Rift: Planes of Telara Preview – Back Story
Telara is being torn apart by violent rifts that release powerful forces, endangering the world and dividing its people. The rifts occur as a result of other planes of reality intersecting with Telara’s magical ward of protection, creating doorways for invasion. Scholars and historians believe the rifts occur due to attacks against the ward as the dragon god of extinction, Regulos, attempts to free his minions, those trapped with
Two factions have emerged from these rifts; the Guardians and the Defiant, but as each faction tries to save the now unsafe Telara by stopping the rifts, their different methods and beliefs work to undermine each other and cause further chaos. As they battle mutual enemies, so too do they battle each other.
Rift: Planes of Telara Preview – Races
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Planes of Telara has six playable races, three for each of the two factions. The races under the Guardians faction are:
Dwarves – Born with the desire and skill to build and create, Dwarves have built many cities and numerous weapons and jewellery. Dwarves bravely march into battle to rid Telara from invaders.
High Elves – High Elves are cultured and beautiful and are the oldest race living on Telara. Once the ruling race of most of Telara, the High Elves are fierce protectors of the lands great forest and their connection with nature makes them good healers.
Mathosian – The Mathosian are a strong human race who ruled much of the northern rocky highlands of Telara. Duty, faith and honor are sacred to the Mathosians.
The races under the Defiant faction are:
Bahmi – The Bahmi are a curious and reclusive race living in the Rhaza’de Canyons. Known for their brutality, they prove invaluable warriors in the war against the dragon gods. The Bahmi is a new race that evolved from their ancestors breeding with humans. Bahmi decorate their bodies with intricate tattoos, which provide elemental powers and also tell of the individual’s accomplishments.
Eth – The Eth are a tribe of humans that live in the harsh southern deserts. Where once their power and influence spread throughout Telara, they now lead a nomadic life and have long since buried all knowledge of forbidden technologies they once practiced.
Kelari – The Kelari are rebel elves that live in the dense jungles of the Kelari Isles. For years they worked in secret within High Elf society and though they made pacts with spirits and lesser gods, they believe themselves to be spiritually equal and not subservient to any gods.
Rift: Planes of Telara Preview – Game Play
This MMORPG has been compared to Everquest 2, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, World of Warcraft and Warhammer, but whenever a new MMO enters an already saturated market, the comparisons begin. What Planes of Telara offers is a truly beautiful landscape, which seamlessly moves through se
asons offering a stunning visual effect for the player, a decent amount of playable races and a truly expansive class customization.
The game will of course offer numerous planes, zones and instances and the unique rift system. When a rift is opened, evil mobs come through, and if the rift is allowed to remain open, more evil will seep into Telara. When gamers close rifts they are rewarded, which sounds equally fun and scary. For more information on game play visit Rift: Planes of Telara Overview.
There will also be a crafting and gathering system but at this stage Trion Worlds hasn’t released any info
rmation on crafting or trade. The game will offer player versus player (PvP) but again, there is no details on this aspect currently available.
Planes of Telara will be available in a box from your local gaming store as well as a digital download and will incur a monthly subscription fee like many MMORPGs. It will be released in early 2011 but there is no official date yet. Gamers can sign up for the newsletter via Trion World’s FAQ page to be kept up to date.
Source: Rift: Planes of Telara
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