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Runes of Magic previews Thunderhoof Hills

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Runes of Magic is offering a special preview of one of the zones to  be released for its expansion, Chapter III: The Elder Kingdoms. The expansion is due out this May.

The zone, Thunderhoof Hills, will be released this April. Characterized by meadows, rivers, and waterfalls, it is a peaceful place with a monument to the kingdom’s by-gone heroes. Players level 55 and above will be able to explore the zone, and find the kingdom of Dalanis at its heart.

Thunderhoof Hills Screenshots:

The Original Press Release:

Frogster unveils the first region of Runes of Magic’s third chapter

New Zone ‘Thunderhoof Hills’ opening soon

Berlin, 25th March 2010 – Beginning in April players will be able to set foot on the previously forgotten continent of Zandorya and explore its first zone. Frogster is showing the first detailed glimpses into the ‘Thunderhoof Hills’ area and the kingdom of ‘Dalanis’ today. The integration of this high-level region gives players the first content from the main release of ‘Chapter III – The Elder Kingdoms’ which is due for release this May.

In the south of Zandorya lie the verdant Thunderhoof Hills which are surrounded by an imposing mountain range. The region is characterized by its green meadows, rushing waterfalls and wild rivers. Several settlements are nestled in this picturesque landscape as well as the Valley of Glory where mammoth effigies of ancient war heroes rise up to the sky as reminders of past glorious battles. These were the battles in which the legendary King Kalume and his mounted allies once fought against demons and after whom the region was named. Kalume recruited elves, dwarves and other creatures alongside humans such as the rhinoceros-like Kalo people. In recognition of their support Kalume divided up the land amongst these peoples so that the land of Thunderhoof Hills is still diversely populated today.

Players above Level 55 can wander through the zone starting from April and can discover the Kingdom of Dalanis situated at the heart of the Thunderhoof Hills. Its origins stem from the glorious period of Kalume and it is now ruled over by the young King Callaway. The glory days seem to be over for the kingdom which is now plagued by intrigue and revolt since some of the rulers of the six principalities have their sights set firmly on Callaway’s throne and the powers it brings. However, the King still recalls the region’s grand old days and wants to return Dalanis to its former glory and strength. He is being supported by one of the dynasty’s remaining loyal orders, the Lionheart Knights. This order is a thorn in the side of those who are scheming and plotting to overthrow the King and who will stop at nothing to get the faithful Callaway out of the picture. This situation is at its clearest in the instance ‘Dungeon of Dalanis’. Players can delve into this dungeon after the main release of the third chapter in May. Another setting for these power struggles is the stately stronghold of ‘Aren’ in the hills – the seat of power of one of the six principalities fighting for more control.

The task for the player is to support King Callaway in the battle against the insurgents and their foreboding schemes in the Thunderhoof Hills. Frogster has published the first screenshots today. They can be found on our website as well as further information on the new region: http://www.runesofmagic.com/en/chapter3.html

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