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Ashes of Creation is a direct reference to the storyline. Without giving too much away, the phoenix is going to be a persistent symbol throughout the first phase of the storyline, and the world that the players will be inhabiting is a long-lost world that has suffered devastating calamity.[2]Jeffrey Bard

The Phoenix is the celestial avatar of the Goddess of creation. Her sacrifice protected the people of Verra during the apocalypse.[3]Steven Sharif

There are different parts to the Lore in Ashes of Creation.[4]

These story arcs drive one or more quest lines.[4]

We're keeping lore very close to the chest and the reason for that is because it is very rich. It is diverse. It will have applications outside of just the MMORPG. We intend to take it much further, but I want it to be something that the players get to reveal themselves, that's not just handed to them and then the experience is lost. They should feel when they're experiencing this that it relates to them on a personal level.[6]Steven Sharif

It is about mythology and discovering what truths mythologies are talking about and finding out what really happened on this world so long ago; and that's part of that discovery process; and we want people to feel that throughout the game, not just in terms of lore but in terms of the world itself.[7]Jeffrey Bard

Origin

The story of creation tells us of a race of beings known as The Ancients. Created in the likeness of what was once The Ten. The Ten imbued all of their qualities into one race to have stewardship over all of creation. The power of the Ancients grew and a rift divided the Ten in how to accommodate their new creation. Three of the Ten separated from the others and began to teach the Ancients the Secrets of the Essence. When the Seven learned of this, a great celestial battle ensued. Eons passed and you watched as the fight continued within the celestial kingdom. Some say it was the fight that created the stars and heaven we see today. With every blow between the Ten a star was born. When the battle was complete, the others and the Ancients were banished by the Seven into the Void. The Seven found the error of their ways and decided to split their qualities into four races instead of one; and this is how the Humans, Elves, Orcs and Dwarves came to be. You watch as the Seven created Verra and placed each of the races within their respective locations. As the story came to an end, a dark figure at a distance grew closer to you. Until all you could see was the darkness. And you wake up in a sweat after a nightmare.[8]Steven Sharif

The essence is a stream that exists across all planes of existence, but it exists at different levels of strength essentially at different levels that can be utilized; and the void is the furthest... There is a very minute amount of essence that can be found within the void. However the planes of existence that are in Ashes of Creation- they are connected across bridges created by the essence. So these ley-lines in a sense that exist within the different planes provide conduits of access and on Verra, which was a planet that was made after the ancient- the celestial battle.[9]Steven Sharif

The Essence is a metaphysical energy or life-force (Chi) that can be manipulated to create what could be viewed as magic. There are different planes of existence (realms) with varying degrees of strength (of magic), determined by their proximity to the Essence. The planes of existence in Ashes of Creation are connected across bridges created by the Essence.[10][9]

  • The Gods exist on the plane of the gods, which is the most connected to the Essence.[9]
  • The material plane is not the highest in terms of proximity to the Essence. Verra exists in the material plane.[9]
  • The Void is the plane that is the furthest from being connected to the Essence. Only a minute amount of essence can be found within the Void.[9]
  • There hasn't been a definitive understanding of how many planes of existence there are.[10]

Souls acting as conduits is a very integral component of some broader features in the storyline. If you think about souls being a conduit for Essence and you think of the gods as masters of the Essence: If you think of the Essence being separate from the Gods- let's say they're parallel to eachother- one didn't create the other, but they coexist in this almost symbiotic form with one another; almost to the point where their manipulation of the Essence is perfection: They can perfectly manipulate it and lesser beings; and I say 'lesser' in a sense of their alignment or closeness to Essence. They're still perfecting that manipulation and some never achieve perfection almost to the degree of ascendency or enlightenment- Essence being that sort of Chi that exists. In that regard, when a perfect being such as the gods- and I'm not saying 'perfect' as the correlation between sin and not sin, I'm thinking perfect in the sense of how you can control and manipulate the Essence: That control is perfection for them.[10]Steven Sharif

When you think about souls being a conduit, what are conduits used for? Conduits are passages; they're methods by which Essence can travel between realms, between planes. And there hasn't been any definitive understanding of just how many planes exist. We understand that there is a disparity between the planes when it comes to their connection to the Essence, and because Essence is so powerful; and it flows through these planes almost like a river. You can think that conduits help to maintain that flow and/or even exaggerate the flow; and there might be something at play, that I don't wanna touch necessarily, as to why one would want to create these types of conduits, these souls, this creation on the material plane: Something of significance.[10]Steven Sharif

Souls are the conduits for the Essence to travel between the different planes of existence. This idea is an integral component of the broader features in the storyline.[10]

  • The gods are masters of the Essence, but they are separate from it. One didn't create the other, but they exist together in a symbiotic form; where the gods have achieved an almost perfect manipulation of the Essence and of "lesser beings" who exist further from the Essence.[10]
  • The Essence is so powerful it flows through the planes almost like a river. Soul conduits help to maintain or even exaggerate this flow. Detail surrounding this has not yet been revealed but is said to have some significance in the story.[10]
  • King Atrax was the first ruler of Verra to discover the purpose of The Essence, allowing the manipulation of matter and exploitation of magic for any means.[11]
  • The Tulnar have souls and these souls act as conduits for the Essence.[12]

During the Apocalypse, The Ancients created monstrosities and perverted nature with corruption, which is the negative aspect of The Essence.[13]

  • Shape-shifting (changeling) is done so through the Essence by focusing on that specific type of magic.[14]
Any form of changeling or shape shifting that's capable is done so through the Essence. There’s a few ways that a soul can become attuned to a specific type of magic in manipulating the Essence; and overtime as you manipulate the Essence in the same way, your soul can start to develop a tendency to gravitate towards that type of magic. So in that sense- those shape shifters and/or changelings that are capable of changing their form- they do so because they have mastered to a degree that type of magic; and their souls have become attuned to that type of magic.[14]Steven Sharif
  • The Ancients themselves are more sedentary in their physical form and less capable of instantaneous shapeshifting. Their physical manifestations as Lieutenants, captains, generals, and raid bosses were honed over time due to their perversion of the Essence through corruption.[14]
They are literally bred into a role and that role has perfected over time because through the delineation of specific subsects of the soul of the conduit that this race has, those different castes become attuned to different roles. That's why they are traditionally in a caste society.[14]Steven Sharif

Pantheon der Götter

"Planetarium" concept art by Ryan Richmond.[15]

The beginning of the creation of the universe that exists within Ashes of Creation was a result of a group of god beings. There were ten of them and there was a celestial struggle in this universe that resulted in a fraction of those gods. And there exists within this story two components of good and evil.[5]Steven Sharif

The ten deities within Ashes of Creation formed a pantheon of gods that existed in a realm outside of the material plane.[9][16] There was a celestial struggle among the gods that fractured them into good and evil.[9][5] Some gods influence the corrupt side of beings that exist in the Universe.[17][9] It is possible through questing and player decision to join or worship those gods.[18][19]

  • The Others are three of the ten gods who embraced teaching all facets of The Essence (both good and evil) to The Ancients, and elevating them to the plane of the gods.[9]
  • The Seven gods' opposition to the Others resulted in a great celestial battle. The Seven were able to defeat the Others, banishing them and the Ancients to The Void. They went on to create four divine races and split their qualities between them.[9][5]

The Gods are beings of The Essence, which is a metaphysical energy or life-force of sorts that can be manipulated to create what could be viewed as magic.[9]

  • The Gods are capable of reaching into the material plane through the souls of their divine beings. In the case of The Seven these are the four great races and their descendants.[11]

There were these pantheon of gods that existed in a realm outside of the material plane that Verra exists in and they were really beings of what's called The essence. The essence is essentially this almost metaphysical energy or life-force that can be manipulated to create magic and/or what we would we would view as magic; and different planes have different degrees of strength when it comes to their proximity to the essence. The material plane is not the highest on that on that scale of being close to to the essence; and the gods exist on a plane that is the most connected to the essence.[9]Steven Sharif

The Gods in Ashes of Creation represent different aspects of the Universe, and feelings as well.[20]

Each god... has a specific realm that they relate to in the world and its creation.[5]Steven Sharif

We have a very rich lore on the pantheon of gods, but it's something that I want to make sure players discover in-game, not told about.[20]Steven Sharif

The Ancients

A Lieutenant of The Ancients 3D render.[17]

This is one of the lieutenants that exists of the Ancients; and you can see they have an almost alien look to them and that is because they have deviated over such a long period of time from their original creation, which looked something very very different: more akin to the Elven and Human races that we have now. But over time through their manipulation of the Essence and the corruption that has ensued within their race, they have taken the form that you can see.[26]Steven Sharif

A Lieutenant of The Ancients 3D render.[17]

You're going to see really kind of a dark, more insidious creature that's present as the primary antagonist within the storyline of Ashes of Creation. You know they don't have the typical physical attributes you come to expect from a bipedal species like eyes and a mouth, but more you know something alien- that exists something that is just not natural in its appearance.[27]Steven Sharif

The Others (the banished gods) and The Ancients (the original creations of the Ten gods) are the primary antagonists in the lore who defiled and perverted all of creation.[17][9][28]

  • The Ancients learned from The Others how to use The Essence to achieve immortality. This was a pure form of immortality, more akin to the godhood that exists among the Pantheon. This immortality prohibited them from encompassing undeath in the manner of King Atrax.[29]

If the Verran races were combined they’d be the ancients.[32]Steven Sharif

  • The Ancients arrived at Verra through the Harbingers, which are comet-like celestial bodies powered by a very strong source of magic that essentially acts as a bridge between The Void and the Material plane where Verra exists.[17][9]

You're going to see lieutenants, captains, generals, and raid bosses and they're all going to take different forms because their whole perversion of Essence through the corruption is to take creation on the material realm, that the Pantheon of good Gods did, and twist and bend it to the corruption that exists within the Essence, because they view that as a more powerful form, a more raw and arcane form of what magic is meant to be used for. There's no point in these false constructs of morality when utilizing and harnessing the power that comes from the Essence. That is a social construct that was created by inferior gods, according to the Others; and it limits the ability of their creation to really capitalize on what the Essence is to be used for in its pure, innate nature.[14]Steven Sharif

  • The Ancients' race exists in a cast-oriented system because the Essence has a profound effect biologically, physically, and visually on the appearance of the creatures that are manipulating it and are corrupted by it.[33][14]
    • Grunts are the peons or soldiers on the front lines who are specifically geared toward combat, or magic utilization, or specific environments or climates.[33][14]
    • Lieutenants have wing structures and more asymmetrical appearances.[33][14]
    • Captains and generals are also ranks in the caste system.[14]
    • Large raid bosses and/or world bosses are monolithic in their appearance and unlike what standard creatures look like. These are huge, imposing creatures.[33][14]

The gods... wanted to represent their qualities, their characteristics, their attributes within creation with the creation of something, so they started with a race that are now known as The Ancients; and they imbued them with all of their qualities. Essentially now that that turned out to be a mistake because with those types of qualities all in one species there was a a pride that happened- a desire to become more; and that led a little bit of conflict between the Ancients; and actually there was a partition created between some of the the gods within the pantheon that embraced the idea of introducing the Ancients as part of essentially their plane of existence and teaching them the ways of the Essence, in all of its facets: not just what can be used for good, but also what could be used for evil as well. And three of the gods kind of split off and went against the quorum that was established about not interfering with the Ancients after they started this down this road of learning more of the essence and how to manipulate it; and these three gods are known as The Others. So the others really kind of embraced teaching the Ancients knowledge of the essence that they had learned through their eternal existence; and this caused a celestial battle to occur; and the pantheon of the Seven were able to defeat the others; and they banished the Ancients and the Others from the material plane and from the plane of the gods to the void which is the furthest from being connected to the essence.[9]Steven Sharif

Religionen

Religious temple in a Metropolis node.[34]

We're talking about a pantheon here, not necessarily separate religions. They're all kind of offshoots of who is the better god, or who is the god who identifies best with you.[5]Jeffrey Bard

There are six primary religions as well as a Tulnar/Unterreich religion.[35][36][37]

  • Religion is intended to be a motivator, not an aesthetic.[38]
  • Choosing a religion enables players to walk a light or a dark path through their choice of questlines and other actions.[18][19][5]

There will be questlines. There will be certain actions that players are capable of taking to perhaps pursue the darker side of this metaverse so to speak.[18]Steven Sharif

Sometimes games in the past have tried to shy away from heavy emphasis on religion because of the parallels that can occur between what is in the real world and this fantasy realm. I don't really subscribe to that theory. I think that religion plays a very significant role in the story of what Ashes of Creation is about and it is very much this almost monolithic idea of good vs. evil; so that is really at the crux of what the overarching narrative will be in the game; and I'm not trying to pigeonhole players into "everyone has to be good", like I said earlier there will be opportunities for players to deviate from that, should they so choose to roleplay in the regard.[35]Steven Sharif

The Tulnar religion is a combination of religious beliefs of the major races as well as pagan beliefs of the minor races over time as they coexisted together in the Unterreich.[39]

The progression of the Tulnar- while they are still the staples of what were once the primary deities of the good pantheon remained for the Tulnar, over the time they existed and evolved into the society that they are at the return to Verra. It's much more similar... to the way the Creole religions advanced, with using components of Christianity as well as Voodoo and other smaller, more "paganesque" religions; and incorporated them into one. To that degree, you can correlate the way that society around the Tulnar has this almost combination of what were pagan beliefs from the minor races as well as the introductions of the major beliefs and religions from the major races, because they all came together in the Underrealm and survived in that regard. So you’re gonna see naturally a combination of those two things.[39]Steven Sharif

Orders of the seven

The orders of the seven are religious organizations corresponding to the seven grand temples of Verra.[24]

  1. The Order of hope is an Aelan human order based in the capital city of Aela. The patron deity is Resna.[24]
  2. The Order of fate is a Kaivek orc order headquartered in the capital city of Ren. Patron deity is Norlan.[23]
  3. The Order of truth is a Pyrian elven order headquartered in the capital city of Amera. Patron deity is Shol.[25]

Within the temples of the seven there exist different levels of organizations that call on only the most devout followers to serve. Depending on the follower's skills, services could mean many things. For those among the followers who hold a certain set of skills, there are the orders of the seven. Each of the orders answers to a different hierarchy within the various grand temples of the seven that are found throughout Verra.[24]Steven Sharif

The Lightpact

The Lightpact was an alliance of the Orders of the seven, created by the four major races of Verra in order to solve the mystery of the Harbingers.[41]

  • Even though these orders are from different temples and religions of the primary gods, their goal was to work together to subvert the aspirations of The Others and The Ancients and those who seek to pervert The Essence through the means of Corruption.[42]
  • There are key individuals within the Lightpact and within the religions that have a longer objective that ties into the overarching metanarrative, in terms of the reason for the return to Verra.[42]

Even though they have different focuses and reasons why their followers worship specific gods, at the end of the day, they're all a Pantheon of good. So there's a reason for them to work together to subvert the goals and/or aspirations of the Others and the Ancients. And those who seek to pervert what the Essence is capable of through the means of Corruption.[42]Steven Sharif

Rassen

Ashes of Creation bietet neun spielbare Rassen.[43]

Verra ist eine Welt mit reichen und vielfältigen Kulturen. Ein Großteil seiner bedeutenden Geschichte wurde von den großen Rassen dominiert. Menschen an der Küste und in den Ebenen, Orks in den Hügeln und Sümpfen, Elfen im Wald und in den Flussgebieten und die geschätzten Zwerge in den Bergen. Die großen Rassen haben die Dominanz durch unzählige Kriege und Gefechte zwischen den kleineren Rassen von Verra erlangt. Zwischen diesen Gewaltausbrüchen können Jahrzehnte vergehen. Es gibt viele kleine Rassen auf Verra. Einige der kleinen Rassen existieren in provisorischen Dörfern oder Stämmen, wenn man so will. Einige der großen Dörfer unter den kleinen Rassen bestehen hauptsächlich aus den Riesen, weniger angesehenen Sekten von Menschen, Gnomen und Halblingen. Die Halblinge sind keine Halblinge im traditionellen Sinne, sondern eigentlich Halbblüter verschiedener Rassen.[45]Steven Sharif

Wenn man durch die dunkleren Orte der Welt wandert, lauern dort wirklich finstere Gräuel der Schöpfung. Die großen Kirchen der Zivilisation entsenden oft Helden des Staates, um diese Bedrohungen für die Sterblichen zu beseitigen. Es gibt derzeit vier große Nationen auf Verra. Das sind 25 Jahre ungefähr vor dem Herbst: Das Aelan-Reich, das Pyrianische Königreich, das Kaivek-Protektorat und die Nation der Dünzenkells. Es gab nicht immer nur vier große Nationen. Vor langer Zeit waren die Rassen mehr in viele Nationen und Stadtstaaten unterteilt.[46]Steven Sharif

In den 7.000 Jahren der aufgezeichneten Geschichte wurden Kriege um Kriege geführt. Einige für Land, andere für Ressourcen, viele für Überzeugungen. Königshäuser standen und fielen im Laufe der Jahre. Einige von ihnen sind schon lange der Herrschaft beraubt. In Verra gibt es viele Stadtstaaten. Einige selbstverwaltete Bastionen der Demokratie und der Republiken gleichermaßen. Andere sind Vasallenstaaten auf Geheiß ihrer Wohltäter.[47]Steven Sharif

Aela humans

Die Aela Menschen sind geteilt in zwei Rassen: Kaelar und Vaelune.[48]

Das Aelan-Imperium ist der jüngste Nachfolger des einst großen Hauses Lyneth. Über tausend Jahre lang regierte das Haus Lyneth über die Aela. Ein goldenes Zeitalter überdauerte die meisten Jahre ihrer Herrschaft. Erst in der Morgendämmerung (des letzten Jahrhunderts vor dem Fall), während des Großen Krieges der Unsterblichen, fiel das Haus. Ohne einen geeigneten Ort für den Lyneth-Thron geriet das Land ins Chaos. Was entstanden ist, ist die zerbrechliche Republik, die wir heute sehen. Unter der Aufsicht des vom Rat der Fünf gewählten Kaisers: Die fünf, die die größten Städte des Reiches regieren. Das Aelan-Imperium ist mit Abstand die größte Nation in ganz Verra, mit über acht Millionen Seelen unter seinen Bewohnern. Aelans stellen auch die größte Einzelpopulation auf Verra dar. Ihre Grenzen reichen bis zu jeder anderen Nation und mit ihren Expansionsinteressen auf den Meeren von Verra sind sie in der Lage, ihre weit gefürchteten Armeen an jedem Ufer einzusetzen. Das Imperium nutzt diese Angst, um viele Stadtstaaten zu schikanieren und sie ihrem Willen zu unterwerfen. Diejenigen, die den Willen des Imperiums leugnen, befinden sich oft am Ende eines Schwertes.[49]Steven Sharif

Doren Greyshore

Hundreds of years before the first Harbinger appeared in the Verran sky, under the rule of King Fentis Lyneth VIII, there lived a great Aelan explorer named Doren Greyshore. Doren sailed the first ships to the shores of Eranthia, where he established one of the wealthiest guilds the 10 seas had ever seen: The Greyshore Company. Their motto - to this day - still holds true: "The sails of diplomacy are driven by the winds of trade, within the seas of opportunity."[50]

Dünzenkell dwarves

Die Dünzenkell Zwerge sind geteilt in zwei Rassen: Dünir and Niküa.[51]

Tief in den Bergen von Verra erzählt die Legende von einer von den Göttern geschaffenen Schmiede, aus der alle Zwerge stammen. Die Zwerge, die als die ersten der großen Rassen gelten, sollen mit Schiffen aus Stein und Stahl auf den Kontinenten angekommen sein. Zwergenschmiede und Handwerker finden sich weit und breit in Verra. Das Zentrum der Zwergenrasse ist die Nation Dünzenkell, die tief in den nördlichen Bergen liegt. Die Zwergengesellschaft neigt dazu, stark matriarchalisch zu sein, und ihre Clans existieren oft unter dem ältesten Matriarchen. Zwerge sind durch Allianzen, die zwischen Familienzünften geschlossen wurden, eng miteinander verbunden. Das Zwergenkind wird in jungen Jahren mit seinem Gildensiegel markiert. Einige Zwerge, die aus Dünzenkell verbannt wurden oder einen Weg allein gegangen sind, lassen sich oft ihre Siegel von der Haut brennen.[52]Steven Sharif

Die Nation Dünzenkell, tief in den Bergen von Verra, existiert als die älteste Nation der Welt. Die Dünzenkell waren im Laufe der Jahrhunderte unter so viele Namen bekannt, aber nur ein Name hat den höchsten Berg geehrt, auf dem ihre Hauptstadt seit Beginn der aufgezeichneten Geschichte steht: Dün. Die Zwerge des Dünzenkells regieren durch einen Rat von Gilden. Eine königliche Familie wird alle 200 Jahre von diesem Rat zur Herrschaft gewählt. Das Recht zu regieren liegt derzeit auf den Schultern von König Grimlay. Es ist fast 400 Jahre her, dass ein König das Dünzenkell geführt hat. Traditionell fällt diese Rolle den Matriarchinnen der Familie zu. Expeditionen werden oft von Dün aus in das Unterreich geschickt und viele glauben, dass die Quelle ihrer Geheimnisse unter den Zwergen und ihr Erfolg bei der Beherrschung des Kunsthandwerks dort verborgen liegt. Unermessliche Magie liegt tief in Verra. Es ist eine Quelle, die nicht vielen bekannt ist. Von dieser Quelle profitiert Dünzenkell jedoch schon seit langem. Es hat die Expansion der Zwergenreiche in die nördlichen Berge vorangetrieben.[53]Steven Sharif

Dünheim history

During the great calamity that befell Verra, the inhabitants of Dünheim elected to remain in their mountain keep. This didn't work out well for them. In the wake of the destruction many artifacts and treasures were left behind.[54]

Dillia's diary.[56]

I was a child when they first appeared in the night’s sky. At first there were three distinct lights. Not quite the brightest in the sky, but they were bright enough. My mother told me that they were a sign from the Gods, that the world was about to change. She had a sense for these types of things. A long line of women in my mother’s family were Oracles. Written on one of the many tablets in the Great Halls of King Grimlaey, is the story of my Great-Grandmother, the Royal Court’s Regent Oracle, and how she foretold the rise of the Undying during the Great War.

As the days grew to months, and months into years, the lights in the night’s sky grew in number. The priests in the temples began to refer to the lights as Harbingers. Upon my graduation from the Master Stonecutters University, the lights numbered 16. Each passing month, the lights grew in brightness and size.

It didn’t take long for things to change in Dünheim. Families that I had grown up with, began to move away from the city in the heart of the Mountain. Travelers became less common, and temple services were filled every day with new converts seeking answers about the Harbingers and what they meant. My mother wanted to leave the city as well, but my father wouldn’t hear it. His auction house is what kept food on the table, and my brothers were both in the Council Guard. There was no way my father was going to be seen leaving the mountain. Honor and respect meant more than life itself, and my father had great pride in my brothers. Despite my mother’s persistence to leave the city, we stayed.

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Kaivek orcs

Die Kaivek Orcs sind geteilt in zwei Rassen: Ren'Kai und Vek.[57]

Die Kaivek haben sich immer an einen strengen Kodex der Stammesloyalität gehalten..... Etwa dreizehn Jahrhunderte vor dem Fall vereinte ein Führer namens Ran'Kal die Clans zu einer Nation namens Kaivek Protektorat. Kal lehrte, dass alle Orks auf den Schutz der göttlichen Ordnung antworten müssen. Diese Lehre drückte den Glauben aus, es sei der Wille der Götter, dass alle Orkarten die Vorherrschaft über die Nationen von Verra haben sollten. Denn nur durch die Einheit der Clans würde das Volk von Verra zur Erleuchtung geführt werden. Es waren die Lehren von Kal, die die Kaivek dazu veranlassten, Eroberungszüge in den Ländern von Verra durchzuführen. Wo die Orks einst nomadisch und vor Kal gespalten waren, wurden sie durch seine Führung zu einer mächtigen Nation, die durch gemeinsame Eroberung vereint war. Trophäen jeder eroberten Stadt findet man in der Hauptstadt Ren. Das Protektorat von Kaivek hat kurz vor dem Sturz eine Politik des friedlichen Zusammenlebens mit seinen Nachbarn beschlossen. Nachdem sie Jahrhunderte des Konflikts ertragen hatten, erhoben sich die Führer unter ihnen und spiegelten die Lehren des Friedens wider. Diese jüngsten Reformen haben wieder einmal begonnen, zu einer Fraktur des Protektorats zu führen. Einige Unruhestifter unter den Clans haben dazu aufgerufen, diejenigen zu töten, die des Schutzes durch die göttlichen Ordnung unwürdig sind.[58]Steven Sharif

Pyrian elves

Die Pyrianischen Elven sind geteilt in zwei Rassen: Empyrisch und Py'Rai.[61] Die Pyrianer sind die Eltern-Rasse der Elfen die vor einer langer Zeit lebten:[62] Die Urelfen.[63]

Über 4.000 Jahre lang hat die pyrianische Königsfamilie von Eradal existiert. Das Königreich hat seinen Teil der Kriege erlebt. Die Grenzen des Königreichs umfassen den großen Wald von Eranthia. Die Hauptstadt Ameras gehört zu den ältesten und schönsten Städten der Welt. Die königlichen Familien können ihre Linien bis in die Zeit der Dunklen Feuer zurückverfolgen. Die pyrianischen Universitäten für Magie und Kriegskunde sind in den Ländern von Verra einzigartig. Viele der Bürger des Königreichs begeben sich in die Länder von Verra, um ihr Wissen über Kunst und Wissenschaft an ihre Landsleute weiterzugeben. Diese Unternehmungen werden oft von den königlichen Haushalten Pyriens unterstützt, in der Hoffnung, dass sie eine bessere Beziehung zu ihren menschlichen Nachbarn aufbauen können. Einst ein enger Verbündeter von Aela und dem Haus Lyneth, beendeten das Pyrianische Königreich und das Aeleanische Reich einen der blutigsten Kriege in der Geschichte Verra. Achtzig Jahre sind seit dem letzten Blutvergießen vergangen; und obwohl die Spannungen zwischen den Bürgern der beiden Nationen nachgelassen haben, bleibt ein großes Maß an Misstrauen unter den neuen Herrschern des Reiches und der königlichen Familie von Pyria bestehen.[25]Steven Sharif

Die Elfenrasse ist im Allgemeinen eher geheimnisvoll und existiert innerhalb des pyrianischen Königreichs. In erster Linie eine patriarchalische Gesellschaft, neigen die Elfen dazu, sich innerhalb der natürlichen Grenzen ihrer Wälder aufzuhalten. Erst in den letzten Jahrtausenden haben die Elfen damit begonnen, sich in den Flusslandschaften anzusiedeln. Elfengelehrte, Würdenträger und Pioniere sind oft in vielen Menschenstädten zu finden. Obwohl ihre Anwesenheit selten an anderen Orten als archäologischen, akademischen oder diplomatischen Orten zu beobachten ist. Gerüchte zufolge, gibt es in den dunkleren Kreisen von Verra, eine bestimmte Elfenlinie die im Unterreich von Verra existieren soll.[64]Steven Sharif

Toren empire

The Toren empire, it's kind of equitable to what the Roman empire was on Earth in the sense that this was one of the first major civilizations; and partially the reason why the area you're in currently is kind of considered the badlands or the frontier and is riddled with ruins during this time in Verra before the actual Apocalypse.[65]Steven Sharif

The ancient capital city of Torall... was the center of one of the greatest and first civilizations of Verra. This was actually a very rare civilization known as the Toren empire. The Torens were essentially half elves. They were a mixture of what was once the predecessor to the Aelan kingdom- the humans, and the Pyrian elves.[11]Steven Sharif

The Toren empire was the greatest and first civilizations of Verra. Its capital city was Torall.[11]

  • The Torens were half-elves: A mixture of what was once the predecessor to the Aelan kingdom- the humans, and the Pyrian elves.[11]
  • King Atrax was the last and longest serving ruler of the Toren empire.[11]

King Atrax

The last ruling house of the Toren empire, which oversaw its downfall was the house of Atrax. King Atrax was actually its longest ruler, also its last ruler, and he was a very powerful and advanced wizard for his time. He dedicated the vast majority of his early rule to seeking out artifacts, knowledge, the focal points of essence; and he discovered its purpose as it becomes kind of the manipulating matter behind exploiting magic for any means. He became obsessed with the pursuit of that knowledge as a very accomplished wizard and one of the ways he pursued that ever-longing learning was to try and achieve immortality; and in his pursuit of immortality he discovered that manipulating the life-force of a soul essentially is to greater increase your ability to focus the essence, because each person's soul acts as, in some way shape or form, a conduit of the essence across the plains. So that's essentially how the gods are capable of reaching into the material plane- one of the ways- is through the souls of their divine beings, which are the four great races and their descendants. In his pursuit of immortality he came across some more dark applications of the essence and in doing so- discovering these artifacts along the ley lines that are in Verra- he came into contact with forces that existed outside of the material plane in the void itself. Now these were unbeknownst to him The Ancients as well The Others and manipulating that kind of contact.[11]Steven Sharif

King Atrax began to manipulate the essence in a way that was trying to capitalize on everlasting life, on immortality. So in doing so he came into contact with the ancients; and the Ancients took advantage of this- was their first contact with any of the divine races actually- and this is what led the Ancients to begin their pursuit of Verra: to start that process of the Harbingers eventually finding Verra and coming to the planet to pervert what the gods- the seven gods- had created through their second creation. Now the Ancients kind of created this contact with Atrax through summoning rituals that Atrax had learned through manipulating the essence; and it was through these contact rituals that Atrax learned how to achieve immortality. But the Ancients were deceptive in actually not informing Atrax how this would deform his conduit, his soul essentially that exists with the Essence. So he underwent a process of essentially lichdom where he was the first lich and the first undead on Verra; and it was from him and his pursuit of immortality that undeath became a reality on Verra; and it was his subjects that suffered as a result of his desire to become immortal. So he began different rituals on his subjects, which allowed the undeath to propagate across the world in his population over time. So he would- before he became a lich he experimented on his citizens; and that's what really was the origin of the undead and this undead the Ancients- one of the unique things about the Ancients was in their first discovery of how they could use the Essence and what the Others taught them was they became immortal themselves. But they became immortal in a more pure form, essentially kind of akin to the godhood that exists among the Pantheon; and that kind of prohibited them from encompassing this undeath component. But they did not teach that to King Atrax. So that kind of talks a little bit about the origins of the undeath on Verra and undeath in general.[29]Steven Sharif

King Atrax was the last and longest serving ruler of the ancient Toren empire, which was one of the greatest and first civilizations of Verra.[11]

  • King Atrax was a powerful and advanced wizard for his time who dedicated the majority of his rule to seeking out artifacts, knowledge, the focal points of The Essence. He discovered its purpose, manipulating matter and exploiting magic for any means.[11]
  • His goal was to achieve immortality; and in this pursuit he discovered that manipulating the life-force of a soul essentially increases one's ability to focus the Essence, as each person's soul acts as a conduit of the essence across the planes of existence.[11][29]
  • In his pursuit of immortality he came across other dark applications of the Essence and in doing so he came into contact with forces that existed outside of the material plane: in The Void itself. Unbeknownst to him these were The Ancients and The Others who began manipulating that contact through summoning rituals that Atrax had learned in his studies of the Essence.[29][11]
    • This contact prompted the Ancients to begin their pursuit of Verra, which started the process of the Harbingers eventually finding Verra and coming to the planet to pervert what The Seven gods had created (in their second creation).[29]
  • Through his summoning rituals Atrax finally learned how to achieve immortality. But the Ancients were deceptive in actually not informing him how this would deform his conduit (his soul) that exists with the Essence. Atrax eventually underwent a process of becoming first Lich and first undead on Verra.[29]
    • It was from this pursuit of immortality that undeath became a reality on Verra: Atrax had begun different rituals on his subjects, which allowed the undeath to propagate across the world, causing suffering amongst his subjects.[29]
    • The Ancients had previously learned from The Others how to use the Essence to achieve immortality themselves. Unlike Atrax, they became immortal in a pure form, more akin to the godhood that exists among the Pantheon, which prohibited them from encompassing this undeath component themselves. This pure form of immortality was not taught to King Atrax.[29]
  • After his lichdom was achieved Atrax continued to enslave his undead subjects, having them procure ancient artifacts from around the world so that he could further pursue his manipulation of the Essence and magic.[66]

Fallow's Hold

The ancient civilization of the Torren empire and their capital city of Torall, which houses one of the great dungeons of Ashes of Creation; which is the Fallow's Hold. Fallow's Hold is essentially where many of the artifacts that had a close alignment to the Essence on Verra because of their proximity to these ley lines and these kind of sites that exist throughout the world: They were all brought here to King Atrax even after his lichdom was achieved, because he continued to enslave his subjects, the undead essentially, to procure these artifacts from around the world so that he can continue even in his immortality to learn about the use of Essence and magic and manipulation of it; and he constructed a great vault here through his affiliation with the master builders essentially of the Dünzenkell dwarves to create a massive complex underground from the city of the capital of Torall. Now Fallows hold is a very dangerous dungeon and there are constantly changing traps that exist.[66]Steven Sharif

Fallow's Hold is one of the great dungeons of Ashes of Creation located near the capital city of the ancient Toren empire, Torall.[66]

  • Fallow's Hold was commissioned by King Atrax and built by the master builders of the Dünzenkell dwarves with whom he was affiliated.[66]
  • Fallow's Hold was originally built as a great vault to house powerful ancient artifacts that were procured from around the world by Atrax's undead slaves so that he can could further pursue his manipulation of The Essence and magic.[66]
  • Fallow's hold is a very dangerous dungeon with many constantly changing traps.[66]

Ancient artifacts (Relics)

Kontenpunkt-Relikt.[67] Dies ist ein schützendes Relikt, das vor einem Angriff schützt. Einmal gestohlen, ermöglicht es eine Belagerung der Metropole.[68]

Relikte sind Errungenschaften für einen Knotenpunkt, die im Laufe der Zeit freigeschaltet werden. Sie ermöglichen es den Bürgern des Knotenpunkts, bestimmte legendäre Gegenstände herzustellen und Fortschritte in bestimmten legendären Questreihen zu erzielen.[69]

The fall

Concept art showing the citizens of Verra escaping a besieged city through a divine gateway.[70]

In Ashes of Creation there is a primary antagonist that exists within the overarching storyline and these antagonists are The Ancients. When the Apocalypse occurred and the Harbingers arrived in on Verra and those conduits opened from the center of those Harbingers, the Ancients flowed out of these Harbingers and started really conquering the Verran planet. But more importantly their desire was to essentially manipulate and pervert the creation of the gods as an affront to their endeavors; and in doing so they created monstrosities essentially any portion of nature just was completely manipulated by their corruption, which is the negative aspect of Essence.[13]Steven Sharif

Long ago, the world of Verra was besieged by a great calamity (also called the Fall, the Apocalypse, and the Exodus), brought about by the primary antagonists of the world: The Ancients and The Others.[13][28]

  • The apocalypse began with comet-like celestial bodies called Harbingers arriving on Verra. The Ancients flowed out of the conduits that opened at the center of the Harbingers and started conquering the planet.[13]
  • Their desire was to pervert the creation of the gods (the Seven) as an affront to their endeavors; and in doing so they created monstrosities by manipulating nature with corruption, which is the negative aspect of The Essence.[13][71]

Granted by divine intervention from the Goddess of Creation[21], much of the population fled Verra through towering gateways, seeking refuge in a world void of magic.[70] The world of Sanctus.[72]

Soon after the exodus, the gateways dimmed and became dormant. Centuries turned to millennia, burying them beneath myriad calamities. Over eons, history became legend, then even the great legends were at last forgotten.[70]

The Tulnar is a combination of four major races and many minor races that were left behind on Verra after the apocalypse.[75][76][44]

Harbingers

Dillia's diary concept art.[56]

The Ancients and The Others they found their way to Verra at some point and they came through what we call the Harbingers, which are essentially these celestial bodies- these almost comet-like structures that were traveling through space to find the location of the new creation; and within those harbingers is a very strong source of magic that essentially acts as a bridge between the Void and the Material plane where Verra exists.[9]Steven Sharif

The Harbingers are comet-like celestial bodies powered by a very strong source of magic that essentially acts as a bridge between The Void and the Material plane where Verra exists.[9]

  • The Ancients and The Others used the Harbingers to travel to Verra, thus beginning the Apocalypse.[9]
  • The Ancients flowed out of the conduits that opened at the center of the Harbingers and began conquering Verra.[17]
  • Harbingers that exist on Verra as dungeons are where the Ancients are capable of pushing into the material plane. They can continue to do so under the guise of the effects of corruption as it spreads.[27]
    • There are events that lead to the spreading of corruption that players will have to fight back against. Players will need to participate in the events to help fight back the intrusion.[27]

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Sanctus

Kaelar divine gateway concept art.

When this creation of Verra occurred, the Goddess of Fate and the Goddess of Creation were very close; and the Goddess of Fate essentially warned the Goddess of Creation- only the Goddess of Creation- that the Ancients and the Others- that they had not seen the last of them; and that there would be a time essentially when those forces would seek out and try to pervert the new creation as essentially a way to thumb their noses at the other gods in retribution for their defeat. So the Goddess of Creation created a separate planet Sanctus that she knew she could bridge with these Divine Gateways at a time when it was necessary for the descendants of Verra to escape their destruction.[9]Steven Sharif

Sanctus is the world where the people of Verra found their sanctuary.[77]

A long long long time ago, everybody lived on a planet called Verra. Something cataclysmic happened that forced people from that world to another world called Sanctus. Verra is a place of really high magic. Sanctus is a place with no magic whatsoever. People escaped through these portals into the world of Sanctus. They had to rediscover technology, because so much of their current technology was based on magic, so they had to figure out how to interact with the world. Thousands and thousands of years go by. A long dark age passes. This history that I just told you falls into myth and legend. After this time passes, these portals reopen and the players are going to take the part of people who are coming through those portals once again back to the world of Verra to rediscover that magic, rediscover their history, and try to figure out what happened to this world to force them out of it.[72]Jeffrey Bard

Sanctus is a key story arc, that will likely have very little revealed about it prior to the Betas.[78]Steven Sharif

The Verdant Keeper

Shadeless Tree Tavern pre-order pack cosmetic freehold building skin.[79]

While many families have humble gatherings amongst themselves during this time of the year, the Shadeless Tree is an ancient, venerated establishment that wishes to spread this joy to weary travelers. Here, merchants, adventurers, and citizens bereft of a place to be for the Verdant Keeper's feast may stay, exchanging stories, singing songs, and making friends. Though an already lively place to be, during the Keeper's celebrations the tavern is especially alight with joy and many are urged to join in the festivities - provided they do not rock the tavern, so to speak.[79]

The Verdant Keeper... are a sect of people that keep track of all the things that are necessary to have successful crops and to grow things and to make sure that the cultivation of these things allows a society or civilization to keep growing. So in the transition from Verra to Sanctus these people had to kind of relearn how to grow things without magic. There were druid like people before and now we kind of have to go to this place where there's no magic to support those things. So they spend their time learning about the world and learning about it in sort of a scientific way and keeping track of all of these seasons of the different years, of the decades, of the centuries that go by to sort of create a map for themselves and for the civilizations that they support: Kind of a means to be successful in growing crops and keeping people healthy and happy.[80]Jeffrey Bard

As the months come and go, and the hand of winter looms over the land, various farmers of Verra take time to celebrate the fortune granted to them by the Verdant Keeper. Hearths are stoked, candles are lit, and fragrant delicacies are prepared. A massive celebration of food and drink takes place, marking the culmination of their hard work and preparation for the harsh, cold months to come. Should the celebrations go well, they say the Keeper will bless the next spring with a brand new harvest, ready to be plucked.[81]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse lore

Divine gateway in the Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale (BR mode) staging area.[73]

This lobby area where you see players load into- this is unfinished- but this will be one of the capital cities that you are about to enter through the great divine gateways... You're trying to flee; and in this particular game mode you are a part of some unlucky few who didn't quite make it out. And unfortunately after entering the great divine gateway fell back to the planet.[73]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse lore takes place during the exodus from Verra.[73][74][82]

  • Some unlucky citizens didn't quite make it through the gateways in time and fell back to the planet to fight for survival.[73] This underpins the battle royale mode.[74]
  • Certain citizens are fighting for control over Castles that they believe to be last bastions of defense against the forces of corruption. This underpins the castle siege mode.[74]
  • The last stand against the forces of corruption takes place in the horde mode.[74]

Initially you're playing the Battle Royale you're a part of the last group of survivors to try to leave Verra. And as you're leaving you get cut off. The slipstream ends and you start falling back to the planet. Now the activities that occur and the fighting amongst yourselves is a result of the influence of corruption: Corrupting your soul basically; and as we move into the Castle Siege mode that's where you see the survivors now trying to seek refuge in some of the last defendable bastions of of society. So you're kind of fighting over those for your families and your friends to get into that keep to try to ride out the storm so to say; and that's what the Castle Siege is predicated on. Then moving into the Hordes is this is now the final showdown. How long can you last? And that's kind of the narrative behind Apocalypse as a whole.[83]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse lore is split into chapters.[83]

  • Chapter 1 is called The Exodus. It takes part in the initial stages of the fall and sets the scene for upcoming chapters.[83]

What happened before you came back? What did your ancestors have to go through? What did these civilizations have to endure? ... You get to experience the world of Ashes of Creation. You get to take a peek under the hood of the art assets and the style that that art will be when you play the game; and at the same time while you're doing all of that and we're hitting the servers with as many people as possible, we are continuing production and implementing new art; and we are updating those those chapters of this story; and that's what each season so speak is called for us is a chapter. In fact the first chapter of Apocalypse will be titled the Exodus. So chapter one is the Exodus and players will have an opportunity to earn unique rewards in each chapter. So that chapter's period of time is roughly ten weeks- between eight and twelve. We'll see how those go, but right now it's set for ten weeks; and every ten weeks you're going to see an introduction of new content.[83]Steven Sharif

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Tulnar

Unterreich concept art.[84]

The Tulnar society has more of a caste like system, where based on what physical features you show, based on where your ancestry and lineage lie between the races that came together to make the Tulnar, kind of determines your order in that caste system to a degree. So when players get to create their characters and determine whether they are going to have heavy influences of reptilian, mammalian, humanoid; that's going to kind of determine their reception from NPCs as well when they interact with those Tulnar PCs.[85]Steven Sharif

Tulnar is a playable race in Ashes of Creation.[86][44] The Tulnar fled to the Unterreich to escape the Corruption that befell Verra.[87]

Were the Tulnar a result of corruption in their creation, or was it purely a kind of you know crossbreeding between the multiple minor and major races that existed in the Underrealm during the after the apocalypse? They are not a result of corruption. So there is no corruption that was that was taken into account during their creation.[40]Steven Sharif

The Underrealm

Alpha-0 Unterreich environment.[92]

One of the aspects of the Lore behind the Tulnar was that in the pantheon of gods that exist- having foretold the future through the Goddess of Fate to the Goddess of Creation- these areas in the Underrealm were created in to allow for refuge for which the gods knew would be left behind that couldn't make it to Sanctus. So that was a pre-thought there in the creation of the Underrealm to facilitate that realm where refugees could seek.[22]Steven Sharif

Unterreich Cat.[92]

We plan to have the Underrealm really pervasive throughout the game itself, a part of the open world. It will introduce some unique elements such as the type of monsters you see, the type of crops you can grow and houses you can have.[93]Steven Sharif

The Unterreich is a rich environment where bio-luminescence abounds in the fauna and flora that exist here. These deep caverns and underground valleys provide new destinations for civilization to develop. Bringing the node system into the depths of the world may awaken darker creatures than the surface.[84]

  • The Underrealm is estimated to be 100 km2 in area.[94]
    • The underrealm is not contiguous across the entire map. There will be areas that are obstructed by chasms or other features.[95]
    • The location of Underrealm entrances throughout the world is focused around natural geographic choke-points that exist above ground. This provides alternate subterranean routes that can be used by caravans, raids, and other player activities.[95]
    • Not all entrances to the Underrealm will be open at the same time. This can shift dynamically (based on node states) that cause different routes to open up, which may be more or less advantageous than other routes.[95]

The expansiveness of the Underrealm itself is quite large. It does persist across across a lot of the playable game area that's above ground. So there are alternatives in the Underrealm for passages and traversal throughout the world.[96]Steven Sharif

We've also talked about node states affecting what openings are open and what things are closed. So not all entrances to the Underrealm will be open at the same time. So that configuration can shift and different routes will open up and be more advantageous than other routes.[95]Jeffrey Bard

The return

Adventurers arrive on Verra through great divine gateways.[70]

For those of you who are unaware of the lore of how you get into the world of Ashes of Creation, essentially actually Verra was your ancestral home and when you play the MMORPG you're going to be stepping through what are called these Divine Gateways from a planet called Sanctus; and Sanctus was really a safe haven that was forethought by the Goddess of Fate and Creation as a sanctuary to provide the people of Verra who could survive the fall- the apocalypse- the exodus, essentially.[9]Steven Sharif

The world in Ashes lay devoid of civilization for centuries. Until now.[71] What was once buried has risen again. The gateways have opened, reigniting the link to the ancient world in each of the four once great capital cities of the ancient world.[70][21]

Vast expeditions were sent through the gateways to discover this beautiful and perilous magical realm.[70]

Ancient evils lie in wait for hapless adventurers.[70]

The Ancients exist within the Void until there is a conduit that opens for them to enter into the material plane, so a lot of the Harbingers that still exist on Verra as dungeons essentially is where the Ancients are capable of pushing into the material plane; and they can continue to do so under the guise of the effects of corruption as it spreads; and there are events that lead to the spreading of corruption that players will have to fight back against. These events that occur, players are going to need to participate to keep the intrusion on the material plane back.[27]Steven Sharif

Players arrive in Verra to explore, rebuild and repopulate their place of origin. Ancient treasures and wondrous adventures await those who dare to disturb the dark remnants of evil that inhabit this land.[70]

  • Harbingers that exist on Verra as dungeons are where The Ancients are capable of pushing into the material plane. They can continue to do so under the guise of the effects of corruption as it spreads. There are events that lead to the spreading of corruption that players will have to fight back against. When these events that occur players will need to participate to keep the intrusion on the material plane back.[27]

From now on, the choices of these adventurers will influence how the story unfolds.[97]

I heard a lot of people asking was you know from a technological standpoint where do the people returning stand in relation to what their civilization was before the fall and I think that in some regards they haven't quite even attained what their people were able to achieve before the exodus.[98]Steven Sharif

Divine gateways

Empyrean divine gateway concept art.

When you play the MMORPG you're going to be stepping through what are called these divine gateways from a planet called Sanctus and Sanctus was really a safe haven that was forethought by the Goddess of Fate and Creation as a sanctuary to provide the people of Verra who could survive the fall, the apocalypse, the exodus essentially.[9]Steven Sharif

Divine gateways are portals located in the ruined cities of the four ancient races of Verra.[99]

Where players start, they enter this portal from another world called Sanctus. Sanctus is a place of no magic, low technology; and players are the first expeditioners that are coming through this portal into the world of Verra.[72]Jeffrey Bard

The Sladeborne

Pre-alpha Sladeborne NPC race. This was a once-beautiful race of cloud-dwelling bird people who were struck by the great calamity long ago.[105]

Sladeborne are a NPC avian race in Ashes of Creation.[105]

  • The Sladeborne were first revealed as a mob in Alpha-0.[105]
  • When the Apocalypse occurred, the sentient avian races didn't think to go into the Unterreich. Their first inclination was to take to the sky. The Sladeborne race is indicative of what happened to those who chose not to take refuge in the Underrealm.[91]

There are bastions that existed of the avian-like races in AoC on Verra before the Apocalypse and before the remaining major and minor races fled to the Underrealm, that held out for a period of time. But there's specific reason why in A0 one of the first races you experienced as monsters or NPCs was an almost humanesque avian bird race. This particular race is I think indicative to what happened to those races because they chose not to go to the Underrealm and there are specific war reasons as to the leaders of those minor races that chose not to do so, which will be revealed in future stories and questlines.[91]Steven Sharif

Spielergetriebene Erzählung

The world of Verra will be the same on each server, but Nodes will develop differently. Different servers will have different narratives. Things that happen on one server may not happen on another.[106]

We want as many people as possible to experience the main server Narrative. These will branch at different scales, but largely at the personal level. Where things change is at the Node level – different parts of the story will be unlocked based on where and when Nodes grow. Unlocking a part of the story in a certain way locks out progression of the story in a different way. You’ll see different antagonists, different NPCs, and different calls to action depending on what’s happening with the server at that time.[107]

It kind of redefines what the players will experience in an MMORPG to come into a wilderness that is devoid of really any structure outside of what the community creates themselves; and then what can be created can be changed, if they want to experience a storyline that's been seen on another server, but you know you're fighting a dragon because you're near a mountain and the other server's fighting a Kraken because they're near the coast and you want to fight that Kraken because of its drop table. If you want to meta it or because you just want that under your belt: to be the server first to take out that Kraken and you have yet to develop the node there, you know it's incumbent upon you to manifest that in the game.[108]Steven Sharif

Storyline quests

Storyline quests can have multiple stages. These quest stages can actually be failed.[109]

There will be many different quests that actually have stages of the storyline; and these stages can actually be failed. You can actually fail a storyline; which sucks when you think about it, but at the same time that risk makes your investment that much more important.[109]Steven Sharif

Handlungsstränge

Handlungsstränge drive one or more quest lines in Ashes of Creation.[4]

  • Personal quest lines.
  • Cultural quest lines.
  • Regional quest lines.

All of the events are based around storytelling. All of the the narrative quests are based around storytelling. All the organizational quests are based around storytelling. You know the game is built from a story basically, so we want to make sure that there's context and relevancy for all of the actions that you're doing in the game.[111]Jeffrey Bard

The overarching narrative is that players are the returning children of Verra. They will not be characterized individually as "saviors".[112]

Even player driven mechanics will still have story components. There will be a reason why the player driven mechanic is available or required of the player; so you know every system that's created touches a story.[111]Steven Sharif

Every stage a node develops it's unlocking narratives, storylines, it's changing the spawn population of the area around it, changing what bosses exist, it's triggering events where you may have legendary dragons attack the city. It's basically writing the story of the server based on the actions and determination of the players. So, you may experience a dungeon one month earlier and have a completely different story that relates to this location the next month, because something has changed either geopolitically or from the node standpoint.[113]Steven Sharif

Certain story arcs can be unlocked through the bulletin board system. Certain requirements would need to be met in order to access story arc quests.[114]

Rassenspezifische Quests

Abenteuer may be based on a character's race.[115]

Different quests may relate to who the primary cultural contributor is to a node. This won't lock out content, but will add flavor to the quests.[115]

There might even be different directories of the quest that exist for specific races, and even though you're sharing a quest to kill a boss, if you're human and I'm an elf, I will have a different arc potentially that leads in a different direction than you, even though we took the same quest; and this can relate to who the primary cultural contributor is to a node unlocking different arcs for cultures that share the primary culture of a node - not that locks out content but it gives a flavor in a different direction so that not everything is so cookie cutter.[115]Steven Sharif

Race matters because narratives have paths that also are influenced based on the primary contributing culture to the node... If you're a Niküa and you have you're in a Niküa node that's predominantly Niküa, you're going to have certain services and/or abilities as a member of the Niküa race that other races may not have access to... They may have alternative quest lines, but they won't have specific ones. Now those specific Niküa quests will then relate to the meta-narrative that's present in the world and they'll start to direct some of that meta-narrative; and that'll be beneficial for your kind because it will unlock certain content for your race that other races haven't unlocked yet. So there is an incentive there to see progression along that line now in order to curb the progress of a dominant race.[116]Steven Sharif

Abenteuer that are race specific, title specific, or guild specific will likely be less than 10% of the total number of quests. 90% of quests should be able to be shared by everybody.[117]

Legendäre Gegenstände

There is a small RNG chance of looting rare and legendary items or crafting materials from mobs based on the level, status and type of mob. This also applies to harvesting resources with a gathering profession.[118]

At each stage from Gatherer to Processor to Crafter you are required to have certain prerequisites before those elite types of materials can be essentially gathered, processed, or crafted.[120]Steven Sharif

The amount of effort needed and interdependencies across the different types of players – between raiders and PvPers and crafters and even role players and the taverns and businesses: the processors and gatherers – all of those systems will likely have a component that lends toward creating or crafting that legendary item... We want to stay away from the highly RNGd system, and instead take our multiple progression paths that we are offering the players and put the construction components for achieving these legendary items within them so it encourages communities to work together because it's going to be difficult for just one person by themselves to gather everything. Not to say that they couldn't in an economic sense, by buying those components, that's possible. But achieving them from a time investment standpoint we want it to be considerably less RNG focussed.[121]Steven Sharif

Discovery of legendary items will unlock further chapters of the Lore.[123]

There are absolutely legendary items and they're not items that are attained easily nor are they granted out in a volume. There might even be items that are single items that will exist on the server at any given time.[124]

A legendary weapon is easily distinguished by its visual appearance.[121]

It will be a very ornate and detailed weapon, more so than any other weapon or piece of equipment in the game. It will also include some awesome looking effects that won't too gaudy, you know they won't be too bright and shiny so that it doesn't look good, but they will be subtle and people will notice it and know wow that guy has this weapon.[121]Steven Sharif

Legendary items are not intended to be temporary.[125]

The fact there is only one of them... or very very few of them depending on what it is. I think that in and of itself is a balance component right and you need to make sure that the players who are striving for those legendary things and who are devoting the time energy, resources in order to achieve them are accurately rewarded... We do not intend on having legendary items that are temporary.[125]Steven Sharif

Universities

At the City stage, the Scientific node’s unique building becomes the University. In addition to the abilities that the Library and College offer, the University adds even more services, including (but not limited to):[128]

There are several great universities across the world of Verra during this time period in particular [25 years before the fall]. Most of them convene a Council of Knowledge, they call it. The Council of Knowledge consists of the greatest minds from each nation. They really don't recognize borders or politics for the most part. Unless their governments try to meddle in their affairs of their pursuit of knowledge. The greatest and most respected elders in the ways of magic - which is basically learning how to manipulate what's called the Essence: That's from where all magic flows - and understanding how the Essence exists in parity with your Life Spark and the world around you: The Universe itself. The greatest of these wizards are found in the Pyrian kingdom; and they are solely in pursuit of knowledge as we read earlier with regards to the Pyrian Elves.[129]Steven Sharif

The Essence is present in all magic: Divine, corrupt, it doesn't really matter. You can pervert the Essence to bring about types of magic that are not divine.[130]Steven Sharif

Scribes

Scribes are members of a potential crafting profession in Ashes of Creation.[132]

  • Scribes can create scrolls or books.[132]

They want to be able to collect information about the events of the world as they see it from their point of view. For instance: Nodes leveling up, they want to be able to take that information down and be the one to distribute it.[132]

World history

The history of each server will be tracked and visible to players.[133]

We're gonna keep track of the history of the world so that we can tell people the story up to the current day. A player who's brand new, who's come in at the six-month mark can take a look at each server, what each server has done, how each server has tackled the storyline; and they can decide for themselves what community they want to join; what version of the world that they want to take part in.[133]Jeffrey Bard

Languages

Languages in Ashes of Creation may refer to:

  • Language-specific lexicons in the game from a lore and immersion standpoint. These do not have real player-to-player implications.[134]

Libraries

At the Village stage, the scientific node's unique building is the Library. Players can use the Library to access information, including (but not limited to) the following:[128]

Rollenspiele

Backpack sockets (slots).[136]

A big component of the MMORPG that - half of that you know acronym is RPG role-playing game. And in order to role-play you need to be able to represent kind of what your character is doing in that world and you know part of what animation is doing is creating these sockets on the let's say the belt or the back that you know can plug in certain types of props or items that are created by the character team, like Carson, you know might be a scroll tube, it might be a potion, it might be whatever: Those players will have the ability as we've discussed in the past will have the ability to select what they want to be represented in those sockets and then animation will make sure that jibe well in movement.[136]Steven Sharif

There are different systems that allow stories to be told in Ashes of Creation.[137]

A MMO lives and breathes on its community and we don't really want to give short shrift to any one of those types. All of them are important: the RPers are important, the people who just want to hang out in the Inn and talk are important, they all add to the game and so we want to make sure that we take care of all of them... You can run a business based on RPing.[139]Jeffrey Bard

Respawn lore

There is a storyline that relates to how and why characters respawn and the locations in which they respawn. This will be revealed as players explore the game.[141]

Lore videos

Siehe auch

Einzelnachweise

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  2. Interview, 7 December 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 steven-phoenix.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Liveübertragung, 2018-01-18 (39:08).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Liveübertragung, 2017-05-26 (15:37).
  6. Video, 2018-04-05 (37:50).
  7. Video, 2018-04-05 (37:13).
  8. Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (0:00:39).
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 9.15 9.16 9.17 9.18 9.19 9.20 9.21 9.22 Liveübertragung, 2020-11-08 (0:00:00).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Podcast, 2020-11-15 (36:29).
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 Liveübertragung, 2020-11-08 (00:49).
  12. 12.0 12.1 Podcast, 2020-11-15 (40:24).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Liveübertragung, 2020-11-08 (9:51).
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 14.8 14.9 Podcast, 2020-11-15 (42:22).
  15. May newsletter.
  16. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-26 (10:58).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 Liveübertragung, 2020-11-08 (11:48).
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Podcast, 2020-11-15 (20:04).
  19. 19.0 19.1 Liveübertragung, 8 April 2018 (AM) (16:50).
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Liveübertragung, 8 April 2018 (AM) (10:02).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Interview, 2020-07-20 (13:33).
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Interview, 2018-10-31 (6:00).
  23. 23.0 23.1 Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (0:01:18).
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (0:00:20).
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (0:06:56).
  26. Liveübertragung, 2020-11-08 (11:57).
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 Liveübertragung, 2020-11-08 (12:47).
  28. 28.0 28.1 Interview, 2020-07-19 (50:10).
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 29.5 29.6 29.7 29.8 Liveübertragung, 2020-11-08 (05:31).
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  32. 32.0 32.1 steven-ancients-3.png
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 Liveübertragung, 2020-11-08 (10:41).
  34. Node series part II – the Metropolis.
  35. 35.0 35.1 Podcast, 2020-11-15 (29:23).
  36. Interview, 2020-07-19 (23:15).
  37. religions2.jpg
  38. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-08 (44:51).
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Podcast, 2020-11-15 (31:13).
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Liveübertragung, 2019-11-22 (24:33).
  41. Week 2, entry 1.
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Podcast, 2020-11-15 (25:27).
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 43.4 Ashes of Creation race breakdown.
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 44.4 Kickstarter $2,500,000 New Player Race Achieved.
  45. Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (0:00:54).
  46. Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (0:01:57).
  47. Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (0:02:35).
  48. Aela Humans.png
  49. Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (0:05:24).
  50. Know Your Nodes: Economic Node Type.
  51. Dunzenkell Dwarves.png
  52. Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (0:00:28).
  53. Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (0:01:29).
  54. Liveübertragung, 2018-02-09 (13:47).
  55. Liveübertragung, 2018-01-18 (21:18).
  56. 56.0 56.1 Dillias diary.
  57. Kaivek Orcs.png
  58. Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (0:02:36).
  59. Liveübertragung, 2018-05-04 (34:30).
  60. 60.0 60.1 Pyrian university quote.png
  61. Pyrian Elves.png
  62. Pyrian race.png
  63. Pyrian ancient.png
  64. Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (0:00:10).
  65. Liveübertragung, 2020-11-08 (04:57).
  66. 66.0 66.1 66.2 66.3 66.4 66.5 66.6 Liveübertragung, 2020-11-08 (07:58).
  67. Liveübertragung, 5. Mai 2017 (28:09).
  68. Liveübertragung, 12. Mai 2017 (49:50).
  69. Liveübertragung, 9. Februar 2018 (29:26).
  70. 70.0 70.1 70.2 70.3 70.4 70.5 70.6 70.7 Unreal Engine Interview, 23 May 2017.
  71. 71.0 71.1 Ashes of Creation - A world with consequences.
  72. 72.0 72.1 72.2 Interview, 2018-04-20 (5:46).
  73. 73.0 73.1 73.2 73.3 73.4 Liveübertragung, 2018-09-27 (6:22).
  74. 74.0 74.1 74.2 74.3 74.4 Liveübertragung, 2018-10-31 (36:59).
  75. 75.0 75.1 Interview, 2020-07-20 (15:18).
  76. 76.0 76.1 Liveübertragung, 2018-04-08 (23:04).
  77. Official Livestream - May 4th @ 3 PM PST - Q&A
  78. 78.0 78.1 steven-sanctus.png
  79. 79.0 79.1 Ashes of Creation Store: Shadeless Tree Tavern.
  80. Liveübertragung, 2019-10-31 (14:13).
  81. Blog: Bounties of the Verdant Keeper.
  82. Liveübertragung, 2018-12-06 (14:32).
  83. 83.0 83.1 83.2 83.3 Liveübertragung, 2018-12-06 (28:45).
  84. 84.0 84.1 Kickstarter $1,750,000 Stretch Goal Unlocked, 13 May 2017.
  85. Interview, 2018-10-31 (5:03).
  86. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-30 (16:51).
  87. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-17 (5:49).
  88. Liveübertragung, 2017-07-28 (20:17).
  89. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-26 (39:34).
  90. tulnar-eats.png
  91. 91.0 91.1 91.2 Podcast, 2020-11-15 (1:03:17).
  92. 92.0 92.1 Ashes of Creation - The visuals.
  93. A chat with Ashes of Creation's Steven Sharif, 7 June 2017.
  94. Interview, 2018-08-17 (10:43).
  95. 95.0 95.1 95.2 95.3 Liveübertragung, 2020-11-30 (1:19:13).
  96. Interview, 2018-10-31 (5:43).
  97. A reactive world - Nodes.
  98. Liveübertragung, 2017-10-16 (17:09).
  99. 99.0 99.1 mapportals.png
  100. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-19 (29:25).
  101. starting gateway.png
  102. 102.0 102.1 Liveübertragung, 2017-10-16 (53:58).
  103. tulnar-gateway.png
  104. underrealm-gateway.png
  105. 105.0 105.1 105.2 Liveübertragung, 2017-09-03 (15:40).
  106. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-19 (37:03).
  107. Interview: Ashes of Creation on Building Their Virtual World, 13 April 2017.
  108. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-22 (28:02).
  109. 109.0 109.1 109.2 Interview, 2018-10-20 (2:36:25).
  110. Liveübertragung, 2020-07-25 (1:50:20).
  111. 111.0 111.1 Liveübertragung, 2019-05-30 (1:18:16).
  112. Liveübertragung, 2019-12-17 (1:10:30).
  113. Video, 2018-04-05 (35:01).
  114. Liveübertragung, 2017-10-31 (29:50).
  115. 115.0 115.1 115.2 Podcast, 2018-04-23 (29:56).
  116. Interview, 2018-05-11 (1:00:19).
  117. Liveübertragung, 2019-07-26 (1:13:23).
  118. Interview, 2020-07-18 (1:00:15).
  119. Interview, 2020-07-19 (8:43).
  120. 120.0 120.1 120.2 120.3 120.4 Interview, 2020-07-20 (21:57).
  121. 121.0 121.1 121.2 121.3 Liveübertragung, 8 April 2018 (PM) (55:49).
  122. Liveübertragung, 2020-07-25 (46:08).
  123. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-19 (44:18).
  124. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-15 (38:08).
  125. 125.0 125.1 Liveübertragung, 2018-07-09 (25:34).
  126. Liveübertragung, 8 April 2018 (PM) (51:49).
  127. 2018-05-01 Newsletter
  128. 128.0 128.1 128.2 128.3 Blog: Know Your Nodes - Scientific Node Type
  129. Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (0:00:51).
  130. Liveübertragung, 2018-11-03 (00:01:59).
  131. Kickstarter packages.
  132. 132.0 132.1 132.2 Liveübertragung, 2017-05-26 (51:37).
  133. 133.0 133.1 Interview, 2018-04-20 (9:20).
  134. steven-lore-languages.png
  135. What languages will Ashes of Creation be in?
  136. 136.0 136.1 Liveübertragung, 2019-05-30 (1:09:13).
  137. 137.0 137.1 137.2 137.3 137.4 137.5 Liveübertragung, 2017-05-17 (44:42).
  138. Liveübertragung, 2017-07-28 (37:25).
  139. 139.0 139.1 Video, 2018-04-05 (44:06).
  140. Ashes of Creation Store: Death's Bastion.
  141. Podcast, 2018-05-11 (51:39).