The lands of Atreia, Tyria, Paragon City, and Aden are getting into the holiday spirit as NCsoft gives fans a plethora of in-game events and content to celebrate the season. Players of Aion, Guild Wars, City of Heroes, Lineage and Lineage II will find themselves delving deep into the lore of their favorite games as they participate in a variety of quests and events to save the holidays and honor the coming year.
Aion– Solorius Festival (December 16– January 6)
Festive garb and fireworks signify the celebration of the Solorius Festival which honors all Daevas for their service to humanity. A proud tradition celebrated for centuries, it is a holiday that predates the sundering of Atreia, and is enjoyed by the Elyos and Asmodians in their respective capital cities.
Both Sanctum and Pandaemonium will come alive with music thanks to giant keyboards with playable keys for all Daevas to try test their acoustic skills on. Meanwhile, Solorius Shugo merchants will hawk festival wares and bakers will offer Solorius cakes and beverages that provide stat buffs for adventuring players. To find out more about the Solorius Festival and its activities, including the event dates, visit the official Aion website. Look for an in-game express mail letter to kick off the fun! Happy Solorius!
Guild Wars– Wintersday (December 18– January 4)
The Tyrian New Year will be celebrated once again with festive decorations, gifts, holiday treats and winter-appropriate weather of course. The locations of Ascalon City, Lion's Arch, Droknar's Forge, Kamadan, Jewel of Istan and Eye of the North will all be joining in the festivities and a few lucky players will have the chance to receive a Miniature Polar Bear from the Wintersday Chest.
This year, Guild Wars fans are invited to submit an original Wintersday themed piece of artwork for a chance to win a copy of the Guild Wars 2 Art Book signed by the art team as well as a variety of other unique prizes. Contest details and how to enter can be found at http://www.guildwars.com/events/contests/wintersday2009
City of Heroes– Winter Event (December 15– January 5)
Snaptooth has kidnapped Baby New Year and the citizens of Paragon City will have to rise to the challenge and aid Father Time once again by fighting snow beasts, winter lords, taking on ski challenges and more. New this year for all to enjoy will be the appearance of Lord Winter– a giant foe players will have to band together to defeat– as well as the new“throw snowflakes" emote and a character respec (both bought by candy cane salvage), and two new holiday badges—Festive and Lord of Winter/Lady of Winter! Look for more holiday surprises this season by regularly checking the City of Heroes Web site http://www.cityofheroes.com/news/events/winter_event.html
Lineage II– Raising Rudolph (December 15– December 29)
Christmas lies in a precarious position this year in the troubled lands of Aden! Santa has all the gifts ready to deliver and his sled has been polished to a sheen. But there's something very, very wrong...
Santa's reindeer have gone on strike in an attempt to earn themselves extra vacation time! Instead of bowing to their demands, old St. Nicholas has turned to the brave adventurers of Lineage II. Help Santa raise brand new reindeer in time for Christmas and reward the children of Aden for all the good deeds they've done this year. Who knows, there might even be something in it for those who help out too!
· Rudolph’s Buff: You can help Santa by raising Baby Reindeer to full grown Adult Reindeer and receive special Rudolph Buffs for your contributions. You will be able to raise multiple reindeer each day.
· Santa’s Gift: Santa will be visiting Aden and distributing gifts randomly throughout each server. Make sure you’re playing Lineage II for your chance to receive one of Santa’s Gifts below:
o Weapon Exchange Coupon Box: A box containing a coupon that will reward you with +8 to +16 shadow weapon of any type and grade. Or a Jackpot Coupon which can be exchanged for a permanent +12 A grade weapon.
o Christmas Shirt exchange coupon: Can be exchanged for an enchanted (randomly) Christmas Shirt.
o Special Christmas Tree which gives HP/MP bonuses.
Lineage– Christmas Event (December 23– January 6)
Lineage players around the world will be taking on the role of Santa Claus this holiday during the Global Lineage Christmas Event. After acquiring a special Rudolph hat, players will be able to take on the guise of Santa Claus and grab the reins of Rudolph, a mount that provides a speed bonus to players. In addition, while the heroes of Aden are riding Rudolph and spreading holiday cheer, they will also be gifted with a special holiday present every 15 minutes, which they will find inserted directly in their inventory.