Challenge of War

An army marches forward in black and white, the front few soldiers clear in their platemail, the rearguard naught but silhouettes.

The Trial of War met the early days of Dioni, finding only four teams willing to brave the Avenger’s promised tourney. Though much more traditional than the last occurrence of the Ascension Trials, the bouts proved no less intimidating, skilful, or entertaining for the fact. The Hallifaxian team (consisting of Calioliahali, Fillirriqili, and Qillilitli) and…

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Challenge of Justice

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Thirteen challengers gathered in the Cave of Justice to declare their desire to participate in the Challenge of Justice. The debates that ensued were well-researched and passionate, and rarely short. Shango D’Cente rose in the rankings quickly, winning the debate with almost every opponent he faced. His only loss was to Kalas Ruiku but he…

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August 2021 Artbard Results

Artisanal entry by Esei titled Stare, showing Esei staring

Congratulations to our Artisanal and Bardic winners from August! If you’d like to join them for September, 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 Xiran’s A Listener’s Initiation Runner-Up Coraline’s Avechary…

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Klangratch Exercises

A battlefield with sword-wielding warriors

As Avechna has announced the Klangratch Exercises (Public Post #1909), we’d like to give you a bit more info on this event. Driven in part by reports that there were lag spikes during Chaos, but also a general desire to do some extra testing before the Final Ascension, we would like to field test a…

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September Wheel Spins

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For the month of September, we have Iron Coins available to purchase from the website! You can spin these coins at the Wheel of Tzaraziko found at the Cave of Chaos. Additionally, everyone will get one free spin per day by using SPIN WHEEL FREE! Check out HELP IRON COINS for more information. IMPORTANT NOTE:…

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A Lost Friend

Cavern with a lake

A psionic bleed of emotions overflowed into the minds of users of telepathy and those of the kepheran race: glimpses of a worker going about her chores, tinged with an overwhelming feeling of loss and fear. The visions culminated in the location of Sahma, a young kephera from the Neferti Fungus Gardens, whose tears flowed…

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Challenge of Chaos

The month of Urlachmar was chaotic indeed, as the Avenger rose into thefirmament to issue the Trial of Chaos to all mortals. The challenge,known to many, is a hamster hunt; but rather than simply collecting thefurry rodents that proliferate across the known world, the truer trialis to keep one’s grip tight around the Purple Hamster…

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Challenge of Nature

The September 2019 Artisanal winner, by Esei

In Estar, the Avenger awoke to call all of Lusternia to the Challenge of Nature, the third trial for the ultimate prize of Ascension. Mortals from across the cities and communes ascended the mountain known as Avechna’s Peak to see if they knew the lands best, hoping to take the title of Sealbearer of Nature.…

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Challenge of Knowledge

A pile of old books with the top one left open.

In Tzarin did the Avenger rouse mortalkind, for it was the Trial of Knowledge that was now at hand. Bearing the honour of Inquisitor, Avechna began to ask questions of ancient and modern histories to all who dared to become the Sealbearer of Knowledge. 20 questions were asked overall, and in the beginning it appeared…

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The Binding of the Lady of the Lagoons

Underwater, close to the surface.

The only ingredient that Li-varili still needed for Her Curse was a broken song. She summoned to Her side Her loyal nereids Oinone, Iaira, and Klaia, who had all helped Her Bloodtide Coven perform this ritual, then coldly asked for Her mortals to determine which nereid should be sacrificed to complete the curse. Each nereid…

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Before the Mirror of Distorted Visions

A mirror in an ornate frame against a black background, within the mirror a skull made of smoke lingers.

In the wake of Kibirio’s death, Captain Teyitha Contelli was understandably devastated. She mourned, she raged, she drank. Eventually, her drunken cries rang through the Basin of Life, attracting many concerned people to Triple Junction Inn. They watched with alarm as the taurian pirate downed drink after drink, crying out about Li-varili’s inevitable betrayal —…

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The Curse of the Sunken Heart

A cauldron filled with pale blue smoke sits amidst other accoutrements of witchcraft, shrouded in blue and green light.

Li-varili returned to a world much changed from the one She had left behind. The Enchantress had shared with Her all that had transpired since Her repose in Daeiv ma’Mornhai, culminating in the retrieval of the Sea Spirit and her subsequent return to slumber. Enraged by the betrayal of the Elder Gods in taking Her…

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Challenge of Death

A battlefield with sword-wielding warriors

On 24 Avechary did Avechna’s mighty voice resound through the heavens once more, decreeing that Death should once more fall across the land in an effort to repair the Domothean Seals. On 25 Avechary did He release His vigil over the land to all those who would partake in the slaughter, beginning the Trial of…

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Ascension Times

A picture of a pocketwatch on several old hardback books.

Please keep in mind that the times listed below are in GMT, in accordance with the Lusternia time and date as seen on TIME. While these event times are not perfect for everyone across the globe, we have tried to include as much variety as we could to account for various timezone scenarios. We hope…

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Summertime Skins II

A beach seen from above, clear waters, starfish on the sand

As mentioned in Announce #1350, we are releasing the final round of summertime skins mid-month. Check out ASHOP LIST KEYWORD SUMMERTIME for the expanded list and please remember they will only be available until the end of August (but will return next August). While adding those in, we also made artifact pipes (like 561) skins…

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Escape Amongst Sunblasted Ripples

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It was in Tzarin of Year 596 that strange, delirious visions appeared before the Basin of Life. Ones that warped Creation in sunblasted hues and slowly progressed into a loud blast, releasing mirific golden ripples throughout the Skarch Desert and Mount Zoaka. As adventurers rushed to investigate, they found a wavering tear hovering upon the…

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And So the Heavens Sang the Sea to Sleep

Mist-wreathed lake surrounded trees

The Sea Spirit had been rescued from the illithoids’ lair, and returned to Carakhan’s waiting arms. Like a startled child, the spirit began to calm as the Goddess sang to Her with the soft, rolling music of lapping waves: the melody one that She had once sung with Keltari, thousands of years ago. The storms of the Basin of Life seemed to shift in response to Sister Sea’s drowsiness, the clouds thinning and the rains beginning to shift to drowsy mist.

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The Pursuit of Your Heart’s Desire: The Search for Sister Sea

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While Li-varili was tended by Lantra within Daeiv ma’Mornhai, the other Elders of the Basin of Life busied Themselves with the search of the missing Sea Spirit. Of those who searched, none worked more tirelessly to find Sister Sea than Carakhan, the Sculptor of Waves, whose fondness for the young being seemed to rival that of the slumbering Lady of the Lagoons. For like Li-varili, the Sculptor too had been present for the Sea’s first failed Awakening as Keltari’s mate, and Her own artistry was lovingly made manifest across the Sea’s vast waves of Lusternia.

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In the Eye of the Storm

A dark storm gathers over a body of water

As the Goddess Li-varili slumbered upon the healing mound, the Basin of Life was paying the price of the Sea Spirit’s troubled Awakening. Toronada Tidal Flats remained flooded and the highways encircling the Basin were transporting more water and deep-sea monstrosities than goods or adventurers. The seas roiled with unprecedented storms, making maritime travel impossible,…

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