MMORPG.com has a preview up where they talk about Patch 1.2, Spoils of War. They talked with Design Producer Hal Hanlin and Lore Lead Morgan Lockhart about the upcoming changes.
According to MMORPG.com this Prelude Event, will be starting May 4th and run up to May 9th.
In the first instance, golden coins have been raining on Sanctum and Meridian but when city folk pick them up, they are corrupted by a strange taint. Because the Ascended are a bit more resistant to such corruption, the Mendicant Order and the College of Planar Studies are anxious to have these tainted coins collected and returned for further study. The collection of coins is a once daily quest that takes place only in the capital city of each faction.
If coins falling from the sky aren’t enough to give pause for thought, players will face an increase in Earth and Fire rifts that are exploding across Telara even in places they had not been previously seen. Interest will undoubtedly be piqued, however, by the fragments of ancient dragon eggshells being dropped by invaders and Rift monsters. Again, the College of Planar Studies and the Mendicant Order are both interested in having these dragon eggshells rounded up for further study. There are three daily requests sending the Ascended all over Telara in search of these rare but mysterious items.
For those that have not been on the Alpha Test Shard recently, there is a small Earth Rift art asset set up like the Death Rift stuff from the River of Souls event. That is where you will find the new Daily Quests.
Check out MMORPG.com for new screenshots.