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Descent is the fifth expansion for Perfect World International. It was officially announced on February 2nd, 2012 and released on February 15th, 2012. The expansion saw the release of a new realm named Morai, packed with new content such as new quests, new skills, new stats, and a new dungeon named Endless Universe.

A content update, Imperial Fury, was released on May 23rd that expanded the content within the Morai realm and the addition of Rank 9 (Third Cast) gear.

Story[edit | edit source]

Long ago, evil specters roamed about the universe aimlessly. Perfect World's creator, Pan Gu, having mercy on them, created a world just for them – the distant realm of Morai. The sole gateway to Perfect World from Morai was placed in Elysium Village, and a protective enchantment ensured that creatures remained in their respective worlds.

Until now.

Elysium Village lies in ruins, the protective enchantment destroyed, its inhabitants' lifeless corpses scattered on its stone paths. Someone is organizing the evil specters of Morai, amassing a terrifying army in preparation for a full-scale assault on the cities of Perfect World. The leaders of the allied races have conferred, and a preliminary expedition mission into Morai has been planned. It now falls on the shoulders of Perfect World's mightiest heroes to enter the portal into hostile territory...

News Releases[edit | edit source]

On February 2nd, 2012, a news post was made on the game's official site, announcing the Descent expansion along with its release date, February 15th. Along with it, a teaser site, a trailer, and details on the new features were revealed.[1]

The teaser site itself can only be accessed using internet archives. The website contained similar details to that of the news post, revealing new zones, new gear, the three Orders within the new zone, and new skills. Several screenshots were also shown on the site that showcased the Morai realm.[2]

On February 14th, 2012, another news post was made to announce that the expansion had officially been released. Along with it, a launch trailer was posted, showing off the various additions to the game. [3]

Notable Features[edit | edit source]

Main article: Descent Patch Notes

Additions

  • Elysium Village lies in ruins! Discover the mystery in the new realm: Morai, an epic zone for characters Lv95+ and Aware of Vacuity Spiritual Cultivation.
  • Morai Orders: There are 3 Orders within the Morai realm. Each Order is a group of Moraians who share a distinct philosophical approach. They offer specialized rewards for every class. Players will be introduced to all three as part of the main questline.
  • New skill-books for every class have been introduced to enhance gameplay and balance. They are primarily obtained from the Orders' quartermasters.
  • Morai hosts new sets of gear with 2 new stats:
    • Slaying increases player damage dealt by a percentage when combating NPCs.
    • Warding decreases player damage taken by a percentage when receiving damage from NPCs.
    • These apply to NPCs both in and out of dungeons. Neither of these stats will affect players in PvP.
  • New venomancer pet: Derjan's Ancient Hatchling. In central Morai lie the remnants of a long-forgotten elder dragon: Derjan. Derjan died valiantly to save his clutch of eggs. The eggs lied dormant and became fossilized with time, only to be brought to "life" by the magic seeping through Morai. Most of these fossilized hatchlings are tainted with spite for the living. Occasionally, a rare egg will hatch with an untainted hatchling. Will you locate and foster an Ancient Derjan's Hatchling with love?
  • New Dungeon: Endless Universe: The Endless Universe dungeon is a test of cooperation for any 8 to 10-person group . Players must first complete the main Morai storyline to unlock this daily dungeon.
  • The squad limit has been increased to 10 players.
    • New Morai dungeons may be attempted with 10 players.
    • Current Perfect World instances are still capped at 6 players.
  • New Lucid Chest Event: This event is slated to start with the release of PWI: Descent and will continue for a limited amount of time. Look for these Lucid NPCs in the racial cities for prizes based on Level and Spiritual Cultivation.
  • New Morai Emissary Quests: Lv90+ Emissary quests are available and located in the new Camps in Morai. You must belong to an Order to receive these new quests.
  • New Daily Quest: Treasure Hunting. A group of Chimeis have recently befriended the people of Perfect World. Located in main cities, these Treasure Hunter Chimeis offer mid-level characters and above a daily quest to locate treasure boxes.

Changes

  • Seeker skills:
    • Saber Rattle no longer costs Mirage Celestones.
    • Krav Maga no longer costs Mirage Celestones.
    • Seeker damage skills have had their damage output increased slightly.
  • Mystic skills:
    • Mystic pet summon skills have had their MP slightly lowered.
  • The Faction Base Guardian Trials may now be initiated by the Faction's Marshals, save for Trial 6.

Bug Fixes

  • The Psychic's "Ancestor: Sol" 3-piece set bonus now correctly grants 1,500 Soulforce.
  • Venomancers may no longer (under certain conditions) cast spells while in their animal form.
  • Fixed a bug where players were able to enable Caster Nirvana multiple times a day.

Known Issues

  • Players level 1-29 can, once again, be PKed in Secret Passage. This is fixed internally, but will require a content patch in order to be fixed on the live servers.

Imperial Fury[edit | edit source]

Imperial Fury is a content update that expanded the new content that came with the Descent expansion. It was officially announced on May 18th, 2012 and released on May 23rd, 2012. The content update added more content to the Morai realm, including more quests, and a new dungeon named Advanced Endless Universe. It also saw the release of Rank 9 (Third Cast) and Nirvana third cast gear, obtainable from Warsong City and the Lunar Glade, which also received some additions and changes.

News Releases[edit | edit source]

On May 18th, 2012 a news post was made on the game's official website, announcing the content update's release date to be May 23rd. The post itself hinted at some of the updates to come, including additions to dungeons, new gear, and progression of the Morai quest chain.[4]

On May 22nd, 2012, another news post was made to announce the content update's release, this time revealing just a few of the new features added to the game.[5]

Almost a month later on June 14th, 2012, a gameplay trailer was released for the game which mainly showed off the new Advanced Endless Universe dungeon. This trailer was also shown on the game's official website.[6]

Notable Features[edit | edit source]

Additions

  • New Dungeon: Advanced Endless Universe.
    • The altar above Endless Universe now hosts the Advanced Endless Universe dungeon. Awaiting inside are the 4 Emperors: Aohe, Chigo, Locen and Aurogon.
    • Players will have 6 opportunities to tackle this dungeon per week. Failure does not count against this number, but leaving the instance or completing the instance will.
    • New skill books are available from Advanced Endless Universe.
  • Upon entering an Order's headquarters, players will now be tasked with a new questline to follow up on the Morai questline.
  • New Equipment: Nirvana third cast and Rank 9 (Third Cast).
  • A new Phoenix Valley dungeon is available for players Lv100+.
  • The Morai Guide NPCs now have a new buff item to purchase for 1 mysterious chip and 10,000 coins.
  • The Morai Orders now offer items to allow multiple runs of various dungeons beyond their once per day limit. These items are Order-specific and cost Influence points.
  • PvP protections UI now has a checkbox to prevent receiving Neutral Blessings.

Changes

  • Lunar Glade & Warsong City changes:
  • The Bounty Hunter Lv100+ quests have had 2 targets changed.
  • The Bounty Hunter Lv70+ quests now grant Fairy Box Keys.
  • Perfect Stones now stack to 9,999 and Guardian Scrolls stack to 99.
  • The Squad and Faction Signets are now useable in Morai.
  • Various skills have had their cooldowns lowered.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an exploit to drop bound-equipment/items.
  • Fixed an exploit in a Public Quest.
  • Secret Passage is no longer PvP-enforced.
  • Assassin: Share the Stealth skill no longer gives players abnormally-high stealth levels.
  • Bushy-tailed Venomancers no longer have see-through undergarments.
  • Presets Standard 1, 3 & 5 for Venomancers at character creation now change their skin color to match their face color.

Known Issues

  • The new chest-slot robes from Warsong City & Lunar Glade for the 5 caster classes (wizard, cleric, venomancer, psychic, mystic) are not yet obtainable. This only applies to the Rank 9 set, not the Nirvana set.

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