The Black Watch update – May 2017

Greetings Siege.

I have been inundated with questions regarding the Black Watch, (and their rebellious counterparts who are still deciding on a name.) So here is an attempt to clear some things up.

  1. The old guard. If you were a member of the RBG (Royal Britannian Guard) you are considered to be a veteran. Your new sash will reflect this – e.g. Black Watch Captain (Veteran) You will need to prove your membership by showing your RBG sash at a Black Watch ceremony. This will give you a ten point bonus. Multiple sashes do not mean multiple bonuses.
  2. Every time you are promoted, you “spend” the number of points needed to get to your new rank. Take WyRm in the example below. He has a total of 44 points. His promotion from Soldier, 2nd class to Soldier, 1st class used 5 of those points, leaving him with 39 points. His next promotion, from Soldier, 2nd class to Second Lieutenant, used 10 points, leaving him with 29 points. His promotion to Lieutenant used 10 more points, leaving him with 19 points. He therefore needs one more point to make it to Captain.  
  3. The only people receiving sashes today will be those who have applied to join the Black Watch, and who are present. If you have applied, but cannot be present, relax – let me know, and I will try to track you down in-game. Sashes will not be given to anyone other than the named character who applied to join.
  4. If you want to be in the Black Watch, you need to apply. Membership is not automatic, no matter how many events you turn up for. Full details, including how to earn points, are available here . I have kept records of players who turned up to events, but did not apply up till now, but I will not be updating those records after today. Bottom line, if you want to be in the Watch, make sure I know about it! (i.e. drop a book with your character’s name and something like “Black Watch Application” into the mailbox at the EM Hall near Brit moongate)
  5. There will be an official roll call at the start of all Black Watch events from now on so that I can better keep track of who gets points.My current “take a screenshot with all names showing” method is a bit too unreliable.
  6. The Rebellion (or whatever they want to be called) will get their ceremony sometime in the near future, as well as their sashes!
  7. We now have a headquarters! (Thank you Mesanna!!!) Some shadowy figure may have given a few players a preview of it last month, but we’ve dusted and cleaned, and it’s ready for you to crack open an ale and try out the facilities!

If anything else is unclear, please let me know. I will add to the FAQ as necessary. If you have suggestions, requests, ideas, or anything else, please let me know those, too! If you think something that I’ve posted about the Watch so far is completely insane, I want (need?) to hear that as well!

Lastly, here are the points which I currently have. These are the ranks that will be handed out at the first ceremony that you attend. These do NOT include veteran sashes. If you think you should be on the list, or think your points are horribly wrong, please contact me. If your name is on the list and you have no intention of joining, let me know that too.

So, here it is.  (If the table below does not show up on Stratics, view it at )

CharacterRankCurrent Points
a black ninjaSoldier, 2nd class1
AltSoldier, 2nd class4
BaalSoldier, 2nd class1
Bastian WindwongSoldier, 2nd class1
BeccaSoldier, 1st class1
BoSoldier, 2nd class1
BrutusSoldier, 2nd class4
CalaveraSoldier, 2nd class5
ChargarSoldier, 2nd class1
CharismaSoldier, 1st class0
ChazSoldier, 2nd class4
Chlorz FangSoldier, 2nd class4
ChumleeSoldier, 2nd class1
DionysisSoldier, 1st class5
Diva the TraderSoldier, 2nd class1
Event HorizonSoldier, 1st class5
FeljeenerSoldier, 2nd class1
GenesisSoldier, 2nd class1
GrimlexSoldier, 2nd class1
HarabecSoldier, 2nd class4
HoffsSoldier, 1st class8
HoldinD'sNutsSoldier, 1st class0
Igg A PieSoldier, 1st class9
Kenzie MoriSoldier, 2nd class2
KlemanSoldier, 2nd class1
Luka MelehanSoldier, 2nd class2
lupeSoldier, 2nd class1
lupitaSoldier, 2nd class1
MagichandsSoldier, 1st class1
MaloSoldier, 1st class3
MandolinSoldier, 2nd class1
Max BlackoakSoldier, 2nd class2
MerkdSoldier, 2nd class1
Natalia MaraisSoldier, 1st class2
NicoSoldier, 2nd class3
RazzianSoldier, 2nd class2
Ron FellowsSoldier, 2nd class3
SarahSecond Lieutenant2
Sarah-annSoldier, 2nd class2
SargatanzaSoldier, 1st class2
SaudadeSoldier, 1st class7
sielSoldier, 2nd class0
SihvebiSoldier, 2nd class2
SingularitySoldier, 1st class1
SpyderbiteSoldier, 1st class2
StaticSoldier, 1st class0
StevenSoldier, 1st class1
StoneHandsSoldier, 1st class0
Storm (KattasropheSoldier, 1st class3
SusieSoldier, 1st class4
TanagerSoldier, 1st class0
TangentSoldier, 2nd class1
TaylorSoldier, 1st class0
Toth UrZrethiSoldier, 1st class2
TyrSoldier, 2nd class2
ViremSoldier, 2nd class3
XanzuSoldier, 1st class5
YorkSoldier, 2nd class2

Some ways to get in touch:

  • email me at
  • Drop a book in the mailbox at the EM Hall, north of Britain moongate
  • Speak to me in-game.
  • Reply to this post, either at, or in the feed to Stratics.

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Governors’ Fund Raisers : Minoc

Friday, 30th June 2017

10 pm BST / 5 pm EST

A consistent complaint at Governors’ Council Meetings has been the state of the nation’s coffers. With a few exceptions, every town is struggling to maintain their chosen trade deal. The king has looked at the national budget, and determined that he has but three realistic choices:

  1. Impose a new tax on every citizen, which would be approximately 100,000 gold pieces per citizen per month.
  2. Fire the underperforming governors and hope that their replacements have greater financial acumen.
  3. Encourage the citizens to donate more gold, by providing them with the means, with entertainment, and with resources.

As King Blackthorn is a benevolent monarch, he chose the third option. The offer was therefore made to all governors to approach the throne to discuss methods by which funds might be raised. The first to step forward was a blind man, gifted with words and rhythm, though somewhat hard on the ears.

In the hope of preventing any further ballads the king has granted Minoc’s governor his request – namely that the Royal battalions be sent to march through the mines of Minoc, wearing their heaviest boots, in the hope that this might enrage enough elementals.

As the king discussed this idea with the Grandisonante Governor, it became apparent that it would give the hunters and mages something to fight. It would provide some gold for Minoc’s coffers, and it would provide the local crafters with ore for their wares. Some of the larger elementals might even provide something more.

The current term of office for all governors is coming to a close. This event, the king was told, would be a parting gift, should the townsfolks and citizens deem the governor unfit to run for a second term, or would perhaps provide sufficient funds to start the new term, should they decide to vote for him again.


Governors, please note : If you have an idea to raise funds for your town, please follow Governor’s Otto’s example, and contact the EM, the PEC or both. We are extremely happy to help you, and we know you are struggling.

What you need to know:

  • Gates to the event will be provided in the usual locations, but seriously – it’s in Minoc’s mines. Everyone knows where Minoc is.
  • Town criers will announce the event throughout the month
  • The event will be announced in General Chat an hour before the event.
  • Minoc has a guard zone. The mines do not. The monsters will be in the mines, and possibly shambling around outside it. Some may wander into the town.
  • Guards will NOT protect you from monsters. They will protect you (as much as they ever do) from other players.
  • There will be a wandering healer or four around the place somewhere.
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The minion and the egg

Saturday 24th June 2017

10 pm BST / 5 pm EST

King Blackthorn’s face was like thunder as he put down the reports from the Commander of the Black Watch and the Royal Detective. The death tolls between the two reports were astronomical. But to find that the beasts had been making use of the dungeons beneath his very castle for one of their bases of operations was a bridge too far. These beasts, and their unseen master would pay. Enough was enough.

A knock at the door jolted him away from his fuming. “Enter!” he barked. A small man, almost naked, his skin covered in a fine white powder, stepped in, followed by a large, heavily armoured guard.

“Sire!” barked the guard “As requested, this individual is here! I shall stand here and guard your Majesty in case he proves difficult, sire!”

At this, the little man casually reached out a hand, grabbed the guard by the belt, flipped him onto his helmet, and strapped his hands and feet together behind his back with the very same belt. He then turned and grinned at the king. “Yes. Very difficult, this one. Indeed. Hallo Black Thorn.”

“I do not believe that will be necessary, guard.” said Blackthorn. “Ghrom here is an old friend of mine. Do not judge him by his appearance. And do get up – you are making my study look most untidy.”

Ghrom made a quick slicing movement with a bone dagger that had somehow found its way into his hand, and the guard found himself free. Bowing out the door, one hand holding his breeches up, the guard quickly excused himself. Ghrom turned and smiled at the king again.

“Old friend, I have great need of your skills. My best men have failed to track these beasts to their source. Are you able to help me? Can you track them?” asked the king.

Ghrom’s smile grew wider, and he produced a rolled up animal skin from his pouch and unfurled it on the table. A map was drawn on it, showing all the old towns. But the map only took up the middle part of the parchment. Around the edges were drawn other shapes, symbols, beyond the edge of the seas. Ghrom’s finger pointed to a spot far to the east of Ice Island, beyond the edge of the seas. “Here.” he said. “Enemy here.”

Blackthorn stared, wondering how he would ever find a ship that could sail off the edge of the world.

Ghrom then produced an aging book from this pouch, opened it, and pointed to a page. The words read “Liedlan spulger idstrinfaun beast fentri chemas”. He also handed Blackthorn a strange item, which turned out to be the dried wing of a bird. Blackthorn raised an eyebrow and gave Ghrom a look of utter incomprehension.

“The spell take Black Thorn up.” he said “Up to where enemy floats in his cave”.

Blackthorn looked at the front cover of the tatty book for a moment. He could just about make out the title : “The book of Amber runes”.

For the first time in what seemed a long time, Blackthorn felt hope growing inside. He smiled, and led Ghrom to meet the commander of the Black Watch.

What you need to know:

  • Gates to the event will be provided from the usual locations.
  • Town Criers will announce the event as usual.
  • A reminder will be made in General Chat an hour before it starts.
  • Most of the event will take place outside of the guard zone.
  • The Book of Amber Runes is from Ultima III.
  • Ghrom is named after one of the earlier UO developers.
  • This is not exclusively a Black Watch event, although members of the Watch will get points for attending.



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Y.A.T.H! (Yet Another Treasure Hunt!)

Friday 16th June 2017

Start : 10 pm BST / 5 pm EST

End :  2 pm  BST / 9 pm EST

Last month, we dug. Oh, how we dug. We didn’t quite manage to dig all the way to Oceania, but we gave it a good old fashioned Siege try!

This month, since your bleary-eyed EM has recovered from the last night-long dig, we’re going to try again!

The arrangement will be the same as last month. For those who weren’t able to make it, here’s how it goes:

  • We will meet at the EM Hall.
  • The Royal Archaeologist’s Assistant will select a map at random, and teleport to its location.
  • A gate will then be sent back to the EM Hall to bring any interested players to that location.
  • A gate will be available to get back to the EM Hall.
  • There will be a hub at the EM Hall to get to any governor run town, in case you want to donate money to help with the various overpriced trade deals.
  • The Royal Archaeologist’s Assistant will dig up the chest.
  • The spawn is yours to do with as you will. Tame them, kill them, run away screaming, take them out for dinner and a movie – your choice! Several people got some nice frost dragons from this last time, and one or two dragon wolves were spotted. If a drake is more your speed, there were plenty of those as well.
  • A backpack will be placed on the ground for anyone to access, and all loot will be moved from the chest to the backpack item by item, so first come, first served.
  • If you are training imbuing, or looking for some good items to enhance, it would be a good idea to bring a pack llama or a beetle with you! So it’s an event for crafters, too!
  • Some of the maps will be for Ilshenar. We didn’t have any paragon spawn show up last time, but you never know what will happen!



What else you need to know:

  • Moongates to the event location will be available from the usual places. Details are here.
  • Town Criers will announce the event.
  • Reminders will appear in General Chat approximately one hour before the event.
  • The event will take place outside of a guard zone.

We will not be doing a treasure hunt EVERY month – unless there’s massive demand – , but I will try to have some form of event later into the night as regularly as possible, time and energy permitting!

Special thanks go to Mesanna for providing the level 7 maps!

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Black Watch Investigations

Saturday 10th June 2017Exodus receives his trade deal bill

10 pm BST / 5 pm EST

Commander Bhaltair frowned at the Royal Detective’s report. This was not good news at all. Still, what was that old saying about “better the daemon you know”?

He had fought the ghastly offspring of Mondain and Minax before, or at least, tried to. His leg still hurt when the weather turned ill. Memories of being unceremoniously flung across the chamber, so hard that the brickwork shattered where his armored body hit it, still burned in his mind, as did the memories of the ceremony afterwards, in which many fallen knights were honored, and enshrined.

But, the report was correct. The being behind these ghastly soulless things that plagued the land was possessed of immense power and resources. Exodus had been greatly weakened at least once, and had returned. Dupre had reported him slain, but then, what did death actually mean to a creature such as that? Exodus, at peak strength, certainly fitted the description of “immense power and resources”. And, if these creatures were not Exodus’s doing, then was there an even greater power lurking out there somewhere?

He would need to investigate. Were the new recruits up to so great a challenge? Or would he be attending another memorial ceremony fairly soon?

What you need to know:

  • This is a Black Watch Event. Details of the Black Watch can be found here.
  • Moongates to the event location will be available from the usual places. Details can be found here.
  • Town Criers will announce the event.
  • Reminders will be made via General Chat approximately one hour before the event starts.
  • The event will mostly take place outside of a guard zone.
  • We will be going to The Exodus Encounter. We will make multiple attempts on Exodus.
  • This event requires a party. Party size is limited. Depending on how many people turn up, that could mean that some players may need to wait until a later attempt.
  • IMPORTANT: There will be a finite number of keys. If you are able to help, please collect as many keys as possible before the event. That way, if the party is full, we can run multiple parties. Thank you for your help!
  • There will be no drops, but Exodus does provide good loot.
  • Details of the Exodus Encounter can be found here.
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Siege Perilous Events for June 2017

Hello Siege!

I hope this summary of what is coming up in the next month is useful to you. Perhaps a kind moderator would like to sticky it when the feed reaches Stratics? If not, you can use it as your desktop wallpaper, print it out and stick it on your refrigerator door, glue it to your boss’s face, get a t-shirt made with it on, or go and get a tattoo! Whatever works for you!

There will be no governors’ council meeting in June, because of the elections. However, there are two events aimed at fundraising for the trade deals, so hopefully, our governors won’t feel neglected!

There will be a detailed post of each event – all should come through to Stratics, and of course, they’re available at!

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Black Watch : Mandatory Monster Bashing

Saturday 27th May 2017, 5 pm EST / 10 pm GMT

“I appreciate the report, but there are more important issues at hand than a pile of rubble, loyal knight.” King Blackthorn told the messenger standing before him “You should also know that particular pile of rubble only holds unpleasant memories for me. I have no desire to do anything other than letting the grass grow over it, and the birds and creatures of the wild make their homes in it.”

“Aye Sire, I understand.” said the highly-polished knight “But it is not just the ruins of your old fortress that is a concern – you know of the tribesmen who live nearby? They are imperilled, just as our own citizens. Perhaps more so. Gigantic beasts have been seen prowling nearby. Not minions – something far worse.”

“Ah. I see. ” The king was thoughtful for a moment, then wrote something on a scroll, sealed it, and handed it to the knight.  “The Black Watch are gathering for festivities this eve. Hand the commander this, and tell him not to allow them to drink too much. They will need their wits about them.”

“Aye Sire.”

The knight bowed and turned, steel clanking on stone as he left.

What you need to know!

  • This is a Black Watch meeting.
  • There will be a significant role play element to it.
  • The first half of the event will be in a custom house.
  • The second half of the event will not be in a guard zone.
  • Please refrain from beating each other senseless until the second half.
  • The designs of the Black Watch uniforms will be revealed.
  • Those who have made application to join the Black Watch will receive their first sashes.
  • Please Note: Sashes are character bound. This means that. only the character who first wears a sash can ever wear that sash. You will want to keep yours, because if and when you are promoted, you will need to present your sash, so it can be updated. If you cannot present yours at a promotion ceremony, you will lose all points gained during your current rank, so it is probably worth obtaining a clothing bless deed.
  • After the ceremony, we will be heading to Ilshenar to investigate an incident in the Savage village.
  • This event will not feature a drop, but you do have a chance at paragon chests.
  • Gates will be made available from the usual places.
  • Announcements will be made by town criers.
  • Reminders will be broadcast in General Chat approximately one hour before the event starts.
Apologies that this event did not publish earlier – the soulless minions appear to be having a party inside the printing press.
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Here there be dragons! (and drakes, and wolves, and poison elementals, and titans)

Saturday 20th May 2017, 10 pm – 1 am BST, 5 pm – 9 pm EST

King Blackthorn scowled at the books in front of him. The books rudely ignored his narrowing eyebrows and obstinately continued to show him the same figures. A pox on those delinquent tax men, wherever they might have vanished to!

For the sake of the tax men, he hoped that they had fallen prey to the being behind the foul creatures that currently stalked the land. That would be a far more merciful fate than the one he had planned for those who had let the finances fall into this condition! But the governors had pleaded almost as one – the problem was too big for them to solve alone.

As he paced up and down the corridors, deep in thought, Blackthorn found himself outside the Royal map room. Within were maps of many types – of the lands he stood in, of other realms that had been discovered, and some of places as yet unidentified. He turned the doorknob and strode inside.

There, towards the back of the vast room, was a smaller room, filled with box upon box of maps. The brass sign above the doorway simply read : “Maps, Treasure”. Nearby sat the elderly Royal Cartographer, squinting at a map through his elven lenses.

Charitable donations would not solve the problem at hand, but this – well, at the very least, the citizens would feel they had worked for the gold. Sitting here, in these boxes, those maps were doing nothing for the kingdom. But perhaps some of the citizens would be good enough to put a tithe of their findings into the town donation boxes. Perhaps.

What you need to know :

  • The Royal Cartographer will be leading a massive four-hour long treasure hunt, and will be doing the official digging. Royal maps cannot be traded to commoners, but maps found in chests are yours for the taking!
  • The king requests that some of the gold is donated to a town of your choosing.
    How much – all, nothing, or something in-between, is up to you.
  • It is extremely likely that all maps will be for places outside of guard zones.
  • Gates will be made available from the usual places.
  • Announcements will be made by town criers.
  • Reminders will be broadcast in general chat approximately 1 hour before the event.
  • The lowest level map that will be used will be Ingeniously drawn.
  • The new tamables will spawn when chests are dug up. (dragon wolf, frost drake, frost dragon)
  • The contents of the chests are a free-for-all to anyone in party.
  • Taming is open to anyone present – party membership is not required.
  • Keep in mind that party sizes are limited. However – as new maps are found, you are welcome to take them and branch out on your own digs, with your own party.

   When each new dig starts:

  • The location will be announced in general chat.
  • A new gate will be provided to/from the EM Hall

  When each dig has finished:

  • The chest will be destroyed.
  • The gate to/from the EM Hall will be removed.
  • A temporary gate to a stable will be provided for anyone who needs it.

Note: You may see a purple-robed lunatic madly running around the shard, trying to dig up as many level 7 treasure maps as possible. We make no apologies for anyone who gets eaten as a result of getting too close to this person.


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Competition Time! Redesign the EM Hall

Architects of Siege!  Your EM calls upon your skills!

(The last submission date for entries is
the 28th of May 2017)

The time seems right to redesign Siege’s House of Commons (also known as “The EM Hall”). For those who do not know, this is the building to the north of Britain’s moongate, surrounded by various trees and flowers, and currently resembling a Victorian Cathedral.

While I have nothing against Victorians or Cathedrals, I cannot find a single mention of either in Siege’s history books. Therefore, I believe we need a building that is representative of Siege Perilous.

First and foremost, this is a meeting hall. That single requirement should be central to your design. When considering your design, please keep the following needs/wants in mind:

• I would like a speaking point from which to address players before events. This area should be positioned in such a way that everyone in the room can hear what is being said, and possibly be fenced off/raised. Use your imaginations! .Farspeakers can be used, but a design that does not rely on them would be preferable.
• Enough room / seating for a roomful of players. (Feel free to design something out of the way for players pets as well, if you like)
• An area to display trophies, or other items relating to recent/current events. This does not replace the Hall of Champions in Malas – this is more of an ever-changing display of the last ten to twenty event drops, or event-related books, and an area for new players to get some idea of recent events.
• A private area for me (the EM) to safely store and access event-related items for quick retrieval.
• The house size will be 18×18. Please try to make maximum use of all available space.

Designs can be submitted via email. Feel free to make use of the Test Center for experiments. If you do use TC, please submit the location of your house. It would help if it was public, but it does not HAVE to be.  Screenshots can be sent to

Please do not make excessive use of granite and goza mats unless you are prepared to donate the resources to the cause. The same applies to house add-ons.

The final decision as to the winning design rests with Mesanna.
The winning architect will be honoured by means of a plaque on the front of the hall – so please leave space for a plaque!

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Governors’ Council Meeting

Friday 19th May, 10 pm British Summertime, 5 pm Eastern Standard Time, midnight Moscow Standard Time

Catch up on current events, lay your petitions before the king, and relax in one of the chairs that your taxes paid for! You do pay taxes, don’t you?

What you need to know:

  • Gates will be provided from the usual places.
  • Town Criers will do their usual thing.
  • Reminders will be sent via general chat an hour beforehand.
  • This is a standard council meeting.
  • Governors will be expected to attend, and provide a report on the state of their town. If you cannot attend, please send a report or a representative.
  • Player-run town representatives are invited to attend.
  • All citizens are welcome. If you would like to ask the king something, either approach your representative/governor, or step forward yourself.
  • Please keep all combat outside the council chambers unless you are fond of dips in the moat.
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