A fascinating bit of player-run political intrigue has happened in Chronicles of Elyria well before the game has even seen a playable build. During the Domain and Settlement Selection (DSS), a player king who has reportedly been missing from the community for 18 months has now seen his power evaporate, forcing players within that kingdom to form their own nation.
The king of the nation of Kairos, Thared, has been silent for a year and a half with no explanation, which caused four dukes of Kairos to believe that their people are being neglected. As a result, those dukes and 250 of the kingdom’s players have elected to secede from Kairos, creating a new nation known as the Solaris Confederation. These four dukes are reportedly extremely active in their part of the world of Elyria, expanding their communities to become 3/4ths of the population of Kairos and raising $60,000 collectively for the developing MMO.
In the player-written announcement we received, this bit of political maneuvering is acceptable owing to the fact that “Kingdoms [are] not guaranteed to last and that their power came from their community,” in spite of the fact that Kings and Queens have backed the game to the tune of $10,000.
Even with this bit of defiance, the leaders of the Solaris Confederation are hoping for a peaceful split from Kairos. If you’re at all interested in hearing just what motivated these players to make the move they did, there’s a livestream from yesterday providing all those details.
In other Chronicles of Elyria news, the August Community Journal for 2019 is out, which recounts all of the updates made during the game’s development, including DSS, a combat and underground lighting effects preview, initial details of the Dutch auction, and a look at clothing design among other things.
As for the fate of Kairos, we reached out to both Soulbound Studios and the player organization about efforts to locate the missing king, out of concern that something may have happened in real life. While Soulbound hasn’t yet replied, representatives from the player alliance told us the community made “multiple attempts over the past 18 months” to contact him, including through Discord, where he is still present, but they received no response. There’s even speculation he vanished “due to personal reasons related to starting his own business.”