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|FEATURES: THE ANCIENT LAND OF MALAS
Floating within a dark sea of
stars, Malas is a broken land, wracked by great tremors that constantly
threaten the stability of its continents. Its origin is a mystery,
and its future inscrutable, but what is known is that this facet
is unlike any other. Three great sections of land one of
which is already in the process of crumbling into smaller islands
are connected by bridges, and in between them lays a vast
abyss of nothingness. And yet, despite this unstable environment,
life has flourished in the Dark Facet; creatures of all types
call Malas home, and even humans have forged lives there.
Places of Interest
- Luna - Known as the "City of Paladins," Luna is located
in the northwest corner of the landmass and consists of a central
hub that is surrounded by paths and walls made of sandstone,
like those found in the great Britannian city of Trinsic. Various
merchants sell their wares from within the safety of the building
that lies at the heart of the city, and Keepers of Chivalry
patrol just outside, keeping the residents safe from shady characters
and those who would disrupt their virtuous way of life. An open,
grassy area that is not protected by the guards separates the
center building from the outer wall, leaving plenty of room
for the city to grow.
- Umbra - Known as the "City of Necromancers," Umbra
is of a darker and less orderly construction than its sister-city
Luna and is located on the opposite corner of the map. Dark
grey stone walls make up the majority of the buildings, though
the occasional accent of blood-red adds a sinister touch to
the already foreboding atmosphere of the city - a perfect backdrop
for the experienced, or even the aspiring, practitioner of the
dark arts. Merchant shops are scattered randomly within the
city and are connected by a series of cobblestone paths. A star-filled
void forms a moat around the city, and in many places the embankment
has been piled high with skulls - perhaps they are the remains
of unlucky adventurers or would-be necromancers who failed in
their attempt to harness the power of death magic.
Though not detailed here, Malas holds many
more secrets to discover. So, whether you're looking for a new
place to call home, or an exciting new dungeon to explore, Malas
beckons to your future!
- Grimswind Ruins - One of the many curiosities of Malas
are the Grimswind Ruins. While they're not incredibly striking
in their assembly, there is a good deal of mystery surrounding
their existence. Were they the beginnings of a third city, or
was their construction based on ritualistic needs instead? One
can only speculate for now, but perhaps more will be revealed
as adventurers explore this new land.
- Crystal Fens - Located in various sections around Malas,
there are forested areas where crystalline structures grow in
bunches like jagged shrubs, the largest of which is on the northern
continent. These radiant peculiarities of the Dark Facet are
a striking contrast to the surrounding lushness of greenery,
and further differentiate Malas from the other facets.
- Hanse's Hostel - The trek between the two cities of
Malas is a long and lonely one, but travelers making this journey
can find respite at a quaint little inn along the way.
- Abandoned Orc Fort - The orcs, too, have claimed a
bit of Malas for themselves in the form of small forts. Though,
curious enough, their largest fort on the southern continent
has been abandoned. All that remains are the palisades and a
few guard towers.
- Forgotten Pyramid - Within the southern desert of Malas,
buried beneath many years of accumulated sand, a great pyramid
rises high into the sky. Time has been harsh to this majestic
monument, as rubble now decorates its steps, and cracks mottle
its surface where grave robbers, no doubt, have attempted to
gain entry. But what lies within this ancient tomb? Could there
be treasure within, or are its caverns merely filled with the
stench of death and the moans of the cursed undead?
- Gravewater Lake - Snuggled within the golden sands
of Malas' desert is an immense lake that takes up a good portion
of the southern continent. And while it may look passable, no
boats will be able to travel across its misty waters.
- Dungeon Doom - Welcome to your doom! Malas isn't all
about Paladins and Necromancers, oh no! While the surface of
the shrouded facet might be a good place for you to build a
nice little cottage and flower garden, the area under the Dark
Facet is truly foul and cursed. Dungeon Doom introduces new
puzzles, quests, and epic battles to Ultima Online: Age of Shadows.
Many secrets are hidden in Doom and
it'll take a quick mind to uncover them. Success will bring
you great wealth and rare loot. Failure will bring you crushing
pain or choking agony. In your travels you may wage war against
ancient tomb guardians, or foul denizens whose sole desire
is to see your lifeblood spill onto the cold stone floor.
Not everyone consigned to eternity in Doom is out to see you
dead, though. It is said that resurrection can even be had
in this undead sanctuary for a price. Legends tell
of dead spirits, cursed to eternally wander Doom's halls,
who may wish to reward adventurers who will undertake quests
It will take all your skill and cunning,
and a bit of luck, to even survive Dungeon Doom. Do you have
what it takes to conquer it?