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    Halloween | Melodia Haunted Festival

    No worries! We'll be announcing the House winner and individual competition winners shortly with our next news announcement. Stay tuned!
  2. The month of December is here, and our countdown to Christmas has arrived to usher in the spirit of the holiday season. We're thankful for every member of the TalonRO community, and this year we're pleased to present our Fourth-Annual Advent Calendar giveaway as a countdown to Christmas! If you're unfamiliar with this concept, Advent Calendars are special calendars which mark each day from now through Christmas Eve. Behind each day on the calendar is often something nice - a small gift in celebration of the big day coming on December 25th! This year, we're pleased to continue our holiday tradition to say thank you for being part of the TalonRO community and to celebrate you with countdown to Christmas - complete with presents! We're pleased to thank the entire TalonRO community with special small prizes, all the way through December 24th! Claiming your own Advent Calendar prize is simple - though you'll want to make sure that you can log in each day to TalonRO in order to claim all of your prizes! There's no way to collect prizes for days which you have missed - so the only way to get them is to check the calendar each day from December 1 through December 24 on Christmas Eve! Claim your Advent Calendar prize in four easy steps: Visit the TalonRO Advent Calendar and look for today's date! You'll only be able to open a present from the calendar on that current day, so we hope that you won't miss any of them. Don't forget: all days start and end on Midgard (server) time - so be sure to note what time it is on TalonRO! Find the day's present in the calendar and click on it. Each present will have a special holiday greeting card, as drawn by members of the TalonRO community! View the work of our Advent Calendar Art Contest winners are this year by visiting the calendar each day. Along with the card, you'll receive a special unique code! Take this code to our Advent Calendar NPC in Lutie and enter the code exactly as you see it after opening your Advent Calendar present in the calendar. Remember: each code is unique to your Master Account! You'll receive your daily Advent Calendar prize if you've entered your code in correctly with the Advent Giver NPC in Lutie, It could be something small and useful, or something much more rare and wonderful! All of these gifts are our way of saying thank you for being part of the TalonRO community! All Advent Calendar Gifts this year are account-bound and will only be available on the day they are offered - meaning that you can't log-in and collect prizes from later dates. To receive all 24 gifts, you'll need to visit the Advent Calendar and the NPC in Lutie each day from now through Christmas Eve. You'll also might be marveling at the wonderful artwork in the advent calendar - which was created by Talonian artists from past years! Incredible and amazing thanks go to all of the Talonian artists in the past who have contributed to the Advent Calendar to make it special and unique! We hope this fun and wonderful countdown will help ring in the holiday season on TalonRO with lots of cheer and bright wishes. Although there is much more to come in December, our Advent Calendar is just the kickoff we hope that you'll enjoy! Our best wishes to you all for a wonderful holiday and thank you as always for your support! Happy Gaming!
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    Melodia Haunted Festival

    Welcome to Melodia, home of Melodia Academy and the Haunted Festival ! Home to some of Midgard's most talented musicians, artists and and magicians, four houses serve to educate the students of Melodia Academy: Midgard's premier school for the magical arts. Created by two powerful wizards, Algo and Muse, and now led by their seventh generation descendants - the four house leaders, the students of Melodia Academy are hard at work using their talents to convert the charming town of Melodia for the annual Haunted Festival for Halloween! Melodia houses a dark secret underneath its charming town, however. Though the leaders of each house within Melodia Academy know of the town's dark secret, the students are blissfully unaware...until this very year, where a dark secret stirs deep within. Melodia Academy invites you to be part of this year's festivities: both to enjoy all that the town has to offer, but also to potentially defend the town and its students from what lurks below - and it will be up to you to fight for Melodia in this year's Halloween celebration: the Melodia Haunted Festival! Like Halloween celebrations of the past, this year's festival is action packed! However, the Melodia Haunted Festival presents an opportunity to experience an entirely new series of events, festivities, games, and goals! With an entirely new twist on a classic seasonal adventure, this year's festivities presents a unique opportunity to play together, challenge your fellow adventurers, and - as always - win some absolutely fantastic prizes! Begin this year's Haunted Festival in the Academy Grounds of Melodia! Speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera to enter. The Melodia Haunted Festival is, at its heart, a competition: four houses of noble origin serve the students of Melodia Academy. As such, the invitation to the haunted festival requires you to first be assigned to a house. There are four houses to choose from: Windsor House - led by Remy Guile House - led by Faa Sorin House - led by Sola Emure House - led by Sydo Each of the four houses of Melodia Academy are accepting applicants as well! In the grand tradition of Melodia Academy, all new adventurers are sorted into a house, and your goal is to first align yourself to one of the four houses to assist them in this year's festival by becoming an honorary student! Speak with Monny the NPC in Melodia Academy upon entry. Monny will enroll you into the Academy, and will ask you if you would like him to sort you into a house, or if you have a preference. While your preferences will be weighed in, Melodia Academy is ultimately responsible for sorting you into a house, and will pick for you based on what he believes your capabilities can offer. Note that your house assignment will apply to all characters within your master account. For the purposes of the Melodia Haunted Festival, we recommend consolidating your individual participation to one character - so you can maximize your earned points and prizes most effectively! Note as well that the Festival does not take place within a normal city, but within the town of Melodia, which is normally hidden from the world during the school year! To access the event area, you will need to speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera. Once here, you will need to choose a house. Once this is done, you will have the option to warp to either Melodia or Melodia Academy. You'll be able to walk to either Melodia or Melodia Academy from either place, but the warper will be able to drop you off at your desired location for convenience. In order to determine which of the houses reign supreme among the students of Melodia Academy, a series of competitions are hosted at specific time-based intervals. This is to allow each house to compete as individuals and as a team across a variety of challenges. In between competitions, you and your housemates will have the opportunity to pass the time away in microevents, such as the return of Blackjack, or embark on a longer house-specific progression quest! Activities rotate every hour during the Haunted Festival - and can include everything from festival-wide events involving all houses, or very specific monster or MVP challenges which will require collaborative effort between houses working together! The leaders of each house are eager to put the students through a variety of challenges and paces - requiring you to be ready for anything which comes at you! So suit up, gear up, and gather your friends together as you embark on competitions, quests, and challenges for points, tickets, and prizes!  However - lurking below this year's festivities is something far more sinister than just challenges and minigames. Dark energy seems to be returning to Melodia, and the grandmaster of the Melodia Academy - Saberoth - has cloistered himself away at the same time. This year's main quest will involve your work to learn more about the recent disturbances which seem to be cropping up in Melodia during this year's Haunted Festival, starting with a desire to locate a strange artifact... The Melodia Haunted Festival revolves around a series of three distinct activities: Hourly Festival minigames Individual microevents House Quests & Specialty Adventures The Hourly Festival minigames rotate every hour, and may come from one of the following general types of minigames: Town-wide minigames. These games involve the participation of players across all of the Festival map. Great timed events include the return of favorites such as Simon Says, Simon Sequence, and Poring Seek. You'll encounter these games one at a time - and once the time is up, game progress will finish and team + individual points will be tallied! You'll also have a chance here to earn individual prize tickets as well. Limited capacity minigames. The Halloween Challenge, Zombie Run, and Devil's Claw Machine represent offerings of minigames where participation in the hour is limited to those who are able to sign up first! Rounds have been expanded in terms of capacity and speed to accommodate a significant number of players, but participation will be limited! For those players who aren't able to make the hourly deadline and capacity for a given event, there are other great options available through the House Quest or other activities. Hunting minigames. No time in Melodia would be complete without having an opportunity to put your skills to the test! When games of the hunting variety are open for the hour, suit up and get ready to go monster hunting - you may select to enter Vanilla or Unrestricted mode at your own choosing! To enter the hunting grounds, head to the Staircase next to Zarevok in Melodia Academy. Be careful to watch out for those MVPs, too! A few will spawn during the minigame, but killing them will be well worth the points as well as drops! Gather up as many goodies and points as you can in this special area. All monsters will die when the hour time is up, and the team which accrued the most kills within the hour will win additional points! MVP defense minigames. The houses of Melodia Academy won't always face against one another! The housemasters have called upon their most fiendish friends to assist in another special type of hourly minigame, the MVP defense! When this event begins, one team will be responsible for keeping their Dark Sorcerer MVP alive as long as possible, while the opposite team will be on the offensive - trying to find and kill the other team's Dark Sorcerer! Houses will be paired together in a 2 v 2 house competition! Houses will be divided into two teams, and given a unique costume to temporarily distinguish themselves so you know who is on which team! If you are on the defensive team, every minute your team's MVP is alive will earn points along with spawned Treasure Chests! If you can find and break those chests open for your team, you'll earn individual points for your team plus an opportunity to earn yourself some wonderful Red Festival Tickets! Meanwhile, the team on the offensive should focus on finding and killing the other team's MVP (and steer clear of cracking open treasure chests - as that will cause your team to lose points!). If the offensive team successfully kills the MVP that hour, the roles will switch and the Dark Sorcerer will appear for the winning team, switching them from offense and now into defense! Each defensive team earns points through two methods: keeping your MVP alive, and finding/opening Treasure Chests. The offensive team will want to kill the other team's MVP as fast as possible so they can be in defensive mode and thus start earning points! Individual Microevents. A great way to pass the time in between hourly games! Play Blackjack or Guess The Number, or speak with any of the festival goers to learn more about the Melodia Haunted Festival - and what other surprises and scares might lurk in store! Main House Quests & Specialty Adventures. Once you've been assigned to a house team, you'll have the option to embark upon a new quest. Each respective house leader will be able to help you get started, and each quest contains multiple parts and sections to earn both a special headgear and also access to further activities! Complete various sections of the evolving quest to advance your house's team to further glory! Plus, other exciting events may unfold as the Festival progresses, including events related to the action stirring forth within Melodia - including the installment of a special new instance dungeon which will offer exciting challenges, thrills, and prizes! Points and Tickets are how the Haunted Festival keeps track of performance. In order to see which of the houses will win in this year's competition, the work of each alliance will contribute into a total point system during the Haunted Festival to see which house reigns at the top! Each minigame, microevent, and House Quest will earn you points and/or tickets. Points go toward settling the competition between each of the rival houses for team awards, while Red Festival Tickets reward you for individual contribution and can be applied toward prizes. For example, monsters during the Hunting Minigames may drop Festival Tickets as items, but the team member who kills the monster will be credited with the house points. Alternatively, specialty adventures may reward you with tickets, but possibly not team points depending on the nature of the mission - especially if there is any danger around the corner! House Points contribute toward determining which of the four houses will win this year. Every point may be awarded to either an individual player on a team while in the midst of an event, or distributed to the entire team when an event is won at the end of the allotted hour. In order to keep the fires of competition stoked magically hot, the Melodia Academy registrar will be keeping a record of the scores hidden until the end of the Haunted Festival, when the winning house and runner-up house will be announced! The four houseleaders have also agreed to award special honorary degrees to the thirteen (13) most intrepid adventurers who have helped to settle this year's tie. Individual prizes will be handed out to winners of various minigames who have demonstrated that their skills are on par with the best-in-class students of each house! Those individuals with the most points at the end of the entire Haunted Festival will be announced and receive a special, exclusive prize! Red Festival Tickets, as mentioned earlier, can be accumulated and traded in for a wide array of wonderful prizes this year! Only one type of ticket - the Red Festival Ticket - exists in the Festival, and this will be the ticket you'll want to collect! Earn these tickets throughout multiple events in the Festival, and trade them at the Festival to earn a variety of wonderful and magical prizes from the house leaders as thanks for participating in this year's Festival. What secret items will you collect from earning tickets in this year's Festival? There's only one way to find out! The Haunted Festival features two distinct methods of performance tracking: Points and Tickets. Points are used to determine which house will win in this year's Melodia Haunted Festival. At the end of the Festival, the house with the most amount of points will win the Festival, and all players who are aligned with that house will receive a special team prize! Players can earn points on behalf of their team by participating in any of the hourly rotating minigames. Points can be earned either based on individual performance during a minigame (e.g.: killing a monster during the Hunting Minigame), or when a team wins an entire game at the end of an hour by earning the most points (e.g.: the team with the best defense time in MVP Defense). Performing well in each of the minigames will earn you points - so the more you participate, the more likely it is that you'll earn more points! Every point awarded will be mentioned to either the player receiving the points, or to the entire team / map when points are not player-specific, such as winning a town-wide minigame. Overall point scores for each house will be tallied, but kept hidden throughout the event. The winning house will be announced at the end Haunted Festival to keep the suspense running high! Red Festival Tickets can be earned throughout the minigames and microevents this year, allowing you to save them up and trade in for fantastic Haunted Festival prizes. You can earn these tickets through a variety of methods in each of the minigames or microevents, or in the Labyrinth event. These tickets are character-bound, and there is only one type of ticket available this year: the Red Festival Ticket. You may exchange these tickets with a special prize NPC in the center tent of Melodia, who can help you exchange these tickets for fantastic prizes and mentioned down below! Special Academy Degree award prizes for top individual performers will be handed out at the end of the Haunted Festival as well, in addition to a winning house. Note that top-performance is character driven - so to compete in this area, we recommend participating in the Haunted Festival using a single character of your choice, as points are not tallied across all characters in your master account. Overall, thirteen (13) players will win for top performance in each of the following categories: The top-three (3) Town-Wide minigame / Limited Capacity minigame winners by accumulated points. Performance will be based on the number of points accumulated on your character for: Simon Says, Simon Sequence, Poring Seek, Halloween Challenge, Zombie Run, and Devil's Claw Machine. Points accumulated through Blackjack will NOT count toward this individual performance total. The top-three (3) Hunting minigame killers by accumulated points: Performance is based on the number of monsters killed during this minigame, with MVPs counting for substantially more points. This score is cumulative across both Vanilla and Unrestricted modes, so both Headmasters highly recommend playing in both versions to earn the maximum amount of points in this category! The top-three (3) MVP Defense Treasure Chest breakers by the number of chests opened during the minigame. Performance is based on the number of Treasure Chests opened while you are playing on defense (remember that opening Treasure Chests while on offense will cause you to *lose* points!). Keeping the MVP alive while on defense will contribute points toward your house score, while opening Treasure Chests will contribute points toward your individual performance scores in the Degree awards. The single fastest party of four (4) in the Labyrinth when this minigame is made available. Be on the lookout for the Labyrinth minigame during the Haunted Festival. You'll be able to form parties of four (4) players for this minigame. The party of four (4) with the fastest completion time in the Labyrinth will win a Degree Award this year as well! Overall, the winning house will win from a best-of-three score card across three distinct categories: The house with the highest cumulative point scores across all events, and with all players. The house who won the most hourly games overall in various minigames. The house whose members have the most individual Degree Award recipients (there are 13, so that way there are no ties!) Additionally, there will be a runner-up house which will also receive a prize! Competition games are the essence of the Haunted Festival! The four houses this year are eager to see who among them will win in this year's festival, so the competition is heating up. This year's series of games are certain to involve creative problem solving, strategic force, and intrepid bravery - with each game designed to test a variety of skills and proficiency. This year's offerings are summarized below - but be certain to try them all to not only experience the full range of the Haunted Festival, but to also earn points for your house and to earn tickets for yourself! We hope that you enjoy this year's offerings and games - and we hope that you'll emerge as one of this year's Degree Award winners! Blackjack & Guess the Number The Melodia Haunted Casino is open for business! Play special party-based rounds of Blackjack rotating alongside a haunted Guess the Number minigame. Strike it rich for your opportunity to win tickets! This microevent will be available during the Festival, and recommended for when you're waiting in between hourly rounds of other events! Simon Says Copy the movements exactly as ordered - or else, you're out! Be sure to follow the instructions carefully in this minigame which is harder than it looks. If you win, points and tickets await - plus the house with the most wins will win additional team-wide points! Simon Sequence You've obeyed Simon, but can you find all the Simons in this meta-Simon experience?! If so, follow the sequence closely and run around the Festival for a chance to earn for you and your house. Poring Seek Mischievous Porionettes roam around the Festival when this minigame begins - can you be the one to kill the most within five minutes? You'll race against the clock and one another to see who will win the round, plus the house with the most wins will win additional team-wide points! Halloween Challenge Even the students of Melodia Academy recall this classic Halloween game involving candy - a favorite! Fight through traps and snares and pitfalls as you work your way to collect points and tickets in this particularly challenging minigame. Zombie Run Survive against a horde of zombies, where your death is your house's biggest threat! Evade zombies in a successive round and win points and tickets along the way. Be certain to stay alive - since healing is off the table on this event! When you hear the cackle of Nightriff, you had best run as fast as you can! Note: Entering Zombie Run with either a mercenary or homunculus will result in your automatic ejection from the event. Mercenaries nor homunculi can be summoned during gameplay in Zombie Run. Devil's Claw Machine The devil's claw descends from below, grabbing up participants as it goes! Can you outlast the explosive grip of the Devil's Claw as it targets players across a limited area? If so, then you'll be rewarded for your efforts! Note: Entering the Devil's Claw Machine with either a mercenary or homunculus will result in your automatic ejection from the event. Mercenaries nor homunculi can be summoned during gameplay in Devil's Claw Machine. Monster Hunting Embark on a courageous monster hunt on behalf of your house and earn tickets and points! This year, each monster hunting map will be purely PvM as you fight against various Halloween-themed monsters. When the Monster Hunting minigame opens, it will open in both Vanilla and Unrestricted mode, and you can choose which to take on. Points and tickets for these modes will be the same, so we encourage you to try out both sometime! MVP Defense Guard your MVP and find treasure chests when in defensive mode, or go on the hunt to fight the opposing team's MVP in offensive mode. The longer your MVP stays alive, the more points your house will earn. Team functions switch when an MVP is killed, meaning that the old defensive team will become the new offense in the next round, and so on! House Quest Embark on a quest for your house to grant you a special headgear and access to the instance dungeon. A great experience awaits you, which is perfect for passing the time in between hourly minigame rounds! Begin your house's respective quest by speaking with your respective housemaster. The Labyrinth Once open, the Labyrinth is the home of some truly foul magic and energy, and it will be up to you and your friends to follow Kirkena's suggestions as you navigate through the challenge. The goal of the Labyrinth is to guide your party of four through the maze as fast as possible successfully! MVP Instance dungeon This year, an all-new instance dungeon awaits you as the hardest part of this year's festival. Embark on a journey to learn more about the dark forces stirring within Melodia as part of this season's most difficult quest! The instance will feature some of the Haunted Festival's most unique rewards - so it is not to be missed, even though it will be challenging! It wouldn't be a proper Haunted Festival without some wonderful prizes! In addition to settling the score between the various houses, the degree ceremony will come at the end of the Festival - and until then, every point earned for your house will count toward your total score. Halloween wouldn't also be complete unless there were prized Trick or Treat Boxes as well! This year's ToT Boxes have been revamped with a new look - and new items with reduced junk items rates that make this year's bags some of the best yet! Earn these bags in a number of ways, including through tickets, speaking with NPCs, and much more! What will you get inside of your bags this year? Finally, earning Red Festival Tickets this year will allow you access to a wide range of fantastic prizes, including new costumes and fantastic assorted prizes! With only a single ticket type to keep track of, your tickets will add up into some wonderful prizes during the Haunted Festival. What you'll earn is up to the effort you put in, and a little bit of Halloween magical luck! Trade in your Red Festival Tickets at the Halloween Prizes NPC in the for any of the following amazing prizes: Trade six (6) Red Tickets in for a Trick or Treat Box! Note: Trick or Treat Boxes are account-bound, as they were last year, however its contents can mostly be traded. Trade fifty (50) Red Tickets for your chance at winning one of six new, exclusive costumes! On top of that you can choose to go for last year's costumes, too! Note: these costumes are account-bound items. Trade a hundred (100) Red Tickets in for a Bloody Branch! Trade in a single (1) Red Ticket for a Dead Branch as well Completing this year's House Quest will also yield the possibility for an exciting prize! Quest completion will give a special new Pitch Dark Evil Druid Hat [0] upon successful completion! Note: this hat is account-bound. Note: this hat can not be worn in Vanilla WoE/PvP but can be worn on Vanilla event maps. Item details: Plus, every completion gives a slight chance to also receive a special Bandit Pet! Note: this egg item is account-bound. A special prize will also go to all adventurers who are affiliated with the winning houses this year! This year, the Top 2 houses will win a prize! Naturally, the greatest prize goes to the top house: The house that places first will win a Blessing of Angels Costume (account-bound) The house that comes in second will win a Black Wing Costume (account-bound) In recognition of outstanding efforts, each of this year's thirteen Degree recipients will receive an incredible two special prizes: Deviling Pet (not account-bound!)- considerably rare, this pet is sure to let everyone know that you're a powerful student of Melodia! Your choice of MVP Card! Cards eligible for this prize are those currently available from the Reward Guru Maya Purple is furthermore excluded from this list This year's Melodia Haunted Festival has many new and exciting features and challenging minigames - which is why we want to make sure you're aware of all of this year's important rules, guidelines, and dates so you can make the most of your adventure! Be sure to review the list below so that you're well prepared for all of this year's rules and processes - and we hope that you have an incredible and memorable time in Melodia! To begin in the Melodia Haunted Festival, speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera. From there, he will warp you into either Melodia or Melodia Academy. This is where the Festival is taking place. You will be able to have some say in choosing your house, but the Academy will make the ultimate decision. Once sorted into a house, this will be your affiliation for the duration of the Festival. To be sorted into a house, speak with Monny the NPC in Melodia Academy. Upon enrollment into the Academy, Monny will ask you if you would like him to sort you into a house, or if you have a preference. Furthermore, this affiliation will be applied to your entire Master Account, and all characters within your Master Account who participate in the Haunted Festival will share in this affiliation. The use of multiple Master Accounts during this event, or possession of such multiple accounts at anytime on TalonRO, is forbidden and is a ban-worthy offense per TalonRO's server rules. The hourly minigames will rotate and be available every hour, including during other standard offerings, such as GMC hours, War of Emperium, and other regularly scheduled events. The Labyrinth minigame, MVP instance dungeon, and main house quest series are exempt of the hourly rotation. Accessing the MVP instance access requires a King's Soul Stone item once this is available to you after completing the main house quest. This item drops from Halloween MvPs, or via other miscellaneous methods. Entering either the Devil's Claw Machine or Zombie Run with either a mercenary or homunculus will result in your automatic ejection from the event. Mercenaries and Homunculi cannot be summoned during gameplay in either Devil's Claw or Zombie Run. A status bulletin board is available in both Melodia and Melodia Academy to remind you of your house affiliation, as well as a readout of what the current hourly minigame will be (or the next one, if one is currently not in progress). The colors of the game type correspond to color-themed map markers, available on your minimap. The board also features some fun news and weather across Melodia (just pack accordingly if you see any dangerous activity!) Melodia Academy recommends participating this year on a single character, selected from your available characters in your Master Account. This is so that you have the best chance of consolidating points to be one of the 13 Degree Recipients! Moreover, Red Festival Tickets are character-bound - and so it is recommended that you earn Tickets using a single character throughout the duration of the event. Many of this year's prizes are account-bound as well, including Trick or Treat Box, costumes, and many prizes obtained through the event. The only way to obtain these exclusive events is to participate, allowing everyone the chance to earn wonderful prizes no matter your zeny status! Finally, the Melodia Haunted Academy will end on Sunday, November 18th, and within a few days after that, the winning house will be announced, along with this year's house prizes and Degree Award recipients! We sincerely hope that you enjoy the magic, frights, and wonder of the Melodia Haunted Festival - which is our delight to offer to you in this Autumn season! We're looking forward to the month ahead as we come into December, but we hope this will make for a very memorable and fun November! Thank you as always for your support of TalonRO, and as always, happy gaming!
  4. November continues the haunted action this month with multiple events which are sure to provide both tricks and treats! Fall continues as December is right around the corner, which can only mean one thing: it's time for TalonRO's celebration of Halloween! Enjoy a completely new in-game event experience this year in the Melodia Haunted Festival! Don't forget too about our recent release of Old Glast Heim from last month - where you can come to the aid of the Glast Heim Knights on their quest to defeat the witch, Himmelmez. We're also unveiling part of our new TalonRO patcher, where your gateway to the world of TalonRO will receive a special update and new look - we hope that you'll like it! We hope that November's updates are plenty of fun, and feel welcome to read on for this month's latest updates and additions!  We're delighted to offer several unique events happening in November to celebrate the last vestiges of Autumn - starting with our new Halloween-themed event "Melodia Haunted Festival." Home to some of Midgard's most talented musicians, artists and and magicians, four houses serve to educate the students of Melodia Academy: Midgard's premier school for the magical arts. Created by two powerful wizards, Algo and Muse, and now led by their seventh generation descendants - the four house leaders, the students of Melodia Academy are hard at work using their talents to convert the charming town of Melodia for the annual Haunted Festival for Halloween! Visit our Official Events section to read about this year's Halloween-themed event "Melodia Haunted Festival" with tons of great events, quests, stories, prizes, and more! Begin this year's Haunted Festival in the Academy Grounds of Melodia! Speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera to enter. The TalonRO Patcher has recently been fully revamped and is coming soon! The new patcher has been designed to enhance your experience on TalonRO from the moment that you double-click to begin your adventures. Revitalized and reimagined from the ground-up, the new design incorporates news blocks, features from Instagram, and helpful information as you begin your journey through Midgard and beyond. Be on the lookout as this new patcher experience rolls out to the community soon - we hope that you'll enjoy the new look and feel of the patcher, as well as that you'll find the new content helpful and informative! As with each monthly update, we've made a few necessary changes and general updates to make your experience on TalonRO fun and fresh. We hope that you enjoy the following updates and bug fixes: The following changes have been applied to the Old Glast Heim instance: Resolved a potential issue regarding quests that were not properly being registered during the instance. Increased the droprate of Coagulated Spells from OGH mobs by a significant margin. Increased the number of Coagulated Spells received after killing Amadarais. Previously set at 1, the new drop amount will range from 1 to 3. Every treasure in the Treasure Room will now drop a Coagulated Spell at a rate of 100%. Previously, this drop rate was at 50%. The forum-bound limit applied to this instance has increased. Previously, the limit on this instance was seven (7) times a week. You will now be able to access this instance up to twelve (12) times per week. Eden Group now has the Stalactic Golem quest replaced by both Tri Joint and Megalith quests. Fixed a small typo found in the Eden Gym. The Pintados Festival is now always open - please enjoy and try it out! Resolved an issue within Unrestricted WoE where the higher-HP version of the Emperium was not spawning correctly. Previously, the regular Emperium was spawned in its place. Added a larger nonvending zone to Umbala to prevent abuse of !shopjump. Added a dummy version of the Dog NPC for Eden Group quests within moc_fild11 with the intent to guide players toward the correct NPC.  Tam Tam’s Gift Region this month is all about that spooky fun with an adventure through Glast Heim! As if you couldn't get enough of Glast Heim (including Old Glast Heim!), this month's TTG will make for an extra special time through one of TalonRO's most beloved dungeons. Enjoy exploring around both of these special areas with their dark and sinister aspects - especially so with this month’s champion monsters for an opportunity to earn additional great rewards and experience! This month’s TTG region includes: Glast Heim Dungeon Exceptions to TTG in Glast Heim include the following maps: gl_dun01 gl_prison gl_chyard gl_sew03 This month’s Champion monsters include: Gargoyle Raydric Archer Abysmal Knight Rideword Khalitzburg Finally, this month's latest Costume Box includes a variety of enjoyable new and rare costumes. There's a new addition at the top of the order: the Morroc Kid Servant Costume! Further great costumes for this Halloween-themed box include the Ghostring Tall Hat Costume, Walking Kishu Inu Costume, and the Diabolic Lapel Costume - all perfect for the Halloween season! Other additions to this month's box make it one worth obtaining - and be sure to do so, as each month a new box with new contents will take its place! November's costume box is currently available in the Reward Guru - and we hope that you get something fun to show off to the world of Midgard. Morroc Kid Servant Costume (Item # 21022)** Ghostring Tall Hat Costume (Item # 20657) Walking Kishu Inu Costume (Item # 21123) Diabolic Lapel Costume (Item # 20915) Forest Guide Costume (Item # 21122) Baby Deviling Costume (Item # 21052) Deviling Rucksack Costume (Item # 20926) Popping Popcorn Costume (Item # 21132) Gorilla Mask Costume (Item # 20706) Deviruchi Headphones Costume (Item # 20681) Assassin Skull Mask Costume (Item # 21129) Skeleton Hood Costume (Item # 21130) ** Please note: Monks / Champions will be unable to wear this costume at this time.
  5. Welcome to Melodia, home of Melodia Academy and the Haunted Festival ! Home to some of Midgard's most talented musicians, artists and and magicians, four houses serve to educate the students of Melodia Academy: Midgard's premier school for the magical arts. Created by two powerful wizards, Algo and Muse, and now led by their seventh generation descendants - the four house leaders, the students of Melodia Academy are hard at work using their talents to convert the charming town of Melodia for the annual Haunted Festival for Halloween! Melodia houses a dark secret underneath its charming town, however. Though the leaders of each house within Melodia Academy know of the town's dark secret, the students are blissfully unaware...until this very year, where a dark secret stirs deep within. Melodia Academy invites you to be part of this year's festivities: both to enjoy all that the town has to offer, but also to potentially defend the town and its students from what lurks below - and it will be up to you to fight for Melodia in this year's Halloween celebration: the Melodia Haunted Festival! Like Halloween celebrations of the past, this year's festival is action packed! However, the Melodia Haunted Festival presents an opportunity to experience an entirely new series of events, festivities, games, and goals! With an entirely new twist on a classic seasonal adventure, this year's festivities presents a unique opportunity to play together, challenge your fellow adventurers, and - as always - win some absolutely fantastic prizes! Begin this year's Haunted Festival in the Academy Grounds of Melodia! Speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera to enter. The Melodia Haunted Festival is, at its heart, a competition: four houses of noble origin serve the students of Melodia Academy. As such, the invitation to the haunted festival requires you to first be assigned to a house. There are four houses to choose from: Windsor House - led by Remy Guile House - led by Faa Sorin House - led by Sola Emure House - led by Sydo Each of the four houses of Melodia Academy are accepting applicants as well! In the grand tradition of Melodia Academy, all new adventurers are sorted into a house, and your goal is to first align yourself to one of the four houses to assist them in this year's festival by becoming an honorary student! Speak with Monny the NPC in Melodia Academy upon entry. Monny will enroll you into the Academy, and will ask you if you would like him to sort you into a house, or if you have a preference. While your preferences will be weighed in, Melodia Academy is ultimately responsible for sorting you into a house, and will pick for you based on what he believes your capabilities can offer. Note that your house assignment will apply to all characters within your master account. For the purposes of the Melodia Haunted Festival, we recommend consolidating your individual participation to one character - so you can maximize your earned points and prizes most effectively! Note as well that the Festival does not take place within a normal city, but within the town of Melodia, which is normally hidden from the world during the school year! To access the event area, you will need to speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera. Once here, you will need to choose a house. Once this is done, you will have the option to warp to either Melodia or Melodia Academy. You'll be able to walk to either Melodia or Melodia Academy from either place, but the warper will be able to drop you off at your desired location for convenience. In order to determine which of the houses reign supreme among the students of Melodia Academy, a series of competitions are hosted at specific time-based intervals. This is to allow each house to compete as individuals and as a team across a variety of challenges. In between competitions, you and your housemates will have the opportunity to pass the time away in microevents, such as the return of Blackjack, or embark on a longer house-specific progression quest! Activities rotate every hour during the Haunted Festival - and can include everything from festival-wide events involving all houses, or very specific monster or MVP challenges which will require collaborative effort between houses working together! The leaders of each house are eager to put the students through a variety of challenges and paces - requiring you to be ready for anything which comes at you! So suit up, gear up, and gather your friends together as you embark on competitions, quests, and challenges for points, tickets, and prizes!  However - lurking below this year's festivities is something far more sinister than just challenges and minigames. Dark energy seems to be returning to Melodia, and the grandmaster of the Melodia Academy - Saberoth - has cloistered himself away at the same time. This year's main quest will involve your work to learn more about the recent disturbances which seem to be cropping up in Melodia during this year's Haunted Festival, starting with a desire to locate a strange artifact... The Melodia Haunted Festival revolves around a series of three distinct activities: Hourly Festival minigames Individual microevents House Quests & Specialty Adventures The Hourly Festival minigames rotate every hour, and may come from one of the following general types of minigames: Town-wide minigames. These games involve the participation of players across all of the Festival map. Great timed events include the return of favorites such as Simon Says, Simon Sequence, and Poring Seek. You'll encounter these games one at a time - and once the time is up, game progress will finish and team + individual points will be tallied! You'll also have a chance here to earn individual prize tickets as well. Limited capacity minigames. The Halloween Challenge, Zombie Run, and Devil's Claw Machine represent offerings of minigames where participation in the hour is limited to those who are able to sign up first! Rounds have been expanded in terms of capacity and speed to accommodate a significant number of players, but participation will be limited! For those players who aren't able to make the hourly deadline and capacity for a given event, there are other great options available through the House Quest or other activities. Hunting minigames. No time in Melodia would be complete without having an opportunity to put your skills to the test! When games of the hunting variety are open for the hour, suit up and get ready to go monster hunting - you may select to enter Vanilla or Unrestricted mode at your own choosing! To enter the hunting grounds, head to the Staircase next to Zarevok in Melodia Academy. Be careful to watch out for those MVPs, too! A few will spawn during the minigame, but killing them will be well worth the points as well as drops! Gather up as many goodies and points as you can in this special area. All monsters will die when the hour time is up, and the team which accrued the most kills within the hour will win additional points! MVP defense minigames. The houses of Melodia Academy won't always face against one another! The housemasters have called upon their most fiendish friends to assist in another special type of hourly minigame, the MVP defense! When this event begins, one team will be responsible for keeping their Dark Sorcerer MVP alive as long as possible, while the opposite team will be on the offensive - trying to find and kill the other team's Dark Sorcerer! Houses will be paired together in a 2 v 2 house competition! Houses will be divided into two teams, and given a unique costume to temporarily distinguish themselves so you know who is on which team! If you are on the defensive team, every minute your team's MVP is alive will earn points along with spawned Treasure Chests! If you can find and break those chests open for your team, you'll earn individual points for your team plus an opportunity to earn yourself some wonderful Red Festival Tickets! Meanwhile, the team on the offensive should focus on finding and killing the other team's MVP (and steer clear of cracking open treasure chests - as that will cause your team to lose points!). If the offensive team successfully kills the MVP that hour, the roles will switch and the Dark Sorcerer will appear for the winning team, switching them from offense and now into defense! Each defensive team earns points through two methods: keeping your MVP alive, and finding/opening Treasure Chests. The offensive team will want to kill the other team's MVP as fast as possible so they can be in defensive mode and thus start earning points! Individual Microevents. A great way to pass the time in between hourly games! Play Blackjack or Guess The Number, or speak with any of the festival goers to learn more about the Melodia Haunted Festival - and what other surprises and scares might lurk in store! Main House Quests & Specialty Adventures. Once you've been assigned to a house team, you'll have the option to embark upon a new quest. Each respective house leader will be able to help you get started, and each quest contains multiple parts and sections to earn both a special headgear and also access to further activities! Complete various sections of the evolving quest to advance your house's team to further glory! Plus, other exciting events may unfold as the Festival progresses, including events related to the action stirring forth within Melodia - including the installment of a special new instance dungeon which will offer exciting challenges, thrills, and prizes! Points and Tickets are how the Haunted Festival keeps track of performance. In order to see which of the houses will win in this year's competition, the work of each alliance will contribute into a total point system during the Haunted Festival to see which house reigns at the top! Each minigame, microevent, and House Quest will earn you points and/or tickets. Points go toward settling the competition between each of the rival houses for team awards, while Red Festival Tickets reward you for individual contribution and can be applied toward prizes. For example, monsters during the Hunting Minigames may drop Festival Tickets as items, but the team member who kills the monster will be credited with the house points. Alternatively, specialty adventures may reward you with tickets, but possibly not team points depending on the nature of the mission - especially if there is any danger around the corner! House Points contribute toward determining which of the four houses will win this year. Every point may be awarded to either an individual player on a team while in the midst of an event, or distributed to the entire team when an event is won at the end of the allotted hour. In order to keep the fires of competition stoked magically hot, the Melodia Academy registrar will be keeping a record of the scores hidden until the end of the Haunted Festival, when the winning house and runner-up house will be announced! The four houseleaders have also agreed to award special honorary degrees to the thirteen (13) most intrepid adventurers who have helped to settle this year's tie. Individual prizes will be handed out to winners of various minigames who have demonstrated that their skills are on par with the best-in-class students of each house! Those individuals with the most points at the end of the entire Haunted Festival will be announced and receive a special, exclusive prize! Red Festival Tickets, as mentioned earlier, can be accumulated and traded in for a wide array of wonderful prizes this year! Only one type of ticket - the Red Festival Ticket - exists in the Festival, and this will be the ticket you'll want to collect! Earn these tickets throughout multiple events in the Festival, and trade them at the Festival to earn a variety of wonderful and magical prizes from the house leaders as thanks for participating in this year's Festival. What secret items will you collect from earning tickets in this year's Festival? There's only one way to find out! The Haunted Festival features two distinct methods of performance tracking: Points and Tickets. Points are used to determine which house will win in this year's Melodia Haunted Festival. At the end of the Festival, the house with the most amount of points will win the Festival, and all players who are aligned with that house will receive a special team prize! Players can earn points on behalf of their team by participating in any of the hourly rotating minigames. Points can be earned either based on individual performance during a minigame (e.g.: killing a monster during the Hunting Minigame), or when a team wins an entire game at the end of an hour by earning the most points (e.g.: the team with the best defense time in MVP Defense). Performing well in each of the minigames will earn you points - so the more you participate, the more likely it is that you'll earn more points! Every point awarded will be mentioned to either the player receiving the points, or to the entire team / map when points are not player-specific, such as winning a town-wide minigame. Overall point scores for each house will be tallied, but kept hidden throughout the event. The winning house will be announced at the end Haunted Festival to keep the suspense running high! Red Festival Tickets can be earned throughout the minigames and microevents this year, allowing you to save them up and trade in for fantastic Haunted Festival prizes. You can earn these tickets through a variety of methods in each of the minigames or microevents, or in the Labyrinth event. These tickets are character-bound, and there is only one type of ticket available this year: the Red Festival Ticket. You may exchange these tickets with a special prize NPC in the center tent of Melodia, who can help you exchange these tickets for fantastic prizes and mentioned down below! Special Academy Degree award prizes for top individual performers will be handed out at the end of the Haunted Festival as well, in addition to a winning house. Note that top-performance is character driven - so to compete in this area, we recommend participating in the Haunted Festival using a single character of your choice, as points are not tallied across all characters in your master account. Overall, thirteen (13) players will win for top performance in each of the following categories: The top-three (3) Town-Wide minigame / Limited Capacity minigame winners by accumulated points. Performance will be based on the number of points accumulated on your character for: Simon Says, Simon Sequence, Poring Seek, Halloween Challenge, Zombie Run, and Devil's Claw Machine. Points accumulated through Blackjack will NOT count toward this individual performance total. The top-three (3) Hunting minigame killers by accumulated points: Performance is based on the number of monsters killed during this minigame, with MVPs counting for substantially more points. This score is cumulative across both Vanilla and Unrestricted modes, so both Headmasters highly recommend playing in both versions to earn the maximum amount of points in this category! The top-three (3) MVP Defense Treasure Chest breakers by the number of chests opened during the minigame. Performance is based on the number of Treasure Chests opened while you are playing on defense (remember that opening Treasure Chests while on offense will cause you to *lose* points!). Keeping the MVP alive while on defense will contribute points toward your house score, while opening Treasure Chests will contribute points toward your individual performance scores in the Degree awards. The single fastest party of four (4) in the Labyrinth when this minigame is made available. Be on the lookout for the Labyrinth minigame during the Haunted Festival. You'll be able to form parties of four (4) players for this minigame. The party of four (4) with the fastest completion time in the Labyrinth will win a Degree Award this year as well! Overall, the winning house will win from a best-of-three score card across three distinct categories: The house with the highest cumulative point scores across all events, and with all players. The house who won the most hourly games overall in various minigames. The house whose members have the most individual Degree Award recipients (there are 13, so that way there are no ties!) Additionally, there will be a runner-up house which will also receive a prize! Competition games are the essence of the Haunted Festival! The four houses this year are eager to see who among them will win in this year's festival, so the competition is heating up. This year's series of games are certain to involve creative problem solving, strategic force, and intrepid bravery - with each game designed to test a variety of skills and proficiency. This year's offerings are summarized below - but be certain to try them all to not only experience the full range of the Haunted Festival, but to also earn points for your house and to earn tickets for yourself! We hope that you enjoy this year's offerings and games - and we hope that you'll emerge as one of this year's Degree Award winners! Blackjack & Guess the Number The Melodia Haunted Casino is open for business! Play special party-based rounds of Blackjack rotating alongside a haunted Guess the Number minigame. Strike it rich for your opportunity to win tickets! This microevent will be available during the Festival, and recommended for when you're waiting in between hourly rounds of other events! Simon Says Copy the movements exactly as ordered - or else, you're out! Be sure to follow the instructions carefully in this minigame which is harder than it looks. If you win, points and tickets await - plus the house with the most wins will win additional team-wide points! Simon Sequence You've obeyed Simon, but can you find all the Simons in this meta-Simon experience?! If so, follow the sequence closely and run around the Festival for a chance to earn for you and your house. Poring Seek Mischievous Porionettes roam around the Festival when this minigame begins - can you be the one to kill the most within five minutes? You'll race against the clock and one another to see who will win the round, plus the house with the most wins will win additional team-wide points! Halloween Challenge Even the students of Melodia Academy recall this classic Halloween game involving candy - a favorite! Fight through traps and snares and pitfalls as you work your way to collect points and tickets in this particularly challenging minigame. Zombie Run Survive against a horde of zombies, where your death is your house's biggest threat! Evade zombies in a successive round and win points and tickets along the way. Be certain to stay alive - since healing is off the table on this event! When you hear the cackle of Nightriff, you had best run as fast as you can! Note: Entering Zombie Run with either a mercenary or homunculus will result in your automatic ejection from the event. Mercenaries nor homunculi can be summoned during gameplay in Zombie Run. Devil's Claw Machine The devil's claw descends from below, grabbing up participants as it goes! Can you outlast the explosive grip of the Devil's Claw as it targets players across a limited area? If so, then you'll be rewarded for your efforts! Note: Entering the Devil's Claw Machine with either a mercenary or homunculus will result in your automatic ejection from the event. Mercenaries nor homunculi can be summoned during gameplay in Devil's Claw Machine. Monster Hunting Embark on a courageous monster hunt on behalf of your house and earn tickets and points! This year, each monster hunting map will be purely PvM as you fight against various Halloween-themed monsters. When the Monster Hunting minigame opens, it will open in both Vanilla and Unrestricted mode, and you can choose which to take on. Points and tickets for these modes will be the same, so we encourage you to try out both sometime! MVP Defense Guard your MVP and find treasure chests when in defensive mode, or go on the hunt to fight the opposing team's MVP in offensive mode. The longer your MVP stays alive, the more points your house will earn. Team functions switch when an MVP is killed, meaning that the old defensive team will become the new offense in the next round, and so on! House Quest Embark on a quest for your house to grant you a special headgear and access to the instance dungeon. A great experience awaits you, which is perfect for passing the time in between hourly minigame rounds! Begin your house's respective quest by speaking with your respective housemaster. The Labyrinth Once open, the Labyrinth is the home of some truly foul magic and energy, and it will be up to you and your friends to follow Kirkena's suggestions as you navigate through the challenge. The goal of the Labyrinth is to guide your party of four through the maze as fast as possible successfully! MVP Instance dungeon This year, an all-new instance dungeon awaits you as the hardest part of this year's festival. Embark on a journey to learn more about the dark forces stirring within Melodia as part of this season's most difficult quest! The instance will feature some of the Haunted Festival's most unique rewards - so it is not to be missed, even though it will be challenging! It wouldn't be a proper Haunted Festival without some wonderful prizes! In addition to settling the score between the various houses, the degree ceremony will come at the end of the Festival - and until then, every point earned for your house will count toward your total score. Halloween wouldn't also be complete unless there were prized Trick or Treat Boxes as well! This year's ToT Boxes have been revamped with a new look - and new items with reduced junk items rates that make this year's bags some of the best yet! Earn these bags in a number of ways, including through tickets, speaking with NPCs, and much more! What will you get inside of your bags this year? Finally, earning Red Festival Tickets this year will allow you access to a wide range of fantastic prizes, including new costumes and fantastic assorted prizes! With only a single ticket type to keep track of, your tickets will add up into some wonderful prizes during the Haunted Festival. What you'll earn is up to the effort you put in, and a little bit of Halloween magical luck! Trade in your Red Festival Tickets at the Halloween Prizes NPC in the for any of the following amazing prizes: Trade six (6) Red Tickets in for a Trick or Treat Box! Note: Trick or Treat Boxes are account-bound, as they were last year, however its contents can mostly be traded. Trade fifty (50) Red Tickets for your chance at winning one of six new, exclusive costumes! On top of that you can choose to go for last year's costumes, too! Note: these costumes are account-bound items. Trade a hundred (100) Red Tickets in for a Bloody Branch! Trade in a single (1) Red Ticket for a Dead Branch as well Completing this year's House Quest will also yield the possibility for an exciting prize! Quest completion will give a special new Pitch Dark Evil Druid Hat [0] upon successful completion! Note: this hat is account-bound. Note: this hat can not be worn in Vanilla WoE/PvP but can be worn on Vanilla event maps. Item details: Plus, every completion gives a slight chance to also receive a special Bandit Pet! Note: this egg item is account-bound. A special prize will also go to all adventurers who are affiliated with the winning houses this year! This year, the Top 2 houses will win a prize! Naturally, the greatest prize goes to the top house: The house that places first will win a Blessing of Angels Costume (account-bound) The house that comes in second will win a Black Wing Costume (account-bound) In recognition of outstanding efforts, each of this year's thirteen Degree recipients will receive an incredible two special prizes: Deviling Pet (not account-bound!)- considerably rare, this pet is sure to let everyone know that you're a powerful student of Melodia! Your choice of MVP Card! Cards eligible for this prize are those currently available from the Reward Guru Maya Purple is furthermore excluded from this list This year's Melodia Haunted Festival has many new and exciting features and challenging minigames - which is why we want to make sure you're aware of all of this year's important rules, guidelines, and dates so you can make the most of your adventure! Be sure to review the list below so that you're well prepared for all of this year's rules and processes - and we hope that you have an incredible and memorable time in Melodia! To begin in the Melodia Haunted Festival, speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera. From there, he will warp you into either Melodia or Melodia Academy. This is where the Festival is taking place. You will be able to have some say in choosing your house, but the Academy will make the ultimate decision. Once sorted into a house, this will be your affiliation for the duration of the Festival. To be sorted into a house, speak with Monny the NPC in Melodia Academy. Upon enrollment into the Academy, Monny will ask you if you would like him to sort you into a house, or if you have a preference. Furthermore, this affiliation will be applied to your entire Master Account, and all characters within your Master Account who participate in the Haunted Festival will share in this affiliation. The use of multiple Master Accounts during this event, or possession of such multiple accounts at anytime on TalonRO, is forbidden and is a ban-worthy offense per TalonRO's server rules. The hourly minigames will rotate and be available every hour, including during other standard offerings, such as GMC hours, War of Emperium, and other regularly scheduled events. The Labyrinth minigame, MVP instance dungeon, and main house quest series are exempt of the hourly rotation. Accessing the MVP instance access requires a King's Soul Stone item once this is available to you after completing the main house quest. This item drops from Halloween MvPs, or via other miscellaneous methods. Entering either the Devil's Claw Machine or Zombie Run with either a mercenary or homunculus will result in your automatic ejection from the event. Mercenaries and Homunculi cannot be summoned during gameplay in either Devil's Claw or Zombie Run. A status bulletin board is available in both Melodia and Melodia Academy to remind you of your house affiliation, as well as a readout of what the current hourly minigame will be (or the next one, if one is currently not in progress). The colors of the game type correspond to color-themed map markers, available on your minimap. The board also features some fun news and weather across Melodia (just pack accordingly if you see any dangerous activity!) Melodia Academy recommends participating this year on a single character, selected from your available characters in your Master Account. This is so that you have the best chance of consolidating points to be one of the 13 Degree Recipients! Moreover, Red Festival Tickets are character-bound - and so it is recommended that you earn Tickets using a single character throughout the duration of the event. Many of this year's prizes are account-bound as well, including Trick or Treat Box, costumes, and many prizes obtained through the event. The only way to obtain these exclusive events is to participate, allowing everyone the chance to earn wonderful prizes no matter your zeny status! Finally, the Melodia Haunted Academy will end on Sunday, November 18th, and within a few days after that, the winning house will be announced, along with this year's house prizes and Degree Award recipients! We sincerely hope that you enjoy the magic, frights, and wonder of the Melodia Haunted Festival - which is our delight to offer to you in this Autumn season! We're looking forward to the month ahead as we come into December, but we hope this will make for a very memorable and fun November! Thank you as always for your support of TalonRO, and as always, happy gaming!
  6. Are you ready for 10x rates on TalonRO? Make the most of this weekend and beyond with a special 10x base and job rate event! We're also pleased to announce this year's winners from the Amazing Summer Race's Fast Five rankings - with winners set to receive a special and exclusive costume. We hope that you'll enjoy the next few days on TalonRO - and thank you as ever for being part of this amazing community! Enjoy 10x Base and Job EXP rates now through the next voting goal milestone as special thanks for being part of the TalonRO community! Our EXP rate bonus has already begun, and will end in about three days when the voting goal is over again. Once the voting goal is reset, rates will return to their normal range - so be sure to continue to vote for the best rates possible! Your votes will still count during this time for when the EXP event ends! We're pleased to announce this year's Amazing Summer Race Fast Five winners! To recall: If you were the first person to find the regional agent during the event, a special announcement declared your success. This achievement was tallied throughout the event, resulting in a ranking for those who located the NPC first. Without further adieu, here are this year's Fast Five: Ellie Valentine Restless kulet12 Bobito Yatzii Winners this year will receive a limited-edition Water Mastery Costume! For this year's winners: Please send a PM to GM Seiren with the name of the character you wish to receive the costume item on. Note: the costume item is account-bound, so please be mindful of this when selecting the character to whom you would like the costume to be sent.
  7. October is Halloween month - and as Autumn leaves roll through, people of all ages across Midgard are getting ready for trick or treating, Fall adventures, and much more. In honor of this most haunted month, we're celebrating the release of an entirely new instance dungeon: Old Glast Heim! Journey through the past to explore the origins and adventures of one of Midgard's most haunted original locations. Come to the aid of the Glast Heim Knights on their quest to defeat the witch, Himmelmez - and collect items for an opportunity to earn new cards, equipment, and much more - all exclusive to this new instance dungeon! Plus, we've added in new updates this month along with the latest TamTam's Gift Region and Monthly Costume Box! The haunted thrills in October are just beginning - and with Halloween around the corner, the chill in the air is only going to feel colder. Read on for this month's latest updates and additions! Journey deep into the past, into the origins of a time when the castle of Glast Heim was ruled and controlled by a terrible malevolent force and magic. In the new instance dungeon of Old Glast Heim, you'll be taken on a journey with the knight, Hugin, and the intrepid Glast Heim Royal Knights, plus Varmundt and Heinrech, in stopping the plans of the Valkyrie Himmelmez and her sinister ambitions. Throughout the instance of Old Glast Heim will be opportunities to collect rare and valuable items - including Temporal Crystals and Coagulated Spells. Each of these items, when collected in sufficient quantity, will allow you to access some special cards for use in your equipment. You can also collect some new and rare equipment items throughout the instance, and journey forward to engage in new and challenging battles with a whole host of new enemies. The Old Glast Heim instance will take you back into the past to alter the course of history - will you and your party be up to this new challenge? Features of Old Glast Heim include the following notable additions: To begin, speak with Hugin just below the entrance of Glast Heim. Simply use the Warp Girl to go to Glast Heim, or use the Instances Warp menu to go directly to the instance itself when ready. Hugin will open the pathway to Old Glast Heim by generating a time gap - the result of forces and magic seeping into Midgard from an unknown source... All monsters and stats have been balanced for TalonRO's unique pre-Renewal environment! Never fear - this instance remains quite challenging, and we know that you'll be up to the perils of this dungeon. The instance and storyline of Old Glast Heim is an important one - we hope that you'll enjoy exploring this special part of TalonRO! Requirements and limits for Old Glast Heim are as follows: Old Glast Heim has a daily character cooldown. This instance can be played up to seven (7) times per week, per Master Account at this time. Old Glast Heim parties can be up to seven (7) players per party. Although this instance features a number of beneficial items to collect, pay special attention to the following: Temporal Crystals and Coagulated Spells. These items will grant you access to Temporal Boots later on. Other regular item drops on all Old Glast Heim mobs have also been strongly improved, as compared to official drop rates. Special cards and equipment are available through Old Glast Heim, though the "Temporal Boots" are not available as of yet; we anticipate to release them in a future monthly update or maintenance patch. All Treasure Room equipment drops from Old Glast Heim have been considerably improved as compared to their official versions, but will drop at a much lower rate. The following cards are available through the Old Glast Heim instance: Khalitzburg Knight Card. Compound on shield. Reduces damage taken from long-range attacks by 5%. Reduces damage taken from medium and large size monsters by 15%. When paired with the White Knight Card: ATK + 10; increases physical damage inflicted on medium and large size monsters by 5%; reduces damage taken from long-range attacks by 10%. This card is available by trading in 8500 Coagulated Spell items by speaking with the Khalitzburg Knight NPC at the instance entrance. White Knight Card. Compound on weapon. ATK + 5. Increases physical damage inflicted on medium and large size monsters by 15%. When paired with the Khalitzburg Knight Card: ATK + 10; increases physical damage inflicted on medium and large size monsters by 5%; reduces damage taken from long-range attacks by 10%. This card is available by trading in 6500 Coagulated Spell items by speaking with the White Knight NPC at the instance entrance. The following equipment is available through the Old Glast Heim instance in the Treasury Room: Staff of Geffen [1] MATK + 25%; DEX + 3; DEF + 5; MDEF + 5; Reduce Cast Time by 10%; Whenever you receive Magical Damage there is small chance to reflect all offensive magic against you at 40% chance for 2 seconds. Class: Two-Handed Staff; required level: 70; applicable job: High Wizard. ATK: 100 Silversmith Bracelet [1] MDEF + 3; enables use of level 1 Spell Breaker. Class: Accessory; required level: 60; applicable job: every job. DEF: 1 Goldsmithing Dagger [2] Indestructible (except in upgrade attempts); MATK + 10%; increases Mammonite damage by 20%; spend 10% less zeny when using Mammonite. Class: Dagger; required level: 1; applicable job: Novice, Swordsman Class, Merchant Class, Thief Class, Ninja, Soul Linker. ATK: 120 Ceremonial Sword [0] MATK + 15%; ASPD + 10%; HIT + 10; increases Holy Cross damage by 25%. Class: One-Handed Sword; required level: 40; applicable job: Novice, Swordsman Class, Merchant Class, Thief Class. ATK: 150 Engraved Armor [1] Reduces damage from Long Ranged attacks by 10%. Class: Armor; required level: 80; applicable job: Lord Knight. DEF: 6 Heavy Sword [1] Increases damage of Head Crush by 30%; increases damage of Charge Attack by 20%; 5% chance to auto-cast level 1 Critical Wounds when using Head Crush; for every refinement level, the cast time of Charge Attack will be decreased by 3%; for refinement rates 9 through 10, 5% chance to auto-cast level 2 Critical Wounds. Class: Two-Handed Sword; required level: 70; applicable job: Lord Knight. ATK: 330 As with each monthly update, we've made a few necessary changes and general updates to make your experience on TalonRO fun and fresh. We hope that you enjoy the following updates and bug fixes: The Waltz of Flowers costume is no longer account-bound. The Job Changer NPC in Prontera will now give new characters a warning if they have not finished the Newbie Tutorial. Glorious Battlegrounds items can now be worn on castle entrance maps. New Costumes have been added into the prize rotation for both Wave Challenge and GMC Boxes: New Wave Challenge costumes include the White Bird Rose Costume and Sorcerer Hood Costume. New GMC Box costumes include the Fairy Feathers Costume and Neev Barrette Costume. Tam Tam’s Gift Region this month takes us back through other nostalgic areas with the addition of both Geffen Fields and Geffen Dungeon! Enjoy exploring around both of these special areas with their magical and mysterious aspects - especially so with this month’s champion monsters for an opportunity to earn additional great rewards and experience! This month’s TTG region includes: Geffen Fields and Geffen Dungeon This month’s Champion monsters include: Kobold Poring Fabre Orc Warrior Poporing Finally, this month's latest Costume Box includes a variety of enjoyable new and rare costumes. There's a new addition at the top of the order: the Morroc Kid Servant Costume! Further great costumes include the Rolled Piamette Hair Costume, Walking Orange Tabby Cat Costume, and the Short Cat Ears - all perfect for the Halloween season! Other additions to this month's box make it one worth obtaining - and be sure to do so, as each month a new box with new contents will take its place! October's costume box is currently available in the Reward Guru - and we hope that you get something fun to show off to the world of Midgard. Morroc Kid Servant Costume (Item ID: 21022) ** Rolled Piamette Hair Costume (Item ID: 21059) Walking Orange Tabby Cat Costume (Item ID: 21035) Short Cat Ears Costume (Item ID: 21025) Chibi Beelzebub Hat Costume (Item ID: 21049) Roast Memory Costume (Item ID: 21072) Russian Roulette Costume (Item ID: 21074) Pig Nose Costume (Item ID: 21062) Helm of Dragon General Costume (Item ID: 20795) Ashura Fairy Hat Costume (Item ID: 20786) Libra Diadem Costume (Item ID: 21110) Charlies Hat Costume (Item ID: 20801) ** Please note: Monks / Champions will be unable to wear this costume at this time.
  8. THANK YOU for making this year's Starlight Soiree one to remember! With more than 350 players in attendance at this year's summer beach social, we had a wonderfully fun time exploring the Lumen Isle, dancing the night away, playing a few minigames together, and hitting up the beachside Tiki Bar for (more than) a few drinks! We hope that you had a wonderful time - and if you have screenshots of your time at the event, we'd love to see them! As requested, we've made this year's playlist available and open for your listening pleasure! With two hours of music from this year's event, we hope that you'll find something new, or even an old familiar song (hello Captain Jack!). Download | Starlight Soiree - Playlist 2018 (.zip, 122mb) Thank you for making this year's event fun and memorable as we transition into the Autumn months! Thank you for being part of this incredible community - and, as always, happy gaming!
  9. GM Howl

    Hello people!

    Welcome to TalonRO! We're delighted that you're here, and we all hope that you enjoy your experience as part of the community! TK Rankings are indeed a thing here! You can view the rankings easily in-game using /taekwon, or by visiting our Player Control Panel's TK Ranking page! As for quests, I would recommend checking out the TalonRO Wiki, which highlights some good guides for official and TalonRO-specific quests as well, many of which are super involved and lots of fun!
  10. GM Howl

    Never too old to start playing again!

    Welcome to TalonRO! We're delighted that you're here, and we all hope that you enjoy your experience as part of the community!
  11. GM Howl

    The Starlight Soiree | You’re Invited

    Hello everyone! These requests coming in are truly excellent - feel free to keep them coming, but know that we'll close for requests on Friday, Midnight Midgard (server) time! Now is the chance to get them under the wire if you can!
  12. Saturday, August 25 at 1600 Server Time 10:00am Eastern US time zone || 10:00pm Philippines time zone The return of the summer party of the year is here! TalonRO is gearing up for the return of The Starlight Soiree! This celebration of summer is a real tribute to all things fun in Midgard: an island party at night with tons of prizes, music, and plenty of fun memories. The Starlight Soiree has all the elements of our big social parties - such as live music, games, prizes, and one-of-a-kind costumes - but also fun twists such as our Ocean Tiki Bar, Volcanic Hot Springs, and much more. As always, our social events aren't just anywhere; we're back at the TalonRO exclusive nighttime island paradise: Lumen Isle! Like our Yule Ball event, the Starlight Soiree is a beach party unlike any other - and we're breaking out all the stops to make for an unforgettable night of fun! Each guest on arrival to Lumen Isle will receive their very own Summer Suit Costume - made especially for the Starlight Soiree. These great Summer Suits are just for the Starlight Soiree and a fun new twist on some classic summer gear! Your beach attire will disappear at the end of the Starlight Soiree, but you'll be ready for fun on Lumen Isle's shores! Get on the dance floor, party on the shores, get a drink at the Tiki bar, or take a dip in the mountain hot springs - the night is yours! Our Starlight Soiree Hostesses will be on hand when you arrive by ship into Lumen Isle. They'll help you get on the guest list and get you ready for the night! They'll also record your name for the evening for a chance to win amazing prizes and participate in the Soiree's minigames! We also have our awesome Photo Selfie Booth this year, where you can take screenshot selfies with some of TalonRO's most beloved monsters and NPCs! We'll be Live DJ'ing songs selected by you with our live streaming playlist! You'll be able to request the songs you want to hear ahead of time - and we'll be broadcasting those on our very own TalonRO Radio as well. At the very end of the night, we'll be crowning our Starlight King and Starlight Queen using the Hostesses guest list! Our drawing will be at random - but you could win a deluxe Starlight Costume Headgear, which is exclusive to the Starlight Soiree. These exclusive costumes can only be obtained once a year - and they're ultra rare! Will you be one of the lucky players who will take home these incredible costumes? There's only one way to win - and that's to attend the Starlight Soiree! We can't wait to see you at this year's Starlight Soiree event! Get ready for an unforgettable night of partying, music, prizes, and much more! Read on below to learn more about how to request your own songs and stream our TalonRO Radio music live during the event. We'll see you there! This year's Starlight Soiree will take place on Saturday, August 25th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm Midgard (server) time! A warp portal will appear in Payon at 4:00pm on Saturday to enter the Lumen Isle. Please feel welcome to gather in Payon beforehand and await the opening of the summer party! This new time supercedes our previous save the date for the Starlight Soiree. We apologize for the inconvenience as we had to move the time due to circumstances beyond our control. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you on August 25th! https://share.talonro.com/radio/ The TalonRO Starlight Soiree streams music through our dedicated TalonRO Radio. You'll need to access TalonRO Radio separately on the night of the Starlight Soiree to listen into our live streaming playlist. Accessing TalonRO Radio is easy! You can do it in three easy steps: 1. Open a Music Player of your choice. Follow the steps below for your choice of player: VLC Media Player iTunes Other Players 2. No matter what your music player is, enter in the following address to begin streaming TalonRO Radio: https://share.talonro.com/radio/ Streaming Radio Player -OR- https://talonro.com/radio.mp3 Direct for use with VLC / Media Player / Browser 3. Begin the Streaming! Listen in to all of the great selections from the TalonRO Community for this awesome Starlight Soiree party. Request a Song! Simply leave the name of the song that you'd like in a post in this thread - it's that easy! If possible, please also drop a link for the song (such as a YouTube video link) so we can check it out easily! We have two hours of songs to play, so feel free to request a song! We'll try and get it into the lineup.
  13. Thanks to all who were able to help with Battlegrounds Beta testing! Your assistance and ability to help test Battlegrounds is an invaluable first step in ensuring Battlegrounds will be a fun experience for all. During testing, many of you came up with some great ideas, suggestions, and thoughts on your experience during beta testing. We'd love for you to offer those thoughts here so we can keep them in one place. If you have suggestions based on your experience during the beta test, we'd love to hear them! Thank you for taking the time to lend your thoughts and suggestions on Battlegrounds coming out of this beta test. We hope to be able to offer more testing and updates as we refine this feature on TalonRO with your input. Many thanks!
  14. Though the Amazing Summer Race has ended, we're pleased to announce that this year's race in Port Malaya was an exhilarating success! With hundreds of races and missions having been completed, it's easy to know that plenty of adventurers have received some fun and wonderful prizes from their boxes. Our Summer Race will be back next year, and we'll have plenty of wonderful events in between now and then! However, the end of the Amazing Summer Race wouldn't be complete without announcing the top five participants who located the Amazing Summer Race NPCs first in the most number of times. These "Fast Five" will receive the completely unique Little Aquarium Costume! Our winners this year are: @~Yabusame~ @Slap @Ellie Valentine @yangs13 @SnowAngel Congratulations to our Fast Five winners! Please note that the Little Aquarium Costume is account-bound. To the winners of this event: please kindly PM @GM Seiren here on the forum with the name of your character to receive the costume. Congratulations to all - and we hope that you enjoyed the Amazing Summer Race very much! We'll see you for more adventures to come - and as always, happy gaming!
  15. GM Howl

    GM Recruitment | Apply Today

    Greetings, Talonians! If you are still considering applying for a position with the TalonRO Gamemaster staff you're not too late - but time is running out! Our summer/autumn application round is coming to a close - and with many qualified applicants and interested players already in the mix, we're indeed still adding to our ranks to serve the TalonRO community! However, with such a strong applicant pool already in progress, new applications will be closed for submission on Sunday, September 17th. If you are considering submitting your application for one of the above GM positions, there is still time! Consider putting forward your best application for consideration using the information and links above. We sincerely appreciate all of the wonderful applications already submitted, and look forward to expanding the staff to include a wide array of diverse talents, backgrounds, and skills to best serve you - the wonderful TalonRO community! Thanks as always for your interest - and happy gaming!
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