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Ebon Gate 5110: The Return of Keysalzius
Posted on 10/05/2010 12:22 PM CDT by the Webstaff

The Phantom Village of Velathae and The Return of Keysalzius

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.

A quaint village of skilled craftsmen and little in the way of major upheaval... until some terrible affliction embraced the whole of the village and left it in ruins, its residents forever changed.

In all of the time since the reappearance of the village, one of several long-standing questions never answered revolves around how Velathae came to be in its current state. Why are the villagers unable to pass through the Gate? Where did all of their corpses go to? And why were so many areas of the village ruined, burned, or just plain missing?

When Velathae was not a part of some shadow world, when it was still a part of the living land, Keysalzius walked its streets and interacted with its residents. When it met its tragic fate, the elf, like everyone else, was mystified and spent many a long night seeking answers. He came up with little in the way of satisfying research, but he continued to have a great interest in the village's events.

This year, Keysalzius returns to the village, but he brings with him a piece of history that he hopes may reveal some truths, with your help, about the mystery of Velathae and its trapped residents...


Learn the early histories of Velathae here!



Eve of the Reunion Celebration, 5110


The Merchant Consortium of Greater Elanith has once again negotiated with the ghostly residents of the village of Velathae to house this year's Ebon Gate event. Visitors to the village may find many wonders, both natural and supernatural, at their fingertips to enjoy.

Event Dates and Ticket Prices

Platinum
October 22-29 (grounds open through November 7)
$40 (full account access)
Prime
October 29-November 7
$40 (one character)
$55 (two characters)
$65 (three characters)
$75 (four characters)
Shattered
November 5-12 (grounds only)
$20 (full account access)


Events

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. Also, why do the residents find the belfry tower so curious? Certainly, this is a mystery worth looking into!

Orchard Games

The games in the orchard are varied and numerous as the apples that grow on the trees -- this year, some of the favorites are back: Sing Me an Epitaph, Bubbling Brew, What Was I?, Entrails Toss, and Creepy Anagrams. 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.

Festival Command

Be sure to keep an eye on the FESTIVAL command in game as it is updated with information for visitors to Velathae!


Shops

With a village full of ghostly craftsmen, one can certainly expect a variety of goods and wares. Some of the old favorites and recent finds include:

A Catawampus Cottage
A Certain Affliction
A Dark Cellar
A Decrepit Cottage
A Distinguished Presence
A Neglected House
A Passing Fancy
A Pious Habit
A Pristine Shop
A Small Cottage
A Tiny Wooden Shack
Above and Below
Adramel's
Aspirations of Expiration
Bath From Beyond
Beggar's Alley
Bejeweled
Bound for Fashion
Charmed
Classical Couture
Dark Rose Cottage
Dislocated Bones
Engaged in Elegance
Evymists' Shack
Faded Away
Feed The Beast
Fickle Fancies
Forest Clearing
Forest Fashions
Frost Cottage
Fusion Sanctum
Gardens of Evymists
Grey House
Here Piggy Piggy!
Hidden Hand
Home of the Art
Idolatry
Impressions
In the Lilac Trees
Intentsity
Iron It Out
Items of Flare
Klide's Hides
Leftovers
Lock and Key
Lofty Aspirations
Love Me, Love Me Not
Magic Wards
Malapert Magus
Mallowyr Cottage
Mournful Melodies
Mourning Glories
Mourning Mist
Mourning of Morning
Multifaceted
My Daughter's Ilk
Natural Selection
Necking
Peretta's Pretties
Pins and Ties
Random Thoughts
Ribbons and Lace
Riverboat Taer
Rolarg's Abode
Runty Hog Tavern
Sacred Blessings
Scents of Death
Second Life
Shadeskink Sanctum
Silk-O'-The-Wisp
Silver Scryer
Sovereign Seams
Spinning Faith
Stylish Subterfuge
Sugar and Spice
Take It To The Grave
The After Life
The Arcane Loom
The Broken Cirque
The Crusible Crux
The Exterminator's Collection
The Look it Took
The Lost Trinkets
The Painted Teacup
The Prop Closet
The Stone Tender's Cotage
The Tailored Scabbard
'Til Death
Trick of the Eye
West Sunset Boutique
...and more!


Merchants

The ghostly residents of Velathae have agreed to uniquely craft their wares for you, and you can expect some of the following to appear...

Adramel
Aersaslyn
Ahalia
Ahieltria
Aldonza
Armella
Calamasi
Cetiei
Chambelin
Danekas
Dinavah
Harv
Heddy
Ilixil
Illeya
Irisina
Ivora
Jeem
Klide
Lixua
Lmere
Loehli
Lyrarose
Milintica
Moresby
Myrellie
Neptunera
Nerille
Nikhail
Nowal
Peretta
Periope
Rizyn
Rolarg
Roulin
Saliey
Sarishe
Sealuna
Sylnorilla
Tiffidy
Tintrett
Vagrand
Valinda
Wrenwyn
Yansio
Yashiana
Zetoile
Zieravie
Zieschka
Ziethsmet
...and more!



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