While the Black Sanctum itself will not be open to explore yet, players will now be able to walk right up to the door and interact with the Warlocks guarding it. You'll quickly learn that although the Sanctum is sealed, the situation is not under control. Enter daily quests.
The magical seal on the Sanctum door must be constantly maintained, which requires many different spell reagents. As the Warlocks run low on various reagents they'll give players daily quests to go out and replenish their stock. There is a different type of reagent to go out and gather from monsters for every day of the week, and each day's reagent hunt will take you to a different part of the world.
Another daily quest will be to win v1.20's ultimate boss fight: a creature called a Shade that will randomly appear and wander the overworld every few hours. Taking down the Shade will require both strategy and high-end equipment - assuming that you can find the Shade before another party of players does!
The final new form of currency in v1.20 is the Sanctum Shard. You'll receive one of these shards for completing each daily quest, which can then be spent on various types of stat seeds or equipment from the Black Sanctum vendors.
Stat seeds are a new item that give a permanent boost to a variety of major stats. Different types of seeds are found in different places; some only drop from monsters, others can only be purchased from special vendors. The seeds you've taken are tracked in a player's status HUD. You start out being able to take up to a maximum of 3 seeds - a total which can eventually be bumped up to 9 seeds.
These seeds provide yet another way for players to customize their characters in v1.20. Will your Conjurer focus on Plus Fire seeds for increased spell power, or Resilience seeds for PvP survivability?
Yet another note to the NEStalgia community - the screenshots you see in these posts show items that have not yet been finalized, and therefore may or may not have temporary placeholder stats/prices/etc. Planning your current and/or future gear acquisitions based upon the items pictured in development posts such as this is likely a waste of your time.
Furthermore, apart from stating that August is my release target for NEStalgia v1.20 I have not given out a set release date. If I pick a date for release then you'll hear it here first; everything else is just rumors and speculation!
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