Soul Trees described in detail

What is a SOUL TREE?

Critical to any MMORPG game, is of course the character.

In the beginning, a player would choose one character class and advance through the defined skill set of that character class. This holds true for table-top gaming, such as earlier editions of Dungeons and Dragons; but it also holds true for early MMORPGs, such as EverQuest.

As things evolved, some games would allow you choices within your main character class, such as having the enemy resist your ice spells less often, or have your fire spells do more damage. This allowed some variety, but in many cases, the choices available were only small variations on a particular style. In essence, a Wizard was still a Wizard, and they progressed as a Wizard with very little differentiating Wizard Bob from Wizard Joe.

Enter Trion. With the upcoming game Rift: Planes of Telara, players will choose a specific calling, which in effect is a party role. Currently announced, these callings are Warrior, Cleric, Mage, and Rogue. So far this sounds kind of familiar, right? Hold on a second!

Within each calling your character can have several different souls (classes). Up to three souls may be chosen per character, and they may be changed, replaced by other souls, and advanced as uniquely as the player wishes that character to advance.

For example, I wish to make a good solid Warrior character; we shall call him Clyde. There are four announced souls (and more to warrior soul treecome), these are Champion, Reaver, Paladin, and Warlord. Clyde can eventually have say Champion, Reaver, and Warlord for example. And as I advance, I choose how far up each soul tree I advance, by spending soul points on that soul tree. I want Clyde to be half Champion and half Reaver, I spend those points evenly. If I want 75% Champion, 10% Reaver, 15% Warlord, I can spend my points in that fashion.

This means that every character, unless they specifically choose to mimic another character’s soul trees, will be entirely unique. Even those who select the same three souls (such as Champion, Reaver, and Warlord) will have spent their soul points upgrading their character differently and focusing on what they want in their Warrior.

For more information and great detail on how the Soul Tree system will work, check out Riftgame.com, the official site.

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