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Community Update

Bug fixes and a new marking!
We have good news from the coding department! A breakthrough has been made on the free markings bug, which was giving players issues breeding free markings onto baby pets. This has been resolved, so now your new babies will look prettier and have even more markings than before (depending on their parents, of course)!

We have also resolved a bug with the births of twins and triplets - the percentages are now fixed, and twins and triplets should now be born at the correct percentages. For more info on fertility, check out this Knowledgebase Article



We have also created a Helpful Trophy! The Staff will occasionally award this trophy to outstanding members of the community, who embody helpfulness and generosity towards other players. Recipients of the Helpful Trophy may also make efforts to encourage or aid in gameplay, such as creating a helpful thread in the Forums or running an engaging Novilar-themed RPG. We are currently accepting nominations for this award, so please comment on this thread with your experience with a helpful player whom you think should receive this award!

To celebrate the return of Free Markings in breeding, we are releasing a new Uncommon Free Marking... Snow! Snow is a versatile marking that can be combined cleverly with any other marking to create natural-looking pets, or even the illusion of galaxies. We are very excited to share it with you! Since it's an Uncommon marking, it can be found on purified Corrupt Pets in the wild, or can be made with a Mythic or Life totem. 


Festive Winter Wear

Warm up with new HA Apparel!

We hope you're having a nice Festival of the Bear! Cecil, the town's Master Tailor, has made a large batch of new Human Avatar apparel to keep you warm in December. No matter where you're heading out on your adventures, the Festival Stall should have something for you! 

New items include themed scarves (will you choose ambition, courage, wisdom, or kindness?), matching pom hats, heavy fur coats, and colorful tailored peacoats. Run and grab your own new outfit today! 

 

     

   

   

Winter Apparel

Keeping your pets warm in the snow!

Welcome to a mid-week December update! Many of you might have caught the Winter Cloak when it dropped from the Advent Calendar a day or two ago. For those who didn't grab their freebie, no fear! The complete pet apparel sets (in Winter and Evergreen color versions), are now stocking in the Festival Stall.

Don't forget about the craftable apparel as well - the Snow Flurry and Snowman are available for everyone to craft at the Apprentice level. Go check out your Recipe Book today for the needed ingredients! 



Wintry Minipets

Bears, Foxes, Reindeer, and more!

Some cute new minipets have joined us to celebrate December! Meet the Polar Bear Cub, Arctic Hare, Arctic Fox, and Reindeer. You can craft the Bear Cub minipet with a bear totem, and the rest can be discovered in the Tundra explore region (or by turning in Quests for Bear).

   

Don't forget to keep collecting your daily prize at the Gift of the Bear Advent Calendar! You can now access it quickly from anywhere by clicking the "December" main banner, or the Festival of the Bear link, both at the very top of every page. As a small teaser for what's still to come, here are a few special minipets that can only be received through the Gift of the Bear:

 

There are also several new craftable items just in time for the Holiday Season! Try making a Snowball, a Snowman, or a Snow Flurry for your pets to enjoy. If you're more in the mood to relax, you can pick up a Winter Scarf, a Tundra Scarf, or an Evergreen Scarf to wrap your pet up nice and warm. Just got in from the snow? Maybe your pet is covered in a glittering Snowdrift from playing outdoors.

  

   

Welcome to December!

Gift of the Bear Festivities

Welcome to the Month of the Bear!
There are several festive activities beginning right away, so don't miss out! 

Advent Calendar: This month, everyone comes together to celebrate Bear and his arctic Tundra region. Every day during Bear's month, he is leaving every single user a free gift under his enchanted berry tree - so don't forget to stop by starting TODAY to pick up your free daily gift! 

Mystery Moose Gift Exchange: Don't forget -- Mystery Moose Gift Exchange signups are closing soon! This is an officially supported secret santa-style event, so if you're interested, visit this thread and sign up today! Both art and onsite gifts are accepted. Signups will close on December 2nd, so don't forget to register ASAP.

    

  

Enjoy some holiday treats, now stocking in the Festival Stall! Claire and Allen got right to work making all their festive favorites for you to enjoy. 


Wolf was impressed by the ferocity of the competition for her Minipet Quest! But only two could receive the coveted Wolf's Honor Trophy, and those two dedicated users are Yuu and Broken_Gems. Congrats to the both of you for an impressive number of minipets submitted! (We did notice a shift in scores after the event was closed, however, the event officially ended at rollover as November ended, and the final Official winning scores were recorded at that time). All other rewards will be delivered today as well, so look forward to your new vista, icon, skin, and minipet, if you managed to earn them from Wolf in time!

  

But that's not all - all this baking and snow-shoveling hasn't made us forget about Patreon or the Treasure Chest in the bank! November's new Patreon items are the adorable Friendly Wolf Pup and Friendly Black Pup, curled up at your Human Avatar's feet. The retired Patreon item dropping from this month's Treasure Chest is... the Lucky Calico Minipet! Their Gold Hoarder ability might help you find the spare gold you'll need to buy a special gift for a friend :)

Wolf's Minipet Quest

Gather Minipets and be Rewarded by Wolf!


A rumbling crowd of all shapes and sizes gathered together at the base of the mountains to honor Wolf and hear what she had to say. Her howls echoed throughout Novilar early in the morning to summon all equally to her call, and those gathered waited for her arrival with murmuring anticipation.

Wolf appeared gracefully from a snowy gust of wind that blew off the steep mountainside. She sat when those before her fell silent, and looked over the crowd in appreciation.

"It is very good to see so many here." She pawed at the ground happily. "During this month I am stronger than ever, and wish for all pack-mates to flourish as much as I within these good times. I have felt the growing push against the corruption within the Mountains, and am pleased with all of you who would battle it alongside me."

"These small victories must not make us complacent."
She cautioned, stretching her lips wide in an intimidating smile. "I have therefore arranged a task, and all who are willing may participate. You may take a rest from purifying the enemy and instead collect the smaller creatures around the world. While your focus is shifted, I will help keep the corruption at bay. Hunters of mine: gather the animals of the world, as is your calling, and bring them to me. Those with the largest offering will be rewarded, as is your due."

Wolf wants you to gather minipets for her! Each minipet turned in during this event is worth one point. (Click the Wolf's Minipet Quest graphic at the top of this post to go to the event page and offer your minipets to Wolf) You can earn prizes depending on how many points you earn. Prizes are awarded at the end of the month.

5+ points: Timber Pup Event Icon Unlocked!
25+ Points: Merle Wolf Skin
50+ Points: Sunset Mountain Vista Unlocked!
100+ points: Timber Wolf Pup Minipet



The top two winners who have earned the highest number of points at the end of the month will receive the rare and esteemed Honor of Wolf Trophy for their profile page. We will publish a "High Scores" page for this event soon, which will show the top 5 current contenders for the trophy! This event will end on November 30th at server rollover (midnight).

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Two new minipets have also arrived to celebrate Wolf's Month!
Discover the Black Wolf Pup while braving the cold mountains, or craft yourself a friendly Red Wolf Pup as a fireside companion. 

 

Black Friday Deals

Free Bonuses and a New Marking

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it. We're gearing up for a weekend of sales, so don't miss out! For a quick recap of the deals that are going live this holiday weekend see the list below, but for details and a FAQ check this Knowledgebase Article. For a list of retired Patreon Items you get to choose from if you select the 100 crystal package, click here

  • All species' Mythic Totems will temporarily stock in the Festival Stall
  • Gold Premium Cards will be listed at a 5 crystal discount
  • With every purchase of the 50 crystal package, you will receive one FREE Premium Card
  • With every purchase of the 100 crystals package, you may choose one FREE retired patreon item
  • A limited number of Design Tickets will be available in the Crystal Exchange
   

Just in time for Black Friday, we've released a new Rare back marking... Runic! Runic pairs beautifully with Brindle and Skeleton (pictured below), allowing you to create even more creative and colorful pets - with multiple rare markings for the first time. 

Festival of the Wolf

New Apparel + Black Friday Deals
New Pet and HA Apparel 

The Festival of the Wolf continues with a variety of new HA apparel stocking in the Festival Stall. Ever wanted to wear fluffy ears or matching wolf tails? Now's your chance!

   

   

We also added Thin Jeans in three different colors - these new pant options will work better for those wanting to show off their boots! 

  

As the air gets colder each day, everyone needs to keep warm. How about some new Hoodies to snuggle up in?

    

Not to be outdone, Claire from the Head to Tail shop has also released a second set of Tea Party apparel (this time in aqua and blue) for everyone to enjoy!



Black Friday Sales 

We heard you like Black Friday sales, hmmm? We will be offering these exclusive deals on November 25th, 26th, and 27th...

  • All species' Mythic Totems will temporarily stock in the Festival Stall 
  • Gold Premium Cards will be listed at a 5 crystal discount
  • With every purchase of the 50 crystal package, you will receive one FREE Premium Card
  • With every purchase of the 100 crystals package, you will receive one FREE retired patreon item
We will also be releasing a series of extremely limited Design Tickets, described below:

  • Item Ticket (5 crystals - 10 available)
  • This ticket allows you to commission a custom consumable or resource item from official site artists. You can either A. request a unique item and receive 10 copies of the item, or B. designate it as a sitewide item and make it available in a marketplace shop or in one of the explore areas, allowing you the unique opportunity to leave your mark in ever-growing world of Novilar. Items cannot be designed to have a function beyond food points (you could not, for example, create a new breeding potion). You will receive a mention in the item’s tooltip. 
  • Skin Ticket (20 crystals - 5 available)
  • This ticket allows you one new, custom pet skin from site artists. Your skin will be uploaded for you (no fee) and to your Skins Gallery as well, so that you can create reprints of the skin if desired. You will receive one free copy and a mention in the tooltip. 
  • Apparel Ticket (40 crystals - 3 available)
  • Allows you to commission one piece of Human Avatar Apparel from official site artists. Must follow all site rules. You will receive two free copies of the item, and it will be added to the site as an achievable item for other players (via crafting, HA apparel shop, etc). You will receive a mention in the item’s tooltip. 
  • Legendary Ticket (70 crystals - 1 available)
  • This ticket allows you one custom pet commission from the official pet and minipet artist. You can request original art of an OC or other unique pet or creature, and it will be painted and uploaded for you (no fee) as a custom pet on-site. Single character, fullbody and full color, with the optional use of any official site backgrounds.



Finally, the Mystery Moose Gift Exchange signups are now open! This is an officially supported secret santa-style event, so if you're interested, visit this thread and sign up today! Both art and onsite gifts are accepted. Signups will close on December 2nd, so don't forget to register ASAP!

New Explore Previews

Our Explore Revamp is well underway!

If you haven't already heard, our current "large" project for Novilar (in between new items and features for the monthly Festivals) is a complete revamp of the Explore feature! This revamp is our biggest yet, and is going to revolutionize the way Explore works for all players. 

Overview of New Features:
  • New and improved User Interface 
  • The Explore feature will now run on Ajax, which means no more page refreshes (a huge boon to those with slower computers)
  • New Option steps will allow players to interact with elements of the environment and make choices on how to proceed, with a variety of available results! 
  • NPCs will appear in all regions, asking for help with various tasks in "mini-quests". 
  • Chance to gain steps and your active pet's hunger while exploring in random events. 
  • Eventual "mini-regions" that can be explored within the larger ten, with unique gameplay and rewards
  • New art and flavor text 
Look forward to this greatly improved feature with us! 

New Avatar Apparel

Practical and Party Glasses

Happy Sunday everyone! We would like to reveal a new Human Avatar apparel collection... glasses! These have been requested by the community, and we're happy to deliver. Whether you're getting ready to study or going out to party, Cecil in the Magnifique Boutique Shop will have you covered.