Sacred Space

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Sacred Space
Satellite sacredspace.png
Satellite map       Local map
Type: Sacred Space
Huts: 7 (also includes 3 buildings and 4 towers)
Shaman: (None) N/A
Trader: (Tamdal) N/A
Weapons hut: N/A
Medical hut: N/A

Sacred Space is a special area located on the summit of Mt. Shartak, accessed through portals scattered across the island.

Following months of escalating violence on the island throughout late 2008 to January 2009, the spirits of the ancestors revealed the location of their sacrosanct grove for all of the island's inhabitants who sought refuge from the mainland carnage. The inception of Sacred Space was a controversial move, with some players believing it to undermine the risk-based nature of the game.

In March 2012, Sacred Space was reopened, a motivation being the goal of gaining the infraterritorially limited Faith skill. There were some modifications, particularly the enabling of combat throughout its entire perimeter.


History

Sacred Space map

News

From the official Shartak newsletter on January 27, 2009:

27 January, 2009 - The spirits of the ancestors reveal their temple
• The spirits of the ancestors have seen how badly violence is affecting the island. Their descendants fight themselves, as well as the outsider menace, causing island-wide chaos. They have decided to reveal the way to their ancient temple location and offer a safe haven for those who wish to flee the conflict.
• The sacred space will not allow violent souls to enter or leave without paying a price and the ancestors will protect all those who reside there.
Inside the Temple of the Ancestors

Temple of the Ancestors

The sacred temple reachable only by climbing the temple walkways in Sacred Space. Consists of a stream of fresh water, songbirds, four staircases, several unique huts and buildings, and a roaming trader by the name of Tamdal.

Map

Temple of the Ancestors - Territory Map
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
02
03 B G
04
05 H H
06 B
07 B B
08 C
09 H H
10
11 R Bl
12
13
Legend
Mid-air
Temple walkway
Grass
B Black Staircase
G Green Staircase
R Red Staircase
Bl Blue Staircase
H Hut
B Building
Water
T Trader (constantly roaming, and hence not shown)
C Catacomb

Notes:

  • The above is a territory map.
  • The numbers on the map are merely for local reference and are not related to GPS coordinates at all.

Catacomb

Try not to get lost in this extremely complex labyrinth
The catacomb is an underground circular cavern located under the Sacred Temple and consists of tunnels, a pool of water, a fungi vein, other subterranean sights and terrors. As of February 10, 2009, players were able to engage in PvP combat in this location.

Gateways

The gateways are mystical blue arches located in each of the eight camps that transported a player into the gateway juncture inside the Sacred Space. When entering a gateway, AP penalties were incurred on the player depending how violent they are i.e. a peaceful player is not penalized at all for entering a gateway. When leaving a gateway from Sacred Space, if you had recently committed an act of violence (not including to animals), the following message was displayed:

You close your eyes and step through the archway, your thoughts focusing on where you came from. The spirits of the ancestors are angered by your recent violence and as you are returned to your point of origin, a bolt of lightning appears from nowhere and strikes you. You die.

Gateways with their respective camps and locations are listed as following:

As of 2012, eciting Sacred Space through the portals will send you out of the Sacred Space to a random portal.

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