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Ebon Gate 2008!
Posted on 09/19/2008 08:59 PM CDT by Producer


Is it a shiver of excitement or fear that is felt when the ebon wagon rolls into Velathae...?

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The Mayhem Troupe of Dame Cirri Strut

"Dame Cirri Strut's Magical Mayhem Troupe!
An extraordinary performance group!
Splendidly famous, it is world renowned.
With magic and wonders that can confound!"

Returning at long last to the Human Empire, the Mayhem Troupe leaves behind the Northern Steppes and Shirelands to entertain children and adults alike with their wondrous theatrical acts.

The Troupe heralds their arrival with mystical masks that have been appearing in all corners of the globe, each possessed with a strange magic that relays the origins of the troupe.

It has been more than two centuries since the legendary family left the village of Velathae , their departure happening days before the ill-fated night that shrouds that small town in mystery, and now they return to their humble beginnings to pay homage to their ancestral home.  Stopping for three nights only, the Troupe will arrive the first night of the festival to bring their special brand of talents, mystery, wonder, and fun to those that travel to the village.

In a highly anticipated return performance, the Troupe expects to perform several marionette-based plays that are certain to entertain and enthrall!

Who is Dame Cirri Strut?

Named after the youngest child of the original Mayhem Troupe, Dame Cirri is believed to be an honorary title that has been passed on through the generations from Strut family member to family member.  To maintain the mantle of mystery, the Mayhem Troupe never allows its members outside of their wagon without their traditional costume of mask and robe.  At its inception, some two hundred years ago in Velathae, the troupe consisted of nine family members that all traveled together in their theatrical wagon throughout the human empire.

Rumors say that the Troupe traveled through Talador on their way to Ice Mule and once they were within the cradle of those ancient woods their performance changed forever.  More deeply cloaked in mystery, the troupe only ever allowed one of its members to be seen at a time and all under the guise of Dame Cirri Strut.  The brilliant stroke of theatrical secrecy has forever changed face of the Mayhem Troupe and draws crowds of legendary proportion.

Coupled with the mystical masks that the troupe magically sends out to all corners of the globe to advertise their arrival, the Mayhem Troupe is an act like no other and is a true wonder to behold

The Phantom Village of Velathae

The village of Velathae was not always the subject of low whispers, nor was it shrouded in so much myth and hyperbole. Historical records in neighboring towns located on the outskirts of Riverwood, and even in the City of Helt, tell that Velathae was a village populated by artisans and craftsmen of all types, and its citizens were predominately human, with a minority of ordlyn (non-human race, in this case elves)--not to mention the hathlyn (half-elves) offspring that eventually appeared. The humans of Velathae were on friendly terms with the minority groups, and there were never any officially recorded disputes. The village often attracted attention from some travelers and merchants for the intriguing wares that the villagers produced, which were boasted of as being unusually well-made.

Learn the story of Velathae here.

Ebon Gate: The Return of Velathae

The Merchant Consortium of Greater Elanith, in conjunction with the ghostly residents of the village of Velathae , will welcome visitors to this year’s Eve of the Reunion celebration. Visitors to the village may find many wonders, both natural and supernatural, at their fingertips to enjoy.

Events and More!
The village of Velathae offers numerous delights and wonders that will surely entertain visitors for hours. Several hosted games by one of the local ghostly residents will happen throughout the entire weekly event. Further, there are recent rumors on the wind of something forbidding happening throughout the village. Be sure to keep an eye out!

Orchard Games
The games in the orchard are varied and numerous as the apples that grow on the trees. Visitors beware, however, as the spirits of the orchard are a feisty bunch and are unpredictable. Bodily harm may occur.

Villa Macellarius
The old Villa Macellarius has been reported to have odd occurrences happening to it since the manifestation of the village. Visitors can explore the villa, but are cautioned to stay alert.

Winter Wren Estates
The wealthy inhabitants of Winter Wren Estates have not been heard from since the devastation to the village, however the ghostly residents of Velathae have talked about strange sightings within the community. Take a wander past the estates, and knock on a door or two—you may get an answer.

The Great Barrow
Entrance into the great barrow under Tower Hill was expressly prohibited during the living years of the village. However, since the recent manifestation, the seals that blocked off entrance into the great barrow have gone missing. The local ghostly officials have stated that visitors may explore the insides of the barrow, but they will not be held accountable for anything that may happen to those that stray inside.

Jousting
Set aside from the orchard, the old farmer’s field is now host to a spectacular supernatural event—ghost jousting. Ride on an enchanted, ghostly horse against your foe and unseat them to find glory!

Festival Command
Be sure to keep an eye on the FESTIVAL command in game as it is updated with live contests, events, raffles, and more for visitors to participate in!

Merchants!
Citizens, and visitors trapped in the phantom Village upon that ill-fated night, wander Velathae during the days and nights of the festival offering their unique talents, artistry, and crafts to those that are interested.  Some that can be found are:

Adelaia
Milintica
Adramel
Motega
Ageta
Muirne
Ahalia
Myrellie
Ahieltria
Nelsen
Anfhuil
Neptunera
Armella
Olova
Ashelis
Omokai
Bavatia
Oyr
Berla
Peretta
Brighita
Raiyre
Cetiei
Resagast
Creidne
Rizyn
Crocus
Roulin
Danekas
Rowynna
Deeamos
Rozenwyn
Frinko
Ruzie
Griege
Sarishe
Hadanas
Sealuna
Hanval
Sheerise
Heddy
Slawguff
Hylaea
Sorrane
Imdal
Sylnorilla
Ironwright
Tarrone
Ivora
Tiffidy
Kaeliel
Tintrett
Koehri
Vagran
Liurah
Valinda
Lmere
Vatei
Loehli
Viranthi
Lyntha
Walram
Lyrarose
Wulpen
Maeladi
Yansio
Mateja
 
...and many more!

Shops!
With a village full of ghostly craftsmen, one can certainly expect a variety of goods and wares. Some of the available shops a visitor to Velathae can expect…

A Certain Affliction
Mourning Mist
A Distinguished Presence
Muirne’s Makeup
A Matter of Time
Natural Needs
A Messy House
Nature’s Tastes
A Passing Fancy
Necking
A Pious Habit
Oddments by Crocus
A Ramshackle Wooden Cottage
O’Kill’s Barn
A Rickety Old Oak Manor
Omokai’s Cottage
A Simple Wooden Hut
Peretta’s Pretties
A Two-Story House
Porphyry Courtyard
a water-logged haystack shed
Promise Remembered
Adramel’s
Relics of the Faithful
Alternative Arkati
Requiem
An Untidy Cottage
Reunion Refrains
Antiquarian Armaments
Reunion Relics
Armorer
Ritualistic Infatuation
Aspirations of Expiration
Riverboat Taer
Bath From Beyond
Root Cellar
Beast Within Costumes
Rozenwyn’s Recreations
Beggar’s Alley
Rozenwyn’s Regalia
Beguiling Selections
Rustic Overtones
Berla’s Cloaks ‘n Things
Scents of Death
Better Protections
Second Life
Blades Of Steel
Serendipity
Bladesmith’s Cottage
Shadeskink Sanctum
Blunt Instruments
Show Some Respect
Boniface Inn
Sieldra’s Neglected Garden
Bound for Fashion
Silk Stalkings
Bullseye
Silk-O’-The-Wisp
Charmed
Slatted Fortunes
Classical Couture
Speil Manor
Continuous
Spinning Faith
Creidne’s Charms
Take It To The Grave
Creidne’s Creations
The Broken Cirque
Crossroads of the Gods
The Carpenter’s Table
Dancer’s Passion
The Crab Shack
Dark Rose Cottage
The Crusible Crux
Druesk’s Meat and Fish Market
The House of Grey
D’s Blades
The Look it Took
Ebon Crypt
The Monotonous Male
Engaged in Elegance
The Painted Teacup
Epitaphs of Love
The Parazonium
Faded Away
The Passing Portal
Fatal Attraction
The Perfect Pot
Feed the Beast
The Sacred Flame
Felfire House
The Silver Scryer
Fickle Fancies
The Stone Tender’s Cottage
Forget Me Not
The Tiled Vault
Frolicking, Foolery, & Fun
The Wound Wound
Frost Cottage
Til Death
Funeral Fashions
Tintarel’s Shop
Grey House
To Have and To Hold
Haunting Sounds
Treasure Trove
Hidden Hand
Twiggery Wiggery
Home of the Art
Underground Laboratory
Iron it Out
Unremitted
Ironwright’s
‘Til Death
Leaf and Flower
Wandering
Lock and Key
We Got Shields
Love Me, Love Me Not
West Sunset Boutique
Malapert Magus
Widow’s Weeds
Malleable Majicks
Wood You
Mallowyr Cottage
Wrap It Up
Mallowyr Manor
Yares’ Emporium
Market Fresh
Ye Olde Herbalist
Moonlight and Shadow
Your Best Foot Forward
Mourning Glories
Zephyr
...and many more!



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