The update to Ranger class is finally here and ready to be tested! Verlyrus, Dracelix, Ashendal, Niki, and more have worked hard to bring you this newly reworked class! If you have a Dragon Amulet, you can log in now and find the armor button in your Book of Lore! Let us know what you think on the forums!
There are also two new randoms in Duat, in the Book 3 Sandsea! Talk to the Scarab Guards to see what they need help with and to collect Shards of Obsidian for new ring and weapon rewards!
The mics are getting warmed up, the lights are getting focused, and two new bards have rolled into town with a challenge for Sir Stephan of Coldbear. Coming soon, in a special Tuesday release on September 8th, who will win the Fight for Late Night?!
This weekend a new minihub has been set up outside the southern Falconreach gates in Book 3! Log in now to speak with the mage, Gingkage, and her enormous wolf, Blaze!
Something has been terrorizing the farmers between Falconreach and Swordhaven. Will you be able to find it and stop it? Or are you just going to be lured into the depths of Betrubung?
Father of Mine Later this weekend a brand new cutscene quest will be added to the Roirr storyline! You'll be able to find out more about the First Weaver and his children... and the aftermath of what happened in Ull!
After all your exploration and discovery in the Deadlands it's time to find out what is happening right now with Caitiff and the cultists! You'll need to find an old "friend" to get some answers and their help with spying into the Shadows!
Be very careful though... enough mistakes and you'll get... it's attention.
Book 3 Dracolich Fishing If you have a Dragon Amulet you can now fish off the crashed dracolich in Book 3! We really, really, really, really, really, really, do NOT reccomend that your character eat any fish that have grown up and lived in waters where darkness infused monsters have been decaying for several years.
Note: Some of the fish really like you and stick in your aquarium if you've completed the Book 1 fishing already. We're trying to track down why they love you so much and will hopefully find out on Monday.
The Friday the 13th releases seemed to be fraught with misfortune! We need a little more time to get some polish on the scrying runes but the main quest will be available tomorrow!
In the meantime, Dracolich Fishing is now live in Book 1 for those of you far enough along in the storyline! This was meant as an alternative for those of you who didn't want to risk the dangers of scrying... but, the good news is I've been wondering what severals years of decaying darkness would do to the denizens of the Bay... and it's not pretty. I'm going to push to try and get Book 3 Dracolich Fishing ready for you guys for tomorrow too so that those that don't want to scry can fish up some... unappetizing alternatives.
You've found out about Serenity's past life as Dyana, Jaysun's Shadow Cape, the bloody history of the warlod Valtrith clan, and the Cultist massacre at Castle Nostromo by the Void Queen. Now, you need to find out how the Cult survived and thrived after waking Dyana, why Dyana ended up in Falconreach to start a new life as Serenity, and what Caitiff has been doing after Jaysun took that life from Serenity. You'll also need to track down an old... friend to answer a few questions about wars long past.
Be very careful, though, you'll need to use all your concentration to scry using those Darkness runes. When you peer into the shadows, one mistake, and a Shadow might peer back at you.
Warning: This quest may be too scary for those that suffer from heart conditions, asthma, or any type of mental, physical, or respiratory problems!
The ancestral home of the Valtrith Clan is enormous, with 54 rooms for you to explore as you try to hunt down whatever it is that is now using Nostromo as it's lair.... there are mouseover throughout the castle with more information, two chests with new belts to find, and a brand new helm for you to loot if you can defeat the current tenant!
There's only one thing in Castle Nostromo that can take any of your party out, and it's big. You have two choices, you can play as Symone and search the Castle for the perfect weapon to deal with the monster that's playing cat and mouse with you... or you can stick with the Hero and Valencia to learn more about Jaysun and sister Dyana!
As Symone hunts through the castle make sure to pay very close attention to your surroundings! It just might help you survive the night....
Just remember to watch your step and that some spots are more dangerous than others....
A huge thank you to the MechQuest team, Maegwyn, and Ashendal, and the AQW team and Alina for their help with additional art for this quest!
You and your friends have climbed up from the depths of the Valtrith Tomb but you haven't made your escape just yet...
In the depths of the Wastelands, on the peak of a lonely mountain, lies the ruins of Castle Nostromo, the ancestral home of the Valtrith Clan, now long abandoned... or is it? Something... pure, survives. Something unclouded by conscience, absent remorse, and without any delusions of morality.
With the alarms blaring it's time for you to help Elryn and the others finally break free from the third floor of the Runed Fortress! Will the thorns of the Espina Rosa give up her prey so easily though?
With the attack on the Queen's castle and Thursday taken, Safiria is out for blood. This time, though, Frydae is prepared for her assault... and while Safiria and the lycans work their way through the silver barrage outside only you, Hero, can rush through the tower to save Thursday from eternal darkness!
If you can reach Thursday in time new Giant and Golden Bat Wing rewards can be yours. There's also a special DC shop for those you that covet the wings of the Queen!
Dracolich Fishing! I have been working on a new fishing spot for you guys! Who doesn't want to relax for the afternoon on the slick, unsteady bones of a crashed dracolich? The good news? I totally got the reflection of the bones just right. The bad news? It's totally broken and only saves the last fish you caught.
Verlyrus and Ashendal are on it though! If they can figure out what I did to just totally, totally, toooootally break all the things then Dracolich Fishing should be coming soooooon(-ish)(maybe).
I wonder what a couple years of decaying darkness does to a fish population....
We're all working hard on release stuff for you guys! Ashendal is working on some new weapons and items for DC packages, Verlyrus is working on ranger-y things, I'm thinking up funny fish names and descriptions, Tomix is animating his fingers down to soul-bones, and Safiria... well, Safiria seems to be falling to pieces....
ergotth also created an awesome piece of art after yesterday's Design Notes!
This weekend blood will flow in DragonFable as Frydae's plans and machinations have finally gotten Thursday in his clutches! Queen Safiria, Raven, Lon, Chaney, and the hero are all in pursuit of the gigantic bat but don't think that Lord Frydae will be caught unprepared this time....
Will the last of the Frydae line finally fall to the vampire curse?
The Book 3 Amityvale quest has a lot of animation, a whole new monster version of Frydae, and Tomix is still refusing to live in the giant soulweaver totally-not-a-monster-hamster-ball orb that I sent to Poland, so the quest itself will very likely be a Saturday release. I've been working on a small side project though so, never fear, you'll still have a smaller update on Friday too! Just think of it as an extra day to polish your silver and stock up on garlic...
On October 26th, 2006, Artix Entertainment premiered its first ever animated short, Artix vs. The Undead!
You can even play through Artix vs. The Undead in DragonFable's Necropolis chain! The very first war in DragonFable was the Undead Assault. Artix, always fighting for the light, has even exorcized the three spirits of Frostval!
What we're saying is he really, really, really, really likes destroying undead creatures.
Coming soon, you'll be able to help your favorite paladin in his eternal quest to rid the world of the evil undead! The original Undead Assault minigame has been resurrected by Kraken and it'll be up to you to play as Artix himself and take out all the shambling skeletons, flying eyeballs, and other disturbed dead using your trusty axe... or maybe even a little dragon fire*!
*Also, doesn't that dragon look super amazing?
The best part? You won't even need to drag around your desktop to help rid the world of the undead. You'll be able to up your undead-slaying game while on the move, whether you're using Android or Apple!
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?
San Robin has written a new quest for us this week! Log in now and head to the Book 3 Falconreach weapon shop to help Lim with the newest problem in his basement...
Dracelix has made some gorgeous new weapons as drops for the release!
Ashendal has gotten the Fire Soul weapon rewards live in the burnt house in Swordhaven for those of you that have finished the Alexander quest line. There is also new artwork for the Destiny upgrades that also went live this week! Dracelix has created shiny and bright new art for them!
I would like to let you know that the end of Espina Rosa will not come this week and that instead it will be due for another week (not next week). I know we said in the last DNs we were going to do it this week however between Tomix not feeling too well and my mild burnout from my Terran analog’s new job, we decided best to postpone it to the next available date. There will be a light release this week instead (make sure to wish Tomix well!).
In the mean time, I will make sure to brush up on the script as much as possible. After all, you will not be able to leave Espina Rosa without facing the final boss of the Fortress.
When that comes, I hope you are ready for a difficult battle, Hero.
San Robin has a short quest for us for Friday and the Espina Rosa finale will be coming in a couple weeks!
The date is just right... almost Friday the 13th but nooooot quite. The darkness and shadow of unluckiness swirls but your own luck can still hold out. You need to find out more about Valtrith which means finding the lost tomb of his warrior clan... and an old friend might be willing to help you out!
For 600 years the Tomb of the warrior clan of Valtrith has held its secrets and its treasures. Generations of Valtriths have had the honor of hanging their masks, broken in battle, upon the walls of their tombs. At least until Jaysun.... Just who took down the mightiest warrior the Valtrith line had ever seen? A man whose innumerable broken masks covered the walls of his resting place... whose cruelty in battle was spoken of in whispers long after he was gone... and before he was awoken?
As you explore the tomb be on the look out for anything that might tell you more about Valtrith and his clan. Even the most innocuous thing you mouse over or run into might give you more information (reminder: mouseover text appears in the lower right corner of the interface).
What secrets rest in the Tomb of the Valtriths? Will you find something to bury Baron Jaysun Valtrith once and for all? Or will what you find bury you?
Ashendal here! Poking my head in just to give you all a quick note. For the final day of this year's birthday week you get two things!
Verlyrus added a LONG requested feature. Buttons to scroll up and down on those panels that you can't really see everything on! This should make the Resistance and Status panel, merge shops, and a few others places, a LOT easier to read now!
I also did some tweaks to the Dragon Lord armors! They are now fully tier 3 armors and very, very, tanky. (Even more so than they were before)
That wraps up the birthday week. I hope you all enjoyed the gifts and I really hope you enjoy today's quest! (Don't get lost!)
As the week rolls on, the shadows are getting a little bit darker. Your luck is getting a little bit thinner... but it might just be enough for what you need to do. This Friday, you see, isn't a 13th. It's Friday the 12th and, despite the spectre of unluckiness in the air, the time isn't right for the full force of the tragic and the luckless to afflict you.
Friday the 12th is just the right date to investigate though, while unluckiness permeates the air but hasn't quite taken over. It's just the right date to find the entrance to the lost Valtrith Tomb. Just right to open the door... if you can find the door that is.
Who would be able to help us find and explore a tomb that's been lost for 600 years?
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.