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Feel free to leave me messages here! I should respond fairly swiftly.

WinterRose: Asks about the fact that Lords and 999 Heroes cannot enter much of the area

WinterRose writes:

I'd like to take this opportunity to once again make a case for the 999 heroes in Nivea.

  1. A 999 hero has the disadvantage over 998 hero since all +X lvl insignias drop automatically at 999.
  2. A 999 hero is a badge of honor, it's not a lord shadow that one can get by morphing at 300, as it has to be run and a significant amount of effort is poured into creating it.
  3. A 999 hero is not a dead-end - it still gains stats (ever so slowly) via killcount rollovers and isn't as frozen as a lord's shadow.
  4. A 999 hero is no more powerful than a 998 one. Parking a hero at 998 so that it can continue to have access to a specific area should not be expected of anyone.
  5. Forbidding a 999 hero access to area proper can be viewed as a slap to something that players view as a great matter of pride, especially if the 999 is in fact a very difficult character to level, like a dragon or an ent.
  6. Leaving a character at 999 is done because hero is a hero, and not a lord; treating it as a lord is like saying that level 50 character should be viewed 'as a hero' because it can carry lvl 51 gear - but 999s cannot wear lord gear, do not get lord insignias, and are not as powerful as shadows in their T1 lord sets that do not even require self-spells of Eragora. A shadowed bladedancer, for example, can veil at Midgaardia - can a 999 do it as well?

I see absolutely no reason to forbid any hero from entering Arx Nivea. If the goal of an area is to keep powerful characters out, then draw the line at 250 or any other arbitrary point, but excluding that which represents the pride and achievement is not something I personally can support.

Eragora is, and has always been, a superhero continent. Please, once again, reconsider leaving Arx Nivea open to all superheroes (and not just those "wise enough" to park at 997) and keep the lords out as you please.

Thank you, -- WinterRose 09:20, 29 November 2013 (EST)

Iktinos responds:
It is part of the theme of Arx Nivea that it has magical defences.
Thanks to them, lords and the top 2% of all superheroes get access to a specially written section which explains much about Arx Nivea that lower level characters are unable to access.
--Iktinos 10:55, 2 December 2013 (EST)
WinterRose responds:
I can understand that the magical protections prevent lords from entering, being sensitive to "shadow" mechanism and whatever in-game explanation that brings, but putting 999s in a different category than 998s can have no in-game explanation that would bear any sense for the reasons I explained in my post above.
I will take yet another opportunity to point out that disallowing 999s from entering the area does more that simply make a selection over which character enters and which does not - you have inadvertently made a selection against which player enters and which doesn't.
Imagine what would happen if for some inexplicable reasons in-game hosted heroquests were proclaimed not runnable by 999s (UD for example, because, hey, why didn't they morph yet?). I'm sure the backlash would be very significant, which hasn't here occurred because a) this is Eragora, and b) it's simply one area of many, so people can continue to boycot it in silence.
I am in no position other than to yet again plead for putting 999 heroes into hero category and leaving the other section of Arx to lords where it makes sense for the settlement to protect itself, and out-of-game, for the builder to present another picture to the curious lords.
-- WinterRose 14:08, 2 December 2013 (EST)
Iktinos responds:
I suggest you take a step back; empty yourself of personal desires, et cetera, and view this from an impersonal, neutral perspective.
Ponder it for a while. Think about game design, game play, player culture, play experience, the aims and play-style of the area, etc.
Once you have new insight, it would please me greatly if you could express your new-found understanding by expressing your query/request anew.
For now, I shall leave you with a zen story:
           Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), 
           received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

           Nan-in served tea. 

           He poured his visitor's cup full, 
           and then kept on pouring.

           The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. 

           "It is overfull. No more will go in!"

           "Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. 
           How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?"
--Iktinos 13:45, 3 December 2013 (EST)
WinterRose concludes:
Ok, thanx. -- WinterRose 16:48, 3 December 2013 (EST)