- For a list of current factions, please see the NexusClash Faction Page or the wiki Category:Factions
Factions are groups of characters that have banded together. Characters can create a faction whenever they want, but a character must be level 10 and at least of Lieutenant rank in that faction in order to set up a Stronghold. Note that, upon creation of a faction, there is a 24 hour period in which the faction may not be edited in any fashion.
Benefits of Faction Membership
Membership within a faction carries several benefits. The most powerful benefit is a band of allies at one's side in combat. However, there exist other benefits to faction membership:
- Faction Messages - faction leaders can send out helpful messages to everyone in a faction.
- Strongholds - factions may define a Stronghold that provides a place of relative security for their members through a Ward and Fortifications.
- Special Goodies - Strongholds also provide a location for your Personal Locker and for the Faction Safe, which allows you to share inventory space.
Types of Factions
During Faction creation, several factors have to be decided. These will be explained here.
Faction type can impact whether new characters will begin play in a faction. All new characters are given the option to be assigned to a faction at character creation, as well as the option to choose a faction alignment. Only Open, alignment-Relaxed factions of level 4 or above with a standing stronghold in Valhalla are eligible to be the starting point for new characters.
The Alignment of the faction determines who gets to join the faction, and who gets to stay in the faction, based on their Morality and Alignment. In addition, Redeemed and Fallen are able to join the factions of their Tier 2 alignment.
- Good Good factions can only have Angels and Transcendants in the faction.
- Evil Evil factions can only have Demons and Transcendants in the faction.
- Unaligned Unaligned faction can only have Transcendants in the faction.
If your own characters' morality deviates too far from the faction's alignment, you may take damage while setting a Stronghold or even be unable to set or make changes to the faction's details.
Open or Closed
In Open factions, anyone may join at any time.
Closed factions are "invite only" and typically contain individuals who want to tightly control whose company they keep.
Restricted or Relaxed
In an alignment Restricted faction, if your character's alignment deviates too far from the faction's alignment, you will be immediately kicked out of the faction.
If you are already in a faction, and choose a class opposing that faction's alignment (meaning you are a mortal in a good faction and choose a demonic class, or a mortal in an evil faction and choose an angelic class) you will be immediately kicked from the faction, regardless of the faction's is Restricted or Relaxed setting. Note that Redeemed and Fallen are capable of joining factions of opposing alignments.
If your character Ascends or Descends and you have no faction (or were just kicked from one), you will automatically join The Heavenly Host or The Legions of the Abyss depending on which class alignment you took.
The Safety of a Faction
Factions are based in Strongholds. Strongholds are sometimes the "safest" place in the game. You are protected behind up to 1000 HP of factional ward, up to 500 HP of barricades which absorb damage and hopefully a meatshield of other characters who are more enticing targets than you. They can also be the most dangerous place in the game, as they are the only locations which are attacked by hordes of angels or demons out for blood.
If you leave a faction while inside the Stronghold, you will be automatically kicked outside to the porch of the stronghold tile. This is to stop people from joining a faction just to get around a ward. If you are kicked from a faction by its leadership, you will not be thusly removed.
Faction stronghold locations are not always broadcast on faction pages. The following information will be displayed depending on various circumstances:
- Members of a faction always are shown the name of the tile, exact coordinates, and plane that their own stronghold resides on.
- Factions of level 7 or greater AND that have had a stronghold standing for at least 48 hours will have the name of the tile, exact coordinates, and plane that their own stronghold resides on displayed (i.e., no change).
- Factions of level 7 or greater that have had a stronghold standing for between 24 and 48 hours will have the district and plane (only) of the stronghold displayed.
- Factions of level 7 or greater that have had a stronghold standing for less than 24 hours will have only the plane of the stronghold displayed.
- Factions of level 4-6 that have had a stronghold standing for at least 48 hours will have the district and plane (only) of the stronghold displayed.
- Factions of level 4-6 that have had a stronghold standing for less than 48 hours will have only the plane of the stronghold displayed.
- Factions of level 3 or lower will have only the plane of the stronghold displayed, regardless of how long the stronghold has been standing.
|1-3||Plane||When Stronghold is up|
|4-6||District + Plane||After 48 hours of standing|
|7+||District + Plane||From 24 to 48 hours of standing|
|7+||Tile + Exact Coordinates + Plane||After 48 hours of standing|
Footlockers and Safes
Every member in the faction gets a personal footlocker in the stronghold. It starts with 25 weight of storage space where you can keep your spare equipment and personal items. The footlocker is only available inside the faction stronghold, so if your stronghold is down, you can't get at it. Your gear is safe inside the footlocker, and will not break or decay while stored inside. But when you leave the faction, all the stuff left in your locker is automatically dumped, losing it forever. Adding or removing an item costs 1 Action Point, and faction leaders may upgrade the footlocker to have more space by spending Renown.
The Faction Safe is like your footlocker, in that you put stuff in there and it won't get broken, and you can't get at it when your stronghold is down. The big difference is that your factionmates can also put things in and retrieve stuff from it. This makes it great for passing items between faction members because you don't have to arrange to have enough space in your inventory at a specific time, just pull it from the safe when needed. The space available in the faction safe is 0 by default, but it can be increased by the faction leaders at the cost of Renown.
Flags and Renown
Each time a faction stronghold is created, a Flag is set up inside of it. If the Stronghold is attacked by a faction then you can take the flag if:
- the Raiding faction is Hostile to the faction under attack
- the Raiding faction's stronghold is currently set
- there are no defenders remaining (remember to check for invisible or hidden people) inside the Stronghold
- you have been a member of that faction for at least 24 hours
Your faction gains Renown for stealing other factions' flags in this way. You earn two points of renown for every level a faction has, up to their current renown. If your flag was taken, the value of the flag is set to half the renown gained by having taken it, rounded down. This value drops by one point every 24 hours (to a minimum of 1). The faction that is raided loses a proportional amount of renown. It is possible to go into negative Renown this way. The flag may be reclaimed by either the owner of the flag or a faction that is Allied to that faction. The reclaiming faction gains renown equal to the flag's value and the faction that held the flag loses that much renown. Note that the faction the flag originally belonged to does not gain or lose any renown (unless they do the reclaiming).
Factions also earn small amounts of Renown every time a member of the faction earns a Career Achievement Badge. The first, second and third such badges are worth 1, 2 and 3 Renown respectively, while the final two badges are worth 8 and 10 Renown.
Renown can also be gained by killing individual members of Hostile factions. One point of renown are earned if your faction has the victim's faction set to Hostile. If the victim's faction also has yours set to Hostile (and you are thus Enemies), an additional point of renown is earned.
If the target faction has zero or negative Renown, their flag is worth zero renown when taken and only one renown when reclaimed.
A faction's level is based on the total Character Levels of all of the members of the faction. Levels are calculated thusly:
|Faction Level||Total Character Levels|
|Initiate||Enter stronghold, access footlocker, and use the faction chatbox|
|Veteran||As Initiate, and can access safe|
|Lieutenant||As Veteran, and can revoke stronghold, place stronghold, change politics, and promote members to Veteran|
|Leader||As Lieutenant, and can upgrade stronghold, change faction description, close/open faction, promote members to Lieutenant/Leader, send Faction Messages, view and edit existing bans, kick and ban characters/users (as long as the target isn't a leader), and view activity log of the faction safe.|
|Warning||This feature has a minor bug associated with it.|
|It is possible to demote an Initiate as Veteran, Lieutenant or Leader, though doing so does not actually change their rank|
In the Faction's page, the "Show Politics" button takes you to the Faction Politics page where one can see what status a faction has set other factions to. This status can be changed by by simply logging in with a factioned character that has at least Lieutenant rank in that faction, followed by clicking on the "Factions" tab, located at the top of the screen. This will display every in-game faction along with buttons to "Set Faction to" and then the choice of either Friendly, Neutral or Hostile. By default, a faction will be set to Neutral. You may set a maximum of five factions to Friendly, though you may set an unlimited number of factions to Hostile. Depending on a factions' setting with another faction, and their setting with yours, your Faction Relationship will change and members of that faction's names will be displayed in a different color, as detailed by the following table:
|Their Faction is|
|Your Faction is|
Factions and Guilds
The rank of a character in their Planar Guild depends on the relationship between their Guild and their Faction. Characters who are not a part of a Faction automatically receive Rank 1 in their Guild, having declined to divide their loyalties between a Faction and a Guild. Characters who are part of a Faction receive Rank 3 by default. This is raised by one rank if they are in a faction of the same alignment as their Elder Power (For instance, a follower of Namm's Accord of the Sun-Touched in a Good faction). A character's guild rank is also raised by one rank if the character's Class is of the same alignment as their Elder Power (For instance, a Corruptor who joins the Obsidian Cartel of Tlacolotl).
- Adamant Denial (25 renown) - Members of the Adamant Kinship lose all guild bonuses while on your faction's Stronghold tile.
- Bulletin Board (25 renown):
- Creates a new sidebar tab, similar to the "Pad" tab, for Faction Members.
- The Bulletin Board has a maximum length of 5000 characters. At present it is plain-text only (no HTML, no BBCode).
- Leaders of the faction can edit the information in the "Bulletin Board" tab for 1 AP. When this is done, the Bulletin Board updates and an announcement is sent to the faction (per regular faction announcements).
- This upgrade may be purchased up to four times. The second purchase costs 50 renown and allows Lieutenants to edit the board. The third purchase costs 75 renown and allows Veterans to edit the board. The fourth purchase costs 100 renown and allows all faction members to edit the board.
- Increase Faction Footlocker Size - Footlockers are increased in increments of 5 space and each upgrade requires 10 renown plus 10 renown for each prior upgrade purchased (i.e., increasing size once to 30 requires 10 renown; increasing size again to 35 requires another 20 renown, increasing size again to 40 requires another 30 renown and so forth).
- Increase Faction Safe Size - Safes are increased in increments of 10 space and each upgrade requires 1 renown plus 1 renown for each prior upgrade purchased (i.e., increasing size once to 10 requires 1 renown; increasing size again to 20 requires another 2 renown, increasing size again to 30 requires another 3 renown and so forth).
- Planar Screen (25 renown): Members of your faction no longer take planar damage while moving onto your stronghold tile. Unlocks "Planar Domain" for purchase.
- Planar Domain (50 renown) - Members of your faction no longer take planar damage while on the plane that your factional stronghold is located. PREREQUISITE: Planar Screen.
- Flavor items (25 renown each):
- Art Gallery - There are several well-done peices of abstract art hanging in the gallery.
- Basketball Court - It is a full-court room with polished wooden floors.
- Dance Floor - It is a large room with a polished wood floor and a hanging disco ball.
- Day Care Center - It is a brightly-colored room filled with plastic toys and soft pillows.
- Game Room - The game room contains a billiards table and several arcade and pinball machines.
- Greenhouse - It is a hot, humid room, filled with rows of interesting looking plants.
- Hot Tub - It is a large heated hot tub.
- Koi Pond - It is a small pond filled with enormous goldfish.
- Planetarium - It is a black-walled room with a large telescope.
- Racquetball Court - It is a small, enclosed white-walled room.
- Rock Garden - It is a serene, spartan room that contains only rocks, sand, and a rake.
- Sparring Room - The floor is covered with padding and the walls are mirrored.
- Swimming Pool - It is an indoor swimming pool and the air is pungent with the scent of its chlorine.
- Theatre - It is a private screening room with a digital projector and a rocking sound system.
- Torture Chamber - It is a dark room with a sinister-looking table with manacles.
- Weight Room - It is a well furnished weight room, with several benches of free weights and machines.
- Wet Bar - It is a large, well-stocked wet bar with a few stools.
- Lead Paint (25 renown) - The next time a non-faction-member attempts to cast a glyph spell on the stronghold tile, the lead paint upgrade absorbs the glyph, immediately destroying it. One layer of Lead Paint is consumed in the process. May be purchased multiple times.
- Spelltrap (15 renown) - The next time a non-faction-member attempts to cast a glyph spell on the stronghold tile, the spelltrap is triggered, draining 25 MP from the caster. The spelltrap is consumed in the process. May be purchased multiple times, but only one spelltrap will be triggered at a time.