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Five of the nine playable races in Ashes of Creation.[1] From left to right: Dünir female, Dünir male, Niküa male, Vek male, Ren'Kai male, Kaelar male.

Ashes of Creation offers nine playable races.[2][3]

Parent race Races
Aelan Humans Kaelar.[4] Vaelune.[4]
Dünzenkell Dwarves Dünir.[4] Niküa.[4]
Kaivek Orcs Ren'Kai.[4] Vek.[4]
Pyrian Elves Empyrean.[4] Py'Rai.[4]

Verra is a world with rich and diverse cultures. Much of its important history has been dominated by the major races. Humans of the coast and plains, Orcs within the hills and the marshes, Elves in the forest and the riverlands, and the esteemed Dwarves of the mountains. The major races have held dominance through countless wars and skirmishes between the lesser races of Verra. Decades may pass between these flareups of violence. There are many minor races on Verra. Some of the minor races exist in makeshift villages or tribes if you will. Some of the major villages among the minor races are comprised primarily of the Giants, less reputable sects of Human, Gnomes, and Halflings. The Halflings are not Halflings in a traditional sense but actually half-bloods of different races.[6]Steven Sharif

Wandering the darker places in the world lie truly sinister abominations of creation. The great churches of civilization often dispatch heroes of the state to eliminate these threats to mortals. There currently exist four great nations on Verra. This is 25 years roughly before the fall: The Aelan Empire, Pyrian Kingdom, the Kaivek Protectorate, and the nation of the Dünzenkell. There was not always only four great nations. Long ago the races were more divided into many nations and city states.[7]Steven Sharif

In the 7,000 years of recorded history, wars upon wars were fought. Some for land, others for resources, many for beliefs. Royal houses stood and fell over the years. Some now long bereft of lordship. Many city states exist in Verra. Some self-governed bastions of democracy and republics alike. Others are vassal states at the behest of their benefactors.[8]Steven Sharif


Aela, the capital city of the Aelan empire prior to the Exodus.[9][10][11]

This concept art shows the capital city of the Aelan empire before the fall which left it in ruins. [10]

Aelan Humans are split into two races: Kaelar and Vaelune.[12]

The Aelan empire is the most recent successor of the once great house of Lyneth. For over one thousand years the house of Lyneth ruled over the Aela. A golden age endured for most of their reign. It was only during the dawn of [the last century before the fall], during the Great War of the Undying that the house fell. With no suitable heir to the Lyneth throne the country fell into chaos. What arose is the fragile republic we see today. Overseen by the Emperor elected through the Council of Five: The five who govern the greatest cities on the Empire. The Aelan empire is by far the largest nation in all of Verra, with over eight million souls among its inhabitants. Aelans also represent the single largest population on Verra. Their borders touch upon every other nation; and with their interests of expansion on the seas of Verra, they are able to deploy their widely feared armies to any shore. The Empire uses this fear to bully many city states, bending them to their will. Those who deny the will of the Empire often find themselves at the end of a sword.[13]Steven Sharif

The Riverlands biome was the ancestral home of the Aelan and is the present day home of the Kaelar.[14]

The Toren half-elves were the predecessor of both the Aelan and Pyrian races.[15]


Kaelar symbol.png Kaelar (pronounced Kay-lar[18][19]) are a playable Aela Human race in Ashes of Creation.[12]

Build. Order. Civilization. These are the foundational principles of the Kaelar. Their empire in the old world spanned the largest of all, and they plan to do the same in this world. Extremely loyal to their roots, the Kaelar will rise to the challenge.


Updated Vaelune character model concept art.[20]

The Vaelune have an interesting lineage and there is some influence there that when the Vaelune step through the portal, some portions of their body begin to exhibit this almost essence-like rupture in the skin; and you guys are going to see some examples of that in the future; and it is a bit of some Jinn influence in their lineage as a race that sets them apart from their Kaelar counterparts.[20]Steven Sharif

Vaelune symbol.png Vaelune (pronounced Vay-lune[18][19]) are a playable Aela Human race in Ashes of Creation.[12]

Trade. Law. Hardship. The Vaelune were forged in the heat of the desert, and through the ages became a blade that bends, but does not break. Through the development of a complex web of relationships and savvy negotiation, the Vaelune grew into one of the wealthiest empires in Sanctus, despite having few natural resources to exploit themselves. Their environment has taught them what it means to kill or be killed, whether through the beasts of the desert or the snakes in the market square.[22]


Dwarf concept art.[23]

Dwarves are born with the beard attached to their skull and it just takes time for the beard to grow out of the skin, but the beard is there from the start.[24]Steven Sharif

Dünzenkell Dwarves are split into two races: Dünir and Niküa.[25]

Deep in the mountains of Verra legend tells of a forge created by the gods, from whence all Dwarves are originated. Fabled to be the first created of the major races, the Dwarves are said to have arrived on the continents with ships made of stone and steel. Dwarven smiths and craftsmen are found far and wide across Verra. The center of the Dwarven race is the nation of Dünzenkell, found deep in the northern mountains. Dwarven society tends to be heavily matriarchal and their clans existing under the oftentimes eldest matriarch. Dwarves are closely connected to one-another by alliances forged between family guilds. The Dwarven child is marked at a young age with his or her guild sigil. Some dwarves banished from Dünzenkell or having chose to walk a path alone will often have their sigls burned from their skin.[26]Steven Sharif

The Dünzenkell nation, deep within the mountains of Verra exists the oldest nation in the world. The Dünzenkell have been known as many names over the ages, but only one name has graced the highest mountain, within which their capital has stood since the beginning of recorded history: Dün. The Dwarves of the Dünzenkell rule through a council of guilds. A royal family is chosen once every 200 years by this council to rule. Currently the right to rule falls on the shoulders of King Grimlay. It has been nearly 400 years since a king has lead the Dünzenkell. Traditionally this role falls to the matriarchs of the family. Expeditions are often sent into the Underrealm from Dün; and there many believe lies the source of secrets among the Dwarves and their success with mastering artisanship. Untold magic lies deep within Verra. It's source not known to many. Dünzenkell has long benefited from this source though. It has fueled the expansion of the Dwarven kingdoms throughout the northern mountains.[27]Steven Sharif


Dünir revised character model 3D render (WIP).[28]

This is some work that's been done to amend the dwarven body and appearance from the Dünir's perspective. It's still a work in progress. However it's very important that you guys recognize our goal is to take community feedback into account when we're developing the game and that's the whole purpose of a transparent development process.[29]Steven Sharif

Dunir symbol.png Dünir (pronounced Doo-near[18][19]) are a playable Dünzenkell Dwarven race in Ashes of Creation.[25]

Stoic. Tradition. Forge. Most of the peoples from the old world would see a mountain and think nothing of it. The Dünir saw a defensible home where riches abound. The Dünir take immense pride in what they craft and what they build: fortifications that seem impregnable, warhammers that never break, or beautiful gems for their royalty are all in their repertoire. Don't be deceived by their stout stature. They're pound for pound the strongest warriors the world has ever known.


Niküa (pronounced Ni-koo-ah[18][19]) are a playable Dünzenkell Dwarven race in Ashes of Creation.[25]

Family. Freedom. Courage. Where the Dünir saw mountains as home, the Niküa saw it as a prison. How could they complete the great hunt inside a cave? The craft of their brothers doesn't elude them though; they too are highly skilled artisans. Instead of jewelry for nobles, the Niküa see crafting as a right of passage and advancement of the family. Will you progress your people from the mountains of your ancestors?


Kaivek Orcs are split into two races: Ren'Kai and Vek.[32]

The Kaivek have always adhered to a strict code of tribal loyalty... Roughly thirteen centuries [before the fall], a leader named Ran'Kal united the clans into a nation called the Kaivek Protectorate. Kal taught that all Orcs answer to the protection of the divine order. This teaching expressed the belief that it was the will of the gods that all Orc kind should have superiority over the nations of Verra. For it was only through the unity of the clans that the people of Verra would be lead to enlightenment. It was the teachings of Kal that lead the Kaivek to pursue campaigns of conquest across the lands of Verra. Where the Orcs were once nomadic and divided before Kal, through his leadership they became a powerful nation united in conquest. Trophies of each city conquered is found in the capital city of Ren. [Just before the fall] the Kaivek Protectorate have adopted a policy of peaceful coexistence with their neighbors. Having endured centuries of conflict, leaders rose among them echoing the teachings of peace. These recent reformations have once again begun to lead to a fracturing of the Protectorate. Some unrest among the clans have called for a culling of those who are unworthy of the protection from the divine order.[33]Steven Sharif


Ren'Kai updated character concept art by Emanuel Gonzalez.[34]

I like the influence, almost what appears to be somewhat scaly on the arms and the back and the skin: A little bit- I mean it looks like he may have some type of influences of Dragonborn in his lineage or something?[35]Steven Sharif

Ren'Kai architecture concept art.[36]

Part of the biome that the Ren'Kai are accustomed to is a more swamp or marsh oriented, so they have these almost stilt-like foundations on some of the assets because they're intended to sit above that marsh.[36]Steven Sharif

Ren'Kai (pronounced Ren-k'eye[18][19]) are a playable Kaivek Orc race in Ashes of Creation.[32]

Honor. Power. Tranquility. Through staying centered their power only grows. The Ren'Kai believe in ultimate focus and controlling their immense power. When a Ren'Kai becomes enraged though, there aren't many men or beasts who can live and tell the tale.
  • The developers have alluded to Ren'Kai or their parent race, the Kaivek, possibly having a Dragonborn lineage.[35]


Vek (pronounced Veck[18][19]) are a playable Kaivek Orc race in Ashes of Creation.[32]

Celestial. Purpose. Fate. When one stargazes they find beauty lies beyond our world, when The Vek stargaze they find fate lies beyond our time. Star maps, numerology and prophecy are integral parts of each Vek's life. Great leaders read the heavens for how wars will go, which empires will rise and fall, and the Vek often ask themselves "are we too late?"

The Vek are astrologers.[39]


Pyrian Elves are split into two races: Empyrean and Py'Rai.[42] Pyrian are the parent Elven race from long ago:[43] The ancient elves.[44]

For over 4,000 years the Pyrian royal family of Eradal has endured. The kingdom has seen its share of wars. The kingdom's borders encompass the great forest of Eranthia. The capital of Amera is among the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world. Its royal families can trace their lines back to the days of the Dark Fires. The Pyrian universities of magic and martial studies are unparalleled in the lands of Verra. Many of the citizens of the Kingdom venture out into the lands of Verra wishing to spread their knowledge of art and science to their fellow Verrans. These ventures are often subsidized by the royal households of Pyria for hopes it will foster a better relationship with their Human neighbors. Once a close ally of Aela and the house of Lyneth, the Pyrian Kingdom and Aelean Empire ended one of the bloodiest wars in Verran history. Eighty years have passed since the last bloodshed; and although tensions have subsided among the citizens of the two nations, there remains a heightened level of distrust among the Empire's new rulers and the royal family of Pyria.[45]Steven Sharif

The Elven race is generally a secretive one and exists within the Pyrian kingdom. Primarily a patriarchal society, Elves tend to keep within the natural borders of their forests. It has only been over the past millennia that the Riverlands have begun to see colonies of Elves exist. Elven scholars, dignitaries and pioneers can often be found in many of the human cities: Though their presence is rarely seen in sites other than archaeological, academic or diplomatic. Rumors do abound throughout the darker circles of Verra that there lies a particular lineage of Elves that exist within the Underrealm of Verra.[46]Steven Sharif

The predecessor of both the Aelan and Pyrian races were the Torens, which were essentially half-elves.[15]


Tier 2 (Level 20) Empyrean leather armor 3D render.[48]

Empyrean leather is stitched with Erinthian silk, a substance only found in the monsoon seasonal pools of the Forest of Erinthia. These delicately formed strands of silk provide the armor with extreme flexibility.[49]

Empyrean symbol.png Empyrean (pronounced Em-peer-e-an[18][19]) are a playable Pyrian Elven race in Ashes of Creation.[42]

Imperial. Pride. Culture. Though not as numerous as the Kaelar, the Empyreans are a force to be reckoned with. Elite military forces and a highly structured government. The people of the Empyrea surely have a plan to carve their place in the world.


Py'rai character 3D renders.[50]

Q: Do I have to have antlers as a Py'rai character?

A: That is really the predominant characteristic that stands apart between what traditional wood elves from a fantasy sense have been and what our approach has been with Ashes of Creation. So the answer is Yes, players will have to have some form of these antlers.[51]Steven Sharif

Py'Rai node architecture concept art.[52]

Their architecture is infused almost with the surrounding trees and vegetation.[53]Steven Sharif

Py'Rai (pronounced Pie-ray[18][19]) are a playable Pyrian Elven race in Ashes of Creation.[42]

Nature. Balance. Fury. All things come to balance in time, and nature always has her way. Don't let their love for nature fool you though, the Py'Rai rarely take prisoners. Whether by bow or spear, the Py'Rai's legacy will take root.


Tulnar character model concept art of the three base influences.[54]

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.[55]Steven Sharif

Tulnar (pronounced Tull-nar[18][19]) is a playable race in Ashes of Creation.[57][5] The Tulnar fled to the Underrealm to escape the Corruption that befell Verra.[58]

They're a combination of the leftover races, not just the leftover major race populations, but the leftover minor races as well; and that's what gives them their attributes that are bestial, or reptilian, humanoid; and that players can use sliders to influence the visual representation of. But in a similar fashion, their cultural markers are also going to be a combination of different influences, so they're very differently constructed culture than what is found in the other eight races.[59]Steven Sharif
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.[65]Steven Sharif

NPC races

Changing race

Once selected, a character's race should be final.[68]

Your primary archetype selection and your race selection should be - because they have gameplay influences - should be final.[68]Steven Sharif

Racial appearance

The races in Ashes of Creation are primarily humanoid in appearance. This was mainly driven from a lore perspective as well as savings in animation and character design.[69]

I didn't feel that it was necessary to recreate the wheel on races from a fantasy perspective. I'm not sure how much that would add to the flavor of the game. Obviously I think that we're capable of doing unique things within the cultures and I think we are doing that specifically like an islander dwarf race. I mean like that really hasn't been seen before; or a stargazing noble Vek kind of looking race: Those things are still unique and they still bring innovation to the idea of what these races can be, but at the same time there's a familiarity there that players can feel comfortable with in the traditional fantasy setting.[70]Steven Sharif

Dünir dwarven appearance

Facial hair is characteristic of the Dünir, not the Niküa.[71]

  • Female Dünir beards will not match that of the male. It will be more of a braided option that is not as voluminous.[71]
  • Body hair may also be a character customization option for female Dünir.[72]
  • The developers updated the Dünir dwarves' design to have a more stout traditional fantasy appearance based on feedback from Alpha-1.[73][74]

Niküa dwarves have a "halfling" appearance.[73][74]

Tulnar appearance

Tulnar character model concept art of the three base influences.[75]

There's a number of minor races and major races that all sought refuge within the Underrealm and we talked about how this particular player character race was going to have a pretty unique approach when it comes to character customization because with that background there comes different species influence in the race itself and we want players to be able to dial up or down those influences as they see fit between the humanoid, the simian or mammalian, and the reptilian influences; and as you dial those things up, your base body- if it exceeds a certain percentage threshold- will assume the form and stance of one of three primary types of influences that exist for the Tulnar. And now what you're going to see is those three distinct influences and you can be of course a hundred percent in one if you wish and you'll be very similar to what you're going to see here from the concepts; or you can mix-and-match and you can blend between the different influences.[76]Steven Sharif

The Tulnar race does not have sub-types. Instead, players will be able to significantly customize the appearance of Tulnar characters based on three base influences; or blend between these different influences.[76][59][77][78][79][80]

Raças are primarily humanoid in appearance.[69]

  • There are feline and bestial components that can be scaled up when creating a Tulnar character but Tulnar do not equal furries.[81][77]
  • Catgirl and Loli Tulnar are not able to be created.[81]
Tulnar do not equal furries, but there are definitely some bestial components that you can scale up when you're creating your Tulnar character, so you could max that setting I guess. Whether or not that would give you what you would think of as a furry, I guess it's going to be up to your interpretation of what a Furry is.[77]Steven Sharif
Q: Will character creator allow us to make Tulnar that might look somewhat like Kobolds from Pathfinder or DnD?
A: I wouldn't say exactly, but there's definitely elements of Kobolds that you could incorporate in a character creator with the Tulnar, yes.[83]Steven Sharif
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  • Mammalian Tulnar may have snout features, fur and inverted knees.[84]
  • Reptilian Tulnar may have more circular eyes and head shape, and scaly skin.[84]

Artistic influences

Character races are super important. These are the choices that we make at the onset of our adventure in an MMORPG: what race- not just mechanically aligns with our decisions, if those races have game mechanics behind them from a stat perspective, but visually and culturally and historically: What are these? What do these races represent? So it's important that visually they're distinct. And everyone's seen fantasy games do Elves, so everyone's seen them do Humans, everyone's seen them do Orcs: There's an established expectation almost behind what these traditional fantasy races represent; and there's a risk, because whenever you're creating a new IP or a new story or a new world- a new Universe; a realm in which things don't have to always be the norm, you can take a little bit of creative liberty to redefine some of the aspects of a particular race; and that can be a good thing, because it's something that is new to players. It's something that is unique to the realm that we're building- the surroundings that you have. So what we wanted to do was push a little bit more on the unique side of what the Py'rai would look like from a visual perspective.[85]Steven Sharif

You will see in the different races that are available from a player character standpoint a lot of different influences that reflect many cultures in the world: Not just European, not just Africa, not Mesoamerican. These cultures are going to be present in many of the races.[94]Steven Sharif

The idea is just to find a base component in the real world as a starting point and then to begin to fantasize.[86]Steven Sharif

Montarias raciais

Personagens são capazes de obter montarias raciais via a quests na área inicial daquela raça.[95][96]

Cada área inicial terá diferentes narrativas de quest que garantirão diferentes tipos de montaria. Mas por definição você não escolhe, você sabe, tipo, humano, e aí ganha um cavalo. Porque você pode ser humano em nosso jogo e escolher começar num Portal Divino de outra raça - e aí você poderia seguir uma narrativa de quest que lhe daria a montaria dos Orcs.[95]Steven Sharif

Racial weapons and armor

Armadura racial appearances in early Alpha-1.[97]

Violet light and myself are wearing exactly the same armor set right: Same stats, same everything, but it drops for her it looks one way, it drops for me it looks another way; and... a small part of that is gender, but then the other part of it is race. So because I was a Vaelune in that playthrough my armor was in the Vaelune style; and when she picked it up it was in the elven style because she was an elf. So that kind of gives you an example of sort of the breadth of looks that we're going for and how we kind of try to capture like who you are as as a character and kind of allow you to kind of build your look that way.[98]Jeffrey Bard

Dünir and Empyrean racially styled armor concept art by Keith Kovach.[99]

We have essentially sets that exist across all races; and each race that dons those armor sets is going to have their own racial influence on the presentation of those particular sets. So that's something that's unique in how each of the races get diversified.[100]Steven Sharif

Armas and armor are not race locked, but armor will take on a racial appearance.[100][101][102]

The customization of equipment per race is really focused on Armor sets not Weapon props. Weapon props will, from a model standpoint, will translate pretty one-to-one across the races.[103]Steven Sharif
Let's say for example you have the Eagle set or something, right: The Eagle set has in art, it has a thematic design that's going to include certain attachments to the armor. It's going to include color palette and theme. It's going to have some aspects to it that define it as the Eagle set, right. When a Elf wears the Eagle set or when an Orc wears the Eagle set, you obviously have two different cultures there; and you don't want to stomp out that culture by assigning a de facto 'This is the Eagle set and this is how it looks on everybody.' What we want to have is cultural influences play a role in showing how that set looks.[103]Steven Sharif
When you say, what if I'm an Orc but want to look like an Elf and I want my Eagle set to be the Elf representation? Well the issue becomes there that you know Orcs have a different organic model. You know, their body is different than that of the Elf. So, from a scope-creep standpoint, it's one thing to add different influences that represent the cultures that are donning the armor; it's another thing to adapt each influence as a matrix that can be worn pretty much by everything. From a scope perspective, that's a very difficult task for the character artists to kind of tackle. So instead what we've done is, in order to facilitate a variety of cultural representation between the races but allow for the sharing of assets like different armor sets, we give different representations of those armor sets to each race.[105]Steven Sharif

Racial benefits

Each race has different base stats.[106][107]

A player's choice of race will influence their racial augments.[107]

You'll have racial augments that are capable of being applied to active skills and those augments are going to be a reflection of the flavor of that specific race. In addition, races will have differing degrees of stats and our game in our class system relies on certain stats to achieve different metrics in the game when it comes to damage, defense, and landing rates and all that kind of stuff.[108]Steven Sharif

Stat growth

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Stat growth proceeds in the following order:[106]

  1. The race "seeds" a player's base stats.[106]
  2. The primary archetype grows the base stats.[106]
  3. The secondary archetype (class) does not contribute to stat growth.[109] This is a revision of an earlier statement.[106]

Different races have different stat compositions. Those stats can be important, but we also don't want them to dictate any kind of meta for what classes are best used with different races.[110]Steven Sharif

Choice of profession does not affect a player's stats.[111]

Gear has approximately a 40-50% influence on a players overall power in the game.[112]

Racial augments

Racial augments are based on a character's race and are available to each class.[113]

In keeping with our theme of Consequence, and unlike other games, race won’t just be a matter of look, with relatively inconsequential abilities tacked on. Instead they integrate deeply into our class system, augmenting and changing the basic chassis provided by our eight core archetypes. Our goal here is to create a system where an elven fighter feels different, but serves the same role as a dwarven fighter.[115]

Racial influence on nodes

Alpha-1 Vilarejo node layout.[116]

We have essentially sets that exist across all races; and each race that dons those armor sets is going to have their own racial influence on the presentation of those particular sets. So that's something that's unique in how each of the races get diversified. Additionally, the more that one particular race contributes to a node's development, it's going to manifest in that particular node's architectural influences. You're going to see the architectures of those races become manifest within the nodes as well: That's another way that we diversify each race and we present each race's culture in the game as through those architectures, through those props that exist, through the tailoring of the armor sets that the NPC might wear, to the different factions that exist. Factions will have their own affiliation with different races as well. Each race will also have some different nomenclature when it comes to the lore, or comes to locations in the world. They're going to have their own language influences as well: The way they speak is something that's going to be distinct between races; when you have dialogue trees with particular NPCs. So all of those things really go into setting an immersive world where the cultures have their own identity.[100]Steven Sharif

Cultural influences manifest in many ways, from node and gear aesthetics to NPC languages and lore.[100][117][118]

There is an attrition and that attrition on experience and influence is heightened based on the performance of the race in the world. So if all these nodes are Orc nodes then their attrition rate is very high to compete with the cultural establishment of new nodes because they have more influence in the world and a popular opinion is against them in their outlying regions that they do not have influence in.[119]Steven Sharif

Racial influence on node layout and style

Layout de Base de um Vilarejo no Alpha-1.[116]

Já no terceiro estágio de evolução, como uma vila, é um layout razoavelmente grande; e parte desses layouts inclui domicílos essencialmente estáticos, dentro da base, que os jogadores podem comprar.[116]Steven Sharif

Estilos de arquitetura Racial em uma vila no Alpha-0. Influência de Elfos Empíreos (acima). Influência de Humanos Kaelar (abaixo).[121]

O layout e a arquitetura dentro da área de desenvolvimento de uma Base são determinados pela raça com mais influência. Por exemplo, uma Base em estágio 3 onde a maioria dos jogadores contribuíntes é Py'Rai terá uma vila Py'Rai com arquitetura Py'Rai. A maioria dos PNJs seriam elfos Py'Rai, e ofereceriam missões com narrativa Py'Rai.[122]Margaret Krohn

A experiência contribuída por cada jogador é marcada com sua raça e outros identificadores. Quando uma Base evolui, a raça com a maior contribuição de experiência determina o estilo e cultura da Base. Essa mudança de estilo e cultura pode ocorrer em todo Estágio de Base. Por exemplo, se uma Base avança para o Estágio 2 - Acampamento e 51% de toda a experiência veio de jogadores Ren'Kai, a Base será uma Base Ren'Kai Estágio 2. Se essa mesma Base avançar para o Estágio 3 - Vilarejo, mas dessa vez os Py'rai tiverem contribuído 62% de tpda a experiência obtida, a Base se tornará uma Base Py'Rai Estágio 3. Influências culturais trazem mudanças além da estética e das missões - benefícios são dados àqueles da cultura dominante dentro da Zona de Influência daquela Base.[118]Margaret Krohn

O layout e o estilo de uma Base são determinados por diversos fatores:[123]

Algumas partes são determinadas pela área onde a base está. Outras, pelo tipo da base; certas partes são determinadas pela raça, e o resto é determinado pelo prefeito.[123]Jeffrey Bard

Todas as bases, sejam elas relacionadas aos castelos ou não, têm influências culturais que são replicadas nas aparências dos prédios e dos PNJs presentes na Base.[126]Steven Sharif

Existe uma mecânica de atrito que afeta a experiência e influência para impedir que uma única raça domine o mundo inteiro.[119]

Existe um atrito e esse atrito na experiência e influência aumenta de acordo com a performance da raça no mundo. Então se todas as bases forem de Orc, o nível de atrito deles será muito alto para competir com outras raças na hora de estabelecer a cultura de novas bases. Isso acontece pois já são muito influentes e existe uma opinião popular contra eles nas regiões que não influenciam.[119]Steven Sharif

Áreas iniciais

Alpha-1 early preview starting area.[127]

There is no railroaded driven theme park experience here. You will have the opportunity to create your own destiny in that regard, which means you don't have to necessarily follow the quest line nor do you have to participate in events or experiences around the starting area. Now it may be more beneficial to do that; and in that regard I guess there could be a meta around doing that, but you could branch out proceed to other areas and do different content.[128]Steven Sharif

Áreas iniciais (starting zones) are located in the ruined cities of the four ancient races of Verra.[129]

  • Starting areas include expeditionary NPC settlements that serve as initial quest origination points.[130] Lore-wise, these settlements represent scouts that were sent ahead of the main expedition back to Verra.[136]
    • These settlements are designed to acclimatize new players entering the world.[136]
    • While it may be advantageous to do so, there is no requirement for players to play through any specific starter zone content.[128]

A problem that a lot of MMOs have is that those starting areas become just kind of vacant of players and it's so sad because the greatest aspect of an MMO is that community that you get to experience, so one of the great things about the node system is that it really works from new player acquisition standpoint, where these nodes tend to develop larger near the starting location areas around the world; and it brings these players back to those locations if they're citizens and want services within those cities. So, as new players enter the world they're going to actually be surrounded most likely by more population because people are coming back to those larger nodes.[137]Steven Sharif

Tulnar starting area

Points of interest will exist that represent Tulnar npc structures. In the similar fashion that the starting areas around divine gateways will include expeditionary npc settlements not tied to the node structures but serve as initial quest origination points.[130]Steven Sharif

Tulnar have a starting area that does not involve a divine gateway.[131]

Tulnar have the same option of starting at any of the divine gateways. Their civilization, though within the underrealm, has also begun to explore the surface.[133]Steven Sharif

Unlike the other races, the Tulnar won’t be returning to Verra, instead they will be returning to the surface from the Underrealm for the first time in generations.[58]

Alpha-0 starting area

In Alpha-0, players started at an Empyrean divine gateway.[138]

Missões Raciais

Missões poderão ser baseadas na raça de um personagem.[120]

Missões diferentes poderão ser relacionadas ao principal contribuidor cultural em uma base. Isso não travará nenhum conteúdo, mas dará um toque único às missões.[120]

Poderão haver até grupos diferentes de missões que existem para raças específicas, e mesmo que vocês estejam dividindo uma missão para matar um chefe, se você é um humano e eu, um elfo, eu terei uma jornada diferentes que potencialmente me levará em uma direção diferente da sua, mesmo que nossa missão inicial seja a mesma; e isso poderá ser relacionado à principal cultura que contribuiu em uma base, liberando diferentes jornadas para culturas que dividem a mesma dessa principal - não com o objetivo de travar conteúdos, mas sim de dar um toque especial para que não seja tudo igual.[120]Steven Sharif

A raça importa pois as narrativas têm caminhos que também sãoa influenciados de acordo com a principal cultura deuma base... Se você é um Niküa e está em uma base Niküa que é predominantemente Niküa, terá certos serviços ou habilidades como membro dessa raça que outras raças não poderão acessar... Talvez eles tenham missões narrativas alternativas, mas não terão missões específicas. Assim, essas missões específicas dos Niküa vão se relacionar a uma meta-narrativa que está presente no mundo, e os jogadores teerão um certo controle sobre essa meta-narrativa; e isso será beneficial ao seu povo pois erá liberar certos conteúdos que outras raças ainda não liberaram. Então existe um incentive para progredir de maneira a impedir o progresso da raça dominante.[119]Steven Sharif

Missões que são específicas de raça, título, ou clã serão menos de 10% do total de missões. 90% das missões serão iguais para todos os jogadores.[139]

NPC racial interaction

NPCs are going to react differently to different tags on a character.[120]

  • For example, Elven NPCs may interact differently with Humans compared to Elves.[120]

Story of creation

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.[141]Steven Sharif

The Essence

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.[142]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.[143][142]

  • The Gods exist on the plane of the gods, which is the most connected to the Essence.[142]
  • The material plane is not the highest in terms of proximity to the Essence. Verra exists in the material plane.[142]
  • 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.[142]
  • There hasn't been a definitive understanding of how many planes of existence there are.[143]

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.[143]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.[143]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.[143]

  • 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.[143]
  • 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.[143]
  • 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.[15]
  • The Tulnar have souls and these souls act as conduits for the Essence.[66]

During the Apocalypse, The Ancients created monstrosities and perverted nature with corruption, which is the negative aspect of The Essence.[144]

  • Shape-shifting (changeling) is done so through the Essence by focusing on that specific type of magic.[145]
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.[145]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.[145]
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.[145]Steven Sharif


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