Shroud of the Avatar’s Release 17 is preparing to hit the ground running when it comes out on Thursday, April 30th. In its most recent newsletter, Portalarium talked about what players can expect from this patch, including the debut of the first official player-owned town.
Player-owned towns have been in the works for a while now, as the team has used veteran Ultima Online guild PaxLair as a “guinea pig” to construct the first permanent player settlement. Such towns will use a pre-designed template on which to create a personalized village.
Other Release 17 goodies include the summon phoenix skill, the new Soltown Sewers area, a damaged version of Solace Bridge, and 16 additional fence styles.[Source: Update of the Avatar]