Wintery fourth region of Runes of Magic

August 18, 2008

Wintery fourth region of Runes of

– Game Design Doc No. 3 describes
Ystra-Highland –

Just before the start of the Games
Convention, publisher Frogster reveals details about the fourth region in Runes
of Magic. In opposition to the previously presented regions of the fantasy
online-roleplaying game, the Ystra-Highland impresses with a downright wintery

It received its name “Ystra” from
the Minotaurs who live in this area. Besides the bitter cold climate, it is
these furious and belligerent creatures and the Ice Fairies with their cruel
elegance that impress visitors the most. To defend against both races and to
safeguard the free and secure passage on Khazor’s Mountain Road, the Order of
the Dark Glory positioned a formidable army here. Even though magical
teleportation has dampened the importance of this place for transit, the number
of people who travel through here has not diminished. In part this can be
explained by the many legends and myths entwined within this region with its
enormous skeletons on the Sea of Snow, the ancient texts from the Tower of
Winds, the secret treasures of the Cyclops and many other arcane mysteries.

More details about the Ystra-Highland
can be found in the separate game design document No. 3. At the Games Convention
online adventurers can test play the first region of Runes of Magic at stand A10
of Frogster Interactive in hall 5. Further information, a registration form for
beta-signup on the official website:

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