Seven daughters, seven sons. Seven seasons, 'ere she comes. Seven tidings, fear and dread. None dare walk where the Maiden treads.
- Doggerel found on a table in the Mist's End Tavern.
"Escape from Undeath: Mistlocke" is the third major chapter of a Neverwinter Nights persistent world that has been running since the autumn of 2005. We are a role-playing and story-based server with extremely lofty ambitions for new heights of cooperative story-telling and role-play.
Using the game engine of Neverwinter Nights as our medium, players are responsible for consistently role-playing characters that participate in a fully immersive world. The mature and experienced DM staff is constantly working to improve the EFU experience on both a game-play level and story-level. As a community, we enthusiastically welcome new players who bring with them creativity, good sportsmanship, and maturity. Our world is technically sophisticated, professionally hosted, constantly updated, richly developed and has a thriving and active community of players and DMs.
By the standards of NWN, EFU is a relatively low-level, low magic-power world. We challenge players and their characters both mechanically and creatively.
Please feel free to browse the rest of this website for a taste of what we have to offer, as well as review the guides that will help you get started and learn more about our setting.
We can be found under Gamespy in the Persistent World category or through direct connect using efu.us.to.
Using the Forgotten Realms setting as our background, our non-canon setting has been richly developed over the course of several years. Briefly the main focus is on the island Ymph, the largest island in the Shrouded Archipelago - a chain of mist-shrouded islands located somewhere in the Shining Sea. The region of the Underdark beneath this archipelago is also of key importance.
We are presently on the third "chapter" of our story, each of which centered around completely different settlements and involved stories which unfolded over the course of many years. The first chapter, "Escape from the Underdark" (EFU) took place in an underground settlement of escaped slaves called Sanctuary. After years of development, eventually the town was destroyed and many of its residents finally escaped to the surface, making it to the Shrouded Archipelago and the Island Ymph.
The second chapter of EFU was "Escaped from Underdark: Archipelago" (EFU:A). This chapter took place on the surface, although was still heavily influenced by past and present actions taking place in the Underdark. The primary settlement was built in the ruins of an ancient Netherese ruin most often called "Nebezzdos," which over time matured into a well populated Colony and Dominion. Due to many events not easily summarized, at last this settlement also fell and so begins our third (but not final!) chapter of the EfU story.
The third and current chapter of EFU is "Escape from Undeath: Mistlocke." Here the action again takes place on the Island of Ymph within the Shrouded Archipelago, but three years has passed and much is different. The skeletal Nightrisers, ancient Nethesrese prison guards, have reconquered their ruins and driven most of the living from their home. Elsewhere, in the wilds, the ancient lichess H'Bala has been released from her Prison, and cast a terrible Curse most often called "The Withering" which over time inexorably is turning the living inhabitants of Ymph into the undead.
One of the very few refuges from H'Bala's curse and her many servants is the Forgotten Forest, a thick wood on the far eastern side of the Island Ymph. It is here where the mysterious and powerful Mist of the Archipelago is often the thickest, and it is believed that this Mist prevents H'Bala or her forces from entering. Deep within the Forest can be found the hamlet of Mistlocke, the third primary settlement of the EFU story.
As your character struggles to survive the perils of Ymph and find a cure (temporary or otherwise) to the terrible Withering Curse, it will naturally be to your advantage to learn much more of our very complex and richly developed setting. We hope that you will come to appreciate and enjoy the lore of EFU and not be overwhelmed with its intricacies.