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Duskruin - Questions and Answers
Posted on 02/20/2024 09:56 AM CST by Webstaff

[Official] February 2024 - Duskruin Information

 Duskruin is just around the corner and the excitement is already echoing through the lands as adventurers trying to glean a hint of what changes have taken place in Bloodriven Village. If you’d like to take part in the fun and excitement, then join us on the Official Discord Server and jump into our SIMUCOIN EVENTS and QUESTS > Duskruin Channel. Is Discord too noisy and crowded for you? Then fear not! Everything will be shared on our Duskruin Wiki Page under SAVED POSTS. Some speculation is already taking place, as adventurers wonder what tie-in Duskruin will offer to the global theme, Year of the Clockwerke Devices. Join in the fun and wild guessing tonight at 9pm EDT when the channel opens! Additional Information:

Duskruin Shop List
 Please remember that the categories have the following meanings: Reopen - This means that the shop is being reopened with no changes in designs or inventory Refresh - This means that the shop is being opened with either new offering, changes in designs, or additions Closed This Run - This means the shop was announced last run (in August) as having its last run and the offerings are no longer available in Bloodriven Village Last Run - This means the shop is in its final run and that the offerings will not be available in August.
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In the Shadows of the Sparrow (shop)
  Located down an alley and secreted away, a young merchant sells fans modeled after the famed fighting fans of the Sparrows of the Night Queen. She will not speak to those that come seeking her out, instead just watching from the shadows of her shop as customers come and go. While her fans are simple and elegant, they are not weapons, however, they do still allow for the chained dance of the Sparrow. The cost of a base fan is 2,500 bloodscrip, with each unlock costing 1,000 bloodscrip.
Skayl Mix
Armaments made of a new metal known as obskruul are being imported to Bloodriven Village from Teras and sold in Skayl Mix.
Lore:
  A certificate will be available for purchase this Duskruin that adds fancy stance messaging to your weapon. This fluff messaging does not take up a script spot.
'''Examples:'''
''stance off'' Gripping your steel falchion, you take an aggressive step forward.
''stance advance'' Leaning forward, you position your steel falchion at your knees and ready yourself for battle.
''stance forward'' You pull your steel falchion across your body, preparing to fight.
''stance neutral'' Lightly gripping your steel falchion, you shift your balance from foot to foot.
''stance guarded'' Bringing your steel falchion across your chest, you glance about with a watchful eye. ''stance defense'' Stepping backwards, you pull your steel falchion close, protecting yourself from attack.
Thank you to GM Ethereal for helping code and APM Estild for his help in getting a new script slot added to make this happen. With the release of this certificate comes a new field on items called '''Fluff Script''', which will allow you to add fluff scripts that won't interfere with your mechanical scripts.<br> The way it works is as follows:

 

The primary script always takes precedence.
Multiple fluff scripts can be stacked into the fluff script field, but the order of importance is noted by the order of addition.
  • Example: Primary Script has verbs RUB, EXHALE, PULL, 1st fluff script has RUB, PUSH, PONDER, 2nd fluff script has PONDER, GAZE, GLANCE
  • Rub, exhale, and pull will always default to the primary script.
  • Push and ponder will always default to the 1st fluff script.
  • Gaze and glance will default to the 2nd fluff script.
  • And so on as it goes.

Crafter’s Tome Update
  Three updates to Crafter’s Tomes/Monocles will be going live when Duskruin opens on the 16th:

  1. Crafter’s Tomes and Monocles will be updated to support the new Bard service. They’ll provide appropriate stat and skills boosts when used in conjunction with the service. Affinity will not be reset during this update, so the item should be usable immediately. 
  2. Warrior’s will no longer see a difficulty assessment message when applying the grit service. 
  3. A new certificate will be available from Tome Raiders: a black voucher. This voucher will unlock to assess your service bonus when PONDER’ing your tome or monocle. It’ll provide both an IC range as well as the numerical value. Example:
>ponder tome
Your crafter's tome pulses with a crimson light, suffusing you with necromantic knowledge. You open your crafter's tome and scan through the pages, studying the text and diagrams contained within. After a few moments, you feel a presence briefly touch your mind, as if searching it. The feeling fades as you close your tome once again. You sense that your ability to ensorcell is proficient.
[Your skill bonus given your current condition and environment is 488.]
Teaser for the Cobblers!
Stop by Just For Kicks for the refreshed inventory and pick up a new Cobbling Settings Maker Box. Load 4 gems into the contraption, turn the knob and dials to cycle through the available settings and create some settings you can incorporate into your shoes as beads, buttons, studs, or insets. The box has room for 10 custom settings and yes, you can charge it yourself with some spare gems (or ask Lady Airisu).
>l my box
Looking closely at the settings on the side of your ebonwood box, you notice a dial set to "gold-set" and a knob set to "moon." G>push my box To make your cobbling settings [some gold-set pallid sapphire moons], your gems will be destroyed. Are you sure you want to do this?

Clockwerke Solutions For more details, visit:
Balance and Frenzy
  Hello everyone! This Duskruin (redacted) will be releasing a new weapon line known as Balance and Frenzy. The weapons themselves start 4X and are available to all but UCS. The weapons can be shifted between an offensive or defensive flare and set of abilities. Numbers are mostly finalized The first is the standard flares. The standard flares from the weapon are script level. Each flare will add 1 counter to the weapon. Upon reaching 20 counters the double flares will stop occurring until you TURN the weapon (swap) to the other side. For more details, visit:

 

HESS Additions Announcement
The new services for February 2024 have been posted here: https://gswiki.play.net/Duskruin_HESS_Additions_February_2024 GM Tivvy Announcement

 

Meat Grinders
A fairly industrious group of Burghal Gnomes have set up shop in "The Daily Grind" in order to sell their family's pride and joy: a special meat grinder contraption that has been the secret to their various cured meat delicacies over the years. Powered by iron or silver wands, the meat grinder can make raw cookable sausages (and, if unlocked, sausage links). All you need is, at the bare minimum, salt, a type of raw meat, and intestines.
Forum Link: ??Duskruin - Meat Grinders

To support Avaluka's sausage maker, Vanah has released mashed potatoes, boiled potatoes, and pancakes in the cooking system. Also in the Daily Grind, Accents shop are two items to turn forageables into Finishing Touches which add a sentence to food taste messaging, a cutting board, and a spice mill. A whisk can turn heavy cream milked with a milking pan or purchased at a grocer into whipped cream. She even feature-creeped herself into adding pancakes.
HESS INFO
  • The new services for February 2024 have been posted here: https://gswiki.play.net/Duskruin_HESS_Additions_February_2024 
  • Oh, one thing I can announce about HESS. The slate of intermediate transmutes that were released in August 2023 will not be available in August 2024. I can't speak to beyond that, but this is the last run for those this year.

The Blood Red Rose (Refresh & Update)
This shop houses Iasha Weapons. All new weapon bases have been built for this shop. There are also two new unlock certificates available. The coveted tier 3 unlock (providing +3 Wisdom Stat bonus and 1x/day teleportation to the player's deity's nearest temple/shrine (where applicable) via the ATTEND verb is now available. This tier is limited to Paladins/Clerics. However, if you get the GREATER All-Profession upgrade (also on sale) it will work for anyone.

Private Property Clocks
  I'll be putting out a cart at some point during Duskruin that will sell clock contracts, allowing private property owners to place a customizable clock in their property that chimes hourly.

 

Attunement Offerings
  • Shield Thyself (selling Shieldcapes)
  •  Curved Cuts (selling Chakrams) now offer attunement options.

 

February 16, 2024
HESS INFO
  • Flare Affinity won't work with any flares that are scripted. Bane flares should be compatible.
  • For any scripted weapon you're trying to reforge, the weapon profile you change to needs to be supported by the script. (edited)
  • For Ethereal Strings, they only work on a dagger, handaxe, war hammer, quoit, discus, javeline, throwing dagger, throwing axe, and spear. You'd have to reforge into one of those weapons.

Amalgamations was teased by GM Marstreforn
 

Create-a-Golem

  This year at Duskruin, you'll be able to build a golem if you participate in both the February/March and August runs. In the BATTLE VAULT, you will receive a chassis in the February/March run which is the foundation of your golem, without it, you cannot build one. These are character attuned. At Duskruin, you will come across golem pieces either in the arena by facing a clockwork golem or randomly searching in the sewers. There are 5 types of pieces you can find, arms, legs, plates, gears, and heads.
On the chassis you will ADD {part} TO {chassis} to attach a piece you find. You will need 2 arms and 2 legs. FLIP the chassis to select which side you are adding arms and legs. If you've already added a piece and wish to replace it, you can, but you will lose the old piece. There are over 10 of each piece currently with plans to continue to add more.
During the February/March run, you cannot finish the golem, as you will need the next BATTLE VAULT in August, which will be a motor/engine of sorts. So for now, you'll have just a incomplete chassis with anything you attach to it this run. You will be able to attach pieces next run if you don't find everything or maybe something new comes along that you like.
After the golem is complete, you can still swap out parts. The only verbs it will have for now are ADD, LOOK, and FLIP. I may add some more after we get everything released to have it do something between now until August, but no promises.
If you don't want to participate in this, you can BREAK the chassis for a violet exp orb. Be warned, there is no replacement and you will not be able to complete your golem. You only get one chance to build a golem. The violet exp orb will be account attuned so you can hand those off to other characters on your account.
GLADIATOR NPC (BOOKLET EXCHANGE)
 The booklet exchange NPC will have a 10 minute timer instead of the 30 minute timer. You run the risk of losing a lot of experience if you die, so use this frequently at your own peril. The NPC also has some better debugging if you use the wrong item. EASTER EGGS There are still some hidden easter eggs in the arena.

Battle Vault Questions & Answer
How are Battle Vaults Attuned?
  • Battle Vault is attuned to the first CHARACTER that opens it.
Can I buy more than one Battle Vault?
  • Yes, they do not attune until they are opened.
  • While you can buy more than one per ACCOUNT, you can only claim one per CHARACTER.
How do I use the scroll?
  • Anytime between February 16th and March 10th, you may redeem the scroll. From the moment you do, it will award 2x base experience absorption for 30 days.
  • You can not activate these outside of this run of Duskruin.
Can I activate two scrolls at once?
  • No, you can only have one scroll active per character.
If I buy two Battle Vaults, can I break the Chassis to get the experience orb on one and keep the other to create my golem?
  • Yes. As long as you have one chassis, you can still build your golem.
  • The orb from your chassis is account attuned, not character attuned.
  • (edited)
ATTUNEMENT Questions & Answers
What is the benefit of buying an attuned item?
  • Attunement provides you with a 25% discount on the item.
Is attunement account or character bound?
  • It is account bound.
If I buy an item at normal price and then buy the unlock attuned, what happens to the item?
  • The item becomes attuned.
What if I want to pass my item to another account for a different character to use?
  • Attunement means the item is restricted for use to the purchasing account.
Can I buy an attuned item and give it to someone else so that they can unlock it?
  • No, only the account purchasing the item has the attunement.
Shop Wiki Data:
As of 11:45 PM last night (February 16), all shops were logged on the wiki. HESS has to be rerun as some items were missing and we've added them back in.

Roleplay at Duskruin
A bloodstained wooden message post has been added to [Duskruin Arena, Foyer] (u8213002) for all your DR RP needs! We'll be posting there as well, so take a peek before your next arena run!
Grobey Unlocks at HESS
 In order to unlock your Grobey Shield (after you have had the Grobey script added to it), you need to purchase 2 "a maoral shield-shaped carvings". This is a single item that handles both unlocks. If you wish to bring your shield to auction quality, then you would also purchase the "a gold shield-shaped sculpture".

Wyrom Battle Vault Announcemnt
I want to announce this a bit earlier than the end of this run. But reviewing the BATTLE VAULT, we will be making some changes for the next planned one in August.
  • The chassis will continue to be in the August run.
  • You will only be able to have one golem with you at a time per character, but you could complete a second.
  • The motor (noun TBD) will be obtainable another way in August.
  • The scroll will be 50% more exp the next time we offer it.
  • I know I said 2x and I coded 2x, but I mathed +50% when I proposed it. The scrolls will remain as is until the next time we release them (so have fun with the crazy exp rates that are my mistake right now).
Scrip Exchange NPC
 Experience Update After this run of Duskruin, the NPC that exchanges markers, booklets, keys, and any future exchanged items will award instant experience once you're saturated. That means you can still saturate with the initial 5,000 experience, but anything exchanged while saturated will result in it being a direct amount of instant experience.

Bloodrunes
In the sewers at Duskruin, there are stones that can be chiseled to create bloodrunes. There are tiers of bloodrunes with varying rarity, you have classic, divine, arcane, mystic, and legendary. In previous runs, some bloodrunes were harder to come by in each rarity tier. I've gone ahead and made everything equally available within each rarity tier.
Golem Legendary Bloodrune
Constructed entirely of mismatched metal armaments and pieces, (player) towers over those nearby. Large copper pauldrons are fused in place and incised with glowing (complexion) glyphs, while a barrel-shaped torso with an iron grate in front of it displays a burning fire of (hair color). Each of (his/her) joints has a series of pistons surrounded by bolts that aid in movement, while gears at the incredibly short neck allow the inverted kettle-shaped head to rotate. Nothing more than thin slits within the bronze metal, (his/her) eyes radiate a (eyecolor) glow.

Automaton Legendary Bloodrune
Tall and blocky, (player) stands before you, an enormous automaton comprised of steel and bronze plates. An inverted bucket, complete with glowing (eye color) eyes, creates the head, the strap hanging loose at the back, while a ladle-shaped jaw is bolted in place next to massive screw-shaped ears. Squared shoulders descend from either side of a pot-bellied stove that serves as the torso, the glow of a (hair color) fire burning fitfully inside.


Fullmetal Mold Additions
Three new molds (key blanks, locksmithing clasps, and Snap-On Heels for cobbling) have been added in Scoria and Dross. These only work when used in conjunction with a Fullmetal Crucible. More details in the forum thread here: ?paid-events?[Duskruin] - Fullmetal Crucibles

DUSKRUIN VERB Questions and Answers
Is the Duskruin Verb how I see my bloodscrip?
  • No, you'll need to type TICKET and this will give you a readout of all your alternate currencies.
How do I figure out what to set in Duskruin?
  • Type DUSKRUIN HELP in-game.
If I do DUSKRUIN REWARD SCRIP instead of LOOT can I still get golem parts?
  • Yes, special drops are still accessible under SCRIP instead of loot.
  • Turning of loot simply means less runs to the pawnshop.
Is there a way for me to specify what kind of BOOSTS I'd like to get?
  • Yes. Your options are: DUSKRUIN BOOST RANDOM: Receive random boosts. 
  •  DUSKRUIN BOOST BOUNTY: Receive bounty boosts. 
  •  DUSKRUIN BOOST ABSORB: Receive instant mind clearers. 
  •  DUSKRUIN BOOST SUPERCHARGER: Receive item superchargers. 
  •  DUSKRUIN BOOST LUCK: Receive luck boosters. 
  •  DUSKRUIN BOOST LTE: Receive long-term experience boosts.

HESS CERTIFICATES Questions and Answers

 Why do some certificates take longer than others?

  • Chances are that the certificate you are hoping to have completed on a weapon or armor require review. If this happens, then please understand that it takes time for us to review them. We want to make sure that you don't have complications with your item further down the line.
Are all of the HESS certificates out for this run?
  • Yes, at this time all HESS certificates are out.
If I have Rotflares on my weapon with Dispell and I want Flare Affinity, how do I do that?
  • Go to the dabbler and remove your rot flares, then go purchase the necessary certificates.
Does Flare Affinity work with paladin bond flares?
  • It does not.
Does Flare Affinity work with scripted flares?
  • It does not.
When do I have to start paying a surcharge?
  • After your fifth service on an individual item.
Can I reforge something with an Ethereal String on it?
  • For Ethereal Strings, they only work on a dagger, handaxe, war hammer, quoit, discus, javeline, throwing dagger, throwing axe, and spear. So your could reforge from (example) a dagger to a handaxe, but no other edged weapon profile would be eligible.
 Longbow to hand xbow is fine?
  • Yes, as long as the old and new weapon use exactly the same weapon skill.
Can brawling weapons be reforged to UCSE?
  • No, brawling weapons and UCS cannot be converted either way.

Dabbler will now remove Fatal Afflares for you.



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