Hi guys! In a few weeks the beginning of the end of Blood and Roses begins... to end! /ahem
So, waaaaaay back in September we previewed the concept sketch that Oishii made for the refreshed Frydae and, today, the vampire lord's artwork is finally done (and it might mysteriously find its way to Book 1)!
The Goblin Vampire King
Oishii worked with me on the story for Blood and Roses and we strived to plan through the entire storyline and to lay out all the relevant background info. We talked about everything from how people are turned into vampires (need to be drained to the brink of death - too little and you don’t turn, fully drained you will actually die - then drink the vampires blood which is now mixed with yours) and werewolves (one bite and you're infected) in DFs Lore. We talked about what elements affect the curses and how lycanthropy is tried to the moon.
We also spent a lot of time discussing just who exactly these NPCs in the Doomwood were. What did they want? Why do they want it? Where did they come from? Making sure we understood the character, looking at things from their viewpoint, has given the NPCs in this arc a lot of depth... and a lot of secrets! Even Amaris has a full character profile and bio!
Here's the basic character info that that initial sketch of Frydae grew out of:
Former King of Darkovia
All flash, elitist - He’s always hidden in the shadows but now is starting to get bolder.
He’s drinking more blood, venturing out more and is starting to look and feel younger and vigorous.
He’s older looking and wizened - he hasn’t fed in years.
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Motivation: Create elite class of vampires from those humans he deems “worthy” enough that will take over Lore and rule the “peasant” class (i.e. anyone or any creature he doesn’t think worthy enough to be a vampire in his circle).
The vampires that follow him want to be part of that elite class.
Afraid/intimidated by Safiria, she’s never hidden in the shadows, she’s ancient and powerful, and she already has minions flocking to her even though she’s just awoken.
Frydae is clever and has bided his time but he's also arrogant and entitled... he's not content to let someone stronger just take what he thinks he deserves and he's willing to go to extreme lengths to get back to the top. Even to the point of giving up his own humanity for the power of darkness....
From The Dark Tower:
Frydae: Do you really think I care? Long ago, I was a King! I held the borders of Darkovia strong against the Drakath dynasty. I accepted this gift to complete my rule over this dark land, but that slug Drakath reduced me to hiding in the darkest shadows. Then he and his children and his children’s children took my kingdom, my legacy, for their own. The once mighty kingdom of Darkovia… reduced to a mere Doomwood within Greenguard. My own descendants were weak. Pitiful. Thursday is still the first and only being who is worthy of the gift I once foolishly offered you. Once she is ready, Thursday will be the first step to regaining my kingdom.
Despite the Drakaths countering his original scheme hundreds of years ago, he's doubling down now and betting that Thursday will be the final piece in his plan to see his kingdom regained and a new class of elite vampires to rule over it!
Frydae Final Concept Sketch
Lord Frydae the XIII
On July 17th, Frydae will finally have Thursday in his clutches in the Darkness Tower! Will Thursday finally be cursed by darkness? Will all of Frydae's machinations finally allow him to gain all the power and status he's always felt he deserved? There's only room for one royal in Doomwood and, with just two quests left in the Blood and Roses chain, which of the warring vampire clans will be the one to claim victory? And where will that leave everyone else that calls Doomwood home?
This week we continue with the Book 3 Amityvale arc!
After running through the Doomwood, searching for Thursday frantically through enemy camps, confronting dangerous foes and, ultimately, going back to Amityvale empty handed... the vampire queen is now summoning you back to her castle at the request of Thursday! What does her Highness have hidden up her elegant sleeve? Why has she kept Thursday hidden? What will you find on the shore of that blood red lake...?
New silver weapons can be yours if you survive your meeting....
The Drowned Fortress If you wish to explore the shattered remains of Sepulchure's Flying Fortress you can now access them through the Book 3 Travel Map, just look for the gold in the Bay in the Maguswood! Access to the Drowned Fortress will be coming to Book 3 Falconreach in the next few weeks as well.
While you and Raven have been off searching for Thursday, Magus Neron has been studying the blood samples you collected on the vampire and werewolf patrols and trying to learn more about the magic that causes these viral curses to infect humans and spread throughout their bodies. Even using the most powerful lenses and equipment available to the Rose there's only so much he can see, though.... If only there was something that could shrink you down to the right size!
Raven has always been very protective of Thursday, to the point of rushing heedlessly off into the wilds of Doomwood in an effort to find her after Thursday disappeared! This week you'll see how Raven ended up in Amityvale and Doomwood and be able to play as Raven herself! Will you be able to run and hide from all the dangers of Doomwood and make it to town? Or will fear and panic overwhelm you?
You'll need to have at least finished The Locket to get to Missed Raven!
You rushed to the Darkness Tower, then through myriad werewolf camps, and now... now you head to the castle of the Queen of Vampires herself, Safiria! Will you find Thursday among the queen's subjects?
Chaney has revealed that the vampire queen herself has taken residence in Doomwood and vampires have started to flock to her creating a new nest! Queen Safiria does not take kindly to trespassers though... Will you find Thursday in her castle? Or will your mad rush through the Doomwood end in sorrow?
If you need to refresh yourself on what has happened in Amityvale so far, you can check out TheRuinedShadow's YouTube channel! They've done an amazing job recording the cutscenes for our latest story arcs!
There was no visible sign of Thursday at the Darkness Tower... and Raven took off before you question Frydae more throughly. Did the werewolves manage to finally capture Thursday after their failed attempt during the Full Moon war? Or will your reckless run through the woods end in blood?
The Frostval storybook is live! Log in now to play through all of Frostval's past and to grab the new, higher level versions of the classic weapons! There's also a brand new preview of the revamped Frost Moglin Armor (thanks Ash!)! Log in now and head to Frostvale through the button in your Book of Lore!
Amityvale Unfortunately, I write too much and poor Tomix is sick! The newest quest in Amityvale should be ready to go for you by tomorrow, though! Are you ready for Bitten, though?
As you and Raven rush south to try and find some... any sign of Thursday, the clock continues to tick down. Where did she go? Did someone take her? Is she even still alive or... has she been reborn as something new? You must find her before yours and Raven's worst fears come true!
This week you'll search through the werewolf camps in the Doomwood south of Amityvale but will you find what you seek? Or will blindly rushing from one possible enemy to the next bite you in the behind?
With Thursday missing, and your only clue being the blood magic infused gift she took with her, it's time to head into the Doomwood to find the ancient Darkness Tower and question it's ancient inhabitant, Lord Frydae XIII! Will you find Thursday there? Will she still be human?
This week you will confront Lord Frydae to find out his involvement with Thursday's locket and her disappearance. You'll also get to find out more tidbits of information regarding Frydae's past and there's even a mention of the Drakath* dynasty!
*Yes, you’ve been calling Drakath by his last name the whole time! Long, loooong ago it might have been different but, it’s been said, if you try and call them Slugwrath now it’s taken as an insult!
The DF team has battled through sickness to bring you a new quest (late) this week! A mysterious gift infused with strange magic has been left in Thursday's room. She refuses to give up her new necklace and now more danger seems to be gathering outside Amityvale's walls!
This week you guys will get to take a closer look at Magus Neron. He needs your help with a special mission that his own soldiers have been unable to carry out. Will you brave the Doomwood surrounding Amityvale on one of the Blood Patrols? The creatures of the night are waiting….
If you're successful in your mission, a special cape created by Dracelix will be your reward!
Earlier in the week we shared NPC art that is being worked on for two of the major players that will appear later in the Book 3 Amityvale arc. Tonight, I want to share a little bit about what you guys can expect for tomorrow!
Magus Neron has a very important task that he can only trust to a hero... someone not afraid of werewolves, vampires, or curses! Which is pretty much you. Will you head out on one of the Blood Patrols that protects the walls of Amityvale? All the creatures of the night that lurk in the shadows of the woods are waiting for you....
The ancient, beautiful Queen of Vampires has awoken and now looks to reestablish her bygone kingdom of Darkovia and fill her eventide halls and lands with purely vampiric citizens! The Moon has begun to wane and phase over the Doomwood, though, as the presence of the Rose is slowly draining the magic from the land... and the long-standing pact that once ensured permanent night might be shattered by the coming dawn.
A former King, Lord Frydae XIII has skulked in the shadows waiting, and watching, for the perfect descendant to pass along the gift of immortality... the gift of vampirism! Thursday is that descendant. She is the one who will became the face of his new class of elite vampires that will rule over the Doomwood!
As the years have passed, Frydae has become bolder. He’s begun to welcome vampires that he deems worthy to his court in his dark tower and he has forced even more vampiric ghouls and werewolves into his service. The more blood he gorges on, the younger and more vigorous he feels… the better to compete with the beautiful vampire that leads the other nest in Doomwood….
Book 3 Amityvale is now live! Dracelix and Tomix put a lot of work into this new, safer, more secure town. While it still lives under the threat of vampires, werewolves, ghouls, yagas, lawyers, and more, the strong walls and the presence of the Rose keeps the townpeople safe... as long as they don't wander too far!
This week you'll be able to explore "The Other Well" and "Swamp Lake" in an effort to help townskitties and to find clues for Thursday. The town Alchemsmith also has a new set of poison weapons for sale!
For a fun note, 1098 quests and towns have been created since the "Crystal Clear Lake" quest... which sees it's remake/refresh tonight in Swamp Lake!
As the weeks go on though, Thursday will become even more obsessed with finding out the reason for her being hunted. Will you and Raven be able to keep her safe from all the factions in Doomwood (not just the werewolves) that want to get ahold of her? All new quests are coming soon!
It's DragonFable's 8th birthday week and it has been a busy one! We have stuff from Tomix, Oishii, Verlyrus, Ash, Dracelix, and Cronix this week!
Friday the 13th: Full Moon Book 3 Amityvale is under attack! Were-creatures are stalking through Doomwood and they're intent on tearing down the town! There is one week to defeat all the werewolves, werebats, and wereligers... or Book 3 Amityvale will be destroyed! Thursday and her best friend, Raven, are going to need all the help they can get!
IF you can unlock the boss in time on Friday, then Book 3 Amityvale will be saved (and, after a few weeks of work to repair the damage, it will be added in game soon after)!
Earth, Water, and Fire Primal Skills Ash and Verlyrus have been working on bringing you the lost Primal skills for DragonFable's birthday this year! You can log in now and head to Book 3 Sunbreeze to start questing for them! The quests are available when you talk to Elysia about gaining the Primal Skills!
I wonder how those adult primal skills will influence the kid verison of your dragon...!
Bugs SMASHED!! Ash has been working his fingers to the bone to smash and smoosh bugs too!
CCEDL sound and color customization now works
Male DoomKnight Break does 2 hits now, as intended
Book 3 Ash no longer sticks on potion drinking
Book 3 Ash - Blade of Justice now working as intended
ChronoCorrupter no longer has a random grey cape
Special Present Still Coming! Verlyrus has been working on an ultra secret, super cool, long awaited project as well! It won't be ready for you guys until closer to the end of summer but he'll announce what it is at the beginning of next week and then keep you updated on his progress as it comes together!
So many people on soooo many different projects! The DragonFable team is super busy this week!
Braughlmurk Cape The ruins of a once great Paladin order sit on the edge of a foggy beach.... Are you brave enough to explore the fallen towers and murky crypts? Will you venture into one of it's many random dungeons and collect the Braughlmurk Bindings and Shadow Bone Shards left behind from the great battle that destroyed the Cape town? Robin and Roblos are betting you are....
Pictured: Not Robin and Roblos!
MOP Hits Amityvale! Eric Greydawn, the Lady and Chainsword all converged on the office this week and have determined that something... several somethings, are disturbing the wildlife in the woods outside of Amityvale! This week a new random quest will appear on the Amityvale path to help the MOP team clear out those woods!
In other words, Eric now can make random quests! He just laughed evilly when I asked how big the map was going to be....
DragonLord Things Ghost is working on getting the evolved and color custom versions of the DragonLord Armor available for you guys this week! Rolith has also been following the thread about the skills on the forums and will be working on the class on Friday.
Dracelix has also created an amazing new house for DF's birthday that will be available Friday in Dragonsgrasp!
The Iglica - Coming Soon! Tomix is working on the next Atrea expansion! The Iglica (the word for spire in Atealan) towers in the center of Atrea. It houses the throne room of the Atealan Empress and the training rooms for the Atealan classes!
Tomix wanted me to point out the shading is not done yet!
The Iglica will not open this week, but soooooooon!
Tomix is also working on the backgrounds for a very twisted dreamscape. Kathool isn't back... so who's mind (or minds!) are you going to venture into?!