Update Notes: Thursday May 5, 2016

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US Servers: 8:00~10:00am PST | 11:00am~1:00pm EST | 16:00~18:00 GMT | 17:00~19:00 CEST

EU Servers: 8:00~10:00am PST | 11:00am~1:00pm EST | 16:00~18:00 GMT | 17:00~19:00 CEST

Extended Update
Today’s update, slated to take two hours, took nearly four. A now locked Discussion on the EQ2 Forums.

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION

  • Fixed a bug where characters logged out in membership only zones would not be playable if your membership lapsed.

Scourge Keep [Heroic]

  • Added a gong to the arena which can be struck periodically after the arena starts to summon a single enemy combatant a time.
  • Undead orc combatants will enter the arena at a slightly increased rate.

Game Update Notes: Tuesday May 3rd

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US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PDT | 12:00~1:00am EDT | 05:00~06:00 BST | 06:00~07:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION

  • Lowered the hit points of monsters in Level Agnostic dungeons.

The Siege [Raid]

  • Durtung should no longer be immune to the same damage types as his adds are immune to.
  • Required resolve for all bosses have been lowered to compensate for duplicate classes in raid makeup.
  • Sanctifier Goortuk should no longer kill players when logging in from a linkdeath due to assumed low power level.

Scourge Keep [Both Versions]

  • Some things required to spawn something are now stackable.
  • Qulkor’s dungeon key should be much more visible.

Game Update 100 “The Siege of Zek” is Now Live!

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From Laylaih on the EQ2 Forums:

The moment we’ve been talking about for months has finally arrived: it’s the launch day for GU100! Are you ready to voyage to the Scourge Wastes and take on terrifying new adversaries? Will you be scouting for shinies to complete over forty new collections? Is your heart ready to connect itself to its true mate? All this and more awaits you with the launch of GU100!

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Access to special zones is one of the perks of having an All Access membership. In GU100 we’ve added Zek, the Scourge Wastes and Scourge Keep. Also, Fabled versions of Ruins of Varsoon, Temple of Cazic-Thule, Chamber of Immortality, and Sanctum of Fear that have been updated for level 100 players. You’ll need an active membership to adventure in these zones.

Update Notes: Thursday April 28, 2016 — GU100: The Siege of Zek

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US Servers: 8:00~10:00am PDT | 11:00am~1:00pm EDT | 16:00~18:00 BST | 17:00~19:00 CEDT
EU Servers: 8:00~10:00am PDT | 11:00am~1:00pm EDT | 16:00~18:00 BST | 17:00~19:00 CEDT

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From the EQ2 Forums:

THE SIEGE OF ZEK
The Orcish Wastes have been invaded! The Green Hood and Deathfist clan have been routed by a new breed of orc, The Scourge, who are preparing their armies to advance beyond the wastes. They must be stopped, or Norrath will be ruled by the tyrants of The Hounds of War!

  • Zek, the Scourge Wastes [Heroic]: Story Progressed Heroic Overland Zone
  • Zek, the Scourge Wastes [Solo]: Story Progressed Solo Overland Zone
  • Signature Quests – Special quests for max level Adventure players! Check your mail for how to get started!
  • Level Agnostic Shard of Love – Version of Shard of Love: Moment in Valor dungeon that scales for players 20-100!
  • Heartbound: Become heartbound to that special someone to gain a nifty new title and bonuses for playing together!
  • New stat “Resolve” which NPCs and players alike can raise. Matching your opponent’s resolve will keep you from incurring added damage from the adversary and make it easier to keep your outgoing damage at its full potential. All Terrors of Thalumbra items have gained the resolve stat to help get you started!
  • Equip 2 Relic Items AND 1 Greater Relic item

On Test: Game Update 100 “The Scourged Wastes”

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Game Update 100 “The Scourged Wastes” has been under invite-only beta for the last three weeks and tonight it will hit the Test server to allow for a bit of public testing prior to its April 28th launch. Bugs should be reported on the EverQuest II Bug Tracker. The full Test Update Notes can be read here, but we’re going to cherry pick a few interesting points

This update is heading to test later tonight, ETA ~10pm PST.

GENERAL

  • GU 100 is now available on Test server. Level 100 players should expect to receive an in game mail directing them further.
  • Removed the embedded Legends of Norrath (LoN) client from the EverQuest II client. If you wish to continue playing LoN, please download and use the standalone client available at www.legendsofnorrath.com.
  • Characters on Thurgadin have been granted legacy server titles.
  • Fixed a bug where it would take a long time for your Daybreak Cash balance to show in the marketplace window.
  • Fixed a bug where players could lock other players out of Kralet Penumbra.

[TLE] Contested Avatar Now On Stormhold!

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Because we have awesome devs, and through some game archaeology, the EQ2 team have been able to bring back one of the original Avatars to coincide with today’s unlocking of the Echoes of Faydwer expansion on the Stormhold Time-Locked Expansion server. If this devilishly difficult Avatar  proves popular, additional avatars of that era might conceivably be brought back as well. The initial versions of these avatars were complex, requiring a tightly coordinated strategy. From the EQ2 Forums:

Do YOU have what it takes to defeat the Avatar of Growth, Tunare? This contested raid is now available on Stormhold, our Time-Locked Expansion server!

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Note: This is the only avatar that is currently available on Stormhold.

Update Notes: Tuesday April 12, 2016

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US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PST | 12:00~1:00am EST | 05:00~06:00 GMT | 06:00~07:00 CEST

From the EQ2 Forums:

STORMHOLD

  • The travel bells in Greater Faydark and Sinking Sands are now restricted to the city zones, Antonica,and Commonlands.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Antechamber of Fate

  • Adds in the Cheldrak encounter should no longer break with a full raid force.

Maldura: Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • Overwhelming Azure Light and Overwhelming Golden Light should no longer trigger a failure condition if the respective Captain is defeated before it wears off.

GU100 Preview: Scourge Keep

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From Laylaih on the EQ2 Forums:

We’re getting close to the launch of GU 100! This Members-Only content is planned to be released on Thursday, April 28th, and we’re continuing to preview the exciting new and updated content that will be available in it. If you missed the first two, you can read them here and here.

Now it’s time to venture in to Scourge Keep!

From Chris “Chrol” Garlick on the EQ2 Forums:

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Deathfist Citadel. It was once the stronghold of the great orc emperor, Fyst, and his savage Deathfist clan, who held sway over all the lands known as Zek, the Orcish Wastes. But that was the past. The grip the Deathfists had upon the land has been completely severed by the coming of a new breed of stronger, more intelligent orc, known simply as The Scourge.

After rising up from what was once known as Blood Ore Valley, The Scourge spread devastation throughout the wastes, swiftly taking the citadel for themselves and renaming the fortress Scourge Keep, and the valley from which they were born The Siege, where their leaders machinate against anyone who would oppose them.

This would include the Green Hoods, who have been at the forefront of the battle against the Deathfist Empire. With the aid of heroes from throughout Norrath, they kept the Deathfist contained within the wastes. Now, with this new orc threat, the Green Hoods look again for help from beyond the wastes, and know that this time – if gone unanswered – not only will their time on Norrath be at an end, but so too could the rest of the world with the release of the Scourge horde.

Update Notes: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST
EU Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST

From the EQ2 Forums:

US  & EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7:00AM PST* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

From Caith on the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Halls of Seeing [Raid]

  • The Enforcer of Captivity is once again epic x4.

Maldura: Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • The Forge Golem should now spawn correctly when getting a flawless kill on Cronnin/Dellmun, Kiernun, Bereth, Htardlem/Amzzem/Uigirf, and one of the Captains.
  • The Forge Golem has had new items added as an additional drop to his loot table.
  • Bereth should be back to his normal shenanigans when attempting to defeat him.

Kralet Penumbra: Uzulu Deep [Event Heroic]

  • Thought Graze and Thought Overload will no longer be cast multiple times in succession by Urzzra-Uzulu.

ITEMS

  • The Tallonite illusions granted by Mastery of the Karig’Dal and Tallonite Defender will now keep their appearances while riding mounts.
  • Aphotic Linked Hands have been renamed to [eq2u]Aphotic Linked Boots[/eq2u]. No more gloves on your feet… Silly adventurers.
  • [eq2u]Joculos, the Enduring[/eq2u] will now grant more potency and ability modifier.
  • Dirt encrusted keys may now be purchased from Sarforth.

Later update notes from Bunji:

Maldura: Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • Corrected an issue that caused some kills in the zone to identify as flawless kills when they were not.
  • Ashenfell and Graybeard Sureshots now give more time for reaction before attempting to kill priests.
  • Sureshots in the Captains encounter should more reliably miss with a fighter uses intervene on their target.

Update Notes: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Maldura: Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • [eq2u]Signet of Pure Terror[/eq2u] now correctly requires a Stone of Ashenfell Power or Stone of Greybeard Power as a purchase requirement.

ITEMS

  • Psionist Crowns can now be upgraded through crafting using either original crowns or newly dropped crowns. Required component is now any crown of that armor type.
  • Psionist Helms that were previously upgraded using the Mindstone Crystal can now be crafted into the new version of the crown. The recipe book has had the new recipes added.
  • New armor drops* now have a descriptor added to their name for clarity.

Caith added:

ITEMS

  • The potency and crit bonus of Echoes of Faydwer dropped and quested rewards have been adjusted to match new progression.

* The new raid and heroic drops added on February 17th are having their names changed slightly so they can be viewed side-by-side in game (and as a side benefit, they will no longer conflict on EQ2U).

EQ2Wire Asks: Replace or Upgrade?

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Armor-Choice

The purpose of New Content in any MMORPG is to provide additional length to the “treadmill” so that players who revisit heroic dungeons or raids always have new things to do. New zones provide new rewards that raise the bar and keep that loot chase going. It is totally expected that when a new content update or expansion is released that previous items will be trumped by new ones. However we’ve seen something new and unexpected since the release of the Terrors of Thalumbra expansion.

In an update on January 20th, existing Weapons and Jewelry items were removed from the loot tables of current enemies in raid zones and then newly upgraded Weapons and Jewelry items were added. These new weapons and jewelry had new names.

In an update on February 17th, existing Armor pieces had their Crit Bonus and Potency slightly upgraded, then removed from loot tables while newly upgraded Armor items were added with hugely upgraded Crit Bonus and Potency. This new armor had the same names as previous items.

There is no doubt that the Terrors of Thalumbra raid gear at launch was hardly worth getting out of bed for. Clearly something had to be done to itemization and we’ve been assured that this was the best way to do it with the time available. However there are several concerns with this approach of replacing rather than upgrading items inline.

Update Notes: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 — SERVERS UP!

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8:30am PST Update: This maintenance appears to be running long.

10:00am PST Update from RadarX: I’ve updated the main post but we are currently looking at before 12:00 PM PT ([3PM EST] 8 PM GMT).

12:00pm PST Update: Servers are now up after a five hour downtime.

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Maldura: The Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • Changed the message given when triggering the Forge Golem.

LIVE EVENTS
The Erollisi Day “Lovely Lacquer” achievement can now be updated by crafting the passionate and romantic filigree rugs.

QUESTS

  • The Wind of Strife Blows Fickle – The update is now found in the truck at the foot of the bed in Viktor T’Hoth’s room, to better fit the description.
  • Restoring the Underfoot Cathedral – Each of the tormented Serilian spirits can now only be seen by players on the appropriate step of the quest, and they no longer can be damaged lower than 3% of their health (thus allowing them to be updated by the “Serilian Spirit Gems”).
  • A Mind of My Own – The quest journal now specifies that you can return to Talvrae if you ever lose the kobold pet.
  • Mount Stations: Greater Faydark – Triggering the mount station updates will now be much easier, even if the player is mounted.
  • Mount Stations: Greater Faydark – The Butcherblock Mountain station now properly updates the quest.
  • A Time of Growth – Obtaining another sapling from Arbos is much more intuitive, if you have misplaced it.

ITEMS

  • Corrected an issue that reduced ranged auto-attack damage.
  • Heroic and raid Terrors of Thalumbra armor rewards have been upgraded [in place], and all new armor rewards will now drop in Terrors of Thalumbra Heroic and raid zones.
  • Signature Rewards are no longer Relic, but are instead Prestige.
  • Confidence will now grant the correct bonuses when grouped.
  • Signet of Pure Terror no longer has an effect, and now grants base stats on the item itself.

Update Notes: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PST | 12:00~1:00am EST | 05:00~06:00 GMT | 06:00~07:00 CEST
UPDATE: It appears that it is still not possible to complete the Terrors of Thalumbra collection of collections or ”Meta Collection”. In a post from Kander, he said:

There is an issue, we’ll have it fixed ASAP.

This wasn’t intended at all. Its been a total mess. We apologize. We have again upgraded the final reward and hopefully it will be worth everyone’s time and frustration.

Looks like this fix will be February 2nd. We’re having some internal conflicts and wont be able to patch until then. Thanks for being patient everyone.

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Charmed creatures in agnostic zones will no longer be supercharged.

Bonemire

  • Corpse Candles can no longer be charmed.

Kralet Penumbra: Rise to Power

  • Bone Crushing Swings and Pressure of the Deep no longer effect Dissonance of Savagery.

MERCENARIES

  • Mercenaries will now suspend after a period of player inactivity.
  • Mercenaries no longer have any initial hiring fees.

Update Notes: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 — REVISED

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US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PST | 10:00am~12:00am EST | 15:00~17:00 GMT | 16:00~18:00 CEST
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PST | 12:00~1:00am EST | 05:00~06:00 GMT | 06:00~07:00 CEST
NOTICE: It seems that much of today’s intended patch did not get applied to the game servers. Please see the revised update notes below. The servers will be bounced today to apply the patch.

Update from Caith:

Looks like a large part of the patch didn’t make it to the live servers in this morning’s hotfix, so this is still currently bugged. We’re working on getting it out asap.

and from Gninja:

We are working to get the parts of the patch that did not make it to live servers remedied asap. We are working on it as we speak. Thanks…

Here’s what got patched (from the EQ2 Forums), including that frustrating bug affecting the progression of numerous Zones such as Castle Highhold

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Corrected an issue that prevented interaction with many objects and NPCs.

ITEMS

  • Thalumbra fertilizers drop more frequently. [eq2u]bag of gypsum[/eq2u], [eq2u]flask of deep water[/eq2u], [eq2u]gnawed bone[/eq2u]
  • Items with the ability “Soulfeast” will now properly upgrade from items with “Soulthirst“.

Update Notes: Thursday, January 7, 2016 — 3 Hrs for Maj’Dul, Stormhold, Deathtoll

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US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST

EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PST | 12:00~1:00am EST | 05:00~06:00 GMT | 06:00~07:00 CEST

  • Stormhold & Deathtoll – Approx downtime three hours for Kingdom of Sky content prep.  We’re estimating that these servers will open at 10AM PST.
  • Maj’Dul – Approx downtime three hours for server maintenance

Tonight is the last night of Frostfell until later this year, while tomorrow sees the unlocking of Kingdom of Sky on the Time-Locked Expansion servers. Meanwhile on live servers, in addition to a number of content fixes, we will also see a potentially significant change to AAs. Abilities that used to grant Crit Bonus will now grant Potency instead.

Finally we must say goodbye to a feature that has worked inconsistently at best for many years but must have proven too difficult to fix. With tomorrow’s update, the PvP Arena feature will be disabled in EverQuest II, with the rewards from that content, including unique house pets, being moved to the Loyalty merchant.

From the EQ2 Forums:

TIME-LOCKED EXPANSION SERVERS
General

  • All encounters received a global balance update that can be adjusted dynamically by development.
  • Level 20+ encounters now mitigate damage based on level and tier.
  • All blue stats have been unlocked with the exception of crit bonus.

Update Notes: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Maldura: Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • The respawn point for Bereth’s Overlook should no longer be an available option for reviving unless Bereth has been defeated.

Maldura: Bar Brawl [All Versions]

  • Priest can now cure themselves of Dalkuhm’s “Borrow Weapons” debuff.

Kralet Penumbra: The Hive Mind [Raid]

  • The Psionists will now correctly react to those who attempt to drain their well of power.

ITEMS

  • Wrist of the Great Forge is now correctly named Ring of the Great Forge.
  • Ethereal Onslaught will now correctly reset Sniper Squad.
  • Primordial Burnout will now trigger on combat arts and spells.
  • Kiss of Life will now heal for the correct amounts.

TRADESKILLS

  • “Malduran Mouths to Feed” should now update correctly for moussaka and bibimbap.
  • Recipes from the Dhalgar Home Builder’s Kit recipe book are now flagged as building blocks for the purpose of house item count.

QUESTS

  • Enemies in the Ever Deep will now award a random infuser or damaged spiritstone.
  • The Event Heroic weekly mission, “Trail of Deceit and Death,” can now be completed.

Update Notes, Tuesday December 8, 2015

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US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PST | 12:00~1:00am EST | 05:00~06:00 GMT | 06:00~07:00 CEST

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • The /summon_chest command can no longer be used while on a transport.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Maldura: Palace Foray [Heroic]

  • Dragoon Z’Koz will always drop a treasure chest.

Kralet Penumbra: Temple of the Ill-Seen [Advanced Solo]

  • Should now spawn shinies properly.

Kralet Penumbra: The Master’s Chosen [Heroic]

  • Necromantic Concentration buff can now appropriately be dispelled.

Update Notes: Thursday, December 3, 2015

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US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PST | 12:00~1:00am EST | 05:00~06:00 GMT | 06:00~07:00 CEST

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Maldura

  • A Far Seas Trading Company representative has arrived in Maldura and will now sell Age of Malice blank runes in exchange for Coin of the Grand Artificer (they are still also available for far seas tokens from the original sources). She can be found in the Mushroom Bar and Grill.

Maldura: Algorithm For Destruction [All Versions]

  • The electro-charged battery is now automatically placed in your inventory, when appropriate, during the encounter with X-O Arachmech.

Kralet Penumbra: Uzulu Deep [Event Heroic]

  • Urzzra-Uzulu’s Thought Graze now drains more power.
  • Urzzra-Uzulu’s Thought Overload is now limited to 20 meters.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Urzzra-Uzulu to keep its stoneskin active throughout the encounter.

EQ2Wire’s Terrors of Thalumbra Frequently Asked Questions

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Update Notes & Downtime Notice: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 “Terrors of Thalumbra”

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Tomorrow is the launch of Terrors of Thalumbra, EverQuest II’s twelfth expansion!

From the EQ2 Forums:

All EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7:00AM PST* for the Terrors of Thalumbra expansion update. Estimated downtime is approximately five hours.

EverQuest II: Terrors of Thalumbra is scheduled to unlock to players at noon pacific** on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PST: November 17 @ 7:00am – Noon
  • EST: November 17 @ 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • GMT: November 17 @ 15:00 – 20:00
  • CEST: November 17 @ 16:00 – 21:00

and your Update Notes from the EQ2 Forums:

TERRORS OF THALUMBRA
Deep underneath Norrath lies a realm on the edge of the Plane of the Underfoot, known as Thalumbra. This expansive, subterranean domain is home to fabled races and ancient terrors!

When the dark shroud upon this land is pierced by Lanys T’Vyl, the recently resurrected demigoddess of Malice, it spells doom for all! You are a hero on the stage of Norrath. Will you play your part and protect Norrath from those who seek to destroy it? What mysteries will your torch uncover deep beneath the surface? Can you withstand the terrors of Thalumbra?

Terrors of Thalumbra Preview: Raiding (X2 and X4!)

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From Carlos “Gninja” Mora on the EQ2 Forums:

Within the cavernous depths of Thalumbra, uncounted creatures cloaked in mystery lie in wait for the unsuspecting adventurer. Adversaries range from crafty gnemlin outcasts whose creations have grown out of control, to ancient beasts of indescribable terror unlike any ever seen on Norrath’s surface. Raids range in difficulty, ensuring everyone from entry level guilds all the way up to the most seasoned raiders will have plenty of challenges in store for them throughout the Terrors of Thalumbra expansion!

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Investigate the laboratory of a nearly mad gnemlin by the name of Bhoughbh who has taken over a portion of Maldura and needs your help cleaning up the mess he has made. His creations are running amuck and only you can help him pick up the pieces. Help him right his wrongs and get him back on the path to becoming one of tinkering’s greatest minds. This x2 raid zone is meant for 2 full groups!

Terrors of Thalumbra Zone Preview: Stygian Threshold

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From Emily “Domino” Taylor on the EQ2 Forums:

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The border between the plane of Underfoot and the mortal realm is often hard to define. Deep within the wilds of Thalumbra, the Stygian Threshold is one of those rare locations where a gate to the Underfoot exists permanently. Such close proximity to Brell’s realm has had strange effects on the adjacent region.

Server Downtime: Tues, Sept 29 @ 7AM PDT — Drunder is now F2P

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US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET

EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PDT | 12:00~1:00am EDT | 05:00~06:00 BST | 06:00~07:00 CET

So it used to require a subscription for Banned EQ2 players to keep playing on the EQ2 “prison server” of Drunder. Not after today. Alas, there’s no way to get a sense of how many players are on Drunder. Census currently hides this information. SOE’s policy used to be “no Naming and Shaming” but in the last year or so the PlanetSide 2 and H1Z1 teams have no problem drawing attention to banned players, even mentioning them BY NAME in-game using server announcements. The question is, would players banished to Drunder take this as another opportunity to seek attention?

It looks like we can expect two hours of downtime for US servers for today’s update, presumably some housekeeping to get ready for the Server Merge/Migration. Today’s downtime also coincides with a Daybreak-wide maintenance which will take two-to-four (or more) hours.

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Precipice of Power [Raid]

  • Daerial’s Underfoot Portal will now be passed on to a new player once the previous one is rendered inert instead of despawning.
  • Cazic-Thule’s Touch of Fear spell has had its range lowered to his island only.

QUESTS

  • An Eye for Power – Frosthorn minotaurs have returned to the Jagged Plains in Everfrost, despite the Sundered Ground nearby.

DRUNDER

  • Server no longer requires a Membership.

Update Notes: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 — Rare AoM Merchant

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From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Phantom Seas
The Rare Drop Merchant for Altar of Malice can now be found in the Phantom Seas!

Precipice of Power [Raid]
The stone adds in the Brell Serilis encounter should no longer kill pets unless directly attacking them.

ITEMS
Sturdy armor molds will no longer refuse to grant the quest for players that did not have enough city faction.
The passive effect for Finsher III now grants potency, instead of offensive only potency.

Commentary

A merchant selling rare heroic drops from the previous expansion’s dungeons has been a late-summer mainstay over most of the last 6 years. The purpose of these vendors is to somewhat level the playing field for those players who have had rotten luck with the dice. Yet every year this vendor has been added, certain desirable rare items are left off, while other seemingly common items make an appearance. The prices also tend to be a surprise, with some item costs being completely out-of-whack.

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