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The Ardent Monthly Ledger - Issue 14
November 20, 2015

The Secret of the Coille Is Now Live!

The wait is over! For all of you level-capped adventurers who have been staring at the calendar for too many months to count now, and have desperately been needing some meaty new content to sink your teeth into, then please take a quick moment to let out a long happy sigh – now grab your weapons and friends, and venture into Bevyn’s Coille!

The level cap has been raised to 77, and that’s only the beginning! The Secret of the Coille is the first installment of six new zones which we will be releasing incrementally over the course of the next seven to eight months. In other words, there will be no more waiting eternal stretches of time for new content!

So what can you look forward to with the arrival of this patch besides a brand new beautiful zone full of exceedingly difficult foes, a twisty story line of new quests, an array of dailies, and a whole lot of XP? A great deal – because this build is not just for level capped players!

New features that all will surely enjoy, include:

  • Inventory Sorting
  • A Death Recap Window
  • The removal of node depletion
  • The addition of Elite Crafting Quests
  • Charter adjustments and smoother XP balancing
  • ‘Legendary Crafting’ and ‘Item Salvaging’
  • Countless bug fixes

And these are only a few of the improvements! Play Patch 3.7.5 now and discover what else awaits!

In the last edition of the Ledger, we introduced you to ‘Legendary Crafting.’ This week, we’d now like to draw your attention to another new feature which crafters are sure to find to be a great benefit – the ‘Salvaging Rod.’

What is it? It’s a magical tool that, when waved over one’s armor and gear, will break down the items into refined materials! It deconstructs unwanted or extra equipment – stuff which was likely cluttering up your bags – and provides players with the leather, cloth, pigs or beams the item was originally composed of, which can of course then be used in whatever activity best suits. Think of it as recycling at its best!

How does it work? In Ardent City, near the Wizard vendor, players will now find a new NPC named Littia Remus, who sells these Salvaging Rods. There are four rods, each designated to break down different levels of items. Holding a rod over any piece of class gear (weapon, armor, gloves, hats, boots, or belts) will result in the item being replaced with refined materials. Crafted gear will yield a higher quantity of materials than from gear found in the world. Each Salvaging rod contains one hundred charges, or uses, and the price of each rod varies in gold according to player level.

The addition of Salvaging Rods will not only free up the inventory of players, but will recycle gear right back into the game in the form of needed materials for all!

Player: Jeylana
Server: EU 2
Class: Warrior

You are truly a veteran V&H player and have watched the game go through countless changes. When did you first start playing? What was it like back then? What have been some of your most favorite improvements made to the game over the years, and why? I think it was the 27th April 2011, when Open Beta started. It was very exciting! A Mystical Land, how it was named back then is/was my very first online game. I’ll never forget this *laughs*. I entered the game, respectively I wasn’t even totally there, as I already had accepted an invitation to join a guild. It was something with dragons, but I don’t remember the exact name anymore. Shortly afterwards they said: Let’s go to Elk Meadow and kill Corcodillos. Everyone was level 1 and it took 10-15 minutes and 10 players to kill him and we died several times anyway, it was marvelous! 😀

There were just a few zones, so we did all of them daily. After we destroyed the archery targets, Ardent was overrun by gnomes. It was simply an awesome time!
The best improvement was crafting. I was permanently broke. Buying vials for cooking, oil for smithing etc., it was really exhausting to craft. You had to be a genius and prove endless patience and without gold, crafting was impossible.

If you could live in any period of history, when would it be and why? Ancient Rome – that would be cool. Gladiators and this stuff really fascinates me, also the casual way of life. If I’m allowed to quote from (German) Wikipedia: “The ancient Rome with its different peoples, languages and religion was state, society and not least a materialization of the idea of “imperium sine fine,” of an immeasurable empire. With this sentence in my head, I started my guild back then!

Are there any aspects about Villagers & Heroes that sometimes make you want to briefly throttle a dev? If so, what are they? (In other words, let’s hear some pet peeves!) Hmm, I wouldn’t proceed this brutish *laughs* ….it has to endure long and be painful. Nonsense, the worst are the lags lasting a few seconds, when nothing is working anymore and you have to try to kill the mobs with your gaze. Unfortunately it doesn’t work, just as little as my despicable attempt to try to hypnotize them.^^

What is the last song that you sang aloud when you were alone? You must be kidding! You better not laugh!!!! “Einer dieser Steine” from Sid ft. Mark Foster. Nevertheless, I’m mostly just humming, but this all the time and everywhere. Singing rather seldom.

You are a level 75 Warrior, and also have a level 75 Hunter. Which class to you prefer to play? If you could combine a few of your favorite aspects about both classes, what would they be? ? I would like to have a warrior whose sword is as long as the reach of a hunter! *lol* It would also be interesting if you could soak your sword with poison! I don’t prefer one of the classes and have three 75ers by the way. Beside the warrior and the hunter I also play a priest and I like all of them. Every class has its advantages and it is fun to change from time to time. The only class I don’t like is the Wizard, I’m too stupid for this. :) It just isn’t the thing for me!

With regards to new content and upcoming zones in the future, what sorts of challenges would you most like to see? I would like to have a desert-themed zone sooo much with a scorpion boss in a pyramid, sandworms and snakes. New monsters would be great, everywhere are the same ones. As to the rest… It’s difficult to answer the question about challenges. You’ll do it great, I totally depend on you…

What is the most memorable battle experience that you have had in Villagers & Heroes? Please describe. That was definitively the Banshee Queen. We forged out battle plans like that we sneaked along the wall so that the skeletons won’t see us. I could still crack up when I think about it. But some day, it worked.^^

V&H is of course fantasy-themed. Please share with us some of your favorite fantasy-themed films or books over the years. What did you enjoy about them? You are mean! Now I have to reveal me!^^ I like all four of the “Twilight” books but the movies were crap. The mystery “vampire” … After all, I’m only a girl! 😀 I also like the “Divergent” trilogy. It’s a great book… A girl who has to fight… I like that. Certainly, there’s also a love story… A girl thing^^

What pet companion would you most like to see added to V&H, and why? Don’t be mad, but I don’t like the companions that much. I don’t think that pets who are flying behind fit to the game. What would be interesting, and what I’m still waiting for, are the monsters which you can raise and are able to accompany the players in battle. Or if they water my garden would it be fine with me, too…

What other activities do you enjoy when you are not playing Villagers & Heroes? I love my garden, especially digging on all four legs in the dirt. Furthermore, I like it to go fishing and last year, we fulfilled a dream of ours. We went fishing across the Shannon in Ireland for 10 days. I caught a huuuuuge baby-pikes *laughs*. I have to admit, that I had bad luck with the big pikes…. But who knows, perhaps I’ll get another chance.

Any thoughts on how Tiberius could be persuaded to do a live stream on EU 2? Hmm, I don’t know. I think I have a picture somewhere, where he wears a bunny costume from the first Easter event. Perhaps I can blackmail him with this *laughs*. Otherwise… Does he like beer?^^

Our good friends, The Sneaky Scibbler and Avenian are once again in rare form! A big thank you to both of these players for continually supplying us with wonderful content!

From The Sneaky Scribbler (US 2):

Love VAH Style

You Said It:

The mods are getting mean:
“A level 13 mod just killed me.” — Healing Shamen (US1)

Special Delivery!
“My tush is on its way.” — Franka (US2)

On essentials:
“I told you I do NOT have a midget in my pocket!” — Laszroth (US2)

Damon’s new rival?
“I think I love you, Dark Talon!” —Sarah Otter (visiting US2)

Poetry night:
“And Secret Laughter Spilled From The Heavens, Laughter To Cause Even The Most Versed Of Tavern Maids To Blush.” — LuckyC (US2)

“There once was a beastie named Druda, with the temperment of a barracuda. I beg and I plead, but no drops that I need, it’s enough to make a monk slap his buddha.” — Penny Cillin (US2)

Top Five Tips for Beginners by Avenian (US 1)

I really enjoy Villagers and Heroes, and reasons why I do are plentiful. However, to someone new to the community, everything can be a bit overwhelming. When I first started playing, I would often ask myself, “Self, what should we do next?” Actually, I still ask that question because there is still so much that I want do to. So here are some tips to help out those new to Villagers and Heroes.

  1. Do the Tutorial/Starter Zones.
    These beginning zones are great to get you accustomed to the many facets of this game. You learn everything from gathering, crafting, combat, and developing the skills of your class. It is a great way to get a feel for V&H while taking on the many early quests.
  2. Build a House.
    The starter zones are done, and you have made your way to Ardent City. You may see people crafting away, running around the capital, or even gathering at the Auction House. This would be a good to build a house…and there is a quest for that too!!! Having a house is great because it gives you an extra vault for storage. Plus, you will be able start Gardening and expand on your Ranching skills.
  3. Join a Guild.
    Being a member of a guild is a great way to develop your skills while creating friendships. Villagers and Heroes is fun, but it is even more fun when you play with others. Now, joining a guild can be a process and a great place to find guilds that are recruiting is in the forum website. And, that brings me to my next tip….
  4. Read the Forums.
    The V&H Forums is an amazing spot for tips, guides, discussions, contests, and upcoming events to name a few. Whether you want to be active in the forums or not, I have found that the forums are my number one stop before logging in. I also usually access it while playing too because of the great guides created by many of the talented community members.
  5. Ask Questions.
    Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help. You may not get the answer right away, but I have found that the fantastic community members are great at helping others. I was greatly honoured earlier this week when I was able to defeat Lord Pyrrus for the first time. Defeating him wasn’t the honour, it was the number of people who can out to help me and the number of people asking others to join in the fun. I cannot thank all the people enough who have helped me.

And remember: Keep Calm and Game On!

These past few weeks the Mad Otter team has been incredibly fortunate to have a new guest member join our group! Fresh out of the University of Oregon and armed with a degree in Digital Arts, Xu Peng is an extremely talented artist who has been working on an exciting new aspect for Villagers & Heroes.

Peng (as we call him) grew up in NanChang, in the south of China, and is a dedicated gamer with a passion for painting and an affinity for the fantasy game genre especially.

So just what exactly has Peng been working on for V&H? As most of you are all probably aware, with Reborn came an all new character create section followed by a fly cam video providing a brief tour of Ethos Island, narrated by one of the characters in the game. This video, however, has posed some problems given that the quality of it has varied greatly depending upon individual computers. In other words, for many it is choppy and out-of-sync with the voiced narration, and overall is a rather bumpy ride to say the least.

Enter Peng and his paintbrush, and digital savviness. Replacing the fly cam video will be an animated sequence of pictures depicting the zone, Mallok, the Legendary Four, and more, all of which correspond with the voiced narration.

The paintings are a wonderful introduction into the feel and lore of the V&H world – the classical style of Peng’s art evokes a sense of mythology and elegant beauty, and will ideally have new players feeling as though they have just stepped into a magical land where fantastical adventures and a more nostalgic way of life await them.

We are all looking forward to Peng’s animated video!


Name: Bevyn The Abominable
Location: Bevyn’s Coille

Such horrors the giant green beast with the face of a devil and the wings of a dragon committed in the Coille! Shortly after his arrival, the unwanted invader cursed the gushing river which flowed to Sunkentooth and transformed it into a murky bog, then set himself up as Lord of the Coille and reigned terror down upon the peaceful Spriggans who had long inhabited the forested region.

Bevyn slaughtered the innocent creatures for pure delight. His cruelty knew no bounds, and Spriggans, or what remained of them after his violent purge, were then after kept as his slaves – tortured playthings for the sadistic tyrant to amuse himself with.

But as the years passed, Bevyn’s amusement waned. He grew bored of his Spriggan toys, and became increasingly isolated. With solitude comes madness, and Bevyn’s already twisted mind now began to rot further with a new obsession: his legacy, and the need for an heir, a beast of his own species, who would in turn continue the line of succession.

And so it was that Bevyn turned to the insidious art of Necromancy, and sought counsel with the spirits of the Dead. A vile bargain was struck with Prince Laurent, the dark sovereign of a ghostly nether realm. In exchange for the Stones of Creation, magical pebbles that when tossed by Bevyn onto the ground would rise up again as living beasts of his species, heirs for Bevyn, Prince Laurent demanded that Bevyn procure for him in return, a living human child.

Bevyn quickly cast his frenzied eyes around the Coille, and soon spied a fisherman with his family. Much to Bevyn’s maniacal delight, the fisherman had not one child, but two – identical twin boys, not yet the age of six, named Rasmus and Resmus. Bevyn quickly slew their frantic mother, and swept into the air with the screaming twin boys firmly in his clutches as the anguished fisherman below watched helplessly as his sons were carried away.

As ordered by Prince Laurent, Bevyn constructed an elaborate altar. It was a horrifyingly regal ceremony that commenced two days later. Rasmus and Resmus were placed upon the altar as Bevyn, kneeling down upon the ground, head bowed before the ghostly sovereign, offered up his utterances of eternal fealty to Prince Laurent.

And so it was that Bevyn was quite unaware of the fisherman, who stealthily crept up behind the kneeling Bevyn and fatally plunged a spear through the neck of the great winged beast. The fisherman quickly lunged for his children, but Prince Laurent, incensed to have had the ritual so despoiled, swiftly took for himself one of the twin boys, Resmus, and vanished into the eerie gloom of The Dunes of the Dead with him.

Prince Laurent, though never to be seen again, did leave behind a final parting gift in his wake. Well pleased with Bevyn’s oaths of fealty, the ghostly sovereign allowed the slain beast to rise again as one of the Undead.

In the very spot where he died, Bevyn the Abominable rages there today, a savage beast who seeks vengeance upon all those who live. He is spied on often by Rasmus, now an old man, who to this day continues to search always for his missing twin brother.


The winners of the Halloween dress-up contest!

The Halloween dress-up contest event was great fun! Thank you to all who participated. You can view all of the wonderful entries on our forums here.

And as always, a very big thank you to Puzzler for organizing this contest!

The winners were:

First place = Astro (US 1)

Second Place = Rolak (US 1)

Third Place = Iyah (US 1)

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