Tale of Two Halves
Atreia after the
The shattered world of Atreia is inhabited by two warring playable
races, The Elyos and the Asmodians. These diametrically opposed races
are locked in a struggle against not only each other but against the
savage Balaur as well. The Balaur were originally created by the god
Aion to be the rulers of the world, but they quickly grew power hungry
and attacked their creator. To protect Atreia, Aion created
the twelve Empyrean Lords. These beings were granted powers similar to
those of Aion itself and were allowed to train and imbue those powers
onto mortals. After many years of struggle, two of the most
powerful Lords decided to attempt a peace treaty with the hateful
Balaur. This decision created a division among the other lords as well
as among their warriors, the Daeva. The day the negotiations were to
take place the Balaur were allowed to enter the Tower of Eternity, the
home to Aion. Once inside tensions flared and a Balaur was killed. The
ensuing battle destroyed the Tower of Eternity and shattered the world
of Atreia into two halves – Asmodae, the northern hemisphere,
swathed in eternal darkness and cold and Elysium the southern half that
is bathed in sunshine. Each faction blames the other for the
events that transpired that day and remain mortal enemies to this day.
Below is an excerpt from the book of the Asmodians:
returned to Pandaemonium that day and began gathering our forces for
battle against these Elyos. The next day we met with them in combat
again, and full-scale war broke out between our people.
after the war began, the Balaur, long exiled in some strange dimension
beyond Atreia, found a way out of their prison to enter the Abyss,
though for now they are still unable to cross into Asmodae. Their
thirst for blood is just as insatiable as in ancient time. With their
old allies by their side again, their power is considerable.
now yet another immediate and urgent threat faces us. We have
discovered that our planet is hemorrhaging Aether. We spent many months
searching for the source of this bleed, probing throughout the Abyss
and Asmodae. In the end, we found it was right in front of us.
the two stumps of the Tower. A mighty resonance still exists between
them, vibrating invisibly between the two halves of our sundered world.
As an echo of the lost Tower of Eternity, they cry out to each other
across the void. This reverberation has created the Abyss.
Abyss absorbs Aether, drains it away like water pouring into a
crevasse. Aether is spread thinner and thinner each minute of each day.
Soon this Aetheric leeching will affect our Daevas and our planet.
Atreia is held together by the Aetheric ties Siel and Israphel created
when they drained their own ethereal bodies of Aether, a process that
ended their own lives. Soon the Abyss will weaken these ties, and if
they break, our atmosphere will collapse, and everyone on this planet
remains one hope. The resonance will cease if only one stump of the
Tower survives. Our path is clear: We must destroy the Tower of Light.
Then the Aetheric bleed will end, safeguarding the lives of the
Asmodian people and simultaneously ending the arrogant tyranny with
which the Elyos threaten us.
will not hesitate. We will not staying our blades. We strike with a
brutal and irresistible wave of destruction that will finally rid our
home of the arrogant and naïve fools that infest our lands.
Your first step into the world of Aion forces you to decide which side
to ally yourself with and take up the fight against the opposition. We
are able to see the historic and philosophical differences between
these two foes, but what are the palpable differences to the player? Is
there any benefit to being one faction or the other, or are these
Aion differs from many of the current faction based MMOGs in that each
side is ultimately descended from the same race, and as such, there are
no differences in playable classes based on your faction
decision. In reading the initial lore of the game one would
assume that the landscapes of these two realms would also be
diametrically opposed, one side lush and beautiful while the other side
is barren and tragic. Playing through them both however you find that
while Elysium may be brighter it also has its share of blight and decay
and conversely it doesn’t hold the patent on beauty. While
Asmodae is darker it too has lush and beautiful regions to explore.
Mirror on the Wall
The most noticeable and compelling difference between the two is the
physical appearance. The Asmodians were forced to evolve to adapt to
their harsher climate and have developed clawed appendages and thick
manes of fur like hair. The Elyos, however, have changed very little
from their original forms before the cataclysm, and they like to point
this out to their more feral looking brethren as a point of both pride
and a claim to the rightful ascension of the lands. Raw physical
statistics do not change however and there are currently no innate
racial differences in the game.
a Question of Class
Either choice will lead
you through a breathtaking gaming experience
The one area where you will find real differences is in the individual
class abilities. At several plateaus in the leveling process, players
will gain Stigma powers that provide a powerful effect in exchange for
a hard to acquire resource. These abilities are different for the same
class based on faction and provide the most substantial differences in
Devil is in the Details
Mostly the decision of which faction to claim as your own will be
personal preference based on character looks and storyline or influence
from your friends who have already chosen their side. Whichever path
you follow be sure to make sure it is the right fit for you at an early
level as you cannot have any characters of the opposing faction on your
account on that server. Aion provides a compelling backstory and hours
of interesting quests to introduce, acclimate and capture your
allegiance to your chosen faction so however you decide, rest assured
that fun lies ahead.