Asheron's Call places you into an intense fantasy role-playing environment where you are challenged to compete or cooperate with thousands of other real people. The online nature of the game creates a constantly evolving and dynamic adventure inside a persistent universe. Asheron's Call is a realm of fantasy, a lifetime of adventure. The world of Dereth awaits; will you be there to answer the call?
The sun sets in a fine shroud of mist, reddening the stucco of a cheery hilltop inn as wind sighs through the groves; in the mountains, a giant banderling shadows a warrior party amid a lulling patter of snow; and somewhere below the flagstones of the deepest Empyrean excavation, the clicking, chittering Olthoi share mad and bloody dreams. Fond human fantasies meet strange nightmares in the magical realm of Dereth. Escape into 500 square miles of hills, mountains, deserts, forests, towns, and dungeons, with no invisible boundaries interrupting your journey over the vast open spaces. With or without the stunning effects of 3D hardware acceleration, your computer becomes the window on a living world. Storms sweep the countryside, the sun sinks into the west, the moons rise and fall, and dawn creeps over the horizon.
Asheron's Call develops a heroic fantasy setting familiar enough to draw you in yet mysterious enough to draw you onward. A varied host of monsters populate the benighted, medieval terrain; mysterious artifacts of great power embellish vast treasure hoards; and sorcerers, fighters, and rogues plot both heroic alliances and base villainy. With an original backstory and creatures, and unparalleled flexibility in character creation and development, Asheron's Call retains a strong flavor all its own. Select your attire and facial features from millions of possible combinations, then customize your skill set to make your character truly unique. As you defeat foes, you can allocate experience to both specific skills and base attributes like strength and intelligence.
If you follow the arcane arts, a whole new realm of fascination awaits. Characters constantly research and discover potent new spells. The magic system is balanced so that no spell is inherently better than any other. However, each type of spell in Dereth has an energy reservoir that all casters of that spell draw upon and that will gradually recharge if left untapped. The more a spell is cast within a certain time frame, the less effective it becomes. As you discover spells, conserve their power by keeping them to yourself, or share them with your grateful allies.
The Allegiance system gives incentive for other characters to immediately extend you friendship and patronage, and allows you to gain noble titles, use special artifacts, and ultimately lead a huge organization to lasting fame. Political battles will test your cunning and reward your perseverance at least as much as those of sword and spell.
Cross your portal now to the twilight edge of the universe. Make a name for yourself in Asheron's Call!
Unique Character Creation
Players can create characters that are visually unique utilizing three heritage groups and hundreds of facial features and clothing options. In all, there are over 100 million visual combinations. In addition, there are six character attributes and greater than 30 skills from which players can customize initial performance levels.
Innovative Player Interaction
Asheron's Call's allegiance and fellowship system facilitates a social dimension of game play never before experienced in a computer game. The more allies a player acquires, the greater his or her influence becomes. The system encourages experienced players to work with newer players and enhances social interaction.
Continuous 3D-Fantasy World
Asheron's Call is a 24 mile by 24 mile island, nearly 1/2 the size of Rhode Island, with all types of terrain including mountain glaciers, desert wastelands, swamps and subterranean dungeons. Unique server technology creates one continuous gaming world that can handle thousands of players.
Evolving Story Line
Asheron's Call provides an engaging back-story equivalent to 4,000 years of game history for players to discover. On-line game administrators will be actively working to advance the overall story line based on the decisions and actions of the Asheron's Call community.
Strategy Based Combat System
Asheron's Call's combat system is based on a real physics engine that factors in player skills and experience. Combat requires players to consider strategy and tactics as they go into battle.
Dynamic Magic System
Designed with hundreds of modular components, spells are formed through combining words, gestures, and magical items. Players acquire spells through training, adventuring, or even experimenting with sequences of components to create their own spells. In a unique spell "economy", the fewer players that use a particular spell, the greater the effectiveness of that spell.
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