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One thing the Restoration has brought to light lately is the vibrancy of Meropis as a general zone, and how relatively underused it is compared to the rest of the mainland. I would wager a goodly portion of the playerbase has not been to it outside of events that permit easy access to it, as navigating the Tears of Sarapis is a nightmare if you do not know the way.
There is a LOT of content on Meropis that is only being experienced by a relatively small group of players - the people who know the path through the Tears, have ships, or who have bought an enchanted pebble.
I am left wondering - why is this the case? Or moreover, why does this need to be the case? I honestly don't think it does, and Achaea would be vastly better off for it being more accessible. It's a lot of very cool content and worldbuilding that doesn't really need to be restricted.
What I propose thus, is a way of expediting general unassisted travel to Meropis to make the continent more open to everyone. There's a million ways you could do this, but I'll list a few that immediately come to mind:
1) Introduce a 2-way ferry (AIRSHIPS??) from the Aalen to Rageteeth Beach. No more navigating the Tears of Sarapis. Repurpose it into something else, a bashing zone maybe? Fill it full of those undead mobs from the plague event, I'd go bash the shit out of those.
2) Stage an event which opens a permanent portal between the mainland and Meropis. Make it something the cities can fight over to control or something, and charge a toll to non-citizens. Something like that, or maybe not.
3) Permanently leave open the Asterian Restoration portals at Delos. They've already held two major inclusive world-events, they're clearly top shit, why not springboard off the work already invested into the Athaneum and have the general area be a starting point for people new to the continent? Shit, go even further and start building an NPC village of settlers in the scrublands around these portals or something.
4) Introduce an NPC modeled after Tagg that teleports you to Meropis if you say "Delete ships" in its presence.
You get the idea. Just refund the pebble people their crowns if you do any instant-travel option and everyone'll be happy, except the people losing bashing exclusivity because of it but whatever, those people can go island bash anyway.