June 2001 - Announcements Page

Game Changes

  • New allegiance communication features introduced including: allegiance-wide broadcasts, messages of the day, and co-vassal chat. See the Details of Allegiance Communication article, for more details.
  • Level VII Creature Magic spells introduced.
  • All vendor buy/sell rates altered to prevent “money running.” It's no longer possible to make three million weightless pyreals in an hour by schlepping items to and fro.
  • All NPCs have returned to Ayan Baqur except Jaleh al-Thani and Yuan Hanzu who remain in the swamps.
  • Other changes:
  • Level 1-5 spell durations extended.
    • Underwear is now ivory/off-white.
    • Vendors now wear aprons to make them visually distinct from players.

User Interface Updates

  • Spells components are now easier to purchase. Use @help fillcomps, or read the Details of Component Buying article, for more details.

New Quests

New NPCs

New Locations

Updated Locations

  • Casinos - Now have Wheel of Fortune decorations.

New Items

Niffis Shell Helm Icon Niffis Shell HelmNiffis Shell (Shield) Icon Niffis Shell (Shield) Clean, Dry Towel Icon Clean, Dry Towel Northern Quiddity Fragment Icon Northern Quiddity FragmentSouthern Quiddity Fragment Icon Southern Quiddity Fragment Text Icon Parchment Guidebook BrochureText Icon Parchment Translated Staging Complex NoteText Icon Parchment Translated Inculcation Cells NoteWet Towel Icon Wet TowelMuddy Towel Icon Muddy TowelInculcation Cells Message Shard Icon Inculcation Cells Message ShardStaging Complex Message Shard Icon Staging Complex Message Shard Niffis Shell (Trophy) Icon Niffis Shell (Trophy)Small Niffis Shell Icon Small Niffis Shell Niffis Pearl Icon Niffis PearlQuiddity Orb Icon Quiddity Orb

Updated Items

Text Icon Book Book of Seasons

New Creatures

Drudge Icon Drudge

Virindi Icon Virindi

New Dialog

Town Crier

Town Crier tells you, "Ah, I'm feeling much fresher now. Don't you feel better, too?"

Town Crier tells you, "I resisted a spell that a Crystal cast at me the other day. My mind is still reeling."

Town Crier tells you, "Have you hunted any Niffis lately? They drop very pretty pieces of shell now..."

Town Crier tells you, "Did you hear about those two explorers from a distant, unknown land who've gotten lost? They keep losing their towels, so I hear."

Town Crier tells you, "News! Mages all over Dereth report that their enhancement spells last longer! Hooray!"

Town Crier tells you, "News! Monarchs all across Dereth have become better at addressing large groups! I suppose those "Public Speaking Mastery" classes paid off."

Town Crier tells you, "Maybe my cousin the big fancy monarch will appoint me his Speaker! It's what I do all day, after all."

Town Crier tells you, "My cousin the archmage says he's "reached the next level" on his spell research. What is that supposed to mean?"

Town Crier tells you, "My cousin the archmage spends a lot less time shopping now, and a lot more time working off spells that monsters cast on him! No, wait, he spends less time doing that, too. What does he do all day?!?"

Town Crier tells you, "Everyone should go to Monty's Den of Iniquity and take a turn at spinning the wheel! Yes, Monty paid me to say that. I feel so ashamed."

Town Crier tells you, "News! The seasons have turned into summer, and that poacher in the Bandit Castle has released her new report on seasonal creature adaptations."

Town Crier tells you, "News! Fletchers, alchemists and cooks are now able to get hats from the Bestowers' Guild to go along with their new titles!"

Town Crier tells you, "News! A merchants' consortium has come together to regulate buy and sell rates across Dereth! They claim that this standardized system contributes to greater efficiency and maximizes the profits of all merchants. I bet their customers aren't too happy, though..."

Town Crier tells you, "News! The Virindi are spreading further into Osteth! There are reports of a Virindi fortress on the south land bridge, and of their minions, Black Drudges, heading into the south mountains! Oh, what can this mean?"
Ulgrim the Unpleasant

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Arrr, it's good to be back here. That Virindi dungeon smelled bad. For such a light and airy bunch of people, they sure are smelly!"

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Ha, those Virindi thought they could keep me down... Not old Ulgrim, my friend, I'm too wily for them! I was prepared for their mind tricks!"

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "In all seriousness though, Lacandrillar and Adirred were some of the scariest folks I've ever met. Incomprehensible most of the time, but very scary."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "What's all this bad noise I hear washing up from way down in the southwest? Durned nuisances, those Virindi."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "That F.P., he's a groovy frood."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Yep yep, I finally did it, cleared them Virindi away from my town with the force of my mind. Yep, my town."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "I passed Bael'Zharon's test, just like Blackthorn and Vidorian did. He bought me a nice cold beer afterward. We didn't bother with any of that "Dark Monarch" claptrap."

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Imagine the lip on those folks from the Guild of Bestowers. I could grant titles too, but I'd only grant titles to people who could outdrink me. Fat chance of that."

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