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This Adventurers Guild event was Sryth's first PvP (Player versus Player) contest, with the fights orchestrated and narrated by the GM. It was available for a limited time; Announced on June 17, 2007, the first round was fought on July 11, with the last fight on the 27th. Final rewards were announced on August 2007, with the tweaking of the Residence's details extending through September.

A new Festival of Blades is currently being prepared.

General information Edit

It took place on the Dragonhill Fields, in Western Tysa, near Trithik. It was announced on June 17, 2007. The first round was fought on July 11, with the last fight on the 27th. Final rewards were announced on August 2007, with the tweaking of the Residence's details extending through September.

Players could receive special rewards in the form of AT and the top eight competitors received special dwellings. There were also related quests (see below).

The admission fee was 4 AT. 193 contestants registered. Each player could register more than one character. They were sorted according to a certain "seed". The full mechanic for the seeds is unknown, but they were related to character's stats, MR, SP and equipment (Characters could change their equipment between rounds). Each round, the highest-seeded character would fight the lowest-seeded one, the second highest fought the second lowest, and so on. There were often surprising results where a character defeated another (much higher-seeded) one. Also, to account for the odd number of contestants, on each round one character at random received a "free pass" allowing him/her to proceed without fighting.

The round proceeded this way (the initial number of contestants and sixth round sanity check come from forum reports)

  • First round: 193 contestants, 96 fights, one free pass
  • Second round: 97 contestants, 48 fights, one free pass
  • Third round: 49 contestants, 24 fights, one free pass
  • Fourth round: 25 contestants, 12 fights, one free pass
  • Fifth round: 13 contestants, 6 fights, one free pass
  • Sixth round: 7 characters passed to 6th round. Havoc's Magical was the highest-seeded character to lose on the fifth round, and got the 8th residence. 3 fights + free pass
  • Seventh round: 4 contestants, 2 fights. Winners: Chase and Trogg
  • Eighth and final round: 1 fight. Winner of the Festival of Blades: Chase

You can have a look at how it was in these old forum threads:

Also, courtesy of user Shadowblack, we have a full report of the combat data (and the full contest, in fact) {{ #NewWindowLink: http://srythforum.com/showthread.php?p=63011#post63011 | here }}

Also, in July 7 The GM randomly selected 3 FoB contestants to get 2000 free Sryth Bonus Points. The lucky winners were stirlock, sunwukong and scionist.

The contestants of the final fight (Chase and Trogg) were honoured with a special in-game place: They can be seen during the Solundor's Grand Ring of Illusion tournament.

Prizes Edit

  • Just for participating you received 4 AT (thus regaining the ones spent to register)
  • For 1 victory you received 8 AT
  • I seem to remember the max prize were 64 AT, thus it would be 8 AT for each fight won

Mezaryl Edit

Mezaryl set up a store here, where you could swap your weapons from Iakor to new weapons, which will change your alignment to Saintly. This functionality was later added to Mezaryl's stall in Blade Square in Trithik.

 Item 989: Shimmering Silver Longsword (Magical) Value: 109,000 gold Weapon, Slashing 

Encumbrance: 4
PowerHaste
Melee Rating: +22
Stamina Points: +4
Body: +1
Mind: +1
Spirit: +1
Requires 12 Body
Requires 12 Mind
Requires 12 Spirit
At times this sword appears to be just an ordinary weapon. At other times, however, particularly from odd angles, it emits a bright, silver shimmer. A sense of euphoria washes over you as your hand touches it. Wielding this virtuous weapon will raise your alignment to Saintly. This weapon is of magical quality.


The Shimmering Silver Axe/Staff/Mace etc. all have statistics and description identical to the Longsword, apart from the word describing the specific weapon type.

Associated Quests Edit

These quests were available during the Festival of Blades. They are not longer accessible.


Blightroot Edit

Location: Dragonhill Fields

Description: When Yulia the Festival Master learns that a man by the name of Loyarn and his associates may be prowling the tournament grounds, you are the first person she turns to for help with the burgeoning dilemma...

Rewards:

  • 14 Adventurer Tokens in total
  • 64 xp to Woodsmanship and Thievery if you examine the vial (and succeed the check)
  • 64xp to Archery if you succeed the archery
  • 64 general xp for completion.
  • A Small Bit Of Blightroot, if you choose to keep it. (no further use known)


Whitebeard Edit

Location: Dragonhill Fields

Description: His twinkling eyes peek at you from both sides of his long, crooked nose...

Rewards:

  • 32 xp to Divination if you successfully use it,
  • 64 xp to Thievery
  • 2 Adventurer Tokens - Required a use of Thievery (60+)
  • 27+ gold (if the check is successful)


Battle Charms Edit

A peddler is selling battle charms in three different forms.

He claims that they are magical, although through a skill check you can see they're not, and there's an aura of deceit around the peddler. Their use (if any) is currently unknown.


Special Dwellings Edit

The top eight competitors received special dwellings unavailable to anyone else. Along with each comes a set of unique items that no other character has. See the associated {{ #NewWindowLink: http://shadowwolf47.proboards12.com/index.cgi?board=talk&action=display&thread=985 | forum thread }}.

Originally, the Green Moon Tower was going to be the only residence offered as a prize. This was soon increased to 4 residences, and finally to 8.

All dwellings had several common characteristics, some of them present in the much later Residences:

  • Store items (limit varies from 200 to 300) with a better interface.
  • Quick travel to various locations around the kingdom, and a special item which allowed to call the coach from any place
  • Sell items to a fence (at 75% of value, up to 3000 gold max) (was initially up to 7500)
  • grind in a custom dungeon

Each residence also hosted several unique items, according to a certain theme.

  • A weapon
  • Two pieces of armour
  • One special healing elixir that allowed his or her owner to heal once per day.

These are the dwellings and items we know about:

Green Moon Tower Edit

  • First prize
  • Owner: Chase (AG)

Eclipse Blade

  • Class: Weapon, Slashing
  • Enc: 4
  • Quality: Magical
  • Power: Elemental Wrath
  • Melee Rating: +30, and +10 extra vs. Undead, and +10 extra vs. Giants, and +10 extra vs. Dragons
  • Aura: +1
  • Might: +1

This green-hued longsword was enchanted long ago by the famous warrior/mage Joultar. It is a remarkable weapon that can only be wielded by the rightful owner of the Green Moon Tower. This weapon is of magical quality.

 Item 1107: Green Moon Breastplate (Magical) Armour, Torso 

Encumbrance: 12
Melee Rating: +5
Stamina Points: +22
Body: +2
Might: +2
Aura: +2
Mind: +2
The centre of this remarkable breastplate has been emblazoned with a bright green sliver of a moon.


The third item of this special residence (a piece of armour) is unknown.


Blacklake Keep Edit

  • 2nd prize.
  • Owner: Trogg (shadowdragon).
 Item 1131: The Blade Of Eventide (Magical) Weapon, Slashing 

Encumbrance: 4
PowerDevastating Slash
Melee Rating: +30, and +5 extra vs. Undead, and +10 extra vs. Dragons
Agility: +1
Aura: +1
Requires 70 Weaponry
Requires 70 Weaponry:Slashing
This enchanted longsword has, for centuries, belonged to the owner of Blacklake Keep. The hilt and blade of this powerful sword are jet black. This weapon is of magical quality.
Note: Unique item belonging to player Trogg
 Item 1143: Boots Of Eventide (Magical) Armour, Feet 

Encumbrance: 6
Melee Rating: +6
Stamina Points: +14
Agility: +1
These plain black leather boots are no ordinary footwear! These magnificent magical boots have long been in the possession of the owner of Blacklake Keep.
Note: Unique item belonging to player Trogg
 Item 1142: Cloak Of Eventide (Magical) Armour, Back 

Encumbrance: 1
Melee Rating: +6
Stamina Points: +12
Agility: +2
This thin black cloak has, for centuries, belonged to the owner of Blacklake Keep. The cloak is a splendid piece of magical armour.
Note: Unique item belonging to player Trogg


Woodcrown Tower Edit

Owner: Casey (AG)

 Item 1134: The Elmsword (Magical) Weapon, Slashing 

Encumbrance: 4
PowerEarth Fury
Melee Rating: +28, and +10 extra vs. Dragons
Body: +1
Might: +1
Spirit: +1
Precious little is known about this remarkable magical sword, though the most obvious thing about it is that it's made entirely out of wood! Carved out of a solid piece of elm, the hilt and blade of this strange, but powerful weapon bears intricate engravings that depict a lone warrior battling a fearsome dragon. The wooden sword is not marred in any way. This weapon is of magical quality.
 Item 1174: Gnarled Wargloves (Magical) Armour, Hands 

Encumbrance: 4
Melee Rating: +6
Stamina Points: +11
Body: +1
Might: +1
Spirit: +1
These wooden guantlets are enchanted with a powerful magic that allows the oak from which they were hewn to continue to live. The spirit of the tree is preserved in the wood, and thus the gauntlets directly enhance the combat ability of the person who wears them. These wargloves has long belonged to the owner of Woodcrown Tower.
 Item 1175: Ashroot Cape (Magical) Armour, Back 

Encumbrance: 1
Melee Rating: +5
Stamina Points: +7
Body: +2
Might: +1
Spirit: +2
This strange, enchanted cape has long been the property of the owner of Woodcrown Tower. Fashioned out of thick, black cloth, with the gnarled, exposed roots of an ancient ash tree woven into its fabric, it certainly attracts attention! The roots that twist their way through the cape are still living, preserved by the powerful magic that enchants the piece, and can be felt moving from time to time.


Larkgnoll Keep Edit

Owner: Nathair Ap Dubh (AG)

 Item 1135: The Songblade (Magical) Weapon, Slashing 

Encumbrance: 4
PowerWindstorm
Melee Rating: +28, and +12 extra vs. Undead
Aura: +1
Spirit: +1
Luck: +1
This powerful, enchanted sword hums a low, strange and melodic tune as its blade slices through the air. This is indeed the fabled Songblade, of which countless tales have been spun. This weapon is of magical quality.
 Item 1187: Singing Shield (Magical) Armour, Shield 

Encumbrance: 6
Melee Rating: +15
Spirit: +1
Luck: +1
The magnificent, enchanted kite shield, has for generations belonged to the owner of Larkgnoll Keep. When usd in combat, the shield emits a noise that sounds like singing, which thus earned it its name. It is a remarkable shield.
Note: Unique item
 Item 1179: Minstrel's Cape (Magical) Armour, Back 

Encumbrance: 1
Melee Rating: +5
Stamina Points: +9
Aura: +1
Spirit: +1
Luck: +1
What exactly this magnificent cape has to do with minstrels (apart from the barely discernable embroidered mandolin on the back of it) is unknown. What is known, however, is that this remarkable piece of armour has long been the property of the owner of Larkgnoll Keep.
 Item 1113: Silent Coach Whistle (Common) Misc 

Encumbrance: 0
Using this small, silent silver whistle in certain SAFE locations will summon your coach and driver to swiftly return you to your special residence.
 Item 1114: Elixir Of Major Healing (Common) Misc 

Encumbrance: 0
Once per 24 hour period, this powerful magical elixir will help heal your wounds..


Stonewarren Edit

Owner: OhGosh The Bold (AG)

 Item 1137: The Skyblade (Magical) Weapon, Slashing 

Encumbrance: 4
PowerStorm Wrath
Melee Rating: +28, and +5 extra vs. Giants, and +5 extra vs. Dragons
Aura: +1
Mind: +1
Spirit: +1
The blade and hilt of this magnificent, enchanted longsword are both dark blue. For several generations, this fabled weapon has belonged to the owner of Stonewarren. This weapon is of magical quality.
 Item 1172: Stonesky Cape (Magical) Armour, Back 

Encumbrance: 1
Melee Rating: +5
Stamina Points: +8
Aura: +1
Mind: +1
Spirit: +1
This enchanted cape is made of alternating vertical columns of dark blue cloth and tight-linked silver chain. A pair of clouds have been embroidered in silver thread upon the back of this remarkable piece of armour. This cape has long been the property of the owner of Stonewarren.


Third item (a piece of armour) is unknown


Reddoor Edit

Owner: Magical (Havoc). 8th prize.

 Item 1133: The Dreadsword (Magical) Weapon, Slashing 

Encumbrance: 4
PowerFearsome Wounding
Melee Rating: +28, and +5 extra vs. Undead, and +5 extra vs. Dragons
Agility: +1
Aura: +1
Found by Tallys in a secret chamber within Reddoor, this magnificent sword is none other than the fabled 'Dreadsword' of legend. Two large rubies are set into the hilt of this powerful weapon. This weapon is of magical quality.
Note: Festival of Blades, Reddoor prize.
 Item 1144: Wyxryn's Supreme Ring (Magical) Armour, Finger 

Encumbrance: 1
Melee Rating: +3
Stamina Points: +3
Body: +2
Mind: +2
Spirit: +2
This enchanted copper ring allows you to strike creatures that can only be hit by enchanted weapons using a normal weapon (or when fighting unarmed).
 Item 1145: Crimson Eye Breastplate (Magical) Armour, Torso 

Encumbrance: 12
Melee Rating: +4
Stamina Points: +18
A brilliant crimson eye is emblazoned upon this enchanted breastplate.

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