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

A rock band leader who wanders the world, looking for his true self. Born to an alchemist family, he was raised as a girl to escape the superstition related to the misfortune of twins. His father sent him off to the New World in hope that he can live freely as his true self...

STR 50 Gender Male
AGI 20 Initial Level 100
CON 60 Armor Coat (mus)
DEX 50 Accessory Basic, Leather
INT 90 MCC Team The Wanderers
CHA 70 Personal Skill Encore

Weapons & Stances
None • Bare Knuckle
Lute • Serenade [V], Rocking [E]

Someone asked me for more information about Friede, then I found out that he wasn't listed in Blue Moon Waltz. Anyway, I'm not going to bother translating [Rocking] stance. Friede is from the 3rd Character Design Contest in Japan. He should be an exclusive character, like Mifuyu. It's unlikely that anybody else will get him soon (definitely not G1), if ever. So here is a screenshot of the skills from [Rocking] stance instead.

Click on image for full-size view.

Both the character card and [Rocking] stance book can be acquired from web item mall during the promotion period (until Oct 10, 2012).

Related Links
WEBアイテムモール 「フリーデ」登場!
일본판 천재 소년, 개봉박두?
Friede Beckerath [jGE VO + Chateau de Bourgogne Solo]

Meanwhile, in Korean servers...

Image taken from 개척왕 그랑마. Click above for full-size view.

Pioneer Grandma (v B1.1.2) will be available via Lyndon's Box until Nov 08, 2012. She uses only great sword, having both [Hanging Guard] and [Soul Guard] stances. See her stats at Tome of Abyss (English) or Blue Moon Waltz (Chinese).

Heyran (v B1.0.8), the Bristian pub woman in red dress,  has also been added. See Blue Moon Waltz (Chinese) for her stats. See also Korean articles 신규 영입 캐릭터 - 헤이란 and 치명적인 파멸을 부르는 그 이름, 헤이란.

Lastly, there are also Bristian Weapons, a new ATK Rating 30 weapon series being featured in Korean servers. For more information, see 新類別武器弗里斯蒂亞武器一些情報 (Chinese), Bristia Weapons (English), or 브리스티아 신규 무기 (Korean).

See 레어 그랑마 등장! GE, '훈련소의 비밀' 업데이트 실시 for more information about all three above, and the new night map for Bristia.

Another imported event from IMC. Basically, kill mobs on any map to collect Alphabet Boxes, which will drop a random alphabet. Collect alphabets to make up the word required by event NPC Sierra in Reboldeaux, and get a random reward. For drop list, see the event links for various servers below.

A pot near Sierra will recycle alphabets or give other random materials. This pot does not exist in Sword 2, since there is already a recycle kiosk for Alphabet Event. Instead of random items, Sword 2's event reward is Jeepers Creepers box, first introduced in Halloween 2011.

For most servers, the event will end on the first week of November 2012 (e.g. Nov 08 for Singapore).

Event Links By Regional Servers
[SG] Celebrate Halloween with Granado Espada
[US] Halloween Event
[KR] [이벤트] 시에라의 할로윈 이벤트 오픈
[KR] 레어 그랑마 등장! GE, '훈련소의 비밀' 업데이트 실시
[TW] GE 萬聖歡樂宴會
[TH] This Is Halloween Event

Imperial Wheel S (Japan) has been updated for Oct 25-31, 2012 with 10% discount. See the official notice インペリアルホイールS Bristia Update Special 開催! and GM ガイズの新アイテムご紹介コーナー for GM features on the new items.

Greek Croma for Fighter/Musketeer/Elementalist
Leather/Coat/Robe • DEF Rating 33 • DEF 215 (Fig), 184 (Mus/Ele)

Bayonet of Dewey
Bayonet • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 418
ATK +10% vs. All Races, ATK Speed +10%, Penetration +8, Critical +5

Bracelet of Raien
Elemental Bracelet • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 293
ATK +10% vs. All Races, ATK Speed +15%, Magic Penetration +3, Max SP +25%

Magic Book of Wilbur
Tome • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 325
ATK +10% vs. All Races, ATK Speed +10%, Penetration +5, Max SP +15%

La Consideration de la Cornaline Costume
Weapon Costume • Lute • INT +2

La Sublimite du Lazuli du Lapis Costume
Weapon Costume • Pistol • DEX +2

Bracelet of Lust Costume
Weapon Costume • Elemental Bracelet • INT +2

Benevolence of Evil Costume
Weapon Costume • Rosario • CON +3

Nothing much to say, since G1 still isn't revealing any information concerning version update. Sorry about the lack of blog posts this month; there are a few mission guides for v9.5 onwards, but I'm too unmotivated to translate them for a game that doesn't get updated. I asked in forums about whether G1 has acquired the licensing rights to continue running the game for 2013...

Raiden said in last week's Weekly Maintenance topic:

In other other news, I am working with the executives to lift the silence. Meanwhile, no one has to worry about your accounts or game play. If the game were to be turned off, I will not be doing any of the promotions. Give me some credit. I am not that evil.
Meanwhile, there was the "milk me!" Red Carpet Promotion. There was supposed to be another event, according to Maintenance Change Log, but it got delayed. G1 still isn't letting the players know exactly what's going on, such as the status of the publishing contract, how Granado Espada: Europe will affect us, etc. The last update (Sword 2 v8.5 Update) was in Dec 17, 2011, so it has been 10 months since...

Image from A Certain Magical Index II, Episode 08.

For the last month, we spent 2 days in Caebolan premium dungeon. The trainers, Orpheus (Rio) and Lolita (Claire), reached Master Lv.10 and Lv.9 respectively. Shotaro (Viki) also reached Master Lv.10, so now there is no more [Enhanced Tactics] user to level at the moment. At the end, Cameron (Catherine INT) was promoted to Master Lv.1, while Galatea (Catherine STR) reached Expert Lv.6.