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As we continue the story of Forsaken Foes, we invite you to sit back and enjoy October Shadows
By EM Malachi
The hallway held a macabre mockery of various holidays. An indoor garden of gourds and nightshade grew pumpkins already carved with sinister glowing runes. Brightly colored eggs filled with bees twitched in a basket guarded by a rabid rabbit. A mounted reindeer skull decorated with pine garland tried to bite the ranger as he walked past. Shamino tightened his grip on his sword and stepped around the various horrors.
When his initial search for the Serpent Amulet had come to a dead end, Shamino tracked a powerful source of necromancy here. He believed it was responsible for upsetting the spirits across Britannia.
At the end of the hall, a man wearing a pumpkin on his head sat on a throne of glass candy canes. “Welcome, Shamino. You may call me Jack.”
Shamino asked, “Have we met before?”
“The twins told me about you. Twins… so lucky to have someone who understands you and who can donate blood should the need arise. You don’t have a twin, do you?”
Shamino shook his head and raised his sword.
“A pity. I would have liked a matched set. I suppose conversations about kith and kin shall have to wait.”
“What are you planning?”
“The twins helped me hear my inner voice. That voice has told me so much.” Jack poured a pouch of grave dust into his hand.
Shamino swung his sword down on the necromancer. Jack disappeared and the strike shattered the glass throne. Jack appeared on the other side of Shamino. His skeletal fingers sank into the ranger’s flesh. Shamino had never felt anything so painful. He tried to raise his sword again, but felt nothing. Shamino looked down and saw his body crumpled on the ground.
Jack laughed at the disembodied ranger. “What shall I sew your soul into? My screaming ship could use more crew.”
Shamino knew he had one chance to avoid becoming another of Jack’s abominations. He focused on escape, sacrificing a fragment of his soul to wrench free from the deranged necromancer’s grip. Shamino desperately fled into the grey between life and death. He saw a great glowing beacon, and willed his spirit toward it. Getting closer, the light kept pulling on his mana and memories, and Shamino fought, grasping at whatever he could hold.
The ranger’s spirit clung to the side of the Well of Souls, waiting to be found.
As of each shard’s normal maintenance on 9/25/2019 the following hotfixes have been deployed,
See you in Britannia,
On this day in 1997 thousands of people from around the world entered a world born of mystic arts and ancient sorcery. 22 years later and millions have forged the legacy of one of the longest running MMORPGs of all time. From the entire Ultima Online team we want to thank each and every one of you who have been a part of this incredible journey! What’s your UO legacy? Head on over to our Facebook page or the UO Forums to share your UO legacy today!
Long Live Britannia!
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The Coconut Crab vanity mount! Enjoy riding on this colossal crustacean!
Also returning this year is the Potion of Glorious Fortune! Enjoy a 50% bonus to filling Ethereal Soulbinders!
As we head into the opening act of Forsaken Foes we invite you to sit back and enjoy, As the Ages Roll Away
by EM Malachi
The swirl of glowing mana surprised the young ranger, and his axe slipped. Instead of the sapling he meant to cut, Shamino hit his own leg.
The mana coalesced into a strange Moongate, and a young man stepped through. The stranger gave the bleeding ranger a look of shock and dropped what he was holding: a glowing serpent amulet.
The Bloody Plains
Each had brought an army. The king of Britain had marched from his capital, and Shamino had marched his forces west from a small fishing village called Vesper. Now they stood together for the final battle of the war. They would defeat Mondain’s forces, or they would perish along with the hopes of all Sosaria.
Shamino remarked that his friend was not wearing the amulet that had brought him to Sosaria.
The king nodded. “I am not going anywhere.”
The Throne Room
Shamino heard the whispers from the castle staff and royal officials as he headed into the throne room. The day he worried about had come, so he went to confront his friend. “Is it true that you’re leaving?”
Rule may have aged the king of Britannia, but his face still held the same solemn conviction as when they first met. “Shamino, I do this to protect all of you. I must keep the fragments of the Gem far from those who could misuse them.”
“But who will take your place?”
“If I offered you the crown, would you accept it?”
Shamino shook his head. “No. I have already failed one kingdom.”
The king gave his friend a sad smile. “You are better than you know. Someday, our people will need you to keep them safe.”
“How can I do that?”
“I am leaving something to help. The amulet that brought me to Sosaria is hidden for you to find. In a dream, a man in chains told me that there will come a day when you will need it.”
The Well of Souls
Startled awake, Shamino drew his sword and prepared for an attack. The old ranger sat across the dying fire from him, ghostly hands gripping the memory of a longbow. The shade watched as Shamino got to his feet. “This is no time to rest. There’s a storm coming.”
Shamino looked up at the night sky, but he saw no clouds in the world of the living. Still, he felt the disturbance. After Lithos had destroyed the capstone of the Well of Souls, more and more spirits got lost on their way to whatever came next. However, this was the first time a spirit had come back. The Ranger Barren had died seven seasons earlier, peacefully in his sleep.
“Why are you here?” Shamino asked.
The spirit gave him a strange look. “Can you not hear the Voice calling, brother?”
“No, I don’t. What’s it saying?”
The dead man seemed to fight off the influence long enough to give a hand gesture of warning. His face went blank again, and the shade started to walk out over the water. From the Well of Souls, other ghosts began appearing, streaming in eight directions.
We are pleased to announce that as of each shard’s normal maintenance beginning September 17, 2019 Forsaken Foes will be deployed world wide.
A few highlights in Forsaken Foes include –
This is just a small sampling of everything that is included in this publish, check out the Forsaken Foes publish notes for more details!
We are also pleased to announce the winners of the Castle Contents!
A special thank you to all the players who participated in our public testing events and provided great feedback!
See you on the High Seas,
Beginning with each shard’s normally scheduled maintenance on September 10th, 2019 we will be deploying Forsaken Foes to Origin, Izumo & Baja. Forsaken Foes is the third in our High Seas themed content updates for the year and brings updates to the Huntmaster’s Challenge, fresh rewards on Scalis, Charybdis, and Corgul, and a huge update to Aquariums! Forsaken Foes also brings 22nd Anniversary Rewards, a new vendor type, and various Quality of Life Changes! Please be sure to check out the latest publish notes for the full release details and give your feedback on the UO forums! We want to thank everyone who took the time to provide feedback from the Test Center releases!
This release is also coupled with a mandatory client patch, please make sure you patch up your client to the latest version in order to access any shard.
See you in Britannia,