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Catherine bought 2 Lloyd Control Rings for a total of 2.5m. After breaking 2 wooden controllers, she finally got a +6 wooden controller. Family became poor again after buying blue crack for Outrage Shot and veteran pioneer equipment. Still trying to sell HQ ruby to buy Lv.100 chips and upgrade accelerators.

Ashardalon Family
Week 4: 31 Aug 2008
The Gay Lord celebrates the veteran promotion...

Today, I decided to login one last time to Carracci server, before I uninstall GE-SEA/ANZ from my computer. Of all those on my friend list, only 3 are online. Two of them are people I barely know, the other one is a hardcore botter, so the entire program can't even function as a bloated 5.6GB instant messenger anymore.

The towns are rather empty of players. Mystery powders still cost a bomb (7m+ vis). And most surprising to me is that all the colonies are dominated by one faction (Eminence). What happened? Are most players no longer active, such that the few active ones all group into one faction and thus automatically get all the colonies?

Carracci is so dead...

Edit: After the war, it is still the same. See Carracci Colony War Results 31 August.

According to the Japanese 散歩道 site, the significance of high ATK Rating (AR) and DEF Rating (DR) is reduced in v2.5.13.

An AR60 attacker used to deal 200% damage to a DR50 defender, now the damage is reduced to 155%. Likewise, a DR60 defender used to take no damage from a AR50 attacker, but now he takes 45% damage.

The chance of an attack missing the target has also been reduced from 4% to 2% per difference.

A bit of an old news... but I find the table rather useful, so I stole it. :p

After out-grinding in Rion Dungeon last week, the team (Lv.77) moved on to Old Port of Coimbra and El Canon de Diabolica. At Lv.84, Ustiur quests became available, and it is camping in Skeleton Dungeon 1F. After buying 3 veteran scrolls for 5m each, the family is pretty broke. At Lv.95, the team moved on to Topolo Durga to farm mega ores.

Ashardalon Family
Week 3: 24 Aug 2008

I have always been a little confused about the AR/DR of Lv.100 equipment. Here's a compilation of information I found in the forums.

DEF Rating
Lv.80 Pioneer, Lv.92 Normal
Lv.100 Normal (e.g. La Ventisca)
Lv.84 Elite, Lv.100 Pioneer
Le Blanc, Lv.100 Schivarliere,
Lv.100 Andre's Designs (e.g. Clara Mago)
Lv.92 Elite (e.g. Elite La Ventisca)
Le Noir, General Plate
Elite Le Blanc, Elite Schivarliere
Elite Le Noir, Elite General Plate

ATK Rating*
Lv.80 Pioneer
Lv.92 Unique, Lv.100 Normal
Lv.84 Elite
Bracelet of Three Kings
Lv.100 Pioneer
Lv.92 Elite (Los Toldos), Lv.100 Elite (e.g. Bracelet of Ziz, Elite Pizarro)
Chess Series, Serpent Series, Golden Series, Fire Series,
Lightning Series, Elite Bracelet of Ziz
Deprodine Series

Note (*): LOE bracelet is always 2 AR less than normal weapons.

Of course, the equipment can be further upgraded/enhanced to increase AR/DR.


Lv.84 Elite or Lv.100 Armors?Fire & Lightning Series Weapons[Guide] 32AR Weapon RecipesLos Toldos RecipesPower of the Glow

I stumbled upon an old thread here in the IAHGames forums, concerning a problem that I had as well. The game client configuration window is not optimized for 1024x768 resolution, resulting in an elongated window which extends beyond the screen.

Viper17 has kindly provided a solution using an alternative geconfig.exe file. Simply download the file and replace the one in Granado Espada\release folder. Backup original file first, if desired.

I came across a player called 4lyfe, a Lv.3 family who may have an alternate family called gunzforlife in Orpesia server. I think he is possibly a scammer, as he tried his scamming trick on me a couple of days ago.

Here is how it works:

  1. Scammer places an item (e.g. +6 Lv.28 dagger) with the market manager at a very high price, using the anonymous seller option.
  2. Scammer pretends to be noob, not knowing how to use the market (or just can't see the item), then asks the potential victim to buy such an item for him.
  3. If the victim buys the item for re-sale to the scammer, the scammer pretends to AFK or logs out completely, leaving the victim with a useless over-priced item.
Luckily for me, I didn't buy his stupid dagger. Unfortunately, it seems many people were scammed and are still getting scammed. And please do not say it's the players' own fault for being so stupid that they got scammed. Remember, stupidity is neither a crime nor a moral defect. Scamming is definitely either one or the other, if not both.

Beware, pioneers of Orpesia! It is sad to see scamming occurs everywhere in every server.

What can you do if you encounter him or one of his incarnates?
  1. Ignore him. "That's your own problem" is an attitude that works~! ^^
  2. Toy with him. Raise his hopes of a successful scam, then disappoint him.
  3. Undercut his market price. For example, if he is selling a +6 dagger for 500k vis, sell one for 50k vis.

Since I have pretty much retired the Starstorm family in Carracci server, I made an inventory of the stuffs I had. It's not much, but well, here they are.

Family Name: Starstorm_2 (See Name Change - IAH'ed)
Server: Carracci
Family Level: 14
Faction: None
Character Slot: 10
Personal Shop Slot: 4
Family Reputation: 1857

Female Fighter - Veteran 72% ~ STR+1
Catherine - Veteran 71% ~ CHA+1
Female Scout - Veteran 7% ~ CON+1
M'Boma - Veteran 4% ~ INT+1
Catherine INT - Veteran 41% ~ INT+1
Viki - Veteran 22% ~ CHA+1
Bernelli - Lv.84
Idge - Lv.84
Emilia - Lv.68
Elementalist - Lv.1

Lv.84 +5 Elite Plate, DEF 18 Movement 20%
Lv.84 +5 Elite Ring Mail, DEF 18 MaxHP 22%
Lv.84 +6 Elite Ring Mail, DEF 19
Lv.84 +5 Elite Robe of Pluto, DR+3
Lv.84 +6 Elite Robe of Pluto, DEF 15
Lv.84 +5 Elite Alegrias, DR+2
Lv.84 Elite Robe of Neptune
Lv.84 +4 Elite Laranja e Preto, DEF 20
Lv.68 +4 Elite Studded-leather Armor, DEF 17
Lv.68 Elite Justocorps, DEF 14

Lv.100 +5 Bracelet of 3 Kings ~ ATK 32% Darkness 10% +39% ATK to Daemons
Lv.92 +4 Elite Morgenstern ~ ATK Speed 30% Stun 8%
Lv.88 +6 Bronze Caliburn ~ DR+2
Lv.84 +6 Wooden Controller ~ AR+1
Lv.84 Wooden Controller
Lv.84 +6 Elite Broinac ~ ATK 21% Ice+14
Lv.92 +5 Gaze of Fallen Angel ~ ATK 30% AR+1 Hole of Darkness +1
Lv.92 +6 Lancelot's Arondight ~ ATK 46% ATK Speed 5%
Lv.92 Executioner Rifle ~ ATK 45% Critical +10 Execution Shooter +1
Lv.92 Baroque Lute ~ ATK 48% ATK Speed 20%

Lv.92 Elite Castor Guard
Lv.84 Elite Royal Guardian
Lv.60 +6 Templar Guard ~ DEF 5 DR+2
Lv.72 +6 Royal Guardian ~ Block +9 DR+2

Lv.44 Idge's Boots ~ MaxHP 5%
Lv.40 Hard-leather Boots ~ DEF 4 MaxHP 5%
Lv.40 Hard-leather Boots ~ Movement 10% MaxHP 3%
Lv.40 Leather Boots ~ MaxHP 10%
Lv.80 Leather Boots ~ MaxHP 7%
Physical RES Necklace (5%) x2

Scout Rings - Intensify, Fortify, Acceleration, Resuscitation, Miembro Invisible, Viento Fantasma
Fighter Rings - Deep Straight x2, Bahia Marcha, Fury, Genocide, Gladiator's Bane, Penta-Train x2, Slash Down
Elementalist Rings - Absolute Zero, Electric Charger, Meteor Strike, Ice Wave, Thunderstorm, Frost Cloud
Wizard Rings - Spiritual Shield, Energy Shield, Invisible Stalker
Musketeer Rings - Charging Shot, Precision Strike, Head Shot
RNPC Rings - Victor Control x2, Atomic Crazy Rush, Brandish x2, Spike Trap

Costumes - Sunset Stripe Suit Costume, Mutation Scout Costume, Croc Leather Costume, Original Fighter Jacket (F), Original Wizard Coat (F), Original Scout Suit (F), Original Musketeer Uniform (M), Santa Costume for Scout
Hats - A Witch's Hat, Wreath, Bear Hat, White Bear Hat, Gray Feather Hat (female scout), Diego's Hat, Santa's Hat x3, Halloween Pumpkin Hat x3
Hair - Gray Layered Shaggy Cut (female fighter)

Misc - Veteran Promotion Scroll x3, Expert Promotion Scroll x3, Barrack Slot x2, Forgotten Territory Pass x3, Enchantment Tranquillizer x8, Enhancement Booster x40
Consume - Soul Crystal x17, Hrin's Ampule x26, Hrin's Potion x11, Progressive Health Filler x234, Progressive Soul Filler x169, Hermes Potion x11, Defensive Filler x3, Triumph Filler x34, Reboldoeux Return Sheet x16, Coimbra Return Sheet x11, Auch Return Sheet x12
Glazium - Lv.1 Glazium x74, Lv.20 Glazium x98, Lv.40 Glazium x107, Lv.60 Glazium x136, Lv.80 Glazium x44, Lv.100 Glazium x63
G-Point x185

Interchange Lv.4 x10, Interchange Lv.1 x6, Trinity Lv.2 x2, Highway Lv.2 x1, Spotlight Lv.1 x5, Joaquin Barrier Defensive Warfare x1

Chips - Lv.100 enchantment chip x33, Lv.84 enchantment chip x62
Keys - Key of Bellem x5, Key to Capybara x8, Key [Corridor of Assize] x2, Inmate's Locker Key x1, Fire Orb x1
Gems - Ruby x15, HQ Ruby x9, Sapphire x15, Emerald x23
Spirit Stones - Porto Bello Spirit Stone, Joaquin Prison Spirit Stone
Viki's Stones - Mustang Core x100, Treasure Core x220, Hill Giant Summon Stone x139, Otite Piece x10,684
Recipes - Queen's Sword, Elite Laranja e Preto, Elite Revolver, Elite Sage Rod, Elite Justocorps, Elite Robe of the Yeti
Mega Ores - Mega Ionium x173, Mega Aidanium x249, Mega Etretanium x316
Katovic Stuffs - Golden Apple x3, Red Jewel Fragment x1, Cabbage x15, Beet x5, etc.
Rare Books - Rare Book of Combat x1, Rare Book of Magic x2, Rare Book of Shooting x5
Others - Snail Skin x2, Gold Bar x750, Pure Otite x75
101m vis

Andre, Bernelli, Brunie, Soldier x3, Ramiro, Tiburon x2, Jack x2, Diego x2, Panfilo, Jose, Adelina x2, M'Boma, Soho x3, Alejandro, Lisa x2, Emilia x2, Gracielo, Trooper x2, Romina, Auch Infantry x2

Since I'm training a set of new characters, I have decided to copy this over for ease of reference. I always found this map from Sannpomiti very useful for deciding when to go to which zone in the Island of Fire. I'm not too sure what the tick represents, but possibly the area where the boss spawns. You may not change channel in this map.

Free Zone (Lv.66-76) provides Lv.64-76 chips, pure talt, bulk of silver, etc.

Zone 1 (Lv.78-88) requires a key costing 100,000 vis, and is a good place to farm Lv.84-88 chips. You may get Lv.92 unique weapons as well.

Zone 2 (Lv.90-100) requires a key costing 500,000 vis, and is good for farming Lv.92-100 chips.

Zone 3 (Lv.105-108) requires a key costing 800,000 vis, and is a place for farming veteran boots and gloves. You may get Lv.88 chips as well.

Adelina (Lv.36) joined the family to assist in the collection of tortoise materials for Claude and Lorch, since the fighter refused to do so. (It was too boring.) Although I intended to do all 3 tortoise quests together, I managed to finish the quest for Jose while grinding in Porto Bello the Hold last week. Catherine (Lv.1) also joined the family in Gigante Beach until Lv.48, solo-ed in El Lago and El Tejado Verde, then supported by scout in Sacred Dungeon at Lv.58. Thereafter, it's grind-fest at Rion Dungeon Hollow.

Ashardalon Family
Week 2: 17 Aug 2008

Since my new Catherine has reached Lv.58, it is time to revisit the Underground Relics. Underground Relics (also called Dungeon Ruins and Sacred Dungeon) is a dungeon filled with various kinds of skeletons (Lv.58-61 Undead), ideal for training mid-level characters. The skeleton mobs have nasty knock-back skills, so it may be advisable to bring a scout in case a character dies. The normal mobs drop gold piece, refined aidanium, piece of ruby, Lv.60-64 equipment, and Lv.56 enchantment chip.

To open the Underground Relics, you must drop the Key of Dungeon Ruins on the stone marker in Pradera de Ceniza (E5, channel 1 ONLY). The key is dropped by monsters in the same map. Once the entrance is opened, the key is "consumed" and a server-wide notice will flash at the top of every player's screen.

[Notice] FAMILYNAME Family has opened the Entrance of Underground Relics.

At this point, everyone may enter the dungeon through the stone marker without having to use a key. 10 minutes after the 1st notice, another notice will be shown.

[Notice] The Entrance of Dungeon Ruins will be closed soon.

About 1 minute after the 2nd notice, everyone will be notified of the closure of the dungeon.

[Notice] The Entrance of Dungeon Ruins is now closed.

You appear on a safe platform at H3 of the map. As you move south, you will be warped below the platform around H4. You may stay in the dungeon for as long as you like. But once you leave, you may not re-enter the dungeon unless someone opens the entrance again. You may not save a warp point in the dungeon.

The map has a mini-boss, Skeleton Knight (Lv.62), which often spawns in the leftmost side of the map. If you kill the mini-boss, lots of treasure chests will appear. Destroy the chests and loot, thereafter you will be banished from the dungeon.

This is the se.ipf file from Sword of the New World (v2.6), the North America/Europe (NA/EU) version of Granado Espada. The file contains various .wav files, which can be extracted with IPF Extractor.

In this version, Catherine sounds really confused. Every time she is selected, she says in a rather blur voice, "What should I do??" A very confused girl.

To install, download all 3 .rar files and then extract se.ipf file (247 MB) into Granado Espada\ge folder with WinRAR. Backup the original file first, if desired.

Part 1Part 2Part 3

Note that modification of the game client is technically illegal. You might also be interested in Japanese & Korean Voice Packs blog entry as well.

I tested out all the pioneer shields (aka ancestral shields). The block rate below is that of a veteran fighter (agility 6) using Lv.25 Back Guard. Appearance indicates which normal shield (available from NPC) a pioneer shield looks like when equipped. The block rates of other stances (Lv.25) can be calculated accordingly: High Guard (+22), The Defender (+26), and Stave Guard (-7).

Iron Shield
Kite Shield
Templar Guard
Crusader Ward
Royal Guardian

The Lv.80 pioneer shield is only slightly worse off than Lv.84 Elite Royal Guardian (DEF 22, Block 41). Of course, being a pioneer item, pioneer shields do not end up with "blanks" when using enchantment chips. But the bad thing is that you cannot get DR+2 option on the shield.

See also the other blog entry on Pioneer Equipment. In Sword of the New World, glazium is called polish and pioneer equipment are called ancestral equipment.

Edit: Thanks to DeLaFeuillade of Orpesia for additional information on Lv.100 pioneer shield!

A lucky day! In my Sword of the New World account, Lloyd dropped me a Catherine's Pelvis, Catherine's Left Arm, and Strange Clock on my 2nd day in the mansion while I was still level 56. Since Lloyd has a small provoke range, he does not usually come after you. Instead, you must actively run around to attack Lloyd.

Here's a nice table from Port Coimbra website:


I downloaded Sword of the New World and started an account in Orpesia on 4 Aug 2008. I'm surprised to find that the default quarters (i.e. barracks) have 15 slots, instead of 9 slots in GE-SEA/ANZ. Gracielo joins the family at level 40, mainly to take quests with level requirements, thereby avoiding having to return to maps that the team have out-grind. Two days after arriving in the New World, the family accepted an invitation to join DRAGON'S~EMPIRES clan.

Ashardalon Family
Week 1: 10 Aug 2008

From the Sword of the New World forums, I discovered a website for customizing the characters in a family and their levels. Register a free account at Another Lonely Soul's forum to use the website (JavaScript must be enabled).

Update: The signature site has moved to a different host on Feb 2009. See here.

Ashardalon Family
Family Level: 54+3 (83%)
Affiliation: Dronarati (Royalist)
War Title: Lv.3 High-Rank Guardian
Family Reputation: 1,164,839
Region: United States
Server: Orpesia
Version: v8.5.2
Total Expenditure: USD 30.00
Profile Update: Dec 02, 2012

The Ashardalon family arrived in the New World on August 4, 2008. Since then, the family has plowed through the pioneering obstacles and completing various quests. They are presently exploring the Clock Tower of Viron and Lucifer Castle Basement (v8.5). See the family journals here.

Clan Membership
These are the clans that the family has been involved with since their arrival in the New World.
  • DRAGON`S~EMPIRES: 08/2008 - 09/2008
  • Telos: 09/2008 - 03/2009
  • Othrys: 08/2009 - 08/2009
  • Phalanx: 03/2010 - 07/2011
  • Halcyon: 08/2011 - 10/2011
  • Albatros: 01/2012 - 05/2012
  • Schiavona: 06/2012 - 01/2013

About the Family Name
Ashardalon is the name of an ancient red dragon who replaced his wounded heart with a demon and consumed pre-incarnated souls to sustain his life-force. He was featured mainly in 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons game module, Bastion of Broken Souls. In later game releases, other dragons have emulated his heart-replacement method, giving rise to a cult of disciples. There is now also a board game named Wrath of Ashardalon.


AthenaMaster Lv.10 Adorabelle Master Lv.10
ThelandiraMaster Lv.10 Mystra Master Lv.9
QilueMaster Lv.10 Ambrosia Master Lv.10
AlustrielMaster Lv.6 Eisheth Master Lv.3
PazuzuMaster Lv.10 Tethys Master Lv.10
WendigoMaster Lv.1 Lisbeth Master Lv.10
SeleneMaster Lv.10 Vairocana Master Lv.10
SoteiraMaster Lv.10 Aribeth Master Lv.6
LolitaMaster Lv.10 Barret Master Lv.1
OrpheusMaster Lv.10 Tsurara Master Lv.2
MardukMaster Lv.10 Yetzirah Master Lv.2
IshtarMaster Lv.10 Lara Master Lv.1
CandideMaster Lv.3 Ryuk Master Lv.1
MirajaneMaster Lv.1 Brisingamen Master Lv.1
ShotaroMaster Lv.10 Selvaria Master Lv.1
CameronMaster Lv.1 Arcee Master Lv.1
MnemosyneMaster Lv.1 Galatea Master Lv.1
SinonMaster Lv.1 Icarus Master Lv.1
GilgameshMaster Lv.1 Lawliet Master Lv.1
QuetzalcoatlMaster Lv.1 Zarathustra Master Lv.10
AngelicaMaster Lv.1 Yaoi Master Lv.2
AribethMaster Lv.7 Sinon Master Lv.2
ArtemisiaMaster Lv.10 Lourdes Master Lv.10
TlazolteotlMaster Lv.1 Averroes Master Lv.1


SasoriExpert Lv.1 Gloriana Expert Lv.1
IfritExpert Lv.1 Voltaire Expert Lv.1
WillikinsExpert Lv.5 Maimonides Expert Lv.4
ArchimedesExpert Lv.1 Daedalus Expert Lv.1
NurarihyonExpert Lv.1 Phlegethon Expert Lv.1
RemExpert Lv.1 Alicia Expert Lv.1
AsclepiusExpert Lv.1 Sacharissa Expert Lv.1


SyluneVeteran Lv.4 Cacofonix Veteran Lv.1
AnastasiaVeteran Lv.1 Flatulus Veteran Lv.9
LokiVeteran Lv.1 Geryon Veteran Lv.1
EmpedoclesVeteran Lv.1 Moloch Veteran Lv.1
TimaeusVeteran Lv.1 Marcion Veteran Lv.1
MistilteinnVeteran Lv.1 Magrathea Veteran Lv.1
EskarinaVeteran Lv.1 Hermes Veteran Lv.1
TantalusVeteran Lv.1


CthulhuLoot Nyarlathotep Offense Buff
OreoLevel Buff Cerdotado Loot
ByakkoOffense Buff Hobbes Offense Buff
NoelHeal Bahamut Offense Buff