April 2017


Here Be Dragons

Submitted by UO_Herald on April 28, 2017 at 4:51 PM CDT
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Originally posted April 27, 2017 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

By EM Malachi

High in the Dragonhame Mountains, a small dragon fidgeted. Mirendel balanced herself on one leg, moved pebbles around with her talons, and scratched shapes in the snow. A peak nearby started to shift, shaking off layers of ice and snow to reveal a much larger Platinum dragon. Matriarch Aesthyron lowered her head to stare at Mirendel, “You are supposed to be meditating.”

“I did. Done now. Tell me a story.”

“Ah, the impatience of youth. Very well. I shall share a piece of lore on why we value reflection and patience. Watch now. Kal Quas Wis Ort Por.” The great dragon moved a talon in casting, cutting a window into the Ethereal Void. The magic of the spell focused on the monuments and wayposts of the endlessness between worlds. Important features looked close enough to touch even though it would take a human lifetime to travel directly to them. “What do you see, little one?”

The baby dragon stared in awe, her eyes darting between the various mysteries and magics of the Void. “I see stars twinkling, red and blue.”

“That is the Xorinite Wisp.”

“A big scary flat stone with runes.”

“That is the Plane of the Shattered Obelisk.”

Mirendel focused on another object, “A pretty, shiny thread.”

“That is the spell the Britannians cast, their Silver Gate.”

“A little human in a floating house.”

“That is…That’s new…But it doesn’t matter. The Ethereal Void was our home for generations after we left the cradle of Sosaria for a time. While some dragons stayed behind as guides and protectors, most of our kind left this world to give the younger beings a chance to thrive and to protect them from our destructive conflicts with the Crimson dragons. We were arrogant then, impatient to stretch our wings and test our true power.”

The young dragon hopped onto a boulder and asked, “What happened next?”

Aesthyron composed her thoughts and began to recount the history, “It was during a conflict with the Crimson dragons, our first beyond the bonds of Sosaria. Our greatest wyrms facing three times their number, unleashing unrestrained dragon fire and spells that would have destroyed entire cities or forests on this world. Returning in victory and filled with foolish pride, they found all of their egg caches raided, and an entire generation of kin stolen.”

“The theft drove all into a fury, and assuming duplicity by the Crimsons, our kind prepared to escalate the war against them. If not for a few level heads on both sides, we would have wiped out our misguided cousins, never knowing the truth. The Crimsons had also been raided, and an unseen third party has stolen their eggs as well.”

The Matriarch continued, “The greatest threats you cannot always see directly. It took us much to learn who had stolen our eggs. They were called many things – world-builders, oppressors, raiders, thieves, but we always called them what they called themselves – the Kotl. They had the means to travel easily through the Void, and they liked to take things that were not theirs. As long as this was true, our eggs were threatened.”

“The magic that allowed the Kotl to raid worlds across the Void also made their home, Eodon, inaccessible and unmappable. We could not strike them directly, but we could send a message.”

“In secret, we shared our plan with the Crimsons, and for one brief moment in untold generations, we were united again. With the next cycle of eggs, we made a big show of meeting the other dragons on the field of battle, but we left a majority of our forces guarding our eggs, hidden by illusion.”

“Thieves are driven by greed, and the Kotl came as we expected. We then turned our fury against them: a storm of flame, tooth, and claw. We left a handful alive, enough to tell the Kotl civilization what had happened. That lesson kept the Kotl away. Still, never again did we leave our eggs unguarded. Even a dragon can learn humility.”

After the story ended, Mirendel thought for a moment before asking her question, “What happened to the missing eggs?”

“Those eggs were forever lost to us, but I often wonder what became of our stolen kin.”

*****

Krett was fascinated by the lost Kotl civilization and their tinkering. The tunnels of their ancient city were a vast collection of mysterious contraptions. Sadly, most of them were smashed and broken, but Krett believed he could learn much by repairing them. The one he was currently fixing seemed like a strange combination of a stasis chamber and an egg incubator. He hurried to replace the activation mechanism so he could learn exactly what it did.

The chamber slowly opened, draining away a silvery liquid metal to reveal several large eggs. Suddenly, the surface grew bright and warm as midday, and golem limbs started to turn the eggs. Krett was watching and taking notes, when he heard a great rumble. Turning around, he saw dozens of other chambers were also coming alive, each with their own collections of eggs.

“I think now would be a good time to return to Minoc.”



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April UO Newsletter

Submitted by UO_Herald on April 24, 2017 at 4:35 PM CDT

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Publish 97 & 20th Anniversary Party  

 
Greetings Everyone,

We are so pleased with the feedback everyone has given us to make Publish 97 great.  I know many of you are really excited and can't wait to get it on your shard.  We will be publishing World Wide on April 27th.  

We have started working on Publish 98 so keep reading for some exciting details as to what is coming.

We are still planning the 20th anniversary party, finding the right bakery is not as easy as it sounds *grins*, and yes we will have gluten free cupcakes for you guys that desire those.

We had a great taste testing of the food for the BBQ the other day, you guys are going to love this!  It will consist of beef brisket, beef ribs, pulled pork, and chicken.  We will also have vegetarian options available.

We currently have 200 people signed up to attend with over 50 people on the waiting list.  If you are unable to come and need to cancel please email me so I can notify someone on the waiting list.  It would be greatly appreciated.

For those that cannot attend the party, I do not want to leave you out of everything, so we are going to put a raffle stone on TC1 that lets you sign up for a chance to win a Castle!  Yes that is correct! For the anniversary I will be giving out 6 castles!  Three in game via the TC1 raffle stone and three at the Party!  You will be notified via email so you can tell me what shard you would like the castle placed.  We will update in a future newsletter when the raffel stone is available on TC1.  Good luck to everyone!

Finally, we've received some great submissions of new castle designs!  There is so much interest in this promotion that we are going to be putting together a tool that allows players to mock-up larger house designs on TC1.  Keep an eye on future newsletters as we release this feature in a future publish.
 
See you in Britannia, 

Bonnie "Mesanna" Armstrong
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Looking Ahead to Publish 98  

We have been incredibly fortunate to have so many players show up on TC1 to test Animal Training and all the pet features!  While Bleak has been busy iterating over that feedback and polishing features to get ready for World Wide release later this week, Kyronix has been busy working on Publish 98.  Publish 98 brings us into the busiest development cycle of the year as we focus on UO's anniversary, as well as our Halloween & Fall content. 

Beginning later this Summer and into the early Fall, we will be starting a 20th Anniversary event arc.  We are still in the early stages of planning the details, but have taken note of all the event-related suggestions that have come up from our Meet & Greets.  You can definitely expect to see Britannia's cities once again assaulted by the forces of darkness and epic battles as Britannian's are once again called upon to valiantly defend their homeland.  Our goal with the arc is to keep the experience fresh without lengthy lulls in the action.  We'll also be targeting a variety of mechanics to include both solo and group activities.  

Almost immediately following the conclusion of the event arc, Fall will be upon us which means 20th Anniversary Rewards to thank everyone for achieving this major milestone in gaming history!  Looking to Halloween we are reactivating old favorites like bone-collecting, complete with new styles of bones as well as new Trick or Treating loot, the next iteration of the Treasures of Halloween, new trophies for the Huntmaster's Challenge, and new Horn of Plenty items.  

In between catching a little sun this summer we'll be busy so keep an eye on future newsletters and UO.com for updates!

          

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2.  Can we get some new UO themed wallpapers?

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3 .  Can we get additional costumes?

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These are the result of rare mutations from cross-pollination during gardening and have no plans to change that.

5.  Can we get some new VvV rewards?

We are in the early stages of planning another pass at VvV to address some of the concerns with its original release.  Our goal with the first release of VvV was to fix the major concerns with flagging that were related to factions, and create a foundation we can build off.  We hope to continue to build on that foundation and implement some of the features and answer some of the feedback we've received in the time VvV has been live.

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Happy Easter

Submitted by DaKaren on April 16, 2017 at 7:15 AM CDT

Happy Easter from everyone at UORPC.net

Minoc: The Grays (PEC)

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on April 15, 2017 at 6:24 PM CDT

From the office of Tanda Knighthawke, Governor of Minoc:

Minoc: The Grays (PEC) April 19th @8pm C



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Search for JL Polstan

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on April 13, 2017 at 4:21 PM CDT
City of Jhelom

From the desk of Janice Andrysiak, Governor of Jhelom:
Friends of Jhelom!

As you are aware, the national treasure and famed author, JL Polstan, was abducted last month during a book signing. Illiterate, book-burning thugs, belonging to a group called the Men of the Woods, took him in the midst of the event!

I have opened a contract with an individual living in Britain going by the name of Ordnok. He has been tasked with finding and returning our abducted author, JL Polstan. He's been paid a substantial sum - 10 million up front and 10 million on delivery of Polstan's return, alive. The funds are to do with as he pleases, but as I understand it, Ordnok is using the gold to pay for supplies, acquire a tracking hound's services, and hire mercenaries like you.

Those who wish to join the cause will meet at Ordnok and Grunk's tavern, south of Britain at 8PM Central on April 26th.

Gates will be available from Luna prior to the event. Or, you can find it at 33°13'S 13°55'E.

Good luck! Bring him home.

Ordnok and Grunk's

Deal or No Deal

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on April 11, 2017 at 5:28 PM CDT

From the troubadours at UORadio:

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