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Ghosts In The Machine (And Other Places)


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As explained in the FAQ we’re introducing today, Thralls are “the souls of fallen warriors and craftsmen”. If you can successfully harness their power and maintain control of it—which may be a challenge—you will reap {pun intended) the benefits of the knowledge and skill they left behind.


Thrall FAQ

1. What is a Thrall?

Thralls are the souls of fallen warriors and craftsmen, the spirits who remain on the Dying Worlds after the living have fled before the Hunger. They are ghosts and spirits, haunting these Worlds in the final hours…


The challenge for these ghosts is: they cannot pass into the afterlife, for they have unfinished matters which keep them from moving on. They cannot flee the World, however, for they are bound there. Thus, they are trapped on – and soon to be devoured with – a World that is already infected by the Hunger.

2. Wait, so are they slaves? That sounds pretty grim. 

Thralls aren't slaves. You are acting a “grim reaper” of sorts -- one of the duties asked of the Crows is to track these errant spirits and offer them salvation on behalf of the Gods.  

The deal is simple: to avoid being devoured by the Hunger, Thralls are given a chance at redemption. They enter the service of the Gods, serving as craftsman and spectral guardians for a set period of time, after which their soul is released and they can rest for eternity. 


Ok, yeah.  It’s grim. But remember, you’re the good guy, here. Without you, they would be consumed by the Hunger.


3. Do all the Thralls serve the same function in game?

No! Thralls have a variety of purposes in Crowfall. That said, however, each Thrall serves a particular purpose, depending on his or her profession during life.


Thralls can serve as vendors managing your sales, craftsmen to help you make items, unearthly trainers who assist you in learning certain skills faster, guardsmen who protect your ramparts, and bind-spirits – fallen warriors who can be inscribed into the runes to make your weapons and armor more powerful. (for example, you could bind the spirit of an Elven Blademaster into your sword, and the echoes of his life would help guide your blows and shield you from harm.)


4. Do Thralls have Stats?

They do! Certain Thralls will be better than others at a specific tasks. Some serve better as guards, crafters, trainers, or bind-spirits locked into weapons or armor. 


While Thralls are always willing to flee The Hunger, some of them are not to be trusted. These Thralls will test the bounds of their enchantment, and will periodically attempt to break free of your control. We’re still working out the details of this system, but (to match our general philosophy of design): higher risk means higher reward. That means the more powerful Thralls will often be the more difficult to control. 


5. How do I capture a Thrall?

Thralls will generally be found haunting the ruins of the Campaign worlds. Ghosts have a tendency to wander the same halls and room that they did while living. To capture a Thrall, you need a soul gem. Soul gems are used to capture Thralls, transfer them, and bind them into crafting (and enchanting) recipes. 


6. Are all Soul Gems the same?

Probably not, but again, we’re still working on this system. Our thought is that higher value gems can store more powerful Thralls, and that the quality and size of the Gem has a direct impact on how easy it is to contain each spirit.


7. Is there any limit to the number of Thralls I can have?

Since they are stored in a Soul Gem, they are a standard inventory object. The only limit is your inventory space.


8. Is there any limit to the number of Thralls I can have active?

The limits aren't on a character or account basis. Instead, each system will enforce its own limit(s). For example, items can only have one bind-spirit. Buildings have a preset number of Thrall Slots (represented in game as a summoning circle) and each of them can only contain a single Thrall.  Generally, for buildings that allow Thralls, you can increasing the level of the building to activate more Thrall slots of that type.

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Thanks for the update.   A few thoughts/questions:


--I appreciate you addressing the slave issue.  Great job reading the boards and addressing concerns.


--Can we craft the Soul Gems or are they found as well?


--Since the thralls have a limit on how long we can harness them, how does that impact the thralls we use as vendors? Can we "recharge" them so we don't have to keep unloading product and then reloading it on a new thrall?  If the thrall does expire, what happens to the items for sale loaded onto it?


--Love the lore behind them.  Makes the relationship with them already rich and interesting.


Thralls!  Wooohoo!


The Chronicles of Crowfall           The Free Lands of Azure            RIP Doc Gonzo.

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Cool stuff!  


One request - please do not make thrall "break away" chance RNG based.  Instead, a simple thrall management system with monthly, weekly, daily, or even hourly requirements for care would be awesome.  Think Elric's Stormbringer needing to feed on souls.  Failure to "feed" or "manage" the thrall over X timeframe results in the thrall breaking free.... or something.  

Edited by gaunsaku


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This is something I had never seen in a MMO before. You guys totally did something I would ever expect and I think it just added more awesome features to the gameplay. Can't wait to test how this turns out!


What about the weapons and recipes of warrior and crafter? Will the weapons of each thrall be different and enchanted and what will happen to the thrall's weapons after they leave the world? Will different crafters have different recipes unlocked? These are just some of my questions related to the topic.


Can't wait to see more elaboration on this topic.

Edited by Eediom


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As usual, more questions the more info we get :)    I am assuming they can be traded/sold/ gifted if you acquire one you have no use for?  Also it looks like , some, anyways, would be fairly useless  if you did not have the proper structure to house it in ( in re to the "Buildings have a preset number of Thrall Slots (represented in game as a summoning circle) and each of them can only contain a single Thrall.  Generally, for buildings that allow Thralls, you can increasing the level of the building to activate more Thrall slots of that type.").  Will building upgrades be sold in the Crowfall Store or will they be solely  able to be upgraded through in game mechanics?

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