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Stormhold to Antonia Bayle Server Merge

On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, characters on the Stormhold server will be merged onto Antonious Bayle.

In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, we've pulled together an FAQ that will help answer questions you may have about the merging process. If you have any additional questions about the merging process be sure to let us know on the forums! We'll keep the FAQ section below updated accordingly.


FAQ
General

Q: What is a server merge?
A: During a server merge, all characters will move from one server to another. In this case, all characters from Stormhold will be moved to Antonia Bayle.

Q: Will there be free character transfers off of Stormhold before the merge?
A: Character transfer tokens will be handed out to all characters on Stormhold.

Q: Since Stormhold is a Time-Locked Expansion server, what expansion content will be available after the merge?
A: Since Stormhold is being merged onto Antonia Bayle, all Live server content that is on AB will be available.

Q: What will the server be named after the merge?
A: The server will retain the name Antonia Bayle.

Q: How will we be able to retain names if others have the same name?
A: In the event of duplicate character names during a merge, priority will be given to the character who has logged in to the game within the past sixty (60) days. If multiple characters have logged in within the past sixty (60) days, then the character which was created first will retain their name. Other same-named characters will have an "Z" (or several) added to their names automatically until their name is unique. Each player that is auto-renamed this way will get a free rename potion so that they may change their name.

Q: If my character’s name is taken or modified, will I be able to pick a new name?
A: Yes, every character that is automatically renamed will be granted a rename token to use at your convenience.

Q: Will there be any elimination of characters altogether based on level, cash reserves, etc.?
A: No, there will be no elimination of characters.

Q: Should we clear our mailboxes out before the consolidation happens?
A: Mail will get transferred over to your new server.

Banks

Q: Should I take the things I have in the bank or shared bank out?
A: There is no need to take anything out of the bank or shared bank. All items will be transferred over completely.

Guilds

Q: What happens to items that I own, but I’ve placed in my Guild Hall?
A: Players should pick up soulbound (NoTrade) items from shared housing (such as Guild Halls) BEFORE the merge. This will prevent losing ownership of placed items during this merge.

Q: Should I be emptying my guild hall office so I don't lose the furniture I crafted and placed there?
A: No, all guilds and guild halls will be moved onto the same server. All housing will be moved as well.

Q: If our names change, how will the members of our guild know who we are? How will the guild still be together if everyone is renamed?
A: In the guild roster everyone will keep their notes, rank, and anything else tied to that character. If a character is renamed it will be automatically updated in the guild rosters. All characters that are auto-renamed will have the option to do a free name change. If the free name change is used it will automatically update the name in the guild roster as well.

Q: How will you handle guild names?
A: If two or more guilds have the same name at the time of the server merge, the oldest guild will keep the guild name, and we will append "Z" to other guilds with a conflicting name. If this happens to your guild, you will be offered a free guild name change.

If you have a free guild name change, to select a new guild name the leader from a guild can use the command /guild rename

If there is no leader in your guild, /initiate_guild_leader_vote can be used by guild officers to help guilds choose a new leader.

Q: Will any guilds be deleted?
A: Guilds will not be deleted during server merges.

Housing and Player-Designed Dungeons

Q: Does housing stuff all have to be packed into the moving crate for each house? Will housing templates be saved? (How do you do that? I forget!)
A: Nothing should be lost during the merge. It's always good to save your housing templates, however it should not be required. If you'd like to save your housing template, go to your house, open the house window, and hit save. It will prompt you for a template name. Enter a name, and then click 'Okay'.

Q: I have numerous dungeons that are used for storage for my decorating items. Will we need to move items from dungeons to a house prior to the merge?
A: No need to; they will all get moved to the new server.

Q: Will paid house rent transfer?
A: Yes.

Q: Will depots transfer?
A: Yes, personal as well as guild depots will transfer.

Q: Will player written books and housing trophies be safe in your house, or should we move them to our bags/bank/house vault?
A: They will be safe in the houses.

Q: Will housing trophies still have our house info and date obtained on them, or will they now be blank?
A: They will still have your house info and date obtained.

Q: Are objects in our moving crates safe?
A: Yes.

Q: What if we've used a house item expander? Will our expanded items be safe?
A: Yes.

Q: Is it safe to assume that the files in our saved house layouts within the EQII folders will be preserved?
A: Yes, they will still be there. Just remember to not delete them off your hard drive.

Q: Do we need to empty house vaults?
A: No.


If you have any additional questions, please ask below! Link to EverQuest 2's forums is here: forums.daybreakgames.com/eq2/index.php?threads/stormhold-to-antonia-bayle-server-merge.586194/

Update Notes: Tuesday August 14, 2018

ZONES/POPULATION
Plane of DIsease: Virulent Insurrection [Raid]

  • Plagued Bubonians in the Bertoxxulous encounter should now more reliably notify Bertoxxulous on their death.

Shard of Hate: Reignited Hatred [Raid]

  • The "Noxious Jolt" ability for the Culler of Bones has been reduced in damage.
  • The frequency of the Culler of Bones' joust ability has been reduced.
  • Master P'tasa should now give fighters some time to gain his attention after randomizing his target before applying "Force of Hatred" to the raiding party.
  • The Culler of Bones "Disorientate" spell should no longer hit for as hard before triggering "Noxious Jolt".

Fabled Ykesha's Inner Stronghold [Raid]

  • Toxic Effusion cast by the Strange Stalker should no longer be affected by any added stats. This will make the amount of power drained by the spell significantly lower.
  • Lord Ykesha has returned.

Fabled Guk

  • Reduced the mitigation on Expert and Frenzied encounters.

Brackish Vaults: Realm of the Triumvirate [Raid]

  • Eurold's Freezing Rain spell should now be cast at level 117, allowing non-priest cures to affect it.

MERCENARIES

  • Va'Vex Shadowheart's first name will now be displayed in the group window.

ITEMS

  • The Nails tradeskill adornments will now only benefit level 110 tradeskillers, but can be applied to any level of equipment.

Update Notes: Tuesday August 7, 2018

ZONES/POPULATION
Lavastorm
  • The Avatar of Flame's "Intense Incineration" spell has been lowered in damage.
Fabled Ykesha's Inner Stronghold [Raid]
  • Field General Uktap, Kultak the Cruel, and Tyrannus the Dark have all been given slight upgrades to their damage. This includes adds in the encounters.
  • The first ykeshan patroller will now respawn to allow those who have cleared all base population without spawning the Strange Stalker. Experience and loot have been removed from that one patroller.
Torden, Bastion of Thunder: Storm Surge [Raid]
  • Erech Eyford has had the amount of power drained by "Storm Tempest" and "Hail Damage" reduced.
  • Brynju and Emmerik have had the amount of power drained by "Surge: Rimefist" reduced.
  • Oreen Wavecrasher has had the amount of power drained by "Surge: Ancient Winds" reduced.
Plane of Innovation: The Wasteyards [Raid]
  • Gearbox the Energy Siphon has had the amount of power drained by "Surge: Siphon Energy" reduced.
The Fabled Ruins of Guk [All Heroics]
  • The increment count of Guk Strong should no longer get stuck at a value greater than the number of mobs you are engaged in combat with.
  • Force of Ykesha will now be properly applied by bosses at the appropriate increment count in Expert and Frenzied modes.
The Fabled Ruins of Guk: Halls of the Fallen [Solo]
  • Some of Froppit the Everliving's ghoul knights have ditched him.
Guildhalls
  • The default size of "Trophy: Kunark Ascending Flawless" has been reduced.
ABILITIES
  • Reprieve, Dozekar's Resilience, and Scaled Protection now ward for 2.5% per tier.
  • Updated Dozekar's Resilience, Scaled Protection and Reprieve to heal based off of a percentage of the casters maximum health, and update every six seconds.
  • Dexterous Sonata will now increase the Fervor of all profession abilities instead of Crit Bonus.
ITEMS
  • Gnomish Shades can now be worn by mages.
  • Corrected an issue that prevented Ethereal Righteousness from stacking.
  • Added a version of the Packaged Thanatorse, the Festrus King that may be purchased for Tears of Ro.
  • Reduced the status cost of Packaged Thanatorse, the Festrus King to fifty million.
  • Corrected an issue that prevented the Adjustable Training Monkey from always showing up on Hunter K'Andal on Timelocked servers.
  • Amarat the Procurer will now sell Heirloom Packaged Astral Eye of the Prophet and Packaged Thanatorse, the Festrus King to characters who have earned them for platinum, status, and Greater Tears of Ro.

Item Updates can be found at: https://forums.daybreakgames.com/eq2/index.php?threads/update-notes-tuesday-august-7-2018.586117/#post-6516533

 

Update Notes: Thursday August 2, 2018

ZONES/POPULATION
The Fabled Ruins of Guk: Halls of the Fallen [All Versions]
  • The gate to Lord Kurpep after defeating the Ghoul Usurper will now remain open after re-entering the zone.
  • Added a few more froglok bodies for the stone ritual tables.
The Fabled Ruins of Guk [All Heroics]
  • Guk Strong should now update properly when mobs are mesmerized, feared, stunned, or charmed.
The Fabled Ruins of Guk: Halls of the Fallen [Heroic]
  • Lord Kurpep's Terror of Ykesha fear has a shorter range and longer cast time.
  • Lord Kurpep's Fearsome Decay of Being now stifles instead of fears.
The Fabled Ruins of Guk: Ykesha's Outer Stronghold [Heroic]
  • The ring event encounters will no longer buff themselves with Guk Strong in Normal mode.
  • The ring event encounters no longer apply Thrall of Ykesha (healing received debuff).
  • Added a revive location at Ykesha's Maw, earned after defeating Trogoldon Greck.
  • Added a revive location within the Inner Yard, earned after defeating Ferhustr Frupdor, Lunchmeat, and Gruuper Groo.
The Fabled Ykesha's Inner Stronghold [Raid]
  • Kultak the Cruel no longer has a chance to drop level 80 treasure.
  • Corrected an issue that prevented those ported out of Ykesha's room to be returned to the correct location.
  • Ykesha has been summoned to speak with Munzok and will not be available until an upcoming update.
Lavastorm
  • The Avatar of Flame's "Intense Incineration" ability has had its damage lowered slightly. We will be keeping an eye on this and will adjust again if needed.
ABILITIES
  • Increased the percentage of power power restored by Maelstrom.
  • Updated Dozekar's Resilience, Scaled Protection and Reprieve to heal based off of a percentage of the casters maximum health, and update every six seconds.
  • Dexterous Sonata will now increase the Fervor of all profession abilities instead of Crit Bonus.
ITEMS
  • Amarat the Procurer will now sell Heirloom Packaged Astral Eye of the Prophet and Packaged Thanatorse, the Festrus King to characters who have earned them for platinum, status, and Greater Tears of Ro.

 

Update Notes: Tuesday July 31, 2018 "Return to Guk

RETURN TO GUK
The ancient city of Guk has rarely known peace, and never for long, but it is not just hostile tribes of trolls or zealot frogloks vying for ownership of its labyrinthine halls.
Within the depths of Guk, the Unseen Arcanum still thrives, and the curse of Ykesha threatens all with undeath! Whether motivated by religious conviction, vengeance, or treasure, few have ever returned from within its corridors.
Will you?

FALLEN GATE

  • Increased the experience multiplier for encounter tier, encounter number and quests on the Fallen Gate server.
  • Decreased the bonus experience multiplier for current expansion zones on the Fallen Gate server.

ZONES/POPULATION
General

  • Hegrenn and Vhishall, the furniture merchants in Qeynos and Freeport, are now selling "a large rectangular crate".
  • Hegrenn and Vhishall, the furniture merchants in Qeynos and Freeport, are now selling "a small square bowl," and "a wooden bowl".

Shard of Hate: Utter Contempt [Heroic] and Udder Contempt [Herd Mode]

  • The minimum duration has been lowered from 18 hours to 6 hours.

Shard of Hate: Utter Contempt [Solo]

  • The minimum duration has been lowered from 3 hours to 90 minutes.

Plane of Disease: Virulent Incursion [Raid]

  • Grummus' "Brutal Disease" spell has had its casting level changed to 117 to allow non-priest curing.
  • Grummus' "Festering Blast" spell has had its casting level changed to 117 to allow non-priest curing.
  • Grummus' "Gut Check" spell has had its number of increments changed to 1 per cast.
  • Corpulus' Toxic Vines spell should now be cast at level 117 allowing non-priest cures to remove it.

Plane of Innovation: The Wasteyards [Raid]

  • The Manaetic Behemoth's "Gas Leak" ability should no longer be applied as multiple increments. Due to this, the damage growth of the spell has been increased.

Solusek Ro’s Tower: Citadel of the Sun [Raid]

  • Siphoned Fervor and Trained to Battle runes should no longer interfere with blocking certain powerful abilities cast during the Solusek Ro encounter.

ABILITIES

  • Updated Dozekar's Resilience, Scaled Protection and Reprieve to heal based off of a percentage of the casters maximum health, and update every six seconds.
  • Dexterous Sonata will now increase the Fervor of all profession abilities instead of Crit Bonus.
  • Shaman and Sorcerer mana heals are now percent based.

ITEMS

  • More Cowbell now has the passive Mounting Malevolence effect.
  • Crit Bonus Overcap has been increased on tier 2, 3 and 4 raid armor by 45%.
  • Amarat the Procurer will now sell Heirloom Packaged Astral Eye of the Prophet and Packaged Thanatorse, the Festrus King to characters who have earned them for platinum, status, and Greater Tears of Ro.
  • Cincture of Draconic Rites - Item name is now spelled correctly.
  • Girdle of Draconic Rites - Item name is now spelled correctly.
  • City linguists now sell Mysterious Black, Red, and Green Tomes to those who have completed the corresponding 'A Mysterious Tome' collections.
  • City sages now sell 'Consequences of Thralldom' to those who have completed 'Lore and Legend: Gruengach'.
  • City sages now sell 'Vishra's Letter' to those who have completed 'Darkness Ascending: Tear in the Drakelands'.
  • Chokeballs now rely on descriptions instead of itemset labels, as they need not be equipped and provide no set bonus for doing so.
  • Removed smart loot distribution from Veeshan's Peak armor pattern drops
  • Heartseeker recipes now spelled correctly.
  • Glyph-gilded Armguard is now spelled correctly.
  • Added the a chance for all Planar Mission Reward Crates to drop the Illegible Scroll's previously only found within Hate is in the Air [Heroic] and Manure's in the Air [Heroic] mission crates.
  • An Adjustable Training Monkey has been added to the marketplace as well as the Loyalty Merchant Tark Validus and Bounty Hunter's Union Merchant Hunter K'Andal. When initially placed the Adjustable Training Monkey will set its level to 7 levels above the casters level, it's tier to Epic and apply Raid level mitigations. Once placed, the Adjustable Training Monkey may have its tier, mitigations, and encounter number adjusted by the caster.

QUESTS

  • Right in the Nose - Players who delete the quest after fighting Annuk'ka will no longer have troubles speaking with him again, after regaining the quest.
  • The Truespirits' Lament - Defeating Ral-Gatha in one hit no longer breaks the scripted event.
  • Flames That Cannot Die - Firelord Kaern will now drop the Everburning Coals if you lost it before you were able to create the greater orb of the everliving flame.
  • Teacher Conference - Taliseda's appearance is now more reliable, and has a quest update icon when appropriate.
  • For the Voice She Once Had - Quest journal's instructions to return to Nejevani are now accurate.
  • Cleaning Up the Mess - Quest journal now gives Nasin's accurate location.
  • Into the Unknown - The Duality now tells the player if they need to regain "What Lies Beneath" or if they need to advance it, in order to use his portal.
  • Believe in Me - Deletion of quest now removes "Grazyk's Anatomy" from player's inventory.
  • Bloodskull Disruption - Attempting to destroy the Bloodskull supplies without explosives now results in an onscreen message.
  • Bloodskull Disruption - Deletion of the quest now removes any explosives from player's inventory.
  • Bloodskull Disruption - Advancement now removes any extra explosives from player's inventory.
  • The Fate of Norrath - The initial four quest updates are easier to see now.
  • The Fate of Norrath - Deletion of the quest now removes the Lucan Moppet from player's inventory.

(More information after the jump).

Update Notes: Tuesday July 24, 2018

FAMILIARS

  • Season 4 familiars are now available! Season 3 familiar drops have been replaced with season 4 drops in all Planes of Prophecy content and within the Familiars Wild quest.

TIMELOCKED SERVERS

  • Season 4 familiar drops have been added to the Hunters Union daily mission.

ZONES/POPULATION
Shard of Hate: Utter Contempt [Heroic] and Udder Contempt [Herd Mode]

  • The correct vampire boss encounters should be allowed to spawn at the end of the zone based on the group's progression.

Solusek Ro's Tower: Citadel of the Sun [Raid]

  • Grezou should more reliably detect if he is within range of one of his braziers.

ABILITIES

  • Manaburn will no longer be modified by potency on Timelocked servers.
  • Increased pet damage on Timelocked servers.

Update Notes: Tuesday July 17, 2018

ZONES / POPULATION
Torden, Bastion of Thunder: Storm Surge [Raid]
  • Kuanbyr Hailstorm should no longer check his target when he is grappled.
Solusek Ro's Tower: Citadel of the Sun [Raid]
  • Once a damage immunity is applied, Grezou should more reliably remove other immunities.
ITEMS
  • Corrected an issue that prevented the Planar Mastery: Shaper Rune increasing the duration of Vector of Life.
  • Planar Mastery: Animalist now modifies all slot 2 advantages.
ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Corrected the Ethereal Hunter: Planar Mastery achievement to state "Obtain any Planes of Prophecy Planar Mastery adornment."