Factions & Settlements

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Settlements

Each Settlement has a fixed layout and a set of NPCs that offer various services. Most common type of Settlement is a Town or City.


NPCs

  • Provide lore and rumors about the game world.
  • You cannot attack NPCs in town.
  • Some NPCs are always the same (innkeeper, shopkeepers, village elders, ...) and some are randomly generated each time you start a new game (peasants working in the fields, guardsmen, ...).
  • Some NPCs will walk around the Town on a fixed path, commonly from their homes to work in a shop or in the fields. If an NPC happens to block your path in Town, you can right-click him and select Swap position option. This option is only available with Town NPCs, you cannot swap positions with enemies or animals.


Activities in Town

  • You can move freely around a Town without the risk of being ambushed.
  • You can freely access any Containers present in a Town, there is currently penalty for stealing the contents(you are hunted down by guardsman and taken into imprisonment).
  • You can Save your progress and store your items in a Permanent Chest at the Inn.
  • Towns are one of the few locations where you can refill your Waterskin.
  • You can buy and sell items - Weapons, Armor, Jewelry, Consumables and Loot.
  • Obtain Contracts from the Village Elder.
  • Once you obtain the Carriage, you can quickly travel between Towns by speaking to Verren at the Stables.


Reputation

Each Settlement belongs to a Faction. Depending on your actions, different Towns can offer different items for purchase at the Town's shops and pay different prices for your items. See Reputation for more info.


More towns are going to be added in future updates - check out the Development roadmap. One of the confirmed towns is Brynn, which is often mentioned during the dialogues with NPCs.


Factions

Factions are political and military groups spread across the kingdom of Aldor that strive for control. After the fall the Last King of Aldor, the Grand Magistrate took control as the first governing body, but their rule is disputed by many. Each Faction controls several Settlements and the nearby area falls under their influence aswell.

The lore depicted here comes from before the Early Access release and might be subject to changes.
Factions


Council

The Council is a group of the most influential Aldor feudals, united around the Regent-Queen and her young son Verne – allegedly the legal heir.

Inora, King Etbert's last wife, married him several months before his untimely death. This marriage was a complete surprise for the whole court - even the nosiest gossipers were surprised by the news. The sudden death of the monarch, soon to follow, became the basis for the rumor that Inora had killed her husband – and her son Verne, born after the Etbert’s death, doesn’t have even a single drop of royal blood in his veins.

Nevertheless, there were plenty of people who believed the Queen. Thanks to her natural cunning and diplomacy, she managed to find many influential allies among nobles – who formed the Council later.

The backbone of the Council consists of two seemingly opposing groups. The first is the Etbert’s old guard – the loyalists who held important posts during his reign. They see Verne as the legitimate successor of the dynasty, which they faithfully served all their lives. The second group consists of those who fell into disgrace during the King Etbert’s rule. For them supporting Inora is a reliable way to regain lost influence and reintegrate into the court life.

However, all of them pursue the common goal: to put down the insurrection and destroy the rebels; restore the crown’s power throughout Aldor; and raise Queen to the throne.

Council


Settlements under The Council

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Grand Magistrate

The Grand Magistrate is a union of city councils, rebellious aristocrats, as well as artisan and merchant guilds – all fighting for their independence from the royal court.

The roots of Great Magistrate formation lie in the long-standing conflict of King Etbert and the city of Brynn. Having come to power, Etbert deprived Brynn of its free city status. This autocratic move earned him enemies among Brynn’s influential families. And all these years they only waited for the right moment to restore trampled justice.

After the king died and the Inora laid claims to the throne, the Brynn’s city council unanimously voted to quit Aldor, if it would be ruled by an impostor. Surely, the burghers were somewhat deceitful – they weren’t going to tolerate any more power over themselves, and Verne’s unclear origin was just a good excuse. Many neighboring settlements, tired of feudal oppression, followed their example. This union was called the Great Magistrate – since any decisions are discussed by representatives of all the member settlements.

Thanks to the rich treasury and the wide use of mercenaries, the Magistrate fought with the Council on an equal footing, not yielding even an inch of its land. The obtained status quo was finally consolidated after the outbreak of the Crimson Plague – frightened by the unprecedented illness, the parties declared a truce to curb the epidemic.

Taking advantage of the resulting respite, the Magistrate only grew in power, rebuilding everything destroyed by war and sending ambassadors abroad. By the way, this gives the Council another significant reason to call Magistrate followers traitors – as they say, the Magistrate’s ties with Jacinth elves are much closer than is required for commerce.

Grand Magistrate

(Old logo of the faction, with its previous name : "Great Magistrate")


Settlements under Grand Magistrate


Gray Army

The Gray Army is a folk uprising that has taken on an enormous scale recently. The composition of the Gray Army is quite dissimilar – the majority are peasants and artisans, but there are other groups as well: former brigands, clerics-in-doubt, broke feudal lords and Magistrate or Council armies deserters.

For several years, the common people meekly endured all the war: they fought under the banners of the Council and the Magistrate, paid wartime taxes, watched lawlessness and violence, suffered from hunger and disease, and died – by thousands. However, the longer the war went on, the louder the grumbling became.

These moods were skillfully used by Nir – a man of unknown origin, and therefore even more mysterious and frightening. A former monk; runaway slave; criminal on the run; feudal lord, who lost his mind after losing his title – there are so many rumors regarding his possible past, the safest bet is not to believe any of them.

The philosophy of the movement is quite confusing and controversial – mainly because only Nir himself grasps it fully. The rest only has to interpret the scattered fragments of his statements – the so-called Words. The Gray Army considers immoderation and incontinence in all its manifestations to be the most important cause of all evil. Nir believes that the ability to find and keep a fine line is paramount, and only in this way people can protect themselves from corruption.

Due to the multiplicity and desperate courage, the Gray Army managed to occupy numerous territories, having won several settlements from the Council and the Magistrate. Now the Army is looking forward to the end of the truce – to finally finish off all those who deny their dogmas.

Gray Army


Settlements under Gray Army

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Deep Dwellers

There is no known information about the Deep Dwellers. They were hinted at as another planned faction on the Steam Store page.


Hive

There is no known information about the Hive. They were hinted at as another planned faction on the Steam Store page.


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