The first thing you’re going to need to do when you start playing Age of Conan is to determine which race your character is going to be. The Age of Conan races determine which character classes you can pick and so you’ll want to think about your character’s race carefully instead of just picking one based on looks.
Currently, Age of Conan only has three different races to choose from, so it won’t get too confusing. Each race is more or less based upon a historical ethnic group. For example, the Aquilonians are probably most like the Romans at the height of the Roman empire and they are known for their culture, prosperity and great cities.
The Cimmerians, on the other hand, are based upon the Celts with probably a dash of Nordic influence and they are essentially a barbarian race from the mountains and highlands. Conan himself is a Cimmerian. And then the Stygians are desert people and snake worshipers and they are somewhat based upon ancient Egyptians and Babylonians.
There are some other races in the game as well, but they are currently only NPCs, though they may eventually become playable in future Age of Conan expansions.
- Priest of Mitra
- Dark Templar
- Bear Shaman
- Dark Templar
- Tempest ofSet
- Herald of Xotli
Each of the classes fall under a particular archetype, Rogue, Priest, Soldier or Mage and its fairly obvious from the class titles which fall under which archetypes. While each race has a choice of several class optons to pick from, since they also have some natural advantages in certain classes, you may want to let that guide your selection.
The Cimmerians are particularly good at the martial arts, such as swordplay; the Stygians are naturally drawn towards the dark and magical arts (and are the only character class that can be Mages); and the Aquilonian fall somewhere in the middle of the other two races, making it an ideal race if you prefer to play characters with a balanced skill-set.