The first champion spawns were released with the Third Dawn expansion. They were actually hidden from players until one person noticed that their character's title changed after 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 Champion Title as the reward. This did not appeal to many people.
The original designer of the champion spawns (Fiery Ice, now of Worlds of Warcraft) wanted the chance to get a champion to be rare. He succeeded overly well. One factor was that a player had little to no idea of where they were in regard to summoning the champion (thus the introduction of the candles).
A second was that multiple creatures from different spawns would appear at the same time. The type of champion spawn was determined by the number of the same creatures you slew. Because of the limited amount of spawn areas, it was common to see players slaying opposite types of monsters at the same spawn, ensuring that the spawn would never advance.
Another, but the absolute kicker, was that even if you got the spawn to the densest possible, this was only a chance (25%) to get the champion to spawn. There were so many variables in success that it took 1 full month after release before the first champion ever was slain (on Europa).
Even with countless input and observations on the low chances, the UO Development team insisted this was a good system for two years, until just prior to the release of Age of Shadows in 2002.
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 had never ventured there 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.
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.
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Conducting a Spawn
To complete a spawn you must first choose which one you want to go to. There are currently champion spawns only in Felucca and Lost Lands. 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 altar) 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 altar. 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 altar'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 altar. 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 than 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:
|Monsters to Kill
|1 to 5/6
|5/6 to 9/10
|9/10 to 13/14
|13/14 to 16
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 altar will deactivate and no more spawn will come forth. A gold explosion will take place depositing around 75,000 gold on the ground. If you are at a Felucca champion spawn, 2-3 Power Scrolls will be awarded to the top 5 damaging players and the Idol on the altar will turn into a black moongate which will take you to the Star Room.
Once you have defeated the champion an explosion of gold will drop around the champion alongside a small amount on the champion corpse itself. The champion will drop its skull on its corpse, once you have collected all 6 skulls you can enter the star chamber and place the skulls to summon the Harrower.
Coming Soon Skull table and reward table