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

For all active characters to gain the team buff, you must have at least 2 active, alive, and different characters belonging to the same team. As of v10.5.1 (Silver Server), the teams are as follows:

The Pioneers
Bonus STR +5, DEX +5, AGI +5, CON +5, INT +5, CHA +5
Members Fighter, Elementalist, Musketeer, Scout, Wizard

Three Year War
Bonus ATK Rating +1, DEF Rating +1, ATK Speed +5%
Members Adelina Esperanza, Adelina the Pirate, Grace Bernelli, M'Boma, Jack, Panfilo, Panfilo the Battle Cook, Raven, Najib Sharif, Soho the Fighter

Second Generation Settler
Bonus ATK Rating +1, DEF Rating +1, ATK +10%
Members Soho, Brunie, Idge Imbrulia, Idge the Battle Smith, Karjalain, Lisa, Lorch, Vincent Rio, Angie

Chains of the Past
Bonus ATK Rating +1, DEF Rating +1, ATK Speed +10%, Accuracy +10
Members Alejandro, Claude, Jose Cortasar, Claire, Grandma, Grandies

Misunderstood Truth
Bonus ATK Rating +1, DEF Rating +1
Members Ania, Nar, Helena, Emilia, Emilia the Sage, Reckless Emilia

Spirit of Martial Arts
Bonus ATK Rating +1, DEF Rating +1, Immunity +5
Members Baek Ho, Soso, Gertrude, Gracielo, Irawain

Torsche's Dream
Bonus ATK Rating +1, DEF Rating +1
Members Catherine (STR), Catherine (DEX), Catherine (INT), Catherine the Summoner, Catherine Torsche, Ion

Hidden Truth
Bonus ATK Rating +1, DEF Rating +1
Members Andre, Calyce, Yeganeh, Valeria, Veatrice

Staggered Destiny
Bonus ATK Rating +1, DEF Rating +1, ATK +5%, ATK Speed +5%
Members Selva, Eduardo, Garcia, Kurt, Veronif

Soldier's Spirit
Bonus ATK Rating +1, DEF Rating +1, Immunity +5
Members Coimbra Trooper, Reboldeaux Soldier, Auch Infantry, Rescue Knight, Cadet Adriana , Cadet Elisa

Hope of the New World
Bonus ATK Rating +1, DEF Rating +1, Max HP +2000
Members Ramiro, Tiburon, Viki, Ludin

Mission Officers
Bonus ATK Rating +1, DEF Rating +1, RES +10
Members Romina, Lionel, Natalie, Daria, Ralph, Adriana , Elisa

The Wanderers
Bonus ATK Rating +1, DEF Rating +1, ATK Speed +10%
Members Asoka, Mifuyu, Cruz, Vincent

Version History
v9.0.0 - Added Veronif, Natalie, Daria, and Ludin.
v9.13.0 - Added Cruz and Asoka to a new team [The Wanderers].
v9.17.0 - Added Adriana and Veatrice.
v9.17.3 - Improved bonus for [Misunderstood Truth] (AR+1) and [The Pioneers] (Stats +3 to +5) teams.
v9.18.0 - Added Vincent and Grandies.
v10.x - Added Elisa and Cadet Elisa.

Also, sometime after v9.5, Soho the Fighter was moved from [Spirits of Martial Arts] to [Three Year War] team.

As mentioned in the forums here, Granado Espada has been rated as having the top 10 best MMO theme songs in The Perfect Ten: Best MMO Theme Songs Part 2. Since we are on the subject of music, I found a music score for Granado Espada a long time ago. I don't really remember where it came from, but you can download it (.pdf) from the link on the right hosted by MediaFire.

On the side note, I love Stones, the theme song for Ultima Online and the even older Ultima series. Here's a Chamber rendering of the same song from Ultima IX.

Brisingamen (Karjalain) and Lara (Brunie) reached Expert Lv.5 and Lv.2, while collecting even more Ancient Runes. Zarathustra (Lionel) continued to train in Castilla Mine, reaching Veteran Lv.7. Since most pioneers have settled down somewhat into the new content, we decided to join Albatros clan.

This week's loot was very good. The missions dropped lots of symbols - 2 Symbols of Aquarius, 2 Symbols of Virgo, 2 Symbols of Pisces, Symbol of Libra, Symbol of Sagittarius, Symbol of Capricorn, and Symbol of Scorpio. We joined in a raid on Castilla Tower of Chaos, and finally got something good from the queen's roulette chest...

Qilue (f/sco) took part in our 3rd Legion War as a mercenary for the Royalists. Uh, as a true mercenary at heart, she was in it just for the war points. The political struggles meant nothing to her. (See the forum topic here for some helpful tips.) As a support character, she was, uh, busy supporting other support characters who were, as it were, providing support... Nevertheless, Simon Ayende was defeated after 72 minutes, resulting in victory for the Royalists. By the end of the war, we acquired [Volunteer] title.

After maintenance, there were a few patch files to download. Raiden said here that the patches are "for the future", hence the lack of patch notes... so what might it be?

Well, this "future" content happens to be Ralph, among a few other minor things. The various game files for Ralph (animation, model, stance, etc.) have been added to the game client. Perhaps G1 intend to release Ralph before the next update? The last 2 intervals between updates were about 5 months, so a reasonable estimate for the next update would be around late May this year.

Singapore servers have updated to v9.5. Patch download is available here. For a more comprehensive patch notes based on Korean servers, see v8.6+ Patch Notes (Unofficial List) forum topic.

 More feature articles should be upcoming. I will update this post when that happens. I will just touch on a few other details not elaborated in the patch notes...

New Stance Books
[Rapida Espada] and [Efreet] stance books can be purchased from Master Guardian NPC for 1 and 5 Promotion Recipes - Stance. Others are available from Emilia. In addition, Stimulation Scroll - Expert (Event) can be purchased in Bounty Hunters' Guild for 60 Expert Tokens.

Montoro's Ring
Viscount Skull Ring can be dropped by Lv.97 Frenzied Ravyn the Unholy (1/22), Lv.97 Ancient Frenzied Ravyn the Unholy (1/25), Lv.118 Montoro (1/20), and Lv.118 Montoro (1/1). "Montoro" probably refers to the one that sometimes appear inside Garim raid mission.

Old Journal Shop
The dish recipe shop in Abertal (D8) has a few new recipes, including the "Great" version of the dishes, which lasts for 1 hour. Each great dish recipe requires 35 units of Old Journal #1-3.

Mid-Autumn Festival Event Shop
For some reason, the game is currently having an event for mid-autumn festival... This involved collecting Chestnuts. Trade them to Panfilo in Reboldeaux for 1 great dish or Camile in Coimbra for other rewards (see below).

New Character Profiles
I will post the ones for the rude loli and doormat alchemist...

Magic Circle 25 (Korea) is now available until Feb 02, 2012. The new items first featured in Japan's web games. See 이번달 매직..? for more screenshots.

Oro Oryza Costume Set
Body Costume + Hair • Soso
Previously Released In Imperial Wheel V: Sept 2011

Valkyrie Costume
Body Costume • Female Fighter
Previously Released In Magic Compass: Dec 2010

Cadet Elisa Character Card

Imperial Wheel V (Japan) has been updated for Jan 25 - Feb 01, 2012. See the official notice インペリアルホイールV開催! for more information.

The previously released items are Evil's Suffering Costume (ice bracelet), Evil's Excitement Costume (fire bracelet), The Inexorability of Ventuamos Costume (sabre), Lamentation of Einschwer Costume (pistol), Assembly Logic Bangle (special bracelet),  Sword of Ex Machina (sword), Pyrite Bangle (fire bracelet), Esperez de la Tourmaline (lightning bracelet), Gaiters of Gluttony (gaiters), Jaspardfs Rifling Revolver (pistol), and 1,500 Veteran Enchantment Chips.

The weapon sets now contain 2 weapons plus some cash shop items required for "processing" the weapons, such as Socket Flux, Enchant Sedatives, and Enchantment Chips. The new items are featured below. Click on images for full size view.

Evil's Contempt
Weapon Costume • Rifle

Cerasus Campanulata Costume Set
Body Costume + Hair • Female Elementalist
Click on image on the right for full size view. [Source]

Indigo Nine Costume Set
Body Costume + Hair • Lionel

Raze Anchor Knuckle
Knuckle • ATK Rating 33 • ATK 200
ATK +10% vs. Life/Daemon/Golem/Human/Undead • Penetration +10 • Stun 7% • ATK Speed +10%

Iceberg Bangle
Ice Bracelet • ATK Rating 33 • ATK 277
ATK +10% vs. Life/Daemon/Golem/Human/Undead • Ice Penetration +10 • Max SP +15% • ATK Speed +15%

Gear Gimmick Scimitar
Sabre • ATK Rating 33 • ATK 317
ATK +10% vs. Life/Daemon/Golem/Human/Undead • Penetration +10 • Stun 7% • Critical +10

Elite Le Noir Crafting Sets
1 Armor Recipe + Crafting Materials • Various Types

Character Recruitment Sets
Each set includes 1 Character Card, 1 Expert Stance Book, and 1 Quarter Slot. Available characters are Ludin, Ion, Adriana, and Beatrice.

Brisingamen (Karjalain) and Selvaria (Selva) collected more Ancient Runes in Errac, reaching Expert Lv.4 and Veteran Lv.8. Willikins (Raven) reached Expert Lv.5 while collecting Strange Spheres. Zarathustra (Lionel) gained 3 Veteran levels inside Castilla Mine. This was enough to raise the family to Lv.51+0.

Our symbol collection for this week was really junk - 2 Symbols of Sagittarius, 2 Symbols of Leo, and 2 Symbols of Virgo... basically, all the cheap symbols. We also got L96 Elite La Suma Sacerdotisa (blunt) from Occulta Bounty Hunt. It wasn't much, but at least something from the usual loot of Honor Cards and Expert Tokens. We opened 6 Reward Boxes of Supply, and received 2x5 Mystic Potions (Event), 2x4 Training A Cards, 2 Veteran G EXP Cards, and 3 Veteran B EXP Cards.

We purchased another weapon for Artemisia (Calyce) again - Angel Camael's Crossbow. Unlike last week's lucky upgrading, this weapon greedily consumed 720 Upgrade Accelerators, 20 Lacquers +5: Expert, and 18 Lacquers +6: Expert. Since we had stocked up some Gold previously, we still managed to pull the upgrading off. The enchantment used up 73 Veteran Enchantment Chips and Enchant Sedatives.

This week, we managed to participate in our 2nd Legion War as mercenary on the Republican side. It was really laggy though, so there was some problems with character control. We tried out the PVP aspect, and got a few new war medals. By the end, the princess ordered a retreat and the Republicans won. Gerard rewarded us with 6 AM's Boosts (Event) and 5 Expert G EXP Cards. If we can make it next week, we will probably try out the rescue/support aspect. After the war, we joined a raid on Joaquin Underground Prison... and received 1 x disconnection.

There is also a Lunar New Year Event that will end on Feb 01, 2012. This seems to be an imported event, as other regions also have the same event, such as IAHGames' Lunar New Year Event. We will wait until next week before trading in our Lucky Pouches.

The Devourers have introduced 2 new boxes in the Bazaar (250 Gold each) - Quinzel's Penderie & Raiden's Angel IX. The new items are Blue Serpent Costume (m/sco), Capitaine Hair (m/wiz), La Fleur Ecarlate Costume (f/ele), Iberis Costume (Brunie), Angel Raquel's Rifle (AR 33), and Dragon's Fury Rifle (AR 32). There are also 3 new Costume Jewels (30 days) available for 245 Gold each. Speaking of Raiden's Angel boxes, we previously opened 75 boxes... and got nothing of note. No weapon dropped at all, just lots of Elite Treasure Chests.

A few weeks ago, we approached Farrel about Lucifer Castle, and it seemed that there were others seeking entry into the castle as well. We decided to cooperate, and recovered Magical Paraffin and Gluttony Bone Dust for him. Farrel hired Veronif to break the seal, which used magic to distort time and space. Some forest monsters attacked, and we defended Veronif, while Farrel turned tail and ran for it. Veronif revealed that those Garas monsters are a sort of chimera, i.e. combinations of different life-forms.

After that, we went pass the seal, and followed the Red Hair Fighter, who vanished along the way. We recovered some protein as well as several experimental body parts for Veronif. She revealed that those monsters were made out of 3-6 different types of living cells plus an inorganic substance.

We returned to the castle entrance, and entered the basement laboratory. We returned to Veronif with a shiny item from the basement, and she said it was a Time Piece. Time Pieces are allegedly pieces of significant history that crystallized into material substances. The first Time Piece flashed an scene before us, allowing us to see into the past...

In the induced vision, Count Cortes failed in another human experiment, and Viscount Montoro brought forth Death Wraiths to help Cortes in his experiments. It seemed Cortes still lived after all. Previously, Cortes was petrified due to our disruption of his ritual in Caebolan, then he was revived with our Katovic Soup and defeated, which led to the recruitment of Selva. Now, Montoro had revived him once again.

We went deeper into the castle basement, where the warehouse was located and found another Time Piece. This piece showed us another vision in which Montoro claimed that normal humans cannot contain the vast powers, resulting in mental collapses. His solution was for Cortes himself to become a subject. Ignoring his objections, Montoro forcefully transformed him into a huge petrified form - Stone Cortes.

According to Veronif, Count Cortes himself had experimented on living humans, so there was a kind of poetic justice involved. Technically, as a viscount, Montoro's rank should be lower than Cortes, who was a count, so he was really an upstart... See [Quest] Lucifer Castle Admission and [Quest] The Misfortune of Cortes for actual quest details.

IAHGames will be updating Granado Espada: Singapore to v9.5 on Jan 26, 2012.

Lorenza Says: So yeah, we're fixing it on the 3rd week of January, it's again, a tentative date. [...] There are 4 new characters, Ludin, Veroniff, Daria and Natalie - and a new raid which is recommended for Family Level 50 and above, the new Farming system, the revamped Pioneering Memorial System, or Strata Devil Armour Series?!

Gragon Says: v9.5 will be on the 26th.

[TW] My Secret Garden
Granado Espada: Taiwan has already updated to v9.5.2 since Dec 21, 2011. Manual download is available here. See 我的秘密花園 for mini-site. The update includes:
  • New Farming System - see here for details.
  • Lucifer Castle, Moonlight Garden
  • Devil Armors (DEF Rating 35 for others; 33 for metal)
  • New Characters - Veronif, Ludin, Natalie, Daria
  • New Stances - Blitz Assault, Unlimited Shot, Wanted Shot
There are also several ongoing events. See here for details. These include:
  • EXP +20% until Feb 01, 2012.
  • Login for free event items - Soul Crystals, Veteran Enchantment Chips, Triumph Fillers, and Principal Ampules until Jan 17, 2012. 
  • Returning players (i.e. accounts which are created before August 2011 and have not login since August) can login to receive (Event) Promotion Recipes - 1 Veteran, 1 Expert, and 1 Master until Feb 01, 2012.
  • For the new server only, the account with highest family level by Feb 01, 2012 will receive 1 free Angel Weapon. Winners will be announced 1 week later. 
  • For the new server only, newly created families may automatically create the following characters until Feb 01, 2012 - Grace Bernelli, Idge Imbrulia, Soso, Vincent Rio, Helena, and Claire.
  • New Year/Spring events - see here for details.
Taiwan edition is also having Jewel Weapons in their "web game". See 寶石武器第五彈-月長石匕首 and 寶石武器第四彈-星光長鎗.

[CN] Montoro's Moonlight Garden
Granado Espada: China will be updating to Montoro's Moonlight Garden patch in 2012. This includes Ralph as well as the other 4 new characters mentioned above. There are new Bounty Hunt missions and stances like Unlimited Shot. See 新年伊始!新版资料片全面解析! for details.

Buy some random drop boxes from cash shop to get a free Magic Box - Spring Edition, which can drop Asoka Character Card, Recipe - Kurenai, Pet Box (Red Tiger), Promotional Character Box, and more. See 春节爱心礼包 魔法礼盒[春节版]1月19日上线 for details.

From Jan 17 to Feb 28, 2012, buy Gold and get 3 free special EXP Cards. Each card can instant-level a low-level character to Lv.100. This is equivalent to EXP +187,183,500. See 直接100级!精英齐步走,快速升起来! for details.

From Jan 16, 2012, buy Gold and get free weapons or other items when the family reaches certain family levels. See 高级装备免费换,全面升级卓越玩家 for event details and here for list of weapons. The reward is as follows:
  • Family Lv.9 = L100 Weapon (ATK Rating 30) x1
  • Family Lv.10 = L100 Weapon (ATK Rating 30) x1
  • Family Lv.11 = L100 Weapon (ATK Rating 30) x1
  • Family Lv.12 = L96 Elite Trump Weapon (ATK Rating 31) x1
  • Family Lv.13 = L96 Elite Trump Weapon (ATK Rating 31) x1
  • Family Lv.14 = L96 Elite Trump Weapon (ATK Rating 31) x1
  • Family Lv.15 = L100 Serpent/Chess Weapon (ATK Rating 32) x1
  • Family Lv.16 = L100 Serpent/Chess Weapon (ATK Rating 32) x1
  • Family Lv.17 = L100 Serpent/Chess Weapon (ATK Rating 32) x1
  • Family Lv.18 = Constellation Weapon Recipe (ATK Rating 33) x1. Minimum Gold = 5,000.
  • Family Lv.19 = Constellation Weapon Recipe (ATK Rating 33) x1. Minimum Gold = 5,000.
  • Family Lv.20 = Constellation Weapon Recipe (ATK Rating 33) x1. Minimum Gold = 5,000.
  • Family Lv.22 = Veteran G EXP Card x30
  • Family Lv.24 = Expert G EXP Card x30
  • Family Lv.26 = Master G EXP Card x20
  • Family Lv.28 = Normal Enchant Sedative x30
  • Family Lv.30 = Socket Flux x20
  • Family Lv.34 = Lacquer +6: General, Veteran, or Expert (your choice) x10
  • Family Lv.38 = Lacquer +7: General, Veteran, or Expert (your choice) x10
  • Family Lv.42 = Devil Weapon Recipe (ATK Rating 35) x1. Minimum Gold = 10,000.

There is also a New Year in-game event. See 龙年新春活动1月19日正式上线 for details.

Artemis (Calyce) reached Master Lv.10 inside Arsene Circus. Lourdes (Grace) reached Master Lv.8, while conducting stance training for Willikins (Raven) and Ishtar (Valeria) who reached Expert Lv.4 and Lv.5 respectively. Willikins (Raven) mastered [Croisement] stance, while Ishtar (Valeria) left her [Enhanced Tactics] at Lv.20. Elsewhere, Brisingamen (Karjalain) and Zarathustra (Lionel) reached Expert Lv.2 and Veteran Lv.3 as well.

We bought Elite Silver Crossbow and Dragon's Fury Crossbow for Artemisia (Calyce). Unlike the cursed crossbow 2 months ago (see Sword 164), both weapons successfully upgraded to +7 without failures. We threw about 500 chips on both weapons to get some racial enchantments.

The weekly missions dropped 2 Symbols of Capricorn, Symbol of Virgo, Symbol of Aquarius, and Symbol of Taurus. After Colony War, we opened 5 Reward Boxes of Supply, and received Event Combat Manual (EXP +50% for 5 hours), 5 L90H EXP Cards, 1 Honor C Card, and 2 Event Ring Boxes. We opened 11 Event Ring Boxes, and got Grim Rapiere Ring, Principal Ring, Zerodefect Ring, Concentration Ring, Abyss Flare Ring, and other crap.

The timing for Legion War was changed again, now starting on Saturday 4pm (PST). [Source] We failed to make it to the war in time, as the princess was allegedly murdered by the Republicans within 30 minutes. So no buff, no war point, no mission access for us next week...

In v10.4.0, two new stances become available. Click on images below for full-size views.

The first is [Sniper] for Najib Sharif, using bayonet or rifle with Steel Bullet as ammunition. Character cannot move while in this stance. See 스나이퍼 스킬,스탠스

 The other is the support stance [Therapy] for Elisa, using Rosario. The skills detect invisibility and remove assorted debuff statuses. Elisa's personal skill is Mass Healing. See 엘리사 정보 :D.

In v10.4.0, there will also be an extended quest for Selva, starting in Auch. In addition, Korean event I'm Designer 3 (until Feb 20, 2012) now involved some vehicles... See also GE, 근대화 혁명 일어나나?.

The v8.5 update added an extended quest for Lisa. These quests continued the story from Adelina's Extended Quests, but from Lisa's perspective instead. The first quest triggers when you first moved to town (e.g. Coimbra) after meeting the requirements. The following quests must be done in sequence. Unless otherwise stated, you must have Lisa in your team to initiate all NPC dialogues. You do not need to bring Lisa for monster hunts.

For Sword 2, the gender of Tora is really inconsistent, sometimes male, other times female...

[125] Reunion With Lisa
Requirements: Completed Adelina's Extended Quests.
Reward: 1 Shiny Crystal Chest.
Details: Lisa wants to know what happened to Bardi's son, Tora. Adelina decides to be coy, and asks Lisa to come to her shop instead.
  1. Talk to Lisa in Coimbra. Adelina (not Adelina the Pirate) must be in the team. You do not need to remove Lisa from the team.
  2. Talk to Adelina in Coimbra. Lisa must be in the team.

[125] Adelina's Request
Reward: 1 Training B Card (Stance EXP +500,000) or 1 Honor Card (various types).
Details: The weapons in Adelina's shop deteriorated while she was away in Viron. Now, she wants to repair them with Enchantment Chips. But really... she just wants Lisa to slave away for her as a sort of bitchy retribution before revealing Tora's location.
  1. Talk to Adelina to give her Lv.88 Enchantment Chips. Adelina automatically takes all the chips in your inventory, up to a maximum of 60. Each delivery increases her friendship by 1-3 points plus 1 point per chip. Reward for 60 chips is Training B Card. Delivering less chips will reward Honor Cards instead, e.g. Honor G Card (50 chips), Honor D Card (40 chips), Honor B Card (10 chips), Honor A Card (~5 chips), etc.
  2. Repeat (1) above until her friendship reaches 500 points. You can do this once per day. This usually takes at least 9 deliveries, using up about 490 chips.
  3. Talk to Adelina again after her friendship reaches 500 points or more. 
Tip: If you have unwanted Lv.84 Enchantment Chips (e.g. dropped by monsters in Errac), you can gamble them with Tiburon in Gigante Port to upgrade them to Lv.88. Training Card will help with leveling pesky stances, while Honor Card gives you more reputation points, so decide what you need more.

[125] Search For Tora
Reward: None.
Details: Lisa mentions that only 1st generation pioneers like Adelina would wish to visit Viron out of nostalgia when the ban was lifted. Nevertheless, she goes to Viron with directions from Adelina to find Oswalts.
  1. Talk to Oswalts in Viron (H11).

[125] For the Family... (1)
Requirements: Family Lv.30, Master Lisa.
Reward: 3 AM's Boosts (Event), 3 Veteran B EXP Cards.
Details: Lisa reveals that she grew up with Tora as Bardi took care of her after she became an orphan. She claims that Adelina wears her eye-patch because she doesn't want to show her injured eye. Oswalts then asks Lisa to become a master first before she can even face Tora.
  1. Talk to Oswalts in Viron (H11), after Lisa reaches Master level.

[125] For the Family... (2)
Reward: 3 AM's Boosts (Event), 3 Veteran B EXP Cards.
Details: Oswalts gives Lisa one final test before revealing that Tora is probably inside Lucifer Castle. He also requests to see Adelina.
  1. Kill Elmorc (L106 Human) in Frozen Wastes or Katovic Snowfield.
  2. Kill King of Covetry (L110 undead) in Bahamar Underground Cave (D5 or I8).
  3. Kill General Guard (L112 Daemon) in Secret Tower Pinnacle.
  4. Talk to Oswalts in Viron (H11).

[125] Broken Relationship
Reward: 3 AM's Boosts (Event), 10 Veteran B EXP Cards.
Details: Lisa promises to resolve the blood feud and the vicious cycle of vengeance, but Adelina maintains her stance to wait for Tora's return for revenge in Coimbra. Adelina refuses to see Oswalts.
  1. Talk to Adelina in Coimbra. After this, Adelina refuses to talk to you if Lisa is in the team.

[125] The Call of Oswalts
Details: Oswalts wants Lisa to look after Tora. The last 3 quests are available only in v9.3.0.
  1. Talk to Oswalts in Viron (H11). 

[125] The Location of Tora
Details: Lisa attempts to enter Lucifer Castle, only to be beaten by the Red Hair Fighter.
  1. Trigger a non-combat mission in Crow Forest (C4). Lisa must be in the team.

[125] Injured Lisa
Reward: [Blitz Assault] stance book.
Details: Lisa went back crying to Oswalts. The old man gave her his legacy.
  1. Talk to Oswalts in Viron (H11) to receive reward.

Other v8.5 Quests
For other v8.5 quests, see the following external links.

[Quest] Lucifer Castle Admission
[Quest] Misfortune of Cortes
[Quest] Byron Clock Tower
RNPC Lionel
[Quest] Call of Fritz
[Quest] NPC Brown's Daily Quests
Republican Secret Society: Souveran
Royalist Secret Society: Esmero
Pegadilla Mercenaries
Society Betrayal Quests 

This week's missions yielded Symbol of Aquarius, Symbol of Libra, Symbol of Capricorn, and Symbol of Cancer. A disconnection on the last event day cost us the last few Christmas Coins needed to get another Expert Promotion Recipe. We opened another 7 Winter Season Boxes, and got Santa Hats for Emilia and Adelina... both of which we already bought last week. We opened 18 Ring Boxes, and got Flintlock Ring, Beast Ring, and Organization Ring among other crap rings. 

To utilize the EXP event, we decided to return to Caebolan Citadel once more to raise our new Ishtar (Valeria) and Willikins (Raven) to Expert levels... Unfortunately, we chose a bad day, and the server went down for hours. (See Server Down? topic.) After that, there were 7 disconnections, wasting all our various EXP buff items. As a result, the training fell short of our goals. Nevertheless, Ishtar (Valeria) and Willikins (Raven) were promoted to Expert Lv.4 and Lv.1 respectively. As the trainer, Soteira (Helena) reached Master Lv.10 as well. Zarathustra (Lionel) reached Veteran Lv.2 inside Castilla Mine as well.

Still, Mirajane (Lisa) was promoted to Master Lv1! Mirajane (Lisa) returned to Oswalts, who gave her a final task to complete. It took a few attempts to find Elmorc and King of Covetry, and we finally returned to Secret Tower to hunt down General Guard. Secret Tower would be updated in v9.9.1, but as yet, it was still dropping crap. (See also リニューアルミッション ~秘密の塔~ for revised Secret Tower.) Anyway, the story came to temporary end, as Bardi's son was expected to be within Lucifer Castle.

We joined the Pegadilla Mercenaries and recruited a mercenary to our family, naming her Yetzirah (Angie), after the Jewish esoteric text on cosmogony known as Sefer Yetzirah ("Book of Formation"). Our new member went on to participate in our first Legion War on Wednesday 4pm (PST), testing out the mining system on the Royalist side. It was rather boring, and didn't even seem to be that useful.

In the culverts, ogres (L127 Daemon) roamed to protect their Crystals (L19 Other). Yetzirah (Angie) mined some Shiny Iron and Weird Stones. Claude can be employed with 500 Shiny Iron, but the ore is actually sold inside the war shop for 28,000 vis each. Other than saving (14m) vis, it seemed to have limited purpose. Jack can be employed with 200 Weird Stones, but do people really care about Jack? The materials required by other characters cannot even be acquired inside the culverts... After 45 minutes or so, Yetzirah (Angie) got tired and just loitered inside the war barracks. Gerard still rewarded us with 7 AM's Boost (Event) and 5 Expert G EXP Cards for the trouble. For 500 Reputation Points, Gerard also granted us [Bless of Neutral] buff, which provides [Monster ATK +6%, EXP +15%, Stance EXP +15%, Drop Rate +15%] for 24 hours.

The Devourers have introduced 2 new boxes in the Bazaar (250 Gold each) - Quinzel's Penderie & Raiden's Angel VIII. The new items are Trifolium Costume (Romina), Cattleya Costume (Helena), Nana Artozeia (f/ele), Les Cheveux D'eclatant Beaut Hair (f/ele), Angel Michael's Blade (AR33 sword), and Dragon's Fury Pistol (AR32 pistol).

Lightning Gate, aka Silent Maze, is accessible via Rio Albi (E7, channel 1). The gate can be opened with 1 Lightning Orb, and stays open for 10 minutes. There will be zone-wide notices when the gate is opened, when the gate will be closed in 5 minutes, and when the gate has closed. See also Wiki of the New World and [HR] Gate of Lightning Guide. You may use /where command in chat window to find your current coordinates.
There are several routes through the maze. The following route picture is taken from 闪电门1-2层图文并茂并附上老版本练级地图. Click on images for full-size views. Use the 2nd picture if you prefer to navigate using the gate colors.

At start point (35000,-35000) of 1st floor, turn around to enter the gate behind you at coordinates (37000,-35000). Enter the gate to the next room, and kill Elite Einbint to spawn more gates. Repeat and follow the route (see first image above) until the last room, where you have to kill Elite Einapt instead. If you get lost, you can use Teleport Scroll to move yourself back to the start point at (35000, -35000).

At start point (41000,-30000) of 2nd floor, turn around to enter the gate behind you at coordinates (40000,-28000). Enter the gate to the next room, and kill Elite Einapt to spawn more gates. Repeat and follow the route (see first image above) until the last room, where you have to kill Einapt Chieftain instead. Einapt Chieftain will re-spawn 45 minutes after death. Using Teleport Scroll in 2nd floor will move yourself to either the start point at (41000, -30000) or another room (-40000, -30000) where you will need to enter the gate at (-40000, -28000) to reach the 4th room in the route above.

From start point in the Sanctuary, run straight forward to the very end. Clear the mobs and wait for Einwind to spawn. The boss can heal itself and cast [Enchantment Arm]. Einwind will re-spawn 28 hours after death. Maintenance does not reset its timer.

Lightning Gate Mission (v9.2.0)
In v9.2.0, Lightning Gate will have an instanced mission version at Rio Albi (D6). In v10.6, the mission entry will be from Squad Raid Mission Guard at Coimbra Nimrod Bridge (I8) instead.
  • Location (v9.2.0): Rio Albi (D6)
  • Location (v10.18): Coimbra Nimrod Bridge (I8)
  • Entry Cost: 2,500 Reputation Points (per family)
  • Frequency: 1/week
  • Max. Participants: 26
  • Reward Type: Roulette
The mission is the same as field raid. Basically, navigate through the 2 floors, then enter the sanctuary and kill Einwind.

The roulette chest will appear in the middle of the Sanctuary map (i.e. start point), after Einwind is dead. Roulette reward includes Honor Card, Lightning Gate Weapon, Elite Le Noir Recipe, Elite Le Noir (Armor), Le Noir, L92 Elite Armor, L100 Weapon/Armor, Elemental Jewel, and Pure Gold Bar (!). See
Roulette: Lightning Gate (v9.5).

See 闪电之门副本介绍 for more details. See also mission videos by Ellearn for Silent Maze 1F, Silent Maze 2F, and Silent Maze Sanctuary.

The following lists the content of Letizia Shiny Box, according to 蕾蒂莎闪耀箱子大揭密.

  • Grand Valkyrie Crasher
  • Invisible Potion
  • Family Summon Scroll
  • Ring Box
  • Portable Ancient Star Orb Box
  • Lucifer Wings (1 day)
  • Devil Wings (1 day)
  • Phoenix Wings (1 day) 
  • Golden Phoenix Wings (1 day)
  • Fairy Wings (1 day)
  • Sylph Wings (1 day) 
  • Principal Ampul (Event)
  • Pet Food x10
  • Upgrade Accelerator
  • Otite Perfume
  • Scan Scroll x30
  • Portable Pistol Bullet Box (1 day)
  • Portable Rifle Bullet Box (1 day)
  • Portable Buckshot Box (1 day)
  • Archangel's Heart
  • Siren's Scale
  • Seed of Rafflesia
  • Dragon Heart
  • Promotion Recipe - Expert
  • Promotion Recipe - Master
  • Pet Box (Pan Pan)
  • Pet Box (Sith, aka Fortune Cat)
  • Pet Box (Pigling)
  • Le Scarce (DR30 Armor)
  • [Innocentio] Stance Book
  • [Punisher] Stance Book*
  • Crafted Key [Room of the Dead]*
  • Crafted Key [Holy Water Chamber]*
  • Recipe - Clock Tower Key [Lost Time]*
  • Viscount Skull Ring*
The last 5 items (denoted with *) are added in v7.5.1. More portable ammo boxes (e.g. Steel Bullet, Elemental Sphere, etc.) will be added in v10.4.0.

Letizia Shiny Box is dropped by monsters in Viron maps (e.g. Red Sunset Forest). Each box can be opened with 2 Shiny Keys. Whenever a "good" item is gained, there will be a server-wide notice, announcing the family and item gained from Letizia Shiny Box.

Shiny Key can be purchased from Feso Shop. In v8.5, the price was changed from 330 feso to 10,000 feso for Singapore servers. Good news for players in U.S. servers though, since G1 is not increasing the price at the moment after v8.5 update.

Xanxus Says: Price change was due to the new items inside Letizia box. sGE's shiny key price is still cheaper than kGE actually.

Raiden Says: No. We are not increasing [shiny key price] right now. Maybe in the future.

G1 has increased the price of Shiny Key to 1,000 feso on Jan 18, 2012. [Source]

The various missions this week yielded 2 Symbols of Gemini, 2 Symbols of Leo, Symbol of Taurus, and Symbol of Aries. Our subsidiary family joined 3 party missions and got Dragon Heart Recipe and Symbol of Scorpio. Louis Arsene III dropped yet another Elite Schvarlier Armor Recipe this week. Why was it that he never dropped the recipe for us back when it was still worth a lot? Bleh.

Anyway, we also revisited old Jormongand with a few other families to find that it has grown stronger. It was becoming lonely, so it waived the reputation cost for visiting it. Our last visit was about 8 months ago (see Sword 136). The new roulette chest dropped us Jormongand Leather among random stuffs.

Along with our subsidiary family, we spent some of our Christmas Coins. We purchased 2 Expert Promotion Recipes (Event), and opened 12 Winter Season Boxes. The boxes dropped the following rubbish:
  1. 2 Snowman, 1 Christmas Tree
  2. 3 Snowman, 1 Christmas Tree
  3. 2 Snowman, 2 Christmas Tree, 1 Rudolph Hat
  4. 1 Snowman, 2 Christmas Tree
  5. 2 Snowman, 2 Christmas Tree
  6. 3 Snowman, 1 Christmas Tree
  7. 2 Snowman, 3 Christmas Tree
  8. 3 Snowman, 3 Christmas Tree
  9. 3 Snowman, 2 Christmas Tree
  10. 3 Snowman, 2 Christmas Tree
  11. 3 Snowman, 2 Christmas Tree
  12. 3 Snowman, 1 Christmas Tree
So we ended up buying Santa Costume and Santa Hat for Artemisia (Calyce), spending 90m and 50m vis respectively. In terms of Gold, 1 Master Promotion Recipe is equivalent to 1.25 (500/400) Expert Promotion Recipe. However, in terms of Christmas Coins, 1 Master Promotion Recipe is equivalent to 1.5 (90/60) Expert Promotion Recipe.

We also decided to spend a few days in Skeleton Dungeon Ancient Area to take advantage of the event's stance EXP +50% bonus. Alustriel (ETS) acquired and mastered [Darkness] stance, reaching Expert Lv.8. Since veteran stance books were now available for 1m vis each, we also mastered 9 other stances for various characters.

Mirajane (Lisa) arrived in Viron to meet with Oswalts in order to find Tora. The little boy apparently had become Bardi's "daughter" instead of son. (Did Adelina castrate him? That will go a long way to explain his animosity and intent on vengeance!) However, Oswalts said that Mirajane (Lisa) was too noob to face the little boy/girl. So we decided to provide some intensive training for her in Caebolan Citadel.

Using a combination of Combat Manual (20%), Lucky Pouch (20%), Pan Pan (20%), Witch's Candy (20%), and Christmas Stocking (30%), Athena (f/fig), Selene (Asoka), Adorabelle (f/ele), and Pazuzu (STF) took turns to train Mirajane (Lisa), and all the trainers finally reached Master Lv.10. Soteira (Helena) also reached Master Lv.5, while Brisingamen (Karjalain) was promoted to Expert Lv.1. While resting from killing Heavenly Vespanola Soldiers, Lourdes (Grace) mastered her [Superior Blaster] stance. Soon, Mirajane (Lisa) would be ready to face Oswalts and the boy/girl Tora again...

Oh, and we sold Ishtar (Master Valeria) and Willikins (Expert Raven) into slavery, and recruited both characters again from our subsidiary family to subsume their identities...

The Secret of the Clock Tower (v8.5)
Last week, we arrived in Viron, and received a mail to see Farrel. According to Farrel, the clock tower was the remains of an ancient civilization that existed before the city of Viron was even established. The tower entrance was sealed by an impossible lock, yet there were still guards stationed at the entrance. Well, they looked like guards, but they were really extortionists capitalizing on the tower to demand gate tolls.

We got Gertrude to craft a skeleton key... which broke. (Useless guy!) He sent us to Genia the Alchemist, who crafted a spell key... which worked. She told us subsequent spell keys could be crafted with materials costing about 3.5m vis. Alternatively, she could trade a spell key for 2 Earth Stones (10k feso each). This means that using Earth Stones would be a better deal as long as the current feso rate does not go over 1:173.

Once inside the tower, we rang a door-bell clicked on a mechanism to summon the inhabitants and then ran away. Farrel then told us to run along, but he can't keep his mouth shut, so Lionel found out about the tower and shamelessly told us to help him with the investigations. (No kidding. The blasted tower is right in the middle of the city, directly in front of Lionel's location. He was staring at it all the time, and never wondered about it before apparently.)

We bribed the guard with 1 Elemental Jewel, and went into Viron Clock Tower with some other pioneer families. We fought our way up to 7th floor and defeated Candlegeister (L135 Golem). On the 8th floor, we divided up to spank Steamgeister (L135 Golem), which needed to be fought together with its clone in the other room. Along the way, we collected a few Stones of Soul, Wheels of Time, and Enchantment Chips.

Later, Lionel managed to stop Farrel from using the secret of the clock tower to take over the world... (Typical evil guy's objective, but Farrel failed because he did not follow some basic pointers on How To Take Over The World.) Lionel decided to take a vacation with us, and said he would like to visit Vespanola and see his little sister... As a result, our first impression was to name him Humbert, after the narrator of the novel Lolita. But in the end, we settled for calling him Zarathustra (Lionel) after the Iranian prophet and founder of Zoroastrianism, who was used by Friedrich Nietzsche to present the philosophical concepts of the over-man and eternal return.

Zarathustra (Lionel) was promoted to Veteran Lv.1, and mastered [Outrage Shot]. He opened his first 100 Letizia Shiny Boxes... and got crap. The wings (1-day) and portable ammo boxes (1-day) are particularly annoying, since they don't stack and take up limited inventory space. See [Quest] Byron Clock Tower and [RNPC] Lionel for actual quest details.