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Introducing The Araka - Godsblood NPCs and PCs

Postby Gillar on February 17th, 2015, 4:45 am

Looking at the various questions posted here and after pondering this exciting new concept, I wanted to try and clarify a few things regarding the Araka.

How would Araka status apply to races that can't normally reproduce with other races.. e.g. Pycons, Akvatari?
Also, would Nuit be completely exempt from Araka status? Or could an Araka go through Daek-Nuit and retain their bloodlines?


I will be starting a discussion among the staff regarding the nuit and Araka to hopefully decide on this one. Please stand by. As for those other races who can't normally reproduce with other races, I'm going to have to say no, they can't be Araka. This is a blood related thing so reproduction is kind of a necessity.

If you meet all the requirements to become an Araka can you apply it to an already existing character and simply have explained them as unaware for the time already played, or do you have to make an alt?


The status of Araka is meant to be added to existing characters who meet the requirements and who can justify such a thing fitting into their character seamlessly. By that I mean try not to force your character into being an Araka descended from a specific god if you have to do too much reaching to get it to fit. If it looks like it's being forced into your character just because you think it's cool, you will have a much more difficult time getting an approval for it.

Also, I'm assuming that the post count and seniority must be met on one account? collecting post count and time from alts is probably just taking a short cut, correct?

The requirements for Araka apply to a single character meaning that character alone must meet the requirements regardless of the player's other character status'.

So, I do have a question too: Are the grandchildren of Alvina also Araka, or are they normal humans/Akalak/whatever? How diluted may the divine blood be? I mean; at one point the person, although related to the Gods, will just be an ordinary mortal, right? Say, if you are of the seventh generation of children of Siku or so? Or even sooner?

On this I'm going to say that only the children of Araka will possess that status. Their children will be considered "normal" members of their race.

Could every race potentially be an Araka? Most of the deities seem to tend towards humanish forms, so could the beastial races, like the dhani or the zith, potentially be descended from a typically humanoid appearing deity?

Would the children be, or appear to be, a pureblood of the race their mortal parents are?

And are there deities that would not have any children?


Races that can reproduce with other races in the traditional sense can be Araka. When it comes to gods, their forms and potential Alvina produced from god/mortal couplings, the type and form the Alvina takes varies greatly depending on their divine parent. While some gods tend toward humanish forms, that doesn't mean they can't have bestial forms as well; they are gods after all. It all comes down to the god, their nature and tendencies. For example, Caiyha often appears as humanoid, animal, etc as does Laviku. Both are known for producing a large number of Alvina of difference species who in turn would create all manner of Araka.

As for gods taking different humanoid forms as opposed to human forms, such as zith, dhani and the like, it again comes down to the individual god as well as just how bestial the humanoid is. Some gods may be more apt to produce Alvina with bestial humanoids than others. Gods like Rhysol for example have no qualms about getting intimate with just about anyone and anything as it is another way of corrupting and twisting things. In the end though, it comes down to the god, their desires and their motivations.

Alvina however are more grounded in their choices of partners from which Araka are born. Their forms are less malleable than true gods and their motives and desires, tastes and so on are closer to those of mortals.

Araka will look and function just like members of their mortal parent's race.

They question of deities who simple wouldn't have children is an important one. Some gods are partnered with other gods and thus simply wouldn't be apt to mingle with mortals in a way that would produce children. Wysar and Akajia for example would not breed with mortals as they are already a couple. Gods mating with gods produce gods and not Alvina. Leth and Syna would also be considered a couple and thus would likely not have Alvina children. In these cases, go with the Lore. If gods are partnered with other gods, chances are you won't get approved to be an Araka with a bloodline from those gods. Also, some gods are just not inclined to produce children with mortals or do so rarely that they would likely have a named Alvina yet to be placed in the Lore. In those instances, we will let you know the chances of certain gods having Alvina in your request to be an Araka.

Expanding on this idea a bit, there are some gods that simply won't mate with certain races. Izurdin for example would never have an Alvina with a non-isur. Tyveth wouldn't have an Alvina with a zith and so forth. Again, refer to the Lore on specific gods and we will clarify things in individual requests.

Also, with your requests, expect us to ask questions, clarify certain aspects, make suggestions and otherwise dissect in order to ensure that your character is suitable to be an Araka and that it all makes sense. The Araka are a brand new concept and there will of course be continued development as the concept grows and evolves.
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Postby Ssezzkero on February 17th, 2015, 5:09 am

Wait so are you saying thay Araka can have a parent Alvina that is not on the list? I may not be reading this right but you mention Gods producing Alvina a lot. Are people allowed to be making up Alvina as parents then?

Also, what are the requirements to request an Araka NPC?
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Postby Gillar on February 17th, 2015, 7:03 am

Gods do produce Alvina that aren't necessarily on the God List. For example, Kalvikasi are Laviku's children, all Alvina. Not every Alvina has a specific area of influence. Children of the gods and mortals are considered to be Alvina; basically they are superior beings that walk the line of mortality and divinity. Among the Alvina there are those who have garnered enough divine influence to claim specific areas of influence. These are the Alvina who have their own followers.

Does this mean that anyone can invent an Alvina for their characters to be related to as Araka? No. Generalities are the key in this regard. Remember, most characters do not even know they are Araka. They would have no idea that their mother or father was an Alvina. Because of that, there is more freedom when choosing an Alvina as a parent for your character because you don't need specifics. That said, what I mentioned in my previous post about some gods having Alvinas while others don't stays true. Some gods have countless Alvina such as Laviku and Caiyha while others will have far fewer numbers, maybe one or two. Remember, the modified concept of having your character be an Araka must make sense. For example, it wouldn't make sense for an Alvina of Myri to be a loving, passive mother or an Alvina of Cheva to be a cold, heartless, abusive husband who runs out on his family just after his child is born. For unnamed Alvina, imagine them as having personality traits similar to those of their divine parents. This keeps things simple and more or less balanced. Don't try to invent your own Alvina in detail because it will likely end up causing you to be denied for an Araka.

While it is allowed at this point to use non-named Alvina for your parentage, understand that it may be easier to get approved by using existing, named Alvina. We are currently developing more named Alvina and as they are ironed out and agreed upon they will be included into the Lore.

Araka NPCs, at this time are not allowed. Since a PC Araka requires 1 year of active play with 1000 posts, such characters go above and beyond typical player controlled NPCs in the extreme. This leaves equivalent Araka NPCs too potent of characters to be granted to players.

Remember though, this is a brand new game element that will be undergoing varying levels of evolution as time goes on.
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Postby Ssezzkero on February 17th, 2015, 12:23 pm

Thanks! :)
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Postby Rayage on February 17th, 2015, 6:03 pm

Keene Ward wrote:Gotcha, and that makes sense! Thanks, Goss. :) I'm excited for this change!

Also, follow up question, are you planning on making any more Alvina to give a wider variety of Araka choices, or are you feeling like the Alvina we currently have are more than enough?

On that question: how do Akalaks, Konti, and Dhani fit into this if they are the children of gods and alvina?


Keene did ask a good question that I think might have got buried in comments. Dhani and Konti and such are stated in the lore to be some gods 'children' (Dhani are children of Siku, and Konti are children of Avalis). Does that mean they have divine ancestry or is it more like 'the god/goddess took them in, under their wing, and claimed them as a race'? How do they fit into the Araka bloodline?
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Postby Gossamer on February 17th, 2015, 6:43 pm

That means a specific god or goddess created their entire race.
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Postby Rayage on February 17th, 2015, 7:12 pm

Thank you Goss
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Postby Gillar on February 19th, 2015, 9:38 pm

To clarify, for those seeking an Araka bloodline, know that if you do not choose an existing, named Alvina and instead go the route of generalities, said Alvina will not have an established area of influence. In other words, the non-listed Alvina will be more akin to the children of Laviku and Caiyha for example. Yes they are Alvina because they are divine children and they are mighty in their own right but they do not have the worshipers and thus divine power/influence that the "named" Alvina have. These are the Alvina who have been forgotten by their divine parent, spurned or simply just haven't had the inclination to take up a certain aspect of existence and champion it. Others may even be children of darker gods whose parent does not wish to share their areas of influence.

We are currently working on developing more "named" Alvina that will be added to the list as they are finished. I am also working on a list of "unnamed" Alvina (those without many active worshipers) for gods such as, Rhysol, Krysus, Yahal and Izurdin.

In the coming days, a more established Lore article on the Araka will be posted that will help clarify, inform and help define the Araka and what they are.
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Postby Hirem on February 19th, 2015, 10:09 pm

Wait, Yahal had kids? Like actual kids? Oh man, the Benshira are going to have a field day.

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Postby Zoszem on February 19th, 2015, 10:26 pm

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... Now, can you even imagine Maledictors getting their paws on bodyparts of dead Araka? :D That would be very interesting to see what happens with those relics.
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