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June 2018 Newsletter

Strange Storms Hit Basin of Life Strange Storm Alert! Something odd is afoot! The skies over Lusternia crackle with blue lightning. The stars struggle. Strange shapes and images shift in and out of view. Once a Lusternian day, rains of bouncing balls are falling out of the skies and bounding across the lands! A strange gnome has appeared who is purchasing these odd balls for cold, hard gold. Participate in the quest and receive a free present! For details, read more. Warrior Renovations After weeks of development and testing, warriors have undergone a big renovation, with a number of skills ...
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Strange Storm Alert!

Something odd is afoot! The skies over Lusternia crackle with blue lightning. The stars struggle. Strange shapes and images shift in and out of view. Once a Lusternian day, rains of bouncing balls are falling out of the skies and bounding across the lands! At the same time, a mysterious gnome in dark spectacles has taken up residence on Avechna's Peak outside of the Aetherplex. He claims to be collecting these odd bouncing balls and offers gold in exchange! In the month of June, there will be a daily quest to collect six balls for the gnome, and doing the ...
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The Mists of Serenwilde

A brilliant flash and massive crashing heralded a massive opening in the sky, and from it a comet of tenebrous mist fell to the Serenwilde forest. Those first to the scene were quick to find within the Centaur Hills an odd, dancing wisp of black mist with a flame within. After interacting with it, those of the Verdant Land seemed to realise it responded to their actions almost curiously, perhaps cautiously, but were quick to scare it off with a burst of fireworks. Soon thereafter, the true presence behind this commotion made his presence known however. A being who made ...
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Warrior Renovations

After weeks of development and testing, warriors have undergone a big renovation, with a number of skills updated and several new skills implemented. The primary focus of these changes was to give warriors more options and efficacy in group combat. Below is a list of the main updates. General Base damage has been increased Power moves boost damage by 25%, in addition to bypassing parry and double wounds. Athletics Taunt (new skill) - Taunt your enemies to attack you. Puissance (updated) - Allows modifiers to be used with one wounding level lower than normal. Blademaster Impede (new skill) - Prevent ...
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Magnagora and New Celest Artwork

We commissioned some concept art for two of the original cities in Lusternia. First up is Magnagora, where the artist captured the dark, polluted, urban cityscape centered around the Megalith of Doom, seen rising through the tainted air in the background. For Celest, spiral shell towers frame the sea-inspired architecture in soft blues, whites and golds, and the Pool of Stars is seen on the side shooting a stream of Light towards the heavens. We are very pleased with these pieces and have already put them to good use on the website. The reveals were released on Twitter through a ...
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April 2018 Newsletter

Ascension of Deichtine Ysav'rai The Ascension That Failed When Avechna called the Final Ascension Challenge forth, the High Prophet Ghani n'Rotri swooped in and stole the Staff of Ascension for himself, and began to ascend as an Avatar of Kethuru. This had been Ghani n'Rotri's plan all along - his destiny as was writ in the Verses of Magnora - as his repeated efforts to gather power and spread chaos throughout the First World during the last several years were to build an Orrery upon the silent astrosphere of Ophiuchius. The Ascension had failed and it was up to the ...
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Ascension of Deichtine

Verses of Magnora, MXXXIV: "Within the serpent's habitat shall mortals step before he dies" And so they did; but not without a Trial. When Avechna called the Final Ascension Challenge forth, the High Prophet Ghani n'Rotri swooped in and stole the Staff of Ascension for himself, and began to ascend as an Avatar of Kethuru. This had been Ghani n'Rotri's plan all along - his destiny as was writ in the Verses of Magnora - as his repeated efforts to gather power and spread chaos throughout the First World during the last several years were to build an Orrery upon ...
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January 2018 Newsletter

Year in Review; Ascension 2018 Year in Review 2017 Each year, the Producer of Lusternia looks back on the prior year, reviewing past events, including the Saga of Ghani which spanned almost the entire year, new areas and quests, and the retirement of a Lusternia founder. Also, a major project is announced going  forward into the new year, read more. Ascension 2018 When the High Prophet Ghani n'Rotri was corrupted during the Taint Wars just before the Fall of the Holy Celestine Empire, he was captured and held in a dimensional prison by the Illuminati of Gaudiguch. For centuries, he ...
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Ascension Events 2018

When the High Prophet Ghani n'Rotri was corrupted during the Taint Wars just before the Fall of the Holy Celestine Empire, he was captured and held in a dimensional prison by the Illuminati of Gaudiguch. For centuries, he was maintained there by the immortal guardians of the prison, but then finally escaped. Using his powers of prophesy, he manipulated events twisted fate for his dark purposes. Events culminated in the return of the Dread Lord of Contagion and eventual weakening of the Nine Seals that hold the Soulless Gods. As stated in the histories under Coming of Estarra, when the ...
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Lusternia Year in Review: 2017

I've been thinking back to when Lusternia was just a glimmer in my eye in early 2002. At that time, I was a volunteer admin in Achaea and loved creating stories and running events and designing and building areas and quests. When the offer to create my own MUD presented itself, I knew I did not have a strong enough technical background to pull it off. However, I had often partnered with a volunteer coder and together we designed and implemented new skillsets and other under-the-hood projects. The coder taught me how to code and gave me the confidence to ...
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Advent of the Solstice Court

'Twas the season of Solstice drawing us near, once again feeling the thrill and warmth in the hearts of the young and old to celebrate the inherent festive merriment and generosity found within. We were pulled strongly towards the bright lights of the holiday that shone brilliantly to our eyes. Our arrival was heralded by the icy chill we brought, its wintry breeze bringing with it a specialty of our own... Perfect with its many glistening facets, each cut distinctly like a masterfully sheared fabric by an expert tailor's hand, our magically blessed snowflakes were set drift. Swirling and dancing ...
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The Final Revelation: Son of Steel and Gold

Each legacy is more than just a story;united all beginnings open doors -we embrace Fate and die for our own glory,as ages fade, but Promises endure. Alakar i'Xiia was uncertain which of his ancestors had agreed to this nonsense, but he didn't have time for it. A Verse of Magnora? Really? What did they take him for, an adventurer? It was tedious in the extreme. Nonetheless, a promise was a promise, and he was not about to risk besmirching his house's name by sweeping it under the rug. As it transpired, it was not quite as purposeless as he had ...
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Apocalypse Has Come to Call

As much of the Basin slept, the Chaos Seal weakened. More were on the cusp of fading as Lief Myeras-Silvermoon made a valiant attempt to close portals and fight back the beasts - but after much of her toil she was overcome by the madness of the Soulless too much to continue. She ceased, only half the portals closed - and the creatures made it through to weaken the Justice and Beauty Seals without further contest. Soon, Remmiel Strongleaf returned to defend them, accompanied by Romaan D'Varden of New Celest. They too made an attempt to beat the portals back, ...
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Watchers Wake to Fight the Fears

Safely ensconced in the Tosha Monastery, Constance Walker was not idle. She had assured her allies in Serenwilde that they could work on curing Elsa without needing to return to Duum, a message that had been passed through the commune's alliance to reach Tekora Windwhisper. Ably assisted by the more knowledgable Avalni D'Varden, they began working on a cure. Eventually they spoke to those of Glomdoring, who remained vigilant over the wellbeing of the two members of the Humanistic League. It was Xenthos An'Ryshe who eventually completed their collective quest to cure Elsa Fallows, returning her and her books to ...
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Renounce Ascent or Face Demise

Wanda Murkle was under no illusions that she was the sort of person people liked. But then, she didn't have much of an interest in being liked. There would be rapture, and He would come and consume them all, and all would be as it ought to be. That was enough. If people thought her mad, or cruel, or wicked, that was besides the point. Nonetheless, the Humanistic League were beginning to grate upon her. Not the young girl, Elsa - no, she was a useful tool. So malleable, for a clever little girl. So open to new experiences. To ...
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