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    TotM | Valzanttar | February

    Roselis
    By Roselis,
    It's the 1st of the month and to kick it off, I'd like to announce that our first winner of Town of the Month in the Overall category is.. Valzanttar! I'd like to give a great big shout out to @Chronus Blazebringer and all the lovely people of Valzanttar for their great work within the community and town! Valzanttar has not only been lending out a helping hand for their new players and been a driving force in keeping RP well and alive in their nation, but showcases their beautiful build style as well! ~ Here's what some fans had to say: "A member of Valzanttar helped me learn how pvp as an Exemplar, their town is very pretty and makes me jeaous. Their members are diverse in all aspects of the server and are open to helping their nation develop. I wish I could live there but sadly a witch who lives in the temple chains me to the capital " - Selukkite Fan Boy "They are so kind so friendly and they are the capital of the most politically involved city state with regards to other nations. Chronus is a real credit and asset to the nation as well as Tim!" - Crazed Heretic "Chronus is a very well respected player within Ar-Selukk and has helped me numerous times! Valzanttar is always recruiting new players to become the future of A'therys, and stays very active with the politics of Ar-Selukk." - Friendly Neighbour Valzanttar's beautiful temple! ~ We got the chance to ask Chronus and a couple other folk at Valzanttar some questions and this what they had to say:   1. What are your town's aspirations and major goals for the future? My main goal for the town is to turn it into a sprawling role-play metropolis that provides a wide range of events, activities, and opportunity for all types of role players to come and make the town feel truly alive and vibrant. We hope to accomplish this by designing a fully fleshed out role-play system that will allow members and visitors to role-play every aspect of life in the city. This system will include guides on how to create role-play characters, the culture of Valzanttar, and rules to give a sense of order to the role-play. We also would like to promote role-play through the use of institutions such as the archives, Museum, religious system and university. Using the basis of religion, we hope to establish holidays that we can use to host events. We also hope to establish spots in town that members or even outsiders can build their own role-play hotspots such as taverns, specialty shops, and whatever else the role-players come up with (they are creative bunch you know). This main goal is also intertwined with my other two top goals for the town. My secondary goal would be to turn Valzanttar into a burgeoning hub of trade. My hope would be to turn Valzanttar’s future marketplace into an international space where merchants from all over the map income to not only trade their goods but their stories cultures and ideas through the use of the role-play system. My third goal which would be assisted by Valzanttar’s role-play system and international market would also be to turn Valzanttar into a political diplomatic hub. I honestly found diplomacy during the last map boring, unfulfilling, and ineffective. I hope to change this by injecting more role-play into diplomatic talks between Nandar, the city state that Valzanttar resides in, to create a more fulfilling and lasting effect. Recently I have been speaking to the head of foreign affairs of the dagger lands and below is a short list of how I thought establishing diplomatic relations should proceed and is a system I hope to refine and use for all future diplomacy talks.
    •    Establish an embassy in Monas- So that I have a presence and location in The Daggerlands from which I can voice my opinions/concerns to The Daggerlands Gov't. I am still building up my town but as soon as I can I will make a spot available for The Daggerlands to have establish an Embassy in Valzanttar.  •    Cultural Exchange Events- As a way of injecting RP into diplomacy and so that both sides can understand the way of life, customs, and traditions. This is a good way to learn about the viewpoints of each other and understand what influences our stances. •    RP-Meetings- a bit drier but needed so that both sides can exchange their views and stances on issues in A'therys. I.E- Trading, wars, tensions, etc.  •    Treaties- When both sides are comfortable with each other and feel that relations have properly developed then we would be able to make true treaties that both sides are actually committed to. 2. What things do you find yourself and your residents participating in the most?  We seem to build, trade, and role-play the most within Valzanttar. Also lately a growing number of town members have also been participating in PVP raids and having a good amount of fun doing so. 3. What would you like to say or establish about Valzanttar that you may not have had the chance to do so before? I would like to say that everyone is welcomed within Valzanttar, and that I will try my hardest to give you a town and community that you can enjoy and create bonds and memories.  4. What's it like to be a part of Valzanttar? "Valzanttar has a great community, we many people who make it a great time. We all work together to help the town. We all donate materials or yora or time to help build the town. Back in V2 it was a great town, so I think we are definitely leaving a legacy. The town is very organized, with everything in a specific location. Even the farms are specifically made. There is also great communication through the town skype chat. There has been a lot of town progress, and I hope to RP more with my town mates soon." - @Timbobuhler 5. What are your favourite thing(s) about your town's community? "Our community works together in order to succeed. No matter what they are willing to help with anything they are asked. As a town leader it is important to help your community succeed and stick together no matter what." - @Benattack For those interested here are some quick links to their recruitment and town information pages: http://atherys.com/forum/index.php?/topic/171-the-city-of-valzanttar/ Their town posts will be featured until the 1st of next month and they will also receive an in-game trophy to display in their town, once that is completed by the build team! (slightly unrelated, but organized by the same great people!) http://atherys.com/forum/index.php?/topic/1118-the-nandar-emirate/ ~ Make sure you congratulate everyone from this lovely town on their hard work and dedication!  A very well deserved win! Can't wait to see what's next from you all!    

    Few Store Additions

    Edd
    By Edd,
    4 Titles - Dark Lord Darth Blood Lord Emperor Young Wolf Peacekeeper Anarchist Stormcaller Freylord The Reaper Harvester of Souls   Exp bundles: 300k Exp (3 classes) at 10% off standard. 500k Exp (5 classes) at 25% off standard.   If you have any suggestions for further things to add to the store, please send me a PM and I will see what i can do. Thank you always for continueing to support A'therys.

    CotM | Hearthcrest | January

    Roselis
    By Roselis,
    To kick off the new year, our first winners of Community of the Month goes to.. Hearthcrest! Congratulations to @Chojenoe and the rest of the folk in Hearthcrest! This town, nestled in the heart of Aloreh, has shown us their community is very open and welcoming to new players and visitors alike! Being a strong force of positivity within the community, they actively seek to set good examples!   Here's a few things some of our staff have to say:

    "Hearthcrest has a wonderful, friendly and buzzing community that not only welcomes members but also travellers with their warm and enthusiastic attitudes. They also have an amazing pool!" "One of the most active and positive towns around! They always strive to better themselves within our community by increasing their involvement in PvP and helping new players on an individual level with learning their classes and leveling!" "They're a town that is active in every aspect of the server, including PvP, Rp and Building. They're helpful to nation members, and friendly to outsiders, assuming outsiders are friendly to them. They often accept new players into their town, whether they be new Alor or from other nations searching for a home, and they teach those new players what they need, and treat them well. Most of all though, they're just nice people to talk to and be around." Hearthcrest getting festive for the holidays!   We asked Cho and a few other Hearthcrest members questions about their town and here's what they had to say:   1. What are your town's aspirations and major goals for the future? We want to become a town that can offer new and old players the opportunity to taste the wondrous variety of activities that atherys has to offer and more. Whether these residents choose us as a stepping stone to learn the ropes or their final home to perfect their skills, our community offers plenty of support! As we build more structures, fight our hearts out, and even mix in some rp, we hope our list of projects never stops.  2. What things do you find yourself and your residents participating in the most?  Hearthcrest has always founded itself primarily as a build town with our residents contributing to all sorts of builds on our creative server. There's a special feeling hard to come by when you play and live out of structures that everyone has contributed towards. It's a cozy sense of family-building. The true satisfaction comes when our hard work and ambition gets built in game so we can share our ingenuity with others.  3. What would you like to say or establish about Hearthcrest that you may not have had the chance to do so before? If you're a player seeking to get your ideas or connections across, we'll be happy to give you the tools and support to help you achieve you're goals. It's just more fun to do it together than alone.  aronbear wants you to join 4. What is it like to be a part of Hearthcrest? "It is a great place to learn and try different things. I have been able to do so many different things, and been supported during it all. Building, roleplay, and even PVP, though that isn't my favorite thing to do. And that is ok, too! We accept each other how we are, and what we are interested in." - Morakai13 5. What are your favourite thing(s) about your town's community? "My favorite thing about Hearthcrest is that there's a large variety of things to do. We love to build, PvP and we even have designated parts of town for Roleplay and meetings. We're a very active town which has been supplying new players with starter tools, shelter and fun! Hearthcrest is unique from the rest of towns, we communicate together, and we're constantly growing as a town, and as individuals." - JellyDrops "My favorite thing about Hearthcrest is not home to just one major focus, rather we're a melting pot of ambitious pvpers, inspired builders, and creative role players. Not only that, but each individuals style, identity, and background are welcomed into a tightly knit group that I not only consider town-mates, but family." - Lynxious     For those interested here are some quick links to their recruitment and town information pages: http://atherys.com/forum/index.php?/topic/236-noble-house-paramount/ http://atherys.com/forum/index.php?/topic/989-aloreh-hearthcrest/#comment-9554 These posts will remain featured until the 2nd of next month! They will also receive an in-game throphy to display in their town once that is completed by the build team.   Once again, we'd like to congratulate Hearthcrest for their hard work and positivity! Keep it up guys and gals!

    An Update From Your Loremaster

    OccidentalAnvil
    By OccidentalAnvil,
    Hey there everyone! OccidentalAnvil here, maybe a fresh face for some of you newcomers, welcome by the way! Been awhile since I've shown up in the News section; last time was probably over a year ago with the Summer Rime. Well, I figured that's been long enough, particularly with the whole "check back soon" emblem spinning on in the Official Lore part of our lovely new site. I wanted to come tell you guys what's been going on in my neck of the woods in brief, then get to the actual news so I'm not off-topic. So let's have a chat, shall we? A little over a week ago, I managed to trick one of the world's top engineering schools into giving me a bachelor's degree. It was a long con, some five years, but it was worth it I'd say. Regardless, as you might imagine, with the server launching on the eve of my final exams (how we manage to do that every damn time, 3 for 3, I will never know) and my subsequent graduation, I've had significantly less time to write than I really planned. And boy, do I have plans, but we'll get to those in a minute. Anyway, I know it's a pain to play on a server that advertises heavy RP, and to try to write your own works in line with that, without having any of the official material! Trust me, it's painful and embarrassing from my perspective, especially when I had it all up on the old site. But a few months before EVO launched, I started a new project, which I've been referring to as Project Triple-A internally. You don't need to worry about that so much, other than what it means for the near term: I did not want to just release the same-old drivel from the wiki. Most of it was hopelessly ancient, just not the quality or the content I wanted you to have, and some of it was flat out wrong. It was written forever ago, and updated little by little, but with Project Triple-A I needed to tear the band-aid off. To rewrite everything, to bring the content in line with what A'therys really is now. And so that's where I am. I'm not going to put anything on this awesome new site that isn't A'therys, the real A'therys. Obviously I will continue to tweak and adjust, but when I tell you that an awful lot has been changed and solidified, I mean it. I want to make sure that what gets posted in the Official section now will see minimal changes in the future. So I can't lie to you anymore, or keep things from you. And I damn well can't sugar-coat it so it fits all pretty with Minecraft; that's up to you guys as RPers, to take what you want and do with it as you will. A'therys has guns and swords, electricity and magic, men and gods. This may all seem scary, just writing that kinda freaked me out a little, but bear with me. Take a look when it comes down the line. I think you'll recognize A'therys immediately, just with a much more cohesive theme. Anyway, the news. I don't want to drop all that heavy stuff on you with a wave of my hand and just disappear. First, dates: do not expect anything before the New Year, to be sure, but I'm gonna be booking it thereafter to get you your content ASAP. I am pushing for 36 pages, 6 for each nation; those needed the biggest expansion and rewrite, and I figure that content is the most important stuff to you guys right now. A lot of the content after that can actually be just updated from before, so after the first set of a paltry 36 drops the old-new stuff will hit the site reasonably fast. Way faster than my slow ass is going now. I want to say the end of January, but I also don't want to say something I'll miss; I ALSO don't want to take that long, it'd be crazy. So just pretend I said nothing and wait for more words, sound good? Good. Now, I want to show you what all this means in actual terms. It's one thing to say "lots of new, new content!" and go silent for a month. So, here. So that above is the old wiki content for the "Aloreh" page. It had a super sparing history, basic geography, some societal musings, and that was about it. I took out the headings to make it easier to see, there wasn't really much. Now, look below. Now, each nation is a category. The category will hold a page on History (which is longer than the old page was as a whole, you can see it there in the top right four images), Geography, Culture, Theology, Technology, and Government. Every page you see above was expanded to fit my current perception of Aloreh, the exact same coverage as the old page, just up to date. I hope now you'll see what I'm going for, and why it's taking so long. That doesn't excuse it, but it should give you an idea of where we're headed. I hope you'll join me in being excited for the coming content. Anvil out. -OA

    Town of the Month | Update

    Roselis
    By Roselis,
    Hey guys! So I wanna give you all a quick update as to what's happening with Town of the Month! So the official first TotM will be in the new year! This is so we can give towns the opportunity to build up more and also because the server hasn't been up for that long, we can't really tell "good" towns from "bad" towns. With that being said, we've got some new and cool stuff planned out for the winners! Here's what's new to expect: - We will have Town of the Month and Community of the Month winners. TotM winners are those who's towns exhibit all aspects we look for in an outstanding town, including: positive community involvement, outwardly helpfulness, great leadership and great builds. CotM winners are those who may not necessarily have good builds but have an undeniably amazing community of players, whether they're a great starting town for newcomers or just outwardly helpful and friendly to the community! - There is a possibility for having both a CotM and TofM in one month; likewise there could be either just a CotM or a TofM winner. (Will not have a pattern, just be dependant on nominations that month) - If there is both a Community of the Month and a Town of the Month, there will be one post featuring first the CotM, then the TotM below. - There will be a winner every 1st of the month (CotM only for Jan. 1st; the first TotM winner will be announced on Feb. 1st, if applicable - this gives you guys more time to build!) - Prizes will be as such: Town of the Month Winners: Will have host a celebration event sometime during the month, with gifts and such to be handed out. (Time chosen to best suit mayor and residents) Awarded an in-game "Town of the Month" Trophy  to display in their town, made by a build team member (To be confirmed by @Edd) Town Recruitment post and/or Town Community Lore post will be featured for the duration of the month. (if applicable) TotM post will feature numerous screenshots to show off the builds, detailed information on the towns aspirations, goals, ect. from Mayor/residents and positive feedback given from community/staff members.   Community of the Month Winners: Award an in-game "Community of the Month" Trophy, similar to the above (also needs confirmation) Town Recruitment post and/or Town Community Lore post will be featured for the duration of the month. (if applicable) CotM post will feature a couple screenshots (if desired by Mayor), detailed information on the towns aspirations, goals, ect. from Mayor/residents and positive feedback given from community/staff members.   I hope you all like the new additions/changes to this feature! Leave some feedback, comments or concerns below if you'd like!   Edit: I'd also like to say that there is the possibility of a town winning CotM and TotM (not at once of course) over time, as new towns can pop up, have a really great community, then later down the road, still have a great community but also a beautiful town.

    Staff Update.

    Edd
    By Edd,
    Bringing our current staff into our new staff structure has made a step in the right direction!
    Congrats to Aston and Speedy, both who have been promoted to admin to fill two more department head positions, Economy and Events. This now puts us with positions filled for:   PVP - Pumpapa PVE - Onyx Economy - Aston Events - Speedy

    -------------------------- Other Things --------------------------   Moderator Applications are up: http://atherys.com/forum/index.php?/forum/28-apply-for-moderator/   Community Manager: There will be more information about the role after the christmas period.   Current Staff Team: http://atherys.com/forum/index.php?/staff/
    Staff Structure: http://atherys.com/forum/index.php?/topic/198-atherys-staff-st

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