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Alpha-1 winner of Mayoral election.[1]

Node governments are chosen from a node's citizenry when a node reaches stage 3 (Village).[2]

Positions within a node's government are attained through titles that grant special access to NPCs in the node.[3]

There are a lot of things that you can strive for within [a node] that grant you that special treatment.[3]Steven Sharif

Node elections

Once a node has reached Village stage there will be a one week cooldown period before node elections begin.[7]

  • This cooldown period allows players to establish citizenship at the village; which may require them to relinquish previous citizenship at another node.[7]
  • Following the initial cooldown, there will be a one week election process, then from that point on, elections will follow a monthly cadence.[7]
  • Node sieges may not be declared for 21 days following a node advancing to any stage.[8]
    • This was previously stated to apply only to nodes advancing to Village (stage 3), not higher stages.[9]

The village stage is a unique stage because that's when the government system comes online and all other stages past village there will have already been a cadence for the election system and it will follow that cadence, but after the initial village stage is completed there will be a one week period where players have an opportunity to establish citizenship at the village that also provides for the cooldown time that is- that would be present on players leaving another node to kind of participate in in this particular node leveling up. But that after that one week period then there will be a one-week election process and then from that point moving forward will be the one month cadence that the node experiences elections on.[7]Steven Sharif

Node elections occur on a monthly basis.[7][10]

Node governments and mayors are chosen through different methods according to the node's type.[14][15]

City hall

City hall is a government building within a node.[25]

We want the City Hall to be the place where big decisions are made for each Node. It should be where the “ruling class” comes together and decides what to do (these decisions can quickly make them the “old ruling class” too).

Mayors and node governments use City hall to visualize and control activities within their node. These capabilities will also be available via mobile/web inteface.[4]

Players can interact with the node board to get a list of its citizens.[11]


Mayors are leaders of a node's government who control the development of that node.[4]

  • Coordinate the transfer of needed supplies with citizens operating caravans.[28]
    • Mayors must communicate what resources are necessary for a particular node then motivate the citizens to fulfill those needs.[28]

Only node citizens may be elected mayor.[12]

You may only ever be a citizen of a single node at a time.[12]Steven Sharif

Mayors gain new powers and responsibilities as their node advances.[15]

The mayor is made aware of what scroll has been generated if their node is the one that's named on the scroll.[30]Steven Sharif

Mayoral caravans

Mayoral caravans are launched by Mayors.[31]

Leadership powers

Depiction of a mayor.[32]

Government officials have wide-ranging leadership powers.[33] Node policies grant certain types of actions that a node government can take.[34]

  • Declaring war on another node and rallying citizens to the cause.[34][25]
  • Mayors are able to initiate quest-driven systems that non-citizens can participate in. The mayor can use a portion of the node's treasury or goods as rewards for quest completion. Players will be able to interface with the node to view the quests that are available to them.[39]
  • Governments may be able to choose a node name from a predetermined list.[40][41]

The government has a lot of say in the direction of the nodes development. Directing assets, building projects, tax allocation, defensive ability etc. Players have the ability to not only create these cities, but they have the right of self-governance.[2]

There are levers and dials that are present to both the owners of Castles as well as the elected officials of Nodes that during their administration they have the ability to impact and influence the region around them.[42]Steven Sharif

Guilds do not control nodes.[43][44] Guild leaders (kings and queens) can become mayors of nodes.[12]

  • Guilds hold separate roles in the direction of the node than the roles held by private citizens.[2]
  • Only a certain number of guilds may participate in these roles.[2]
  • Separate guild roles are reserved for small, medium and large guilds.[2]

Guild’s also hold separate roles in the direction of the node, than the roles held by private citizens, and only a certain number of guilds may participate in these roles. Separate guild roles are reserved for Small size guilds, medium size guilds and large size guilds.[2]

Node layout and style

Racial architecture of the same Village (stage 3) node on different servers. Dünir Dwarven influence (top). Kaelar Human influence (bottom). Alpha-1 Non-NDA screenshot.

The layout and architecture within a Node’s development area are determined by influential race. For example, a stage 3 Node with the majority of player contribution being Py'rai would have a Py'rai village with Py'rai architecture. Most NPCs would be Py'rai elves, and offer questlines within the Py'rai narrative.[15]Margaret Krohn

Each player’s contributed experience is flagged with their character race and other identifiers. When a Node advances, the race with the highest experience contribution determines the Node’s style and culture. This style and culture change can happen at every Node Stage. For example, if a Node advances to Level 2 - Encampment Stage and 51% of all experience was earned by Ren’Kai players, the Node will be a Level 2 Ren’Kai Node. If that same Node advances to a Level 3 - Village Stage Node, but the Py'Rai contributed 62% of all the experience earned, then the Node will be a Level 3 Py'Rai Node.[45]Margaret Krohn

Node layout and style is determined by several factors:[46][47]

  • Environment (biome) and location of the node.[48][46][47]
    The way that the node system is built is that they can exist across a spread of 18 biomes, but at the same time have to represent the cultural influence of these cultures that are intrinsically a part of a specific biome.[48]Steven Sharif
    • Nodes will adjust the local topography to fit the aesthetic and mechanical requirements of the node.[49]

Currently the way that the platform system is set up, is it's capable of adjusting the topography of the node's footprint, regardless of the surrounding terrain. So the reason for that is we want to have flexibility in the presentation of the node's layout and how it is essentially both from an aesthetic standpoint as well as a mechanical standpoint with node sieges- how it's constructed and that construction should have the ability to take on a variance of different types of topography. So it shouldn't be dependent on the surrounding area. Now that's not to say that the surrounding area isn't going to have some influence over. So for example... we're experimenting a little bit with the platform tech and putting up a node up against the side of a mountain or on the edge of a cliff or something that has a beautiful vista. Those are things that we're going to test out obviously as we continue to work on the node tool and how that platform system works, but the idea is to have the node independent of the surrounding terrain.[49]Steven Sharif

Some parts are determined by the area it's in. Some parts are determined by the type it is. Some parts are determined by the race it is; and then the rest of it is determined by the mayor.[47]Jeffrey Bard

All nodes whether they're associated with a castle or associated with normal node structure has cultural influences that replicate over to the buildings that are produced and the NPCs that are present.[42]Steven Sharif

  • The rest is determined by the node's mayor.[47]

Cultural influences

Alpha-1 Village node layout.[55]

We have essentially sets that exist across all races; and each race that dons those armor sets is going to have their own racial influence on the presentation of those particular sets. So that's something that's unique in how each of the races get diversified. Additionally, the more that one particular race contributes to a node's development, it's going to manifest in that particular node's architectural influences. You're going to see the architectures of those races become manifest within the nodes as well: That's another way that we diversify each race and we present each race's culture in the game as through those architectures, through those props that exist, through the tailoring of the armor sets that the NPC might wear, to the different factions that exist. Factions will have their own affiliation with different races as well. Each race will also have some different nomenclature when it comes to the lore, or comes to locations in the world. They're going to have their own language influences as well: The way they speak is something that's going to be distinct between races; when you have dialogue trees with particular NPCs. So all of those things really go into setting an immersive world where the cultures have their own identity.[50]Steven Sharif

Cultural influences manifest in many ways, from node and gear aesthetics to NPC languages and lore.[50][56][45]

  • Gear appearance of certain armor sets is influenced by the player's race.[50]
  • Node layout and style is influenced by the race that contributes the most to that node.[50]
    • Benefits may apply to citizens of the dominant culture but can also apply to mechanics of the node, which can also be of benefit to members of other races.[56]
    • There are attrition mechanics that affects experience and influence to curb a single race from dominating the entire world.[57]
  • NPCs will react differently to different character races.[58]

There is an attrition and th1at attrition on experience and influence is heightened based on the performance of the race in the world. So if all these nodes are Orc nodes then their attrition rate is very high to compete with the cultural establishment of new nodes because they have more influence in the world and a popular opinion is against them in their outlying regions that they do not have influence in.[57]Steven Sharif

Constructible node buildings

Node governments decide the location and types of constructible node buildings to be constructed within sectors of a node.[61][62][63]

These are buildings that the mayor has agency over determining whether or not they should be a constructed project. Constructible buildings can be selected at open plots that are gained as the node advances. If they elect to begin construction of one of these types of buildings- one of which is the marketplace- it'll grant certain trade benefits as well as some stalls that the citizens may participate in.[64]Steven Sharif

The government decides how to specialize their node. Once they choose certain things they won't be able to choose other things.[61]

  • Node buildings live within a "tech tree" based on the stage of the node. Each stage offers stronger services to the node but must satisfy prerequisites for the building construction.[65]
  • Different governments may change the buildings within a node.[61]

And there could be regime change... If somebody doesn't like the fact that a market was built and they want to re-elect a new government next cycle, they can do so... and that market could be destroyed and a new building take its place.[61]

When the building types are determined, the community will then need to bring resources into the node (using caravans) and come together to construct the buildings (via quests and the like).[61]

Node sieges

Node sieges (Pre-alpha footage).[67]

As some areas in the world grow, others will fall. This is the foundation of the living, breathing world that is Ashes of Creation, where players will have the ability to make important decisions that matter in the longevity of an area becoming a city, or whether to siege a rival town. Rise above the ashes, create the world around you, and be a part of the story that unfolds because of your actions and decisions.[45]Margaret Krohn

Node sieges enable players to destroy nodes.[45] This paves the way for new development and access to the locked content in surrounding nodes. Due to this dynamic, political strife and intrigue play an important role in the structure of the world.[68]

Sieging nodes will not be an easy task for the attackers. Cities and metropolises will have a considerable defensive advantage.[68]

If you own a home in a node and you don't want to see that home destroyed, you need to defend that city![69]Steven Sharif

The majority (~80%) of content in Ashes of Creation is open-world but there may be instanced battles within castle and node sieges where specific groups can participate in small, short-duration objective-based battles for specific waypoints.[70]

Death penalties do not apply to objective-based events (such as caravans, guild wars, and node sieges).[71]

Node wars

Node governments may declare war on another node and rally citizens to the cause.[25]

We have conditions that you can set between nodes with regards to either nodes being friendly with each other and acting trade alliances, or they can declare war on nodes similar to how guild wars may function in different games, where those citizens become hostile to each other based on the player government that's elected in the particular node. So those systems all kind of cater to allowing a conflict that's meaningful and that also provides a non-imbalanced relationship between stronger guilds and not as strong guilds.[73]Steven Sharif

Node politics

There won't be a civil war mechanic within nodes but there will be scope for internal political conflicts; such as undermining the current leadership and disrupting trade.[74]

We want consequences to matter and if that person got elected then you need to work within the means of the mechanics to get them unelected.[75]Steven Sharif

Trade agreements

Node governments can enter into trade agreements with other nodes. Each node entering into the agreement can designate caravans with materials to be sent to the other; improving the economy of both nodes. This gives experience to all involved, contributes to the node’s growth and helps to construct buildings.[25]

Mercenary guilds will be a viable way forward for different organizations. I think there will be a lot of business to be had with that; and one of the systems in our trade agreements is creating an escrow for those particular type of arrangements that we're looking into.[76]Steven Sharif

Trade routes

Mayoral caravan launched by a mayor to establish a trade route with another node.[31]

For example: this node over here might have access to cotton as a resource and when that node processes that cotton it might be some very nice type of linen that only that node, or very rarely nodes would have access to. So when you initiate a trade route, you're bringing its supplies that the mayor has requested because they're trying to build, let's say a specific type of service building, or they're trying to unlock a blueprint that they have access to now to build up their node.[77]Steven Sharif

Trade routes in Ashes of Creation refer to.

  • Roads for the transit goods via the caravan system.[78]
    You might have a mountain pass and during winter that mountain pass is always closed and so the trade routes on land change with caravans and that's something that can not only exist on a cyclical level but also dynamically based on player activity.[78]
From a diplomatic standpoint the ability for the mayor or citizens to set up NPC routed trade routes between nodes as a trade agreement or as a diplomatic process.[77]Steven Sharif


Mayors/Node governments allocate resources, taxes, and quests to help develop node defenses.[27]

  • Tax money only goes toward funding node development.[82]
  • Taxation rates scale based on when a player joined a node as a citizen. The goal is to exert financial pressure on node populations by making taxes increasingly expensive as nodes advance, rather than putting in place hard population caps.[83]

Parent nodes take a cut of all taxes from the housing and any services that occur within their ZOI.[84]

  • This tax doesn't necessarily impact the individual citizen, because citizen's tax levels are determined by their node, but the node's finances are affected by the taxation levied by its parent nodes.[84]

When a node reaches stage 3 (Village) and a player run government has formed, all player housing will pay taxes.[85]

  • A player's tax charge will be determined by the number of structures built on their plot.[82]


See also


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