The Concept of Elysium

Elysium is a living world, where, set against a background of medieval fantasy, you can fulfil your every dream, becoming a mighty hero, a wise sage, or a wealthy noble, or any other of countless roles. It is the aim of Elysium to provide a realistic and enjoyable simulation of this world, an environment where your only restriction is your skill and wits. When you enter Elysium, you become one with this world, free to guide its path as fate guides you. In this way, Elysium will grow and develop as you do, constantly changing and providing new challenges and aims.

Introduction to Elysium

The world of Elysium is a complex one, and your presence can easily sway its path. As such, each person who enters Elysium has the opportunity to change it in some way, be it by rising to power in the cities, becoming a feared and reviled warlord, protecting the weak and young, or simply healing friends or offering advice to their fellows. When you begin your life in Elysium, you will be a common citizen in one of the cities of the land, from which seed you can grow to great power, working your way up the pile of guildmasters, ministers, emperors, priests and gods, all with their own aims and powers. Perhaps you will be the one to rise above all others, and take your position in legend and lore.


The World

There are nine cities in the lands of Elysium, spread out across three continents. Each of these cities was built by one of the nine major sentient races of Elysium, although many now choose to forsake the homelands of their ancestors and seek a new life in one of the other cities. These bastions of civilization are led by the emperors, men and women of supreme power who proved their worthiness and took control of an empire. Under the emperors toil the ministers, appointed by the emperor to serve their citizens. But the emperors do not control everything; Within and around the cities, guilds teach their lore and skills to willing initiates, led by their guildmasters, who, when leading a particularly large and important guild, can be more powerful than the emperors. The religious orders of the world are also beyond the powers of the emperors, the gods ruling over their loyal followers through their priests.

Playing Elysium

Elysium is a text environment game, which can be played through a telnet application, which needs to be connected to on port 7777, or the web client on this site. Once in the game, you make your aims clear by typing commands, which are converted into actions, which affect both you and those around you. A few simple examples of commands you might type are north, which would move you northwards, and who, which would tell you who else is currently adventuring within the realms.

Code of Conduct

Whilst in Elysium, you are immersed in its world, and so are free to do whatever you wish there, including maiming and torturing others; however, certain things need to be borne in mind. Although it is possible to harass others and make them miserable, it is always worth remembering that you may bring attention to yourself by one who would do the same to you. If there is something you do not want others to do, it is usually best that you do not do it to them. Of course, if you have the capabilities to prevent them doing it back to you, this maxim may not apply, but you should also consider that your victim may have friends in high places; Persistently ill behaved players may also attract the attention of the gods. If your behaviour is suited to the role you have taken, they may forgive your lack of restraint, or you may be protected by the power of another god, but this is not always guaranteed. Tread carefully if you choose the path of torment.

The Rest of This Website

There are a number of common practices within this manual that will be repeatedly used, some of which are also present in the on-line help files in Elysium itself. All examples which show use of command syntax will follow the same format, which uses pointed brackets (< and >) to signify certain things. If a word is enclosed by these brackets, then it is a mere reference, not the exact word you should type. For example, if the phrase 'look <direction>' was stated, it does not mean that you type those exact words, but instead you should type look followed by a direction, for example, 'look north'. Also note that the single quotation marks shown here are not supposed to be typed. Any commands which may be typed are given in red text.