It was a night like any other. Children were sent off to bed while the grown-ups enjoyed the quiet evening behind the walls of the city.
While up in the north the Naga's advancement posed an ever greater threat, Varanas was still a place of calm and peace...
...until a blood-curdling scream cut through the night like a sword.
Alerted by this, guards streamed through the streets to find the source of the screaming.
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Julius Lifay, renowned hero and captain of the Varanas Guard, who only hours ago sat and drunk and laughed with his friends and comrades, now lay on the floor, unconscious. With a loud scream of terror he had collapsed from one moment to the next.
After many failed attempts to wake Julius from his sleep, the Eye of Wisdom rallied many priests and mages to investigate his strange illness.
Only when one of the researchers found her way into Julius' mind, the true reason for his state was discovered: deep inside his mind a parasite nested itself and tried to spread from there to other people's minds.
It was a nightmare, originating from the twisted mind of the Demon Lord himself - a nightmare full of visions of a destroyed Varanas, full of dangerous creatures!
Although the priests with all their powers contained this nightmare in Julius' mind, there is much more to do to rid this poor soul of his inner demons and save the minds of the people of Varanas from falling into despair.
It is a time for heroes! A time for many heroes…
Part of the Naga's Awakening content update, a new Public Encounter awaits the players of Runes of Magic.
Up to 150 high-level players can take part in the "Varanas Nightmare" public encounter that takes place before a nightmarish scenery of a burning, destroyed version of the great city.
Here for the first time the namesake of the first chapter, the Demon Lord, makes his first public appearance, haunting the sleep of one of Varanas' high ranking nobles.
The Public Encounter is divided into three stages. During stage one the players have to close 20 dimension portals that quickly regenerate and respawn. Phase two consists of a fight against several world bosses that too need to be defeated quickly to start phase three. Finally the players will face an opponent that is actively supported by the Demon Lord himself.
Once the final opponent is defeated the players not only bestow reputation and honour for mastering of the scenario but there is also an outstanding booty for the taking.