May 1 2018

The Well – Written and narrated by Bubonic

drip.

drip.

drip.

The noise rouses me from my slumber. I open my eyes briefly, spying the shafts of light from the shattered moon cascading in through my window. Still too early… I drift off again, my mind’s eye wandering.

drip

droop

drip.

I roll over, covering my head with my pillow, drowning out the nagging drips.

Ahhhh…. better.

Silence.

I smile to myself, thinking about the barmaid who bought me a drink tonight. I hope she’s there next time.

Sleep comes again, slowly pulling me, spiralling…. welco–

Drip.

My eyes snap open, seemingly of their own accord. That infernal well! Every night, every single night, I can hear it. More times than I can count, I’ve asked him to fix the drip, but he just rolls his eyes. And laughs to himself. Even now, as I lay here in the dark, I can hear his whispers. His condescension. His denials.

I rub my face, exhausted, and taste copper. Looking down at my hand, I can see the red lines in my palm, glinting in the moonlight. At least, I assume they’re red. It’s hard to tell, the moon is so bright, almost blinding. I have to shield my eyes as I walk across the grass.

Vaguely, I realize I’m outside. But why wouldn’t I be?

Drip.

I turn quickly and see it, the darkness bubbling up inside me. The well just stands there in the grass, mocking me, as if its leaky bucket and coarse rope somehow make it better. The rope feels… strong. I like the way it feels when the fibers push into my palm. It makes me feel… alive.

I’m testing it now, judging it. Daring it to be as strong as it thinks it is. Looking closely, I can see the fibers forcing their way into his flesh. The supple and tender neck veins bulge excitedly as I push downward. Its fascinating, really, watching the skin expand and contract with the pulse. Slower, slower… just like falling asleep. So peaceful.

Back outside, I consider the leaky bucket, now lying harmlessly on the grass. Despite myself, I am impressed. I kneel down, gently placing the rope inside the bucket. You were right, I think. You ARE better.

I sigh in relaxation, pulling the covers up to my chin. I cannot help but smile as I think about the bucket and the rope, and how well they did. I feel proud. And I am tired… so tired.

I can feel sleep coming at last. Still smiling, I begin to fall…

Drip.


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May 1 2018

Honor and Sacrifice – by Nick

One of elven blood, one scoundrel with no luck,
A Bard living with Honor, a rogue haunted by Sacrifice.
Where two misfits meet, heated sparks fly,
When the dust settled, their tenacity skied.

They fought the Lich at Ravensmoor,
Piled the corpse in Crags and more.
Cleared the Reapers in Greymark forest,
Finally exhausted in the depths of hilt Fortress.

By a cruel twist of fate they met,
Through it a friendship a bond begat.
Who knows what their future may bring,
From a nested forest their legend begin…..

The story of Honor and her Sacrifice.


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May 1 2018

Darkest of Days Darkest of Nights – by Royou

Dark is the night, dark is the day,
This dark path leads far and away,
Travel it I must, and fear it I must not,
Whatever lurks will surely drop,
By my trusty axe, embedded in its skull,
Victory through Valour,
Strength through Courage,
Sacrifice my Virtues I will not,
But my blood and sweat, I shall freely give.
This day will be mine, you can have the night,
By the end of the day, our triumphs they will shout,
From the highest of steeples,
Come ye oh come ye, from far and wide,
Come see the Champions of Britannia’s Pride,
Fear not the dark of day or night,
For the Avatar hath returned,
Bringing the Light.


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May 1 2018

Reaper – by Duke Greagoir

Reaper, Reaper, where are you?
I have some nice fire to show you.
Crafted this arrow because of you,
Need to show you as soon as I find you.

Reaper, Reaper, don’t hide.
Everything is more scared than you.
Forest dwellers don’t attack,
because they know the strength inside of you.

Reaper, Reaper, I found you.
Sitting all dormant thinking if I don’t see him or her.
They won’t see me too.
But we do see you with no leaves out.

As may as I might, as good as a fight.
Reaper, Reaper, I bested you – finally.


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May 1 2018

Arachnophilia – by Womby

The battle had ended
and that’s when I spied her –
surrounded by dead,
a magnificent spider.

There we were, the spider and I.
Facing each other. Eye to eye.
Corpses of people and spiders all ’round…
all but us dead, and nary a sound.

As we studied each other with cautious respect
I lowered my weapon, for I could detect
a sad, lonely tear in one of her eyes –
and what happened next came as quite a surprise.

She lifted a leg, and placed it on me
then beckoned I follow her under a tree.
It was there we discovered a passion so great
that the spider and I decided to mate.

Our 500 children now wander the land –
a sight so inspiring, moving and grand.
Some have two legs, and others have eight
but all think the taste of humans is great.

 


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May 1 2018

Firelight – by Bow Vale

When the sky is orange after it has been bright
If I’m lucky I rest with a crackle of sound
Else its back in the box and wearing a frown
My chest as my pillow, my posture not great
Still alert through haze and familiar sounds
I guard the entrance to where my mate can be found
In a warmth that dies off as the hours get spent
I dream of the day and what it all meant

The dark , the undead, hordes of undead
A white beast, half my great size
But with teeth, twice of mine
Unmatched and unequalled when we fight as one
No abomination of nature shall ever overcome

We battle its legions and then itself
With tooth and claw and fire and light
We fight for reward with obvious delight
A prize of meat for I, strange scratchings on hide for they
This continues for what seems a never ending day

A noise, not a crackle or a creak of a board
Causes awaken from slumber, ready to fight
A sniff of the air lends a clue
Mystery solved, with a shout of…No more rabbit for you!

When the sky is orange before it is bright, I can…..usually….. be found by the firelight


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April 27 2018

Echoes From the Caverns 04-27-18

Hello Everyone! Hope you are Enjoying Release 53!

Game Development

  • Play Release 53 Now!
  • R52 Livestream Obsidian Items

News Announcements

  • Double XP for Week 1 of Release 53!
  • R53 Livestream – May 4, 2018 (Spring Themed!)
  • Crown Items Added to Add On Store
  • Store Credits Exchange to Gold Crowns: May 7th
  • R53 QA Testing Incentive, QA Stress Test and Lot Deed Winners
  • NPC Submission Requests: Central Brittany
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Spotlight: Ordinis Mortis’ Gallery of Fine Art
  • Community Livestreams & Calendar
  • Event: Bahamut’s Royal Battle
  • Did You Know: Shroud of the Avatar Features In-game Radio?
  • Recommended Project to Support: Crowfall
  • Resources: Players Helping Players


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April 20 2018

Echoes From the Caverns 04-20-18

Hello Everyone! Hope you are enjoying the game!

Game Development

  • Heraldry Items (cont.)
  • Decoration Loot
  • The Making of Penmawr Island (cont.)
  • The Making of Tenebris Harbor (cont.)

News Announcements

  • Release 53 on the QA Server
  • Stress Test on QA Server Mon Apr 23 = Double XP if Successful!
  • Store Credits Exchange to Gold Crowns: May 7th
  • R53 Dance Party Apr 27: Double Feature 2-4 & 6-8 PM CDT
  • Stream with Us! New Livestreamer Program & Calendar
  • Lot Deed Monthly Raffle Returns
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Free Trial: Choose Any Path
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Starry Eyes
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Screenshot Contest – Winners Announced!
  • Spotlight: Aelasar’s Forest – Player Town
  • Livestream: The Sounds of Music
  • Event: Diamond Fields Bunny Hunt – Weekends Through R52
  • Did You Know: Shroud of the Avatar has Tailoring and Carpentry Skills?
  • Recommended Project to Support: Denis Loubet Patreon
  • Resources: Players Helping Players


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April 14 2018

Echoes From the Caverns 04-13-18

Hello Everyone! Hope you are enjoying the game!

Game Development

  • Worn Armor
  • Monthly Livestream: R51 Rewards: Darkstarr Themed (cont.)
  • The Making of Eastmarch (cont.)
  • The Making of Penmawr Island (cont.)
  • The Making of Tenebris Harbor (cont.)

News Announcements

  • Monthly Livestream: Release 52 Missed Questions & YouTube
  • Store Credits Exchange to Gold Crowns: May 7th
  • Launch Promotion: Full Add On Store for Rest of April
  • Stream with Us! New Livestreamer Program & Calendar
  • Lot Deed Monthly Raffle Returns
  • NPC Submission Requests: Brittany Wharfs and Northwood
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Free Trial: Choose Any Path
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Elven Armor & More!
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Spotlight: Ordinis Mortis – Player Town
  • Event: EVL’s ‘The Gauntlet’ Returns
  • Screenshot Contest – Final Weekend!
  • Did You Know: Shroud of the Avatar has a Complete Book System!
  • Recommended Project to Support: SOTACON 2018
  • Resources: Players Helping Players


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April 13 2018

Black Rose Chronicles 2 – by Belladonna Rose – narrated by Asclepius

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

 

After what seemed like hours she opened her eyes and looked about at the strange surroundings. At first she thought it was just a dream. Seeing all that she had before it was obvious to her that it was not a dream. More so a nightmare. Leaning up on her elbows to survey the area again she saw a hooded figure standing off a ways. A hand raised from the figure beckoning for her to approach. Standing slowly she realized that she was not actually walking. But floating barely off the ground. Strange that she should be doing so and when she looked down at the ground she saw nothing but a smoky image of feet.
What was going on? This is not right. Am I Dead?
The hooded figure took a step forward and reached out a pale hand.
“Fear not Avatar. You are not dead. You are merely in a different state of being for a time. Once
I explain you will materialize as you were before and you will then be able to continue on your journey.”
Looking at the hooded figure again she realize that it was a woman. Small in stature. Pale with bright eyes. She could not tell the color as they changed like a kaleidoscope. Swirling and swirling. It was almost mesmerizing. She reached out to the figure and took her hand. Feeling a warmth in that hand that she had never felt before. Or at least had no memory of it. It was comforting and soothing toher soul. Soul. What about the body. Her body was gone. Shaking her head, she felt as if she were going to drift back to the darkness again.

“Hold tight Avatar. Do not slip away from me. I have much to tell you. Much to explain why you are here. Do not falter or fear me. I am not here to harm you but to guide you.”
Again the warmth filled her again and she calmed. Patiently waiting for the woman to tell her what was happening to her. Maybe she knows what happened to her crew as well. She stood before the woman and looked again into those eyes.
“You have been brought here from your world Avatar to help rid our lands of the evil that has besieged us. We alone are not able to defeat such powers. So, we have brought forth others from other worlds and lands to help aide us in our task. If we lose this fight we might very well lose all that we know and love.”
Looking at the woman she tried to find her voice. But no words came from her lips. She was mute and unable to ask any questions. The woman smiled and nodded. “You can ask questions of me. But use your mind. Do not try to speak. I will understand all that you ask “
Struggling she tried to open her mind and form her words there. Easier said than done. She was so used to muttering things to herself. Try again she reached into her mind to find the words. Finally. There. Yes. I can speak to her.
“Where am I? Where is my ship and crew? Why have I been brought here?” Strangely looking at the woman. “Who are you?”
Smiling softly again the woman leaned forward. “You are in Novia. The New Britania. Your ship is but lost I am afraid. But your people are within the realm of Novia. Each one has passed by here just as you have. As I said before. You were brought here to help aide us. The prophecy speaks of an Avatar that will come from another land and time and help us defeat the great Evil.”
Waving her hands up in the air she smiles again and an aura surrounds her.
“I am Arabella. Your guide.”
Looking at the Lady Arabella she swayed a bit. Thinking this cannot be happening. But here she stands in a strange new world and decides to listen to what this woman tells her. It is here she will learn her new found destiny.
“We have been taught to expect one from another world. One distant from our own both in time and space. The world of Earth, of Lord British. Yes, he is here and hopes to meet you one day on your travels. He will be kept informed of your progress or your demise. He told me to relay to you that you have a mighty task ahead of you. For all that he holds true….the Three Virtues have been forsaken here. It is a task for you traveller to choose a path. Although throughout your journeys all three will cross each other.”
Blinking as she absorbed this information she could only nod her head. This was really happening.
And her friends are here doing the same as she is being instructed. She will do anything as long as she can find her crew, and Jack.
Arabella continued to explain the three paths that must be followed.
“There are three paths to follow. Truth, Courage and Love. It will be up to you to decide which you want to start with. But remember as I said all three will intersect at one time. At that time, you will then be forced to confront the hidden ruler of this world and destroy that ruler.”
Blinking again she just stared at Arabella. How is she supposed to defeat such an entity. There must be some mistake. But remembering deep in the recesses of her mind she knows from the past that Lord British would not manouver her to this world if he didn’t feel she would succeed.
“Here now you must follow the pathway down to the Mirror and you will be restored to your former self. Then go up the path to the building atop the hill. Inside is an entity that will ask you which path you choose. Once you answer she will direct you to your destiny. Go now Avatar and begin your quest.”
Slowly she floated down the pathway and near the pool of water where she first awoke was a huge shimmering mirror. She walked to the mirror and gazed into it. At first her reflection was that of a ghost. But slowly she saw her face coming into focus. Face, hair, clothes. She was whole again.


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