- The lore is an entire reboot for the franchise
- Retelling and reimagining of EverQuest; should be familiar, but different
- Many original creators of EQ are on the EQNext team
- You’ll see familiar faces and new things
- Caramor Thex re-emerging from old lore
Why the reset?
- Intend to be able to open doors
- Players can have multiple points of entry to the game (referring to other platforms like the books)
- Want to be all-inclusive in relation to the philosophy and quality of the lore
- Maybe eventually have several games in this world?
- Wealth of stories and characters that can add depth
Show, don’t tell…
- They want those who just “click through the game [quests]” to be a part of the story
- World will evolve; visuals will allow players to know what’s happening without quest text
- Allows devs to work on “the next level of story-telling”; personal stories
- You will be able to still get some lore through text (libraries, etc), but it won’t be a crutch or the only way.
Characters of the World
- They want characters memorable because players feel attached to them
- Memorable characters should be active participants in the world; make them tangible
- Emotional bonds (examples of Gandalf and Drizzt Do’Urden as fictional characters people feel invested in.. not as EQNext characters!)
- Your enemies should be memorable as well, and vilified not because they’re just a bad guy, but because they are wrong-doing YOU and the world are you
The World is Part of the Game
- Backed up by the lore
- Perform Archaeology… become an expert through exploring and tie-ins from lore and out-of-game books
- Uncover history in interactive ways
“The Actual History of the Game”
- Shown timeline (picture above) of 20,000 years of recorded history on Norrath
- Broken up into four eras and various ages
- Eras are named for the societies that had a lot of influence during that time
- Ages are divided up by significant events that changed the culture in a fundamental way
The Eras and Ages
- The Lost Era was a “really dark time”; not many societies and many evil creatures about; Elves were fighting to survive
- Dal Era: terms we’re familiar with are Koada’Dal, Feir’Dal, Teir’Dal (Dal means Elf)
- Dal Era covers 2,000 years of elven dominance and began with the Age of Ascension
- Age of Ascension: the Elves began founding cities, forming kingdoms, and acquired technology
- Age of Allies: the Elves began exploring (spires, may look like previous ones but may function differently than expected), alliances begin to form between races including dragons
- Age of Allies: a golden age of Norrath where everyone got along for the most part
- Age of Allies was brought to an end by the Shissar War
- Shissar: appeared friendly at first but betrayed the Elves
- Shissar nearly conquered Norrath by laying waste to many Elven cities.. Elves only came out due to prior alliances.
- Takish Age: Elves became paranoid after the Shissar War; racial tensions divided alliances
- Takish Age: The Koada’Dal Movement… highborn elves that felt so superior they began subjugating other races
- “Just because you’re familiar with a term does not mean we’re treating it the same way!” While Koada’Dal was a race in EQ and EQ2, it is “a sect of Elves” in EQNext. There’s only one Elven race but several sects.
- Takish Age: Elves have a unique form of magic, “High Magic”, even dragons were afraid of it. The Takish Empire oppressed other races.
- Takish Age: Dragons were isolated… Elves couldn’t control dragons but drakes, wyverns, etc could be. They distanced themselves.
- The Sundering: Takish’Hiz was destroyed. Elves didn’t know what caused it, but a teleportation spire imploded. High Magic became broken.
- The Sundering: Civil wars cropped up as the empire as they vied for power; a strained peace settled into “a shadow of the old empire”
- After The Sundering, an area called “The Ashfang” is what is on top of the ruins of Takish Hiz.
- “At some point the term ‘The Sundering’ is probably going to change in the storyline.. it will likely be called something else.”
The Dragon War
- Dragons have a grudge against the Elves and lash out
- Sweep into Faydwer and devastate cities; conquered Faydwer
- A new alliance formed… the Feir’Dal joined with ogres, dwarves, kerrans, etc and the Combine Accord is formed
- Ushered in a long and costly war
- The dragons were too powerful and they were forced to flee anyway
- To buy time for the withdrawal they make a final stand at Bastion, “Fall of Bastion“, led by Caramor Thex. The “Last Stand of the Teir’Dal“.
- Plan is those who are fleeing will go to Kunark.
- Dal Era ends; Combine Era begins.
- Age of Exile: Beginning of Combine Era. (spoilers!) Stand at Bastion is successful but cost is very high. Some of the Combine gets away and sails to Kunark.
- Age of Exile: Combine spends 500 years on Kunark; Shissar have been waiting and plotting
- Age of Exile: Shissar have dominated the Iksar; Combine become subjugated by the Shissar
- Age of Exile: Iksar begin an uprising… Combine join in and Shissar are driven back
- Age of Exile: Iksar were so broken that they can’t help but adopt some ways of the Shissar… Venril Sathir wants to dominate the Combine but some Iksar are sympathic; the Combine leave to return to their homeland
Age of Heroes: The Timeline Where EverQuest Next Begins
- Combine races are “holding onto fragments of history”
- They return to their ancestral homelands but don’t know what they will face
- Must make a new foothold in a new frontier.. city of Qeynos is founded
- Things have changed; new political forces; new enemies
- Many things are unknown but the Combine needs to quickly integrate and find resources
- (the new frontier town) “It’s the Mos Eisley of Norrath”
- Players are the ones that need to help the town become established
- Gods define the EverQuest franchise; different take in EQNext
- Gods will be tangible influences in the lives of Norrathians
- Not just raid targets!
- At the beginning of the game no one alive has ever seen a God of Norrath.
- Four belief systems: The Seraphs, The Four, Veeshan, and the Nor’I
- The Seraphs: Gods which are familiar in name; worshiped mainly by the Combine, “newer and more sophisticated”
- The Seraphs: Eight gods with roles in the world.. while familiar with names there’s also new things and influences from other gods combined.
- The Seraphs: Combined god of Luclin/Drinal (goddess of prophecy and the past); new deity called Taylin (maybe Taylim?… no role stated but symbol is a mask and dagger over a gold coin, similar to what you’d expect from Bristlebane); Anasti (the Reaper); Solusek (god of fire and arcane studies); Erollisi (goddess of love, nature, growth); Mithaniel (god of war, honor, duty); Brell (the Builder); Karana (the Traveler… oversees those who have to make journies)
- The Four: archaic and primitive; those who preceded the Dal originated this system
- The Four: Prexus (god of Water); Amaril (spelling? goddess of Earth); Unestess (spelling? god of Fire); Onshaw (spelling? god of Air)
- The Four: “The people of Halas kind of worship this group.”
- Veeshan and Nor’I: Veeshan (worshiped by dragons and by fringe mortals) and Nor’I (the world spirit of Norrath; Kerrans see this as the influence that guides their life)