July 9 2020

June 2020 Artbard Winners

Congratulations to our Artisanal and Bardic winners from June! If you want to join them for July, make sure you make your submissions by the end of this month. HELP ARTBARD explains exactly how to submit. A reminder to please make sure you follow the instructions carefully, especially regarding the formatting of your descriptions. Bardic Contest Winner Ethna's Enjoy the Hunt in Silent Thought Runner-Up Ayisdra's Puns and Why They are Counter Productive to Productive Processes Artisanal Contest Winner Kyalrhin's Dragon Turtles Runner-Up Gurashi's 'It is Okay We Love You You Are Beloved' Merit Esei's Elfenehoala 2 and Lendren's Pride ...
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July 1 2020

July Curio Bonanza!

All through this month, you are able to buy past curio packages from the website - but not just the ones we've sold there before. We have released a number of curio packages that were previously only available in limited edition promotions, including race curios (for the sileni and nagasith races) and every kind of trade curio. The keen-eyed may note that the genie and marionette packages are not yet there - don't fret, they will be added very soon. We will let you know via the announce newsboards and on social media once they've been added. And this month, ...
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June 28 2020

Challenge of Beauty

With draconic imagery fresh in their minds, the artists and creative visionaries of the Basin put their minds to the Trail of Beauty. The challenge was clear: craft an item capturing the essence of the Basin's most recent legendary visitors. Only in this manner could the one worthy of the Medallion of Beauty be found. Amazing creations both large and small have been crafted and sent forth for judging. The process was neither simple nor swift for many an amazing design have been submitted. In the end, it was the design of Coraline Myeras of Gaudiguch that won - a ...
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June 28 2020

Challenge of War

There are those among warriors and poets alike who claim that the silence before a great battle is among the most delicate, yet powerful, forces that may exist. It was this silence that was broken by the arrival of Avechna the Avenger, offering the chance to mortals throughout the Basin of Life the chance to register a team of combatants for the Challenge of War. Ten would arise to stand strong and represent all corners of the Basin of Life, with harsh battles fought throughout. Among them Team Mutilation (comprised of Melech, Ixion, and Ruiku) would go undefeated for nearly ...
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June 27 2020

Challenge of Death

Some say that a bloody moon rising will be a harbinger of death. Yet the Challenge of Death would bear no such ill omen, as mortals spread throughout the Basin in an effort to further attune themselves to the Domotheos of Death through grizzly murder and brutal combat. The Wyrden Forest of Glomdoring would prove themselves to be a powerful contestant for this Trial, with Evette holding the lead throughout the vast majority of the Trial and Jaspet, and Kaizynne, close behind ready to pick up where she left off. Yet in the last ten bloody minutes of the Challenge, ...
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June 25 2020

In a World of Sugar Saturation

On the 11th of Vestian, in the year 563, a ruckus in the City of Gaudiguch was swiftly answered by Mboagn Lunarose, who confronted the disturbance in the form of a perturbed aslaran called Kariv Stoneclaw. He was, according to his own account, a gardener from within the Palace of Pleasure tasked with obtaining a flower the likes of which the Basin had never seen before, despite his own admitted inexperience with wandering the lands outside his home of Gaudiguch. His ill-content grumblings drew even more of a crowd, and, whether through a true desire to help or bemusement at ...
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June 21 2020

Challenge of Knowledge

Following upon the Seal of Life, the challenge of the Seal of Knowledge gathered adventurers from all across the Basin to test their knowledge of many different topics. Though Qoivhae and Azula of New Celest held an early lead, they were overtaken by Afrit of Gaudiguch, who managed to maintain the narrowest of leads over Uzriel of Magnagora, until overset by a single letter, leaving Uzriel d'Vanecu of Magnagora to cling to the lead by the narrowest of margins, until achieving victory by three points. Jolanthe Myeras, Sealbearer of Harmony demonstrated her affinity for knowledge as well, and would have ...
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June 20 2020

Challenge of Life

After proving their mettle in the challenge of the Seal of Nature, a far different challenge was presented with the Seal of Life: adventurers were tasked with the healing of diseased furrikin across the Basin of Life, searching far and wide for their sick patients in need of curing. Though many furrikin possessed the same ailments, their symptoms sometimes manifested differently, proving an initial challenge for even the most seasoned veteran to heal. As many took part in the event, a heated rivalry began between Thalkros and Ciaran as they both vied for first place. Each seized a firm lead ...
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June 14 2020

Challenge of Nature

Following the quick-witted challenge of the Seal of Harmony, explorers from around the Basin gathered atop Avechna's Peak to undertake the challenge of the Seal of Nature: a far-afield scavenger hunt across the Basin of Life for all manner of climes. The power of Nature manifested to this generation as a series of coveted dragon's-eye emeralds, and the challengers swiftly departed with their newfound treasure to put it to use. Though slow to begin, two competitors in Aramel and Dys quickly distanced themselves from the bulk of the other scouts. Their paths took them from mountain heights to subterranean rivers, ...
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June 14 2020

May 2020 Artbard Results

Congratulations to our Artisanal and Bardic winners for May! Our apologies for the delay in getting your results to you. This was an incredibly close month, with very little between the winners and runners up in the judging. If you want to join them and make the judges' jobs even harder, make sure you read HELP ARTBARDS and submit by the end of the month. Bardic Contest Winner Coraline’s One Law; Five Freedoms Runner-Up Ayisdra's The Deaging Merit Alexandria's The Adventures of Elaesree Shevat and the Hooded Lucidian Artisanal Contest Winner Gurashi's Unyielding Memory Runner-Up Kyalrhin's Reference for Guild Beasts: Crows ...
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June 13 2020

Challenge of Harmony

Six months following the conclusion of the Trial of Justice, the citizens of the Basin once more gathered to see who would claim the Seal of Harmony. Twenty-five orators traveled the length and breadth Lusternia to spread their influence to as many denizens as they could in one hour. From the very beginning, Jolanthe Myeras of the Serenwilde and Thalkros n'Lochli of Magnagora tore away from the pack, constantly trading places in the rankings and seemingly ensuring that the Seal would go to one of them. Yet out of nowhere, Kalas Malarious of Gaudiguch rocketed through the rankings and snatched ...
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June 8 2020

A Meteoric Return

Shooting stars flew over the Basin of Life as a meteor shower manifested above Avechna's Peak. The strange event captured the imagination of the bards of Lusternia, as well as the generosity of scholars and the curiosity of the pilgrims, who gathered the meteors from where they fell about the mountainside. Several mortals across all nations persuaded these wanderes to share the starry meteors they had gathered, but one star burned brighter than all the others as it descended from the skies above to land in Mornhai Sanctuary. It was Misericorde Coldwater of New Celest who discovered the massive meteor ...
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June 8 2020

Inclusivity and Prejudice in Lusternia

Following on from Matt and Jeremy's statement regarding IRE's solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, I want to take a moment to talk to you about how we in Lusternia are taking action to address not only systemic racism within Lusternia, but other institutions of prejudice that have over the years grown within our world like weeds. There is a time and a place for all stories. Stories allow us insight into another person's experience. They allow us to come to understand one another better, even if we can never do so fully. As such, it is imperative that ...
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June 7 2020

Black Lives Matter

Over the last week, millions of people have protested the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others. Citizens of the United States and other countries are demanding justice and equity. We’re seeing a movement for change that hasn’t been seen in our lifetimes, and it’s long overdue. First, we stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. We stand against racism. We stand against police brutality. We stand against systemic injustice. That said, what are a bunch of words from our little company going to do in the grand scheme? Not much. Real change doesn’t come from making posts ...
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June 7 2020

Challenge of Justice

Short off the heels of the Seal of Chaos being claimed, the time for the Trial of Justice emerged. No less than 26 competitors emerged to vie in the Trial, yet only one could emerge victorious. Strong contenders presented themselves throughout, but it was Aramel Shevat of Hallifax who would emerge triumphant in the first bracket and take the first position within the finals. Yet despite falling to Tarken in the fourth round, Choros Shevat of Hallifax would begin to stride through the second, loser's bracket: facing incredibly fierce competition in Jaspet of Glomdoring, Ciaran Pavok of New Celest, and ...
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