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December 2001 - Announcements Page


Turbine Announcements


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Release Notes

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Letter to the Players

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Letter to the Players 2

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Letter to the Players 3

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Town Crier Rumors

Town Crier tells you, "Hear ye, hear ye! The Training Hall outposts of six Nexus towns have fallen to an unprecedented attack! The portals to the Halls have...disappeared! What of the poor Trainers who must still be trapped inside?"
Town Crier tells you, "Environmentalists report that the rabbit population has gone into a sharp decline around the vicinity of a certain hill on the outskirts of Lytlethorpe. Meanwhile, shopkeeps and provisioners are reporting a sharp increase in the sale of carrots. Could these trends be related? I have a may be...oh nevermind."
Town Crier tells you, "I heard there's a new shoe crafter in Lytelthorpe. Funny thing is...he'll make you one, but not a pair. Odd way to run a business, isn't it?"
Town Crier tells you, "Those awful petrified pastries are back. I believe one of the ingredients, Brown Lumps, are sometimes dropped by Knaths if you can find them. I thought they were hunted to extinction, but people are still making those fossilized festival foods so the Knaths must be hiding somewhere. That or they're the same cakes from last year..."
Town Crier tells you, "The Nexus Town Bowyers Guild has asked me to announce that this month they will be unveiling the latest in missile weaponry...the Atlatl! Thrown weapons experts-get yours while supplies last!"
Town Crier tells you, "The Barkeeps are getting into the Festivities and are selling Festival Lights in Zaikhal, Cragstone and Hebian-To."
Town Crier tells you, "Have you seen those new-fangled weapons the outpost town shopkeepers are selling?"
Town Crier tells you, "Did you notice those giant Candy Sticks in town? I guess some mage got into the Festival Spirit... or perhaps just spirits! Anyway they cast all sorts of useful buffs on players, if you can get their attention."
Town Crier tells you, "It seems that winter is almost here. The snows are returning. Let's just hope we don't get as much as we did two seasons ago with the whole Frore problem."
Town Crier tells you, "I heard William Witty finally built himself a little cottage in Lytelthorpe. For a while I thought he'd never settle down! Always dashing here, dashing there... If I had a pair of slippers like his, why, I'd always keep moving too."
Town Crier tells you, "Ugh, my cousin sent me another one of those horrible Fruitcakes again for the Winter Festival. I guess I can use it for a doorstop or something."
Town Crier tells you, "Giant Snowmen in the world are said to be selling instructions on how to make a little Snowman."
Town Crier tells you, "Our Queen has dispatched members of her own Guard to build and fortify Training Academies in the outposts of Holtburg, Shoushi, and Yaraq. These guards have been specially charged to train new arrivals in these uncertain times."
Town Crier tells you, "Increasing portal disturbances have continued to threaten the 18 arrival points from Ispar. What...or who could be causing them?"
Town Crier tells you, "The Arcanum has enchanted a perimeter of Obelisks around the safest boundaries of Holtburg, Yaraq and Shoushi. New arrivals are to be warned that venturing past these markers will lead them to uncertain and more dangerous territories."
Town Crier tells you, "Been getting chilly lately. If you need some wood to keep warm or if you'd just like a Festival decoration, I hear there are two Woodsmen that have set up shops outside of Holtburg and Glendenwood."

Ulgrim Rumors

Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Oh, a new island, huh? You're all excited about it, huh? Here's one important question you have to ask yourself: Does it have Ulgrim on it? That should tell you all you need to know."
Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "Psst, I've heard they were seen outside of towns recently. I've even heard that the Giant Snowmen are selling instructions on how to make more of the smaller ones. They are using witless fools to add to their frozen army. One more reason I stay out here in the desert."

New UI and Game Changes

  • Graphics
    • New animation for the house recall command.
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  • Game Concepts
  • Housing
    • House owners no longer need to add other characters on their account to their guest list. This is now automatically done, and these characters will no longer appear on the guest list.
    • If an account owns a house, all characters on that account can now recall to that house with the command @house recall.
  • Thrown Weapons
    • A new Thrown Weapon projectile launcher - the Atlatl - has been introduced. There are also standard darts for these Atlatls.
    • Players can now use thrown weapons while wearing a shield.

New Quests

Updated Quests

New NPCs

Updated NPCs

New Locations

Housing Settlements

Updated Locations

New Items

Atlatls introduced
  • Atlatl Icon.png
  • Atlatl Dart Icon.png
Atlatl Dart

Bunny Slippers Quest
  • White Rabbit Carcass Icon.png
White Rabbit Carcass
  • White Bunny Slipper Icon.png
White Bunny Slipper
  • White Bunny Slippers Icon.png
White Bunny Slippers
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Bunny Slipper
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Bunny Slippers

Sculpting a Snowman
  • A Frozen Note Icon.png
A Frozen Note
  • Headless Snowman Icon.png
Headless Snowman
  • Unarmed Snowman Icon.png
Unarmed Snowman
  • Noseless Snowman Icon.png
Noseless Snowman
  • Snowman (Housing Item) Icon.png
Snowman (Housing Item)
  • Snowman with Fez Icon.png
Snowman with Fez
  • Two Headed Snowman (Housing Item) Icon.png
Two Headed Snowman (Housing Item)

Training Academy Quest
  • Leather Cap (Training Academy) Icon.png
Leather Cap (Training Academy)
  • Leather Gauntlets (Training Academy) Icon.png
Leather Gauntlets (Training Academy)
  • Leather Leggings (Training Academy) Icon.png
Leather Leggings (Training Academy)
  • Academy Coat Icon.png
Academy Coat
  • Academy Token Icon.png
Academy Token
  • Combat and Spellcasting Guide Icon.png
Combat and Spellcasting Guide
  • Guide to Healing Icon.png
Guide to Healing
  • Guide to Raising Skills and Attributes Icon.png
Guide to Raising Skills and Attributes
  • Bellows Icon.png
  • Carpenter Wasp Wing Icon.png
Carpenter Wasp Wing
  • A Crumpled Note Icon.png
A Crumpled Note
  • Oil of Rendering Icon.png
Oil of Rendering
  • Application Form Icon.png
Application Form
  • A Crumpled Note Icon.png
A Crumpled Note
  • Orders to the Guards Icon.png
Orders to the Guards
  • Greeter's Key Icon.png
Greeter's Key
  • Official Warning Icon.png
Official Warning
  • Quartermaster's Workshop Key Icon.png
Quartermaster's Workshop Key
  • Academy Healing Potion Icon.png
Academy Healing Potion
  • Academy Mana Potion Icon.png
Academy Mana Potion
  • Academy Stamina Potion Icon.png
Academy Stamina Potion

  • Training Atlatl Icon.png
Training Atlatl
  • Training Cestus Icon.png
Training Cestus
  • Training Dagger Icon.png
Training Dagger
  • Training Hand Axe Icon.png
Training Hand Axe
  • Light Training Crossbow Icon.png
Light Training Crossbow
  • Training Mace Icon.png
Training Mace
  • Training Short Sword Icon.png
Training Short Sword
  • Training Shortbow Icon.png
Training Shortbow
  • Training Spear Icon.png
Training Spear
  • Training Staff Icon.png
Training Staff
  • Training Wand Icon.png
Training Wand
  • Academy Atlatl Icon.png
Academy Atlatl
  • Academy Cestus Icon.png
Academy Cestus
  • Academy Dagger Icon.png
Academy Dagger
  • Academy Hand Axe Icon.png
Academy Hand Axe
  • Academy Light Crossbow Icon.png
Academy Light Crossbow
  • Academy Mace Icon.png
Academy Mace
  • Academy Short Sword Icon.png
Academy Short Sword
  • Academy Shortbow Icon.png
Academy Shortbow
  • Academy Spear Icon.png
Academy Spear
  • Academy Staff Icon.png
Academy Staff
  • Academy Wand Icon.png
Academy Wand

  • Peppermint Stick Icon.png
Peppermint Stick
  • Vapor Golem Heart Icon.png
Vapor Golem Heart

  • Small Pine Tree (Snow) Icon.png
Small Pine Tree (Snow)
  • Large Pine Tree (Snow) Icon.png
Large Pine Tree (Snow)
  • Wood Icon.png
  • Wreath Icon.png

Updated Items

New Emotes

  • Talk to the hand: *talk to the hand*.
  • At ease: *at ease*.
  • Play possum: *play possum*.
  • Sit: *sit down*.
  • Get comfortable: *cross legs*.
  • Get really comfortable: *sitback*.
  • Point left: *point left*.
  • Point right: *point right*.
  • Point to the left until you do another action: *pointing left*.
  • Point to the right until you do another action: *pointing right*.
  • Nudge left: *nudgeleft*.
  • Nudge right: *nudgeright*.


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New Creatures

Golem Icon.png Golem

Hollow Minion Icon.png Hollow Minion

Mosswart Icon.png Mosswart

Phyntos Wasp Icon.png Phyntos Wasp

Candy Stick Icon.png Candy Stick


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