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Demon’s Dinner


We invite you to sit back and enjoy the next in our fiction series,

Demon’s Dinner

By EM Malachi

Many years ago…

When the neighbor’s black cat scratched him, Virgil Hassen knew he was going to have a bad day. The cook’s worries were confirmed when he fell in a mud puddle on the River’s Gate Bridge. Being an hour late for work on the day of an important dinner party didn’t help Virgil’s mood either.

Chef Tirel stopped chopping carrots and shook his head when Virgil arrived. “You’re very lucky. Lady Tessa made me promise not to fire you.”

“Lady Tessa is visiting?”

“She’s here for the dinner, but she visited us to drop off a few gifts.” Tirel made a show of his new knife.

Virgil looked around the kitchen. Pastry chef Lindley was smiling and wearing a scarf of Nujel’m lace. Milly, the dishwasher, had a porcelain doll tucked in her apron. His fellow kitchen porters had expensive liquor bottles by them on the counter tops. “Gifts, you say?”

“But I made her promise not to give you anything if I let you keep your job. A job you still need to do. Go turn the roast and keep an eye on it this time. Lord Blackthorn is here tonight, and he likes his beef as bloody as his politics.”

Virgil wanted to complain, but noticed that Tirel had already turned his attention to a pile of onions. As he walked past, Lindley looked up from decorating a pie. “Sorry, V, but Lady Tessa really was trying to help. I baked her wedding cake, you know. She was such a beautiful bride.”

After Virgil caught up on work, he asked George, the old porter, what the dinner was about. “The valet told me some mage is presenting his work to the King. The mage wants to use daemons as domestic servants.”

Chef Tirel banged a ladle against the side of the soup pot. “What’s the point? What’s next? Magic to make wagons pull themselves without horses? Utter rot!”

Milly asked a question from her wash pot. “Am I going to lose this job? I have a daughter I’d like to send to school when she’s a bit older. She already knows how to read.”

Lindley tried to reassure her friend. “You can’t wash dishes with big demon claws. I don’t think demons would be very good at making pies either. Their warm hands would melt the butter wrong. Now caramel, maybe.”

There was a roar and commotion from the throne room. Virgil asked, “Should we be worried?

Tirel continued to prepare plates. “It’s either going very well or very badly. Either way, we’ll need more wine for dessert. Go help George get more bottles from the wine cellar.”

As he was returning from the cellar, Virgil heard the screams before he saw the daemon. The huge beast of smoldering ash had Tirel impaled on its claws. George tried to intercede when it swiped at Milly, and the old porter was broken against the kitchen wall.

An apprentice mage charged into the room and threw a bolt of raw mana at the creature. Her spell injured the daemon, but it quickly returned to slaughtering the kitchen staff. As she tried to protect them, the mage missed the daemon’s tail, which wrapped around her throat. She managed to gurgle an apology before the fiend broke her neck.

As the daemon focused on him, Virgil found his senses. He hurled the crate of wine bottles at the daemon. The fiend laughed and let loose hellfire on the survivors.

Virgil’s world exploded into fire and pain.



A pack of hellhounds charged the stranger when he entered the dungeon. The mage waved his hand, and the creatures crumbled to ash. An imp sentry fled to alert a greater daemon of Hythloth.

When the daemon arrived, the stranger gave an awkward bow and crooked smile, as if his entire flesh was new clothing. A burst of hellfire from the fiend hit feebly against the mage’s wards.

The man made no move to cast an offensive spell, waiting for the creature to approach to rend him. Then, he produced a rune of Blood Spawn and slammed it against the daemon. There was a sizzle of magic and flesh from the arcane brand. The daemon fell to the ground in agony.

The mage stood over the creature. “You are the first of my new servants. Go and tell them that Relvinian has returned, and none of you will disobey him again.”

UO Herald - Special Announcement

Treasures of Die-Loth


The Treasures of Demonic Forces event is now live on all shards!

Visit Dungeon Hythloth in Trammel to test your strength and courage against some of Britannia’s most demonic foes!  Collect Artifacts of Demonic Forces and exchange them for powerful rewards!

Up for an even greater challenge?  Test your monster bashing skills and PvP skills by visiting Hythloth in Felucca on Atlantic, Lake Superior, Pacific, Europa, Asuka, and Sakura!

Points from this event will expire on December 4, 2021 at 11:59pm ET.

See you in Britannia,

UO Team


UO Herald - Lore

The Dark Path


In preparation for the upcoming release of Treasures of the Demonic Hoard we invite you to sit back and enjoy, The Dark Path

Ancient magma pockets that birthed the Isle of Deeds smoldered under the ground, making the heat almost unbearable. Ash swirled around Reiya as she traced runes on the table with blood-stained hands. “We have lost the Path. Now we light a fire so the Guide can lead us back. In Flam Lor Vas Ort Por.”

“By our blood, the Wildfire burns. By this fire, the Path is lit. By the Path, the Guide returns. Por Grav Uus Flam.” Two other monks chanted in unison, as mana-infused blood dripped from their hands onto lanterns marked with the same runes. Light from the lanterns made the bound wraith tremble and screech.

Reiya frowned as one of the lantern flames wavered slightly. With her sisters gone, two lesser cultists had stepped into their roles. Their blood magic barely kept the spell going, and at least one of them would not survive the ritual. No matter the cost, the ritual needed to succeed.

It was during the second offering of blood that the Order of the Silver Serpent arrived. Half a dozen knights, led by the Lord of Serpent’s Hold himself, stormed into the cavern. No words were exchanged before they attacked. A knight brought a battle axe down on a Dark Monk, not just severing the person but also the arcane beacon beside him. The mix of blood, Stoneheart, and Wildfire ignited into a tempest of chaotic magic. The other cultist fared as poorly.

Reiya considered fleeing, but calmly rejected this option. She would complete what her sisters had died for. Placing both hands flat against the pentagram etched into the table, Reiya channeled the vortex of angry mana into the ritual. The remaining lantern split into dozens of phantom versions, and with a pop, each beacon entered the Ethereal Void.

The sound spooked a squire who threw his pike into the ritual table. Reiya lost control of the channeling. The overload burned at the monk’s flesh but also the wraith’s chains.

As the eldritch bonds fell away, the spirit reached out. Fingers of shadow wrapped around Reiya’s arm, and a skeletal mouth whispered to her, “Now you will know the horrors I’ve seen.”

The Dark Monk screamed as she was pulled through the stone into the magma below.

Publish 111 Worldwide



We are pleased to announce that Publish 111 will be released worldwide beginning September 22, 2021.  If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the release notes.

We urge all players to familiarize themselves with the new changes related to pets going wild.  This especially applies to pack animals.

  • Pack animals and hirelings will now only stay in the offline auto stable for 24 hours after which they will be removed from the world if not retrieved.
  • The auto stable is an offline facility where pets can be stored till their owner logs back in – it is not your stable.
  • The offline auto stables are not a part of the transfer process unless a player unloads their pack animals in the world.
  • Pack animals that are mounted are stored on your character and cannot be lost.

Please note that vendor search will be unavailable beginning September 21st,  2021 @ 4pm ET. Vendor Search will return once all shards have been published, approximately September 22nd, 2021 at 1pm ET.

Keep an eye on as well as our next newsletter for the exciting lineup of events we have for this fall including, Treasures of Demons and a new Champion spawn.

See you in Britannia,

UO Team

UO Herald - Hotfix

Test Center 1 Update

Greetings all,

TC Bug Fixes
  • Resolved issue with equipping the (newly created) Gargish Candied Staff.
  • All pack animals will continue to go wild based on their loyalty.
  • Resolved issue with VvV mounts not properly being released.
  • Pack animals and Hirelings will now only stay in the offline auto stable for 24 hours after which they will be deleted along with the items they might have in their packs.
  • Resolved issue with Imp Kin not being removed properly from players.

We hope you are enjoying this publish and thank you for all the feedback.

See you on TC!

UO Team



UO Herald - Special Announcement

Treasures of Halloween Testing Now Available



The 2021 Treasures of Halloween event is available for preliminary testing on TC1.  Please use the moongate at the Britain Commons to visit Dungeon Hythloth.  Rewards are intended for final release and additional lore pages will be available when the event goes live in October 2021.  We look forward to your feedback on the forums.

See you in Britannia,

UO Team

UO Herald - Special Announcement

Test Center Shard



In preparation for Publish 111 we will be bringing TC1 internal until Tuesday, September 7, 2021.  Until that time TC1 will be unavailable.  Keep an eye on for the full Publish 111 release notes.

See you in Britannia,

UO Team


UO Herald - Special Announcement

Producer Notes

Greetings All,

I would like to start by stating how sad we were to see EM Xanthus leave our team.  With that being said I am looking for a few good, creative, and active players over the age of 18 to join our team.  Currently I am looking for the following:

1 EM for Sonoma

6 EMs for Japan

If you are interested, please send me an event and reward you would like to see come to life on a shard to  This is a contracted position and will need to go thru a phone interview, with of course the exception of the Japanese players.   Please remember when sending in the event it must be more then you want to decorate a town, it needs to be a detailed event.  I use these to tell me how creative you are.

On a different note, the house plot in Ter Mur Human side is being Raffled off on Formosa.  There is an Raffle Stone standing next to the plot I placed, double click on it and input your email address.  I will close the auction on September 1st.  Please know that the winner is random.  The stone will pick 5 top winners and I will go down the line and email the first person on the list, if that person does not reply to me then I will continue down the line until I find someone that can take the house.  Please also know that you can only accept this house if you do not have a house currently.  I have placed a gate at Luna Bank that will take you to the stone by the plot.

We have a lot of things planned for the upcoming months so stay tuned for the exciting news.  We will not have a newsletter this month but look for one in September with all the upcoming events for the rest of this year.

Thank you!