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The Devilish Drover -- December 4, 1:04 PM
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The Devilish Drover
Great Lakes,
Submitted by UO_Herald on December 4, 2019 at 1:04 PM CST
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Originally posted December 4, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

As we begin Jolly Roger we invite you to sit back and enjoy, The Devilish Drover.

By EM Malachi

The Devilish Drover

The wind howled, promising snow. Iolo limped into the poorhouse and dropped his crutch, shutting the door. He moved the heavy pack off his back and leaned against the wall to catch his breath.

Little Merideth ran over to pick up the crutch and hand it back to him. Under her arm was an old doll with mismatched button eyes; Iolo had found the blue one during a supply run into Britain proper. Can you tell us a story?

Of course. Iolo pulled a chair closer to the fire. What would everyone like to hear?

An orphaned mudlark named Finn bounded over. I want a scary story. With monsters!

A little girl named Cassie whispered something to her mother Alina who passed it on, Wed love to hear a winter story.

Merideth sat on the rug in front of Iolo, her doll sitting in her lap. Can it be a true story? Something real?

Iolo smiled as he tuned his lute. I think I have just the story. This happened to me a few years ago, during the coldest winter Ive ever seen. Iolo started playing a series of deeper and deeper chords.

I was making my way to Cove, when my horse threw a shoe. While walking through the deep snow and trying to guide my poor steed, I heard howls that chilled my blood cold. They got louder and closer!

Looking around, I found the source on the top of a nearby hill: four giant wolves, bound by iron chains. The chains lead to a bloodwood sleigh, driven by a beast-man of fur and fang. He had giant goat horns and was holding a cruel whip. He gave a terrible grin when he saw me. Then that wolf-drover lashed the team forward, with a sound like a great tree being snapped in half!

With the daemon after us, my horse was in a frenzy to flee. Terrified myself, I let go of the reins and started running. My horse disappeared into the woods. The snow slowed me down, and the sleigh never lost ground, smashing through brush and small trees. The fiend was gaining on me!

The monster would have caught this poor bard, but on the road ahead, a rider appeared, racing toward the source of the calamity. The horse stopped, rearing up before me, and I saw the rider was a woman with ginger hair. She yelled for me to hurry and get on, which I did without hesitation. Then we were off!

The horse was strong and knew the way, but with the weight of two riders, the noble steed was struggling to stay ahead of the sleigh. With my wits back, I fired my crossbow at the drover, but when the bolt struck, he just gave a terrible laugh and cracked his whip again!

I couldnt let this kind soul die for trying to help me, so I offered to jump down and face the beast. She was focused on the path ahead and pointed to a snowdrift we would have to go around. If I jumped down there and hid, she could lead our pursuers off.

It was a dangerous and desperate plan, but I didnt have one better! She slowed the horse down a little, and I prepared to jump. The leap went well, but the landing did not. I fell hard despite the snow. I managed to crawl behind the snow pile. Still, my bow was broken, and my ankle twisted.

Those were the longest moments of my life, not knowing which way the sleigh would come and with no means to fight back. Then I heard a loud whoop from in front of me. The rider started taunting the monster, daring him to catch her.

The drover shouted back in a foul daemonic tongue and cracked his whip three times. The wolves grew frenzied and chased after my rescuer. The last thing I saw was the fire of her hair as she raced to escape that horrible sleigh.

As the story ended, Iolo looked to his audience. Cassie was asleep in her mothers arms. Finn gave a small yawn. Not enough blood, but I liked the wolves.

Merideth had questions. Did the woman on the horse get away? What happened to the drover?

Iolo smiled. Dont worry. I met her again in Minoc years later, but that is another story. As for the monster, there will always be good people around to deal with such fiends.

*****

Later, after most of the houses residents were asleep, Iolo sat by the window, watching the heavy snowfall. The days were grey and short, and it would be a cold winter. Iolo gave a heavy sigh. The world was troubled. The ruins of the shrines were silent. The Fellowship was entrenched in Britannian life. His friend Shamino was still missing. What was an old bard to do?

Iolo heard the sleeping murmuring of one of the children behind him. He dimmed the lamp and turned to look at the displaced families crowded in the poorhouse. These people were his responsibility. It didnt matter how dark things got. There was still work to be done.



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Happy Thanksgiving!
Great Lakes,
Submitted by DaKaren on November 28, 2019 at 3:42 PM CST

Happy Thanksgiving!

Macroers and Houses
Great Lakes,
Submitted by UO_Herald on November 22, 2019 at 3:47 PM CST
UO Community News

Originally posted November 22, 2019 by Bonnie "Mesanna" Armstrong on the UO Herald:

Hello Everyone,

Keep in mind this is not a change to the TOS, this is a change as to how we will handle macroers from this point forward. In case you havent read the newsletter for the past few months the numbers being banned are rising and we feel are out of control. Scripting/macroing needs to stop and this is the step in doing that . So this is how it will be handled in the future by the GMs. This is not to punish the innocent but to catch the cheaters.

Moving forward, we are going to start noting the accounts of house owners where we have verified illicit activities taking place. Specifically, if we come across a situation where a group of macroers are holed up in a house doing whatever it is they are doing (skill gains, crafting etc) or a recall group dropping off resources in chests at a specific house (or houses), We are going to confirm the house owner from the house sign and then note that house-owner account about what the GM observed in the product account notes section of that house-owner account.

This way if someone is gaining hidden benefits from a bot network or at the very least providing a safe haven for scripters they will end up getting actioned as well.

Thank you,
Bonnie Mesanna Armstrong



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Ultima Online Newsletter (November 2019)
Great Lakes,
Submitted by UO_Herald on November 21, 2019 at 4:10 PM CST

Update November,2019View in browser
The UO Team is happy to announce we will be sending out a newsletter periodically so you can stay up to date on the latest in Britannia!

Please encourage your friends to sign up on ourweb site.


Producer Notes


Greetings Everyone,

The UO Team would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We are also pleased to announce the Origin, Izumo, and Baja release of Jolly Roger which brings updates to holiday favorites like The Artisan Festival and Krampus! Also included is a new adventure that continues the year long story of the Fellowship and their actions in Britannia. We've got some great rewards available for completing that adventure which you can check out below. Be sure to check out the publish notes for full details! As we put the finishing touches on Jolly Roger we are looking forward to our next publish which will include several updates including Veteran Rewards, new items in the Ultima Store and more! We look forward to sharing those details with you in the future!

We would also like to update everyone on a new policy as it relates to how we handle ToS violations within a house. If players are caught in a house violating the ToS, in any form, the account which owns the house will also beactioned.

Due to the upcoming holiday season we will be conducting one Meet & Greet in December as follows,

December 2nd - Sonoma 9 pm ET

The following are actions taken on accounts that were banned or suspended during the month of October:

16 - Disruptive Behavior
142 - Macroing
34 - Multiboxing
2 - Solicitation
2 - Naming Violations
1- Abusing Game Mechanics
1 - Harrassment
1 - Exploitation

See you in Britannia,
Bonnie "Mesanna" Armstrong
Producer


The latest headline from The Town Cryer...

Admiral Jack Shipwrecked! Shrines & Virtue Crumble!


Visit the nearest Town Crier to read the full article! Available on Origin, Izumo, and Baja!
Coming World Wide in Early December!



Question & Answer

1. What are the plans for Blackthorn's Dungeon moving forward?

We are currently brainstorming solutions for two areas of concern as it relates to Blackthorn's Dungeon. The first of those concerns is that the rewards are out of balance in terms of power as it relates to the difficulty of the non-captain related content. The second of those concerns is to provide game play and reward delivery mechanics that do not favor unattended game play. We look forward to discussions with the community as we iterate through these ideas.

2. What are the plans for the content that has been part of the year-long High Seas update?

Changes such as those we've made to ship-cannon mechanics and treasure chests will be permanent additions. When it comes to other elements of the update such as Plunderbeacons and the Black Market there are a few factors in play. We are evaluating the long term viability of the market with regard to updating the rewards and balancing it against our broader goals for the future of development on Ultima Online. Whatever our ultimate action ends up being, Plunderbeacons, the Fellowship Donation Rewards, The Pirate Black Market, and the Jolly Roger rewards will be available for the immediate future. We plan on discussing the cleanup of these events during Publish 108 and will make announcements to the community long before the events would potentially come to a conclusion.

3. Is it possible to add a pet-respec token?

All creatures, including pets, spawn with a random set of starting stats. This is how variation within pet species is simulated in the game world and how pet training accounts for some pets being on the cusp of one slot level vs another. The starting stats of a pet are not tracked and training progress is not saved. Due to this we unfortunately cannot offer pet-respec ability.

4. What's going on with vendor search? Why are there so many "too-vague" results?

We will be performing maintenance on the database with the release of Jolly Roger to improve the performance of Vendor Search.

5. Can we please do away with blocked locations while recalling/gating?

This functionality is core to movement validations when it comes to mobile objects moving from one sub-server to another and we cannot remove it.


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Eventide
Great Lakes,
Submitted by UO_Herald on November 18, 2019 at 5:33 PM CST
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Originally posted November 18, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

As we continue the story of Forsaken Foes, we invite you to sit back and enjoy, Eventide.

By EM Malachi

The beer tasted like wet parchment, and the candles in the Marsh Hall were burning low. Dupre sat at a back table and finished off the stale pint. The barkeep hadnt wanted to tap a new keg this late in the evening, and Dupre just wanted to calm his stomach before boarding the ship. Checking his sword for the third time, the paladin grumbled, Im getting too old for this.

There came a laugh from behind him. You said the same thing during the Ophidian war and every battle since.

Dupre turned to face a soldier in full plate and Jhelom colors. Geoffrey! So they recalled you from Eodon?

Geoffrey nodded and pulled up a chair. It seems they are trotting out all the old war horses.

Its good to see you. So much has happened. Shall I get us some wine?

Geoffrey shook his head. I cant. I still need to review the night watch. Im commanding the defense of Vesper should this Jack fellow make landfall, and all these tiny islands make the city impossible to defend. Never thought Id miss Trinsics walls.

Im part of the force of knights and paladins supporting our ships against the Screaming Fleet. Our sailors are good, but if it comes to boarding by undead, theyll appreciate the extra help.

Screaming ships I do hate necromancers. Do you know the reason they think Jack is headed here?

Some merchant crews reported dark ships massing near Dagger Isle, and Jack has ties to this place. The southern fleet is coming to protect Moonglow and Nujelm, but my gold is on Vesper. Trouble always comes home.

Geoffrey gave a worried nod. Then I better also see a smith about getting extra pikes for the town militia.

Dupre paid his tab and picked up his cloak. Good hunting, old friend.

*****

The spirit held on with the memory of fingers. Shamino fought to hold his human shape, as the spiritual forces of the Well of Souls buffeted against him. He could also hear a voice now. It was a command for obedience, deep and constant. Shamino tried to focus on anything else. Without a body, his senses played tricks on him, so the lost soul huddled in his memories.

Shamino remembered a long night years ago. All of Minoc had been awake, trying to finish emergency preparations for soldiers marching out in the morning. Far from home, the ranger had volunteered to help his friend finish a the shields needed by the locals serving in the infantry.

Julia had already cut and glued pieces of oak into the proper shape and covered the hardwood in various layers. As Julia mounted the shields boss and enarmes, Shamino was responsible for the brass nails that held the top leather in place. While they worked, Shamino asked Julia why she had chosen to be responsible for the shields rather than swords or spears.

Julia considered briefly before responding. Ive made swords before and will make them again if needed, but I like the idea of shields. Tomorrow, my work will help protect my neighbors fighting in Cove.

Julia continued, And each person they protect there can turn around and help someone else. All of the individual materials in the shield are weaker than the weapon smashing into it, but they complement and reinforce each other. Alone each of us is but a fragile human being, but we can still be a shield for one another.

The conversation then drifted to other things, but in the reliving, an ornate grandfather clock, treasured by Julia, caught his attention. Behind a pane of the clock, the constellations of the night sky, normally moving slowly over the course of the seasons, were moving rapidly through the years.

As the stars moved faster and faster, Shamino felt himself drawn in, until he was no longer in the memory of Minoc, but a starry void. A man held by dark chains motioned him closer and whispered in his ear, Night is falling, but the darkest part is still hours off. The ranger and the tinker must guide the rest through this eventide.

A hand tapped Shamino on the shoulder, and when he turned around, he was back in the workshop. His long lost friend smiled at him and asked, Are we ready to begin?

Instead of the shield nails and hides from the memory, around Julia were piles of broken stone. Julia started picking through the fragments and fitting them together into eight larger forms. Shamino asked, Whats all this?

Julias ghost gave a sad look as the tinkers calloused hands continued to piece together a rune. My final work.



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