Greetings Fellow Avatars!
Welcome to another edition of Update of the Avatar! The team is working hard to get Release 2 ready for this month’s launch, and the excitement is mounting! Stay tuned for more Release 2 launch information in an upcoming update. Here’s what we have for you this week:
- Blade of the Avatar Novel: Chapter 4
- SotA on More Top Ten MMO Lists for 2014
- The Spoony Interviews
- Founder Citizen Village Waterfront Cabana
- Founder Royal Artisan Taming Creature Call
- Carpentry Hammer of Prosperity
Blade of the Avatar Novel: Chapter 4
Chapter 4 of the serialized SotA novel, Blade of the Avatar (BotA), written by Tracy Hickman & Richard Garriott, is now available for download! If you are an Early Founder, or you purchased BotA in the Add-On Store, then you will find a download link for the current installment of the novel on your personal SotA account page (log into SotA website and click on “Account” in the top-right corner). If you are a Kickstarter backer you’ll need to have your Kickstarter account linked to the SotA website (click here for instructions to link your Kickstarter account).
Here is a brief excerpt of Chapter 4 (illustration by Denis Loubet):
Chapter 4: Messages
Aren awoke with a start, sliding his feet over the edge of the cot and coming to sit in the familiar gloom of his tent. He was awake at once, though noted he was feeling a few aches and pains that were unfamiliar to him. He still wore the tunic and the breaches from the previous day. He reached for his nearby boots, dragging them on even as he spoke.
“I am here,” he called out, his voice still a little hoarse. “What is it?”
“General Karpasik requests that you come at once!”
The captain stopped what he was doing immediately, dropping the second boot and then running his hand back through his untamed hair. The cascade of actual emergencies that had suddenly flooded into his mind along with each of their dire and immediate responses fled from him. “And did the general say what it was that he wanted?”
“He… He would like to inquire as to just how soon the Victory March might begin.” The voice from beyond the tent flap was young and high-pitched. Aren felt some sympathy for the young warrior. Few soldiers in the Army of Conquest received a message from the general with politeness.
“The Victory March?” Bennis shook his head in disbelief. “Is the general in some particular hurry?”
“The General has received orders from the Obsidians,” came the muffled voice beyond the canvas of the tent. “We are to leave a garrison force, but the bulk of the Army is to strike the encampment and prepare to march.”
“So the General has received orders to move the Army, but he still insists on having his parade,” Bennis muttered, shaking his head once again. He raised his voice slightly so that the messenger could hear him clearly. “Please inform the General that I will report to him shortly.”
“Yes, sir! And… Err…” “What is it, boy?” Aren could hear the hesitance in the voice outside.
“The General asks that you bring the tribute that you discovered in the ruins yesterday,” the warrior said, tripping over his words.
Download your copy of the latest installment of BotA to read the rest of this exciting chapter!