Big changes in Muspari!
First, the Hvaral-Muspar'i barge now makes a pit-stop at an oasis in the middle of the desert. Of course, it also goes faster now, too. Even with the pit-stop included, the total trip takes roughly half as long as it did before.
Second, a new shop on the Street of Stoneworkers may be of interest to certain Moon Mages. The elderly shopkeeper makes a very interesting series of sandstone bowls. You don't have to be a Seer to figure out what they're used for...
Third, the first phase of Shorka's Palace is open to the public... sort of. Citizens of Velaka will be able to access the palace grounds by day and night, while non-citizens will only be able to do so by day, when the gates are open. At night, citizens can either KNOCK on the gates to lead a group through, or OPEN the gates, but the guards will close them again after a few moments. During invasions the gates will neither auto-open nor auto-close, leaving it to Muspar'i's defenders to choose.
There are now two paths branching from the Velaka Trade road that will lead you to Lake Ratamipak, and the saltern shore. Brave adventurers who journey down to the water's edge will find that a curious race called the Isundjen have made it their home, and their little friends the gam chaga are having a field day playing on the shore. The two hunting areas do mingle a little bit, but you'll find that the Isundjen won't venture out of the lake's water, and the gam chaga will avoid any water deeper than their ankles. There's another feature to the relationship between these two baddies that I'll leave you all to discover.
Woo hoo!! Check it out!