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Storytime with Notsgnal
“Wet” did not do justice to the state we were in. Soaked, maybe. Drenched. I could’ve drowned a moglin in my boots. Not that I would, that’s sick. It was miserable. The only thing that gave me the slightest comfort was knowing that the other members of my party were suffering just as much as me.
When the orange firelight of the inn came into view through the rain and the fog, I felt like cheering. All four of us trudged into the stables to change, because no self-respecting innkeeper would let us within spitting distance of the hearth, sodden and filthy as we were.
We took off our armor, donned our plainclothes, and sprinted through the doors to avoid the rain as much as possible. Deidrick paid for our stay and the rest of us ordered food. We sat down gratefully in front of the hearth. I looked around. The place was pretty much empty, except for us and a hooded man, face barely visible, dressed almost exclusively in rags sitting in the corner, far away from the fire. As we acclimated to our surroundings, the rest of the party took notice of him. I turned to Hawthorne.
“What’s up with him?” I said. “He looks awful.”
“I don’t know, dude. I passed by him on the way to check out our rooms. He smells bad. Like, really, really bad.”
“Like cheese and feet bad?”
“No, man. Worse.”
We whispered amongst ourselves. Trist was worried about him. She wanted to ask if he was okay, we could tell. But before she could say anything, Deidrick spoke up, with his loud, booming voice.
“I want a story.”
He looked us over. We didn’t say anything. It can be dangerous to upset Deidrick. He turned his gaze on the man in the corner.
“You! Over here. Now. Tell us a story.”
Trist looked angry, but Hawthorne put a hand on her shoulder, and shook his head. Just because we’re mercenaries doesn’t mean we don’t have common courtesy. But Deidrick gets us the jobs, and Deidrick pays for our meals, so Deidrick gets what he wants. The man in the corner got up unsteadily and shambled his way towards us. When he spoke, his words came out in a choking rasp.
“Aye, I got a story fer ya, yes I do. Settle yerself, big man, and listen in close now.”
I barely managed to stifle a cough as he came closer. Hawthorne was right. The man smelled truly putrid. He leaned in close to me, and it was all I could do to stop myself from gagging.
“You,” said the man. “He used to look just like you. And if that fool boy o’ mine had never ventured near that crypt, he’d be about your age now, I’d say.”
We never had much, see? Barely had enough for the farm and the clothes on our backs. There ain’t much for a poor farmer’s boy out there in the world. Surely you know that. That’s why ya became mercenaries, I’m bettin’. That’s what my son tried to do, anyhow. Any company he tried to join rejected him, of course. What sorta mercenary company would take a boy who can’t even afford a proper sword? So he came back. Had a fire in his belly, he did. Said he had to prove himself. Next morning, I found his bed empty. He was gone, headed to the one place that was sure to get him killed. I put the saddle on my mule, and rode him near to death tryin’ to catch up to the boy. After a day’s worth of riding, I found him. There he was, at the entrance. Frankly speakin’, it was a miracle he even got there in one piece. Everyone who’s got an ounce a’ sense in their heads knows that no one who enters Grimskull’s Crypt leaves alive.
I told him this. I shouted at him, begged him, pleaded with him, told him that this wasn’t what his mother would’ve wanted. He turned around at the door, nothin’ but the rags on his back and a pitchfork that he was usin’ like a polearm. He was scared. He started to walk back towards me, started to call out to me. And that’s when the door opened. That’s when the laughter began. It came outta the darkness and took my boy. I went in after it for hours, days maybe, but I couldn’t find my son, or the strange beast that stole him away.
We were all silent when the man finished. There was nothing but the sound of the fire, and even that seemed like a hollow, insufficient thing. A little bit of life seemed to be taken out of Deidrick.
“There’s yer story, big man.” Said the man. “Happy now?”
Deidrick shook his head, slowly. The man walked away from us, and I alone watched him go. There are still nights when I wish that I had just stared into the fire like my companions. He turned back to look at me, and the firelight showed me his face underneath his hood.
It was drawn over his bones as though it was removed, dried, and put back on again. As he turned more towards the light, I could see that he had just one eye. There was only a concave, fleshy area where the other one should’ve been. I could see maggots writhing in the empty socket, tunneling deeper into his flesh to escape the light of the hearth. He smiled at me with rotted teeth, and I looked away in horror. The man’s story was racing through my mind.
Everyone who’s got an ounce a’ sense in their heads knows that no one who enters Grimskull’s Crypt leaves alive.
When I looked back, he was gone.
Tags: Notsgnal GrimSkull Story
Play on Tuesday!
Featured Artist Showcase Shop
It’s Tuesday! You and 30,000 of our closest friends know what that means: time for another Featured Artist Showcase Shop!
Every Tuesday, your favorite online adventure game features a certain artist as they showcase their personal stash of items, unleashing their unique flair for the (AQ)world to enjoy!
As the timer ticks down on Aegis’ shop, everyone is anxiously awaiting Tyronius’ Blood Lord and Abyssal Darkness-themed armor sets!
Blood Lord Set (color custom features)
Abyssal Darkness Set (completely color custom!)
Who is Tyronius?
Tyronius is the one and only true ShadowFire God. A thousand years ago, Tyronius fell to an ancient hero, losing all his power, his realm, and everything else. With the help of his time-traveling brother Cronix, Tyronius was brought back to life… kind of. By using the Blood Lords as puppet minions, Tyronius collects the released power from Chaos Lords, Dage, and Nulgath, slowly regaining his strength.
In the real world, Tyronius hails from Poland and is a volunteer artist, just like his twin brother, Cronix. Their father drew a lot and the boys always wanted to make an impression on him—and what an impression they have made! Tyronius first discovered Artix Entertainment when he was 12 years, but AQW ruled his heart.
Here is the 1st thing Tyronius ever made in January 2009!
Four years later, Tyronius’ art has evolved and flourished, and absolutely loves what he does (and we totally feel the same way, Ty!). “Make money by doing what you love?! It's some kind of miracle in my opinion!” exclaims Tyronius. “I've been a dev since October 23th, 2012. Being a Dev is one of the best things in my whole life :) Thanks to AE, I've improved my skills. Every single design I made was for AE and the AQW community! I simply love everything about AE! I wish I can spend all time doing designs for AE ;) “
Now it’s your turn to taste the sweetness of Tyronius’ triumphs. Get your Blood Lord Plate Armor Set and the Abyssal Darkness Armor Set later on this afternoon!
Get Some AdventureCoins!
Gold is good… but AdventureCoins are so much GOODER! If you wanna score the best items from Tyronius’ Shop and all throughout the game, you should really stock up on some ACs.
Tags: Beleen Tyronius Featured Artist Showcase Blood Lord
Invite your friends to battle alongside you!
You’re so popular in the real world—so imagine how popular you’ll be in AdventureQuest Worlds if more of your friends joined you in battle!
Zramu battles alongside his faithful friends!
When you Refer a Friend, you will get bonus Gold and Experience, a free Friend Gem, and 250 AdventureCoins for FREE when your friend becomes an upgraded Member!
Of course... you gotta help your friend defeat all those tough monsters in return!
How do I Refer a Friend?
- Click on the Manage AQW Account link.
- Login with your AQW game Username and Password.
- Select 'Referred Friends' from the menu on the left.
- To invite a friend, enter their email in the textbox labeled "Friend's Email" and then Submit! Or you can copy and paste your exclusive Referral Link on your blog, on your status, on Twitter… anything you want!
- You can also Refer your Friend from in-game! Speak to Twilly in Battleon to send your friends Referral emails directly from AQWorlds.
Luminitos and friends battle on together!
What about those sweet rewards?
Friends give the best presents*! For every Friend you Refer, you will receive:
- Gold and Experience based on the amount of Gold and Experience that your friend earns each day—the more they play, the stronger AND richer YOU become!
- 1 Friend Gem for each Referred Friend once they reach Level 5—Friend Gems buy all sorts of awesome items from Twilly’s Referral Shop in Battleon.
- 250 Free AdventureCoins when your referred friend becomes a Member—Upgraded Members always have the most fun, and you can get 250 ACs just for recruiting AQWorlds’ newest Member!
*Unless your friends give you a “surprise” box of pickles… like what Faith and Ai No Miko gave me! Icccky =p
How do I keep track of my Referred Friends?
Keeping track of your Referred Friends is easy with the Account Manager. After logging in with your Username and Password, click the “Referred Friends” link on the left side of the screen. You will see a list of all the Friends you Referred and whether or not they have Upgraded to a Member!
You betcha! Remember that the 1,000,000 Facebook Likes contest is still underway!
If AQWorlds reaches 1,000,000 Likes by July 7th, EVERYONE will receive a brand-new Class. Because you’re that awesome and deserve an awesome award for helping us out!
And with each new Friend you Refer, they can Like the AQW Facebook page… and then they’ll tell their friends to Like AQWorlds too… and those friends will tell more friends and more friends and we’ll be soooo much closer to reaching 1,000,000 Facebook Likes AND an all-new Class.
Win. Win. And win!
So start Referring your Friends now!
And Like the AdventureQuest Worlds Facebook Page too!
Grimblight Weapon Recall (Bug fixes & AC refund)
Greetings all! As you know, we have a long history of listening to you and doing our very best to "do the right thing." This weekend, we released a cursed battleaxe called the Grimblight of Destiny. It was supposed to do +5% damage against most monsters except undead... but due to a glitch it was doing 30x damage vs Chaos Monsters. Which was absolutely awesome for everyone farming Blade of Awe pieces from Chaos Lords. But, it is absolutely game breaking and as you surely understand, must be fixed. There was a great deal of misunderstanding about the hallucinagetic effects of the weapon, which includes AFK players appearing to die on your screen, and forcing all players into an idle position (which is great for lag). Despite this incredible weapon being unlike anything in the game -- the 30x damage bug and confusion have caused dissapointment and even a petition on twitter. Committed to doing "the right thing," there is only one solution... WEAPON RECALL! We are going remove and refund every Grimblight weapon in the game (at full AdventureCoins Value). Even if you had a Grimblight and sold it, you will get the full, correct adjusted amount returned to you. This is a very fair solution to a complex problem that should leave everyone feeling good. Then we are going to fix the damage bug. Everyone who wants this horrifying and amazing weapon, will be able to get the corrected version from Mort's shop.
Weapon Recall (already done)
- The Grimblight of Destiny has been removed from Mort's shop
- All Grimblight of Destiny weapons will be removed and refunded 2,000 AC (100%)
- If you already sold your Grimblight, you will be given AdventureCoins to make the total amount you sold it for worth 2,000 AC.
- The damage bug will be fixed. (We will set the +Damage vs Chaos bonus to 6% to remember this history making madness.)
- The Grimblight of Destiny will be put back in Mort's shop for 2,000AC so you can rebuy it.
- Mort will return each time Grimskull's dungeon updates to sell the GrimBlight of Destiny. The axe will ONLY be available when Mort is in Battleon!
- ALL Members are getting their Membership extended by +2 days
- Blinding Light of Destiny is getting +5% vs Undead and "click special" added
Tags: Grimblight Artix
Monday = Funday!
This is Madness… this is MONDAY!
Happy Monday everyone! Are you enjoying your summer vacation? Grab your passport for adventure, because the perfect vacation destination is AdventureQuest Worlds! And we’ve got a whole itinerary booked for endless summer fun =D
Happy Father’s Day
Daddies make the best heroes ever! Show your dad how much he’s taught you by celebrating Father’s Day with Seasonal Rare items, arriving later today.
Every father will enjoy the bounty of BBQ grill gear, the up-to-par Golf Suit set, a Gravity Defying Coffee Mug, the paper-cut-inducing Newsparchement, and the good Ol Fishin’ Armor Set.
Sure beats giving your dad a lame tie or macaroni necklace =P
Tuesday’s Artist Showcase Shop
For the past 2 months, every Tuesday has been dedicated to one of our awesome AQW Artists. And they get to showcase their personal stash of never-before-seen (unless-spoiled-on-the-Design-Notes) items in Battleon’s the Featured Artist Showcase Shop.
And tomorrow is Tyronius’ turn! Tyronius has been responsible for absolutely AMAZING armor sets since October of last year, and tomorrow is his chance at infinite stardom!
Visit the Design Notes tomorrow and get the full scoop on Tyronius.
Hero of Steal
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s the Hero of Steal Armor Set!
To celebrate the blockbuster movie release of the most super man the world has ever known, AQWorlds is releasing our own version of the “Hero of Steal.” These super items are some that Clark kent pass up!
Hero of Steal item set is flying on in this Friday!
No one can really predict the future (…and if you CAN, please come work with the AQW team!). But just because our magical crystal ball is broken doesn’t mean we can’t set future goals!
- Grimskull is coming this Friday, June 21
- Members rejoice! Guilds Phase 2 PTR is still scheduled for later this Summer
- Dage the Evil’s Legion Class still scheduled for this Summer
- The Scorn Saga continues next week
Decorate Beleen’s Cubicle!
Wanna help me fill my cubicle with happy pictures, positive messages, and motivational photos? Gimmie some decoration inspiration on my Twitter ^____^
Tags: Passport Fathers Day Sneak Peek Tyronius Hero of Steal GrimSkull future Beleen
Grimblight of Destiny
We thought Artix's 1st axe was destroyed... but oh no. It fell into wicked hands that reforged something horrifying: The Grimsblight of Destiny! The weapon does bonus damage against dragons and... well, pretty much everything EXCEPT undead. When you click the center of it, it unleashes a laugh and three rune covered stones appear. Each stone activates a different feature. The first attempts to kill AFK players in the room. It is rumored the axe plays with the mind of it's master and has a slightly hallucinogenic effect. The second casts a wave of confusion which causes all players in the room to return to their idle stance -- Handy for decreasing lag for those "ahhhh... stop dancing.. TOO MUCH LAG" moments. The third rune has a special ability which will be revealed next week when the "VAULT OF ENDLESS DOOM" opens. Grimskull's assistant, Mort, will be in the town of BattleOn selling this axe for an insane amount of AdventureCoins to raise funds to complete the dungeon. 2,000 AC.
The Blinding Light of Destiny (which is a non-Member item) is also getting improvements tonight. It will do something special when you click on it. Great for photo ops!
New Quests in the town Library
Reading has never been so dangerous! Maya is a Loremaster. She is training assistants... want in? First, you will have to learn EVERYTHING about Lore. (The hard way) The first step is learning all about monsters. You will find and battle specific monsters from all over the world. Talk to Maya in the Library.
Binky the Magical Mean Eating Unicorn
Members get first crack at facing the hardest battle in the entire game. We are only calling it hard because... no one has actually defeated Binky yet. If you do, you will get his Uni-horn. It is a 100% drop relic that has the power to "break apart the most powerful weapon in the world."
Developer's Note: Binky was originally a surprise monster from Grimskull's "The Endless Pit of Doom." We will be balancing Binky based on your experience with him.... making him harder or easier so that it takes a skilled team of 6 high level players. This fight will be available for ALL PLAYERS next week inside the new dungeon.
NEXT WEEK: The Vault of Endless Doom!
Grimskull is eager for you to enter his first dungeon. It will open next Friday. At the request of many players, this new dungeon is available for ALL players, and focused on gameplay and... sneaky death traps. The dungeon is secretly in two parts. The first part is a compelte adventure and designed for players level 20+. However, if you are clever, you will discover there is a second, level 40+ area which is far more deadly.
Each room of this new dungeon requires a large amount of custom code on every frame. The first part of the dungeon is 42 rooms long. As you read this out programmers have started on room #11. We will be working through the weekend and next week to have a smooth, polished release ready for you. With enough testing, the only frustrating part of next weeks release... will be Grimskull's evil, evil, evil, evil traps!
Terrible "Trap Construction Accident." Evil Unicorn reported on Lose.
Grimskull's 1st dungeon, The Endless Pit of Doom, is being pushed back one week due to the unsightly massacre of the entire dungeon creation crew this morning. Eye witness reports confirm that traps were triggered in room #5, affectionately known as "The evilist room ever" resulting in the activation of the spiked ceiling, razor saws, lemon flavored acid juice and a giant pit trap. The worker minions who survived were hunted down by Binky the Magical Man Eating Unicorn who is now reported to be on the loose.
Coming THIS FRIDAY: Binky the Magical Man Eating Unicorn!
The full dungeon will be released NEXT Friday... so this week, a band of overly agressive heroes intend to battle one of the dungeon's escaped surprise monsters, Binky the Magical Man Eating Unicorn. He is a level 50 challenge fight requiring a skilled and coordinated group to defeat. Rumor has it Binky aborbs magic from the air allowing him to emulate the skill of ANY BOSS MONSTER in the world. Yes... you heard me right. Binky can potentially do the special moves of any boss monster (past or future) in the game. Original intended by Grimskull to be a surprise, Members will get first crack at this magical beast. The lucky few who can defeat him will obtain his Unihorn -- an indestructable object that possesses the power to break apart the worlds most powerful weapon.
Also... new Quests in town!
Loremaster Maya, who is located in the town of Battleon's library will have new quests for you.
Special AC Weapon: The GrimBlight of Destiny
Artix's battleaxe is known as the Blinding Light of Destiny. It is a powerful force of good, powered by millions of spirit orbs, it is the ultimate weapon against the undead. Not long ago, the Blinding Light of Destiny was shattered and destroyed in the epic battle against Vordred, the Paladinslayer. Thought to be lost forever, Artix and the heroes ventured to forge a new Battleaxe. However, what remained of the previous Battleaxe had been reconstructed by wicked hands. Those who have set eyes upon it call it the "Grimblight of Destiny". It is an evil weapon that does 5% BONUS DAMAGE against pretty much every type of creature EXCEPT undead, and grants the user a rep bonus. If you click on it, it unleashes an evil laugh... and may try to kill other AFK players in the room. Grimskull's assistant, Mort, is reported to be selling it in town this Friday for an unspeakably high number of ACs in order to raise funds to hire new (and less clumsy) dungeon workers.
Tags: Artix GrimSkull Binky Raxgore Mort
Surf's Up in Battleon!
True Stories bro.
Summer is here! YAAY! The sun is out, school is out, and everyone is flocking to their favorite vacation destinations.
If you’re nowhere near a beach—fear not! The Summer Shop in Battleon is open for business, and you can get all kinds of summer Seasonal Rares! 5 new RARE Surfboards have been added to the shop… and also the highly-anticipated color-custom Victory Swimwear!
You know what else is a popular vacation destination? The Secret Underground Lab! Yesterday, 3 of our awesome players, DarkAxe15, DeathComes2x, and TheSaucyKnave visited the Lab and we gave them the grand tour. As you can see, DarkAxe15 even gave me a super adorable pink plushie pony for me to smother with LOVE! Eeeeeeeeeeep! =D
Okay. Srsly. How could I NOT have a plushie pony weapon in AQWorlds? Problem solved!
Since my Featured Artist Showcase Shop is like 2 weeks away, I’ll put that pinkie pony in my special shop (along with a whole bunch of other random items that make me giggle!) for everyone to enjoy! Thanks again, DarkAxe15!
When best friends DeathComes2x and TheSaucyKnave came around, DeathComes2x showed me his hilarious-to-me-but-not-so-funny-for-Artix screenshot of his EbilCorp trickeries.
Well done, DeathComes2x! Furthermore, DeathComes2x posed for an EbilCorp photo and Chairman Platinum posted this picture on QuickMeme.com. You can even vote on how meme-worthy it is by clicking on the pic!
The entire Artix Entertainment staff loves meeting our fellow heroes in person! It’s so awesome playing with you guys and gals in game… but even awesome-er when we get to meet you in real life!
Wanna visit the Secret Underground Lab? Well first… you gatta find our undisclosed address. And then you gatta find the person in charge of scheduling tours. And then you gatta make it to the lab using no other means of transportation besides a dragon.
That ought to keep you busy for awhile =p
Tags: Beleen Summer Surfboards Secret Lab Visitors Story
His name pretty much sums it up...
This Friday you will venture into Grimskull's first dungeon, "THE ENDLESS PIT OF DOOM!" If you survive the traps (insert the sound of Grimskull cackling here) and reach the end... you will have to face Raxgore the Unkillable. Much as his name would suggest, Raxgore is immune to weapons, spells, elemental damage, posion and... well, he cannot be killed by any foe. He was a cruel and merciless champion of the arena before he went missing some 10 years ago. Songs of his bloodthirtsty hunger for combat are still sung by bards. Note: Raxgore was well known for slaying bards who sung about him... and all the people listening to the song... and all the people who knew the people who had heard the song. Raxgore was pretty unreasonable.
Featured Artist Showcase Shop Showcased!
I love words. I also love pictures. And if a picture is worth a thousand words… then this Design Notes post is OVER 9,000*!
All these items are now available in Battleon’s Featured Artist Shop. Bring the light to the fight!
*Is the “over 9,000” meme still used? Is it still funny? Do memes ever really die? Let me hear your thoughts on my Twitter!