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Happy Halloween!

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You survived 31 days of October on Aywas, congratulations!
As a reward for your accomplishment, our famous Pumpkin Patch King has opened the Seasonal Shop doors!

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Let's take a stroll through the shop and see what goodies await!
Don't mind the cobwebs, and I'd suggest staying in the light, rather than wandering off toward the shadows.

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If you're a big baby like me and have to hold onto something or someone when going through a haunted house, you might be interested in the Broomstick Quetzal Plush (a favorite of Rowan's), or the other two fauna above! The Red Fox and Jack the Corgi would love to come home with you. :3

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I assure you that our food items are fairly tame, and scrumptious to boot!
Above we have Skull Cake Pops, a Second Chance Shot (alcohol), and flighty Broomstick Kebabs. All will give you energy to last through the rest of the evening.

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OK, so maybe all of our food isn't completely safe. We tried consoling the monster with more cookies and chocolate, but it just seemed to get bigger. ;~; This genuine Cookie Monster is a forum title/achievement item, which will unlock the title COOOOKIES when used.

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If you're feeling adventurous and lucky, you might be interested in giving a sip of one of these potions to a pet that you don't mind transforming into a completely new creature! The Poisoned Apple, Candy Corn Bottle, Cloaked Jar, and Dark Mist Bottle all contain exclusive, themed colorations. The Poisoned Apple contains "toxic" pets, the Candy Corn Bottle has candy corn-themed pets inside, and the Cloaked Jar contains reaper pets, while the Dark Mist Bottle contains some "dark" hybrids and rares. Each item has the pet possibilities in their description if you'd like to look them up, but I won't post them in case you'd like to be completely surprised. :3

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Considering all the spooks and mischievous games afoot, I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to defend yourself a little! The rattling Ghostly Chains are a power item, while the Light Magic Shield offers toughness, and the lucky Black Cat Charm boasts speed. Check out each item description for full bonus details.

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I've seen many of you decked out all month long for Halloween, but we have some new costume sets if you need a last-minute one for tonight! Try on the complete Werehood, Gargoyle, Genie, and Forgotten Doll sets through the Preview Wardrobe feature.

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Hmm, I thought there might be clothes in this box, but it seems like something far stranger is lurking beneath the lid...

Faint whispers echo fleetingly when you approach this box. If you dare to open it, the magic within will switch two pets, but only their IDs, images, breedability and genus. Incompatible with any pet that carries rules from another user. To use, send it to Graymare (#14978) along with a PM including the two pet's IDs, which must both belong to you.


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Now, this looks an awful lot like...

Whoa, you found Rowan's magical hat! Best return it to her as soon as you can, though it seems to exude a powerful energy that is quite peculiar. No harm in examining it a little, right? Just be careful, magic is a fickle force, who knows what the hat may bestow its wearer. When used in a BC or HBC breeding, it magically randomizes a compatible add-on into the breeding -- you never know what it may do to your babies! Remember, the effects may be permanent and unexpected...

Hope you guys enjoy! Sounds like Rowan left her hat behind on purpose. ;)

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Returning from last year, you can once again snag a Pumpkin Patch Potion!

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As usual, you can use the Pumpkin Patch Potion to upload a custom of our Soli shopkeeper up there with up to 30% edits.
Click the image above to download the psd!)

While our festivities will always fondly fall under the king's reign, we would like to introduce you to three brand new shopkeepers!

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A fearsome Drylis, adorable mummy Suune, and hazardous Shen!
(Click the above images to download their respective PSDs.)

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To create a shopkeeper Drylis, Suune, or Shen custom, you will use the closely protected Gated Potion. You have up to 30% of edit room. Like all of our shopkeepers, if you want to create a custom with the default image provided above, you are more than welcome to. :3

Now, where are all those trick-or-treaters I've been expecting?!
Aha!

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There are 24 standalone pets for you to snag from the Seasonal Shop.
But, if you're a little low on pumpkins, we have a potion that can help you out.

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The Spirit Elixir will turn your active pet into a random coloration from the 2014 Halloween Seasonal Shop (aka, any of the 24 pets you can individually purchase). It can be found in Trash for Treasure.

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You might also notice this familiar bottle hanging out in the Trash for Treasure shop as well. Now known as the Twisted Trunk Bottle, this potion contains all of the Spooky Forest pets, and will turn your active pet into a random coloration from the forest this year. (Bonus points if you know where the item image came from; you've been playing Aywas for a long time and have a good memory. *wink*)

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The Seasonal Shop will be open through November 8th at 11:59 p.m.
I'm also going to try and add a Halloween Pumpkin to Melo Pumpkin exchange, but I think the Seasonal Shop is just done with me right now, or is trying to tell me to take a break, so we'll try that again tonight!

I will be posting a timeline for our other features later this evening, but you'll have plenty of time to grab what you need, and we might have a few more surprises in store for you! :)

Happy Halloween!

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(Oh, and don't forget to visit the Advent Calendar today!)

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- Eri

Posted by Graymare (#14978) on Fri Oct 31, 2014 2:51pm

Comments: 35


Seasonal Shop Warning!

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This is your standard reminder to NOT make any purchases in the Seasonal Shop while we are stocking it.
Items and pets can change price and/or function prior to the official opening of the shop, and we will NOT issue refunds for any premature purchases.

Thank you!

- Eri

Posted by Eri & Dew (#17) on Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:13am

Comments: 34


Something warm for those colder nights!

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This little snuggler has decided it needs somewhere warm to stay, and has crawled into the Trash for Treasure shop.
I think he was directed there by Eclipse (#8) for Umber's birthday!

For those of you unable to resist that adorable little face, the fauna will be in the shop until 11:59pm 2nd November.

Posted by Eveglori (#2775) on Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:06am

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October Reminders

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Good evening! :3 I just wanted to quickly drop a few reminders about the following monthly contests, which are closing up after October 31st at 11:59 p.m.

November Monthly Pets - GP Shop
Enter

November Monthly Pets - BP Shop
Enter

November Monthly Customs - Theme: Aywas
Enter

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Be sure to also vote in our two Raw polls by October 31st at 11:59 p.m. as well!
Visual Contest | Descriptive Contest

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Don't forget about our GP Bonuses!
The current ones are running through the end of the month--October 31st at 11:59 p.m.

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The Seasonal Shop is scheduled to open some time tomorrow, on Halloween, as usual! :3
Manymany hours go into opening the shop, but I am hoping to have it ready for you in the afternoon. <3

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Wheeeee!
(Can you tell I like this ghost a lot?)

- Eri

Posted by Eri & Dew (#17) on Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:12pm

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New Moderators!

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You know that all this green can only be a cue for... new moderators being added to our team!
Please join me in congratulating and welcoming our four newest staff members:

Chibi Echo (#124)
Kaiyo (#489)
Fire & Deja (#1163)


Despite it being the Halloween season, please try not to scare them away just yet! *wink*
As they are getting acclimated to their new roles, feel free to contact them with any questions or issues you encounter; they're very eager to help out. :3 You will also probably be seeing them around the forums more, so don't hesitate to contact them with any of your thread moving or locking needs.

Wish them luck!

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I also just want to squeeze in a little note here that I am extremely busy with our seasonal festivities and am consequently behind on my messages. If you have a timely general question or issue that can be addressed by another staff member, please contact them rather than me. Thank you!

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Cheers!

- Eri

Posted by Eri & Dew (#17) on Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:40pm

Comments: 32


Trivia & Weekly Raffle!

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Weekly Raffle

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This week's raffle winner is:
Rose the Ghost (#20789)
Who had 39 crystals out of 12,545 total and won a Magic Custom Trove!

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Congratulations!


Next week's winner will receive...

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A Gold Antiquity Stave!

Set a reminder to snag those crystals!


Trivia

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The trivia has been updated!
Last week's questions and answers revealed!

What group does the Bumble fall into?
Common Ara

Who created Bumble Day?
Pirate & Kazna (#233)

Which of the following pets was NOT released for Bumble Day 2014?
Teal Touch Bumble

This item will unlock a special Bumble-themed forum title.
Bumble String Lights

This is a nut that looks like a hive filled with honey. This is filled with honey too because that rocks.
Bumblenut

Where can you find a Rare Bumble (fauna)?
Fields

"Batty batty batty bat!" describes the...
Black Bat

We have Pumpkin everything except...
Waffles

What does the Halloween King do to your active pet?
Change it to a pet you don't own

Pin it to your lover's chest or something but make sure they're wearing a shirt.
Spooky Corsage



How many questions will you get correct this week?
Good luck!

(Quick reminder that the Bumble Event Shop is being cleared out after 11:59 p.m. tonight!)

- Eri

Posted by Eri & Dew (#17) on Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:33pm

Comments: 11


Raw Pet Voting - Part II (Descriptive)

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#1 Proposed Genus Name: Flutterbie. A butterfly pet, with wings in four parts.
11% [ 168 ]
#2 Proposed Genus Name: Yorik. Feathered horned pig.
7% [ 109 ]
#3 Proposed Genus Name: Frillo. A cute, stylized fairy armadillo.
17% [ 258 ]
#4 Proposed Genus Name: Canoh. A strange combination of a fluffy creature and a toy.
20% [ 300 ]
#5 Proposed Genus Name: Noot. A fuzzy, feathery snail.
17% [ 257 ]
#6 Proposed Genus Name: Condyl. Flying lizard.
25% [ 382 ]

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Much like the poll below, it's time to vote on which Raw Pet Concept* (Descriptive) will be turned into one of our upcoming Raw pets!

Staff put together a shortlist from your creative concepts, and now we are asking you to choose your favorite. Below please find the full description for each entry above.

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Here are the full descriptions:

#1 Proposed Genus Name: Flutterbie
Short Description: A butterfly pet, with wings in four parts.

Suggested genus description: Flutterbies are shy creatures that are wondrous to behold. Remote viewing locations along their migration routes are the most common way to catch a good look at the hypnotic movement of their split wings while they're in motion. It's theorized that Flutterbies are the metamorphosed form of Chorlus, but no one has ever been able to observe the phenomenon of a Chorlu cocoon turning into a Flutterbie.

Concept Description: The Flutterbie would be posed either at a 3/4 view or head on. Its head would have antennae (possibly with the little bulbs that the Chorlu has?), the body would be fuzzy, fairly small, and slightly diamond shaped, with two to six (space permitting) fuzzy legs hanging off of it. To either side of the body would be the wings. They'd be shaped much like traditional butterfly wings, but the upper piece and the lower piece of the wings would be separate wing parts altogether. The Flutterbie would be in the process of flapping its wings, and they'd all be at different angles, giving it the illusion of movement. The wings would be paneled like most butterflies' and colorful, with the tips of the wings on the top curling off into antennae (again, maybe the Chorlu tie-in?).

#2 Proposed Genus Name: Yorik
Short Description: Feathered horned pig

Suggested genus description (optional): Despite their strange appearance these rather wild looking creatures, are rather friendly. Though it is a good idea to stay out of their way if food is involved.

Concept Description: Yoriks can come in a variety of sizes, though most are mediums size. Their bodies are shaped like a potbelly pigs, but unlike their pig relatives. They are covered completely with feathers. On their forehead they have a twisted horn, that two long feathers that curve back over their head sit behind. For a tail they have long plumes that spread out like a fan, much like a peacock. Their pose should be anything that shows off their tail.

#3 Proposed Genus Name: Frillo.
Short Description: A cute, stylized fairy armadillo.

Concept Description(s): This animal is like any other armadillo, except the plates of armor is more like a shell with tufts and strands of stray hair sticking out from under, a goofy, happy grin on its face with tiny eyes and a long snout, pig-like ears on either side of its armored head. The tail is tapered and even has plating on it as well. It has large, mole-like paws with big claws on each. It has small whiskers on its snout and a sleek, albeit fuzzy belly. The thing that makes this a REAL fairy armadillo? Suspended pixie wings just above and between the shoulders as if they're floating.

Pose Suggestion 1#: Only halfway facing the viewer with the head turned 1/4th to the side, paws arched up into its chest with the hind feet firmly planted to the ground. The tail curls around the feet, just off to the side so as to expose all of the lower body. The wings are sticking straight up and the whiskers are relaxed, a smile on the creature's face.

Pose Suggestion 2#: Completely side-view angle with it sitting down on its hind paws, tail straight out, snout in the air and the forepaws hanging down, staring at its own perked whiskers with the ears sticking forward, a bewildered but adorable expression on the face. The wings are relaxed in this pose.


#4 Proposed Genus Name: Canoh
Short Description: A strange combination of a fluffy creature and a toy

Suggested genus description (optional): A child's playtoy, with enough love it has come to life.

Concept Description(s): At their basic, these usually stand on four paws. They have large rounded ears, as well as soft fur and a short, bobbed tail. However one would also notice that across the pelt, there are buttons, or patches usually. The paws have heart-shaped pads in most cases.

#5 Proposed Genus Name: Noot
Short Description: A fuzzy, feathery snail.

Suggested genus description (optional): Some researchers think Noots originated from the watery zones of Ay, but their fluffy adaptations repel dust and allow them to survive in drier climates as well. Curious and cheerful, they love to investigate humans and other creatures with their soft antennae.

Concept Description(s): Where a snail's eyestalks would be slimy, the Noot has feathery feelers like a moth's, and eyes seated at the bases of them, giving it the appearance of long eyelashes. It has a fluffy, fuzzy face with almost a lion's-mane effect around the cheeks and chin. It also has a layer of downy fluff bordering the edges of its single foot, like shag carpeting.

#6 Proposed Genus Name: Condyl
Short Description: flying lizard

Suggested genus description (optional): This small reptilious creature spends more time in the air than on the ground. Being true acrobats of the skies, their mating ritual involves the males showing the most complex manoeuvres in an attempt to impress a female.

Concept Description(s): A condyl is a rather long and thin lizard that comes in all sorts of colors. The ridges above their eyes are rather strongly pronounced and on the back of their head they have a head crest. This crest follows the curve of their head (instead of bending upwards, like in the green basilisk) until just above the ears, where it bends back down and touches the back of the head in a perpendicular way. The condyl's most remarkable feature is without a doubt his wings. These are attached to the ribcage right behind the front legs. Unlike real life gliding lizards, whose wings form a 90° angle with their body, the wings of a condyl are strongly pointed backwards and form a 45° angle. Their tips reach until right behind the hind legs and are quite pointed, not unlike the wings of a swallow. They have a second, smaller pair of wings just behind their hind legs, which are mainly used as stabilizers during flight. (Optional: a few small wing- or spike-like structures on the tip of their long tail.) These wings give them a somewhat damselfly- or fairy-like appearance, rather than looking like a miniature dragon. Running along their back they have a small, subtle crest which kind of looks like the edge of the leaf of a nettle. Their spines are incredibly flexible, which makes them very agile in the air. To illustrate this, I propose a pose which shows them making a turn during flight. For example, the tip of their tail being placed in the top left corner of the canvas, slightly further towards the background, with the tail making a few bends (like the body of a snake). At the right edge of the canvas, the body could bend back to the left, so the head is positioned near the lower left corner and more towards the player.

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There's a few things to keep in mind when voting:
- The winning pet will become a normal Raw genus available for 2 months, and will then move to Antiquity Staves once retired.
- *The design is a concept. Our pet artist, Kuitsuku, will be doing the pet in her style and interpretation to ensure it fits with our other pets, but will of course be basing her work on the description.
- Genus names are subject to change.

And, as always, select the one that you'd love to see in our lair!

We are accepting votes through October 31st at 11:59 p.m.
Good luck!

(Check out the poll below for the Raw - Visual contest if you haven't already. :3)

- Eri

Posted by Eri & Dew (#17) on Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:33pm

Comments: 42


Raw Pet Voting - Part I (Visual)

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It's time to vote on which Raw Pet Concept* (Visual) will be turned into one of our upcoming Raw pets!

Staff put together a shortlist from your incredible ideas, and now we are asking you to do the hard part--somehow narrow it down even further and vote for your favorite.

There's a few things to keep in mind when voting:
- The winning pet will become a normal Raw genus available for 2 months, and will then move to Antiquity Staves once retired.
- *The design is a concept. Our pet artist, Kuitsuku, will be doing the pet in her style (and possibly alternate pose) to ensure it fits with our other pets, but will of course be basing her work on the concept.

And, obviously, choose which one you would love to fill your lair with!

We are accepting votes through October 31st at 11:59 p.m.
Good luck!

(Voting for the Descriptive Concept contest is coming up shortly. :3)

- Eri

Posted by Eri & Dew (#17) on Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:45pm

Comments: 65


Giant Cauldron Rumblings

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Have you heard any noises coming from the Giant Cauldron's room?

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Something tells me it'll be awakening soon...

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(Personal spooky customs owned by myself and Dew!)

The Giant Cauldron sat quiet and still, covered in cobwebs and dust that had accumulated over the last year. Seemingly untouched by the October magic floating around Ay and Ara, to the unfamiliar eye the cauldron could be dismissed as a relic of the past, but to those who were willing to take a closer look, the cauldron's true enchantment would be revealed.

The Giant Cauldron has the power to create unique custom pets, and one of them could be yours if you're a skillful brewer!

Here's how things work!
(If you're a cauldron veteran, this will sound very familiar, but if you're a newer player, you'll want to read up since this feature is unique to October. :3)

- a random custom's image will appear on the Cauldron page and remain there for ~30 minutes.

- during that time, there will be a line of text that gives you a hint about what the upcoming recipe will be that's needed to create the custom. The recipe will use plants from the Witch's Garden. It will look something like this:

It is currently unknown how to make this pet, but it requires 4 different plants.
(Note: The Antique Cauldron will count as one of the ingredients/"plants." This item is required for every cauldron recipe.)

- when ~30 minutes has elapsed, refresh and the required ingredients will be displayed, like this:

To create this pet, you need this recipe:

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- similar to Frankenstein's Lab and Rowan's Potion Brewing, you can hover over the item images to see how many of each are required. However, since the cauldron deals in custom pets and not site colors, this is a first-come, first-serve feature; if you are the first person to successfully turn in all of the required ingredients, you will receive the custom as a new pet in your lair.

- once a custom is claimed, either a new one will show up and the 30 minute timer will begin again, or the cauldron will take a little break ("The cauldron is quiet. There is nothing to mix tonight.").

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Things to keep in mind!

- You can only create ONE custom from the cauldron per account, so choose wisely.

- Again, if you see a message that says the cauldron has gone quiet, that means it's taking a break. We'll do our best to fill the cauldron with customs at various hours to hit all timezones.

- There will be 50 pets total put into the cauldron between October 29th - November 2nd, working out to roughly 10 per day. Pets will be put in at random times, and not necessarily all one after the other.

- We'll run the Cauldron until we exhaust our stash, and I will make an announcement when it is officially empty.

- The Antique Cauldron will be turned into an openable goodie bag after Halloween/November 2nd. So even if you don't manage to snag a custom with the help of one, you'll still get some treats!

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Remember, you can only claim ONE custom, so choose wisely.
Again, every recipe will require one Antique Cauldron and a random number of different plants from the garden.
The cauldron doesn't open until tomorrow (the 29th), but I wanted to give you this information ahead of time.

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The Giant Cauldron is a fun custom giveaway tradition that we'd like to keep going every year, so please be sportsmanlike about it. It's a bonus for our October festivities finale, not the focus; please keep that in mind. :3

Good luck!

- Eri

Posted by Eri & Dew (#17) on Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:21pm

Comments: 33


That's the sound of a Reed Lunaris!

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A new birthday Lunaris has appeared!

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The remarkable Reed Lunaris is the ninth in our series of thirteen inspired by Celtic tree astrology and coinciding with lunar months.
Those of you with birthdays from October 28th* - November 24th will receive a copy of this feline on your special day as a gift from Aywas when you click the birthday link!

*If your birthday is today and you collected the previous Ivy Lunaris in the last hour or so but would like the Reed coloration instead, please contact Kyu (#1010) and she will do a switcharoo for you!

The Knowledge Base has also been updated with our latest starry coloration!
Enjoy! <3

- Eri

Posted by Eri & Dew (#17) on Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:55am

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