Thorns of the Hopeslayer

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April 2000 - Announcements Page


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Letter to the Players

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Town Crier Rumors

Town Crier tells you, "News! The floating Shadow Spires that burst from the depths of the earth last month still float passively. Mages report that when the earth quakes, the currents of magic that run through the land shift a little more towards them."
Town Crier tells you, "News! Experienced adventurers report being ripped from their daily activity and magically brought to the howling Shadow Spires. There they have been questioned by some unseen inquisitor."
Town Crier tells you, "Hey, a pyreal! There really isn't much news right now, but thanks!"
Town Crier tells you, "Yesterday I found a Wool Fez of Fealty!"
Town Crier tells you, "The adventurers taken to the Spires were asked to make a difficult choice. There are six towns where Spires have erupted from the ground - Cragstone, Eastham, Tou-Tou, Sawato, Khayyaban, Tufa. They were asked which of those six they should like to see destroyed."
Town Crier tells you, "For some reason, many asked if Holtburg could be put to the sword instead. Residents of that Aluvian town were not amused."
Town Crier tells you, "I saw a Shadow Child killed yestereve. It called for its mother when it fell."
Town Crier tells you, "Those taken into the Spires, after discussing their experiences with each other, believe that three distinct entities performed the questioning. I know not what this means."
Town Crier tells you, "Wide-ranging parties report seeing fewer creatures moving in the open. It is thought that, like cattle or dogs before a thunderstorm, they have gone into hiding."
Town Crier tells you, "The rabbits have stopped... their recent activity. Streetcorner prophets claim this is an ill omen, but they say anything is an ill omen. Larger moons? Pshaw! Surely it's just an atmospheric disturbance! ...Right?"
Town Crier tells you, "News! Minor earthquakes have intermittently rocked the land. Previously, these heralded the eruption of the Shadow Spires. Who knows what they presage now? It is as if Dereth itself recoils in horror from what is occurring..."
Town Crier tells you, "There is a sense of oppression to the world... we can only wonder when the storm will break."

New UI and Game Changes

  • Graphics
    • Pyreal Motes, Slivers, Nuggets, Bars and Ingots now have new artwork and icons.
    • Night ambience is now brighter, by around 12%.
    • Casting portal recall spells now make you play some purple bubbly physics scripts for about two seconds before portaling you away.

New Quests

Live Events

In the dark of the obsidian wasteland, where great magics wrought destruction long ago, the Shadows stir and awaken. The Hand stretches forth once more...

New Locations

Updated Locations

New NPCs

Updated NPCs

New Items

Shadow Invasion (Live Event)
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Spire Key Chunk - Eastham
  • Spire Key Chunk - Tou Tou Icon.png
Spire Key Chunk - Tou Tou
  • Spire Key Chunk - Tufa Icon.png
Spire Key Chunk - Tufa
  • Shadow Key Icon.png
Shadow Key
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Nexus Orders
  • Nexus Core Gem Icon.png
Nexus Core Gem

Nexus Armor
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Nexus Celdon Leggings
  • Nexus Celdon Girth Icon.png
Nexus Celdon Girth
  • Nexus Celdon Breastplate Icon.png
Nexus Celdon Breastplate
  • Nexus Celdon Sleeves Icon.png
Nexus Celdon Sleeves
  • Nexus Koujia Leggings Icon.png
Nexus Koujia Leggings
  • Nexus Koujia Breastplate Icon.png
Nexus Koujia Breastplate
  • Nexus Koujia Sleeves Icon.png
Nexus Koujia Sleeves
  • Nexus Amuli Leggings Icon.png
Nexus Amuli Leggings
  • Nexus Amuli Coat Icon.png
Nexus Amuli Coat

Silifi of Crimson Stars Quest
  • Silifi of Crimson Stars Icon.png
Silifi of Crimson Stars
  • Broken Haft Icon.png
Broken Haft
  • Repaired Haft Icon.png
Repaired Haft
  • The Ruby Al-Khur Icon.png
The Ruby Al-Khur
  • The Ruby Al-Shajar Icon.png
The Ruby Al-Shajar
  • The Ruby Mahwan Icon.png
The Ruby Mahwan
  • The Ruby Sulmada Icon.png
The Ruby Sulmada
  • The Ruby Yujazik Icon.png
The Ruby Yujazik

  • Adventurer's warning Icon.png
Adventurer's warning
  • A Letter to Devana Icon.png
A Letter to Devana
  • The Silifi of the Crimson Stars Icon.png
The Silifi of the Crimson Stars

  • Corpse of Gertarh Icon.png
Corpse of Gertarh
  • Mysterious Note Icon.png
Mysterious Note

Updated Items


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New Creatures

Crystal Icon.png Crystal

Shadow Icon.png Shadow

Skeleton Icon.png Skeleton

Undead Icon.png Undead


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