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In Hyborian Adventures, which is the first in several titles planned on the Age of Conan brand, the playable races are Aquilonian, Cimmerian, and Stygian. Over time, this will be increased. They will have different looks and hometowns, but the choice of classes will also be different for the various races. For instance, only the Stygians will have access to the mage class and its branching specializations.
Gamespot, 11th May 2005 (Gaute Godager)
Each of the three nations in the game (Cimmeria, Aqquilonia, Stygia), and the characters from the different nations, has their own distinct looks and also abilities to a certain extent. We have tried to make each nation into something unique, not just in terms of combat, but also in terms of architecture, clothes, buildings and so forth and so on. You will also find that the various nations have different approaches to combat, for instance the magic classes who naturally "pray" and draw power from different gods.
mmorpgs.info, 8th July 2005 (Gaute Godager)
We will have 3 player races.. and each rase will have their skills, subskills etc so you will be able to custimize your character to be more than only 3 different types. Wait and see :). We have a number of NPC races in addition btw.
Forums, 2nd November 2005 (Mjoellnir)
Races are not sides and as such PvP is not race versus race.
Forums, 4th November 2005 (Athelan)
Being a mage in Conan wont necessarily consign you to the standard MMO caster early life. IE use your one nuke spell repeatedly. All classes have capability with basic melee weapons.
Also while the Stygians did have large armies and the nobility was known for their archery and the like they still employed a great deal of foreigners for armies.
As far as Aquilonian mages the only one I have ever read about was Hadrathus who wasnt really Aquilonian.
Stygians will have melee classes but not those branching from the warrior tree.
Forums, 7th November 2005 (Athelan)
At this point, I highly doubt the number of races in the game will change.
Based on the size of the three different regions, I don't have a problem with having "only" three different "races" in the game. The locations at which the game takes places do have members from other cultures present, however as Conan's setting (at least at this point) is primarily in these regions, I think it is appropriate to have those populations in the majority represented.
If there was a game set in modern-day UK, would you complain that most of the players were British?
At any rate, I think there will be more than enough customization between physical changes, class choices, in addition to the three different cultures to allow people the opportunity to feel unique.
Forums, 25th December 2005 (Jayde)