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Corruption in Ashes of Creation refers to:

Corruption tarnishes the character’s spiritual essence. Their ability to utilize the Verra’s magic found within them is diminished.[6]Steven Sharif

Player corruption

Corrupted player in the Alpha-1 preview.[7]

When you gain that corruption you have the potential of losing your completed items, your weapon, your armor, stuff that is very difficult to achieve; and then the other aspect of that is, that in order to deter basically players taking alternate characters and saying this is my PK alt, the more players you kill, the more corruption you gain, the higher your combat efficacy in PVP diminishes. If you're out there and you killed you know 20 players... you will not be able to perform in PVP any longer. You will need to take that character and go work off that corruption. The other aspect of corruption is that if you kill another player, who is a non-combatant and the level disparity between you and that player is great, you will gain a higher amount of corruption from that single kill. To the point where you should not be killing a level one character.[8]Steven Sharif

If a combatant (purple) player kills a non-combatant (green) player in PvP, they will be flagged as corrupt (red).[2]

  • A player’s corruption score increases with each non-combatant player killed.[9][10]
  • The wider the level disparity between the players, the more corruption will be gained.[9][10]
  • Corruption penalties occur as the corruption is gained.[11] The higher the corruption score:
  • Corruption has a visible effect on a player’s appearance.[15]
  • If a non-combatant attacks a corrupt player, the non-combatant will not flag as a combatant.[16]
  • A corrupt player’s location is revealed to bounty hunters on their world map.[9][2]
  • Corrupted players may kill bounty hunters without acquiring additional corruption score.[17][18]
    • Corrupted player's combat penalties do not apply when battling bounty hunters.[17]

The more corruption you gain, the less effective you become in PvP and there's going to be a certain period at which point you have gained enough corruption that you're going to be gearless and you're also going to have a massive reduction in your PvP efficacy.[19]Steven Sharif

Reward without risk is meaningless... Corruption is just another word for risk.[20]Steven Sharif

You can't necessarily time perfectly you know the damage or understand even the health of the player. Unless you were in their party you cannot see an opponent's health as well so that's another component that you know adds risk.[21]Steven Sharif

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Player flagging

The open world PvP flagging system is designed to deter people from griefing other players.[2]

  • Players can participate in open world PvP with one another without having to resort to murder.[22]
  • The penalties are intended to be severe enough to deter any type of spawn camping.[23]

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There are three levels of flagging for world PvP in Ashes of Creation.[10]

  • Non-combatant (green)
  • Combatant (purple)
    • Non-combatants entering an open world battleground are automatically flagged as combatant and remain flagged for a period of time after leaving that battleground.[10]
    • Players are flagged as combatants if they attack another player when carrying out a forced attack. If the attacked players fight back, they are also flagged as combatants, otherwise the attacked player will remain flagged as a non-combatant.[16]
    • Non-combatants who heal, buff or otherwise interact with combatants will be flagged as combatants.[25]
    • Non-combatants who attack a player using combat pets (or any other player-controlled entities) will be flagged as combatants.[26]
    • Players can kill combatants without repercussions, and are encouraged to do so, since dying while a combatant has reduced death penalties.[16]
    • Players are not able to manually set their flagging status to combatant.[27]
    • Players remain flagged for a period of 90 seconds following their most recent attack on a non-combatant or another combatant.[28]
    • Players cannot log out while flagged.[29]
  • Corrupt (red)
    • If a combatant player kills a non-combatant player, they will be flagged as corrupt.[2]
    • Corruption multiplies death penalties and reveals a corrupt player's location to bounty hunters.[2]
    • A player’s corruption score increases with each non-combatant player killed.[10]
    • If a non-combatant attacks a corrupt player, the non-combatant will not flag as a combatant.[16]
    • Corrupted players may kill bounty hunters without acquiring additional corruption score.[18]
    • There is a 60 second timer to logout while corrupt.[29]

A player may not flag on members of the same party, raid, guild or alliance.[30]

  • Players will be able to opt-in (via a checkbox) to allow their beneficial or non-beneficial AoEs to hit flagged players. If this is checked then AoE heals or damage will affect flagged players. If it is not checked then the AoE will not damage or heal any flagged players, and as such will not cause the caster to be flagged themselves (if they are not already).[31]

If you have that check-box for flagging with your AOEs and heals available then you will flag. If you do not have that box checked then on completion of the skill it will not flag you because the check was made at the start that there was a flagged party member; and then he will not he or she will not receive the beneficial effect as a result or the damage, if it's an offensive spell.[31]Steven Sharif

Sieges, caravans and guild wars do not use the flagging system.[32]

You're not going to see griefing in the game very often; and that's because our flagging system. The corruption mechanics are based around disincentivizing a griefer or PKer but still offering the opportunity, should the occasion arise, where the benefits outweigh the risk, you have the ability to do so. If you gain corruption, which is killing a non-combatant - a player who is not fighting back basically - if you gain that corruption, your world has changed. It is not going to be a very beneficial place to be and you have the potential of losing your gear. Your combat efficacy decreases based on the amount of corruption you accrue. It is a comfortable balance between player agency and grief and basically removing player agency for other players.[33]Steven Sharif

Removing corruption

The primary means to remove corruption is through death. Multiple deaths may be necessary to remove all corruption.[35][16]

  • Dying removes a significant portion of a player's corruption score.[36]
  • Gaining experience will also slowly reduce a player's corruption score.[35]
    That creates a fun kind of experience for the bounty hunters to try to catch you while you're working it off.[35]Steven Sharif
  • A quest may be utilized to reduce the player kill (PK) count of a corrupt player in order for them to accumulate less corruption score in the future.[37][36]
    • This is a design shift from a religious quest being used to directly reduce the corruption score.[38]
  • Corruption duration is reduced in military nodes.[39]

Player death

Player death in an open world dungeon in Alpha-1.[40]

We don't have deleveling, instead what we have is experience debt. Now the more experience debt you accrue, the greater the detriment to your character; not to the point where you can not get out of the debt. There will always be a way forward to remove your debt.[33]Steven Sharif

When a player dies they disintegrate into ash. The ashes contain any items lost by the player due to applicable death penalties.[41][42][12][43] These ash piles are immediately lootable by any player.[41]

  • A non-combatant (green player) who dies suffers normal penalties, which include:[12]
    When players die and they take durability loss, our durability loss isn't like other games where it's a gold sink so to speak. It's a combination of both a gold sync and a material sync. So in a sense, even if you only have completed items, when you take that durability loss you are losing out on materials. It's just a debt to the materials that you are losing instead of the active loss of that material in your inventory. So now you are accruing a material debt if you want to repair and increase again the performance of those particular items that take that durability loss.[46]Steven Sharif
    • Dropping a percentage of carried gatherables and processed goods.[42][12]
      • This also includes a percentage of the certificates a player is carrying.[43]
      • If a player dies there will be a period of time before their mule despawns. Other players must kill that player's mule to be able to loot it.[48]
      • If a player's mule dies its corpse will contain the same percentage of lootable items as the player.[48][49]
  • A combatant (purple player) who dies suffers these same penalties, but at half the rate of a non-combatant.[12]
  • A corrupt (red player) suffers penalties at four times[9] the rate of a non-combatant, and has a chance to drop any carried/equipped items based on their current corruption score. This includes:[9][12]

Death penalties do not apply to objective-based events (such as caravans, guild wars, and node sieges).[53]

There will not be death penalties applied to event-based deaths. The penalties are in the outcome of the event. So your number of deaths is likely going to impact your ability to win that particular event and that's going to be the penalty. This is it to encourage players to opt in to the events right because the more participation we have the more fun it can be; and we understand that the community at large- there's already a risk versus reward component to these events. We don't need to stack on additional risk versus reward to inhibit kind of- to increase the barrier to entry for players who may not be as interested.[53]Steven Sharif

Death penalties do not differ between PvP and PvE, but this is subject to change.[54]

Death by drowning is possible.[55]

Bounty hunter maps

Players with a high enough corruption score will be visible on the world and mini maps. These players will have markers posted on the map by an NPC from a Military node of at least stage 4 (Town), and will only be granted to players who have the Bounty hunter title.[56] The accuracy of bounty hunter maps is determined by a player's progression in the bounty hunter system.[57]

Taverns are one of the locations that bounties will be posted. As players gain corruption, taverns may offer bounties to eliminate those players; or have a specific area cleared of problem players, thus giving a POI (point of interest) on the world map.[58]

Bounty hunter Pathfinding ability

Skill Icon Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3
Pathfinding Reveals corrupted player locations on the bounty hunter's map.[59][51] Activating this ability will flag the bounty hunter for combat only to corrupted players for a period of one hour from the time of activation.[59] The pathfinding ability can be toggled on or off.[59][60] The accuracy of the pathfinding skill is determined by a player's progression in the bounty hunter system.[57] The accuracy of the pathfinding skill is determined by a player's progression in the bounty hunter system.[57]

A great calamity

Concept art showing the citizens of Verra escaping a besieged city through a divine gateway.[61]

In Ashes of Creation there is a primary antagonist that exists within the overarching storyline and these antagonists are The Ancients. When the Apocalypse occurred and the Harbingers arrived in on Verra and those conduits opened from the center of those Harbingers, the Ancients flowed out of these Harbingers and started really conquering the Verran planet. But more importantly their desire was to essentially manipulate and pervert the creation of the gods as an affront to their endeavors; and in doing so they created monstrosities essentially any portion of nature just was completely manipulated by their corruption, which is the negative aspect of Essence.[3]Steven Sharif

Long ago, the world of Verra was besieged by a great calamity (also called the Fall, the Apocalypse, and the Exodus), brought about by the primary antagonists of the world: The Ancients and The Others.[3][62]

  • The apocalypse began with comet-like celestial bodies called Harbingers arriving on Verra. The Ancients flowed out of the conduits that opened at the center of the Harbingers and started conquering the planet.[3]
  • Their desire was to pervert the creation of the gods (the Seven) as an affront to their endeavors; and in doing so they created monstrosities by manipulating nature with corruption, which is the negative aspect of The Essence.[3][4]

Granted by divine intervention from the Goddess of Creation[63], much of the population fled Verra through towering gateways, seeking refuge in a world void of magic.[61] The world of Sanctus.[64]

Soon after the exodus, the gateways dimmed and became dormant. Centuries turned to millennia, burying them beneath myriad calamities. Over eons, history became legend, then even the great legends were at last forgotten.[61]

The Tulnar is a combination of four major races and many minor races that were left behind on Verra after the apocalypse.[67][68][69]

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The Ancients

A Lieutenant of The Ancients 3D render.[70]

This is one of the lieutenants that exists of the Ancients; and you can see they have an almost alien look to them and that is because they have deviated over such a long period of time from their original creation, which looked something very very different: more akin to the Elven and Human races that we have now. But over time through their manipulation of the Essence and the corruption that has ensued within their race, they have taken the form that you can see.[71]Steven Sharif

Suffering Wanderer 3D render.[72][73]

You're going to see really kind of a dark, more insidious creature that's present as the primary antagonist within the storyline of Ashes of Creation. You know they don't have the typical physical attributes you come to expect from a bipedal species like eyes and a mouth, but more you know something alien- that exists something that is just not natural in its appearance.[74]Steven Sharif

The Ancients (the original creations of the Ten gods) and The Others (the banished gods) are the primary antagonists in the lore who defiled and perverted all of creation.[70][75][62]

  • The Ancients learned from The Others how to use The Essence to achieve immortality. This was a pure form of immortality, more akin to the godhood that exists among the Pantheon. This immortality prohibited them from encompassing undeath in the manner of King Atrax.[76]

If the Verran races were combined they’d be the ancients.[79]Steven Sharif

  • The Ancients arrived at Verra through the Harbingers, which are comet-like celestial bodies powered by a very strong source of magic that essentially acts as a bridge between The Void and the Material plane where Verra exists.[70][75]

You're going to see lieutenants, captains, generals, and raid bosses and they're all going to take different forms because their whole perversion of Essence through the corruption is to take creation on the material realm, that the Pantheon of good Gods did, and twist and bend it to the corruption that exists within the Essence, because they view that as a more powerful form, a more raw and arcane form of what magic is meant to be used for. There's no point in these false constructs of morality when utilizing and harnessing the power that comes from the Essence. That is a social construct that was created by inferior gods, according to the Others; and it limits the ability of their creation to really capitalize on what the Essence is to be used for in its pure, innate nature.[81]Steven Sharif

  • The Ancients' race exists in a cast-oriented system because the Essence has a profound effect biologically, physically, and visually on the appearance of the creatures that are manipulating it and are corrupted by it.[82][81]
    • Grunts are the peons or soldiers on the front lines who are specifically geared toward combat, or magic utilization, or specific environments or climates.[82][81]
    • Lieutenants have wing structures and more asymmetrical appearances.[82][81]
    • Captains and generals are also ranks in the caste system.[81]
    • Large raid bosses and/or world bosses are monolithic in their appearance and unlike what standard creatures look like. These are huge, imposing creatures.[82][81]

The gods... wanted to represent their qualities, their characteristics, their attributes within creation with the creation of something, so they started with a race that are now known as The Ancients; and they imbued them with all of their qualities. Essentially now that that turned out to be a mistake because with those types of qualities all in one species there was a a pride that happened- a desire to become more; and that led a little bit of conflict between the Ancients; and actually there was a partition created between some of the the gods within the pantheon that embraced the idea of introducing the Ancients as part of essentially their plane of existence and teaching them the ways of the Essence, in all of its facets: not just what can be used for good, but also what could be used for evil as well. And three of the gods kind of split off and went against the quorum that was established about not interfering with the Ancients after they started this down this road of learning more of the essence and how to manipulate it; and these three gods are known as The Others. So the others really kind of embraced teaching the Ancients knowledge of the essence that they had learned through their eternal existence; and this caused a celestial battle to occur; and the pantheon of the Seven were able to defeat the others; and they banished the Ancients and the Others from the material plane and from the plane of the gods to the void which is the furthest from being connected to the essence.[75]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse lore

Divine gateway in the Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale (BR mode) staging area.[65]

This lobby area where you see players load into- this is unfinished- but this will be one of the capital cities that you are about to enter through the great divine gateways... You're trying to flee; and in this particular game mode you are a part of some unlucky few who didn't quite make it out. And unfortunately after entering the great divine gateway fell back to the planet.[65]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse lore takes place during the exodus from Verra.[65][66][83]

  • Some unlucky citizens didn't quite make it through the gateways in time and fell back to the planet to fight for survival.[65] This underpins the battle royale mode.[66]
  • Certain citizens are fighting for control over Castles that they believe to be last bastions of defense against the forces of corruption. This underpins the castle siege mode.[66]
  • The last stand against the forces of corruption takes place in the horde mode.[66]

Initially you're playing the Battle Royale you're a part of the last group of survivors to try to leave Verra. And as you're leaving you get cut off. The slipstream ends and you start falling back to the planet. Now the activities that occur and the fighting amongst yourselves is a result of the influence of corruption: Corrupting your soul basically; and as we move into the Castle Siege mode that's where you see the survivors now trying to seek refuge in some of the last defendable bastions of of society. So you're kind of fighting over those for your families and your friends to get into that keep to try to ride out the storm so to say; and that's what the Castle Siege is predicated on. Then moving into the Hordes is this is now the final showdown. How long can you last? And that's kind of the narrative behind Apocalypse as a whole.[84]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse lore is split into chapters.[84]

  • Chapter 1 is called The Exodus. It takes part in the initial stages of the fall and sets the scene for upcoming chapters.[84]

What happened before you came back? What did your ancestors have to go through? What did these civilizations have to endure? ... You get to experience the world of Ashes of Creation. You get to take a peek under the hood of the art assets and the style that that art will be when you play the game; and at the same time while you're doing all of that and we're hitting the servers with as many people as possible, we are continuing production and implementing new art; and we are updating those those chapters of this story; and that's what each season so speak is called for us is a chapter. In fact the first chapter of Apocalypse will be titled the Exodus. So chapter one is the Exodus and players will have an opportunity to earn unique rewards in each chapter. So that chapter's period of time is roughly ten weeks- between eight and twelve. We'll see how those go, but right now it's set for ten weeks; and every ten weeks you're going to see an introduction of new content.[84]Steven Sharif

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Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale corruption storm

Corruption storm circle timings in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale.[ citation needed ]

Circle number Duration (mm:ss) Shrink time (mm:ss)
1 0:30 0:05
2 0:60 0:60
3 0:60 0:30
4 0:60 0:30
5 0:60 0:20
6 0:60 0:15
7 0:60 0:05
8 0:30 ?

Corrupted areas/zones

Work-in-progress Alpha-1 preview corrupted area on Alpha island by Mia DelCasino.[5]

How the world kind of reacts and changes to the nodes, you see these intrusions of corruption beginning to pervert and infest the lands; and these are obviously going to be sources by which NPC events are driven based on player progression within the world. And these sources of evil need to be addressed by the players, or else they'll grow out of hand.[86]Steven Sharif

All of our POIs and kind of just the world in general can react to the node- we don't have to but we can- and this is one of those places where as civilization grows this will grow kind of in contest with it.[5]Jeffrey Bard

Corrupted areas (zones/points of interest) can dynamically evolve with the progression of nodes.[86][5]

  • These are sources of NPC events that players need to address before they grow out of hand.[86]

Artwork

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