Like Pernon, Oriel has seasons that affect the scenery and weather in the area, making it a unique area within Elysea.
As Sanctum's population, and with it the city's role as the center of Elyos economic, military and administrative activity was steadily increasing, a number of problems began to arise. Transportation in and out of the city was becoming increasingly difficult, and the available areas for accommodation within the city itself was limited as Sanctum was an island floating in the sky. Eventually suburbs began to form on the land underneath the floating metropolis, and by the time of Aion 3.0 these had grown into numerous smaller villages. Sanctum then acknowledged the area and invested in further refurbishing it, organizing the villages into 'states' and providing additional means of accommodation. At this point the land became known as Elysea's housing district and received a new name: Oriel
Lay of the LandEdit
Upon visiting Oriel players will arrive at the Oriel Plaza, the central area where all activities related to housing take place. Besides the furniture and housing auction NPCs the plaza also features an extensive crafting district with workshops for all professions in the game, a mount merchant, and a teleportal leading to several areas of Balaurea.
From here on players can cross one of the four bridges or use the short-range teleportal to access the various districts Oriel has to offer:
- Arcada State: The largest district in Oriel, spanning the entire bottom half of the map. This forest/rural-themed district contains numerous small, cozy villages and is primary composed of houses, with few mansions and estates. The free studio the player receives at level 21 is also located here (Studio Entrance, east of Rockroof Village). Arcade State is typically inhabited by new players and those who value the quiet rural village life over the glamour and luxury of the other areas.
- Beryl State: The middle-class district, taken up the top-left quarter of the map. A tropical-themed beach/resort area, it is an incredibly popular spot for vacations and for those who love sun, summer, and the beach. Due to its high popularity it primarily consists of mansions and estates, with a few houses.
- Apex State: The upper-class district, found in the north-east. It the smallest out of the three districts and almost exclusively consists of mansions and estates. The only three palaces available in the game (for Elyos players) are also located in this district. A very prestigious and well-kept area, owning a form of accommodation here signifies great wealth and prestige. It is also the only district whose main village (Prosperity's Light Village) comes with a full set of regular NPC vendors (general goods, armor etc.) in addition to the housing-specific NPCs.
Oriel features a number of recurring events that players can partake in at select times:
Housing auction: Between Monday and Sunday players can visit the House Auctioneer in Oriel Plaza to see what houses are up for auction for the week. A bid can be (re)submitted at any moment during these days. On Sunday the auction for that week will end and the houses will be distributed to their respective highest bidders.
Seasonal Agrints: At the start of each in-game season (Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter) a Seasonal Agrint will spawn in one of four per-determined spots in Oriel. The type of agrint that will spawn, as well as its location, depends on the season of the moment (1st of March, June, September, December at 00:00 AM in-game time). Players can defeat it to earn (used in the creation of mounts) and unique housing decorations in addition to other rewards.
Shugo Nomads: Traveling Shugo nomads will appear in set locations in Oriel between the 15-17th of each in-game month (with the exception of January, April, July and October). During this time they will sell selling and offer quests for a rotating variety of items, including rare/exclusive housing furniture pieces and costumes. They also sell several general goods at a lower price compared to the regular NPCs.