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    WAKE UP and read Arante`s Story, fellow Unitarians

    Be prepared to leave the dark nowhere

    *polishes her scales, takes all her possessions and walks toward the gate,
    looking behind her regulary to be sure that all are following*

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    Yes, I received the story too.

    Seems we will have news very soon, and good ones

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    Around here, somewhere

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    I haven't received anything Can someone post it for those of us not fortunate enough to get this story?


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    Olympus - Home of the Gods

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    Thats the email i received.

    Greetings Fellow Istarians!

    The Master Libarian at the Great Tazoon Library gathers all writings
    within the world of Istaria - some stories are about local life, while
    others impact the world at large. It is rare that a story encompassing the
    entire world can be told and understood from a local perspective - and a
    young Dragon hatchling's perspective at that.

    Read on about Arante as she asks about events unfolding around her.

    Amarië Ancal**mon
    - Community Manager


    The tiny hatching curled into her mother's side, sighing contentedly in
    the warmth that radiated both from her mother's body and from the floor of
    the lair. Surely this was the best life had to offer, she thought. Though
    many of her hatchling friends talked about how much they wanted to grow up,
    leave the hatchling nest and learn to fly, little Arante was content to
    stay nuzzled up with her mother's tail wrapped securely around her.

    "Tell me again, mother, about where Elvie came from. Why doesn't she have
    a clutch mother to protect her??

    It puzzled the little pink dragon how anyone as young as Elvie could be
    considered Gifted. Yet all the other dragons had welcomed Elvie as though
    she were from a clutch of their own. In fact, soon after Elvie appeared at
    the portal gate, saying she'd come from a placed called Unity, Elvie had
    been given a lair all her own. Though Arante herself had no desire to leave
    the warmth of her mother's lair, she knew that many of the other hatchlings
    were angry at the elder's decision to let Elvie have her pick of the lair
    before any of them could choose one for themselves. Lairs were difficult to
    dig, and took a great deal of care and work to form each chamber just right
    so that the ones beside it and below would not collapse.

    "Not now, my hatchie. You need your rest.? Her mother's tailtip tickled
    her earfin lightly, softening the reproach.

    "But maaaaa... pleeease,? she pleaded, rubbing her head against her
    mother's rough scales to remove the itch. "Bal says that Elvie is an
    orphan. That her clutch mother kicked her out of the nest because she was
    mean. But I told him he was wrong. That Elvie was my friend, and I like
    her. Even if she did just appear at the portal one day with her strange

    Her mother lifted her head and looked back at Arante. The sadness in her
    mother's eyes made Arante stop her begging, but only for a moment. It
    seemed to Arante that there was something about the special dragons, and
    the naka too, who had been arriving in the world in small groups recently
    that made the elders both sad and happy. But the elders would only talk
    about the happy parts. Arante was a curious little dragon and wanted to
    know the sad part too.

    "Alright, Arante. But just once. And no questions, do you understand??

    "But maaa... ,? she started to protest, but a light flick of her mother's
    tail on her snout silenced her.

    "I mean it,? her mother snapped. "I will tell you Elvie's story, once, no
    questions or interruptions from you, but then you have to promise me that
    it's off to sleep with you.?

    "Alright,? Arante replied, and settled her head onto her mother's side
    again, trying to hide her triumphant smile.

    In a soft, low voice her mother began to speak...

    "Elvie's story is not strange, as you called it. Nor is she truly an
    orphan. She did come from a land called Unity. And we are all very glad she
    did, and welcome her and others from this land to join us in the battle
    against the Aegis.

    Once, many many years ago, when Istara and the gods created Istaria, they
    looked upon the land and all it's peoples and saw that the land which they
    made, abundant though it was, would be taxed over much by the presence of
    so many dragons and naka-duskael. And so, in her wisdom, Istara formed many
    worlds for her people.

    One world she called Chaos, for that world and quickly filled with such a
    wide variety of dragons and naka that there were often conflicts even among
    the Gifted. Another she called Order, for here the people all agreed to
    follow a strict set of rules and guidelines of behavior, such that even
    when conflict did arise there, the rules which governed the people there
    allowed for faster resolution of conflict. A third land, called Unity, was
    a land set far away from either Chaos or Order. So far off, in fact, that
    Istara appointed some lesser gods to watch over her people there, for she
    knew that she could not fulfill her duties well to people so far from her.

    And so it was that time passed. Those who had created Chaos and Order gave
    guidance to those appointed to watch over Unity. And those who lived and
    fought the Aegis in all three lands were content with their lives. But
    sadly, not long before you were born, those who lived in the land called
    Unity disappeared into a great abyss. Those appointed to watch over Unity
    grew silent, and none knew of the fate of our Unitarian brethren for many,
    many a long month.

    But we remained hopeful, looking to the gods of our world for answers. And
    slowly, that ray of hope began to grow brighter. The Unitarians were not
    totally lost, though there world was shattered beyond repair. They were
    trapped, caught between worlds, because their souls were bound to a world
    that no longer existed.

    But our gods are clever and resourceful, and soon word came that they had
    found a way to break the binding to the shattered world so that those from
    Unity could come to cross over. And we began to hear them crying out,
    calling from far off, asking our gods to bring their lost souls into our
    world. And so the gods did, my hatchling.

    But the Unitarians lost much when their souls broke from Unity. They lost
    their homes, they lost possessions, and yes, they lost many whom they
    called family and friend. And so, in their wisdom, the elders of this
    community and many others, have chosen to give them a home here. To welcome
    them as brother and sister as though they had been born to our world.?

    "But mother, Bal says he'll never get a lair of his own because dragons
    like Elvie will take all the good ones,? Arante blurted out, forgetting
    that she was not supposed to speak.

    "Now, Arante, you and I both know that is not true.? Her mother's voice
    was firm, but did not sound angry. "It is important that we make Elvie feel
    welcome in our community. We need her, and those who come with her, in the
    war against the Aegis. The Aegis have been too quiet for too long, my
    hatchling. This peace will not last.

    And you know as well as I that the elders have learned much about the
    shaping of lairs this past year. We may have to search far, and I cannot
    promise that the one we find will be as grand as this one is. But when the
    time is right, we will find a lair for you. Remember, my hatchie, that we
    have learned to dig our lairs into the sides of hills and mountains we
    previously thought would not hold lairs. If we don't find anything that
    already had an opening created, then we will simply find somewhere that a
    new one could be started. We might have need to pray to the gods for their
    aid in forming such an opening, but there will be a lair for you.

    Now, sleep. And dream of new friends, new adventures."

    And that is exactly what Arante did.

    100 Warrior / 100 Cleric / 100 Shaman / 100 Guardian / 100 Monk / 100 Spiritist
    60 Druid / 40 Chaos Warrior / 36 Mage

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    Around here, somewhere

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    I like

    I'm a little concerned about the line "They lost their homes, they lost possessions...", but I seem to recall that this issue is with the lair / plot storage (of which I have none), rather than the vault (of which I have quite a bit).

    Sounds as if an announcement is imminent - and we're due a developer's letter soon, so claws crossed...


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    What a great story!
    Apart from the message I really like the form, not only from this mail but also the mails before. Thank you for putting so much effort in them.

    I thought the:
    "So far off, in fact, that Istara appointed some lesser gods to watch over her people there,"

    Was really funny, had to laugh out loud )and I´m at work so it was a bit embarrasing

    This is all getting very exciting!

    *jumps up and down in anticipation

    Hurray! Mor
    rison is back at his house near Bristugo!
    And the wisps on wis
    p isle are moving again!
    If you can't see 'em, you know you've got proper invisible runes.

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    So far off, in fact, that
    Istara appointed some lesser gods to watch over her people there, for she
    knew that she could not fulfill her duties well to people so far from her.
    Pff she forgot to mention the golden dragoness godess

    haha, just a joke, cant wait to fly again !

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    the lesser gods was a good one indeed!

    do we have to enter our current email addresses somewhere to get these emails?

    *prepares some BOOMs*

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    This email went to anyone who had come from Unity who had an active subscription. Note that in order to transfer to the US shard, you will have to have an active subscription, so many who have been waiting have already done that.

    We will be attempting to contact those who had played on the EU servers but did not have an active US subscription as well.

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    So it is time to reactivate accounts?

    Btw... Very nice story.
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    Tinkerer 100, Carpenter 100, Weaponsmith 94 and other classes
    ~ Horizons Order Server (Ex-Unity/Ex-Earth)~

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    Hooray is all i need to say when i saw the email, looking forward to soon being able to play Tror Rockplate again.

    Very nice story to reintroduce the Unitarians back to world of Istara wether it be on Chaos or Order
    Tror Rockplate-Unity-hoping to wake up on chaos/order.

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    Heya all,

    Did not get the aforementioned mail message, but have no active account actually at Horizons.
    Will it be possible to reactivate my old Toons once the transfer is done ?
    Best regards,

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    From what I've understood, Knud, the transfers will be partially manual, executed on request of the account holder. IOW, the transfer *is* reactivating your old characters - or moving them into Order or Chaos, as it were.
    You're looking at now. Everything that happens now is happening now.

    Incessantly prodding Gezsera while getting rid of hibernation hangover.

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    I hope they make a annoucement when they are ready, then I will create a acc and they can transfer my beloved chars

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    Got the email and good news indeed!

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    that mail gave me lots of hope atleast it seems like those test copies went fine.

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    Aug 2007
    Nowhere near Slayvite's Lair i can tell you that. He has Ranch sauce instead of shampoo.

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    VERY happy to get my email, i was thinking my chars may have been lost for-ever as i'd forgot everything from back then, but to get the mail means i had this address way back then also

    Happy Happy Days

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    Amarië or Tramsan, any indication of the comprehensiveness of the transfer? Reading that story seems to imply that not everything will be transferred across.

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    Member Vlisson's Avatar
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    Germany / Bavaria

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    i havent read all this pages of this english roleplay story, are there hidden hints to our upcoming transfer?

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    We on Order are definitely looking forward to seeing the Unitarians, and will do anything in our power to make sure you're happy with your decision. We KNOW how to have fun!
    Noelani of Blight -100 DRA / 100 DRC / 40 DLS / 40M Hoard
    Amryth of Blight - 58 DRA / 35 DRC
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