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August 2008 - Announcements Page

Land Control

  • Land Control introduced with players now able to take control of keeps.

Loot Tier 7

User Interface Updates

  • When a character is ID'd in game the faction will be displayed and if the same faction as yourself it will be green text, if an opposing faction, red text.
  • Society Channel added for chat with other members of your society.

Other Changes

The Temples of Forgetfulness and Enlightenment have had the timer for their use reset due to gameplay changes made in the August 2008 update.

New Quests

New Events

Updated Quests

New Locations

Updated Locations

  • Graveyard - Extended to the south valley with many more rat spawns.

New NPCs

Updated NPCs

New Items

Mana Forge Advanced Equipment Chest Icon Mana Forge Advanced Equipment ChestMana Forge Armor Chest Icon Mana Forge Armor ChestMana Forge Magic Chest Icon Mana Forge Magic ChestMana Forge Mixed Equipment Chest Icon Mana Forge Mixed Equipment ChestMana Forge Weapon Chest Icon Mana Forge Weapon ChestShard Mana Forge Equipment Chest Icon Shard Mana Forge Equipment ChestResearcher's Chest Icon Researcher's ChestWeapon Quartermaster's Chest Icon Weapon Quartermaster's ChestEquipment Quartermaster's Chest Icon Equipment Quartermaster's ChestArmor Quartermaster's Chest Icon Armor Quartermaster's ChestRadiant Blood Sollerets Chest Icon Radiant Blood Sollerets ChestRadiant Blood Breastplate Chest Icon Radiant Blood Breastplate ChestRadiant Blood Gauntlets Chest Icon Radiant Blood Gauntlets ChestRadiant Blood Greaves Chest Icon Radiant Blood Greaves ChestRadiant Blood Tassets Chest Icon Radiant Blood Tassets ChestRadiant Blood Vambraces Chest Icon Radiant Blood Vambraces ChestRadiant Blood Pauldrons Chest Icon Radiant Blood Pauldrons ChestRadiant Blood Girth Chest Icon Radiant Blood Girth ChestRadiant Blood Helm Chest Icon Radiant Blood Helm Chest Black Market Gem of Dispelling Icon Black Market Gem of DispellingBlack Market Health Elixir Icon Black Market Health ElixirBlack Market Mana Elixir Icon Black Market Mana ElixirBlack Market Advancement Gem Icon Black Market Advancement GemSociety Gem of Dispelling Icon Society Gem of Dispelling Shard Mana Forge Key Icon Shard Mana Forge KeyMana Forge Key Icon Mana Forge KeySlimy Key Icon Slimy KeyCelestial Hand Helm Key Icon Celestial Hand Helm KeyCelestial Hand Sollerets Key Icon Celestial Hand Sollerets KeyEldrytch Web Gauntlets Key Icon Eldrytch Web Gauntlets KeyRadiant Blood Breastplate Key Icon Radiant Blood Breastplate KeyRadiant Blood Girth Key Icon Radiant Blood Girth KeyRadiant Blood Greaves Key Icon Radiant Blood Greaves KeyRadiant Blood Gauntlets Key Icon Radiant Blood Gauntlets KeyRadiant Blood Helm Key Icon Radiant Blood Helm KeyRadiant Blood Pauldrons Key Icon Radiant Blood Pauldrons KeyRadiant Blood Sollerets Key Icon Radiant Blood Sollerets KeyRadiant Blood Tassets Key Icon Radiant Blood Tassets KeyRadiant Blood Vambraces Key Icon Radiant Blood Vambraces KeyInitiate's Treasure Key Icon Initiate's Treasure KeyDonnarion's Key Icon Donnarion's KeyHaroush's Key Icon Haroush's KeyJoroshi's Key Icon Joroshi's KeyAdept's Treasure Key Icon Adept's Treasure KeyKnight's Treasure Key Icon Knight's Treasure KeyLord's Treasure Key Icon Lord's Treasure KeySkith'Kirit's Key Icon Skith'Kirit's KeyArmory Key Icon Armory KeyMaster's Treasure Key Icon Master's Treasure KeyVault Key Icon Vault Key Pristine Mana Shard Icon Pristine Mana ShardCelestial Hand Armor Writ Icon Celestial Hand Armor WritCelestial Hand Initiate Armor Writ Icon Celestial Hand Initiate Armor WritEldrytch Web Armor Writ Icon Eldrytch Web Armor WritEldrytch Web Initiate Armor Writ Icon Eldrytch Web Initiate Armor WritRadiant Blood Initiate Armor Writ Icon Radiant Blood Initiate Armor WritRadiant Blood Armor Writ Icon Radiant Blood Armor WritText Icon Scroll Writ of AuthorizationCelestial Hand Trade Token Icon Celestial Hand Trade TokenCelestial Hand Commendation Ribbon Icon Celestial Hand Commendation RibbonEldrytch Web Trade Token Icon Eldrytch Web Trade TokenEldrytch Web Commendation Ribbon Icon Eldrytch Web Commendation RibbonRadiant Blood Trade Token Icon Radiant Blood Trade TokenRadiant Blood Commendation Ribbon Icon Radiant Blood Commendation RibbonText Icon Scroll Ornate Armor Writ Wrapped Bundle of Raider Lightning Arrowheads Icon Wrapped Bundle of Raider Lightning Arrowheads Celestial Hand Banner Icon Celestial Hand BannerEldrytch Web Banner Icon Eldrytch Web BannerRadiant Blood Banner Icon Radiant Blood Banner Coral Hollow Icon Coral HollowMana Foci Icon Mana FociCreeping Blight Banner of the Courtyard Icon Creeping Blight Banner of the CourtyardCreeping Blight Banner of the Spire Icon Creeping Blight Banner of the SpireCreeping Blight Banner of the Tower Icon Creeping Blight Banner of the TowerCelestial Hand Banner of the Courtyard Icon Celestial Hand Banner of the CourtyardCelestial Hand Banner of the Spire Icon Celestial Hand Banner of the SpireCelestial Hand Banner of the Tower Icon Celestial Hand Banner of the TowerEldrytch Web Banner of the Courtyard Icon Eldrytch Web Banner of the CourtyardEldrytch Web Banner of the Spire Icon Eldrytch Web Banner of the SpireEldrytch Web Banner of the Tower Icon Eldrytch Web Banner of the TowerRadiant Blood Banner of the Courtyard Icon Radiant Blood Banner of the CourtyardRadiant Blood Banner of the Spire Icon Radiant Blood Banner of the SpireRadiant Blood Banner of the Tower Icon Radiant Blood Banner of the TowerMhoire Carved Cenotaph Icon Mhoire Carved CenotaphRock (Dark Isle) Icon Rock (Dark Isle)Shrine of the Temple Horn Icon Shrine of the Temple Horn Celestial Hand Stronghold Portal Gem Icon Celestial Hand Stronghold Portal GemEldrytch Web Stronghold Portal Gem Icon Eldrytch Web Stronghold Portal GemRadiant Blood Stronghold Portal Gem Icon Radiant Blood Stronghold Portal Gem Corrupted Mana Shard Icon Corrupted Mana ShardAltered Dark Remoran Fin Icon Altered Dark Remoran FinPyre Skeleton Jaw Icon Pyre Skeleton JawLens of Filinuvekta Icon Lens of FilinuvektaFalatacot Battle Report Icon Falatacot Battle ReportArchaeologist's Tracing Paper Icon Archaeologist's Tracing PaperImprinted Archaeologist's Paper Icon Imprinted Archaeologist's PaperCrystal of Perception Icon Crystal of PerceptionSupplies for Massilor Icon Supplies for MassilorBlack Coral Icon Black CoralLeatherbound Journal Icon Leatherbound JournalGlowing Jungle Lily Icon Glowing Jungle LilyGlowing Moar Gland Icon Glowing Moar GlandMana-Infused Jungle Flower Icon Mana-Infused Jungle FlowerAmulet of T'thuun Icon Amulet of T'thuunBlood of T'thuun Icon Blood of T'thuunDagger of T'thuun Icon Dagger of T'thuunBlood Pearl Icon Blood PearlCoral's Heart Icon Coral's HeartEye of T'thuun Icon Eye of T'thuunFinger Bone of Mishfain Icon Finger Bone of MishfainHagrafash Tooth Necklace Icon Hagrafash Tooth NecklaceHoly Symbol Icon Holy SymbolKothmox's Staff Icon Kothmox's StaffSacred Deep Water Icon Sacred Deep WaterText Icon Parchment Scroll of ProphecySkull of Mishfain Icon Skull of MishfainSpear of Baalfroth, the Slayer Icon Spear of Baalfroth, the SlayerTemple Horn Icon Temple HornAncient Falatacot Tome of Light Icon Ancient Falatacot Tome of LightSkith'Kirit's Severed Head Icon Skith'Kirit's Severed HeadTitanic Dericost Mnemosyne Icon Titanic Dericost MnemosyneGiant Jungle Phyntos Wasp Stinger Icon Giant Jungle Phyntos Wasp Stinger Mana Scarab Icon Mana ScarabQuill of Benevolence Icon Quill of BenevolenceQuill of Extraction Icon Quill of ExtractionQuill of Infliction Icon Quill of InflictionQuill of Introspection Icon Quill of IntrospectionAlacritous Ink Icon Alacritous InkInk of Conveyance Icon Ink of ConveyanceInk of Direction Icon Ink of DirectionInk of Formation Icon Ink of FormationInk of Nullification Icon Ink of NullificationInk of Objectification Icon Ink of ObjectificationInk of Partition Icon Ink of PartitionInk of Separation Icon Ink of SeparationParabolic Ink Icon Parabolic InkGlyph of Alchemy Icon Glyph of AlchemyGlyph of Arcane Lore Icon Glyph of Arcane LoreGlyph of Armor Icon Glyph of ArmorGlyph of Armor Tinkering Icon Glyph of Armor TinkeringGlyph of Axe Icon Glyph of AxeGlyph of Bludgeoning Icon Glyph of BludgeoningGlyph of Bow Icon Glyph of BowGlyph of Cooking Icon Glyph of CookingGlyph of Coordination Icon Glyph of CoordinationGlyph of Corrosion Icon Glyph of CorrosionGlyph of Creature Enchantment Icon Glyph of Creature EnchantmentGlyph of Crossbow Icon Glyph of CrossbowGlyph of Dagger Icon Glyph of DaggerGlyph of Deception Icon Glyph of DeceptionGlyph of Endurance Icon Glyph of EnduranceGlyph of Flame Icon Glyph of FlameGlyph of Fletching Icon Glyph of FletchingGlyph of Focus Icon Glyph of FocusGlyph of Frost Icon Glyph of FrostGlyph of Gearcrafting Icon Glyph of GearcraftingGlyph of Healing Icon Glyph of HealingGlyph of Health Icon Glyph of HealthGlyph of Item Enchantment Icon Glyph of Item EnchantmentGlyph of Item Tinkering Icon Glyph of Item TinkeringGlyph of Jump Icon Glyph of JumpGlyph of Leadership Icon Glyph of LeadershipGlyph of Life Magic Icon Glyph of Life MagicGlyph of Lightning Icon Glyph of Lightning Aged Falatacot Scroll Icon Aged Falatacot ScrollStained Falatacot Scroll Icon Stained Falatacot ScrollTattered Falatacot Scroll Icon Tattered Falatacot ScrollWorn Falatacot Scroll Icon Worn Falatacot ScrollWrinkled Falatacot Scroll Icon Wrinkled Falatacot ScrollText Icon Book Celestial Hand Initiate's HandbookText Icon Book Eldrytch Web Initiate's HandbookText Icon Book Radiant Blood Initiate's HandbookText Icon Parchment Brood Mother's Reckoning (First Version)Text Icon Parchment Brood Mother's Reckoning (Second Version)Text Icon Parchment Brood Mother's Reckoning (Third Version)Text Icon Parchment Brood Mother's Reckoning (Fourth Version)Text Icon Parchment Reefhunter's Reckoning (First Version)Text Icon Parchment Reefhunter's Reckoning (Second Version)Text Icon Parchment Reefhunter's Reckoning (Third Version)Text Icon Parchment Benedino's LetterText Icon Parchment Rituals of PurificationText Icon Parchment The Blessed TreesText Icon Parchment The Circle of GivingText Icon Parchment A Delicate WebText Icon Parchment The Darkest Roots Electric Baton Icon Electric BatonLightning Longbow Icon Lightning LongbowT'thuun Bow Icon T'thuun BowT'thuun Claw Icon T'thuun ClawT'thuun Dagger Icon T'thuun DaggerT'thuun Mace Icon T'thuun MaceT'thuun Shield Icon T'thuun ShieldT'thuun Spear Icon T'thuun SpearT'thuun Sword Icon T'thuun Sword Raider Lightning Arrow Icon Raider Lightning ArrowRaider Lightning Bolt Icon Raider Lightning BoltRaider Lightning Spike Icon Raider Lightning SpikeRaider Lightning Atlatl Dart Icon Raider Lightning Atlatl DartPursuit Orb Icon Pursuit Orb

New Spells

New Titles

New Creatures

Blighted Moarsman Icon Blighted Moarsman

Human Icon Human

Misc. Creature Class Icon Misc. Creature Class

Moar Icon Moar

Moarsman Icon Moarsman

Niffis Icon Niffis

Phyntos Wasp Icon Phyntos Wasp

Sclavus Icon Sclavus

Shallows Shark Icon Shallows Shark

Undead Icon Undead

New Dialog

Town Crier

Town Crier tells you, "Due to the recent detente between King Varicci and Queen Elysa, all the realm's town criers share the same news. I applaud our ruler's wisdom for reaching across the Halaetan Straits to make peace with our neighbor, in this time of peril."

Town Crier tells you, "The realm is united! The realm of town criers, that is. In light of improving relations between Queen Elysa and King Varicci, and with the realm riven by mysterious and powerful secret orders, the heraldic guilds have decided to merge, and deliver the news with one voice."

Free Rumors

Town Crier tells you, "A great advancement! Scholars report that they have made a breakthrough and can now cast eighth-level spells! It may not be easy to learn how to cast them yourself, however..."

Town Crier tells you, "There's a newly discovered island to the south of Dereth. Rumors are that it's home to a bunch of Moarsmen, but very few people seem to know how to get there..."

Town Crier tells you, "There's a newly discovered island off the southeastern coast of Dereth, but as yet we don't seem to know how to get there or what lives there."

Town Crier tells you, "The Empyrean Graveyard of the Direlands seems to have... expanded, and the Societies are sending more and more of their scouts through the area. A troublesome development, don't you think?"

Town Crier tells you, "News! There's been a lot of new activity on the Dark Isle. It seems the three Societies are quite interested in that island."

Town Crier tells you, "You've heard of the three new secret societies of Dereth, yes? The Celestial Hand, the Eldrytch Web, and the Radiant Blood have started openly recruiting. They've each sent a recruiter to one of the mainland capital cities. I'd want to visit all three towns to speak to each recruiter and see what they're about."

Town Crier tells you, "It seems even richer loot than ever before is available, but opportunities to get at this inconceivable level of loot seem scarce. I wonder how to get a crack at some of that treasure?"

Town Crier tells you, "Adventurers have come across a new strong castle in the northernmost mountains of Dereth. It's called Northwatch keep, and apparently it is the site of some squabbling between the three new Societies."

Town Crier tells you, "News! A mysterious organization of smugglers and thieves has opened up a couple of black market trading posts. They claim no allegiance to any ruler or society, but they offer their business to whichever society is strong enough to control their local town."

Pyreal Rumors

Town Crier tells you, "Heard about that new island of Moarsmen to the south, eh? I know it's south of the land bridge, but I think you have to be an advanced member of one of the Societies to get there."

Town Crier tells you, "The three new clandestine Societies of Dereth have started recruiting! The Celestial Hand's recruiter is stationed in Hebian-To, the Eldrytch Web's recruiter is in Cragstone, and the Radiant Blood posted their recruiter to Zaikhal."

Town Crier tells you, "Have you heard about Northwatch Castle? It's way up in the wild northern mountains, northeast of Mount Esper. Apparently the three Societies are fighting over who gets to keep it, because whoever owns it gets access to the black market trading post there."

Town Crier tells you, "That newly discovered Freebooter Isle, so I've heard, is home to Moars, Moarsmen, and terrifying armored Sclavus, among other things. There's also some kind of fortress out there that the three Societies keep fighting over. Even more interesting, there's a black market trading post attached to the fortress. Too bad you have to be an advanced member of one of the Societies to get there."

Town Crier tells you, "The Empyrean Graveyard of the Direlands is even busier than ever! The grounds seem to have mysteriously expanded somehow, and new creatures have turned up... But most interesting, the three Societies have their newest acolytes scouring the grounds there for various items."

Town Crier tells you, "The Dark Isle is alight with activity again! The three societies are sending some of their newer recruits on missions to the island to make them prove their worth."

Town Crier tells you, "The Black Market offers some incredible items that only they know how to get at their outposts on Freebooter Isle and in Northwatch Castle. Unfortunately, your Society has to be in control of that location in order to gain access to the Black Market's amazing wares."

Town Crier tells you, "I've heard tell that there's treasure and loot out there bearing even more powerful enchantments than we've ever seen, but it's all locked up in chests... I think the Societies have the best line on getting at that loot, but there are opportunities for the unaligned to get keys as well..."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant

Free Rumors

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Oh ho! So the town crier guilds of the mainland and of the Viamontian realm have decided to stop competing with each other, eh? I don't trust consolidation in the media, kid, and neither should you. This is the latest Virindi sneak attempt to turn our brains to applesauce."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "You tell me there's even richer loot than we've ever seen, sitting around Dereth locked up in chests? Inconceivable!"

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Those new spells that everyone's going on about? You can thank me for those. Yep, I decided to finally get off my duff and write out a new set of spells. I know, I know, I'm such a great guy... The kind of great guy who deserves a free mug of stout now and again, I dare say."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Oh yeah, I'm starting a secret society of my own. It's called the Ancient and Benevolent Knights of the Empty Mug. We quest to empty every mug in Dereth. The Celestial Hand, the Radiant Blood, the Eldrytch Web... those folks are all capable, I'm sure, but not a one of them can outdrink an Empty Mugger. You can curry favor with our society by bringing me a mug of stout to empty."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "There's so much going on! I almost can't keep track of the new developments, what with the Societies recruiting, the black markets opening, the new islands sprouting up, new spells... My old mind is overheating. A cool mug of stout would sure cool me off. That was a hint, kid."

Stout Rumors

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "You know, right around the time the town crier guilds from the mainland and the Viamontian lands decided to merge, they invited me to join their new organization. I guess they think I'm one of them because I sit here and try to tell it like it is. But I'm not one of them. I speak higher truths. They're all so tediously absorbed in 'reality' and 'truth' and nonsense like that."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "I hear there's even more going on at the Graveyard these days. I even heard that the Graveyard's borders have expanded. Pretty scary, isn't it? You wouldn't think that, in a land where everyone's kinda immortal, that mortuaries would be a growth industry."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Ah, you've proven yourself worthy to join the Ancient and Benevolent Knights of the Empty Mug. Feel free to go around and tell people that you're a Knight of the Empty Mug. I'd show you our secret handshake, but really it only works when you're blind, stumbling drunk."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Just kidding! Boy, how gullible are you? There's no such secret society! Really, the very idea."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Don't ask me how to get to Freebooter Isle. It actually used to be my vacation home, before I lost the deed in a poker game. I'm very bitter about it, and only the sweet sweet taste of stout makes me forget. So no, I'm not going to tell you how to get there. I'll tell you where to go, all right, but you won't like it."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "I talked to one of those Society recruiters the other day. Asked him why he joined his Society. He said something about wanting to secure Dereth for the greater good, defending against outside threats. He babbled a lot. Finally I asked him what kind of beer they serve in the Society tavern, and he had the effrontery to call me a useless drunk! So I teleported him over Fort Tethana. I'd rather be a useless drunk than a flattened pile of gore in the middle of Teth."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Moarsman Island? Yeah, I know how to get there. You run west from here until you reach the coast, then take a left turn, follow the curve until it flattens out, then take a right and swim until you hit the shore of the new island. Watch for the ziggurats. Simple! Why is it so hard for people to figure out?"

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Oh yeah, I went up to Northwatch Castle once. Met that fella Oswald there. We played dice and drank a few rounds together, but ultimately I decided I didn't want to hang out there too long. All the factional violence was starting to get a little off-putting, especially when someone got blood on my nice new white pants."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "You know my cousin MacTavish runs one of the black market outposts, right? He's such a thief. If it weren't for my other cousins MacDugal and MacNiall, MacTavish would be the black sheep of the family. They're all black sheep too. So maybe I'm the white sheep. Or the grey sheep. Yeah, my nephew Ardry would be the white sheep, if he weren't spattered with blood and mud all the time."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Why are you so interested in sheep anyway?"

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Ulgrim the Archmage, Master of Time and Space, Leader of the Virindi Resistance, Master Tinkerer, Seer of Truths, Lord of the Jewelry, Supreme Peppermint Cook, Celebrations Advisor to the Queen, Chess Grandmaster, the Shadow Tested, Virindi Regulator and Beer Lord. Yes, that fits nicely with my other titles."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Oh yeah, you'll need a Mana Scarab to cast those fancy new spells. Don't ask me how to get them. Once I invented those new spells, I thought it would be too showy if I went around using them all the time, so I don't even carry a Mana Scarab with me. I am the soul of moderation. Now get me another drink, kid!"

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Feels like I've been here a hundred years. The actual number is probably closer to 8 or 9 years, but yeah, it feels like a hundred years. I think I'll perk myself up by trying to drink a hundred mugs of stout today. A hundred stouts for a hundred years! Doesn't that sound grand?"

Ulgrim interrupts his quiet conversation and yells, "That's right! A hundred! Who else can say a hundred! No one's got the fortitude I do, to stand up to a hundred beers!"

Grand Masterful Poobah Ulgrim has accepted <Player Name> into the Order of the Empty Mug and conferred the title Happy Hundredth upon the lucky supplicant!

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Ooh, you're a lucky one, and you know why? You've given me my hundredth stout of the day! Or close enough, anyway. I stopped counting after about fifty. You actually get to join the Knights of the Empty Mug. Membership confers no bonuses other than a neat title."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Here's a toast to you, kid."

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