The first champion spawns were released with the Third Dawn expansion. They were actually hidden from players until one person managed to discover their title changed for killing monsters in a certain area. Upon returning they found the spawn would change after killing many monsters. Eventually brand new creatures called Champions would come forth to do battle. Many people flocked to attempt these spawns but it was quickly realized you only gained a special Title as the reward. This did not appeal to many people.
Champion spawns were re-introduced during Publish 16 as a way to reinvigorate the dead Felucca landscape. The purpose was to "Establish an area where non-consensual pvp can thrive for a significant number of UO’s players" and "Provide meaningful and compelling rewards for players that successfully adventure in the specified areas." The system was a smashing success drawing hundreds of players per shard to Felucca, many who vowed never to go back and some who never ventured before. This was due in part by players losing nothing except the potential rewards, upon death a player and all their items would be transported to a Felucca town healer such as the one in Britain.
During the Age of Shadows expansion the teleport to town was removed and murderers could once again loot the corpses of the innocent. This drove away many of the players who used to frequent the spawns. Not only because they feared losing their items, but because the PVP skill gap was stretched even further. Players could die to a murderer before they even had a chance to reach their heal macro. In addition, Age of Shadow increased personal player strength which allowed champion spawns to be completed with much fewer players.
From it's original introduction, champion spawns have seen little change. Except for the teleport to town being removed, as noted above, and champion skulls appearing in your backpack as scrolls, it as remained virtually untouched.
The concept of a champion spawn is quite simple: Kill lots of monsters to summon the champion. As monsters are killed the spawn will level up to more powerful ones. Eventually the champion will appear to try and defeat the intruders The first Ilshenar spawns only gave special titles as a reward. To entice players to come to Felucca, much more substantial Power Scrolls were introduced. In addition, Felucca champions will also drop special skulls which allow you to summon The Harrower.
For Felucca spawns, there was an entire new dynamic introduced. The idea was to give Felucca players a brand new battleground for non-consensual PVP. Before Publish 16, player verse player combat was in steady or possibly rapid decline across Felucca. The Faction System was no longer seeing much participation among players. This concept sparked fierce debate for players who did not want to put themselves in danger in such a manner.
There 6 original spawn types. Four additional ones have been added through various expansions.
- Abyss Spawn
- Arachnid Spawn
- Cold Blood Spawn
- Forest Lord Spawn
- Unholy Terror Spawn
- Vermin Horde Spawn
- Sleeping Dragon Spawn
- Minotaur Spawn (unofficial name)
- Pestilence Spawn (unofficial name)
- Twisted Glade Spawn (unofficial name)
Conducting a Spawn
To complete a spawn you must first choose which one you want to go to. There are currently champion spawns on all Facets and of different types. The reward you want will also help determine where you go. Once you have determined which spawn you wish to attempt, gathered some allies, and arrived, it is time to get started. If the spawn is currently not active (no red candles on alter) you can manually activate it by using the Valor Virtue. If none of your party are Knight of Valor, then you will have to seek another champion spawn.
Upon activation, 2 or 3 different types of monsters will begin spawning within the area around the alter. This spawn may seem easy now but it will quickly gain in strength as each level is attained. As you kill the spawn white candles will appear in the alter's center. Each white candle represents 20% advancement to the next red candle. One white candle is 20%, 2 white candles is 40%, etc. Upon reaching 100% a red candle will appear on the edge of the alter. If you do not kill enough spawn within 10 minutes of the first monster being killed at that level, all white candle advancement will be reset to 0. If you do not advance at least 20% at a single level, then 1 red candle will disappear and the spawn will begin moving backwards.
Once you have gained enough red candles, the spawn will increase the strength of the spawn. This means 2 or 3 higher level monsters will begin spawning which were tougher then the previous. Since the monsters are tougher, it also requires fewer kills to advance the spawn. The number of red candles for spawn strength enhancement also varies slightly. Here is a chart detailing specifics of how many need to be killed and when the spawn will increase in strength:
|Red Candles||Monsters to Kill|
|Level 1||1 to 5/6||256|
|Level 2||5/6 to 9/10||128|
|Level 3||9/10 to 13/14||64|
|Level 4||13/14 to 16||32|
At 16 red candles, the spawn can cycle a few times before the champion is summoned. Each time the spawn advances 100% and the champion does not come forth, it will take less spawn to advance another 100%. If you target the Idol at 16 red candles the champion will be summoned immediately. Upon their defeat, the spawn alter will deactivate and no more spawn will come forth. A gold explosion will take place depositing around 100,000 gold on the ground. If you are at a Felucca champion spawn, 6 Power Scrolls will be awarded to the top damaging players and the Idol on the alter will turn into a black moongate which will take you to the Star Room.
- As the spawn strength increases, the light level in the area goes down
- Pet summoning is forbidden in the spawn zone which decreases as the spawn strength increases
- You cannot cast Recall, Gate Travel, or Sacred Journey inside the Spawn Zone
- You cannot mark a rune in the spawn zone