We put together an AoC introduction below to help you get started in
the game. For something more in-depth we can recommend the excellent Age of Conan guide written by the game guide experts at Killer Guides.
Upon the launch of Age of Conan users will be able to create a character in three different races known as Aquilonians, Cimmerians and Stygian. Players will be able to roam by themselves or with their allies meeting both other online users and computer controlled people. Unlike the typical MMORPG, Age of Conan doesn't have dwarves, elfs or any other typical types of race. Each of the three races have their own advantages and disadvantages in each type of class. Cimmerians are known for their skills with a blade while Stygian's are known for their magical capabilities so picking your race carefully is a key aspect as it will help or hinder what class you might choose.
Aquilions- Their kingdom called "Flower of the west" is the jewel of Hyboria. It is a land with vast cities, great wealth, with a highly enlightened culture. Although any faith is free from oppression, Aquilionia is a land where the cultures class and chaos is always ensuing. Unlike other races, an Aquilonian is a character with not many stereotypical features which some users will like. Many people compare the Aquilonian's to the Romans because of their high regard for structure and their highly cultured state. Unlike in Cimmeria where strength is respected and war is in the blood, in Aquilonia scholars are held in high regard and the people are cultured and well educated.
Cimmerians- If a user's favorite type of play is to charge in out numbered with blades swinging then the Cimmerian's might be a race for you. Cimmeria is a barbaric nation that is in a constant state of war between feuding tribes on this cold and rugged terrain. Crom is the acknowledge God of Cimmeria and it is told that Cimmerian's believe that at birth Crom gives them the strength they will need to face life and deal with its struggles. Cimmerian's pride themselves on surviving on their own by killing with hands or weapons and they don't rely on mysterious abilities for anything. As a Cimmerian, players will be able to dwell into three out of the four archetypes namely, Soldier, Priest and Rogue.
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Stygians- Stygians are ancient people who were born from a culture 1500 years before any other race. Stygian's are mysterious and have great magical ability which makes this race perfect for anyone who enjoys casting magic and attacking from afar. A stygian may also take on the role of a rogue whose job it is to sneak in and grab goodies from all of the upper castles. Stygians are a diverse group of people who can take may different roads of life and players will find a ton of fun and unique opportunities. Stygia is split up into three hereditary casters called "The Nobility", "The Aristocracy" and "The Peasant". The noble caste is very few and far between in this age rarely being seen in big cities or traveling around. Some are known to even spend their entire lives in contemplation in their estates. These tall, black haired and hawk-nosed Stygians are the true ruling power of the realm and provides the scholars and teachers who take care of the kingdoms many temples and libraries. The Peasant caste is there to serve the Aristocracy and to please their God Set and even a minor infraction can result in a brutally horrifying death. Due to their disdain for gruesome weapons, Stygians are more civilized, educated and enlighten folk more focused on their heightened magical ability. For this reason, the Stygians are the ONLY race that is open to the Mage archetype while also making the Soldier Archetype unavailable to Stygian users.