You can customize your character and story arc in a variety of ways, starting by choosing your race and faction. Each race has its own characteristics, unique racial ability, and background story. Races also belong to one of two opposing factions, either the Guardians or the Defiant. These distinctions offer their own sets of advantages and disadvantages throughout the game.
The races of Telara walked their own paths until the Blood Storm arrived, bent on conquering – or destroying – the world. Now, they’ve come together under the banners of the Guardians or the Defiant to repel the dragon gods. While the Guardians put their faith in the Vigil, the ancient gods of Telara, the Defiant believe salvation lies in the development and application of Sourcestone-fueled technologies.
Dwarven Breakfast: Restore health and energy over time
Miracle of Hammerknell: +20 Water Resistance
Angelic Flight: Soar briefly over medium distances
Grace of the Forest: +20 Life Resistance
Motivational Roar: Increase group movement by 30% for a short time
Legacy of the Shade: +20 Death Resistance
Mighty Leap: Vault quickly over medium distances
Shalastir heritage: +20 Air Resistance
Agility: Move 50% faster for short periods of time
Desert Dweller’s Birthright: +20 Earth Resistance
Camouflage: Elude enemy detection – as a fox!
Legacy of the Fire Islands: +20 Fire Resistance
The Guardians are the chosen of Telara’s gods, the Vigil. After the tyrant Aedraxis called forth power from the Plane of Death and devastated Telara, the Vigil chose the greatest souls who fell that day to be harbingers of the next era. A golden age awaits, but Telara must first be saved — by deed, by example, and by the sword. Its people must be redeemed, its corruptors purged, before the world can truly be safe.
The Guardians are driven forward by the memory of Telara’s countless fallen innocents crying out for salvation as the Ward was broken, only to be consumed by invading riftspawn. This is what the Vigil created the Guardians to strive against, lest millions more meet slavery or oblivion at the dragons’ claws. The Guardians are the light, poised against the all-devouring darkness.
The Guardians come from among the three races most devoted to the gods: the fearless Mathosians, the wise High Elves, and the uncompromising Dwarves. Though each race is beloved of the Vigil, each seeks redemption for the sins of their leaders: Aedraxis Mathos unleashed the Shade, Prince Hylas broke the Elves’ ancient covenant with the divine, and the Dwarves trafficked with unspeakable forces to achieve wonders of crafting and prosperity. Thus, the Guardians represent atonement and redemption just as much as hope for Telara.
Within their holy city of Sanctum, the Guardians plan bold offensives against the dragons and their cults. Their crusades assault the undead armies of Regulos, their inquisitions purge the lunatic cults of Akylios, and their agents root out sinister plots as far away as the deserts of Shimmersand. The Vigil dictates no single path to salvation, so the Guardians seek their own place in the holy litany by ending the threat of the dragons and the blasphemy of the Defiant.
The Defiant do not care whether the gods abandoned the world or not. To them, this entire planar convergence disaster is the gods’ fault in the first place. Indeed, as soon as things went from bad to worse, the gods suddenly and inexplicably disappeared.
So while the Guardians run around Telara building temples, sticking their noses in everyone’s business, and desperately praying for a miracle, the Defiant plan on actually delivering one, even if it means being branded as heretics and operating outside the laws of the land.
Above all else, Defiants are rugged individualists who love technology. Mixing technology with magic offers amazing opportunities for innovation, personal power, and cultural progress. If used correctly, these advancements could also be turned into spectacular weapons to fight the looming darkness. The Defiant absolutely believe that the best defense is a great offense – something the Guardians will never understand.
With the help of enough eldritch war machines and magical innovations, Defiants believe the people of Telara will have the power to destroy the dragon gods themselves, without needing to rely on outdated religious dogma. When Telara is saved, the Defiant will be at the head of a new technomagic age, in which every facet of life is touched by their innovations.
While some Defiants might reluctantly acknowledge that their methods are dangerous, potentially posing risks to the integrity of the world, they will be quick to point out that the world seems to be ending anyway, so everything is worth the risk. Besides, if the world is destroyed, who will be around to complain about it?