Story arcs

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Depiction of Laria Lemonte, an important character in Ashes of Creation lore.[1]

Story arcs drive narratives that play out on a particular server. Within these story arcs are specific points that can pivot to tell different stories based on predicates in the world.[2][3][4]

Within the context of these story arcs, there are specific points that they can pivot to tell a different story. That different story can be based on predicates that are in the world: from a player decision standpoint, from a cultural representation standpoint, from situational to which node gets developed. There's a lot of different components that interact with the way the dialogue and narratives play out on a particular server; and what that means is- and I've said this from the beginning many sandbox MMORPGS, they do not create as much curated content as theme-park MMORPGS; and their excuse for doing that is because they incorporate player-driven mechanics. But that's a bit of a cop-out and it's the opposite approach that we've taken with Ashes of Creation; and the reason for that is, if you give the player a door and there's nothing behind that door then opening the door is meaningless. So what we have to do is we have to create a very functional story arc system that provides content in many different ways, but is behind a door of world progress or world development that is then executed by the player population. And that's how we construct our narrative systems.[3]Steven Sharif
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.[5]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.[7]Steven Sharif
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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.[8]


Ashes of Creation logo.[9]

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.[10]Jeffrey Bard

The Phoenix is the celestial avatar of the Goddess of creation. Her sacrifice protected the people of Verra during the apocalypse.[11]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.[13]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.[14]Jeffrey Bard

Missões de História

Missões de História podem ocorrer ao longo de múltiplos estágios. É possível falhar nesses estágios das missões.[15]

Haverão muitas missões diferentes com estágios no desenrolar da história; e esses estágios podem falhar. Você pode falhar uma história, o que é horrível se você parar pra pensar mas, ao mesmo tempo, é um risco que torna o seu investimento muito mais importante.[15]Steven Sharif

Missões Raciais

Missões poderão ser baseadas na raça de um personagem.[17]

Missões diferentes poderão ser relacionadas ao principal contribuidor cultural em uma base. Isso não travará nenhum conteúdo, mas dará um toque único às missões.[17]

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.[17]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.[18]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.[19]

Epic/Legendary quests

Epic and Lendários quests affect the narrative of the game.[20] These quests will unlock gated content.[21]

Player driven narrative

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.[22]

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.[24]

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.[25]Steven Sharif

Narrative events

Narrative Events help shape the story of Verra based on the choices that players make during key questlines. While narrative story arcs take time to develop across a server, Narrative Events will show players that their choices play a bigger part in shaping the world around them through individual actions.[26]Peter Bisulca

Narrative events allow players to shape the story arcs that unfold on their server through the choices they make in key questlines.[26]

Server history

The history of each server will be tracked and visible to players in a node's library.[28][29]

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.[29]Jeffrey Bard
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  • Scribes may be able to collect and record information about the events of the world as they see it from their point of view.[30]


At Vilarejo (estágio 3) the scientific node's unique building is the Library. Players can use the Library to access information, including (but not limited to) the following:[28]

Reports of information to the library may expire after a period of time (say one week). After which new reports will be required to update the existing information.[31]

You'll get that shroud of war functionality for the week after a report but if it doesn't receive a follow-up report after that expiration period then it will not be updating real time.[31]Steven Sharif

Legendary items

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.[32]

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.[34]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.[35]Steven Sharif

Certain legendary items may be limited to one per server at any given time.[38][39]

  • If the player character leaves the server then the item will become available for acquisition through whatever means it was acquired previously.[38]

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.[39]

A legendary weapon is easily distinguished by its visual appearance.[35]

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.[35]Steven Sharif

Legendary items are not intended to be temporary.[40]

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.[40]Steven Sharif

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Discovery of legendary items will unlock further chapters of the Lore.[42]

Ver também


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Transmissão ao vivo, 2022-04-29 (1:05:37).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Transmissão ao vivo, 2022-03-31 (1:15:29).
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  11. steven-phoenix.png
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  13. Vídeo, 2018-04-05 (37:50).
  14. Vídeo, 2018-04-05 (37:13).
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  16. Transmissão ao vivo, 2020-07-25 (1:50:20).
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  20. Transmissão ao vivo, 2017-05-15 (20:58).
  21. Transmissão ao vivo, 2017-05-08 (50:32).
  22. Transmissão ao vivo, 2017-05-19 (37:03).
  23. Transmissão ao vivo, 2019-12-17 (1:10:30).
  24. Interview: Ashes of Creation on Building Their Virtual World, 2017-04-13.
  25. Transmissão ao vivo, 2017-05-22 (28:02).
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  27. Kickstarter packages.
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 28.6 28.7 Blog: Know Your Nodes - Scientific Node Type
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