Apologies for the delay, we are running a little overtime with the maintenance work. We will aim to be back online by 11am UTC (ideally before that!).

Hail citizens. We have some important news to share with you!

As you may be aware, this project started out as an experiment. It was unimaginable that it would grow into what it is today. To see where we've come today, let's take a quick look back at the history of the game and our project for a moment.

Starting out the game Legends of Aria was known as Shards Online, as some of you remember. Later it was re-branded to Legends of Aria, and more recently the platform is known as the Shards Engine, which makes this project possible.

After the game was re-branded to Legends of Aria, our project was just getting our test-server online and it was decided to use the name Legends of Ultima for the time being while we experiment with things and find our place as a project. This name wasn't originally intended to be used permanently, and admittedly it stayed around for longer than expected.

Today, the project has grown to a point where it is prudent to find its own identity, and as such we are excited to announce, the project will now be known as Shards of Britannia

This represents a new path forward as we progress into the future as a project on the Shards Engine with our new home in Britannia. What's next? We will be steadily working to replace branding across all platforms over time but will do our best to make the transition as seamless as possible. We hope that you are as excited as we are about the future and appreciate your support through these changing times.

Tonight's maintenance window @ 9am UTC (approx 1h 10 mins from the time of this notice) will be extended by up to an hour while we work on the 'lag' issues that are currently being seen.

Thank you as always for your patience.

Group Combat, Shared Loot

  • group healthbars with heal/cure/bandage buttons
  • group consent added to toggle allowing combat/looting between group mates & you will be asked if you want to consent when first joining a group
  • group auto-loot sharing added, will distribute loot between nearby groupmates when using auto-loot on non-player-corpses
  • group invite setting added to toggle allowing all group members inviting to the group without needing to be promoted

Criminal Action Confirmation

  • now has 3 options: Allow Criminal Actions, Ask Me First, Prevent Criminal Actions
  • change this setting in Character Settings under the Combat tab

Combat Target Restriction

  • wiki page added: https://wiki.legendsofultima.online/en/combat#target-restrictions-new-feature
  • allows players to restrict selecting mobs to a certain type like: All, Monsters, Players, and more
  • added to character settings & can also click the top-right corner button next to minimap to quickly change this option, previously this button changed the Confirm Criminal Action toggle
  • this option is meant to reduce misclicks when trying to select certain types of mobs in close encounters with lots of mobs
  • example: if you set this to Monsters, then you will only be able to select Monsters when clicking mobs to target them for combat
  • should not affect spell-targets or other item-based manual targeting, and will still be able to target mobs normally with those actions

General Combat-Related Changes

  • using bandage self, bandage last or bandage button from group healthbar will no longer change current-target on use
  • potion toxicity on self-healthbar will now only appear when toxicity is above 0
  • when logging out in a house you have permission to or in a public inn, you will no longer be required to wait 2 minutes before timing out due to recent combat with non-player beings, previously attacking monsters or other beings would affect this
  • added Enter Combat w/Spellcast option so that mages without melee skills don't have to toggle warmode after casting
  • you can now see your guildmates/groupmates when they are dead, regardless of if they are in war mode or not

New Custom Client Actions

  • Custom Client Action 3 is now Nearest Target option
  • Custom Client Action 4 is now Cycle Target option
  • both of these options work in conjunction with the new target restriction option
  • these actions can be set to hotkeys under Settings -> Keyboard

Hotfix from today:

  • resolved town vendors stealing people's money when trying to buy Used items from them
  • town vendors should finally clear out their Used inventory regularly

Hotfixes/changes from last week:

  • resolved not being able to give murder count to characters when dying from Poison spell in some cases
  • poison will now fall off if the caster is a player and dies around the victim
  • fixed issue with house sign not setting owner after transferring house sometimes showing previous owner or no owner at all
  • Added New Character Settings for Toggling Auto-Open of Killing Blow/Mutilate/Harvest under Combat Options.

We'll remain offline for up to an hour during the next restart window (type /nextrestart to see when that is.) to run some additional maintenance tasks. Thank you for your patience, as always.

  • Mana Vampire can be cast upon thyself again and will properly do a Resist and Gain check, where previously it would prevent it.

The server is back online.

We are back online. We will be monitoring closely, however please note that if the issue that caused us problems earlier returns, we may have to go offline again at short notice.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

-- The Team

Today on Memorial Day, we honor and remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. We are eternally grateful and forever indebted!

Titles should now be fixed. Upon next login, you should be granted all missing skill titles.

We are still monitoring the issue of titles switching even when "Lock Title" has been selected- if you see this issue, please report it with /bug so we are able to triage. Thanks as always for playing!

After next restart, cut off heads should display the full resurrection value of the dead.

We believe we have finally squashed the outlying performance bug that was forcing us to restart every 6 hours. As such, we will be returning to our usual restart at 5am US EST/9am UTC.

As a result, this next restart will take slightly longer than usual. We apologise for this, however rest assured that after this, we expect smooth sailing.

Thanks for your patience during this bumpy few weeks!

We are back online. Please note, direct connections will no longer work. Connect by selecting our server on the community server screen. Thanks for your patience, as always.

  • There's a known issue with some objects not being able to be unpacked in houses such as, but not limited to: cauldron
  • There's a known issue with some objects being able to be placed outside of the house foundation/walls, or in the yard

Warning: It is not intended to be able to place objects outside of the foundation/walls of your house. If you have objects placed out of bounds they may be subject to adjustments to make them in-bounds, or in some cases removed if they are blocking pathways. The small front yards are intended only for vendors or a guildstone.

Reminder: the Small Workshop and Large Patio houses are temporarily disabled for fixing, and we will try to make them available ASAP

"Warriors! The Ritual Site locations and the Weaver Cave that were cleansed in recent days, have regained their former strength... We ask for your bravery once again. My great warriors, please hear me! Vanquish these vile creatures! Do not allow them to encroach on our lands!"

Ritual Site 1: https://imgur.com/XjZOegH

Ritual Site 2: https://imgur.com/S5nmsg4

Ritual Site 3: https://imgur.com/Ipmfexc

Weaver Cave: https://imgur.com/fcAbiWR

~Sir Jeffrey the Justiciar of Britain

As you may be aware, earlier this week we identified several users involved in abusing some economic vulnerabilities that were discovered. At that time we had to roll back the server to recover from the impact and to protect our newly established economy.

After that incident occurred the players involved began to launch an attack on the LOU infrastructure (DDoS) causing our servers to become inaccessible. The players involved have since been banned and ejected from the community, but the attacks continue to occur occasionally.

At this time we are doing everything we can to prevent outages, but there may be times when the server will have to be brought down unexpectedly in order to recover.

We will be monitoring things closely to try and prevent downtime and loss of progress, and we sincerely appreciate your patience and support through our growing pains.

Map marker icons have had an optimization pass and have been re-enabled. Just a heads up that we may need to further optimize or change the way the map marker icons appear but will try this for now.

  • Murderers who repent will now need to wait 72 hours to resume hostilities.
  • Murderers will now need to pay 200 gold per long term count when resurrecting.
  • Bosses in various high level encounters have gained new tactics and reinforcements based on the number of players engaging them.
  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause murder participants to not receive multiple counts.
  • Ranged damage and healing will now produce more threat.
  • Combat journal will now display entries in descending order.
  • Combat journal will now only refresh when new data is available.
  • Fixed a bug causing floating damage numbers to be reported twice.