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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. 

 

    

Welcome to November!

New Pet Apparel and an Avian NPC

Welcome to November! We’ve had our fill of October treats, and the winter chill has begun to set in all across Novilar.

Now that winter is coming, many of the animals have begun to hunt for more food to keep themselves warm and healthy for the winter! Have you noticed the tiny mourning dove in the marketplace? Now an NPC, this little bird is very hungry and hoping you’ll come around town to feed them. Once a day, you can hand over the food item(s) this clever dove is craving in exchange for some gold it’s been hoarding. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to take home one of exclusive minipets or Avatar apparel items, which are only achievable through this new feature!

   

The pets of Novilar have also come together and gotten dressed up for… a tea party! Fancy pets can get all dressed up with this cute new set which includes a White Ruffle Band, a White Ruffle Accent, a Delicate Teacup, a White Ruffle Collar, and a Cute White Hat. 


The Wolf Guardian’s echoing howls have begun to ring out across all of the regions of Novilar, summoning everyone together at the base of the mountains. It sounds like she will make an appearance soon. What could Wolf have to say…?

Raven Contest Results

Congrats to everyone who entered!

Thank you everyone for celebrating the first ever Death Raven's Festival with us! Your contest submissions were all brilliant, and it was remarkably difficult to select only a few to win the Grand Prizes. So difficult, in fact, that we decided to add a Third Place winner in order to honor one more participant in all three categories! First place wins a Death Totem, Second place wins 5 Crystals, and Third place will receive a Death Feather... and everyone who participated will receive their category's exclusive icon and vista!

Without further ado, the winners for the contests (and their entries) are...

Pumpkin Art Contest 

First Prize goes to Vixen (#57)


Second Prize goes to Akikira (#492)



Third Prize goes to Morgan (#854)



Haunted Haiku Contest


First Prize goes to sprangy (#1490)

velvet wings release;
those who wish to find cleansing
soon shall find their peace

Second Prize goes to Morigale (#664)

Rivers gone stagnant
Savannah burns to ashes
Corruption spreading

Third Prize goes to EnviousRobin (#929)

The Death Raven flies
Watching over Existence
Endlessly, He Waits


Festive Pet Contest 

First Prize goes to Lune (#121)
Plague impressed us with his well-written and lore-friendly bio. What a story to accompany an otherwise common Corrupted Eagle! We found it to be very believable within the world of Novilar, and a great fit for the season. Plague may indeed be an apostle of the Death Raven itself. 

Pet (#4976)

Second Prize goes to Nova (#29)
Sekhmet's appearance and bio were very cohesive! We loved how Nova used a variety of pet apparel in order to create a neat (and rather bloodthirsty) character, based upon Old World myths and legends. 

Pet (#3989)

Third Prize goes to Amerlan (#773)
Ekho delighted us both with his festive markings and background! What a clever way to create the illusion of a fox fading into its surroundings by selecting some of its marking colors from the background itself. 

Pet (#4608)

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This news post isn't all about contest winners, however! As October comes to an end and we turn towards November (Wolf's Month), we don't want to let you forget about our transitioning Patreon Items! Current October Patreons will receive the all-new Graveyard Snake Skin, and everyone else can grab a Purple Hood from the Treasure Chest in the bank during the month of November!


  

Community Update

New Minigame and Login Rewards

Happy Wednesday! We're here for a nice batch of community updates, so read on...
Paintbrushes, Deluxe Paintbrushes, and Crystal Paintbrushes all received a significant price reduction in the Crystal Exchange shop! Reprinting costs have also been cut in half, and now only cost one crystal per skin reprint. Making custom skins and pet apparel is now more affordable than ever, thanks to community feedback. Artists rejoice! 

  • Log in to Novilar multiple days in a row for a small Gold Coin bonus! If you keep it up for a week straight, you'll earn yourself an Item Cache.
  • Your first ten forum posts in a day will now award a small amount of gold coins! 
  • We've added lots of new achievements, and several colorful icon awards for when you unlock them. These changes will be finalized on Thursday at rollover, so don't panic if you miss any new achievements before then! 
  • Numerous small bug fixes across the site. 

We also released a challenging new Slider Minigame! Slide the puzzle pieces into the correct slots to reveal images of the Guardians. The fewer moves you use to solve it, the better chance you have at getting a high score. 

New Feature: Dyes

Apply a special new marking to your pet!


Tristan and Kael have been collaborating on a side project, and are finally ready to tell everyone what they’ve been up to...
  

Check out the Knowledgebase Article for detail on Dyes. 

Tristan
: Team Ouroboros is proud to announce the release of our newest Alchemical and Artistic collaboration: Dyes! Using these new methods we have developed, you can now apply an additional “dye” marking on your pet. Unlike markings, Dyes can be applied after a pet has already been born or created, and the dye can be applied or washed off whenever you desire. Sounds pretty great, right? 

Kael: I told you not to give a “team name” to scholarly inquisition. You sound ridiculous. 

Tristan: Team Ouroboros forever! 

Kael: I’m never working with you again. 



Cecil has also released his final set of Human Apparel, now stocking in the Festival Stall. Were you wanting a little more variety to your witch costume? He has you covered! 

     

Community Update

Fox & the Food Box, New Apparel, and a Skin
As the nights grow longer and the days grow colder, the Festival of the Death Raven is well underway! 

Enjoy our new (and very first) minigame: Fox and the Food Box! Help the tricksy fox raid the Simple Delights food stores by matching pairs of food items, and win gold coins and a chance at a high score for your devious efforts. This simple matching game should delight with its charming graphics and a simple tune to match. 

Cecil also unveiled a spooky new outfit for the festival, which is currently stocking in the Festival Stall:

   

Finally, an Alligator seems to have gone rogue and drowned itself in Arcane Goo! Is this a problem... or a new aesthetic? Anyone who has achieved level three (practitioner) in crafting can now create this new skin. 

Community Update

Pet and Avatar Wardrobes + New Items

Thanks to your suggestions, we've implemented three new features for you to enjoy, plus a few fun new potion items!

Plan out your next perfect outfit with the new Human Avatar Changing Room feature. Now you'll be able to see what every wearable item on-site looks like before you buy it, and see how it coordinates with other wearable items you own. If you want to customize even further, you can now remake your Human Avatar for a simple 5,000 gold coin fee! This means you can change your eyes, hair, skin tone - whatever you want. Since we don't want to leave out your beloved pets, we also made a Changing Room feature for them as well. Access it by visiting any one of your pet's "edit items" page! 

And now for the new potions, both stocking in the Crystal Exchange

 The Maturity Potion instantly makes your pet a breedable adult! 

 The Eternal Youth Potion makes your pet a cute lil baby... forever!