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IMPORTANT UPDATE! - Astral Story's Future

Hello everyone! This is going to be a bit of a personal announcement, so please bear with me for this one.

In addition to Astral Story, I run a game called the Realm of Lyth:
https://www.deviantart.com/realm-of-lyth
https://realm-of-lyth.com
You may notice similarities between Lyth’s site and our own, as they were both built on the same code/general layout base.

When I initially acquired Lyth, I had intended to work on both it and Astral alongside each other, possibly pushing some features to both of them simultaneously, but giving each of them their own spin. What I've realized in the past couple of months, however, is that I don't think running two games is the right plan for me as I've spread myself thin and even working on them full time, I can't devote all of my power to either of them like I want to.

And then, at the beginning of the month, we began merging Symph Pond with Realm of Lyth (the team over at Lyth did a ton of work while I was dealing with a family emergency and it’s absolutely because of their help that everything went smoothly) -- the merger went really well and it was, I believe, super good for both communities.

After that point, the Lyth team and I have been working on the details of a merger and I reached the decision to fully merge Astral Story into the Realm of Lyth.

What does this mean for Astral Story?

All six Astral species will be merged into the Realm of Lyth, as Lythians. Some of them are experiencing some makeovers appearance-wise, but you’re free to continue using their designs as they’ve always been, if you’d like.
The masterlist will be moved to https://realm-of-lyth.com/masterlist/all -- those with an account can adjust their characters as before, but character transfers are also available here for anyone who does not want to sign up: http://fav.me/ddnmgdd

Traits are being removed. Most Realm of Lyth species don’t utilize traits, which allows for further customization and variation in designs. Personally I’m super excited about this change, as it gives us a lot of room to play with future designs and characters. (If you purchased an MYO back in September with added traits, please feel free to contact me for compensation/a refund for the traits added to the ticket with USD.)
All communication will be merged into Lyth’s -- I recommend joining Lyth’s communities, as the Astral Story Discord server and DeviantArt group will be closed/put in maintenance mode in the future, to allow us to fully merge into Lyth. (Lyth’s Discord information: https://realm-of-lyth.com/info/discord )

If you would like to continue playing the game, then we will offer account transfers to the Realm of Lyth website (https://realm-of-lyth.com). At some point in the future, the Astral Story domain will redirect to the Realm of Lyth and the Astral server will no longer be maintained.

If you would like to keep your Astral characters but remove them from Lyth should you not want to be associated with the game at all, we can void them for you! This would remove them from the masterlist and they would no longer be considered Astrals/Lythians. This process is also not reversible. Voids are available here: http://fav.me/ddnmgdd

For those who choose to transfer their accounts, please check the bottom of this post for further instructions. Transfers will include the following changes:

Dust is going to be merged with Lyth’s currency (Loonoles) at a 100:20 ratio (100 Dust = 20 Loonoles).
Trait items in inventories will be removed and compensated at their full shop value. (So if you have a potion worth 100 Dust, you will receive 20 Loonoles in your inventory.)

Pedestals are being replaced with frames. The code for frames is a bit different from pedestals so changing these from the “basic” ones won’t be possible for a short time, however your unlocked pedestals will be recorded and replaced with the correlating frames in the future, so you won’t lose them!

Much of Astral’s other gameplay, such as NPC reputation, guilds, bestiaries, etc. will be merged into Lyth. So you’ll still be able to play around with most all of the features that we’ve released in 2019!
You’ll also be able to use your Astrals in Lyth (as Lythians!) to play the parts of Lyth that have already been released and are upcoming.

Astrals will fall under Lyth’s terms of service, which is very similar, in general: https://realm-of-lyth.com/terms

Anyone who chooses to transfer their Astral account to Lyth will also receive the “Astral Denizen” achievement, which shows that you were a member before the merge and decided to stick with us beyond it!

To transfer your account, please first create an account at https://realm-of-lyth.com. Then contact us via any of the following methods, using your DeviantArt account associated with your Astral Story account, your Discord account in the server, or your email associated with your Astral Story account:
- Respond to this DeviantArt Comment:
- Send @Jackalune a message on Discord (must be a member of the Astral Story server to use this option)
- PM Jackalune on the Astral Story website
- Email astralstoryrpg@gmail.com using the email associated with your Astral Story account

Tell us your username on Astral Story AND your username on the Realm of Lyth and we’ll get your account data transferred over!

Thank you so much for sticking with us through everything! I’ve had an absolutely wonderful 2019 working on Astral Story and I am stoked to get into 2020 and work on the Realm of Lyth including Astral!

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