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August 21, 2012
The Dragon's Reckoning
Did Someone Say Dragons?

Legion and Exile forces are still recovering from a massive war within the Infernal Mines, but now a powerful  force is making its way toward Delta V, ready to bring the Day of Reckoning to the planet and her people.  This threat from another world will be unlike anything ever faced before, but there are ways to survive: attempt to appease the being or rally a shattered world to send the abomination reeling back to the darkest corner of the universe.  I wonder which you will choose?

Make Ready

The Slayer does not take kindly to off-worlders intruding on his home turf so this Friday, he's prepared to finally release his personal stash of armor to help eager duelists to repel the alien threat.  Additionally, the Dragon Buster sword will be buffed to a level 35 Weapon and included with the new 5 Key promotional package.  He will also be bringing back the legendary Dragon Weapons that return every year to commemorate Dragon*Con.

Draconic Mutating weapons will leave as soon as Dragon*Con concludes.

The Dragon Slayer Armor will be available for 5 keys, but as a special treat, players who see us and write down their EpicDuel character name at Dragon*Con will get the armor and sword for free!  For more details, check out the Dragon*Con post below!

Bye, Bye Bio Borg!

Once the new Dragon Slayer promotion goes live, we will be removing the Bionic Battlegear and the Bio Borg from the game forever!  I know it's been around for awhile, but if you were procrastinating getting it for any reason, please do so before the release on Friday!

The Barrens

The desolate wasteland known colloquially as the Barrens was not always so.  At one point, it was a lush wilderness, but it had the misfortune of being mineral rich and tactically advantageous, two qualities that made it irresistible to Baelius and his corporation.  After most of the easily accessible resources were tapped, a battery of turrets was installed as part of a massive planetary defense grid.  Thousands of weapon batteries could adjust their trajectories to his targets on the other side of the planet and utterly annihilate targets in space.

When war broke out, this battery was crucial in ending the insurrection and keeping any outside forces from entering Delta V's atmosphere.  A suicide strike was ordered by resistance forces to break Baelius' chokehold over the region and divert the cannons away from the defense of Fortune City, and it partially succeeded.  The makeshift fleet of freighters retrofitted with budget armaments and stolen military vessels rained from the skies over the Barrens until their secret payload could be delivered -- a massive EMP that disabled the turrets and remaining ships alike.  But the General overseeing the Barrens was no fool, and turned the turrets on his own rebellious slaves to try and salvage the area. During the strike, the General was assassinated by his daughter’s personal bodyguard, but not before the turret gave its own killing blow- the blast from destroying the Uprising’s main weapon devastated the area, killing much of the area’s life, and corrupting the rest.

The Dragon's Harbinger

Today, the Barrens are a haven for criminals, outcasts, and daring adventurers.  The Legion has no interest in reclaiming this area as it is tapped of all resources, and the once mighty turrets rest silently, many still pointed skyward as dormant sentinels.  However, a mysterious being calling itself Dravax has appeared just outside the devastated turret field heralding the coming of its master and seeking the being known as Char.  It's message is simple: obey and receive mercy or resist and be destroyed.


The Heartbeat of the Universe

                I was browsing the grocery when my communicator rang. I thought it was Eldhi, asking for some spare parts or a tomato, but my heart sank when I saw the tag.

                It was Alaric.

                Alaric was one of the few who would not assimilate into the Legion.  Aegir said it was too foolish, too dangerous to live as Krampus anymore. I hated Aegir.  The hand he extended was the hand of a conquerer, not a friend.  But, his actions did keep the Administration from slaughtering us, but at the cost of our culture.  Though, I had tried to convince Alaric that we should just sign the marriage papers in Fortune City instead of reassembling the council of elders.  I thought about the card I carried, that gave a false name.  My mother gave me the name Ylwa.  My actions earned me the title Beast Rider.  The card identifies me as Winter Page.  Not the most common, not the most exotic.  But it renders me invisible.

                Invisibility.  Invisibility is safety.

                The beeping brought me back to reality and I saw the message. “Ylwa and Aegir. Come immediately. The Shaken. Sorry, Shaman.” Oh Alaric. He never understood autocorrect. But his message, mangled as it was, was dangerous. There had to be a reason that he would take the risk of the Legion seeing he was still alive. I paid for my groceries and fled to the mountains.


                The abandoned strip mine was cold and dank, and the smell of mildew hit my nose as I entered the cavern.  Aegir had beaten me to our hideout.  Aegir had long ago abandoned his training as a Shaman to join the Shadow Guard, taking the name Edgar Boothe.  But even so, he was seated across from his grandmother, staring into the fire.  Both humming to the sound of the universe.

                I made my way around some of the other Krampus who had taken to living in the caves with us to find Alaric.  He had long abandoned his royal finery, pawning the ceremonial armor to buy food for the Krampus orphans, and he was clad in rags.  I embraced my betrothed and kissed him deeply.  The concern was written plainly on his face.

                “What is it, my King?”

                “The Shaman.  She’s been staring into the fire for days, just humming.  The second I brought Aegir here, he joined her.”

                I held Alaric’s hand and we approached the mystics.  They were chanting under their breath, but the chant increased in volume until they screamed the words so loudly that I prayed to the gods that my eardrums would break.  I didn’t understand the language - it was an old tongue used only by Shamans.  The color drained from Alaric’s face, and he ran out into the snow. I followed him.

                “What is it?”

                “You don’t know what they said?”

                “No.  I’m not a Shaman.  Why?  What are they chanting?”

                Alaric held me and stared into my eyes.  “The Devil is coming.  The Dragon is here.”

Artix's Dragon*Con Update!
DragonCon takes place every year in Atlanta, Georgia.  It is a weekend long convention (Recommended ages 15+) with 30,000+ attendees...  most in amazing costumes.  I guess it is really like a weekend long costume party with celebrity guests (walk of fame), panels featuring the casts of your favorite sci-fi/fantasy/etc TV shows, video games, art galleries, table top games, concerts, shopping and...  well, check out the schedule on the  DragonCon website.  As usual, the Artix Entertainment team will be attending in force again this year, including Titan, Nightwraith, Charfade, and Rabblefroth!  We will be running a panel and a fan table!  

Come see us at DragonCon
  • Artix Entertainment ALL GAMES Panel:  Saturday @ 5:30pm at the Hilton in Grand Salon E! 
  • Fan Table: We are taking turns running it all weekend.  Located... um... wherever all the cool fan tables are.

New Matomy Ad Offer on AExtras!

I couldn’t phrase this better myself, so I’m going to be ripping this directly from the AQW Design Notes:

    From August 17th until September 2nd, Matomy is running a special AExtras offer! ONE lucky player who completes an offer will win the grand prize: a combo pack of the black Artix and Sepulchure action figures!  You can also win either 3,000 or 4,500 ACs!

    Click here to begin participating in AExtras offers!  (Make sure you have a separate email just for doing this.)

    As always, the offers in AExtras are provided by third parties, and ArtixEntertainment has no control over what offers are available in your area.  We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause

Tags: Titan Matomy Cinderella Nightwraith RabbleFroth DragonCon Dragons Draconic Weapons Items Armors Promotion AExtras Convention Panel Missions Storyline Slayer Barrens Delta V Dragonoid

Tagged and formatted. ~Mecha

< Message edited by Mecha Mario -- 8/22/2012 15:36:15 >
AQW Epic  Post #: 1
8/22/2012 15:16:07   

Hmm Wonder if the Armor will be better than the Delta Knight. If it is, I'm going to be mad
AQW  Post #: 2
8/22/2012 15:17:17   
The Joker X

Lmfao I've been using the dragon wep since it was released the first time around. I was already planning on buying a new wep. I'm really thankful that it's becoming a lvl 35 wep now. Quick question though, will it be buffed to have a special move with it? Will the armor have a special move too?
AQW Epic  Post #: 3
8/22/2012 15:20:08   

Finally one of the old promo packs is going rare and it is about time. However I wish they would make all the old promo's go rare since just about all of them have been up there for a while and with this 3 bots will have gone perma rare But I was so hoping the pyro fly along with the infernal interdictor would go with them as well. I mean those were items of the war, and since the war is in fact over they should have went with it lol. Plus the Delta armor has been there for a while as well I think it should be rare now as well.

But on another note I wish I could go to dragon con myself as well but I don't live where they are hosting it otherwise I too would get it for free lol. Hopefully they will make some new missions soon since once again I am out of missions to do T_T
Epic  Post #: 4
8/22/2012 15:31:44   
  Digital X

Beep Beep! ArchKnight AQ / ED

I probably could have gone, but i had more rl priorities :(
AQ DF MQ AQW Epic  Post #: 5
8/22/2012 15:46:07   
Unknown Menace


This threat from another world will be unlike anything ever faced before, but there are ways to survive: attempt to appease the being or rally a shattered world to send the abomination reeling back to the darkest corner of the universe. I wonder which you will choose?

I choose for the 2nd option we didn't win this war by sweet talking the vaults but by doing it the old fashion way: Bashing.
I think for a threat this big we should temporarily bury the hatchet and fight together.

< Message edited by Unknown Menace -- 8/22/2012 15:48:00 >
Epic  Post #: 6
8/22/2012 15:46:07   


Cindy i almost slept thru that story! Is it possible for you to make a little comic like story with pictures so its fun to read? Something like the archies promo!
Post #: 7
8/22/2012 15:50:04   
Fay Beeee

Me too Unknown Menace. I am with you. We will fight. :)

I enjoyed the story line.


Epic  Post #: 8
8/22/2012 16:03:42   
Naruto Uzamaki


Additionally, the Dragon Buster sword will be buffed to a level 35 Weapon and included with the new 5 Key promotional package.
hey this not fair you guys told us there will not be any buff but now you most of us sold are weps. Can we buy slayer armor with out buying package and what about weps too.

< Message edited by Naruto Uzamaki -- 8/22/2012 16:11:14 >
Post #: 9
8/22/2012 16:14:07   
Lord Machaar

You guys said, u will never ever again buff an item in-game, and now ur buffing the dragon buster?

Shame on you...

< Message edited by Lord Machaar -- 8/22/2012 16:16:18 >
MQ Epic  Post #: 10
8/22/2012 16:16:58   
ND Mallet
Legendary AK!!!

@lord Considering how we're getting a big storyline event from this and how it's being turned into a promo item I'd say the buff is warranted. I do agree that the staff shouldn't go around and keep buffing old items just to make them promos since it does give an advantage to older players and isn't fair to the players just joining this year.
AQ DF MQ AQW Epic  Post #: 11
8/22/2012 16:24:24   
Lord Machaar

^ you, yes you... i bought one, and sold it, why they didn't told me that, when i was about to sell it, to keep it until they enhance it? is that fair? now i'll have to pay double for something i already had?
From now on i'll never trust in none of them... from now on!

< Message edited by Lord Machaar -- 8/22/2012 16:27:39 >
MQ Epic  Post #: 12
8/22/2012 16:24:52   
Naruto Uzamaki

this such crap remove buff part please wiseman told us were no longer getting any buffs any.
Post #: 13
8/22/2012 16:33:02   
Lord Machaar

obviously they can't keep their words!
MQ Epic  Post #: 14
8/22/2012 16:44:21   
l Chop Suey l

other than the buff situation is it true the exile/legion keys will be turning into cheevos? I haven't heard that in design notes.
Its been 2 years since I bought dragon buster and now they're finally buffing it lol,the buff policy is overruled if u ask me :p

< Message edited by l Chop Suey l -- 8/22/2012 16:49:23 >
AQW Epic  Post #: 15
8/22/2012 16:55:17   

Oh the humanity! I sold Dragon Buster a couple of weeks ago because it was outdated and the promise that old rares would never be buffed. This is cruelty!


AQ DF MQ AQW Epic  Post #: 16
8/22/2012 16:56:32   

Stop being so truckin' lazy and and make a new freakin' weapon, instead of going back on your jamn word.
AQW Epic  Post #: 17
8/22/2012 16:58:21   
Master Volcon

So glad that I kept the dragon buster all this time. Honestly it is still usable even by todays standards.

Saddly I live far from florida so the Slayer Armor will have to bought with a promo.

I also hope that the dragon buster and Slayer Armor are 1 promo. :)

Great Release Devs!
AQW Epic  Post #: 18
8/22/2012 17:05:09   
ND Mallet
Legendary AK!!!

What I'm seeing is that everyone is so very quick to rant about the staff buffing items in-game that directly affect themselves. They had no problems when all the lvl 30 and under weapons got buffed/nerfed depending on what needed it since those didn't affect their win rate. I'm also seeing a heavy opposition of this from people who have just recently sold their weapon. It'd be different if it were people who still have it and going against it but I don't see one yet. People sure didn't complain about this when they buffed Frostbane and made it a promo item too, but then you have to consider a lot of people kept Frostbane because of its looks alone.
AQ DF MQ AQW Epic  Post #: 19
8/22/2012 17:33:54   

ofcourse another varium armor armor, the point is tht there r no longer decent nonvarium armors since last year and devs look to be fine with this, i really wanna quit ed right now....ppl never play this game without payng....
Epic  Post #: 20
8/22/2012 17:37:54   
King Helios

8:06 away with traffic...Wish I could go but that's 16 round-trip, with school..
AQ MQ AQW Epic  Post #: 21
8/22/2012 17:41:12   

Kosmo They did make it so you could earn Atrix points so you could get varium. Most people don't do this because it takes so much longer to earn then to simply buy it, but the option has been there sense Epic duel Gamma.

However as for the next non varium armor I would love to see that as well. They added the second non varium bot, which in my opinion could have waited since even though we only had one non varium bot at the time there is no requirement for any of the bot to use them so they never can get outdated where as armor does.
Epic  Post #: 22
8/22/2012 17:45:54   

Im so excited i cant wait im getting promo and mutating weps than changing classes to bh I CANT WAIT
buying points now

< Message edited by carabuno -- 8/22/2012 17:52:56 >
AQ DF MQ AQW Epic  Post #: 23
8/22/2012 17:53:41   
Renegade Reaper

@kosmo im a varium player, but i have about 5 non varium alts that i love playing as. i even created one and went ahead and won daily solo, along with getting 3 stars in a day.

on topic :P

im definitely gonna be fighting as well, no bargaining with the enemy. its about time for a promo to leave lolzz. see ya bionic gear. and im glad to see that we will be getting slayer's
personal armor at long last. i think i might pick up the dragon cannon just for its awesome looks. in fact i might just collect a few rares and make a special build just from them.
i'd like to see a dragon bike come with the dragon weps ^^


AQ DF MQ AQW Epic  Post #: 24
8/22/2012 17:57:19   

as u said u still need varium to have fun in ed, do u think tht those few players tht after long time keep not using var r just stuipd?It doesnt make sense to release another varium armor after delta knight and heavy mechilld, when its 1 year tht bio hazard husk went rare and no usefull armor came out.And i just wanted to remember tht nonvarium users r the largest part of ed community so if devs dont think at them there s only a reason......and this sistem works, for example when a little kid reaches high lvl and realizes tht he stand no chance on var players he buys varium or he just quits the game.

if bio hazard husk was still here there will be much more good nonvars

Posts merged, please use the edit button to add additional information to your post rather than double posting. ~Illuminator

< Message edited by Illuminator -- 8/22/2012 22:55:34 >
Epic  Post #: 25
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