Best Blowout Support Event 2017 until July 04 (Europe) or Aug 23 (USA).  

Selvaria (Selva) and Lara (Brunie) reached Veteran Lv.2, while the latter mastered Outrage Shot and Sight Shot. Barret (Jose) reached Lv.100, completing the family's set of crafters until Panfilo can actually cook in v6.4.0. Magrathea (Angie), Cacofonix (Rio), and Quetzalcoatl (Nar) also gained a few levels. The Masters collected more Ancient Runes - 14 Ti and 7 Ar.

Soteira (Helena) looted 2 Symbols of Aquarius, Symbol of Gemini, Symbol of Taurus, Symbol of Virgo, Le Noir (wiz) Recipe, and 2 gem recipes from 12 Team Arena missions. This week's Uraeus dropped Symbol of Scorpio, Symbol of Libra, and Elite Geniaruleano Recipe. The daily Arsene Circus raids yielded Tracking Boots and Chevalier Greaves. The family also won Stormbringer (dagger) out of Lightning Gate. This week's collection of Rough Stones yielded 1 HQ Spodumene and 2 HQ Obsidian.

The family received Sweet Candy x10 and Otite Perfume x2 for Halloween Trick Or Treat. The perfumes were meant for Dead Rising lag-fest event, but it happened at a random time when the family wasn't active. Some zombies came to party in Auch and Coimbra, but nobody really care much about this so-called Zombie Apocalypse, as they are no threat to anyone whatsoever. Well, at least players can still do their stuffs normally, instead of being forced to start in only 1 town and lag everybody out.

So far, Halloween 2010 was kind of FAIL. Halloween 2009 was much better, but that was a standard event imported from IMC, if I recall correctly. The family experienced 5 disconnections this week, disrupting 1 Team Area and 1 Hidden Holy Water Chamber raid.

GE Korea has released a new update preview. See Granado Espada Preview Update v6.4 [Korean].

Alchemy will be added to alchemist NPC in Viron. You can use 3 different items to generate a new item. Items which can be used for alchemy (and its level 0-4) will be displayed item tool tip.

Panfilo gains the skill to "craft" food, which will be found in Consume tab of Inventory window. (Panfilo the Battle Cook does not gain this new skill.) Recipes can be acquired from NPC with Old Journals 1, 2, and 3.

You can also cook with a cooking pot. Up to 6 families can click on the pot to get the buff within 2 minutes. The buff will be lost when you move to a different map. Non-squad members and hostile families cannot be use the pot.

Elemental Rings will be added. Rings drop in all zones. Elemental Rings are located in Consume tab of Premium Item window (Ctrl-F). Double-click on the ring to get the buff.

The ring buffs last 30 minutes, and do not vanish when moving zones. Unlike Boost Potions, the duration time continues to tick when the character is not in use. Each use of the ring imposes a cool-down of 30 minutes.

Equip Packages (1-day and 7-days) will be added to World Cross PVP Shop in Auch. You can hire mercenaries when you buy the package.

Quest window will be updated with even more details. New models will be added to Customized Wings - Lunch Bag (3 colors), Evil Spirit Defrodain, and Spring Fairy Wings.

New quest added for M'Boma. You must complete recruitment quests for M'Boma, Jose, and Panfilo to proceed.

New costumes will be added for Romina (Trifolium), Combat Catherine (Le Gemeaux de la Sensation Amicale), and Garcia (La Chevre Cornue Fidele). These costumes were previously known from GE-JP Imperial Wheel. They are now available in GE-KR Magic Circle X from Oct 28 to Nov 10, 2010.

Imperial Wheel R1 (GE-JP) has been released for Oct 2010. See also GE-JP Costume Catalogue for more art. This month introduces a new weapon series based on the Tarot Deck's Major Arcana as theme. Other rewards include Valeria character card, Elite Arcanero Plate, and Draconic Sword. See アルカナシリーズ for the weapons.

Click on image above for full-size view.

Sword of the Fool
Sword • ATK Rating 33 • ATK 261
ATK Speed +10% • [Golpe] Level +1 • [Centella] Level +1

Rifle of the Hierophant
Bayonet • ATK Rating 33 • ATK 392
ATK Speed +10% • [Swift Shot] Level +1 • [Accuracy Shot] Level +1

Knuckle of the Emperor
Knuckle • ATK Rating 33 • ATK 200
ATK Speed +10% • [Elemental Kick] Level +1 • [Elemental Dragon] Level +1

Flame of Rages Costume Set
Body Costume + Hair • Male Fighter
Body Costume + Hair • Female Fighter
See お姉さまといっしょ・リボルドウェ編 for more screenshots.

The following blogs have been removed from the blog roll for RSS inactivity of 6 months or more. A few other blogs (including several Japanese ones) have been added since last cleanup. Links to the removed blogs are provided below so you can still check them out, if you want.

After cleanup, there are a total of 52 blogs in the RSS list.

Blog Comment Form Changes
Some people have complaint to me about the comment field of this blog being too small such that certain buttons were blocked and inaccessible without using Alt-Tab. I have changed the Comment Form Placement setting from Embedded to Full Page. This should allow you to see the entire thing without further problems. You still need to be a registered user (Google, OpenID) and verify a captcha to post. Comments on posts older than 7 days require moderation before they show up on the blog. Please note that comments that are considered as spams, trolls, and excessive vulgarities/rants will be removed.

Cumulonimbus (Latin, "Accumulated Cloud") is a type of cloud that is tall, dense, and involved in thunderstorms and other intense weather. It is a result of atmospheric instability. These clouds can form alone, in clusters, or along a cold front in a squall line. They create lightning through the heart of the cloud. Cumulonimbus clouds form from cumulus clouds and can further develop into a supercell, a severe thunderstorm with special features.

Well-developed cumulonimbus clouds are also characterized by a flat, anvil-like top (anvil dome), caused by straight line winds at the higher altitudes which shear off the top of the cloud.

After training more families, Athena (f/fig) reached Expert Lv.10, while Ambrosia (Emilia) reached Expert Lv.2.

Soteira (Helena) looted Symbol of Aries, Symbol of Scorpio, Symbol of Leo, Symbol of Libra, Symbol of Sagittarius, and 3 gem recipes from 13 Team Arena missions. Uraeus dropped Symbol of Libra, Symbol of Virgo, and Elite Piernoente Recipe this week, while the daily raids on Arsene Circus yielded Assassin Gloves, Aiming Gloves, Mystic Gloves, and Chevalier Greaves. This week's collection of Rough Stones yielded 1 HQ Bloodstone and 2 HQ Obsidian.

For its raid and supply efforts, the family received Elite Le Noir with DEF +5 and DEF Rating +2 from Phalanx clan. Feeling that this end-game armor is worth having maximum DEF Rating enchantment, Thelandira (f/mus) took a heap of chips to the Enchantment Scammer Merchant again.

Alas! This turned out to be the worst enchantment record for the family so far. After over-writing DEF Rating +2 twice, DEF Rating +1 once, and DEF + Max HP many times, the armor finally attained DEF Rating +3. This torturous re-enchantment process consumed a total of 723 Lv.100 Enchantment Chips and 701 Enchant Boosters.

It took 40 Upgrade Accelerators and 1 Lacquer +5: Veteran for its +6 upgrade. Since the family is now near-bankrupt (3m vis! Yay!) after buying almost 1,000 Enchant Boosters for this armor enchantment and last week's bracelet enchantments, buying a heap of Socket Fluxes is out of question... for now. It looks like it's time to sell some pure ores... and restock more Enchantment Chips from raids. In any case, she still needs better accessories, such as belt and earring, to be really effective.

Anyway, during the week, the family also visited some NPC. The family gave Angie 175 Return Scrolls of each town, and that stupid girl just had to lose them. Gertrude found and defeated the thieves, and she was dropping her panties all over him. And Rio was still pretending to be from Bristia, even though he already revealed his origins in the affairs concerning the Holy Water Chamber in Week 97. After face-palming for a while, the family decided to take these two idiots under its wing, letting them join and giving them new names.

Magrathea (Angie) was named after the ancient planet whose economy was based on the manufacturing of other planets ("custom-made luxury planet building") in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy novels. Cacofonix (Rio) was named after a character in Asterix comics - the Gallic bard, who thinks he is a music genius, while everybody else finds his songs unbearable.

An Expert former apprentice joined the family as well. Lolita (Claire) was named after the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, in which the middle-aged protagonist becomes obsessed and involved with a 12-year-old girl.

The family experienced 2 disconnections this week, one of which occurred inside Lightning Gate.

About 2 weeks ago, GE-SG released Asoka in ABS. (See [GE-SG] Asoka In ABS for details.) Now, Asoka has also been added Hellena's Circus of Fate for 1 month, starting on Oct 21, 2010. The character card costs 2 Gold Tokens and her Sect of Moonlight stance book costs 1 Gold Token. Comparatively, each Draconic Weapon (AR32) costs 2 Gold Tokens, and Dragon Heart Recipe costs 1 Gold Token.

There are also new costumes, including Iberis (Brunie), Black Wisteria (Calyce), Curling Perm Hair (f/ele), and Bach (Rio) for 7-10 Tokens. See [HCOF] Launch of Asoka for details.

IAHGames has responded to speculations on other avenues of acquiring Asoka for GE-SG:

Due to the speculations about Asoka being in the cash/feso shop, we have submitted an enquiry to IMC. However, we found out that all Premium RNPC cards are not meant to be in Cash/Feso Shop. As part of the directive, the remaining 2 RNPC cards1 in the current 4.5 cash shop will be removed in 5.0.

Please note that this is a directive from them. Other GE versions do not have them in the cash shop as well, as replied by them (after we asked them about jGE).

On this note, we hope that there will be no further speculation about the future of Asoka. She is meant to be a premium character. [Source]

The baseline is, "Asoka cannot be placed in the cash shop/feso shop, no matter". Asoka is NEVER in feso/cash shop of kGE. It was only on their randomised platform to preserve her exclusivity. This is confirmed by IMC correspondence. kGE players have requested for a re-appearance of Asoka for them to obtain, but guess what, they were rejected as well. This meant that Asoka was taken OFF their platform... and have not appeared since.

Not forgetting, our HCOF Asoka promo is time limited as well. This is in line with their guidelines. If you think a little more, IAH will have no reason to limit these kind of premium content in such ways unless we are bound contractually. [Source]

1 Soho the Fighter and Idge the Battle Smith

In other editions, Asoka could be acquired through a quest event in Japan and through the Feso Shop in Taiwan. In both cases, the availability is for a limited period only. See Asoka Visits Japan and twGE v4.5 Update for more information and links.

Besides New Pioneer Support, there are also free event items for completing certain in-game player's guides by talking to various NPC in Reboldeaux. This is only available for new families created after v4.0.

Reboldeaux NPC Guide Reward
Sir Lyndon MCC3 Beginner's Mithridart x10
Domingo Quarter Slot Event Coimbra Return Scroll x10
Claude Item Crafting Event HP/SP Regen Potion x10
Idge Item Upgrade Event AM Boost x10
Enchant Merchant Enchanting Lv.40 Enchantment Chip
Socket Merchant Socketing Garnet, Zircon, Topaz, or Peridot

Domingo is also known to provide Event Reboldeaux Return Scroll x10 for completing Personal Shop Guide, but this particular guide seems to be disabled in Sword 2. See [GE-CN] New Player's Quests.

When you kill a kobold or werewolf in Errac Tierra Dias or Tierra Noche, there is a 1% chance that you can (quite literally) beat the shit out of them. This Excrement Lump (aka Night Soil in GE-SG) can be used at the farm in Errac (I3/J3) to receive 1 Gold Corn. You can then exchange 10 Gold Corns for a random reward from Vagabond Peddler in New Opoluto (E3). The known rewards are:

  • 1 Amethyst Fragment
  • 1 Veteran G (14m) EXP Card
  • 3 Lv.90 F (150k) EXP Card
  • 1 Sabre Tiger Spinelle
  • 1 Elite Storm Cockatrice Spinelle*
  • 1 Amber Wasp Spinelle*
  • 1 Angler Spinelle*
  • 1 Escudo Preffer Amber
  • 1 Invisible Potion
  • 1 HQ Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald
  • 2 Lv.92 Enchantment Chip
  • 2 Lv.96 Enchantment Chip
  • 1 Lv.100 Enchantment Chip
  • 10 Spearfish
  • 2 Moon Cake
  • 2 Lucky Pouch
  • 3 Handmade Chocolate
  • 3 Heart Choco
  • 1 Mission: Joaquin Defense Barrier

Note (*): These spinelles are sold by the Item Shop in Errac for 2.5m (Elite Storm Cockatrice), 5m (Amber Wasp), and 10m (Angler) vis each. See [v3.0 Feature] Paying Tribute to the Queen.

I have exchanged a fair amount of corns, and these are the rewards I received so far. This post will be updated if I find more possible rewards.

As the family trained more apprentices, Qilue (f/sco) reached Master Lv.4, and finally mastered Arnis. The Masters farmed more Ancient Runes to craft weapons.

Ifrit (M'Boma) crafted The Delphinus and Fire of Palermo for Adorabelle (f/ele). The 2 bracelets usedd up a crap load of Lacquers and Upgrade Accelerators just to reach +6. Opening 1 second socket used 17 Socket Fluxes. A total of 201 Veteran Enchantment Chips were dumped on them as well. She still wasn't too happy with the results though. Buying all the cash shop items from the market has reduced the family's wealth of Vis significantly. There are way too much random elements in making a single weapon. That's why gearing up for dual-weapon stance is so annoying.

Soteira (Helena) looted 2 Symbols of Libra, Symbol of Aries, Symbol of Taurus, Symbol of Sagittarius, and 2 gem recipes from 11 Team Arena missions. She also reached Expert Lv.4 as a result. The daily raids on Arsene Circus yielded Mystic Gloves, Assassin Gloves, and Aiming Gloves. A gem recipe was found inside Arsene's Treasure Chest.

Thelandira (f/mus) completed 2 Uraeus raids, and looted Symbol of Libra, Symbol of Taurus, Symbol of Capricorn, Le Noir (fig) Recipe, and Elite Geniaruleano Recipe. The family also won the bid for Einschiever War Hammer (polearm) out of Lightning Gate.

Ambrosia (Emilia) traded in Black Oxides for 14 Ring Boxes. There were 3 stance rings, but nothing really good. It looks like getting Enhanced Tactics Ring in Week 105 used up all the luck for Ring Boxes. Not much luck this week with jewels and corns as well.

A free item code is available from G1Neume Twitter (posted Oct 14, 2010). Login to Sword 2 website, click Redeem Code button, and click Code xxx-xxx-xxx button. Type WillUSurvive into the field and click Activate to claim your items in-game via Receive Premium Items from tool-bar or Leonardo.

The freebies are Witch's Hat (30 days; Max HP +300), Combat Manual: Expert (7 days; EXP +20%), and Forgotten Area Pass (1 day).

More Witch's Hat
Another free Witch's Hat is available at MMOSite. You must register first before you can get the item code. Thanks to Kenmar for finding this one.

Buy Gold For Grenmah Promotion
Make any Gold purchase during Oct 14-17, 2010, and stand a chance to win Grenmah character card. See Will Grenmah join your family? for details. Master her in a week, and watch her get replaced by Rescue Knight!

The drop rates of Ancient Runes have been revised in v6.1.1. Currently in v4.1, only werebears drop Ancient Runes - Ti/Te (1 in 150) and Ar/An (1 in 80). In v6.1.1, the werebears will drop runes a lot less frequently (1 in 800), but other monsters in Errac will drop them as well. Spawn rate will be increased in v4.7.5, so maybe it is not too bad. At least, this should put an end to those players who kill werebears only, and then drag along an annoying train of kobolds or werewolves all over the map.

The following table is derived from monster data table for GE Korea Test Client v6.1.1. See v6.1.1 Patch Notes [Korean] for other patch details.

Monster Ancient Rune Drop Rate
Werebear Slayer Ti 800
Werebear Juggernaut Ar 800
Werebear Slaughter Te 800
Werebear Destroyer An 800
Ogre Shooter Te, An 800
Ogre Defender Ar 500
Ogre Bandit Te, An 800
Ogre Avenger An 800
Ogre Assassin Ti, Ar 500
Werewolf Trooper Te, An 800
Werewolf Gunner An 800
Kobold Croucher Ti, Ar 400
Kobold Scout Ar 400

[GE-SG] Renaissance: Nov 01, 2010
According to Lorenza, IAHGames will be launching GE: Renaissance (v5.0.3) on Nov 01, 2010. This update will include Valeria, Castilla, medal system, and more quests/missions. There will also be an in-game event for Colony Supply Wars during Oct 17-31, 2010. The top 10 winners for each week will gain some Elemental Jewels. See Spoils of War for details.

[GE-TW] Renaissance: Oct 19, 2010
GE Taiwan is updating to Renaissance (v5) on Oct 19, 2010. See 《GE王者之劍》文藝復興 for GE Taiwan v5 intro site. Post a comment here until Oct 10, 2010 to receive Hopeful Renaissance medal. Login during Oct 06-11 and Oct 13-18 to receive free event items - Soul Crystals, Status Ampules (?), and Ancient Area Pass.

[Sword 2] Renaissance: Nov 18, 2010 (?)
The last tentative date given for Sword 2: Renaissance (v5.0.23) is Nov 18, 2010. See Sword 2 v5.0.23 & Pirate Events for forum quotes. According to Neume's Video Blog #4 (posted Oct 08), G1 is expecting an update from IMC "in the next 3 weeks", after which some more testing is needed before making the update live.

More Sword 2 Update: Oct 22, 2010

As far as the patch date, we are still hoping for November but logistically we know December seems more likely. We just sent the text this week. IMC takes 3 weeks to create a patch and we usually take 3-4 weeks to QA. This time around we may do SIGNIFICANTLY less testing and just verify no crashes then patch to live and update text on live. This would potentially reduce test time. HOWEVER, we are unsure how long it will take us to test the new version because it is so large. So, we're playing by ear. [Source]

The Masters spent some more time farming Ancient Runes in Errac. While training the apprentices, Cerdotado (Pigling) looted 2 Qualified Belt Recipes and 1 Qualified Leather Belt Recipe (1:20k drop rate) in Frozen Wastes.

The daily raids on Arsene Circus yielded Tracking Boots, Mystic Gloves, Aiming Gloves, and 2 Assassin Gloves, while the Masters acquired Elite Piernoente Recipe from Hidden Holy Water Chamber. Uraeus dropped Elite Geniaruleano Recipe and, of course, Mega Talt x2. Again.

Adorabelle (f/ele) won the firecracker bid for another Einaptor Sword (sword) from Lightning Gate, then traded it for Stormbringer (dagger). Soteira (Helena) looted 2 Symbols of Scorpio, Symbol of Capricorn, Symbol of Leo, Symbol of Virgo, Le Noir (sco) recipe, 2 Lv.92 elite armor recipes, and 3 gem recipes from 10 Team Arena missions.

Ghae (Andre) crafted Le Noir for Qilue (f/sco). It took 30 Upgrade Accelerators and 1 Lacquer +5: Veteran to upgrade to +6. The enchantment process consumed 86 Lv.100 Enchantment Chips and 86 Enchant Boosters to acquire DEF Rating +3. The family has been getting Evasion enchantment for quite a few armors... and the only armor for which Evasion would actually be useful (i.e. scout leather) couldn't get it.

The family received Andre's Portmanteau III boxes for the 3rd milestone in Sword 2 Face Book Founders Club. Unfortunately, this particular box doesn't really contain anything the family wants or needs.

GE Russia will soon be introducing 2 player-designed costumes for musketeers - Steel Griffin (m/mus) by Grisser and Scarlet Admiral (f/mus) by Salarfin. See Костюм Стального Грифона и Костюм Алого Адмирала скоро появятся в игре! for the official notice.

See also Air Alchemist: Made In Russia for more screenshots and concept art. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

IAHGames has released Asoka in Adelina's Booty Search as the top loot. Other top loots include Dragon Heart Recipe and Elite Le Blanc (Fig) Recipe. Needless to say, most players are not amused. See [ABS] Asoka's Debut! for details. Some comments from players in the forum below...

oh and you think this might make it balanced being top loot? let me tell you, i haven't had a top loot from ABS since they brought DHR back in on the 27th of august 2009, and i did 900 searches on that day.
i have done 82 84k gp topups since then (some during the 108k gp topups), so that is at LEAST 2460 ABS searches AND I HAVE NOT HAD A TOP LOOT.
putting asoka in ABS at top loot is like IAH slapping me across the face with their d**ks. [Source]

I have seen people spend over 600sgd1 (thats 84000*10) for that 300 abs passes and not even a dragonic weapon or a dhr. Even HCOF has a higher chance that this pls. Why can't you just put it in cash shop? Limit to one per family if anything. [Source]

1 According to Yahoo! Finance, SGD 600 is about USD 457 at today's rate.

[GE-SG] Valeria (v5.0) & HCOF Update
GE-SG is also preparing for v5.0, and has released an article on Valeria. See [v5.0 Feature] Valeria - What Say You? for Valeria's character information and stances/skills.

Hellena's Circus of Fate has also been updated with new costumes - Corchicum (Lisa), Torozval Ell (f/sco), Primeavella (Emilia/ETS), and Slend Koria (f/wiz). See here for the official notice.

See GE-Korea's v6.0 intro site here. You can also download the full video (50MB) or short video (8MB) teaser.

Added new city Viron and the forest fields, as previously mentioned in [GE-KR] v6.0 Preview. There are 3 characters featured as well - Montoro, Raven, and the new gorgeous, mystery girl. The red-haired girl was seen in the video confronting Raven and the stock characters, then sending some mobs to attack them.

Devil Weapons will become available. The site shows 20 different weapon types in this series - (in order left to right, top to bottom) sword, great sword, main-gauche, sabre, dagger, lute, polearm, rapier, javelin, staff, shield, gaiters, blunt, bayonet, rifle, knuckles, LOE bracelet, ice bracelet, lightning bracelet, and fire bracelet.

Devil Armors, previously mentioned in GE-China 2010 Preview, will also become available. Added slide-show from Photo Bucket to minimize scrolling. JavaScript must be enabled. Alternatively, you can load the images one by one from ImageShack - Fighter, Musketeer, Scout, Wizard, and Elementalist.

Added World Cross PvP updates, Monster Pets, and Customized Back Costumes. These have already been mentioned previously in [GE-KR] World Cross PvP Renewal.

GE-Korea apparently hates Firefox. Damn it. What's their problem? Is it really so hard to make a website compatible with both browsers?

The following is not part of the intro site, but I'd add them here anyway... The information is derived from the data-tables of GE-KR Test Client.


70 70 60 70 30 30

Initial Level: 60
Armor: Leather (fig/sco), Leather (fig)
Personal Skill: Trigger

Set Right Left Stances
6701 - - Bareknuckle
6702 Rapier - Epee Garde, Sabre Garde
6703 Rapier Pistol Avance Garde [v]
6704 Rapier Rapier Rapiere [e]
6705 Pistol - Aiming Shot, Freestyle Shot, Sight Shot [v]
6706 Pistol Rapier Croisement [e]

See also Recruitment Quest [Korean] and Croisement Video & Screenshot [Korean].

There are also 2 new armors available.
  • Elite Le Scarce (DR 30): Same DEF/RES as Elite Le Blanc, except it has inherent Max HP +300 and Max SP +100. Veteran Exclusive.
  • Fate of Castilla (DR 31): Metal • DEF 232 • Fire/Ice/Lightning RES 24 • Mental RES 0 • Mind RES 0. Expert Exclusive.
So basically, there are 4 types of DR 30 armors - Elite Le Blanc, Le Scarce (low DEF), Elite Le Scarce (MHP+300, MSP+100), and Elite Trump (MHP+1500, MSP+100; Expert Exclusive).

(Greek, "North Wind") was the Greek god of the cold north wind and the bringer of winter. Boreas is depicted as being very strong, with a violent temper to match. He was frequently shown as a winged old man with shaggy hair and beard, holding a conch shell and wearing a billowing cloak. Pausanias wrote that Boreas had snakes instead of feet, though in art he was usually depicted with winged human feet.

Boreas was closely associated with horses. He was said to have fathered twelve colts after taking the form of a stallion, to the mares of Erichthonius, king of Troy. The Greeks believed that his home was in Thrace, and Herodotus and Pliny both describe a northern land known as Hyperborea ("Beyond the North Wind"), where people lived in complete happiness and had extraordinarily long lifespan.

Boreas was also said to have kidnapped Oreithyia, an Athenian princess, from the River Illissus. Boreas had taken a fancy to Oreithyia, and had initially pleaded for her favours, hoping to persuade her. When this failed, he reverted to his usual temper and abducted her as she danced on the banks of the Illissus. Boreas wrapped Oreithyia up in a cloud, raped her, and with her, Boreas fathered two sons—the Boreads, Zetes and Calais—and two daughters—Chione and Cleopatra.

From then on, the Athenians saw Boreas as a relative by marriage. When Athens was threatened by Xerxes, the people prayed to Boreas, who was said to have then caused winds to sink 400 Persian ships.

The Roman equivalent of Boreas was Aquilo, or Aquilon. An alternate, rarer name used for the northern wind was Septentrio, a word derived from septem triones ("seven oxen") referring to the seven prominent stars in the northern constellation Ursa Major. Septentrio is also the source of the obscure word septentrional, a synonym for boreal meaning "northern".

Sword 2 has received several changes this week.

Cash Shop Update
The cash shop has gone through an over-haul this maintenance. Most notably, all permanent costumes have been removed. New packages have been added as listed below. Some items have their prices reduced, but the various pets are still as expensive as ever. See Cash Shop & Feso Shop Update for details.

  • +5 General Pack: 20 Upgrade Accelerators, 1 Lacquer +5: General
  • +5 Veteran Pack: 20 Upgrade Accelerators, 1 Lacquer +5: Veteran
  • Faction War Set (L): 15 Health Regen Potions, 15 Soul Regen Potions, 15 Soul Crystals, 30 Teleport Scrolls
Reckless Emilia Becomes Sage
The Sorceress Emilia (aka Reckless Emilia), acquired by players in a gold-buying promotion, was replaced with Emilia the Sage until v5.0 due to a major bug exploit. See Regarding Sorceress Emilia for details.

Sword 2: Dominus
The under-development web game won't be live for some time.

No, though we did get a playable build this weekend (which was harder than we originally intended O.o). We probably won't see Dominus live to later this month or early next month at the earliest. [Source]

Romina reached Master Lv.5, and Alustriel (ETS) reached Expert Lv.3. Elsewhere, Maimonides (m/mus) reached Veteran Lv.9. Soteira (Helena) also started training Augury.

The family also welcomed 3 former apprentices as new Expert members. Ambrosia (Emilia) was named after the food of the gods which confers immortality in Greek mythology. Galatea (Catherine STR) was named after the ivory statue crafted by Pygmalion of Cyprus, which was later brought to life by Aphrodite out of love. Lawliet (Gertrude) was named after L, the genius detective in the anime/manga series Death Note. Their additions raised the family level to 36+3.

Soteira (Helena) looted Symbol of Libra, Symbol of Sagittarius, 2 Lv.92 elite armor recipes, and 2 gem recipes from 12 Team Arena missions. The daily raids on Arsene Circus yielded just the standard drops of chips. Cheapskate Arsene hoarded 5 White Gold Bars in his treasure chest again. Thelandira (f/mus) completed 2 Uraeus raids, looting Elite Piernoente Recipe, Elite Calienalbino Recipe, Elite Leviathan Bracelet Recipe, and 1 Lv.92 elite armor recipe. Of course, there were also the super-awesome Mega Talt x4.

To welcome Ambrosia (Emilia) into the family, the Le Noir (wiz) received from Phalanx clan was given to her. The +6 upgrade consumed 30 Upgrade Accelerators and 1 Lacquer +5: Veteran. The enchantment process was more problematic, using up 218 Enchantment Chips and 214 Enchant Boosters. After over-writing DEF Rating +1 once, it finally received DEF +10 and DEF Rating +3. This coat used quite a bit more chips than the previous few armors, but the extra 10 DEF was probably worth it.

Ghae (Andre) crafted Elite Camarylis for Visca (Grace), using the recipe acquired from Uraeus in Week 104. It took 60 Upgrade Accelerators and 2 Lacquers +5: Veteran to upgrade the armor to +6. The enchantment process took 18 Lv.96 Enchantment Chips and 18 Enchant Boosters to get DEF Rating +3, after overwriting DEF Rating +1 once.

Incidentally, I can't find anything called Camarylis, so maybe it is meant to be the flower Amaryllis instead.