- What is a thrall?
- Wait, so are they slaves? That sounds pretty grim
- Do all the thralls serve the same function in game?
- Do thralls have stats?
- How do I capture a thrall?
- Are all soul gems the same?
- Is there any limit to the number of thralls I can have?
- Is there any limit to the number of thralls I can have active?
What is a thrall?
Thralls are the souls of fallen warriors and craftsmen, the spirits who remain on the Dying Worlds after the living have fled before the Hunger. They are ghosts and spirits, haunting these Worlds in the final hours…
The challenge for these ghosts is: they cannot pass into the afterlife, for they have unfinished matters which keep them from moving on. They cannot flee the World, however, for they are bound there. Thus, they are trapped on – and soon to be devoured with – a World that is already infected by the Hunger.
Wait, so are they slaves? That sounds pretty grim
Thralls aren’t slaves. You are acting as a “grim reaper” of sorts -- one of the duties asked of the Crows is to track these errant spirits and offer them salvation on behalf of the Gods.
The deal is simple: to avoid being devoured by the Hunger, Thralls are given a chance at redemption. They enter the service of the Gods, serving as craftsman and spectral guardians for a set period of time, after which their soul is released and they can rest for eternity.
Ok, yeah. It’s grim. But remember, you’re the good guy, here. Without you, they would be consumed by the Hunger.
Do all the thralls serve the same function in game?
No! Thralls have a variety of purposes in Crowfall. That said, however, each Thrall serves a particular purpose, depending on his or her profession during life.
Thralls can serve as vendors managing your sales, craftsmen to help you make items, unearthly trainers who assist you in learning certain skills faster, guardsmen who protect your ramparts, and bind-spirits – fallen warriors who can be inscribed into the runes to make your weapons and armor more powerful. (for example, you could bind the spirit of an Elven Blademaster into your sword, and the echoes of his life would help guide your blows and shield you from harm.)
Do thralls have stats?
They do! Certain Thralls will be better than others at specific tasks. Some serve better as guards, crafters, trainers, or bind-spirits locked into weapons or armor.
While Thralls are always willing to flee The Hunger, some of them are not to be trusted. These Thralls will test the bounds of their enchantment, and will periodically attempt to break free of your control. We’re still working out the details of this system, but (to match our general philosophy of design): higher risk means higher reward. That means the more powerful Thralls will often be the more difficult to control.
How do I capture a thrall?
Thralls will generally be found haunting the ruins of the Campaign worlds. Ghosts have a tendency to wander the same halls and room that they did while living. To capture a Thrall, you need a soul gem.
Soul gems are used to capture Thralls, transfer them, and bind them into crafting (and enchanting) recipes.
Are all soul gems the same?
Probably not, but again, we’re still working on this system. Our thought is that higher value gems can store more powerful Thralls, and that the quality and size of the Gem has a direct impact on how easy it is to contain each spirit.
Is there any limit to the number of thralls I can have?
Since they are stored in a soul gem, they are a standard inventory object. The only limit is your inventory space.
Is there any limit to the number of thralls I can have active?
The limits aren’t on a character or account basis. Instead, each system will enforce its own limit(s). For example, items can only have one bind-spirit. Buildings have a preset number of Thrall Slots (represented in game as a summoning circle) and each of them can only contain a single Thrall. Generally, for buildings that allow Thralls, you can increase the level of the building to activate more Thrall slots of that type.