For all of 2001, the crew of the Phoenix remained on Abbai. For the first third of the year, the events of the Day of the Dead continued. One character very nearly lost his life, while nearly everyone lost preconceptions or long-held angst. Missions to help the Abbai people continued, as the characters prevented an assassination, rescued miners besieged by raiders, and freed children kidnapped and about to be sold into slavery.
A major player who had been in the game since 1998 left near the beginning of the year; a new player, bringing the character of an enigmatic and dangerously powerful technomage, joined the game in the last quarter of the year.