate 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

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    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.

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  10. Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next instalment of this wonderful story by Draxenath. It is entitled “Interview with the Dragon Goddess”.
    Background music by Smartsound

    Part 8: Starmire

    – The next settlement in terms of size is called Starmire. It’s an odd one indeed. About four hundred years ago, a meteor crashed on a humid region, leaving a very large crater. The minerals of the meteor nourished the earth and water. This slowly transformed the region into a swamp full of life, attracting several nomadic tribes of different races. They fought for about two centuries, then one day their leaders sat down together and established a civil code that would allow them to co-exist peacefully.

    The goddess was surprised at hearing that. She was in a much better mood than before. – They live in peace by themselves? What is their form of organization? – she asked. – They have a council of elders, composed of the wise men from each tribe. – I answered.

    Her eyes gleamed with interest. – And no control from Amaxis? Do they live in complete freedom? – She asked. I noticed a hint of excitement in her voice. – Yes, they are completely free, and their way of living is very careful about not to upset the natural balance of their home. And I now understand them a little better. You mentioned a goddess of plants and god of fungi earlier. Starmire’s inhabitants don’t refer to them as deities, but they worship them and bury their dead in the swamplands as a form of offering. I heard the names Viridiana and Fungar so many times, and how the dead served as food for them. I thought they were two creatures inhabiting the swamp.

    Draxenath nodded. – They didn’t participate in the conflict, always indifferent to it, so they were left alone even by Amaxis. Their influence might be what made the tribes stop fighting! Do they have other traditions in common among the different tribes?

    – They have a festival during the flowering season. The swamp is covered in vivid colors from the different flowers. The tribes gather to thank Viridiana and Fungar for the abundance of vegetation. There is music, dancing, food, and the usual games and activities seen on festivals. At night one can observe varieties of luminescent insects tracing beautiful light patterns as they do their mating flight.

    She seemed delighted, as if she were imagining it – What are their main activities?

    – Their main activities vary among races, but most of them are hunter-gatherers. The swamp provides plenty of food and resources for them to survive. Besides the activities essential for living, the do clay pottery, carpentry, stone crafting, and bone crafting.

    Draxenath nodded. – No agriculture or cattle raising… do they have commerce with other regions? – she asked. – They don’t, they are prosperous and self-sufficient by themselves, and would not risk causing scarcity in their homeland. They take all means necessary to control their own population and take only what they need, even when they hoard for the winter. – Draxenath seemed thoughtful. – There is still hope… They understand… what about technology?

    – They have developed technology for building through natural means like tree root and branch growth and shaping. They also use shaped rocks for construction. Their homes, bridges. and constructions, in general, are made of shaped trees, rocks, vines and plants. -The goddess was very surprised. – I need to see that! What other wonderful things have they accomplished through technology? – she asked. – They have also developed techniques to shape and rebind bone matter. Their bone and stone craftsmanship is very impressive. Their weapons made of bone and stone are comparable to metal ones in terms of hardness and sharpness, not to mention their beauty.

    – And how racially diverse is the population?

    – Very! There are plenty of different canids like werewolves, inujin and dogheads, different felids like werecats, nekojin and catmen, different ungulans like centaurs, minotaurs, satyrs and fauns, there are giants, there are also humans, different kinds of avians like owlans and eaglans, different reptilians like lizardmen and naga, amd even dragons!

    – Dragons? Are they well received? Do they get along with other races?

    – Dragons have been resentful of other races for a very long time… probably since you left. They find it difficult to get along with other races, but things are quite different in Starmire, although the dragon population is small and they are very reserved in their social interactions.

    Draxenath nodded. – I see… let’s talk about a different settlement.

    Part 9: Oceankeep and Glimmerstorm

    – There is one settlement, presumed to be very large, but I have not been able to verify it. Its name is Oceankeep. It is a city found in the ocean and inhabited by sea creatures, although I have read that some dragons might live there too. They are very hostile towards land dwellers approaching their city.

    Draxenath nodded.- It is a very ancient city, and humans have tried to conquer it for quite some time. Many different devices, tools, vehicles, and weapons have been created for that purpose, all failing as far as I can see. They even tried to poison and pollute the ocean, but Viridiana created sea plants capable of filtering and cleaning it. No wonder the inhabitants of Oceankeep are very hostile!

    – It would seem like you know a lot more about it than me. – I commented. – It would! If things have not changed since then, the most intelligent inhabitants are mermen, turtle men, porpoises, aquatic dragons, in no particular order. The last I knew was they crafted weapons from bones and seashells. They don’t trade with those from the surface. Is there anything more you know?

    I really knew nothing else. I shook my head. – Alright, any other settlement that might be of interest?

    – There is another settlement, I know it’s large but have not been able to assess it properly, is called Glimmerstorm. It is a flying city found above the clouds, said to be inhabited by avians and dragons. It was built about eight hundred years ago by avians and dragons to stay out of human reach. It’s not easy to see from the land as they move constantly and use the clouds as cover. During the night, it’s much easier to see, as it looks like a glimmering cloud formation, hence the name Glimmerstorm. Its inhabitants come to the ground to hunt, gather, and sometimes even trade, but that is quite rare, they are very cautious in their dealings, especially with humans. I would love to visit it someday, but for now, it seems impossible.

    The goddess looked at me with curiosity. – And what would you be looking for in that city? – She asked. – It’s a city out of reach from human control, I would like to make contact with them and get their version of history, read their books, know more about their culture, I’d like to know everything about them!

    She gave me a condescending look. – If you are so interested in ancient avian and draconic culture, I can answer most of your questions, I knew them well back then since they were my people. I have extensive knowledge of the other races too, if you care to ask as well.

    That’s how I became the interviewer again.

    — From this point forward, I will be open to questions from the readers to be featured in the interview. Please send questions you may have in regards to Draxenath, the other gods, the different races, their culture, anything related to this fantasy world —

    Echoes From the Caverns

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    The post Interview with the Dragon Goddess 6 – by Draxenath appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns.

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    Avatars,

    Please read this entire message, as well as the linked Player Guide and Known Issues

    Release 72 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Thursday, November 21, at 10:30 AM US Central Time (15:30 UTC). Release 72 includes lots of exciting updates including Lua Integration (Phase 1), Krampus Returns, Unicorn cooking Recipes, Reagent Agriculture balance, POT Animals, and more! 

    I want to express a huge amount of gratitude to the players who tested the items listed below on our QA server. They found many bugs and also provided editorial feedback on this post so that it is easy to read and actually matches what is in the game.

    Before offering feedback and/or reporting a bug, we kindly ask that you read this whole message and the linked Player Guide and Known Issues to get up to date on the current game state. To keep up to date, please check out the Patch Notes.

    By taking a few moments to read through this information, a great deal of our time and effort can be focused on new “unanswered” questions and addressing critical issues that impact each release. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to review this post and for all the truly valuable feedback you continue to provide.

    Also, remember that while we are providing new content with each release, our community is also working overtime to make new events for you to enjoy. Be sure to check the schedule for player-run events (via the player-run websites: NBNN Community Calendar & Avatars Circle). You can also get the latest official events on the Main Website.

    Without further ado, here is a list of what you can expect to see in RELEASE 72, November 21, 2019.

    Story and Scenes: 

    • Krampus Returns: Each winter the Krampus wakes from hibernation. It is said that he makes his home in East Sanctus Forest and it is rumored that he derives much of his power from his army of naughty brats (zombie children) that surround him. Watch out for a roving encounter full of those naughty brats who will ambush you before you even reach the home of the Krampus! Young Clara in Northwood knows first-hand how monstrous those naughty brats can be … they stole her precious chess piece! Are you brave enough to venture into Krampus territory and recover her one-of-a-kind keepsake? NOTE: This was actually supposed to not go live until Release 72 but was accidentally got patched into Release 71, so folks got a couple of extra weeks of Dark Winter!SS_Krampus_B-1024x533.jpg
    • Pumpkin Head Dormant: Now that the harvests are ending, Pumpkin Head is no longer terrorizing those who dare venture into the fields at night, at least until next year’s harvests…
    • Necropolis Barrens: Added a chance for a Tier 12 Brown Spider to sometimes spawn at night. SotA_Necropolis_Entrance-1024x576.jpg

    User Interface:

    • Lua Integration (Phase 1): Phase 1 of Lua Integration is now live! Lua is a full-featured but simple to use scripting language that can be used to create new features, UI, or other client side add ons with just a few lines of code. Players now have a way to query an ever growing set of data via a console. Join the Lua Discussions and Player Created Scripts discussion in the forums to find out what everyone is making! Also, those on Discord can join the Lua-scripting-api channel for real time chat and information! luaa.gif
    • Free Storage of No-Trade Items In Bank: All no-trade items can now be freely stored in the bank without contributing to bank item limits.
    • “E” Key for Non-Targeted Looting: The “E” key now loots the nearest corpse with loot if nothing is currently targeted. NOTE: This was actually part of Release 71 but due to some miscommunication we did not include it in the Release 71 post.

    Crafting and Economy: 

    • Reagent Agriculture Balance (Phase 2): In Release 71, we improved the balance for pricing of fruits and vegetables on NPC merchants versus the agricultural output of players by simply increasing the prices of items that are agricultural outputs and crafted components. In Release 72, we continued this Agriculture balancing effort by doubling the agricultural output of Reagent plants. This means farmers will, on average, get double the number of reagents from agriculture. Note that, to preserve economic balance, we simultaneously halved the sale value of reagents (function being favored over value). 
    • Unicorn Stews: What kind of horrible monster kills and eats unicorns?!?!? The answer is people! Unicorns can now be harvested for either light or dark unicorn meat (depending on the Unicorn type). There are three recipes that use these meats that give a varying degree of Intelligence bonus. 
      • Unicorn Medley: Light and Dark Unicorn meat stew medley that provides a static Intelligence bonus (i.e. bonus not affected by virtue) 
      • Light Unicorn Stew: Light Unicorn Meat stew that provides an Intelligence bonus based on positive virtue.
      • Dark Unicorn Stew: Dark Unicorn Meat stew that provides an Intelligence bonus based on negative virtue.SS_Creatures_Unicorns_White_A-1024x610.j
    • Grilled Wyvern Chops: Grilled Wyvern Chops is just what an ailing adventurer needs to reinvigorate!
    • Fish Sticks Recipe: Everyone loves Fish Sticks! Put them in your mouth and savor them! This simple recipe can be made using any fish.

    Player Towns and Player Housing: 

    • Book-filled bookshelves: A variety of fine oak bookshelves that are filled, and half-filled with books are now available in the Crown Shop to make your home and library feel more literary.
    • Garden Gnomes: Bring cuteness and life into your garden with gnomes! Now available in the Crown Shop.SS_4Starr_R72_GardenGnomes_A-1024x768.jp
    • Blackbird Decoration: This Crown Shop decoration will be sure to add that menacing harvest ambiance to your farm. Sadly, even though this is full of blackbirds, you cannot bake four-and-twenty of them into a pie! NOTE: This was patched into Release 71.SS_4Starr_BlackBirdsVFX_A-1024x768.jpg
    • Town Teleporters: We have new teleporters available in the Crown Shop that allows direct connections between Player-Owned Towns and various Towns around the world. The first three towns to be added are Ardoris, Owl’s Head, and Central Brittany! NOTE: This was patched into Release 71.SS_4Starr_CityTeleporter_Ardoris_A-1024x
    • Player-Owned Town Animals: Town Owners can now purchase items that, when placed, cause various animals to appear around their towns! For example, placing the saucer of milk causes a cat to appear! Some of these can be purchased from the Crown Shop and some are available from NPC Decoration Merchants. The initial list of animals includes:
      • Calico Cats (NPC Merchants)
      • Cats: Siamese & Tabby (Crown Shop)
      • Deer (Crown Shop)
      • Pigs (Crown Shop)
      • Reindeer (Crown Shop)
      • Rabbits (NPC Merchants)
      • Sheep (Crown Shop)
      • Squirrels (NPC Merchants)
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    • New/Updated Player-Owned Towns:
      • Jade Mountains: Transferred to new governor.
      • Port Royal: Added new Municipality to Hidden Vale.

    Performance: 

    • Combat Performance: Our focus for this release was on improving combat performance! While we have been making great improvements to non-combat performance month after month, combat performance has lagged significantly.This release some time was spent to improve combat, especially party combat with high area of effect use.

    Sword of Midras Printed Copy Reward Replacements: 

    • Teleporter to Compendium of Pain and Suffering: This teleporter allows direct access to the Compendium of Pain and Suffering dungeon from the property it is placed on. The teleporter itself is disguised as a magical book with the Blade of the Avatar symbol on the cover! This reward will go to Kickstarter backers at the Patron level who were eligible for a physical copy of the book.SS_4Starr_DungeonEntrance_BladeOfTheAvat
    • The Sword of Midras Magical Printing Press: This magical item allows you to create 12 book copies per week without needing any blank books, and each of these copies automatically comes in a book bound with a Blade of the Avatar symbol book cover! This reward will go to Kickstarter backers at the Citizen level (and higher) who were eligible for a physical copy of the book signed by Richard and Tracy.SS_4Starr_SwordOfMidrassPress_A-1024x768
    • The Sword of Midras Library: The Sword of Midras Library is a huge unique library-themed dungeon room, built from the Lyceum in Artifice. It comes bundled with lots of shelves, including the new book filled shelves and partially book filled shelves. It can be placed in any Player Made Dungeon.SS_4Starr_DungeonRoom_Lyceum_A-1024x768.

    Release 72 Rewards Program Items: To receive these exclusive rewards, all you need to do is join the Rewards Program during Release 72 and login to the game during Release 72.

    • Autumn Leaf Mask
    • Autumn Leaf Shield
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    Character: 

    • Holly Wreath Hat with Sparklers (December Login Reward): This lovely crown woven from holly leaves is lit with sparklers and is December’s login reward. Just login during the month of December to receive this free reward!SS_4Starr_DecemberLogin_HollyWreathHatwi

    Thank you so much for reading all the way here to the end! 

    Join us for 2020 where we will have tons more in store including Lua integration (Phase 2), Inky Integration, more team members, Cross Promos with other teams, Player GMs, Player Vendor Polish, More Trophy Data (Agriculture, Trophy Heads), Property Rating System, More Creatures/Bosses/Tameables, New Skills, Bards, and more!

    There will also be Episode 2 which will have a new story, new lands, a revamp of the Quest and Journal system, a Theater System, Treasure Hunting with treasure maps that show up as loot, Item Affinity, Taming system expansions, Customizable NPCs, and expanded permissions for containers and doors!

    As a reminder, here are links to Player Instructions and Known Issues. Thank you again for your continued support. This is truly the most amazing community we have ever worked with, and we are proud to be on this journey with you.

    Sincerely,

    Starr Long
    aka Darkstarr
    Executive Producer

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    The Release 72 Livestream is set for this Friday, November 22, at 3 PM Central Time! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be showing off player made Lua scripts, learning about the return of Krampus, getting a display of the Sword of Midras rewards, answering questions, and handing out prizes.

    Livestream Schedule (Central Time Zone)

    Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule:

    • 3 PM: Introductions
    • 3:30 PM: Krampus Return & Sword of Midras Rewards
    • 4:00 PM: Player Made Content: Lua Scripts
    • 5 PM: Ending Announcements

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    Release 72 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Fall Theme 2!)

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    Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 72 fall themed again! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 72!

    • Autumn Leaf Mask
    • Autumn Leaf Shield
    • Autumn Leaf Trident

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    Win These Great Prizes!

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    We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “Leaves are falling all around” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our webstore during the livestream!

    • Royal Elven Longbow
    • Elven Elite Archer Armor
    • Tabletop Tree Pack
    • Ornate Elven Furniture Set
    • Elven Keep Village Home

    Submit Your Questions

    We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in Twitch Chat during the during the livestream and put !Question at the beginning of your text.

    Watch on Twitch Friday November 22 at 3 PM CDT

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    Are You a Livestreamer?

    Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program!

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  13. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Release 72 on QA (Live next week)

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    An early version of Release 72 is on the QA server! Release 72 is full of new content and fixes. An early version of the Release 72 Instructions is also available for review. We could really use everyone’s help to test all of this amazing content before it goes live next week!

    • Krampus ReturnsSS_Creatures_Wyvern_D-300x162.jpg
    • LUA Integration (Phase 1)
    • Reagent Agriculture Balance
    • Unicorn Stew Recipes
    • Grilled Wyvern Chops Recipe
    • Fish Sticks Recipe
    • R72 Rewards Program Items: Fall Theme (2nd Round)!
    • December Login Reward: Holly Wreath Hat with Sparklers
    • Performance Improvements
    • More Bug Fixes
    • and more!

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    SotA_Corpion-Chair_empty-1024x576.jpgPlease join us in testing on the QA server (instructions are posted each release in the bug forums) so we can make each release the best it can be. By helping us test prior to the release we can insure there are less bugs, more stability, and more balance.

    Participating qualifies you for the Testing Incentives Program! We will reward you for your efforts because we do understand that time spent on QA is time lost on advancing your character on live. Each release we will randomly reward the following rewards (one prize per player):

    • 500 Gold Crowns (4 prizes)SotA_Ant-Farm-300x169.jpg
    • Ant Farm (4 prizes)
    • Antennae (4 prizes)
    • Bug Cloak (4 prizes)
    • Set of Bug Paintings (4 prizes)
    • Bug Sprayer with emote (1 prize)
    • Insect Leg Table (1 prize)
    • Corpion Chair (1 prize)

    In order to qualify you must meet the following requirements:

    • Install the QA version of the game
    • Login and play on QA for at least 4 hours per release
    • Report at least 1 bug in the QA section of the forums
    • Note that players will only be submitted for the lottery once per QA cycle. Continued bug reporting will not count toward additional submissions into the lottery.

    Thanks Avatars!


    LUA Livestream Today!

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    Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday Nov 15, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to talk about the multiple phases of LUA integration, Phase 1 of which is happening in Release 72!

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    Release 71 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Fall Theme!)

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    Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 71 fall themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 71!

    • Scarecrow Mask 
    • Giant Gray Squirrel Pet 
    • Giant Scarecrow Statue

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    As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Leaves are falling all around” in the chat window (no purchase necessary).

    Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT!

    Are You a Livestreamer?

    Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program!

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    11/15 Crown Shop Updates

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    Greetings Avatars,

    You have another week to get Autumn and Thanksgiving themed items from the Vault!SotA_Cornucopia-300x224.jpg

    • The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, November 21 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etcAutumn Fairy Leaf Dress
      • Autumn Leaf Wings
      • Autumn Leaf Crown
      • Brown Pilgrim Bonnet
      • Brown Pilgrim Hat
      • Cornucopia
      • Elven Town Home
      • Red Tufted Squirrel Pet
      • Taming Turkey Call

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    November Login Reward: Turkey Statue

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    Today is the first day to login and obtain the November login reward! To celebrate Autumn (and the traditional feasts of Thanksgiving here in the United States), every player who logs in during the month of November will receive a unique Turkey Statue!

    Fun Trivia: Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird of the United States but the Bald Eagle ended up being chosen.

    To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of November and check your rewards tab!


    Release 71 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Fall Theme!

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    Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 71 fall themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 71!

    • Scarecrow Mask 
    • Giant Gray Squirrel Pet 
    • Giant Scarecrow Statue

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    NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards.

    The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items!

    For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

    • 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month
    • Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 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
    • Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months
    • Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including:
      • 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


    Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles

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    As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! 

    Complete List of Rewards:

    • UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land!
    • Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle
    • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later)
    • UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store
    • Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice
    • Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot)
    • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later)
    • 1400 Crowns
    • 999 Bank Slots
    • Pick 12 Prosperity Tools
    • 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later)
    • Early Access to Episode 2
    • Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team
    • 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference)
    • One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8
    • In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version)
    • Tour of Portalarium Offices
    • Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC.

    NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD.

    NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner.


    Release 71 & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube)

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    The Release 71 Livestream with the Lava Fishing Contest was a blast! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it:

    Atos and others also sometimes livestream and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam).  Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when they go live.



    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events!

    Nov 17 – Release 71 Dance Party
    Nov 21 – Release 72
    Nov 22 – Release 72 Livestream
    Dec 12 – Release 73
    Jan 30 – Release 74
    Feb 27 – Release 75
    Mar 26 – Release 76


    Community Event: Release 71 Dance Party

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    [Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre]

    RELEASE 71 DANCE PARTY
    DJ @DarkStarr – VIRTUE RADIO (formerly Avatars Radio)
    RIFTS END 11/17/19 2-4PM
    MAIN GATE & THRU DEVOTIONALS


    Community Event: Mad Splatter Tea Party 

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    [Forum Post by Lily Byrd]

    NOTE: November’s Tea Party will be on November 17 at 4 PM NBT.

    Every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the Month I hold a tea party in my back garden at my home in Jade Valley. There are drinks and eats, there is sometimes music, there are often party games with prizes, and sometimes we just sit and talk about life in Novia. Not only are you welcome to join us but I would like to find out how to have this added to the community calendar here in the forums.

    Mad Splatter Tea Party

    NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION IN JADE VALLEY

    • Lily Byrd’s Cottage and tea garden is south of the Hall of Inquiry and Learning.
    • 3ish pm NBT (CENTRAL Usa Time zone)
    • Every 3rd or 4th sunday of the month
    • We play games
    • We eat cake and drink…various teas and drinks…
    • There are goofy prizes for winning games if we play them

    See you there, Lily Byrd
    PS This is a role playing event tea party come as your avatar

     


    Community Event: What happened at River’s Cross in Jade Valley?

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    [Forum Post by Lily Byrd]

    Have you found this temple? Do you know what it’s for? What’s in the basement that no one wants to talk about? And where have all the residents gone?

    Come on down to the Dragon’s Breath Inn in the hamlet of River’s Cross near Town Boundary 2 (or 3) in the Player Owned Town of Jade Valley.

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    Community Event: 

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    [Forum Post by Ragnarr Lodbrok]

     

    I look forward to this event and want to thank the King for his kind request for viking music!​

    To be clear, the schedule is as follows:​

    3PM – 4PM CST – an ice fishing contest! There will be prizes for smallest trophy fish and largest trophy fish pulled from the icy waters!

    4PM – 5PM CST – King Ragnarr will host a special ceremony to christen the new Pax et Virtutem heraldry, then all are encouraged to grovel before his might!

    5PM – 6PM CST – Viking PvP to make you tremble in awe!

    6PM – 8PM CST – Feasting and dancing with viking music provided by Fionwyn of the Wylde Ones on WRFB.Rocks!

    Skalabrekka is nested in a number of towns including Pax Lair and Serenity Isle. Serenity Isle is east of Pax Lair and the balloon to Skalabrekka is right at the main dock:Skalabrekka1.png


    Project to Support – Crowfall

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    Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion!

    Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power!

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    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot]

    The Avatar Express is a Shroud of the Avatar fan news site!

    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 committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like.

    Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate 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

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    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.

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  14. Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next instalment of this wonderful story by Draxenath. It is entitled “Interview with the Dragon Goddess”.
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    Part 7: The Quarrelling Cities

    – What would the next largest settlement be?

    – This is not exactly one settlement, but eight cities, which is said belonged to a single kingdom. They are collectively called The Quarrelling Cities. The population of each individual city is quite uniform in racial distribution. There is a city mostly inhabited by humans, another by giants, another by ungulans, there is another by felids, one more by canids, another by insect-men, another by reptilians, another by avians… they are not very far from one another, and roughly in the center of that territory is a ruined castle, where it is said a king used to rule them all.

    I noticed she had gone absentminded. After a couple minutes, she asked me to continue. – Each city is very different from the others, with different social organization and activities. They form a sort of synergy with each other, as each city produces something the others need.

    The goddess nodded. – Humans produce technology, giants are miners and blacksmiths, insect men and ungulans are agricultural, canids and felids are hunters, avians are carpenters and hunters, reptilians are metallurgists and glassworkers. Or has anything changed?

    – It has not changed at all. As for this ancient king, the lore and legends are different in each city. In fact, those differing legends are what have kept them from reunifying and have contributed to the ongoing quarrels. The legends of King Centurion. The humans claim he was human, the avians claim he was an avian, the giants claim he was a giant, the canids claim he was a canid, and so on. Each legend tells of how King Centurion liberated their people from human oppression. As for the human version, it tells of how he united them all under the same banner.

    By then, I noticed the goddess’ wrinkled brow. – I would like to hear the legends. – she said. My excitement could not be greater at that time. – Do you know the real story? My understanding is it happened over a thousand years ago. I can tell you the legends, then I would be happy to hear the real story. – Draxenath nodded, remaining silent. I proceeded to relate the legends to her.

    – There is a sort of basis all these legends have in common. They start in the same way: From far away came a warrior, his strength worth that of a hundred. Centurion was his name. His sword was broad like a giant meat cleaver, its hilt adorned by two intertwined dragons, its aura strengthened the worthy and weakened the unworthy. Its weight was so great no one else could wield it. He rode a dragon, as a horse had no strength to carry both him and the sword. – As I said this, I couldn’t help but look at Draxenath’s sword… it matched the description. She was nodding as I described it.

    I decided not to ask anything and continued. – I will start with the Giants’ version. One day, a human woman with bright crimson hair purchased a considerable amount of giant slaves. She claimed to be a princess from far away lands and wanted the slaves for a very important task which required a lot of strength. Little did the slaves know that she was the wife of a giant warrior unlike any known even until today. This warrior had fair skin and golden hair, fierce eyes, a prominent nose, and was very tall, even for a giant, and his strength had no equal, he was called Centurion The Courageous. – Draxenath had a very unusual smile. Was she entertained? It seemed like something else. Nostalgia maybe? I was not able to tell for sure. Maybe it was a fun fact for her that she matches that general description as well.

    – He trained the slaves in wrestling, teaching them how to use their size and power more effectively. Soon, they were ready for the main task he had for them. “Today, you are going to earn not only your freedom but that of our kin as well. We know how to use our strength and size, the humans’ tools and machines will not stop us, we will use them against them to leverage our natural advantage.”

    – The army marched on to the human settlements, one after the next, using the same tactics: Centurion would demand the government submit to him and his new laws which granted the giants freedom and equality. The settlements that did not submit were crushed by his strength. Vampires fell under his sword, and humans were overpowered by his raw strength. Even the Avatars of Amaxis would fall, withering and rotting as he cleaved through them with his powerful blade, The Exalted Cleaver, a sword created to punish the evil gods. – Draxenath nodded repeatedly as I was going through this part.

    – A nation was formed, and Centurion was crowned as its king. As he amassed power and territory, his army grew and new knights were appointed. He made the mistake of appointing a human named Malchen as his Champion Knight. Sir Malchen was cunning, like the worst of the human filth. He envied Centurion’s riches, and even his wife, so he betrayed him. He seduced Centurion’s wife, and when their affair was discovered, they escaped, leaving King Centurion heartbroken. He lost his will to fight, and The Exalted Cleaver lost its edge. He lost his appetite and quickly withered and died. This story teaches us that humans are treacherous cowards and not to be trusted. – She didn’t nod as in the previous part. I noticed constant eye rolling and sighing.

    – I will tell the Avian version of the legend now. Long ago, the majority of the Avians had been enslaved by humans. They would use nets, cages, shackles, ropes and other tools to keep them from flying too far away. They were used as trophies, pets, to keep the humans warm with their feathers, and also as slave labor in high places. This changed when a human woman with bright red hair purchased a large number of avian slaves to build a castle on a high cliff. Once at the cliff, the slaves met their new owner, a powerful avian of bright golden plumage, powerful talons and eyes so sharp that could see farther than anyone else. His wings were so strong and his body so resilient he could fly a hundred times as high as any other avian. His name was Centurion The Benevolent. – Draxenath was giving me that same strange smile, it kept puzzling me. Again the general description matched with her.

    – They built the castle, and at the same time, Centurion trained them in aerial combat and armed them with the now well known avian bolt slingers, created through human technology, with the avian anatomy in mind. The day the castle was finished, he summoned the avians for the main task he had for them. “We were created to be free. I dream of the day all avians will soar through the skies in complete freedom. I dream of one day in this world that is now filled with humans treating everyone else as inferior and as objects of their property, one day when our children will be able to join hands with human children and be seen by them as their equal. We will see the hills and mountains from above, rough places and crooked paths will be no obstacle to us. And the glory of our Goddess, the Champion of Freedom, shall be revealed. This will be the day when all our children will be able to sing with new meaning ‘My home, beautiful land of liberty, of thee I sing. The land where my parents fought, where my parents died, to let freedom ring on every corner’. Let’s fight to free our kin!” – I noticed Draxenath enjoyed the speech, she was smiling and let out a couple tears while I recited it.

    – The war tactics described were basically the same as in the giant version, demand them to submit or be conquered, but instead of raw strength, it speaks of his graceful flight and sharpshooting skills. The mention of the Exalted Cleaver stays mostly the same. – Draxenath nodded. – The appointment of the human knight Sir Malchen and how he runs away with Centurion’s wife stay the same as well. – She remained silent, rolling her eyes once more.

    – For the reptilian version, it starts with the woman with red bright hair taking over a metallurgic company by force. This is one of the few legends that speak of her in a little more detail. Bright red hair, a fiery temper, and draconic eyes. To make the long story short, she had them work on metal alloys to craft weapons for the army of her husband, a reptilian warrior with golden scales, called Centurion the Polite. He taught them how to fight with a variety of weapons, same war tactics, speaks of his battle prowess with many kinds of weapons. The Exalted Cleaver part is the same. – Draxenath gave her usual nod. – The story of Sir Malchen is mostly unchanged, with the difference that he escapes alone and Centurion’s wife commits suicide, the rest remains the same. – For this part, she raised a brow but said nothing.

    – The Ungulan version says the woman of bright red hair purchased a very large plantation where the ungulan slaves worked, while an ungulan warrior with golden fur and horns forming a crown, called Centurion The Sincere, trained them in combat with their horns, hooves, as well as lances, spears, and axes. Same war tactics, mentions his charges were unstoppable, the rest is the same. – Again, she had that smile I can’t figure out, and this version features another resemblance to her, the golden color and the horns forming a crown. – The rest of the legend is the same as the giant version. – She rolled her eyes once more.

    – The Felid version tells of felid slave purchases by that same woman, describes Centurion The Honorable as a felid warrior with golden fur, powerful claws, and fierce eyes. He trained them in stealth and combat with their claws and bite. The part about the war tactics mentions his fast reflexes and powerful claws. – Again I’d love to figure out the meaning of her smile. More resemblance to her. – The part about Sir Malchen says he escaped alone, Centurion’s wife committed suicide to atone for her infidelity, and Sir Malchen was hunted down and eaten. The rest of the legend is unchanged. – She raised a brow the same way as she did at the end of the reptilian version.

    – The Canid version is very similar to the Felid version. Centurion The Loyal is described as a canid with golden fur, eyes full of wisdom, and a maw full of sharp teeth. They recognize him as a very cunning warrior and a great leader, with a great sense of teamwork and pack tactics. – Draxenath was nodding again, with her usual smile. – The rest of the story is the same as the Felid version.- Draxenath remained expressionless this time.

    – The Insect-Men version is quite different from the others. It speaks of an Insect-Woman queen named Centuria The Righteous, and the woman with red hair from the other versions is her adopted sister. This version mentions a retainer of draconic descent as well, whom Centuria lovingly called “Little Devil”. This version says one day she commanded all Insect-Men to rebel and follow her to fight for their freedom. It mentions she commanded a force consisting of warriors from all other races, and the strongest were appointed as knights.

    – All these knights loved Queen Centuria and would give their life for her. Centuria’s stepsister was in love with a warrior named Malchen, and she convinced him to help them with their fight. Malchen advanced in the ranks and was finally appointed as Champion Knight, and this upset all other knights. To make matters worse, he was in love with Centuria, and she corresponded his love.

    – A betrayal was in the works. With the help of the other knights, Centuria’s stepsister kidnapped Malchen, hoping to seduce him and earn his heart. The knights told Centuria the two had an affair and escaped together. Centuria went after them and finally confronted her stepsister. Centuria was murdered by her in cold blood while the knights were watching. They were unprepared for that and could do nothing to save her. Overwhelmed by shame, most of the knights built her a tomb, and then committed suicide during the funeral. Nothing is known of the stepsister’s whereabouts, as for Sir Malchen, he traveled far away, taking Centuria’s most precious legacy with him: her only son. – During all the narration, Draxenath remained silent and inexpressive.

    – The Human version doesn’t have much to tell, speaks of a human warrior called Centurion The Strong, his vision of a single nation where everyone would be free, a place where everyone’s dreams could be achieved. The place where everyone would want to live no matter their race, and how it would work. At the end of the legend, Centurion is murdered by all his knights, as every one of them envied him and wanted to be king. – Draxenath remained just as silent as in the previous version.

    She looked very tired, as if her depression had returned, heavier than ever. – King Centurion… is a made up character. They are ashamed of the truth. There was a leader they loved, one who gave everything for them, and when that leader decided to pursue a little of personal happiness, the selfish interest of others led to the leader’s death and the kingdom’s downfall. Now they go on, denying what really happened, attributing this leader’s deeds to a fictional king who died of a broken heart… save for two versions that speak of murder… – Her voice broke during the last words and she began weeping in silence.

    I tried to put everything together, and that is when I came to the realization… the central character from all these versions of the legend bears a strong resemblance to Draxenath, and even the Exalted Cleaver looks like the Godslaying Sword. I went back to my notes from the interview to confirm this quote: “I sent our firstborn to liberate the slaves while I worked on doing the same for the other Gods. Many of the mortals were freed and formed a nation of their own, with my child as ruler. But then, there was a betrayal. What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under your knives, mortal. Who will wipe this blood off all of you?”. That smile from before, it was a mother’s pride! I was certain of it!

    I could not help but ask. – The person these legends talk about… was that your son? – Draxenath shook her head. – I wish any of my sons had been as great. Unfortunately not… let’s change the subject, please. – I nodded, but that last answer she gave me was not quite convincing.

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    The post Interview with the Dragon Goddess 5 – by Draxenath appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns.

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    Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday Nov 15, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to talk about the multiple phases of LUA integration, Phase 1 of which is happening in Release 72!

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    Release 71 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Fall Theme!)

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    Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 71 fall themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 71!

    • Scarecrow Mask 
    • Giant Gray Squirrel Pet 
    • Giant Scarecrow Statue

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    As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Leaves are falling all around” in the chat window (no purchase necessary).

    Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT!

    Are You a Livestreamer?

    Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program!

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