Welcome to MarchFestival of the Horse
Welcome to the Festival of the Horse Guardian! This month, Novilar will come together to celebrate all things Equine. While the townspeople make their festival preparations, we have a few exciting first-of-the-month announcements!
Three mustang minipets have trotted their way out of the Grasslands... and into our hearts. There are three different ways to achieve these frolicking equines: the Painted Mustang is craftable by level four (senior) crafters, the Chestnut Mustang can be found while roaming the Grasslands in Explore, and the Dappled Mustang is for sale in the Festival Stall for this month only!
Helpful AwardWe are pleased to award this month's Helpful Trophy to smokingponies (#1876)! They are, simply put, one of the most helpful and generous players on site, with a long history of helping players in Chat while asking nothing in return. Their inspiring attitude and generous spirit makes Smoke a perfect fit for this trophy. Congratulations! If there's someone you think deserves this award, feel free to go nominate them in the thread.
Skin of the Month Winner
We were thrilled to receive some beautiful entries for this month's Skin of the Month Contest! It was extremely difficult to choose, but there can unfortunately only be one winner. This month, that winner is... the Bengal Cat Skin by Yuu (#20). Their winning skin will be stocking in the Festival Stall during March, after which it will retire permanently.
Celebration of LoveAppreciating friends, family, and significant others
Today, everyone in Novilar is alight with love! We all have someone who loves us dearly - whether it's a friend, family member, or significant other. Celebrate the Day of Love with some delicious treats stocking for a limited time in the Festival Stall. There are Cookies and Chocolate Covered Strawberries for you and your pets to enjoy!
The Guardians respect and cherish the Children of the Portal - you and your peers, the ones they've chosen to join them in Novilar. Today, they will be rewarding all completed Altar Quests with special Human Avatar wearables and Minipets! Complete all ten Guardian Quests for the best chance of earning all five items.
**UPDATE: The Valentine's Items are now temporarily stocking in the Festival Stall! These items will re-appear as a part of the Love Day minievent next year (along with some new treats), but if you would rather complete your collection immediately, now's your chance. :) They will cycle out of the Festival Stall on February 28th, approximately midnight server time.
A Walk in the WoodsNew Festival-themed HA Apparel
There may have been a frenzy of Cats recently, but Deer himself has not been forgotten! Enjoy your journeys through the forest with this new Human Avatar apparel, and blend into the lovely foliage:
Or perhaps you would like to wear a more literal tribute to Deer? Antler Apparel (pictured in the bottom center of the new items) is now craftable for Level 3 crafters of all professions! The rest can be picked up for a reasonable price at the Festival Stall. After the festival is over, you may find these items in the Magnifique Boutique.
The Cat Frenzy Continues!Cat Companions and Pet Apparel
Claire holds up an armful of colorful fabric. “I keep trying to put normal clothes on the new cats, but every time I do, they tears up all my hard work!” She sighs dramatically and cuddles her tiny otter against her face. “There are a couple things they seem to be okay with though! I made this little Cat Bell and some Cat Ribbons, and they seems to like wearing them okay.”
She pouts and cuddles her tiny otter, who appears to be sound asleep. “Until I think of more clothes for the cats, I think I'll ask one of the Artisans for help – their Skins? will probably do the trick.”
...And speaking of skins! There is a new Skin of the Month Contest going on right now until the end of the month - check out This Thread if you're interested in participating! The winner will receive 6 crystals, an exclusive contest icon, and two copies of their winning skin.
There are also a few minor updates around Novilar - the maximum territory sizes have increased to 200 pets, to account for the new species and give players a little more room to grow! The Crystal to Gold exchange rate in the Bank has also increased to 1 crystal = 15,000 gold. We hope these are some positive updates as everyone waits with bated breath for the Explore Overhaul, which I'm happy to report is coming down the assembly line at a steady pace.
But you wanted more Cats, didn't you? Also stocking in the Festival Stall are three new Cat Companion HA items! Choose a calico, a bobtail, or a siamese to walk alongside your HA this month.
Feline FriendsNew Pet Species: Cats!
Deer stepped out from the shadow of the trees and gently nudged forward a small cat with its large branch-like antlers. “I have seen the care you all have taken with the creatures we've tasked you with. Here today, I have brought forward another companion, one who I discovered living in my Forest. Though not as magically inclined or perhaps as intelligent as the creatures made in our own image,” Deer shook his antlers, scattering a few loose leaves to the breeze. “I know you will care for them all the same. This is my gift to you – treat them well. With the other Guardian's permission, I have blessed them with the markings found on all other species, so you may breed at will.”
Novilar's first minor pet species has been released! You can create new pet cats with a Cat Totem (awarded by Deer for completing quests at the Forest Altar or via offering Deer Life Feathers) or a Mythic Cat Totem (sold in the Festival Stall). Learn more about minor pet species in this Knowledgebase Article.
Festival of the DeerWelcome to February!
Welcome to the Month of the Deer! We've got an exciting festival planned, so stay tuned...
New fawn minipets have appeared in the forest! The normal Fawn and Albino Fawn can be discovered by exploring in the Forest, or by making offerings and completing item quests for the Deer Guardian at the Forest Altar. The Melanistic Fawn can be crafted by anyone at the Senior level of their profession. All three little fawns can be equipped to your active pet, and after 1,000+ steps in explore, will grow up into a unique new stag minipet! Check this Knowledgebase Article for details on the "hatchable" minipet ability.
We reviewed nominations for the Helpful Trophy via this thread, and decided that this month's recipient will be DW (#19)! They have a history of helping new players when online, including generous giveaways when someone is trying to finish a quest. They are always cool, calm, and collected, with a great attitude to boot. Congrats, DW! If there's someone you think deserves this award, feel free to go nominate them in the thread!
Skin of the Month Winner
We were thrilled to receive some beautiful entries for this month's Skin of the Month Contest! It was extremely difficult to choose, but there can unfortunately only be one winner. This month, that winner is... the Creeping Vines Skin by Xanthius (#1971). Their winning "accent" skin will be stocking in the Festival Stall during February, after which it will retire permanently.
Special Message from Deer!
Deer, the Patron Guardian of the Keepers, has been leaving behind enigmatic messages in the forest for passing explorers to discover – carved stretches of bark that appear to heal overnight, and moss forming letters on rocks. When the explorers of the forest gathered to compile the messages they've seen, they seem to spell out Deer's plan to reward the humans of Novilar for taking care of the animals given to them by the Guardians... and something about a new companion?
Eagle FestivalOne final January update
As we near the end of Eagle's Festival, we have one last January update for everyone.
A second coloration of the Carousel Pet Apparel Set has appeared in the Festival Stall! Enjoy dressing your pets up in all of these new pastel pieces. The festival eggs (Glacial, Flame, and Harmonic) have also begun stocking in the Festival Stall! They will retire permanently after January is over, but will remain hatchable into their Phoenix counterparts. That means if you want to stock some up for a rainy day, or to sell to other users down the road, now's your chance!
Winged WondersTake to the skies with your Avatar!
Happy Sunday, Novilar! We have a small update on the Eagle's Festival for you.
Ever wanted to take to the skies like Eagle herself? Dream no longer - the Festival Stall is stocking a collection of magnificent feathered wings and tails for everyone to enjoy! Make yourself look like a Red-Tailed Hawk with the Brown Wings and Red Tail, or align yourself with one of the Ravens with the Black or White set of feathers. Feeling colorful? Go all-out with a set of brilliant macaw wings.
We hope everyone has a lovely week! We'll leave you with this teaser:
The results of our most recent poll, and a preview of what's to come...
Pet SanctuaryReleasing baby pets, plus new pet apparel
Hello Citizens of Novilar! We're here again with a news update for you.
Players are now able to release their unwanted baby pets to a lovely little sanctuary run by the same NPC who can be found at the Festival Stall - Sefina! She'll take good care of your babies, and offers you 500 gold coins for each one you drop off with her. Please be aware that leaving them at this sanctuary is functionally the same as deleting them from the server, so choose this option carefully.
There is a new pet apparel set - the Golden Carousel! All six pieces in the set will make any pet look like a painted carousel animal... this set includes the pole, two bows, a halter, a tasseled blanket, and a tasseled neck piece. Fancy!
And finally, just a reminder to vote on this thread if you haven't already. We're letting YOU choose the next pet species, so don't miss out! Voting for the next pet species will close on Monday, January 16th. We will still be accepting submissions for our Skin Contest for the rest of the month (closing on January 31st). It's got some really nice prizes, so check it out!
Feathered GownsNew avatar hair, dresses, and accents!
Welcome! Now that the Festival of the Eagle is well underway, we're here with another exciting newspost... this time featuring some new Human Avatar apparel!
Five different styled wigs in a variety of natural colors are now stocking in the Festival Stall shop! These new hairstyles allow you to layer your hair over (or under) your clothing, and gives you more flexibility with your Human Avatar's appearance. They also allow you to make a quick and less expensive change to your hair, without having to do a complete avatar make-over.
In the mood for some fancy new apparel? These elaborate Feathered Gowns are perfect for celebrating the new year, as well as honoring Eagle's Festival! If you want to go more subtle, you can simply slip one of these Black or White Feathers behind your ear - it's sure to be good luck as you go about your travels this month. These new items will be stocking in the Festival Stall.
Patreon rewards for December have been delivered! Everyone who pledged received a unique Falconry Hood for their eagle pets to wear. The Chests in the bank have also been reset, and if you happen to be in possession of a Patreon Key, this month's Patreon Chest will open to the Cyborg Arm HA item! Don't miss your chance to grab one. :)