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Play Release 98 Now!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

The Catnip Games development team now brings the players of Shroud of the Avatar another round of new content and improvements. For Release 98 (R98), our primary focus was bugs but we did manage to sneak in a number of new game elements! First off, more large cats (black panthers, jaguars, snow tigers) have been added, most of which can be tamed! Players will find these new creatures scattered through many scenes throughout New Britannia! Also, a entirely new category of powerful but fragile artifact has started to appear in some scenes.

For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:



Release 98 Patch Notes!

Below is a list of game changes and new content that are live as of Release 98 (R98). A handful of combat balance changes and other fixes will be patched in within the next week before moving on to our February release

  • More big cats have finally made their appearance in Novia: Jaguars, Black Panther, and Snow Tigers
    • With the exception of the very rare, very powerful version of each species, all big cats can be tamed!
    • Jaguars and Black Panthers have chances to spawn in:
      • Forest road encounter in Novia, Hidden Vale, and Mistrendur
      • Ravensmoor
      • Verdantis Shardfall
      • Norgard Fens
      • Sawtooth Thicket
    • Snow Tigers have a chance to spawn in:
      • Snowy Tundra encounters in Novia and Mistrendur
      • Jotungrund
  • Added a randomize button to the character creation screen.
  • Added a street light to Righ Inis on the overworld map to make it easier to find.
  • Added big cat trophy heads and rugs
  • Added Lua function ShroudPlayerGold to get current gold amount of the player.
  • Added pristine to the new big cat head component
  • Added ShroudOnPlaySound which will catch Lua and UI sound name and also ShroudStopUISound() which is used with the first function to stop a sound from
  • Being played in the UI channel right when its being played.
  • Added ShroudSceneMusic(active) lua function to stop or re-enable back the scene music.
  • Adjusted and added missing deco surfaces for the Lord of the Isle Aquarium dungeon room. SOTA-70104
  • Aerie: Fixed an issue where the “Find Another Blacksmith” compass marker was displaying prematurely. SOTA-70085
  • Ardoris: Added a compass marker for players finding certain evidence related to the black arrow murders. SOTA-70078
  • Ardoris: Improved the journals, responses, logic, and compass markers related to meeting with Siranto, Khasi, Pintar, Damai, and the spirit-talkers.
  • Ardoris: Improved the logic which Shaaria uses to clear her “Give Advice to Shaaria” task. SOTA-70092
  • Ardoris: Removed a redundant keyword from Rolf the guard’s conversation, to stop build errors.
  • Ardoris: The “Meet with Siranto” task has had several text improvements, including being renamed to “Mention Undead to Siranto.”
  • Ardoris: Updated the tasks related to Samael and Kardan Marbane pointing the avatar to talk to Min Liang Tan. SOTA-65292
  • Bard songs vfx should no longer continue after the song is over.
  • Battle of Solace Bridge: Corrected spelling of “Soltown” in “Tell Abigail About Charlotte” journal entry. SOTA-70094
  • Big cats collision was overly large and made it difficult to loot things with a large cat pet out. These have now been adjusted downward to make them less annoying.
  • Big cats should all now have a ROAR ability that grants different effects
  • Big cats will no longer pounce while rooted.
  • Blood River Massacre: Improved how the “Find a Weapon” task resolves itself and archives this task. SOTA-70080
  • Blood River Outskirts: Adjusted the path grid to help keep a deer from spawning within a certain tree. Added POI-specific music at the outposts and ziggurat. SOTA-70143
  • Broochash: Avatars cannot choose to skip a conversation with Albreda if they have Umberjack’s “shakedown note” for her. SOTA-70079
  • Castle ATOS now has a Scene Map. SOTA-70149
  • Castle Atos teleporter now takes you to Castle Atos
  • Castle Atos: Moved items floating over the storehouse shelter to rest on the roof.
  • Castle Atos: Removed line-of-sight conversation requirement from the banker. SOTA-70126
  • Castle Atos: The faction for the chickens in Castle Atos have been changed to “chicken” faction, allowing them to be attacked. SOTA-70100
  • Castle Atos: The Storehouse Containers in Castle Atos have been updated, and the unique turn-in item at the uncommon crate requires 2 Purple Wyvern Eggs.
  • Crown Shop: added castleSet wizard’s tower village home to store
  • Deep Savrenoc Timberland: Resource nodes are now correctly set to tier 4. SOTA-70139
  • Dungeon Kit: Fixed a low LOD version of a single door drame wall piece.
  • East Vauban Foothills: Updated the terrain by the lake to help accommodate players still on the ruins when they sink. SOTA-70066
  • Elysium Mines: Adjusted several ore nodes to improve pathing while mining them. SOTA-70138
  • February 2022 Login Reward: Heart-Shaped White & Gold Footstool
  • Fix: Fixed a bug in vendor items list window that were not showing the numbers of items sent to bank.
  • Fix: Fixed Lua functions ShroudUnsetMask and ShroudMinMaxSize which was always returning false. Also removed the transparency on panel when draging it around which caused problems while setting your own transparency on panels.
  • Fixed an error thrown when doing a “Get Direction” on vendor listing when scene has changed.
  • Fixed deco issue with Leather Flame Armor
  • Fixed deco issue with Triangle & Acara Shield
  • Fixed icon for ball of clay -adjusted block of clay icon brightnesss
  • Fixed icon for Ornate Wooden Hot Tub -increased contrast on hot tub icon
  • Fixed loot issues with 6 Wax Cylinders. Desolis I and II, Sands of Grunvald, and Into the Epitaph now drop properly in the Epitaph at a relatively small rate per creature. Solania now has a small chance to drop from the demon in Solania Catacombs. Kas Ruins now properly drops from the Lich Boss in Kas Ruins at a 100% rate.
  • Fixed storage item count on Celestian Commode
  • Frost giant should now give XPs to even a large party
  • Greyacre: Corrected the spawn-in orientation at the southwest entrance to face the road. SOTA-70098
  • Halls of Artifice: Fixed a typo in a trigger warning UI message. SOTA-70082
  • Improving horse hoof sounds. (Spoiler alert, they still are not good but now just less bad)
  • Jaanaford: Renamed the “Travel to Jaanaford” task to “Ask About Bonesteel in Jaanaford” and improved the logic which archives it. Also, improved the logic in Jenna Karttunen’s responses regarding bonesteel. SOTA-70081
  • Jaguar and Panther: Added to Forest Road Encounter in Novia (southwest), Hidden Vale, and Mistrendur. SOTA-70136
  • Jaguars and Panthers: Added new NPCs to Ravensmoor, Verdantis Shardfall, Norgard Fens, and Sawtooth Thicket. SOTA-70136
  • Jaguars, Snow Tiger, and Black panthers have started appearing in the wilderness.
  • K’rul: Increased the size of a certain doorway to ensure players could always pass through. SOTA-70125
  • Kingsroad: Adjusted some spawner locations and rates for better distribution. Overall, there should be one or two additional spiders, bears, and skeletons in the scene. Also, added ranged and caster skeletons, and a chance for a tier 2 wolf. More nightshade may spawn near the graveyard. Some garlic may spawn along the road.
  • Kingsroad: Fixed a broken spawner to stop build errors.
  • Kobold Expeditionary Camp: Updated the “Free Sir Patrick!” task to be more clear and correct regarding that task. SOTA-70145
  • Kobold Expeditionary Camp: Updated the logic used by the compass marker when doing the “Free Sir Patrick!” task. SOTA-70144
  • Large Cats now feature unique loot tables per cat type and size, and all wolf items have been removed from their loot tables.
  • Loot, 9 Ephemeral Relics were added to the game and will appear as extremely rare drops throughout the world of New Britannia. Ephemeral Relics are typically  more powerful than their crafted counter parts, but cannot be repaired and feature a small amount of durability. Use these relics wisely for important battles!
  • Malice: Updated the logic which archives the “Speak with Sequanna” task after completing the Path of Love.
  • Many female NPCs were incorrectly using a male or neuter voice, especially in the Perennial Coast area. This has now been corrected.
  • Massive and Legendary crocs will now have different stats.
  • Moonlight and Sunlight enchantment will now appear in the tooltip of the equipments.
  • Mounted head and rug trophy recipes for big cats -added bigCats head item componnet for recipes
  • Necropolis: Added a connection to the Midmaer Passage near the exit to Midras Ruins. SOTA-69908
  • New elf loot tables for Despair.
  • New Lua functions ShroudLoadSound(filePath, AudioType), ShroudListSound(), ShroudPlaySound, ShroudStopSound() and a new enum AudioType. Lua scripters now have 5 audio channel to play sounds on at once.More information can be found on the API Doc and a demo on will be shown on forum scripting section.
  • New lua functions ShroudOnPlayFX and ShroudStopFX which will give ability to lua scripter to stop an fx from being played. Look at the API doc for more information.
  • Northwest Blackblade Mountains: Adjusted how close NPCs can get to a certain exit volume. SOTA-70107
  • Novia: Moved the banners above Mud and the Naryad Moors to be above the treeline. SOTA-70097
  • Ore Nodes: Corrected the scaling on high-tier ore nodes.
  • Pet sheet will now be displaying dodge and magic resist.
  • Plains Road Encounter: Removed the”line-of-sight” conversation requirement from the merchants that appear after the boss wave, to help stop them from canceling conversations. SOTA-70147
  • Players will no longer get trapped with the fishies in the Lord of the Isle Aquarium dungeon room. SOTA-70104
  • Players will now be able to place a Dry Docked Huge Pirate Galeon (Keep sized home) on a Castle lot as well as a Keep lot. SOTA-69091
    port_pirate_galleon_town_playerHouse: Secret door sound effects are now located at the secret door.
  • POT Arx Draconis Lowlands: Upgraded to Town from Village. SOTA-70113
  • POT Moonglow: Added new Holdfast west of Fortus End. SOTA-70091
  • POT Rajazel: Upgraded to City from Town. SOTA-70089, SOTA-70088
  • POT Silverdale Market: Upgraded to City from Town. SOTA-70103, SOTA-70101
  • Previously, the new tall 5 story Town lot sized house would block decoration in some towns with higher elevation. This should now be fixed.
    Process Big Cats recipes -added carcasses for loot
  • R98 Reward: Heart-Shaped Console, Queen’s Sitting Room Set: Heart-Themed Coffetable, Heart-shaped end table, Heart-backed white & gold throne
  • Ravensmoor Player Dungeon Room Deco Surface fixed. SOTA-70135
  • Savrenoc Stronghold: Adjusted a location where NPCs would get stuck in a world object. SOTA-70099
  • Savrenoc Stronghold: Instead of the northeast and east entrance sharing one compass marker and entry point, these two are now split into two separate compass markers and entry points. (Players will continue to spawn by default into the same location, called East Entrance.) SOTA-70083
  • Seasonal Monsters: Changed the name of Krampus’s list to “Krampus’ List: Naughty Boys and Girls” to help players find it in their inventories.
  • Seasonal Monsters: Krampus has gone dormant until next year, while Envy Angel has returned to Necropolis Barrens. SOTA-68642
  • Set Ancient Essence to be valid ingredient for smelting
  • Set Standing stone deco recipes to be discoverable since they are re-teachable.
  • Several issues which could cause creatures to stop spawning in some scenes have been fixed. This was most common in cities.
  • Snow Tigers: Add new NPC to Snowy Tundra Encounters in Novia and Mistrendur, Vertas Pass, Brightbone Pass, and Jotungrund. SOTA-70136
  • Solace Bridge Outskirts: After finding the missing scout, the avatar will get a task to ask her about Ebon Dawn (to ensure a more obvious transition to the “disrupt ritual” quest). SOTA-70105
  • Solace Bridge Outskirts: Fixed typos in in the Deliver Bloody Bones journal entry, and another in Talk to First Memory of Three journal entry. SOTA-70109, SOTA-70108
  • Solace Bridge Outskirts: Moved a lantern than wasn’t working when looked at from certain distances and angles. SOTA-70065
  • Solania: Updated the logic used by Merriweather in her responses about Simone’s book quest. SOTA-70087
  • Soltown and other scenes: Corrected typo for “Town Crier” in teleport-to-zone lists. SOTA-70062
  • Soltown: Regenerated Arabella’s conversation components to help prevent “not found” error messages. SOTA-70146
  • Spectral Mines: Changed the archlapin bone quest items to be destroyable. SOTA-69429
  • Taming Frenzy finally has a unique icon!
  • The Breach: Adjusted the path grid to better accommodate the Blackened Clockwork Dragon. SOTA-70068
  • The various large cats in New Britannia now have a chance to drop Cat Claws, which can be utilized in a new potion recipe, the Potion of the Stalking Cat. This potion grants a small bonus to Rend, Sneak Attack, and when attacking from behind. This recipe is a somewhat rare drop from the elves in Despair.
  • Toned down Chaos Shield visuals to be less distracting
  • Updates to big cat stats to make adult, ferocious, and obsidian cats have different stats.
  • Upper Fortus: Fixed a typo in a letter found on a table in a building. SOTA-70096
  • Wyvern Eggs: Set “Merchant Availability” to “Not Available” to stop build errors.
  • Xenos: Updated the “Enter Artifice” journal entry to be more specific and to “Enter Halls of Artifice,” among other improvements. SOTA-70086
  • Known issue: Young Snow tigers appear orange (fixed patch 1)

Player Owned Town Updates:

  • Arx Draconis Lowlands: Upgraded to Town from Village.
  • Moonglow: Added Holdfast to Novia, west of Fortus End
  • Rajazel: Upgraded to City.
  • Silverdale Market: Upgraded to City.

 


February Login Reward: Heart-Shaped White & Gold Footstool!

Log in during the month of December, and you’ll receive a Heart-Shaped White & Gold Footstool! Be the envy of all your neighbors with this amazing piece!


Release 98 Subscriber Login Rewards: Ancient Xenossian Winged Plate Helm, Heart-Shaped Console, and the Ornate Large White & Gold Heart-Backed Throne


These new heart-themed furniture items will also be featured in the Crown Shop in the new Queen’s Sitting Room Sets.


Avatars! Rewards Program login items for Release 98 are a must have — don’t miss out! This month’s collection includes the last of the Ancient Xenossian collectibles: The Winged Ancient Xenossian Helm. It also includes two new heart-themed furniture items: The Ornate Large White & Gold Heart-Backed Throne, as well as the Heart-shaped Console. Subscribers to the Reward Program must login during Release 98 to receive these special login items:The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Crowns, AND receive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following.

 

  • 900 Crowns of the Obsidians every month
  • Monthly Login Reward Items (about 3 per month)
  • Exclusive Title every 3 months
    • 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith
    • 6 Months: Keeper of the Word
    • 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow
    • 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame
    • 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath
    • 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge
    • 21 Months: Keeper of the Bond
    • 24 Months: Keeper of the Promise
    • 27 Months: Keeper of the Covenant
  • Pick any Dye 12-Pack every 6 months
  • Pick any three of these 7 Obsidian Potions every month:
    • Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity
    • Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance
    • Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills
    • Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills
    • Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage
    • Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills
    • Potion of Stamina: Decreases focus use from sprinting
  • While subscribed to the rewards program, players also receive these special bonuses:
    • Obsidian Potions are significantly more powerful!
    • 24 Additional Deck Slots!

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Play Release 97 Now! Lions, Lionesses & Tigers! Wyvern Eggs! UI Improvements!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

The Catnip Games development team now brings the players of Shroud of the Avatar another round of new content and improvements. For Release 97 (R97), players will experience a large variety of changes to the game. First off, large cats (lions and tigers) have been added, most of which can be tamed! Players will find these new creatures scattered through many scenes throughout New Britannia! Also, wyvern eggs have also been added as loot to the game. These eggs can be utilized as decorations or even used in a new cooking recipe! Further uses for these eggs will be added in the future.

For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

News Announcements

Community Updates



Release 97 Patch Notes!

Below is a list of game changes and new content that are live as of Release 97 (R97). This release is a short release due to the holiday season, but we still managed to provide a considerable amount of new items and changes to keep everyone entertained. Additional content, improvements, and bug fixes are inbound for R98 next month. We hope you enjoy the changes that are live today as of Release 97! Happy holidays!

World, Quests, and Miscellaneous Changes:

  • Big cats have finally made their appearance in Novia: Lions and lionesses and tigers, oh my!
    • With the exception of one very rare, very powerful lion, all big cats can be tamed!
    • Lions and lionesses have chances to spawn in these locations:
      • Desert Encounter
      • Plains Encounter
      • Crag Foothills
      • Midras Ruins
      • Sequanna Colossus
      • Oracle Colossus
      • Elysian Ruins
      • Spectral Peaks
    • Tigers have chances to spawn in these locations:
      • Forest Road Encounter
      • Swamp Road Encounter
      • East Veiled Swamp
      • Far Hinterlands
      • East Longfall Wetland
      • Kas Ruins
      • Twins Foothills
      • The Fall
  • Aerie: Improved the logic for “help” responses by both Devotional Caretakers.
  • Ardoris: Improved the logic for archiving the “Meet with Khasi” and “Meet with Siranto” tasks for avatars if Min is defeated before these tasks are completed.
  • Ardoris: Merchant Guildmaster Cai Lau now always has the “Sheng Lau” keyword available to ensure all localized versions have access to that keyword.
  • Blood Bay: Removed the chances that the ebb and flow of lava will block lava fishing at both volcanoes.
  • Blood River Outskirts: The “Ask Phineas for Poison” compass marker should never appear after the Phineas Drumplemouth questline is complete.
  • Castle Atos: The shrine buff will now work correctly when 1-3 players are in scene.
  • Castle Atos: Several stuck spots have been fixed.
  • Castle Atos: Player’s should no longer appear to fall when exiting to Novia.
  • Castle Atos: The scene has received a number of new decorations, to include a piano in the tavern, toilets, and benches.
  • Castle Atos: Now features an interactive well to obtain water.
  • Castle Atos: Now features a seasonal Yule tree in the plaza.
  • Castle Atos: Mage of Mystery Quang has replaced Divum.
  • Castle Atos: Blocked the underside of a staircase from view.
  • Castle Atos: The chef daily quest at Castle Atos now provides more varied and increased rewards, to include the very occasional wyvern egg.
  • Castle Atos: The Shrine will now grant the blessing again if the buff was cancelled and the shrine reentered.
  • Caverns of Skrekk: Added/updated props of some buildings near the palace.
  • Central Brittany: Reactivated the Krampus quest given by Kinga and Ronin.
  • Central Brittany: Updated some parts of Arabella’s trivial responses.
  • Control Points: “Mages of Mystery” in all control points have lowered their teleportation fees. Crossing to the opposite side of the same control point is now 15 gold, while teleporting to a different control point is 50 gold. (Those worthy of being teleported to the Manor of Mystery is still free.)
  • Desert Encounter: The sculptor merchants that sometimes spawn in these scenes will now always be humanoid.
  • Despair:  Several visual glitches have been fixed.
  • Estgard: Improved “safety” logic that archives the “Convince Knight in Estgard” tasks when players complete the Path of Courage.
  • Forest Encounters with Unicorns: Fixed an issue that cause the “great threat” message to appear prematurely.
  • Graff Gem Mines: Adjusted the location for a skeleton that was spawning halfway into a wall.
  • Halls of Artifice: The “spike cage” room mechanics have been updated to include a trigger warning and two very visible locks. One of these locks replaces the hidden pressure plate and it’s disastrous results. The avatar can now make a mildly-informed choice as to which lock to use. Also, two children in a cage in a different room have been replaced by two adults.
  • Hills Encounter: Updated the path grid to help stop a certain wolf from leashing sometimes.
  • Hilt Fortress: Fixed a stuck spot in the Obsidian Forge area.
  • Jaanaford: Updated the logic which displays the compass markers related to the Broken Echoes Silver Mine’s foreman.
  • Jotungrund: Assigned lower LOD meshes to rock mesh colliders to allow for easier access to particular resource nodes.
  • Jotungrund: Avatars that were told by Wymond about his bone chips quest but didn’t accept it should now be able to do so.
  • Jotungrund: Several “stuck” spots have been fixed and several floating boulders fixed.
  • K’rul: Fixed a stuck spot in a gazebo.
  • K’rul: Moved large automatons out of small rooms. Added props to an empty shed.
  • Lord British’s Castle: Fixed an issue where a secret door wasn’t opening.
  • Manor of Mystery: Moved floating mandrake roots to the ground, removed candles on the floor near a building entrance, and shifted the pink-purple cloth on the return teleporter disc to purple.
  • Manor of Mystery: Removed redundant mages. Moved floating mandrake to the ground. Avatars with the “incorrect reputation” in the manor may find the mages will notice this and teleport them away.
  • Manor of Mystery: Some mages of mystery referred to the old price of 500 gold for passage. They now know to only ask for 50 gold.
  • Mysterious Swamp: The rare Spawn of Sobek, T15 crocodile is now tameable!
  • Nightshade Pass: Moved a small floating rock to the ground.
  • Oracle Temple: Improved the logic that dismisses the “Find the Cerulean Lens” compass marker.
  • Overworld: The default option for new players will be to show town names in non-runic letters.
  • Player-Run Towns: These towns have received a minimal complement of NPCs and crafting stations near their default entrances, and all Player-Run Towns allow for POT only deeds to be utilized:
    • Aldhaven
    • Estercove
    • Greyacre
    • Highiron
    • Holtrot
    • Kingswood
    • Lochfield
    • Northshire
    • Owl’s Wash
    • Port Mirren
    • Ravensend
    • Redmill
    • Righ Inis
    • Shadowmist
    • The Brave Coast
    • Valemark
    • Westhollow
  • Player Villages: All “player village” scenes have been reclassified as Player-Run Towns which enables placement of POT only deeds within their borders.
  • POT Forest 01b template: Removed anomalous world objects.
  • Serpent’s Spine Foothills: Squirrels now have a chance to spawn instead of rabbits.
  • Shaminian Hills: Adjusted the mechanics of the magical elevator to help ensure the crystal receptacle stays in the proper state. Added a “Reset Platform” button near the top of the elevator for situations where the receptacle might still go out of sync.
  • Skrekk: Added/updated decorations within some buildings.
  • Skrekk: Updated the compass marker for “Caverns of Skrekk” to read as such.
  • Solace Bridge Outskirts: Avatars cannot use the “skip conversation with merchants” option for Ackerley’s until after they finish his quests.
  • Soltown: Stanley now has small quests that point players to Arabella in Soltown and Baozhai the guard in Castle Atos.
  • South Majestic Forest: Fixed typos in CBY-60053’s responses about the virtues.
  • Spite: Fixed the icons for several compass marker discoveries, including the Moratorium.
  • The Outlaws’ Run: Fixed a typo in Miloslava’s “stone” response.
  • The Outlaws’ Run: Moved floating roots to the ground.
  • The Outlaws’ Run: Fixed typos in “Tell Guard About Mlroslava” journal entries.
  • The Rise: Fixed decoration issues in one room.
  • Valhold: New avatars who don’t meet the requirements cannot access the interior of Valhold Palace.
  • Vertas: Improved the response and journal from Kiakis regarding his suggestion of going through Vertas Pass to Jaanaford.
  • Petrified Dragon Eggs on store now come in 3 packs.
  • The Saddle and Bags with Stand decoration item is now called Saddlebags with Stand since there is no saddle present on the item.

Crafting, Decoration, & Inventory Item Changes:

  • Wyvern Eggs and a related food recipe are now available:
    • These eggs have a small chance to drop from wyverns, with higher tier wyverns having greater chances.
    • Elves in Savrenoc Stronghold now have a small chance to drop a Wyvern Egg Salad recipe, which increases a character’s Song Duration by an additional 25% for 2 hours.
    • These eggs can also be placed as decorations.
    • More recipes for these food components are coming soon!
    • Soon, the Castle Atos storehouse containers will accept wyvern eggs as the uncommon crate item, so hold on to your extras!
  • Mimic Pets can now sit and dance!
  • Spider room recipes to include the spawned version are now available.
  • A pedestal to enable spawns has been added to the Hilt Spider Room with Spawns.
  • The Hilt Spider Room Pristine now features improved decoration surfaces.
  • Fixed typos in the Acaran Gauntlet upgrade recipe display names.
  • Celestian Sofa is now dyeable in primary slot.
  • The Bottle of Wine and Elven Bottle of Wine can be rotated on an additional axis.
  • Lava pool decorations will no longer damage players when dragged over a player in decoration placement mode.
  • Mounts that are locked in inventory can once again be used.
  • The Ravensmoor teleporter steps now feature improved collision and no longer require players to jump to ascend the steps.
  • Streamer bundles now have a unique color (purple) compared to other supply bundles when placed as a decoration.
  • The 2021 Extra Live cloak will now correctly salvage to the 2021 pattern instead of the 2017 pattern.
  • The Antique Shop now features improved decoration surfaces.
  • The Labrys Axe pattern now has the proper display name.

Combat & Skill Changes:

  • Ardoris Arena: Ardoris arena now has skill caps, level caps, and a 75% reduction in stats provided by gear.
  • Players who are flagged for open world PvP or in a PvP scene now receive a 5-second resurrection debuff instead of a 15-second debuff.
  • Lightning Storm:
    • Fixed an issue which caused lightning storm to stun excessively by ignoring crowd control resistance effects.
    • Now fizzles as intended.
    • Now applies aggro properly to the caster.
    • Lightning Storm can no longer be parried.
    • Lightning Storm now properly consumes the listed reagents.
  • Cone of Cold will now use fewer reagents.
  • Summoning spells should now level more quickly.
  • The rate at which many mobs parry has been dramatically reduced.
  • A number of potions no longer erroneously expire when a player dies.
  • Summoning spells should now level more quickly.

Player Economy, Rewards, & Loot Changes:

  • Castle Atos now features unique freshwater fishing loot tables! The first unique item, which is a rare drop, is a Floating Barrel (Flotsam). Use this barrel as a water decoration in your Player-Owned Towns or on your water lot properties. Players can also open the barrel (which destroys it) to receive a considerable amount of Elven Brandy, Satyr Spirits, or Kobold Spirits.
  • Mustard seeds are now available on various cooking merchants throughout New Britannia, which is one of the ingredients for Wyvern Egg Salad.
  • Streamer Bundles are available by request for highly active streamers to provide as prizes. The Player Livestreams & Videos forum will be updated soon with a thread to provide qualification information. Streamer bundles now only provide no-trade items.
  • The Delicate Feather of the Phoenix now drops for players without the phoenix feather quest.

User Interface, Lua, & Performance Changes:

  • Player health bars are now MOVEABLE! This option can be enabled in the options menu, which is set to “off” by default.
  • The player dungeon UI has received a significant update. Now, players may select dungeon pieces from their inventory while the dungeon piece selection UI is open.
  • A new option in the options menu has been added which allows players to be mounted automatically upon scene load, which is set to “off” by default.
  • The inventory search bar filter has been improved. Now, search results also consider the original name for a renamed item.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the scene to reload repeatedly, and logging has been improved to help analyze future related bugs.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Lua object ID to change when a previously created object was destroyed.
  • The Lua function ShroudOnSceneLoaded() will now execute only once after all the game objects are fully loaded.
  • Additional Lua changes, fixes, and additions are now live. Documentation with updates can be found here.
  • The chat window no longer changes a private message target when the intended private message target has logged off.

Player-Owned Town Changes:

  • Duanor: Upgraded to Town.
  • Greymorn: Upgraded to Hamlet.
  • Hawker’s Retreat: Added new holdfast to Hidden Vale, northeast of Wynton’s Folly.
  • Jade Mountains: Upgraded to Hamlet.
  • Jade Valley: Upgraded to Megalopolis.
  • Norstead: Moved to Novia, southwest of Estgard.
  • Reverie: Upgraded to Town from Crossroads Village.
  • Wolves Den: Upgraded to Crossroads Village.


Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

The weekly Community Livestream is Friday, December 17th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other members of the development team for a community 1-hour livestream!

To enter the prize drawings, type “happy holidays” into any in-game chat channel OR make a purchase on the website Add-On Store.

Please submit questions using in-game universal chat by typing “askadev” before your question. We’ll do our best to answer these questions live on the stream, and we’ll even be periodically posting answers to some unanswered questions in the forums each month. Watch on Twitch, Friday at 4PM CT!

Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar — be sure to get the channel on follow for notifications so you can join us right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel. Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!!




Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at all our social media venues:


Crown Store: New Town-Sized Home, Enchanted Wyvern Eggs & More!

Many new store items are coming your way in the month ahead! Keep an eye out each week as the following items become available in the in-game Crown Store. Available today on December 16th, a new town-sized house! This 5-story home not only features a widow’s walk, but also veranda on the 4th floor.

  • Stone Five-Story w/ Veranda (Town Home)

Becoming available on December 24th, Enchanted Wyvern Eggs! Added this release are 8 smaller versions which drop as loot throughout New Britannia, but players can also acquire these store versions which are larger AND glow in the dark!

  • Enchanted Black Wyvern Egg 3-Pack
  • Enchanted Blue Wyvern Egg 3-Pack
  • Enchanted Green Wyvern Egg 3-Pack
  • Enchanted Orange Wyvern Egg 3-Pack
  • Enchanted Purple Wyvern Egg 3-Pack
  • Enchanted Red Wyvern Egg 3-Pack
  • Enchanted White Wyvern Egg 3-Pack
  • Enchanted Yellow Wyvern Egg 3-Pack

Becoming available on December 31st, a gorgeous semicircle display table! Time to redesign your bar and merchant areas, because this item is a MUST have:

  • Ornate Wooden Semicircle Display Table

Becoming permanent year-round store entries, these 30 prior seasonal items from the winter recurring and vault sections of the store will remain on the store after the winter season ends on February 8th:

  • Breathe Blue Fire Emote
  • Breathe Emote 6-Pack
  • Breathe Snow Emote
  • Fountain of Frozen Waters
  • Frost Pipe
  • Frozen Bagpipes
  • Ice Elemental Statue
  • Ice Hot Tub
  • Ice Nightmare Mask
  • Ice Wings
  • Icy Ancient Stone Cathedral
  • Icy Ancient Stone Room Fishing Grotto
  • Juggle Snowballs Emote
  • Reindeer Decoration Pet
  • Snow Emote
  • Snowflake Pattern Cloak
  • Virtue Ice Crown
  • Virtue Ice Gown Outfit
  • Virtue Ice Shield
  • Virtue Ice Sword
  • Virtue Ice Wand
  • Virtue Icicle Cloak
  • White Raven Decoration Pet
  • White Reindeer Decoration Pet
  • White Rottweiler Decoration Pet
  • White Squirrel Decoration Pet
  • Winter Lynx Decoration Pet
  • Winter Pattern Glass Chandelier 3-Pack
  • Winter Pattern Glass Floor Lamp 3-Pack
  • Winter Pattern Glass Table Lamp 3-Pack

Also, the Winter Seasonal are still available! Here’s a listing of all of these seasonal items. Some will feature only for 1 week in the Vault, but others will remain in the store throughout the holiday season, so don’t miss out! Winter items will be available until February 8th:

  • 2016 Winter Holiday Soundtrack
  • Blank Yule Card 2017 5-Pack
  • Blank Yule Card 2018 5-Pack
  • Blank Yule Card 2020 A 5-Pack
  • Blank Yule Card 2020 B 5-Pack
  • Candy Cane Wand
  • Ceiling Yule Tree
  • Dark Yule Outfit
  • Giant Haunted Yule Tree
  • Giant Yule Tree 2015
  • Giant Yule Tree 2016
  • Giant Yule Tree 2017
  • Giant Yule Tree 2018
  • Haunted Sleigh
  • Haunted Snow Family
  • Haunted Snowman Mask
  • Haunted Yule Tree
  • Holly Wreath with Candles Hat
  • Holly Wreath with Sparklers Hat
  • Krampus Mask
  • Krampus Statue
  • Kwanzaa Table Decorations
  • Large Haunted Yule Tree
  • Large Yule Tree 2016
  • Large Yule Tree 2017
  • Large Yule Tree 2018
  • Menorah 2014
  • Menorah 2015
  • Menorah 2016
  • Menorah 2017
  • Menorah 2018
  • Menorah 2020
  • Menorah 2021
  • Ornate Mantle Garland 2017 12-Pack
  • Ornate Mantle Garland 2018 12-Pack
  • Ornate Replenishing Snowball Box 2014
  • Ornate Replenishing Snowball Box 2015
  • Ornate Replenishing Snowball Box 2016
  • Ornate Sled
  • Ornate Sleigh
  • Ornate Snow Family 2015
  • Ornate Snow Family 2016
  • Ornate Snow Family 2017
  • Ornate Snow Family 2018
  • Ornate Wall Garland 2017 12-Pack
  • Ornate Wall Garland 2018 12-Pack
  • Ornate Yule Music Box
  • Ornate Yule Wreath 2015
  • Ornate Yule Wreath 2016 3-Pack
  • Ornate Yule Wreath 2017 3-Pack
  • Ornate Yule Wreath 2018 3-Pack
  • Red-Nosed Reindeer Mount
  • Small Ornate Wall Garland 2017 12-Pack
  • Small Ornate Wall Garland 2018 12-Pack
  • Snow Globe 2020
  • Snowdragon
  • Snowflake Pattern Cloak
  • Snowman Mask 2015
  • Snowman Mask with Hat & Moustache 2018
  • Snowman Mask with Stovepipe Hat 2016
  • Snowman Mask with Stovepipe Hat 2017
  • Tabletop Elf Statue with Yule Hat
  • Tabletop Haunted Yule Tree
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2014
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2015
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2016
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2017
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2018
  • Traditional Yule Hat
  • Yule Elf Outfit
  • Yule Gift Box 2016 3-Pack
  • Yule Gift Box 2017 3-Pack
  • Yule Gift Box 2018 3-Pack
  • Yule Gift Box 2020 3-Pack
  • Yule Gift Box 2021 3-Pack
  • Yule Hat
  • Yule Stockings 2016 3-Pack
  • Yule Stockings 2017 3-Pack
  • Yule Stockings 2018 3-Pack
  • Yule Stockings 2020 3-Pack
  • Yule Stockings 2021 3-Pack
  • Yule Tree 2014
  • Yule Tree 2015
  • Yule Tree 2016
  • Yule Tree 2017
  • Yule Tree 2018
  • Yule Velvet Bodice Ensemble

Don’t forget! Hometown is an amazing resource for players. At Hometown, which is located just east of Soltown, players can examine available houses, Player-Owned Town templates, and even new Crown Store items. Why not be certain you like it before you make a purchase? So head on over to Hometown and check things out! If you have questions about what’s on display in Hometown, please visit this forum thread and post a question.

To see a full listing of all the items which rotate through the Vault, we have prepared a forum post showing all items which could appear throughout the year!


January Login Reward: Caduceus Wand!

Log in during the month of December, and you’ll receive an Ancient Xenossian Caduceus Wand! Show your enemies you mean business by wielding this intricately designed magical item.


Release 97 Subscriber Login Rewards: Caduceus Staff & Lion Cub Decoration Pet!

Avatars! Rewards Program login items for Release 97 are a must have — don’t miss out! This month’s collection adds another item to the Ancient Xenossian set and more! The Ancient Xenossian Caduceus Staff adds yet another style to available staves, and this staff is simply amazing! The intricate metal work along the staff’s head truly draws the eye. For those excited about the new lion and tiger creatures added to the game this release, you’ll be even more excited to hear you’ll be receiving a Lion Cub Decoration Pet as a subscriber login reward. This little fella is a cutie! Subscribers to the Reward Program must login during Release 97 to receive these special login items:

  • Ancient Xenossian Caduceus Staff
  • Lion Cub Decoration Pet

The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Crowns, AND receive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:

  • 900 Crowns of the Obsidians every month
  • Monthly Login Reward Items (about 3 per month)
  • Exclusive Title every 3 months
    • 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith
    • 6 Months: Keeper of the Word
    • 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow
    • 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame
    • 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath
    • 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge
    • 21 Months: Keeper of the Bond
    • 24 Months: Keeper of the Promise
    • 27 Months: Keeper of the Covenant
  • Pick any Dye 12-Pack every 6 months
  • Pick any three of these 7 Obsidian Potions every month:
    • Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity
    • Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance
    • Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills
    • Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills
    • Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage
    • Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills
    • Potion of Stamina: Decreases focus use from sprinting
  • While subscribed to the rewards program, players also receive these special bonuses:
    • Obsidian Potions are significantly more powerful!
    • 24 Additional Deck Slots!

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Thanksgiving Sales Event!


Happy Thanksgiving! In observance of the holiday, various rewards and sales have begun:

All these sale & reward items will last until Monday, December 6th at Noon CT, so don’t miss out! Happy shopping, Avatars!


Play Release 96 Now! Castle Atos! The Ancient Undead! Dread Artifact Update! Non-Destructive Evictions!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

The Catnip Games development team now brings the players of Shroud of the Avatar another round of new content and improvements. For Release 96 (R96), players will experience a large variety of changes to the game. First off, players can now explore a new social hub scene called Castle Atos! This scene will be the focal point for providing many social in-game events, content, and rewards in the future, and already we’ve populated this new scene with many activities and items to keep players entertained. The reward blessing present there even scales in power with the number of players in scene!

The Ancient Undead attack! This ancient race of creatures are appearing throughout New Britannia. Will you be able to defeat them?

Dread Artifacts can now be patterned, and evictions will move move evicted items to the Property Manager window instead of a player’s bank. SO many changes, so what are you waiting for? Get in there and play Shroud of the Avatar!

For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

News Announcements

Community Updates



Release 96 Patch Notes!

Below is a list of game changes and new content that are live as of Release 96 (R96). This release is a short release due to the holiday season, but we still managed to provide a considerable amount of new items and changes to keep everyone entertained. Additional content, improvements, and bug fixes are inbound for R97 next month. We hope you enjoy the changes that are live today as of Release 96! Happy holidays!

World, Quests, and Miscellaneous Changes:

  • A new danger has arisen in some remote locations. A previously-unknown ancient undead humanoid, from before any recorded history, has emerged to threaten all of humanity. Ancient Undead now have chances to appear in Despair, Opalis Ruins, Mysterious Swamp, Forest Road Encounter, Plains Encounter, Plains Road Encounter, and Swamp Road Encounter. These new arrivals to New Britannia will soon provide unique loot items in R97, but these horrific and powerful beings are currently in-game now. Go test your mettle!
  • Castle Atos is a new social hub scene and is now available to players. Head on over and explore this new town, and hang out with your friends! With launch of this scene, we worked hard to populate it with as many new items as we could in the short release cycle, but more are coming! Castle Atos will appear on the overworld map (along the road between Soltown and Solace Bridge Outskirts) in the first patch after release. Look for new additions in upcoming months!
    • Here are some of the features available at Castle Atos now:
      • Unique Blessing: Adds a health, focus, and melee critical hit damage reduction bonus to your character, and the power level of the buff is directly proportional to the player count in the scene. Get your friends over there and get a stronger buff!
      • Special vendor items! Initially only new Wax Cylinders have been added to the innkeeper, but each merchant features a unique merchant item table for future additions, so be on the lookout! Here are the Wax Cylinders available at Castle Atos:
        • Sunrise in Jaanaford
        • The Streets of Aerie
        • The Harbors of New Britannia
        • Love Returns to Ardoris
        • Along the Fallion River I
        • Along the Fallion River II
        • Within the Mists of Brookside
        • The Solace River
        • Castle Atos
        • Lament of the Titans
        • The Markets of New Britannia
      • New Quests!
      • Theater stage for in-game plays and concerts!
      • Feast hall for parties!
      • Giant aquarium with swimming dolphins!
      • Public Cache Chest!
      • Storehouse Containers!
    • These are some of the features that will be added to Castle Atos in the near future:
      • Unique fishing loot!
      • More unique vendor items & crafting recipes!
      • Unique storehouse container turn-in items!
  • New music has been added to a variety of scenes.
  • A new Wax Cylinder is available from the innkeeper at Fire Lotus Tavern in Owl’s Head.
  • A new streamer bundle has been created. Keep an eye out for news about how to obtain this bundle to provide to your viewers!
  • Halls of Artifice: Added safety teleporters for avatars who get caught in the void between teleporters.
  • Jotungrund: Added POT-specific music to the entry camp and barbarian camp in the crevasse.
  • Kobold Expeditionary Camp: In the “Save Sir Patrick” scenario, moved incidental kobolds away from the wave battle fighting ring.
  • Lord British’s Castle: Added props to secret room. Do you know where the secret room is?
  • Mysterious Swamp: Added a chance for an ancient undead enemy to appear in the lich areas.
  • Necropolis Barrens: Moved a love letter to the ground that was unreachable due to being in a tree.
  • Necropolis Barrens: Removed a love letter within Envy Angel’s house onto the nearby floor.
  • North Drachvald Spur: Fixed an issue where a climbable rope on the “jumping puzzle” tower wasn’t functioning.
  • Northwood: Added responses for “help” and “health” to Daemyn the guard.
  • Northwood: The “bye” button for Saha Rohandas now works properly.
  • Opalis Ruins: Added random chance for ancient undead to appear in the “lich boss” fight.
  • Random Encounters: Added possibility of ancient undead appearing in undead scenarios for Forest Road, Plains, Plains Road, and Swamp Road Encounters.
  • Resolute: Added hints that the avatar needs to talk to the gate guard to get the gate opened by way of signs next to the gate and a “fail” message on the gate switch. Also, once the guard opens the gate for the avatar at least once, the avatar can use the outer switch on their own, at will.
  • Seasonal Monsters: Pumpkin Head has gone dormant again while Krampus has awakened.
  • Shaminian Hills: Expanded the timespan which the time-locked sarcophagus lid can be opened, from 15.00-16.00 (2.5 minutes) to 13.25 to 17.25 (8.125 minutes).
  • Soltown Catacombs: The skull orator is more emotive while standing in his location. Also, he’ll do his best to ensure his nearby lantern stays lit.
  • Soltown: Abigail will now have a compass marker for avatar’s who saved Charlotte. Also, after helping Stanley and saying “help,” he’ll sometimes point those same avatars to Abigail to ask her about Charlotte.
  • South Drachvald Spur: Moved an ankh to ensure it was above ground.
  • South Quel Woods: Changed tier from 3 to 3+. Changed logging office area to a mansion. Changed logging camp to an infested, abandoned farm. Lighting all 4 prop scarecrows in the farm’s fields within 30 seconds will initiate a short wave battle that ends with the Scarecrow seasonal monster. Added some higher tier enemies in farm area. Added some mandrake and higher tier iron ore in farm area.
  • South Quel Woods: In the Scarecrow fight, there can be up to 3 fire elementals during the “spider waves,” and there are now a few seconds between each wave. Also, added some hay piles into the farm field.
  • The Outlaws’ Run: Added an additional safety method to clear the “Mention Miloslava to Milosh” task.
  • The Outlaws’ Run: When telling Miloslava about Milosh, she now clearly asks if you’ve talked to her about the colored stones.
  • Ulfheim: All tiered resource nodes within the barbarian community have been changed from tier 5 to tier 8.
  • Ulfheim: Removed orphaned ore nodes to stop build errors.
  • Understorm Gold Mine: Fixed a typo in the “Search for Evidence in Understorm Mine” journal entry.
  • Valhold: To gain access to Valhold Palace to talk to Grannus, players must have the amulet AND finished the “save Sir Patrick” quest.
  • Jotungrund: Updated the signal tower compass markers to help them appear when you have the signal tower quest.
  • Several mount visuals have been improved/fixed.
  • Greenhouse store entries now include information in the description explaining they only function as decorations if placed as a POT decoration.
  • The Yew Tree decoration is now called Epic Yew Tree, and it has received the same price reduction as the other epic trees received last release.

Crafting, Decoration, & Inventory Item Changes:

  • Dread Artifact Update:
    • The Bonesteel Crown, Heart of Sorrows, and the Scepter of Dread can now be placed as decorations, but remain no-trade items.
    • The three cabalists of the related anti-virtues (Dolus, Temna, and Nefario) now each drop a no-trade Obsidian Forge recipe (all 3 recipes become available as drops in the first patch after release) for creating no-trade patterns for the related dread artifact, but these recipes only drop if the looter has completed the related storyline to obtain the particular artifact. Once the no-trade pattern is applied to an item, that player can either utilize the item themselves with the Dread Artifact visuals, or they can trade/sell such items to other players at will. The final patterned items are fully tradeable.
    • The Phoenix now drops a 1-3 Delicate Feathers of the Phoenix, one of which is required as a quill in these recipes, but this delicate feather can only be utilized one time before it dissipates into dust. These feathers will be utilized in future recipes as well, so keep on the lookout for new crafting opportunities on the horizon!
    • The pattern for the Heart of Sorrows is our first VFX pattern introduces a new concept for the neck slot. Soon, more neck slot patterns will be added to the store and via in-game loot drops to allow for further character customization, such as glowing eyes!
    • Each Dread Artifact now features a small amount of Adventure Level scaling in their stat bonuses.
  • The Gem Studded Roll of Leather, Gold Studded Roll of Leather, Silver Studded Roll of Leather, Bronze Studded Strip of Leather, Copper Studded Strip of Leather, and Iron Studded Strip of Leather have been reduced in power significantly.
  • Brave spelunkers will now be able to decorate their Player-Made Dungeon spider rooms! In addition, a pristine version of the room is now available which does not feature the webs and rubble. “With spawns” versions of these rooms are also available and drop from the spiders within Hilt Fortress!
  • The Ornate Triple Connection Stone Dungeon Foyer now features additional decoration surfaces to include the ceiling.
  • Basement Hatches can now be placed on other decorations that accept child objects such as walls and blocks, accept other decorations on top of them, and they can also be placed on all ground/floor type surfaces on a property which accept decoration items.
  • The Teleporter to Compendium of Pain and Suffering decoration item can now be placed on other decorations which accept child decorations such as walls and blocks.
  • The Tropical Flower Hairpieces (dyeable and non-dyeable versions) can now both be salvaged for eternal patterns which can be applied to head slot items.
  • An issue has been fixed which prevented salvage of the Ornate Circlet. The Ornate Circlet’s pattern now indicates that it is an Eternal Pattern instead of a regular Pattern.
  • Interactive items placed around the book player-made dungeon entrance should now function correctly.
  • The new lava pools no longer conflict with fishing water type conversion statues.
  • Removed a floating black square from various Player-Made Dungeon rooms.
  • Dungeon Entrance Tapestry and Dungeon Entrance rug have been renamed to Tapestry of the Ruins of Ravensmoor and Rug of the Ruins of Ravensmoor so players to not mistake these items with Player-Made Dungeon entrance abilities.
  • The holiday Menorahs have been updated to function this year.
  • 2 new community cloaks have been added for Extra Life charity events.
  • The “Bass (Deco)” now properly rotates on an additional axis.

Combat & Skill Changes:

  • Gear scaling tech has been created and applied to two PvP scenes: Obsidian Trials and Ardoris Arena. These two locations feature gear scaling of 0.
  • A new system which allows tuning of PVP vs PVE damage has been implemented. Currently, this new tech has been applied to ranged Auto-Attack, Aimed Shot, and Blinding Shot. Damage to all 3 of these sources has been reduced by 10% vs. PvP targets.
  • Summoned pet spells from the magic schools now level more quickly.
  • Additional logging has been created for PvP-related combat as we prepare for upcoming PvP balance work.
  • PVP flagging bonus experience has been increased from 10 to 25%
  • Player dungeons and basements will no longer grant XP bonuses for PVP players.
  • Lightning Storm now features SFX, a unique skill icon, and VFX improvements.
  • Lightning storm has been restored to the original, faster cast time.
  • Stun durations present on Lightning Storm are now increase with skill level instead of decrease.
  • Cone of Cold has received improved visuals.
  • Dig In features no longer causes flickering in the buff bar.
  • The globe from the Light spell now hovers properly over your character after dismounting.

Player Economy, Rewards, & Loot Changes:

  • Many new Wax Cylinders are dropping as rare loot in adventure scenes throughout New Britannia. Will you find them all?
    • Dolus Approaches I
    • Dolus Approaches II
    • The Laboring Fauns
    • Avara’s Curse
    • The Dragon Clan
    • The Ice Plains of Jotungrund
    • The Bear Clan
    • Into the Epitaph
    • Tartarus
    • The Hallowed Plains
    • Rhun Ruins
    • Dysborg Ruins
    • The Faun’s Sorrow
    • The Solania Catacombs
    • Desolis I
    • Desolis II
    • Frozen Tears of a Lost Tribe
    • Kas Ruins
    • Norgard Fens
    • Longfall Road
    • Libris Ruins
    • Desolate Hills
    • The Boar Clan
    • Spectral Peaks
    • Ulfheim
    • Halls of Despair
    • The Sands of Grunvald
    • Solania
    • Yew
  • The scarecrow boss now occasionally drops pieces of canvas fabric instead of the recipe for canvas fabric.

User Interface, Lua, & Performance Changes:

  • Non-destructive evictions! When a player’s property is evicted by governors, stewards, tax defaults, or even lot activity expirations, the property will now be placed in the owner’s Property Manager (Magic Movers) window.
  • The Player-Made Dungeon interface for selecting dungeon pieces in decoration mode has been improved.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the inventory list to flicker when it contained a teleporter item that pointed to a scene that no longer existed.
  • Added 5 new Lua functions:
    • ShroudCurrentDeck()
    • ShroudDeckList()
    • ShroudGetDeckCardList([deckName])
    • ShroudEmoteList()
    • ShroudPlayEmote(emoteName)
  • Conversationalist scripts will now properly return integer values.
  • Compass markers now display by priority. Quest markers are in front, destination markers are in the middle, and all other markers appear in the back.
  • Guild member names now sort properly in the guild window.
  • The Companion Level stat on gear now properly applies to summoned pets.
  • MANY more functions have been added to your Lua toolbox! Go check out the updated API document!
  • There are also script examples in the Lua section of the forum!

Player-Owned Town Changes:

  • Dragon Hold: Added new holdfast in Novia along the mountains northwest of Soltown.
  • Fidra: Added new Holdfast to Hidden Vale near Port Titan.
  • Litwarf Hird: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur near the center of the middle island.
  • M’hul Island: Upgraded to Village.


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Play Release 95 Now! Pet Equipment! Platform & Trap Decorations! Scarecrows Attack! Conversationalist & Lua Updates!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

The Catnip Games development team now brings the players of Shroud of the Avatar another round of new content and improvements. For Release 95 (R95), players will experience a very LARGE variety of changes to the game. Pet equipment has arrived! The first 6 gear items and 6 subcomponents are now available to create at your crafting stations!

A new decoration concept called “platforms” allows players to place decorations on uneven terrain! Lava Pools are the first line of player-placed traps that actually damage players, which can be utilized for concepts like PvP arenas or lava fishing endeavors!

The Conversationalist and Lua systems have been greatly expanded with new functions! SO many changes, so what are you waiting for? Get in there and play Shroud of the Avatar!

For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

News Announcements

Community Updates



Release 95 Patch Notes!

Below is a list of game changes and new content that are live as of Release 95 (R95). This release is a content, improvement, and bug fixes month. Polish, additional improvements, and bug fixes are inbound for R96 next month. We hope you enjoy the changes that are live today as of Release 95!

Crafting, Decoration, & Inventory Item Changes:

  • 12 crafting recipes for pet gear and their subcomponents have been added to the game. Players can now craft gear items for their pets and place them onto the recently-added examine window for pets!
    • Players must first craft the subcomponents which are needed to craft a Collar, Toy, or Accessory. These subcomponents are called Strips and Rolls. Rolls have effects more related to tank type abilities, and Strips have effects more related to DPS type abilities.
    • The first round of Collar, Toy, and Accessory recipes includes 6 options, and each of these pet equipment slots feature a tank-related and DPS-related item. For instance, the first offering for a DPS accessory is called the Leather Harness of Speed, and the first offering of a tanking accessory is called the Chain Harness of Resistance. DPS-related items allow room for 3 Strips and 1 Roll in the recipe, allowing players to stack more DPS-related subcomponents into the mix, and tank-related items allow room for 3 Rolls and 1 Strip in the recipe, allowing players to stack more tank-related subcomponents.
    • These recipes drop as loot throughout New Britannia, and for those wanting to charge right in and find these items, here are the drop locations:
      • Gem Studded Roll of Leather: Skeletons in Graff Gem Mines.
      • Gold Studded Roll of Leather: Ebon Dawn in South Drachvald Spur.
      • Silver Studded Roll of Leather: Bandits in North Drachvald Spur.
      • Bronze Studded Strip of Leather: Barbarians and the Dragon in Ulfheim.
      • Copper Studded Strip of Leather: Satyr and Fauns in Spectral Peaks.
      • Iron Studded Strip of Leather: Liches and Skeletons in Despair.
      • Leather Harness of Speed: Elves in Shaminian Hills.
      • Chain Harness of Resistance: Invaders and Chests in Lord British’s Castle.
      • Leather Collar of Motivation: Barbarians and the Frost Giant in Jotungrund.
      • Leather Collar of Warding: Kobolds in Norgard Fens.
      • Leather Ball of Haste: Bandits and Druid in Outlaw’s Run.
      • Leather Ball of Dodging: Bandits in Longfall Woods.
    • We hope you enjoy this first round of pet gear which is available to all players as of R95. More pet gear items, subcomponents, and even Ephemeral Relics are coming to the pet gear system, so stay tuned!
  • Platforms! A new decoration type called platforms becomes available for R95 which provides the decorators in New Britannia the ability to enhance the uneven terrain areas of their Player-Owned Towns! Here are some key features of this new decoration type which will greatly expand how and where governors and stewards can decorate their towns:
    • These special decoration items feature special collision which allows them to be placed on uneven surfaces, then players can place other decorations on top of these platforms.
    • They work great as bases for statues, lights, or any decoration which allows itself to be placed on another decoration as a child object.
    • The first round of these items are only available from the in-game Crown Store and and become available on November 12th, but crafted versions will be coming shortly in a more limited fashion.
    • These platforms currently do not allow for any wall decorations to be placed upon them, but taller versions such as the Stone Platform versions will soon feature a small decoration surface for this concept along the top edge of one side primarily for hanging objects like banners or wall lights.
    • Players can expect many decoration changes in the future related to this concept which includes the following:
      • Items such as castle walls and fences will receive updates to allow for better placement on uneven terrain.
      • Items such as statues will also receive updates for uneven terrain placement, but most will also receive settings allowing for placement on other objects which accept child objects (if not already possible.)
      • Foundation Property Markers inbound! Utilizing concepts similar to the new platform decorations, special property markers are being designed which allows players to slightly elevate their property onto a foundation, and these foundation property markers can be placed onto uneven surfaces.
      • Floating Island Property Markers inbound! Although the image provided features a test of concept utilizing a simple giant block, soon players will gain the ability to place special property markers in their Player-Owned Towns which allow for a property to be placed on a floating island similar to the one in Rhun Ruins. Although these islands will be stationary, they will feature signpost technology allowing governors and stewards to provide their guests and residents easy access to each and every floating island within their borders. Initially, these special property markers will only be offered in Row, Village, and Town sizes, but perhaps City, Keep and Castle sizes will join the system at some point in the future. The property stone beneath the floating island which interacts with the island will also be placeable on uneven terrain.
  • Lava Pools! During R95, players will gain the ability to place traps that actually damage other players! The first line of these “traps” are actually raised pools of lava which allow for other decorations to be placed inside of them, and they become available in the Crown Store on November 5th. These decorations are fantastic for player-decorated PvP arenas and any lava fishing endeavors. Many more trap types will be coming in the future, many of which will be crafted, so be on the look out!
  • Spider Essences now drop as loot so players can discover Spider Totem recipes during crafting to enhance their Stone Dungeon Room (Spider Encounter) with spiders! Spider Essences dropping as loot will become available with a patch very shortly after release.
  • Conversationalists now feature improved functionality when the owner is not present, and they also can play many emotes and even save custom variables! Just utilize this syntax in your script to make your Conversationalist perform these new options:
    • Emotes:
      • First place this in the beginning of your Ink script:
        • EXTERNAL playEmote(emoteName)
        • EXTERNAL saveVariable(varName)
        • EXTERNAL loadVariable(varName)
      • Then place this example as code in any line you wish an emote to play:
        • ~ playEmote(“Aeroplane”)
    • Custom User Defined Variables:
      • First define your variables in the beginning of your Ink script:
        • VAR numberOfTimesWeTalked = 0
      • Then place this example as code in any line you wish to increment the count:
        • ~ numberOfTimesWeTalked = numberOfTimesWeTalked +1
      • Through use of custom variables, players can now ensure one Conversationalist will know if a player has spoken to ANOTHER Conversationalist.
    • Other new variables:
      • adventurerLevel
      • producerLevel
      • playTimeNumber (minutes)
      • playTimeString (days, hours, minutes)
      • PVPFlagged (1/0)
      • NBDayOfWeek
      • NBMonth
      • NBSeason
      • NBPeriodOfDay
      • NBPhaseOfMoon
      • NBWeatherName
      • NBWindType
      • VirtueTruth (Returns -1 for < -50, 0 for -50 to 50, and 1 for > 50)
      • VirtueLove (Returns -1 for < -50, 0 for -50 to 50, and 1 for > 50)
      • VirtueCourage (Returns -1 for < -50, 0 for -50 to 50, and 1 for > 50)
  • Pressing the hotkey to display the “unwatered” indicator for planting beds now causes the effect to last 60 seconds instead of requiring the player to hold down the hotkey for a long duration.
  • Animation lengths for sowing seeds, watering plants, and harvesting plants have been reduced so that players utilizing Elven Brandy no longer experience animations delaying their next agriculture skill attempt. Also lock times and cool downs have been reduced to provide a smoother transition from one agriculture skill attempt to another.
  • The “Leather from Scraps” recipe now requires 12 Leather Scrap instead of 6, but also produces 2 Leather instead of 1.
  • Fertilizer options no longer display in the agriculture sow seeds crafting interface.
  • The Rise: Shaft player-made dungeon room now features spawns! Dungeoneers can apply either a Troll or Elf totem to activate the mixed spawns for this room. Also, the white rectangle is no longer visible in either version of the room. This room now also features improved collision and decoration surfaces, as well as improvements to the invisible walkway.
  • The Imbued Jewel of the Ringmaster now provides 8 additional Tame Level instead of 6.
  • 2 varieties of buckets can now be salvaged at a carpentry table.
  • All varieties of Acaran gear are now viable pattern remover targets.
  • These items no longer allow players to apply a dye since they do not feature dye layers:
    • Wealthy Merchant Boots
    • Fancy Merchant Gloves
    • Fancy Merchant Boots
    • Ancient Xenossian Greaves
    • Angled Tabard Gambeson Hood
    • Split Tabard Gambeson Boots
    • Split Tabard Gambeson Gloves
    • Split Tabard Gambeson Hood
  • The variety of fireplace and chimney recipes that were broken for many players should now be fully functional.
  • The Ancient Staff of Death is now invisible during stealth.
  • The effects of the Frogkin Ring and Transformation potions on female avatars now look much more like the male versions of these effects.
  • Glass objects in the Gothic Display Case now render correctly.
  • Female hairstyles no longer poke through the front of Tiki Demon Mask, and hair now fully displays for both males and females when wearing the mask.
  • All variations of the 4 artifact fishing rings now feature improved tooltips to indicate salvage and upgrade information, if applicable.
  • The Obsidian Order Plate Helm can now be hidden on male and female avatars.
  • The Ornate Scarecrow 2016 no longer indicates the year in the display name.
  • Deed, City (PA, Tax Free, Water) can now be upgraded to Deed, Keep (PA, Tax Free, Water), which can in turn be upgraded to Deed, Castle (PA, Tax Free, Water).
  • The Obsidian Streetlamp can now be placed on other decorations which accept child objects such as blocks and walls.
  • The legacy version of the Epic Pax Ring now provides the appropriate jewels upon salvage. Any players who salvaged these items before the fix have already been sent any missing items via in-game mail.
  • The legacy versions of the Epic Warlock’s Chain, Ancient Staff of Death, Ancient Staff of Anarchy, and Troll Belt now provide the appropriate chances to receive components used to craft these items upon salvage. Any players who salvaged these items before the fix have already been sent any missing items via in-game mail.
  • The Warlock’s Chain recipe now only requires a Common Heart of Vrul.

Combat & Skill Changes:

  • Lightning Storm: A new spell has been added to the Air Magic tree which summons a “volatile cloud of highly charged air which rains down lightning bolts on those caught within” the effective radius. Those so unlucky to be caught within this blast area are very likely to be stunned for a short period. This skill will be available on the trainer after the first patch this release.
  • Chaotic Shield has been redesigned. This Chaos Magic spell now creates a field of chaotic energy boosting Confusion Resistance, Chaos Bolt Damage, Torpid Torment’s focus damage rate and range, Tabula Rasa’s range and the chaos mage’s Chaotic Feedback skill. Chaos Specialization increases the duration and power of these effects. This spell is considered a shield spell, and only a single shield spell can be active at any given time.
    • The Tabula Rasa skill has received additional benefits if Chaotic Shield is active, giving it new abilities that are effective versus players and NPC targets. As before, the spell’s abilities cause enemy player targets to instantly discard all glyphs which are then replaced with new glyphs from their deck, and Chaos Specialization adds a chance to apply a draw speed debuff to enemy player targets. Now, Chaos Specialization also adds a damage-over-time and knockdown effect which affects both enemy player and NPC targets, but ONLY if Chaotic Shield is your active shield spell.
  • Elysium Illumination has been redesigned. This Sun Magic spell now provides a Sun Attunement buff and also features improved healing pulses, damage pulses, and duration. All 3 of these values scale slightly with skill level and attunement, but also significantly increase if specialized. The damage pulses affect all enemy targets, with additional damage applied to undead. Elysium Illumination is now considered a shield spell, and only a single shield spell can be active at any given time.
    • Searing Ray now has a 15% chance to apply a small Blind effect on your opponent for 10 seconds if specialized in Sun Magic and Elysian Illumination is your currently active shield spell.
  • Verbiage about shield spell restrictions have been added to all shield spell tooltip descriptions.
  • Design and implementation of new or improved damage effects are underway! Already, players utilizing bludgeon weapons will see improved effects vs. skeletons, with more changes in the pipeline for all creatures to have different resistances and vulnerabilities to bludgeon, piercing, and slashing damage types.
  • Damage math for magic has been adjusted. Throughout the life of the game, player intelligence has increased far more than skill level. With this change, Intelligence will contribute less to magic damage and skill levels will contribute more to magic damage. Overall, almost all players will see a net increase in magic damage.
  • Ring of Fire, an AOE spell in the Fire Magic tree, has been updated. The base tick timer has been increased from 2.00 to 2.25 seconds. The base damage range for each tick has changed from 2-5 to 1-5. This change provides roughly a 20% reduction in the spell’s DPS, but no change was made to the possible max damage per tick.
  • Tamed wyverns should now be more responsive, attack faster, and also have poison that scales in power.
  • Functionality for aggro abilities have been improved.
  • Cone of Cold is now a 4X EXP skill. A player’s level in this skill could be reduced as a result of this change, but the total EXP the player applied to the skill was not changed.
  • NPC spell casters in Superstition Canyon now feature increased damage and improved heal other abilities.
  • Ice Fist no longer indicates that it has an effective radius in the spell’s description, and the description has been improved to indicate all possible effects.
  • Multiple applications of Earth Attunement no longer apply to a character upon each cast of Splintering Strike. This Earth Attunement bonus no longer stacks, but Earth Specialization instead increases the effect’s amount. The skill’s description has been updated to reflect the changes.
  • The tooltip description for Earth’s Embrace no longer indicates a movement speed penalty exists, and a new duration bonus for Earth specialized casters has been added to the spell’s effects and description.
  • The loading tip related to maintained skills no longer indicates decay verbiage.
  • When setting a specialization skill to maintain, the skill’s tooltip no longer indicates decay verbiage in the description and now mentions that only a single specialization skill be be set to train at a time.
  • The tooltip for Anthem of Alacrity now better indicates the durations, and charging the skill now properly applies charged effects.
  • Corpion poison attacks are now labeled as Corpion Spit or Corpion Sting in their tooltip descriptions. Spits no longer remove focus but instead cause a very small Focus Damage Rate debuff of 0.1. Also, the spit poison lasts 10s instead of 20s and only allows 1 stack instead of 3. These poisons can still be purified, and these changes do not affect tamed pet attacks.
  • Players will now be able to move quickly after being attacked while fishing.

Player Economy, Rewards, & Loot Changes:

  • All loot drop iterations of the Uncommon magical attunement rings now drop as a Common at an increased rate. At this point, all attunement ring drops should now be of the Common tier.
  • Player Vendors placed in dungeons and basements will now populate the “Vendor Listings in Zone” window with all vendors currently placed within the dungeon or basement.
  • Troll Heads and Lich Skulls now drop more regularly as loot.
  • Attenuation limits have been increased from 12 million EXP to 15 million EXP.
  • Subscribers to the Reward Program now receive greatly improved results from Obsidian Potions effects!

User Interface, Lua, & Performance Changes:

  • Subscribers to the Reward Program now receive 24 extra deck slots, doubling the amount available.
  • Hotkey assignments are now available for the previously available decks 13-24, but also for the newly created subscriber decks 25-48.
  • Lua functionality has been greatly improved. UI elements function more quickly than before, and MANY new commands, functions, and hooks are now available and listed in this forum thread maintained by DevilCult.
  • South Broken Road now features an in-game map.
  • Both versions of Highvale now feature in-game maps.
  • Going AFK no longer causes your Avatar to sit.
  • Pet follow settings will now be remembered between sessions and scene loads.
  • The Pet examine window now indicates Aggro Power instead of Taunt Power, which now calculates the base pet Aggro Power of the pet, gear items, and buffs.
  • Evictions times have been increased to 60 days to allow players more time to catch up on unpaid rent for their taxed properties. Work is already underway to develop “Non-Destructive Evictions” by programmer extraordinaire Wizardsmoke. This new feature will place decorated property into the Property Manager (Magic Movers) interface rather than disassembling it and dumping individual items into a player’s bank. This feature will become available soon, so stay tuned!

World, Quests, and Miscellaneous Changes:

  • Castle Atos: A new location is coming soon to Novia named Castle Atos! The bustling castle grounds will be a welcoming place for new and veteran players to gather. Special events will be held in and around the castle plaza! Avatars will find quests here as they learn about the castle residents, including the rivalry between royal chefs and a certain game the children play. Other features include crafting stations, merchants of all kinds, trainers, a public vendor, a Mage of Mystery, an Altruist monk, unique adventuring and crafting buffs, and much more! Future features include the entrances to new, unique dungeons of widely ranging difficulty. Come relax in the tavern, or perform for others on the tavern stage! Work on your weapon skills at the training grounds! Host your own wedding reception in the Great Hall! Meet and visit with other adventurers around town!
  • New Scarecrow Enemy: On the edge of the South Quel Woods is a abandoned farm with buildings of rotting wood, overgrown fields, and decaying scarecrows. They say the farm is cursed, and that its fields are haunted by a frightful spirit possessing the form of one of the scarecrows. Many have have gone to the fields and tried burning the scarecrows, only to learn that this is exactly what draws out the fiendish tatterdemalion. Be warned: None of those foolish enough to summon this monstrosity have ever returned! (Will patch in shortly after release).
  • Aether Creatures: Aether creatures will no longer spawn in the world.
  • Desolate Hills, West Vauban Foothills: Fixed a staircase that was missing visible stairs.
  • Jack of Diamonds: Rain should no longer come through the decks of the airship.
  • Jotungrund: The Frost Giant no longer has skewed visuals when dead.
  • Jotungrund: Elementals near the signal towers will now be tier 5 most often, but with a roughly 1 in 12 chance that one tier 14 elemental will spawn, instead.
  • Jotungrund: Updated the compass markers for the signal fire quest to have markers appear more often at the signal towers.
  • Jotungrund: Updated the ground hazard in the frost giant fight to help allow avatars to cast ground-targeting abilities.
  • Jotungrund: Wymond can offer a quest to get a bone chip.
  • Obsidian Panopticon: Added occasional creaks to the heavy chains holding up the prison cell rings.
  • Owl’s Head: Removed a “Myra” keyword from Todd’s responses.
  • Penmawr Island: A puzzle-related treasure chest will now always have some “treasure” when it restocks.
  • Plains Encounter: Adjusted some of the terrain to better hint at the edge of the playspace.
  • Skrekk: Updated the kobold hacker’s responses to be more clear about how he modifies virtue data.
  • Solace Bridge Outskirts: Fixed an issue where Bancroft thought he already met an avatar he was actually meeting for the first time.
  • Soltown: Removed a redundant listing for POT Sirens Cove from the Player-Owned Town teleporter wagon.
  • South Majestic Forest: Fixed typos in CBY-60053’s conversation.
  • Spectral Mines: Fixed an issue where ore nodes weren’t appearing in the scene.
  • Spite: Fixed typos in Snag Baldrake’s conversation.
  • Spite: Removed a “line of sight” restriction on Xia to help keep conversation errors from happening.
  • Spite: Updated conversation references for “Lake Tempest” to “Stormwater Lake.”
  • Tenebris Harbor: Each time Dekker’s treasure chest restocks, it should have at least one item. Also, all overturned chairs should be nonfunctional.
  • The Outlaws’ Run: Improved Milosh and Lucien to help keep them from cutting off their respective conversations in some cases.
  • The Outlaws’ Run: Updated the responses which the guards use to task avatars with finding Miloslava.
  • The Sirens Foothills: Fixed a staircase that was missing visible stairs.
  • The Rise: Reinforcements have arrived! More elven melee and skeleton enemies have been added and several elven archers have been removed.
  • Troll’s Bridge and Random Encounters: In the overworld preview listings, fixed an issue with merchants being listed as within these scenes when they likely weren’t in them. Also, fixed an issue where the sculptor merchants in Desert Encounters weren’t selling anything.
  • Verdantis Mines: Fixed several stuck spots. Split a certain spawner set to help ensure the associated NPCs spawn with a better distribution.
  • The tree curtain visuals on the edge of scenes are no longer quite so dark.
  • Mounted players are no longer dismounted when switching scenes.
  • The Upward Acceleration Potion 3-Pack store entry no longer displays the scene change disclaimer 2 times.
  • The Icy Cave Stone Hallway Set on the Crown Store now features transition pieces to ancient stone.
  • The Snow Paver set is now available year round in the Crown Store.

Player-Owned Town Changes:

  • Ironhall: Upgraded to Teralopolis.
  • Ironhall Highlands: Removed POT.
  • PaxLocus: Upgraded to Town.


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Play Release 94 Now! Zone-Wide Vendor Listings! Fishing Changes! 70 New Gear Patterns! New Quests, Recipes, Artifacts & More!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

The Catnip Games development team now brings the players of Shroud of the Avatar another round of new content and improvements. For Release 94 (R94), shoppers in New Britannia can now search for player vendor contents by zone! A robust number of changes to fishing have occurred which affects bait recovery, bait scarcity, and fishing artifacts! More than 70 additional gear patterns have been added to the game. So many Loot, Quality of Life (QOL), and User Interface (UI) improvements await thee, Avatar! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

News Announcements

Community Updates


Release 94 Patch Notes!

Below are a list of the updates that are live as of Release 94 (R94) in the game of Shroud of the Avatar! R94 is a polish, improvement, and bug fixes month. New content, additional improvements, and bug fixes are inbound for R95 next month. We hope you enjoy the changes that are live today as of Release 94!

User Interface, Lua, & Performance Changes:

  • Vendor Listings In Zone: A new UI window called “Vendor Listings In Zone” has been added to the game. When players visit a town, this window can be displayed by mousing over the “Window Selector” button at the top-right corner of your screen, then selecting the “Vendor Listings in Zone” option. Players can also assign a custom hotkey in Options/Controls then pressing the applicable hotkey. Now, players will no longer be required to go from player vendor to player vendor within a zone to see all the items available. This window provides each item’s name, posting date, weight, price, posting character’s name, as well as the player vendor’s name. Players can utilize a variety of sorting options, and a search filter is available. Also, players can receive compass directions to a player vendor by selecting the item, then clicking the “Get Directions” button on the bottom right corner of the window. Initial design of this interface can still be a bit slow to load in towns with very large player vendor inventories, but the development team will continue to improve the load times for this feature in the releases ahead.
  • Lot deeds can now be upgraded through 2 upgrade channels instead of the 6 channels previously available. So instead of upgrades showing just 2 options from each possible channel, the system now selects the next 10 possible upgrades above the current value of the deed being upgraded. Now, “Founder Deeds” and “Everything Else” are the only remaining channels utilized.
  • The Crafting Station UI now allows players to filter for items that can be salvaged. (First patch after release.)
  • A new map has been added for Upper Fortus.
  • The map for Whiteguard Foothills has been recreated to correct rotation and alignment issues.
  • Health and Focus regeneration is now displayed on the character sheet.
  • The social window now features a search field.
  • Crafting components which provide virtue related stats to crafted gear will now correctly show those stats in the tooltip.
  • The default selection for party loot options is now “Roll” instead of the “Free For All.”
  • Pressing escape now closes the leaderboard window.
  • Various tooltips for materials and crafting components now properly show their related stat correctly as a percentage.
  • The”Right-Click to Repair” feature no longer generates an error when toolkits are placed inside of bags within your inventory.
  • The character sheet now properly displays a character’s critical chance when unarmed.
  • Tooltips for patterns now properly display the icon for the pattern’s applied visuals, if applicable.
  • The stats on the pet examine window now display differently for summoned and tamed pets to accommodate the differences such as available stats and related player skills.
  • Added the Lua function “ShroudGetPlayerOrientation()” which returns the direction the player is facing in degrees.
  • Universal chat once again works when short messages are sent.
  • Party members once again display properly in the party list panel.

Crafting, Decoration, & Inventory Item Changes:

  • 70 patterns have been added to the game. The vast majority of these patterns are for crafted gear such as Bone Armor or Obsidian Armor. A few quest items now also provide patterns upon salvage, and 1 premium item was missing a pattern which was also added:
    • Aeronaut Boots
    • Aeronaut Gloves
    • Aeronaut Helmet
    • Aeronaut Jacket
    • Aeronaut Leggings
    • Bear Headdress
    • Boar Headdress
    • Bone Boots
    • Bone Chest Armor
    • Bone Gauntlets
    • Bone Helm
    • Bone Leggings
    • Brown Fur Hat
    • Bucket Helmet
    • Clockwork Wings
    • Cloth Tunic
    • Dragon Headdress
    • Fancy Circlet
    • Fancy Merchant Boots
    • Fancy Merchant Gloves
    • Fancy Merchant Pants
    • Fancy Merchant Shirt
    • Fancy One-Man Band Hat
    • Fancy One-Man Band Shirt
    • Fancy Tiara
    • Floppy Hat
    • Gustball Helm
    • Gustball Jersey
    • Gustball Leggings
    • Gustball Shoes
    • Head Bandage
    • Holly Wreath Hat
    • Judgewig
    • Long Kilt
    • Luminous Atavist Robe
    • Merchant Shirt
    • Merchant Skirt
    • Miner’s Helmet
    • Obsidian Hand Axe
    • Obsidian Plate Boots
    • Obsidian Plate Chest Armor
    • Obsidian Plate Gauntlets
    • Obsidian Plate Helm
    • Obsidian Plate Leggings
    • Obsidian Spear
    • Obsidian Sword
    • Obsidian War Hammer
    • One-Man Band Hat
    • One-Man Band Shirt
    • Ornate Circlet (Premium, Eternal Pattern)
    • Paper Party Hat
    • Perennial Coast Farmer Tunic
    • Perennial Coast Farmer Sandals
    • Perennial Coast Farmer Hat
    • Perennial Coast Farmer Leggings
    • Perennial Coast Peasant Dress
    • Perennial Coast Peasant Slippers
    • Perennial Coast Peasant Leggings
    • Plain Stovepipe Hat
    • Primal Bear Headdress
    • Shepherd’s Crook
    • Short Kilt
    • Short Medieval Shirt
    • Simple Circlet
    • Simple Tiara
    • Spider Legs Cloak
    • Stag Headdress
    • Tin Foil Hat
    • Wizard’s Hat
    • Wolf Headdress
  • A new recipe has been added to the game allowing players to craft a Wooden Trough. The recipe can be located at the carpentry merchant in Ardoris.
  • The Ancient Staff of Anarchy recipe now crafts a common version of the staff instead of an uncommon and now also requires an Ancient Essence. All tiers of the Ancient Staff of Anarchy can be salvaged for small amounts/chances for ancient essences and components that were used to craft this staff. The Ancient Staff of Anarchy recipe’s display name now matches the item crafted.
  • The Ancient Staff of Death recipe now crafts a common version of the staff instead of an uncommon and now also requires an Ancient Essence. All tiers of the Ancient Staff of Death can be salvaged for small amounts/chances for ancient essences and components that were used to craft this staff. The Ancient Staff of Death recipe’s display name now matches the item crafted.
  • The Belt of the Troll Lord recipe now crafts a common version of the belt instead of an uncommon and now also requires an Ancient Essence. All tiers of the Belt of the Troll Lord can be salvaged for small amounts/chances for ancient essences and components that were used to craft this belt. The Belt of the Troll Lord recipe’s display name now matches the item crafted.
  • The Warlock’s Chain recipe now crafts a common version of the necklace instead of an uncommon and now also requires an Ancient Essence. All tiers of the Warlock’s Chain can be salvaged for small amounts/chances for ancient essences and components that were used to craft this necklace. The Warlock’s Chain recipe’s display name now matches the item crafted. The Copper Chain of Elemental Power and Iron Chain of Mystic Power now only require common versions of the artifact attunement rings utilized in their recipes.
  • Experience received for crafting the common Belt of the Troll Lord, the Ancient Staff of Death, and the Ancient Staff of Anarchy has been slightly increased. The experience received has been greatly increased for crafting the common Warlock’s Chain.
  • Devotionals now provide 3, 4, or 5 day buff lengths depending upon the town’s size.
  • For those wishing to display an empty coat hook as decoration, a new recipe for a Coat Hook has been added to the game which is available on the decoration merchant above the bank in Central Brittany.
  • The Master Mage potions now feature increased mastery effects for each school. An additional buff has also been added to each potion:
    • Air: Increases Lightning range.
    • Chaos: Increases Torpid Torment range.
    • Death: Increases “Near Death” bonus.
    • Earth: Increases Root range.
    • Fire: Increases Fire Elemental power.
    • Life: Increases Healing Grace duration.
    • Moon: Increases Shadow Form stealth power.
    • Sun: Increases Phoenix power.
    • Water: Increases Water and Ice Elemental power.
  • Restoration Potions now feature a 6-stack limit for the Elixir Receptiveness debuff as was already present on Focus and Health potions. Also, Restoration Potions can no longer be imbibed if your overall Elixir Receptiveness is at or below 0% with all buff and debuff sources for that stat considered.
  • Fried Carp now only takes 3 seconds to eat instead of 10, which puts its “Cast Time” equal to other foods.
  • The Ancient Xenossian Heraldry Round Shield is now dyeable in both channels and should properly display heraldry.
  • Fixed the inconsistent naming of unicorn poisons and potions.
  • A bug was fixed which caused the crafting windows to recalculate all viable options per frame when open and using the search filter. This was usually not noticeable for most players, but this bug could be crippling for players attempting to craft with extremely large inventories.
  • All 6 varieties of Obsidian Potions of Transformation can now be dismissed by the player by right-clicking the buff icon in your active buff bar and selecting the “Dismiss” option.
  • Sack of Wheat Grain as well as the sacks of Salt, Flour, and Sugar now have much more forgiving collision so you can scooch them closer together which makes their edges appear like pliable cloth. They also can now be rotated on the additional axis, placed on exterior floor surfaces, and placed as POT decorations.
  • Level requirements at expert crafting stations were not always showing correct changes. This has been fixed.
  • Items reshaped with the patterns from the Xen Penetrator, the Halberd of the Sun, or the Shard of Night will no longer display tooltip descriptions as if they were an artifact.
  • Adjusted the decoration settings on the Large and Small Haystacks to improve placement behavior.
  • All 10 variations of the Quiver of Jealousy artifact can now accept back slot patterns.
  • The Wash Pitcher now has forgiving collision and can be placed very closely to other items. The pitcher can now be placed as a POT decoration.
  • The Wash Basin now allows items, such as the Wash Pitcher, to be placed on its shelving and underneath it. The stand can now be placed as a POT decoration.
  • The Tower Archway Teleporter can now have other decorations placed upon it such as wall-hung banners and wall lighting.
  • Due to the existence of 2 items called Ornate Vile Halberd, the store version has been renamed to Ornate Obsidian Halberd as well as the associated eternal and regular patterns.
  • Decorative Hops Plant and Decorative Hops Plant (Mature) are now plural to better depict the multi-plant nature of the decoration.
  • The Fire Elemental Statue now features a much less extreme flicker effect.
  • The VFX in the Lava Hot Tub are no longer removed when GPU Occlusion is set to on.
  • Optimal harvests for Tea Plants now have a chance to provide a mature version of the decorative tea plant as intended. Previously, both success possibilities were set to only provide the non-mature version.
  • The following items can now be placed as POT decorations:
    • Floppy Hat
    • Sunglasses/Glasses
    • Large Porcelain Vase
    • Mining Lantern
    • 13 fruits and vegetables
    • Flame Trap
    • Spike Trap
    • Arrow Trap
    • Music instruments
    • A large variety of flasks, bottles, jugs, pitchers, beds, fish, bowls, plates, cups, and mugs
    • 4 colored powder bowls
    • 4 colored powder jars
    • All rugs
    • A large variety of dirty and rusty armor and weaponry
    • The 5 flower-filled urns from the Crown Store
    • The crafted Pillow decoration
    • Wax Cylinders
  • Wax Cylinders can now be placed atop one another or have other decorations placed upon them if those decorations can be child objects.
  • Any scenes with skill caps (such as the PvP Shardfalls or any POT that has requested skill or adventure level caps) will now only affect adventuring skills. Previously, crafting and gathering skills were affected which has been fixed.
  • The Aether Infusion crafting component is no longer inappropriately available at cooking merchants.
  • The collision has been improved on the Azalea and Black Elder bushes to allow for much closer placement of other decorations and more possibilities to create densely vegetated decoration areas.
  • The Gothic Footstool, Gothic Heavy Study Chair, Gothic Wooden Chair, and Gothic Bench no longer accept dyes since these items were not designed to be dyeable.
  • The looted “Small Knife” is now called “White-Handled Knife” and can be salvaged at a blacksmithing station.
  • Three crafted knives are no longer missing their inventory icons.
  • The new Leather Backpack pattern should now properly apply to back slot items.
  • Fixed the issue with the Leather Backpack not properly acting as a container when used as a decoration.
  • The Red Stall Awning can now be placed on pavers.
  • The Tame Health Level Modifier stats on the Legendary and Epic versions of the Belt of Control have been fixed and are no longer reversed between the 2 tiers.
  • Updated the tooltip and store descriptions for Potions of Green Growth, Potions of Growth, Potions of Diminutive Stature, Potion of Upward Acceleration to indicate the effects provided by these potions do not persist through scene changes.

Combat & Skill Changes:

  • Cone of Cold: A new water magic spell has been added to the game! To help boost the DPS for water mages, this frontal cone attack AOE has been added to the Water skill tree. This skill not only does significant water damage, but it also features an Attack Speed debuff. Players specialized in water magic will also receive an increased Attack Speed debuff and a reduced cooldown.
  • Celestial Blessing no longer features a static bonus of 20 to 4 types of magic resistance. The resistance amounts now scale based upon your skill level. This means many players may notice a reduction in the bonuses provided while obtaining greater amounts of resistance as they increase the skill’s level. This skill also can now stack which allows players another avenue for increasing the spell’s effects. The focus penalty has also been increased and now scales with skill level. Moon specialized players receive extra bonuses to these resistance effects, and they also receive a greatly reduced focus penalty.
  • Inner Strength can now be stacked to improve its strength effect as well as its duration.
  • VFX for Death Shield have been toned down to be less distracting.
  • Anthem of Alacrity can no longer be cast on the overworld.
  • Creatures will now only play the flinch animation if they take at least 1% of their health in a hit. Larger creatures being attacked by groups were spending 100% of their time playing the flinch response despite barely being injured.
  • Frost giant health has been reduced by 33%, should no longer flinch from small amounts of damage, and should turn more quickly.
  • The bug which prevented fishing from breaking stealth has been fixed.
  • Distract will no longer be set to “maintain” for newly created characters.
  • Players without the Bard specialization will no longer inappropriately receive the Anthem of Alacrity bonus for Dexterity in their spell effects.
  • Splintering Strike no longer inappropriately indicates an increase to weapon damage.
  • The Ice Spiders in Highvale Outskirts can now properly apply an icefield damage and slow effect to their victims, and the icon indicator showing they have an active ice field cast is now visible.
  • Dig In now properly displays the specialization benefit in the tooltip which is a Combat Block Modifier provided to the caster.
  • Lowered the audible sound range of Solar Flare significantly so it cannot be heard over long distances.
  • The tooltip for Corpse Explosion now indicates corpses can be exploded up to 3 times rather than indicating a corpse is “consumed” at some point.
  • Spinning Attack now properly applies a Damage Avoidance debuff when the bleed effect is applied for specialized polearm users.
  • Stone Fist’s spell description now indicates specialized earth magic users also receive a lock time reduction for the skill.
  • Ghost’s Drain Strength ability now has a unique icon which appears in the active buff bar when that debuff is present.

Player Economy, Rewards, & Loot Changes:

  • Two Pax Rings can now be equipped at the same time. Pax Rings now have a MUCH lower bait recovery bonus, and they now feature a saltwater fishing bonus. The Pax Ring can now be salvaged to possibly yield an Imbued Jewel of the Saltwater Angler, which provides bait recovery and saltwater fishing bonuses.
  • The Pax Ring now primarily drops as loot from the pirates at Penmawr Island, but is also still present as a possible drop from storehouse container rewards and in Tarian’s daily quest.
  • 3 new fishing artifacts have been added to the game: Ring of the Fetid Water Angler, Ring of the Freshwater Angler, and the Ring of the Lava Angler. These rings feature buffs towards fishing in a particular water type, as well as bait recovery bonuses equal to that of the Pax Ring. These artifacts can be tiered to the Epic level, and can be salvaged like other artifact rings to receive 3 new Imbued Jewels related to their artifact’s stats. The Ring of the Freshwater Angler can be found in Upper Fortus as a rare drop from Kobolds. The Ring of the Fetid Water Angler can be found in Norgard Fens as a rare drop from Kobolds. The Ring of the Lava Angler can be found in Verdantis Mines as a rare drop from Elves. These new rings also have a small chance to drop as loot in the new Odd Container (Flotsam) item that can be found while fishing.
  • Anglers can now get an Odd Container (Flotsam) caught in their lines. This container can be placed as a decoration, but works like a supply bundle which is specifically made to be obtained from fishing. Among many items that players can find throughout the world of New Britannia, the Odd Container has a small chance to drop a Cloak of the Master Angler which features a bait recovery bonus and a fishing range bonus similar to the Fish Finder Cloak. This cloak can be salvaged for an ancient essence and a pattern, which can be applied to other back slot items. Currently, lava fishing has a chance to yield the Odd Container (Flotsam), but will eventually receive a container with unique visuals, likely made of gemstone, to better depict something that can remain intact beneath the lava’s surface.
  • Just to provide a sneak peak at an upcoming concept, the Cloak of the Master Angler is actually considered a “Relic” and thusly will not be tiered for upgrades. Existing non-tiered artifacts or new magical gear items coming in future releases will soon either be tiered into the artifact system, will be classified as an Enduring Relic, or will be classified as an Ephemeral Relic, which will be explained fully in future releases as more are created and the concept is fleshed out. If any existing artifacts are reclassified as a relic, they will still receive balance updates to make them viable/useful as equipment items. An example of upcoming Ephemeral Relics would be the upcoming magical torches to arrive sometime in the future. Here’s a short list to preview the concept:
    • Artifact: Common to Rare, Repairable, Tiered, Low to Medium Power.
    • Enduring Relic: Rare, Repairable, Not Tiered, Low to Medium Power.
    • Ephemeral Relic: Very Rare, Not Repairable, Very Low Durability, Not Tiered, Medium to High Power. Ephemeral Relics will likely either feature reduced power when equipped when flagged for PvP, or PvP flagged players will simply not be able to equip them.
  • Baked Pacu now features a larger bait recovery bonus and a descriptive tooltip to warn players that consuming more than one Baked Pacu will not provide additional effects.
  • The Fish Finder Cloak now features a much lower bait recovery bonus and now also includes a fishing range bonus.
  • Fishing baits have received a balance pass for their drop rates, and a review of the effectiveness for each bait will be performed in upcoming releases:
    • Earthworms now drop much more frequently from good and great plant harvests, and earthworms now also have a chance to drop during good and great harvests for: Barley, Cotton, Garlic, Hops, Immortality Fruit, Mandrake, Nightshade, and Royal Elderberry.
    • Drudge Leeches now drop more regularly from Zombies, and Zombie children have the highest drop rate.
    • Minnows now have a significantly greater chance to catch Tiny Squids in Saltwater and Pale Leeches in Fetid Water.
    • Red Worms now have a significantly greater chance to catch Sardines in Saltwater and Drudge Leeches in Fetid Water.
    • Earthworms now have a significantly greater chance to catch Herring in Saltwater and Blood Leeches in Fetid Water.
  • The fishing bait recovery soft cap has been removed. With this release’s realignment of bait recovery buffs available from the various items in the game, the actual bait recovery skill is once again fully relevant. Players can still obtain bait recovery bonuses up to AND slightly above the old bait recovery soft cap, if desired. With the changes to bait drops this release in mind, we’ll continue to monitor bait creation and destruction in the game to determine the proper balance, but ultimately the goal will be for players to sell baits to other players as important aspects of the economy and to ensure each bait has an important role to play in fishing.
  • The Frost Giant’s Eye variations now provide a power boost to Cone of Cold instead of Ice Field, and still retains its attunement bonuses. The Imbued Gem of Ice Field has been renamed to the Imbued Gem of Cone of Cold, which also now features a Cone of Cold power boost instead of Ice Field buffs.
  • 8 new wax cylinders are scattered throughout the world as rare loot items. The looted wax cylinders can be salvaged into wax and some metal scraps, and they appear in the following locations as loot:
    • March of the Automatons: Automatons
    • Awakening of the Reapers: Reapers
    • Vertas: Elves in Vertas Pass
    • Satyr Masters: Satyr Fighters
    • The Heart Song of Elysium: Ghost Boss in Elysium Mines
    • The Wandering Wisp: Wisps
    • The Ruins of Midras: Kobolds in Midras Ruins
    • The Fall of Opalis: Kobolds in Opalis Ruins
  • Acaran gear now drops more readily. The boots have small chances to drop from Tier 5 and above Ebon Dawn archers. The gloves have small chances to drop from Elven melee Tier 5 and above. The helm has small chances to drop from skeleton casters Tier 5 and above. The legs have small chances to drop from clockwork monkeys Tier 5 and above. The torso has small chances to drop from lich casters Tier 5 and above. The shield has small chances to drop from zombies Tier 5 and above. Higher tier creatures provide greater chances for the items to drop.
  • Tier 6 and Tier 8 mining nodes now feature different EXP rewards.
  • Many Tier 1 and Tier 2 gathering nodes varieties no longer provide higher tier crafting components such as Emerald Ash Borers or Pine Resin.
  • The recipe for the Potion of the Master Chaos Mage now drops more frequently from the demon in Solania Catacombs.
  • The loot chances for the new craftable kobold tent recipes have been increased slightly.
  • The three new Aether potions and nine new magic mastery potions are now available on the player vendor “Manage Orders” listing.
  • Players choosing to pay rent with Crowns now receive 300 gold credit for each Crown instead of 60.

World, Quests, and Miscellaneous Changes:

  • Large or Huge Wyverns can now be tamed to receive a powerful Ferocious Wyvern as a pet.
  • Juvenile dragons have started appearing in the world which can also be tamed.
  • Work has begun on a new mini-scene, The Manor of Mystery — coming soon!
  • Aerie: The door to the textile merchant house is now functional.
  • Aerie: Updated one of Arabella’s journal entries that relates to the favors of the three Titans.
  • Brittany Fields: Fixed an archway with a bad LOD issue.
  • Desolis: Added training dummies and archery targets atop the prison wall above the guards.
  • East Sanctus Forest: Moved a floating axe to the ground.
  • Estgard: Fixed a typo in Svanhild’s “hello” response regarding the gold she awards. Also, rain should no longer pour through the temple roof.
  • Etceter Crag Mines: Added a couple of quartz nodes to the crystal cavern.
  • Greymark Forest: Slightly increased respawn rates for some kobolds. Also, one tier 6 “Kobold Commander” will sometimes appear in one of the two kobold camps.
  • Halls of Artifice: Added safety teleporters in the void between rooms for players who somehow get stuck outside the play space.
  • Jack of Diamonds: Captain Jack Price now gives a quest to obtain certain kobold weapons.
  • Jotungrund:
    • Frost Giant’s hazard damage values balanced to provide a riskier battle.
    • A missing texture was added back into a VFX present in the Frost Giant’s battle.
    • Added elementals near the signal towers.
    • Added quest to find a missing sled dog.
    • After finishing the first signal fire task, players should now receive a special recipe reward from Hisa. Players who have already finished that task will receive the same recipe the next time they complete one of the daily signal fire tasks.
    • Fixed an issue where the frost giant battle’s hailstorm hazard was automatically removing some visible materials.
    • Fixed several LOD issues.
    • Fixed several stuck spots.
    • Added more ankhs.
    • Players can no longer “turn off” sections of the Frost Giant’s “wind wall.”
    • Mentioning “Hisa” to Wymond will no longer repeatedly unlock her name.
    • The compass marker for the “Crevass Entrance” is now the “Crevasse Entrance.”
    • Updated the logic in one of Salvi’s responses.
    • Spurious Red Ice Snarler spawner removed from the camp.
  • Lamech’s Bazaar and South Midmaer Way: Added palm trees in areas with coconuts.
  • Obsidian Panopticon: Fixed an issue where Max would sometimes give multiple daily quest items.
  • Oracle Temple: Players can no longer block their storyline progression by leaving after they receive the “find the pages” tasks but before they get the other quest data in the “not yet done” response.
  • PvP Arenas: Added ankhs to PvP arenas in Ardoris and Owl’s Head. Updated or removed outdated objects. Updated path grid.
  • Random Encounters: Encounters with young dragons now have a chance to spawn juvenile dragons.
  • Resolute: Added an extra “hello” response for Whitten, to better direct certain players to his “armor shipment” response.
  • Savrenoc Stronghold: Fixed an issue where some stairs had their collision displaced.
  • Skrekk: Fixed a typo in the hacker’s “name” response.
  • Solace Forest: Corrected the scale of incorrectly-sized resource nodes.
  • Solania: Fixed a typo in Sada’s “mine” response.
  • Soltown: Improved the logic which Jeanne uses to clear the “Return the Necklace” task.
  • South Celestial Wetlands : Corrected the scale of oversized resource nodes.
  • South Drachvald Spur: Avatars cannot have more than 10 Lucky Leather in their inventory. Also, this item will cannot be collected after finishing the associated quest.
  • South Hinterlands: Removed hidden torches and adjusted ambient sounds.
  • South Majestic Forest: Fixed various typos.
  • Spectral Mines: Added a couple of quartz nodes in the crystal cavern.
  • Sunless Barrens: Avatars cannot have more than 10 Sunless Cloth in their inventory.
  • Tanglemire: Updated the logic which Trygve uses to accept Amulets of Testimony.
  • The Obsidian Panopticon: Improved the quest logic used by Max when first offering his package delivery quest.
  • The Outlaws’ Run:
    • Added new “missing relative” quest, including new NPC responses, compass markers, and maze puzzle update.
    • Added quest to find Miloslava.
    • After turning in a daily coffee seed quest, the compass markers for finding the seeds will stop appearing.
    • Fixed a logic error in the responses for Milosh which was causing build errors.
    • Increased the difficulty of changing the hedge maze to access the village. Successfully using the colored stones is now the quickest way to the village.
    • Removed loot from an already-destroyed barrel.
    • The outlaws now have a proper “boss” conversation response.
    • Updated some of the response logic used in Miloslava’s conversation.
    • Added many piles of leaves and gave each butterflies/fireflies. Slight adjustment of some creature spawns.
    • Fixed a typo in some NPC responses.
    • Fixed an issue where some patrollers required a special navigation component.
    • Fixed stuck spots.
    • Outlaws have a variety of new descriptive names.
    • Some foliage has been removed/adjusted to provide better visibility.
    • Removed loot from pre-destroyed crates.
    • The compass markers to find seeds now display “Search Piles of Leaves for Seeds.”
  • Upper Fortus: Moved floating objects to the ground.
  • Vertas Pass: Replaced a certain crate with an “indestructible crate” object.
  • Virtue Recalibration Kit: Added a journal entry for those who acquire one of these kits, that explains their usage. Also, the Virtue Recalibration Kit is no longer flagged as a quest item so it can be traded and stored in containers.
  • The terrain in Shaminian Hills should once again be visible!
  • The SFX for the haunted abandoned fountain in Etceter have been fixed.
  • Other players standing on slanted objects should no longer appear to bounce.
  • Players feet should no longer slide while on the overworld maps.
  • Players should no longer see other players/NPCs sink into the ground.
  • Fixed a small Avatar speed slowdown on the overworld.
  • The final lot deed price adjustments in a 6 month series of price reductions has been applied to all applicable deeds. Store entries for deeds were updated to new deed name format. All non-water store deeds now come with a starter house. All foyers and dungeon entrances which were added to deed store entries have been removed. For players wishing to see the values for deeds to determine upgrade costs, this information is on display in the (Player) Artifacts, Gems, Consumables, Misc Info spreadsheet.
  • The old homes sale has finally been removed from the store fully, but in conjunction with this effort, the home prices have been greatly realigned. The vast majority of home prices have been reduced, though some went up slightly. All vault homes are now in the regular store, though the vast majority of these homes were heritage which will be retained. A small number of home names were improved to help with differentiation between homes, and a very large number of home store entries had names that didn’t match the actual home’s display name, which has been fixed.
  • Added a light to the Minecart Dungeon Foyer Entrance.
  • Players no longer take damage from hot coals in the Northwood blacksmith, and the floating armor has been fixed.
  • Visual glitches in the Northwood Bank have been fixed.
  • Players will now remount automatically after switching scenes if they were previously mounted.
  • The store butterfly icon (VFX & Fireworks) and the store pumpkin store icon (upcoming Spooky Seasonal) are no longer blurry.
  • Instruments, Phonographs, Wax Cylinders, Aether Vibration Devices, and SFX items have all been combined into the same store category called SFX & Music, now with each featuring their own subcategory. Any gear or decoration items featuring radio capabilities now also appear in the Aether Vibration Devices subcategory such as aeronaut helms and clockwork armor sets.
  • Added 6-pack and 12-pack store entries for the Upward Acceleration Potions so it matches the format of other vanity potions.
  • Adjusted crafting station prices so they scale better between the Choose 1, 5, and 10 packs. Choose 1 packs lowered in price significantly, and choose 5 and 10 packs reduced in price slightly.
  • A new store category called “VFX & Fireworks” has been added to the store. Moved Fireworks to this new section from Emotes. Moved VFX to this new section from Outdoor Decorations.
  • Shields and shield patterns now have their own subcategories in the store.

Player-Owned Town Changes:

  • Alynne’s Rest: Added new village to the crossroads north of Soltown.
  • Daylight: Added new nested Holdfast to Hidden Vale.
  • Dragomir Mori: Removed POT.
  • Gobi Rose: Added new Crossroads Village in Grunvald in Novia.
  • Haven Ridge: Upgraded to Metropolis from Town.
  • Ironhall Highlands: Upgraded to Megalopolis.
  • Kustingen: Changed name to Kuestingen.
  • Midnight: Added new nested Holdfast to Hidden Vale.


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Play Release 93 Now! New Adventure Scenes, Quests, Potions, Recipes & Artifacts! Virtue Recalibration Kits! Time Machines! UI Improvements!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

The Catnip Games development team now brings the players of Shroud of the Avatar another round of new content and improvements. For Release 93 (R93), two new adventure scenes have been added to the game, Jotungrund and The Outlaws’ Run! 12 new potions and potion recipes have arrived! 2 new artifacts! New quests! MANY new craftable items, and a long list of UI improvements and bug fixes are also live as of R93. Check out the update below! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

News Announcements

Community Updates


New Adventure Scene: Jotungrund!

Jotungrund, an enormous new Tier 14 adventure scene in Mistrendur which is only available to Episode 2 access holders, has been discovered! As the development team works to deliver more and more Episode 2 content, Mistrendur has become a popular hunting grounds to many adventurers of New Britannia, and this icy scene is likely to be a favorite amongst them. Packed with new content, concepts, and loot, players will have much to do in this frigid wasteland…

“Far to the northeast of Mistrendur awaits the vast icy wasteland known as Jotungrund, the Plain of Giants. Large packs of oversized wolves, hidden enclaves of fearsome barbarians, and furious “ice devil” hazards are mere distractions for the hardiest avatars. Make sure to bring your friends before you climb to the battlefield dominated by the most fearsome threat in New Britannia: a storm-wielding Frost Giant!”

The Frost Giants of Jotungrund utilize an entirely new character model with amazing new animations and special attacks with ominous VFX befitting their grandeur and prowess in combat. Their sheer size alone would frighten off most adventurers of New Britannia, but YOU are the Avatar! Will you dare to test your mettle against such a threat?

There are other challenges within Jotungrund, for those willing. Seek out the friendly inhabitants of these lands and lend them your sword arm. Obtain rare artifacts and other treasures! Horde precious raw materials to utilize at your crafting stations, such as Pure Elemental Ice which is a common material for the new player-crafted invisible walls and walkways! But what else can one obtain within these icy reaches of Mistrendur?

The common version of a new artifact known as the Ice Hammer of Jotungrund has a small chance to drop from the barbarians in Jotungrund. Players completing the first iteration and daily version of Hisa’s “signal fire” quest can also receive a common version of this artifact. This upgradeable artifact scales between Common to Epic tiers and offers varying bonuses to Ice Arrow damage. A new imbued gem can be salvaged from all tiers of this artifact at varying chances, which provides an Ice Arrow Damage bonus to items accepting imbued gems. Players can also salvage all tiers of this artifact to receive a pattern which can be applied to other two-handed bludgeon weapons.

A new artifact known as the Frost Giant’s Eye can be looted from the Frost Giants in Jotungrund. Every giant will drop at least a Common version, and this artifact, which is upgradeable and scales between Common to Epic tiers, offers bonuses to Water Attunement, Ice Field Damage, and Ice Field Radius. Also, a new imbued gem can be salvaged from these artifacts at varying chances, which provides Ice Field Damage and Ice Field Radius bonuses to items accepting imbued gems. An additional stat will be added during R93 which allows wielders of this artifact or items socketed with the related imbued gem to apply a frost resistance debuff to their combat targets.

The Frost Giant Skull has a small chance to drop as loot from a Frost Giant, which offers those with “peculiar tastes” to decorate their home or Player-Owned Town (POT) with this sinister decoration.

The Frost Giants in Jotungrund also have a small chance to drop either a Frost Giant’s Hammer Fragment (Head) or Frost Giant’s Hammer Fragment (Handle) which can be used in a high level carpentry recipe to form the Frost Giant’s Hammer Trophy. The recipe also has a small chance to drop from the Frost Giants in Jotungrund.

The Frost Giants also drop various fragments of their giant helmet when slain. These fragments can be utilized to to rebuild a Frost Giant’s Helm decoration as a trophy to place in your POT or property. Upon the first completion of Hisa’s “signal fire” daily quest, you will receive the recipe for rebuilding this helmet.

We hope you enjoy this latest addition to Episode 2 content. So many more scenes are coming to the lands of Mistrendur, and as they’re added, the story of this new continent will continue to unfold. More quests, more challenges, and more rewards are inbound, so stay tuned and keep your blades sharpened!


New Adventure Scene: The Outlaws’ Run

The Outlaws’ Run is an additional new Tier 8 adventure scene added as R93 content, which is also only available to Episode 2 access holders. This densely wooded area is loaded with nooks and crannies to explore and dangers to face, for much is hidden from view under the thick canopy of the forest. Bandits abound! New quests aplenty! Will you dare to explore The Outlaws’ Run and claim the treasures therein?

“For years, merchant caravans of Mistrendur’s central island risked using a wilderness shortcut known as The Outlaws’ Run. Recently, the criminals dominating these woods have become bolder and more aggressive, robbing caravans, destroying one of the two local waystations, and even kidnapping a handful of travelers! Unable to venture too far from the road for fear of lawless bandits, vicious wildlife, the deadly Ancient Druid that haunts the nearby groves, or getting lost in the ever-shifting hedge maze that is rumored to surround a secret outlaw village, desperate caravanners are relying on the avatar to conquer these threats before their livelihoods are destroyed forever!”

Hidden throughout this bandit-ridden territory, much treasure is rumored to exist, but will you survive long enough to discover these riches? Four of the 12 new potion recipes are rumored to exist in the hands of the denizens here, but will you be able to wrest these papers from their dying grip? Or will you become lost in these woods, never to be seen again?


Release 93 Patch Notes!

Below are a list of the updates that are live as of Release 93 (R93) in the game of Shroud of the Avatar! R93 is a content, improvement and bug fixes month. Polish, additional improvements, and bug fixes are inbound for R94 next month. We hope you enjoy the changes that are live today as of Release 93!

Crafting, Decoration, & Inventory Item Changes:

  • All 27 varieties of regular agriculture plants now have a small chance to also yield a decorative version of the plant during an optimal harvest. The chances for the new plant decorations to drop vary slightly between plant types, but none are greater than 5% and none lower than 1%. These new plant variations can be placed on any ground surface to include the ground in Player-Owned Towns. Each plant features 2 versions, one regular and one mature, providing a total of 54 additional plant decorations. All supply bundles (and therefore Storehouse Containers) also feature a chance to drop these new plant decorations, with chances varying between bundle type. The “Ancient Druid” enemy which sometimes appears in Outlaw’s run, has a 100% chance to drop one of these 54 plant decorations upon every kill. In future releases, the ability to salvage these decorative plants for crafting materials and spell reagents will be introduced.
  • 3 new Aether versions of the Potions of Acumen, Deftness, and Might and their recipes have been added to the game. The original versions of these potions have also been altered to behave in a fashion related to these new Aether versions. Each type exists in its own channel. For instance, only 1 Acumen potion can be imbibed, whether it is an old version or a new Aether version. Each Acumen, Deftness and Might potion scales with adventurer level, and each also features a small penalty to the other primary stats. Recipes for the new Aether potions can be found in these locations:
    • Potion of Acumen, Aether: Satyr Mages in the Tartarus maze.
    • Potion of Deftness, Aether: Bandits in The Outlaws’ Run.
    • Potion of Might, Aether: Goruk in Ruined Keep.
  • 9 Potions of Magic Mastery and their recipes have been added to the game, one for each school of magic. These potions provide a bonus to each school’s mastery ability, and the bonuses scale with adventurer level and your specialization ability. Only one Mastery potion can be taken at any given time as they all share the same channel. Recipes for the Magic Mastery Potions can be found in these locations:
    • Potion of the Master Air Mage: Suutak in Aldur.
    • Potion of the Master Chaos Mage: Tharsis Vrul in Solania Catacombs.
    • Potion of the Master Death Mage: Elrin Nayer in Despair.
    • Potion of the Master Earth Mage: The druid in The Outlaw’s Run.
    • Potion of the Master Fire Mage: Xavara and Tier 15 Fire Elementals.
    • Potion of the Master Life Mage: The druid in The Outlaw’s Run.
    • Potion of the Master Moon Mage: Wisps in The Outlaw’s Run.
    • Potion of the Master Sun Mage: The Phoenix in Rhun Ruins or Wynton’s Folly.
    • Potion of the Master Water Mage: The Frost Giants in Jotungrund.
  • A Withered Flesh Flayer Baby has a small chance to drop from Flesh Flayers in all scenes available, which are primarily located in PvP Shardfalls. Supply Bundles and the new druid NPC in The Outlaws’ Run also have a chance to drop a Withered Flesh Flayer Baby. This withered plant can be placed as a decoration, or players can utilize a recipe to revitalize the withered plant. The revitalization recipe can be found in the loot of the three elf mages in the small room just southwest of the Flesh Flayers in The Rise. When all the ingredients for the recipe are found, players can then craft a Revitalized Flesh Flayer Baby using an alchemical and magical procedure at their alchemy crafting station.
  • Two new craftable decorations and their recipes have been added to the game to provide bulletin board or mounting board concepts to player-decorated walls. The recipes for the very rustic looking Wall Board (Square) and Wall Board (Rectangular) are now available on the decoration merchant above the bank in Central Brittany. Many wall decorations such as bulletin board flyers can be placed on these items.
  • The Small Canvas Tent recipe has been added to the game and is available on the decorations merchant above the bank in Etceter.
  • The Small Kobold Tent and the Triangle Kobold Tent recipes have been added to the game which have small chances to drop from the kobolds in Greymark Forest.
  • Property deeds have been renamed to better indicate their functionality as well as to improve sorting results in inventories. Also, the tooltip descriptions have been revamped to better describe their functionality and how to perform an upgrade. No-trade deeds now clearly indicate that they are no-trade in their display names and tooltip descriptions, which also is indicated in the upgrade context menu if listed.
  • All fishing bait now includes “(Bait)” at the end of each nomenclature to improve inventory search/filtering capabilities.
  • All backpacks can now be placed as POT decorations.
  • The Aether Vibration Amplifier Backpack can no longer be rotated along the additional axis, nor can it be placed onto walls as of this update.
  • Newly-crafted Large Pots and Cleavers in the two kitchen utensil set recipes now feature 50 extra durability since exceptionals no longer provide 50 durability.
  • Recipes using Pecan Nuts no longer require nearly as many nuts as before.
  • Salvaging mundane items such as beakers, test tubes, flasks, and jars now provide a little more quartz per attempt.
  • Zinc has some chance to be obtained by salvaging mundane items which appear to have metal parts.
  • Fixed the issue with exceptional ranged weapons not getting exceptional modifier.
  • Fixed the issue with leather belt masterwork attempts using the cloth armor masterwork skill. Now masterworking these leather belts properly uses leather armor masterwork skill.
  • Fixed the issue with color deviations in dragon masks after being patterned.
  • Fixed the visuals on the Jar of Oil and Jar of Vinegar items.
  • Fixed the jar decorations so they can properly stack.
  • Emotes and recipes can once again be traded properly.
  • Empty Flask and Empty Flask, Hardened items now actually appear as empty when placed as a decoration.
  • Fixed an issue with books not displaying the correct name in the tooltip when switching from runic to normal text.
  • Applying the patterns from The Shard of Night, the Xen Penetrator, or the Halberd of the Sun no longer include the tier of the artifact in the patterned item’s name.
  • Merchants with the same wares as Emily from Owl’s Head will no longer display two separate stacks of torches for sale.
  • The artifact upgrade recipes for the Two-Handed Sword of Elf Slaying, the Two-Handed Mace of Elemental Slaying, and the Wand of Wild Lightning now also reflect the new names recently applied to these artifacts.
  • The recipe for the Round Rug (Royal) has been renamed to “Recipe: Oval Rug (Royal)” to match the item it creates.
  • The Skull Mask no longer allows attempts at applying dye. The visuals for this item were never designed for dyes, but dye application was inadvertently enabled for this item.
  • The Fancy Ice Box can now be traded.
  • The New Water Lanterns can now be placed as POT decorations.
  • Adjusted many chandelier decorations to allow for exterior ceiling and POT placement.
  • The Isabelline Stone 2-Tier Outdoor Fountain and the Cinereous Stone 2-Tier Outdoor Pedestal Fountain can now be placed on other decoration items which accept other decorations as child objects such as castle walls or building blocks
  • Adjusted all the Xenossian shields to be placeable as POT decoration.
  • The Ancient Xenossian Bracers eternal pattern now functions and can be applied to hand slot items.
  • The ground and hanging versions of the Dunkleosteus trophies will now scale based upon the size of the lava fish.
  • The Heraldry Heart Shield can now be placed on exterior wall surfaces.

Combat & Skill Changes:

  • Creatures throughout all of Novia now have improved hearing and can detect players behind them up to 12 meters away instead of 6 meters.
  • The base weapon skills in the Ranged Combat, Polearms, Bludgeon, and Blades skill trees were not being applied to special attack calculations for almost all active weapon skills. This has been fixed.
  • The Spinning Attack polearm skill will now be able to critically hit and also include polearm specific bonuses.
  • The combo Icy Puncture’s range should now scale with the player’s polearm Reach skill.
  • Ice Fist’s range was utilizing fire range as an additional modifier, which has been removed.
  • The “Gust Chance” buff provided by the Ring of Air artifact or items socketed with the Imbued Jewel of Gust now correctly applies to the player’s character.
  • Flaming Bash and Shield Smash buff descriptions now show properly on the icon tooltip in the buff window if active.
  • Icefield damage now utilizes the correct damage bonus stat. Previously it was using the Meteor Shower damage bonus.
  • Melody of Mending and Atonal Aria now display the proper icon in the active buff bar instead of Ice Field’s icon.

User Interface, Lua, & Performance Changes:

  • Added a pet version of the character sheet which features many pet statistics for your summoned and tamed pets. Simply right-click the nameplate or the pet to reveal the context menu, then select the “examine” option. The sheet also features 3 equipment slots which will be utilized by upcoming pet gear items to be revealed in future releases.
  • A new feature has been added which allows players to right-click the gear item to select repair options. The appropriate repair tool must be in the player’s inventory.
  • A performance pass was made on many UI elements and NPCs to improve frame rate for scenes with high numbers of creatures.
  • The following items were added to the character sheet which appears when examining another player:
    • Second ring slot.
    • Extended character stats.
    • Show “more” character stats button and functionality.
  • The Looking For Group window now indicates the time the party was formed.
  • Critical chance calculations have been improved on the character sheet and a new tooltip was added to reflect this change.
  • Created in-game maps for the following locations:
    • Obsidian Panopticon
    • Desolate Hills
    • Jotungrund
    • Skrekk (Exterior)
    • Kobold Battle Camp
    • The Outlaws’ Run
  • Added feedback in the chat window for when the AskADev command is properly utilized.
  • Additional improvements to the game’s mouse cursor have been implemented.
  • 82 more items have been added to the player vendor “Manage Orders” listing, to include items such as totems, young fish, wyvern heads, dragon eggs, quartz, and many more.
  • Added 4 new Lua functions: ShroudGetCurrentSceneNameRaw() ShroudGetPetInfo() ShroudGetPetBuff() ShroudGetPlayerBuff().
  • Fixed an issue where the loot window would show color codes when resized.
  • Fixed the subterfuge checkbox in the decks window filter which was not remaining checked when selected.
  • The Hamstring combo now displays properly in the decks window.
  • Fixed the issue for cloaks showing after dismounting even if the option to hide the cloak was enabled.
  • Fixed the issue where the low ammo indicator was showing instead of the damaged weapon indicator.
  • Fixed the missing low ammo indicator tooltip which showed an error.
  • Fixed the mount icon reappearing when changing scenes while mounted.
  • Fixed the Romeus disconnection issue when players would go AFK.
  • Fixed for text aberrations in the decoration palette window.
  • Fixed the issue in the dye application version of the character sheet which was inappropriately displaying the show “more” button.
  • Fixed the issue where the mount button misbehaved when another player would mount next to you.

Player Economy, Rewards, & Loot Changes:

  • Added a new uncommon quest reward for the newly added Kingsport Storehouse Container which accepts 100 diamond fragments for the Uncommon container. The Common containers feature Metal Scrap, Leather Scrap, Fabric Scrap, and Wood Scrap.
  • The drop rates for Zinc have been increased greatly across all mechanical/clockwork beings such as Automatons, Spiders, Flyers, Cats, and Dogs. Automatons still remain the likely primary farming source for Zinc since they are guaranteed to drop Zinc with every kill. Grey, Yellow, Blue, and Orange supply bundles will now provide much larger quantities of Zinc and at higher drop chances within their loot tables, which also increases Zinc’s availability at Storehouse Containers. Clockwork Dragons now also drop significantly large stacks of Zinc with every kill.
  • The gold value of Zinc has been greatly reduced.
  • Grey and Yellow Supply bundles now have a greater chance to drop a stack of Pecan Nuts, Brown Cap Mushrooms, or Cinnamon Bark.
  • The little scavenger girl in Tanglemire now also provides Pecan Nuts as a reward to the Missing Bones daily.
  • Pecan Nuts have been added back to NPC merchants for the duration of R92 with a price increase from 15g to 25g. They’ll likely be removed from NPC merchants in R94.
  • Quartz nodes now also provide more quartz.
  • Clockwork Monkeys in the Monkey Room of K’rul were unintentionally featuring regular loot and now feature reduced control point type loot.
  • The loot for the kobold boss in Mysterious Swamp once again drops kobold boss loot.

World, Quests, and Miscellaneous Changes:

  • Aerie and Resolute: Improved the logic which allows the devotional caretakers to recognize when the avatar has defeated their respective Cabalists.
  • Aerie: Fixed a typo in one of Vivienne’s responses.
  • Arabella: Updated her responses related to the starting locations (Blood River, Highvale, and Solace Bridge) of the three Episode 1 storylines.
  • Ardoris: Updated a cushioned chair so that NPCs have a better sitting orientation.
  • Ardoris: Updated Siranto’s “undead” response logic to help ensure he gives the proper dialog.
  • Blood River Outskirts: If a player receives the “reward” version of the manifesto from Alberic, then accidentally destroys it before giving it to Captain Bearfield, they can get a replacement by saying “manifesto” to Alberic.
  • Blood River Outskirts: Updated the logic which Phineas uses to give poison to the avatar.
  • Blood River Outskirts: Updated the logic, compass markers, and food interaction for the “poison the food” quest. Also, avatars on a certain stage of the quest can now delete the poison item and get a replacement from Phineas.
  • Broken Echoes Silver Mine: Replaced several nonfunctional destructible crates with functional versions.
  • Highvale: Updated the “Aldorn is missing” quest with improved dialog, updated journal entries, compass markers, and the chance to find “evidence” in the Battle of Highvale the same as its aftermath.
  • K’rul: Fixed an issue with several crates that had displaced collision.
  • K’rul: Swapped the plane version of the grate for the 3D version.
  • Necropolis Barrens: Fixed an issue with one love letter that couldn’t be collected.
  • Necropolis: When Davropos accepts a dead body, he’ll advise the player that he’ll return anything he finds that’s not the body.
  • North Brightbone Woods: Katana-wielding Ebon Cultist Champions now wear proper Ebon Dawn gear.
  • Novia: Fixed an issue where players were being drawn into a swamp encounter in a hills location.
  • Plains Encounter: Avatars will no longer get a message about a great threat when entering the Hidden Vale dragon scenario of this encounter.
  • Plains Encounter: Fixed an issue where the Mistrendur dragon scenario was incorrectly pointing to Hidden Vale assets. Also, ensured all random encounter locations with Aether dragons are able to spawn them.
  • Return to Previous Destination teleporters: Added “return” boats or balloons to the docks or default entrances to several scenes. These teleporters have purple canvases.
  • Serpent Spine Mines: Updated stairs in a “lich boss area” to improve the path grid.
  • Skrekk: Added a “skilled hacker” and props near the west entrance to this area.
  • Skrekk: Added compass marker to skilled hacker that appears for avatars that have a virtue recalibration kit in their inventory.
  • Solace Bridge Outskirts: Bancroft will advise places who have received their Episode 1 lot deed to visit the banker in Soltown, now named SLT-3113.
  • Solace Bridge Outskirts: Updated the logic which Kinsey uses to set players on the quest to deliver the report to Stanley.
  • Solace Bridge: Updated text for Quincy’s compass marker.
  • South Drachvald Spur: Updated the path grid to help NPCs walk on troublesome slopes.
  • Tanglemire: A new load screen has been added for Tanglemire, which is an alteration of a screenshot provided by the screenshot contest winner Ian Berie — congrats on your contest win, and thank you for the submission, Ian!
  • Tenebris Harbor: Changed the ore nodes from tier 4 to tier 5, as befitting the scene’s tier.
  • The Brave Coast: Removed a redundant target (West Docks) from the signpost teleporter network.
  • The Obsidian Panopticon: Moved an exploding barrel away from a bed that it was intersecting.
  • Valhold: Added a compass marker for the Town Crier.
  • Valhold: Fixed typos with the “amulet of testimony” quest.
  • Valhold: Players are no longer blocked from finishing the Valhold amulet of testimony quest when trying to finish after completing the path of Courage.
  • Wynton’s Folly: Swapped tier 5 ore nodes for tier 6 nodes, as befitting this tier 6 scene.
  • Fixed issues with the dismount dissolve animations.
  • Fixed the issue which allowed players to perform various actions while a ghost.
  • Ankhs are now properly visible in the Ardoris PVP Arena.
  • Linux players will no longer see a mysterious ladder appear and disappear in the Hills Random Encounter.
  • Adjusted the spawn locations in the Village Mine Basements to prevent players from spawning inside of a support post.
  • Decorations on the Dais in the player-made dungeon Lich Room no longer float above the surface.
  • The player-made dungeon “Hilt Rotunda” can now be decorated on the first floor, the dais, and on the mezzanine.
  • All store entries for planting beds (elven and viking) have been split into separate entries.
  • All planting beds and areas are now in the crafting section instead of the outdoor planter section of the store.
  • Cloaks, Wings, and Backpacks are all now in a new store subcategory called Cloaks, Wings, Backpacks.
  • Fixed a typo in the Ancient Xenossian Spear store entry.
  • Fixed a typo in the Fancy Ice Box store entry.

Player-Owned Town Changes:

  • B’azaar of the B’izarre: Upgraded to Teralopolis.
  • Broken Ground: Upgraded to Crossroads Village.
  • Kustingen: Added new holdfast to Novia west of Ardoris.
  • Nauvoo: Upgraded to Metropolis.
  • Quel Regional Market: Added crossroads village southeast of Etceter.

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Avatar’s Update #427: Play Release 92 Now! Potion System Update! UI Improvements! New Crafting Recipes! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

Release 92 is upon us, and the potion system revamp has begun! Potions of Health, Focus, and Restoration have received the initial changes for the new system, with many more potion system updates in the works for R93! The User Interface (UI) has received many improvements, and a considerable amount of new crafting recipes have been introduced into the game!  A large number of bug fixes and quality of life improvements are now live! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

News Announcements

Community Updates


Release 92 Patch Notes!

Below are a list of updates that are live as of Release 92 (R92) in the game of Shroud of the Avatar! R92 is a polish, improvement and bug fixes month. Content, additional improvements, and bug fixes are inbound for R93 next month which is slated to include two additional adventure scenes! We hope you enjoy the changes that are live today as of Release 92!

Crafting, Decoration, & Inventory Item Changes:

  • The following additions and changes to potions have occurred:
    • A new “Aether” tier of potions and their associated recipes have been added to the Health, Focus, and Restoration series of potions, which is considerably more powerful than their “Imbued” counterparts.
    • In addition to the new “Potion of Restoration, Aether” recipe, the Restoration Potion series now includes 6 more recipes to match the available tiers, batching, and combining recipe types available for Health and Focus potions, which also includes the previously missing Lesser and Greater versions of these potions. Other than the Aether version, all of the new Potion of Restoration recipes are available on Alchemy merchants.
    • All of the new “Aether” potion recipes utilize a new crafted “Empty Flask, Hardened” that has a recipe which drops from Kobold Grenadiers. This flask recipe provides additional uses for Zinc as an ingredient.
    • The new “Aether” recipes also utilize a new item called the “Aether Infusion” which can be purchased at alchemy merchants and also occasionally received from utilizing Uncommon Storehouse Containers. The Aether Infusion item will be used in many more recipes coming in the releases ahead.
    • The recipe for the “Potion of Health, Aether” drops from the dragon in Ulfheim each time it is skinned.
    • The recipe for “Potion of Focus, Aether” drops from the lich lord deep within Owl’s Head Sewers with every kill.
    • The recipe for “Potion of Restoration, Aether” drops from the ghost commander within the Elysium Mines temple at a significantly common rate.
    • Health, Focus, and Restoration potions now feature a 30 second cooldown and a stacking Elixir Receptiveness penalty of 25% which lasts for 30 second and can even affect existing potion buffs throughout the debuff duration. As more powerful potions are added to the game, many of which will be for situational use, we’ll be employing these effectiveness type debuffs to encourage more careful/planned use of potions yet still afford some flexibility if another potion must be taken in emergency situations at a reduced effect. (The first patch just after release will contain improvements to the stacking of this debuff.)
    • All Health, Focus, and Restoration potions are now affected by Adventurer Level. The higher a player’s Adventure Level, the more effective all of these potions will be at all tiers. As the potion system continues to be revamped, nearly all upcoming potion work will include considerations for Adventurer and Production Level in the buff calculations.
    • All potions other than Lesser Focus and Lesser Health have been removed from loot and merchants to encourage more potions being crafted by the community of crafters.
    • The Lesser Restoration Potion has been added to the same loot tables and merchants which drop/sell the Lesser Health and Lesser Focus potions.
  • Invisible walls/walkways (9 variations) have been added to the game. Of these 9 variations, 3 are craftable, and 6 are premium which are shown in the Crown Store section further below. These items become visible once a player approaches or when the player utilizes the Night Vision spell. The 3 crafting recipes drop in The Rise from the Imps in the invisible wall maze. As a result of their increased responsibility in New Britannia, these Imps hit the gym and have been increased to Tier 10.
  • A new raw material has been introduced called Pure Elemental Ice which has a slight chance to drop from Tier 1 and Tier 5 Ice Elementals, but has a much better chance to drop from Tier 15 Ice Elementals. Overall, those 3 sources will provide very small amounts of this new crafting material into the player economy; however, a new frozen tundra adventure scene known as Jotungrund has been added which is the primary drop location for Pure Elemental Ice. Currently, the scene is available for early testing and the frost giant known as Jotun will not yet spawn. Jotun is only available for testing on the QA server. The first or second patch after release will add Pure Elemental Ice to the loot tables on the live server for barbarians throughout the scene, and the frost giant will be dropping larger quantities once he becomes available on live.
  • Pure Elemental Ice can be placed as a decoration which looks like a tiny ice cube.
  • Pure Elemental Sand can now be placed as a decoration, which looks like a small dirt/sand pile.
  • A recipe for the “Floor Turbine, Low Power” has been added as a drop in the Mysterious Swamp. The kobold commander atop the keep has a 100% chance to drop the recipe, and all the kobold minions in and surrounding the keep have a very slight chance to drop the recipe.
  • Three Wooden Mooring Post decorations (Short, Medium, Tall) can now be crafted, and their related crafting recipes are now available (and discoverable) on the decoration merchant in Owl’s Head. These items can provide an immersive look to your waterways but are also great for player-made jump puzzles.
  • Two new decoration recipes have become available on Carpentry merchants. The Box Crate is a plain decoration item which works well in player vendor, docks, or crafting decoration areas, and the Box Shelf provides a rustic look to wall décor.
  • Many cooking recipes now result in increased product, such as Butter, Flour, Pie Dough, Beef Stock, Cooking Oil, Nut Butter, Vegetable Stock, and Yeast.
  • Animal Bone, Animal Sinew, and Fat can now be obtained across almost all animal butchering recipes.
  • Commoner dead bodies can now be processed at butchery tables to provide items such as Rotting Flesh, Corpse Wax, Skeleton Bones, Skeleton Pelvic Bones, and Pristine Skeleton Rib Cages. The drop rates for these dead bodies has been significantly reduced.
  • Unicorns now drop haunches, which can be processed into meat for the three unicorn food recipes. Unicorn haunches drop more regularly than the prior meat drops did, and the processing of the haunches provides extra meat, animal bone, animal sinew, and fat possibilities.
  • Lingering gear exclusion info has been removed from Rare versions of The Ring of the Unknown BMC Member. All varieties of BMC rings can now occupy either ring slot with no exclusion considerations for other items.
  • The Legendary version of the Ring of the Unknown BMC member no longer features the same bonus as the Epic, and therefore has been reduced to 5% Meticulous Mining Chance from 6%.
  • A small blue light will now emit from the Radiant Energy Capacitor when it is activated.
  • Potted flayer decorations and store entries have been renamed to indicate they are “potted” and 4-Story or Epic size descriptors have been removed as they were neither 4-Story nor Epic in size.
  • The lich spawned from the Lich Fighter Spawner Statue T15 will no longer fight other creatures in player-created dungeons.
  • 42 varieties of tables can now be scaled in size at a wider range so players can have more control over their size in comparison to chairs and other decorations. These 42 items were also adjusted if necessary to ensure they could be placed as POT decorations or onto other decorations which accept child objects such as castle walls or blocks.
  • The item effects for the Shroud of the Avatar no longer features negative values. Aggro Boost was replaced with Attack Speed. Slight adjustments to other stats were made to ensure characters that are purely virtuous or purely anti-virtuous received appealing buffs. Base stats with neutral virtue are now also more appealing.
  • Acara’s Shield of Defiance, Shield of the Wicked King, and Shield of Attraction (all variations) can now be socketed with non-imbued gems.
  • The tooltips for skill unlearning items have been improved to better explain their functionality.
  • Crafted Rectangular Shields now properly feature a block stat.
  • The Two-Handed Sword of Elf Slaying now utilizes the proper animations for free/auto attacks.
  • The Xen Penetrator, Shard of Night, and Halberd of the Sun patterns no longer apply the Legacy indicator (L) to the name of a patterned item.
  • Artifact one-handed swords can now accept all one-handed blade patterns. Also, all varieties of the Cutlass of the Swashbuckler can also have their patterns removed using a pattern remover.
  • Adjusted the VFX for the Lava Hot Tub so it no longer bleeds into a floor below if placed on upper floors.
  • Colliders on the Tower Archway Teleporter have been adjusted to alleviate some placement problems as a decoration.
  • The Beach Umbrella has received improved visuals.
  • Various guide books provided to new players have received improvements.

Combat & Skill Changes:

  • The Damage-Over-Time (DOT) effect for Flame Fist has been fixed.
  • NPC spell casters will use the Ice Field spell less often, and when it is cast it will have a shorter duration

User Interface & Lua Changes:

  • Players can now ask questions to developers by typing askadev <question> into universal chat. Developers will use this pool of questions for answer sessions during livestreams and within forum threads.
  • Player can now see more stats for their character by clicking “Show More” at bottom of the character sheet. Many of these stats are approximations and could vary based upon your combat targets and their innate resistances.
  • Broken and nearly-broken armor indicators will now show the name of the equipment items which are broken or nearly-broken. (This change will be in the first patch just after release.)
  • A new “Dismount” button has been added to the user interface.
  • The text for recipes in inventories or merchant interfaces will be displayed in light blue instead of white if the recipe is not yet learned.
  • A new menu option has been added allowing players to double their mouse cursor size.
  • By popular demand, the inventory UI has received another round of improvements. Tabs are once again available, and the “All Items” tab can be filtered for a large variety of item types. The Equipment, Crafting, Housing, and Consumable tabs are not affected by “Sorting Options” drop-down menu selections. The “All Items” tab label and the “Sorting Options” drop-down field label are both orange to help players associate the two items. A tooltip has also been added when the mouse hovers over “Sorting Options” to indicate the menu only affects the “All Items” tab.
  • Added “Container” and “Artifact” to the “Sorting Options” drop-down menu in the inventory window.
  • The “Hide Quest Item” inventory option (available by left-clicking the cog in the top-right corner of the inventory window) no longer hides quest items in the “All Items” tab if “Quest” is selected within the “Sorting Options” drop-down menu.
  • “Show Locked Items” and “Hide Locked Items” are new inventory options (also available by clicking the cog mentioned above). “Hide Locked Items” will hide any locked items from view unless “Locked” is selected within the “Sorting Options” drop-down menu, in which case they would only be visible in the “All Items” tab.
  • Players can once again sort by name or weight in their inventories.
  • The icon which opens the Social window will now display the correct player count.
  • Teleport scrolls will now be affected by the “Show PvP Zone Confirmation” option available in the Multiplayer menu in Options.
  • Issues pertaining to the width for the Decoration Palette window have been fixed.
  • An overly transparent “X” button in the bank interface is now fully visible.
  • Crafting material bonuses displayed in tooltips should now properly show stats for negative effects.

Player Economy, Rewards, & Loot Changes:

  • A new artifact known as the Necklace of the Meticulous Forester has been added to loot tables in Serpent’s Spine Foothills and Serpent’s Spine Mines. The bandits in the foothills have a slight chance to drop the Common version of this artifact. The kobolds within the mines have a slightly better chance to drop the Common version of this artifact. The mysterious lich lord at the bottom of the pit will always drop the Common version of this artifact with small chances at an Uncommon or Rare version being possible. Salvaging the necklace provides chances to yield an Imbued Jewel of the Meticulous Forester, which can only be applied to crafted/non-artifact rings and necklaces.
  • All potions and poisons have been removed from loot tables and merchants, except for Lesser Health and Lesser Focus potions. These lesser potions were also added to many loot tables and merchants, with many more lesser potion varieties coming in the future. With the removal of many potions from loot and merchants, players will have more potions viably available for crafting and posting for sale on their player vendors.
  • Cinnamon Bark, Browncap Mushrooms, and Pecan Nuts have been removed from NPC merchants. All 3 items have increased chances to appear in Grey and Yellow Supply Bundles, and as Storehouse Container rewards.
    • Cinnamon Bark now also has significant chances to drop from Fauns.
    • Pecan Nuts now have increased drop rates with squirrels and can also be found in containers and destructible crates throughout Novia.
    • Browncap Mushrooms can also be looted from all tiers of fungus creatures.
  • Zinc, which is utilized in the new “Floor Turbine, Low Power” recipe, has been added to loot tables for all clockwork creatures, with a significantly higher chance to drop from Automatons.
  • The drop rates of the Two-Handed Sword of Elf Slaying on non-control point kobold fighters (T2 through T10) have been increased.
  • Drop rates for Kobold Essences have been increased to be more on par with the drop rate of Elf Essences. Also, Kobold Essences will drop from many more T5 Kobold types than before.
  • Clockwork Dragons now also drop significant amounts of mechanical parts as loot.
  • Granite mining nodes will now yield significantly more granite.
  • Subscribers to the Rewards Program can now choose the glowing, glowing pulse, and sparkling pink dyes when utilizing their Dye 12-Pack Reward.
  • The gold value for crafted belts has been reduced.

World, Quests, and Miscellaneous Changes:

  • Jotungrund, the new icy adventure scene has become available on live to allow players more expanded testing opportunities for the scene. The giant will not be available until R93, but players can explore the scene and engage in various roaming bears, barbarians, and air elementals.
  • Aerie: Fixed a typo in Arabella’s conversation.
  • All Outskirts: The adventurer trainers in Blood River Outskirts, Highvale Outskirts, and Solace Bridge Outskirts now have the title “Basic Adventurer Trainer.” Also, the Blood River Outskirts adventurer trainer now shares his name, Titus.
  • Arch Lapin: Fixed errors in the “Collect 3 Bones” task.
  • Ardoris, Aerie, and Resolute: Improved the logic which displays compass markers for the Devotional Caretakers’ “Tell <City> About <Cabalist>” tasks. (Players who have lingering compass markers should say the related Cabalist name to one of the caretakers in that city to help clear the marker.)
  • Battle of Solace Bridge: Edvard no longer gives the “Investigate the Undead Mystery!” task, Also, Avatars already on this task may find it automatically archives itself.
  • Battle of Solace Bridge: Added a safety so that the “Speak to Edvard the Wanderer” task automatically archives.
  • Blood River Forest: Every sack in this scene now guarantees at least one item for the first person looting that sack.
  • Bramble: Added a mailbox next to the bank stall.
  • Brittany Estates: Brush and trees clipping into housing lots and buildings have been fixed.
  • Brittany Wharfs: Avatars will now get this city’s town crier compass marker when entering from the default entrance or the main docks.
  • Eastmarch: Fixed a typo in Millicent Davis’s responses.
  • Elad’s Lighthouse: Moved a lot marker outside of the lot boundaries.
  • Elysium Mines: Fixed several stuck spots.
  • Etceter: Added missing conversation elements for Eric.
  • Etceter Crag Mines: Corrected the scale of many oversized ore nodes.
  • Explosive Chest: Fixed an issue where the explosion effects were incorrectly repeating.
  • Graff Island: Added a compass marker to lead players to Lauran Graff when they have Samael’s broken ring.
  • Necropolis Barrens: Changed the logic by which the “Give Another Dead Body to Davropos” task to improve automatic archiving.
  • North Drachvald Spur: Updated the mine so that rain no longer falls inside.
  • Northwood: Improved the logic used to archive Clara’s “Recover Chess Piece” task.
  • Novia: Increased the chance that a Naughty Brat random encounter will appear in North Paladis.
  • Port Graff: Corrected the label for a teleporter boat to correctly say it leads to Player-Owned Towns.
  • POT Underground Template: Fixed an area where players could get outside the play space.
  • Random Encounters: In addition to a message saying “You sense a great threat approaching….” before a wave of higher-threat enemies approach, there’s now a second message saying “You sense the greatest threat has passed….” after those enemies have been defeated.
  • Resolute: Removed the schedule from Molly the alchemist because her off duty conversation wasn’t working properly.
  • Resolute: Fixed a typo in the response for “avatar” used by the knights in this scene.
  • Resolute: Sean Campbell has been scolded by human resources and has agreed to no longer obsessively close the building door.
  • Ruins of Ravensmoor: Made small updates to some conversations. Also, players can now delete the Roedberk quest items.
  • Skrekk: Returned the south exit archway back to its correct location.
  • Solace Bridge: The “Speak with Frightened Child” task is now easier to complete.
  • Storehouse Containers: Corrected the name of the “Animal Hide” crate. Also, added hide props to the crate.
  • Well of Aldur: Fixed a stuck spot.
  • Well of Aldur: For the scholar, fixed a typo in his fragments response as well as adjusted some of the daily turn-in logic.
  • Well of Aldur: Fixed an issue with some cyan-colored collision which was unintentionally visible.
  • Yew: Improved Pendro’s response about Yew, and he no longer indirectly refers to himself in the third person.
  • Yew: The elevator no longer sinks into the mud.
  • Fixed various decoration surfaces in the Ornate Triple Connection Marble Dungeon Foyer.
  • Players no longer get stuck in small doorways as a result of recent improvements to movement up stairs and small obstacles.
  • Fixed various error spammers which were causing lag in some situations.
  • Fixed the bug which allowed players to play (and fish!) as a ghost indefinitely.
  • Fixed movement issues with a number of larger footprint pets like bears, crocodiles, young dragons, corpions, spiders, and earth/ice elementals.
  • Fixed for an issue which prevented dismounting when another player was in the same scene.
  • Players will no longer sink into the ground slightly when idle.
  • A new store section has been added in the Adventure Design area called “Magical Walls & Walkways” to accommodate the new Invisible Walls and Walkway items as well as future offerings.
  • A new store section has been added in the Adventure Design area called “Traps & Mechanisms” to accommodate the new turbine and decorative trap store items.
  • To improve performance, view distances for NPCs are now based on their size on your screen rather than fixed distances.
  • The Ardoris PvP arena now features several more ankhs for resurrection.
  • The dragon in K’rul will no longer fly into the hallway.

Player-Owned Town Changes:

  • Ahnen Hain: Upgraded to City. Consolidated interconnection boats.
  • Broken Ground: Added new POT in the south side of the central island of Mistrendur.
  • Crossroads Alleys: Upgraded to Metropolis.
  • Hammaburg: Consolidated boats into one list teleporter boat.
  • M’hul Island: Upgraded to Hamlet.
  • Mist Village: Added City to shoreline near Grumridge.
  • Mossrest: Upgraded to village and moved to near Soltown.
  • Mysteria: Upgraded to Metropolis.
  • NobleBright: Upgraded to Village.
    PaxLocus: Upgraded to Crossroads Village.
  • Rajazel: Upgraded to Town.
  • Salem: Upgraded to City.
  • Skalabrekka: Moved to Novia on the road north of Soltown.
  • Soltowns Harvest: Added Hamlet on the road west of Soltown.

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Avatar’s Update #426: Play Release 91 Now! Storagehouse Container Daily Turn-In Quests! Crafting Imbued Gems/Jewels! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

Release 91 has arrived! Happy Birthday Lord British! A large variety of premium items are now on sale until July 5th! A new type of daily turn-in quest has been added to the game in the form of Storehouse Containers. Visit 9 different towns to explore the turn-in options available for up to 5 additional daily rewards. Imbued Gems and Jewels have been added with crafting and gathering bonuses which can be extracted by salvaging crafting and gathering related artifacts. MANY bug fixes, UI improvements, and quality of life improvements are now live! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

News Announcements

Community Updates


Storehouse Container Daily Turn-In Quests!

A new type of daily turn-in quest has been added to the game in the form of Storehouse Containers! These containers are located in 9 different towns by their docks, with each town providing a variety of 5 containers to fill with player loot and crafting goods. Upon each turn-in, players will be rewarded a variety of rewards as follows: Grey or Yellow Supply Bundle Loot, Adventure/Production EXP, Gold, and a chance for a large variety of bonus rewards.

Each day, a single character may trade with any 4 Common Store House Containers. Common containers contain the same loot as a Grey Supply Bundle as well as additional bonus reward items from a newly added loot table. Also players will receive Adventurer and Production EXP from each turn-in and a small amount of gold. The bonus reward items are greatly varied and will not always be provided. The Common Storehouse Container bonus rewards and turn-in items are as follows:

  • Ardoris, Harvest, Xenos: Bonus rewards are gear and decoration related crafting goods as well as items such as Ancient Essences. Players must turn in 150 Fabric Scrap, 150 Leather Scrap, 150 Metal Scrap, or 150 Wood Scrap.
  • Brittany Wharfs, Broochash, Westend: Bonus rewards are consumable related crafting goods as well as items such as Elixirs of Longevity and Potency. Players must turn in 15 Cure Plague Potions, 150 Animal Bones, 150 Fat, or 150 Sinew.
  • Mud, Port Graff, Storms Reach: Bonus rewards are agriculture and fishing related goods as well as rare chances to receive gathering related common artifacts. Players must turn in 15 Animal Hides, 150 Bone Powder, 150 Quartz, or 150 Small Balls of Clay.

Also each day, a single character may trade with 1 Uncommon Storehouse Container. In additional to other items, Uncommon containers always include same loot as a Yellow Supply Bundle. Players will also receive Adventurer and Production EXP from each turn-in and a larger amount of gold. There is also a significant chance to receive bonus rewards which are gear and decoration related crafting goods, but bonus reward items are greatly varied and will not always be provided. The Uncommon Storehouse Container turn-in items are as follows:

  • Ardoris: 25 Sunfish
  • Brittany Wharfs: 25 Tilapia
  • Broochash: 25 Elven Brandy
  • Harvest: 25 Anomalocaris
  • Mud: 25 Mechanical Parts
  • Port Graff: 25 Kobold Spirits
  • Storms Reach: 25 Salmon
  • Westend: 25 Maple Tree Bark
  • Xenos: 25 Satyr Spirits

The Storehouse Container system was developed to provide a variety of possible benefits in the years to come as it continues to be expanded and enhanced:

  • Login Reward: Upon logging into the game, some players might find that delivering their 5 Storage House Container turn-ins becomes a daily ritual to receive extra rewards for daily login.
  • Item Values: Many of the items utilized for turn-in for these new dailies will now have more purpose and could essentially become more valuable to players through trade and sale.
  • Overstock Reduction: Some players might find many of these turn-in items are overstock items in their inventory and banks. Players now have a method to exchange applicable overstocked items for potentially more valuable rewards.
  • Additional Item Delivery Option: With these newly added containers, developers will now possess an additional tool in their arsenal for reward deliveries and item exchanges.
  • Lottery/Jackpot: The Storehouse Container system is also designed to provide a lottery/jackpot feel. Initial implementation of these rewards will be monitored and updated regularly to ensure players get significant changes to earn valuable items. Players can expect loot ratios to be adjusted based on feedback, and MANY additional reward items added into the system in the future.
  • Supply Bundle Improvements: Since a portion of the rewards from these containers are direct from Supply Bundle loot tables, any future improvements we make to the bundles will also improve loot in the Storehouse Containers.
  • Influencing Daily Play Routine: Upon delivery of rewards, players might obtain items which influence what they do for the remainder of their play session.

We hope players enjoy the new Storehouse Container system. Developers will continue to improve this system in the future with new and exciting turn-in and reward concepts, and we’ll be very attentive to feedback about item scarcity, reward values, and reward types. In the future, we will add additional Storehouse Container shelters in more geographically-separated NPC towns. Hidden Vale is next in our sights!


Release 91 Patch Notes!

Below are a list of updates that are live as of Release 91 (R91) in the game of Shroud of the Avatar! R91 is a content, improvement and bug fixes month. Polish, additional improvements, and bug fixes are inbound for R92 next month! We hope you enjoy the changes that are live today as of Release 91!

Crafting, Decoration, & Inventory Item Changes:

  • 10 additional Imbued Gems and Jewels are now available! Each can be salvaged from the available crafting related artifacts, and these gems/jewels can be applied only to crafted gear.
    • Not all artifacts have a chance (yet) to yield a special gem or jewel upon salvage, so please take note! This spreadsheet, which will be maintained as we continue to expand the system, lists all available Imbued Gems and Jewels and their source, whether it be from crafting or from the salvage of artifacts. There are still many non-tiered artifacts which will be tiered and gain special gem/jewel salvage chances in the months ahead.
    • Imbued Gems or Jewels which are not related to a particular school of magic will not yet yield special enchanting bonuses yet, but there are plans to add more special enchanting bonuses in the future.
    • Here’s a list of all the new Imbued Gems and Jewels, which are also easily viewable in this spreadsheet. The source from which to obtain the gem or jewel is listed in parenthesis:
      • Imbued Gem of the Expedient Forester: +25% Forestry Gathering Time (Forest Mangler)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Meticulous Forager: +6% Foraging Meticulous Collection (Belt of the Patient Harvester)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Expedient Miner: +25% Mining Gathering Time (Gauntlets of Lead)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Expedient Skinner: +25% Field Dressing Gathering Time (Belt of the Brutal Butcher)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Master Alchemist: +10 Alchemy/Alchemy Enchanting (Ring of Chrysopoeia)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Master Blacksmith: +10 Blacksmithing Masterwork (Wayland Loop)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Master Carpenter: +10 Carpentry Masterwork (Maple Band)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Master Chef: +10 Cooking (Ring of Jones)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Master Tailor: +10 Tailoring Masterwork (Thimble of Evelyn)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Meticulous Miner: +6% Mining Meticulous Collection (The Ring of an Unknown BMC Member)
    • These are the chances of success for receiving an Imbued Gem or Jewel by salvaging an eligible artifact:
      • Common: 10% Chance, 1 Gem or Jewel
      • Uncommon: 50% Chance, 1 Gem or Jewel
      • Rare: 100% Chance, 1 Gem or Jewel
      • Legendary: 100% Chance, 2 Gems or Jewels
      • Epic: 100% Chance, 3 Gems or Jewels
      • Salvaging an applicable chest piece, a weapon, or an offhand will yield a gem, while salvaging all other gear items from other slots will yield jewels.
  • An additional round of artifact changes has been implemented. This time, all crafting/gathering artifacts except for the Pax Ring have received stat or even functionality changes which are also presented on this spreadsheet. This spreadsheet will be maintained to serve as a reference for players.
    • The Forest Mangler now has base stats equal to crafted 1-Handed Swords. This artifact now has 5 tiers available, with the current version already in-game becoming the Uncommon version. The 5% Forestry Meticulous Collection Chance bonus has been removed, and the 5% Forestry Gathering Time Bonus has been spread across all tiers, scaling from 5% to 25%.
    • The Ring of the Unknown BMC Member no longer features any dual wear restrictions with other BMC rings. The encumbrance bonus has been halved to help accommodate the dual wear restriction removal. The Mining Meticulous Collection Chance now scales from 2% to 6% instead of 3% to 9%. The Health penalty on The Ring of the Unknown BMC member now scales throughout the tiers. Common varieties feature MUCH less health penalty compared to the Epic versions.
    • The Belt of the Patient Harvester no longer features a gathering time penalty, and the Foraging Meticulous Collection Chance has been reduced to scale between 2% and 6%.
    • The Belt of the Brutal Butcher no longer features a meticulous collection penalty, and the gathering time bonus has been reduced to scale between 5% and 25% between tiers.
    • The Gauntlets of Lead no longer feature a jump penalty, and the fizzle chance penalty has been reduced to 14% to match that of crafted plate gauntlets. The Mining Gathering Time Bonus has been increased slightly and now scales between 5% and 25% between tiers. Basic armor protection stats for these gauntlets have been lowered to match those of crafted plate gauntlets.
    • The Blacksmithing Masterwork bonus on the Wayland Loop now scales from 2 to 10 between tiers instead of 3 to 11.
    • The Tailoring Masterwork bonus on the Thimble of Evelyn now scales from 2 to 10 between tiers instead of 3 to 11.
    • The Cooking bonus on the Ring of Jones now scales from 2 to 10 between tiers instead of 3 to 11.
    • The Alchemy and Alchemy Enchantment bonuses on the Ring of Chrysopoeia now scale from 2 to 10 between tiers instead of 3 to 11.
    • The Carpentry Masterwork Bonus on the Maple Band now scales from 2 to 10 between tiers instead of 3 to 11.
  • Fixed the stack sizes in merchant inventories for many items to equal the max stack limit in character inventories.
  • Corrected a typo in the Lich Totem recipe.
  • Various books were corrected for typos, incorrect covers, and flipping functionality.
  • The “Theme for Rabbling” book now displays the correct lyrics.
  • Grandma Kellen’s recipes can now rotate in all directions.
  • Dungeon Entrance to the Compendium of Pain and Suffering can once again be placed as a POT decoration.
  • Harvesting banana trees will sometimes produce a seed like other agriculture items.
  • Spindrift Shark now properly displays as “Spindrift Shark Fritters” in the inventory display name, the progress bar when eating, and the tooltip for the buff icon.
  • Fixed typos in the display names of 5 Pavillion related items or store entries.
  • The Skeleton Bone now properly places as a decoration at long camera distances.
  • The penalty for Nefario’s Cabalist Hood is now for Glancing Blow Chance instead of Combat Dodge Chance.
  • The light source for the Ornate Stone Fireplace now turns off when the fire is turned off.
  • The Miner’s Hat with Goggles and the Miner’s Virtue Hat with Goggles now have functional spotlights when worn. Also, they are now named Miner’s Helmets instead of Miners Hats to match the other miner’s helms without goggles.
  • The set bonuses for the Acara armor pieces should now apply properly when equipped.
  • The Shield of Attraction, Shield of the Wicked King, and the Acara’s Shield of Defiance (all variants) can now be socketed with non-imbued/older style attunement gems. Also, all variants of these shields can be masterworked and enchanted (many tiers were missing) and are also now viable targets for pattern removal.
  • A large variety of potions can now be canceled by right-clicking the buff icon for the dismiss option.
  • The Treasure Chest, Treasure Piles (all sizes), Gold Piles (all sizes), and the Chest of Gold can now be placed as a POT decoration.
  • Collision on the Haystack deco has been fixed to allow proper placement and to prevent interference with pet pathing.
  • Fixed pink materials appearing with certain LODs for the Plaid Shawl Peasant Dress when placed as a decoration.
  • Dungeon entrances can now be placed on floors and exterior floors rather than just ground and bottom floors.

Combat & Skill Changes:

  • Effects that speed up casting time, like Chaotic Feedback, will no longer speed up the consumption time for consumables.
  • A number of consumables had no cooldown timer set for dynamic deck mode which allowed them to be cast without any delay. This has been fixed.
  • Various combos such as Quadruple Slash, Icy Puncture, and Saw Blade Sweep now include bonuses from the base skill.
  • Small Damage-Over-Time attacks will no longer force people into combat mode.
  • Enlightenment VFX will no longer display inside a character’s head when mounted.
  • Pets will now respect the “Teleport” and “Stop attacking” commands while in combat.

User Interface & Lua Changes:

  • Removed all tabs in the inventory window and added a dropdown list with MANY more sorting and filtering options.
  • Modified the player vendor and public vendor UI to feature similar changes made to the inventory window.
  • Players can now salvage items that are stackable without needing to manually separate the stack into single items.
  • Added new options for disabling the chat window. Players can toggle the chat interface with a new key binding, or they can select a checkbox in Options/Interface to disable chat. This is highly useful for streamers who wish to keep private messages private.
  • When doing a search or turning a page in the Crown Store, the first item shown on that page will now be selected to help prevent accidental store purchases.
  • Tooltips now feature less transparency to improve their readability when displaying over other windows featuring text.
  • The top right menu now features improved icon placement and availability.
  • The Window Selector menu has been cleaned up and reordered.
  • Fixed load screens which were displaying portions of the skybox.
  • The Lot Deeds menu has received minor UI polish.
  • Various small journal entries now display correctly in the quest journal.
  • Added the ShroudIsUIActive() Lua function to help determine if the current game HUD is active.
  • Added 3 additional Lua functions by player request: ShroudOnSceneLoaded(sceneName), ShroudOnSceneUnloaded() and ShroudOnSceneLogout().

Player Economy, Rewards, & Loot Changes:

  • The kobold loggers in South Boundless Forest now have small chances to drop the Common Forest Mangler artifact which features the Forestry Gathering Time Bonus. This artifact has been removed from Lich boss loot tables.
  • The logging camp in South Boundless Forest now also features a Logging Camp Foreman with increased chances to drop the Forest Mangler. This T10 Logging Camp Foreman will only appear after considerable attempts to thin the Kobolds around the bunker.
  • Bait recovery chances have been soft capped at 80%. Any increase beyond 80% will provide diminished benefits. We’ll be monitoring bait consumption and feedback and provide bait drop improvements in R92 accordingly. Also, 3 types of rare baits have been added to the Common Storehouse Container reward possibilities for Mud, Port Graff, and Storms Reach.
  • Added “The Stone Dragon” (Part 1 and 2) as world items in the game.
  • Sturdy Maces now drop as loot with slight chances to appear in supply bundles and from melee skeletons. The Sturdy Mace also has a chance to yield a Sturdy Mace Head in salvage. The Sturdy Hammer has been renamed to Sturdy War Hammer and has a chance to yield a Sturdy War Hammer Head in salvage. The Sturdy Axe has been renamed to Sturdy Hand Axe and has a chance to yield a Sturdy Hand Axe Blade in salvage. These salvaged components provide the following stats to your weaponry when added as a component during crafting:
    • Sturdy Axe Blade: +5 Strength, +1 Weapon Damage, +5% Poison Effectiveness
    • Sturdy Mace Head: +5 Strength, +1 Weapon Damage, +5% Bludgeon Stun Effectiveness
    • Sturdy War Hammer Head: +5 Strength, +2 Weapon Damage
  • Added the recipe for the Imbued Theurgy gem to an additional Well of Aldur loot table for air elementals and significantly increased its chances to drop from Suutak.

World, Quests, and Miscellaneous Changes:

  • All 4 Shardfalls now feature adventure level and skill caps. These scenes as well as The Obsidian Trial now have improved tooltips on the overworld map, and there is a load message which indicates the level/skill caps upon load of the scene.
    • Grunvald Shardfall is capped at 100.
    • Verdantis Shardfall is capped at 110.
    • Paladis Shardfall is capped at 120.
    • Quel Shardfall is capped at 130.
  • Player movement has been improved to greatly reduce how often players get stuck on small obstacles. This should dramatically improve behavior on steps and rough terrain and reduce how often mounted players must dismount.
  • Cloaks will now reappear after swimming while mounted.
  • Resolute: Sean Campbell will no longer feel compelled to close the door of his building.
  • Savrenoc Stronghold: Removed invisible collision that was blocking part of a ruins.
  • Desolis: Fixed typos in the “Defeat Luminous Atavist” journal entry given by Ranees Binders.
  • Well of Aldur: Fixed a wall that had incorrect collision.
  • Well of Aldur: Fixed a stuck spot and improved the path grid on a set of stairs.
  • Xenos: The banker now correctly states he is in Xenos (not Yew).
  • Kingsport: Corrected Laura’s title to be Master Moon Magic Trainer.
  • Aerie: Improved the logic for displaying Felicia’s “Deliver Letter to Barkley” compass marker.
  • Necropolis: Adjusted the logic by which Kardan Marbane delivers his companion whistle to the player.
  • Ferig’s Battle Ground: Added extra logic for the “Deliver Wine to Ferig” task to auto-archive after Ferig is no longer able to be visited by the player.
  • Ardoris: Improved the logic for ensuring the “Tell Ardoris Caretaker About Corpus” compass marker stops appearing.
  • Ardoris: Fixed a typo in the responses from Caravaggios Wolf.
  • Caverns of Skrekk: Removed redundant lights in a remote tunnel area.
  • Northwest Blackblade Mountains: Removed dragons from a scorpion-themed spawner set that was near the entrance.
  • Obsidian Panopticon: Fixed several stuck locations. Adjusted a slope to better allow NPC movement.
  • Solace Bridge Outskirts: Adjusted Kinsey’s logic for giving players the report for Stanley, Banner of Love, and caregiver title.
  • Solace Bridge Outskirts: Adjusted some stones by exit archways that appears to be floating, setting them properly into the ground.
  • Solace Bridge Outskirts: Those who are first to loot the “sack” object in this scene (and others) will now always find at least one object in the sack.
  • Owl’s Head: The “Kill Myron or Return to Myra” and “Kill or Leave Myron” tasks should auto-complete if Myra refuses to interact with the player.
  • Owl’s Head: Todd’s dialogue has been improved.
  • Crafting Tutorial: Updated Edwin in Soltown, Gilda Metcalfe in Aerie, and Bledig deCani in Resolute with improved logic for completing their crafting tutorial.
  • Necropolis Barrens: Moved a floating maple tree to the ground.
  • Etceter Crag Mines: Fixed a stuck spot behind a mine wall brace.
  • Brittany Fields: The horses at Oakley’s stables should no longer be able to climb nearby ladders.
  • North Midmaer Way: Moved a nightshade resource so it can be harvested.
  • K’rul: Adjusted the collision and path grid in the clockwork dragon room to prevent the dragon from exiting the room.
  • East Sanctus Forest: Removed a floating cabinet.
  • Hills Encounter: Removed a mysterious ladder that could only be seen from far away.
  • Spite: The “Give Another Coffin to Shimzu” task will no longer auto-archive when leaving Spite.
  • Wynton’s Folly: Adjusted some terrain to prevent the phoenix from getting stuck.
  • Point West: NPCs have received bark and dialogue improvements.
  • Explosive barrel traps have been fixed.
  • A common lantern used throughout many scenes now has improved collision.
  • Made a slight improvement to the collision of common tree curtains.
  • Removed text from a store entry that was a bad copy paste from a charity item.
  • Numerous objects have had their LOD issues resolved.

Player-Owned Town Changes:

  • Bladewyke: Changed owner.
  • Ironhall Highlands: Added new holdfast near POT Ironhall in Novia.
  • M’hul Island: Added a new holdfast on the northwest shore of Norgard.
  • Mossrest: Changed biome to Forest 01b.
  • Rock Ridge: Upgraded to Town.
  • Tortuga: Upgraded to Town.

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Avatar’s Update #425: Play Release 90 Now! Imbued Gems & Jewels! Balance Work! UI Improvements! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

Release 90 is upon us! Imbued Gems! Imbued Jewels! Combat balance improvements! User Interface improvements! MANY bug fixes and quality of life improvements! Log in to check out this amazing update! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

News Announcements

Community Updates


Release 90 Patch Notes!

Below are a list of updates that are live as of Release 90 (R90) in the game of Shroud of the Avatar! R90 is a polish, improvement and bug fixes month. New content, additional improvements, and bug fixes are inbound for R91 next month! We hope you enjoy the changes that are live today as of Release 90!

Crafting, Decoration, & Inventory Item Changes:

  • Approximately 77 Imbued Gems and Jewels can now be salvaged from many artifacts, and 18 others can be crafted using recipes found throughout New Britannia. Also, 4 new gem/jewel socketing recipes have been added to the game!
    • Imbued Gems and Jewels can only be socketed into crafted gear.
    • Not all artifacts have a chance (yet) to yield a special gem or jewel upon salvage, so please take note! This spreadsheet, which will be maintained as we continue to expand the system, lists all available Imbued Gems and Jewels and their source, whether it be from crafting or from salvage of artifacts. Essentially, neither the non-tiered artifacts nor the crafting artifacts will yield Imbued Gems or Jewels, which is slated for R91 and R92.
    • Here are the chances of success for receiving an Imbued Gem or Jewel by salvaging an eligible artifact as indicated in the spreadsheet:
      • Common: 10% Chance, 1 Gem or Jewel
      • Uncommon: 50% Chance, 1 Gem or Jewel
      • Rare: 100% Chance, 1 Gem or Jewel
      • Legendary: 100% Chance, 2 Gems or Jewels
      • Epic: 100% Chance, 3 Gems or Jewels
      • Salvaging an applicable chest piece, a weapon, or an offhand will yield a gem, while salvaging all other gear items from other slots will yield jewels.
    • The magical attunement gem and jewel recipes drop as loot from the following sources:
      • Imbued Atenism Gem: Phoenix
      • Imbued Chaos Gem: Obsidian Panopticon
      • Imbued Gaiaism Gem: Green Dragons
      • Imbued Lunaism Gem: Shadow Creatures
      • Imbued Necromancy Gem: Cabalists
      • Imbued Sorcery Gem: Lord British’s Castle
      • Imbued Tempestry Gem: High Tier Water and Ice Elementals
      • Imbued Thaumaturgy Gem: Automatons, Clockwork Dragons
      • Imbued Theurgy Gem: Well of Aldur
      • Imbued Jewels: Supply Bundles
    • The 4 new socketing recipes can be looted in the new Episode 2 location known as the Obsidian Panopticon, with the greatest chances coming from the Obsidian Watch Commander.
    • The new Chaos Gems/Jewels (6 varieties) now provide extra enchanting options if a chaos gem is socketed into applicable gear.
      • Chest armor has a chance to provide Magic Resistance, Tabula Rasa Range, or Torpid Torment Range bonuses.
      • Weapons have a chance to provide Chaos Bolt Damage or Torpid Torment Focus Damage Rate bonuses.
      • Jewelry has a chance to provide Summon Daemon Power bonuses.
    • Imbued Gems or Jewels which relate to a particular school of magic will provide the extra enchanting options related to that school of magic (if the gem or jewel is placed into the gear item prior to enchanting).
    • Imbued Gems or Jewels which are not related to a particular school of magic will not yield special enchanting bonuses.
    • Legacy epic artifacts and all new version artifacts indicated in the spreadsheet will yield (or have the chance to yield) Imbued Gems or Jewels. Legacy common through legendary artifacts will first salvage into low durability versions of the new version artifacts, just in case players wish to use them in upgrade recipes.
    • Here’s a list of all the available Imbued Gems and Jewels, which are also easily viewable in this spreadsheet as mentioned earlier. The source from which to obtain the gem or jewel is listed in parenthesis, indicating either the artifact required to salvage the item or whether it’s a crafted gem or jewel:
      • Imbued Atenism Gem: +25 Sun Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Chaos Gem: +25 Chaos Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Gaiaism Gem: +25 Earth Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Lunaism Gem: +25 Moon Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Necromancy Gem: +25 Death Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Sorcery Gem: +25 Fire Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Tempestry Gem: +25 Water Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Thaumaturgy Gem: +25 Life Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Theurgy Gem: +25 Air Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Atenism Jewel: +12 Sun Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Chaos Jewel: +12 Chaos Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Gaiaism Jewel: +12 Earth Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Lunaism Jewel: +12 Moon Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Necromancy Jewel: +12 Death Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Sorcery Jewel: +12 Fire Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Tempestry Jewel: +12 Water Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Thaumaturgy Jewel: +12 Life Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Theurgy Jewel: +12 Air Attunement (Crafted)
      • Imbued Gem of Focus: +150 Focus (Acara’s Plate Chest of Defiance)
      • Imbued Gem of Polearm Combat: +10 Polearm Combat (Halberd of the Sun)
      • Imbued Gem of Ranged Combat: +10 Ranged Combat (Crossbow of Accuracy)
      • Imbued Gem of Rending: +20% Rend Damage (Sword of Speed)
      • Imbued Gem of Renewed Focus: +1.5 Focus Per Second (Ankh of Sacrifice)
      • Imbued Gem of the Air Summoner: +20 Summon Air Elemental Power (Suutak’s Bluster)
      • Imbued Gem of Bladed Combat: +10 Bladed Combat (Two-Handed Sword of Elf Slaying)
      • Imbued Gem of the Bludgeon Combat: +10 Bludgeon Combat (Two-handed Mace of Elemental Slaying)
      • Imbued Gem of the Chaos Summoner: +20 Summon Daemon Power (Heart of Vrul)
      • Imbued Gem of the Deadly Bandit: +7.5% Base Weapon Damage (Leather Bandit Chest Armor)
      • Imbued Gem of the Death Summoner: +20 Summon Lich/Skeleton Power (Anapa’s Favor)
      • Imbued Gem of the Earth Summoner: +20 Summon Earth Elemental Power (Gaia’s Heart)
      • Imbued Gem of the Fire Summoner: +20 Summon Fire Elemental Power (Vexlyn’s Spark)
      • Imbued Gem of the Moon Summoner: +20 Summon Wisp Power (Aether Orb)
      • Imbued Gem of the Ringmaster: +10 Tame Level Bonus (Ringmaster’s Vest)
      • Imbued Gem of the Stalwart Shield: +15% Shield Durability Effectiveness (Shield of Attraction)
      • Imbued Gem of the Sun Summoner: +20 Summon Phoenix Power (Ankh of Wala)
      • Imbued Gem of the Swashbuckler: +7.5% Attack From Behind Damage Bonus (Cutlass of the Swashbuckler)
      • Imbued Gem of the Unconfused: +20% Confusion Resistance (Daemon Trident)
      • Imbued Gem of the Unrooted: -20% Rooted (Staff of Xen)
      • Imbued Gem of the Water Summoner: +20 Summon Ice/Water Elemental Power (Frozen Tear of Titans)
      • Imbued Gem of the Wicked Caster: -0.15 Cast Time Multiplier (Shield of the Wicked King)
      • Imbued Gem of Volatile Embers: +7.5% Fire Speed (Wand of Undying Embers)
      • Imbued Gem of Wild Lightning: +1 Wild Lightning (Wand of Static Discharge)
      • Imbued Jewel of Avoidance: +10 Damage Avoidance (Acara’s Plate Greaves of Defiance)
      • Imbued Jewel of Blinding Jealousy: +15% Blinding Shot Damage (Leather Quiver of Jealousy)
      • Imbued Jewel of Blindness: +10% Blind Power (Ring of the Sun)
      • Imbued Jewel of Bludgeoning Stun: +15% Bludgeon Stun Effectiveness (Leather Bandit Leggings)
      • Imbued Jewel of Civility: +50 Health/Focus (Necklace of Civility)
      • Imbued Jewel of Control: +5% Taming Specialization Bonus (Gloves of Control)
      • Imbued Jewel of Death Touch: +15% Death Touch Damage (Ring of Death)
      • Imbued Jewel of Dexterity: +6 Dexterity (Necklace of Cautious Precision)
      • Imbued Jewel of Dodging: +10 Combat Dodge Modifier (Acara’s Plate Boots of Defiance)
      • Imbued Jewel of Focus: +75 Focus (Focus Battery Necklace)
      • Imbued Jewel of Glancing: +10% Glancing Blow Power and Duration (Ring of the Gambler)
      • Imbued Jewel of Gust: +15% Gust Chance (Ring of Air)
      • Imbued Jewel of Intelligence: +6 Intelligence (Ring of Wisdom)
      • Imbued Jewel of Magic Resistance: +5% Magic Resistance (Obsidian Band)
      • Imbued Jewel of Poison: +15% Poison Effectiveness Bonus (Leather Bandit Gloves)
      • Imbued Jewel of Rapid Fire: +15% Rapid Fire Damage (Slipshod Shooter’s Sash)
      • Imbued Jewel of Riding: +.02 Mounted Speed (Supple Gloves of Riding)
      • Imbued Jewel of Shadow Form: +150% Shadow Form Length (Shard of Night)
      • Imbued Jewel of Strength: +6 Strength (Ring of Brittle Brawn)
      • Imbued Jewel of Swiftness: +5% Attack Speed (Savage Sash of Swiftness)
      • Imbued Jewel of Tamed Precision: +0.15 Tame Attack Precision (Belt of Control)
      • Imbued Jewel of Taunting: +20% Aggro Boost (Belt of the Dedicated)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Bear: +20 Tame Taunt Power (Helm of the Bear Spirit)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Cat: +50 Safe Fall Modifier (Ring of Cat’s Grace)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Cuttlekin: +0.5 Jump Strength, +2 Dexterity (Ring of the Cuttlekin)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Deep Woods: +8 Earth Attunement, +4 Life Attunement, +3 Moon Attunement, (Ring of the Deep Woods)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Energetic Tamer: +0.2 Tame Move Speed (Boots of the Energetic Tamer)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Flame Fist: +15% Flame Fist Damage (Ring of Fire)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Frogkin: +0.5 Jump Strength, +2 Combat Dodge Modifier (Ring of the Frogkin)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Giant Pirate: +5% Player Scale (Pirate Tricorn Hat of the Cap’n)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Healer: +15% Life Range and Radius (Ring of Life)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Ice Fist: +15% Ice Fist Damage (Ring of Water)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Lagomorph: +3% Move Rate (Lavalliere of the Lagomorph)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Lich Kind: +15% Death Field Power (Ring of the Lich Kind)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Mouse: -20% Aggro Boost (Ring of the Mouse)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Ox: +50% Encumbrance Capacity (Belt of the Ox)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Ringmaster: +6 Tame Level Bonus (Ring of the Ringmaster)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Sage: -10% Magic Glyph Focus Cost (Sage’s Sash)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Silent Bandit: +100% Silent Movement Duration Bonus (Leather Bandit Boots)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Spurred: +3% Mounted Sprint Speed (Spurred Boots)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Stag: +1% Tame Chance Bonus (Helm of the Stag Spirit)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Stone Fist: +15% Stone Fist Damage (Ring of Earth)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Storm: +3% Air Damage (Acara’s Plate Helm of Defiance)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Tiny Bandit: -5% Player Scale (Leather Bandit Helm)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Unrooted: -10% Rooted (Spider Silk Belt)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Wolf: +10 Tame Creature Strength (Helm of the Wolf Spirit)
      • Imbued Jewel of the Zombie: +10% Death Summon Life Drain (Belt of Zombie Skin)
      • Imbued Jewel of Waning Fizzle: -5% Magic Fizzle Chance (Acara’s Plate Gauntlets of Defiance)
  • An additional round of artifact balance has been implemented. A spreadsheet has been prepared to show the specific stat changes (if any) for each artifact. This spreadsheet will be maintained to serve as a reference for players. Crafting artifacts have not received balance passes yet, and likely will receive their work for R91. Non-tiered artifacts will become tiered with potential stat changes for R91 and R92. These artifact balance changes help to correct many issues with artifacts being far more powerful than their crafted counterparts:
    • Helms of the Bear, Stag, and Wolf Spirits now feature reduced Tame Level bonuses. Base stats such as Damage Resistance values for all three animal spirit helmets have also been reduced/normalized with leather helmet crafted gear items.
    • Wand of Static Discharge has been renamed to the Wand of Wild Lightning. The Static Discharge Bonus present on this wand was also renamed to Wild Lightning and has received extra functionality to boost various aspects of Discharge, Lightning, and Chain Lightning.
    • Ring of the Mouse now has a reduced Aggro bonus, scales more evenly between tiers, and dual wear restrictions for this ring have been removed.
    • Ring of the Lich Kind now has significantly less Death Attunement bonus, and the Life Attunement/Healing Modifier penalties have been reduced greatly. Also, two Rings of the Lich Kind can now be equipped at the same time. The Ring of the Lich Kind has also received a very small bonus for Death Field Damage which scales by tier from 1% to 3%.
    • Ring of the Ringmaster now has reduced Tame Level bonuses.
    • Gloves of Control now have reduced Taming Specialization bonuses.
    • Belt of Control now has reduced Tame Level bonuses.
    • Obsidian Band now has reduced Magic Resistance bonuses and reduced fizzle penalty.
    • Two-Handed Mace of Unsummoning now has an increased range (from 3 to 4), a slightly decreased critical damage bonus, a slightly increased damage from strength bonus, and a slightly increased critical hit chance to better match standard bonuses for two-handed maces. The weapon damage was increased significantly at lower tiers yet lowered slightly at upper tiers. The Two-Handed Mace of Unsummoning has also been renamed to the Two-Handed Mace of Elemental Slaying.
    • Sword of Speed has been adjusted significantly. The base weapon damage bonus has been reduced and scales evenly between tiers, the strength modifier has been slightly reduced to match that of other swords, its range has been increased from 2.5 to 3 to match one-handed swords, and the critical hit chance has been greatly increased to match that of crafted swords. Also, a Rend bonus ranging from 2% to 10% has been added.
    • Xen Penetrator bow has received significant updates. The Glyph Focus Cost penalty has been removed. The base damage for the weapon has been reduced slightly. The bonus from strength has been reduced to be equal to that of crafted bows, and the free attack clicks have been increased from 6 to 8 to match crafted bows.
    • Warlock’s Chain has received significant changes. The attunement bonuses have been slightly lowered, and now all scale from 2 to 10 based on tier of the chain. Intelligence bonuses have been reduced and scale evenly between tiers from 3 to 15. Magic Resistance bonuses have been reduced and scale evenly between tiers from 2 to 10. The Adventure Level bonus now scales evenly between tiers. The spell reagent consumption penalty has been greatly reduced and now scales between tiers from 25% to 125% instead of 200% for all tiers.
    • Staff of Xen now has reduced Rooted, Moon Attunement, and Earth Attunement, which now also scale evenly between tiers. All 3 penalties (Magic Glyph Focus Cost, the Sun Attunement, and the Skill Learning Speed) have been removed.
    • Spider Silk Belt now features reduced Rooted and Dexterity bonuses. The Rooted and Attack Speed bonuses now scale evenly between tiers, and the Glyph Focus Cost penalty has been reduced and now scales between tiers.
    • Shield of the Wicked King has received significant changes. Combat Block values have now been greatly reduced across all tiers to scale from 1 to 5, which is lower than the standard shield Combat Block value of 8. Draw Speed Bonuses have been normalized across all tiers, now scaling between 0.1 and 0.5. Cast Time Multiplier bonuses are now a flat bonus at 0.1 across all tiers. Strength bonuses across all tiers have been greatly reduced. The Focus Damage Rate penalty now scales evenly between tiers from 0.1 to 0.5. The Combat Health/Sec penalty now scales evenly between tiers from -1 to -5.
    • Shield of Attraction now features reduced Combat Block values and now has the same fizzle chance penalty of 10% like other shields. This shield has retained its extra Durability Multiplier of 400% and still has a much higher chance to be hit for durability damage as other equipment items (to act as a durability damage sink).
    • Shard of Night no longer has a Dexterity bonus or fizzle reduction. The base weapon stats are now equal to a basic dagger across all tiers. The Sun Magic penalty has been removed. Moon Attunement bonuses have been reduced slightly at Epic, but now scale from Common to Epic evenly by increments of 5. The Lunar Hours bonus now scales evenly from 1 to 2 across the tiers.
    • Savage Sash of Swiftness now has reduced Attack Speed and Move Speed bonuses.
    • Sage’s Sash now has a smaller Intelligence bonus across all tiers, and now features scaled penalties throughout the tiers which increases the penalty for Legendary and Epic versions, yet lowers the penalty for Common and Uncommon versions.
    • Ring of Wisdom’s bonus for Intelligence has been reduced greatly, and the Strength and Dexterity penalties have been increased significantly.
    • Ring of the Gambler now has a reduced Dexterity bonus, and the critical damage penalty has been greatly reduced.
    • Ring of the Frogkin now features a reduced Jump Strength bonus, scaling from 0.2 to 1.0 between tiers, but the dual wear restrictions have been removed.
    • Ring of the Cuttlekin now features a reduced Jump Strength bonus, scaling from 0.2 to 1.0 between tiers, but the dual wear restrictions have been removed. The ring now also features a reduced Dexterity bonus.
    • Ring of the Brittle Brawn bonuses for Strength have been greatly reduced.
    • Pirate Tricorn Hat of the Cap’n now features a reduced Move Rate bonus, and this bonus now scales evenly between tiers from 2% to 10%. This hat now also has reduced Magic Resistance bonuses.
    • Necklace of Cautious Precision now has a reduced Dexterity bonus, but also features a smaller movement penalty.
    • Leather Quiver of Jealousy now has reduced Blinding Shot Damage and Chaos Attunement bonuses. Also, the Draw Speed bonus is now 0.1 across all tiers, meaning a reduction in tiers Uncommon through Epic.
    • Leather Bandit Armor Set has received significant changes:
      • The Epic Leather Bandit Boots now have 8 Dexterity instead of 9.
      • The Leather Bandit Chest pieces now have greatly reduced weapon damage bonuses.
      • The Leather Bandit Gloves now have Dexterity bonuses that evenly scale by tier, the poison effectiveness bonus has been reduced, and the fizzle penalty is now at 4% instead of 2% to match crafted leather gloves.
      • The Epic Leather Bandit Helm now has improved Light Armor Skill Focus Cost reduction, but the tame level bonus has been reduced from 9 to 8.
      • The Leather Bandit Leggings now feature improved Dexterity scaling between tiers, a reduced Bludgeon Stun Effectiveness, and reduced Attack From Behind bonuses.
    • Lavalliere of the Lagomorph now features reduced Movement and Attack Speed bonuses. Also, the Strength penalty has been removed.
    • Halberd of the Sun has received significant updates to its base weapon stats so that it more closely matches base stat values with crafted halberds. Range has increased to 4 from 3.5, base weapon damage has decreased at upper tiers, critical damage bonus has been slightly reduced, bonus from strength has been slightly reduced, critical hit chance has increased significantly, and free attack ticks have increased by 1.
    • Daemon Trident has been significantly adjusted to feature standard crafted trident base values. Range has slightly increased, base damage has been greatly lowered, base critical damage has increased significantly. Also, bonus from strength has been normalized which will show a slight reduction at higher tiers yet an increase at lower tiers. Base critical chance now matches crafted counterparts and has been lowered, and number of free attack ticks has been increased to 5 to match crafted tridents as well. The amount of chaos attunement provided has been significantly decreased to max at 30 with Epic versions, and push/pull bonuses are now normalized at 10% like crafted tridents. Also, the Daemon Trident now features a Confusion Resistance bonus.
    • Cutlass of the Swashbuckler has received significant modifications. The range has been increased from 2.5 to 3 to match crafted 1-Handed Swords, and the base damage has been greatly reduced, but is still higher than crafted 1-Handed Swords. Bonus from strength was slightly lowered, but the base chance for critical hit was greatly increased to match crafted swords. Also, an Attack From Behind Damage bonus was added which scales with tier from 1.5% to 7.5%, and the Pick Pocket and Sneak Attack bonuses now scale with tier from 5% to 25%.
    • Crossbow of Accuracy has received significant changes. The range has been lowered to be normalized with crafted crossbows. The base damage of the lower tiers has been increased, and the base damage for the Epic version has been slightly reduced, but still exceeds crafted crossbows slightly. Critical Damage bonuses have been lowered to match that of crafted crossbows, and bonus from strength has been raised to be normalized with crafted crossbows. The free attack clicks have been reduced to 10, which is still 2 greater than crafted crossbows.
    • Boots of the Energetic Tamer have received reduced Move Speed bonuses, and the Tame Move Speed bonuses at higher tiers have been increased yet slightly lowered at lower tiers to improve scaling. The Legendary Focus bonus is now set at 80 instead of 70 to fix a scaling issue, and the fizzle penalty now scales between 1% and 5%, increasing the penalty for Rare, Legendary, and Epic versions.
    • Belt of the Zombie Skin now feature reduced Death Attunement and Death Summon Life Drain bonuses, and fire and sun resistance penalties have been added.
    • The Belt of the Dedicated now features greatly reduced Strength and Damage Avoidance bonuses, and a slightly reduced Aggro Boost bonus. Also, the belt’s fizzle penalty is now greatly reduced.
    • Ancient Two-Handed Sword was received the same benefits as recent changes to crafted Two-Handed swords in regards to base stats. In this regard, this sword’s range, critical hit bonus, and free attack ticks have been increased. The base weapon damage has been reduced slightly. Also, the sword has been renamed to the Two-Handed Sword of Elf Slaying.
    • Ancient Staff of Death has received significant changes. Its attunement now scales evenly between tiers, and all penalties have been removed. Undead Mastery has been removed. Summon Undead Effectiveness now scales with tier. Summon Decay Speed now scales with tier and caps slightly higher.
    • Ancient Staff of Anarchy has also received significant changes. Its Chaos Attunement now scales evenly with tiers, and the Magic Resistance penalty has been converted to a magic resistance bonus scaling between 2% and 10%. The Chaotic Feedback bonus now scales evenly with tiers.
    • The Acara armor set has received significant adjustments:
      • The boots now feature a reduced Combat Dodge Modifier.
      • The chest now features more Focus.
      • The greaves now feature reduced Damage Avoidance.
      • The gauntlets and helm now feature reduced Air Attunement.
      • The shield now features less Air Stun Effectiveness and this stat is now tied into the set bonus so that it scales with number of items worn within the set.
      • For all of the pieces of the Acara set, instead of scaling from low fizzle penalty to a near-zero penalty, they scale from the fizzle penalty expected from plate armor down to the fizzle penalty of chain armor.
      • Each piece has received a flat rate +2% Air Damage which is not affected by the set bonus.
  • Chaos and Chaos Warding Gem and Jewel recipes are added to appropriate alchemy merchants.
  • Various rugs have been added to crafting recipes available for the Textile Crafting Station and removed from decoration merchants.
  • Crafted rings and necklaces have improved base stats to help them be more competitive with artifacts:
    • Copper: +4 Dexterity
    • Bronze: +4 Dexterity,+2 Strength
    • Constantan: +4 Dexterity, +2 Intelligence
    • Iron: +4 Strength
    • Meteoric Iron: +4 Strength, +2 Dexterity
    • White Iron: +4 Strength, +2 Intelligence
    • Gold: +5 Intelligence
    • Silver: +1 Intelligence, +5 Magic Resistance
  • Base stats for crafted belts have increased to help make them more competitive with artifacts.
    • Cloth: +6 Intelligence
    • Leather: +6 Dexterity
    • Heavy: +6 Strength
  • Old versions of crafted weapons and armor have received durability increases to account for recent increases to the standardized durability for those slots. The changes are as follows:
    • Bone Legs: +10
    • Bone Feet, Bone Hands, Other Legs: +25
    • Chests, Bows: +20
    • Helms, Hands, Feet, Backs, Shields, 1H Melee Weapons, Necks, Rings: +15
    • 2H Melee Weapons: +40
    • Belts: +65
  • The Practice Dummy should now respawn properly after 5 seconds. Also, an issue was fixed which prevented respawn.
  • Black Cutworm Cupcake now only requires 3 cutworms instead of 5 to make 5 cupcakes
  • The Acara Guantlets are now Acara Gauntlets, fixing a typo on all 10 versions.
  • All crafted jewelry items now provide item effects in their name. For instance, a crafted ring that’s been socketed with an Imbued Chaos Gem would be called a Ring of Greater Chaos.
  • Fixed the Thimble of Evelyn’s tooltip description.
  • The Yoke description has been corrected to indicate the blacksmith station instead of carpentry station.
  • Gustball Insignia’s now sell at large quantities at crafting merchants to mirror amounts available for like items.
  • The Shrines of Life, Water, and Air now require new version artifacts to be crafted instead of the old legacy versions.
  • Warlock Chain recipe now utilizes the new version of the Heart of Vrul, not the legacy version.
  • The Chain of Mystic and Elemental Power recipes now accept the new versions of the ring artifacts.
  • The Lute String recipe now requires 3 Leather and 9 Wax and yields 8 Lute Strings instead of 1.
  • The Kobold Distillation Device can now have decorations placed upon it, and it can now also be placed on other decorations such as castle walls and blocks.
  • The old/legacy version of the Ringmaster’s Vest (all tiers) can now be socketed with gems
  • Crafted cloth and leather belts can now be masterworked.
  • All casks can now be placed as POT decorations, and they now have more flexibility in placement which allows for staggered stacking.
  • Small, Medium, and Large Stone Ruins can now be placed in basements in dungeons.
  • The Ladybug Backpack can now be opened when placed as a decoration.
  • Daggers and short swords can now be reshaped.
  • The GM Potion timescale option is now capped at 2X. Be on the look out for upcoming “training party” potions are being created that will give lasting buff circle that grants a large training speed boost for those hosting training parties!
  • The Small Fancy Pavilion can be placed as a decoration once again.

Combat & Skill Changes:

  • Critical hit chances for about a dozen spells are now calculated correctly, which includes all touch and fist spells.
  • All bows not receiving the damage bonus from the Ranged Combat bonus from food and the new Imbued Gems have been fixed.
  • The green dragon’s stun can now only be applied one time and at a shorter duration.
  • Chain Lightning’s base damage has been increased by about 20%. Additionally, it can no longer be blocked by shields and the max number of jumps it will make has been increased from 4 to 6 targets or 8 targets with Wild Lightning boost.
  • The base damage for Lightning has been increased by about 20% and shields no longer offer any protection from this attack.
  • Ice Fist now includes a stacking Dexterity debuff.
  • Chaos Bolt will now be 4 times more likely to do one of the simple damage bolts rather than one of the other effects. Damage has also been increased.
  • Undead creatures now have much less resistance to Death Magic.
  • Pets can now receive teleport and sit commands during combat.
  • Crossbows will no longer bypass protection from shields.
  • Shield of Crystal now gives extra health scaling per level and an additional Armor Effectiveness bonus if specialized in Earth Magic.
  • Shield of Ice now gives extra spell critical hit damage.
  • Many caster mobs will use Blink, Confusion, and Ring of Fire less frequently.
  • The damage-over-time effect from the creature casted Fireball spell now scales with creature difficulty.
  • The damage from Atonal Aria has been decreased by 20% to 40%.
  • The Fire Speed effect in the Fire Speed innate skill will now grant 0.3% per point instead of 0.3125%.
  • A bug that allowed for instant casting of bard songs has been fixed.
  • Root effects should now overwrite instead of stacking.
  • Ghosts will now drain focus rather than add focus on special attacks.
  • The ghost focus drain effect has been dramatically decreased.
  • The ghost debuff strength skill now lasts 30 seconds instead of 1030 seconds.
  • Performance issues caused by NPC casters have been fixed.
  • The cold damage on the upper edge of the Obsidian Panopticon now only affects players.
  • Ghosts and Episode 2 Ghost Corpions should now correctly increase in resistance to non-life/sun magic as they get higher in level.
  • Shield of Air now requires 70% less focus to cast.
  • High level enemy mages will now cast Torpid Torment less often.
  • A global fix has been implemented for effects with negative duration never expiring. This was causing many low level roots/slows on players to last until you logged out.
  • The new Ranged Defense shield skill is now available at the trainer.

User Interface & Lua Changes:

  • The character inventory window now features a “Sort Recent Loot” checkbox to place recently looted or refreshed item stacks to the top of your inventory.
  • Crafting components providing item effects to gear now show their provided stat(s) in the tooltip during mouseover.
  • The decoration palette window now has a new column indicating the coordinate location for each decoration. This new column is visible if you have appropriate access to the property lot or Player-Owned Town.
  • Buff information now shows in real time in the tooltips during mouseover.
  • The bank window can now be resized horizontally and diagonally.
  • A cancel button has been added to the crafting station windows that allows players to cancel a queued item while in progress without closing the window.
  • In-game maps have been added for the following scenes:
    • Blood River Massacre
    • Westend
    • Sequanna Colossus
    • Ulfheim
    • Nightshade Pass
    • East Sanctus Forest
  • Improvements have been made to the Hidden Vale in-game map.
  • The splash screen displaying the Shroud of the Avatar logo has been removed, and the logo has been added to the main menu.
  • Four new Lua functions for accessing buff information have been added:
    • ShroudGetBuffCount
    • ShroudGetBuffName(int)
    • ShroudGetBuffDescription(int)
    • ShroudGetBuffTimeRemaining(int)
  • Added two new Lua hooks (ShroudForceGC and ForceAssetCleanup) to force garbage collection and freeing up assets. These new hooks are primarily for testing purposes.
  • The journal window no longer displays task difficulties after the task has been completed.
  • The journal no longer shows active tasks in the completed section.
  • The lot listing window can no longer be opened while in the Overworld.
  • The lot listing window can now be accessed from the window selection menu.

Player Economy, Rewards, & Loot Changes:

  • Black Cutworm now has a chance to drop from Tier 1 through Tier 3 cotton nodes.
  • The Legacy version of the Ring of Jones no longer drops in sacks and has been appropriately replaced by the newer version.
  • Maps no longer drop excessively in certain loot tables.

World, Quests, and Miscellaneous Changes:

  • Spectral Mines: The Archlapin is dormant once again.
  • Northern Grunvald Barrens and Desert Encounter: The Luminous Atavist has returned.
  • Aether Creatures: Reactivated these creatures in all the usual places.
  • The VFX for explosive objects in adventure scenes should now properly disappear after the item explodes.
  • Calico and tabby cats can now be tamed and killed.
  • Owl’s Head: Nob (and all horse trade specialists) will now only accept non-wooden taming necklaces when players have both non-wooden and wooden taming necklaces. Players who want to trade wooden taming necklaces should store any other necklaces in a safe place then return to the horse specialist for trade.
  • Owl’s Head: Adjusted Todd’s data so that Myra’s name is spelled correctly when the two of them are chatting.
  • Sequanna Colossus: Fixed an issue where some ladders teleported players into world objects or away from the ground level.
  • Solace Bridge: Updated the collision on a large rockface, to better allow ore mining.
  • Crafting Tutorial: Updated Edwin in Soltown, Gilda Metcalfe in Aerie, and Bledig deCani in Resolute with improved logic for accepting a leather helm.
  • Devotional Caretakers: Improved the “Visit Devotional Shrines” quest so that players get their reward when achieving their last visit (rather than saying “banner” after the last visit).
  • Ulfheim: Updated a cliff wall to ensure players don’t float along the edges.
  • Well of Aldur: Fixed collision issues with several large rocks.
  • Overworlds: Added one-time UI tips to Novia, Hidden Vale, and Mistrendur to let players know which overworld they have entered.
  • Exit Archways: Added one-time UI hint about approaching the exit to the overworld.
  • Necropolis Barrens: Fixed a typo in the “Give Another Dead Body to Davropos” journal.
  • Tanglemire: Fixed a typo in Frida’s “job” response.
  • Libris Ruins: Updated some props and the path grid to better accommodate the Redthorn Flowers.
  • Kas Ruins: Reviewed all buildings and added collision where it was needed.
  • K’rul: Added a door in the clockwork dragon room that automatically closes when the dragon approaches it.
  • Solace Bridge Outskirts: Added a hint about the ladder related to the missing scouts. Added a platform with ladder on the northeastern side of the bivouac (near the bridge). Added tip/journal to many ladders/roots/vines for how to use them.
  • Aerie: Added an update to Belana’s Loan Forgiveness Note to ensure only players at the correct quest stage can collect it, and that the task properly archives.
  • South Drachvald Spur: Improved the compass markers for the Lucky Leather quest.
  • Snow Mountains Road Encounter/Naughty Brats: Added one or two “Naughty Mimics” (tier 8 mimic chests) to appear in high-threat wave during months when Krampus isn’t available.
  • Blood River Outskirts: Improved compass markers, responses, and journal text related to Alberic’s tasks to get evidence. The vigilante camp gates now use interactive locks to operate the external switches.
  • Blood River Outskirts: Improved compass markers and journal entries for Alberic’s early “get evidence” tasks.
  • Noreach: Sigrunn’s “Ask About Northern Curse” should clear after checking in with Pendro of Yew. If it doesn’t, it should auto-archive after changing scenes. If that fails, say “northern curse” to Sigrunn or Pendro to clear that task.
  • Lost Vale: Improved the quest rewards from the skeleton and Anais.
  • Lamech’s Bazaar and South Midmaer Way: Added collision to the rope bridge that leads to the airship in each scene.
  • Master Trainers: The titles of all master trainers now follow the pattern of “Master <Skill> Trainer.”
  • Obsidian Panopticon: Adjusted some NPCs on the top ring of the panopticon.
  • Obsidian Panopticon: Both switches in an elevator pair will now properly reset.
  • Obsidian Panopticon: Updated the middleman’s package delivery quest to better accommodate delayed package deliveries.
  • Obsidian Panopticon: Added follow-up journal entry after completing the middleman’s original package delivery.
  • Obsidian Panopticon: The blacksmith station now faces the correct direction.
  • Obsidian Panopticon: Avatars without lockpicks may take a lockpick from a friendly prisoner no more than once a day.
  • Obsidian Panopticon: Fixed an issue where a cliffside boulder had no underside.
  • Obsidian Panopticon: Fixed several stuck spots.
  • Obsidian Panopticon: Returning to the middleman with a prisoner note for a daily reward now shows a text label on the associated compass marker.
  • Yew: Improved how Pendro clears the “Ask About Northern Curse” task.
  • Braemar: Bridget Helvig now only provides a reward after the player reveals Veimor’s status.
  • Braemar: Removed a invisible blocker that prevented players from approaching an exit archway.
  • Crypt of the Avatar: Eris should now always recognize when players have the report she desires.
  • Soltown: Numerous improvements have been made to Soltown to provide a better experience for new players.
  • Stats for the Tier 15 Ice Elemental have been corrected.
  • Blood River Outskirts: Adjusted the spawners for fungal enemies near Gus, including a reduction to their leash ranges.
  • The Rise: The new areas of The Rise have received some improved visuals.
  • The Rise: Several performance issues have been fixed.
  • The bird population of Soltown has been reduced.

Player-Owned Town Changes:

  • Arlia: Upgraded to City.
  • Kookie Land: Added new village near Kiln in Novia.
  • Lightbringer Isle: Upgraded to Teralopolis.
  • Rampage Island: Added new Holdfast to Novia.
  • Silent Ascent: Moved to Hidden Vale, north of Braemar.
  • The Time Tunnel: Moved to Hidden Vale, near Kingsroad.
  • Verat Chaos Decimus: Added Holdfast near Lord British’s Castle in Mistrendur.

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