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Issue 7: March 9th, 2016 - In Ferro Veritas

Welcome to the March 2016 issue of The Sword’s Edge. Issue 7 already – time is flying and we are not running out of content nor contributors for our cabal newsletter, so thank you all very much for continuing to keep it up!

Things have, in their ordinary fashion, been busy this month – especially I am sure for Aberlour and his team who provided a fantastic prize for the Seollal event that was held at the beginning of February. Still waiting on those screenshots, Abe!! Since the launch of Shambala-la-la-la-laaaa (Tony Christie eat your heart out) we have seen a surge of members giving the new PvP area a shot... though sometimes to the demise of other cabal members – in an incredibly hilarious and sporting way! Roleplaying has continued in the Tuesday and Saturday night timeslots, if you are interested in getting involved just head along – the events are always scheduled on our calendar so you know where you are going at what time! That said, head over to our Noticeboard for all our scheduled events, Swords!! If you want to do something that isn’t being scheduled and you want help – then approach our leaders who will all happily help you use the tools at our disposal. If you want specific help leading events, then try to approach leaders or division members who have skills in the area your event is related to. You can find all our division members and leaders in the cabal roster here.

Time for that cuppa and a biscuit – enjoy Issue 7!

Winners from our Issue 6 Competition!

Did you enter "Name their match!" ?

As I am sure you remember from Issue 6 of The Sword's Edge, there was a competition run by Antanahe. With a Valentines theme, the idea of the competition was to find the "couples" in the Secret World. You needed to find the in-game match / associated person to link with the names in the list that we gave. We are very happy today to tell you that there were 2 WINNERS!!

  • 1st prize: Mellified - Who chose a Grievous Augment as a prize.
  • 2nd prize: TS-13 - Who will get to choose between winning an Orochi Hover-Tech Snowboard or a Hermes MT600 motorbike

Congratulations to you both. And thank you Antanahe for offering up such fantastic prizes!! If you were curious about what the answers were.. here they are:

  • Dame Julia / Miss Plimmswood
  • Gozen / Richard Sonnac
  • Cern / Sophie
  • Luminita / Tibor
  • Lilith / Samael
  • Katelin / Durendal
  • John Galahad / Callie James
  • Tango / Cash
  • Montgomery de la Rock / Arun Singh
  • Vlad Dracula / Mara
  • Freddy Beaumont / Cassandra King
  • Nassir / Saïd


TS-13, Einstein and Rumnoski

Interview with TS-13!

The Sword's Edge interview this month is with TS-13.

Katelin: Hi TS-13, thank you for agreeing to be the subject of my questioning!

TS-13: No problem!

Katelin: You joined the cabal just 4 months ago and said you thought we appeared to be a friendly bunch in the interview you had with Sonno. Now you have had the chance to actually get to know us all a bit better - what do you think now?

TS-13: I think you're all monsters! *laughs* Really, it's ONLY been 4 months! Well, I can say this, I'm happy with my decision to have joined Nine Swords. Every member I've run with or chatted with has definitely made me feel welcomed and I hope that I can do the same with our veteran and newer members. I definitely like the atmosphere of the cabal both, in game and on the website, that those who came before me have created. It makes playing TSW a lot more exiting. The fun never stops around here! :P

Katelin: Since joining you have been really involved in helping schedule and run events. What motivates you to do this?

TS-13: Well that's easy. I'm using you all! *cue evil laugh* Truth is before joining Nine Swords, I didn't run any group content besides dungeons and that was because I liked them. This kept me going despite being in groups that wouldn't communicate when the group would hit a wall or someone was just being a jerk. Now, I run maybe one pug a week. Scheduling and running events allows me and hopefully other members of the cabal to run group content without pressure and just enjoy TSW for what it is. Don't get me wrong, failed events hurt my motivation. However, when you finally get a cabal group run together and accomplish whatever the objective of the event was, it's all worth it. Unless, the game bugs out and I don't get my loot. *chuckles*

Katelin: We have a member base that is really quite spread out over different time-zones. What would you say to other Nine Swords members who are perhaps looking to get things happening at a time that suits them?

TS-13: My best advice is to just schedule the event on the website and remember that you may have to be flexible. Real life does exist. *gasp* There are days in which some members only log on for an event and then log off. This is perfectly fine. What I'm getting at is this, just because it "seems" like no one is on around the same time as you does not mean that people can't make an event, especially if you schedule it a few days in advance. Aside from this, we have pretty vocal members that will tell you I'm interested, but for "x" reason can't attend. I recall several attempts to scheduling an Eidolon Raid. Eventually, I got enough feedback and two things were happening. The day of the week was bad for most and the loot was not very appealing to some. Which reminds me I need to start scheduling that raid again.

Katelin: What is next for you within Nine Swords? I know you quite like trying to encourage people to join in and do things together.

TS-13: I'm quite happy being a division member, hanging out, etc. Who knows maybe leadership somewhere down the line. As for future events, I have some ideas in mind. Just trying to work out some details before I try to get anything going.

Katelin: Anything else you would like to add?

TS-13: Not at the moment. If you need help, have questions or are just tired of running solo, just let me know. I am by no means an expert, but I don't mind trying to help or direct you to someone who can. P.S: Can you guess what mission we just finished in the picture above!?!

Katelin: I know exactly which mission.. and I still don't have all my bears hehe. Thank you for your time!!

TS-13: You are very welcome.

Nine Swords is Recruiting!

Nine Swords is Recruiting

The Secret World in the Real World: by Floryn

A lot of things in the Secret World are based on actual stories, events, art, etcetera. The Real Secret World will highlight one of the things you can see in the Secret World and tell you something about it’s origin in the real world.

Today’s highlight is a painting that (amongst others) can be found in the Temple Club.

Ivy Bridge Devonshire by Joseph Turner

This painting is titled 'Ivy Bridge Devonshire'.

Joseph Mallord William Turner was an English Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker, whose style can be said to have laid the foundation for Impressionism. Although Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, he is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting.

The narrow medieval Ivy Bridge still carries Blachford Road across the River Erme in the centre of Ivybridge, a few miles east of Plymouth in Devon. It can be seen upstream to the north from the footpath beside Harford Road, just above the eastern bank. There is a later bridge carrying Fore Street a little way to the south.

Big Trouble in the South China Sea - Episode 3

Templar Briefing - Squad eyes only

Crispy Black Swan

A brilliant but unhinged theoretical mathematician recently approached a Templar intermediary claiming to have developed a fool-proof method of predicting outliers - events that lie so far to the end of the probability curve that they could be classed as impossible (however, they are just vanishingly improbable). Examples would include a whole bar of lead spontaneously turning to gold (possible within Quantum Theory) or the price of oil dropping to one cent per barrel.

If this method proves to be demonstrably true and practical, then it could lead to the possibility of causing these outliers to occur by manipulating current events. This has the potential to become an incredibly powerful tool in the right or the wrong hands.

Current Situation
The mathematician (Nicholas de Vlamingh) developed his method while ensuring his privacy aboard a small craft (the Ludic Fallacy) with a local crew in the South China Sea. A meeting was scheduled at a berth in Manila harbour, to which the Ludic Fallacy and its crew arrived, but not Mr de Vlamingh. The crew were at a loss to explain his whereabouts, as they had sailed from the Sprately Islands without a stop. Templar interrogation techniques revealed that they were telling the truth - they knew that de Vlamingh had been in his cabin (he rarely emerged) and had issued orders to travel to Manila, but he was not on board when they arrived. His laptop and papers were also not to be found.

A cursory scan of the local shipping arrivals and departures has revealed that a small but significant number of cargo ships and other vessels have recently been arriving without some of their cargo - their journeys all took them close to the Spratelys. There have also been a number of hushed up insurance claims to Lloyds of London concerning high value items lost at sea in this area.

This information is only hours old. Investigate the area around the Sprately Islands and search for Nicholas de Vlamingh.

Example of the Lair Raider Jacket

Current goings on in 9S...

Forget that there was the huge valentines events in The Secret World this last month - for Nine Swords I think February 2016 will have to be known as Lair Raider month. We have had so many members achieve their jacket in this last month.. I am going to dedicate this whole section to it! Monday nights are generally the time that we embark on the Lairs, though with the quantity of signups for help with Lair Boss Achievements in our thread in the PvE forum, quite a few extra runs were held.

Some screenshots of our lair runs

If you are now turning green with envy and want to get your hands on a Lair Raider Jacket - what are you waiting for, use the thread linked above to let us know which bosses from which lairs you are missing. We will then plan a time to run the lairs with you and help you to achievement victory!!

TS-13 in the Crucible

What's your name?

Terrapax has been asking around in the cabal for our members to explain where their names and/or nicknames came from? Are they special or just random? Next up - TS-13...

Jack "TS-13" Brownstone
Okay, so my name. I'd have to say that my name is a blend of both, past and present, I guess. It's also a mix of special and random in meaning. The name "Jack" comes from one of my favorite songs growing up, "Mr.Jack" by System of a Down. Similarly, the name "Brownstone" come from another favorite song of mine growing up, "Mr.Brownstone" by Guns N' Roses. Simple enough right! Well, TS-13 is a simple guy. Now I came up with TS-13 becuase I watch too much televison. At the time that I started playing TSW, I was watching an awful lot of AMC's The Walking Dead (television show). Anyway, the first season finale episode was titled. Can you guess? TS-19. TS being Test Subject. Long story short, I don't like the number 19, but I do like the number 13. Hence, TS-13 was born. Hope I didn't bore you too much!

Fun Fact: The name "Jack" was so common in the Middle Ages that Jack became a generic term for a man.


Sword to the Wise

This section is where Marlo imparts some words to the wise. Sword style. For this issue of The Sword's Edge: Beginner tips for scenarios!

In this Sword to the Wise I will give you a few tricks and explanation on for scenarios for those of you that is new to them or has just starting running them. It will focus on doing them solo.

Before you enter:
There is a vendor in Venice called Rogue coder that will sell you items that you can use in scenarios for a small amount of black bullions. I recommend getting the healing kit for survivors and a stack of leech animas. Bringing a stack of Epipen can also be useful to break crowd controls. There is also a turret you can buy from the vendor that last for one wave but be careful where you place it since survivors like to run out and hug it.

Gathering phase:
At the start you will have 45 seconds before the survivor’s spawns. Use this time to look for the supply crate that contains useful mines. Also look for blue lights that indicate where survivors will spawn. When they timer run out and you are starting to rally survivors you should try and grab mobs of survivors and kill them as fast as possible so survivors will take as little damage as possible. When you start out it might be hard to find all survivors but take notice of where you find them and after a while you will know all the spawn point of them.

There are 3 waves of mobs that will run for the survivor spots. Here you should try and catch the mobs as close as possible to where they spawn and kill them as fast as possible giving you more time when the spawn point change to stop the mobs from reaching the survivors.

Be careful of fighting bosses close to survivors since some of them has large aoe’s. The boss will come for you when it spawns so find a safe spot and let it come to you.
Each scenario has the possibility to spawn a boss after wave one or two that has an ability to almost one-shot you. Watch out for Frenzy, Ursinity and Lumbering Rage. Do not get hit by the boss while they got this buff active! One trick to avoid the bosses to cast this is to have aoe attacks and run in front of boss and avoiding taking sharp turns.

Do not get discouraged if you are having trouble with the scenarios at the start, keep running them and you will get used to survivor and mob spawn points and on how to handle the bosses. I also have some builds and video over here in our forums showing NM solo scenarios for those interested in more.

Your next issue of The Sword's Edge...

TextIssue 8 of The Sword's Edge is due on the 9th of April. If you would like to contribute to The Sword’s Edge there are two ways to do it:

Firstly, you can submit content such as screenshots (events, raids, dungeon runs or even random subjects), articles on in-game content, as well as graphics, short stories, poems and all other kinds of fan-made creations.

Secondly, if you are ready for some whip induced action - you can join our team! This involves creating news and articles, searching the forum for interesting content and coordinating with our contributors. If interested, please contact Katelin or any The Sword's Edge team member by PM. We’ll be most happy to have a chat with you.