It’s time for a server merge of sorts for US players of Legends of Aria. Assuming all things work out, Wednesday, October 30th, will see the opening of the Ethereal Moon server.
The game’s Experimental server has been working on a Character Copy tool to bring characters over to the new server. Players will also be able to bundle their belongings into a single Moving Crate that stuffs up to 2,000 items inside to haul along with them to the move. Upon arriving to the new server, players will receive a land deed equal to the size of their previous plot. Once they place that deed, their Moving Crate will arrive along with their house if it was fully constructed.
Speaking of housing, new housing areas will be opened on Ethereal Moon shortly after the server opens, with locations in the Barren Lands, Black Forest, and several other areas. Timing for when these areas open up is noted on the website. As for the existing Ethereal Mountain and Amber Moon servers, those will stay online until Point Release 8.
Of course, merging servers isn’t all that’s happening with Point Release 8. There will also be a number of changes to PvP, including the end of Karma and the return of Murder Counts, a Criminal flag that applies when negative actions are taken against positive players, and permanent skill loss for Criminals or Murderers who die with Murder Counts. Individual Murder Counts decay within 24 hours of in-game time.
In addition, criminally-flagged players can have their heads looted when they’re killed, forcing them to revive as a ghost and making them incapable of reverting their lost skills unless they consume their head. What’s more, if a criminal player is killed by another player, they receive the Capital Punishment debuff that lowers all stats by 60% and renders them immune from skill loss for 20 minutes. To incentivize hunting evil players, there will be a Bountyhunter NPC that folks can turn heads in to for Skill Scrolls that offer a bonus to a skill based on whatever lost skills were contained in the severed head.
The post further details other features of Point Release 8 such as the ability to pledge allegiance to a town to join its militia or access its township trade board, the addition of stealing and snooping, and resource missions. It’s a lengthy read, but for those invested in seeing Legends of Aria evolve, it’s worth the time.