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Ravenshire & Shadowfel (Freeborn Press Archives)

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    The articles below are related to the Village of Ravenshire and the Necropolis at Shadowfel. These articles were retrieved from the Freeborn Press Archives.

    The Village of Ravenshire was a small, but vibrant player-run community hidden in the woodlands north of Vesper (known to some as the Windemere Woods). It was built by a community of individuals, known as the Clan of Keltic Knights, under the leadership of Lady Bronwyn and Maston Semper. They were a people who had hoped to escape the desolation and corruption of the Old World, and start a new life in the peaceful forests of the New.

    A common theme that ran through the community was an appreciation for Celtic lore and mythology. Many members roleplayed characters such as Gypsies, Druids, Dryads, and Woodsmen; their names drawn from Celtic and Medieval legends.

    In the final days of the village, Galen Kai Tan (Galindar) and the Lumarians returned to the realm and set their sights on Ravenshire. Having been established on almost the same location as the Lumarian Kingdom had been in the Old World, the Lumarians chose to dwell amongst their proverbial sister-city and re-establish themselves with the aid of the Circle of the White Raven.

    Ravenshire, and the Lumarians, largely disappeared following the Age of Shadow's expansion; although the last building would not collapse until 2007. Interestingly enough, the spirit of Ravenshire doesn't seem to have completely died off. Katrina D'Antres, the adopted daughter of Galindar, has established a new home on the very site where the Palace of the White Raven once stood.

    Ravenshire was also host to many guilds, including but not limited to:

    - The Town of Ravenshire [RvN]
    - The Circle of the White Raven [CwR]
    - The Brotherhood of the White Stag [BwS]
    - The Sisterhood of the White Wolf [SwW]
    - The Knights of the White Dragon [KwD]
    - The Lost Order of Asha'man [L*A]
    - The Lumarians [LUMI]
    - The Clan of Keltic Knights [CKK]
    - The Golden Mage Tower; part of the Golden Knights.​

    Shadowfel, on the other hand, was established south of the City of Ravenshire, on the easter-side of the Vesper River Delta. The city was established almost overnight by Emperor Azalin Lore and his wife, Lady Cymidei Fier. Shadowfel was an interesting addition in this period, a time where the Dark Tower slumbered and evil-guilds were largely non-existant. It was from here that Azalin and Cymidei launched their attack upon the realm.

    The first battle was the Serpents War, in which the Knights of the Silver Serpent and the Lost Order of Asha'man retaliated against the advances of the Shadow Imperium. The war ended with the Shadow Imperium destroying its enemy, although Azalin was killed by an assassin following the battle (and wouldn't recover for some time yet). Cymidei retaliated by nearly burning the Golden Brew to the ground.

    With the defenders of the light crushed, and Lady Gwain of the Tusan now serving the Imperium, Azalin and Cymidei set their sights upon Ravenshire. It was at this point that the Kingdom of Dawn, which rarely intervened in affairs in the New World, send a small contingent of the Knights of the Blue Rose to the Windemere to discover what was going on. Malthonion I Sunstrider, a Knight of the White Dragon, spied Lord Hellrazor of the Blue Rose in the Woods of the Windemere; an encounter that set into motion a number of events (and largely changed the path of this young roleplayer, who would soon join the Kingdom of Dawn on another character, being so impressed by the Knights of the Blue Rose).

    Although some preliminary attacks would occur - including an attempt by Cymidei Fier to collect eight large pieces of blackrock to use against her enemies, and her capture and corruption of the young knight Malthonion - the storyline would die out due to real-life troubles on both sides (Cymidei's computer dying, and Lady Bronwyn's home burning down). Once events resumed, the City of Ravenshire had largely fallen into ruin, Castle Fier was sold, and Cymidei Fier would be called once again to serve the Dark Tower under Mistress Ivy Shadowfare.
     
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    Grand Opening of the Town of Ravenshire
    by Thellaren
    March 14, 2001

    The following was posted to the UO Stratics Baja Forum today:

    We are proud to announce the official celebration and introduction of the Town of Ravenshire and the First Annual Ravenshire Faire.

    The Town of Ravenshire is located on the Trammel Facet to the north of Vesper and across the river from the Shrine of Sacrifice here

    Please feel free to stop by on the first of April at 3 P.M. Pacific Time and take a tour of our homes and establishments. Our citizens will be on hand with wares, refreshments and will be hosting a number of events for your enjoyment, including horse and relay races, animal fights, and even a scavenger hunt. Thank you to all in advance, and enjoy.

    Maston Semper-Mayor of Ravenshire (RvN)​

    Grand Opening of the Town of Ravenshire
    by Nobody
    March 14, 2001

    The following announcement from Mayor Maston Semper was posted to UOSS:

    Grand Opening of the Town of Ravenshire

    Hail and well met, We are proud to announce the official celebration and introduction of the Town of Ravenshire and the First Annual Ravenshire Faire. The Town of Ravenshire is located on the Trammel Facet to the north of Vesper and across the river from the Shrine of Sacrifice Please feel free to stop by on the first of April at 3 P.M. Pacific Time and take a tour of our homes and establishments. Our citizens will be on hand with wares, refreshments and will be hosting a number of events for your enjoyment, including horse and relay races, animal fights, and even a scavenger hunt. Thank you to all in advance, and enjoy.

    Maston Semper, Mayor of Ravenshire (RvN)
    Map of Ravenshire
    Town of Ravenshire​

    OPUS joins Ravenshire
    by Nobody
    March 17, 2001

    The following announcement from Lord Dracon was posted to UOSS:

    OPUS joins Ravenshire

    The crafts guild OPUS has changed to RavenShire Artisians Union it reflects Maston Sempers new town and there is a link to the City's webpage on the our webpage. If anyone has any questions or concerns please feel free to send those my way. I will be happy to answer. The website is at http://www.geocities.com/dracon79

    Lord Dracon GuildMaster​

    City of Ravenshire plans Hythloth Adventure
    by Nobody
    May 30, 2001

    The following announcement from Cantharis of the City of Ravenshire was posted to UO Stratics:

    City of Ravenshire Plans Hythloth Adventure

    Hail Citizens of Britannia,

    There have been rumors of a greater evil brewing in the dungeon Hythloth. We are assembling a party of 40 brave souls to venture into the depths of that vile hole in the ground. We will be splitting into 5 teams to brave the abyss! Each team will have a team captain, which will be one of the citizens of Ravenshire. It will be your duty to protect your team captain, for if he or she falls, your team must leave the dungeon.

    However..... If any one falls, they will be ressurected long enough for them to retrieve thier corpse and be gated out. Once we have hit the bottom floor, we will challenge that evil and once it is destroyed we shall return to Ravenshires RavensWing Tavern and have a celebration! At this time, Prizes will be given out to the most courages team, the most helpful and the one with the most members!

    Please join us Saturday June 2nd at 9pm PST at Ravenshire Coordinates: 131'6�N 131'33�E - Trammel

    We will also be providing gates from East and West Britain bank, Vesper Bank, Moonglow Bank, Delucia Bank, And Minoc Bank. Best of Luck to every one who braves the depths!

    Cantharis​

    Ravenshire to Host Story Night
    by Nobody
    July 24, 2001

    The following from Cantharis was recently posted by Cymidei Fier to UO Stratics:

    Ravenshire to Host Story Night

    This week Ravenshire is happy to announce that we will host the story telling night with Meredith the Bard. Come tell your tale of bravery, tragedy, or any other story that strikes your fancy!

    You can even test your improvisational skills with Goldens famous Story roulette, wherein you get three words fromt he audience and make up a story with those three words in it. There will be an open bar as well as a BBQ. This event will take place Wed. the 25th 6:30 pm pst.

    Come and share a tale!!!

    Cantharis​
     
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    Grand Opening Festival for the City of Shadowfel (Trammel)
    by Hazard [EiC]
    September 30, 2001

    Grand Opening Festival for The City of Shadowfell (Trammel)
    Greetings!

    A grand festival will be held on October 7th, at 1 PM PST to celebrate the founding of Shadowfell, City of legends and nightmares. We invite you to join us for a day of revelry. For directions to Shadowfell visit HERE


    Dark Soul Competition - The most evil folk in the land will gather and be judged on the basis of their appearance, speech, and ability to answer questions. The winner shall be dubbed The Darkest Soul of Baja and recieve a 100,000 gold piece check! The competition will be judged by celebrity guests from a prominent role playing guild on Atlantic.

    The Grand Tourney - Members of -S- and the Shadow Imperium Elite will vie for the title of Champion of Shadowfell in a single elimination duels . Festival goers can bet on who they think the winner will be. 50,000 gold piece prize to the champion.

    Summoner of the Abyss - The mage who can summon the most deamons in fifteen minutes will win the title Summoner of the Abyss and a 50,000 gold piece check.

    Dire Duels - A dozen dire wolves will duel to the death - Festival goers will bet on the winner. 10,000 bonus to the gambler who selects the winning wolf.

    Baja's Best Assasin - The assasin who can poison the most blades fastest wins a 50,000 gold piece check​
     
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