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The Halloween 2k7 event of started on October 29, 2007 and ended on November 7th.

OverviewEdit

Vladimir Von Helson makes his return and declares war on humans and encourages his fellow Vampires to follow suit. Though Humans could also succumb to vampirism if bitten and by their own choice.

Event BeginningEdit

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  • Oct 29

Without seeing an official announcement, many Gaians stumbled upon the event by clicking on the Home page tab. They were introduced to the Halloween event[1]:

The Battle for Gaia is underway. Vampires fight against humankind in a battle royale across the Gaia world. Which side are you on?

All Gaians except the Administrators began the event as humans, making both vampire slaying and vampire conversion extremely difficult. Additionally, Gaians were given the opportunity to collect candy from shops and Towns to obtain grab bags.


A new manga entitled "Gun Show" was released on the first day, which showed Vladimir Von Helson standing at the fairground, talking of his revenge. Meanwhile, in the Von Helson Manor dungeon, Zhivago revealed to Gino Gambino that his mother was the same as Ian and Louie Von Helson's. Zhivago ordered Marie and Anna Corinne to kill Liam, but he stopped them by seducing them.

Build-UpEdit

The first installment of the Halloween storyline arc was July 10th, where Edmund and Marie and Anna Corinne Von Helson sent out Private Messagess to Gaians as part of The Secret Message. It was unknown as to what would be the result of contributions to the two parties by Gaians. The event page gave three wallpapers, one with Ian, one with Louie Von Helson and one with Vladimir Von Helson. Gaians would remember Vladimir from Johnny K. Gambino mentioning him once upon a time, but Louie was new. A new manga was released entitled "Convergence", in which Edmund was shot by the elusive sniper and immediately went to see Johnny, who had been letting Ian stay in his mansion. Rufus came to see Ian for the first time since they had been initially separated, and this revealed the threat of a mysterious Vampire who had followed the cat to the mansion.


During the Summer Festival 2k7, the manga "Damian" was released. Liam and Gino Gambino were kidnapped by the newly Vampiric Von Helson sisters, and Ian had flashbacks in the underground testing facility about his past, which revealed that Louie was his brother, and his mother was shot by his father, Vladimir. Zhivago chased after the brothers, but only managed to catch Louie. The first part of the MMVII trilogy, White Eclipse, was also released during the festival, in which Louie went to kill Ian but ran into Moira on the way.


With the manga "Unveiled" released September 27th, it was revealed that Liam and Gino were trapped in the Von Helson Manor dungeon, and Edmund found Louie outside the G CORP secret facility, and took him to see Ian. The brothers were reunited, and Ian revealed the night they fled, Zhivago resumed trying to catch Ian, but Edmund fought the man off with a sword, which was when he obtained his mysterious scars. Johnny was outraged to find Louie in his mansion, but Edmund said that they owed it to "her", referring to Johnny's late wife, mother to Gino as well as Ian and Louie.


On October 11th, the second part of MMVII, Flower of the Night, was released. In the G CORP testing facility, Edmund managed to create a cure for Vampirism, and outside, Zhivago attacked Ian and Louie, but he ended up falling off the side of the building. Louie went to a fairground for a date with Moira, and a colony of Vampire bats was sent out to attack the Gaian populace by Vladimir.


The first Halloween Costume Contest started October 12th, which challenged Gaians to dress up in the best Gaia costumes or original costumes.

AnnouncementsEdit

Vladimir Von Helson: AnnouncementEdit

  • Oct 28: Gaia's Halloween Event is Here! [1]

People of Gaia, prepare to swear allegiance to a new master! My undead minions have already overrun your cities. Some of you may be blessed with the eternal bliss of undeath, but many, many more of you shall become the slaves and cattle of your new vampiric masters. Be warned: resistance will lead only to your swift destruction.


The Main Event

Ready to join the epic battle between Gaians and Vampires? Step into our amazing Halloween event featuring tons of new event items, a new Gaia storyline comic, trick or treating and plenty of frenzied vampire combat.
Get started at the main Halloween Event page if you'd like to jump right in, or read the rules if you want to know what you're doing.
Join the Event Now!

Read the Rules!

To turn into a vampire:
A) Post in the battleground forums. Your post makes you vulnerable to attacks!
B) When a post of yours is attacked 3 times, you lose a hit point.
C ) When you drop to 0 hit points, you'll begin to turn. Choose the "succumb" option to turn right away.
As the event begins, vampires are still scarce! It may be a while before their forces build to significant numbers. Later in the event, the Vampire and Human leaders may offer to turn you instantly to their side for a small fee.


Manga Update!

A brand new episode of the Gaia storyline manga is being released today! Find out what's up with Gino, Liam and the Von Helson sisters. New pages pop up every half hour or so.

Read 'The Gun Show' Now!

Trick-or-Treating

Jack, the pumpkin-headed lord of Halloween, has decided not to get involved in all this vampire nastiness. He's declared Gaia Towns a "safe zone," so don't worry about being bitten or staked! The only thing you have to worry about is a stomach ache.

There are two ways to trick-or-treat on Gaia:

As usual, you can collect candy from the shopkeepers in Gaia Shops. Just visit each of the shopkeepers and pick up your sweets. Don't get too greedy: you can only trick-or-treat once per minute. When you've collected candy from everyone, you'll be given a Halloween goodie bag!

You can also trick-or-treat by hitting up houses in Gaia Towns. When you've collected enough sweets, find Jack in the graveyard at the center of town for some brand new Halloween items.


Cindy Donovinh: AnnouncementEdit

  • Nov 7: Gaia Halloween has come to an end... [2]

The battle between humans and vampires has come to a close. With Vladimir Von Helson dead, an uneasy peace has been established. Can vampires coexist with the general population? Only time will tell.

Don't worry, you're not stuck with a vampire avatar! Even though the bloody festivities are at an end, you can still visit the Secret Underground Lab to change back into human form, or the Von Helson Manor to turn into a vampire. This option might not be available forever, so take advantage while you can.

Visit the Halloween Event Page to Become a Human or Vampire


Many thanks to everyone who participated! Gaians logged on in record numbers to make this one of our most active events ever.


The Rest of the eventEdit

Vladimir announced the following day that it was now possible to go to the enemy base to change into a human or vampire every six hours. The number of vampires and humans became markedly more balanced, and all-out warfare began.


  • Nov 1

The final part of MMVII, Fight or Flight, was released, in which Vampires wreaked havoc in the fairground and one unhinged the Ferris wheel that Louie and Moira were on. Louie bit Moira, who was possibly knocked unconscious by the fall, and she awoke immediately, turned into a Vampire herself. Louie, Moira and Ian rushed to Von Helson Manor to put a stop to Vladimir, and after some Vampire fighting, Edmund shot Vladimir with the Vampire cure which caused him to drop Louie, whom he was holding up, and Zhivago accidentally shot Vladimir with his sniper rifle, killing him.


The Rest of the event: DialogueEdit

  • Oct 29

Entering the battlegrounds, there were stylized banners, and occasionally an NPC would appear on them to say something as the battling went on.

Avatar VladimirVH

Vladimir Von Helson

-Fight hard, my children, Gaia will soon be ours
-How are the humans turning vampires back into mortals!!
-The humans have found some way to harm us...if you begin to turn, return here to be restored!
-Zhivago has failed to eliminate Damian twice. We must bring the full force of our kind against him

Avatar VonHelson Twins2

Marie & Anna Corinne Von Helson

-We tried to take Gaia once with our wealth...now it's time for force
-When we find the human base of operations, I'm going to tear Gambino's heart from his chest
-Show no mercy! Don't forget - those wretches tired to kill my sister and me
-Be careful...experienced Vampire Hunters have more abilities with which to defend themselves
-Focus your attacks on a single post...your enemy only loses a hit point when it's hit 3 times
-I wonder what Rufus taste like...

Avatar Zhivago

Zhivago

-So, Louie has turned traitor? I'll use his corpse as a footstool...
-Damian has slipped from my grasp twice now. This time, he won't be so lucky
-As much as I despise him, It warmed my blood to encounter Damian in his true form
-Vladimir is kind to those who serve him. You'll earn rewards by slaying humans
-Rage Abilities can be used to make attacks deadlier and restores more powerful...

Avatar JohnnyGambino

Johnny K. Gambino

-Edmund and I have been working on this cure for years now. I hope it's worth the time and expense
-The Von Helson's and I have a bitter past. I never thought our rivalry would come to this!
-All this fuss over Ian! Such a waste
-Don't underestimate those vamps...the stronger the vampire, the more dark abilities they can employ!
-I'll kill Vladimir myself, if I have to

Avatar Edmund2

Edmund

-You should be proud to fight beside Johnny Gambino
-It took ages, but we were finally able to synthesize a vampire cure from Black Orchids and Garlic!
-With this cure, our victory is inevitable
-Ian is safe here for the time being. We must drive those foul beast out of Gaia!
-Focus your attacks on a single post...your enemy only loses a hit point when it's hit 3 times

Avatar Ian blkhair

Damian Von Helson

-I had to hide my secret for so long...now it's time to redeem myself!
-Taking Edmund's treatments is painful, but necessary
-We have a cure for Vampirism! If your allies are turning, administer the cure to their post in our home base!
-I can't believe I'm related to those awful Twins
-There is no time for Dancey!

Avatar LouieVH

Louis Von Helson

-I haven't seen Damian in so long, I never dreamed he was till alive!
-It's so good to see Damian again, even under these terrible circumstances
-The rest of my family has gone mad! I'll help Damian out however I can!
-I hope Moira's OK
-The more experience you get, the stronger you are. With each rank increase, you get a new Rage Ability!


Event Conclusion and ConfusionEdit

The developers stated that the Halloween event would end at midnight on November 7th. While it ended at approximately 1 in the afternoon on November 7th, mild controversy erupted over the fact that Gaians had construed midnight to mean the conclusion of November 7th.


Event ItemsEdit

During the event, as one's score increased, prizes were awarded. Different prizes were awarded for humans and Vampires, and one Gaian could collect items from both sides.

Event Items: HumanEdit

  • Black Spider Back Tattoo: Whether you're a defender of the light or agent of darkness, this tattoo screams "dangerous".
  • Vampire Bite Marks: Just tell your friends it's a hickey.
  • Wooden Stake: The good ol' way of vanquishing those blood-sucking villains.
  • Used Chainsaw: This chainsaw was made for a specific use, but then it got used for something else...
  • Ghost Cape: This ghastly, tattered cape belonged to a famous Slayer.

Event Items: VampireEdit

Event Items: ToTingEdit

Jack Items:Edit

As always, Gaians were able to trick-or-treat in shops or in Gaia Towns to earn candy to give to Jack in return for grab-bags which contained his set of items for the year. Jack's Grab Bag 2k7

ToTing Phrases:Edit

What NPCs say when Gaians clicked to their shop to collect candy. Alphabetical, but starting with the most used phrase first.

  • ToTing:
Everyone: That's a lot of candy!! Here's a gift for your efforts. Check your inventory to open the gift!
Agatha: What a delightful costume! Here's a treat. Don't eat it all at once!
Edmund: So it's candy you want, is it? Fine! Take it!
Liam: Hey, nice costume! Not as good as mine, but here's some candy anyway.
Moira: Ooh, you've looking good! Here's something sweet for ya.
Old Man Logan: Want some candy, bub? Sure, lemme just reach into this fish here...
Rina: Ooh, nice costume! Take some of this candy before I eat it all!
Ruby: Hi, sweetie! Care for a treat?
Rufus the Cat: *Purrrrrr* Candy for you!
Sam: Hey, nice costume! Here's some candy
Sasha: I'm going to get sooooooo fat...you'd better take some of this candy!
Vanessa: Oh! You want some candy! Let me just reach in here...


  • ToTing too Quickly:
Agatha: Now, now! Save some candy for the other kids!
Bildeau: Not so fast, greedy, I've already given you candy!
Edmund: I gave you candy already, you greedy little monster!
Liam: Didn't I already give you candy? Scram!
Moira: Sorry darling, I already gave you candy.
Old Man Logan: I already gave you candy! The only thing I got left is fish guts. Want some?
Peyo: You're bad! I gaved you some!
Rina: Hey! I gave you candy already! If I give you mine, I won't have any left over for meeeee!
Ruby: Shoo! You got your candy already!
Rufus the Cat: *Hissss* I gave you candy already, mrrrow!
Sasha: Hey, didn't I already give you some candy? It's okay, you can hang out and talk! So anyway, I saw tina at the salon yesterday and I was like "Tiiiiiiaaaaaaaa!" and she was like "oh my goooooosh Sasha you look so good" and i was like "now waaaaay you look soooooo goooood today" and she was like...
Vanessa: I already gave you candy, so you must be here for some other reason...


Toting Phrases: JackEdit

  • 0/100 Candies
muuhuuuhuuuuu... Gimme your candy, prankster!
Trick or Treating requires actually going to people's houses...
  • half/100 Candies
muuhuuuhuuuuu... Gimme your candy, prankster!
muuhuuuhuuuuu... I see ye've found me. WHAT IS THIS!? Don't insult me with such a paltry of an offering.
Come back when ye gots enough candies to appease me!
  • 100/100 Candies
muuhuuuhuuuuu... Gimme your candy, prankster!
muuhhuuuhuuu haahaaaahaaa... I see ye brings me candies and so shall ye be repaid with something for free.
Take me bag for inside ye shall find something that will make yer heart freeze!


Criticism: Comparison to 2005Edit

When the event first began developers began biting random users at their request to be turned into a vampire. (The developers were apparently told to do so, in order for more vampires to be created, as they were the only vampires at the time) As the first day progressed into the night, many started comparing the event to 2k5 in the fact many users (particularly vampires or those wishing to become vampires) were said to be displaying elitism by paying high amounts of gold or offering art in exchange to being bitten and transformed to a vampire. Some users who created threads gave their own personal warnings that users who were not vampire or anyone that attacked vampires were going to be added to their ignore list, which would prevent others from viewing a thread.

Some vampire users were said to have been scammed and never received the gold/art they were promised, which led to form of retaliation by a few vampire users using their human mules to stalk and stake vampires to a point that they were returned to human form. To counter these surprise attacks, vampire users deleted their posts, which led to human users complaining that this action was unfair to them.


Glitches & ProblemsEdit

As no event on Gaia has ever gone on without glitches, the 2k7 Halloween event was no exception.

Glitches: Site & ForumEdit

  • Due to the massive influx of users within a small amount of time, Gaia crashed numerous times, from seconds to minutes. During these crashes many users were logged out several times, which led to fear of being targeted by a fake-login page. Scammers took advantage of the consistent downtime for a few hours throughout the first day of the event, which led to Gaia later adding a new You're leaving Gaia Online!|leaving Gaia page. (Was added after the Halloween event had ended)
  • Trick or treating in the shops had a glitch in which the NPCs would not reward users the seventh trick or treat bag. The user would be able to collect bags 1-6, but then would be given 8 without receiving 7. (Was later resolved the following day)
  • Though not an actual glitch, signatures were removed from user posts in the event forum to prevent lag, which had greatly contributed to the consistent downtime.
  • At the peak of the event more than 137,800 users had logged in, though three days later the 'most users online' feature was changed to just 108K users online. No explanation has been released as to why this was done, although it may have been related to the prevalence of mules.

Glitches: Gaia TownsEdit

  • On the first night of the event, Jack in towns was not functioning properly, and when a user had collected 100 candies, Jack would take the candy but not give the user a trick or treat bag. (This was later fixed, though more than 24 hours later)
  • On Halloween night Towns had crashed for about 30 minutes due to more than many users simultaneously trying to access acre 1000. (There were posts of more than 4,700 users being at that specific acre)
  • Many acres were so over-populated that whenever anyone regardless of internet connection tried to enter the acre towns would lock up. (Many reported being kicked out of towns whenever an acre became too overpopulated) This was somewhat fixed on November 2nd when acre 1053 became accessible to the point where more than 6,000 users checked in at acre 1053-03, particularly due to the fact there was said to be a User run giveaway happening.

Dev AlertsEdit

Hey guys, a little Halloween update!

1. Trick or Treating in Towns is functional! We're sorry it was down for so long, but now you can get that grab-bag goodness again.

2. We decided we're going to allow users to choose a team by going to an enemy home forum and asking an NPC to change them. It will be FREE, but you should only be able to do it once every 6 hours.

We want everyone to be able to turn and enjoy the full scope of the event. Hopefully we'll have this change out by tomorrow. The event continues until November 7th, so you should all have plenty of time to get your event items!



Another update! You can now go to an enemy home base from the map on the event page to change teams for free. You can do this once every 6 hours!

We apologize to the users who put a lot of time (and some, gold) into becoming vampires during the first day of the event. We never intended it to be difficult to become vampires, especially since you have to be a vampire to earn some of the event prizes.

Have fun, everyone!


TriviaEdit

  • Vampires developed strategies such as deleting all previous posts and staying in the vampire base to heal in order to remain vampires.
  • This Event and Storyline marks Gaia's first attempt at bringing their NPCs life by animation.



GalleryEdit


See Also & External LinksEdit

  1. Gaia Page: Description and Rules

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