At Metropolis (stage 6) the Scientific node’s unique building becomes the Academy. In addition to the abilities that the Library, College, and University offers, the Academy adds the following new services, including (but not limited to):
- Academic node reputation vendor.
- Deconstruction stations.
- Artisanship respecing.
- Gathering tool repair buffs.
- Weather Forecasting.
- Components for legendary item repair.
- Certification of tier 3 building schematics.
- Concentrated essence for the creation of accessory enchantment stones.
- Common armor and weapon recipes (level 50 and under).
- Legendary glyphs for the creation of armor and weapon enhancement scrolls.
- Profession mastery qualifications.
- Relic and legendary crafting benches.
- Legendary freehold schematic certificates.
- Upon first glance at a Scientific Node, players will find Scholars on an Expedition out in the wilderness, requesting aid in finding alchemical or natural reagents. If you should choose to help them, you may progress a Scientific Node beyond a lowly Expedition into something magnificent.
- Specialization in Artisanship and Construction mechanics are granted through many of the NPC merchants and through the ancillary quest points within the Scientific Node Type. This will unlock abilities within many professions and allow specialization in the Gathering, Processing, and Crafting aspects of the Artisan system.
Scientific node benefits
- If there are multiple scientific metropolises, then an airship will provide faster travel between those scientific metropolises for citizens of those nodes and their vassal nodes, so long as the metropolises are not at war.
- Previously this was stated to be limited to citizens of metropolis scientific nodes regardless of the stage of the vassal node, so long as the vassal node is not at war.
- This will allow Citizens and Vassals of Scientific Metropolises to do things more quickly than others, as fast travel is limited in the world of Ashes of Creation. They’ll be able to exchange goods and information with ease and get to locations in the world at a quicker speed in order to gather crafting materials to create recipes, as well as participate in limited-time events.
Unique node buildings
Each node type has a unique service building associated with it that can be activated at the Village stage of node advancement. The unique building plays a central role in the progress of civilization for a server.
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