Enough about what's happening. You want to know what to do, where to go, what you'll see, and probably a billion other questions! Well, here you go!
It's worth noting that during weeks 1-4, each person has a unique timer but it is not an exclusive timer. If you take a long time to choose, the next person may be able to claim their lands before you finish. It is possible, though unlikely, for this to cause a property you have selected to become unavailable, and you will need to choose a different property. All claim requests are first-clicked, first-reserved. Soulbound Studios will not respond to support tickets related to missing out on a place because another player reserved it first.
Once you have claimed your titles, you can name your properties. A temporary name is provided, for both inspirational and organizational purposes, but you are under no obligation to keep that name. The temporary name may help your vassals locate your domain while you wait for approval on your custom name, and we will be displaying both the temporary and custom names for the duration of Domain & Settlement Selection so as to avoid confusion like this:
"You said your duchy was called Skyhope? I've looked everywhere and don't see a Skyhope duchy anywhere. Was it on a different server?"
"Oh, it looks like my name was approved. It should be Dimfaeln now."
Names are subject to Soulbound Studio's approval and must follow the naming criteria provided in the section below. If a name you submit does not meet the requirements, you'll have to try a different one.
The map you see in Domain & Settlement Selection is done up in a style popular among Elyrian Cartographers that we bought off a Trader who says it was created by a Master of the trade. Its focus is on geographic and political elements, suitable for understanding the lay of the land and where domains and settlements are located. It is clear of information that doesn't serve that purpose, such as the names of mountain ranges or lakes. There are other elements that can go onto maps in-game, and those will be up to players to create. There are plenty of discoveries which the author of this map has not recorded, which players will be able to explore, record, and possibly even name.
At a kingdom level, you'll see the following information to help you decide if it's the kingdom for you:
At a duchy level, you'll see the following information to help you decide if it's the duchy for you, whether you can claim it or are looking for a place to settle:
At a county level, you'll see the following information to help you decide if it's the county for you, whether you can claim it or are looking for a place to settle:
Counties, duchies, and kingdoms are an aggregate of all the settlements within their borders. When viewing settlements, there will be more variation between settlements within the same region. Information that can help you decide if it's the settlement you'd like to run include:
You're probably wondering what kinds of resources will be listed. These are the commodities that settlements are founded on:
Different biomes and different cultures may put those basic commodities to use in different ways, causing various industries to emerge. The focus of each settlement might therefore be on one of the following:
As discussed in the post on Title Limits a few months back, there are some limits and restrictions to just what can be claimed, particularly when it comes to those with multiple titles of the same domain tier. As a reminder:
During D&SS, all of your domains of the same level must be adjacent and clustered. This means they can't snake around or create lines, but must create the tightest possible grouping of available domains.
If you have a multi-domain and cannot fit it into the domain you want (either because it can't be adjacent, or because the domain has reached the maximum number of multis), you'll either need to place your sub-domain in a different domain, or utilize the updated policy below.
Update, April 22nd: After internal discussions, we've decided to change the policy from what was originally announced here.
Going forward, players will be able to exchange any titles they do not want, or cannot use for EP past the start of Domain & Settlement Selection. This means that if you get into D&SS and are unable to, or uninterested in claiming one or more of your titles, you can either trade them to someone else, or exchange them for EP.
There are some settlement-based restrictions as well:
Further, there are some additional restrictions some folks may face. Namely, those who won their title in the Free Kingdom of Elyria contest will have their choices restricted to the Kingdom of Alésia on the Luna (NA-E) server. Winners of the Lost Vault grand prize or runner up prizes (where applicable) are limited to the server on which they were won. These winners will still have an time of admittance, but will be unable to claim out of bounds.
Additionally, each kingdom and duchy has a certain allotment of reserved spots for vassals they have recruited. We have already reached out to the nobility to provide us with the names of their chosen vassals, which will be locked in at the start of the event. If you are a vassal with a reservation, you will be able to pick a domain inside your liege lord's domain at any point after your admittance time during Domain & Settlement Selection. You're guaranteed a space, but you're not guaranteed any specific space. You may wish to coordinate with your liege's community but, fair warning, those without reservations can still select domains in that region, up to half of the total domains in the region. If you delay too long, you may only have one valid location left for you to choose. If you hold multiple duchy or county titles, this could mean you cannot claim contiguous domains and would forfeit the additional domain titles!
However, vassals are not restricted from picking elsewhere, if they so choose. They are merely allowed to pick them where they have been listed as a vassal. Ultimately, you are the only one who can decide if you want to claim a specific location or not. If you decide to settle elsewhere, you must select from non-reserved slots for the new region, and your reservation slot in the old region will be forfeited and become an un-reserved slot. There is no way to alter vassal reservations after Domain & Settlement Selection begins. If you have a question about your reservations, you can contact support.
Temporary names will be generated for each domain and settlement on the map. Domains that are predominantly Neran will have English names. Domains with any other tribe as the majority population will have a temporary name translated into that tribe's language (details in the Communication Design Journal, which we hope will be inspiring for those who want to choose a thematically tribal name. You may choose to accept the temporary name as the final name. If you are going to submit your own custom name, it will not be translated into a tribal language, and you are free to request a non-tribal name. When choosing a custom name, there are some guidelines you must follow:
Additionally, you should expect that well-known names from Earth or other fictional universes will not be allowed, even if they follow the above rules. There will be no Winterfell, China, or Coruscant in Elyria. Nor will VVinterfæll, Chynå, or Khoar-u S'ant grace our shores. Elyria is an original world and we think it would be a poor player experience if immersion-breaking names made it onto the starting map, or names that are vulgar or offensive. Additional flexibility may be afforded to the in-game cartography system, as the playerbase will be further naming all the geographic features they think are important, as a part of making maps and giving directions.
Finally, if you have not submitted a name by the time Exposition begins, the temporary name will become the final name. Unnamed domains cannot remain unnamed in Exposition.
As mentioned in the announcement post, pick order is determined by having a server selected, the highest claimed title you own, and your influence amount. Whatever your timer, it should be considered a Time of Admission. It is when you are allowed to actually claim something, but we are not stopping the line. People admitted earlier may not have picked yet, and the next person may be admitted before you finish picking. We've done the math and don't expect this to create a lot of collisions, so this is just a recommendation to review the map early and jot down your top few picks. Then, when you are admitted, you can make your pick without too much deliberation. Ultimately though, there's no rush. After the 4th week, all title holders will be able to make picks from the remaining domains until we close the map for claiming. We don't expect to close the map any time soon, and will announce that time when we get closer to it.
Domain & Settlement Selection is a truly exciting time for Elyrian Citizens. Soon, you will have a solid idea of where you will be and what tribes and industries you will have access to. We expect that the discussions and the Dance of Dynasties will prosper in its wake. So don't forget to head over to the Forums, and especially the server-specific forums, to get in on the conversation!
I can smell the edits to posts in the Domain Forums already!
And, of course, come chat with the community on our official Discord server! There will be a specific channel for the event where you can discuss everything freely with others who are watching the story unfold. Since Domain & Settlement Selection is a huge milestone for the citizenry of Elyria, we expect most of the discussions during the event to feature heavily around the map, but don't forget to welcome new or reawakened community members into the fold and get them up to speed on this world-impacting event!
Pledged to Your Continued Adventures in Life, Both Actual and Fantasy,