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Ashardalon family's Masters joined in Phalanx clan's first expedition into the Land of the Dead. See [v4.5 Feature] Los Toldos Raid for official guide on this raid. After Colony War (Sat 9pm PST), there was a server-wide notice as usual:

[Notice] The Land of the Dead is released.

The family received a Crafted Key [Land of the Dead] and a Great Stone (100k feso) from the clan, and activated an Otite Perfume to enter Los Toldos. Inside the baron hideout, the family found the Door of Doubt was filled with red mists.

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Land of the Dead Entrance
When the team entered this map, they received 2 buffs. The first is [Death Guard Buff] for 20 seconds, which disabled any attacks from other players of opposing faction (Royalist vs. Republican). The second is [Death Buff] for 2 hours, which allows the same characters to return to Land of the Dead repeatedly. The latter is useful when there are disconnections, but it has to be the same characters in the team.

Further inside, there are 2 crystals on opposite sides of a ruined colony. After clicking on the crystals until they released the same numbers, Locked Diablo and Sealed Tower of Summon appeared in the ruined colony.

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After killing Locked Diablo, Thelandira (f/mus) switched to Outrage Shot for faster attacks. Due to its high hit points, it still took a few minutes to destroy the tower. It can be attacked by monsters summoned by using ambers, but Valkyrie Crashers ignored it. After it was destroyed, there was a zone-wide notice:

Door of the Death has been released.

The destroyed tower was replaced by another gate filled with red mist. The family entered the gate, and moved into the Land of the Dead map. This must be done by 11pm (PST) or any remaining family will be moved back to Los Toldos.

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Land of the Dead: Hearts of Sheol
In the Land of the Dead, there are some NPCs who were trapped inside the area, including Selden, Rescue Knights, and Mercenaries. NPC Helena was also lying on the ground, but she didn't respond in any way even when she was clicked.

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When a Great Stone was fed to the tombstone, a zone-wide notice appeared:

Heart of Sheol - East, West, North - has appeared.

And 1 Deadly Stone Diablo and 1 Sheol's Heart appeared in each of the 3 corners. All 3 hearts must be destroyed within 20 seconds of each other, and all 3 Diablo must remain alive. Otherwise, another stone has to be fed to the tombstone to reset the entire process.

When Sheol's Heart has the Guardian Buff, its HP regenerates extremely fast. It can be removed by using Whole Cancellation skill on the respective Diablo. Each Diablo is leashed to the heart, so it cannot be lured too far away. It stopped attacking after killing a suicide canceler.

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When a heart is destroyed, a zone-wide notice will announce:

Heart of East/West/North has been destroyed and the rest of the hearts will disappear soon.

The raid party had to redo 3 times. The first failed as one of the hearts did not die in 20 seconds. The second failed as someone accidentally killed Diablo. When all 3 hearts are destroyed, a zone-wide notice will announce:

3 Hearts of Sheol have been destroyed.

The tombstone will then be replaced by a glowing stone gate, labeled Statue Full of Strength. The raid leader entered and used 1 Elemental Jewel to seal the gate from Land of the Dead Entrance. After that, the 4 King's Gates were summoned with a zone-wide notice:

The 4 Kings have noticed your actions.

Enter the gate moved the family to the respective king's room.


Land of the Dead: King's Rooms
All 4 Kings must be killed within 1 minute of each other, or the mission will fail. In each room, there will be 3 warp portals to each of the other kings' rooms. The portals stay open for 1 minute. After that, they vanish and then respawn after another 2 minutes.

Every 3 minutes, the King will buff 1 of the 4 class-specific buffs, during which it has to be hit by shooting, melee, magic, or martial arts attacks. This buff cannot be removed.

The other buff [Death's King's Buff] (aka Evil Buff) can be removed by Whole Cancellation skill, and it raises the King's already high ATK Rating and DEF Rating to ridiculous heights - AR 82 and DR 87 after buff.

When the family entered Aritto's Room, the King of Ice was standing directly behind. "Hi! Surprise!", and he smashed the family to bits with a skill involving multiple hits of his dual weapons...

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The next visit was Wetis, King of Fire. He has a big axe. A really, really BIG axe. It may be possible to "kite" him by luring him with a fast-moving wizard.

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King of Lightning Hadeon is quite similar, but with a shotgun-like weapon.

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Of the 4 Kings, I think the best design is for King of Prayer Merif. He has 2 floating, uh, thingies that shoot at his enemies. Someone described him as "the Angry Pope".

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Merif uses his skill, which knocks down everyone in the area. He can also afflict [Fear] debuff.

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Boost Potion + Enhanced Tactics buffs + Protection Field!

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This first expedition wasn't intended to go beyond the Four Kings, so the raid party pretty much stopped there and ran around to explore the four rooms. So here ends Ashardalon family's first visit to the Land of the Dead. But obviously, not before the characters posed for a screenshot.

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Ambrosia (Emilia) finally mastered Enhanced Tactics. During the training, Gilgamesh (Claude) also reached Expert Lv.3, and Quetzalcoatl (Nar) reached Veteran Lv.10. Ambrosia (Emilia) was then promoted to be the family's 11th Master!

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The family completed 12 Team Arena and 6 Arsene Circus missions, looting Symbol of Cancer, Symbol of Virgo, and 1 veteran boots. Because of the new cash shop boxes, the common Team Arena drops can barely sell in the market now. Soon, it may even get to the point where Team Arena isn't worth doing anymore. The same thing can be said for Uraeus missions. The family ran out of materials to craft the gate summon item, but the Masters were sick of always getting Mega Talt from the stupid snake anyway.

Adorabelle (f/ele) spent another 250 Veteran Enchantment Chips on her bracelet... and still ended up with moderate enchantment. The accumulating cost on her bracelets was starting to vex the entire family. But at least, the 3rd socket was opened with only 6 Socket Fluxes, unlike Thelandira's (f/mus) armor.

The family recruited 3 more Master mercenaries, raising the family level to Lv.40+3.

Orpheus (Rio) was named after the musician whose songs softened the heart of Persephone in his attempt to recover his dead wife from the Underworld in Greek mythology. His Serenade stance and lightning stances were far from complete, and he reserved Symbol of Virgo for Prelude stance in the next patch. Since Serenade stance has no attack anyway, he was given a shabby +6 Lv.92 Baroque Lute.

Tsurara (Soso) was named after the female snow spirit (Yuki-Onna) who was part of the main character's night parade (Hyakki Yako) in Nurarihyon no Mago manga series. She was the family's 2nd Master martial artist. But first, she needed to master Bare Knuckle, before moving on to the other martial arts stances. She was given Gaiters of Raionu, which Adorabelle (f/ele) won from Lightning Gate.

Mystra (f/wiz) was named after the goddess of magic in Forgotten Realms novels and game setting. Like the other 2 mercenaries, her stances were also incomplete. She reserved Symbol of Aries for Darkness stance, which is going to take a while to master. To welcome her, the family farmed a few more Ancient Runes and commissioned Ifrit (M'Boma) to craft The Judgment of Bynw (staff) for her... Actually, it was meant for Reckless Emilia next patch, but whatever, she can hold on to it for now.

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The family received some Ethereal Treasure Chests for the 5000 milestone reward of Sword 2 Face Book Club. Besides Great Stones (100k feso each), the only bonus drops were 10x3 Boost Potions and 1 Quarter Slot Permit. Not even a single symbol. Drops have been crappy for the past 2 weeks. It's getting somewhat annoying and boring.

Colony War consisted mostly of a few people from What and †‡Shelter‡† clans, poking at a couple of random colonies. After the relatively uneventful war, the Masters joined in the first Expedition into the Land of the Dead.

The family experienced 3 disconnections this week, one of which occurred during Arsene Circus raid.


Serenade Quest Story
Orpheus (Rio) started flirting with a girl in Auch using an Avocado Sandwich (kinky!), and ended up learning about his own father from Federigo. Federigo was the secretary of Leonardo Rio, and revealed the following back story:

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There were 5 elements ("Ferruccio's Remnants") in the New World. One such element, Otite Fragment, was being studied by Leonardo Rio. The studies resulted in the invention of Warp Portal, but there were some initial side-effects. Leonardo's first son, Samuel, was afflicted with a disease. They sought out Dr. Torsche for a cure, but he disappeared after the Three-Years War.

Then, Montoro came to Leonardo, who showed him his research papers in exchange for healing Samuel. But Samuel wasn't healed, instead his disease was merely halted. A few days later, Lyndon came to seize Leonardo, and the research laboratory exploded. Leonardo's life ended along with his research.

So in search of his roots, Orpheus (Rio) visited his father's laboratory in Auch (D7), and had to fight off some mercenaries from Pegadilla, who were commissioned to defend the laboratory by an unknown mastermind. After that, he received Serenade stance book from Federigo.

GE-SG has updated to v6.3. You can download the full client or manual patch here.



Game Features v6.3

World Cross [PvP] has some problems, such that even developers feel not it is not ready for other countries to get it first. They are still fine tuning it in kGE. I'm sure it will be ready for us later. [Source]


In addition, there is also a Chinese New Year event from Jan 27 to Feb 24, 2011. HCOF also updates with Asoka Character Card (2 Gold Tokens) and Draconic weapons for limited period only. See Gong Hei Fatt Choy! for details.



[Sword2] Renaissance v5.0 Update
Meanwhile, Sword 2 is still stuck in v4.1. G1-Quinzel provided an update on Sword 2 v5.0.23 patch:


Unfortunately, 5.0 will not come as a ninja. we plan on giving a heads up as to when the launch date will be. As of now, seeing as we are only a couple weeks into QA of one of the largest expansions of the game since commercial launch, we are hoping to have 5.0 LIVE by mid-to-late February. In our efforts to reach this goal we will be looking to give access to our test server if this is technically feasible at this time. I will revert back with further information once we have legitimate news and concrete information to share. [Source]


The last known version number (v5.0.23) was announced here.



kGE Patch Notes - What The **** Does It Have To Do With Us?
Regardless of which edition of Granado Espada you play, the patch notes from the Korean edition is always relevant to some extent. Some players have this idea that just because they are not playing kGE/sGE/etc., features from other editions are not applicable. Well, that is wrong... mostly.

By simply comparing with existing kGE patch notes every time Sword 2 or sGE updates (v2.6, v2.9, v3.0, v4.1, etc.), a certain pattern will emerge. There are some things from kGE patch notes that usually do not apply for other editions:
  • Events & Promotions (including Collector's Edition Box Sets)
  • Cash & Feso Shops
  • Web Games (e.g. Magic Circle, Imperial Wheel, Helena's Circus of Fate, Dominus)
  • Names & Other Text Issues
Everything else (characters, stances, quests, maps, raids, etc.) follows quite closely to kGE patch notes most of the time. Based on the past updates, IMC does not seem to like too much deviations for other editions (with the exceptions of Japan and China). I suppose this is because having the same patch standard makes it a lot easier for IMC to manage.

Some features may also be locked by the publishing company. For example, IAHGames locked Bahama maps when sGE first updated to v2.4, preferring to release content in piece-meal manner (and host a cash shop spamming event to allow a few players special access to those maps for a few weeks).

G1 also "recently" locked Reckless Emilia out of Sword 2's v4.1 patch, due to a bug which will be resolved in a higher version. Think: Why doesn't IMC just take the bug resolution out of the higher version and give it to Sword 2, instead of having G1 to lock out the character? Probably because they want to maintain the patch standard. Basically, it seems like IMC is saying, "No, we don't want you to have the higher version just yet. And no, we won't dismantle the higher version patch to resolve the bug for you now either."

So when you look at patch notes listed in Book of Wind or Book of Fire, you can be fairly certain that you will getting the same features except for the four categories listed above. The same thing more or less applies to sGE patch notes, because they all get their stuffs from IMC anyway.

Sword 2 (GE North America/Europe), GE Singapore (Southeast Asia/Oceania), GE Korea, GE Japan, GE Thailand, GE Russia, and GE Taiwan are not 7 different games. They are the same game, designed by the same developer (IMC), and localized for different publishers (IAH, G1, etc.) to cater to different parts of the world.

So please don't ask questions like: "Will we get [insert favorite v6.0 feature here] in our upcoming v5.0.23 update?" No. We won't. Why would anyone even think that v5.0 is going to include v6.0 content? Seriously, just read the ****ing patch notes.

PortCoimbra has released a beta patch for Sword 2 (v4.1) to use v5.0 user interface. This isn't a v5.0 private patch obviously. It merely changes the UI without adding any new game content. The setup file basically links up to PortCoimbra server and merges a private patch for ies.ipf and ui.ipf files. See We Heard You Like UI's for details.

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Hm, on a side note, I managed to call up the load replay function for v5.x clients last year. (The replay function was "hidden", but not removed, in v5.x clients. See How To Watch Replays In v5.0.) I wasn't sure if I should post it since it involved patching/replacing .ipf files. But since PortCoimbra is already releasing similar materials, maybe it doesn't matter now. Since GE-SG is updating to v6.3 soon, I might as well wait a bit.

I still need to find a place to host the files though. (File hosts that use scripts, like SendSpace and MegaUpload, don't work for this.) The hosted file must be accessible directly in the designated folder (e.g. http://www.somesite.com/myaccount/myfile.zip). Any suggestions for free web site or file host that fits the above requirement is welcomed.

Imperial Wheel R4 (GE-JP) has been released for Jan 25-31, 2011. This series introduces 2 new costumes, 3 new Arcana weapons, and Asoka character card. Other rewards include Draconic Bracelet, Elite Arcanero Plate, and Pet Box (Capybara). I personally love the new costumes. Click on image below for enlarged view.



Sword of Strength
Great Sword • ATK Rating 33 • ATK 458
ATK Speed +10% • [Volition] Skill Level +1 • [Ruthless] Skill Level +1

Dagger of Lovers
Dagger • ATK Rating 33 • ATK 196
ATK Speed +10% • [Rapida Ataque] Skill Level +1 • [Chopping] Skill Level +1

Gaiters of Hanged Man
Gaiters • ATK Rating 33 • ATK 161
ATK Speed +10% • [Elemental Kick] Skill Level +1 • [Elemental Dragon] Skill Level +1

River Blanc Costume
Body Costume • Asoka

Azalea Costume Set
Body Costume + Hair • Catherine Torsche

P/S: I just realized they have re-numbered the web game 4 months ago. Instead of Imperial Wheel, it is now Imperial Wheel R. ("R" presumably for Renaissance.) Numerically, this should be the 18th Imperial Wheel release.

For more screenshots, see 1月の新コスが予想通りだった件.

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The family spent a day in the Citadel within Caebolan to kill some Heavenly Vespanola Soldiers and collect Veteran B (1.4m) EXP Cards. Ambrosia (Emilia) reached Expert Lv.10, as she trained her Enhanced Tactics (Lv.19 → 23). Adorabelle (f/ele) reached Master Lv.6, while Quetzalcoatl (Nar) and Lara (Brunie) reached Veteran Lv.9 and Lv.6 respectively. Soteira (Helena) finally mastered Occultism and, after consuming 2 levels worth of EXP Cards, became the family's 9th Master.

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Since the new broom and bracelet looked quite nice, the family bought 8 Idge's Chest VIII and ended up with a load of rubbish, and not even a single weapon. This is so full of crap.
  • 5 Veteran G (14m) EXP Cards
  • 5 Veteran G (14m) EXP Cards
  • 5 Veteran G (14m) EXP Cards
  • 20 Earth Stones (10k feso each)
  • 20 Earth Stones (10k feso each)
  • 3 Elite Treasure Chests (L96 chip x2, L100 chip x1, Earth Stone x5)
  • 3 Elite Treasure Chests (L92 chip x5, L96 chip x2, L100 chip x1)
  • 3 Veteran Enchantment Chips
Elite Treasure Chest? Really? GTFO please! Stupid scam boxes! Ugh. Then, Thelandira (f/mus) used another 11 Socket Fluxes to finally open the 3rd socket on her armor. This bloody 3rd socket alone took 50+ Socket Fluxes to open...

Anyway, the family completed 2 Uraeus, 12 Team Arena, and 7 Arsene Circus solo raid missions, looting Symbol of Pisces, Symbol of Leo, Le Noir (wiz) Recipe, and 2 veteran gloves/boots. Both Uraeus missions dropped 2 Mega Talt and 2 Lv.100 equipment. Not even a freaking Lv.96 elite armor recipe. Stupid snakes. One HQ Spodumene was refined/exchanged this week. Adorabelle (f/ele) also won Gaiters of Raionu from Lightning Gate.

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The Rescue Rudolph! event finally ended. The family acquired a total of 4 Rudolph Dolls, 2 Angel Rings, 3 Santa Costumes, and 5 Baby Pet Boxes (Rudolph). The missions got really repetitive and boring after a while. All keys and event items were removed from inventory after the event ended.

The family recruited a Master mercenary, raising the family level to Lv.39+3. Artemisia (Calyce) was named after the queen who built for her husband the famous Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, renowned as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The queen was in turn named after Artemis, the goddess of the hunt in Greek mythology. To welcome her, Candide (Lorch) crafted The Accuracy of Pegasus (crossbow) to prepare her for Shadow Sting in the future (v5.0.10)... assuming we do not continue to get stuck in v4.1. (See here for the quote of potential doom.)

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This week's Colony War was uneventful. The family experienced 4 disconnections this week - one inside Holy Water Chamber raid mission, and another while AFK inside the Citadel of Caebolan.

IAHGames will be updating GE-SG to v6.3: Byron, The Devil's Island next week, tentatively on Jan 27, 2011 (Thu). The full client (4.23GB) and manual patch (398MB) is now available for download. See [V6.3] Download your Full Client & Manual Patch now!.

See the video trailer from [YouTube] v6.3 - The Renaissance: Byron, The Devil's Island below.




Meanwhile, Sword 2 is struggling to update to v5.0:


We have said this a few times and will say this again. We will NOT provide ETAs unless we are absolutely sure. Posting patch notes or info on the status of testing will again be taken in the wrong way and say that we shouldn't have posted that info unless you are a week away from release. So asking this question again and again will not change anything. 5.0 will come when it will come. [Source]


Oh yes, Sword 2 is most likely going to be 2 patches behind GE-SG. Players can whine about it here on G1 forums. (QQ not provided by management. Bring your own!) See also Quinzel's Text Wall for more information.

If it is any consolation, GE Russia seems to be having the same problem as well. Some GE-RU players are rage-quitting or boycotting the game. See AirAlchemist: Бойкот.

GE Korea has replaced crafting skills of various characters with new personal skills in Silver Server v6.7.0. The respective NPC in towns take over crafting services (any recipe level) instead. Discuss in the forums at New Personal Skills (IAH), New Self Buffs (G1), and 【韩测6.7.0】 NPC新天生技能【2】.

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Cast Net [Alejandro]
Melt Weapon [Claude]
Melt Armor [Idge]
Detection [Grace]
Siege Mode [Jose]
Boost Magic [Karjalain]
Fantastic [Andre]
Rage [Adelina]
Battle Cook [Panfilo]

See CharSiu's translation of the skills here (IAH) or here (G1). See Chinese translation at 【韩测6.7.0】 NPC新天生技能【2】.

Screenshot Sources - Battle CookSiege ModeRageOther Skills

G1 is releasing Andre's Wardrobe & Idge's Chest VIII after this week's maintenance. Idge's Chest contains the new weapons, while Andre's Wardrobe contains the new costumes. The new items (compared to Andre's Wardrobe & Idge's Chest VII) are as follows:

  • Camarylis Costume (mus)
  • Calienalbino Crown (f/wiz)
  • Iberis Costume (Brunie)
  • Ruidestencia Costume (ele)
  • Dragon's Bones Rapier (Lv.100 Rapier • AR 32 • ATK 201 • Fire ATK +30)
  • Elemental Bracelet (Lv.92 LOE Bracelet • AR 29 • ATK 245)
  • Elite Magical Broomstick (Lv.92 Rod • AR 30 • ATK 281)

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Somehow, the rapier design (with an eye, wings, and 3 "tentacles") keeps reminding me of Great Cthulhu. Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!



Leaving the previous boxes on the Bazaar was intentional. The boxes once released will remain in the cash shop for 3 weeks. That means that the old boxes will be removed only next week. [Source]

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Antares (Greek, "[holds] against Ares"), aka Alpha Scorpii, is a red super-giant star in the Milky Way galaxy and the 16th brightest star in the night sky. Along with Aldebaran, Spica, and Regulus, it is one of the four brightest stars near the ecliptic. It is the brightest star in the constellation of Scorpius (aka Scorpio), and has a radius 800 times that of the sun. Antares is about 600 light-years from our solar system.

In Stregheria religion, Antares is a fallen angel and guardian of the western gate.

Soteira (Helena) reached Expert Lv.8, as she struggled on to master Occultism (Lv.21 → 24). Ambrosia (Emilia) made some progress in advancing Enhanced Tactics (Lv.14 → 19). They really need to master the stances so they can start feeding on EXP Cards. Elsewhere, Sylune (Calyce) reached Veteran Lv.4.

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Lolita (Claire) was finally promoted to become the family's 8th Master. I hope Tested Burst is a good stance for Colony Wars. The family is still unsure about whether to craft for her Serpent Cannon or Relief of Deneb. Her twin, Miata (Lv.77 Claire), was sent off to P.Luchon family for some Mystery Powders, since the other family was bugged out of Claire's recruitment quests due to disconnection during a quest conversation.

The family completed 1 Uraeus, 13 Team Arena, and 7 Arsene Circus missions, looting Symbol of Virgo, 3 Symbols of Libra, Symbol of Taurus, Le Noir (mus) Recipe, and 3 veteran boots/gloves. Uraeus finally dropped a Constellation Box this week. The Rough Stones collected over the past 2 weeks were refined/exchanged for 1 HQ Spodumene and 3 HQ Obsidian.

Literally nothing happened during Colony War, probably because players were too busy leveling to take advantage of the EXP +50% event. The family experienced 1 disconnection this week.

GE Korea has released a preview article for v7.0 - 그라나도 에스파다 - 7.0 업데이트 미리보. All preview information are tentative, and may be changed at a later date. Also, I want to complain. Hanbiton appeared to have reinstall regional IP blocks for their website. What a nuisance. Page loading via proxy is just so slow.


0. Start of Full-Scale Faction War
The release of Valeria (v5.0) drew the attention of Strata Vista. Sir Lyndon was mightily pissed off, and attempted to spread rumors about the Republicans. Princess Gabriella confronted Ayende Simon, and deepened the misunderstandings. Andre somehow got involved, and started doubting the existence of the secret organization.

Lyndon covered up the existence of Valeria and a plot to kill of the twin. Then, there were some confusion about Simon hanging out with Princess Gabriella, because Valeria looked exactly like her sister. Republicans used it to spread rumors to undermine the legitimacy of the royal family in the New World.

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1. Royalist Secret Society
New royalist quest added for Lv.20+ families, accessible from Sir Lyndon in Reboldeaux. The quest involves investigating an epidemic, and acquiring a drug from Viron. This will be followed by a quest mission in Thueringen Lakeside to investigate the Republicans. Thereafter, Lyndon prepares for a major war and asks the family to join the organization.

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2. Republican Secret Society
New republican quest added for Lv.20+ families, accessible from Simon in Auch. It also deals with the similar story about a plot to spread diseases, but from a different angle. Since a full-scale war is inevitable, Simon reveals the existence of the secret society.

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3. Faction & Clan Levels
The faction symbols are as below - Shield of Peace (royalist) and Sword of Freedom (republican). Talk to the faction NPCs to promote clan levels. Once the leader joins the secret society (either one), it cannot be changed.

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Clan levels can be increased beyond Lv.52. However, it does not increase the family level bonus. Clan levels will add a variety of benefits in the next update. Clans of opposing secret societies can fight each other without war declaration. Squad members of a neutral party will also be drawn into the fight. There are also some clan skills, for which you gain points by killing each other off.


4. Full-Scale Faction War
Faction war now takes to the city streets every other week. To start, talk to the faction leaders - Princess Gabriella, Ayende Simon, and Gerard.

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The war lasts for 90 minutes. You gain more victory points if you subdue the faction leaders (i.e. Princess Gabriella or Ayende Simon). You can acquire items with the points as well. You can also occupy faction flags, carriages, and tents throughout the map.

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5. New Medals
Added new medals for faction war and knighthood. Points are also given for treating injured allies and similar activities, not just for bashing other players' heads in.

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6. Betrayal
After joining the secret societies, you can apparently "betray" them, since you can no longer easily return to neutral state. Talk to Simon or Princess Gabriella respectively. You can also undo betrayal with a quest for forgiveness.

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7. Viron Clock Tower
New quest and mission added for Viron Clock Tower, so as to search for hidden truths of ancient civilizations. Missions are available after quest completion. The mission level range from Lv.120 to Lv.140.

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8. Others
New skills added to Brunie, Lisa, Garcia, and Reboldeaux Soldier. New costumes added for Valeria and stock characters (previously seen in Japan's Imperial Wheel releases).

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Added 9th barrack to family quarters. Added starting location to Lionel in Viron. The story of Viron continues with the doom of Cortes and the entry to the Devil's Castle.

Additional video on new weapon glows...

This skin is first released as partial skin at GE Korea Screen Board - 스킨입니다. (A partial skin essentially has missing files. When the client cannot find the specific files, it loads the default ones in ui.ipf instead.) I have fixed some transparency issue, and integrated it with the missing files from v5.0 default skin, so that even v4.1 clients can load the v5.0 skin files. The only exception is the mini-map, which the client will load the default one.

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This skin has been tested on both Sword 2 (v4.1) and GE-SG (v5.0) clients. To set up the skin, do the following:
  1. Download renaissance_blue_skin.zip from File Dropper or SendSpace.
  2. Unzip the file into Granado Espada\release\user\skin folder.
  3. Start the game launcher, and click Config button.
  4. Tick Enable User Skin and click Save.
  5. Start the game client.

Ambrosia (Emilia) reached Expert Lv.4, while training stances with Soteira (Helena) in Skeleton Dungeon Ancient Area for 2 days. Darkness (Lv.16 → 25) was finally mastered, while Enhanced Tactics (Lv.10 → 14) and Occultism (Lv.15 → 21) gained a few levels as well. Once all 3 stances are maximized, it will be time to spam EXP Cards. Elsewhere, Lolita (Claire) reached Expert Lv.10, while Cacofonix (Rio) also gained a few levels.

The family completed 1 Uraeus, 11 Team Arena, and 7 Arsene Circus missions, looting Symbol of Capricorn, Symbol of Virgo, Symbol of Sagittarius, 2 Symbols of Taurus, and 3 veteran boots/gloves. The family also gained Dragon Heart Recipe from Jorgen in one of the Holy Water Chamber raids. And this is why the family hated the snake nowadays...

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Karjalesia (Karjalain) crafted Cut Physical RES Necklace. She then used 104 Lv.100 Enchantment Chips to enchant it with Max HP +1807, Max SP +177, and INT +2. Adorabelle (f/ele) immediately claimed it since she needed the extra SP and INT bonus.

The family traded 15 Christmas Coins for a new pet (Rudolph) and named it Noel. It is basically just a healer, so it is mainly for collection. (It drops items only for GE Korea's 2008 Christmas event.) The extra coins were traded in for other items, such as Angel Ring (hat), Rudolph Doll (back costume), and Santa Costume (Movement Speed +10%, DEF +10 for 30 days). Unlike the pet box, the costumes are not tradable.

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The Christmas missions apparently have only one mission lobby. This means that you can use a Gold Key to join an existing Bronze/Silver mission room created by another family using Bronze/Silver Key. Since Gold missions are a bit hard to solo with alternate/mule families, this might be a viable alternative. Plus, there's something strange with this... Anyway, the event is originally planned for 2 weeks (i.e. ending next week's maintenance), but it may be extended for 1 more week until around Jan 18, 2011. [Source]

ShakeTheHeavens clan attacked Ustiur Zona Dos, Tetra Hill, Ferruccio Junction, Pradera de Ceniza, and Scorching Plateau during Colony War. But Phalanx clan managed to defend the colonies before they were fully occupied.

The family experienced 3 disconnections this week. As usual, lag and closed server for various maps happened more or less immediately after the weekly maintenance. Sigh.

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Amdusias is a demon king with 40 legions of demons under his command, according to the Ars Goetia of The Lesser Key of Solomon. He is depicted as a human with claws instead of hands and feet, the head of a unicorn, and a trumpet to symbolize his powerful voice. According to other sources, this demon is depicted as a unicorn, and changes into a man under the request of the conjurer.

Amdusias is associated with thunder and it has been said that his voice is heard during storms. In other sources, he is accompanied by the sound of trumpets when he comes and will give concerts if commanded, but while all his types of musical instruments can be heard they can't be seen. He is regarded as being the demon in charge of the cacophonous music that is played in Hell. He can make trees bend at will.

He is also mentioned as a King in Johann Weyer's Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (1583).