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[UO Herald] The Awakening - Act 5

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  1. UO News

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    Written by the EM Team
    “Now, charge its left flank, and aim for the seams! Mages, lightning and energy bolts, but focus on keeping up our knights!” Dupre shouted out the orders from behind his plated helm, even as his cadre of knights swarmed one of the monstrosities that laired within Exodus dungeon. With the backup of the mages keeping them healed, they weren’t in any threat at the moment from the beast in front of them. Lord Dupre had heard the noises and gotten glimpses of things from inside what was left of Ver Lor Reg and it caused him quite a bit of worry. He’d been trying to devise tactics so that they could retake the city, but the creatures resisted quite a bit of force, and seemed to give up little in areas of weakness save for how well lightning worked against them. As he observed the knights, a noise from behind caught his attention, and he whirled while he drew the longsword at his side and lunged. His blade bit harshly into the seam of the floating menace, and he smashed it in harder by hammering the hilt with his plated gauntlet. With a squealing shriek of metal, the creature’s internal mechanisms chewed themselves to pieces on his sword before he drew it out and turned away, the creature exploding and peppering his armor with light shrapnel. He slashed the grease and oil clinging to his blade onto the floor of the dungeon as his knights finished slaying the much larger creature, and they retreated from the dungeon once more.
    Lord Dupre had always loved the city, with its gentle ocean breeze cutting through the harsh heat of the nearby jungles. Trinsic felt like home, even after all these years…though the sandstone walls didn’t hold the same comfort they once had. In Felucca some of the structures still bore the scars from his campaign against Juo’nar and the fallen knights own siege of the city, but here in Trammel the same evidence was gone; He would never get used to that. He made his way to the weaponsmith, as was usual after these excursions…he’d yet to return without a blade in disrepair from using it against these metal monsters. From there he quickly made his way to the Keg and Anchor, and was going to sit at his favorite table when he noticed there was someone else in the spot he usually occupied. With a muttered grumble under his breath he made his way around the table and sat opposite the man, taking note of his wrinkled and rumpled clothes, and the way he clutched at something in his left hand, a glint of a dingy metal ball hanging off of it.
    The waitress didn’t even need to come over to take his drink order; Dupre had been a regular since he’d trekked away from the lands of Felucca to Trammel, and in short order the staff had learned his patterns. She brought over a strong, aged honey whiskey and left him with a glass full and the bottle on the table. As he took a drink, he put it down with a start as the seemingly comatose man across from him had suddenly flung his open right hand out, clearly wanting the glass. Dupre’s face soured for a moment before he shook his head. “You’ll get nothing from begging, but if you’ve got news or information of worth, I’m not averse to sharing the drink then.”
    This seemed to have animated the fellow, whose face lifted off the table to regard the knight, and he gave Dupre a crooked smile.
    “I’ll tell you a story, my gleaming friend, and perhaps you might understand how this all began. But you’ll get nothing from me with my tongue this dry, so fill up my glass and we can see what you have yet to learn.”
    Dupre looked down to see that as if by magic, an empty glass had appeared in the man’s hand, and he poured him half a glass full of the expensive drink.
    “Now talk, and make sure it was worth the cost of that whiskey.”
    The rough looking fellow winced as he drank practically half the drink at once, exhaling sharply as he pulled away, and leaned forward, as a spark of recognition passed between the knight and the jester. The jester laughed at the apparent shock that ran across Lord Dupre’s face, and he could smell the man’s foul breath accompanying that laugh.
    “I was wondering if you’d recognize me, you old tin can. Can’t fault you for taste though, you always did know how to sweet talk these little waifs into giving you the best stock they had.” With that he raised his glass to Dupre and finished off what was left in it. “Of course, you probably either thought me dead and gone…or never bothered to spend a thought on an old jester, did you? I’ll tell you right now, what you’ve seen in our cities…it’s worse in Ter Mur. Apparently, those refugees out of Ver Lor Reg were carrying something with them, you see…something that doesn’t affect them but it sure does the Ter Mur gargoyles. They’re trying to keep it hushed up…but Zhah’s ferrying out the infected to that abandoned fishing village, keeping them quarantined…and the Ver Lor Reg gargoyles…I’m sure someone knows where they are. I don’t. That fishing village though…it belongs to the dead and the dying.”
    Dupre’s mouth hung open at this stunning revelation, before he snapped it shut. The Jester held out his now empty glass, and flashed him a vicious grin, until the knight poured him another glass.
    “You’re a regular saint, you old codger. Now I promised I’d tell you how it all began. Years ago, when my master was still with us, he’d managed to figure out that something was happening in Ilshenar, and it was centered around Exodus. He’d gathered what he could about the enemy, but it was at a turbulent time, and he doubted that he could get anyone to rally behind him. I wasn’t able to learn much personally, but I think he intended to destroy the machines that were empowering Exodus. Machines you might be familiar with by now.”
    Dupre’s realization happened almost immediately, as he growled. “The nexus devices that everyone’s been collecting and building.”
    The jester’s laugh had no mirth or lightness in it. “Isn’t it all such a grand, cruel joke? Our fate is being brought down on us by our own hands.” He paused to take another drink, shrugging as he did so and returning to his previous story. “He’d managed to get his hands onto some kind of scrolls he claimed were vital, but I never saw what was in them…all I ever saw were the two maps he had. One showed a passage into Exodus dungeon that went through Ver Lor Reg…that same map that was stolen the night of the riot and that that little fence made so many copies of. The other…”
    He paused, taking a long drink and laid his head down, until finally Dupre broke the silence.
    "And the other?”
    The old jester looked up through bleary eyes.
    “The other led him to the last place he ever walked as a man…but I’ll tell you this. Master always had a journal he kept with him that held more in it than anyone ever knew. If you can find that journal…maybe you can figure out what’s really going on. And I think that a knight as smart as yourself should know where it will be.”
    Dupre’s face set with a grim bit of determination.
    “Exodus Dungeon.”
    “Glad to see you can still use a bit of what’s left between your ears, you tin can.”
    Dupre sighed as he poured them both a full glass once more. “Heckles, I think you may have given me the first thing I need to fight this enemy…and I’ll definitely drink to that.”

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    Love that Dupre is getting more involved.
     
  3. Sevin0oo0

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    This mean we can start casting offensive spells in town?
     
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    No it means you need to get BT's journal to find out how to beat Exodus after he is back....Heckles...hehe..i wonder if we see Chuckles too soon...and LBR rez BT and fight Exodus together with Dupre and all die hehehe...
     
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    Sorry, it seems this is actually Act 5..

    Still, the latest issue of the yew times is issue 4 not issue 3.

    Can someone other than our community coordinator fix the yew times article?
     
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    *scratches head*

    Well written fiction but... Wasn't Lord Blackthorn actually corrupted by Exodus, rather than fighting it, at least in Ultima Online Lore? And killed in Yew by Queen Dawn later? So when in fiction does he betray Exodus, and thus trigger the attacks upon his Castles by those working for the machine now?

    "The last place he walked as a man" would be Exodus Dungeon still I presume, because he was turned into MacFarlane's Flying Mecha Monster there and thus lost his legs (and dignity).
     
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    perhaps they destroyed BT's castle because they were searching for something? perhaps the scrolls BT found are something that the exodus crew wants?
     
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    If I understand correctly, the events narrated by Heckles happened before the corruption of Lord Blackthorn.
    Lord Blackthorn was searching for Exodus to stop it. But when he discovered the true nature of Exodus, he was seduced by its power and betrayed Britannia, allying himself with the machine and turning into CyberBlackthorn.
     
  10. Martyna Zmuir

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    As of this posting, on Great Lakes, there are no new books in: Exodus dungeon, the ruins of Blackthorn's Ilshenar keep, the empty (yet oddly still burning) island where Blackthorn's Trammel keep once stood, or Blackthorn's Felucca keep where he was interred.

    I'm guessing the act isn't quite active yet.
     
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    SPOILER ALERT:

    The location for the next stage of the event will be in the far North West of Exodus dungeon, or northern most room with the tilted map here;

    [​IMG]

    The event is almost certainly going to be EM run, as the details differ on shard to shard. On Europa, where I first found it, there is a single drop of "Machine oil" and an obvious spot for a false passage (tiles beyond the wall) now visible at the eastern most wall of the room. Drachenfels has the new tiles, but no other changes. Nimuaq then went to Great Lakes and found there is a book there too, and a new screen inside the machine on the wall.

    [​IMG]

    It is currently reporting the following:

    The Juka Timeline part is referring to the fact that the Juka were taken from Ilshenar's past to fight against Sosaria on behalf of Blackthorn in the Plague Of Despair arc (Swampification of Yew)

     
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    The book and the talking wall piece aren't "new," nor are they part of the global arc - they are specific to GL EM fiction.

    Edit: The 'tiles beyond the wall' only exist in the EC and are most likely rendering flub :( (the floor is NOT visible in the CC)
     
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    But the fact that there's now a set of tiles beyond that eastern wall on all shards (part of the map files) and that Europa also has it's EM events appearing up there indicates that's where the next part of the Arc will be, no? To go into further detail, there's no actual secret room beyond that wall, so it's pretty certain you'd need an EM gate to make use of it in any plot (linking to another map elsewhere). So as I said, I suspect it will be EM run, and the "Book" and it's finding will be created in line with the EM fiction as it exists on each shard. Your own "Local" event is already talking about at least 1 definite future event that we know about in the next act, because it's been on TC1: The curing of the Gargoyle Refugees who have been infected, but which aren't live on any server yet.

    However, do you remember that we were all asking what happened to Act V, when Act VI was announced and on Test Centre? Well, here's our answer. I believe there's no actual coded event for Act V, beyond marking a "secret passage" and where it roughly should happen. It's a purely EM driven stage.

    Or to put it another way... you got your Act V rather earlier than the rest of us, or indeed the supporting fiction; that machine and plot IS your Act V.
     
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    I think finding the book will probably be EM driven, but think the main thrust of Act V will be the siege of Ver Lor Reg - which I really hope is an 'event' that lasts at least a week so more people may participate. Though I guess the siege could be Act VII...
     
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    These infected gargs dont look so healthy. BTW, be careful killing them, as its -1000 loyalty points to the Garg Queen per kill
     
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    That's because you aren't supposed to kill them, you evil, evil being you! :p

    I fact, if you watch one long enough, it will die on its own.
     
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    Curiosity got the best of me! Atleast I only killed one of them!
     
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    Wicked, wicked creature you! Where is your sense of Virtue!?
     
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    That's right! They do say Patience is a virtue; let them die on their own! >,<
     
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    But killing wandering healers is ok
     
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    If they are Priests of Mondain...
     
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    Well, both are loyalty inconsequential, no? Thus no governing body cares about them, so why should we? Time to open up on those pesky wandering healers :devil:
     
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    For some reason, I thought Black Sandals dropped on Healers way back when... but it was the escorts we were killing to get the nice Shuuuuz. In my research I did however find this interesting quiz from 2002 (10 years ago, and already ancient history!) about Ultima Online;

    Ultima Online Game - Play Fun Trivia Quiz
     
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    Nay..escorts didnt have black sandies...only silver on the brides...artists had colored ones..blackies spawned on jewelers..
     
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    Just for the record Exodus appeared in Ultima III.
    Blackthorn was turned to the dark side in Ultima V by the Shadowlords.
     
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    it's amazing how wrong some of the answers were - lol - the guy got northeast and southeast confused and left and right confused and misspelled jeweler
     
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    I'm not sure what your point is...
    The fiction of single-player Ultima games after Ultima I is not relevant to the history of Britannia in UO, which is set in an alternate timeline.

    In Ultima Online, Exodus appeared around the time of the "Lord Blackthorn's Revenge" expansion and turned Blackthorn to the dark side.
    The Shadowlords in Ultima Online manifested themselves in Britannia much later, after Lord Blackthorn's death.
     
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    It is true that Ultima Online's lore and history diverges from the actual history of Ultima.
    Not contesting that.

    Guess my point is simply that i wish it wasn't so.. the history laid down in the Ultima series should have been built on, not rewritten.
    However this strays from the topic.
     
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    You talking to me, Punk?

    Make my Day!

    ;)
     
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    Uh oh... Dirty Harry vs Kojak..
    I'm giving book at 7 to 1 for Kojak
     
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    Hm | -1000 | / toxic sliths is like 34. Do you like book quests? ;P
     
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    I've heard several NPCS, but I know it was tailors that I always got them from ... was so sad because I had to murder many tailors to get those with black sandals to spaw.

    ... perhaps that is why we are stuck in the same underwear. Teehee
     
  33. Woodsman

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    I think it's important and I agree with you about building upon instead of rewriting, but even with diverging histories, they are still touching on Ultima history, and it is the 15th anniversary live arc after all. A lot of people do not follow the original Ultima lore and even if things diverge, it does add another layer to know the lore.
     
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    ^For the win^ The jeweler in papua was a great source. Could cleanly blade strike with no witnesses...... good times.....