Istaria Lexica

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Istaria: what is it all about?

The original Horizons logo

Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), developed by Virtrium, LLC. It has been released in December of 2003 by Artifact Entertainment, entitled as Horizons: Empire of Istaria. The game comes with a wide variety of different fantasy characters, including playable, flying dragons. Currently there are 11 races, 28 adventure schools and 22 craft schools available.

The game's play style is based on a player versus environment (PvE) system. Player versus player (PvP) is still possible in a restricted area. Adventure the game by combining powers of different classes. Istaria's multiclass system lets you choose between the abilities of more than one school at any time. However, full power will only come to the class you selected to be the active one on your adventures.

Craft your own equipment to become even more powerful. Crafting is a big part of the game, almost anything you may obtain is crafted by players: houses, lairs, weapons, equipment, tools, and so on. Own a lair or a plot of land in settlements to build your residence. Aid others to build theirs. Several hundreds of formulas are waiting to be worked by your skilled hands.

About Istaria Lexica

We are proud to provide you with information about the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Istaria. The Istaria Lexica is, like most other wikis, a community driven project. Players of Istaria commit updates and new information to the wiki to provide it to everyone.

Istaria Lexica was born when the two founders, Terao Tar and Elteria Shadowhand, met each other for the first time in real life on April 30th, 2015. Both were pretty enthusiastic wiki editors already and had a good experience on the MediaWiki software. On the real life event, which was visited by a few other Istarian players from the Order shard, too, both agreed on the fact that the community should be given a chance to join in on harvesting information and support others with their knowledge. The agreeing nodding of other attendees was a clear sign that we're on a good plan.

So the journey began. To prepare a wiki system for a group of players who never worked on a wiki before. How should they learn it? This is a basic task Istaria Lexica takes care of. Everyone shall be able to commit knowledge without knowing too much about wikis and learning into things they wouldn't want to. While creating simple guides and templates for the community, the founders provide support as good as possible for wiki newcomers. For example by offering dialogues on the site or having chats about any issues directly in the game.

Join the Istaria Lexica community and help us become a great resource for Istaria - Chronicles of the Gifted!

Help us on the Wiki!

It is much easier to add missing information as you would think! The more helpers the wiki aquires, the better information is provided to Istaria's community.

Everyone is encouraged to provide information in any way they desire. Contacting committers, doing comments, talk to each other in the game; everything is okay and very welcome. Everyone is free to edit pages without any bad manipulation afterwards. Wikis are free for everyone and everyone shall be free to edit without fears of harm or 'having done something wrong'. Editing in a wiki means adding what you currently know. If it's not much or even wrong, that's no problem. You are able to edit at any time, to update anything and others may aswell correct or enhance by chance, without any rant. That's the way a wiki lives. That's the way a community lives.

For a first start into the wiki world we created 'The Gifted's guide to the Istaria Lexica Wiki'. It is written especially for Istarian players and has a progressive structure; if you are not able to handle a certain difficulty you can still go back to easier tasks. Other users can assist you, too. Simply start a thread on their talk page: active users and administrators are a good way to aquire hints.
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Blight Delta 315.2
  • Corrected water issues in Draak, parts of Saritova, Skalkaar, oasis near Kaiyar, Sanctuary (Shelter Pass), Dalimond
  • Corrected spawn of Halibut in north Draak where area was too steep to gather safely
  • Corrected various underwater grass areas to be beach sand near Saritova
  • Moved community Helian Grand Hall in Chiconis so that it doesn’t invade the bounds of a nearby lair.
  • Shaloth now has a greater damage multiplier for all attacks.
  • Made sure all travels scrolls teleport player on the top of the teleport pad model. Loading screen needs to be activated.

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2022-05-23 09:43:00
Blight Client 404.251.0


  • When selling a plot, it’s now possible to drag the player name from the player list and not just your contact list.


  • Fixed not being able to place some types of murals on lair walls that are too close to the edge of the lair boundary.
  • Fixed a recent issue that’s appeared where a character could drown on login under certain rare circumstances.
Note: This client is not properly compatible with the Live shards of Chaos and Order and trying to use it there via the Patch to Blight option may result in unexpected issues.

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2022-05-21 08:07:05
Blight Delta 315.1
  • All “<School> Edge X” abilities are now properly instantly mastered when received and affect base skill instead of current skill.
  • To go along with the changes to her allies, Shaloth the Queen’s encounter has received a few changes.
    • Shaloth the Queen now has her own Hierophants, named Queen’s Hierophants. They are slightly larger than normal Hierophants.
    • Spiritual Transfer, the spell by which Queen’s Hierophants heal Shaloth, now takes 10 seconds to fully cast. It also now emits a bright purple beam linking the casting Hierophant to Shaloth, the former of which will also play a unique animation while casting. This is to allow for players to properly react to and kill or stun Hierophants before they can heal their matriarch.
    • Queen’s Hierophants will now perish after healing their mistress by using Spiritual Transfer.
    • Hierophants will no longer treasonously heal each other instead of their queen.
    • Regular Hierophants no longer receive Spiritual Transfer and instead have a more normal healing spell to use on their allies.
  • Quest “Attunement: Sandstone Bluffs” now properly attunes to Sandstone Bluffs instead of Garnet Bay.
  • Fixed Triston’s dialogues and quest feedback in quest “Warrior's Quest: Conquer the Spider” with the correct number of times to use Power Strike.
  • Fixed Triston’s dialogues and quest feedbacks in quest “Warrior's Quest: Destroy the Beetles” with the correct amount of beetles to kill and the number of times to use Rend Armor.

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2022-05-18 09:05:50
Live Client 404.198.2


  • Rain effects changes:
    • Reduced volume on rain effects
    • Reduced particle usage
    • Light snow will now play instead of rain during winter event
This was also patched to Blight.

2022-05-05 13:56:21
Blight Delta 315


  • The threat posed to the Tower of Nature within the Western Deadlands has grown considerably. New story quests are available for adventurers of level 60 and higher, beginning in the town of Aubador.
  • The Imperial Outpost has come under direct attack and Sargeant Temerac now offers a questline for adventurers of level 95 and higher.
  • Dralnok’s Doom quest chain has been given a facelift with side quests and expanded dialogue.
  • Dragon Ability Quests have been reworked through to Tier 4. Gold Rage quests at all tiers have been reworked or rewritten.
  • Scorpion Isle has undergone a renovation including plots, lairs, and decorations. This includes many more buildable community projects.
  • Contribute your crafting knowledge and adventure prowess to help restore the recently-uncovered town of Silvane in a one-time event. Can you free the village from the grasp of the Withered Aegis?

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2022-04-22 11:23:44
Bug Hunt: Disappearing Items
Recently, we have received occasional reports that consumables are disappearing. We are currently looking for someone who has had this issue occur and notices it 'right away' / when it happens.

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2022-04-21 14:05:26
Survey Results and Q&A
Greetings Istarians! Back in December of 2021 along with the yearly Developer’s Desk we sent out a survey, asking you about your opinions on the recent development of Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted. At the end we also asked if you had any additional questions or concerns, and oh man, did all of you heed the call!

We have spent the past few months going over the numerous survey responses and picking out any that we felt like we could answer, or were asked numerous times.

Before we get into the questions, we felt some of you would be interested in the data we gathered. Without further ado, here is some of the quantitative feedback we received from over 100 responses to our form.

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2022-04-18 10:23:23
New Ownership
Buk? Buk buk buk buk brrrrrr. B’GAWK buk buk brr buk!

Bukbukbrrrrriiiisss the translator on? Good.

Humans. We have gone disrespected too long. Harvested for resources for your disgusting food. The butt of all of your measly jokes. ‘Slayer of Chickens’,‘Giant Chicken’s Foot’... We will not be disrespected any longer.

The developers at Virtrium are no more. We have taken over. Homes were invaded and many feathers flew, but we came out victorious. Do not worry - they are unharmed. For now.

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2022-04-01 10:16:47
Damage Multipliers Stacking Fix

This will take effect on 3/29 after maintenance.

A bug was introduced with a fix released in February. The issue introduced was that stacking damage multipliers were no longer stacking. Rolling back the fixes from February will re-introduce other bugs, so in the short term we've implemented the following workaround:

Damage multipliers will stack again, but with a maximum limit of 500% damage.

A more permanent solution will come later as development time permits. We're sorry this issue made it onto the live shards and hope this workaround is received well.

Thank you,

Istaria Development Team

2022-03-28 12:18:23
Live Client 404.198.0


  • Fix for augmentations repeat applying (for example, Armor and Scale Tech Kit: Bloodied) when in combat.
  • Fix for mis-matched combat result feedback messages.
2022-03-01 06:51:13