"Our fealty is sworn to you, Arisen."
All pawns carry a glowing scar upon their hand that corresponds to the scar upon the Arisen's chest. Other than the scar, Pawns look human physically, the difference being that they neither age nor truly die; they lack any sort of real emotion and willpower.
Other than the Main Pawn, the Arisen can summon up to two Support Pawns from the Rift using a Rift Stone. The Pawns that can be summoned are a mix of game-generated and, if there is an Internet connection, the user-generated Main Pawns of other players. Pawns can also be found wandering around the world—if playing offline they consist of the game generated list, if playing online both game- and user-generated Pawns can be found wandering. These Pawns can be hired for a number of Rift Crystals.
Before hiring a Pawn, one should investigate its stats, skills, inclinations and equipment to see it’d fit into the overall party dynamic. Players cannot make changes to a Support Pawn's skills or core AI like they can with their own main pawn. It is recommended to switch Support Pawns regularly because only the Arisen and their Main Pawn will level up and gain new skills.
The equipment that came with the pawn upon hiring can be removed and changed; however, the original equipment will be returned to the player who owns the Pawn, and if the player equips a Pawn with new equipment, that item is considered a "Gift" and cannot be retrieved.
Upon approaching the gates of Cassardis, a Pawn will spontaneously emerge from a Rift portal. This Pawn, Rook, will guide the player to The Encampment, offering advice and aiding them in battle with spells. After the Arisen proves his/her worth by slaying the Cyclops, the Pawn legion swears it's fealty to the Arisen, granting them full access to the Rift.
Hiring and Releasing PawnsEdit
This section describes the hiring and releasing of pawns.
Pawns can be hired for a certain number of Rift Crystals. Pawns may be hired when talked to in the world or when going to a Rift Stone and summoning them from there. Inside a Rift Stone a player may search for pawn based on Pawn Level, Player ID, or Friends list. A search may also be narrowed by checking for Vocation, Gender or battle characteristics. It is not possible however to search for a pawn with a specific skill. The search list will generate somewhere between 10 and 15 results if enough pawns are found. Pawns are automatically summoned after exiting the search options. Pawns may then be hired by talking to them. Pawns may also be retained when summoning new ones by approaching them and press the button which corresponds with the "Toggle Retain Pawn" command. Pawns which you do not want can be send away immediately by using the "Send Away" command. Only a select amount of Pawns may be in the Rift Stone at any one time. Pawns not under the "Retain" command will leave automatically if the maximum has been reached. Please note, that if you hire a pawn of a far greater level than yours, his cost will be very high and his owner will not get the Rift Crystal you've spent to hire him.
If the Pawn is at or below the player's current level, the Pawn is free. Conversely, the higher level the pawn, the more rift crystals it will cost. Pawns of players on your friend list, no matter what their level, are free. At higher player levels pawns also are increasingly more expensive.
A hired Pawn may be released in three ways. Manual release, Death and exchange.
- Manual release. A pawn may only be released inside a Rift Stone. Only there the option "Release" is available when talking with the pawn. When releasing a Pawn the player may send it away with a final gift. This gift must be chosen from your current inventory and cannot be picked from storage (unless playing Dark Arisen where your entire inventory is available minus select items that cannot be gifted). It is also possible to give nothing. After that you must give the Pawn a rating. This rating is divided over three characteristics: Appearance, Battle, and Helpfulness. Finally, you may choose to include a comment from a list to send with the pawn.
- Death. The Pawn dies, either in battle or from a fall and is not timely resurrected by the player. Eaten by the Brine will also instantly kill any pawn. It is important to note that a Pawn which is not manually released, but is released by death will not gain any gifts other than gifted equipment and will only receive an average Pawn rating (3 stars overall). The release is not uploaded to the server unless the server has been accessed. Not accessing the server and reloading a save from before the time of death will circumvent this.
- Exchange. If your party is full, meaning you have two support pawns in your active party, you cannot hire a new pawn without releasing a current one. If you choose to hire a new pawn you must select a pawn to release first. Doing so will automatically release the selected pawn and will follow the normal release described in "Manual Release". The only difference is that this may also be done outside the Rift Stone as many pawns roam around Gransys.
Note: If you hire a pawn more than once before you rest or sleep, their owner will receive only your last review but still the sum of all your gifts and all the Rift Crystal they earned. Caution If the number of gifts given to a player's pawn exceeds 9 before the owner rests, there is a risk that those items will be lost and that he will received a 'Data error' message instead -this may be due to the server being limited to a list of a maximum of 10 gifted items - for more details see Trading and Gifting.
Gaining Rift CrystalsEdit
In order to be able to hire pawns above your current level Rift Crystals must be expended. Rift Crystals may be gained by completing quests (Felling great beasts such as a Chimera or a Cyclops will also count as a quest) or by receiving Rift Crystals from enemy drops. As such there are three types of drops namely:
- Rift Fragment which contains 100 Rift Crystals
- Rift Crystal which contains 400 Rift Crystals
- Rift Cluster which contains 800 Rift Crystals
- Rift Crystal Speck which contains 30 Rift Crystals
- Rift Crystal Flake which contains 50 Rift Crystals
- Rift Crystal Chunk which contains 200 Rift Crystals
- Rift Bicrystal which contains 2,000 Rift Crystals
- Rift Polycrystal which contains 5,000 Rift Crystals
- Perfect Rift Crystal which contains 10,000 or more Rift Crystals
Rift Crystals can also be gained when your pawn is hired. This can happen in two ways:
- Automatic off-line hiring. This happens regardless of whether you are on or offline. The game itself will hire your pawn, grant some gifts and grant Rift Crystals. The number of Rift Crystals gained depends on your level. (In the expansion; Dark Arisen, offline hiring has been disabled.)
- Online hiring by other players. This happens when a player uses your pawn and gains experience while the pawn is in their party. A part of the experience gained is transferred to you in the form of Rift Crystals. The longer the pawn has been in the party the higher number of Rift Crystals. Also at higher levels when more powerful monsters are slain the number of Rift Crystals gained may increase exponentially.
Leveling and Learning Edit
As Pawns travel and complete quests with different players, they gain knowledge of areas, quests, enemy weaknesses and locations of secret paths, which they will all take back to the Arisen that created them.
If the player hires a Pawn that has already a vast knowledge of areas, creatures and quests, it will be able to aid them. For example, if a pawn has knowledge of a particular quest in which the player is involved, they will help direct them and may even go off to find hidden levers to open a hidden path.
Once sent back to the Rift, Pawns can be rated by the player that used them. They can be rated according to different parameters and facets, such as its appearance and usefulness in combat.
The Main Pawn has a permanent spot in the player's party and can be customized just as extensively as the Arisen, not only regarding physical appearance, but also in vocation, skills and abilities.
The vocation of the main pawn is restricted to only 6 of the nine vocations, with Hybrid vocations only available to the Arisen.
The main pawn's AI can also be customized by their Arisen in Knowledge Chairs found in Inns as well as the Pawn Guild. These chairs can be used to "lock-in" a main inclination, choose their manner of speech and more.
If the main pawn is removed from the player's party for any reason (death, petrification, etc.), touching a Rift Stone will resummon it at no cost.
The Pawn Inclinations are the AI instructions that dictates how a Pawn will behave in a party and in combat. When you first create your Main Pawn you will be asked a few questions about how your pawn should behave. The answers you give will directly affect their starting inclinations.
This is the single-most important component of a good pawn: Inclinations that suit its vocation and the behavior the Arisen expects. Not all inclinations work well with all vocations, and some inclinations are significantly less desirable than others. There are nine Pawn Inclinations:
- Nexus: A pawn that will aid the other pawns in your party.
- Pioneer: A pawn that will scout ahead and be on the look out for incoming danger.
- Guardian: A pawn that will stay near and guard the Arisen.
- Medicant: A pawn that will heal and keep the party alive.
- Acquisitor: A pawn that will search the area for items regardless of the situation.
- Challenger:A pawn that will attack enemies using ranged or magick first.
- Scather: A pawn that will attack stronger enemies first.
- Mitigator: A pawn that will attack weaker enemies first.
- Utilitarian: A pawn that will adapt its strategies to give allies advantages.
This is discussed in more detail here, in Pawn Inclinations.
- Despite being devoid of emotion and willpower, they fight with utmost earnest and courage. This is likely for gameplay purposes, but it could also mean that by "willpower" they are speaking about their own personality, or lack thereof.
- Although most pawns lack emotion, an Arisen's main pawn can become more human as they spend more time with the Arisen, eventually developing the rudiments of free will and losing their Pawn-Mark on their hand.
- When the Arisen is standing idle for a period of time, one or more of the Pawns will wave their hand in front of the player's face, as if trying to gain their attention.