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Day 43, Year 11 (1st Dec 20)
December is here and that can mean only one thing - Aurestal is almost here! Today Aurestal is celebrated as a wonderful time of year when good-will and hospitality grips the world of Terrafrost. However, this isn't how December used to be thought of by Terrafrostians -- especially those in villages covered in snow and rough terrain this time of year. The harsh weather was dark, cold, and a bitter place to be, making it a lonely, desperate time. Legend goes that the accumulation of these emotions welled up as more IcePets were born and communities grew, until there was enough to reverberate up the tallest peaks of Snowslide and wake the Aurora.
Encased in ice on that highest peak was a family of three magical creatures, said to have formed from the very first ice crystals on Terrafrost. These three partners slept peacefully among the ice for aeons, until the sadness from below finally cracked through and reached them. Generosity woke first, a blaze of green, heart going out to the many IcePets in need. Prosperity woke second, red, sensing the frail young and old. The white light of Peace woke last, longing to comfort the distress below.
Everywhere the Aurora went, the three partners spread their warmth and joy. So much good-will and hospitality was fostered, that it became tradition for all IcePets to give gifts, share food and shelter. In celebration of the season, they hung artificial lights on trees and bushes, so the brightness and happiness could be enjoyed the whole month. Gradually, the month-long festivities of Aurestal took form. Green symbolised generosity, red for prosperity, and white represented peace. As IcePet populations grew around the globe, the Aurora found it difficult to reach everyone in time; they needed help. They used their magic to bring more ice crystals to life -- though it had been aeons since their own creation, they were able to muster enough power to give life to thousands of tiny snowsprites. The snowsprites were small, but they had enough magic to carry the gifts of peace, prosperity, and generosity. The Aurora would carry the sprites with them, flying overhead in a streak of light, and let them float down with the snow. Thus a snowy Aurestal became a sign of good luck, and to this day young IcePets get excited about the snowsprites floating down with presents.
Christmas will now be referred to as Aurestal. The lore of Aurestal will change previous Christmas stories, which will be announced as adjustments are made.
With the arrival of December and Aurestal nearing closer, it is time for festivities to begin! The Advent Calendar is available for the month. Be sure to check every day! If you do miss a day however the Forgotten Advent Key is available in the I.C.E Shop for 300 IceCash (270 IceCash for Gold Account members). New this year, you can use The Forgotten Advent Key to unlock any days missed from previous calendars. Simply click the link to the year you wish to visit above the current advent calendar to see a past calendar.
Please hit Ctrl-F5 or Fn-F5 if you are not seeing the new calendar.
The votes have been tallied, and it's time to announce the winners of Member of the Month (MOTM for short)! For this month's Yet to Win MOTM, everyone congratulate...
Thank you for making IcePets a better place!
Next up, the winner of the Free for All MOTM, please congratulate...
Thank you for your continuing contributions to our community!
Both of these fantastic members will receive 100,000 IcePoints and either the exclusive Member of the Month Avatar, or, if they already have it, the Honoured Member Trophy.
While member votes were tallying for MOTM, Staff votes tallied for SOTM, and this month's winner is...
To acknowledge their contributions to the team, we've created the following Item in their honour!
Golden Pearl Necklace
As we move into December, new Items can be found in the I.C.E Shop for the duration of the month! Head on over to pick up Candy Train and Polar Stamp, along with the returning Jinglebell Earrings. Each of these is priced at 500 IceCash (or 450 IceCash for Gold Members)!
Additionally, a few of our resident shopkeepers have added some new Items to their stock! The Snowglobe Train can be found at Toy Trunk while the Golden Ticket can be found at Ralph's Page Turners. The Snowglobe Train will be now be rewarded by the Plushie Quest and will be requested by the Space Quest in one week, while the Golden Ticket will be rewarded by the Weapon Quest and will be requested by the Book Quest in one week.
The seasons are changing, and with them, the Token Booth stock has swapped over! Welcome the brand new Throw Thrower, Chimney Stamp, and How To Spend A Snow Day, which can all be purchased with tokens.
If you missed out on any of the older Winter Token Booth Items, you can try to find one in the Winter Goodie Bag.