"The hallowed grounds around the twin bases of the Tower of Eternity have awakened from their long slumber. Beasts not seen for a thousand years once again stir, and life in the days of the Cataclysm resumes. For the Asmodians, Norsvold is a bitter reminder of a more complacent time, and the destruction that the Elyos invited by agreeing to peace with the Balaur. And yet, there is wonder yet to be found here, and ancient secrets long forgotten - for those daring enough to venture forth."
--Official description from the 5.0 patchnotes
Lay of the LandEdit
If Iluma identifies itself through adherence to one theme, Norsvold derives its identity from having a multitude of them and the contrasts this creates. The map is rich in colors and life while at the same time maintaining that dark aspect which defines the Asmodian race, giving Norsvold very idyllic or dream-like touch to it. Add up the numerous ruins and other secrets to be found here, and Norsvold indeed becomes a map where the beautiful, vibrant past is pitted against the barren, hostile reality of the present.
Players start at Azphel's Sanctuary towards the center of the map. The surrounding area caters to level 66-68 players and contains the entrances to the instances. The rest of the map can be split up in 'districts', with each district containing monsters of a specific level range. A flight transport line is available from the main base to each of the major four areas. Once players are there they will need walk or take an windstream to reach the desired location.
Leveling EditDifferent from preceding maps is that leveling in Norsvold is largely grind-based at this point in time, although there are plans to remedy this . Starting at level 66, players can take hourly (or daily) repeatable quests for any of the major areas/questing hubs and complete these repeatedly until they (eventually) are level 75. Due to the low experience these quests award in comparison to the amount of monster kills required, many have instead opted for alternative leveling methods: example including clearing the Upper Abyss Barracks (solo or duo) or grinding monsters in one of the elite areas with a group.
All monsters in Norsvold have a chance to drop Archdaeva morphing materials, manastones and, at higher levels, eternal or mythic-grade gear (or even wings) when killed. Additional gear and (higher grade) manastones may be acquired from the local instances. Norsvold also has an unique skin set which can be crafted by completing [Spy] quests in Iluma and then taking the awarded badges to the various shugos shattered throughout the map, who sell the required crafting recipes.
Norsvold itself is an unrestricted 24/7 PvPvE map: there are no neutral zones or gates (like Enshar), offering little protection against incursions from the opposing race. The major questing hubs (as well as the entrances to the instances) have minor garrisons protecting them. Smaller outposts may be found as well, but these only have normal-grade guards protecting them. In other words, Norsvold is a map where the player largely has to rely on his/her own capabilities or swift feet.Elyos players can enter Norsvold via a number of rifts that may randomly appear in Iluma every hour. The max capacity of these rifts, as well as the duration during which they will be active, varies (this is explained as rifts being weaker the further away they appear from the Tower of Eternity).
Dynamic Content Edit
- Transportation: Windstreams and free-flight zones may be available in different areas based on the time of the day.
- Boss Hunting: Special monsters may appear in certain areas during either daytime or nighttime, and can be killed for quests which award Archdaeva gear pieces and experience. Additional heroic-grade monsters may also be encountered and hunted for gear drops.
- Portals: The appearances of rifts and access points to the Tower of Eternity are largely randomized.
In addition to these the player may also encounter new phenomena such as buff geysers and aethershrouds. These can randomly appear in the landscape and offer buffs ranging from lowered attack or casting times to temporary invisibility and more.
Solo Instances Edit
- Fissure of Oblivion [66+]
Group Instances Edit
- It is one of the few areas in the game (besides Oriel/Pernon and Iluma) where the environment is affected by weather and seasonal changes.
- "Norsvold" can be loosely translated from German as "forest of the north", possibly referring to its abundance in vegetation and its location from the Tower of Eternity.