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March Update: A Face to the Voice

by Iris » March 13, 2020 02:21 PM

Last Edited: March 28, 2020 08:02 PM

Ohh, the Tatters are so terribly inflamed... I've never seen them like this! And every route to familiar Remnants has been swallowed up - it's as though every possible passage just keeps twisting back on itself, forming one single road...

I'm getting so tired... hff... hff... It feels as though I've been running for days... But I won't be frightened! If this is the game that mysterious figure wants to play - so be it! I'll keep running towards them... I'll run as fast as I can!

VOICE IN THE MIST!

ORACLE OF AUTUMN!

Hff... hff.... Is this what you were threatening? Are you happy that it's all come true?

Where are you?!

I'm here! I followed! Do you still have nothing at all to say?!

Tell me what's happening!

TELL ME HOW TO SAVE MY REMNANT!
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Re: March Update: A Face to the Voice

by Chrysa » March 13, 2020 02:21 PM



AND SO THE WANDERING STAR SPRINTS ACROSS THE HEAVENS, SWIFT AS A COMET, AND EQUALLY A BEARER OF DOOM.

THERE IS NO TRUE SALVATION THAT AWAITS YE NOW, SHEEP AND SHEPHERD.

FOR ULTIMATELY, HOPE WILL BE LOST, AND YOUR REMNANT SHALL FALL TO FATE!

AND YET...

YET YE MAY FORESTALL THE ONRUSHING FUTURE. YET YE MAY BUY TIME, INFINITESIMAL TIME, AGAINST ENTROPY HERSELF.

THE HEROES OF YOUR LOST GODDESS OF WISDOM HAVE BEEN DECEIVED BY THEIR OWN CLEVERNESS! THEY HAVE KEPT THEIR WORLD FROM UNRAVELING WITH WISE WORKINGS - AND THUS THEY HAVE PLEDGED THEMSELVES TO AUTUMN'S SERVICE, SUMMONING HER SNARLS TO SNAP AT THEIR HEELS!

AND YET, THOUGH YE CANNOT PIERCE THE VEIL...

YE HAVE COME.

AND SO THE ORACLE OF AUTUMN SHALL gRanT ye aUdiEncE.

...

ANd...

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aNd...

...

.....hnNNnNn......

....

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I'm mistwalking again? This had better be important-

Oh.

A new Kith? Snout like a hound, but wool like a ram... Let me guess. I take it you're the "sheep and shepherd" that keeps showing up in the transcriptions from my latest batch of prophecies. I've been sent to greet you, I suppose.

Hm. The prophecies seemed to imply that they'd given you fair warning, but from the state of your coat and your shocked expression, I'm going to surmise that the words of the Gods were exasperatingly vague, so you all ignored the warnings, and now there's been some horrible calamity because your Remnant was next in line to face the wrath of the Autumn Goddess. Typical.

No, there's no need to gape at me like that. According to our histories, this is fairly standard procedure. You would not believe how unhelpful the all-knowing Gods can be.

Anyway, we're doubtless short on time, so summarize the situation for me. Are you just dealing with the irritating Petty and Mild Snarls that destroy crops and wreck buildings with their swarms, or are you facing down the Devastating Snarls that tear people limb-from-limb without blinking? It would be useful to know if this is another "sole survivor" situation, or if there are people who need rescuing.
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Re: March Update: A Face to the Voice

by Iris » March 13, 2020 02:22 PM

Torn apart... This could get worse?! Oh! Why couldn't you have told us sooner - or at least been more clear about it!

I... huff. I'm glad that you're finally capable of giving me a straight answer. You're right, my home is in terrible danger, and I need to find a way to save everyone, as quickly as possible!

The vases that you left for us at the start of the new year spoke of "the Army of Autumn" and "the Snarls"... Does that mean that the Unmaker is attacking us? There must be some way to defend ourselves against her monsters! If you know anything that could help me save my Remnant, please, tell me, and I'll do it! Whatever it takes!
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Re: March Update: A Face to the Voice

by Chrysa » March 13, 2020 02:23 PM

The "Unmaker"... Intriguing. If you already know one of the Autumn Goddess's chosen epithets, your Remnant must have some shards of actual history preserved. Kosmas will be insufferable with his questions... Let me make this brief. Your people are waiting on you, after all.

You're correct. The Snarls attacking your Remnant make up the Army of the Goddess of Autumn - she who named herself the Unmaker of Reality. They are not sentient beings, not as you and I are - they're coiled threads of concepts that have tangled and taken form, made up of whatever negative emotions plague your Remnant. That does not make them any less dangerous. If anything, it makes them worse, since they don't have minds of their own that can be reasoned with.

Which means that you'll need to face them on the battlefield.

Stop panicking. This is nothing special. It happens constantly. Autumn's destruction is never caused by any one person - she couldn't care less about the whims of individuals. We might as well be ants, for how little she notices us.

No, what sets this same story into motion is whenever two separate Remnants have sustained contact with each other. The more that pieces of the world begin to rebuild, the more quickly her attention will be drawn. And since Remnants inevitably meet and mingle over time, every Remnant is fated to make their final stand here. All roads eventually lead to the mountain at the End of the World. The land that the Unmaker once called home. The Golden Colosseum.

Over the centuries, hundreds of Remnants have come to us. Driven by her Armies, over and over. Plenty never make it. Most are torn completely to shreds when she first turns her Tattering gaze to their land. Maybe a few lucky stragglers survive.

Others manage to use Unmaking magic to engage directly with her Tatters and keep them from consuming their homes. Useless. Those efforts may avert the disaster, but they serve as a clarion call to the Snarls. Nothing draws them faster than those who wield that power. I've had ample opportunity to see that firsthand.

On rare occasion, some Remnants aren't overrun by the successive waves of worsening attacks. They make it to our mountain. They use our expertise to buy themselves some time. Thousands have fought back the Snarls upon the slopes of the Golden Colosseum. Staving off the inevitable for a few moments more, until nothing remains of them but the stars and their stories. The last members of the most recent Remnant group were slain when I was just a child.

But now, a new batch of Remnants shows up during my stint as the Autumn Oracle. Welcome, I suppose.

What, was I supposed to do this with more fanfare? That hardly seems practical.

Why couldn't greeting you have been Zephyr's job...
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Re: March Update: A Face to the Voice

by Iris » March 13, 2020 02:23 PM

I don't understand... There's no Colosseum here! There's nothing at all except for you and an endless fog bank. It's so gray and thick that I can't even see the Tatters around us, let alone a distant mountain.

You say that we Kith have to battle? I... I'll do it in an instant if it will protect the others, but Hope University and its surrounding town have been peaceful for hundreds of years! We've had to face down enemies in the past, to be sure, but we're not equipped to face monsters like this!
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Re: March Update: A Face to the Voice

by Chrysa » March 13, 2020 02:23 PM

Last Edited: March 22, 2020 10:07 AM

Most Remnants are unequipped for this. It matters little. Our entire Remnant lives and breathes for battle.

We've got the infrastructure to wage war. We've got specialized weapons and armor for you and your Allies. And we've got transformational magic that you can wield.

To protect your Remnant, you'll need volunteers to fight back the Snarls with their Kith. If you can't deal with an attack on your own turf, you're never going to be able to make it to the Golden Colosseum alive. Snarls change shape based on where you confront them, so you'll need to start with the ones that are swarming your town, then get a contingent of your citizens to us as soon as possible.

The type of Alliance bond that each Kith has formed together shapes what types of Snarls that each Kith will be best at defeating. The stronger the unified Alliance bond, the better-

What's that expression on your face? You're a Kith. Do you not have an Ally to fight alongside? Never mind. Don't waste time telling me about it. The most important thing is to test your mettle when you're ready, to keep from being overwhelmed. First, tell them not to get in over their heads. The volunteers should start by giving the most basic Unmade Arena a try. They'll need to choose to opt in before they even see a hint of battle.

In the meantime, I'll put together some simple Quests to get your citizens acclimated to battle. It'll take everything you've got to fight your way to our mountain.

Good luck. Attempt not to die.

[Continue to next Event Update]
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Re: March Update: A Face to the Voice

by Diana » March 13, 2020 02:24 PM

Last Edited: March 13, 2020 04:58 PM

Gee, thanks, lady. Well, the good news is that Iris has returned to the Tatters, so you can Ally with Kith again! A new Event page has launched to lead the way to a new Remnant! (Keep in mind that it may take a day for your account to receive the new Daily Event Quests on the Event page.) And yes, you heard that right, it's finally time to start battling with your Kith Allies!

But before you go charging off into battle, let me explain a few things.

Because this update is such a huge change, affecting a significant amount of code involving both the Kith and user data, we are going to be releasing the battle system as a beta version in small steps. This means all battle data will likely be wiped clean after beta testing is over and we are ready to finalize the entire system. We will be adding mobile functionality and Tutorial pop-up guides after we have finalized any changes made based on feedback during the beta test.

Please direct all battle-related feedback Suggestions to this pinned thread: Beta Battle Suggestions. Please also report any bugs or technical problems you run into on the Technical Support Forum.

So! Our first step was done earlier this week, simply getting the code onto the site and making sure that no features were bugged due to the many changes. We spent a long time correcting the bugs that we found on the backend to prepare for today's next step.

As of today, you can now go to your Settings page and choose to opt in to the beta test by checking the Enable Battle System checkbox. This will reveal the hidden code updates on your account! You'll see a new Battle tab on the navigation bar, with a link to the Arenas and Battles you can access. To keep this step as simple as possible and catch our very first public round of bugs, there is currently only one Arena and one Snarl available to fight, and you can only use two simple Default Strategies.

So how do you battle? Well, for now, it's very straightforward - you choose one Kith Ally to take into an Arena, and then choose an Attack or Defend Strategy on each of your turns. The enemy Snarl will also use an Attack or Defend Strategy against you. You can check your status and your enemy's status on the Status tabs, which may be helpful if you think a bug is affecting your Kith or your enemy Snarl's abilities.

Please note that the math used for these Strategies is very likely to change after non-default Strategies have been added, as will the math used to calculate your enemy Snarl's abilities. There are some known issues still present in the code which I have described in more detail on the Beta Battle Suggestion thread. (This post is already getting lengthy!) Please take a look there before you report a problem.

Completing the Event Checkpoint will lead us to the next step in releasing the beta battle system. You can look forward to testing out new items and new enemy Snarls when we reach that next step! However, we may delay this update past the Event Checkpoint being reached if major bugs necessitate a delay.

Thank you all again for helping to make Tattered World the best it can be!
As an extra thanks, for every 10 battles you win, you can exchange those Loose Shards for a curious new item, Unsnarled Hope, at Estella's Exchange.
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Re: March Update: A Face to the Voice

by Dread » March 13, 2020 02:28 PM

It is time!!! ⚔️
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Re: March Update: A Face to the Voice

by Rayne » March 13, 2020 02:34 PM

OH WOW

Uhhh....hey!

Listen, I dunno if this is a good time but uh....do you think I could get a high five before I go off into battle, oh [@Voice in the Mist]? F-for...you know...inspiration and encouragement.
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Re: March Update: A Face to the Voice

by SheridanCharon » March 13, 2020 02:38 PM

Rule one of Kith FIght Club: We do not talk about Kith Fight Club.

Oh no she's hot So the Oracle is just as annoyed by her vague prophecies as everyone else....Typical Gods, can never be blunt and to-the-point, they always gotta send out some cryptic BS....Now I get why Dad was always complaining....

Wait...so what we thought was the Oracle's gorgon-like hair...was what looks like a Kith? Was it multiple kith or....a Hydra Kith?
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Re: March Update: A Face to the Voice

by firerachet » March 13, 2020 02:43 PM

TOOO BATTLLLLLEEEEEEEEEE !!!!!!!!!!!

*Attempts To Give Dap With [@Voice in the Mist] On The Way Out*
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