->''"[[TheFederation The Valkyon Federation]] was created to defeat the argons, because if we canít win the war, [[EndOfTheWorldSpecial our world is doomed]]. What we need to remember, though, is that if we win the war but canít win the peace that follows, [[DividedWeFall the federation itself is doomed]]."''
-->'''Fraya, Allemantheia Commander'''

'''''The Exiled Realm of Arborea''''', or '''''TERA''''', is a Korean action {{MMORPG}} by ''Bluehole Studios''. Built on the scrapped source code for what would have been [[{{Lineage2}} Lineage III]], TERA uses a real-time battle system instead of the standard MMO fare of a plethora of action keys. Players can HackAndSlash, [[BlackAndWhiteMagic Cast Magics]], [[DoABarrelRoll Dodge]], and [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Block]], all in real-time and with no breaks.

A millennia ago, [[TheOldGods the two gods Arun and Shara]] met in the void and fell asleep. As they slept, they dreamed, and as they dreamed, the world of Tera was formed. First came twelve gods, who all battled fiercely for control of Tera. Born into the conflict were the mortal races, dragged into the divine wars and ever at the heels of the gods. The divine wars lasted for centuries, and took its toll on mortal and god alike.

The divine wars ended with most of the gods dead, imprisoned, or diminished. The remaining mortal races took over control of Tera, and with the recently formed [[TheFederation Valkyon Federation]], old wounds are finally starting to heal. But in this peace, trouble has arisen: to the north, the metallic race of argons have surfaced and threatens to terraform the world to their liking, and the mysterious Island of Dawn has suddenly risen at the center of the world.

The PlayerCharacter enters this world to fight these mysterious menaces. Players can choose from one of [[FiveRaces seven races]], [[FantasyCharacterClasses eight classes]], and explore the world either alone or in groups. The game was released on January 25, 2011 in Korea, August 18, 2011 in Japan, and May 1 and May 3, 2012 for North America and Europe respectively. Other markets planned for release are China and Thailand.

The US and European versions of the game have been free-to-play since early February 2013, now with the new title ''TERA: Rising''.

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!!This series contains examples of:

* AbsoluteCleavage: More outfits than you'd think.
* ATasteOfPower: After making a character, you can choose to play as them at level 20 to get a feel on the gameplay of the character. After the prologue ends, you start at level 1.
** As of the May 14th patch (19.04.05), the tutorial island has been inexplicably removed.
* AnAxeToGrind: The Berserker class wields axes of the ridiculously big variety.
* AntiPoopSocking: Hourly notifications of your playing time, the standard Rested EXP system to encourage logging out, and a new stamina system that ''enforces'' down time -- although not necessarily logging out while you're taking it. The game takes this seriously.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: [=BAMs=]
* BadassAdorable: Poporis and Elins.
* BagOfSharing: You have one bank for all your characters on a server.
* {{Bare your Midriff}}: Plenty and the armorers show way more than the midriff...
* {{Beastess}}: The female Amani. The race's males are much more monstrous-looking compared to the females, but the female Amani still stand out compared to the females of the other playable races in the game. And while it's possible to give a female Aman a more... [[GorgeousGorgon comely face]], she would still retain her race's height, three-clawed hands, elephant feet, statue-like physique, and overall [[IdleAnimation intimidating presence]].
* {{BFS}}: Not just the swords. All weapons seem to be appropriately scaled for the towering Amani and Baraka, so they are over-sized for smaller races including humans. The tiny Elins' and Poporis' animations [[LampshadeHanging show them having trouble with their weapons' momentum]]!
* {{Bishonen}}: High Elf males, having particularly more boyish-looking and "prettier" faces than the other males.
* BottomlessMagazines: Archers. Justified in that the arrows are magical.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The US and EU versions of the game censor the Elin models. Compare the differences [[http://my.mmosite.com/1cd10251c16a43d090e2399862b464a2/blog/ritem/1c8e968e01d15c1fdfee5b36fccf123e.html here]]. Considering that the other races (well, except Kastanian females that is) kept their {{stripperiffic}} outfits, this might be due to {{lolicon}} fears. Of course, uncensor patches cropped up the moment the game came out.
** Incidentally, the censored armors are also ''very'' cosmetically glitchy. None of them react properly to dyes (the new elements aren't included in the diffuse layer), some have clipping issues, and most of them have some manner of issue with the tail holes in the Elin armor -- depending, they forgot to add one to the new design, they forgot to leave a gap in the midriff cover so the tail isn't magically sprouting out of cloth, or the shorts ride too high in comparison to the tail hole in the outer armor, so the tail is improbably close to or even sprouting partially or entirely out of the shorts.
** For added fun, ''only {{Player Character}} Elin armors'' were edited. Not only are there Elin {{NPC}}s that have outfits that would be censored if they were on Elin [=PCs=], but there are ''actual children of other races'' who have outfits that would be censored if they were on Elin [=PCs=].
** Perhaps the most damning about this whole thing is the fact that the Elin costumes, which you pay real money for (or buy them off people who bought them for real money), are left completely and totally uncensored. The hypocrisy of this gets turned UpToEleven when you look at the [[https://tera-forums.enmasse.com/forums/general-discussion/topics/Elin-Devilicious-Bewitching-Items Elin Devilicious Costume]], which is far, ''far'', '''far''' more "offensive" than any of the censored armors ever were.
* [[BreakTheCutie Break the Cute Race:]] The Reaper class is an Elin who saw her home being burned to the ground and basically losing everything that makes an Elin(innocent, happy, merciful) all gone with the Reaper.
* ChainmailBikini: A lot of the female (and some male) armors are ''very'' revealing.
** In fact, there have been comparisons of high-level armor sets vs. more revealing clothing, and the high-level armors were more revealing than the basic underwear.
** This gets especially ridiculous on human women, as even in the "heavy armor" weight class, ''every single'' armor set in the game shows off significant skin and usually cleavage. Even worse, nearly all the female models are literally rigged, animation-wise, [[CombatStilettos to walk in heels. At all times. Even in heavy armor.]]
* ChargedAttack: Several classes have these, most notably Berserkers and Archers. Charging determines the power or the number of hits.
* ContinuingIsPainful: Between the huge hit to [[AntiPoopSocking Stamina]] and the chance to lose an enhancement crystal from your equipment, an EXP penalty would probably be ''less'' painful. Try ''hard'' not to die or fail timed instances. There are potions that restore stamina if worse comes to wear.
** One of the game's loading messages explicitly tells you that, should you die in an instance dungeon, you should NOT choose the default resurrection, as it will resurrect you outside the dungeon and to the nearest town... which is usually a good ten minutes away, leaving your party members having to wait for your sorry ass. For this reason, it's good to have a healer or some Scrolls of Resurrection around.
* CuteBruiser: Choosing Popori or Elin and any melee class results in this.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The [[http://download.enmasse.com/images/Reaper_Full.jpg?utm_source=tera&utm_medium=email&utm_content=capes_comic_image&utm_campaign=041814-capes_item_release Reaper comic and later update]] has Pora Elinu being burned to the ground by a group of mercenaries, and the Reaper class wants to kill them all. The worst part: [[BreakTheCutie only the Elin race can be a Reaper.]]
** [[spoiler:[[InnocenceLost Gone is the innocence.]] [[BreakTheCutie Gone is the joy.]] [[DespairEventHorizon Gone is the mercy.]] Gone forever.]]
* DualWielding: The forte of Warriors.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: High Elf males.
* {{Elfeminate}}: High Elf males are {{Bishounen}} to the point of looking girly, just without breasts.
* EnergyBall: The majority of the sorcerer's attacks, several priest and mystic skills, several quest items, boss monster attacks, and in some cases, scenery.
* ExponentialPotential: Sorcerers pretty much use nearly every spell they get.
* FantasyCharacterClasses: The available PC classes are:
** Archer
** [[BlackMage Sorcerer]]
** [[{{BFS}} Slayer]]
** [[TheBerserker Berserker]]
** [[JoustingLance Lancer]]
** [[DualWielding Warrior]]
** [[RedMage Mystic]]
** [[WhiteMage Priest]]
** Reaper
* [[FiveRaces The Seven Races]]: The available PC races are:
** [[HumansAreAverage Humans]]
** [[SlaveRace Amani]]
** [[GentleGiant Baraka]]
** [[HotterAndSexier Castanics]]
** [[LittleBitBeastly Elins]]
** [[OurElvesAreBetter High Elves]]
** [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Popori]]
* FashionableAsymmetry: And lots of it.
* FetchQuest: Quite a few of them.
* GhostTown: Several have been overrun by monsters but there are hamlets scattered here and there that are completely empty of people.
* GlacierWaif: See CuteBruiser above.
* GlassCannon: The Sorcerer is arguably the most powerful class in the game, what with mid-high attack power and the best DPS. Doesn't help them when being flattened by a big-ass monster, however.
* GreenRocks: Noctenium, a substance that [[spoiler: enhances skills, drives the plot of the expansion, is used to create new equipment, and can be used to summon monsters or turn players invisible.]]
* HackAndSlash: This game is the poster child for the new action-based trend in Korean MMO design.
* HartmanHips: If the Elin had realistic proportions, they would not sport these.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: There isn't even a slot for a helmet, though there are hats you can wear.
* HighFantasy: At first sight, delve into DarkFantasy with surprising ease.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Yes.
* ImpossibleItemDrop: Ever see a piglet drop a huge two handed axe?
* ImprobablePowerDiscrepancy: There level 1 piglets and level 60 piglets.
* JackOfAllStats: Warriors. They're not as good as DPS compared to Slayers and Berserkers with their offensive stance, nor can they tank as easily as Lancers with their defensive stance, but they're still capable fighters in a variety of situations.
* JigglePhysics
* JoustingLance: The Lancer's WeaponOfChoice, taking after the ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' treatment with an accompanying tower shield.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Electrical charges deal damage ([[EnergyBall Shocking Implosion]]; Priest Skill), give damage resistance (Balder's Temple Golem Generator), stun players and monsters ([[spoiler: Visionmaker Gear]]), yank players toward enemies ([[spoiler: Auricadis in Balder's Temple]]), serve as visual indicators for boss monsters enraging (Kumas), instant-kill players ([[spoiler: Also Auricadis if you let it charge]]), and can be harvested to craft weapons and items (Lightning Essence), among other things.
* MagicSkirt: Human Females. Despite wearing on average, the shortest skirts in the game, they never flip up.
* MassMonsterSlaughterSidequest: All of the suppression quests that give vendor token rewards.
* MightyGlacier: The Berserker class.
* {{MMORPG}}
* MoneySpider: Pretty much everything you kill.
* OneGenderRace: Elins are all-female, while Popori and Baraka are supposedly genderless, but have male aesthetics and voice banks.
** Popori and Elin were originally the [[BizarreSexualDimorphism incredibly bizarrely dimorphic]] males and females of the same species.
* OurElvesAreBetter: Played with. They are long lived and physically and magically competent but they are also warlike while being nowhere near invincible. After being smashed by an alliance of other races they seemed to have reformed and are now the main driving force of TheFederation, though [[spoiler:Thulsa]] still calls them out on their arrogance.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: Or arguably smaller in this case. The Baraka are claimed by lore to be one of the giant races that abandoned their peoples' battle lust (and escaped divine judgment for that) but they are scarcely a few heads taller than Humans. They also have body proportions that make them resemble overgrown Dwarves. The only slightly smaller Amani are not called giants for some reason.
* PantyShot: The skirts of High Elf females flip up regularly while animating. The Castanic Females can't even be bothered to cover their underwear most of the time.
* PhysicalGod: Most of the gods and goddesses in the game became corporeal and killable after Lok's device stripped away their powers but as one outing with [[LadyOfWar Kaia]] shows they are still unmatched by any of the mortal races.
* {{Pun}}: Some of the names of quests. Examples are "Ore, Really?," "A Venom-enal Effort," and "Dying of Boar-Dom." "[[Literature/TheHobbit Lair And Back Again]]" doubles as a ShoutOut.
* PVPBalanced: TERA's player-versus-player combat factors in the type of equipment you're using in addition to player skill and class play style differences. Archers and berserkers have a reputation for smashing other players in a single hit; warriors, lancers, and slayers have reputations for [[CycleOfHurting stunning]], [[KnockBack knocking down]], or otherwise incapacitating other players to death; mystics and priests are [[HealingFactor generally accepted as being near-impossible to kill]] in an evenly-geared, one-on-one engagement ([[ShootTheMedicFirst and are prioritized in group pvp]]), and sorcerers' different builds tend to focus into {{combos}} and [[SuperSpeed celerity]] or simply [[FantasticNuke Fireblasting the target to death after stunning them]].
* RatedWForWhy: EU version got slapped with [=PG12=], while even middle-game content clearly does not match.
* RandomlyDrops
* RandomNumberGod: Pray when enchanting a piece of equipment. At least in the western version you can never have a CriticalFailure.
* RuleOfSexy: The only explanation for the existance of many, ''many'', '''many''' outfits in this game.
* SceneryPorn: Most of the landscapes in the game are brightly colored, absurdly detailed and screenshot-worthy, and you'll have no choice but to take them in when you get on a flying mount (which have fixed routes as the game's fast travel system).
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Nearly all High Elf outfits are these, but particularly the robes, which are essentially cocktail dresses and evening gowns.
* SequenceBreaking: Several story quests are unlocked at a specific level. Therefore, by overleveling, one can theoretically reach a point where Samael will become increasingly impatient with your character for letting certain key characters labeled traitors "escape"... while Elleon, one of Samael's targets, will be waiting right outside the next room himself, informing you of your next deployment, [[spoiler: the cause of which is Samael's apparent death!]]
* SpinAttack: Many classes have gratuitous spinning in their attack animations, while most 360 degree [=AoE=] attacks have at least one full spin. The Berserker's is particularly noticeable as the class can choose the number of spins by charging the attack.
* StatusBuff: Most classes have their own self-buffs, though Mystics are valued for their crit-enhancing aura buffs, which last as long as the Mystic is alive, in the area, and not completely spent on mana. Priests are also capable of casting buffs, but not to a passive extent like Mystics.
* StoneWall: The Lancer class. Warriors using the defensive stance can attempt this as well.
** To a lesser degree, the intended purpose of the Mystic's Thrall of Protection. It has a lot of health, but isn't too good with aggro'ing and tanking compared to Lancers.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The majority of female armors in the game (along with CombatStilettos), as well as a few male armors. [[HornyDevils Castanics]] tend to get the most revealing outfits, but even Amani and [[TokenMiniMoe Elins]] get a few as well.
* SwordBeam: The Slayer can fire them off during some attacks.
* TacticalSuicideBoss: All [=BAM=] types and the bosses based on them have long recovery times after certain attacks during which they're vulnerable. These are usually the attacks that are least survivable without good use of a block or dodge move but to experienced players they're simply a signal to prepare to blow all their damage cooldowns.
* TakenForGranite: A rare beneficial version: the Sorcerer class learns a stoneskin spell that makes them immune to all attacks. They can't do anything while petrified, but they can cancel the spell early.
* TakeThat: On their [[http://tera.enmasse.com/new-launch-features New launch Features]] page, they promise you wont have to [[WorldOfWarcraft kill a thousand Furbolgs just to go through a tunnel]].
** [[http://tera.enmasse.com/pages/patch-172903 These patch notes]] state that they're changing the LFG channel limit to one message per minute. Their reasoning for doing this is because "It's not Barrens chat." EME seems to like poking fun at Blizzard.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The flying mounts enter some sort of wormhole for longer travel distances.
* [[spoiler:TheMole: Samael threw his lot in with the Scions of Lok quite a while ago.]]
* ThrivingGhostTown: All of the smaller towns.
* ThongOfShielding: Castanic females
* TwentyBearAsses: Many of the quests are like this.
* UndergroundMonkey: Again, level 1 piglets and level 60 piglets.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Certain armors for High Elf males and Castanic males.
* WelcomeToCorneria: [=NPCs=] have a very limited number of spoken lines, limited to what race/gender they are.

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