After years of struggle, The Dragon Empire rose anew from the ashes of the devastation of the Jade Wind. To commemorate the rebirth of the Empire of the Dragon and the indomitable spirit of the Canthan people, the Dragon Festival is held every summer at Shing Jea Monastery.
The Dragon Festival is an ancient Canthan tradition. After the assassination of Emperor Angsiyan at the hands of Shiro Tagachi and the catastrophe of the Jade Wind which threatened to wipe out and destroy the empire of Cantha, newly crowned emperor, Emperor Hanjai, the son of Angsiyan, turned this ancient tradition into a large scale celebration in order to unite the empire in its reconstruction.
The festival marks the anniversary of establishing the settlement on Shing Jea Island as well as the expansion of Kaineng City to accommodate the refugees from the areas hit hardest by the Jade Wind. The Dragon Festival has come to symbolize the survival of the Empire of the Dragon (Cantha) in the face of that calamity.
There are four quests given by Imperial Guard Hanso during each Dragon Festival, which now celebrate the defeat of the demon invasion during the first of these Festivals. Since 2007, all quests are re-enactments of the earlier events and the Lesser Grasps are replaced with actors. Each quest is a pre-requisite for the next:
This quest given by Noblewoman Sun Li:
There are also seven missions that occur during each Dragon Festival. Each mission has 3–4 scheduled start times each day, when Captain Rujiyo calls heroes to arms for the missions ("Captain Rujiyo urgently requests the help of capable heroes at Shing Jea Monastery!" appears in the chat window of every logged in character). The missions are only available for 30 minutes after the initial request. As noted above, there was an actual demon invasion during the original 2006 festival; subsequent Dragon Festivals celebrate victory by re-enacting the events, replacing the original monsters with actors and the rifts with pinwheels. The seven missions are:
- Haiju Lagoon
- Jaya Bluffs
- Tsumei Village
- Seitung Harbor
- Tsumei Village (2)
- Seitung Harbor (2)
- Shing Jea Monastery
 Other festivities
The following Dragon Festival NPCs appear with Shing Jea Boardwalk event NPCs. Imperial Supply Master Kagno and Noblewoman Sun Li begin spawning on the first day of the Dragon Festival when decorations are applied. Excluding Captain Rujiyo and Acolyte Norge who begin spawning on the third day (when the first of the Dragon Festival missions is offered) and fourth day respectively, the rest of the Dragon Festival and Shing Jea Boardwalk event NPCs begin spawning on the second day.
- Shing Jea Monastery
- Acolyte Norge
- Captain Rujiyo
- Imperial Guard Hanso
- Imperial Supply Master Kagno (continues to appear for one week after the Dragon Festival ends)
- Master of Ceremonies
- Noblewoman Sun Li (continues to appear for one week after the Dragon Festival ends)
Only during finales:
- Imperial Guard Lein
- Master of Ceremonies
|Bottle of Rice Wine||Bottle Rocket|
|Champagne Popper||Crème Brûlée|
|Dragon Festival Grab Bag||Festival Prize|
|Flask of Firewater||Imperial Mask Token|
|Red Bean Cake||Sparkler|
|Sugary Blue Drink||Victory Token|
Imperial Dragon Mask
Sinister Dragon Mask
Mirthful Dragon Mask
Emperor Kisu will appear in Shing Jea Monastery every two hours (beginning at 2:00 AM / 9:00 (UTC)) and give everyone a Festival Prize. Then Celestial Charges will start to spawn around Shing Jea Monastery. Players are required to deliver the Celestial Charges to the Imperial Sorcerers before being caught by a Grasp of Insanity:
- One point is awarded to the Canthans for each charge delivered.
- The Grasps receive a point for each charge destroyed.
- Being caught while holding a Celestial Charge will kill your character for a short amount of time.
At the conclusion of the fifteen minutes, the highest scoring side "wins". A win for the Canthans will result in a celebration complete with fireworks and Festival Prizes. A win for the Grasps will result in them killing everyone they touch. A player will receive one Festival Prize for each Celestial Charge they deliver to an Imperial Sorcerer.
|Canthan New Year||2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|April Fools' Day||2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Birthday Celebration||2nd • 3rd • 4th • 5th • 6th • 7th • 8th|
|Dragon Festival||2006 • 2007 (Redux) • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Wintersday in July||2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Halloween||2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 (Redux) • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Wintersday||2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 (Redux) • 2010 • 2011 • 2012|
|Other annual events||Breast Cancer Awareness Month • Lucky weekend • Pirate Week • Special Treats Week • Sweet Treat Weekend • Wayfarer's Reverie|
|One-time only events||Day of the Tengu • Farewell to Gaile|