Lusternia: Join Text-Based Fantasy RPG World

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Join the Free Online Fantasy World of Lusternia

Imagine yourself a warrior, mage, bard or monk

Remember true play is powered solely by your imagination!

If you find you hunger for adventure, Lusternia will sate your appetite

What is Lusternia?

Lusternia is a text based multi-player game (sometimes called a MUD). When you create a character and log in, you join adventurers from all over the globe who will share in the trials and tribulations found only through intensive roleplaying. Some dismiss text games as retro, but many others find nothing can compare to the dynamic experience hearkening back to pen and paper RPGs.

Constantly Evolving World

Each year brings a new overarching story line interwoven through major events involving the world at large. New areas, quests and content are available at regular intervals with news posts archiving events for everyone to see.

Extensive Crafting System

Players can choose to become a crafter by picking a tradeskill, or two, or three, or more! Craft an earring one day, an origami the next and your own bed to sleep in. Our trades are: Alchemy, Bookbinding, Brewmeister, Cooking, Enchantment, Herbs, Jewelry, Lorecraft, Poisons, Spellcraft, Tailoring, Tattoos, Tinkering.

An Immersive World

Discover the rich world of Lusternia and its endless possibilities! Vie for power and influence as a leader in one of dozens of player-run organisations. Compete for top rankings in combat, or become a learned scholar and teach the masses about Lusternia's rich history. Delve into the complex economy, master a tradeskill or two, and amass a fortune in gold. Commission a ship and explore the depths of aetherspace. And much, much more!

Engaging Player vs Player Combat

Combat in Lusternia is handled different for mobile vs. player combat and player vs. player combat. Player combat involves much more than simply inflicting damage on your opponent. Not only can individual body parts be damaged, with different, harmful effects resulting from enough cumulative damage on a body part, but there are hundreds of afflictions that can be inflicted on an opponent.

A Friendly Community

We have a fantastic community of players dedicated to extending the Lusternian experience beyond the game!

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    Player Controlled Organisations

    Being a member of a city or commune means more than just political affiliation, for it creates an actual, spiritual bond between the member and the nexus. Each city, commune and guild organization is run by a government made up of elected players and player-appointed players.

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    Multitudes of Immersive Skills

    Archetypes, or classes, are unique in that there are certain branches and/or specializations based on a simple skillweb that are only open to certain archetypes. In addition to all the common skills, archetypes receive one primary skill, and two secondary skills. They also are given the choice of one a trade skill.

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    Rich and Captivating History

    From the beginning of the universe to the troubling past of today, every aspect of lore and history is known and retold. Who was Yudhe? How did the races form from the Elder Gods? All these answered and more...

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    Customizable Player Options

    Though not all Elder Gods splintered into a race nor all mortal races came to be in this manner, it remains true that all Lusternians believe that within each of them is contained the fragment of a god. Thus it is said that the god-fragment within can potentially evolve through the cycles of birth and rebirth until perfection is achieved and the fragment is made whole, becoming a divine in his or her own right.

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Jan 17 2023

Year in Review 2022

It’s that time of the year again, time to ruminate upon the past year and look toward the future. Though 2022 has certainly been a slower year in terms of development, especially as the world beyond our digital nook continued to be less than kind all around, quite a few things happened. We started by…
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Jan 17 2023

December 2022 Artbard Results

Congratulations to our Artisanal and Bardic winners from December! If you’d like to join them for January, make sure you get your submissions in by the end of the month. HELP ARTBARD will explain all about what you can submit, and how to do so. Bardic Contest Winner Life Before, Life Now by Aramantos Runner-Up 500 Years by Lendren…
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Jan 1 2023

Trader Bob’s Forgotten Vaults

Trader Bob has once again unveiled to the Basin the forgotten vaults of treasures that he has unearthed over the years! The lost treasures contained within are now available for the bearers of his golden keys, available for purchase on the website! Contents of the vault include, but are not limited to, wondercrystals, caches of credits,…
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Dec 24 2022

A Very Frosty Education

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Dec 22 2022

The Winter is Here

The Frost Spite is a little bit miffed with the Basin of Life for reasons that will be clear from a forthcoming event post, but as a result: snow! Magnagorans will recognise this particular snow from some of their past winter balls and other snow-related shenanigans, but it is new for all the other organisations.…
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Dec 19 2022

Solstice Activities 2022

With Solstice in full swing, here’s a full rundown of what is happening right now! Ironbeard From this post onwards, those logged into Lusternia may find themselves receiving a visit from Ironbeard, bearing a present for the lucky recipient. Gnomes Keep an eye out for Jolly Bundy sending his fellow gnomes out with a few…
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Dec 15 2022

Solstice Schedule 2022

With Lusternia’s Solstice on the horizon, we want to let you know what our schedule will look like ahead of time. All our regular events will be returning this year and there is a lot to keep one festive! 17th December – Solstice Quests will open in cities and communes.18th December – Solstice Court will…
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Dec 15 2022

November 2022 Artbard Results

Congratulations to our Artisanal and Bardic winners from November! If you’d like to join them for December, make sure you get your submissions in by the end of the month. HELP ARTBARD will explain all about what you can submit, and how to do so. Artisanal Contest Winner Dracnoris: pg. 5 by Esei Runner-Up Destiny Devours by Alysi
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Dec 1 2022

‘Tis the Season of Giving

For the month of December, Ironbeard and the Gnodfather are once again competing for Solstice domination! To participate, purchase solstice stockings directly from the website, which can then be hung in manses and commune and city rooms, max of 1 per room. Syntax: HANG FOR [ANONYMOUS]Syntax: STOCKINGS (to help track your stockings) At midnight, the…
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Nov 25 2022

Cyber Monday Promotion

This year we’re combining Black Friday and Cyber Monday into one longer promotion, meaning you can buy a special package on the website between the 25th and 28th November inclusive. Starting right now, you can buy a special package of 20 coins to be used with the Wheel of Tzaraziko for $19.99! There is only…
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Nov 24 2022

Four Days of Gratitude

While some of you are enjoying your Thanksgiving, it’s not something that everyone celebrates. We hope that all of you who are celebrating are having a good time. We wanted to take a moment and say how grateful we are for you, the players, for all the time you spend here, and want to make…
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Nov 20 2022

New Artifacts and Customisation

We are releasing a few new artifacts! Some are expansions of existing artifacts and systems, and some entirely new. To aid you in getting your hands on them, we have added them both to the Artifact Shop (see HELP ASHOP) and the Artifact Cart on the website under “New Artifacts”. If you are using the…
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    Roleplaying in Fantasy World of Lusternia

    Are you ready to embark upon a roleplay adventure in a rich and unique fantasy world?

    Lusternia is a multiplayer text-based roleplaying game where everything happens in real time and players actively influence a dynamic fantasy world. Our friendly and close-knit player community is from all around the world so there is rarely downtime no matter the timezone.

    Roleplay is at the forefront in Lusternia as you create a brand new character right in the very intro. There are numerous options to customize your character already at the beginning, including such roleplay staples as guild, race, and class. In addition to that, you have to choose an organisation – a city or a commune – that you align with and which will be your character’s home and political affiliation. That is not where customisation ends though as endless player choices and customisation await players in-game – among them artifacts, perks, armour, demigod powers, combat, trade, and craft skills, Divine Orders, and fully customisable player appearance and clothing.

    Due to its multiplayer and real-time nature, Lusternia is a constantly evolving fantasy world where players are part of game master-led storylines and carry out their own story and character arcs as well. A rich and fully free-form speaking and emoting system means players can roleplay without constrain to bring their characters to life – a feat only really accomplished by text-based RPG games. Outside of that, Lusternia offers a huge number of quest adventures that players can embark upon, solo or together, including very challenging ones. Whether you enjoy puzzles, daunting monsters, or exciting stories, there are quests for every type of character out there.

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    MUD Game with Rich History

    As every organization has its own rich history, lore, and culture, it also has its own morality and beliefs. You can roleplay as anywhere on the spectrum of good and evil, especially as our fantasy world boasts shades of grey wherever a player turns. Your character can become a hero or a villain, or someone truly neutral, but the perception of their deeds will differ from organization to organization. As our cities and communes have player-led governments, guilds, and Divine Orders, the opportunity for politicking, spying, sabotage, deals, and plots is enormous and can impact the game world at large too.

    Lusternia is a text-based RPG that has something for everyone. If it is PvP opportunities that you seek, there are combat events taking place daily and you can spar, raid, and battle other players anytime. Among classes (archetypes) that you can pick up are the classic fantasy world ones and some less known types: warrior, mage, druid, Wiccan, guardian, bard, and monk. Each of those has a few flavours (classes) as well which can entirely change your gameplay. For example, among warriors, there are Paladins, Serenguard, Ur’Guard, Ebonguard, Templar, and the Sentinels. Each class has an extensive history and can customize their experience with various secondary and tertiary skill choices. All classes have combat-focused skills as well as utility and roleplay ones.

    For those more focused on roleplay, there are numerous avenues of interest but to list them all would be impossible. Players can play merchants as Lusternia has a free market economy where players run shops and craft the goods through numerous mercantile and artisan skills. If it is more the design side that has your fancy, numerous craft skills allow for crafting of customised and written solely by the player designs – be they rings, dresses, armour, tattoos, books, or even couches. If your character leans more towards the spiritual, mythical Elder God personas (ran by game masters) have Divine Orders that can be joined to round out your character or pursue the life of a cleric of the divine, various organizations have unique religious and spiritual roleplay as well. Those culturally and artistically inclined can write plays and performances for our fantasy world’s theatres, as well as, write literary and scholarly books for its libraries. The number of roleplay systems that Lusternia boasts is vast.

    Create a character and find out for yourself why text-based games make the best RPGs!

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