Act 1 areas

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Twilight Strand[edit]

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A Ranger battles Hillock in the Twilight Strand.

The Twilight Strand is the beach on which the player is first abandoned. The small strip of beach is hemmed in on one side by the ocean and on the other by huge stone cliffs. Pieces of wrecked ships and dead sailors and litter the beach, doomed by the frequent storms that strike the area.

Context

This is the beginning tutorial area of the game. The player is washed ashore with nothing and must immediately fight to survive with nothing more than a piece of driftwood, The Twilight Strand is meant to introduce the player to the basic concepts of the game including fighting monsters, scavenging loot, and equipping gear.

Monsters

Monsters in the area include Zombies, Sand Spitters, and Hillock.



Shore Encampment[edit]

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Two players trade in the Shore Encampment.

The Shore Encampment is a rugged outpost at the front lines of the chaos in Wraeclast. Regularly under attack by the various monsters that inhabit the beaches, its inhabitants are practically trapped and left to fend for themselves. Wounded and desperate survivors are the only inhabitants.

Context

The Shore Encampment is the base town for Act 1. It is here that the player will return to heal, trade goods, access their stash, and embark on the various quests. Players will also receive their first skill gems upon first entering the encampment.

Monsters

None.



The Terraces[edit]

The Terraces are a series of narrow rocky ledges cut into the sea cliffs that must be taken from the Shore Encampment to get to the interior of Wreaclast. Relatively barren, the Terraces are virtually devoid of non-hostile life.

Context

The Terraces are the first true combat area in the game. The area begins immediately after the player leaves the Shore Encampment and seems to serve as a transit area to reach the Mud Flats.

Monsters

Monsters in this area include Scavengers, Zombies, and Sand Spitters.



Mud Flats[edit]

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A Witch battles a champion Rhoa in the Mud Flats.

Inland of the rocky sea cliffs lies the huge swamp known as the Mud Flats. riddled with decaying trees and plant life and home to the giant flightless birds called Rhoa as well as the various undead, the Mud Flats are a dangerous place. For the player to continue toward the Prison, however, they must be traversed. The Rhoa seem to have an instinct to collect items from their victims and these can often be found by scavenging their nests.

Context

The Mud Flats seem large and non-linear as opposed to the previous areas. They could serve as the location for an early quest.

Monsters

Monsters in this area include Rhoa, Zombies, and Muddy Dead.



Tidal Passage[edit]

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A Marauder uses Ground Slam on some Shield Crabs in the Tidal Passage.

The Tidal Passage is a partially submerged cave system running along the coast of Wreaclast. Formed through centuries of erosion, the caves funnel rain water to the sea. It is in these dark caves along the ocean that sirens live and beckon unwitting passersby to their death. A plethora of other amphibious horrors inhabit these caves as well.

Context

Moving away from the wide open Mud Flats, the Tidal Passage seems to be narrower and labyrinthine.

Monsters

Monsters in this area include Shield Crabs, and Siren's Daughters.



The Ledge[edit]

The Ledge is a relatively barren area that leads the player back into the interior of Wraeclast.

Context

The Ledge seems to be a more transitory area.

Monsters

Monsters in this area include Skeletons, Scavengers, Zombies, and Sand Spitters.



Rocky Climb[edit]

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A Witch raises zombies to her aid on the Rocky Climb.

The Rocky Climb is a path that winds high into the mountains of Wraeclast toward the Prison. Despite (or perhaps due to) the harsh and rocky terrain a plethora of savage beasts live in this region.

Context

The Rocky Climb finally brings the player to the gates of the Prison which seems to be the initial quest goal for Act 1.

Monsters

Monsters in this area include Goat Men, Hellions, Skeletons, Rhoa, Scavengers, Zombies, and Sand_Spitters.




The Lower Prison[edit]

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A Witch casts Detonate Dead in the Lower Prison.

Long abandoned by the living, the Prison represents Wraeclast's decent into chaos. Once a symbol of power for long lost nations, it is now merely a housing for the restless dead and any monsters that prefer its dark and twisted corridors. Wandering the halls and cells of the Lower Prison, the player can get a glimpse of the darker side of Wraeclast's past. Even though danger lurks in every niche and around every corner of the Lower Prison, the worst is yet to come.

Context

Aside from scattered wreckage and ruins, the Prison is the first real look player's get of Wraeclast's past. Perhaps it will divulge some secrets about the events that transpired to plunge the continent into chaos. The Lower Prison area seems large and complex but its main purpose is as a prelude to the Upper Prison.

Monsters

Monsters in this area include Skeletons, Zombies, and spiders.



The Upper Prison[edit]

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Players battle the deformed warden, Brutus, in the Upper Prison.

After completing the Lower Prison, players will find the entrance to the Upper Prison barricaded from the outside and with good reason. Within the rooms of the Upper Prison roams the last Prison warden, Brutus, horribly disfigured through reckless necromancy. Unable to escape despite his unnatural strength, Brutus wanders the Upper Prison in perpetual rage and agony, eager to destroy anyone foolish enough to enter his cell.

Context

Aside from scattered wreckage and ruins, the Prison is the first real look player's get of Wraeclast's past. Perhaps it will divulge some secrets about the events that transpired to plunge the continent into chaos. The Upper Prison concludes with the first major boss fight since players defeated Hillock on the Twilight Strand. Defeating Brutus will most likely complete some sort of quest and allow the player to leave the Prison.

Monsters

Monsters in this area include Skeletons, Zombies, spiders, and Brutus.



The Prisoner's Gate[edit]

Escaping the Prison, the player descends down around to the Prisoner's Gate.

Context

Seems to be a transitory area.

Monsters

 ?



The Ship Graveyard[edit]

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A party battles monsters in the Ship Graveyard.

Once a dangerously rocky inlet on the coast, time has drained the Ship Graveyard into a stinking saltwater bog. Partially buried and decayed in the mud lie the hulls of dozens of wrecked ships, crushed against the shore by relentless storms and ocean currents. The eerie blue ghosts of the former sailors now wander the mists along with other monsters making the Ship Graveyard a dangerous area to attempt to traverse. If the player can survive the onslaught and not get hopelessly lost in the thick mist they may reach the shores.

Context

The Ship Graveyard is a large open area dotted with the looming hulls of ships and other wreckage.

Monsters

Monsters in this area include Siren's Daughters, Ghosts, and Water Elementals.



The Coves[edit]

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A Witch fights for her life on the Coves.

Back along the ocean, the player traverses the wide sandy beaches of the Coves. Craggy boulders jut from out of the sand throughout the area. Strange and grotesque, they don't seem to have been created through natural erosive processes. Even the beautiful sunshine, however, can't warm the hearts of the monsters that live along the seaside.

Context

The Coves are a relatively wide area though still confined by the ocean and the cliffs on either side.

Monsters

Monsters in this area include Goat Men, and Sand Spitters.



The Cavern[edit]

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Merveil casts Cold Snap on a Witch in the Caverns.

Back underground lies gigantic series of caverns that twist and tunnel along the ocean. The Cavern is a place of evil stories and legends, of sailors being lured to their death in deranged enchantment. It is here, in the farthest recesses of the Cavern, that Merveil waits in eternal anguish and hatred for her lost lover. Those who hear her voice are seldom seen again. Merveil, however, is hardly the only resident of the dark and salty Cavern. Countless subterranean monsters call it home while more malevolent undead roam its passages.

Context

The Cavern is the final area of Act 1 and presumably the player will emerge from the other side into Act 2. The area is very large and it's corridors twist and turn like a maze. At the center lies Merveil, the final boss encounter of Act 1. Expect a difficult fight.

Monsters

Monsters in this area include Siren's Daughters, spiders, Shield_Crabs, Ghosts, and Merveil.