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|Corkus is an island pseudo-province that was added to Wynncraft in the 1.16 Corkus Update.|
|“||The slow release of the Fruman population into the province of Wynn began a thousand years ago, at the start of Wynn's corruption outbreak. [...] 350 years ago, however, a splinter group left Fruma through the mountains on the northern coastline. This was a feat previously thought impossible due to the unnatural mountain range and another, heavily guarded passage. These rebels were highly skilled workers who, much like the Wynn recruits, lost the memories of their origins once they passed through the mountains. Confused, scared and vulnerable, they migrated to a large island close to the northern gate: the island of Corkus.||„|
|~ From Chapters II and III of The Isle of Industry|
Corkus Province is a high-level island province of limited recognition near the western edge of Wynn's Ocean. It was added to the map in the 1.15 Wynnter 2016 Update, but initially could not be accessed by players. On 24th March, 2017, Wynncraft released a trailer for Corkus, and it was fully released in the 1.16 Corkus Update on 7th April. A full changelog of the update can be accessed here. Corkus was the third province to be released in the game, but the fifth to be revealed in the lore, after Dern and Fruma.
Corkus is home to the Corkians, a group of human settlers who migrated from Fruma. It is also the native homeland of the Avos, a race of avian humanoids who live in a shamanistic society and a lifestyle in tune with nature and the elements. Today, the Avos mostly inhabit only the northern reaches of the island; the humans, in their capital Corkus City and many smaller settlements, inhabit the rest of the land, and in the past and present the two groups have come into conflict over their industrialization and domination of the land. Corkus is a very insular territory, and its human population has limited diplomatic relations with the rest of the world, but they strive to gain recognition (particularly by recruiting adventurers from Wynn).
The province can be accessed primarily by the C.S.S. Wavebreaker, a ship that ferries people from Selchar to Corkus; however, this method of travel is only available at level 83, after starting The Envoy Part I and beginning the storyline of Corkus. It can also be accessed at any time by water (either by swimming or by traditional boats). After completing The Envoy Part II, the player will also gain access to a hot-air balloon route between Corkus City and Kandon-Beda in Gavel.
Lore[edit | edit source]
In the lore, the Corkus island has no known location to any race. It is an island populated by Fruma's separatists who are speculated to be fighting the Monarchy of Fruma. The people of the island are said to be industrial buffs and have created a Steampunk Civilization. While Corkians consider themselves a Province, they have yet to be recognized by the Provinces of Wynn, Gavel, and Fruma.
Origin[edit | edit source]
Corkus was initially conceived by Wynncraft Forums member MrCoffeeTime, in a suggestion thread that was lost in the 9/7 forum wipe. He suggested an island province called Corkus that the player and other humans would originate from; the original thread included ideas for Corkus City, a region called "Corkus Outsides", Relos, and Legendary Island. The thread quickly became a meme on the Forums, and was the subject of an April Fools joke by a moderator of the server, Tantibus, which caused confusion among some players.
On August 29th, 2016, almost 4 months later, it was confirmed that Corkus was to become a real place in Wynn lore; in fact, Tantibus' April Fools thread did contain some true information about the upcoming province. Though it included some significant changes from the original suggestion, Corkus was officially released in April 2017. An easter egg homage, including a recreation of the original map of Corkus and the phrase "MAGISTER CAPULUS TEMPUS" (a Latin approximation of MrCoffeeTime's name), can still be found in a hidden room beneath Corkus City.
References[edit | edit source]
Before the release of Corkus, the province was referenced by the Engineer on Selchar, who spoke of a province he came from that was neither Wynn nor Gavel. He said "Perhaps one day you'll be allowed to visit, but it's invite only." Following the release, the Engineer was removed, and Olivin took his place on Selchar introducing players to Corkus. A villager on the docks named Neny also refers to "the bird island" and visiting Corkian delegates.