Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:
- Making of Sunless Barrens
- Making of South Drachvald Spur
- Making of Yew (cont.)
- R48 Telethon Items (cont.)
- R49 Postmortem Telethon Results
- New Clasped Gauntlets Cloak Option for Community Events
- Markeedragon Interview: Something About Bob
- Livestream: New Log Homes Revealed!
- Last Chance for Shroud Perks via BrightLocker CrowdEquity
- New Free Trial Continues!
- Job Opening: Executive Assistant
- Weekend Flash Sale: Party Supplies
- Upcoming Events Calendar
- The Avatar’s Guide to Knowledge and Virtue Contest: Final Weekend!
- Virtue Marathon 2018: Children’s Miracle Hospital Network
- UO Forever 5th Anniversary: Richard and Starr Live Video Conference
- Weihnachten Holiday Party – Jan. 14
- Did You Know: You Can Get Combat Trophies?
- Recommended Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant
- Resources: Players Helping Players
Making of Sunless Barrens
As we wrap up rebuilds of all the Tier 1 and 2 scenes we are now moving on to Tier 3 scenes like Sunless Barrens. This area is located west of the Hellfire Rift between the Jade River and the Blackblade Mountains in the South Paladis region. It’s sunless name comes from the smoke and steam coming from the lava of the Hellfire Rift as it cuts through the rock of Novia and pours into the Bay of Storms. Geysers, lava flows, Ebon Dawn Cultists, Fire Elementals, and Plunderers are amongst the dangers, and potential rewards that await travelers to this perilous area. Even before the Cataclysm this area was rich in mineral deposits and efforts to extract those continue to this day despite the many obstacles.
I have a few screenshots to share of the uncloning of Sunless Barrens, a volcanic tier 3 adventure scene. Cultists have taken refuge in an ancient geothermal facility in the upper geyser fields, which overlooks lava flows infested by Fire Golems, and Plunderer settlements nestled in forested mesas. The look for this scene is inspired by sulfurous hot springs throughout the world, including Yellowstone, as well as the magma flows in Hawaii.