June 21 2018

Black Rose Chronicles 3 – by Belladonna Rose – narrated by Asclepius

Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the third chapter of a wonderful story from Belladonna Rose, entitled
Black Rose Chronicles
Background music by Smartsound

Taking in the transformation of herself she looked around her again. The mirror no longer glowed. Only a shimmering and swirl of lights could be seen now. Not even her own reflection. Stunned at this magic she stood there for a time. Then a voice came to her tell her to go up the path to the building at the top. “Your Destiny awaits you Avatar”.

Turning she looked up the path and started to walk. Walk. Smiling she took a few more steps and began to run up the path. Amazed that she was on her own two legs again. Thank the stars she was whole once more. As she reached the top of the hill she saw an ornate looking building. Small but very impressive. Intricate carvings and a strange red glow from the domed roof. This must be the place.

Reaching out she slowly turns the knob of the wooden door. The metal of the knob was warm to the touch. As the door opened a soft warm mist greeted her and the red glow inside grew even brighter.

Stepping into the structure she saw the huge metal face hanging on the wall. Strange glowing eyes seemed to stare down at her. She stepped forward and looked about the room. Empty alcoves were to the left and the right. Huge torches hung on the walls beside the face. As she grew closer to the face the metallic churning sounds of gears began. Louder and louder. Covering her ears, she started to step away towards the door.

“Greetings Avatar. At last you have arrived.”

Stopping dead in her tracks she looked at the face. The glowing eyes blinked at her and the face looked as though it was alive. Shaking in her own skin she stepped close again to examine this strange thing on the wall.

“We have been waiting for you Avatar. It has been foretold that one such as yourself would arrive.”

Blinking again she stood infront of the face and listened carefully to what it said.

“By what name do you go Avatar?”

Swallowing hard she tried to find the words to answer. After a moment she finally spoke with her own voice instead of using her mind as she did with the hooded lady.

“My name is Belladonna Rose.”

“Greetings Belladonna Rose. I am the Oracle. I am here to help determine who you shall be as you move through this new world. I am but a guide to help you learn and navigate on your journey.”

Bella looked quizzically at the machine. The clanking and grinding of gears was almost overwhelming. Shaking her head again she heard the face give a soft chuckle and soon the sounds subsided, and a dull hum filled the room.

“Here I will ask a series of questions to determine the path you should follow. There are no right or wrong answers. And no answer is irrevocable. Tis the way of the mind and soul to change one’s mind along the path to better suit or deter your destiny. Your path will be yours to follow. I will simply assist you in following the choices that your feel are best. I know not your mind or heart Avatar, I can only watch your actions and advise on what I see.”

Bella felt a bit tense at the conversation. Not sure if she should trust this machine. She was not all that familiar with this sort of entity. This sort of thing was not widely known or used where she came from. She was definitely in a new world. Remembering what Arabella said about Lord British she decided to continue and listen.

After a time, the Oracle asked her many questions. Things about what she would do in certain situations. She only prayed that she answered the right way. She responded with her heart. For that was truly the only way she felt she could be honest with herself in everything she did.

The clank and grind of gears started up again. “Ahh. You have chosen the Path of Love Avatar. And I will now instruct you where to start your journey. The outpost of Solace Bridge has been under attack. Here you will venture forth through the rift and make your way to help those who survived. Upon reaching Solace Bridge look for Edvard. He will guide you from there.”

Bella looked quizzically at the Oracle.

“You will see me again Avatar. And I advise you check with me when you see buildings such as this in many a town. Here I can give counsel and help you if you need advice. Your destiny awaits you.”

The eyes of the Oracle glowed slightly and blinked.

“Your arrival has been foretold in a prophecy Avatar and the road you travel pre-ordained. We have waited long for your arrival. You must not delay any further. You will learn much and be given many choices in your travels. You will meet many foes and make many friends along your way. Heed all in your path. Now you must go Avatar. The world of New Britannia awaits you.”

Bowing her head quickly she stepped backwards towards the door. As she turned, the door opened before her. The diminished light of the outer world let her know that it was coming upon nightfall. She exited the chamber and looked towards the uphill path. Looking back again to the chamber the door was now closed again. Taking a deep breath, she made her way up the path.

Muttering to herself. “I have no weapon. I have no food. What in hell’s name am I doing here? This is some sort of trick or am I really in another realm. No matter. I need to go forth. I need to find Jack and the crew. If I have to turn this world upside down to do it, then I will.”

Trudging up the hill she saw the circle of pillars and the bright swirling blue orb in the center. This must be the rift that Arabella and the Oracle talked about. Do I step inside she wondered. Jump. Run. Bella walked to the edge of the ring and peered inside. Nothing but blue shimmering and swirling lights.

“What the hell. I am probably dead anyways. What can go wrong. I have nothing to lose.”

Taking a deep breath, she ran straight at the rift and disappeared from this place.

Echoes From the Caverns

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June 16 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 06-15-2018

Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:
Game Development

  • The Making of East Vauban Foothills
  • The Making of Norgard Fens (cont.)
  • Heraldry Items (cont.)
  • R53 Livestream Sky Navy Themed Items

News Announcements

  • R54 Livestream Results and Videos
  • (SPOILER) POT Row Lot Deed Reward for Completing Story (R55)
  • NPC Submission Requests: Brittany Alleys
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Musical Instruments
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Royal Gardeners Wanted! New Decoration Contest
  • Spotlight: Beran’s Reach
  • A Grandmaster Crafting Tutoring Event
  • Wild Safari Presents ‘Boogie Nights’
  • Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Concert and Birthday Celebration
  • AERIE Fund – 24-hour Streamathon, Primal Nature – June 23
  • Win a Pair of SOTACON 2018 Tickets!
  • Relics by Rild on Meretz: Win Shroud Swag!
  • Project to Support: Portrait of Scottie for Shroud of the Avatar
  • Resources: Players Helping Players

Stile’s Special Spotlights

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June 9 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 06-08-2018

Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:
Game Development

  • Improving the Ebon Dawn Cultists
  • The Making of Norgard Fens
  • Double XP for Week 1 & 2 of Release 54!

News Announcements

  • R54 Livestream Continued Today From 3-7pm CT (8-12pm GMT)
  • NPC Submission Requests: Brittany Alleys
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Patterns
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Royal Gardeners Wanted! New Decoration Contest
  • Community Spotlight – Veritas Sanctuary
  • BMC 20th Anniversary Event – Friday, June 8 at 8pm CT
  • Chicken and Stars Party – Tuesday, June 12 at 8pm CT
  • AERIE Fund – 24-hour Streamathon, Primal Nature – June 23
  • Win a Pair of SOTACON 2018 Tickets!
  • Relics by Rild on Meretz: Win Shroud Swag!
  • Project to Support: Crowfall
  • Resources: Players Helping Players
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June 2 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 06-01-2018

Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

Game Development

  • Play Release 54 Now!
  • Double XP for Week 1 & 2 of Release 54!

News Announcements

  • Release 54 Livestream – June 4
  • Release 54 Dance Party Today!
  • Release 54 Lot Deed Raffle Winners
  • NPC Submission Requests: Brittany Alleys
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Obsidians
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

    Livestream: The Companions Revisited

  • R54 Welcome Quest – Lux Sanctuary – Saturday, June 2 at 12pm CT
  • AERIE Fund – Community Cause – Primal Nature – June 2018
  • Win a Pair of SOTACON 2018 Tickets!
  • Project to Support: Midboss
  • Resources: Players Helping Players
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May 27 2018

And so Comes Change

Echoes From the Caverns

Hello Folks! This is Sir Stile Teckel with some official announcements!

I want to keep it short so let’s just do that,

As you are most likely aware by now, Lord Baldrith has left the Echoes From the Caverns, to take up other pursuits and needs.

That left the question out there, who will be taking over his spot on the show? Will anyone?

You may have heard through the rumor mill as I did not make a lot of attempts to keep it quit OR if you listened to our last show in whole, you would have heard it on there as well.

That would be me! Now that I work at home for a living I not only do not have time for many hobbies, I also don’t get a chance to talk very often. I’ve come to find I lose my voice rather quickly. So when the opportunity presented to pick up a hobby that doesn’t take a lot of time and I get to talk? No brainer!

Now after talking to the boss a little bit *points over at Asclepius*, he has agreed to try out a couple of ideas I have for the show, in the near future.

I’d rather leave them a surprise, for now, accept to say, expect not to lose anything we have or that you like about it, but do expect some new things to make it a bit more enjoyable for you (we hope)!

Finally, and I may get in trouble for this or even be told that I need to change it, as I hadn’t run it by the previously mentioned boss yet, that I wiped up some new artwork Here it is again so you can blow it up to full size if you’d like!


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May 26 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 05-25-2018

Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

Game Development

  • Zombie Children
  • Heraldry Items (cont.)

News Announcements

  • Release 54 Livestream
  • Release 54 on the QA Server
  • Release 54 Dance Party
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Pets & Fur
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Spotlight: Rauchbier Platz
  • Livestream: Westend & Store Housing
  • The 4th Annual Soldier’s Memorial Ball – May 26
  • AERIE Fund – Community Cause – Primal Nature – June 2018
  • Win a $50 Gift Card to RelicsbyRild.com!
  • Project to Support: Sybil
  • Resources: Players Helping Players


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May 19 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 05-18-2018

Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:
Game Development

  • Female Peasant Wearables
  • The Making of Shaminian Hills (cont.)
  • Heraldry Items (cont.)

News Announcements

  • Release 54 on the QA Server
  • NPC Submission Requests: Central Brittany
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Statues
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Livestream: Looking For Group & Heraldry
  • Elaina’s Lost Bow Quest
  • Rauchbier Platz – Virtue, Chaos and Brewing Quests
  • Win a $50 Gift Card to RelicsbyRild.com!
  • Project to Support: Wasteland 3
  • Resources: Players Helping Players


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May 12 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 05-11-2018

Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

  • Lord Baldrith Departs (oh no!!)
  • Game Development
    • New Creatures: Skeleton Plunderers and Unicorns
    • The Making of Shaminian Hills
    • The Making of Upper Tears
    • The Making of Westend (cont.)
    • R52 Livestream Obsidian Order Items (cont.)
    • Heraldry Items (cont.)

    News Announcements

    • R53 Livestream Results, YouTube & Missed Questions
    • NPC Submission Requests: Central Brittany
    • New Trailers: The Path of Virtue and The Path of Anti-Virtue
    • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
    • Weekend Flash Sale: Fireworks
    • Upcoming Events Calendar

    Community Updates

    • Event (Dev Led): Charge of the Dragons
    • Win a $50 Gift Card to RelicsbyRild.com!
    • Project to Support: SOTACON Austin 2018 – VIP Experience Package on sale now!
    • Resources: Players Helping Players


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May 5 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 05-04-2018

Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:
Game Development

  • The Making of Westend
  • R52 Livestream Obsidian Order Items (cont.)
  • Heraldry Items (cont.)

News Announcements

  • Double XP Final Week for Release 53!
  • Store Credits Exchange to Gold Crowns: May 7th
  • >NPC Submission Requests: Central Brittany
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Homes and Lot Deeds
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Community Livestream: Hospitallers & Ambassadors
  • Event (Dev Led): Charge of the Dragons!
  • Event (Community Led): PaxLair’s Campfire Stories Vol II
  • Did You Know: Shroud of the Avatar Has Greenhouses!
  • Recommended Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant
  • Resources: Players Helping Players

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May 3 2018

Xak’s song of Revenge – by Xarras

When I have you at my mercy
will I halt and my avenging hand stay
will I not think that justice an investment that day
mercy or murder just a moment away

you’ve trampled the innocent
you cheat and you lie
why should we spare
you lead others to die

Our weapons are sharpened
our potions are strong
our spells are full power
Our grievances long

Or stop to balance the thought that
you might repent your bad ways,
against the reward on your head
and the thought that it just might
make me feel just a bit better that day.

I would gladly give up the honour and the fame
to see you swiftly on your way
to the limbo that is the pay
for your wicked, wicked, wicked ways

You better not blink
You better be sharp
There’ll be no time to think
Cos in the beat of your heart
I will take it away
Take your skull away
I will take your jaw away
Take your bones away

Or stop to balance the thought
that you might repent your bad ways,
against the reward on your head
and the thought that it just help
make me feel a lot better that day.

With my friends and my guild mates
we’ll dance in a line
rejoicing your demise
time after time after time after time . .


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