January 12 2018

Echoes From the Caverns 01-12-18 – Echoes from the Caverns

Hello Everyone! Here is the news of the week:

Game Development

  • Making of Sunless Barrens
  • Making of South Drachvald Spur
  • Making of Yew (cont.)
  • R48 Telethon Items (cont.)

News Announcements

  • R49 Postmortem Telethon Results
  • New Clasped Gauntlets Cloak Option for Community Events
  • Markeedragon Interview: Something About Bob
  • Livestream: New Log Homes Revealed!
  • Last Chance for Shroud Perks via BrightLocker CrowdEquity
  • New Free Trial Continues!
  • Job Opening: Executive Assistant
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Party Supplies
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • The Avatar’s Guide to Knowledge and Virtue Contest: Final Weekend!
  • Virtue Marathon 2018: Children’s Miracle Hospital Network
  • UO Forever 5th Anniversary: Richard and Starr Live Video Conference
  • Weihnachten Holiday Party – Jan. 14
  • Did You Know: You Can Get Combat Trophies?
  • Recommended Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant
  • Resources: Players Helping Players

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January 11 2018

Shroud of the Avatar Inventory Added at Caveloot.Com – Lot Deed’s, Houses, Basements, and Decorations!

We have been, as promised, diligently loading some of the new digital goods we have available for sale, for Shroud of the Avatar. We have completely updated House and Basement Deeds. We still have one more Lot / Land / Property Deed we will be adding soon, but that is … Continue reading

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January 9 2018

Large Shroud of the Avatar Virtual Item Inventory Inbound at Caveloot.com!

Good news for you Shroud of the avatar Gamers! We just took delivery of a large inventory of virtual game items! We have put aside a lot of other projects and will be working as quickly as possible with loading these new items into our store. So be sure to … Continue reading

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January 8 2018

The Pilgrimage of Virtue 4 – by Olthadir – narrated by Asclepius – Echoes from the Caverns

Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next chapter in this wonderful story by Olthadur, entitled
The Pilgrimage of Virtue
Background music by Smartsound

Chapter 4, “The Sailor’s Tale”

The campfire crackled as we all got comfortable. Our eyes and, more importantly, our ears were directed to the Sailor.

“You are certain it is safe? I heard there is a troll that lives in the pass,” the Scholar said.

“There are nine of us,” the Sailor said.

“Not all of us are fighters,” the Tailor added.

“Virtue is on our side,” the Elder said. “Tell your story, Sailor.”

“Worry not, this is a happy tale,” began the Sailor. “It ends well, unlike the Soldier’s.

“My tale is about a boy. A man, verily, when this tale is all told. He was born in a small village in Verdantis in a modest home. He had little to show for himself. His father was a cobbler. His mother was a seamstress. They made clothing and shoes in the hamlet they lived in. It kept them fed, but gave them little else.

“This boy was well liked, true to himself, fair to look at despite the dirt that was seemingly always on his young face.

“His heart was set on the mayor’s daughter. She was his age and beautiful. She was well dressed, wealthy and well educated – for the area. She wasn’t a Brittany scholar, or a wealthy Lady of Resolute – but she was beautiful.

“Our hero courted her, picked daffodils and dandelions for her, cleaned his face in the puddles of the street, and learnt to sew his own fine clothes from his mother.

“His love, the mayor’s daughter, endured him. She smiled and accepted the flowers. She spent time with him and was kind to him. But she did always speak about going to Harvest to live. Other times she spoke about leaving to Valhold. Or even Brittany. She wanted to live in a large city with stone houses and stone streets and hundreds of people.

“Our hero smiled and nodded and said ‘Where ever you go, I will follow.’ He said this so often that the Mayor’s daughter began to believe it to be true.

“By the time they were in their late teens they were the couple of the hamlet. When they walked by, hand in hand, people would smile and say ‘There walks true love!’ and ‘He saw through the class and silk and she saw through the burlap and dirt.’

“It was true, you know. They did love each other. As much as they were able to.

“Time went on. Our hero wanted to give the entire Island of Norgard to his love. So he started to look at how to get her there and give her a place to live in a stone house on a stone street.

“He needed a job, something that would pay their way and would buy that stone house on the stone street. He couldn’t make that coin in the small hamlet they lived in.

” ‘I must go my love!’ he said one day, holding her hand tightly.

” ‘No! I can’t go on without you!’ she replied.

“They went on like this, as lovers do. Our hero eventually persuaded his love that he must, indeed, go. He was offering her everything she wanted, and it was the only way she believed she could get it. They would talk through letters. He would constantly update her on how things were progressing and how close they were to moving to Norgard.

“I won’t tell you the details of what he did. But he worked. More than most would. His heart was in it. He worked two jobs if finding work was difficult. He worked through his free time. He worked the land, on boats, underground, protecting caravans, anything that gave coin. And he saved every coin he could.

“And he wrote a book of letters to his love. He spoke of his work, where he went, his friends and how close he was to delivering her to her dream.

“Her responses were always joyful, excited. She was very thankful and reminded him in every letter of what she wanted, and how much she loved him. As time went on, the letters from the mayor’s daughter got shorter and further apart. Our hero kept working. When his coworkers went to the brothel, he would stay away. Even close to the end of his work when he hadn’t received a letter in months.

“He would imagine the delays in her responses would be from her travelling to him to surprise him one day. Maybe tomorrow. But she never did come to him.

“Years after, he returned home. He was so excited to see the mayor’s daughter. When he finally saw her, he grabbed her and held her close and started telling her to gather her things. She was shy, hesitant, and avoided his gaze.

” ‘I’ve…’ she began.

“He knew. Right then and there. It all made sense. She didn’t wait. It took him years to get what she needed. He nodded, gave her one last kiss on her cheek and handed her a bag of coin, then walked away.”

“That… that’s not a happy ending!” the Smith yelled.

“No? And why not?” the Sailor replied. “Also, I’m not yet finished.”

“I don’t see how this is a good happy story. And I don’t see the value in it,” the Smith said.

“Well, you see, it’s quite simple,” the Sailor said. “The entire time, the boy, our hero, kept true to his love. He lived his entire life in her service. In the end when she proved not to have been true to him he had the Courage to remain true to her, hence he gave her what he had earned for her, and the Courage to return to the unknown. This time by himself for the first time.”

We all grew silent.

“Truth and Courage. The boy, the man now, is free to do what he will, knowing that he held true his oath. He will find happiness in the end,” the Sailor said.

“I don’t think,” the Elder said, clearing his throat softly, “that we should explain our tales. They may affect us differently, teach us lessons we may not know we needed to be taught. They may leave us riddles we may need to answer ourselves. After all, that is why we are on this pilgrimage.”

And so we all agreed. Some of us got into our bedrolls, while others had hushed conversations. The Soldier kept watch, probably for the troll.

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January 6 2018

Echoes From the Caverns 01-05-18 – Echoes from the Caverns

Hello Everyone! Happy New Year! Finally back from a bit of a vacation and have more wonderful news for you:

Game Development

  • New Log Homes
  • Making of Yew (cont.)
  • R48 Telethon Items (cont.)

News Announcements

  • R49 Postmortem Telethon
  • New Free Trial Continues!
  • Job Opening: Office Admin / Executive Assistant
  • Party: Portalarium Studio Grand Holiday Party – Jan. 12
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Clocks
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced!
  • The Avatar’s Guide to Knowledge and Virtue Contest: Weekly Winners!
  • Spotlight: The Metropolis of Moonglade
  • Virtue Marathon 2018: Children’s Miracle Hospital Network
  • Did You Know: Shroud Features Moondials?
  • Recommended Project to Support: Denis Loubet Patreon
  • Resources: Players Helping Players

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December 31 2017

Shroud of the Avatar Virtual Items – Crafting Section Updated in Store, Additions Made!

Hello folks. As we continue to update our virtual goods section, with Shroud of the Avatar items, we have just completed adding inventory to the crafting section of the store! Use this handy link to go straight to our Crafting section, for SotA. Crafting Here are just a couple of … Continue reading

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December 28 2017

New Virtual Clothing Added to Caveloot.com for Shroud of the Avatar

Hello again to our Shroud of the Avatar customers. As promised we are continuing to add stock we have, to our store, a category at a time. Happy to let you know we just completed updating our Clothing Outfit category! You can view all the items here. Outfits / Sets … Continue reading

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December 26 2017

New Shroud of the Avatar Cloaks & Artifacts in stock at Caveloot.com

Hello Everyone! One of the projects we are currently undertaking here at Caveloot to wrap up, is bringing our entire Shroud of the Avatar stock online in the store. We will be doing this by adding a section at a time. We recently loaded our entire Artifact stock and just … Continue reading

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December 25 2017

Keeping up with Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Community, and It’s Developers in the News

It’s about that time again when I toss out some little blurbs and links to things that may be of interest to the Shroud of the Avatar community!

A fun article over here in Which Richard Garriott practices the virtue of Forgiveness.

Lord British pardons long-ago piracy of Ultima 6 – Polygon

You will also find Richard Garriott over here.
Game development leaders optimistic about state of things in Austin

As well as over here, and if you follow the space stuff at all this is one I highly recommend reading. Great article!
Space Tech Oddity: An Astronaut, VC And Space Writer Discuss Space Exploration


Unfortunately, that’s all I have saved in the article box at this time! All three are great pieces of the man behind the game!


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December 24 2017

Ultima Auction Spotlight – Runestones and Maps


Something you won’t see up for sale by themselves very often is the Runestones from Ultima Underworld. I know this particularly well as I am missing just a single rune from my set and have been watching for just some misc runes for years!

This is a nice auction in that it has the stones, the bag, a couple of maps, and even comes with a cool box to hold it all! At the current minimum bid, the math works out to make this a reasonably fair purchase in my opinion. Sadly for me, I need one little rune out of all of that, so for me, it’s not a great buy unless I had the money to invest in some duplicates. For someone that needs the rest? Go for it!!

The Ankh box is cool too, even if not an official Ultima item!.

Ultima Map Runes Stone Box (5, 7, Underworld) | eBay


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