The Discovery of Gaaglin Swamp and Gorlognal Academy

A crocodile swims through a swamp.

At the entrance to what the expedition soon learned was called Gaaglin Swamp, they found a pair of mugwumps – brother and sister – arguing vehemently. One was called Phelbin Gorlogg, and he was the chancellor of a mugwump place of learning called the Gorlognal Academy, which had unfortunately been sunk into the swamp recently…

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Prophecies, Dreams, and Earthquakes

Dark clouds cover the sky in the picture, only a tiny strip of bright sky visible.

It is said that prophecy only becomes clear in hindsight, and that for every sentence of foretelling, there are a dozen interpretations. And yet, the peoples of Basin of Life gathered prophecy nonetheless, as one organisation after another were alerted in dreams, intuition, and sensations that something strange was afoot, and that the world itself…

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Of Moss and Machinations

Mossy rocks over which flows a waterfall in multiple streams.

From a torn page covered in flecks of moss, written by Pachidrui Etloo. It all started with a seagull, a nuisance of a bird that I’d rather avoid in the future. Still, it alerted me and later others to the plight that plagued the Toronada Tidal Flats. It seems a new variation of moss had…

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September Extravaganza

A cornucopia sits upon an outdoor table, surrounded by flowers.

During the month of September, you will be able to choose from a veritable cornucopia: present rewards, discounted lessons, and curio packages! All throughout the month, for every 25 credits you purchase, you’ll receive a present as well. Even better is that for the first 100 credits you purchase, you’ll get an additional present for…

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The Tale of Two Great Worms

Underwater, close to the surface.

Winter had released its grasp and spring had broken out in the early days of Kiani when sounds of a heated squabble echoed across the Basin. It would be Qistrel Strongleaf of the Serenwilde Commune who would first stumble upon Pachidrui Etloo, the herbalist newly settled there, being interrogated by none other than Ganine Natharian,…

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Of huskies, and abominations

Hukies in scarves sitting in the snow

In the deep darkness of an Avechary night, a blast of icy wind blew south across the Basin of Life, carrying upon it the howling of dogs and the sounds of battle. The baying of the hounds was enough to catch the attention of many and the search began, with adventurers heading off in all…

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Bored and Looking for Board

A great wave crashes down, two surfers attempt the wave.

One fine Dioni day, Pyrlios, the resident vagabond of the Toronada Tidal Flats declared that conditions were perfect for wave surfing! There was only one problem though. Pyrlios had no surfboard to ride the waves with! No less than nine brave adventurers quickly came to his aid, and in his joy, Pyrlios invited them to…

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Notes and Discussions from the Player Meeting

Hands coming in together in the middle

For those of you who have not been able to participate in the player meeting which took place on July 21st, there is a thorough summary on the forums, curated by Xiran. Please have a look and ask any follow up questions there. In addition, the discussion spawned a number of extra topics that we…

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Pachidrui’s Hunt For New Flora

Two glass mugs seen from above, filled with herbal tea.

A torn page from the journal of one: Pachidrui Etloo One last undertaking, it was to be. The final journey, as I had received word that there was a place in need of an herbalist, and I had grown tired of my home, of the plants and flora that grew there. I had taken to…

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Producer Ride-Along #2

A laptop sits on a desk, an empty notepad lying open next to it.

I would like to invite you all once more to a digital ride-along! It will take place tomorrow and will be hosted on a stage channel on our Discord server (see HELP DISCORD). The ride-along itself will be text-based rather than voice-based. If you are unfamiliar with how stage channels work, the gist of it…

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Serenwilde Attacked

On a cold Roarkian day in the year 654 CE, a roar echoed over the foothills of the Northern Mountains, drawing the attention of those in the forest nearby. Soon, Qistrel, Veara, Huskii, Lendren, and Llani of the Serenwilde all gathered around Adasser and Caedir, two young warriors from the commune who were warily watching…

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Bob’s Summer Special

A wave arcs over itself against a sunset

Trader Bob has once again unveiled to the Basin the forgotten vaults of treasures that he has unearthed over the years! Let’s face it, at his prices, he can afford to go round exploring for treasure. The lost treasures contained within are now available for the bearers of his golden keys, available for purchase on…

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Clandestine Correspondence

The smog-clad city of Magnagora.

Ghalib d’Murani of Magnagora is not what one might call an imposing gentleman, nor one used to drawing attention to himself. There are, after all, many ways to wield power in the Engine of Transformation, and one need not be loud or brutish to be powerful. Subtlety, patience, and resourcefulness are useful tools for the…

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Herbalist Shop

A bounty of herbs on display against a white cloth.

Come Sunday (July 30th), a new shop will be joining the commodity shops at the pilgrim camp. It will sell and buy herbs in the same fashion that Tilibe’s and Voarag’s shops buy and sell commodities. The intention with this shop, as with the others, is to be a last resort rather than the primary…

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June 2023 Artbard Results

A book page with writing in an unknown language

Congratulations to our Artisanal contestants from June! If you’d like to join them for July, make sure you get your submissions in by the end of the month. HELP ARTBARD will explain all about what you can submit, and how to do so. Bardic Contest Winner The Noble by Sapphira Runner-Up The Necromentate by Nemetsk

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The Navigator Returns

Against a darkened sky, a single light searches for the skies.

See… The night sky above Lusternia, dark, and as mysterious as the First World itself. Host to the great movements of the Sun and the Moon. To the dance of quick Eroee and slow Aapek; of Sidiak, Tarox, and Papaxi. To the eternal twinkling of the stars upon the firmanent. Except… not all the stars…

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Mortal Coder Call

A long black tunnel illuminated by artificial light

We have once more opened applications for mortal coders. The position entails working with the game’s coders to resolve bugs and implement minor features. Due to limited resources, we will only be accepting a small number of applicants. This call is open from now until the end of August, but we will be leaving the…

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The plight of Krug Fleshkeeper

Orcs preparing for war in a village.

A storm was brewing one night in mid-Shanthin when distressed shouts and accusations pierced through the otherwise pleasant sound of rainfall. Waykeeper Qistrel Strongleaf and Huskii Myeras of Serenwilde were the first to arrive at the Balach Swamp, where they found Krug Fleshkeeper, the orc butcher of the nearby village of Acknor, wallowing in the…

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Roadmap for Lusternia

State of the Team Before we look at our roadmap, it is important to take a look at the team working on it as that is highly relevant to the entire endeavour. We generally never talk about our team size because that number rarely reflects reality. Our volunteers do the best they can, when they…

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Roadmap and a Meeting

An old open book accompanied by a compass and a candle

Later this week, on Friday (July 21st, 10pm GMT) we will be posting our roadmap for the rest of the year and a general status update on the goings on in Lusternia. We will be tackling topics such as a Year Arc, Ascension, Admin Requests, the various pending coding projects (such as Alliances, Economy, Conflict),…

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