Posted byon October 2, 2018.
Last updated byon October 10, 2018.
|19 September 2018||3 October 2018|
This event occurs biannually: once during the Vernal Equinox and once during the Autumnal Equinox.
The Equinox is upon us!
With Avalon's shields strengthed in the equinox, the Druids of Avalon have come out of their hidden island to Agartha with the assurance that their home will be safe in the mean time.
The Envoys of Avalon event is a biannual event occurring during the autumnal and vernal equinoxes and consists of a unique seasonal Legend list and the side missions The Equinox and The Equinox - Further Testing.
Various Envoys of Avalon can be found wandering the Hollowed Halls of Agartha during this time, while the main druidic representative Fearghas Abernathy stands tall by the very Seed of Life itself (565,190).
Fearing for the worst, the Druids of Avalon have collaborated with the Council of Venice to simulate an occult disaster at Stonehenge itself in the form of a new type of scenario: Occult Defence.
Their Envoys seek volunteers to participate in the Occult Defence Scenario, offering rewards to those who do so while the Druids are present in Agartha for the Equinox.
During the Equinox, the Envoys of Avalon award those who participate in the Stonehenge Occult Defence Scenario.
Acquired from Fearghas Abernathy in front of the Seed of Life in the Hollowed Halls of Agartha (565,190), The Equinox is a side mission requiring the completion of 10 individual waves of an Occult Defence Scenario. These waves not be consecutive, so as many scenarios can be run as needed to complete this task. The Equinox is not repeatable but rewards players with a piece of the Druids of Avalon legend and 3 Spoils of the Equinox.
Once The Equinox has been completed, a new version, The Equinox - Further Testing, becomes available. The Equinox - Further Testing is a repeatable mission and only requires 5 Occult Defence Scenario waves, rewarding 1 Spoils of the Equinox when turned in.
The Druids of Avalon appreciate your cooperation.
An Occult Defence Scenario is a scenario in which the goal is to protect a central figure from endless waves of enemies. To enter an Occult Defence Scenario, use the Activity Finder (Shift+V) and queue from there.
Occult Defence scenarios can be completed in solo or duo form, and the only requirement for the first wave (Wave 1 [Elite 1]) is that any player attempting to enter the scenario be Level 50. From there, waves listed in the Activity Finder are every other wave, resulting in odd numbered waves. Queueing for waves 3 (Elite 2) - 9 (Elite 5) requires either the player have the required Item Power for the corresponding Elite difficulty level or have achieved that wave by playing through a scenario. Waves 11+ can only be entered through the Activity Finder after having successfully reached the wave before them in a scenario.
A wave consists of a series of mobs all attempting to attack the Hagstone or otherwise hinder you. They spawn from purple portals found along the perimeter of Stonehenge. A variety of enemies exist, each with unique abilities to deal with.
Each wave has a duration timer of 3 minutes and 20 seconds. Upon reaching 00:00 time, a boss will appear and the clock will stop until all remaining mobs as well as the boss are defeated.
The Hagstone sits in the center of Stonehenge, and must be defended throughout the scenario. Should mobs come close to the center, the Hagstone begins to lose Integrity, its health. Once it reaches zero Integrity, the Scenario ends and rewards will be given based on the last wave successfully completed, if any.
Certain mobs, when killed, will cause a powerup buff to spawn at the Hagstone, as signified by a spiraling blue magic released upon the mob's death. These buffs can be a great boon when used!
Once a wave has been successfully completed, a player is given the option to choose to continue to a higher wave or to collect your rewards. The time between waves is infinite, allowing as much time to pause or relax as a player needs.
Choosing to advance to the next wave will simply restart the scenario at the next wave.
As difficulty ramps up through a progression of waves, more challenging enemies will appear and bring with them the need for new strategies to consider, in some cases entirely new enemy types will make themselves known in the higher waves.
Should the player choose instead to receive their rewards, the scenario will end and a Reward Chest will appear.
A full, detailed guide of Occult Defence Scenario content and mechanics is coming soon!
A legend category is associated with the Occult Defence Scenario; however, the legend is not part of the Envoys of Avalon event and as such, is accessible permanently year-round. This legend is the Stonehenge Simulation.
Upon voting to stop and collect rewards instead of continuing on to the next wave in an Occult Defence Scenario, a Reward Chest will appear requiring 1 Scenario Key to unlock and receive the loot within.
The rewards available from within Occult Defence Scenarios and their associated achievements are a permanent addition to Secret World Legends, much like the Occult Defence Scenario itself.
As the Envoys of Avalon request volunteers for the Stonehenge simulation scenario, the scenario rewards will inevitably be earned to some extent while participating in this event.
The following are potential rewards available from the Reward Chest of an Occult Defence Scenario.
Distillate experience and quality scales with difficulty reached in an Occult Defence Scenario. In addition, the number of Distillates depends on how many waves were accomplished in a single scenario run.
There are a number of rewards exclusive to Occult Defence Scenario achievements. As with the rest of the scenario itself, these achievements are not seasonal and thus while the Envoys of Avalon provide encouragement to complete the scenario, any rewards from the scenario and its achievements are available year-round.
The Envoys of Avalon have brought a sprint exclusive to their Equinox celebration!
Display your prowess with the arcane with the Arcane Gravity sprint! Rewarded randomly from the Spoils of the Equinox awarded for completing The Equinox and The Equinox - Further Testing side missions.
No matter the size, the Envoys of Avalon have event-specific loot available to enjoy!
The Spoils of the Equinox is rewarded for completing the mission, "The Equinox" as well as the mission, "The Equinox - Further Testing" for completing 10 or 5 waves of an Occult Defence scenario respectively.
Of the items available in the Spoils of the Equinox, the Arcane Gravity sprint and Cernunnos Antler Fragments talisman are all exclusive to the Spoils. The other items are available through other means at varying levels of difficulty and accessibility.
The Agent and Special Agent Dossiers for Fearghas Abernathy are not specific to the Envoys of Avalon event and can alternatively be obtained by purchasing them from Dr. Caligari in the Hollowed Halls of Agartha (600,200) for 1000 Anima Shards each after acquiring the requisite Occult Defence achievements. It is nonetheless far easier to acquire when available through Spoils of the Equinox. See the Fearghas Abernathy Dossier page for more information!
The Envoys of Avalon have their own stories and histories in the annals of time and the Buzzing, bringing with them new legends to learn in their wake.
Learn about the Druids of Avalon, whose legend is scattered throughout for you to find out about this elusive, mysterious group. Located largely in hubs, the Druids of Avalon legend is only available while the Envoys of Avalon are around!
The Druids of Avalon Legend is available and up-to-date for the equinox!