Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Track Meet Recap & Winners

Real Track Meets are always crazy, and so was this one! So many people showed up. It was a great "conference meet!" Everyone did amazing. Congratulations to everyone that won the races.

Just minutes before the event started
Race Winners
1/2 Lap (200 m) - Aaron
1 Lap (400 m) - Nathan
2 Laps (800 m) - Brandon Dreamcloud

Credit to Swordroll for this funny gif! 

Now for the big E-Mail Contest Winners. These winners were randomly selected from all eligible entries. They were awarded the prize in order of random draw. Congratulations to the following people.

E-Mail Contest Winners
Jewel Crafter's Bundle: Artur Rainbowheart
Polarian Explorer's Bundle: Logan Mistspear
5,000 Crowns: Logan Owlwielder
5,000 Crowns: Emma Nightbloom

Thank you to everyone who came! i'm glad everyone enjoyed it. Not bad for my first event ever held, right? Please enjoy these awesome screenshots that were sent in. :) See you around in the Spiral!

Monday, April 18, 2016

In the Middle of Things: Wizard City History

Wizard City is the starting place for our wizards. It's the first thing we see when we enter the game. Its where we began to learn our spells. It's the gateway to the rest of the Spiral. So, shouldn't Wizard City be based off of a certain culture or country?

The Commons during Yuletide
When I started researching for Wizard City, I started with looking at the names of the NPCs. These usually give me a good idea as to what the world was inspired by. The majority of the NPCs had names that originated from England (including Old English) and Greece, with a few Hungarian, Latin, Norse, and French names. Nothing stood out to me (country-wise). The only name that was helpful was good ole Eloise. Her name was a 12 Century English name. This tidbit of information is important a little but later, so don't forget it.

Merle Ambrose is clearly a play on the name Merlin Ambrosius, who is a character in the stories of King Arthur (Artorius). Merlin was a wizard, just like our Headmaster. Merle Ambrose is from Avalon, which is a world that is straight up King Arthur. This itself confirms that Merle Ambrose is Merlin, and could possibly point towards Wizard City existing in the same time period as Avalon.

Penny Dreadful gets her name from the "penny dreadfuls," which were cheap fiction for the working class in England. She and her parents are from Marleybone (London!) The quests that involve her are all titled:
  • A Dreadful Situation
  • Our Daily Dread
  • Dreadful Deliveries
  • A Penny Saved
...which point to her being named after the penny dreadfuls. Penny is proof towards English influence on Wizard City.

The Wizard City guards appear to have a rather modern looking set of armor as opposed to a medieval look. The clothing of other NPCs is sort of medieval. However, a very medieval part of Wizard City is the Fair Grounds.

I then began researching the meanings and origins of the names of areas and creatures. Again, they were mainly English and Greek words. This isn't very helpful in helping identify the inspiration of this world. However, many creatures and areas are very fairy tale-like.

The fish Sharkspeare is a reference to Shakespeare. Shakespeare lived in the late 1500s and early 1600s, which isn't to far off from the 12th Century. There is a lot of references to this time period, so it completely fits.

Looking at the architecture, it appears to be Romanesque. Romanesque architecture originated around the 10th Century. You can see this architecture in the fact that the houses are stone but the roofs are made of wood. Seeing as to the relation with Eloise, 12th Century name, Wizard City is based off the Late Medieval era. One may argue that the architecture appears to be Germanic. This is true, but there just isn't anything else to suggest that it's a German-themed world.

The stained glass in Wizard City is way to simple to assign a style to. Perhaps it's a blend of Gothic, Romanesque, Medieval and Renaissance. It just can't be determined by how simple it is. Avalonian stained glass is much easier to interpret given the fact that it isn't simple.

A subtle detail is the fact that Baldur Goldpaws, a viking (Norsemen) just happens to be in Wizard City. The Normans were invading Europe in the 12 Century. This also points towards Wizard City being based off the 12th Century.

However, Wizard City does not look like Avalon. Avalon is completely medieval. Therefore, Wizard City is not fully medieval, especially considering the fact that there appears to be electricity due to the lights all over the place. This does not discredit the fact that there are so many hidden references in Wizard City. There's so many that this post would be longer than anyone's liking. In fact, this also doesn't discredit the theory that Wizard City might be influenced by everything, making it the United States of America.

Wizard City is a mystery. There appears to be a lot of references to late medieval things, especially English. Yet there are many things in this world to suggest otherwise. The world is very broad in terms of inspiration. But this makes sense, especially the fact that no country or culture stands out. Wizard City was the first world made. I don't think Kings Isle was thinking about making a world inspired by any particular country. My guess is after Wizard City was created, Kings Isle thought it would be cool to base the other worlds off of countries.

I think it's safe to conclude that Wizard City was inspired by 12th Century European cultures and countries.

Do you have a different opinion on the inspiration of Wizard City? I want to know! Leave a comment below! :)

  • Google
  • Wizard101 
  • Nameberry.com
  • Infoplease.com
  • Dictionary,com
  • BL.uk.com
  • StainedGlass.org

Monday, April 11, 2016

Nordic Champion's Spiral Conference Track Meet DETAILS

The Fansite Festival is upon us! The Fansite Festival is a huge event that includes Wizard101 and Pirate101 bloggers, members, and fansite owners! Hosts hold events and contests throughout the day for your enjoyment. PLEASE read this entire post. 

I am holding the first ever Spiral Conference Track Meet! Show up and show out! I was also given 3 codes that you could also win! Please check the details for these codes below the race information.

When: Saturday, April 16th, 2016
Time: 4:00 EST/3:00 CDT
Where: The Commons - Wizard City
Realm: Kelvin
***Please look at the rules and race procedure at the bottom of this post!***

The events are in order

Solo Runner Events (Prizes)
  • 200 Meter
    • 1/2 of a lap around The Commons
      • Start: The Library
      • End: The Tree
    • Prize: 1st Place gets a hoard pack of choice (399 or less)
  • 400 Meter
    • 1 lap around The Commons
      • Starts and Ends at the Library
    • Prize: 1st Place gets a hoard pack of choice (399 or less)
  • 800 Meter
    • 2 laps around The Commons
      • Starts and Ends at the Library
    • Prize: 1st Place gets a hoard pack of choice (399 or less)
Fun Run Event (No Prizes)
  • 400 Meter
    • 1 lap around The Commons
      • Starts and Ends at the Library

E-Mail Contest
I was fortunate enough to be given 3 codes from Fansite Fest & KingsIsle. To ensure that everyone got a chance to enter, I've decided to give away the codes via e-mail. Here's How you can win:

1) Take a picture of your wizard at my Track Event with the phrase "Lets Go" visible. Be sure to include your wizard's name.
2) Send it to me at nordicchampion1@gmail.com before April 25th, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST.
3) All valid entries will be entered and randomly selected to win one of four prizes.

Jewel Crafter's Bundle
Polarian Explorer's Bundle
5k Crowns (2 winners)

Winners will be announced no later than April 30th, and codes will be emailed to the winners.

Rules for the Race:
  1. You may only win ONE (1) Event so that others have a chance. You are, however, welcome to participate in all the events. If you win a second event, the 2nd Place Wizard will be awarded the prize
  2. You MUST complete the entire race, There will be wizards watching the event to make sure there isn't any cheaters.
  3. No stat-boosting gear and mounts 
  4. Please be respectful. whether you are watching or participating. Feel free to cheer wizards on!
  5. Have Fun!
Race Procedure:
  1. I will announce the event the the best of my ability through filtered chat before the race begins.
  2. I (Cheyenne Caster) or another helping wizard will stand in front of the line. I or they will check to make sure that no one is in front of the line, which will be specified in-game.
  3. When I see that everyone is ready, I will say "Ready" and then "Go."
  4. When I say GO, you may began racing. You must stay on The Commons path. There will be supervising wizards at select points.
  5. I will stand at the Finish Line. Whoever crosses the line first wins the event. I am the sole decider of who wins the event. 
  6. I will temporarily friend the winner and gift them the pack of choice

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Dropped Zafaria Fishing Chest Wands Guide

Zafaria fishing quests are dropping all kinds of cool stuff, such as promotional wands and spider furniture. The chests are also dropping new Zafaria wands that are auctionable and easily bought at the Bazaar for over 15,000 gold and sold for around 5,000 gold.

There are only two wands for each school, one at level 60 and one at level 62. Stat-wise, these wands are not the greatest. They are cool looking and would make for great stitch wands. If you catch a chest with a wand, you will get one of these or a promotional wand.

Life Wands
           Staff of the New Sun                               Staff of the Savannah

Death Wands
          Spider Witch Cane                                  Black Juju Rod

Myth Wands
           Longdreamer Staff                                     Ancestral Staff

Balance Wands
           Broken Branch of Baobab                   Staff of Shining Mountain

Storm Wands
            Long Journey Staff                             Bolt From The Blue Staff

Ice Wands
           Whistling Thorn Branch                    Staff of Cold Kissed Juju

Fire Wands
            Burning Yearning Staff                            Crackling Juju Staff

If you find any other wands, be sure to let me know in the comments!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

About Me

My name is Cheyenne Caster, but I have many self-proclaimed nicknames. I call myself "The Official Wizard101 Hobo" for the lack of Crowns and other riches I always seem to not have. Another self-proclaimed name is "The Spiral Historian" because all I ever do is talk about real historical connections in the game. I'm probably really boring on that aspect. One other name that I call myself is a little more recent: "Lady of the North" for my love of Grizzleheim. There is one more name that everyone knows: "Nordic Champion." I always have that badge equipped.

At this moment, I am a Promethean Sorcerer. I am wearing a tan and maroon Waterworks Set with a Hades Staff. My pet is King Tucker the Dragon Fly. I ride all kinds of mounts, so I won't even try to list them out. I do, however, have an outfit. You can see part of it in my Blogger Profile Picture.

If I can help, I will. If you find me in-game, feel free to pop by and say hi! 

I absolutely love Grizzleheim. The obsession is unreal. I enjoy it because it is one of the prettiest worlds and has a good story line. I also like Krokotopia, Avalon, and Azteca for the cultural aspects. rich story lines, and graphics.

I enjoy writing guides, theories, stories, history posts, parodies, and everything in between. Post suggestions are always welcome! 

If you aren't sure how to contact me, click here.
See you in the Spiral!
-Cheyenne Caster. Nordic Champion

Monday, April 4, 2016

Nordic Champion's Spiral Conference Track Meet Event

With the Fansite Festival a little more than 2 weeks away, I am pleased to announce I got the opportunity to host an event! I am hosting a track meet! There will be 4 races, 3 of which have prizes! The races include: 
  • 1/2 Lap (200 m) 
  • 1 Lap (400 m)
  • 2 Laps (800 m)
  • FUN RUN (NO PRIZE): 1 Lap (400 m)

When: Saturday, April 16th, 2016
Time: TBA
Where: The Commons - Wizard City
Realm: Kelvin

**Please stay tuned for a post coming out with more details! It will be up in the coming days.**

Friday, April 1, 2016

Bath Time in Wizard101

Most people refuse to take a bath, but not KingsIsle! They've embraced the pastime with glittering optimism... Wizards, I give you the ever-fanciful and completely tasteful Rubby Ducky Mount, for all your bath-time needs! This amazing mount is only available until April 5th at 11:59 PM CDT! Once this mount is gone, its gone!

As if the sophistication couldn't get any better, your cranium can now be protected by one of the most prestigious and top of the line helms in all the Spiral... Introducing the Helm of Ultimate Protection! Guaranteed to ward off even the strongest of evils! 

This no-stat, no sell and no auction helm is given away free for a limited time! Enter the code "besthatever" to receive yours! Remember, you have to redeem it before 11:59 PM CDT on April 5th, 2016!

Don't forget to catch the monster of the deep... Ol' Boot! As flashy as it is, if you haven't caught this rank 1 Balance fish before, it rewards you with a hefty 1600 fishing xp. Worth the while? Yep!

Spiral Conspiracies
  • Falmea is Ambrose's daughter
  • Moolinda Wu killed Sylvia Drake to take her job
  • Old Cob is actually Merle Ambrose
  • Gobblerton is the next world
Happy April Fool's Day! ;)