Reminder: Special Event Tomorrow (2/23) at 7pm PST

Hi friends,

Just posting a reminder that Sonoma has the honor of hosting EM Ulric’s first event tomorrow, 2/23 at 7pm PST. EM Ulric will be Chessy’s new EM, and he has something exciting planned for all of us.

We will meet at our normal spot at the war room in Serpent’s Hold. This is considered an RBG event and points for attendance will be awarded.

 

Scavenger Hunt, Reward Hall Grand Re-Opening, and Special Event!

Hello friends,

Three updates for February, that I hope you’ll be excited about!

First off, the EM Reward Hall has been redesigned and is reopened! Go check it out. The new design allows room for expansion and has a generally more cohesive layout (fewer things scattered around the floor). The book shelves have books in them from past events for your reading pleasure, and there is plenty of wall space for new reward plaques.

To celebrate the reopening of the reward hall, I’ll be hosting a scavenger hunt with five winners! Each winner will receive a special plaque in the reward hall to commemorate the redesign of the hall. All those that wish to participate please meet at the Reward Hall on Friday, 2/17 @ 7pm PST.

Also, on Thursday, 2/23 @ 7pm, I have a special EM event for you. I can’t give any more info at this time, but mark your calendars. *evil grin*

February has become quite a full month, so here’s your updated calendar of events:

  • 2/12: Sunday @ 7pm PST: Governors Meeting
  • 2/15: Wednesday @ 7pm PST: EM Event: Distilled Spirits
  • 2/17: Friday @ 7pm PST: Scavenger Hunt & Reward Hall Grand Reopening Party
  • 2/22: Wednesday @ 7pm PST: EM Event: Alchemical Energy Part IV: The Guardians
  • 2/23: Special Event @ 7pm PST *Date and time subject to change*
  • 2/28: Tuesday @ 6pm PST: Town Hall
  • 2/28: Tuesday @ 7pm PST: Paragon Dungeon Crawl
  • 2/28: Tuesday @ Midnight PST: Fishing Challenge Deadline

Happy travels!

February’s Event Schedule

Hello friends,

Apologies for the late update. It’s already the 3rd, and I don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun in store for February!

We did quite a bit in January: two dungeon crawls… one gruesome one, and another that was a bit more gentle. We discovered the town of darkness, which brings us mid-point in the alchemy arc. And we kicked off the reinstatement of the RBG with day 1 of training.

For February, we will again pay a visit to the darkness, bringing us one step closer to closing the alchemical rift between dimensions for good. Also, a whiskey distillery has opened on the north island of Jhelom! The carpenter-turned-distiller found a market of thirsty warriors for his tasty spirits. Drinks on the house on the 15th of the month!

Here’s your February event lineup:

  • 2/12: Sunday @ 7pm PST: Governors Meeting
  • 2/15: Wednesday @ 7pm PST: EM Event: Distilled Spirits
  • 2/22: Wednesday @ 7pm PST: EM Event: Alchemical Energy Part IV: The Guardians
  • 2/28: Tuesday @ 6pm PST: Town Hall
  • 2/28: Tuesday @ 7pm PST: Paragon Dungeon Crawl
  • 2/28: Tuesday @ Midnight PST: Fishing Challenge Deadline
  • TBD: Reward Hall Grand Re-Opening

A few announcements: I have yet to redo the reward hall, and I’m falling into the same bad habit as past EMs and just tossing event nostalgia on the floor. I wanted to roll out the dark town for you guys and didn’t have time to complete both that and the reward hall. I’ll plan on redoing it this month and will announce a grand re-opening event, once completed. I’ll set the house to private while I redo the inside, but expect a hall that’s a bit more organized.

Event Attendace Books: I will post when attendance books are ready. I realized it’s easier for me to do all books for the month at once at the end of the month. They will be out front of the Hall of Commons when ready.

Royal Britannian Guard: I’ve modified the marks awarded to accommodate those that can’t be at every combat event. Dungeon crawls, other “mini” events, and the governors meeting will all count as 5 points – same as combat EM events. I’ll be updating that post (and making it a sticky in the nav bar).

As always, feel free to email me at emChimaera@gmail.com with any questions/comments!

February’s Fishing Challenge Fish is… The Fairy Salmon!

Percie D’Ni has selected the Fairy Salmon for February’s fishing challenge! The Fairy Salmon, which can be found swimming in the rivers of Ter Mur, can be turned in to the mailbox at the EM Reward Hall in Malas by midnight PST on February 28th. The winner will receive a plaque to be placed alongside the other winner plaques in the reward hall. Happy  fishing!

January Fishing Challenge Winner: Percie D’Ni!

Percie D’Ni has won the January Fishing Challenge! Percy’s Holy Mackerel, caught on the 25th and weighing in at 224 stones won by the largest margin, so far, of 30 stones! Congratulations to our winner. Percie’s plaque will be displayed in the reward hall for all to see!

Percie D’Ni earns the privilege of choosing February’s fish! Please email me, drop a book in the reward hall mailbox, or ping me when I’m in-game by February 5th to let me know your choice for this month.  Here is a link to available rare fish choices.

Thanks to all that participated!  Honorable mentions:

  • Tomasso D’Napoli – 194 stones
  • Karn – 186 stones
  • Shadow Walker – 178 stones (Lost his lord title in addition to his winning streak! *chuckles*)
  • Asherah – 163 stones

The Royal Britannian Guard FAQ

The Royal Britannian Guard 

Thank you for your interest in joining the Royal Britannian Guard (RBG). The King thanks you for your service. To join the RBG, one only needs to actively participate in Sonoma events. For each event that one actively participates in, he or she will receive RBG marks. Once a member of the RBG receives enough marks, he or she will be granted a notable rank in the RBG.

Ranking:

  1. Recruit – Entry level position where citizens learn the basics – 10 marks
  2. Scout – Scouts are sent ahead in battle to report on potential threats – 15 marks
  3. Watchman – Watchman act as lookouts in the towns of Britannia – 20 marks
  4. Garrison – Garrisons are the first line of defense in protecting our towns – 25 marks
  5. Squire –  a Knight’s Squire on the path to Knighthood – 35 marks
  6. Knight – A formidable warrior and main offensive force in the RBG – 50 marks
  7. ArchKnight – A Knight that has proved to be exemplary in combat – 75 marks
  8. Elder Knight – Elders council and train young Knights and Squires – 100 marks
  9. Knight Crusader – Crusaders lead the charge into battle – 125 marks
  10. Knight Cavalier – Cavaliers are known for their battlefield strategy – 150 marks
  11. Noble Guard – Nobles entrusted to protect the capital at all costs – 175 marks
  12. Royal Guard – Royals protect through policy as well as strategy – 200 marks
  13. Elder Guard – Elders act as strategic leaders for the guard – 225 marks
  14. King’s Royal Guard – Warriors and policy leaders of the highest order – 250 marks
  15. Distinct – A distinct rank and title based on one’s primary qualities – 300 marks

RBG Marks:

To gain RBG marks, one must actively participate in battles (EM combat events), contests (Scavenger hunts, Archery tournaments, etc.), Governors Meetings, and Dungeon Crawls. The maximum number of marks one can receive per month is 15.

  • Battles (EM Combat events): 5 marks
  • Contests (mini events and RP events): 5 marks
  • Governors Meetings: 5 marks
  • Dungeon Crawls: 5 marks

Town halls and player events do not qualify for RBG marks.

Questions:

What exactly is the RBG? The Royal Britannian Guard is a military style system designed to add a level of emerson, role play, and achievement to EM events on Sonoma.

Is there a maximum number of marks I can gain per month? Yes. There is a hard cap of fifteen RBG marks per month per person, and marks can not be traded.

When will I get my marks? The RBG marks are similar to points. They are intangible and you will not receive them, in game. You can email or chat with the EM to discuss how many RBG marks you have at any time.

How will I be recognized at an event if I’m on a different character? If an alternate character is at an event, the character must state the name of their primary character to gain marks for that character. For example, if I’m on a character named Blackthorn but my main character is Chimaera, I must let the EM know that at the time of the event by simply saying “Chimaera” at the beginning or end of the event, so it is recorded in the EM’s journal.

How am I recognized as active? Simply attending the events and staying hidden until the end does not qualify as active. If the EM can’t see you, he can’t give you credit for being there. The EM will take several screenshots throughout the event using “all names” and at the end of the event compare that with his recorded journal. Active players are those that have been seen throughout the event – not just at the beginning and at the end.

I feel that I have not received my fair number of RBG marks. If you feel the number of marks is less than what is reflected, please discuss this with the EM, and he will review your participation.

When do we receive our ranks? There will be three RBG ranking ceremonies per year: At the beginning of January, May, and September.

Can I keep my current rank? Yes. You can keep your current rank as long as you like. You will continue to receive RBG marks and can change your rank to a higher rank at any ranking ceremony.

Please reach out to emChimaera@gmail.com with any further questions. This page will continue to be modified and all info is subject to change.

January Event Schedule

Hello friends,

2016 has come and gone, and I really enjoyed producing festive events in December for the brave citizens of Sonoma. We overcame alchemical radiation (though devastating) and further discovered the secrets behind the alchemical rift. Reindeer took us on a scavenger hunt through Britannia where we eventually had to defeat some very angry – and aggressive – elves. And our towns were filled with festive decorations to celebrate the holidays with delight.

For January, we have a great event lineup! We are starting off the new year to help a lonely inquisitor complete his resolution. For the alchemy arc, we will be battling the last of the aftermath of the evil alchemist’s experiment: antimatter. This event should give us a glimpse into what comes next (sneak peek below). The monthly fishing challenge will be underway as soon as January’s fish is chosen. And, the dungeon crawl will be a greater challenge than the last one, so be prepared. *evil grin*

A couple announcements: I will be redoing the reward hall this month. The design will remain the same, but the interior layout will be modified to better showcase Sonoma’s accomplishments over the years. In addition, the EM Hall in Britain SHOULD finally get some furniture, but I’d like to wait until the January meet & greet to discuss.

The monthly fishing challenge fish was selected by Lord Shadow Walker. January’s fish to catch is the Holy Mackerel. Congratulations again to our two-time winner. The plaque will be in the reward hall under November’s.

And lastly, the Royal Britannian Guard will be reinstated on Wednesday, 1/4! Additional info regarding rankings and how the system will work to follow. Commander Chimaera will be available for questions regarding the RBG following the 7pm PST event.

Here’s your monthly event lineup:

  • 1/4: Wednesday @ 7pm PST: EM Event – The Inquisitor’s New Year’s Resolution
  • 1/4: Wednesday @ 8pm PST: Royal Britannian Guard Q&A
  • 1/8: Sunday @ 7pm PST: Governors Meeting
  • 1/12: Thursday @ 7pm PST: RP Event: RBG Meeting
  • 1/19: Thursday @ 6pm PST: Sonoma Town Hall Meeting
  • 1/19: Thursday @ 7pm PST: Paragon Dungeon Crawl
  • 1/26: Thursday @ 7pm PST: EM Event – Alchemical Energy Episode III: Antimatter
  • 1/31: Tuesday @ Midnight PST: Fishing Challenge Deadline

As always, feel free to email me at emChimaera@gmail.com with any questions/comments!

What’s to come?

As King Blackthorn awoke from his nightmare, he wiped the sweat from his flush forehead and sat up in bed. The room was cold… his chambermaid allowed the fire to go out during the night. Though irritated, the dream was more pressing than scolding a foolish servant. He pulled his blanket around his shoulders.

The memories of his dream were already fleeing from his mind in a desperate attempt to force him to forget. “What was that place?” he said aloud. “I was speaking to someone… or something…” he spoke in vain trying to remember. In an instant, a flash of his memory came back to him, then was gone. But it was all he needed to remember. “What have the alchemists done?”, Blackthorn said without taking a breath. After the defeat of Eric and Tomas, he was sure the resolution would be to destroy the energy created from the alchemical rift.

In a brief moment of insight and fear, Blackthorn jumped from his bed, swung the old oak door to the hall open and motioned to his chamber guard. “Send a message to Chimaera,” he commanded with authority, “We must reinstate the Royal Guard immediately!” The guard nodded and rushed off without uttering a word. As Blackthorn returned to his room, the fireplace lit up with a snap of his fingers. As he returned to bed, Blackthorn sighed, realizing that this isn’t the end, but only just the beginning.

 

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Fishing Challenge Winner, Lord Shadow Walker, Undefeated in December!

Lord Shadow Walker has won the monthly fishing challenge for two months in a row! His Giant Koi weighing in at 195 stones beat out the competition by 23 stones! Congratulations to our winner. Your Giant Koi colored plaque will be displayed in the reward hall for all to see!

Lord Shadow Walker, again, earns the privilege of choosing January’s fish! Please email me, drop a book in the reward hall mailbox, or ping me when I’m in-game by January 5th to let me know your choice for this month.  Here is a link to available rare fish choices.

Thanks to all that participated!  Honorable mentions:

  • Asherah – 172 stones (caught on the final day!)
  • Hydraken – 138 stones
  • Percie D’Ni – 137 stones
  • Tamasso D’Napoli – 103 stones