Maar is a smoldering, smoking mass of rock and glass that lies in the middle of the sea between our continent and Azaveyr. The Five Sisters stand tall over glittering plains of obsidian glass and belch fire and smoke into the reddened skies every century or so. Dragons roost in the peaks and craters of the Sisters, safe and warm in the scorching heat.
On the northern edge of the western peninsula, a once grand city lies in ash and ruin. Not even dragons dare go there. Wind and ash moan through the eerie, silent streets that are lined with obsidian statues. Statutes of citizens and livestock, rodents and insects… they all stand frozen in time as the ash and cinder of the ruins of Pelekoa swirl around them.
It’s said that if you visit Pelekoa on a night when the wind is calm and the waves are asleep and you stand perfectly still, with bated breath, you can hear… very faintly… if you strain your ears and hold your breath… the muffled beat of ten thousand hearts.
Pelekoa, was once a small but shining city that survived for almost a thousand years on the edge of the fiery, inhospitable island of Maar. The citizens and the dragons lived in harmony until one young adventurer crept too far into the fiery depths of Maar and was fooled into revealing Pelekoa’s greatest secret. When the Great Fire Dragon burst forth from his lair, not the Guardians of the Fire Tower… not the dragonkeepers… not the few DragonLords that had bonded with dragons from the peaks… none of them could stand against Akriloth.
Now, everything that lived in Pelekoa stands frozen in time as a monument to the beginning of the Great Fire War.
Tephra and Limu are the last citizens of Pelekoa. The twin sisters could only watch in horror from the deck of the ship taking them to Dragonsgrasp as Akriloth destroyed their town in a rain of fire. They survived, while everyone they knew and loved was encased in dragon-fired obsidian. The tears and horror have turned to hope, though… as a woman who was once trapped in ice now walks among the living again.
The twins now stand with The Rose and have become Ahimsa and Tipu, Jaania’s Thorns.
Special thanks to Laken who created the original artwork for the twins!
The gates to Swordhaven don't open this week, but they will soon.
So, I was digging through old DF folders on my desktop and came across our rough outline for the Book Two arc of DragonFable! I also noticed the question of Book Two’s… brevity popped up on the forum again so I wanted to share our original plan with you and talk about how things went so off track.
All the Book Two Spoilers!!! I have the luck of being able to throw things at Warlic if I need to. Waaaay back during The Storm War, we hinted that Warlic was… more than human. The Blue Mage, his parentage, his mana quirks, and his rivalry with Xan over Jaania, is all stuff that Real Life Warlic had written about years ago when he would RP with his young paladin friend, Artix. His infernal half was something we only hinted, though, so when we started talking about Chapter Two we wondered what would happen if Warlic got so overloaded with mana that he couldn’t suppress that half of his being anymore.
When I started planning for the new arc, I had conversations with Warlic, Ghost, and Tomix over what directions we should go in, what made sense for the characters we wanted to use, and what the DragonFable world would be like after the Orbs were gone. Those convos and the things we established in book 1 all started to mesh into the story we wanted to tell.
In the giant blank purple space below is the initial rough story outline for Book Two. Again, note, this is rough. There’s an overall arc, an overall direction, but there’s still tons of questions interspersed. Those are all potential spots for smaller story arcs, for new towns, revisiting old towns, etc. We had a solid direction, though. From this rough outline, we would make rough outlines for individual/town story arcs, then rough outlines for each of the quests in those arcs, and then polished versions of them all, and so on and so forth.
Unfortunately, even the best laid plans can go awry and, even though we made it a few more steps down the line of the refining process, wrenches started to get thrown our way.
Games, usually, don’t have ten year life cycles. They usually don’t even have five year life cycles, especially now. Sure, there are exceptions to that, but even those tend to have expansion packs or re-imaginings. Book One, the Orb Saga, was told over five years and we were asked to plan Book Two on a much shorter scale. So, our rough outline started to have some cuts.
AdventureQuest Worlds was huge and our first attempts at 3D were underway, so there were talks about shifting staff around to help with balancing the workloads better. So Book Two needed to be finished by the end of the year… then by the end of summer… to help make sure any big transitions went smoothly and the story could have a proper end. So, the rough outline got shorter and shorter.
In the end, to try and fit everything we needed to tell into the much shorter timeline, we ended up cutting a lot of the things that would have filled the story out on a much grander scale… which was unfortunate. The Great Staff Do-Si-Do wasn’t a huge as expected either. Ghost is now Lead Animator for AQW but I was able to stay with DF and Tomix got promoted to DF Lead Animator! We were already at the Wargoth battle at that point in the story, though, and we couldn’t unring that bell….
We had a foundation laid for us, at least! Book Two ended up being a transitional story to carry us into Book Three and what ended up in game left our heroes with a lot of unanswered questions… unanswered but not forgotten! Some of them still might be able to make their way into Book Two eventually, in new towns and places (M4B has suggested Flashback Fridays!). The upcoming arc in Book 3 Swordhaven should provide some answers too. It's past time you had a face-a-face meeting with Jaania….
Highlight below for super spoilers! Please keep in mind this is still the rough outline so plot points and arcs were still being worked out at this stage.
* Chapter should start in January, with hints to it throughout the Fall (Ateala starting to travel through the rift). November will be used to tell the Warlic/Xan/Jaania backstory with the new NPC slot. Players will play as Xan starting as a normal human mage through to the duel.
Lore is in a fragile position. Darkness is incredibly weak (light elementals wreaking havoc – Doomwood affected? Vampires vs werewolves?). Fire's great dragon, as well as Ice's, are still infants (Wind or water dragons making a play for ice territory? Weakened darkness dragon vs light dragon?). Xan is working actively to take over Lore and has been trying to find Warlic to exact his revenge, but Warlic has disappeared.
Warlic, whose father was an evil infernal elemental fire lord, has been split into two entities as he was pulled through the dimensional rift: Wargoth, his infernal side, and The Professor, his human side. Wargoth is the source of Warlic's magic and has all of it now that they're split. The Professor has no power but is very intelligent and creates scientific/mechanical items incorporating magical objects (Cysero: "This is incredible... how did you make this without using a fish?").
They are linked and if one dies, the other dies but, if Wargoth dies, all his power will be released and that could be devastating to the planet. The Professor knows this and has been trying to build complex magi-mechanical devices to stop Wargoth. (Player doesn't find Professor until latter half of the Chapter as he's hiding from Wargoth. The Professor should have some sort of burn scar. He's a new NPC, old, with shades of the MQ Warlic.)
Through the dimensional rift the Ateala have seen the return of an ancient evil, an incredibly powerful fire demon (i.e. Wargoth). A very long time ago, Warlic fought his father, defeated him and then eschewed his infernal side, became neutral and pursued knowledge. Now that he's been split, his evil side has taken over where his father left off. Wargoth, knowing that The Professor is his Achilles’s heel, tossed him back through the dimensional rift while he destroyed the Ateala's world. The Atelala have fled through the rift to Lore and now Wargoth has followed them.
The Ateala used to be dimension travelers and the extent of their power and knowledge is what drew Warlic's father's attention. His father destroyed their ability to riftwalk and they were stuck on their current world where they lived for thousands of years before Warlic's infernal half came through the opened rift (the Ateala don't know how Wargoth got to their world but they find the rift and try to escape through it). They had no choice be to try and flee through the opened rift as Wargoth destroyed their home.
Ateala are nocturnal. Their settlement will have a darkness shield over it, any Atela NPCs that appear in Falconreach will appear only at night. (Their previous world had no sun.) If exposed to light, they get badly burned, hence being really sensitive to fire and their great enemy being a fire infernal. (Note: with darkness being weak atm – how does it affect them in their new home? What does Sek think? Would Ateala represent a new, more potent “fountain of youth” for him?)
The Professor and Wargoth still have a connection through dreams. (quest zone? all weird and twisty)
Wargoth has the same magical weakness as Warlic. His mana fills up as he casts spells (full mana = BOOM) and that's the only thing that's stopping him from totally consuming Lore with fire, as he did with the Ateala's world, but as the player fights him it cools him off, depleting his mana. The only way to defeat him will be recombining Wargoth and the Professor. In order to do this, you'll need powerful mages, familiar with Warlic, to channel, which means Xan and Jaania. (Nythera?)
Xan, in the meantime, has been taken over by Wargoth, who can easily bend him to his will and basically enslave him. He's playing with Xan, torturing him and Xan loathes him, but doesn't realize that it's technically Warlic that's enslaved him yet. With the Professor's help, you find a way to break Xan's enslavement. The Professor, being Warlic's human side, tells Xan that it was his greatest regret, the accident that set Xan on fire, something that the whole Warlic could never totally admit. Having freed Xan from enslavement, Xan knows that he now owes Warlic a favor before he can get his revenge after Warlic is recombined.
You'll then have to find Jaania and a way to free her from her frozen/crystallized state to get her help, along with Xan's. Hunting down Wargoth with Xan and Jaania – Lore is in chaos and have to help. Super charged fire elementals – Xan constantly tempted. Jaania cold, angry over state of Lore – trying to find cure for Xan - trying to find ways to close portals to elemental planes (visit the Avatars? Talk/fight other great dragons?). Need to make some kind of peace between the planes so Lore isn't ripped apart before Wargoth gets a chance to burn it. (Fiamme and Kyanos)
The combination of Professor, Jaania, and Xan (Ny?) can finally stop Wargoth and combine the two halves of Warlic back into a whole again. Xan and Jaania channeling through some complex device made by the Professor finally ends Wargoth. Warlic is whole again and doesn't remember anything that happened. He "wakes up" and sees Jaania and an expression of joy comes over his face at seeing her free. She slaps hims and takes Xan's side and her and Xan leave (Jaania: "How could you do that to Alexander? He was our friend and you almost destroyed him over a stupid duel!")
* Note: The three were friends. Xan and Warlic were both in love with Jaania who always had her nose in a book and didn't realize their feelings were that deep. Warlic and Xan were always in competition with Xan always feeling as the lesser. During the duel Warlic's infernal nature flared and he set Xan's head on fire and Jaania, trying to stop the fight was trapped. She only knows that Warlic set Xan's head on fire and that the world is now in chaos due to Warlic’s infernal half. Xan, despite being crazy, traveled with group to help. **While traveling, player thinks about bringing up Warlic but doesn’t want to push Xan over the edge - so never gets to talk about the good Warlic did before the split).
The release is live! Aria, in the Book 3 Falconreach Pet Shop, needs your help! BioBeasts from another dimension are trying to escape from the clutches of the evil Alydriah! Fight side-by-side with Aria through the Greenguard woods to save as many BioBeasts as you can!
Will you face off with Alydriah before she captures them all? Or before she starts capturing creatures from Greenguard to experiment on in her laboratory?!
If you can save the BioBeasts, you'll get the chance to get one of Valoroth's doomed weapons! I hear MonkaKazi might be looking for work too now... but he won't come cheap!
Make sure to check out BioBeasts on the App Store and the Play Store! If Alydriah took samples from the DragonFable dimension... what could that mean for future of the BioBeasts?!
Celebration Shops The link to the anniversary shops has mysteriously returned! This is the last weekend for New Years rares though... but sooon, sooooooon the hearts of heros past will return!
Archivist Archivist armor is now officially live! If you bought the 2016 AE calendar then the Archivist Page in your inventory has finally found its.... partial power! Remember, the armor will gain skills (and have its power adjusted to remain in-line) as the year goes on!
We start off this week with amazing news! Tomix has returned!
"Hey guys, I'm back! I'm starting arting and animating after I procure myself some laser eye optic enhancers!" ~Tomix
With the return of our lead artist and animator we'll be able to get back on track with the main storyline, finish up the Roirr Saga, dive into the 10th anniversary chain, and check up on Hunter's Paradise! We are going to start off slow though to make sure we don't overload those new laser eyes....
BioBeasts Escape! This Friday, Aria will need your help to save escaping BioBeasts from an invading collector from another dimension! If you're lucky, you might be able to earn the trust of one and adopt it as a new pet!
Book One Crossword! The DragonFable forum staff have gotten together to make a crossword for you guys!
How well do you remember all the trivia from Book One of DragonFable?
We did some updates to Book 3 Oaklore this week! There are two new quests that can be found on the East Oaklore path! One is a random quest in the Oaklore Forest and the other can be found on Sir Pent! The drops should be helpful to new players and alts on their way to Falconreach and whatever battles they might face!
Verlyrus has also streamlined the conversations on Maya and Rolith! The information is a bit more streamlined and some new, more informative questions have been added!
Cronix popped in to make up some new Elite Pactagonal item drops and has, once again, disappeared into the mists of time!
It's finally here! Log in now to help cheer up Twig and find him a new fwend! This is the last week for Frostval too, so make sure to log in and catch up on all the craziness before the Storybook disappears next week!
A huge thanks to oishii for animating the Cysero sequence, to Tomix for risking his eyeballs to fix the Cysero cutscene after I broke it, for Verlyrus for making the fights work, and for all the testers!
One of Cysero's Orb seems to have found itself on the edge of the Void! Despite not having any idea where it is, the Orb totally has some neat stuff for sale for your houses!
A new Pellow Village background, two Pellow end table options, Pellow columns, floating rocks, framed Void Ship Plans, and a few older items, are now available in Book 3 Pellow Village!
FwendQuest The quest is coming tomorrow (we swear!)!!! oishii got most of the animation sequence she was working on done but AQ3D stuff had to take priority. We could have gone with geomations but everyone... it's... it's... awesome.
It's pretty sweet.
There's only a short sequence left at the end of the Fwend Attempt that oishii was working on (I got the other ones!) and it totally gives me a few more hours to play around with the rest of the quest which has a lot more sitting, sleeping, and standing very, very still in it.... /cough.
FwendQuest is going to be coming on Friday now! Which means you get another guaranteed week of Twigsmas!
What started out as a simple quest for the player to go out and find a new friend for Twig ended up growing as we got more and more ideas. So, to give all those ideas the proper due process and give you guys a better experience in your search for Twig's new best fwend we've delayed the release a bit! oishii has also offered to help out with one of the more complicated animation sequences since my geomations weren't exactly... gneiss.
oishii has ideas!
Archivist Testing DragonLord testing of the calendar class began on Friday! Archivist armor is unique this year in that new skills will be added and implemented over the course of the year alongside an epic quest chain that will highlight some of our heroes greatest moments. This means that the armor will change, evolve, and be rebalanced a lot over the course of the year so your feedback now will help to shape the armor and how Verlyrus and Tomix will build the rest of the skills.
Just to be clear, the quest chain is something that will be available to all players in-game! Archivist armor, once it goes live, will only be available to those who purchased the 2016 calendar from HeroMart.
We will be having one more week of DA-only testing and then the basic calendar armor should, barring any large explosions or giant bugs being found, go live for those who purchased the calendar at the end of next week!
Tomix Update He's learning how to utilize his laser eyes and it seems to be going well! There have been no reports of supervillain activity from Poland so we think he's decided to stay on the side of good. Or he's setting up a sweet underground fortress somewhere (I, personally, think a volcano would be cooler…). One of those things.
He does have a doctor's appointment at the end of January though and, hopefully, after that appointment he'll be approved for work and you'll no longer have to put up with my geomations!
Two new varieties of Dragon Chow are now available in Sunbreeze Grove!
UBER Dragon Chow costs 60 Dragon Coins and is chock full of vitamins and minerals and will give your dragon 10 stat points per feeding. GOURMET Dragon Chow costs 150 Dragon Coins and it is so artfully and expertly made that it will give a whopping 20 stat points to your dragon per feeding!
Friday Oh, poor Twig! He needs a new fwend and, well, you're always kind of super busy saving the world and beating up Fishface Waffletoast monsters to hang out with Twig as much as he wants.... You could probably ask around a bit and see if anyone else would like to be introduced to ice cream and fish loving little guy though!
Happy 2016! On the first Monday of the New Year of our tenth anniversary year... we're bringing you the icy Elvgorian Glacier scythe! Fashioned by True Mortal after the ancient glacial blades of the long lost Elgorian tribe we hope you'll enjoy stopping your enemies cold with it!
The Elvgorians were known to chant as they worked!
As this is our tenth anniversary year, the previous New Years shops are also available in the Celebration Shops section of your Book of Lore! Whether you want to make a few new resolutions, sharpen a crystal edge, or just party through all of 2016, you have a chance to grab them all this month!
Fun Found Flash Files I was digging through the folders today and found some really neat files that have the art for all the original items compiled in them! It's pretty awesome to see where DragonFable drops began and then check out how the style and art has evolved when you look at the newest item above!
Let us know what your favorite DragonFable item is on the forums!
The Twigsmas presents have opened to reveal a plushie cape, a fishy new sword, and a very special and fwendly pet! You can merge the items up in the Frostval Storybook using the Fish heads you got from the war!
Twig also has his own special shop for Fish heads and a moglin in town has some new house items for you! Later this weekend, you might be able to help cheer the little guy up.
Archivist It's coming soon! With everything that's been going on the last few months we fell a little behind. The calendar class is number one on Verlyrus' list this new year though!
Ice Cream Invasion The war will go static on Monday! So you have a few more days to get your war counter up if you want to!
That was Twig's best fwend!!! He's gonna be super upset... all he wanted was a fwend. Someone to hang out and eat ice cweam and fwish with....
Poor little guy. If only someone else liked those things... (wait... do you like ice cweam and fwish? Or maybe you know someone else who has an insatiable appetite for dairy?)
The Act 33 button will light up on Friday to let you guys into the 2015 Frostvale town where you'll be able to talk with the moglins and unlock special shops filled with Twigsmas themed house items and merges for your excess Fish Heads! The Fish Heads will also be used for merging up the gifts when they open on the 1st!
Keep in mind, this was a low stress "war" so don't worry about having tons of Fish Heads that will smell up your bags! A static version of the war will be available too in case you need to grab a few more.
SoulWeaver Eyes Tomix is healing up well from his surgery. His eyes have seen a huge improvement from -9 to about -1/2 which means he totally doesn't have to put up with the Curse of Foggy Glasses anymore!
I, and other glasses wearers everywhere, are seriously upset and jealous of him.
The change, though, is huge and will be an immense relief for Tomix's eye strain while he's working! He still has to meet with his doctor at the end of January, so we have a few more rockyanimation weeks left, but it looks like everything is coming into focus for our SoulWeaver!
AQ3D TwigKickstarter The Kickstarter has less than 40 hours to go and it's over 330k! Make sure you check it out before it's gone!
The Boss Fight is finally here! Twig's jwealouswy got the best of him this year and he set out to make his bestest fwend ever! And... in the process, let loose an avalanche of ice cream on the poor town of Frostvale! Twig has finally succeeded in making his masterpiece... but can you really take out the poor little guys bestest fwend ever?!
The Frostval 2015 presents and town will open on Friday! Hopefully, you'll find a way to make up to little dude before then!
Note: There might totally be a giant Twig during a certain part of the boss quest... after a weekend of flash crashes, file corruptions, and holiday family dramas, it totally made us laugh soooo we left it!
Chapter 10 in the Frostval Storybook has begun! A mass of sticky, sweet, fishy sweets is headed towards Frostvale! It's... honestly, not really that dangerous. The smell, though... the smell is not good.
Who could be behind this? I mean... you already know who's behind this. You just gotta work your way through several courses of strawberry and fish sundaes to try and find the little guy. Good luck....
Icemaster Yeti is bravely consuming as much ice cream as he can north of town but the east is being overwhelmed! Are you ready to buckle down and dig in?
Be careful, though, the more waves of sugary sweets that you down, the fuller you're gonna get and the fuller you are... the harder it's going to be to take out the Ultimate Dessert at the end!
The Jwealouswy cutscene will be coming soon! How many sweets can you guys take out before I serve the quest up?
Ancient Weapons A long time ago, in a galaxy super duper far away, ancient and powerful weapons were forged. Those weapons have mysteriously found their way to the DragonFable Universe and can be found in your Book of Lore among the celebration shops! If you feel a force awakening within you... don't worry, it's perfectly natural. Just be really careful arguing with any mentors around active volcanoes and don't shoot first in any cantinas.
Black Friday Shops This will be the last weekend to get the dark deals in those special shops! They'll disappear at the beginning of next week! (Don't worry, though, the 10th Anniversary Shops will remain! With a frosty addition!)
So, Captain Rhubarb is amazing and, in the last few months, he has made some fixes to the super secret database and to server widgets and things and it is now waaaaay easier to create house and house item shops (trust me, it... was not a fun process prior to Captain's heroics in the chaos of the Server Maelstrom).
1) If you could live anywhere in Lore where would it be? (i.e. what house backgrounds are we missing?)
2) What existing items do you totally want to steal for your house? (i.e. what stuff, that exists already and will fit in your house, do you want available for your house?) (i.e. part duex... no, you can't have Tomix!#sterngeo)
3) Realizing that houses themselves are actually pretty complex and take a long time to set up, what style of house has your hero always wanted to live in but hasn't been able to? (super important note: please note, with extra notes, that setting up a house is pretty complex and takes a long time. Then copy those notes and tape them where you can see them while replying to this question. ;o )
I did a bit of winter cleaning this week and have refreshed the Final 13th town!
The original was just a biiiiiit button heavy.... /cough
Now, the main screen for the epic season long war finale for Chapter 1 is no longer overwhelmed with ovals of red!
Less buttons! Also, fancy candles!
As you work your way through the Final 13th, Elysia's background changes to match the quest groups! Also, I'm happy to say that the Necrotic Generals are once again on the attack!
Wait... is that good? I mean, on one hand, they're crazed undead Necromancers who are super upset you took out all thier minions and want to fight you, on the other... you do get the chance to beat them up again!
Happy Monday! We're going to start our week off right with brand new items to celebrate DF's tenth anniversary!
First off, from Tomix, if you visit the pirate barber, Mince, in Osprey Cove, he has two new hairstyles for you! Both styles are available to male and female characters but, keep in mind, the earring is not included! Tomix couldn't talk Captain Mazurek into parting with it....
Sail the Lorian Seas in style!
The Charisong scythe has been added to the 10th Anniversary shop in your Book of Lore! This beautiful sword from Ghost is the partner to his Spooky Blade of Hotness and is said to embody the soul of a certain princess!
Now you can save all the princesses in other castles!
The Ethereal Devourer is now available in the DC Anniversary shop! This fiery blade from True Mortal glows if you click on the skull! It's said the glow, though it may make them less critical, will let your strikes land precisely... (i.e. it switches the crit and bonus values of the weapon)!
The blade hungers...
Thankstaking The Storybook of Good and Bad Eats will disappear for another year on Friday! Make sure to fill up on all the leftovers while you can!
The Black Friday, Half-Off, and Twig's Shops will disappear on the 14th of December!
Fondue Friday! Anyone else feeling cheesy this week?
Joules is ready to serve up some pain... and she's not alone! Her masterpiece, the GRAVENATOR, is finally done cooking and it's being assisted by an old enemy of yours! Can you take out this robotic gravy-filled monstrosity and its pet? Or will you be overwhelmed with saltiness?
This is the last weekend for the Thankstaking Storybook!
Celebration Shops Keep an eye out for new items in the special shops this weekend! Cysero's scythe and Ghost's Blade of Spooky Hotness have been added to the Anniversary Shops and True Mortal's blade, and another surprise from Ghost will be added!