Reivenorik 2230 Posted August 23, 2018 Share Posted August 23, 2018 (edited) Hey there! We have good news: we are continuing the "In Development" to unveil the mystery of the long-awaited V sector of Ayvondil. The new sector is not just some new territory, but a huge underwater world, hiding many adventures and dangers within: over a hundred wonderful locations, inhabited by yet unseen creatures from the dark depths of the sea, dungeons and grottos, old secrets and great treasure. A multitude of new unique mechanics and events await you there. We understand how important to you, our loyal fans, the development of the game and the release of the new sector is, so we approach the development thoroughly and with a focus on quality, paying attention to every little detail. The upcoming update is massive and its release is planned for the spring of 2019. Until then, we will share some information about the development progress and release a few articles in this series, devoted to the V sector of Ayvondil or how our dear developers call it — "The Ship Graveyard". Today we'll talk about the start of the storyline, locations' features and even throw some screenshots in, fresh from the developers' oven. Are you ready, kids? (Aye, aye, captain!) Then let's go! ATTENTION! THE PROJECT IS STILL IN DEVELOPMENT, SO ANY AND ALL FEATURES AND MECHANICS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BEFORE THE RELEASE. Backstory and global aim So! Let me tell you a little bit about the plot that will lead you into the underwater world. Why would you need to go to the new sector? When you finish IV sector’s storyline, you’ll need to get back to Maliat, where you can get a quest with a great purpose — finding the Clock of the World Creation artifact. Only this ancient relic can dispel Adven-Tar’s charm that has been stopping any living creature from entering Lower Temple under Tree of Life for 5 centuries. Queen Valaria that is forced to conduct eternal battle with troops of necromancer Maradish has been held captive in that Temple. It is also important to note that both Maradish and Valaria hold onto other powerful possessions — Gaya’s Clepsydra and Eye of Elam. The close proximity of those mighty artifacts has formed a huge weir in the River of the Times which Kronus used for his plan to disturb the peace of Arinar. That’s why the main aim is to separate them. If no one succeeds in this, then a new weir might form and will open an entrance for something far more dangerous than Kronus. This can lead to the destruction of Arinar. So we are going on a search for an amazing relic for the sake of this world. The islands, or The Golden Archipelago The Golden Archipelago is a group of islands, utter heaven for rum lovers and those who ride the high seas under the Black Jack flag. In other words, land of the V sector is fully occupied by pirate syndicates. However, islands only make up a tiny part of all locations. The main territory for exploration, plundering treasure and massive battles is situated underwater and called the Ship Graveyard. There you will meet the hosts of this rough world — Tritons and Frogles. Pirates, Tritons and Frogles Heroes of each Alliance come to the Golden Archipelago, the harbor of different pirate syndicates — Petrel and Albatross. They compete in hunting treasure and selling it to the Chainless League traders. The Archipelago is divided between factions equally, and they try to keep the precarious peace: the Archipelago’s Code forbids open conflicts on the land. However, these rules don’t extend to the underwater territories where the war against everyone doesn’t stop. On the start locations we get acquainted with the leaders of pirate syndicates — captains Billy Griphook and Jim Slayer as well as League traders Madgid and Salman. The more often you meet them, the more you immerse yourself in the details of their mutual contempt because of rival for underworld treasure… But don’t forget about the main aim of our journey — to get the artifact. The search of the ancient relic is complicated by the fact that it was last seen on a sunken elf frigate. It will be extremely difficult to find as the sea bottom is covered by an enormous amount of ships that were sunk there over the entirety of Arinar history. As you need to gather information for the search, you will have to gain the trust of pirates and become a key figure of their war. In addition, a huge number of whirlpools makes it impossible to navigate over the water, so you can only move between the islands along the bottom — like the brave divers do in order to get valuable items. These courageous sailors risk their lives every day and may not return home because of being caught in the paws of terrible monsters or running out of air. And you have to become one of them. On the bottom you will meet the tribes of intelligent dwellers — Tritons and Frogles that have once been living in peace. We will deal with the reason of their conflict and try to piece them back together in order to fight back the terrible threat that has been inactive for hundreds of years but is going to break out of the rifts on the sea bottom. But we will tell about it in detail later. Underwater world, or the Ship Graveyard So what is the new sector of Ayvondil? First of all, it’s a territory for high-level characters — you must be level 28 or higher. The V sector of Ayvondil will be a logical continuation of the existing sectors. Its setting is living up to its name: the territory consists of a dozen islands and underwater locations with dangerous monsters. Symbolically, the territory of the sector is divided into 2 parts, let's call them “Reef” and “Depth” for further narration. Let's start with the Reef: That's where you will be sent by the storyline. The first time you will not have any difficulty. Primary locations will be relatively friendly to the heroes. You can do the quests alone, kill monsters for rewards and just walk around beautiful places. And most importantly — you can climb to the surface of small islands and relax. The islands will be more than enough in this part of the V sector. But the further you move along the storyline and the closer you get to the Depth, the more dangers will be on your way and thus you will need to unite with other warriors. Depth: We strongly advise you not to go to this part of the sector ahead of time, because, boy oh boy, you will run into trouble. In addition to open PvP - a trademark of all underwater locations — at every step you can meet the most dangerous and disgusting creatures from the depths. Also there are far fewer islands in this part of the sector: this will significantly increase the time of your travels and will require strategic approach. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In the screenshots above you can see the developer's submarine, which they use to descend to the bottom every day to do their work. In the final version it will be probably removed. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Oh, and did I tell you that there are only two statues of revival in the whole sector: one for each Alliance, and all this in open PvP. Do you feel the heat? 😄 *** If you are tired of underwater everything, you can always fill up the supply of provisions, drink a bottle of ale and simply relax in a cozy tavern with an interior decoration similar to a ship's hold. Conclusion As you probably guessed, moving, fighting and living in general in the new sector requires significant efforts. More information about reputation, mechanics of the underwater movement, bosses and events will be in the next issues. So, are you ready for a new adventure? AIGRIND Edited August 23, 2018 by Nihtgale Gladiator, EpikDen, Omercix and 3 others 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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