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[edit] Overview

The Cormyrian Midwinter festival or Midwinter Ice Races is a new kind of seasonal event held in the iced-over Starwater River of Eveningstar, coincidentally conducted around the same time of year as the Risia Ice Games. Adventurers can run through the course of ice & illusions to compete for prizes.

[edit] Related Items

  • Ice Skates
    • Permanent version (DDO Store only)
    • 10 minutes rental version for 50 Motes
      • Free 'sample' set once per day (per account?) from the vendor
  • Free Midwinter Spirit
Free daily token
    • Required to play the mini-game. Handed from a NPC Brace Bullhorns on the southeastern foot bridge into Eveningstar, just like Universal Challenge Tokens: resets daily at Midnight GMT (7 PM Eastern Standard Time).
    • Each day Brace will give free tokens to participate in the race based on your account status:
      • Free players can receive 2 tokens per day
      • Premium players can receive 3 tokens
      • VIP players can receive 4 tokens
    • These are BtC but the per day limit is per Server, not per character. So it is important to switch to your ideal character (Phiarlan Pendant of Time/striding speed/jump skill/Abundant Step) before taking them.
  • Midwinter Spirit (DDO Store only)
    • Additional token purchased for TP.
      • 1 Midwinter Spirit for 20 TP
      • 10 Midwinter Spirit for 180 TP
  • Hot Cider/Hearty Cider (DDO Store only) - teleport token just like Hot Cocoa from the Risia Ice Games.
  • Moteofwinter.png Motes of Winter (alternatively mentioned as Midwinter Motes sometimes but it's the same thing)
  • Recipes (different from Risia Ice Games ones, look like Epic Scrolls)

[edit] Midwinter Ice Races

"Snowy" Eveningstar, NPCs and the mini-game starting point

How the mini-game works:

[edit] Scoring

  • Snow Flakes - There are four types of snowflakes, each worth different amounts of points.
    • Bronze - 1 point
    • Silver - 13 points
    • Gold - 27 points
    • Purple - 42 points
  • Finishing the Course in the 3 minutes time limit - 100 points (The double points works on this also, so +200 if you complete while you have it)

[edit] Buffs

These will be randomly located about the course like the snowflakes, touch them to activate.

  • Super Speed Boost (Green orb) - Effect: +30% Melee speed, +50% enhancement bonus to Run speed, Duration: 6 seconds.
  • Super Jump (Blue orb) - Effect: +30 jump skill, moon jump and Featherfall, Duration: 4 seconds, similar to the buff as found in Challenges, though shorter duration. Jumping super high is necessary to collect a couple of the static purple snowflakes now, so get these and time your jumps well.
  • Double Points (Appears as a large bright white spark randomly) - Duration: 15 seconds
  • Midwinter Vole (CR 23, Animal type, Rat race) - Hit any of these once to get both Double Points and Super Speed instantly. They can be killed, but you are not intended to do so, as they have several thousand hitpoints and give no reward for being killed. A single melee or ranged hit, even a grazing hit will be enough to trigger the buff. So, have auto-targeting enabled and a ranged weapon equipped to easily hit them from a distance as you skate.

[edit] Game Score and Reward Tier

When Brace's buff wears off or you've completed the race, you’ll receive rewards like midwinter motes & recipes based on how well you scored.

  • There is no reward for how much time is left on Brace's buff, so it is best to complete with as little time left as you can.

Motes received are always 1/3 Score point rounded down. Lower scores are supposed to grant lower-tier Recipes, however it seems quite random. Raw data is tracked in here.

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[edit] Turn-in Rewards

Speak with Jolias Leftfield at the finish line, who will offer you barter UI trades for your rewards.

Item Cost Description
Polar Bear Cub Certificate 10,000 Motes Creature Companion
50 Midwinter Snowballs 500 Motes Thrown weapon
Lolth, The Spider Queen Cookie 280 Motes gives "Lolth's Blessing"
Potion of Fire Shield (Warm)/(Cool) 120 Motes Fire Shield (Fire)/(Cold) ML: 18, CL:20
Potion of Resist Fire/Cold 30 60 Motes ML: 10, CL:11
Greater Potion of Protection from Fire/Cold 90 Motes Protection from Energy ML: 18, CL:20 (120 absorbed)
Midwinter Upgrade:
Festival Fire/Cold Resistance
-1 Item (Armor/Robe/Shield/Cosmetic Armor/Cosmetic Helm only), Recipe, 45 Motes Inherent Elemental Resistance (Insight bonus) added to your randomly-generated, Cannith Crafted, or Cosmetic items.
-3 Item, Recipe, 90 Motes (135 cumulatively)
-5 Item, Recipe, 180 Motes (315 cumulatively)
-7 Item, Recipe, 360 Motes (675 cumulatively)
-10 Item, Recipe, 720 Motes (1,395 cumulatively)
Midwinter Upgrade:
Festival Glaciation
30 (no ML) Item (Armor/Robe/Shield/Cosmetic Armor/Cosmetic Helm only), Recipe, 45 Motes Equipment bonus to cold Spell Power added to your randomly-generated, Cannith Crafted, or Cosmetic items.
Note: Festival Glaciation will increase the minimum level of your item to the value listed in parentheses.
36 (ML: 2) Item, Recipe, 62 Motes (107 cumulatively)
42 (ML: 4) Item, Recipe, 90 Motes (197 cumulatively)
48 (ML: 6) Item, Recipe, 122 Motes (319 cumulatively)
54 (ML: 8) Item, Recipe, 125 Motes (444 cumulatively)
60 (ML: 10) Item, Recipe, 180 Motes (624 cumulatively)
66 (ML: 12) Item, Recipe, 202 Motes (826 cumulatively)
72 (ML: 14) Item, Recipe, 245 Motes (1,071 cumulatively)
78 (ML: 16) Item, Recipe, 250 Motes (1,321 cumulatively)
84 (ML: 18) Item, Recipe, 320 Motes (1,641 cumulatively)
90 (ML: 20) Item, Recipe, 360 Motes (2,001 cumulatively)
96 (ML: 21) Item, Recipe, 405 Motes (2,406 cumulatively)
102 (ML: 22) Item, Recipe, 490 Motes (2,896 cumulatively)
108 (ML: 23) Item, Recipe, 500 Motes (3,396 cumulatively)
114 (ML: 24) Item, Recipe, 640 Motes (4,036 cumulatively)
120 (ML: 25) Item, Recipe, 720 Motes (4,756 cumulatively)

Notes:

  • Only randomly generated or Cannith Crafted items can be upgraded in this manner - no Named items.
  • Inherent Elemental Resistances don't stack with an armor prefix effect, called Primal. They do stack with Resist Energy spell, guild ship buff, and the "regular" Elemental Resistance items.
  • Developer Feather_of_Sun stated their intention was to let players get their Festival Glaciation weapon from Risia Ice Games first (up to Glaciation 78) then upgrade it in this event (up to 120). However, many players reported that Jolias Leftfield's barter UI rejects any kind of weapon [1] and it just doesn't work that way. Possibly bugged and not WAI.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feather_of_Sun Source
Eveningstar's Midwinter Festival recipes function on shields, armor, robes, and outfits.

I believe you can also use the Midwinter Festival's Glaciation recipes to further increase Festival Glaciation that you have already placed on a weapon through the Ice Games recipes.

  • UPDATES: From Developer Feather_of_Sun (posted 01-08-2013, 01:05 PM)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feather_of_Sun Source
I said I believed that to be the case, but I was unfortunately incorrect. I apologize for the accidental misinformation. It's not a bug. The Midwinter recipes are intended to only work on armor, outfits, robes, and shields [but not weapons].
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feather_of_Sun Source
"They should work on docents too. If they don't, that would be a bug."
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[edit] Iterations

[edit] 2012-2013

  • November 30th - Lamannia server preview
  • December 16th - went on Live server, as not yet complete: some DDO Store items missing, some chat options missing/buggy, this probably was unintentional.
  • January 7th through 27th - officially went live (some chat options still missing/buggy)

[edit] 2014

  • January 16th through February 17th
  • Stealth change: Recipes now work on Cosmetic Armor and Cosmetic Helm.

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