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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! 

Community Update

New marking and festival scenes!

Hello again everyone! Having a nice Death Raven's Month? As a reward for your bug-testing patience, we have released a few new updates ahead of schedule. Introducing three spooky new festival scenes to unlock as backgrounds for your pets!

  

Also introducing the new rare fullbody marking Brindle! Go check it out on your favorite pet species in the Pet Demo.



Thank you for your kindness while we dealt with the bug from last night and today - it forced us to temporarily pause our Pet Update Image script, but should be resolved! You are free to purify and create new pets as normal - any pets with broken images or smaller visual errors can be refreshed from your territory. Giving birth should resume as normal at approximately rollover tonight while we work out the last few fleeting bugs and make sure the system's back in its proper order. Please report any lingering issues here

Community Contests

Festival of the Death Raven Continues
The Festival of the Death Raven is off to a great start, but there's even more to announce! 

Community Contests 

The town has gathered together to welcome all newcomers in the form of three festive activities! Each contest gives you the chance get creative and win some fantastic prizes (even for simply participating) so read on to find out more. Three First Place Winners (one from each category) will win one Death Totem each, and three runners-up (one from each category) will each win 5 crystals... shiny premium currency!

Pumpkin Art Contest: Light up the town with your creative jack-o-lantern art and give yourself the chance to win this category's Grand Prize Death Totem. See the Art Contest Thread for details. (types of submissions are varied and can incorporate drawing, painting, sculpture, a real pumpkin carving, or any other creative visual medium.) Everyone who participates in this category will be rewarded with an event-exclusive icon and vista.

Holiday Haiku Contest: Feeling inspired? Put your feelings into words! Submit a haiku poem about the Death Raven’s festivities in the Haiku Contest Thread. Topics for your poem can include pumpkins, the Death Raven, or absolutely anything else that might suit the Halloween-esq theme. Scary or silly, we want to read them all! Everyone who participates in this category will be rewarded with an event-exclusive icon and vista.

Festive Pet Contest: Are your pets also getting into the October Spirit? Show off your prettiest (or spookiest) halloween-themed pet for the chance to take home Grand Prize in this category! Enter your own pets by visiting the Pet Contest Thread. Pets may reflect the October theme in colors, markings, apparel, skins, name, description, or all of the above. Everyone who participates in this category will be rewarded with an event-exclusive icon and vista.

  

Changes to the Crystal Trade
: We're pleased to announce that we've made a change to the crystal exchange system in the bank. Now when you exchange crystals at the bank those crystals are listed for other users to buy with gold! This will minimize currency injection, regulating the economy a bit better, and allow players an opportunity to get crystals for gold in a controlled and fair way. We will be monitoring this new system carefully. 

Patreon Announcements: As requested, we will now announce each month's Treasure Chest drop. If you use a Patreon Key this month, you will receive... a Mechanical Horse Skin! Last Month's Patreon rewards and custom skins are also ready to be sent out to all participating users! The new rewards for September are TWO new Avatar Apparel items: the Toxic Bandanna and the Skull Bandana. We are waiting for the payment to clear from all current Patreons, but once that gets processed, Patreons will receive these two new items in their accounts. Enjoy!

  

Festival of the Death Raven

An October Celebration!
The Death Raven is starting to be seen overhead more often than usual, and even the Guardians are at rest from their normal business to observe a month claimed by one of the Ravens themselves. The Death Raven’s power seems stronger now than ever before, and a unique discovery has been made at the Crystal Exchange…?


The Shaman holds up a Death Totem. It seems to be carved delicately from some kind of stained wood, and its jeweled eye glitters as the Shaman turns it over in his odd clawed hands. You wonder rather suddenly at the similarities between the Shaman’s hands and a raven’s feet.

“The Death Totem harbors a piece of the Death Raven’s unique magic. You can use it to purify the heart of a creature while keeping its post-corruption form. Some of the creatures in the wild have become accustomed to their new bodies, and while all wish to be rid of the corruption at their core, they do not want to return to their former state. The Death Totem grants this wish.” The Shaman informs you gravely. 

Death Totems allow you to create a Corrupted Pet! Instead of selecting markings like with the other totems, customization sliders allow you to change your chosen species’ colors, brightness, and saturation in order to create a custom corrupted pet image. Once saved, your new corrupted pet will act the same as a normal pet - but corrupt pets are unable to wear apparel or breed at this time. 

Some pets, wary of their new neighbors since the appearance of the Death Totem, have taken up wearing Plague Masks, Black Hoods, and Black Cloaks (despite having no assurances that either would help them resist the corruption, should it take hold). Other pets have wholeheartedly embraced the others’ new forms and are wearing Skull Masks to celebrate! Available for the more neutral-minded pets in your territory are Autumn Hoods and Autumn Cloaks. All of these new pet apparel items can be picked up in the Festival Stall. 

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Several new minipets have also appeared for the Death Raven’s Month! Perhaps the Witch Cat has caught your fancy? Or maybe this fuzzy Tarantula is more your style. The Ancient Skull and Ominous Skull appear to be looking your way in particular, you might want to check them out. Lastly, carve your own Grinning Pumpkin by learning the recipe with a new crafting scroll! 


There is word around town that Cecil has been roped into the holiday spirit as well. This master Tailor has designed a new Human Avatar Apparel option for festive folks! Become a Pumpkin Witch with these new apparel items, now stocking in the Festival Stall. He’s promised Claire, his daughter, that he will make more apparel throughout the month, so keep an eye out for even more clothes to choose from in the coming weeks.

Not to be outdone, Allen has also revealed some festive treats that he made especially for this month’s celebration! Chow down on a massive Pumpkin, or delight your pets with a variety of other themed dessert items available in the Simple Delights shop. 

Community Update

Crafting Overhaul and Soup Kitchen

Progress and Bug Fixes from the Development Team:

  • You are now able to cancel outgoing requests and ui improvements have been made to the requests page
  • Chat has been tweaked to avoid security holes and to allow for posts up to 250 characters long (up from 100).
  • To help stimulate pet economy, pregnancy has been increased to 5 days and totem drop rate has been reduced for Guardian Quests and Feather Offerings.
  • Interest rates in the bank now reward the correct amount of gold.
  • Explore now displays drops and events above the scene image as per request. 
  • You can now view the “father” of a pregnant pet from the notice in their territory.
  • User territories now have tooltips that display more information about the pets.
  • If you have under 2,000 gold both on hand and in the bank, you can visit Simple Delights and Allen will feed your pet for free!
  • Alchemist perk has finally been coded, and has undergone a minor change, now reducing the crafting timer of any tool by 25%.
  • Last, but certainly not least, crafting has received a major overhaul. This overhaul should eliminate most of the bugs associated with crafting and recipes and allows you to set your ingredients in any order without failing (though you still must only craft one recipe at a time). You can even quick craft straight from recipe book! Any players who have unlocked recipes (like via Scroll) may see those re-locked incorrectly due to the crafting update - but not to worry! we are executing a manual fix that should not take more than 24 hours. 
Thank you for reading this newest batch of updates, and make sure to keep an eye out for tomorrow's news! October is without a Guardian and instead hosts the unique celebration of the Death Raven, which will come with a lot to do and see throughout the month. ;)