Lineage II Gracia Part 1: Kamaloka Instance Dev Diary

July 22, 2008

Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne –
Gracia The Perils of Kamaloka

“…Numerous and mysterious disasters
suddenly befell the peoples of Aden: whole fields of healthy crops blighted
overnight, unknown plagues laid waste to entire villages, and the weather itself
became strange and unpredictable. Doomsayers, once deemed insane, took on a
fresh and terrifying confidence. The sages sought to reassure the people, but
their words lacked conviction—they too had gazed into their crystal globes and
read the cards, and they too felt foreboding deep in their bones.

The land’s adventurers and other
citizens had been encountering strange dreams, where they fought against endless
hordes of shadowy enemies until overwhelmed. Some would wake up with headaches
or wounds; some wouldn’t wake up at all. The sages determined that the
increasing tales of a dream world and the tales of prophecies had to be
connected. They studied the bodies of the dream-killed and listened to the tales
of the survivors.

In a tremendous undertaking, the
sages’ efforts finally bore fruit as the symptoms of the crisis revealed their
true nature one by one. The deadly dreamland was, they determined, a realm
created by the power of darkness. The sages named it “Kamaloka,” the place
between the world and Hell. It was an apt name—the monsters encountered there,
the Kaneus, were the stuff of nightmares.”

In the upcoming Lineage II
expansion, Gracia, brave groups of two to six adventurers can venture into
Kamaloka, an instance zone located “between heaven and hell.” Party leaders can
talk to Guard Captains in various villages throughout the land—the level of the
instance created depends on which village you go to. For example, a fairly low
level Kamaloka instance is created for the party if you talk to the Guard
Captain in Gludio, but the highest level instance possible is created if you
talk to the Guard Captain at Rune Castle. All characters in the party must be
within five levels of the instance level created. Parties can only complete one
successful foray into Kamaloka per day (should they get wiped out they can
re-enter).

Kamaloka is very much a raid
instance; the party will have to face one raid monster as well as up to nine
other subordinate creatures. Exactly which Kaneus monsters you will face depends
on the level of the instance; the raid monsters range from the flame
strike-capable Blade Otis to the disarming Kaim Abigore or powerful, ice
bolt-wielding White Allosce. A party will only have twenty minutes to defeat the
Kaneus within; if they succeed, they’ll receive a number of useful rewards
that’s well worth their while.

We’ve built Kamaloka as a
universally-accessible fun instance that nearly all Lineage II players can make
use of, from levels 18 on up. They can experience multiple iterations of
Kamaloka as they progress in levels, which shouldn’t take too long given
Gracia’s newly-implemented fast and furious leveling. It’s very easy to get to,
doesn’t require any special items, quests or a continent-wide NPC approval
level; you just need a small group of people to get access. That’s it. We hope
to see you enjoying Kamaloka soon!