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State of the Game: The Magic of Ember!


Executive Producer
Stormhaven Studios

State of the Game: The Magic of Ember

“Those fools in Newhaven send their warriors to disrupt our Alchemy rituals and our study. They tremble before our might. We have the power of Ember! They are far behind at the weak Academy because they fail to do what is necessary to unlock the secrets of Ember. We are justified in our experiments through our advancement of Alchemy. I call upon all our devoted followers… Make the ultimate sacrifice for our cause! Die for the Cabal and rise again!”

- Arch Lector of the Cabal


Our 1 year anniversary is active and going very well. If you haven’t had a chance to jump in and try the game for free you can still do so until midnight on November 5th. Head to the Embers Adrift website to make an account and visit the “My Account” page to download the client.

Our patch on Halloween introduces ALCHEMY! You need to be level 20 and have your Emberstone to accept a quest from Banton in the Academy of Ember in Newhaven to start your journey as an Alchemist.

This is the biggest update we’ve had since launch with a ton of new, cool stuff included. The anniversary celebration is just beginning as we move forward with this update. So, invite all your friends to come check out Embers Adrift before the event ends on November 5th and the $19.99 discount disappears.

Embers Adrift is a challenge-driven MMORPG where players can experience over 1000 hours of entertainment on a single character. With quests that have multiple outcomes, hundreds of rare mobs and thousands of rare/quest items, and a steady stream of new content coming out on a steady schedule. It’s never been easier to find long-term entertainment at a great price.
You can support us by buying the game HERE for yourself or for a friend, and subscribing as time goes on. You can also purchase a month of game time for your friends who may not have an active subscription. We also have a MERCH SHOP and a SOUNDTRACK if you'd like to support us in other ways.

As a small company trying to go against the grain by not focusing on maximum monetization of our player-base we want to say a huge thank you to our subscribers, your support is very much appreciated!
The Magic of Ember:

I want to take a moment to discuss our magic system. The source of “Magic” in Embers Adrift is a force found in nature called Ember. It is a natural part of the world and indeed is responsible for how many things, perhaps even everything, works. It is subtle… well, it is supposed to be subtle and unseen, but the Great Sundering happened. The Great Sundering is what caused the chasm south of Newhaven Valley to open up, separating the north from the south. Ember was heretofore an element of myth, but due to the Sundering it rose to the surface, and enough of it is now available to tangibly interact with. Ember Veins formed as well as Ember Rings, and Emberdrifts. Ruptures began forming when unstable Emberdrifts failed to hold their structure under the great pressure, and chunks of Ember were soon found scattered all across the north and beyond...

The people who survived and remained in the north after the Sundering (the “Vehueramen”), began studying Ember and how they might use it to the benefit of their survival. They called this study and use “Alchemy.” Alchemy is studying or using Ember energy/essence to empower actions or accomplish feats that are considered impossible. It is viewed as an area of scientific study though it manifests itself in a way one might refer to as “magic.” It is a natural phenomenon with cause and effect that can be studied and has laws that can be worked with. The Academy of Ember in Newhaven is a group of Philosophers dedicated to unlocking the power of Ember through the practice of Alchemy. Here is where we find a recently returned Philosopher, Banton by name, who has been sojourning in the mysterious Grizzled Peaks where he claims to have found a great and ancient ruined city of the Vehueramen. He needs your help to recover his materials that were lost on his return journey so he can bring to light the groundbreaking new discoveries he has made about Alchemy. Seek him our in the Academy in Newhaven City.

This patch brings the next phase of Alchemy into the world as Banton’s recent breakthrough seriously advances the Alchemical knowledge of the Academy. We are now in what the team calls Alchemy Phase II, with Alchemy Phase I being things like teleportation via Ember Monolith, Emberdrift, and Ember Ring. As well as things like ashen variants of creatures, Ember Ring healing, crafting with flux, creature mutation, and all the other ways Ember is naturally presenting itself in the world. However, it seems that the dangerous Cabal has beaten the Academy to Phase II of Alchemy, you must help Newhaven speed it’s progress as it races to study and make new discoveries in Alchemy.

Moving on from Alchemy, I am very pleased to announce we have added several new hair styles to our character creation. Anyone wanting to check them out simply needs to go to the character select screen, right-click on a character, and select edit character. There is no extra fee for adjusting the look of your character in Embers Adrift.

The Ranger, Gilden, has finished his most comprehensive cartographic work to date. Search around and see if you can find his Map of Known Territories. A mist shrouds the lands he has not ventured into yet. Perhaps you will have to take up the torch and explore into the mist for him now that he is getting on in years.

A new subscriber perk was added. A single cosmetic slot was added to the character screen below the torch slot. Anything wearable can be put in this slot and will give the visual of the item without any of the stats. All items must still be earned in game. Now if you have a cool item you want to keep wearing you can choose to place it in the cosmetic slot.

We have 3 new quests. Two of them can be found in the Highland Hills and the third is, of course, our Alchemy quest that requires level 20 and an Emberstone. Talk to Banton to begin your journey to unlock Alchemy on your character.

In support of Alchemy and the Ember Essence require to power these new abilities we have added a new visual to point you in the direction of Ember-rich locations (Emberdrifts and Ember Ruptures) where Ashen creatures are found in greater abundance, but be careful, your newfound Alchemical abilities may not have the same effect on them. Stand by any ‘Hallow’ (respawn point) and look around to get a heading. See the patch notes for more details on these, and on Alchemy in general.

We look forward to hearing your reactions on Alchemy Phase II so we can make Embers Adrift even better as time goes on and we look forward to Alchemy Phase III.
You can find the patch notes HERE. Go check out Elloa’s trailer for this patch, too, and give it a like and subscribe.
Roadmap for the remainder of the year:

Features coming soon:

  • Grizzled Peaks Phase I
  • Forgotten Depths Phase III
  • Hidden Grottos ???
  • Grimstone Phase III
  • Dryfoot Fortress
  • Ember Veins
  • The Twisted Expanse (placeholder name to avoid spoilers) ???
  • Alchemy Phase III
  • Fishing
  • Mail System
  • more…
  • the Gaunt (placeholder name)
  • the Yeto (placeholder name)
  • the Hunters (placeholder name to avoid spoilers)
  • Dozens are done and await implementation
  • Most excitingly our 3-teired Epic Weapon Quests are just waiting for content to enter the game where they will take place.
  • Others’ questline
And, of course, we have much more we are looking forward to bringing into the pipeline for you all.

As we iterate from patch to patch, adjusting current content and adding new content, we are asking our community to keep the feedback coming and to please be patient with us as we make adjustments. Thank you all!

We are working very hard to keep crafting Embers Adrift into the best classically inspired MMORPG in the genre. Support our indie dev team as we grow the world together with our community of players.
Stay tuned into our YouTube channel, our TWITTER, and our DISCORD server for info about our new content and latest news. You can also take a look at our patch notes on the Embers Adrift forums.
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