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September 2009

The Britain Bank Renovation Is Complete!
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Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 11:28 PM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Late last night Britain Bank on Europa finally got some love by Draconi!





*Claps* Thank you Draconi!
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Catskills Black Market, Oct. 3rd, 8pm EST
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Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 9:42 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)

 

It is time for another one of our monthly trading events! Again, merchants and pirates will sell a lot of valuable contraband.

The Black Market

During this monthly recurring popular event, everyone can sell, buy or trade interesting wares! The facts:

Merchants can claim a personal market stand where they can advertise and sell their products. The merchants should enter the list of their products into the book locked down on their market stand (at least one day prior to the event, so people can come by and check on the items). Bargaining is encouraged!

If you want to sell contraband, you can simply come to the Black Market building prior to the event and enter your name and your item list into one of the (empty) books on the market stands. By doing that you have claimed the market stand and may use it exclusively during the event. The Black Market building is located next to our Jolly Roger Inn in TRAMMEL.

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Hat Crazed Savages from Chesapeake invade Baja!
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Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 9:47 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
By Viola Starr, Aspiring Reporter

Two strange looking savages made a sudden appearance in Britain last night. Wearing scant leather clothing and wild antlered head dresses, two women named Sinthe and Sinhi appeared, seemingly exploring the surroundings before noticing my beautiful feathered hat.

Clearly delighted with it, I handed it to one of savages. As this nearly started a fight between them, I quickly sewed up another hat and handed it to the other. Then the primitives continued on their way exploring our fair city. This post from Lord Gareth of Chesapeake seems to explain the strange occurrence.

”Hello I am Gareth from the Chesapeake shard. Recently some of our savages have begun to wander onto the Baja shard. They are extremely excited to take part in Role play on your shard. They can also be found in Kijustsu Anei Village on the Chessy shard. They will be training skill at different times this week.

Just to let you know they came to Baja to attend special events and just be around when they can to try to enhance your role play experience and theirs. They hope to take part in all different aspects and groups of RP on Baja… The sisters seem to LOVE hats.... I don't know...”

Let us all show the visiting savages a warm welcome and of course look after your hats.

Signed,
Viola Starr
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New Breaks with Dawn!
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Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 1:21 AM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Xitara the Wisp returns to Moonglow Bank on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 8:00 PM EST with news from the Oracle.

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Meeting in EM Hall to Discuss Controversial Claim to the Throne
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Posted on Monday, September 28, 2009, 10:51 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
The Widow's player called a meeting to discuss certain issues that have come up as a result of recent role play and events. EM Seppo and Mesanna also made an appearance to clarify questions of policy.

EM Seppo and Mesanna made it clear that we are free to role-play what we choose but that the EM program cannot endorse, affirm or plan events around player stories and claims.

As some of you may know the Widow claimed to be a lover to Lord British and mother of the heir of the throne based on the story of Nell, a character from previous Ultima Games.

At numerous role play events the Widow made it clear she wanted to rule Britannia as Queen and figurehead. Widow said in character that Sherry the Mouse would confirm her claims on a different occasion.

As to the issue of Sherry the Mouse, EM Seppo said "Sherry the mouse was proclaimed as a witness by the claimant as proof of her claim to be married to Lord British, thereby forcing three choices upon us: a) Agreeing to the claim, b) Not agreeing, c) Never using Sherry on Baja again. It is unfair to forget/gloss over the fact that we were not the ones that involved Sherry or any of our other characters into this."

So in closing, making requests to the EM program to alter the official storyline will not be honored. Plan your role play accordingly.
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Keep Britannia Clean! Send The Gargoyles Home!
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Posted on Monday, September 28, 2009, 4:49 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Lady Wildstar, Duchess Regent of the Kingdom of Dawn, was visiting the City of New Britain this morning when she came upon a series of pamplets being distributed throughout the Britannian Capitol. These documents simply read: "Keep Britannia Clean! Send the Gargoyles Home!"

Nicholas Tarrant, upon hearing of this, went to Britain to investigate the scene. There are three pamplets located in the Dock District of the City. Two of whom can be found at Elanesse Park atop West Britain Bank. The other is discarded on the ground outside the Town Guard Southern Office.





Someone clearly doesn't look so favorably upon an alliance with Queen Zhah and her People. But whom? It is no secret that some Britannians don't look upon these strange, winged creatures with the same respect and reverence that our fair Queen does.

We shall keep you updated as more becomes known.

Long Live Her Majesty!

Spoiler Alert

To those who are interested in the story and background of Ultima, these seem to be drawn from the Britannian Purity League of Ultima VII.

The Britannian Purity League was an organization in Ultima VII devoted to driving the gargoyles off of mainland Britannia. The organization primarily operated in areas with a high concentration of gargoyles and humans such as the desert city of Vesper. It was designed to be similar to real life hate groups. However, while they advocate open hatred, they themselves don't dare to operate in public since hate speech like that is forbidden in Britannia. This explains why Liana in Vesper acts so careful when giving the Avatar a scoll with propaganda.

The propaganda that the Avatar sees in Ultima VII is "Keep Britannia clean! Send the gargoyles home!"
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[News] Community Hunt - Week of September 28th
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Posted on Monday, September 28, 2009, 4:19 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Want to go hunting but don't have a big enough group? Are you looking for good guides to dungeons you've yet to explore?

The community hunts are open to everyone! Come show your support for the Lake Superior community and take a walk on the wild side at the same time. Meet some new and old friends and have a bit of a challenge along the way.

Medusa hunt (Stygian Abyss)
Date: Tuesday, September 29th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Peerless hunt
Date: Wednesday, September 30th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Slasher of Veils hunt (Stygian Abyss)
Date: Thursday, October 1st
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champion Spawn hunt
Date: Friday, October 2nd
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

And remember, these hunts are for everyone, regardless of their skill level or guild affiliation. Come meet new friends, see new places, gain experience and just have fun.

Sabina Nikolai,
High Marshall, Community Hunt Organiser
The Order of the Silver Rose
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266th Assembly of the High Council
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Posted on Monday, September 28, 2009, 5:04 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<266th Assembly of the 7th High Council

Date: Monday, September 28th
Time: 10:00 PM EDT/9:00 PM CDT
Note Location: West Counselor's Guild, Britain, Trammel Facet

Meeting Agenda:

- Updates regarding the investigation on current threats to the High Council.

- The High Council will discuss the present political and military situation in the realm.

- Other items to be announced at the meeting.

John Cainbridge
Chancellor of Virtue,
High Council of Britannia


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FOF: Extra Extra Read All About It
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Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2009, 11:10 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


FOF: Extra Extra Read All About It

Chrissay Zeeman


September 25, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover...


So I've been checkin the boards daily and have been searching far and wide to find the last 4 mystic spells. Do they exist??? Please shed some light on this.


It is true that higher circle Mysticism scrolls were not dropping as loot. They have been added to several high-level Abyss and Ter Mur casters, including all the bosses.
-Phoenix


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The guild system does not appear to be working properly. The guild page on the official site seems way out-of-date. Veteran guilds trying to change leaders report problems with the vote count system. What's the real story?


We recently discovered a curious little error in the Guild system. Way back when Guild Stones were converted to the modern system, a voting filter was included that only tallies votes from active guild members. That filter was disabled during the conversion, because the member activity data was new, and the lack of activity data on newly converted guilds would wreak havoc. The filter was supposed to be enabled in the subsequent publish, but somehow that got lost in the shuffle.


As a result, in order to elect a guild member, 2/3rd of the entire guild roster who have enough rank to vote must vote for a new Guildmaster. So, for any guild where 1/3 of the membership is inactive, it becomes impossible to successfully vote. If the guild has no active members who can kick inactive members, then obviously there is a whole boatload of fail happening.


We are currently checking to make sure that enabling that filter will have the intended effect of only requiring 2/3 of active guild members to elect a new Guildmaster, and won’t have any unintended side-effects. Assuming no additional issues arise, we will be able to enable that filter in a near future publish. At that time, voting in a new Guildmaster will require only a plurality of votes from active guildmembers who have sufficient rank to vote.
-Phoenix


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Is the reward you get from the experimental room based on the time you have remaining to complete the puzzle?


No. The reward you get is entirely random. No one item is rarer than the next. It’s all up to the current mood of the RNG!
-Sakkarah


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The Font Of Fortune sometimes eats coins without giving anything and can the daily timer be removed? Having to change characters and run all the way down there on each one when trying for a particular reward becomes rather tiresome. Without the timer you could at least work for the reward, rather than playing the grind/run/timeout game over and over.


We will investigate the issue of coins not giving rewards. The coin is simply meant as an extra little goody for fighting creatures in the Underworld. Removing the timer would encourage the “grind” or extensive farming of creatures so people could hoard the rewards. So this is not something we are considering at this time.
-Sakkarah


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Why cant gargoyles meditate with gargoyle earrings and necklaces? They are just small pieces of jewelry, like a ring or bracelet, so they shouldnt interfere with meditation. And this makes it VERY hard to get a medable 100% lrc suit for a gargoyle.


That was an oversight. That has been fixed and should be on a shard near you in an upcoming publish!
-Sakkarah


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Announcements:


Return to Brittania is still open! So if you have an inactive account you can log in and play!


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You know you want to submit your question for the Five on Friday. Just Click here you know you want to!





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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2009, 10:53 PM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

Posted to uoherald.com



Community Spotlight

Chrissay Zeeman

25 Sep 2009 13:21:33 EST


In this week's community spotlight we have a fan site announcements and events from:



  • All Shards Player Contest
  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Chesapeake
  • Europa
  • Great Lakes
  • Whispering Rose

If you have fan site news, an event for your shard, or a suggestion for next week's Community Spotlight please click here. Please ensure your submissions are before Friday 1PM EST.



You can read more HERE…


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Story Contest, Wednesday, September 30
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Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2009, 9:58 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)

 

from EM Kasaven and Cern’s Catskills Events Page

Story Contest – Wednesday September 30th at 8PM EST 
by EMCernunnos

Once again the monthly Storytelling Contest returns to the Catskills Reward Hall!

This time the theme is “Imaginative Tales”. There is no specific topic, but come to the campfire and tell a tale which is wildly imaginative! Event begins at 8:00 PM Eastern Time at the campfire next to the Catskills Reward Hall. You can get there through the black vortex next to the West Britain Counselor Hall.

Rules:
Stories must be your own work.
One story per person.
Five minute time limit per tale.
Stories and language is PG-13.

See you there!
-Cern

 
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[News] Report from Underworld/Abyss Bash Event
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Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2009, 1:11 PM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
Nathan Hawke arrived at the Britain Moongate on time and asked if anyone had been exploring the new lands, several hands went up, He went on to ask how dangerous it is, A mixed answer was given.



He told us the mission was simple, to find any sources of evil and note where they live. Dionysus volunteered to lead us through into Ter Mur.



Dionysus told us we'd have to head through the Tomb of Kings before heading for the Abyss.



After a short run from Royal City we arrived outside the Tomb of Kings, Inside "Ord" and "Anord" were spoken to let us into the Tomb.





After a walk through the Tombs we arrived at a red moongate which transported us inside the Abyss. I was quickly informed half the group, Including Nathan were stuck at the moongate so I ran back and found Nathan thinking what to do next.



A quest was needed to get inside. It was decided we would kill the evil in the Tomb instead - The Undead Gurdians, Gargoyle Shades and Silver Serpents.



After a bashing we headed outside and Fear gated us to Fire Island to the dungeon Underworld.



Inside Dionysos explained how Nathan would need to do a quest to gain access to the Abyss.



The first stop was just round the corner in a room full of Acid Slugs, We were looking for Acid Sacs to dissolve vines on certain walls in the Underworld.



Once we had enough Acid Sacs we headed to room one to get a blue key.



Once we had the blue key we headed around the corner and in another room, got the red key.





After we had both keys we headed over a treacherous broken pathway and arrived at a room with another moongate in its center, We went into the moongate which leaded to an empty room.



After a wait a mage monster named "Tyball's Shadow" spawned, we all attacked it.



Nathan and others had now gained access to the Abyss, The quest was over.

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After the quest we headed west out of the Tyball room and through a teleporter, We were in front of a spiraling staircase heading down into the Abyss - We quickly followed the staircase down.



Our first stop was the Silver Sapling tree that will resurrect you if you die in the Abyss. From the Silver Sapling we went north east killing anything in our path, we were heading towards a monster called 'Slasher of Veils'.



We found Slasher through a circular building in the middle of the Abyss and started attacking it.



My last view of Nathan was battling Slasher, I never saw him again... Was he eaten by Slasher? You decide.
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Meet and Greet at Rivenmyst
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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009, 8:35 AM EDT by Paul Harvey (LakeAustin)
Greetings,
Here is a note a little bird dropped on me.(glad he only dropped a note on me *wink*
Hear Ye, Hear Ye.

All communities and all players on the Lake Austin shard are hereby invited to a meet and greet in Ter Mur. The location is at the 1st Ter Mur Rune Library at Castle Keira in Rivenmyst Village on Sept. 28, 2009 at 8:00pm (cst).

Come for the party, socializing, and pure fun! Meet the wonderful people who have created a home here and meet other new faces from other facets (Britannia, Malas, and Tokuno). Everyone on Lake Austin is invited. If you know someone on another facet, drag them to the party. It's ok!

We are located east from the Ter Mur moongate the blue and gold house just a bit down the street on the right hand side. There is a rune at the L.O.S.T Auction house in Malas on the front porch.

Come for the excitement and stay to mark a rune to a new adventurous spot.

Sincerely,
Lady Keira

Thank You,
This has been Paul Harvey.. . . . GdDay!

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Notes on Interacting With Us, by EM Seppo
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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009, 7:39 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

from goldenbrewtavern.com

Notes on interacting with us
Saturday, September 26, 2009
By EMSeppo

I am making this post to address some recent controversies in the community. I hope that it will act as a helpful guidance when defining your expectations of interaction with the event moderators.

1) We will not acknowledge your character’s claims if you role play a character that either depicts an official character or significantly alters the existing Ultima lore. In such cases, most likely we will be left with little choice but to ignore it completely.

2) We will not plan a plot with another player in advance. I understand that it is not uncommon amongst role players to agree on an overarching plot. However, everything we do has to be equally accessible to all.

3) While we fully agree that you are free to be anything you wish, we also think that you should be very careful before using one of our characters or an existing official character to further your story line. If you do so, then be open to the possibility that our character does not go along with what you had in mind. Points 1 and 2 are applicable here.

The above points are not meant to discourage you from interacting with us. We try our best to interact with you in most situations but you must keep in mind that this will not necessarily be on your terms or expectations. We do have to juggle a quite a few factors and time is always a concern. As a rule of thumb, if you decide to role play something that requires our assistance or intervention, then you should pause and reconsider. I hope that this serves as some sort of a helpful guideline on this matter.

Finally, I hope that everyone can move past any and all existing issues and come together for the next arc of EM events on Baja.

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[News] Hunt in the New Lands (Sunday 27th at 7:30pm UK)
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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
WHEN? Sunday 27th at 7:30pm UK Time
WHERE? Meet at Britain Moongate

Nathan prowled the corridors of the Royal Castle unable to sleep. So the moongates to the new lands had been opened by this Queen Zhah and her race of Gargoyles was now able to flow into Britain and the other cities. He continued to pace, he didn't trust these Gargoyles and he needed to know more. Runners were sent out to tell the news "Nathan Hawke requests the aid of adventurers who know their way around the Gargoyle lands who will guide him in exploring and mapping the new lands, concentrating on any places where evil lurks."

EM Article
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End of Event Arc: Acknowledgements, by EM Seppo
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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009, 7:29 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

from goldenbrewtavern.com

End of Event Arc: Acknowledgements
Saturday, September 26, 2009
By EMSeppo

With the end of the War of Shadows, the curtains have fallen on the ongoing event arc on Baja. The meeting between Queen Dawn and Queen Zhah signifies the beginning of a new and hopefully, more exciting arc. The summary of the arc can be found at this link, although it is not up to date at this point.

Do not fret, as the new arc will be related to the events of the past and you will see some familiar faces and also, continuation of unresolved threads. We will continue to try to push the envelope and hopefully, keep you on your toes.

At this time, we would like to acknowledge the various event moderators who have helped us during this arc:

EM Aname of Lake Superior (behind the scenes)

EM Eira of Sonoma (played the beastmaster at town guard S.R.T and the model for town guard uniform contest)

EM EmileLayne of Europa (played Clainin)

EM Faine Morgan of Origin (behind the scenes)

EM Kasaven of Catskills (played multiple characters such as the guard at the Broken Arrow Inn or recruiter of SL members)

Former EM Annendora (for decorating the wedding center)

Former EM Kaen (played Kemer the guard and the Royal Healer at the Valentine’s day quest)

Mesanna (for making everything possible and being a cool assassin) 

Also, a big applause to all the residents of Baja for being a great audience.

 
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When it's Night-time in Italy...
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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009, 1:57 AM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)


...It's Wednesday over here.



In an effort to alleviate the confusion over timings for events we have added a world clock to http://uo.stratics.com right hand menu listing.

We hope everyone will find it useful.


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Monday The 28th Battle Lizard Fight!
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Posted on Friday, September 25, 2009, 3:33 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Monday Night Battle Lizard Fight!

Reported by: Lord Gareth

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Dock Construction Begins in Zento!
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Posted on Friday, September 25, 2009, 1:11 PM EDT by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)
>>> Tokuno Islands News <<<

A grand time to be a member of the Legends family! We have at last a ruler, Queen Dawn, we have recently discovered new lands and friends, some old friends have come back to visit and last night, with a crew of fine craftsmen headed by none other than Mesanna, construction began on the docks of Zento. Many of our resource gatherers took the time last week to stop by and make donations to the collection box placed for this purpose, and it is satisfying to see it come to life. You can watch the construction in complete safety, as shown by Anasazi in this picture, from behind the construction site barriers.



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Six Months!
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Posted on Friday, September 25, 2009, 1:06 PM EDT by Petra Fyde (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:



Yes, the Great Stratics Update Program has been running for six months now. After a short 2 week break while we had a look around the expansion we now bring you:




If you can help please send any information or submissions to [email protected], [email protected], or send a pm to me, Petra Fyde. Alternatively, if you feel you'd like to join the Stratics team as a content editor, I'll be interested to hear from you.
Talk to me!
I'm listening!

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Royal Zoo Still on Tier 11, Sunday Night Taming Recap for September 20
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Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009, 7:02 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

Sunday, September 20, Taming Hour sponsored by M!S began with 11,059,346 points on the zoo donation box, and ended with 11,310,144 points, for a total of 250,798 points donated during the hour.

M!S began sponsoring Sunday Night Taming, January 4, 2009. The Baja Royal Zoo has maintained Tier 11 since January 25, 2009.

See you at the Zoo this Sunday, September 27, 8pm Pacific (9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern)!

Reminder:  This is an open shard event, anyone can participate.

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Attention Archers! August BSR Results, September Schedule
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Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009, 6:01 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

We regret that we cannot give you a full details of the August Best Shot in the Realm--

A wild Cu Sidhe accidentally ate our report! The following is a report based on the tattered bits and pieces of paper we were able to recover.

27 archers signed up for the competition:

 

After the signups, Toni Fierce, GM of M!S, gave her opening speech and explained the tournament rules.

Then the competition began:

Yellow Jacket received the First Out Consolation Prize.

25 archers moved on to Round 2, and 21 shot in Round 3.

It was anyone's as to who the winner would be as 12 shooters advanced the Robin Hood Round.  Lord Sean Brega held his composure, and won the meet by shooting the required perfect 200 score.

Lord Sean Brega received a specially engraved bow and the million gold purse and will join the previous months' winners in the final shoot-off scheduled for the end of January, 2010.

Congratulations to Sean, and thank you to all of the archers who participated. :) 


The next Best Shot in the Realm will be held this Saturday, September 26th at 8:30pm Pacific (9:30pm Mountain, 10:30pm Central, 11:30 pm Eastern). M!S encourages all archers of the land to come out and compete for their chance to win!


BSR Monthly Winners To Date:
February - Lady Kathryn
March - Arlon
April - Zanza
May - Tsukiko
June - Lord Frigin Azim
July - Nikita
August - Lord Sean Brega

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Interwoven Destinies
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Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009, 4:27 AM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Interwoven Destinies
By WarderDragon



“I cannot stress to you the importance of our mission this evening,” Brackus announced in a clear and commanding voice. “I urge the new recruits, if you are unsure what needs to be done, then follow what Calyndrell and I do.” The Officers watchful eyes shifted from one soldier to the next, scanning their faces for any sign of doubt. Any sign of weakness. There could be no mistakes on this mission, not with the assassination of their Captain-Commander still so fresh in everyone’s mind. Burn him, not with her murderer still out there!

Nicholas Tarrant paused outside the entrance of the Town Guard Office in Southern New Britain. His eyes flickered to the orange-cloaked men and women arrayed within. Armed men and women, he observed absently. They were perhaps some of the finest soldiers in the land, trained to defend the Capitol of Britannia and its Citizens. It’s Queen. But they had also suffered the loss of someone very dear to them. It was written across their faces. It was evident in the rigidness of each controlled movement. It was visible in the absent looks they gave one another. They did not speak of it. They did not need to. Light have mercy on the Captains murderer, The Knight thought to himself. They certainly would not.



“When we escort the Queen from the moongate of Britain,” The Guard Officer continued, drawing a line with his finger on the vellum map. “We will head towards the Castle. Calyndrell, you are my most experienced soldier. I want you to lead the way.” Brackus looked up from the parchment, determination in his eyes. “Watch for anything suspicious.”

The Royal Knight leaned against the wall, his fingers absently traveling over the hilt of his broadsword. Would they find the villain? There was no doubt in his mind. If he knew Calyndrell and Sphinx, they were probably already searching. If Brackus’ display the evening before was any indication, their Officer would tear the City apart if he had to.

The Town Guards completed their meeting. One by one, emerged from the small brick outpost, halberds clutched tight in their hands. Nicholas watched as Calyndrell and Lethia approached him. They surrounded the Knight, standing at attention.

Brackus finally emerged from the entrance. “Nicholas,” he asked, murmuring impatiently. “What can I do for you?”

Nicholas stepped forward. “Do you have a moment?”

Brackus’ eyes shifted to the sky above. The Queen would soon be arriving. “Can it wait?”

The Knight’s eyes followed the Guard Officers. “Of course,” he nodded. “But keep an eye out.”

Brackus still managed a smile. “I always do.” The Guard turned on his heel. “Guards! Forward March!”

Nicholas watched as the Knights marched away, their bright orange cloaks stirred by a subtle breeze lifting off the sea. “I am going to check the roads,” he murmured quietly, the sound of footsteps approaching him from being. “If you could be prepared at the Castle.”

“Of course,” Elladan nodded, buckling the serpentine shield on his left arm. “You don’t think he would try to strike again, do you?”

“I doubt it,” Nicholas replied. “But we shouldn’t take any chances.”



A couple minutes passed before the Knight arrived at the Blue Portal. Oriana and Brackus were talking amongst themselves when the Gargoyle Queen appeared.



“We were chosen to escort you to the Castle,” Brackus said respectfully, offering the winged creature a polite bow.

The Queen seemed to be surveying them. “Aio,” she murmured in an unfamiliar, guttural accent. “Yes.”

Nicholas wheeled McCloud about, black stallion and shadow-clad rider trotting into the woods. He strained his ears to listen, icy blue eyes searching for anything amiss. He had no doubt that the Town Guards could handle anything that came their way. But they were not the only ones who wanted revenge.



The Guards formed a ring around Queen Zhah, escorting her north up the West Brittany Road towards New Britain. The Castle, its banners gleaming in the evening sun, loomed in the distance.



They arrived at Castle Britannia minutes later, shouts and cheers leaping up from the gathered crowd. “Queen Zhah! Queen Zhah!”

Lord Elladan, Lady Fazhnjell, and Queen Dawn stood on the steps leading into the main palace.

“Greetings, Great Queen.” Dawn smiled.

Fazhnjell bowed her head politely. “Ante kodex skrile pri ben esh ver res qui quae.”

After initial pleasantries were exchanged, The Britannian Queen led her guests to the Royal Council Chamber. The two monarchs took their seats at the center of the great rectangular table, while Britannian courtiers and Independent diplomats seated themselves throughout the corridor.

The Gargoyle Queen’s eyes scanned the crowd. Humans. These strange and wingless creatures. In Gargoyle Society, the wingless were the workers. The slaves.



Dawn’s eyes shifted to Queen Zhah. “First,” she announced in a calm, harmonious voice. “Thank you, Great Queen, for agreeing to this meeting.” She turned in her seat to face the Gargoyle. “I trust my Guards showed you the proper respect.”

“They were most,” Zhah paused a moment, as though searching for the word. “Satisfactory?”

Dawn nodded. The Britannian Queen asked about her journey, but even Queens are prone to awkward silences.

“A few words,” Zhah finally announced after a long moment. “We are uncertain of the circumstance…that led to the opening of our world again.” She seemed uncomfortable with the alien language.

“Well,” Dawn laughed nervously. “That may have been partially our doing.”

“Yet,” The Gargoyle Queen smiled. “My people have taken it as a sign of hope.”

“Have they now?” Dawn asked in surprise.

“Sper…” Zhah frowned, again searching for the proper Britannian syllables. “Hope has been a rare commodity for the Gargoyle in recent times.”

“But the people that have visited your lands tell me of many new and wondrous things to be discovered.”

“Do they tell you about the people being driven from their own lands,” Zhah asked flatly. “Taking refuge?...”

Dawn blinked. “No,” she answered. “They do not.”

“The Gargoyles seek an alliance with the humans. Though our troubles might seem distant now, our worlds are connected.” Zhah looked her fellow Queen up and down. “Word has reached me about the one they call Casca.”

“Yes,” Dawn murmured. “Casca.”

“From what I understand,” Zhah breathed. “Gargoyles are fortunate that I am meeting you rather than him.”

“They spoke truth,” Dawn answered. “Casca was a false king in the service of demonic masters. And with him gone we seek to move forward, though it seems the shadows continue to dog us.”

Duchess Wildstar murmured something about seeking a platter for Casca’s head..



“I understand that you will not ally blindly,” Zhah rose from her chair. “But there is much to be gained. I wish to offer a gesture of…friendship.”

And with that, The Gargoyle Queen asked that a portal be opened back to Britain moongate.



When they arrived, she approached the ancient blue gateway, a spell wreathed upon her lips. “Un Or Us,” she hummed in a deep voice, raising her hands into the air.



The gate began to shift colors. Black. Green. Black. Green. The air crackled.

“It is done.”

The Gate faded into its normal, blue hue.

“You linked us?” Dawn asked in surprise.

The Gargoyle Queen nodded. “You may test it,” she announced with a haughty grin. “It is safe, I assure you.”

Dawn stepped cautiously towards the gate. The colors shifted. A strange, bright, bustling city stood on the other of the magical door. She stepped through. They watched as Dawn moved, her head shifting back and fourth. Awe in her eyes. And then she returned.

“Your realm!...” The Britannian Queen breathed, momentarily lost for words. “I thank you, Queen Zhah.”

Zhah grinned. “With that, I shall return to my realm.”

Dawn nodded, approaching the Gargoyle. “Such a charitable act,” she offered a sincere smile. “I am sure my people will remember when they enter your kingdom. We will keep your generosity in mind when we confer upon an alliance.”



Zhah smiled. “Welcome to Tel Mur. Amo-lem!”



You may now access the World of Tel Mur through the Britannian moongate system. The details of the event in which this occured can be found here.
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Client Patch Version 7.0.0.3
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 10:52 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Client Patch Version 7.0.0.3


Chrissay Zeeman

23 Sep 2009 16:33:33 EST



  • Supplemental fix for crashing when you log in with the Radar Map open. Due to this fix the Radar Map will no longer load on login.
  • Fixed a crash related to Stacked Reflective Wolf Eye.


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Desktop Setting Issue
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 10:52 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Desktop Setting Issue


Chrissay Zeeman

23 Sep 2009 18:19:32 EST



We are aware of the desktop setting issue. We are currently working on a resolution. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please keep an eye on this news article for updates.



UPDATE: A new patch has been placed and the issue has been resolved.

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Overture to a Queen
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 8:36 PM EDT by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

A hastily placed lantern tonight told of the approach to the city of Britain of Queen Zhah, the ruler of Ter Mur. Citizens gathered quickly at Castle British to see for themselves the first public audience held by our newly crowned Queen Dawn.

Queen Dawn appeared and no sooner did she announce that we would have a visitor and there she was, striding up the great hall of the castle. It was noticed right away that these two great rulers had much in common as they had both selected the color yellow as their attire for the meeting.



There were no mis-steps in their conversation, they spoke as tho old friends. Gifts were exchanged and, more importantly, Scrolls of Alliance were given by each to the other.

Queen Dawn then led Queen Zhah on a tour of Britain, pointing out places like the library, bank and monument of the battle to save the city some years ago. Our destination, tho, was the moongate just southwest of the city, which Queen Zhah was to magically enhance to include her own lands.

Trying to be a good reporter I got a few steps ahead of the crowd walking to the moongate to get a good spot for pictures and to be within earshot. It seemed to be taking them a bit too long to arrive, so I traveled back up the road a bit. It seems that the party had been ambushed by brigands, but our warriors had swiftly taken care of them and the Queens were unharmed.

Arriving at the moongate Queen Zhah stepped close and concentrated, channeling energies from her homeland. The familiar blue moongate briefly turned a purplish-green color and Queen Zhah stepped back with a sigh. "Come," she said, "travel to my land."



At Ter Mur all were invited to the Queen's castle where the hopes of both ladies for peace and prosperity for each kingdom were again expressed. Queen Zhah also mentioned that she would send along some forces to help with our brigand problems.

Hail to the Queens!




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Battle Chicken Hatched on Baja Today
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 7:43 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

This evening I received word from Mama [KCB] that around 6pm Pacific one of her Chicken Lizard eggs hatched into a Battle Chicken, so I ran over for some screenshots.

 

Congratulations on your new hatchling!

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A Historic Night for Human Gargoyle Interaction
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 6:29 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<


Little can be said for tonight, thus, the images shall speak for themselves.












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Queen Meets Queen and Moongates Connect!
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 5:38 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Queen Dawn
Meets Queen Zhah
September 23, 2009


In Attendance:
Panoramix [Qc], Tristan, Lady Jazz [RBG], Tila Tequila, Cara
Lord Drakemore [RBG], Aluric Korath [DWxC], Niva The Savage [T_T]
Savaric [DWxC], Phoenix [DWxC], Purple Haze, Rivi Ravenwynd [SHE]
Hudson [DWxC], Zelda of Zed [SHE], Belle of Zed [SHE], Lycanthropy [SHE]
Tigger [SHE], Daktari Zinn [SHE], Naomie De'Layne [SHE], Jack Sparrow
TAMINGdeSHRE [TNP], Kyxx Kiena [KFC], Patience Mafrend [TEB],
Light of Day [DWxC], Cheever [K~S], Lady Brinna [RBG], Mortis [KFC],
madshark [OATH], Yoshi [DWxC], Makdopest [SHOT], C MAC [OATH],
Catfish [OATH], Lady Eilvan, Necro of Evil [OATH]

The group gathered in the Throne room awaiting to arrival of the Queen
of the Gargoyles. As time passed small talk was made to see if the Queen
Dawn was married, had children and who her tailor was. CharGar kept
the waiting crowd occupied with these questions for the Queen. Then
Queen Dawn asked for everyone to gather at the Britain moongate. Everyone
went and stood around for a bit longer until the Queen Zhah appeared. Dawn
welcomed her and Zhah had brought a gift for the people of our world.
She connected the moongates between our world and the underworld. Ter
Mur is now accessible through the moongates.



More small talk was made then everyone was gated back to the castle
for a more formal meeting between the two Queens.

The Gargoyle Queen Thanked Queen Dawn for the hospitality
Dawn responded saying she Embraces her people with open arms
and wish they visit her land.

Zhah Offered the same to her people. A hope of an era of cooperation
and prosperity between our lands and races and offer to thy people
the knowledge of the gargoyle race in all things now and forever.

Dawn offered her a room to stay in since she seemed tired.
The Zhah accepted. Tomorrow they will see how security is
and have a party. So keep your eyes open on the event
announcers and information scrolls.

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Queen Zhah Meets With Queen Dawn - Ter Mur Now Linked With Britannia!
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 12:53 PM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Queen Dawn meets Queen Zhah

The day had come, The day for Queen Dawn of Britannia to meet with Queen Zhah of Ter Mur, The land of the Gargoyles!

We were positioned at the castle at 8pm where Queen Dawn appeared, She asked us to meet Queen Zhah at the moongate south of Britain City.



A glorious pink skinned gargoyle in a gold dress stood waiting at the moongate, She requested we take her to Queen Dawn but slowly, as she was rather tired from the trip.





Queen Dawn welcomed her to Britannia and to Britain, Queen Zhah approached the platform as the crowd split in half to let her through.



Queen Dawn then thanked Zhah for accepting her invitation.



Queen Zhah informed the crowd the gargoyle race come in peace and meant no harm and will endeavor to work with, not against Britannia.

She went on to inform us they are masters of gate technology and the gates between Ter Mur and Britannia will open later on.

Further more, she went on to say how her race had battled with the creatures of the void until recently when the arrival of humans and elves made this challenge easier and how they extend a huge welcome to us all to visit their lands.

The crowd clapped at the end of her speech and Queen Dawn welcomed the friendship between the gargoyles.

The meeting ended with Queen Zhah saying to Queen Dawn they will have a private meeting later to discuss many important matters.



Queen Dawn opened a moongate in the castle to the Britain Moongate.



Queen Zhah requested the moongates be linked, After a pause she yelled 'IT IS DONE!' and Ter Mur, Royal City is now available on every moongate throughout Sosaria.

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New NPC
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 11:20 AM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Malas News <<<



So there I was walking through Luna to sell my buddy an overpriced item and SHAZAM! New NPC, and Messana! And Eris! After some lighthearted razzing they burst me into flames and I promptly apologized for forsaking their greatness. Nonsense aside, stop by Luna to see our newest resident. Informative and Easy On the Eyes.

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Two Teb And A Massive Slasher!
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 3:59 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
Click the image to open in full size. Slasher of Veils Defeated by TEB!Click the image to open in full size.
The Underworld
September 22, 2009

Click the image to open in full size.

Kroth and Spag two lone dexers against one of the Underworlds most
deadliest beasts. These two took this monster on with little
challenge. The only challenge was fighting it for so long but,
in the end like most battles against great dexers the beast fell.
The weapon of choice? Soul Seeker. Healing tactics? Cross healing.
Armor? Not sure. From what this reporter has seen this villain of
Veils packed a hard left fire hook. One does have to wonder if
Draconi had any say in all this Fire destruction this beasts does
during battle. Congrats to Kroth and Spag.

(I will be around this week peeking in at different monster battles
in the under ground. Your epic battle could be seen next!)


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[News] Queen Dawn To Meet Queen Zhah Wednesday!
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 1:26 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<WHEN? Wednesday 23rd September 2009 at 8pm UK Time
WHERE? Castle British

Queen Dawn meets with the Gargoyle Queen Zhah at Castle British.

EM Article
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Return to Britannia!
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 12:30 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Return to Britannia!


Calvin Crowner

22 Sep 2009 15:15:53 EST



Someone once mentioned something about the best laid plans of mice and men. I think you can also add Ultima Online into the mix now.


Today we have officially opened the gates for all players in good standing to return to Britannia. All accounts have been opened and former players can login using their original user name and password. (Forgot them? Contact EA Customer service at http://support.ea.com) Accounts will remain open through October 16th to allow former players the opportunity to get reacquainted with the game and community. Spread the word to friends and family - there has never been a better time to return to Britannia!


In all honesty, we were lining up several other announcements to coincide with the Return to Britannia campaign, as well as with the true launch date of Ultima Online’s … but the server fairies had other ideas. So stay tuned for an exciting announcement about 11th and 12th year veteran rewards, as well as other fun goodies planned for the live game over the next few weeks.


For those of you who returned to play Stygian Abyss, or simply to become reacquainted with the game you’ve enjoyed and perhaps missed over the past 12 years, we wish to say, “Welcome Back!” Don’t be overwhelmed by the scads and scores of quests and things to do. Make your way through as you always have. The areas you knew and loved are still here, but some of the faces may have changed.


What you will find is the same Britannia, with its legends and lore, and the capacity to shape your experience as you see fit.




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First Contact, Wednesday, Sept. 23
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Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 8:03 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)

 

from EM Kasaven and Cern’s Catskills Events Page 

First Contact – Wednesday the 23rd at 8pm EST
by EM Cernunnos

UO Herald

The cataclysm following the defeat of the Shadowlords brought about great destruction, but also brought about a new beginning. A link now exists between the world of the gargoyles and the world of humans and elves. Reverberations of this new link have brought hope to both lands.

Please join Lady Dawn at Castle British or Queen Zhah in her royal throne room at precisely 8pm EST on Wednesday Sept 23rd and help escort the two representatives of their nations to their first meeting. With your help, we can strengthen the bond between the two worlds!

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Drunken Revelry
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Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 6:25 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Nh'bdy thrashes about his desk mumbling grumpily when Andrasta attempts to stir him to post. He speaks is a slurred voice that speaks of a night of hard drinking, or hard hits to the head.


So we shows up at some tellerscope and some guy whats name was Avery told us we had to go save some guy what's name was Jacob, so he tells us to go to Despise and we went after he figured out it was *hic* in Despise, so we run into these right weird fellers what was purple, being purple I of course had to shoot lightning at them until *hic* they went away and when they did I picked *hic* up some Ti..tal...light blue bottle what which they were was holding and drank it and well now I'm purple too. And then we-*hic*

Nh'bdy snickers and flails, knocking some bottles and a quil off his desk before settling down into the floor some rest





Speaking from the floor:

And then some green feller showed up and we smacked 'em around and then Avery went to Yew with Jacob...good people that Jacob..


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First Contact -- Event 9/23/09
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Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 3:21 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<If you haven’t yet read the EA fiction for this, please head on over to the Live Events section of the Herald and check it out. http://www.uoherald.com/liveevents/event.php?eventid=72

Sorry for the short notice on this, folks. I will be trying my darnedest today to get the word out, since I have only given you all a one day heads up.

Tomorrow, Wednesday September the 23nd (at 8pm CST), will be the meeting between the acting Queen of Britannia, Dawn, and Queen Zhah of the Gargoyle. Come and witness this historic contact between Britannia and Ter Mur. It will take place in the Castle British throne room.

Also, an escort guard of Britannians has been requested for Queen Zhah. This escort should comprise of 8 bodies. Tomorrow at 6pm CST I will make a posting with a location and a specific item. The first 8 people to show me said item at said location will be chosen for the Guard. Not very original, I know, but its fair. So, keep your eyes peeled here at 6pm CST tomorrow if you wish to be a part of this escort for Queen Zhah.

Taken from: http://www.emquantum.com/LakeSuperior/
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Luna Design Contest Details
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Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 9:57 AM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Malas News <<<The Lord Mayor of Luna has decided that new fairgrounds should be built just outside Luna city limits. Designers are needed to create the ideal space for Atlantic’s community events and festivals.

How to participate:

1. The space to be decorated is between the northern wall of the Bag Ball Arena and the city wall of Luna and can extend up to the road and edge of the void; see boards marking the area.

2. Prepare a design using a graphics program and Inside UO. You may use items out of Inside UO as part of your creative design. http://uo.stratics.com/heptazane/insideuo/index.shtml

3. Describe the features of your design and uses for the area you have designed.

4. Turn in a link showing the completed design and description to: [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Monday, October 12, 2009 at Midnight EST.

Rewards: If your design is selected, you will receive a plaque at the EM Hall and everlasting fame as a top Atlantic designer! This is your chance to make a huge impact on Atlantic and to create a lasting monument for your community.

Note: Designs may be changed at the discretion of game staff. Workable designs only, overly complex designs will be sent back to the drawing board. Please see the fairgrounds on the shards of Chesapeake, Sonoma in Luna or Catskills (Britain fields) for examples of winning designs.
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We're Searchable!
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Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 12:44 AM EDT by Petra Fyde ()

Ultima Online Stratics Special Announcement:



In an effort to improve our service to the UO Community we have implemented a google custom search to http://uo.stratics.com. We hope you will find it useful.

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UO Herald and Enhanced Patcher Maintenance
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Posted on Monday, September 21, 2009, 11:41 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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UO Herald Updates and Changes


Chrissay Zeeman

21 Sep 2009 15:02:25 EST



Tomorrow September 22nd between 5:00 AM EST and 10:00AM EST these two services will be under maintenance. Players will still be able to access Ultima Online through the Classic Client during this period of time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Escorting of Gargoyle Queen Zhah, Wednesday, September 23
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Posted on Monday, September 21, 2009, 11:06 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

from UO - Origin Events

Escorting of Gargoyle Queen Zhah
Posted By EM Laurana on September 21, 2009

Queen Dawn has humbly requested the assistance of the citizens of Britannia in this unprecedented display of trust and peaceful alliance by Queen Zhah of the gargoyle race.

Please assemble at the moongate in Britain, Trammel at 6:00pm Pacific on Wednesday, September 23rd, to help escort Queen Zhah.

Times:
6:00pm Pacific, 7:00pm Mountain, 8:00pm Central, 9:00pm Eastern, 5:00pm Alaska, 3:00am Thursday in France

 

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Queen's Meeting
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Posted on Monday, September 21, 2009, 10:44 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

From the Royal Courtier (EM Malachi):

The Meeting between Queen Dawn and Queen Zhah will be Wednesday, September 23rd at 8pm CST. Gates will be provided from the West Britain Counselor’s Hall.

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Avery Reinstated!
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Posted on Monday, September 21, 2009, 9:33 PM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Avery Reinstated!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

As one of her first acts as Queen, Dawn has reinstated Avery to Captain of the Royal Britannian Guard. The first task that Avery will undertake is the search for Jacob. Jacob works for the monks of Ye Olde Winery in Yew and has vanished on a delivery.

Avery asks that the Royal guard assemble around the Moonglow Telescope on September 22nd at 8:30 PM EST.

Submitted by EM Nestor
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-Y- Guild Kills Stygian Dragon !
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Posted on Monday, September 21, 2009, 8:58 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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-Y- Guild Kills Stygian Dragon !





So much new territory to cover, so many things to imbue, so many new creatures to kill.

The past few weeks have found many groups of all sizes entering the lair of the Stygian Dragon and exiting defeated. The -Y- Guild was one of those guilds. This evening however defeat was a word they refused to hear. Gathering ten members they huddled outside planning their attack.





It took less than an hour but the deaths were countless, seriously...countless. This beast is not just large in stature but large in strength.







By the looks of the screenshots provided by Gene Pool Slayer a fun time was had by all. Thank you for sharing Gene. Hopefully these images will excite and inspire others to attack this beast.

If any other guilds or groups kill Slasher, Medussa or other new monsters please forward screenshots with hunt details.









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Polar Does The "Q"
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Polar does the Q ~





When I think of the word Polar I think of bear. What was the inspiration for naming a character Polar ?
Wow, you're good. my first polar character was created on oceania back in 2002, when tamers on mares ruled the late brit bank. peer pressure pushed me towards taming, and subsequently most of my time was spent on ice island taming walruses, snow leapords, and you guessed it - polar bears. I was young and impressionable when I named him polar, however, when I returned to the game a year and a half ago polar was the first thing to pop into my head.







Polar is "wicked". What are his skills and where does he spend most of his time in the realm ?
Polar is a pure necro/mage, and I reccommend the template to any player looking for an all around foundation character for your account. I haven't been able to get on as much recently, but I built Polar for fel spawns and when I do find time to play during the day he can be found running around t2a. as for the wicked, well, that question should be directed to my ex gf.

When and how did you first hear about UO?
I had a friend back in the day who got me into the game. He started/played in the pre-trammel days, and every now and then I would help him out on his account. By the time I decided to play on my own, he had quit.

You belong to the -Y- guild that encourages and helps new/young players. Who helped you when you first started playing this game ?
On Oceania I belonged to two guilds - EYE of the New Dawn, and UL (united labor). I don't remember many people from either guild, however, there was a character Grandal Excarl who acted as my mentor. When I returned to the game I kept to myself until running into Kid Icarus at Brit bank - at which point I decided to join -Y-. joining -Y- enabled me to explore the newer aspects of the game that i was not able to do otherwise, primarily because of lack of skill and lack of knowledge. Shout out to SirChristopher, Kid, Satura, Anders, Milar, JD (apologize in advance if I missed ya), all who helped me get on my feet on Great Lakes. With Necromancer on the pvp front, I'd have to thank Merlin and Steve, as both helped me understand the tactics behind pvping. I'll stop the acceptance speech before kanye comes up on stage. Grandal, if you're out there man come find me.

What was the very first computer game you ever played ?
Old school Sim City

Do you play any other computers games besides UO at this time?
I play motherload on miniclip.com when I get bored of UO. shhhhhhhhhh. I consider it more of a brief entertainment tool than a computer game.

If you could change one thing about UO what would it be?
Loyalty amongst members in the same faction. there should be a limit on the amount of times a player in the faction system can attack AND kill any other member of the same faction. I'd say somewhere around 10, at which point he/she will be booted from the faction for a period of time. I do it when I have to, but it's wrong when you think about the concept of factions you have to ask yourself what the point of choosing one faction over another is when everyone is attacking everyone.

What is the thing you are most excited about with SA?
Can't wait to get some HLA on my war fork, or make a rediculous bow like I see saint of killers rockin' at the bank so I can trade Lord Denin for his war fork. either way, I'm looking forward to playing with a kick ass fork.

Which location in the realm do you think is most beautiful?
This is a tough one. I'd have to go with the coast to the east of ice dungeon entrance in fel. that tower over there is the spot. I'm known to enjoy tall glasses of red wine, long walks on the beach, reading poetry, and watching sunsets. ladies, give me some notice if you decide to come by so I can light some candles.

What location have you been to in real life that you think is the most beautiful?
I spent a year living in florence, italy... by far the most beautiful city on the planet.

What is your favorite color?
Favorite hue, jay-Z blue

What is your favorite animal/creature in the realm?
Definitely the ethereal llama. When my account finally reaches 36 months, it will be the first reward I choose.

What is your favorite animal in real life?
Dogs

What do you admire most in a friend?
Loyalty

What is your motto?
Get busy living or get busy dying
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EM Events 23rd, 24th & Oct. 2nd
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Posted on Monday, September 21, 2009, 3:05 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<< SEPT Events
EMDUDEm Events 23rd, 24th & 2ndEM VLAD



Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 8 PM EST -
Special Event.
The gate to the event will be at the West Britain Counselor's Hall.

Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 8 PM EST -
Missing Mage Quest.
The gate to the event will be at the West Britain Counselor's Hall.

Friday, October 2, 2009 at 8 PM EST -
Treasure Hunting Competition -
Registration starts at 7 PM EST with the competition starting at 8 PM EST.
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First Contact on Wednesday, September 23rd
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Posted on Monday, September 21, 2009, 2:57 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<First Contact
By EMSeppo

Title First Contact
Link Out: First Contact Story
Description: Town Guards are requested to be available to form an Honor Guard for Queen Zhah.
Start Time: 9:15 PM Pacific
Date: September 23rd, 2009
End Time: 10:00 PM Pacific
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Next HOC Chat
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Posted on Monday, September 21, 2009, 4:48 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)


House of Commons



Stratics IRC and UO Stratics proudly announce Ultima Online House of Commons.

HoC is scheduled for Wednesday Sept. 23rd, 7 pm EST. Please join us in the #straticshoc channel on the Stratics IRC network for another great hour of questions and answers with the UO team!

The HoC Topic of this week will be:
Stygian Abyss Content

You can connect to one of our IRC servers through the use of your favorite IRC client or you can visit our downloads section to choose a client. Connect to irc.stratics.com port 6668 or choose a server listed below that is closest to you:
stratics.frws.com USA - Colorado 6667 6668 7000
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Community Hunt - Week of September 21st
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Posted on Monday, September 21, 2009, 4:23 AM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)


Want to go hunting but don't have a big enough group? Are you looking for good guides to dungeons you've yet to explore?

The community hunts are open to everyone! Come show your support for the Lake Superior community and take a walk on the wild side at the same time. Meet some new and old friends and have a bit of a challenge along the way.



Skeletal Lich hunt
Date: Tuesday, September 22nd
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, September 23rd
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Cave of the Discarded exploration
Date: Thursday, September 24th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, September 25th
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken


And remember, these hunts are for everyone, regardless of their skill level or guild affiliation. Come meet new friends, see new places, gain experience and just have fun.


Sabina Nikolai,
High Marshall, Community Hunt Organizer
The Order of the Silver Rose
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The Queen Mother Calls Her Supporters To Rally Around Queen Dawn
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Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2009, 11:15 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Queen Mother Calls Her Supporters To Rally Around Queen Dawn
By WarderDragon

You hear a sound, three loud knocks upon your door. You stand from your reading chair, or perhaps you slip out from under the sheets, blinking back weariness, every muscle in your body demanding that you sit back down and ignore it. Its late. The days events have weighed heavily upon your mind. The Coronation of Her Majesty, The Queen Dawn. The Assassination of Captain Commander Nystad. What now?

But you force yourself up and approach the door. You hear the hoof beats, the snort of a powerful beast, charging off into the night. By the time you reach the door and peer out into the moonlight, black stallion and shadow-clad rider have disappeared into the trees, around a hill, or perhaps into the city. How odd, you think to yourself. Who would wake you up at this hour, only to ride off before you had the chance to enter?

And then you see it. A ruby-hilted stilleto, buried deep in your door. A folded letter pinned there, stirred by the cold nights wind.

Against your better judgement, you pull the dagger free. A beautiful weapon, one not so readily discarded. You unfold the vellum envelope. You observe the flowing script, a calligraphers hand. And you, despite your weariness, read what is written within.

Knights of the Royal Guard and Diplomats of the Independent Kingdoms,

I have been asked to deliver you a message.

Her Majesty, The Queen Mother Lady Fahnzjell, Dowager Queen of Britannia and High Seat of House British, has asked that all her loyal subjects and faithful followers offer their support and allegience to Her Grace, The Queen Stewardess Elect Lady Dawn the Brave, By the Grace of the Light, Defender of the People, Protector of the Realm.

Lady Fahnzjell has expressed no designs upon the Throne of Akalabeth. Only to retain her title and her ties to House British, which were established by right of her marriage to the True Sovereign, His Majesty Lord Cantabrigian British. The Queen Mother's only concern is for her people, and has expressed faith in Lady Dawn as a Defender of Justice and Keeper of the Principles. She will offer her council to Lady Dawn, should Her Grace wish it.

Those Royal Knights who have sworn oaths to defend the Throne of Akalabeth are asked to continue their sacred duty, and to protect she who currently sits on the throne.

Light Save The Queen,

Sir Nicholas Casval Tarrant,
Knight of the Royal Guard.
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New Lands New Deaths
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Remembering Aino Nystad, Captain of the Royal Guard
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Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2009, 9:38 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
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Remembering Aino Nystad, Captain of the Royal Guard
January 8th, 2009 - September 20th, 2009

By WarderDragon
Baja Stratics Reporter



"A master mage with a mind as deep as the western ocean and the beauty of a golden sunrise, Aino is a scholar and a lady without peer. Studying in Moonglow at an early age, she has a deep appreciation for all things mystical, is tenacious by nature and has an acute understanding of politics. Though her appearance and demeanor may tell otherwise, she is sometimes doubtful at heart, both of her abilities and her capacity to be there for her family."


As most of you have already been made aware, Captain Aino Nystad of the Royal Britannian Guard was murdered this afternoon defending the newly crowned Queen Dawn from a mystical spell by a mysterious hooded figure.



The Town Guards of Britain rushed to her side, but they were too late to save the mortally injured Captain.

Although her murderer is still at large, The Town Guard and Royal Britannian Knights are hard at work searching the land for the vile fiend. They have promised that the assassin will be brought to justice, whatever the cost. The Independent Kingdoms have already begun expressing their condolences for the loss of such an honorable and respected figure, one who had earned their trust during the War of Shadows. Many have offered their aid in search of the assassin.

But let us begin by remembering the woman who came to us so many months ago. She was merely a young sorceress then, the heir to a fallen house, whose only purpose was to restore her family to its rightful place amongst the peerage of the Britannian kingdom.

[News] Strangers Come To Britannia by Lady Oriana



I doubt even she could have anticipated the series of events that would later transpire, beginning with Casca offering her a place as Captain of the Royal Guard.

[News] Lady Aino Offered Captain of the Royal Guard by Lady Oriana

Although some would say that Casca gave her the position in order to turn her against the Independent Kingdoms and their leaders, Lady Aino served with honor and distinction in her place as Captain, continuing to privately reach out to Britannias rivals even when her liege was publically calling for the downfall of her friends.

As her first act as Captain, she called for a tournement to find a Champion for the Britannian people. The Tournement, which began in Skara Brae but inevitably concluded in the Avalon Ring of Champions, helped Britannia find its most skilled Mage and Warrior.

[News] Aino Nystad Announces Champions Duel by Sara of Baja



Soon later, she held the Royal Guard Conference, inviting current and retired members of the Royal Britannian Guard and Royal Britannian Militia who served under Gabriel Kieron, Archimedes the Old, and Sameerah respectively. It was there that she announced the creation of the Britain Town Guard, a unit of professional soldiers who protected the city against Orc Invasions and Redcap Thugs.





[News] Royal Guard Conference Conclusion by Ceno

But her actions were clearly not as popular with her peers as they were with the commoners, as evidenced by Lord Emissary Saius' challenge to the Captain. She was put on trial, and nearly assassinated by a Redcap Thug, but was rescued by the Town Guard.





[News] Lord Saius Challenges Captain Nystad & Other News by WarderDragon

[News] Turmoil in Britain as Town Guards Come Under Fire! by Cymidei Fier

[News] Lord Emissary Saius Challenges The Captain by WarderDragon

Despite her loyalty to the Britannian monarchy, time and time again she proved that her first priority was to her people and not to Casca, as evidenced by her open defiance of the false king and her eventual imprisonment for her actions.

Captain Nystad Sent to Tokuno by Sara of Baja

Aino was to be executed, but the people loved their Captain, and made several attempts to free her of her imprisonment, finally resulting in the discovery of Finneus Cricks laboratory and the use of a magical dress.

[News] Vigilantes In Yew Attempt To Free Aino Nystad by Cymidei Fier and Sara of Baja

[News] The Execution of Lady Aino Nystad

Captain Aino Nystad rejoined her brother, who had united the Britannians and the Scythians under the banner of Operation Royal Flush. There she met Lady Dawn, and the two became swift allies as they fought to dethrone Lord Casca.

Although her death comes on a day that should we should be spent in celebration rather than mourning, let us not forget what Aino Nystad has done for the Britannian people. May we honor her last dying wish. May we fight as one to bring Peace and Virtue to this wartorn kingdom.

It is the suggestion of this reporter that the Britannian monarchy and its sovereign, Her Majesty Dawn the Brave, posthumously reinstate House Nystad amongst the peerage of the realm, and honor the sorceress as a Royal Knight of Virtue for deeds done throughout the past year.

The Light shine on you, Lady Aino of House Nystad, and may you shelter in the palm of the Creators hand. The last embrace of the mother welcome you home.

Starting a storm in a tea cup, with those most noble of intentions I rode out to the city of Britain. There is an old saying amongst my people, "A sheep amongst a pack of wolves would be soon killed by the wolves. Yet, a sheep amongst a pack of bored nobles would have the nobles kill each other trying to crown it the king." So, I set out to be the sheep to play my part in the political intrigue that is oft played out in this city.

I can recount about the hardships and humiliations we faced growing up in a world to which we were of no use. However, wallowing in misery has never been my forte. If anything, those years have only firmed up my resolve to reclaim our title. To those intentions, I fly like an arrow. I am well aware of the dangers I face and the sacrifices I must make. I have already sacrificed the close rapport with my brother who thinks of it as a fool's quest and wants to play no role in it. While I seek healing from the very institution that inflicted this wound upon us, he would rather have it brought down one brick at a time. So, should I fulfill my quest, I run the risk of finding myself bereft of my brother. Yet, I fly like an arrow...

- Aino Nystad
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Shocking Assassination at Coronation!
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Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2009, 5:57 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
By Lady Mystic Rose

Gathering Sunday at Lord British’s Castle to witness the coronation of Queen Dawn, many Britannians cheered the new Queen and wished her well. Queen Dawn gave an inspiring speech and humbly accepted the Crown, her title and vowed to virtuously serve Britannia.

Paladin, Elladan of Trinsic, approached the throne at the behest of Lady Aino Nystad to witness Queen Dawn’s oath to the people of Britannia. The Town Guards presented their arms and stood watch from their posts around the throne. Queen Dawn affirmed pardons for Ricardo and Avery, the disbanding of Lord Casca’s puppet council and dismissed all remaining charges against the independent kingdoms to the delight of the crowd.




Lady Dawn's Speech





"Thank you, Aino Nystad. And thank you all, my brave friends and supporters! It is no easy thing, to accept this burden. But I accept it willingly. And will bear it as best I may. And by the sacred Virtues it is my most heartfelt promise, that though I stand before you all here today, next to the throne of our Lord British, highly dressed and fresh from victory, and to any it may seem the power and riches of this great realm have passed to me only,
it could not be further from the truth.




My promise is this, my friends. That the power and riches and glorious majesty of our enduring Kingdom passes to you as well. All of you. All of you that accepted me and offered forgiveness. All of those that awoke me to my ignorance, and against all counsel journeyed with me into the Void.To undergo trial of death and pain against a powerful and unstoppable foe. The the peoples that suffered underneath the onslaught of Casca's evil and misled intentions.




In this, I am indebted. In this, to my people, it is I, Dawn the Servant of Britannia. And to our enemies that linger still in the shadows, creeping silently along the corners of our fair realm, I am she, Dawn the Queen!




And my first act, as Queen, as a Servant of the Land, is to hereby declare any and all charges against the Independent Kingdoms dropped! Those leaders whom had alliance with the Throne are invited to rekindle their oaths underneath of a banner of respect and mutual dialogue, if they are so willing.




To those kingdoms whom desire solely the friendship of the Throne and the understanding of its people, shall have it. And to those whom speak out against the Kingdom and its policies, you may continue to peacefully do so without fear of reprisal. The puppet council formed illegally under Casca will be disbanded and its members be investigated and will face fair trial against charges of conspiracy and treason. A new royal council will be formed in its place in the near future.




Lady Nystad, it is not unknown to me why you turned from your studies in Moonglow. Casca withheld that which you cherished and had rights to, using it to unwillingly manipulate you into serving him. But no longer. By the highest authority, both your title and estate, along with all assets confiscated by the former council, are to be returned to you, accompanied by all rights that you are entitled to.




Also, the supposed criminals Avery and Ricardo are to be released immediately and unconditionally. They have been imprisoned unjustly and will no longer suffer needlessly. Let me finally mention that envoys arrived this very morning, flying heralds representing a Queen Zah of the Gargoyles. It appears that our deeds have, not surprisingly, done more than we had anticipated. With the turmoil caused by the destruction of the gem that slew Casca and violently removed the Shadowlords from our plane, a rift has opened into an underworld beneath Fire Island, not far from where we conducted our ritual with the Bell of Courage.




A sprawling city of gargoyles dwell in this place, and Queen Zah is their leader, and she has requested a meeting with myself acording to proper custom. I will not refuse her. I only ask that those among the Guard that are able to present themselves when the time for the meeting comes to please do so, acting as my personal Honor Guard."





Near the end of the celebration, a dark and mysterious stranger boldly approached the throne dais. As guards rushed to protect Queen Dawn, a gigantic explosion burst forth. When the cloud dispersed Aino Nystad lay brutally murdered.




A search by the Town Guards failed to locate the stranger but a search of Lord Blackthorn’s Castle revealed broken crystals and blood in Trubo Saius’ chamber. It is believed that the broken crystals were from the strange necklace that Trubo always wore around his neck. Following the tragic death of Lady Aino Nystad, the Town Guards called an emergency meeting to catch Nystad’s assassin.








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A Beginning -- from UO - Origin Events
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Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2009, 5:41 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

from UO - Origin Events

A Beginning
Posted By EM Faine Morgan on September 20, 2009

 Dawn tugged again at the neck of the dress she wore and looked up from the document in her hand to gaze longingly at the chest containing her armor and sword.

“Would you stop fidgeting,” a small voice chided gently.

 Dawn turned to see Sherry looking at her with twinkling eyes. Dawn sighed lightly and said, “Yes I know, tis not seemly for a Queen to fidget. But Sherry, I’m not sure I can do this! What do I know about being Queen? Give me a sword and a good fight any day and I’m your girl. I mean, look at me! I’m wearing a dress!”

 Sherry hopped up on the desk in front of Dawn and gazed at her seriously.

 “Dawn, we’ve been friends a long time. I know better than most that you never sought this office. I know the burden you bear by taking this on and the sacrifices you are making,” Sherry paused thoughtfully. “But I also know better than most how pure your heart is. I know of your great love for this land and it’s people. And I know in my heart how much you care about each and every person. You don’t consider them subjects. You consider them friends. That care and the passion with which you fought all your battles makes you more than worthy for this office.”

 “Your grandfather and Lord British would be proud of you,” Sherry stated softly, touching Dawn’s hand with a tiny paw.

 Dawn considered Sherry’s words and, in her heart, knew that she was right. Whatever the land and its people needed from her, Dawn would give them. And she would start with the letter she had been reading when Sherry came in. Perhaps this could be the start of driving the cruelty and insanity of Casca’s rule from the lands. Diplomacy. Peace. Perhaps a new friendship and blending of cultures. It had happened with the Meer people long ago. There was no reason to think it could not happen again with the Gargoyles and their Queen.

“Yes Sherry, you are right, as usual,” Dawn said with a quick grin. “And we should start now. We have an important visitor to prepare for.”

“The coronation will have to wait a bit my friend,” Dawn smiled as Sherry looked crestfallen at delaying the plans for the ceremony she had been looking forward to.

 “Well, perhaps we can make this special in it’s own then?” Sherry asked, brightening considerably. She did love a good pageant after all.

“Yes, Sherry, I think that’s a wonderful idea,” Dawn stated. “We should show our new friends every courtesy. This is, after all, just a beginning. Let us hope one that ushers in a new age of friendship between both races.”

 Dawn quickly pulled a piece of parchment towards her and began to write.

 “Dear Friends, I would request that you join me in the throne room of Castle British at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time/6:00 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, September 21 to help make plans for our visitor’s arrival this week. I humbly ask your assistance in showing our visitor the beauty of our land and the grace of our people as we seek to embark on this wonderous new adventure.”

Dawn handed the parchment to a waiting messenger and requested that the notice be proclaimed throughout the land.

 “And so we begin,” Dawn said to Sherry with a smile. “Now, I hear the cook received a fresh shipment of cheese. Shall we see if it’s as good as it’s touted to be?”

Dawn’s laughter rang through the castle as Sherry turned a delighted somersault and raced through the open door heading to the kitchens.

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Two For One: Meet Your UO Stratics Staff/Focus on Factions
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Two For One: Meet Your Ultima Online Stratics Staff/Focus on Factions:

                                    Lynk of Great Lakes                                    

Yes, it has been a while! I hope to have interviews for Meet the Staff and Focus on Factions posted on a regular basis from now on. If you have someone you want interviewed or would like to do an interview, please send me a PM for consideration.

Now on to the first combined interview! Please welcome Lynk to UO Stratics revival of Meet the UO Stratics Staff and Focus on Factions.

First, please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm 25, am from Wisconsin, and I work in Marketing - but I'm really just a computer nerd.

I don't really have any fancy equipment. I use a keyboard from the first computer I ever bought, just a regular emachine stock keyboard. My mouse isn't anything special either, the $14 brand from shopko. But my computer is bangin!

I don't get to play a whole lot, I usually don't log in until 9 or 10 p.m. M-F (gotta wait for the fiance to head to bed). Play until Mindight - 2am depending on the action. And I'm a beer snob!

What is your UOS Forum Staff Name?

Lynk

How long have you been on the UO Stratics Staff?

A couple of weeks.

What is your job on UOS?

I'm a content editor. I update outdated informational pages and try to write helpful documents where I can.

What are your UO character names?

It's a pretty long list. I'll just list the PvP characters.

Great Lakes: Lynk, Tank, Ressurection, Costello, Pixel, Connor McManus, Lunchbox, Chuck Norris Jr, Soultaker, Onyxia, Yoshio Ogata

Baja: Pennywise

Catskills: Charles Norris, Klank

How long have you been playing UO?

I started when T2A launched. I took a break for a year when AoS launched. Haven't really taken a break since I came back.

Which client do you play?

I play 2D client. I really like the enhanced client, but the lack of UOAM support prevents me from using it. I run a pvp guild and we need to be able to find each other at all times when fighting. I can only switch to the new client when everyone is willing to.

What shards do you play and do you have one you consider “home”?

I play Great Lakes, Catskills, and Baja. Great lakes is definitely home for me. The other shards I just build a character and make sure I have enough insurance to never run out. They are strictly for PvP. Great Lakes is where I make money, PvM, etc.

What is your favorite type of char to play?

It really depends on what I'm doing but overall I'd say my favorite is my Parry/Ninja mage.

How would you describe your play style?

Mostly Group PvP, but I do enjoy PvMing. The only PvM I do is peerless type bosses, I don't like group PvM just doing stuff solo. From what I hear the Stygian Dragon is going to be my next endeavor.

I do have a crafter for every crafting skill, but I don't really make stuff to sell. Anything I make I usually keep and if I don't use it I'll give it to a guild mate if they need it.

How/why did you start playing factions and when?

I've been in factions since it launched. I loved the ability to create faction armor/weapons. It was such a great concept pre-insurance - because rank determined how many pieces you could wear but it all stuck with you on death. Now I like it because I run with a very small group and when fighting a larger group it's nice to get a kill and take them out of the fight for 20 minutes.

What faction do you belong to?

I go to whichever faction will give me the most competitive fights. Right now we are TB on Great Lakes, the opposition is pretty fierce and it's a lot of fun. On Baja and Catskills we are CoM because no other sizable force is.

What would you change or add to factions (and why)?

Two things. The first thing is wipe points to 0, remove the double/triple kill point bonus, and remove points for stealing sigils. It's all too easily exploited. It used to mean something to have 60 points. Now it's a joke.

Second, remove rank requirement for faction artifacts and extend faction PvP into all trammel rulesets. The faction artifacts were introduced to spark faction involvement. Factions is based on PvP, it's a PvP system. There are folks who put their character in factions, exploit the kill bonus, and stay in tram ruleset using the artifacts that were introduced to promote PvP. The only thing they do is increase the kill point / rank requirement that is needed for the people who really are trying to get into pvp. These people also dramatically decrease the value of real artifacts that many people have invested time and money into.

Have you had any really funny moments playing UO and please share (if you can)

I had a great one recently on Catskills. I had 3 of my teammates on and we raided some blues doing Despice. They had far superior numbers with I think 4 or 5 greater dragons. They put up a great fight and it was fun for a good hour or so. After the fact we saw one of those involved at the yew gate in guard zone. I was talking to him and I noticed he had the Armageddon spell macro assigned to a normal key that he used frequently. I had one of my guys keep him talking and start griefing him a little to keep him typing. I went to our guildhouse and grabbed a chunk of black rock that was sitting around. I followed him around and kept throwing it by his feet while he was typing. It finally connected and went off and he just exploded in the guard zone. His corpse was in pieces that we could loot, legs, arms, torso, entrails, etc. I have them locked down on our tower now.

What keeps you playing UO?

PvP. I've never been able to find a game like this one when it comes to PvP, and I doubt I ever will.

Is there any particular player or group that inspired or helped you become the player you are today?

Ya, there are some people that I've been playing with for a long time. Dorinda is one person that I've been PvPing with for longer than I can remember and we make a great team. Dubar is the other influence, I played with him when he was the guild leader and he helped me find my groove as a target caller. He is probably the best caller I've ever played with.

What do you see in the future of UO?

I don't really think about it too much to be honest. I don't get all that excited over new content and shinys. I think the dev team did an excellent job with introducing the new skills and race. They are not over powered in any way (in my testing). I'm sure there will be a gimpy addition, but the best part about UO is every gimp has a counter.

Why did you want to join the UO Stratics Staff?

The honest reason? I got sick of wading through 23430 "Whats a sampire?" threads in the warrior forum. I wanted to write a doc to cover all viewpoints thoroughly and be able to point people there.

What do you see in the future for UO Stratics?

I'm going to be helping Petra and Tina keep things fresh with the new content. Tina is a much better explorer than I am, so I've got my work cut out to keep up.

What would you like to see changed, added?

I find the stratics data hard to navigate, I'd like to see a much better search function entered. I feel that we lose a lot of traffic to UO Guide due to their wiki-style set up. Stratics has such great content, but sometimes it takes a while to find what you want.

Lastly here's a little plug for my guild - If you like cross shard PvPing and enjoy playing with a small group (5-8 people) in very organized PvP ICQ me! 270541075. We are recruiting for Parry based mage templates, 4/6 holy lighters, and a dismounter on Great Lakes, Catskills, and Baja! If your play time matches up with what I posted in the beginning of the interview you will have a lot of fun.

Thanks to Lynk for kicking off the return of Meet your UO Stratics Staff and Focus on Factions!

This is to all the women of factions, I want to hear from you! Women of Factions will be resuming as soon as I can organize an interview. First stop Great Lakes (due strictly to the fact I know so many women playing factions here) so please let me know some names so I can get this interview started. Other shards... Let's get some faction and staff interviews!!!!

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Equinox Wine
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Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2009, 9:52 AM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
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Equinox Wine
Tuesday, September 22, 2009


The Monks at the Ye Olde Winery in yew have created an extra special blend of wine this year that can only be consumed on the evening of the Autumnal Equinox.

The monks have sent the wine with Jacob; he has been instructed to verify the start time of the Equinox and to then be sure to deliver the wine to the Blue Boar in Britain after. Jacob was seen leaving the Yew but has yet to show up at the Blue Boar.

The monks are growing concerned for Jacob; he has been working with them for years and had never missed a delivery. The Monks have sent a request that the matter be investigated by the Royal Guard!

Updates to Follow.

Submitted by EM Nestor
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First Contact
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Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2009, 9:37 AM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
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First Contact
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 8:30 PM EST
in the throne room of Castle Britannia


Queen Dawn has invited Queen Zhah of the Gargoyles to Castle Britannia for a diplomatic meeting of first contact.

All are welcome at the Castle to witness the historic first contact between the Kingdoms of Britannia and Ter Mur.

Queen Dawn is asking trustworthy guilds to provide a royal escort for Queen Zhah.

If your guild would like to participate as a royal escort, please send an email to us by Sunday. Include in your email your ICQ, guild contact names, guild website, the number of guards you can provide, guild colors and uniform to be used.

Selected guilds will receive confirmation and instructions on Monday.

Read more about First Contact


Submitted by EM Eris
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The Battle For Britain Bank!
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Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2009, 9:14 AM EDT by Andrasta ()
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A push for Britain Bank to once again be Europa's trade hotspot is underway.

Gates from Luna state 'Gating to West Britain Bank where everyone belongs! Stop using Luna!'



So are we ready to move? Well a crowd are gathered at Britain Bank so join in the fun and relive the magic of the old days by trading at West Brit Bank!

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The Battle For Britain Bank!
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Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2009, 9:13 AM EDT by Andrasta ()
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A push for Britain Bank to once again be Europa's trade hotspot is underway.

Gates from Luna state 'Gating to West Britain Bank where everyone belongs! Stop using Luna!'



So are we ready to move? Well a crowd are gathered at Britain Bank so join in the fun and relive the magic of the old days by trading at West Brit Bank!

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The Battle For Britain Bank!
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Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2009, 6:18 AM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
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A push for Britain Bank to once again be Europa's trade hotspot is underway.

Gates from Luna state 'Gating to West Britain Bank where everyone belongs! Stop using Luna!'



So are we ready to move? Well a crowd are gathered at Britain Bank so join in the fun and relive the magic of the old days by trading at West Brit Bank!

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The End Game Part 1: Watching the World Burn
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Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2009, 4:43 AM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<“There is one rule, above all others, for a true soldier,” The Knight of Britannia murmured absently to himself, his icy blue eyes flickering to the road that lay ahead. “Whatever comes, we face it on our feet.” Briefly were his thoughts drawn back to her, and to the letter he had left on the nightstand. All that needed to be said was there.

On the hard-packed earth of the West Brittany Road they stretched out, manes and tails streaming back in the blistering noonday light as they raced ever northwards, hooves clattering fiercely upon the path like some violent orchestra of war. Nicholas led the charge, black stallion and shadow-clad rider galloping like a herald of death through the sparsely wooded farmlands and pastured fields that lay just south of the city. Damian’s white gelding, matching the stallion stride for stride, was a pale dart as it sped between the sun-scorched hills and drought-ridden meadows that surrounded them, his orange cloak unfurling like a standard in the wind. To the Guards eyes, it was as though the land itself were dying, succumbing to some dark fate. His eyes shifted absently to Nicholas’ back, and he quickly put such thoughts out of his mind. The rest followed in a tight line, as if all were tied to invisible rope grasped firmly in the lead Knights hand.

The Drakðn War, the name by which this conflict might someday be remembered, would ultimately decide the destiny of the Old World and its inhabitants. As Sir Kullervo had warned them the evening before, the Shadowlords dark servants had begun to mass in the southern foothills, a horde of perverse necromancers and lawless brigands whose only purpose was to crush the last bastion of Britannian power and influence in Felucca.

Nicholas absently touched the hilt of his broadsword, his thoughts racing to the war ahead. The battlefield, that fabled theater of tragedies, was the City of Old Britain, a ruin long abandoned by the Mother Kingdom and its monarchs. With the former capitol conquered and its protectors subdued though, there was nothing to stop the Shadowlords from launching yet another attack upon the current seat of Britannian rule, New Britain.

The Knight craned his neck to peer over his shoulder, and watch in grim silence as a pillar of black and grey smoke arose from the south. There was nothing a small band of swordsmen could do to save the farms of Outer Brittany, except to hope that the villagers had been given enough time to flee.

The War of the Drakðn had begun.

A scream ripped through the incandescent skies above, a frightening cry that reminded him of a man he once saw being ripped apart by some strange and terrible creature. Wings swooped low over the party, a blast of wind catching their cloaks, the dark shadow rippling over the roads surface. With panicked cries the horses snorted, screaming wildly, but they dare not stop.

The wind of the Crimson Dragon’s wings beat at Nicholas with a feel that reminded him of the touch of slime, like something evil bubbling from the depths of some cavernous nightmare. The heavy stench of brimstone and decay filled his nostrils, making him want to wretch. It left his stomach in knots. Briefly he looked up, watching in silence as the fat, bloated reptile flew over them, its massive bat-like wings beating hard to keep the scaled beast aloft. This was not the magnificent creature of bedtime stories and fairy tales, but an overgrown monstrosity that could swallow a man and his steed whole.

Nicholas laid low against his mounts neck, spurring the beast onward as the Britain Warriors Guildhall came into view. The Crimson Dragon had seen the seven horsemen, shouting a guttural challenge to the wind, but it did not harass them. To the Knights surprise, it wheeled about in midair, speeding back towards the smoke from whence it came. A scout?

The Seven Swordsmen galloped over the Gung Farmers Bridge, entering the Dock District of the City of Old Britain. “Quickly, men,” a voice barked. “They will be here at any moment.” Shouts came from every direction. Smoke hung heavy in the air, a choking miasma that enveloped the crumbling metropolis as its Eastern district burned. The sun had become a faint, crimson sphere high in the skies above. Commotion was everywhere as the makeshift alliance of True Britannians and Knights of the Royal Flush gathered at the First Bank, warriors prepared to give their lives for an ideal. Virtue, and the everlasting promise that all might be free of the shadow that haunts men’s dreams.



“To me,” Zackarias shouted in command, the sound of leather scraping metal as his sword left its sheath. Shovel, Eddard, and two others whom Nicholas didn’t recognize gathered around the Knight of the Blue Rose, also drawing their weapons. “We shall see what we can do about the Eastern District.”

“Light shine on you,” Nicholas murmured, bowing from the back of his horse.

“And the last embrace of the mother welcome us home,” Zackarias grinned, stoic resolve written across his young eyes. “Glory to Dawn and the Blue Rose!” He and his four companions wheeled about, spurring their horses to a gallop eastward along the Harbor Road.

“Go with them,” Nicholas murmured, his eyes absently shifting to the Town Guard.

“I can be of more use here,” Damian protested. “I am no sheepherder.”

“The Shadowlords armies will not simply attack by way of the Southern Road,” Nicholas wheeled his black stallion about to face the Orange-cloaked soldier, a darkness forming in the older mans eyes. “They will attack by way of the Vesperian Highway. They will attack by way of the Samlethe Road.” Nicholas’ eyes shifted northwards, where a mountain range would have been if not for the smoke. “And if history holds true, they will also attack by way of the Serpentine Pass.”

“But, I…”

The Knight cut him off. “The True Britannians cannot fight on all sides,” he hissed sourly, fierceness in his voice. “As a Knight of the Royal Britannian Guard, I command you to go.”

“A Retired Knight of the Royal Guard,” Damian corrected with scorn. “So be it, Lieutenant. I shall go.” The Town Guard wheeled his gelding eastwards, galloping off after the Knights of the Blue Rose. He did not look back.

“Lord Tarrant,” a voice called out through the haze. “Nicholas.” The Knight wheeled his horse about, icy blue eyes searching for the source. A hooded figure emerged from the miasma, approaching him, shrouded in a heavy grey cloak and robes of elven make. A leather-bound grimore was tucked beneath one arm, a Serpentine shield bound tightly to the other.

“Sir Yalp,” Nicholas bowed his head respectfully to the Town Guard. “It is good to see you here.”

“And you, my friend,” Yalp replied mirthlessly, powerless to hide the bleakness in his features. The Guards black Dreadmare trotted up next to the Knights. “They’ve been attacking farms and outlying villages for the past hour now, but they’ve not attacked us directly.”

“It is only a matter of time,” Nicholas murmured, turning his gaze south. “They are hoping we will spread out.”

Yalp nodded, his eyes shadowed by the heavy cowl. “Do you think we have any chance of winning?”

“Light only knows,” Nicholas placed his heavy hand upon the Guards shoulder. “We’ve been through much worse.” Yalp nodded, but he did not seem convinced.

The Guard slipped his hand into his pocket, producing a sealed envelope. “If I fall,” he murmured absently. “Please, deliver this to my family.”

Nicholas hesitated a moment. He wanted to laugh. Bitterness filled his thoughts. Who said he would be alive to deliver such a letter when all is said and done? If Lady Fahnzjell’s words were any indication, if the foretelling of Cantabrigian’s widow spoke true, then his own story was coming to an end. But then, he thought back to his own letter, all those things he still wanted to say. The Knight took the envelope, reluctantly slipping the note into his saddlebag.

“Thank you,” Yalp breathed with relief, having obviously sensed Nicholas’ hesitation.



“You’re welcome,” Nicholas murmured absently, his thoughts returning home. To his reason for living. “Be safe, my friend.”

And that is when they attacked.

The scream, like some violent bird of prey, ripped through the ashen skies above. A blast of wind, like a tempest rising off the waters surface, hit the two riders like a wall of bricks. The Knight looked up just in time to see the bloated monstrosity descend through the haze, a fireball hurling from its great maw, crashing violently into the throng of defenders beneath it. Screams tore through the air, as the immolating forms of men and women alike leapt from the rooftop to the streets below.

Nicholas’ horse screamed, and before he knew it he was falling, tumbling out of his saddle back onto the cobblestone street below. He felt the ground rush up to meet him. The air knocked from his lungs as he landed hard upon his back.

“Fire,” someone shouted above the din. “Fire, damn you!” Arrows and Bolts of Conjured Lightning leapt from their hands up at the bloated reptile, most simply bouncing off its thick, armored hide. The Dragon beat its leathery wings, slowing its descent, landing with a heavy thud upon the roof of the bank below, launching yet another fireball into their ranks.

“Kill for your supper,” Yalp barked, smacking the flank of his Dreadmare Steed. The demon horse snorted and clawed the ground with its hooves, charging forward towards the Crimson Dragon while its rider turned his attention towards Nicholas. “We can’t be having you lying around like this,” he smirked, resting his hand upon the Knights forehead. “In Mani.” Nicholas felt a wave of cold rush through his body, as if he had been thrown into a frozen pond. He felt his bruises heal, the deep gashes from the night before. He felt his senses revive, alive again.

Arlon dug his heels into the war bears flank, knocking another arrow into his bow as the creature rounded the brick building. “Parisa, Kathryn,” he shouted. “The eyes!”



Parisa nodded fiercely, aiming her bow at the beasts face. “This is for Heaven’s Forge!”



Nicholas sprinted forward, tearing the cruciform blade from its sheath as he dove between the Crimson Dragon’s legs. The Knight swung the weapon like an axe, hewing fiercely, leaving a deep hollow in the creature’s exposed hamstring. The reptile roared in anger, thrashing about as the muscle in its leg tore. Black blood poured from the gruesome wound, splashing upon the pavement below.



“Watch out,” a voice screamed. Nicholas leapt free of the thrashing creature, pivoting on the ball of his foot, both hands gripping the hilt of his weapon. The monstrosity lurched forward, its skin bubbling, festering. It burst.

The ensuing explosion tore through their ranks, a conflagration that engulfed the surrounding buildings and threw the cities defenders off their feet.



Zackarias’ eyes flickered to the skies above. “Damian,” he shouted, lowering his bloody zweihander. “Over there. Look! On the horizon.”

Damian followed the young Knights eyes, searching the skies above. And then he spotted them. “The cavalry has arrived,” he laughed.

On the horizon, a mass of Platinum Dragons appeared in the distance. Their wings outstretched, their scales gleaming brightly in the midday sun, an army of reptiles descending upon the battlefield.



With the aid of the Platinum Dragons, the defenders were able to push back the Shadowlord Faction and save the City of Old Britain. But they never anticipated the price others would have to pay for their salvation, or the sorrowful task that would lay before them.





Stay tuned for The End Game Part 2: The Sorrowful Task.

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Please Re-Deed Your Veteran Reward Statues
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Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2009, 12:12 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Please Re-Deed Your Veteran Reward Statues


Chrissay Zeeman

19 Sep 2009 18:09:20 EST



Due to a recent issue we are asking all players to re-deed their veteran reward statues. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused




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MULTI MILLIONAIRES at Pet Auction !
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MULTI MILLIONAIRES at Pet Auction !



Tonight was the first pet auction held at the Chicken Fight Club.

CFC has been around many years giving much entertainment to the people of Great Lakes and tonight was another example of it.
It appears all the high rollers turned out to bid on these creatures and the gold was flowing!

Lakin was first in the ring to welcome everyone to this ground breaking event.



The house was filled with CFC members including Bow Man, Winter Kairn, Lady Anok Libertine and of course rachel.
FCB will be uniting with CFC so FCB had a strong force there including Nikita and Lord Fish King. Gem arrived just before the first pet was on the block. She arrived dressed in deep burgandys and headed to the deep red benches. This girl obviously wants to look her best and found just right color keyed bench to go with her outfit.

BriarRose was lending a hand to this event by being the auctioneer and she did a great job. At times she was overwhelmed by the fast and furious bids coming her way but she never missed a beat.

A wide variety of creatures went for auction and the first was a chicken names B Greater Chicken. It was one of the lowest sales of the night going for only 250k. Then again 250k for a chicken is not cheap, lol.



It was the Cu's and Greater Dragons that went for the big bucks. Hannah purchased a beautiful Cu for 12 million. Even a freshly tamed untrained Greater Dragon went for millions. It did have good stats of course.

In between pet sales Gold Digger did trivia with gold prize rewards and Lord Clark did jokes. Hard to get jokes but highly amusing.

It was so nice to see The Tradesman's Guild, CFC and FCB working together.

Towards the end of the event Gem ( or was it Lakin ) announced the new name of the joined effort of CFC and FCB. It was a contest with the winner getting ten million dollars. With that kind of prize money even I could not resist sending in submissions. I sent in five but the winning name was provided by Ra'Dian Fi'Gith.




This was not a poor mans event but paid well for all the hard work the tamers put into training these beasts.
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Lady Dawn Defeats Shadowlords
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Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009, 7:35 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
On behalf of the UO Baja News Team I apologize for this delayed report! I hope that this brief report will bring everyone up to date on recent events that have led to Lady Dawn's ascendancy to the throne of Britannia.

Lady Dawn and her supporters gathered once again in the cellar in Vesper to prepare a strike into the underground lair of the Shadowlords. According to Lady Dawn, the Shadowlords were preparing to create a new Gem of Immortality.

The fierce battle fought by the Crimson Dragons had given Lady Dawn enough time to create a diversion and create an advantage for her warriors. After a moving speech, Lady Dawn opened a portal to the Temple on Fire Island and stood on the Altar. Together with her warriors, Lady Dawn created a means to enter the lair of the Shadowlords.

Inside the lair, we faced intense resistance from manifestations of the Shadowlords that haunted every corridor. It seemed like hours before we were close to the chamber that hid the enormous fire ruby and also the three Shadowlords themselves: Nosfrentor, Astaroth and Fauleni. The defeat of the three Shadowlords had an additional outcome for the Shadowlords faction, they lost their hidden room!

Working together, we separated the Shadowlords from their manifestations, defeating them. After the Shadowlords were dead Lady Dawn took the Fire Ruby from the pedestal. Later the destruction of the fire ruby by Lady Dawn caused Lord Casca to die instantly.

The demise of the Shadowlords by Lady Dawn and the destruction of the Fire Ruby transformed our realm overnight by rending asunder Fire Island. Now that the way has been opened to Ter Mur through the volcano on Fire Island vast new lands and possibilities lay before us as Lady Dawn is crowned our Queen!
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Xitara's Assault a Success!
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Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009, 6:56 PM EDT by Nh'bdy (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
The mysterious wisp, information broker of the Xorinite dimension, sent a large force from the Isles Verity into the depths of what was later identified as Fire. The caverns were lined with peculiar new inhabitants, spawned from the mysterious power of the Eye of the Oracle, familiar foes such as the Shadow Fiend of the Unseen, Balron, Minotaur, and peculiar giant gargoyles!

The wisp's force was met finally with a strange posse of glowing red foes, each appearing to hold some strange rank in the demonic caste system. Xitara had mentioned that dispatching these foes would goad the true enemy into combat, Loathric the Damnded! The beast stood as the Oracle had said, two men tall with teeth like spears, and so the battle began.



And lasted for some time. A very long some time. Three lifetimes, at least, probably more, due, in no small part, to the incompetence of some mages and tamer's animal companions, but eventually, the beast was defeated. Three items were recovered in varying amounts, Scrolls of Demonic Empowerment, Fragments of the Eye of the Oracle, and the Eye! Recovered by the noble Lady Ghost in exchange for the Oracle's complete divination and a rune of blessing. Truly a peculiar evening, but perhaps the most troubling, the Arcane Guardian is in some form of imprisonment, the realm awaits word from the Oracle and the Wisp on the matter.
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Town Guards Report Another Robbery
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Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009, 6:42 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

(Another note was found pegged to the guard tower near West Britain Bank)

** Notice to all merchants, tradesmen, and citizens of Britain **

Yet another robbery has taken place in the town of Britain, this time during the early hours of Saturday morning. The rogue’s target was the Artist’s Guild building, located next door to the West Bank of Britain. According to the information I gathered from Emilio the Tortured Artist, the Artist’s Guild was looted of several valuable paintings that were due to come up for auction in the coming week. The paintings are estimated to be worth at least 50,000 gold pieces each (according to the proprietor). The thief, seemingly unable to pick the lock to the front doors, smashed a back window and gained entrance. Anyone with information regarding the missing artwork is to contact the Town Guards immediately.

Furthermore, all citizens are being asked to report the whereabouts of a suspicious individual who goes by the alias of both Joe, and Repo Man. He is wanted for questioning relating to the robbery of the Premier Gems shop last week.

Signed,

Corporal Brackus and the Town Guards

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 Related link: Corporal Brackus Reports Premier Gems Robbery

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Meet & Greet With Dawn
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Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009, 2:26 PM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
WHEN? Sunday 20th September at 8pm UK Time
WHERE? Castle British

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Matters of the throne
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Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009, 1:37 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
From the Golden Brew Tavern

Matters of the throne Saturday, September 19, 2009 By Elias Ashmole

Sitting in front of a mirror, Dawn reflected upon the events of the past several days. She had not expected things to turn this way. It was always her intention to rebuild her cottage in Yew and retire after Casca had been defeated. However, a part of her also knew that it is never simple when it comes to matters of the throne.

Now that Casca had been defeated, her camp had turned into a make-shift capital of the political landscape of the kingdom. It witnessed a constant queue of nobles wishing to meet her. It disgusted her how many of them were willing to install her as a queen, often with a misguided notion that she could be manipulated simply because she was a woman. While others with more lofty ambitions and standing sought her alliance for their own star.

She sighed as she heard another set of feet shuffling in, but soon it was replaced with a smile when she saw who it was. If there was one positive aspect to this entire situation, then it was the friendship she had been able to cultivate with Aino Nystad.

Dawn: Ahh, Aino! I feared that you were yet another haughty lord seeking to provide guidance.
Aino: Casca and Bartalbe’s remains have been sent for a proper burial as requested, m’lady. *pauses* If I may say so, your reluctance to take charge will only encourage the vultures!
Dawn: Not you, as well! By the virtues, I have no desire to be the queen!
Aino: Perhaps, the virtues require you to sacrifice your desires. *smiles sadly*
Dawn: Sacrifice… *sighs*
Aino: You know, as well as me, how volatile an empty throne can be. I urge you to set aside your reluctance, m’lady!
Dawn: *frowns* What about the people? Why should they accept me, or anyone else, as their leader?
Aino: You enjoy the support of not only the royal guards, but also most of the citizens. Your past deeds have earned you that much. *nods*
Aino: It is true that many will not embrace you with open arms yet. The wounds inflicted by Casca remain fresh. But, I suspect that they will give you a fair chance.
Dawn looked aside, as her hand started to brush her own hair. It was then that she discovered that, in her heart, she agreed with Aino. But, yet she remained hesitant. Few moments later, a smile ran across her face as she realized that there was no turning back now.
Dawn: I agree with your words, Aino. But I have a pledge and a condition.
Aino: m’lady? *raises her eyebrow*
Dawn: First, a pledge between two friends. *draws her breath*
Dawn: If Lord British were to ever return to our lands, I pledge upon my honor to step aside. *pauses as she feels a weight lifted from her shoulders simply by the act of saying those words*
Dawn: As for my condition… You, Lady Nystad, will oversee the coronation.
Aino: *gasps* m’lady, that would prove to be quite a scandal! My family has no status. Surely, you can find a noble of an appropriate lineage.. a paladin of Trinsic, perhaps?
Dawn: *shakes her head* I have made up my mind. I do not care for the political implications of this move. You, and your brother, have proven your loyalty to the people of Britannia. Not only that, but you have gained my trust and friendship. That should count for more than bloodlines.
Aino: *kneels down shaking* It would be my utmost honor to serve you… my queen!

Event Announcement Sunday 20th, 3:00 PM PST

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

A new era begins as the new sun rises! All friends and well-meaning folks are welcome to the throne room in Lord British’s castle this Sunday afternoon. Come watch Lady Dawn take a pledge to serve Sosaria. Come and listen to your new queen! Lady Aino Nystad, commander of the Town Guards, has requested that any Town Guards available be present in proper uniform and decorum.

Elias Ashmole, Lady Dawn’s Herald
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FoF: I'll take Stygian Abyss for $200 Alex
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Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009, 4:02 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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FoF: I'll take Stygian Abyss for $200 Alex

Chrissay Zeeman


September 18, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover...


Are we EVER going to get the guard zones back in faction towns? On Siege one can't do escorts unless you can gate (only one escort town has a moongate). You have made half our towns unusable removing access to heartwood, community collections, and 60% of our gateable stables. Ten months is far too long to mess up Siege like this.


Yes, I would expect this to return as part of the Live development cycle (hey look! I got to say it twice!)
-Draconi


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When will the spring cleaning point rewards end? Will we be given notice first?? Will it run again so those that were unable to get all the armor pieces still be able to?


Hmm, we don’t really have any plans to just turn off the reward givers anytime soon. Should we?
-Draconi


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With the release of SA, there will obviously be new events to participate in. With that in mind, are there plans to improve things technically to reduce the uber-lag that always goes hand in hand with the events?


You know, this is something I think we can do by more carefully structuring events.


I think many will remember the Trial of Ricardo being almost completely lag free, even with 100+ people gathered in the same room. We had written very specific control scripts to keep things calm, which massively reduced screen refreshes and network traffic. Compare that to the Mad Mage event, where there were over 400+ on screen at a time, which actually activated the dormant telestorming code. *I* got telestormed while I was trying to activate the code word to turn it on!

Please can doubleclicking a throwing weapon for hide and pile of wool.
Wow, that makes total sense, especially since they’re edged!
-Draconi


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I got Stygian Abyss and after using the promotional code I have recieved amongst other things "a vollem held in crystal." Without wasting this one time use, what does it do please?


Ah! This is your special gargoyle pet, a Vollem. This pet insta-bonds to you once you release it from the crystal, and otherwise acts like a normal pet. The reason this is special is that the only other way to obtain Vollems in the game is to complete the Sutek mini-quests and craft a golem version (which has to be repaired, and can’t be bonded).
-Draconi


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I've noticed that 75 Imbuing is required to build a soul forge. How are mule characters supposed to get to a soul forge to gain in Imbuing if the only entrance to Ter Mur is through a dungeon? It seems to be a very difficult trek for a character with no battle skills. Will it be possible to purchase soul forges from an "emissary" npc somewhere in Trammel or Malas?


I think we’re just going to change this to be a bit more reasonable.
-Draconi


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Don't forget to check the Community Spotlight for player run events and Fansite news.


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Submit your questions for the Five on Friday here.


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First Contact
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Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009, 3:51 AM EDT by Avenhar (QuestandEventNews)
First Contact

Start Date: To Be Determined
End Date: To Be Determined


Additional Information

Queen Zhah took the scroll her royal guard was presenting her. Their eyes met for a brief second as she silently thanked him with a slight nod. The guard lowered his eyes respectfully and with a slow bow of the head, as he quietly exited the room.

The Queen ran her fingers over the seal that bound the exquisite parchment the message was written on. She had seen such a seal before in the archives… a seal not of this world. The room was filled with tension as her Council stood staring at her intently, no doubt as curious as she was about the content of the missive. But were they as concerned?

She broke the seal and began to read. When she finished, she exhaled loudly and realized she had been holding her breath. She hoped it didn’t reveal the extent of the relief she was feeling. She lifted her eyes from the parchment and offered a restrained smile to Surnem, her Minister of Magic.

“Her name is Dawn.” she said calmly, then looked around the room at Hon-Aur, her Minister of Commerce and Uskadesh, her Minister of War, observing their reaction.

“Dawn?” repeated Surnem, with curiosity. “Yes. She’s the leader of our… visitors. Their Queen.” replied Queen Zhah. “She sends her respects and requests the pleasure of meeting with the leader of the magnificent world her people recently discovered.”

“She wants to come here?” inquired Hon-Aur. “No. This is an invitation to come visit her palace in the lands beyond the Abyss.” said Queen Zhah. Uskadesh stretched his wings nervously and said much louder than he had intended “This could be a trap!” He winced and lowered his eyes in shame at the scolding look the Queen gave him. He thought to himself “Control, you fool... Control!”

Surnem suppressed the disdainful smile that threatened to blossom on her lips as she shifted her gaze from the chastised Minister of War to her regal Queen. “This could be good for us, my Queen. Since the Elves and the Humans have entered our realm, our battle against the void creatures has been far more successful. The number of new refugees has diminished by almost half!” Hon-Aur walked over to Surnem and stood by her side in sign of support as he declared “Commerce has also exploded everywhere in Ter Mur. Even the Holy City has reported a huge increase in sales and trades. The people are regaining a sense of hope!”

Hope… Queen Zhah wouldn’t let Hon-Aur see how his innocent comment stung her. That the mere appearance of these strangers and rumors of a foreign Queen would give her people more hope than she has despite all her sacrifices and all her struggle to protect them…

She walked off to one of the terraces of her palace and her Council followed her quietly. Down below, Humans, Elves and Gargoyles were noisily going about their business. It had been a long time since there had been such joyous activity in the City. “Passion and Diligence, Zhah… for the people” she thought to herself. She resolutely turned to Uskadesh and in a tone that suffered no arguments she said “Prepare my royal escort. We leave in the morning. Surnem, round up your Mystics and find a way to rebuild the gate.” She turned her back to them again to face the city. Dismissed, they left without another word.

“Hope…” she whispered.


-Sakkarah
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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009, 3:47 AM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

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Community Spotlight

Robert Mull

18 Sep 2009 15:12:43 EST


In this week's community spotlight we have a fan site announcements and events from:



  • All Shards Player Contest
  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Chesapeake
  • Europa
  • Great Lakes
  • Sonoma
  • Whispering Rose

If you have fan site news, an event for your shard, or a suggestion for next week's Community Spotlight please click here. Please ensure your submissions are before Friday 1PM EST.



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Shadows of the Fall
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Posted on Friday, September 18, 2009, 9:21 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

from goldenbrewtavern.com

Shadows of the Fall
Saturday, September 19, 2009
By EMPallando

Madness and pain strangled Trubo as he staggered into his quarters, his body feverish and drenched in sweat. The powerful forces shackling his will had begun to come undone, threatening to shatter his frail sanity as it unwillingly unraveled.

With the defeat of the mercenaries and the disappearance of the arcanists, all was now laid bare. The Crimson Wing had been driven back and the hold of Trubo’s new dark masters over him now slowly but agonizingly withdrew.

Now was Trubo’s chance to break free.

Collapsing to all fours, Trubo wrestled within himself. The seemingly untouchable and indestructible gem that hung around his taut neck glowed with a such a radiance as to illuminate the whole of his quarters, attempting to reassert its forced control.

Then its surface began to split.

Feeling the tips of his fingers and nails grind painfully away as he strained and clawed against the stone floor, Trubo put forth his last effort.

Then in a single lucid moment, through sheer force of will, his eyes and nose shedding streams of blood, he cried in agony, peeling away the veil over his mind, revealing the will that had been stolen from him.

With a ringing sound as its ear piercing death wail, the brilliant blue gem cracked and finally shattered, its pieces releasing a thin blue smoke as their glow faded.

But when Trubo looked he did not find himself, he found only what the magic forced upon him had uncovered in its passing. Only the darkness, and the evil, and the malice of a merciless heart awaited him. His past, that in his lethargy, he had worked to subdue and forget, washed over him now in a wave of reawakened power, old atrocities, and memories of death and slaughter that he could never entirely escape from. The visage of his former self, a being of such mighty splendor and immense power, craving only the execution of its late masters will, erupted from the buried catacombs of Trubo’s mind, and reaching out its dark hand, seized Trubo by the very soul.

And this time, he could not resist.

Only a scant few moments passed before Trubo stood up, blinking and feeling his eyes adjust and his aching body settle, as if he had awoken from a long dream.

The door to his quarters opened, “Lord Emissary, I–”

Instinctively and without thought, Trubo turned and gripped the young servant by the throat and in a single gutwrenching pull, tore his windpipe out. The servant fell forward without a sound, his open neck pooling the stone with blood.

Pausing only to look at the broken piece of flesh he now held, Trubo looked up and left his quarters, smiling as felt old emotions return to him. Feelings of satisfaction, of a longing at last fulfilled.

None contested his going and before the moon had fully risen, Trubo had calmly strode into the forest, drawn to where he should have always been.

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FoA Treasury (Museum) Moves To Ter Mur
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Posted on Friday, September 18, 2009, 4:21 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
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Royal City Of Ter Mur
September 18, 2009

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After walking in Zento I noticed the Museum seemed to have vanished. I
later found the museum in its new home of Ter Mur. I had the opportunity
to contact Solus, the owner of the museum to ask him a few questions
about one of Chesapeakes largest Museums. The new location is directly
East of the Ter Mur Moongate.


Why has the FoA Treasury / Museum moved to Ter Mur?

I moved the house because the atmosphere in Ter Mur seemed much more
fitting. The amount of travel it will see, will be increased once the moongate
is activated. More people will be visiting Ter Mur than they did with Zento.

What kind of items does the museum collect?

I collect any EM Items/Sever Births/Shard wide community event
items/Seer Items. My goal is to help show the history of each shard
through the items that were found during their events. I try not to
divulge into the history of each item, because I find the time researching
and reading the history of the event and the item is much more fun and
informative.

The museum seems very well organized.
Do you have a certain way of displaying items?

I do not have set standards to display the items. I am not the best
decorator around, but I try to make everything flow. I do admit, the most
rare items will usually be found on the first floor.

What is the most historic item in the Museum?

Fiction wise in the game, the Treachery is probably the most historic.
It was Lord Blackthorns "claw" after all.

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Do you have any new displays recently added to the museum?

I have added several new items from around various shards. The items are
mostly from recent events these shards have had the past couple months.

What is your favorite display and why?

They are all my favorite. Some items do hold a deeper meaning for me.
Maidens Heart + Silver Plated Skull because they were items I received
myself on Chessy. Treachery + Gem of Immortality because of the fiction
behind the two items.

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Give us a look into how you decide what goes into the museum
and how you obtain the item for display.

Obtaining the items is no easy task. First off there is a large Rares
community that helps keep track of when a shard has an Event Item.
Then the next task is to post/travel to that shard to find the item and
track down someone who owns it. Negotiating is the hardest part, working
out a deal that satisfies both parties. Once you finalize your deal, you of
course need to pack up the gold, and travel to and from the shard. For
items over 100m in value, there are also trust issues. You have to discuss
and figure out the safest way for both parties to trade. Sometimes this
requires a broker to step in and help.

Has the museum ever donated any decorative items to any outside communities?

I do try to add to the community as much as I can. While true, I
unfortunately cannot hand out the big rares, anything I can do to
add to the shard community I will try my best. If something is needed,
please ask Gareth to pass it on to me, and I will see what can be done.

I also am aware some people may take that with a grain of salt considering
how harsh I am on EM Vladimere, I want to reiterate, items in my collection
are usually never for sell. When I get upset at Vladimere for being the only
shard at the moment to NOT give Event Items, I am upset because we have
no pieces of history to take home with us. Greed rules the world, but for
me, it is about taking home a piece of history so I can show others history
of our shard and others.


A peak at the first floor of the FoA Treasury. This is all but a small part of
the entire display area which is every tile in the building. If you want to see
more you are just going to have to visit the FoA Treasury. Thank you
Solus for taking the time to answer our questions and giving Chesapeake
an insight of how the museum works and what it has to offer.

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The Eye of the Oracle
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Posted on Friday, September 18, 2009, 10:45 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
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The Eye of the Oracle

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 6:00 PM EST

Xitara the Wisp returns to Moonglow with dire news! The Eye of the Oracle is being slowly drained of its powers by Loathric the Damned, who is close to attaining the powers of a god. Loathric and his vast army of empowered daemons must be stopped! The Xorinites have prepared a diversion to gain entrance into the sanctum of Loathric, there is hope that the Eye of the Oracle will be found if Loathric is slain.

Notes: This event will take place in Britannia not the Abyss. The newly discovered tome in the Lycaeum has clues and information about the event and storyline. The dark tome taken by the bone mage has different information which may also prove useful.

See: The Arcane Guardians storyline for more information.


Location : Moonglow Bank, Trammel

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New Hall of Champions design chosen!
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Posted on Friday, September 18, 2009, 3:14 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
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Well, we got a few great submissions for the reconstruction of the Lake Superior Hall of Champions. It took much thought, and a great deal of debate, but in the end there was really only one submission that truly captured what was needed in an award hall.

Congratulations Nathan Winfall! Nathan’s design best captured both a sense of style and functionality. We think as our new Hall, this design will serve us well for a long time to come.

Construction on the Hall has been started, and we hope to have it completed quite soon.

Taken from: http://www.emquantum.com/LakeSuperior/
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Ellena Feels Good !
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Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009, 7:07 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Todays guest is Ellena Feelgood. Let us see what she/he has to say.





How did you first hear about UO and how long have you been playing?

I first saw a friend playing UO at his house and I was immediatly hooked. That was in 1999. I played for 2 years then quit due to pc and connection problems. I came back almost 2 years ago and resumed my addiction, although so much has changed.

What was the name of the very first UO character you created?
Taran Bigfellow was my first char I ever created on any shard and yes it was on Great Lakes

I often ask people the inspiration for character names and Ellena Feelgood is a unique one. What inspired this name ?
Ok here is where it takes a left turn.... Ellena Feelgood was my future wife's char on Runescape. A crude UO type game. This was actually her acct, I sucked her into my addiction as well. I now play her account because mine is perm banned.I unknowingly bought I'm guessing were dupped items from an online website. I was in possession of whatever was dupped and my acct was banned.I protested but to no avail.I almost completely quit because I lost like 50 mil, my large tower (everything in it) and countless items, but stuck it out. That happened bout a year ago and I'm still upser about it, but oh well.

What are Ellena's skills?
Animal Taming 120, Magery 115, Animal Lore 100, Eval 100, Med 100,Vet 100, Chiv 50 Resist 40

Where does Ellena spend most of her time on Great Lakes ?
Peerless with Blanc :)

What are you most excited about with the new expansion?
I'm excited about the possibilities of imbuing

Which location do you think is the most beautiful or visually stimulating in the realm?
Odd but I like Umbra.. Dark and gloomy :)

What is your favorite color?
Blue


If you were to win the lottery in real life what would be the first thing you would do?
Buy my girl a new car, I'm tierd of fixing her p.o.s.

What do you admire most in a friend?
Trust

What is your favorite junk food or food weakness ?
Nilla Wafers and milk

Who is your favorite hero in fiction ?
Jack Burton. Played by Kurt Russell in Big Trouble in Little China.. Always loved that movie

Who are your heros in real life ?
My father, he always knows what to do or say

What was the last book you read ?
National Electrical Code Book for 2008, boring but that's the last book I read

What is your motto?
I'll give my left arm to help a friend, but burn me and I'm done with you
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The Lycaeum Was Robbed Last Night!
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Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009, 10:02 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
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The Lycaeum Was Robbed Last Night!
By Teryn the Monk



Shortly after midnight, I patrolled the empty hall of the Lycaeum as part of my duties as a monk. As I approached the eastern hall, I noticed a something moving in the darkness beyond the sandstone archway. I could hear the clattering of bones and thought that a skeleton had wandered in from the Moonglow Cemetery.

I lifted up my lantern and saw a bone mage searching through the bookcases. The bone mage turned towards me and began to chant words of power I have never heard before. Intense magical fire outlined the bone mage’s skeletal fingers as it hurled a potent spell at me. I ducked behind the sandstone walls and called for help, my skin was badly burned from the bone mage’s spell and my robe was on fire!

Then a disembodied voice rang out through the Lycaeum “That is it! Take the tome and flee quickly. You have been seen fool; take the tome where it will be well protected but not where it will be linked to us.”


The other monks searched the grounds but found nothing of the bone mage. All of the books were accounted for, except one. According to our records the missing book is known only as document #3458. Many have attempted to decipher the mysterious missing book, but all have described it as an obscure volume of dark magic.

The monks of the Lycaeum are asking that anyone finding the missing book exercise extreme caution. The book itself is believed to be cursed, and the intentions of the bone mage, and the entity, it serves are unknown
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Origin to be brought down for Pub 60.1
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Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009, 12:51 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com




Origin to be brought down for Pub 60.1


Chrissay Zeeman

16 Sept 2009



With the UO Herald down we still wanted to inform our players that we will be bringing Origin down for Publish 60.1 at 5:00PM EST. Notes will be posted at a later date.




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[SHE] AUCTION FIFTH BIRTHDAY PARTY BASH!!! 9/19
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Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 11:00 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
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She Guild Five Year Birthday Bash!
Written by: Rivi




CHESAPEAKES VERY OWN [SHE] GUILD IS PLEASED TO PRESENT:
The [SHE] AUCTION FIFTH BIRTHDAY PARTY BASH!!!
Tune in all day to Whispering Rose Radio as the will
have live broadcast of the events!!!!
(Directions at the bottom of the post)

Schedule/Activities
ALL EVENTS START AT [SHE] AUCTION HOUSE. PLEASE BE AT LEAST 15 MINS EARLY FOR EACH EVENT.

All Time Eastern Standard Time
  • 3:30 to 4:30 Boat Race
  • 4:30 to 5:30 Icy Maze
  • 5:30 to 6:30 Scavenger Hunt
  • 7:00 pm [SHE] Auction

(No charge to sell and lots of gold to give away)

Prizes:
  • There are 5 prizes per [SHE] event
  • Boat Race 5 mil, 3 mil, 1 mil, 500k, 500k
  • Icy patch 5 mil, 3 mil, 1 mil, 500k, 500k
  • Scavenger Hunt 5 mil, 3 mil, 1 mil, 500k, 500k
  • All prizes for the afternoon events will given out the [SHE] Auction, at 7:00pm.

AFTER THE AUCTION STICK AROUND FOR WHISPERING ROSE RADIO’S
FAVORITE GAME SHOW “NAME THAT TUNE".




Join us for a day of FUN!!!!!!

Directions if you miss the gates or runes that will be everywhere!!!

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Partisans: Part 10
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Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 5:47 PM EDT by Watchertoo (CommunityNews)
FINALLY another chapter in the Partisan saga ... You can view the prior parts of Partisans here. Thank you Nonel Topd!
Partisans: Part 10                                         

          The wretched stench scorched his nostrils, and Nonel felt helpless to stop it. It had been weeks since the battle in Vesper, and yet the smell of burnt flesh and infected wounds seemed to envelop him everywhere he went. He tried to remind himself that it was all in his head.

          The invasions have been halted, and yet many True Britannians, even Partisans, have failed to return from the massacre. Some are dead. Others missing. Many of the ones whom returned have chosen desertion.

          Hawksley, George, and Lil’ Snapper never did leave the battlefield at Vesper. Grace O’Malley, grief-stricken in the violent manner of Hawksley’s death, has left the Resistance. Furious over the way the True Britannians conducted themselves, Dilligaf denounced the Commanding Lord, and hasn’t been heard from since.

          Pepe had the worst of it. As a bloodied and unconscious Nonel was being dragged away by a group of Ophidians; Pepe launched himself into a suicidal attack to try and save him. He somehow survived the conflagration he started, and even managed to save his brother. But Pepe watched in horror as several of the remaining True Britannian soldiers burned to their deaths in the fire he created. He fell well beyond his mental breaking point and has temporarily left the Resistance to seek personal pleasures in Nujel’m.

          Nonel sighed as the great stress of ever altering events weighed upon him. He never was a man that accepted change. The Minocian Partisan Resistance was now in shambles and the thief knew little of how to help revive it. The monumental debacle of the Battle of Vesper has left many a soul wandering.

          The True Britannians as a whole are a wreck. Many that survived the battle have turned against their leadership. Most feel they never should have been involved in protecting a fake Vesper; a town of the Trammel facet. Indeed the True Britannians have charged themselves with the protection of the good people still living in the Felucca facet. Few have ever forgiven the Throne for what they felt was a betrayal to their people in creating Trammel and abandoning Felucca to the murderous hordes.

          The Commanding Lord, Lore Denin, sustained grievous injuries during the battle. As such, he’s been in poor position to try to quell the current uproar from within the True Britannian ranks. They are a militia, and as such will always be subject to the opinions and feelings of those that comprise it.

          The invasions of the Servants of the Shadowlords, and their beast allies, upon the Trammel facet has ended. The king, Lord Casca, now lay dead. The Shadowlords themselves have been defeated, yet the army of men who still support their ways are fighting on within Felucca as strong as ever.

          The debate on who would now lead Britannia was of little concern to Nonel. The lands in Trammel would always have their days of glory and their nightmares. The lands in Felucca, however, were only going to get worse. Such is the way of things in Britannia. This is his home, and he will do what is necessary to protect and secure it.

          Yes, he now understands why marching a True Britannian army to the defense of Trammel was a poor choice. He now understands that the Royal Guard and the many militiamen of that false land would never do the same for them. He now understands Felucca has been left behind, and the people within it must do what is necessary to survive.

          What a shame, Nonel thought as he finished off the bottle of liquor he had been swigging. He spent every last coin he had for this grand new tavern to be built for the Resistance, and now the Resistance was just three old crooks. Nonel shattered his bottle upon the nearest wall as he staggered for the door.

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The End Game Prologue: Freedom Fighters [Updated]
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Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 2:28 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
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The End Game Prologue: Freedom Fighters

By WarderDragon



“Come,” he murmured to her in tones of quiet steel. The Templar’s cold blue eyes flickered absently over his shoulder, descending upon the woman approaching him from behind. “It is your responsibility to be here, but I doubt they will be waiting for us.” She nodded silently.

Nicholas Tarrant descended the wide staircase down into the basement beneath Vesper’s Tannery, his heavy leather boots landing upon each creaking floorboard with a soft thud. The man moved like a large predator, Magdalena thought absently, his chilling eyes scanning the dimly lit room like a beast stalking its prey. That face was made from stony planes and angles, weathered but unlined despite the grey in his hair. He made Blackthorn’s palace guards look like cur dogs, the way he wore his sword, as though it were a part of him.

She followed close behind, blinking, wide brown eyes unaccustomed to the heavy darkness that now enveloped them. It had only been a couple nights since their confrontation with the Necromancer, Lord Asimov. Only a couple nights since Nicholas’ revelation, revealing just who he truly was. The Queen Heiress knew that there were dangers, even here amongst her friends, unassociated with the false king and his shadowy masters. Another evil that loomed upon the horizon, biding its time, waiting until the appropriate moment to reveal its true nature. She absently touched the hilt of her axe, fingers caressing the smooth, familiar handle. The man thought of himself as her Protector, her Warder in a sense, but he fought recklessly with no regard for his own safety. Only the safety of his friends, those he loved. And that, she thought, would be his downfall. He had the Dark Ones own luck, but someday that wouldn’t be enough.

One day, she thought bitterly, she would be the one protecting him.

She felt the cold, familiar touch of the Templar’s fingers in the darkness, as though he had sensed her thoughts. There was an old saying in Valderia, he thought to himself. [I]Better to have one woman at your side than ten men.[/I] Better still, he mused, a woman with an axe that could swipe a Dark Elf's head clean off.

“Sir Tarrant?” a voice called out in the darkness. Zackarias stood up, lifting the vein of his lantern, rays of golden light filling the small antechamber as the pair descended the last step. “And Lady Canzione? You’re just on time.”

“Carai an Rahien,” Nicholas said dryly, catching the Blue Knight’s free hand in his.

“Carai an Valderia, Gaidin,” Zackarias smiled, shaking the older man’s hand. “Kullervo hasn’t arrived yet.

“Kullervo?” Magdalena asked.

“Yes,” Zackarias replied as he turned from Nicholas. The Knight of Dawn crossed his arm over his chest, offering a formal bow to the Queen Heiress. “Sir Nystad was the one who called the meeting.” He rose, looking to Nicholas. “But no one seems to know why.”

Nicholas nodded, his eyes flickering absently to the door. “And our friend?”

Zackarias smiled. “Not here fortunately,” the Knight of the Blue Rose replied. It was the sort of smile that hid a dark secret, one shared between the two Knights. “But some of his cohorts are. You know who I’m talking about. Oh, and don’t worry. I doubt even they would start trouble in front of everyone.”

“They have before.” Nicholas looked back to Magdalena, who eyed the grey-haired man questioningly. “I will explain later.” She didn’t look convinced, glaring at his back as he turned away. [I]Men![/I]

Magdalena finally nodded, shifting her gaze to the Blue-cloaked soldier. “Thank you, Sir Pendragon.”

“Anytime, beautiful.” Zackarias beamed, stepping aside, swinging the heavy wooden door open for them with a loud groan. The familiar voices of several individuals rushed out to greet their ears. Talk of dissent and rebellion, war against a much hated tyrant emitting from the brightly lit common room. Nicholas nodded politely to Zackarias as he entered through the portal. Magdalena followed close behind.

“Lady Magdalena?” Zackarias asked.

She stopped in the doorframe. “Yes, Sir Knight?”

“Where is Ceno?”

“I…” She breathed. “I don’t know.” The Queen Heiress shifted her eyes to Nicholas’ back, the Templar’s broad shoulders outlined by the light pouring into the room. “Nicholas tells me he is safe.”

Zackarias nodded silently as he looked to Nicholas, worry written across the young man’s face.

Nicholas strode into the common room, his eyes scanning the faces of the familiar and the unfamiliar. They had gathered there, all for the same purpose, although none of them knew what that purpose was. They were rebels, partisans united against the Tyrant King. Knights of the Royal Flush and Diplomats from Vasco’s Scythian Delegation. Brigands and Peers of Foreign Realms. All had received the same mysterious note.

The Templar searched their faces warily as he strode across the room, his broadsword bouncing against his hip as he moved across the floor. The Duchess of Dawn was there, sitting on the stool beside Lady Cymidei Fier of the Dark Tower. An odd combination, he mused silently, but not nearly as strange as the thought of fighting alongside his clan’s ancient adversary. But it was the sidelong glances traded back and fourth between the two women that suggested nothing had changed between them. Those antagonistic feelings were as strong as ever, and it didn’t look like they would change anytime soon.

“Soon,” Formotiis murmured to those near him, adjusting the collar of his heavy blue overcoat. “It shall be time for the blood flow to commence.” Wildstar shifted her gaze to the Dawnite questioningly, who smiled in return as he picked his nails with a kryss. “What I mean, is that the blood of a draconian is a marvel when properly siphoned from the enamel of its host.” The man’s manner was methodical, almost scientific. She nodded in response.

The two women were flanked on either side by Formotiis and Oriana. Formotiis, the Templar had been told, was an old citizen of the Kingdom of Dawn, returned from a long expedition to far away lands. The man had hair as grey as his, dressed in a heavy blue coat and matching cape. The color, the stitching, everything about his wardrobe looked familiar. The traditional garb of some foreign culture, but Nicholas could not say where he recognized it.

Oriana sat on the opposite end of the small row of stools, leaning across the table to Sluggy Freelance. “I talk to myself because, well, there is no one to talk to,” She laughed.

“A Duchess without pie?” a womans voice breathed in mock horror. Nicholas thought he recognized the melodic voice of Lady Sara, but he did not turn around to look as he cut through the crowd, guiding Magdalena by hand.

The Templar looked left. Mashira Anya drummed her fingers impatiently upon the oaken table, frustration filling her fiery eyes. Ayassa, Greyheart, and Chemick talked amongst themselves quietly. The Gypsy simply ignored them, her eyes searching for something.

Nicholas reached beneath one of the tables against the wall, pulling a bar stool out from under it. “Princess,” he murmured. Almost teasingly, Magdalena thought to herself. She mouthed a word of thanks, seating herself upon the firm wooden seat. The Queen Heiress looked up as the Templar Knight leaned over her, murmuring something in her ear. That is when he arrived.

A muffled shout rang out on the other side of the heavy oaken door, followed by a loud crash. Nicholas spun about on the ball of his foot, his sword leaping into his hands with a loud swoosh. The man's ebon shirt clung to his broad shoulders. The eyes of a trained killer, a wolf. The sound of steel scraping against leather and the thudding of bar stools toppling to the floor quickly followed as the door burst open.

Kullervo dug his heels in, his riding boots coming to a screeching halt on the recently polished floor. The Ranger’s eyes went wide at the sight of all the swords pointed in his direction. “Oh,” he breathed, raising his hands into the air. “I’m sorry I’m late!”

Nicholas lowered his broadsword, sliding the weapon back into its sheath at his hip. "Figures," he murmured.

Kullervo lowered his hands, breathing a sigh of relief. “I must apologize for not being here on the said time,” he shouted between breaths. “But I am glad that most of you made it.”

“Oh, it’s alright,” Oriana smiled sweetly. “We were just entertaining ourselves.”

One by one, the gathered began sheathing their weapons, setting the bar stools aright. If looks could kill, Nicholas thought to himself, the Gypsy’s eyes could have bored a whole clean through the ranger’s thick skull.

Kullervo approached the middle of the room, absently rubbing the hilt of his family’s ancient broadsword, Ukko. “I have information from Lady Dawn and Aino that needs to be passed on to you.” It didn’t take Nicholas’ trained eye to tell that the woodsman didn’t feel comfortable indoors, especially crowded amongst so many people. He didn’t belong here. The boy belonged in the wilderness, amongst all the untamed things of the world.

“The Thiefmaster has been able to find some very useful information regarding what the Shadowlords and their servants are planning next,” he continued. “We suspect that they will launch an attack on the other factions with the aid of the Crimson Dragons.”

“The Crimsons?” Yalp spat with contempt.

“Yes. We have reason to believe a massive attack will be launched on the True Britannians tomorrow,” Kullervo shook his head. “To take over the City of Britain in Felucca.”

They began to whisper amongst themselves, whispers of concern. Crimson Dragons? Magdalena looked up to Nicholas. The man’s icy blue eyes seemed to darken.

“The other reason for bringing you here,” Kullervo’s eyes scanned the room. “Is that we expect Lady Dawn to return from her quest in a few days. If not sooner.” He cleared his throat. “I will not say much here, but she will need your assistance at that point.”

Kullervo’s eyes looked grim, matching Nicholas’ own. “If is my hope that Fayaxion and her brood will be able to assist us.” But the man’s voice signaled to the gathering not to expect any such aid.

“So before we get drunk,” Kullervo looked up, brightening somewhat. “We need to talk a little more about the battle that might take place tomorrow. Are there any representatives of the True Britannian Faction here?”

Nicholas looked to his left as Sir Yalp stood, crossing an arm over his chest, a respectful salute directed towards the younger man. “There are True Britannians within my household.”

Kullervo nodded. “I believe that an alliance was made the last time the Shadowlords made a move under Lady Melissa. Does that alliance still stand?”

Yalp’s voice was cold, almost distant. “I believe there are others who might speak better of it.” Kullervo nodded.

“The Avatar of Blood shall soon have his offering,” Formotiis mumbled to himself absently, eliciting a sideways look from his Duchess. There was something strange about the returning Dawnite.

Kullervo eyed the two Dawnites, his eyes narrowed suspiciously. “If the Crimson Dragon’s are assisting them,” he continued. “We need to be united. Are there any questions regarding this?”

Handalf cleared his throat. “We shall fight them on the beaches,” he uttered in a deep, monotone voice. “We shall fight them in the streets.” He puffed out his chest proudly. "Beneath the Chicken Banner we shall ride to battle."

With a loud and impetuous groan, the wooden door opened again, this time to admit Lady Fahnzjell. The Queen-Consorts ebon skirts raked the floor as she moved quietly through the crowd towards Nicholas and Magdalena. “Greetings, my children,” she murmured gently to the pair.

“Your Majesty,” The Knight replied softly, crossing his arm over his chest, offering her a ceremonious bow. “We have been expecting you, Lady Fahnzjell.” He rose. “I need to talk…” Nicholas trailed off as a sharp voice cut through the common room. A familiar voice to his ears, one that he knew all too well, but one unfamiliar to him at the same time. Magdalena looked up, watching in surprise as those wolf-like eyes shot to the voices source, hate filling those icy pools.

“The Dark Tower will fight for the Crimson Dragons,” Cymidei rose from her chair, her voice calm and fluid. “We have no use for Fayaxion and her brood of weak drakes.” Silence fell over the room like a heavy blanket as the gathered many turned their attention to the Lady of the Dark Tower. Weak drakes? Had she forgotten that the Crimsons ran away in fear at the sight of Fayaxion.

“Bold,” Nicholas mouthed dryly. “But not entirely unexpected. She is responsible for what happened to Ceno.” Magdalena's brown eyes shot up to the Knight as he stepped past her and the Queen-Consort. A wall of muscle and bone, positioning himself between the Lady Necromancer, the Queen, and the woman he would die to protect from harm.

Kullervo turned his attention towards the raven-haired noblewoman, a fire forming in his liquid green eyes. “Well,” he murmured in contempt. “Perhaps we should throw you back into a cell?”

“Try,” she smiled coyly.

“Woman, you honestly believe they will accept your help?” he spat. “The Crimson Dragons aid Chaos.”

“As do I,” Cymidei mouthed back, raising her voice so that all in the room could hear. “The Platinum Dragons are our enemies. Or are you so quick to overlook? I seem to recall Fayaxion abandoning your City of Paladins, Luna.” She took a step forward, dark liquid eyes meeting the young man’s emerald greens. “Dragons and the Wise look to higher ambitions than this.”

“Mayhaps you are not seeing the whole picture,” Formotiis interjected politely. “O' Lady of the Dark Tower?”

“Fayaxion did not abandon Luna,” Kullervo hissed defiantly. “Fayaxion and her brood will only offer their assistance against the Crimson Dragons. There were none in Luna. She, if she even is a she, will not suffer our petty human squabbles.”

“Such as the conflict with the Shadowlords?” Cymidei stifled a bitter laugh, seriousness returning to her dark eyes. “Come now, little boy.”

“The Dark Tower has always done what they perceive to be in their best interests,” the Duchess mouthed sourly as she rose from her chair, her eyes flickering to Kullervo’s. “In their best interests alone. Nothing has changed.”

“She is correct,” Cymidei stepped towards the Ranger, brushing her hand gently against his cheek. “Goodbye, Kullervo. When next you and I meet, you shall find yourself thrust upon the unfortunate end of the Blade of Khal Ankur.”

The Necromancer stepped back, a smile forming upon her supple red lips. She turned, walking hypnotically towards the door, a distraction even to her most bitter of enemies. The heavy door opened with a loud groan, and in stepped her favorite servant. In stepped Lord Asimov.

The Cabal of Death was a strange creature, with blackened skin that resembled that of a Dark Elf. But he was not. Asimov was something else entirely. Thin lips, curled into an evil sneer. Skin stretched tight over his skull like a death mask, revealing gaunt cheekbones and a narrow nose. The figure was draped in ebon robes that raked the floor, the hems stitched with strange symbols and ancient runes. A breastplate of thick suede adorned his chest, buckles holding the plated epaulets tight upon his square shoulders. Wisps of green hair, bright and fluorescent, stuck out in ungainly strands upon the high ridges of his skull. All together, the figure could have posed as Death itself. A memento mori. Fitting considering he was the Master Necromancer within the ranks of the Dark Tower.

Magdalena bit her lower lip bitterly, fingers gently caressing the handle of her axe, an instinctive flick of her wrists freeing it of the ceremonial peace knot. Asimov had tried to kill Nicholas only a couple nights before. The Necromancer had accused what had once been a withered old man of being an evil creature, whose sudden youth was proof of his black magic. As though Asimov were somehow a Saint. The Cabal was a murderer, a zealous servant of his Dark Mistress, and he had done everything in his power to keep her away from the Paladin. But why?

The Queen Heiress' eyes flickered again to Nicholas, and then to Asimov. Their eyes had met, icy blue and liquid green. They hated each other, that much was certain. It was Asimov that Nicholas was fighting to protect her from. Had nearly been killed to protect her from. Before that, he had fought Sleath.

It had been a broken table leg, thrust clean through the Knights chest, that had revealed to her his true nature. It should have killed him. It didn't.

Magdalena's attention returned to the present, her eyes flickering to Kullervo. "Well," the Ranger murmured sourly, shaking his head. "You will all have to decide whether your interest lay with the Shadowlords, or with us."

Asimov nodded to Nicholas and turned, leaving the room.

“I will lead an expeditionary force to Britain tomorrow,” Kullervo spoke, his emerald eyes scanning the gathered rebels. “I intend to leave at mid-day.”

The meeting ended without further incident. Some began to speak privately amongst themselves, whispering in hushed tones. Others crowded around Sir Kullervo to inquire about his plans for the following day. The majority made for the door. There was no shame to be had in their actions. There was a great deal for them to consider. The Knights of the Royal Flush had been decimated by this long and costly revolt. They had defeated the tyrant’s mercenary armada twice, snatching victory from the jaws of almost certain defeat, but the toll had been high and betrayal had managed to rip the rebellion in two. The Dark Tower’s own sedition had been anticipated for quite some time, but many still clung to the vain hope that, perhaps, the Necromancers might stay their hand for a little longer.

And now, worst of all, those crimson reptiles were to return in force. They, each and every one of them, now had to consider whether this costly war was truly worth it. Whether trading one tyrant for another was worth almost certain death. Whether or not they could even win.

Nicholas’ chilling blue eyes flickered to Fahnzjell. He held no illusions about the Dark Tower and its fearsome Mistress. They had already betrayed the rebellion, he thought to himself scornfully, but the kidnapping and torture of an innocent man was easily overlooked when the Dark Tower offered such power. “Your Majesty,” he murmured politely.

“My Son?” Fahnzjell turned towards the Knight.

“I assume you foresaw this betrayal,” Nicholas expressed dryly. Magdalena looked up to the Knight. If the Queen had foreseen this betrayal, then why had she kept silent?

“These things I saw long ago,” Fahnzjell sighed. “They were in the cards.”

Nicholas eyed the Queen-Consort, amusement flashing across his usually cold eyes. “You still haven’t read my cards.”

“Ah.” Darkness fell over Fahnzjells eyes. “Perhaps, my son, that is because there isn’t much more to tell.”

Magdalena shot a look to Nicholas, worry filling her brown eyes. Nicholas didn’t look surprised. The Knight nodded in grim acceptance. What did she mean? Was something wrong with Nicholas?

“An army standing to the side,” Yalp growled as he approached, the Town Guard peeling back his hood at he came to the Knight’s side. “Is far more deadly than the enemy before us.”

“Oh, no.” The Queen-Consort smiled, seating herself upon one of the wooden stools. “The Tower is fighting on a side. It’s own.”

“So it has always been,” Nicholas said. The two men clasped hands, offering a polite shake.

“It just so happeneth,” she continued. “That its own side, at least for now, pointeth in the same direction as thine.”

“Your Majesty,” Yalp turned towards the Queen-Consort. “I respect your wisdom, but in this matter with the Dark Tower, I shall not drop my guard. Nor count on their blades.”

“Oh, my son,” she breathed with amusement, shaking her head. “I never said to drop thy guard.” Lady Fahnzjell’s eyes traveled to Nicholas, and then to Magdalena, who had moved away from the three and sat alone in the corner, deep in thought. “Remember, I said sides happen to point in the same direction for now. As soon as the false king is vanquished, it shall not be so.” Her gaze returned to Yalp. “Be alert, my son. But do not fear.”

“I will take what you have said to heart, m’lady.” Yalp bowed politely.

“Ah,” she smiled. “And never underestimate the lengths to which selfishness will go. I daresay, I believe the Dark Tower would vanquish the False King and the Red Reptiles on their own if given cause. But alas.”

Yalp looked to Nicholas, who watched the elf out of the corner of his eye. “Perhaps we should let them?”

Lady Fahnzjell smiled. “Perhaps, my children, you may have to let them.”
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The Dark Tower Reinforces Its Sovereignty [Updated]
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Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 2:16 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<In an Open Letter to Lady Fahnzjell the Widow, alleged Queen-Consort of Lord Cantabrigan British and Claimant to the Britannian Throne, Lady Cymidei Fier of Wind espoused that neither she nor her nefarious underlings have any intention of aligning themselves to any new regime now that Lord Casca is dead.

This comes as little suprise to the victorious rebellion, as the Dark Tower withdrew it's support of both Operation Royal Flush and Vasco's Scythian Delegation mere hours before the final battle of the Drakon War in Britain.

Below is the letter that was delivered to the Widow.

Dear Widow,

If the independent kingdoms united can wage war and achieve independence from an unfit ruler; then by right of arms we can continue self governance. What is a crown? A crown is only a symbol, that represents the fealty of the people. Let those who love you weave you a crown. Let those that will follow you, follow and through them rule.

Be warned, the Dark Tower and Scythe will not swear lasting fealty to anyone. We lay claim forever to the City and Mountains of Wind, Samlethe Wood and all we can defend with our forces.

The Dark Tower has fulfilled the objectives sworn at Scythe and our mutual enemy is dead. Therefore, we are released from any expectation of lawfulness, lenience or loyalty toward you or any people of Britannia, independent of the Crown or otherwise.

Cymidei Fier
Mistress of the Dark Tower


It is reported that along with the letter was delivered an artfully mummified finger, believed to have once belonged to Lord Casca the Pretender. Witnesses report seeing Lady Cymidei slice the finger from the fallen monarchs hand following his demise at the hands of Dame Lady Dawn.
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The Crystal Mapping Machine, by EM Cernunnos
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Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 8:38 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)

 

from EM Kasaven and Cern’s Catskills Events Page

The Crystal Mapping Machine
by EM Cernunnos, September 16

On Thursday the 10th, many clever people arrived to assist Lady Lucretia Genovese with her scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt was a list of twenty items disguised using anagrams, taken from a notebook left behind by the missing crystal expert Bertram Shull. The items themselves were to be combined into a giant machine designed to detect energy-emitting crystals throughout the realm; however the actual plans to build the machine were missing. After gathering all the items, the group selected a location and began trying to assemble the machine as best they could, but soon found the task difficult. Lucretia then promised that skilled tinkers could be hired to assemble the device, however it might take a little time… but now that time is over!

Join Lady Lucretia as she attempts to activate the crystal mapping machine on Friday September 18th at 8:00PM EST. The machine is located in the courtyard behind Lord British’s Castle, Trammel facet. If the machine functions as it should, you should be prepared to hunt down some mysterious crystals during the event and may have to face the mutated plant and animal spawn they produce!

- Cernunnos

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A Quick Note and a Summary! by EM Seppo
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Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 8:27 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

from goldenbrewtavern.com

 A quick note and a summary!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
By EMSeppo

Just to give everyone a heads up: In the coming weeks, we are looking at doing few simple yet (hopefully) fun events in Stygian Abyss to celebrate its launch.

Also, I would like to apologize in advance for any mix up at these events as the landmass and everything else that goes with it is extremely new for us as well!

Also, a brief summary for those who have not been able to attend the concluding events of War Of Shadows arc follows,

1) There was a massive battle in Britain Felucca between supporters of Platinum dragons on one side and Crimson Dragons and Shadowlord faction members on the other. Despite a heartfelt campaign by the few followers of SL, the Crimson dragons were defeated. As a penalty, the SL faction will suffer the loss of access to the secret room in their faction base.

 2) The very next day, Lady Dawn led players against the Shadowlords beneath the Demon Temple on Fire Island where the three Shadowlords were vanquished after battling through dozens of manifestations. Lady Dawn recovered a ruby gem capable of harnessing the power of the sun itself – the very item that was being employed by the Shadowlords in their attempts to recreate the Gem of Immortality.

 3) Lady Dawn confronted Lord Casca at a meeting called by Casca. He was given a chance to surrender but he chose to capture Dawn and the ruby she possessed. In the ensuing fight, Dawn destroyed the ruby which surprisingly caused Lord Casca’s death on the spot. Alas, the ever so loyal Bartalbe, Lord Casca’s popular dog, passed away few days after from the loss of his master.

 
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Casca is no more
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Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 9:40 AM EDT by Nyte Doombringer (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

Last night we all gathered at Castle British to meet with Dawn. Word had it that Casca was not dead but hiding out somewhere in the sewers.



So we headed out down to the sewers to have a look for ourselves.
After running around checking out the whole place we found a gate to another dungeon.





We went through the gate and who did we find but Casca himself hiding.



We gathered around Casca. Many wanted to take his life right on the spot. Then some virtue spirits appeared.



Casca was no match for the spirit and was killed. His body was then laided in Britain for everyone to see.



We gathered back at Castle British to give Nathan the good news. Nathan then told Dawn he had a proposal for her.



He then ask Dawn to become Queen over the lands and she accepted.



Long live Queen Dawn!!






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New Alliance ~ New Contest
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Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 7:52 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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This just in.......so put on your thinking caps and sharpen your pencils and dip your quills.




The Chicken Fight Club (CFC) and Fishing Council of Britannia (FCB) are pleased to announce their new coalition. Currently, we are the Event Alliance (EA) but we are looking for ideas for a new name.
Hence, a CONTEST!

Suggest a new name for our coalition and win 10 million gold!

The winner will be announced at the CFC Pet Auction next Saturday night at 7 p.m. CST.

To submit your suggestions, send Gem an email at [email protected] Please include your character name and ICQ.

From Gem of FCB
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Ordering from the EA Store
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Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 5:59 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com




Ordering from the EA Store


Chrissay Zeeman

14 Sep 2009 17:42:37 EST



An issue has been resolved so that players can purchase more than one copy of Stygian Abyss in the EA Store. To order more than one copy players will need to make an individual transaction for each copy.

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PaxOku and Kijustsu Anei Part Ways
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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009, 9:04 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
Okuintwo                                                           PaxOku and Kijustsu Anei Part Ways
 
            PaxOku undergoes significant changes as of Sundays eve. The city has been split into two defined areas. Kijustsu Anei Village as its called is emerging on its own from the parting of ways. Attending the cities biweekly meeting led by Governor Winfield, visitors were greeted at the cities "Blue Light Tavern."
           General announcements included the resignation of the cities mayor of almost a years time Bam Bam, the temporary Mayorship of Winfield inside the city, along with a thank you to Bam Bam for her conrtibutions to the city. Governor Winfield then opened the floor to speakers, Bam Bam, Niva and Gareth took turns accordingly explaining the current announcement that the established "Village of Kijustsu Anei" would open its doors to the realm as the shards newest player run village.
           The two settlements would share the space outside the Homare Jima Moongate in attempts to coexsist during these changing tides. City boundaries would soon be redrawn as the two parties worked to hammer out finalities within the sepration. The two newfound neighbors will look to once again foster mutual respect and good play in the coming months as both begin to grow anew. Godspeed to all.

               
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Casca Falls to his Death! Dawn Declares our Enemies Vanquished!
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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009, 8:57 PM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Casca is Dead!



In a strange confrontation with Queen Dawn, King Casca has fallen to his death while trying to take the Brilliant Ruby captured from the Shadowlords...

Scores of citizens showed up for the Royal Inquiry where Casca & Dawn stood atop a high rostrum in front of the large crowd. King Casca blamed Queen Dawn for the recent upheavals on the Isle of Fire.





The real reason for the "Inquiry" became apparent when King Casca wheedled, cajoled and finally attacked Queen Dawn in an attempt to get his hands on the Brilliant Gem she had possession of.





Our Glorious King never being a man with much athletic coordination, either fell off the dais or jumped off in the belief that he could land safely and escape the increasingly hostile crowd.





While looters & scavengers picked through his rich clothing for treasures, Lady Dawn declares us free from the influence and danger of Casca and the Shadowlords.





Queen Dawn bids us to go forth and spread the news that King Casca is dead and the crowds slowly disperse. Always mindful of civic cleanliness, Lady Aalia suggests a clean up crew.





A ghostly message appeared to me before I left. I wondered if it could mean Casca is not completely defeated or perhaps just the last words of a dying man. Alas this reporter could not decipher the meaning because of a lack of the spirit speak skill, so could not determine which it could be.





And so we left him there wondering if this was really the new beginning of peace Lady Dawn had promised us...
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A Troubled King Laid to Rest
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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009, 8:47 PM EDT by Andrasta ((none))
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

People of Legends gathered tonight to hear what Lord Casca had to say to Lady Dawn. Faces were tense with anticipation as Casca's past trickery was well known by all. When he finally showed himself it was with the announcement that he wanted to ask Lady Dawn for aid in dealing with the new found lands and the "winged savages" that lived there.

It was soon apparent that Casca's real reason for seeking out Lady Dawn was the gem that was recovered in the final battle with the Shadowlords. When Casca realized that Dawn held the gem he became quite distraught and demanded that she turn the gem over to him. The Lady refused and Casca, flush with anger, screamed at her "Give me that gem!" and charged at her, his mighty red hammer raised above his head.

Lady Dawn knew what had to be done and put the gem down to crush it with her foot. At the same instant, Lord Casca cried out and fell to the flagstones, his life gone along with the gem. "Lord Casca, it seems" said Lady Dawn, "had his fate inertwined with the gem."

What had the Shadowlords promised this mortal that he would tie his very soul to them. Thankfully, we'll never know. In Lady Dawn's parting words..... "so passes the former king of the lands. Let us rejoice in the end of this menacing evil."




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A Troubled King Laid to Rest
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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009, 8:44 PM EDT by Andrasta ((none))
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

People of Legends gathered tonight to hear what Lord Casca had to say to Lady Dawn. Faces were tense with anticipation as Casca's past trickery was well known by all. When he finally showed himself it was with the announcement that he wanted to ask Lady Dawn for aid in dealing with the new found lands and the "winged savages" that lived there.

It was soon apparent that Casca's real reason for seeking out Lady Dawn was the gem that was recovered in the final battle with the Shadowlords. When Casca realized that Dawn held the gem he became quite distraught and demanded that she turn the gem over to him. The Lady refused and Casca, flush with anger, screamed at her "Give me that gem!" and charged at her, his mighty red hammer raised above his head.

Lady Dawn knew what had to be done and put the gem down to crush it with her foot. At the same instant, Lord Casca cried out and fell to the flagstones, his life gone along with the gem. "Lord Casca, it seems" said Lady Dawn, "had his fate inertwined with the gem."

What had the Shadowlords promised this mortal that he would tie his very soul to them. Thankfully, we'll never know. In Lady Dawn's parting words..... "so passes the former king of the lands. Let us rejoice in the end of this menacing evil."




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A Troubled King Laid to Rest
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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009, 7:48 PM EDT by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

People of Legends gathered tonight to hear what Lord Casca had to say to Lady Dawn. Faces were tense with anticipation as Casca's past trickery was well known by all. When he finally showed himself it was with the announcement that he wanted to ask Lady Dawn for aid in dealing with the new found lands and the "winged savages" that lived there.

It was soon apparent that Casca's real reason for seeking out Lady Dawn was the gem that was recovered in the final battle with the Shadowlords. When Casca realized that Dawn held the gem he became quite distraught and demanded that she turn the gem over to him. The Lady refused and Casca, flush with anger, screamed at her "Give me that gem!" and charged at her, his mighty red hammer raised above his head.

Lady Dawn knew what had to be done and put the gem down to crush it with her foot. At the same instant, Lord Casca cried out and fell to the flagstones, his life gone along with the gem. "Lord Casca, it seems" said Lady Dawn, "had his fate inertwined with the gem."

What had the Shadowlords promised this mortal that he would tie his very soul to them. Thankfully, we'll never know. In Lady Dawn's parting words..... "so passes the former king of the lands. Let us rejoice in the end of this menacing evil."




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Community Events - Week of September 14th
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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009, 3:47 PM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)


Want to go hunting but don't have a big enough group? Are you looking for good guides to dungeons you've yet to explore?

The community hunts are open to everyone! Come show your support for the Lake Superior community and take a walk on the wild side at the same time. Meet some new and old friends and have a bit of a challenge along the way.



Doom Gauntlet run
Date: Tuesday, September 15th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, September 16th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Fire and Ice Hunt
Date: Thursday, September 17th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, September 18th
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken


And remember, these hunts are for everyone, regardless of their skill level or guild affiliation. Come meet new friends, see new places, gain experience and just have fun.


Sabina Nikolai,
High Marshall, Community Hunt Organizer
The Order of the Silver Rose
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265th Assembly of the High Council
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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009, 3:41 PM EDT by Lady Tia (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<265th Assembly of the 7th High Council

Date: Monday, September 14, 2009
Time: 10:00 PM EDT/9:00 PM CDT
Location: West Counselor's Guild, Britain, Trammel Facet

Note Location: West Counselor's Guild, Britain, Trammel Facet

Meeting Agenda:

- Updates regarding the investigation on current threats to the High Council.

- The High Council will discuss the present political and military situation in the realm.

- Other items to be announced at the meeting.

John Cainbridge
Chancellor of Virtue,
High Council of Britannia


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Lucy Announces an Invitation...
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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009, 6:49 AM EDT by Shiel (Oceania)
It seems that Lord Casca, Pretender to the Throne of Britannia, has decided to meet with Lady Dawn tomorrow evening.



Perhaps the short notice serves to stop us from rallying to attend.. I am certain that Lord Casca has few allies in Britannia these days..

I guess we shall see! I am certainly not missing a showdown between these two..
*packs an extra notebook and quill*

See you all there :)

Shiel.
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Whispering Rose Radio's Deal Or No Deal Comes To Baja
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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009, 3:35 AM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Malas News <<<On Saturday, September 12th, Howie Sandmandel and the crew from Whispering Rose Radio arrived on Baja to host their weekly Deal or No Deal Contest, with up to 1,000,000 gold up for grabs.

The event was broadcast simultaneously (or simulcasted) on their webpage at Whispering Rose Radio.



Players from several shards arrived for a chance at the prize. Wildstar, Nicholas the Old, Nanoc of DWxC, Starryeyes, and Baewolfe were each randomly selected as semi-finalists.



Starryeyes selected the winning box, and became the days contestant.



It was a brutal game back and fourth between Starryeyes and the Banker, with shouts of "Low Vana Low" and "No Deal" being repeated throughout the event.

It finally came down to two boxes. The fake ten million in Box 26, and one-thousand in the home box, with a fifty-fifty chance at winning.

Starryeyes ultimately chose wrong, but didn't walk away empty-handed. Congratulations to Starryeyes, Wildstar, Nicholas the Old, Nanoc of DWxC, and Baewolfe, who each won 100,000 gold.

Thank you Lady Wildstar [DWN] for explaining the rules to me so I could cover this event.

- WarderDragon
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The Last Chase
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Posted on Sunday, September 13, 2009, 7:45 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

from goldenbrewtavern.com

The last chase

Sunday, September 13, 2009
By EMSeppo

On the fourth day of his watch, a white prophet came to visit. She waited by the steps, sighing intermittently. Sometime later, she spoke with a voice so soothing that it could have tamed an angry tsunami.

A mishap, or fortune? That even one so universally despised would acquire such unconditional love?

I anticipated this moment, yet I encouraged it… Do the needs of many justify the pain inflicted on you now, little one?

Again sighing, she looked down feeling a sudden pang of guilt. Next moment, she raised her chin, with her eyes shining of resolve.

Consider this as a small gift, and forgive me, my friend!

With those words hanging in balance, she bent down and caressed his ears. The wind surged at that moment, bringing with it a hint of peppermint-apple smell from the nearby Orfluer flowers…

Bartalbe’s ears pricked up, his entire self coming out of a deep paralysis. Graced with a blessing, he looked up and whined happily at the stranger besides him. As if grinning, his tongue lolled out and he started licking her toes.

Farewell, my friend! Go now while the pain is kept at bay!

Bartalbe leapt out happily, seemingly chasing a squirrel that was never there.

Bartalbe roaming the woods in happier times

 
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House Of Commons 9/13/09
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Posted on Sunday, September 13, 2009, 7:07 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
Click the image to open in full size.Commons MeetingClick the image to open in full size.
Hall Of Commons Britain
September 13, 2009

Click the image to open in full size.

In Attendance:
Nanoc [DWxC], Amon [DWxC], Phoenix [DWxC], Hudson [DWxC],
Mach [DWxC], Kire [OkuB], Niva the Savage[T_T], Naghat,
Ado the Thief [KaV], Lord Gareth [PaxO], Winfield[ Pax],
Caster Troy [DWxC], Lord Simple Simon [Fox]

The Former Lord Casca
Casca is dead long live the queen.The evil tulip crushing Casca is dead!

Festival Of The Harvest Moon
EM Dudley has received a few ideas for the upcomming Festival. He
asks that people keep them coming. Many ideas are better then a few ideas.

Battle Royale
Qualifiers will continue. If anyone has any suggestions for the arena
and or the format of the combat to please send them to his email
at [email protected]

Temptress and Jessica
Temptress was killed trying to defeat the Platinum Dragons just prior to the
Crimson event. Jessica is still dead and roaming around. She will now be able
to be resurrected. Now that Temptress is gone.

Em Vladimere Event
Their is another upcoming event that he hopes everyone will enjoy and
come watch. He will let the town spammer in Luna announce it when it
happens. If anyone remembers from years ago the adventures of
"Immanewbee".Its going to be kinda based on that.

In regards to Kildare and Company
The Ems are working on the next part of that.
Once it's finished, they will get to it again So stay toon'd

Locked Down Runes
We are still working and discussing the locked down player runes.
Kinda trying to figure whats gonna work and what wont. How to
go about it all.

Questions and Comments from the Crowed

Dudley and Vladimere. We would ju' like t' inform ye that Kijustsu Anei has a
new Tavern. Should any of ye be thirsty. Shes called the Iron Bandit Inn.

We had a memorial last Friday at the Sacrifice Shrine. Thank you so much
Ems for the lantern memorial and flowers. Several came, told of their
stories. As Tancred would say, the time was full of hope though. Dudley
also informed everyone that the 911 item there now will be staying.

Click the image to open in full size.
Thank you Redstar for a great memorial

Is the Britannian Government planning to declare Britian a No Fly
Zone now that Gargoyles have arrived? I have no heard of any plans
from the new administration regarding the incorporation of the Ministry of
Flight. However should such a body be organized all citizens will be made
aware.

Lady Oni and Gareth were wondering. If it would be at all possible for Oni
to host her ball at the fairgrounds. She wants to do a disco night around
the color monster. Any chance some color cloth could be locked down so
no one disturbs it? For the dance floor

Dudley responded with a yes and that he could construct a dance floor.
A date and time will be announced.

Commons meetings are every Sunday at 9pm EST
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Obituary Column ~ Including "War Winning" Deaths and New Land Demise
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Posted on Sunday, September 13, 2009, 10:57 AM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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The war is over but the deaths linger on. Many die in the new lands.

















Galen and Delila




Dell Magic


Dream Weaver






Evil Spirit




Hillary Clinton




Just A Girl


LeGo LaS Ego


Lucita











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[News] Meeting with Dawn (Monday 14th Sept) at 7:30pm
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Posted on Saturday, September 12, 2009, 12:38 PM EDT by Mapper (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<WHEN? Monday 14th September at 7:30pm UK Time, 8:30pm CEST (Central European Summer Time)
WHERE? Throne Room In Castle British

Come prepared for battle - and keep an eye out for Sherry the Mouse over the weekend she has some vital clues!

Article Here
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Corporal Brackus Reports Premier Gems Robbery
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Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009, 7:58 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

As reported by Corporal Brackus and the Town Guards ...

This note was found pegged to the guard tower near West Britain Bank

*** Notice to all merchants, tradesmen, and citizens of Britain ***

Be aware that late Thursday evening, the Premier Gems shop, established and owned by Prudence the jeweler, and located adjacent to the West Bank of Britain was robbed during the late hours of the night. Sometime after the shop’s proprietor closed and locked up the front doors, someone broke into the shop busting up the display cases and made off with the following valuable items:

(5) Amethysts
(3) Tourmalines
(2) Gold Bracelets
(3) Necklaces
(6) Red Rubies
(3) Communication Crystals
(2) Emeralds
and (1) Magical Necklace of Prosperity (which is known to bring the wearer extraordinary luck)

Prudence the jeweler, and the town guards, are looking for information leading to the arrest of the individual, or group of individuals, that undertook this grand caper last evening. Prudence has mentioned the possibility of offering a small reward to anyone who recovers, and returns, the missing valuables that were stolen.

All merchants and tradesmen in Britain should take extra precautions to lock their doors and secure their valuables until the offenders are caught and dealt with according to town law incase they attempt to strike again. With the current state of affairs of the Kingdom, and the transition period we are now in after the demise of the former King, I should not need to remind everyone that law breaking and miscreant behavior will not be tolerated in the streets stirring up unrest for the fine citizens of Britain.

Signed,
Corporal Brackus and the Town Guards 
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
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Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009, 12:59 PM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
By Elias Ashmole

Hear ye, Hear ye!

The usurper has met his maker, Lord Casca is no more!

Lady Dawn has directed that there be no chaos on the streets. To avoid mischief by any of Casca’s cronies, the following measures have been taken,

1) Officials loyal to Lord Casca have been removed from the ranks of power. Royal guard officers appointed by Casca have been asked to take a leave of absence and veteran Lord British loyalists have been asked to report for temporary services.

2) The Royal Council, hand picked by Lord Casca, has been disbanded. It’s members stand to face investigation about their part in the recent events. A search has been started to uncover the whereabouts of the one known as Trubo Saius.

3) Lady Nystad has been reinstated as Captain of the Royal guards and commander of the Town Guards. The Town Guards have been asked to double their vigil to keep the streets of Britain safe.

4) Kullervo Nystad has been asked to investigate strange reports coming from Fire Island.

5) All standing orders and charges against the independent kingdoms have been dropped and all existing battle plans scrapped.

This is a time to unite and put aside our differences to ensure a smooth transition into a more peaceful Britannia.

Order through virtue,

Lady Dawn


This communiqué has been brought to you by Elias Ashmole, Lady Dawn’s herald!
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FoF: Woo Hoo Stygian Abyss is Here
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Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT by Petra Fyde (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


FoF: Woo Hoo Stygian Abyss is Here

Chrissay Zeeman


September 11, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday it's all about Draconi answering your questions.


Hi ive played the SA beta, and with the altaring items to gargish function while crafting didnt keep the specials, i altared a titans hammer but the specials wernt whirl wind and crushing blow, but had the specials for the newer mace, will this be fixxed? or u cnt use whirlwind as a gargoyle?..


We’re working out an alteration conversion scheme for artifacts right now, actually! The challenge is just what you mentioned: many of the new weapons and armor for the Gargoyles don’t actually match up with any of the classic items’ base stats. For instance, the Pixie Swatter, if directly converted right now, would be insanely fast! (2.25 swing speed!). This is just because of the way base item statistics work (they’re literally tied to the art!)

All in all, it’s a bit of a challenge, but we’re actively exploring a solution – stay tuned!
-Draconi
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This is a question that I have had or heard many times over the years. Will/Is there anything going ot be done with pets such as Armor/Collars that can increase their stats ?.


I’ll be honest, we haven’t really planned anything along these lines. Sakkarah added some craftable collars to use in the Battle Chicken system though, but they’re not quite what you’re asking for. Still, I know we’d like to do more with pets. The entire discussion about pet dyes evolved into a serious Art/Engineering question about how to make the pet models themselves more extensible, the ideal solution being things more like the swamp dragon barding.
-Draconi
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Pre AOS you could cut up bodies and hand heads in, there used to be bounty boards. This was such a fun aspect to the game and created real competition....."who could get the head of the best pvper on the shard?"


You know, I always thought it was lame that they removed that stuff. Then again, there were serious legal reasons that the “corpse cutting up” and “making people jerky” had to end. Also, the bounty system was just massively abused because of the way it was implemented. If we ever do a bounty system again, it has to be designed in a way that doesn’t make it easy for friends to just friend-kill/turn-in one another.

I think I’ve seen about over a hundred suggestions on the boards on how to do it though :)
-Draconi
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Will you guys ever remove the faction alliance with none faction guilds? Also would it be to much to ask for you guys to remove the gate in the Shadow Lords faction base, it extremely annoying when all they have to do is say chaos and there off the server!


Yes, it’s not intended for faction alliances to work with non faction guilds. I expect it to be addressed as part of the Live development cycle.

As far as the gate to the secret room for the Shadow Lords – every shard who’s Shadowlords faction lost the Crimson vs Platinum dragon event has already had it removed.
-Draconi
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I was wondering if they will make it so you can resize your house without having all your items drop to the ground. I have one account that is 17x18 and would like to make it 18x18 but I cant without having to purchase another account and I dont think I can afford that... Thanks!


This would be a *wonderful* feature. The current resizing system leaves a lot to be desired – it was an attempt just to even allow people to safely own their “house region” for a while to ward off script placers.
-Draconi
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Royal Inquiry
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Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009, 11:55 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
All citizens and the Lady Dawn are hereby requested for an audience with our glorious King Casca. His Royal Highness is gravely concerned for the welfare of his people and seeks to quell rumors and unrest. Those who have knowledge of the ominous jewel kept by Lady Dawn and the cataclysmic eruption on Fire Island are urged to come forward. Our benevolent King Casca urges all his subjects to remain calm and to assist him in restoring order throughout the lands of Britannia.

Lord Paul Tirel


Event: Royal Inquiry

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 6:00 PM EST

Note: Gates to the event will be provided from Lord British’s Throne Room and the West Britain Bank in Trammel.
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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

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Community Spotlight

Chrissay Zeeman

11 Sep 2009 14:06:58 EST


In this week's community spotlight we have a fan site announcements and events from:



  • All Shards Player Contest
  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Chesapeake
  • Europa
  • Great Lakes
  • Lake Superior
  • Sonoma
  • Whispering Rose

If you have fan site news, an event for your shard, or a suggestion for next week's Community Spotlight please click here. Please ensure your submissions are before Friday 1PM EST.



You can read more HERE…



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The Shadowlords Are No More
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Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009, 6:35 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

 

As told by Michael Wolf:
Sunday, September 6

I awoke this morning to find a note from an old friend Ghost Writer. He told me of a great battle he witnessed the previous night when the Crimson Dragons were defeated. He also told me Dawn would be gathering the citizens of Britannia tonight at the Counselors' Hall to mount an attack against the Shadowlords and push this evil out of Britannia once and for all.

I arrived at the Counselors' Hall to find a large gathering of citizens all waiting for the arrival of Lady Dawn and Lady Raelyn McKie. Once they arrived, Dawn told us of how she planned to attack the Shadowlords in their own fortress. All present volunteered to help or die trying.



We were met at the fortress by a band of Demons which we quickly dispatched while Lady Dawn opened a portal to the depths of the fortress itself.

Once inside we were met by an onslaught of Shadowlord Manifestations ... The battle had begun! For what seems like hours we fought, many died and were healed and sent back into battle. We fought in groups, and when overwhelmed and dispersed, we regrouped with other and set up new defenses. The citizens fought bravely and tirelessly against the constant onslaught of the Shadowlords and their minions.



Eventually we found ourselves all together in on large group facing down the Last Shadowlord in final battle. Once we defeated him we gathered our fallen and rezzed and healed them ensuring no citizen was left behind. Lady Raelyn McKie opened a gate to the Castle in Britain and away we went to discuss what was to be done about the so called King Casa. 



It was a proud night to fight along so many Britannians to defeat the evil that has plagued our land for so long.

Sincerely,
Michael Wolf

Related Link: A Time To Choose, A Call To Fight


~~~~Conversation at the Counselors' Hall, before attacking the Shadowlords' stronghold.~~~~


Dawn: Greetings Citizens of Origin
Frey Wavestrider: hall dawn
Dr Joshua: hail
Raelyn McKie: Hail!
Dawn: and thank you for answering the call
Dawn: when defenders of the virtues such as Raelyn here must go into hiding
Dawn: for being branded enemies of the realm
Dawn: then good people must stand up and put a stop to the evil
Azreal: agreed!
Dawn: today, we will drive the Shadowlords influence from our lands once and for all!
Dr Joshua: yup yup
Michael Wolf: Hear Hear!
Frey Wavestrider: *nods*
Dawn: Today, my friends, we take the battle to THEM!
Dawn: *raises fist in the air*
an ebil brat: *whoots and stomps*
Dawn: we shall prevail!
Michael Wolf: Hear Hear!
Azreal: yes we shall!
Dr Joshua: YAY
Dawn: I have found the entrance to their lair
Yen Sid: yeehaw
Azreal: ooo
an ebil brat: utoh
Dawn: we will head there and, with the help of the virtues, will open a portal
Dr Joshua: that cant hide from us
Dawn: they have secured themselves deep underground
Drago Atrox: Rel Xen Um - Wraith Form
Dawn: and set up manifestations as guardians
Dawn: but be not fooled!
Dawn: the Shadowlords themselves MUST be destroyed!
Decors: Sanctum Viatas - Sacred Journey
Azreal: and they will!!!
Dawn: Raelyn and I fight with you today
Dr Joshua: thatts right
Dawn: for the freedom of all of us!
Dawn: are you ready my friends?
Frey Wavestrider: and we will fight with you 
Yen Sid: indeed
Cook: yes!
Azreal: Aye!!!
Dr Joshua: YES
Artemis: Yeah
Drago Atrox: Aye
Beowolf: My Sword Speaks for Me!
velma: i hope so
Dawn: shall we go reclaim our lives?
velma: lol
an ebil brat: suicide?
an ebil brat: of course !
Dr Joshua: lol
Azreal: yes!!
Yen Sid: YES!
Azreal: we are ready to fight!!
Yen Sid: Lets Go!
Michael Wolf: For Britannia!
Dr Joshua: WE ARE READY
Dawn: when we arrive at the clearing, please gather and give me room to open the portal!
Dawn: FOR BRITANNIA AND THE VIRTUES!!!!
Azreal: For Britannia!!!

~~~~In the stronghold after defeating the last Shadow lord.~~~~
An item has been placed in your backpack.
For your valor in combating the fallen beast, a special artifact has been bestowed on you.

Raelyn McKie: Evil has been slayed!
Dawn: EVIL HAS BEEN VANQUISHED!

Raelyn McKie: Please await Lady Dawn's return!
Raelyn McKie: We must capture the gem!

Dr Joshua: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Baroness: An Corp - Resurrection
Azreal: Obsu Vulni - Close Wounds
XX GARA XX: Obsu Vulni - Close Wounds
Baroness: In Vas Mani - Greater Heal
Frey Wavestrider: In Vas Mani - Greater Heal
Beowolf: Obsu Vulni - Close Wounds
Michael Wolf: ANYONE NEED A RES?
Cook: In Mani - Heal
Nessa A'ire: In Vas Mani - Greater Heal
Michael Wolf: In Vas Mani - Greater Heal

Dawn: Make sure everyone is here! Leave no one behind!

Raelyn McKie: Can you capture the gem, Lady Dawn?
Dawn: is everyone healed and accounted for?

Dawn: today, my friends, we have driven out the evil that plagued this land
Dawn: *slowly approaches the gem*
Raelyn McKie: She's taking the gem!! Lady Dawn, you can do it!
Dawn: this shall never again be allowed to bring such destruction
Dawn: *places the gem in an enchanted box*
Dawn: it can do no more harm
Dawn: Raelyn
Raelyn McKie: But what of our King?
Dawn: Will you please open a portal to the Castle?
Raelyn McKie: Yes, let us head to the castle!
Dawn: Please join me Citizens, we have things to discuss

.~~~~At the castle after the battle.~~~~
Dawn: My friends
Dawn: Today, we have prevailed!
Beowolf: Huzzah!
an ebil brat: *WHOOTS*
Cook: *Cheers*
Nessa A'ire: HOORAH!!!
Dr Joshua: claps
Dawn: You fought with honor and valor!
an ebil brat: and many deaths
Dawn: YOU came when called
Dawn: YOU defended the virtues!
Dawn: I say, the false King Casca MUST be called to account for his actions!

Cook: Aye, where is he
an ebil brat: can't we just kill him?
Azreal: aye!!!
Frey Wavestrider: Yes where is the little rat
Azreal: where is he????
Beowolf: No King named Casca for me and mine!
Dr Joshua: yea where is he

Dawn: I shall seek him out and he shall be brought before you!
Dawn: He WILL answer to us all!
Raelyn McKie: Bring him to justice, Lady Dawn!
Dawn: When I have found him and presented our demands for answers
Dawn: I shall send word to you
Dawn: you will all bear witness

Thor: off wit his head
Michael Wolf: No Answers Needed, His Head will suffice!
an ebil brat: Then can we kill him?
Yen Sid: Slay the Beast
Thor: off wit his head

Dawn: no longer will evil be allowed to hold us down
Dawn: the wrongs done by the Shadowlords and their minions will be corrected
Dawn: the breaches healed
Raelyn McKie: We will have peace again!

Michael Wolf: I have a perfectly sharp working Guillotine that's in need of use
an ebil brat: *cheers for guillotines*

Dawn: I thank you all for your help today
Raelyn McKie: Thank you, Lady Dawn!
Dawn: you've shown the true courage this land was founded on!

Michael Wolf: Aye! Thank You Lady Dawn!
Beowolf: We follow gladly in the cause of Free Britannia!

Raelyn McKie: Free Britannia!
Dawn: I will send word when Casca is to account to you all

Dr Joshua: THANKS lady dawn
an ebil brat: thanks Dawn
Thor: yes thx
Drago Atrox: All Hail Lady Dawn!


A list of who attended the Tram event. Hope I got everyone.

Lady Dawn 
Lady Raelyn McKie the Companion of the Wild

Lady Artemis [HUB]
Azreal [D1E] 
BadBoy 
Baroness 
BeastMaster [KK] 
Beowolf 
Charizard 
Choco Cat 
Cook 
Lord Decors
Lord Dr Joshua 
Drago Atrox 
Gurth Din
an ebil brat 
Lady Elektra 
Eracove
Fafnir 
Frey Wavestrider [KK] 
Lord Isami 
Ivy 
Jen 
Jenny 
Lil Missy ["R"] 
Lord Loki ["R"] 
MaN BeAr PIG 
Lady Melon 
Lord Michael Wolf
MURASAME 
Nessa A'ire 
One 
Peter 
Lord PETZ 
Santa Baby [DEAD] 
Lord Thor 
Trinity 
velma 
Whittle Guy 
Lord XX GARA XX [HUB] 
Yen Sid

Nosfentor the Shadowlord of Cowardice
Astaroth the Shadowlord of Hatred
Faulinei the Shadowlord of Falsehood


Thank you, Michael Wolf, for all your hard work and dedication.

 

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Origin's Citizens Defeat the Crimson Dragons
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Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009, 5:24 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

 

As told by Ghost Writer:

I received a message from an old friend Sara telling me there may be a fierce battle and asked if I could keep an eye out for news for her as she was currently indisposed. She had told me to check around Empath Abby in Yew, Felucca, on Saturday, September 5, saying that the Lady Dawn had called the citizens of Britannia to arms to fight the Crimson Dragons which have invaded our fair lands. So off I went with quill and scrolls.

When I arrived there was already a small army assembled. Dawn and the Dragon Fayaxion told us that the Platinum Dragons had defeated most of the Crimson Dragons but needed our help to rid the lands of the remaining Crimsons. Dawn opened a gate to the center of a great battle and off we went. I died within seconds of arriving through the gate so was no help in defeating the dragons, but did my best to record the battle for the historians of Britannia.



The battles were fierce. The Crimson Dragons set of spells which seemed to cause Armageddon. Massive amounts of fire and energy would spread from them damaging anything that dared come near. The warriors with the help of Platinum Dragons stood strong and fought well together never giving in to the Crimsons.

 After what seemed like hours, I started to notice the life draining from many of the crimsons, could it be that the warriors of Britannia were finally taking their toll on the mighty Crimson Dragons? Then proof, as I wandered around as a ghost I found a corpse of a Crimson, then another, and another.

Then I ran into Lady Dawn who thought it was finally safe for me to come back to life. Which I happily did with her help.

After looking around a bit at all the carnage I noticed at least one Crimson left being finished off by a few of our citizens. There were also small battles breaking out among the citizens themselves, now that the Crimsons were dead it seems they decided to fight over the loot. I quietly made my way back to Empath Abby on foot and awaited everyone's return.


They all came back with minutes of my arrival and Fayaxion and Lady Dawn told us about plans for another battle yet tomorrow. The brave citizens of Britannia will be called on once more to rid our lands of evil. I will pass this along to my friends, Sara of Baja and Michael Wolf,  as I think tomorrow he be far more able than I.



Until we meet again,
Ghost Writer

Related Link: A Time To Choose, A Call To Fight


The conversations as recorded by Ghost Writer:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We met at Empath Abby in Yew~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
......(I may have missed a couple of comments due being PK'd)...

Morgaine: choose?
Fayaxion: Will you aid the hands of darkness,
Fayaxion: bowing to King Casca and the Shadowlords?
Fayaxion: Are you ready to fight?
Ghost Writer: can I say something
Fayaxion: You may, sir Ghost Writer.
Ghost Writer: I'm here as a reporter
Ghost Writer: no insurance, and I don't give counts
Fayaxion: Please allow Ghost Rider to accompany with health.
Fayaxion: We have rid the lands of most of the Crimson Dragons.
Fayaxion: Now, let us find them. And may you choose wisely, my friends.
Fayaxion: Lady Dawn will take us to the battlegrounds.
Fayaxion: Good luck, friends.

~~~~~~~~~Off we went to the battle grounds~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You see: a crimson dragon 
You see: a platinum dragon 
Everything around you dissolves into darkness as a crimson dragon's burning eyes fill your vision
You see: a platinum dragon 
You see: a crimson dragon 
You see: a platinum dragon 
You see: a crimson dragon 
You see: a platinum dragon 
You see: a crimson dragon 
You see: a platinum dragon 
You see: a crimson dragon 
You see: a platinum dragon 
You see: a platinum dragon 
You are dead.
Yen Sid: holy jesus

~~~~an hour later~~~~~

Fayaxion: Fight, my friends!

You see: Lady Dawn 
You see: a platinum dragon 
Ghost Writer: ok
Lady Dawn : Attempting to heal you.
Ghost Writer: thnx
Lady Dawn : Attempting to heal you.
Lady Dawn : Attempting to heal you.
Ghost Writer: was that the last one
Dawn: I believe so, I'm checking to make sure we got them all!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Back in Yew~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Yen Sid: we are missing people...

Fayaxion: My friends
Fayaxion: I believe you have chosen wisely.
Fayaxion: The Crimson Dragons have been defeated!
Fayaxion: Alas, my brothers and sisters remain wounded and frenzied.
Fayaxion: I don't believe they can be saved.
Fayaxion: Those that wish to help put the remaining platinum dragons out of their misery,
Fayaxion: it would be most kind.
Fayaxion: But our war is not over.
Fayaxion: Tomorrow, the final battle remains.
Fayaxion: We will gather at the Counselor's Hall in Britain, Trammel.
Fayaxion: 3pm Pacific, 6pm Eastern
Fayaxion: The battle against darkness will resume.
Dawn: the battle will be WON!
Dawn: tomorrow, we end this evil, for GOOD
Fayaxion: Thank you, Dawn, for your assistance.
Fayaxion: We will reclaim these lands from the evil King
Dawn: 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST tomorrow
Fayaxion: Thank you again, friends.
Fayaxion: We could not have done this without you.
Fayaxion: Rest well this eve.
Fayaxion: You will need all of your strength tomorrow.
Dawn: our lands will be free, mark my words
Dawn: until tomorrow
Dawn: *salutes*
Fayaxion: Until then, farewell.


Those present at Felucca:

Fayaxion 
Lady Dawn 

Ariel [SL] ["R"] 
Crystilastamous [Min] 
a dark wolf [SL] 
Lord Decors [SL] 
Felon 
Hero 
Holy Avenger [SL] ["R"] 
a horn swaggler [SL] 
KoRnUtz [SL] 
Kumaco 
The mink wolf [Min] 
Morgaine [SL] ["R"] 
Peter 
SanTa ClaWs [SL] ["R"] 
The Silver Spoon [Min] 
Snaggly Pied Ripper [SL] 
Snorlax [SL] 
VENDETTA [SL] 
Yen Sid [~HBD] 
Xenobia [Door] 

Too many Crimson and Platinum Dragons to count.


Thank you, Ghost Writer, not only for the screenshots and your report, but for recording those present, and the dialogues. Your dedication to recording Origin's history is unparalleled.

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The Great Red Gem, Friday, September 11
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Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009, 4:20 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)

 

from EM Kasaven and Cern’s Catskills Events Page

The Great Red Gem
by Kasaven

Dawn wishes to meet and speak with the citizens, continuing the short conversation held about what to do with the red gem recovered from the three slain Shadow Lords.

She wishes that all concerned meet her at the Castle British Throne Room, Friday, September 11, at 6 p.m. EST.

Dawn wants to put an end to their corruption over the land, and wishes the will of the people to guide her.

 
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Mayor Lord Kryptman Reveals Plans for Zento Dock
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Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009, 7:43 AM EDT by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)
>>> Tokuno Islands News <<<

Since the discovery of the islands of Tokuno travelers to these fair lands have been frustrated by the lack of wharfs and docks to load and unload their goods for trade. Now, through the efforts of Mayor Lord Kryptman a collection is in process for gathering the materials needed to construct the docks for all to use.

A special box has been installed at The Rusty Anchor Pub at the south end of Zento where donations may be dropped to aid in the effort. It will be, no doubt, a very large docking facility, as Enoch Pearlwind told me that the box will be full when it reaches one and half million plain boards and one million plain ingots.




All of Legends is welcomed to participate in this project. The donation box is open only to friends of the house, but contacting any ZNTO, TMC or FSB guild member will put you in contact with someone who can drop your donation.

Hopefully this will be the start of many projects to improve the lands of Legends with the help of all of us and our EMs Tashik and Helios.

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Battle of the Dragons
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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 11:14 PM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)

Battle of the Dragons
(September 5, 2009)


Some time ago rumors of a battle that could tip the scales of faction power were told. We had known it would affect the chaos and order aligned factions. Today was the day of that battle! The Platinum Dragons stood on the side of Order (True Britannians and the Council of Mages) and the Crimson Dragons stood on the side of Chaos (Minax and the Shadow Lords). Fate would hold its breath today as the inhabitants of Sosaria helped determine the outcome.


Dawn sent us to an area in the Lost Lands in Felucca, south of the "North Minoc Passage" near the "Hoppers Bog" Champion Spawn. We entered near a gate that led the wounded "innocents" to the healers at Serpents Hold, which is one of the few towns faction guards have no control over. A small choke point was easily noticed as the waves of citizens flowed into battle.


The magical energy protecting the Platinum Dragons was like a light hazy fog that would fade in and out while we battled. The Battle appeared even in numbers one Crimson per Platinum, or so I thought. The Platinum Dragons were weakened and near defeat when we arrived. It is said in battle most casualties are taken as their reinforcements arrive. The false hope we gave the Platinum's made their defeat much easier, a sense of calming came over them even though the Crimsons still fought on.


Rushing into battle, filled with adrenaline, the warriors did not think about their human adversaries that would soon follow. The small choke point between the battle and our "safe haven" moongate to Serpent's Hold became a major part of this battle. The Warriors not only had to battle the Crimson Dragons to the South but were being flanked by the faction warriors of Minax to the North. The initial wave of chaotic opponents slaughtered those who tried to hold their ground at the choke point between the mountains. Without the support of the Platinum Dragons we would have all been slaughtered.


The Crimson Dragons began to outnumber the Platinum Dragons. It seemed fate was about ready to unleash its evil upon the land. One Platinum Dragon stood against at least four if not more Crimson Dragons. Against all odds the Platinum Dragon held on while the citizens loyal to the realm assisted in vanquishing all but one of the Crimson Dragons. Scatters of chaotic aligned opponents attempted to defeat the forces of good. Many were distracted and the end was coming near. The Platinum Dragons fight raged on. Energy Vortexes surrounded the Platinum Dragon while the Crimsons claws dripped with the blood of its adversary. With a sliver of life left in the Platinum Dragon, mages healed what little life force the Platinum held onto.


With the chaos aligned warriors being pushed back for the time being, the citizens of Sosaria focused their full attention on the Crimson Dragon. Greater Dragons, controlled by Legendary Tamers of the land, came to the aid of the last standing Platinum Dragon. The last Crimson Dragon roared with its last breath as the warriors of virtue expelled all of their energy into its flesh-torn scales.
With the blood still thick in the air, Dawn swiftly took the surviving Platinum Dragon to safety. As soon as the Dragon was safe we regrouped at the healers. The healers at "Serpent's Hold Healer" quickly assisted the surviving warriors before a gate was opened to the Counselor's Hall in the Trammel Facet.


Upon reaching the Counselor's Hall we were greeted by EM Lillimu. We were given a quick recap on the battle that had just passed. Throughout the chaos of the battle I am sure many like myself are grateful for these recaps. We were reminded how close we became to succumbing to the power of the Crimson Dragons, but the Virtues have prevailed, the side of honor and courage have won!


Besides the normal Crimson loot which is similar to that of Peerless bosses, many of us looted the corpses of seasoned PVP'ers. The loot received consisted of hundreds if not thousands of stones of potions, bandages, trap boxes, bags of sending and other common PVP gear.
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Pet Summon Battle Arena
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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 11:13 PM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)

Pet Summon Battle Arena
(September 4, 2009)


Larson of Quintessence Elements [Q*E] hosted a "Battle of the Summons" in his new arena south of the dungeon Wrong. The event was held exclusivly to the RP Alliance. The rules were quite simple each opponent pitted in the tournament could summon a total of three Summoned Creatures. Participants could only summon one creature at a time and these creatures would fight in a duel to the death. Participants could not heal their summoned pets.


This battle consisted of pure luck. The strongest opponents were Giant Serpents, Grizzly Bears, Polar Bears, Scorpions and believe it or not Horses!
Single elimination rounds were held until the top opponents battled it out. Lady Luna Rosa was crowned the victor as her summoned pets destroyed her opponents. As a reward for first place Luna received a magical item we call a "Boomstick"

Many thanks for the invitaiton of this simple reporter, and our thanks go out to Larons of Quintessence Elements for hosting an entertaining event.
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Cloak of Silence Handouts
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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 9:47 PM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)

Cloak of Silence Handouts
(August 29, 2009)


The Luna invasion has subsided but the gratitude of our valor still shows. As a thank you for upholding the virtues the Platinum Dragons have asked Dawn to reward citizens of the land with Cloaks of Silence. Extra handouts have been going on for those who were not able to attend the final battle in Luna.

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Detective Quest - Murder of Esme Beaumont
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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 9:46 PM EDT by Lyconis (Pacific)

Detective Quest - Murder of Esme Beaumont
(August 28, 2009)


An eerie feeling was in the air in Trammel today. It took me a while to figure out why, then I noticed a book near a Moongate. I had remembered some lanterns around the towns asking for able bodied citizens to meet at the Counselor's Guild Hall. Making my appearance at the Hall it appeared the event had been long over. To my amazement the quest was still available for the late comers!
The book at the Britain Moongate spoke of a murder that had happened in Trammel. Hard to believe that the powers of Lord British and the Time Lord had been weaned enough for a murder to occur! After reading the book our investigation led us to the area South of Skara Brae.

Spoiler Alert
Do Not read beyond this point if would like to figure this quest out
Spoiler Alert

After exploring the farm lands around Skara Brae we came across a corpse! Near the corpse lay a bloodied hatchet, a butcher knife, shoes and two thousand gold pieces. What type of murderer would leave two thousand gold pieces, could this murder be about the gold?


After investigating the crime scene we went to consult with Amelia the fortune teller. She has been a great source of insight for us in the past. Amelia told us that Esme may have lived somewhere in Trinsic, in the Trammel facet. We continued our investigation in Trinsic.


Searching the town we were able to find the dwell of Esme. Inside we found a bag with gems and gold along with a pink diary on chest of drawers. A story of an uncle who lived outside of Skara Brae, and a drunken stupor with the Moongates leading Esme to the Felucca Skara Brae Gate. Esme wrote of some talking book who wished to be called "Relvinian", which was found in some type of Labyrinth. It seemed this mystical book had intrigued her, perhaps put a spell on Esme. It is hard to say how much Esme had drunk but she was certain the spellbook was some sort of old soul or even a king.


We decided this information may be useful to Amelia. She told us there were many books and only one would respond to its true name. We decided to head to Felucca in search of a Labyrinth and spellbooks laying about.


The only place we call Labyrinth is in the facet of Malas, what could this drunken young girl have been thinking. We pulled out some of our land maps and saw the Hedge Maze, this could easily be taken as a Labyrinth especially if one was inebreated. Searching around the Hedge Maze we noticed many books laying about. We started to speak the name "Relvinian" to these books. After searching around the hedge maze we found one book spoke back to us.
The book told us of the one who trapped it in the book. It... He told us that a Madam Mimeux may be the one who killed Esme!
We searched the hedge maze to find Mimeux's base of operation. The area Relvinian told us about appeared to be abandoned, however we found a red lantern that seemed out of place.


Returning to Amelia's we told her of our discovery. We were told that something had been in the opposite facet of Trammel in the Hedge Maze. As we were late for this event we learned that whatever had been in Trammel was now gone. Our detective adventure was now at an end.

Talking to citizens that were able to attend the event we were told stories of some monstrosities that were in the Hedge Maze. We were told black Hydra's were guarding the new lair of Madam Mimeux. Those who vanquished these vile guardians received some type of cloaks.

Em Lillimu has posted a walkthrough on the event moderator website. Click here to see it!
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King Casca Calls a Meeting for Friday, September 11
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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 6:29 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

from UO - Origin Events

King Casca Calls a Meeting
Posted By EMLaurana on September 9, 2009

This just in from Blanche, Notary to King Casca:

Hail, Citizens of Britannia!

It is with great pride that I reach out to you today on behalf of the glorious King Casca. Many disturbing events and rumors have swept the lands in recent days, and the King shares your concerns over the rampant bloodshed and unrest.

Please accept this invitation to meet with our great King at Blackthorn’s Castle in Britain, Trammel. This meeting is open to all honorable residents of Britannia. The King especially hopes to meet with Lady Dawn, as he has many questions regarding her involvement in the recent turmoil brought to these lands. One must surely question her motives.

This meeting will take place at 7:00pm Pacific on Friday, September 11, 2009 at Blackthorn’s Castle in Britain, Trammel. (8:00p Mountain, 9:00p Central, 10:00p Eastern, 6:00p Alaska, 4:00a Saturday France).

Until then, a fond farewell,
Blanche, Notary to King Casca

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CFC Pet Auction
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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 4:52 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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This just in from the folks at CFC




CFC PET AUCTION

Chicken Fight Club will be hosting a pet auction on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 7pm CST.

Whether you are looking to purchase the perfect pet or get top dollar for that amazing pet in your stable, come on out for a great time!

With a special guest auctioneer from The Tradesman’s Guild 360 auction [T|G], exhibition fights, trivia and prizes, it’s sure to be a fun-filled evening for all!

To see a list of the great pets up for auction, visit the CFC guild house (15o55'N, 37o 24'E, Malas).

We’ll keep an auction list out on the bookie’s table.

To submit a pet for auction, stop by the CFC vendor or ask a CFC member to pick up a submit kit.

Once you have filled in the information, return it to a CFC member.

We are available at the CFC guild house Wednesdays at 7CST and, of course,

Saturdays at 7CST for our regular Chicken Fight Night.

Chicken Fight Club would like to thank The Fishing Council of Britannia [FCB] and the Tradesman’s Guild [T|G] for their help in organizing this pet auction. Be sure to visit T|G's weekly auction on Tuesdays at 9EST.

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[News] The Bobs Strike Back!!
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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 2:49 PM EDT by Mapper (Europa)

The Bobs Strike Back!!

With Europa having been down now for over 12 hours the return of BOB was only becoming more likely!

After meeting at Britain Bank on Atlantic we headed straight over to Luna!

Then onto Yew Gate!

And finally back to Luna where we are still camped waiting on the return of Europa.

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Lucretia's Scavenger Hunt - EM Event Thursday, September 10
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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 9:05 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)

 

from EM Kasaven and Cern’s Catskills Events Page

Lucretia’s Scavenger Hunt
by EM Cernunnos

Take a break from diving into all the new Stygian Abyss content and join Lady Lucretia Genovese for a Scavenger Hunt with a twist. This event will be held at the West Britain Counselor’s Hall (or a place of Lucretia’s choice, with a gate provided from the hall) at 8PM EST on Thursday the 10th of September.

Lady Lucretia had been deeply involved in her research lately, so it’s been tough to get her to reveal what types of things she’s looking for this time. This might be an event just for fun, or it may tie in to the mysterious crystal events that she’s been involved with in the past… you’ll have to attend to find out!

See you there!
EM Cernunnos

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Shard Issues
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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 7:50 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Shard Issues


Chrissay Zeeman

09 Sep 2009 09:53:20 EST



We are experiencing issues with Europa. At this time we have brought the shard down to further investigate the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please check here in approximately 2 hours for an additional update.

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Treachery or Treason
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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 4:59 AM EDT by Shiel (Oceania)
Received from EM Aeon:

Her commanding violet eyes stared down at the figure slumped piteously in a high-backed armchair, her tongue clicking with impatience.
“You should be celebrating Viktor.”
Viktor Cotume’s eyes remained fixated on the cobblestone floor as he fingered the delicate craftsmanship of a luminous new sash sported over his dark tunic.
“I know…. But… did we really need to condemn him, Aezriana?”
Her booted heels impacted heavily on the uneven floor as she quickly covered the distance between them and placed a pallid hand to the side of his gaunt face.
“Look at me,” she breathed gently, her icy fingertips caressing his unshaven cheek as his sunken grey orbs rose to meet hers.
A vicious slap landed mercilessly upon his left cheek, his weatherworn skin splitting under the sheer force of the blow.
“You repulse me, Cotume!” she spat angrily “Our plans are fast coming to fruition and you sit here, wallowing in self-pity!”
“But Ellis… The Council is going to arrest him for trea…”
“Silence!” Aezriana hissed, raising her hand threateningly “It was a necessary ploy… and it worked did it not? Or am I mistaken in seeing ‘Commander’ printed upon that sash?”
Viktor’s gloved fingers resumed their idle toying of his glossy sash as Aezriana considered him with a bemused expression.
“Duffield sided with the enemy; he condemned himself without your aid! And after such actions of course Casca would reward you for your unyielding fealty and obedience!”
Viktor nodded, a small smile finally working its way across his thin lips.
“You are right my dear, I cannot blame myself… I have been promoted, we have the genie statuette… this truly is a time for revelling,”
Viktor made a move to get to his feet but a booted heel pressed firmly against his chest, forcing him to remain seated. Aezriana leaned in closely, grazing her lips with his and trailing her cold fingers across his armoured chest, pausing briefly to stroke his sash before bringing them to rest upon his thigh.
“I understand Viktor… Oh how I pity humanity, how difficult it must be… being a slave to your conscience,”
Heavy footfalls echoed in the room beyond announcing the impending arrival of…
“Lucy!” Viktor yelped, hastily pushing Aezriana away and clambering to his feet.
A fleeting devious smirk flashed across Aezriana’s lips as she dematerialized into the shadows just as the old ash door creaked open ajar.
“V…Viktor?” came Lucy’s timid voice as her pretty face peeked around the heavy door. “I… I heard voices,”
Viktor seized the door and pulled it forcefully from Lucy’s grasp “You heard wrong,” he snapped as the door slammed shut inches from the young Herald’s tear streaked face.


The plot thickens...

Shiel.
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Long Live the Queen
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 11:50 PM EDT by Avenhar (QuestandEventNews)
Long Live the Queen

Start Date: September 8, 2009
End Date: To Be Determined

Additional Information


Let it be known upon every isle of the Great and Illustrious Kingdom of Britannia that our own shining jewel, that radiant Star of Hope, our own Lady Dawn has been crowned Queen of the Realm by the common consent of Her people.

In turn, let the works of Casca – the usurper, the murderer, the fraud and betrayer – be forgotten and driven into the dust beneath our heels even as we turn our eyes towards our new Queen.

The False King is dead. Long Live the Queen!

Sherry the Mouse

-Sherry the Mouse
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Publish 60 Notes
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 11:02 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Publish 60 Notes


Chrissay Zeeman

08 Sep 2009 10:55:58 EST



For your convenience, due to the length of the notes, we have put the publish notes in PDF format HERE… As it is easier to read them through the PDF format.


If you are unable to download the PDF version please click on more.



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Welcome to the Stygian Abyss
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 10:57 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Welcome to the Stygian Abyss


Chrissay Zeeman
08 Sep 2009 13:27:45 EST


The shards are back up! It’s time to explore the Stygian Abyss. Players are now able to purchase the expansion through UO Gamecodes and the EA Store.




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New Bosses Being Challenged in The Stygian Abyss
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 10:17 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

This evening I received word that  Pottersfield [Pvm], Taslin [PvM] and Harper [[email protected]] ventured into the underworld to the bottom of The Stygian Abyss and challenged the Slasher of Veils. After about a 30-minute battle, the three defeated the Slasher.

They received the following 2 items as loot:

  


A bit later Oriana [afk], Stickup, Pottersfield [PvM], Taslin [PvM], and Miliardo [SI] used keys that Stickup had gathered to summon the Stygian Dragon. I'm told they met with many deaths, but had an enjoyable time!

·         The Stygian Abyss: The deepest level of the Stygian Abyss dungeons, accessible from the Underworld, Tomb of Kings, and certain Felucca dungeons for the Champ Spawns

 

 

 

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A Royal Invitation
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 7:34 PM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
 

Taken from: The Golden Brew Tavern
A Royal Invitation

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
By EMSeppo

To Lady Dawn, the defender of virtues,

It has been brought to my attention that you have played an important role in our victory against Shadowlords and Crimson dragons. Let me be the first to express my deep gratitude on behalf of Sosaria for aiding us.

Long have we faced the threats posed by their combined forces, with our people paying the price in blood and tears. I went through a similar challenge, not long after my coronation, when I succeeded in halting the corruption of our people by dismantling their nefarious designs.

I believe that we have much to gain from each other. Together we can rebuild and lead our people into a new era. I think you would agree with me that there is much we can talk about in this regard.  As such, I would like to invite you to meet me tomorrow evening, so that we can discuss our alliance.

May the virtues guide you,

Lord Casca

Time: 9:00 PM PST

Location: Britain Trammel (Gate will be available to the meeting location)

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Lady Dawn Leads Chesapeake To Victory Over The Shadowlords!
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 1:04 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox (Chesapeake)
SLEnding                                   Lady Dawn Leads Chesapeake To Victory Over The Shadowlords

         The evil that has plagued the realm of late came to its finale this weekend as Lady Dawn with the aid of the Platinum Dragons led the uprising to crush the forces of the Shadowlords. The battle began on Fridays eve, as hordes of Crimson Dragons were met by the players of Chesapeake as well as the protectors of the realm the Platinum Dragons, just outside the dungeon Wrong. 




         The battle began ferociously as the behemoths of the realm shook the earth beneath blasting away at one another as the brave warriors of Chespeake joined the fight attacking the evil Crimsons with all thier might.



          As the battle raged on, word spread fast around the realm of the ongoing conflict as not only players and guilds seeking to aid the forces of good arrived but evil murderers and faction fighters from Minax and the Shadowlords jumped into the fray slaying those who might aid the Platinums. The Followers of Armedeggon's attempt to thrwart the will of the virtues fell short as their forces and many dragons were eventually slain by the combined forces of Chesapeake.

     

         Once the murderous fiends were held off, the efforts of the realm were realized as the Platinums overtook the final Crimson. The death toll high, a sigh of relief could be taken as the realm was safe, at least for that eve. Special thanks to Panaramix (Qc) for our screen shots as well as Pink (MoB) for thier eyewitness accounts.

         Healing the wounded and recouping from the previous nights battle brought many questions as the realm wondered if this truly was the end of all the suffering brought upon us all. The Shadowlords had been dealt a defeat but had not been seen themselves. The treachery of Lord Casca in tow, the veil of the Shadowlords still lingered in the air. Sundays town crier brought word to meet Lady Dawn in the city of Britain.....

         Equiping myself with thy sturdiest armour and spells I made the trek to Britain arriving from Guardians Gate to find citizens gathered in excitement and ready for anything as the anticipated arrival of the fabled warrior ensued. Appearing on the rooftop of the Britain Counselors Hall, Lady Dawn addressed the crowd speaking of the true nature of the Shadowlords intentions here on Chesapeake.


                             

                 

          Lady Dawn told those in attendance the Shadowlords sought to recreate a new "Gem of Immortality" , The very gem which created the multiple facets we call home here in the realm which met its end many years ago. She revealed she knew thier location as the very lords of evil guarded its completion. Calling upon the crowd to help defeat this plot against them, the call to arms had begun.


                          

                        

                       

                          

                         

                       

            Calling upon the mantras Lady Dawn opened a moongate to the described location. The group plunged into the darkness to find themselves deep inside a cavernous area dank with the smell death itself. The defenders of the realm knew not what lie ahead.

               

             Charging forward to meet thier foes head on, courageous warriors from all walks of life took up arms against the beasts that lie within. What seemd like hundreds of Shadowlord Manisfestations roamed the corridors!  Alerting the evil to our prescence the battle that ensued was nothing less than spectacular to bear witness too. Thunderous bolts of energy and flame lit the darkness as the caves floor was soon littered with the bodies of warriors and manifestations alike.


                

                                  

             

                  

                   

             The relentless will of the players of Chesapeake tested to its fullest, the group fought deep into the catacombs reaching a mystical altar from which sparkeld a gem of which none had ever seen. Brillianty red in color, and gleaming with the powers of all Sosaria, It's keepers , the three masters of the shadows Nosfentor, Faulinei, and Asteroth stood in our way. The battle was fierce and the death toll immense as the Shadowlords fought unto thier own demise eradicating many along the way. Barely surviving the encounter, we gathered to bear witness to the gem and Lady Dawn's retrieval of the powerful artifact.

               
                
             

             

             Claiming the gem for safekeeping Lady Dawn once again summoned the mantras transporting us to Castle British. Ascending the throne gem in hand, she made several declarations. The glorious lady warrior declared her intention to assume the throne of Britannia! The shadowlords defeated her sights now set on Lord Casca. Boasting her first works upon laying claim to the throne was to free those falsely accused by Casca. Lord Avery, Commander of the Royal Guard was to be set free immediately, along with the once salty thief Ricardo! The would be queen then ordered the construction of a new House of Commons north of Britains Gate.

                                                              
           
                      

                                   

              

                   



                                
              
                                   

                    

               

                

                  

                

                    

                     

                      

                      

                     

   Among the many riches discovered with the gem were hordes of Cloaks of Corruption, Doom Artifacts, and three very peculiar items. Small fragments or "shards" of the newly constructed gem were gathered by a lone warrior. Conker aka Necro amassed all three shards dealing heavy damage to all three Shadowlords. He took a few moments to show me the precious remnants. Upon realizing thier origin and importance, he proclaimed the three would be split among several locations along with the realm to ensure any and all who wished to visit and gander at the prizes of victory. I even went as far as to suggest one be displayed at the Museum of the Virtues, one of the realms most prominent museums. The kryss wielding necromancer assured us he'd mull it over!

               

           The day saved once again by the citizens of the realm led by the air apparant to the throne of Lord British. We now look to locating Lord Casca to confront the false king one final time. Will he relinquish the throne to Lady Dawn? In the words of our own EM Dudley "Stay Toon'd!"
                                                          Well Done Chesapeake!





                 




          







       

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Running Late
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 1:03 PM EDT by Morpheus Mardox ()

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:



Some people may have noticed that for the first time in 23 weeks there was no Stratics Friday update (but then again probably not). Delayed for the launch of the Stygian Abyss Expansion we now bring you:




Still working, and fast approaching the 6 months mark

If you can help please send and information or submissions to [email protected], [email protected], or send a pm to me, Petra Fyde. Alternatively, if you feel you'd like to follow Lynk's example and join the Stratics team as a content editor, I'll be interested to hear from you.
Talk to me!
I'm listening!

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Running Late
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 12:01 PM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

Ultima Online Stratics Weekly Announcement:



Some people may have noticed that for the first time in 23 weeks there was no Stratics Friday update (but then again probably not). Delayed for the launch of the Stygian Abyss Expansion we now bring you:




Still working, and fast approaching the 6 months mark

If you can help please send and information or submissions to [email protected], [email protected], or send a pm to me, Petra Fyde. Alternatively, if you feel you'd like to follow Lynk's example and join the Stratics team as a content editor, I'll be interested to hear from you.
Talk to me!
I'm listening!

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Sunday Night Taming Hour Recap For September 6, Announcement For September 13
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

 

Sunday Night Taming Hour, Sponsored by M!S
Recap for Sunday, September 6

Taming Hour started with the Royal Zoo at Tier 11 (still), and the donation box was at 11,491,130 points. There were 239,223 points donated during the hour, bringing the donation box total to 11,730,353.

Tamers present were:

Toni Fierce [M!S]
DixieLoneStar [M!S]
Leohin [M!S]
NILREM [M!S]
Loko [M!S]
Lil Debi [M!S]
Tenchi [M!S]
Patches [M!S]
Reap [DWN]
Kat McBroeden [DWN]
Luna Tic [TAO]
Dirnim Pizarro [RoR]
Lord Thee Avatar
Smaug

Instead of taming on Sunday, September 13, there will be level 6 treasure map hunts. Meet at the Zoo at our regular time, 8pm Pacific (9pm Mountain, 10pm Central, 11pm Eastern). From there we will go to DixieLoneStar’s to split into teams. All gold from the t-hunts will be donated for points to go towards the dice roll for the ‘bird bath’ zoo reward statue.

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Client Updates
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 8:27 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Client Updates


Chrissay Zeeman

08 Sep 2009 10:30:07 EST



Enhanced Client:

Updates:



  • Brightness slider is now available for dye tub color selection.
  • Alternate text added for the New Player Experience depending on the type of targeting option chosen in the User Settings.

Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed issues with objects sprites changing size when viewing the item in Bulk Order Deeds and container grid/list view.
  • Elements of the User Interface no longer move to random locations when resizing the game client.
  • Fixed issues with text not centering properly with Promotional Token gumps.
  • Fixed issues with vertical and horizontal lines appearing throughout many generic gumps.
  • Fixed issues with text appearing blurry.
  • Criminal Notification gump will no longer appear multiple times for trying to attack someone multiple times.
  • Fixed issues with certain weapons not appearing when equipped in War mode.


Classic Client

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed issues with certain weapons not appearing when equipped in War mode.
  • Objects no longer drop from the sky when moving objects around.
  • Fixed crash issue that involved teleporting to another location while other players move objects around.
  • Gargoyles no longer appear slightly off the ground when standing on the ground.




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Shards are being brought down
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 7:34 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Shards are being brought down


Chrissay Zeeman

08 Sep 2009 10:15:21



We are bringing the shards down for their final maintenance period before the launch of Stygian Abyss. Shortly Stygian Abyss will be available through the EA Store and through UO gamecodes. Keep an eye out here for announcement. If you have never ordered through the EA Store before you may want to read our article HERE.



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Tuesday Spy Event Postponed
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 1:17 AM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)

This just in from EM Malachi:

Tuesday’s Royal Spy Mission must be postponed due to the new expansion release. The mission will take place this weekend, day and time to be determined. Thank you for your understanding and enjoy the new content!

– EM Malachi

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Kingdom Reborn Client
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Posted on Monday, September 7, 2009, 10:52 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Kingdom Reborn Client


Chrissay Zeeman

07 Sep 2009 14:53:50 EST



In preparation for the release of Stygian Abyss, we need to streamline our patch process. Support for the Kingdom Reborn client ends today. For those of you using the Kingdom Reborn client, you will need to download either the Classic or upgrade to the Enhanced client. Links to the installers for our officially supported clients can be found here: http://www.uoherald.com/downloads


Remember, both clients are FREE to use and will support the Stygian Abyss Expansion when it is released.


Furthermore…. Retribution is now closed to prepare for the final stages of launch. Stay tuned …!

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GOF To Celebrate 11th Anniversary Soon
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Posted on Monday, September 7, 2009, 10:24 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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GOF to Celebrate 11th Anniversary ~





Guild of Friends has been on the Great Lakes Shard for many years, almost eleven to be exact. There are only a few guilds that can make that claim including FCB.

King Flash informs me GoF have several things in the works for this upcoming birthday. Dates have not been set and events are just in the talk stage but they will proceed quickly. "A superb shard wide set of events" they claim. They may even step across the borders into other shards for an event or two. Time will tell.

I would like to take this time to congratulate this guild on the long run, also the friendships and bonds they create. Any news on this celebration that comes my way will be passed along to our readers..

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LC,S,BR,FOTHM <--- What?
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Dudley's Briefcase
September 7, 2009

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Lord Casca, King of Britannia to invite Lady Dawn to a special audience
September 10th at 8 ET! All Citizens invited to attend this invitation
to take place at Castle Blackthorn [Tram]!

Santiago reports a special congratulations to Yamamoto for catching
"BEEG FEESH!" during the Angling Tournament! A whopping 196 stone fish
was landed, falling just one stone shy of the shard record! Another
congratulations to Merlock for landing 8 lunkers, earning them both a
spot at the Hall of Victory!

The next round of Battle Royale Qualifying matches at the Duelist's Edge
will take place this Wednesday night at 7 ET. Note the change from the
original Thursday date planned. Remember, it's not too late to sign up!
Gate's provided from the EM Hall or see Ser Brightblade in Trinsic [Fel]
to join the Duelist's Edge!

Any interested citizens or guilds interested in participating in the
upcoming "Festival of the Harvest Moon" should contact EM Dudley
([email protected]) to sponsor events or offer suggestions for
this most joyous festival!

If you didn't figure out the title yet then umm....
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Final Confrontation Report
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>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Yesterday evening the citizens of Britannia came together at the Skara Brae Community Center at the request of Dawn. As you can see below, many, many honorable citizens answered the call!



We were met by a nasty little fellow by the name of Nimrad who stated “I do not like you all much”. Very nice way to start the evening! He seemed very disappointed with the number of people that came to fight. To quote him, “Is this all we have? We are screwed…” So little faith in our citizens. Funny thing tho, he was doubting our abilities and he seemed a little confused with his own abilities.




But he was able to gate us successfully to meet up with Dawn! *snicker* The gate took our troops to Fire Temple where Dawn awaited us. She greeted with the announcement “Tonight we end the oppression that has been plaguing Britannia!” See her in all her majesty.



This beautiful starry pool is where the battle begins…..



Horrible explosions shook the land! There were many, many deaths. The people and their majestic animals alike! Would there be no end to this!!?




At last!! A rez station! Thank the gods! There is hope!




The tides are beginning to turn in this mighty battle against the Shadowlords. The citizens are slowly making headway to stop this oppressive force.





Then… suddenly… relief! The battle was won! Dawn met with the troops to congratulate them on their bravery.





It was quite an evening to say the least! Huzzah! Now….let’s get Casca…

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Lunch With Em Vladimere
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Lunch With Em Vladimere
Luna City
September 7, 2009



Em Vladimere was spotted in Luna bank this afternoon. He was being sneaky
appearing at times then poofing away. The savages came up with a plan to
catch the "Robe" a.k.a and EM Vladimere. Suasage Pizza was bought from the
local Tavern in Skara. Others around the bank helped get some furniture and
lighting, should it become dark.



Now the trap was set. All they had to do was wait for the "Robe" to
smell the pizza and take the bait. It only took 45seconds and in popped
Em Vladimere. The savages waited a few moments for Em Vladimere
to begin eating. Niva nodded to Sinthe. Sinthe nodded to Sami but,
Sami had no idea why Sinthe nodded to her. Niva growled then looked
at Sinthe.



People gathered around to socialize with Em Vladimere. Everyone had
a great time while it lasted. The Savages even had fun considering the
net blunder. Thank you to everyone who helped make Em Vladimere feel
welcome. We all do hope Vladimere visits us at the Luna bank as much
as he possibly can.

(We are sorry for the way some treated you Vladimere at the end. Our shard is embarrassed
at the actions and words spoken to you. We are very glade you came to have lunch with us.)

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Community Meet up - September 7th
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Community Meet Up – September 7, 2009
Date: Every Monday Night
Time: 7:30PM CST
Location: Skara Brae Community Center - located next to the bank


Meeting Agenda:
We'll hear weekly announcements of upcoming events and hunts for Lake Superior from Sabina our events coordinator.


The weekly community meetings, events, hunts, etc are always open to the public. No invitations needed!
Everyone is always welcome to come ask questions, make plans, or make announcements.

Bring a friend if you can make it, tell a friend if you can't!

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Community Hunt - Week of September 7th
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Want to go hunting but don't have a big enough group? Are you looking for good guides to dungeons you've yet to explore?

The community hunts are open to everyone! Come show your support for the Lake Superior community and take a walk on the wild side at the same time. Meet some new and old friends and have a bit of a challenge along the way.



Elf to Human Quest assistance
Date: Tuesday, September 8th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Peerless Hunt (Mondain's Legacy Required)
Date: Wednesday, September 9th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Resource Gathering (ore gathering)
Date: Thursday, September 10th
Time: 8:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Host: Taeara Mi'Aken

Community Champ Spawn Hunt
Date: Friday, September 11th
Time: 9:00PM CST
Starting Location: Skara Brae Community Center, next to the bank
Hosts: Taeara Mi'aken


And remember, these hunts are for everyone, regardless of their skill level or guild affiliation. Come meet new friends, see new places, gain experience and just have fun.


Sabina Nikolai,
High Marshall, Community Hunt Organizer
The Order of the Silver Rose
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Shadowlords Defeated!
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The Shadowlords learned last night that the citizens of Legends were not willing to let them and their messenger, Lord Casca, have free reign over their lands. We were called to the Counselor Hall in Britain and were greeted by Lady Dawn and Candrin Devar. Dawn told us that a portal to the lair of the Shadowlords had been discovered along with their intent of rebuilding a corrupted version of the Gem of Immortality, over which they would rule. Our target was then clearly known... we had to find and destroy the Shadowlords and recover this corrupted gem.



Lady Dawn then opened a gate to the Daemon Temple where, after a brief skirmish with the local denizens, a portal was found at the top of the large staircase. Rushing through the gate we found ourselves confronted with numerous manifestations of the Shadowlords, blocking the way to the true Shadowlords. Warriors and tamers with grand pet dragons fought along the corriders of the dungeon, gaining ground slowly.



At last a room found, with a brightly glowing blood red gem in the center, and protecting it the true Shadowlords. The battle raged on and the cries of the fallen were answered by those valiant healers that are always with us to give aid, comfort and encouragement that the warriors may push on. Finally all was still.... the Shadowlords crumpled essences lying on the dungeon floor. Dawn approached the gem cautiously, admonishing all to stand back from the dangerous artifact. She then gingerly released it from it's stand and gently slipped it into her pack, saying that a safe place needed to be found to house it. It is not likely that any with the power of the Shadowlords will again enter our world, but a good stronghold to keep the corrupt gem sounds like a fine idea, indeed!



Everyone regrouped back at the Counselor Hall in Britain and after a bit of back slapping and generally feeling good about our accomplishment Dawn asked if anyone had recovered a shattered fragment of gem. Only one stepped forward, the valiant Jura Valleyforge of L*D guild. Dawn has said that there are three gems, so there are two unaccounted for at this time.

Dawn also had two announcements for us. First, by agreement of the High Council, Candrin Devar has been appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Guard and this was met with resounding approval as Candrin is much loved by the folks of Legends. Secondly she said that Captain Morgan has been commissioned to search for Lord Casca so that he might be brought before the Council for questioning and, possibly, charges for crimes against the Crown. We wish Captain Morgan a fair wind and following seas.



The people of Legends this eve have finally finished a very long journey which began with a tiny mad woman from the lands of Tokuno. Along the way, it is hoped, new friendships were forged in the heat of battle that will last into whatever adventures lie ahead.

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Interview With EM Vladimere!!!
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Vladimere's Stone House
September 7, 2009

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(No such event really happened. This was made special for Em Vladimere)

When did you start in Ultima Online?

December 1997

Before you became an EM did you work or Volunteer for Ultima Online?

Yes. I was a Counselor and Seer.

We know EM Dudley likes cookies. What does Vladimere like?

I am not much of a candy or cookie eater. So I would say Cheese and Sausage Pizza.
Main dish would be Shrimp and Steak, Mashed potatoes, brown gravy and corn.

How does the EM chain of command go? Also, how do you and EM Dudley work together?

Mesanna is the over all boss. EM Dudley and I are equal. We share duties at times together.
He has events running from new Haven and I have events running from Luna. We team up if
needed for an event. We try not to schedule events at the same time. Its hard to get the
players on felucca together to discuss events with them. They don't all sit around a bank at
the same time like they do in New Haven and Luna. Also some EMs are robed on other
shards to assist them if needed too.

Pixel items. Are you against this?

I am not against it. I do not have permission from Mesanna to give them away.
Right now the items allowed are cloaks of Silence, Mesanna's Cream Pie and EM Sash's.
If I make them and Gm Mark them we can do some items But, I cant inscribe them.
I had a fishing contest where I gave away fishing poles that said "Exceptional Em Vladimere"
gm marked. GM = Grandmaster and not Game master. I went out and chopped logs to
make the poles. Just like a regular player would have to do.

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As an EM how do you deal with constant attacks about how well you perform and events
held? Also, how you deal with people who praise you.

I don't take anything personal. Sometimes it might seem that way but I really don't
Like everyone else, praise is good. You always hear more negative then positive.
No matter what I do their will be some that did not like an event and others that loved it.

Do you read the Chesapeake forums daily? And which ones?

No I don't read them daily. I do look at UO stratics but its the main page where you
see all the shards information. I do look at the forums sometimes. I don't like
players who rant and rave about something they don't like in the forums. Would
make my blood pressure boil and I don't want to have a heart attack over silliness.

What is your overall feel of the Chesapeake shard community?

The Chessy shard has a great group of players that come to events.
They are learning that I am not gonna give out something every event.
If they want to come and possibly enjoy themselves I welcome them with
open hands. Pardon the pun. If they come to get a reward that they can
sell 5mintues later then they wont have fun. I was hired to get the
community to have fun together, not make a few of the player rich.

How do you feel about player run cities?

I think its great to have them.

Some on Chesapeake would like nothing more then a little stone that says.
"Welcome to _____ City." Any chance you would try to push that in? Maybe
have the communities work together to achieve this. Run an event for it?

The Marker that says Welcome to ________ City would have to go through
Mesanna's permission. She would be the one to make that decision.

The Multi-Color Horde Minion. Some were under the impression we might be
able to name it. Any chance of that happening? Or is Papa Smurf it?

That was a Mesanna and I believe Gareth creation. I cant answer that question
for them.

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Jessica, Temptress and Franklin. Have these three been used by you
before? Or did you come up with the characters when you became an EM?

They were done after I became an EM. Instead of 1 night Events I decided to
make an ongoing event that would end after a while. I don't want it to drag
on for years. A couple of months is good

When writing these characters do you become attached to them in your mind?

Yes, to me they are RPC Characters. They cant be online like regular
players all the time. I hate to see one of them Die off.

Temptress was seen placing black roses on corpses, is that true?

It was an emote black rose and not a pixel item black rose.
Like she did with this *Collects another soul*

Different stories have gone around about why the auction houses got runes
locked down. Can you explain to us what made you think of doing this for them?
Also many view you as a saint for finally locking down the runes. How does that
make you feel?

I had quite a few complaints about people taking the runes and dumping them in
the trash. I had quite a few complaints about players running around griefing the
auction houses and changing the rune names etc. So I asked how to stop it and
got replies house mark them. So to stop them from going to the trash I locked
them down. That way players that wanted to go to the auctions could. It was
more in the interest for the players then the guilds. Some think it was. The players
that reported me and tried to get me into trouble did not succeed. They were the
ones that were taking the runes and doing alot of the griefing. When they could
not harass anymore they went after me. It was done to enhance the game and
not take away from it.

When you locked down the runes did you know you answered a prayer Communities
have had for almost ten years?

At the time no. After it was spread across the forums, yes.

How are people to submit there ideas to you? and can we design the area the
runes would go in?

Down stairs is a bulletin board I read it about 2x a week. We are still working on
details about a place for the runes to be locked down. With the release of SA
about to happen the runes is not a must do project. When and where its to
happen will be of a nice design to enhance and not degrade the area.


Thank you for taking the time to sit down with me. I hope that everyone is
able to read this and get to know a little more about you. "What is that on the wall? Look!"

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Santiago's Fishing Challenge
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Trinsic City
September 3, 2009

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In Attendance:
Ry, Sami, Yamamoto [CAT], Lord Merlock [DWxC], Sushi [DWxC],
Em Dudley, Loopy [FTH], Lord Gareth [PaxO], Jonah [DWxC],
Savaric [DWxC], Lady Alexis Korath, Knightingale [TEB], syjwoods,
Lord Kei Kusanagi [RAZE], Crewel Lye [USN],Lameth (DWxC),
Smiley, Samuel

The fishermen of Chesapeake all made their way to the Counselors
Hall in Britain city. (Please note almost all EM events start here.)
Once gathered EM Dudley had people pre-register with him. The following
information needed to be entered into a red book.

1. Your name.
2. The Vessel you will be fishing off of.
3. Whether or not your part is combat capable.
(This becomes important later.)

Em Dudley used his magic to open a gate to the Fishermens guild
in the city of Trinsic. Once everyone was gathered the famous
fishermen Santiago came outside to greet his fellow fishermen.
The following rules were announced before he sent everyone off
to catch the "BEEEG FEEESH!"

1. Anyone may fish off any ship. Whether its theirs are not.
2. Only fish caught between Six and midnight are counted.
Turning in fish caught outside the window will result in disqualification
3. Once you get a fish hold on to it. Santiago will be around to collect them.

Winners were be based on two categories.

Largest Fish
and
Most Big Fish Caught

Some broke into small groups and others went solo on their
mission to get De "Beeg Feeesh!" and now the most big fish!!
We follow the story of the U.S.S Roadrunner. It has a crew
of 3. Niva The Savage (Boat Defense) Syjwoods (Captain)
and Lord Gareth (Cabin Boy). This is where the combat
capable comes in. Not only did the fishermen catch big
fish they caught:

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Diabolical Sea Weed and some undead pirates! Perhaps it was
the missing Red Dagger Pirates! That lich did look like Kerrs Holly!
Other vessels also reported having the same minor problems while
they were fishing as well.

Niva the Savage started to get a little hmmm.... Proud? With battle
after battle won Niva started to show her true power. She did not
bother the Captain or the Cabin Boy but, She did have a few words
with the Tiller man.

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Santiago made regular visits to all ships. This was to collect fish
but, also we believe to make sure everyone was attended and
didn't set up some contraption to fish for them. Santiago also
seemed to be a very excellent swimmer.

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Nightingale reported "accidentally" throwing Santiago over board while
making a quick sharp turn. Great battles happened on the sea with
water elementals and Sea serpents swarming the vessels.

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Lameths Adventure On The Wild Seas!

Lameth launched the Queen of Tenakill from the docks and proceeded east-
southeast to deep water. He fished for about an hour, managed to dodge a
few serpents, Lameth's ability in fighting is directly linked to how fast he can
drink heal pots and row!

The QoT changed direction to a more southernly route. It was sometime
after that, I'm not exactly sure when he dozed off to sleep. It may have
been the bottle of Skara Porter or it may have been the bottle of Haven
HellFire. Not sure we'll ever know

But he's still out there, adrift, asleep and only a huge hangover to show for
the evening.

End of the Beeg Feesh Tournament

Afterwords everyone gathered back at the Fishing Guild building
in Trinsic. Fishermen swapped great stories. Everyone was in
great spirits. Everyone was included in the stories and chit chat.
Unfortunately Santiago could not be found at the end. The fishermen
waited around for an hour. Some waited longer. Perhaps Santiago
got a foot cramp while swimming back. We do hope that the undead
pirates did not get a hold of him! We would have to rescue him with
our fishing poles!!!!

Fishing Tourny Current Standings:
Largest Fish Caught: 196 Stones by Yamamoto

Current Standings for Most Fish Caught:
Loopy - 2 Fish
Sushi - 7 Fish
Merlock - 8 Fish
Gareth - 6 Fish
Alexis Korath - 4 Fish
Ry - 0 Fish
Yamamoto - 3 Fish
Sami - 1 FishNightingale - 2 Fish
Jonah - 0 Fish
Syjwoods - 0 Fish
Smiley - 0 Fish
Samuel - 1 Fish

Should any of these contestants have caught a big fish between 11:30 ET
and Midnight ET on September 3rd (The window for the tournament) please
bring it forth to the Hall of Commons meeting this Sunday at 10:30 ET (Note the later time).
I apologize for the technical difficulties, winner will be
announced at the Hall gathering on Sunday!
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Locked Runes And Book?
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Locked Runes And Book?
Luna City Bank
September 1, 2009



Two runes are locked down on the Luna bank
floor along with a blue book with information. The two runes
are for Chesapeakes two auction houses KFC and SHE auction
house.

These runes were locked down by EM Vladimere. After contacting the KFC
Auction house and SHE auction house it was revealed to me why this was
done. Simply put griefers. EM Vladimere did this for them after watching
for weeks runes being collected as they were laying them down. EM Vladimere
put a kink in the griefers plans by locking the rune. This was seen as not
just trying to stop people from picking them up but, also seen as EM
Vladimere trying to help promote the shard community. We hope that this
addition stays and is improved upon.
Maybe they could do runebooks.
"Chesapeake Auction Houses"
"Chesapeake Vendor Malls"
"Chesapeake Static Events"


King Hen the GM of KFC released this statement around noon.

“Having a rune locked down is an outstanding way to promote community events. Whether this is a permanent
feature of EM Vladimere or not, I for one appreciate all that he has done to date for the Chesapeake shard. While
some folks have issues with one another, this is certainly something that can be looked upon as a positive. The
two runes that are locked down currently are the only two auctions on the shard to date. Obviously the more
consistent events that are ran, the issue of “room” could come up. For now it is a nice reminder that our EM is
active and is aware of what is going on in our shard. It is my understanding that EM Vladimere enjoys community
events and we have been blessed to have him at our auction house several times.”


Help Create The Advertisement Section

Mesanna snuck onto the Chesapeake shard to look at the runes. She
probably thought she would get past me. I have people everywhere
Mesanna!! Anyways she then asked people at the bank what they
thought. They all agreed it was a good idea.

Sami agreed it looked untidy. So Mesanna is asking for people to give
ideas on how to make it look more presentable. You should let EM
Dudley or Vladimere know your ideas. I myself will be doing one and
posting it here since they read the forums. You can also send your
ideas to EM Dudley at [email protected]

Get your minds a turning people. Lets see if we cannot do something
for runes and not have to put down 50 runes all at once hmm?

Attend the All Shard Meeting Tomorrow At 8pm EST

The Blaze Tent is in the Luna Fairgrounds South of Luna City
That is where the meeting will be held. It is unknown if it is
just EM Vladimere and Em Dudley or if Mesanna will be there

Mesanna
"If we are going to do this I want everyone to understand this is for everyone/guild on the shard."
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Wedding Explosions Sound
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Wedding Explosions Sound
Luna Fair Grounds
August 28, 2009



Bride and Groom:
Jazz & Lord Drakemore

Wedding Party:
Lady ThaiRoses [RBG], Darth Oni [SoVs], Daria Blackmoore [RBG],
Bear [RBG], Maximillion [RBG],

Priest:
Em Vladimere

In Attendance:
Lord Angus [RBG], Rod Marlin [RBG], Lord Buffas Vale [RBG], Niva The Savage [RBG],
Logan Blackmoore [RBG], Shyla [RBG], Labbat Blue [RBG], Maximillion [RBG],
Ryo-Ohki [RBG], Vran [DWxC], Virem [RBG], Gregarius Phlight, Morpheus Mardox [UOSS],
Lord Loki [RBG], Phoenix [DWxC], John Duke [Pax], Jarod Weber [DWxC],
Lord NANOC [DWxC], Lady Minkx [RBG], Darth Oni [SoVs], Lady Ravenna [DWxC],
Indian Chief Joe [RBG], Lady Yoshi [DWxC], Cara [DWxC]

Em Vladimere:
Brothers, Sisters, Family and friends .... May the Grace of Our Lord be with you all.
Lord, We have come together today, for one of your most sacred gifts: Marriage.
Today he will join Drakemore and Jezz in one of the Holiest Bonds.

*Please all be silent a moment*
Let us bow our heads in prayer

Oh Lord, hear our prayers for Drakemore and Jazz. Who today are united in
marriage before you. Give them your blessings always to strengthen their love
for each other. May this be the beginning of a relationship that will grow and
mature with each passing day. Let the later days become more wonferful
then the first.

Who doth give Jazz to be married to Drakemore?

Maximillion
I do.

Em Vladimere:
I now ask you each to agree to these Marriage Vows. Drakemore, do you
take Jazz for your wedded wife... To love and cherish her from this day
forward for better or worse.

Drakemore
I do.

Em Vladimere:
Not yet lol.

Drakemore
Opp.

Em Vladimere:
For richer or for poorer and in sickness and in health?

Jazz do you take Drakemore for your wedded Husband... to love and cherish
him from this day forward. For better or worse, for richer or for poorer and
in sickness and in heath?

Jazz
I do.

Em Vladimere:
Will ye both please face each other... and take reach other by the hand. The
hand.

*Jazz and Drakemore hold each others hand*

Em Vladimere:
The hand you offer each other is an extension of thyself in thy Mutual Love.
Cherish that touch now and forever. Will the ring bearers please give the bride
and groom their rings.

Drakemore, will you place the ring on Jazz's hand and repeat after me
these words: With this ring. I Thee Wed.

Drakemore:
With this Ring. I thee Wed.

Em Vladimere:
Jazz, will you place the ring on Drakemore's hand and repeat after me
these words: With this ring. I thee Wed.

Jazz:
With this Ring. I thee Wed.

Em Vladimere:
By the powers vested in me by our Lord, I now pronounce yet husband
and wife. You may now kiss your Bride!




(RECEPTION PICTURES AND INFORMATION WILL COME OUT SOON.)
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Late Night Luna Bank Sitter
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Luna Bank
August 28, 2009

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Late Night in Luna on the 28th of August. The unsuspecting Luna banker sitters
had no idea what EM Dudley had in store for them. A Riddle challenge was started.

Some of the riddles were the following.

Sphinx riddle
1.What walks on four legs in the morning
two legs at noon and
three legs in the evening
Man

2.The maker doesn't want it.
The buyer doesn't need it.
The user doesn't see it
Coffin

3.One involved peeing in a container with a plastic ball?
I didn't get to into detail on that riddle.

At the end Ryo-Ohki of [RBG] was announced the winner. Dudley disappeared
and said he would return. Everyone stood around then a magical little green
lantern was placed and etched upon it was.

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Congratulations to Ryo-Ohki
on being able to solve the riddles and winning the grand prize!!!!!
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Atlantic Defeats the Shadowlords Once and For All
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We gathered on the Main Altar at the Demon Temple to hear the Lady Dawn outline our peril.
The Shadowlords awaited us in the Underworld. We would be dead or victorious...




The Lady Dawn opened up a Portal to the Underworld and watched
as the courageous Army from Atlantic poured through to meet our fate...




In the depths of the Underworld, monsters and terrible things await us...




Waves of soldiers attack the Shadowlord pretenders and many fall during the terrible fighting that ensues...



The fires of the Underworld ignite and seem to scream in agony as at last
we defeat the Shadowlords one by one....at a terrible cost...




Finally as the Shadowlords and minions gasp their last breath....
Lady Dawn takes possession of a Brilliant Ruby that must not be allowed to fall into the hands of the evil doers...



Lady Dawn leads the triumphant army back to Castle British where she proclaims that we have won the day
and the Shadowlords are Defeated once and for All. Hurray!




She bids us go out and proclaim to the People of Britannia that we are saved.
Long Live Lady Dawn who has lead us to this glorious victory!






And in other news, EM Nestor has a nice visit with the Ladies & promises "I will stick around until I go insane."





Hope you are all working on your stories for Thursday Night!
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Crimson Dragons Defeated on Atlantic!
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Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2009, 7:28 PM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<
We gathered at Ocllo Bank in anticipation of Faxayion.




Faxayion tells us our mission and takes us to the battleground.




The fighting is fierce but we contain the Crimson Dragons one by one.




And finally the last one is Defeated.





Our last instructions. It seems the Platinum Dragons are under Bloodlust and must be driven off.


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A Shard Of The Gem Of Immortality Screenshots
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Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2009, 7:24 PM EDT by Andrasta ((none))

 

Congratulations to the three who received the Baja gems today.

Miliardo was kind enough to let me borrow his long enough to take screenshots.

When double-clicked, the gem displays the following message:

Thank you for sharing this with us Miliardo.

(Miliardo also told me he didn't know the gem had dropped into his pack until he was looking for something else. That poor Miliardo is SOOO obviously confused at times! 0)

Brigidane has informed me the shard of gem he received will soon be on display at Jinx's Luna house ... Thank you Brigidane.

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A Shard Of The Gem Of Immortality Screenshots
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Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2009, 7:20 PM EDT by Andrasta ((none))

 

Congratulations to the three who received the Baja gems today.

Miliardo was kind enough to let me borrow his long enough to take screenshots.

When double-clicked, the gem displays the following message:

Thank you for sharing this with us Miliardo.

(Miliardo also told me he didn't know the gem had dropped into his pack until he was looking for something else. That poor Miliardo is SOOO obviously confused at times! 0)

Brigidane has informed me the shard of gem he received will soon be on display at Jinx's Luna house ... Thank you Brigidane.

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A Shard Of The Gem Of Immortality Screenshots
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Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2009, 5:09 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

Congratulations to the three who received the Baja gems today.

Miliardo was kind enough to let me borrow his long enough to take screenshots.

When double-clicked, the gem displays the following message:

Thank you for sharing this with us Miliardo.

(Miliardo also told me he didn't know the gem had dropped into his pack until he was looking for something else. That poor Miliardo is SOOO obviously confused at times! 0)

Brigidane has informed me the shard of gem he received will soon be on display at Jinx's Luna house ... Thank you Brigidane.

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Final Battle TONIGHT 5PM EST!!!
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Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<
FINAL BATTLE IS TODAY Sept. 6th

Click the image to open in full size.
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End Game Meeting Location Revealed
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Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2009, 10:05 AM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)
Update from EM Seppo:

The End Game

Time: Sunday (2:00 PM PST)

Location: Trammel

Join Lady Dawn as she leads her allies to the source of Sosaria’s angst! Meeting location: Use the secret passageway from the Broken Arrow Inn located in Serpent’s Hold (or else, there will be a gate from Counselor's hall to the meeting place)
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Patch Update
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Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2009, 9:49 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com




Patch Update


Chrissay Zeeman

05 Sep 2009 19:22:53 EST



To ease the transition to launch day, we are providing a patch for players who use the Classic Client. This is an update to the art associated with the new content. We recommend patching the 332 MB download before Tuesday’s major update: Publish 60!


Stay tuned for more updates!

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Final Battle, Part II: Shadows Fall
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Posted on Saturday, September 5, 2009, 11:21 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<

As Lord Grey promised, Lady Dawn appeared at the Counselor's Hall in northwestern Britain tonight and opened a gate to the Daemon Temple on Fire Isle. She ordered that the Temple must be taken at all costs, and the remnants of the Shadow Army cut down.

A brutal battle to gain entry to the Temple grounds ensued - shadowfiends, shadow wyrms, and Pauper's Agents fell before the mighty Britannian forces. Fighting up the Temple steps, they found that the Shadowlord's servants had the beginnings of a ritual in place.

Daemon Temple ritual site.Red crystals surrounded the bloody pentagram, each engraved differently:

'Hythloth for the daemons'

'Shame for the Enforcers'

'Covetous for the Pauper'

'Shame for unjust laws'

'Destard for Melissa'

'Despise for Andrew'

'Deceit for Casca'

'One left out for the dungeon that is lost'



On the nearby altar lay a note written by Casca:



Letter

by Lord Casca


My Masters,


I have placed the focus crystals at the spots you requested. They are symbols of the dark spell you have cast in the past year. May your ritual to reform the Gem of Immortality on this shard be a success. I will wait for your shadow to cover the land in the place you ordered me to go.

--Lord Casca




Engraved red dungeon crystals.Lady Dawn took out the True Shrieking Grotesque in an attempt to gain insight from the mystic statue, but it instantly turned red in color and began to scream. Fortunately, it was quickly determined that the inscriptions were clues. Each dungeon mentioned contained another red crystal engraved with a letter just inside the entrance. Together they spelled T-R-I-U-M-P-H.


Potential Gem of ImmortalitySaying 'Triumph' in the center of the pentagram whisked the speaker to the underworld where the Shadowlords lay in wait. Upon an ebon pedestal surrounded by ether sat a large ruby - soon to become another Gem of Immortality bound to our world, dooming us all.


A Shadowlord.With spell, sword, arrow, and claw the Britannian forces descended on the Shadowlords true forms. Weakened by the frighteningly beneficial use of the Armageddon spell, the devourers of worlds fell one by one, their evil purged.


As Lady Lava reported earlier, three shards of the original Gem of Immortality slipped into the packs of three members of the Dragon Clan: Ra'Dian Fl'Gith, Pickle, and Gowain. These small blue gems appear to contain a tiny world inside, one which seems to react to the karmic aura of its holder. May they never fall into the hands of evil, for the sake of those living within...

The Ruby Gem.

Once victory was confirmed, Lady Dawn took possession of the oversized ruby and ordered we regroup in the throne room of Castle British. Taking the dais, she began to speak:

Lady Dawn speaks.



"We have defeated the Shadowlords and prevented them from making a Gem of Immortality. And if the information I have is correct, their servants will have died with them. However, in the coming days, we will need to find and confirm Casca's death.

THIS ISN'T THE END!!!

WE HAVE WON THE WAR!!!

BUT WE MUST NOW REBUILD!!!

ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH FOR THIS TASK!!!"



A heart chorus of "Aye!" was her response. Smiling, she continued:



"Tonight, we will find those loyal to Casca, those who broke with Virtue and we will arrest them. They will get a fair trial, but we cannot allow them to escape and bother us again!
I must go talk to some others, but Magnus Grey will talk to you about making some arrests TONIGHT, If you are willing.

May the Virtues be with you!"



She exited the throne room to the sound of the warriors chanting her name and cheering.

Soon Magnus Grey took the dais and instructed the crowd to seek out Casca's 'Paragons of Virtue' and secure them for arrest. All eight traitors to Virtue were swiftly taken into custody without incident. Lord Grey then turned his attention to the repugnant shield display in central Britain, rendering each one into scrap. The assault on the Virtues has ended, Casca's vile laws placed where they belong: a trash barrel!

With the Shadowlords gone we must shift our focus from warfare to social engineering and the rebuilding of our kingdom. We must repair the years of war damage to our cities, and finally expend the necessary resources to heal Magincia give its restless spirits a long-deserved peace.

Tonight, the war that has waged for the very soul of Sosaria has finally come to an end. The Shadowlords are no more, cast out from our Virtuous world. Virtue has prevailed, you have seen to that. Rejoice Britannia!


LONG LIVE BRITANNIA!


Lady Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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Lady Kitten Receives Girl Scout Reward From N^T
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Posted on Saturday, September 5, 2009, 8:04 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

 

Thursday, September 6, the kind people of Baja gathered at Luna Bank to help the Baja Girl Scout Troop 1 find the bag they had lost while out selling cookies to fund their Troop Field Trip to Trinsic. Nyoka, GM of The Newbies in Training [N^T], was on hand to ask to ask the girls questions that might help those gathered determine where the Girl Scouts had wandered to, and where their lost bag of goods might have been dropped:

 

Each of the Girl Scouts told about what they remembered from that night:

 

Abruptly word arrived that Lady Kitten [$C$] had found the bag the Girl Scouts had lost and was on her way to Luna to return the bag to the Girl Scouts.

For her kindness, the lovely Lady Kitten was awarded the 14-million gold reward AND a Scout Cat! And sweet little Girl Scout Arwen was reunited with her lost stuffy.


Screenshots of the area where the bag was located:

Nice observation skills, Lady Kitten!

 

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Related Link: The Girl Scouts' Lost Goods

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WE HAVE WON THE WAR!! DC* Gets The Gems !
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Posted on Saturday, September 5, 2009, 6:23 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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WE HAVE WON THE WAR !





It was a wild, deadly and fast battle this evening but when it was all said and done Lady Dawn announced we had won the war!
She was also quick to point out that we need to rebuild after the many months of devastation to our lands not to mention our people.



Many came to the aid this evening and many deaths occurred ( they will be featured in the next Obituary Column ). My sister reporter Martyna Zmuir has done such an amazing job covering this ongoing event I am sure she has more to follow on this topic.



I am told only three gems were to be found on this evenings battle and it appears all three were acquired by Dragon Clan members! Three cheers for DC*!



My eyes gazed on these three beauties and the three gallant warriors that bravely obtained these gems are Pickle, Gowain and Ra'Dain Fl'Gith.







After the battle many DC* members and others gathered at the Luna Stables to congratulate these three. The party then moved to the DC* Guild House in Fel owned by Vic and if I know DC* the party is still going on.




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A Call to Mercy
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Posted on Saturday, September 5, 2009, 5:46 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

from UO - Origin Events

A Call to Mercy
Posted By EMLaurana on September 5, 2009

This just in from Fayaxion, the Platinum Dragon:

“My friends, it is with humble pride that I address you this day. You have defeated the Crimson Dragons. This accomplishment brings you much closer to banishing the evils of King Casca and the Shadowlords from this land. I pride you on your battle skills and cunning plans of attack.

Some of my brothers and sisters, though, were not so lucky. Several platinum dragons remain battle-scarred and are wandering frenzied through the woods of Yew, Felucca. They have offered their lives for this cause, and in their honor, I humbly request that you have mercy on their souls and put them out of their misery. They knew of the possibility that this might be their fate. Let them leave this world in peace and with victory in their hearts.

I thank you all for your fine work today, and hope you will be well rested as we continue this battle tomorrow. Meet on Sunday at the Counselor’s Hall in Britain, Trammel, at 3pm Pacific/6pm Eastern time.

With the help of Lady Dawn, may we banish evil from these lands for good.”

 
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Shadowlord events Fel 8 CST Sat. Tram 9 CST Sunday.
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Posted on Saturday, September 5, 2009, 5:45 PM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
Dawn is requesting all who follow her, and the path of Order and virtue, to meet an adviser of hers in whom she holds the utmost trust in. You will be able to find him at the Skara Brae Community Center (just east of the bank) on Sunday at 9 PM CST. From there he will take you to Lady Dawn.

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If you haven’t read the latest piece of EA fiction, I suggest you check out the Live Events section of the Herald. It seems a decisive battle between the Crimson and Platinum dragons is approaching… and will be taking place in the lands of Felucca. The outcome of the battle will affect factions, for better or worse. Come and fight. Choose your side. Will you fight to maintain Order…or spread Chaos? Gates will be provided in all the faction bases, as well as at several Felucca moongate locations, on Saturday at 8pm CST.
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from GoldenBrewTavern.com ... Baja Hosts Mesa's Surprise Birthday Party
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Posted on Saturday, September 5, 2009, 4:27 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

from GoldenBrewTavern.com

 Baja hosts Mesa’s Surprise Birthday Party
Saturday, September 5, 2009
By EMSeppo

Wait, what!? Tee hee!

*Thank you for the flowers, Baja gardeners*

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To wish Mesanna a Happy Birthday, click here

 

 
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Into the Shadows, Sunday, September 6 ... Date Updated
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Posted on Saturday, September 5, 2009, 11:32 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Catskills)

 

*** Please note this is the updated dated and time

from EM Kasaven and Cern’s Catskills Events Page

Into the Shadows.
by EM Kasaven

Owain sat across from Dawn, his eyes burning brightly with anticipation.

“We can end this, we can stop Casca and put an end to all that is evil in Britannia, we must rally the people,” Dawn shuffled in her chair with anticipation.

Owain did not reply, he merely drew his sword, Retribution, from its scabbard, and tested the tip of the blade upon his index finger. He pulled back with a wince as fresh blood appeared on the blade. He re-sheathed it with a nod of approval.

“You know where they hide,” she looked into Owain’s eyes, “You have seen them.”

“I’ve seen your dreams ruin you neigh the last few days, how sweat drips profusely from your body, drenching your bed in perspiration, how you shake uncontrollably, how your face contorts into the most horrid of features.”

Dawn placed her hand upon Owain’s shoulder, “Let us end this.”

“They plot your destruction, Dawn, as they have plotted mine,” Owain said in a low voice, “I will take you to them, but we will require assistance, time is of the essence.”

Dawn nodded and began to scribe a summons to the defenders of virtue.

Owain stepped outside the counselor’s hall and let out a sigh.

The nightmares will end. I will have vengeance. I will teach the shadows despair.

***Meet at the counselor’s hall in Britain at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 6th. Be prepared for battle!***

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Into The Shadows – Time/Date Change

 
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Summary of War Council. Event Today at 1:30PM PST.
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Posted on Saturday, September 5, 2009, 12:56 AM EDT by WarderDragon (Baja)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<Summary of War Council
By EM Seppo

This is a brief summary of the war council that took place earlier today (with some added information):

* The meeting was led by Kullervo Nystad. He mentioned that he is representing Lady Dawn and Aino Nystad, both of whom were unavailable due to a quest for a mysterious artifact. When questioned about this quest, he simply stated that it is not for him to talk about.

* Kullervo dropped the big announcement that the thiefmaster has gotten hint of an impending attack by the followers of Shadowlords. The information states that they plan to decimate and gain power over the other factions in Felucca, starting with the True Britannians. In fact, an attack will be launched the very next day (Saturday, 2 PM PST) and the Crimson Dragons are expected to assist SL. It was also mentioned that if SL were to succeed in this attack, they will surely gain much sway over the other factions.

* It was decided that Kullervo will lead a patrol to the city at 1:30 PM PST. We will meet at the same location as where the meeting was held. (the location is different than what was decided during the meeting).

* It was also mentioned that Fayaxion and other Platinum dragons might assist the defenders if Crimson dragons were to be involved. If this were to happen, defenders are asked to stay behind the lines and heal the Platinum dragons. No one knows what might happen when two dragons fight and it c0uld be that they do not differentiate between friends or foes when dragon rage sets in.

* Finally, Kullervo also said that Lady Dawn will require assistance from us when she returns from her quest in few days. (Sunday)
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Final Battle, Part I: Draconic Melee
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Posted on Friday, September 4, 2009, 9:26 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<

Lady Dawn speaks to the warriors before battle.The first battle for the fate of Sosaria began tonight with Lady Dawn receiving the Bell of Courage from its secret protector. "With the Bell, Book, and Candle," she said proudly, "the platinum dragons have assured our victory!"

Platinums battle the Crimsons.With the three most potent artifacts of Virtue in her possession, Dawn led the gathered warriors through a blood-red gate to Skara Brae in Felucca. There, the Platinum dragons were already engaged in fierce fighting with their Crimson cousins. Bolstered by the influx of warriors, the tide turned against the Crimsons and they began to fall.

Andrew, the Servant of Shadowlord Astaroth, taunting.Andrew, the Servant of Shadowlord Astaroth, crawled from under his rock to taunt anyone who would listen. "Those that kill the Platinums now may be spared in the coming days." As the Crimsons continued to fall, he lamented how "Melissa and the Crimsons failed my masters…"

Soon, the Platinums stood victorious over the last fallen Crimson, having swiftly won the battle against their wayward kin and removing a formidable ally of the Shadowlords. As they moved off into the surrounding woods to ensure all was safe, Lord Magnus Grey appeared and said that he had been on a special mission for Fayaxion.

Lord Grey said that Lady Dawn would be traveling by armada to the Isle of Fire to launch an assault against the Shadowlords themselves tomorrow eve. Gates would be provided at the Counselor's Hall in northwestern Britain for those wishing to join Dawn.

Lord Magnus Grey declares victory.

(Be ready for Part II of the Final Battle for Sosaria - Saturday, September 5th at 7pm CST!)

DEATH TO THE SHADOWLORDS!
LONG LIVE BRITANNIA!

Lady Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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Platinum Dragons and Legends Victorious at Brit Bank!
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Posted on Friday, September 4, 2009, 7:24 PM EDT by DevilsOwn (LegendsAOL)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<

This evening Lady Dawn appeared at Luna bank to gather forces for a battle in Felucca. We were to aide the mighty Platinum Dragons against the dark forces of the Crimson Dragons.



Conjuring a red gate in the bank courtyard she bade us go thru, where we were greeted immediately with scores of dragons!



At times it seemed a lost cause.... checking the health of the fierce Platinum Dragons I saw one after the other failing, while the Crimsons remained hearty. The battle raged for nearly two hours, valiant warriors falling all around me, but nearly all returning to fight again after their wounds had been healed.



Suddenly, relative silence, and lone figure rushing thru the debris of battle crying "We've won!" I searched for Lady Dawn and found her addressing a ragged band of tired but smiling fighters.

"Rest and heal your wounds" she said, "and prepare for the final attack on the shadowlords. This world will be free tomorrow!"




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FoF: Only a few more days!
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Posted on Friday, September 4, 2009, 4:39 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

Posted to uoherald.com's Five on Friday:


FoF: Only a few more days!

Chrissay Zeeman


September 4, 2009


In this week's Five on Friday we cover...


Will the Gargoyle tokens we get to change our characters race be tradeable?


Yes they will be tradeable but you have to have to have an SA Entitled Account to use it.
-Mesanna


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Will there be house placment in the Gargoyle lands? If so will this follow Malas placment rules? example being nothing bigger then a Large Tower/18x18.


There will not be any lots big enough for Castles or Keeps in TerMur.
-Mesanna


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Also since some have problems with the gamecodes store will we be able to order the upgrade codes via email or phone call to customer support?


Players will be able to purchase the expansion through the Official EA Store and through the UO Gamecode site. For players purchasing multiple copies we highly recommend using the EA Store as players will be able to purchase up to 5 copies per order.
-Adida


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Will the new Enhanced Client be fully released (out of beta) on September 8th along with the expansion?


The Enhanced Client will remain in a beta state when the expansion is launched. We don’t plan on calling it officially released until its truly ready.
-Supreem


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Why are the mimic room puzzles only penalizing casters (freezing only affects casters when it comes to healing)?


The mimic no longer spawns in the puzzle room. You will however continue to sustain some form of damage when failing to solve the puzzle correctly. As such, casters will still suffer the normal penalties of paralysis (when applicable). But at least, they will no longer be at a greater disadvantage of having to deal with pesky critters.
-Sakkarah


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What is the proper procedure to insure the best results when putting in a harassment call?
Behavior that is always considered harassment includes derogatory and/or hateful comments that are sexual, racist, religious, or related to gender or creed. Origin has a zero tolerance policy towards harassment of this kind, as stated in our it Terms of Service, and violation of the above can result in immediate and permanent account suspension on the first offense.


Behavior that is dependent on circumstance and how you attempt to resolve the situation include most other verbal harassment situations such as name calling. Before you submit a complaint be sure you understand what constitutes harassment and that you have followed these steps:


  1. You have asked the player to "please stop, *player name*", and they have continued to repeat the offending behavior.
  2. It is critical that the accused player that was told to stop should also be included as a target when submitting a petition.
  3. You have tried to remove yourself from the situation, for example, by recalling away or moving several screens.
  4. You have done nothing to instigate or further encourage the harassment.
  5. You have added the player to your ignore list, which is located in your UO options, under Filter Options.
  6. You have read and understand Electronic Arts' definition of harassment, and Electronic Arts' Terms of Service.
  7. Your account information is up to date, including a current email address.

Please note that profanity itself is not prohibited, as Ultima Online is a teen rated game by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. However, this does not permit a player to harass another player with profanity.
-UO Customer Support

Announcements:


Submit your Five on Friday questions here.




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Mondain's Legacy
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Posted on Friday, September 4, 2009, 4:28 PM EDT by Avenhar (QuestandEventNews)
Start Date: September 4, 2009
End Date: To Be Determined


Additional Information

I, Dexter, continue this work of history by my own hand, writing only that which is known unto me.


Herein I shall expound upon the great legacy of Mondain, the secret that brought the platinum dragons to our aid. For what could compel those most ancient wyrms, avatars of age and power, to help the weak and inferior races of men and elves?


Oh, some shall say, that these great dragons are simply altruistic, the embodiment of good without motive to question. They speak as though these beings, whose intelligence dwarfs our own, could be cast into only one simple mold. This is folly, and an insult to these great immortals who fought so valiantly alongside our own lines to defeat their crimson brethren.


Some shall say the threat was never the Shadowlords, but simply the crimson dragons.


Nay, the threat was real.


For the Shadowlords had not simply feasted upon the suffering of the world for their own gluttony. No, they had discovered a greater power, and in their avarice sought it to the very extinction of all life upon our world.


The Three, those cursed in name, had begun creating a Gem of Immortality even as Mondain had so long ago. They had found, after great effort, a ruby gem capable of harnessing the power of our beautiful sun, and in their vileness corrupted it: feeding it hatred, cowardice, and lies.


This they had done in world after world, binding them time after time, consuming their power and leaving it to wither and perish.


And when those Three were defeated, what was left of their wretched mortal shells but shards of the very same Gem? A Gem forged on a distant world, long dead…


No, the dragons have returned to Britannia, and their claim to this world is as strong, if not stronger, than our own. They fought to save this world, and we, we are but a small part in their plans.


-Tim “Draconi” Cotten
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Community Spotlight
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Posted on Friday, September 4, 2009, 4:24 PM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)

Posted to uoherald.com



Community Spotlight

Chrissay Zeeman

04 Sep 2009 14:25:20 EST


In this week's community spotlight we have a fan site announcements and events from:



  • All Shards Player Contest
  • Atlantic
  • Baja
  • Catskills
  • Chesapeake
  • Europa
  • Great Lakes
  • Lake Superior
  • Origin
  • Whispering Rose

If you have fan site news, an event for your shard, or a suggestion for next week's Community Spotlight please click here. Please ensure your submissions are before Friday 1PM EST.



You can read more HERE…


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A Clash of Dragons - Major Event on Atlantic (Saturday & Sunday) September 5th & 6th
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Posted on Friday, September 4, 2009, 4:09 PM EDT by Andrasta (Atlantic)
The Account of Atticus, Ranger of Skara Brae, to Lady Dawn


At dawn I hunted a stag through the woods near the mountains of Destard. Just as I was taking aim to shoot, a thunderous sound rippled through the trees and caused my prey to flee. Overhead the crimson and platinum dragons soared!

The dragons fought fiercely, clawing and snapping at each other igniting the trees below. I watched in horror as a wounded platinum dragon plunged into the mountainside, sending boulders and shattered rocks crashing down.

Then a crimson dragon spied me and came straight for me! I turned and ran but there was no way to outpace the dragon. A claw ripped at my backside, shredding my cloak and leather jerkin. Behind I could hear the furious sound of wings and snapping jaws. I was lifted up into the air and felt fire scorching all around me; I shut my eyes, expecting a swift death. Instead I was freed on a distant mountaintop; it was Fayaxion who saved me.

Fayaxion told me the time is at hand when all mortals must choose the fate of Britannia and take up arms; for if the platinum dragons should fail in their battle, the advantage gained by the Shadowlords shall persist forever.

Event Notes


Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 4 pm EST

Mondain's Legacy

Gates will be available at all of the faction strongholds and the Occlo bank to the battle of the dragons which will take place in Felucca.


Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 4 PM EST

The Bell of Courage

Join Lady Dawn at Daemon Temple on Fire Island, Trammel as she sets out to vanquish the Shadowlords once and for all.

Read the full story on UO Herald Live Events
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Meeting with Dawn
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Posted on Friday, September 4, 2009, 3:21 PM EDT by Nyte Doombringer (Europa)
>>> Felucca Facet News <<<Saturday, 05 September 2009, 20:00

Meeting with Dawn in Cove, Felucca. Be ready for a big battle!
Location : Cove, Felucca

www.europa.uoem.net
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Meeting with Melissa Servant of Nosfentor
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>>> Felucca Facet News <<<Saturday, 05 September 2009, 20:00

Meeting with Melissa Servant of Nosfentor in the Britannia Prison at Yew, Felucca. Be ready for a bit battle!
Location : Britannia Prison at Yew, Felucca

http://www.europa.uoem.net/
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A Time To Choose, A Call To Fight
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Posted on Friday, September 4, 2009, 11:18 AM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

from UO - Origin Events

A Time To Choose, A Call To Fight
Posted By EMFaineMorgan on September 4, 2009

The following letter was receive in the EM office today from Lady Dawn. The citizens’ help is needed urgently.

“My friends, the time has come to choose your sides. I call on you today to help take back our lands and free them from the evil permeating every corner. For too long our lands and our families have strained under the yoke of a puppet king. We have seen this puppet twist and corrupt the virtues we sought to live by. We have seen evil penetrating our lands and been able only to halt the invasions temporarily. At every turn, the invaders have come back bringing death and destruction with them.

While we have stood strong and faced each test, the time has now come to once and for all drive this evil from our lands and reclaim our birthright, our very freedom. The time has come to stand up and say we will uphold the virtues as passed to us from Lord British. The time has come to drive the invaders back to the void from whence they came.

I call on all the citizens to stand up and fight! You will not fight alone and the battle will not be easy, but you must each make the choice if you will help rid the lands of the Crimson Dragons and the Shadow Lords – NOW before it is too late and our way of life is lost forever. The Platinum Dragons have vowed to help us in our fight and have sworn to bring the battle to the remaining Crimson Dragons. The elders know that it will not be easy and that they may lose some of their own. But they are willing to sacrifice themselves, if need be, to aid us in our battle for our very lives. Will you join with the elders and drive the Crimsons back once and for all? Or will you choose the side of darkness over light?

While the Platinum Dragons, with your help, will bring the fight to the Crimsons, I will be preparing the way for our destruction of the Shadow Lords. By using this two pronged attack, I pray we may emerge victorious and drive the darkness out of our lands once and for all.

Prepare yourselves my friends. Sharpen your blades, ready your bows, prepare your strongest spells. Keep an eye out for the signs of the call to battle and rally when called. Together, we WILL defeat this foe and reclaim our lives!

Your ever humble servant,
Lady Dawn”


 

Please keep an eye out for the lanterns and for Jemma with information on times and rally points.

**Special note from your EM’s – This will be a two day, two part event.

 
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Battle between Platinum and Crimson Dragons - TONIGHT (Friday)
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Posted on Friday, September 4, 2009, 9:16 AM EDT by Sahra Swift (Catskills)
Hello Catskills,

This message was found at http://catskills.uoem.net -

A tale told by Bram, Yew Monk:
This very morn, I caught a glimpse of a great and noble platinum dragon spiraling down from the cloudless sky, swooping low over the city of Yew. Without a sound, it alighted atop the palisade of Empath Abbey, its claws cutting tiny holes into the stone with the most minimal force. Feeling lucky to catch sight of it, I hid myself behind the winery, both in fear of the creature and awe that I might see one. The beast raised his head to the east, focusing on a location beyond the sight of men. There was a quiet rumbling in its throat; the only outward sign of emotion in the otherwise stoic creature. What place it spied and what it felt, I knew not. Without warning, the beast abruptly turned his head, shifting his weight below him as he reached a clenched claw into the air over the Abbey door. It paused just a moment before dropping a book to the doorstep of the abbey below. I made a step forward to retrieve it, but then was taken aback as a flaming red longsword dropped from the dragon’s claw following the book. The sword pierced the ground and stood straight before me. I looked up again at the dragon, which to my shock, had its gaze turned upon me, and seemed to be quietly judging me. Then, as soundlessly as it arrived, the dragon broke its gaze, turned heavenward, and effortlessly ascended beyond my vision. Retrieving the book, I found these words written inside:

Long has Britannia been veiled in the shadows. The light of all that was good in these lands is hidden away behind the oppressive darkness, with evil’s hope that it will wither and die.
Yet the light continues to shine!
Soon the veil of shadow shall be pierced by the dawn of a new day!
Now is the time for those beloved of the light to rally along side the platinum flight!
Join my platinum brethren in our assault upon the very source of the Shadowlords’ stronghold in these lands. They are at the eve of their presumed triumph; yet the force we assemble shall shatter their grip upon this land with a strength they cannot imagine!
Come, be that strength!
-Fayaxion.

I reached my hand to take the sword, but upon touching it heard these words in my own head:

The time of heroes is at hand! Join us at Empath Abbey in Felucca at 9pm EST on Friday 9/4/09!

The importance of this message I felt was clear; and it was my duty and the duty of all others who received this message to spread the word. Now is the time when we shall change our future!

-Bram

Event begins at Felucca Empath Abbey in Yew at 9pm EST TODAY – Friday 9/4/09.

Those who have allied themselves with the forces of good are asked to assemble at the Empath Abbey.

Those who are allied with evil may wish to check their own strongholds for similar messages and instructions from the crimson dragons. Those who are not in factions but wish to aid the shadowlords and their allies are asked to gather in the field outside Destard Felucca.

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Ultima Online Featured in the MMO Report on G4
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Ultima Online Featured in the MMO Report on G4


Chrissay Zeeman

03 Sep 2009 18:07:35 EST



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Ultima Online Featured in the MMO Report on G4
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Ultima Online Featured in the MMO Report on G4


Chrissay Zeeman

03 Sep 2009 18:07:35 EST



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Ultima Online Featured in the MMO Report on G4
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Ultima Online Featured in the MMO Report on G4


Chrissay Zeeman

03 Sep 2009 18:07:35 EST



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Enhanced Client (beta) Update
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 10:55 PM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Enhanced Client (beta) Update


Chrissay Zeeman

03 Sep 2009 20:40:58 EST



Updates:


  • Imbued items will now display “Imbued” item property text in blue.
  • Added icons for “Infused Throw” and “Mystic Arc”.

Bug Fixes:

  • The hue of thrown weapons now matches the hue of the actual weapon.
  • Location-based particle effects will now appear properly.
  • Forges no longer flicker when used.
  • Animated objects no longer flicker in and out of existence.
  • Fixed ghost pathing issues in Hythloth.
  • Fixed pathing issues with certain cave entrances.

Fixed issues with preview images of promotional item tokens appearing outside of the icon borders.

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Rise Up! Followers of Shadowlords!
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 8:42 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

from GoldenBrewTavern.com

Rise Up! Followers of Shadowlords!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
By EMSeppo

*This letter is written by a nameless scribe enslaved by Melissa, at her behest*

Hello, my preeties!

You failed me once, miserably. Like rats you were stomped out by the combined forces of our enemies. Yet, I rewarded you with a secret room to congregate!

Now, the time has arrived for you to pay your dues. Fail me not again, lest you wish to face my wrath!

So, prepare yourself to reach out and expunge our enemies. This time we will be aided by our allies, the crimson dragons!

The time has arrived for Shadowlords to rise up and take their rightful place as the overlords of Sosaria! Gather at the secret base come this Saturday afternoon to make a decisive strike.

Beware, rewards given can always be taken back!

Melissa

 
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The End Game (from goldenbrewtavern.com)
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 7:46 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Baja)

 

from GoldenBrewTavern.com

The End Game
Thursday, September 3, 2009
By EMSeppo

 War Council
Time: Friday (9:30 PM PST)
Use the secret passageway from the Broken Arrow Inn located in Serpent’s Hold

Drakõn WarTime: Saturday (2:00 PM PST)
Location: Felucca
A choice between chaos and order, good and evil, Shadowlord faction and everyone else.

The End Game
Time: Sunday (2:00 PM PST)
Location: Trammel
Join Lady Dawn as she leads her allies to the source of Sosaria’s angst!

 
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The Bell of Courage
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 5:41 PM EDT by AilishD (NapaValley)
Thursday, September 3, 2009

By Draconi

The dragons had come, and with them, power.

The power to end wars, or begin them anew. Even as the platinum dragons pledged aid to the battered armies of Dawn, behemoths of crimson red had appeared alongside the agents of chaos, fulfilling vows made in the dark recesses of the void.

Distractions and diversions had been tossed aside, strategies abandoned. A veritable army now answered her call, surrounding her beneath the ramparts of Serpent’s Hold.

The dragons sought to pacify the threat of their crimson enemies, in a bid to give Dawn the time she needed to take her army into the Underworld and destroy the Shadowlords in their hiding place.

The greatest of the platinums had spoken to her, telling her of the power each artifact held – that through them she would take on the mantle of virtue and pierce the veil that protected the Shadowlords.
There plan was simple, for time had simply run out. One part of her army would aid the dragons, while the other made their way to the daemon template of Fire Island, and there, confront the Shadowlords deep beneath the earth.

Now she held the last of the sacred treasures. The Bell of Courage was cold in her hands, heavy, as though weighted with the ages, and yet it resonated still – a new magic slowly intertwining with the power of the other two within her. At last, she was assured.
She looked out upon the assemblage below, a sea of faces all now familiar. Her friends, her followers, simply strangers a few weeks before, now bonded together by blood and fire. Beyond the crowd a slow mist rolled in from the shore, and for a moment, in that deepening fog, she could see all who had ever stood beside her, all who were left behind.

Her eyes caught those of her most loyal comrades, among them a master thief, a grizzled soldier, a young mage, and even a tiny mouse.
She lifted the bell forward, holding it aloft, even as the crowd kneeled in reverent awe, quieting to hear her.

“Britannia!”
“Today we shall conquer! In Virtue’s name!”
The crowd roared in approval.
“We go not now to die for our kingdom!”
“Nay! We shall live to see her free!”

From the heavens a rushing sound descended upon the fortress city, as shining meteors of silvery light appeared above, in moments the platinum flight had descended upon the parapets, roaring their approval.

Dawn pulled back her hand, and threw it forward with a powerful snap.
The bell rang, a crystal note of righteous fury speeding through the crowd. The dragons roared again, their voices rising in a symphony of ancient song. The mortal throng too began to shout, and this was their refrain:

“Rule, Britannia!”

And so on they sang, even as their ships set out across the ocean towards the Isle of Fire, where at last their struggle could end.
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Dawn Calls for All to Appear at Castle British!
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 5:35 PM EDT by AilishD (NapaValley)
Dawn Calls for all to Appear at Castle British!
Thursday, September 3, 2009

By Fiorella
Lady Dawn calls to everyone to meet her at Jhelom Perfomring Arts Center on August 4th, 2009 at 7:30PM PST
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Casca Calls All to Blackthorn's Castle!
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 5:34 PM EDT by AilishD (NapaValley)
Casca Calls all to Blackthorns Castle!! Thursday, September 3, 2009 By Fiorella All Come to hear Lord Casca speak at the Lord Blackthorn’s Castle in Felucca at 7 pm PST!! Friday August 4th, 2009
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Hannah Does Lady Lava's Questionnaire
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 4:56 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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What was the very first computer game you ever played ? I think it was Sim City 3000.

How did you first learn about UO? I ordered Ultima Ascension and they also sent me Ultima Online.
Ultima Ascension was so messed up that I started playing Ultima Online.




If memory serves me well you started playing UO in 1999 then left for a few years. Why did you leave and what inspired you to return ? I left when Age of Shadows came out. I was upset that my weapons and armor were worthless.

You belong to DYT Guild. What does this tag stand for and tell us a little about this guild. It stands for "Do Your Thing". I have 2 guild members plus myself. There are very few guild rules thus the title.

What skills does Hannah have ? 120 Taming, 120 lore, 120 vet, 110 magery, 120 peacing, and 115 musicianship.

Where does Hannah spend most of her time ? At Luna bank and also at all the auctions.

What is your favorite color in the realm ? Blue

What is your favorite color in real life ? Blue

What is your idea of perfect happiness? I'm happy as is.

Which living person do you most admire? I would have to say my Son.

What is your current state of mind? Happy.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be ? I don't know.

Where would you like to live ? I'm happy where I'm at.

What is your favorite junk food ? Reeses Cups.

What is your motto? "Live and Let Live"
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"R" Hosts Harrower
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 4:28 PM EDT by Sara of Baja (Origin)

 

Origin Shard Harrower
Hosted by "R", Organized by Morgaine
Wednesday, September 2, 2009

At 5:30pm Pacific, we all started meeting at a house to await word from Morgaine that "R" had popped the Harrower for us. In addition to "R", Lord Gordon [A.V.] and his super she-dragon, Flower, were on hand to help those who had never been to a Harrower.

While we waited, Morgaine gave everyone last minute tips and instructions ... Then we received word ... the Harrower had popped in Deceit.

We were off to the unknown for many as this was the first Harrower for several in the group.

In preparation for this event, "R" had used blues to set up our outer perimeter so we would be able to easily pass thru their fields to where the Harrower was waiting.

A few minutes into the battle EM Faine Morgan arrived. Without meaning to, the arrival of EM Faine provided a lot of humor as someone (who shall remain nameless, okay Lord Gordon?) in our group asked ... "Who is that EM Faine Morgan? Is that a new faction? Should I attack?"

As the first Harrower started to lose health, the word went out for everyone to pull their pets off once the Harrower was red-lined.

When the True Harrower spawned, those new to the harrower were asked to wait out of range of the tentacles of harrower while those with experience killed took over long enough to kill the tentacles.

With the tentacles gone, the group reentered the area to drop the Harrower.

EM Faine, quite possibly the most exuberant EM in all of UO, cheered the team on.

One all the scrolls were gathered, we headed to the dungeon exit, still wondering if our luck on not being raided was going to hold.

Luck was with us! We quickly gated to Luna Bank. While we awaited the arrival of the scrolls, EM Faine did some quick health checks to ensure she had not injured anyone with her EM pompoms. 

Once the scrolls were delivered to Morgaine at Luna, we went to Nujelm to roll dice for them. The Harrower had dropped eleven +25, two +20, and seven +15 stat scrolls.

After the +25's were distributed, there was a dice roll for the 20's.

Crystal Canyon [CCC] presented Morgaine with a gift for Caramon.

Thank you, Morgaine, everyone from "R", Lord Gordon, and everyone else who helped organize this first ever Origin Harrower event.  It was a great success!


Related links:

WOOOOOT! WE DID IT!
Final Meeting for Harrower
A Shard Wide Harrower?  

 

 

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Two Upcoming EM Events?
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 2:42 PM EDT by Ceno of MT (Baja)
  On the Golden Brew Tavern's website there are two new events on the calendar but the only information given as of now is the facet, time and date.

Saturday 9/05/09
Location: Felucca
2:00 pm

Sunday 9/06/09
Location: Trammel
2:00 pm

Yalp of CTDM believes that these stories may be whats to come:

Dawn of Hope
And..
Peering into the Past
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Peering into the Past
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 12:32 PM EDT by Avenhar (QuestandEventNews)
Start Date: August 12, 2009
End Date: August 30, 2009


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Dexter’s brow creased in worry.


Across from him sat the elder mage Sutek, his constant companion in their self-imposed exile from Britannia. Not exile, he thought, bitterness welling up, but their flight. After Moonglow’s devastating events Sutek had latched onto the younger mage and the injured stranger, rushing them into hiding.


But why?


Sutek let out a soft groan – he had been hunched over the scrying pool for hours now, eyes unblinking, locked in an endless stare with nothing. It had given Dexter plenty of time to consider their plight, and the recent freedom they had found in the resistance movement.


The “why” had become obvious when Casca’s men had come for him: not guards, he remembered, no, these were people who ended… threats. He shivered, recalling their dark armor as they surrounded him in the small, cramped home. He remembered slamming into a chair, rocking back, the knife at his throat, the questions –

Sutek had gotten him out then, and they hadn’t looked back.


The third member of their trio, Sutek called him Hawkwind, was still unconscious. Then again, Dexter wasn’t sure the word applied to… him. He looked human, but the vision of the glorious personage he had seen inside the rift persisted in his mind. He could still see the white robe, the burning eyes, and the pillars of fire he had unleashed on the Shadowlords so long ago.


Yet this was no immortal, at least, not anymore. All Dexter saw was the husk of a mortal man laid across a stained bed, propped up by pillows smuggled to them by loyal sympathizers.


Dexter turned back towards the bowl just in time. It came on quickly, without forewarning, as magic flowed into the bowl and out from it, enveloping the tent in a diffused glow. A light blossomed beneath the surface of the rippling liquid mirror.


And then Sutek could see.
-Tim “Draconi” Cotten
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Dawn of Hope
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 12:29 PM EDT by Avenhar (QuestandEventNews)
Start Date: August 4, 2009
End Date: August 30, 2009


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She kneeled in front of the wooden chest, gently brushing her fingers atop the aged mahogany. The corner of the house was quiet; her only company the tiny motes of dust spinning in gentle pirouettes down an errant shaft of light.

Pulling the old brass key from her skirt sent a glancing ray around the room to play across the ceiling. She gazed at it for a moment, remembering, and lowered it towards the chest. A sound, suddenly familiar, greeted her efforts with a soft click.

The chest began opening upwards, revealing the treasures she had placed within so long ago. In her mind the familiar refrain of an old song began: a song of strange places, of lost peoples, and of Stones.

The jewels and gold atop the velvet sparkled in the light returned, but her hands slipped beneath them, gently setting them aside. As the tales of her Lord and King awoke within her the humble tune carried on, rising in fervor. She lifted aside the smooth cloth, her fingers grazing against the cherished treasure beneath.

The door crashed inwards.

One hand had already ripped her armor from its resting place within the chest, the lid snapping closed, as the other leveled a sword towards the intruder before she realized this was no foe who had interrupted her impromptu reverie.

“We must go!”

She picked herself up, holding up the iron and oiled leather armor, shining despite the years. The man paused then, her determination, her calmness blunting his message. He realized what she held and turned around, suddenly modest, but spoke on.

“The madman let them loose on Luna,” he moved to make a spitting motion, and frustrated by the indoors, jerked his head to the side instead. “No place is safe, not even here.”

Dawn stepped beside him, cinching a band of leather across her waist, and strapping her sword to her hip.

“Then we ride for Luna.”



After the pair had left the old farmhouse a cloaked figure stepped from the shadows to regard the empty room. They never would have felt his presence, let alone seen him, and yet he had been there throughout. White hair with streaks of platinum spilled from beneath the hood as he pushed it back. He regarded the lonely chest, now emptied of its great charge.

“Such things should not be left to perish,” he mused, waving his hand, “When her work is done she will have need of you again.”

The chest vanished, and then so had he.


-Tim
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The Bell of Courage
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 12:26 PM EDT by Avenhar (QuestandEventNews)
Start Date: September 3, 2009
End Date: To Be Determined


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The dragons had come, and with them, power.


The power to end wars, or begin them anew. Even as the platinum dragons pledged aid to the battered armies of Dawn, behemoths of crimson red had appeared alongside the agents of chaos, fulfilling vows made in the dark recesses of the void.


Distractions and diversions had been tossed aside, strategies abandoned. A veritable army now answered her call, surrounding her beneath the ramparts of Serpent’s Hold.


The dragons sought to pacify the threat of their crimson enemies, in a bid to give Dawn the time she needed to take her army into the Underworld and destroy the Shadowlords in their hiding place.


The greatest of the platinums had spoken to her, telling her of the power each artifact held – that through them she would take on the mantle of virtue and pierce the veil that protected the Shadowlords.


There plan was simple, for time had simply run out. One part of her army would aid the dragons, while the other made their way to the daemon template of Fire Island, and there, confront the Shadowlords deep beneath the earth.


Now she held the last of the sacred treasures. The Bell of Courage was cold in her hands, heavy, as though weighted with the ages, and yet it resonated still – a new magic slowly intertwining with the power of the other two within her. At last, she was assured.


She looked out upon the assemblage below, a sea of faces all now familiar. Her friends, her followers, simply strangers a few weeks before, now bonded together by blood and fire. Beyond the crowd a slow mist rolled in from the shore, and for a moment, in that deepening fog, she could see all who had ever stood beside her, all who were left behind.


Her eyes caught those of her most loyal comrades, among them a master thief, a grizzled soldier, a young mage, and even a tiny mouse.


She lifted the bell forward, holding it aloft, even as the crowd kneeled in reverent awe, quieting to hear her.


“Britannia!”


“Today we shall conquer! In Virtue’s name!”


The crowd roared in approval.


“We go not now to die for our kingdom!”
“Nay! We shall live to see her free!”


From the heavens a rushing sound descended upon the fortress city, as shining meteors of silvery light appeared above, in moments the platinum flight had descended upon the parapets, roaring their approval.


Dawn pulled back her hand, and threw it forward with a powerful snap.


The bell rang, a crystal note of righteous fury speeding through the crowd. The dragons roared again, their voices rising in a symphony of ancient song. The mortal throng too began to shout, and this was their refrain:

“Rule, Britannia!”


And so on they sang, even as their ships set out across the ocean towards the Isle of Fire, where at last their struggle could end.


-Tim “Draconi” Cotten
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The Final Battle for Sosaria!
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 12:09 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
From EM Malachi:

The Shadowlords.

The Final Battle, Part 1 (Felucca)
Friday, September 4th, 9pm CST

This first part will take place in Felucca and almost certainly contain PvP combat and Faction fighting. Gates will be provided from the various Faction strongholds and from the Trammel West Britain Counselor’s Hall.

The Final Battle, Part 2 (Trammel)
Saturday, September 5th, 7pm CST

The second part will start at the Trammel West Britain Counselor’s Hall.

More information will be provided at http://greatlakes.uoem.net.

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Dead Men Walking: Winners!
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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 6:31 AM EDT by Stupid Miner (LakeSuperior)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<


Dead Men Walking: The Winners!

The event on Saturday was a great success, a couple dozen people showed up for the race! (Autolycus seemed to enjoy euthanizing the contestants a little too much)
Jesus Christ came in first. Cancorn Duthier and Lucias came in second and third. All participants were afterward rewarded with a consolation prize: Cloaks of Silence.
Be sure to come out to the next event, if nothing more than for the prizes!

Starting at Trinsic gate.






Finish Line.


Passing out rewards.

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Chesapeake Players Rejoice For Color-Pride Monster!
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Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 10:57 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
>>> Malas News <<<
Click the image to open in full size.Chesapeake Players Click the image to open in full size.
Rejoice For Color-Pride Monster!


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In Attendance:
Sundina, Bam Bam, Demon, Ryo Ohki, Misa Amane,
Bear, De'rler, Black Ice, Lord Gareth, Malicious Destin,
Em Vladimere and Mesanna

After the long 2hour shard meeting everyone was a bit tired.
Em Vladimere left us for a bit. (I bet he regrets that decision)
Mesanna hung around. I was bored and asked Mesanna if we
could paint something. She asked what so I suggested the fence
at the front of the fairgrounds. We all quickly ran there as fast
as possible. Mesanna just poofed there.

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Once we arrived we gathered around the empty cage. Mesanna
asked for colors and everyone seemed a bit shy. I informed
she only bites a little bit and encouraged everyone to give her color
ideas. Grey, Red and Blue colors were suggested. It was decided
on a luna white. Everyone was amazed at how great it looked.
Ryo asked Mesanna to fix some of the fence. (I'm not sure how
the Black with multi color sparkles got outvoted)

No one imagined what Mesanna would put inside...... A Walrus!!!
The crowed was over joyed! They were so happy to see a animal
in the cage! Mesanna however did not stop there. She used her
special powers and out popped a Multi Colored LARGE horde minion!

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Mesanna began to paint the fence. "Uuuuup....Doown...Uuup....Dooown"

She realigned some of the fence and once it was completed
and painted it looked great. Names were tossed around around
but nothing decided. However "Steve" a nickname for him until
he is named looked sad.

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Ryo-Ohki quickly ran home and fetched a pale of water. I put the water
bucket in the cage. The question well what does a multi color huge horde
minon eat? Lord Gareth quickly responded. Flowers! Multi Color Flowers! You
are what you eat! He ran home grabbed some plants and put them inside.
Mesanna asked the people if they wanted them locked down. Everyone said
yes so they were now a locked down addition to the fair grounds. Gareth
being funny threw down glacial snow. "What? He had to go number 2" That
was locked down as well.

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The creature still needs to be named!!! We have not been given
any official information on this. I figured it would be nice to have
the shard vote on a name. Have people submit name ideas. Also
something that may be fun is a little story. Who is _____? Is it
the mother of EM Dudley we hear about so much and never see?
Was he.... OR SHE born in Malas? Who are his friends? Void Demons?
How did he get captured? Bring you ideas up to Em Vladimere
and Em Dudley!! Also attend the Hall Of Commons meeting every
Sunday at 9:00pm EST. Go North of Brit Moongate. 18x18 in the
clearing is the commons building. Cant miss it!

Ryo-Ohki, Lord Gareth and Lord Bear Break Him Out!

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These three evil people thought it would be funny to have
the imprisoned dog take form and then run it through Luna bank.
I am most positive a few heads turned at this one.


Below you will find some funny play time with EM Vladimere and Head EM
Mesanna. Thank you everyone in the community for coming out to help
with this. Also a special thank you goes out to Former EM Tailspin. Without
you this design and horde minion would not exist. Thank you for your
great idea to let us design the fairground. Also for those who do not
play the Chesapeake shard. This monster was in the original Fair
design made by Lord Gareth. The Chesapeake shard is not being shown
favoritism. We were just lucky it was approved.

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Mesanna responded with honestly.
"You would lose"
"And I cheat"

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By his own words...
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Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 8:57 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
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It is no longer shocking news that the man who claims the Britannian throne is a lying, duplicitous, slimy bastard, nor that he serves the greatest evil our realm has ever faced. I have exposed Casca's vile behavior at every opportunity, stood against him with the High Council and other 'anarchist' groups, and earned an arrest warrant for my trouble.

Casca claimed Lord Blackthorn's keep as his seat of power, penned the repugnant Virtue Laws, ordered the death of Sherry and Dawn, raised an army to besiege Britain, and... well.. let me allow you to read what this monster has done in his own words.

This notebook was discovered in a secret complex under Dungeon Deceit last night; I present it in an unabridged, unadulterated version. Let Lord Casca pound the final nail into his own coffin with his own treasonous words:

The vile, lying, duplicitous, slimy bastard: Casca.

Notes
By Casca

I write the following words to document the great task before me. A game of chess requires aggression, subterfuge, and precision. Aggression will be handled by others, the Servant of Astaroth on one side and the citizens of Britannia on the other. There are two sides, and I pretend to be the king for the side I play against. Subterfuge is the nature of my role. To insure precision, I take these notes.
. . .
I put aside all the duties of a proper king, handing these tasks to the hands of those I know to be incompetent and foolish. I have no desire to govern properly what will be laid to waste. Going through the notes, I will weaken the system by replacing competence with mediocrity. I see a scribe who will make a most amusing choice as a general. I see a spy who was left to rot. I see a saboteur as a trade minister.
. . .
A mouse stands against me? Amusing. I suggested to my idiot aid that I saw a few rats in town, and he was quick to find someone to place traps.
. . .
Unfortunately, public opinion sits with the rat. I have removed the traps in hopes of appearing benevolent.
. . .
I am allowing the Spymaster to train a new group of spies in hopes of finding recruits for my true master. I also believe if will keep him saw a few rats in town, and he was quick to find someone to place traps.
. . .
Unfortunately, public opinion sits with the rat. I have removed the traps in hopes of appearing benevolent.
. . .
I am allowing the Spymaster to train a new group of spies in hopes of finding recruits for my true master. I also believe if will keep him distracted while I work on some other plans. I have created a secondary persona, the Pauper, to work on the criminal underworld and gather more allies to my master's cause.
. . .
It is very helpful having access to the personal files of every criminal incarcerated in Britannia's prison, every spy who can be turned. Joseph Wainwright has his price. He will keep silent about what will happen shortly in Trinsic. Melissa will do her job without interruption, so any failure will be on her part.
. . .
I had to kill Joseph because apparently Magnus Grey actually has some competent people working for him. I must keep greater track of these new spies. I have asked James to give me a complete list of these new spies and summaries of their activities. He seemed confused by this request, but a few comments about "making sure I, at least, know these heroes' names" helped persuade him.
. . .
Blackrock hurt my Masters in the shadow of Moonglow. The material is powerful and must be looked into. Beyond a few works to "steal" the material from my own Royal stockpiles, I have people spying on blackrock researchers and mining more of the stuff south of Britain.
. . .
I have no real problem with the meer, but I wanted to see this new blackrock poison in action. Adding an impediment to Magnus Grey's work and mentoring a promising new necromancer were added benefits.
. . .
The orcs were failures. They lost their blackrock toys and a few chieftains. I despise incompetence. I heard the crop problem has spread to their foods. I hope they all starve for failing me.
. . .
I tried to deal with a few loose ends related to Michael of Moonglow, a promising blackrock researcher I have borrowed from.

Unfortunatly, the Royal Spies are starting to become a problem.
. . .
I gave Andrew the list as soon as I heard of Magnus Grey's desperate plan to infiltrate my group and learn the identity of "the Pauper."
. . .
Andrew only managed to kill a few spies with his inattention. Pathetic. Oh well, his roll is secondary with the invasions "pushed back."
. . .
One of the plans I've been working on lately is gathering a few large groups of malcontents and miscreants and turning them into Pauper's army. While I can misuse the Royal Guard and the Shadowlords have much greater armies, I want to insure an exit strategy should my true motives be discovered.
. . .
My armies are gone, killed in secret by some powerful group. Since Magnus Grey's reports are getting shorter and shorter, maybe the Royal Spies?
. . .
The Royal Guard commander was so incompetent he either broke the law in a pointless way or got himself framed. Either way, I can start moving other people into place.
. . .
I love the variety of tools I can misuse as king. Diplomacy is one incredible one. I have a Cyclops tribe bothering Tokuno now. Since my master's eyes will turn to these islands soon, best to be ready.
. . .
I have started changing laws and hiring new people to enforce my "vision" for the Virtues. I am curious who will be too timid to move against me, and who will show they need to be removed. Morton and Xavier show a certain level of brutality I can respect.
. . .
Blackrock is so useful. Irate monsters rampage across Tokuno thanks to its magic. Wonderful. Now to start the search.
. . .
I have had Magnus Grey arrested. His spies are remarkably competent and hopefully soon dead.
. . .
My efforts at the volcano have been foiled.
. . .
I have sent Morton to clean up a few "loose ends" in Tokuno. He does a remarkable job. It is a pity he failed to capture James though or wipe out the High Council.
. . .
My masters want the Bell of Courage found and destroyed. I think a fake bell will bring the true one out.
. . .
The artifact protecting my castle has been destroyed. It is time to move to another place anyway. Andrew had some trouble with the remaining spies again.
. . .
Magnus Grey has escaped, and Morton has been killed. I underestimated my enemy again. Not a mistake I will repeat.
. . .
Lady Dawn was not killed by that fool pyromancer or the necrosculpter. Now she is talking with platinum dragons and fighting for Luna. My masters want me to look into her destiny. I have had several wisps captured. I hope to torture their knowledge of the future out of them.
. . .
Blackrock bombs against my enemies and their greatest weapons? A simple plan that I'm surprised Melissa did not consider.
. . .
I have lost the means to produce more bombs, but it doesn't matter. I have gotten the answers I need from the wisps and will join my masters. The end of this war is near.

There can be no further denials, no heads buried in the sand. By his own words, Casca, the false King Pro-tempore, is the Servant of Faulinei the Shadowlord of Falsehood. He has committed unspeakable crimes against the People of Britannia and her territories, the Empire of Tokuno, and the Virtues themselves.

While I believe strongly in the Virtue of Justice, I Honestly believe that we have passed the point of any sort of civil resolution to Casca's reign. If you see this vile man, if you have the opportunity - aim your weapon well.

DEATH TO CASCA!
DEATH TO THE SHADOWLORDS!
LONG LIVE BRITANNIA!

Lady Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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Noxious Endeavor
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Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 2:38 PM EDT by Martyna Zmuir (GreatLakes)
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Last Sunday, Imperus Noxum, the 'immortal' nox mage, summoned the Volunteer Royal Guard to ask that they locate several spells of great interest to him. Apparently, a now-deceased mage named Surgrim had created new polymorph spells which allow their caster to attain forms unavailable with the current seventh circle spell.

Just in in PapuaSeveral of Surgrim's spells had been located by an expedition out of the Just Inn in Papua. Unfortunately, this group fell victim to a brigand raid on their rooms and two of their tomes were stolen.

A small camp was found to the south of Papua where the thieving brigand met his end. There, two books were found indicating that there were still undiscovered spell scrolls hidden in dungeons.

Just in in PapuaWhile personally I am for the acquisition of knowledge and historical artifacts for the benfit of all, I have to question the wisdom in delivering such items into the hands of someone who has already proven hostile to the Volunteer Royal Guard. Noxum says he simply wishes to use the advanced polymorph spell to regain his human form, lost as a side-effect of his immortality, but rarely do such beings speak the whole truth - if they speak the truth at all...

Should the VRG hand over what has been found or hold back and risk incurring the wrath of an immortal nox mage? Perhaps there is a third option...

Lady Martyna Z'muir, Library of Sosaria

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Meeting with Dawn
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Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 8:01 AM EDT by Nyte Doombringer (Europa)
>>> Trammel Facet News <<<Just a reminder that tonight there is a meeting with Dawn once again.
Location : Counselors Hall in Britain.
20:00 gmt time or 8PM
http://www.europa.uoem.net/

Come prepared as always.
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Syndicate overview of the new client
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Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 6:26 AM EDT by Avenhar (CommunityNews)



Syndicate overview of the new client



Back when the KR client came out, The Syndicate put together an overview of the new client and how some of the newer or more complicated features worked. The Stygian Abyss client is out and the expansion is a few short weeks away so we have released another client overview. You can find the complete overview HERE We will be adding to that webpage over the coming days with some additional features and information. Currently you will find explanation and
screenshots explaining:


  • An overview of the client including User Settings and what many of them mean, Chat settings including filters and colors as well as hotbar, paperdoll and skills overviews.

  • The basics of macros. How to create them with screenshots walking you through the process.

  • Making macros for working your skills

  • The Atlas and how to make the most of it including setting waypoints of your own

  • Mining with the SA client

The next section planned is how to use a custom UI skin with the SA client. Special thanks go to Darkfeather of The Syndicte for assembling all of the content. If you have content you would like to suggest gets added please Contact Us via the link off LLTS.ORG If you have written content you feel should be included you can let us know about that via
the same link. If its included full writing credit will be given. And, of course, if you find mistakes in the content please let us know so we can correct those.
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White Council Defeats Ilhenir the Stained
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Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 5:05 AM EDT by IanJames (SiegePerilous)
White Council Defeats Ilhenir the Stained. . .Again


Word was released that the White Council would attempt to defeat Ilhenir the Stained, the oft forgotten champion spawn located beneath the Bedlam Cemetery.

The hunt is in very close quarters with little room to maneuver. The White Council was able to defeat the spawn and it's champion in just under 90 minutes with four tamers, 3 bards and several mages, 11 members in total.



Congratulations to the White Council on their second time achievement of this champion. While not the first on the shard, it's a reminder to other guilds that the spawn does exist and can be conquered. . .who is next?
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Last Obituary Column of August
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Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 5:40 PM EDT by Lady Lava (GreatLakes)
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Last Obituary Column of August ~





Bones of Neptune


CheerioFacePlant and Alrac Odar




CheerioFacePlant and Aurora


Chug




Churchill


Cierra






Evil Spirit


Heavens Anvil


Kiss


Lady Dirty Little Horde



















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Attend the All Shard Meeting Tomorrow (Chesapeake) At 8pm EST
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Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 12:57 PM EDT by Merik ONN (Chesapeake)
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Attend the All  Shard Meeting Tomorrow
(Chesapeake) At 8pm EST

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The Blaze Tent is in the Luna Fairgrounds South of Luna City
That is where the meeting will be held. It is unknown if it is
just EM Vladimere and Em Dudley or if Mesanna will be there

Mesanna
"If we are going to do this I want everyone to understand this is for everyone/guild on the shard."

This is to discuss locking runes down in Luna city. MAKE SURE YOU
ARE THERE! This is BIG!!!!

More information can be found here
http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=154823
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EM Meet and Greet
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Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 7:24 AM EDT by Cear Dallben Dragon (Atlantic)
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EM Meet and Greet:

The Atlantic EM’s will be hosting a Meet and Greet with the Atlantic community on Wednesday September 2nd at 7:00 PM EST at the Counselor's Hall in Britain. This is your chance to have input into the EM events on Atlantic. You are encouraged to email questions to the EMs and they will answer them at meet and greet. Questions will also be taken at the event, but emailing the questions in advance will allow for a more in depth answer. Hope to see everyone on Wednesday night!!

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Pet Dyes
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Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 6:02 AM EDT by Avenhar (GeneralNews)

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Pet Dyes


Regine "Sakkarah" Abel

31 Aug 2009 16:54:04 EST



We have reviewed the results of the various surveys and the abundant feedback you have provided us. While it is clear that a majority would like a greater variety in pet hues, there is a strong desire to keep a natural feel to their hues, that the coloring be restricted to certain type of creatures, that the colors only be partial hues, and that said hues not be applied through “dyes”.


We have heard you.


Unfortunately, with less than a week before launch, there is no way for us to meet requests and expectations in a satisfactory manner. We have therefore decided to discuss what approach to take with hues and pets after the expansion launches. This discussion will involve the artists and engineers, so that we can fully explore a solution that will benefit the community.

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