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Guild castle Alpha-1 early preview.[1]

With five Castles in the world, and each having been owned by different civilizations from the far-flung past of Verra, you can expect that each Castle has its own character. Different terrains and different layouts will result in each Castle having its own advantages and disadvantages. Just because you have managed to take one Castle will not mean that your strategies will pan out in the next. Commanders will have to take into consideration the lay of the land, time of day, weather, and even seasons into account when forming their battle plans.[2]

These Castles are occupied when players arrive on Verra, and their current inhabitants will have to be removed before any player can claim them. Castles will be dangerous and high-level raid zones until they can be cleared, and the first group of players to do so will gain the Castle as their reward.[2]

Five guild castles exist in Ashes of Creation.[2][3] Castles will initially be occupied by an NPC adversary. These are the primary antagonists in the storyline.[4]

Castle regions

Castles have direct power over the Nodes that belong to it, but also have soft power across the entire region it belongs to. All Nodes belonging to that region pay fealty to the Castle in the form of taxes paid directly to the Castle. The Monarch sets the rate, and can use those proceeds to upgrade defenses, maintain the Castle’s direct Nodes, or provide buffs and benefits to the citizens of that region, as the magnanimous ruler that you are.[2]

Guild castles influence a castle region around them.[10]

Guild castles impose a tax on all revenue for the nodes within its region.[15][16]

Castles have the ability to allocate taxes collected from nodes under them toward certain benefits that go back to the node. Or they can be more selfishly governed that treasury more towards the guild that owns it and that obviously is going to have some political implications, because it could- if you're not using it for the benefit of the people in the region they might rise up and help take you out from that that position of owning that castle.[15]Steven Sharif

Economic regions

We want our players to have a reason to explore the wilderness, to travel with purpose, and much of that will be driven by our resource system. Transporting these goods might just be more difficult than gathering them. Our regional market system allows players to participate in creating pocket economies that will reinforce the stability of goods in particular regions. Players will be able to move resources and set up shop in other areas to take advantage of the varied markets. With resources spawning dynamically, certain regions will naturally become important trading hubs for the transportation of goods throughout the world.[22]

Economic regions are static areas defined by geographic points of interest.[23][24]

  • Castle regions are larger and encompass multiple economic regions.[23]
  • Nodes are the glue that hold castle and economic regions together in potential synergy or chaos.[25]
    • Node ZOIs are fluid and change their area based on the progression of the node and its neighbors.[23]
  • Castle regions, Economic regions, and Node ZOI (Zones of Influence) can overlap.[13]

The whole map would be under the influence of 1 of 5 castle regions. However, castle regions aren't the only TYPE of region - there are also economic regions, among other things.[24]Sarah Flanagan

Benefits of guild castles

Guild castle concept art.[2]

It's a reciprocal relationship between the castle and its nodes essentially. There are benefits granted to citizens of the castle; and the longer that the castle remains in the hands of its incumbent guild, the stronger the benefits become overall. But at the same time that represents a greater incentive to attack the castle because the rewards will get greater over time also.[1]Steven Sharif

Guild castles provide benefits and trophies for guilds that capture and control them.[1][26]

  • These benefits increase the longer a guild holds its castle.[1]

There are levers and dials that are present to both the owners of Castles as well as the elected officials of Nodes that during their administration they have the ability to impact and influence the region around them.[27]Steven Sharif

Guild castles exert a King or Queen's presence over nodes within their region.[1][27][28]


Should you be deft enough to take a Castle, you’ll now be responsible for managing it. Castles will have their own Nodes associated with them, and developing and defending those Nodes will determine the state of your Castle during the next siege. If you’ve done a good job managing your kingdom, then you’ll have more and better options available for deployment during the next siege. If you let your populace fall to ruin, you may have to rely solely on your own devices.[2]

Siege preparation.[29]

Gildenburgen haben drei benachbarte Knotenpunkte in unmittelbarer Nähe.[3][30]

Burg-Knotenpunkte steigen durch Abenteuer auf, die von der besetzenden Gilde oder Allianz durchgeführt werden.[30]

  • Verglichen mit regulären Knotenpunkten, ist das Leveln von Burg-Knotenpunkten ein beschleunigter Prozess.[4]
  • In den Wochen vor einer Burgbelagerung werden Karawanen verwendet, um Vorräte zu transportieren.[33]
  • Das Abschließen dieser Quests entsperrt nützliche Dienstleistungen und Funktionen für die besetzende Gilde und deren Verbündeten, und verstärkt zusätzlich die Verteidigung der Burg.
  • Rivalisierende Gilden sollten Nachschubs-Karawanen zerstören, um das Aufsteigen der Burg und den umliegenden Knotenpunkten zu verhindern.

Sollten sie es in den drei vorangegangenen Wochen nicht schaffen, das Level der Burg zu erhöhen oder die Quests abzuschließen, wird die Burg einen Nachteil haben.[30]Steven Sharif

Als Mitglied der besetzenden Gilde wirst du automatisch zur Garnison der Burg-Knotenpunkten und der Burg selbst.[3]

  • Ausschließlich die Mitglieder der besetzenden Gilde sind Bürger dieses Knotenpunktes.[34]
  • Diese Staatsbürgerschaft unterscheidet sich von der normalen Knotenpunkt-Staatsbürgerschaft. Burg-Knotenpunkte funktionieren anders als normale Knotenpunkte.

Castle sieges

Alpha-1 castle siege gameplay.[35]

Castle Sieges are intended to be massive events with hundreds of people involved in a single Siege. One of the reasons that Ashes of Creation Apocalypse exists is so we can address the challenges in ramping up the number of bodies that we can handle simultaneously. With our latest test hitting over 200 simultaneous players, we’re ready to push that number even further. Our goal is to have the largest organized PVP battles of any MMORPG.[2]

Gilden participate in Castle sieges in an effort to capture and occupy one of the five guild castles in Ashes of Creation.[3]

  • The minimum goal is for 250x250 players to be on a single battlefield. It is hoped that this can be increased to 500x500 over time.[38]

There may be instanced locations within otherwise open-world castle and node sieges, where specific groups can participate in small, short duration objective-based battles that will affect the overall outcome of the siege.[39]

  • It was previously stated that castle sieges may or may not be (entirely) instanced in the final game.[5]

What we were talking about was how during castle sieges or node sieges, you're going to have certain instanced locations where it's only going to be a group that's designated to participate versus another group while the siege is happening. And I know in the past we talked about well how do you plan to incorporate these more objective-based waypoints as part of these larger events; and say that not only is it going to be a complement of numbers or in the overall grand kind of battle perspective, but there's also going to be opportunities for smaller more niche groups to participate in more focused objective capturing. And a part of that is going to be small very short, kind of ten minute long instanced battles where groups can go and participate against other groups that are defender versus attacker; and the outcome of which will influence certain aspects of the overall battle while that's still occurring in the background.[39]Steven Sharif

Each week leading up to the siege week... is a week that's dedicated to one of the three castle dedicated nodes. So around the castle there are three nodes. They represent week, one, two, and three; and then the fourth week is the siege against the castle. Those can only be elevated up to stage three. We've discussed this in the past and there's definitely information out there on the community ran wiki.[40]Steven Sharif

A guild that captures a castle will own that castle for a month before it is sieged again.[40][4]

  • In the first three weeks that a guild occupies a castle they will need to level up each of their castle nodes to Dorf stage through questing.[40][4]
    • Each of the three castle nodes have a siege against it at the end of each of these three weeks.[4][34]
  • The fourth week is declaration week, where other guilds have the opportunity to lay down their declaration flag or to sign up as a defender of the castle.[40][4]
  • Depending on how well the guild defends their castle nodes results in better defenses for the castle.[4][34]
  • Different siege weaponry will grant the attackers the ability to destroy walls, doors and sections of the castle in order to gain access to the inner keep area.[30]
  • When castles change hands (following a siege), some taxes stay with the castle and some stay with the guild.[21]

There will be benefits to attracting people... even if they're not in your guild or alliance – kind of a feudal like system, where you can attract other players who are just independent of this whole politic. They will have things to do there - benefits to receive - and there will be a reciprocal relationship between who you can attract, what they do for you; and how that benefits you and them.[4]Steven Sharif


Könige und Königinnen

Leaders of guilds that occupy guild castles are referred to as Könige und Königinnen.[42]

Royal stables

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Royal stables are a type of building in Ashes of Creation.[44]

The royal mounts will be the only class of mounts that can fully fly in the world; and they are will be needed to be mounted while in a royal stables. Royal stables are a building that can be built in a node if elected to be built by the mayor and supported by the community building it up through the quests to do so; and castles come with a royal stable as well. So once you have a royal stable and you become that Mayor or King or Queen, you may then mount the creature there and then take it wherever you wish.[44]Steven Sharif


Der begriff "Gildenhaus" bezieht sich auf Gildengebäude, nicht Spielerhäuser, die der Gilde gehören.[45]


Gildenhallen serve as a focal point for a guild, offering a host of benefits and customization options.[47]

  • Guild halls may be placed on guild freeholds or within nodes.[48][49][50]
    • In-node guild halls may only be claimed by patron guilds of that node. These have different perks and benefits to halls placed on freehold plots.[50]
    • When a guild reaches a certain level, its guild master is granted a guild freehold certificate to enable placement of a guild hall.[48]
  • A guild hall only houses a single guild.[53]

Guildhalls are the ultimate expression of a guild's power! In Ashes these structures will serve as focal points for a guild, offering any guilds who construct them a whole host of benefits as well as customization options.[47]


Gildenhallen unlock actions a guild can perform within a node.[54]


Gildenfestungen sind belagerbare Gildenhallen in Ashes of Creation. Diese unterscheiden sich von Knotenpunkten und Gildenschlössern.[52]


Community guides

Siehe auch


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Liveübertragung, 2020-08-28 (1:39:02).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Blog: 10 facts about castle sieges in the MMORPG.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 castle nodes.png
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Podcast, 2018-04-23 (21:55).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Podcast, 2021-04-11 (49:40).
  6. 6.0 6.1 steven-siege-zone.png
  7. 7.0 7.1 Liveübertragung, 2021-04-30 (41:18).
  8. 8.0 8.1 Blog: Creative Director's Letter, April 14 2021
  9. 9.0 9.1 Liveübertragung, 2020-08-28 (1:31:11).
  10. castle-influence.png
  11. castle-taxes2.png
  12. 12.0 12.1 castle-region.png
  13. 13.0 13.1 region-overlap.png
  14. castle-metro.png
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Liveübertragung, 2021-04-30 (1:01:10).
  16. castle-taxes.png
  17. castle-power.png
  18. castle-resources.png
  19. castle-taxes3.png
  20. castle-taxes4.png
  21. 21.0 21.1 castle-taxes5.png
  22. About Ashes of Creation.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 economic-regions.png
  24. 24.0 24.1 economic-regions1.png
  25. economic-regions-static.png
  26. Liveübertragung, 2017-11-17 (49:30).
  27. 27.0 27.1 Interview, 2018-05-11 (47:27).
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 Podcast, 2017-05-05 (52:32).
  29. Video, 2017-04-20 (8:20).
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 Podcast, 2018-04-23 (15:14).
  31. castle-systems.png
  32. Liveübertragung, 2019-07-26 (1:29:00).
  33. castle-node-caravans.png
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Liveübertragung, 2017-08-23 (23:00).
  35. Video, 2021-05-28 (25:44).
  36. Interview, 2020-07-29 (31:05).
  37. Interview, 2020-07-18 (13:13).
  38. castle-siege-scale.png
  39. 39.0 39.1 Liveübertragung, 2022-01-28 (17:50).
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 Liveübertragung, 2020-08-28 (1:43:03).
  41. Video, 2021-05-28 (3:41).
  42. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-26 (37:17).
  43. steven-kings-and-mayors.png
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 44.4 Liveübertragung, 8 April 2018 (PM) (51:49).
  45. Liveübertragung, 2017-07-28 (18:07).
  46. Summer Leader of Men.png
  47. 47.0 47.1 kickstarter guild halls.png
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 Interview, 2019-04-21 (45:45).
  49. Podcast, 2018-08-18 (1:12:34).
  50. 50.0 50.1 Liveübertragung, 2020-02-28 (1:06:51).
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 Podcast, 2018-08-04 (1:54:15).
  52. 52.0 52.1 kickstarter fortress.png
  53. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-22 (56:48).
  54. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-19 (51:20).