In Istaria’s earlier days of a member of the community was selected by the development team to act as a bridge between themselves and the community. This individual would be responsible to communicate upcoming events, changes, and ideas to the community in a story form on both the Istaria forums and in the game itself. They were ambassador of goodwill and would nearly always be in the role of their character. This was especially true on the roleplay shard Order. These individuals were know as the shard Heralds.
In time Istaria’s ownership changed and with it so did the player base. The Herald program was revised and ultimately deemed unnecessary due to the smaller community. The news and reporting aspects were replaced by other programs such as the Spread the Word campaign. Despite the program having officially ended the Herald position was very beneficial to the community promoting activities and in general being a pillar in their shard’s community.
The Revised Herald Report is an effort by previous Heralds of Order shard and some additional volunteers trying to fill the vacuum left by the closing of the Herald program. Our mission is to report on World Projects, community news such as public plots opening near key resources, player accomplishments including dragon ascensions, spotlights on community leaders, events, on-going roleplay, and occasionally some creative writing in story form and real world recipes presented in an Istarian style.
This project is in its infancy. We are eager for ideas as well as volunteers. You may find us on order in the Herald channel.