Dawn of the Dragons is a Flash-based Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game developed by 5th Planet Games, which is playable on Armor Games, Kongregate and Newgrounds, among other social platforms.The game takes place in the fictional region of West Kruna, and involves players stepping into the shoes of a farmhand who rises in power to become a skilled warrior and champion who must defend the region from a variety of evil forces that are trying to take over for their own means.Dragons consists of several quest areas that players must journey through, during which they'll progress the overarching story and earn experience points, along with new weapons, armor, items and soldiers. These soldiers can be transferred to a player's "legion", a combat group that can be used to take part in raids against spawnable boss enemies and world raids.The game also features guilds (with their own respective boss raids), an Item Crafting system and Player Versus Player areas (that allow users to rank up and unlock new perks, weapons and armor). It also features a microtransaction economy, where players can buy powerful armor, weapons, troops and legions using "Planet Coins", the game's special currency (earned through level progression, achievements or real money).
This game provides examples of:
Absurdly High Level Cap: To date, there has been no firm cap on player levels, and it's not uncommon to see level 1,500 players walking around with 25,000 points or more invested in their attack stat.
Pah! Very well... I shall surrender my pride, in the name of defeating the dragons. I... What? No! That was not a pun!
Action Girl: Several of the player's female companions, including Aela (a Nord general who fights to avenge her slain tribe members), Medea (a bard who fights by distracting enemies with sonic chords) and Calla the half-elf all fall under this banner.
Although you can buy and sell weapons, armor, troops, and land, you cannot make a profit on any of them. Land, in particular, is designed to discourage any selling whatsoever, despite the player having the option to. Land bought by the player can be sold at roughly 1/1000 of its original buying price, and selling high-level troops and items will give you far fewer coins back than you put in.
Prices get more and more expensive the further north you travel, to the point that it becomes prohibitive. Despite the fact that you are asked by the king of West Kruna to aid in dealing with various threats, including having to summon Lord Tyranthius and his knights by yourself, you are not given any financial support to buy troops or equipment, and have to pay out millions of coins to meet the level requirements. It gets to the point where you'll have to drop tens of millions of dollars per area on useless things like rings and mounts just to be able to quest there.
"Scrolls of Dahrizon" is a separate story involving Rissa D'Tang, a thief who ends up infiltrating the missing warlord Dahrizon's castle and waking him from a centuries-long imprisonment.
"My Name Is..." focuses on several of the player character's supporting companions, with four characters (Teucer Tullian, Mina von Richten, Saaragash the Mighty and Marcus) getting separate chapters where they participate in a fight against enemies who have raided a town.
This seems to have become the norm ever sense the Crypt of Caracalla. Before then, the focus was solely set around a second person perspective of the player character. Now, the focus changes quite often between various "important" characters. Sometimes multiple times per chapter.
Adventurer Archaeologist: Lucian the Scholar, a researcher you meet in Ryndor who decides to accompany you for the duration of your adventure.
Teucer Tullian, a unique/Epic troop who can be upgraded by collecting specific arrows from raids.
Mathias the Masterer, a premium general who can summon other troops during battle.
All Myths Are True: Every story the player character hears about any general or great hero will not only turn out to be true, but said player will end up facing them (and either having to kill or recruit them) at some point in the story.
All Your Powers Combined: The premium troop Claudia Bloodwyn has this ability, via her "Anything you can do..." combat skill (which duplicates the attack and bonus of any general in raid combat).
Ancient Artifact: The "Legendary" items must be crafted from specific materials found on certain quest bosses and on certain raids, and can be used to make weapons, armor and troops that are among the best free items in the game.
And Your Reward Is Clothes: The reward for dealing over 5 billion damage in the December 2012 "Ultimate Loot Lair" event is... a t-shirt with paltry attack and defense values.
Angelic Beauty: Most of the troops and generals in the Angel troop class are beautiful females, including Panoptica, Matilda and the Chaste Angel/Angelic Protector troops.
Animal Motifs: Various factions in the game world have specific animals they represent via their equipment, and which can be worn by the player, including:
The Leo Novus army, created by a Lord who attempted a rebellion and outfitted his troops with lion-themed armor and weapons.
The Wolf Beastman Illusion set, created by a mage who used an illusion to confuse a group of wolfmen who had planned on killing him.
Animated Armor: A set of such armor is one of the bosses in the Scrolls of Dahrizon quest area, and can be summoned to fight as a personal raid.
Anti-Poop Socking : The game has several features that are designed to make players stop for several hours (or, at the least, spend Planet Coins to get around them). After reaching level 500, the experience needed per level spikes, and it is impossible to powerlevel quickly unless the player uses several energy/stamina potions (which cost PC) or waits for their E/S bars to refill. The PVP area also has a finite number of tickets that can be used per day - further Colosseum tickets require Planet Coins as well.
Apologetic Attacker: In "The Black Carriage", the player and their forces manage to stop what appears to be a group of zombies attacking a carriage, only to have to apologize when they learn that the female occupant of the carriage was using the zombies to protect herself from other creatures.
April Fools' Day: The character art for several generals was changed on April Fools' Day 2013 to have ridiculous images featuring developer-drawn parodies and caricatures.
Arbitrary Headcount Limit: Played straight and averted. For raids, the player can have dozens of generals and different troop types, but they are limited to a single active legion, with no secondary/backup legions available and no reason given why the player can't use all their generals in a legion. In questing, all of the player's major companions are seen fighting and/or are mentioned, even if they aren't part of the player's retinue.
Arbitrary Skepticism: In the "Fallows" chapter, Mayor Aurelius Bloodwyn refuses to believe the player and Marcus' claims that the city is under siege by a camp of invaders led by a dragon. This is despite the fact that the existence of dragons (as indicated by the lore and various player units and legions) is accepted in West Kruna, and that the player has Solus (a baby dragon) with them at that point in the narrative.
Artifact of Doom: The Lyrpan helm turns out to be this. It has an evil demon trapped inside which whispers to the player character during battle, and eventually escaped his confines and ran rampant on West Kruna before a group of angels stopped him.
Author Avatar: Two of the game's chief developers, Lena Gkika and George 'Dahrizon' Perkins, had generals named after them (Queen Lena and Dahrizon). Although they are minor characters, Lena shows up in two questing areas - and has entire scenes to focus on how badass she is - while Dahrizon had a quest zone/general named after him.
The Banhammer Bros Guild Raid features another developer, Felendis. Also, the new head-honcho Mouse got his own general in the form of Bernard Bronzefist, a dwarf who keeps mice... in his beard.
Authority Equals Asskicking: Captain Marcus. He has no qualms about kicking down the door to the Mayor's estate if he's looking for someone, and many people (like Rissa D'Tang) are well aware of his reputation for being relentless when it comes to chasing crooks.
Awesome, but Impractical: The Panoptica set, introduced in March 2013, which is acquired via rare Perception drops. Despite being built up as a powerful and exclusive set, the items are useless from a practical standpoint. To get all of the pieces, you'll have to get your Perception stat up to 36,000. To that end, most of the equipment is fairly weak in terms of attack/defense, it's only real boost is to Energy (which is useless, considering most of the players who have the skills necessary to obtain the set have finished all of the quest areas by that point), and the massive Perception boost doesn't matter because the player will have far and beyond enough points put into the skill to get the best Books of Knowledge and potions that are dropped as a result.
Back from the Dead: Seeing as this is a game filled with the undead, spirits taking a new (more powerful) form and the player character being able to summon the essences of various bosses to fight, this trope is common:
Lord Tyranthius and his retinue of troops, who King Jamus tasks the player with finding.
Locar Kessov (a reigning lord) comes back from the dead to help you stop his son Cuthbert, who has been corrupted with power.
Mascon, a general who was resurrected after he and his legion died at the entrance to Dahrizon's fortress.
Lyrpan, a demon that was released from his spirit prison and took a new form that terrorized West Kruna.
Erebus the Black has returned from the grave as Tainted Erebus, Corrupted Erebus, and Spectral Erebus, driven solely by his hate.
Badass Bookworm: Lucian. He is often more concerned with studying lore and informing characters about various stories in West Kruna, but he can hold his own in a fight, via his use of a massive cricket bat to down enemies.
The Bloodwyn clan are some of the most powerful people (in-story and as troops for the player) in the game. Aurelius Bloodwyn is the Mayor of Fallows. His youngest daughter, Claudia, is a vampire who is one of the most powerful troops that can be acquired by the player. Verus Bloodwyn is the former Guard Captain of Fallows. Caleb Bloodwyn is a powerful general who works as a bounty hunter. Vanessa Bloodwyn is a fencing master who can negate player damage.
The Tullian family are also predisposed to heroics. Mayor Tullian sacrifces his life to protect the children of Burden's Rest, which in turn inspires his cousin, Teucer, to join the player's army as an archer.
Badass Grandpa: Roland, a retired adventurer that works as a barkeep, who later proves that he can hold his own with the player and their companions.
Bag of Holding: Averted. Although the player has an inventory screen that can hold dozens upon dozens of armor, weapon, consumable and mount pieces, it is explained in the plot and via various raid units that the player travels with a large retinue of troops and camp facilities, which explains how they can switch out items and units between battles. In addition, all gold is stored in a bank, with the Ruth the Miser unit (obtained through the Bazaar) working on the player's behalf to get them better deposit rates behind-the-scenes.
Barbarian Hero: Queen Lena, who joins the player's roster of companions in "Peril of the Pumpkin Patch".
Big Bad: Each quest area has a boss who is leading all the other enemies, and usually reveals a major piece of information about the plot. These range from Chieftain Horgrak in the Burden's Rest area, to (as of the last update) the Frog-Men Assassins in "My Name Is...".
Big Bad Ensemble: The antagonistic dragons seem to be this, suggesting either that the true Big Bad has yet to be revealed, or that the dragons operate independently toward a common goal.
Drops from Nightmare-level bosses and raids are much better than the normal items acquired over the course of the plot, and can provide extra benefits to players in later areas, or unlock powerful troops and weapons/armor.
The Red Prince's Armor, which is acquired by cashing in Achievement Points. The best pieces of the set (which include the chestplate, legplates, mainhand weapon and shield) must be acquired by cashing in the King's Bounty reward (10,000 Achievement Points) a minimum of four times.
If a player manages to reach level 2,500, they become an "Immortal", and get a special title on the Hall of Achievements page, a special familiar (Ceremonial Sword of the Immortal) and a special bonus power that deals grievous bonus damage to raid bosses. At level 5,000, the player is given another special class, "Immortal Drake-Slayer", 1,000 Planet Coins, another new familiar and another new magic.
Bribing Your Way to Victory: Significantly. A massive micro-economy exists around Planet Coins, which can be bought with real money and used to buy powerful generals, troops, Legions, weapons, armor and health/energy/stamina refills. This makes it much easier to deal more damage or level up faster.
Brick Joke: The Flavor Text of the Merfolk Illusion Set reveals that Celcinoe once threatened to sacrifice the player to the Ninth Terror after they met her wearing it (thinking it was real). Later in the story, the two meet again and the player comments on this moment. She laughs it off. Turns out she wasn't kidding... The Ninth Terror is released shortly thereafter to kill one of the dragons.
Can't Catch Up: It is much more difficult for new players to get up to the ranks of other players these days, due to a combination of power-creep and unaccessible raid events. Several of the most notable armor sets (Siege Master, Drake-Doom) and their proc boosts were only craftable through limited-time raids, and many other generals and troops - which were further enhanced through associated world raids - are currently unavailable to purchase or obtain.
Clockwork Creature: The Clockwork Set, acquired by amassing Clockwork Parts during questing. The parts can be used to make clockwork troops, a horse, a dragon and two generals.
Combat Medic: The "Healer" general/troop class can restore Health (and, in some cases, Energy and/or Stamina) during raid combat.
Combination Attack: The Legion system, and the generals/troops you can acquire, allow you to make multiple attacks at once on an enemy per 1/5/20 Stamina or Honor hit. You can also deal bonus damage based on what equipment you're wearing, what Legion you're using and whether any troops gain special benefits as a result of being in said Legion.
Commonplace Rare: Due to coding, certain crafting components (even common ones) have much lower spawn rates in some quest areas. It's not uncommon to get 5 or 6 of the rare claw fragments in the Dragon's Claw area, and be missing a single Brown Claw Fragment (which is listed as a common ingredient).
The Corrupter: Lyrpan tries to corrupt the player character with its whispers when it was still trapped in a helm. The player character was more irritated by the non-stop whispering than anything else.
Crippling Overspecialization: In PVP, any player who skews their stats towards attack/defense (and avoids increasing their health) becomes a Glass Cannon who can be "killed" after a handful of hits, especially in Colosseum mode.
Damsel in Distress: Subverted. Princess Lysicaa (from the "Vhaliribdis the Third Terror" World Raid) is ensnared by sailors looking to sell her to a group of nobles who consider her kind a delicacy. She's then "rescued" by an adventurer who, as it turns out, was in league with the sailors and wanted to use her to help him free a monster. Then she turns around and kills him single-handedly while the player character and his/her companions slay Vhaliribdis.
Most Legendary craftable items do not have any past history, and are only assumed to be powered up and ready for use.
The Hauberk of Gold is crafted by combining a magical essence with a "championship belt"...to get a chestpiece that is said to have been worn by a hero many centuries before, and had divine gold used to fashion the overlaying chains.
Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: The player can never actually die - when they lose all their hit points, they have to wait to regenerate at least 10 points of health before they can fight again.
Death Seeker: Sigurd of the Frost Wyrm Clan is noted by Panoptica to have thrown himself into battle seeking an honorable death, so that he may restore his clan's honor.
Disc One Nuke: There are many ways to get powerful items right off the bat without expending much effort:
Due to the real-world money aspect of the game, it's possible to buy powerful armor/weapons/troops right at the beginning of the game, giving you a big advantage early on. However, it's usually not enough to carry the player unless several pieces are bought.
The Rhalmarius the Despoiler guild raid gives out the same amount of loot for every participant, regardless of damage dealt. This means a new player who joins a guild could take part in the Rhal raid, give one or two hits and potentially get two top-tier generals (Booma and Kalevra), and several mid-level armor pieces that are easily good enough to see them through most questing areas on Normal-Legendary difficulty.
The Salome the Seductress guild raid (introduced on April 26, 2013) also gives a surprisingly powerful set of loot for a comparatively low raid damage threshold. Aside from offering boosts to five generals in the game (including the aforementioned Booma and Kalevra), the Epic loot from the raid includes one of the best free all-purpose legions in the game (Angels of Virtue, with a 230% power bonus), a mount that has more attack and defense than the fully-upgraded Solus, a mid-tier general (Matilda) and strong troops (the Chaste Angel, which can be acquired multiple times). Like Rhal, this gear is easily good enough to get the player through most raids without having to spend Planet Coins.
The Grundus guild raid operates in the same manner as Rhalmarius and potentially drops even better gear. However, the drop rate for said items is relatively low.
Dirty Coward: The kobolds attacking Burden Rest's farmlands turn out to be this, they in fact start to falter once the men and women they were attacking start fighting back against them. Averted with their chieftain who in fact chooses to fight the hero personally and kills two kobolds for desertion.
Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Rissa tells a warrior not to touch a scroll in the "Scrolls of Dahrizon" chapter, but he doesn't listen and the scroll (which is a lightning spell) fries him. Lampshaded a moment later when Rissa notes that telling everyone to not touch anything has fallen on deaf ears.
Doom Troops: Several units exhibit this, including the Elite Night Blade, Kalevra's Shadow and Springing Stabber.
Double Unlock: Several items can be purchased in the Colosseum and Arena when you reach the required rank, but they must be purchased with money after they're unlocked.
Dragon Rider: The player is this with Solus, their faithful mount.
Dream Sequence: The "Together in Eclectic Dreams" chapter, where the player goes inside the dreams of Marcus, Lucian and Medea.
Drop the Hammer: The "Devs R Us Ban Hammer", a developer-exclusive weapon that is used to ban any target it hits from participating in PVP matches.
Drunken Master: Several characters are stated to become more powerful once they consume alcohol. Phlaw The Drunken can proc an "Angel Ale" during raid combat that makes his next three attacks more powerful.
Evolving Weapon: The "Sword Of Conquered Kingdoms" summons Sword Fanatic units when in use, which increase its damage.
Fake Cross Over: With The Guild. Although the six main characters of the series retain their visual identity, their stories are changed to reflect events happening in West Kruna.
Fanboy: In-universe. Sir Linaris of the Glorious Dawn was kicked out of the Order of Seven (Knights) because of an unhealthy fixation with the player character and his/her heroics. The text description for his soldiers notes that he plans to freak out when he meets his hero.
Fantastic Recruitment Drive: Marcus (a special general given in the second quest area of the game), Bertram the Necromancer and Mathias the Masterer (a premium general obtained by spending Planet Coins) can recruit Troops during combat. It is explained that their skills are so exceptional that recruits are inspired to join the player's cause as a result.
Fighter, Mage, Thief: An in-universe example of this occurs in "Scrolls of Dahrizon", where a group of fighters, mages and a single thief are sent into Dahrizon's castle.
Fire-Forged Friends: The plot heavily indicates this is what happens with the player and their companions, one of whom is usually recruited in each quest area. Most quest areas usually involve the player running to each of their comrades to defend them in the heat of battle, and likewise, their defending the player while he/she attempts to complete a task.
Gameplay and Story Segregation: Played straight and averted. Later zones are written to emphasize the number of troops and generals the player is amassing throughout the story, but it fails to explain why certain generals won't be part of the player's legion unless they purchase them (with gold or Planet Coins):
"Peril of the Pumpkin Patch" and "Crypt of Carcalla" prominently feature two characters: Lena (a barbarian queen) and Rissa D'Tang (a thief). Lena can only be acquired as a character by getting a high-enough rank in the PVP Colosseum mode, while Rissa is only available in the "Scrolls of Dahrizon" quest area as a rare drop.
The plot zones from "Crypt of Caracalla" to (as of the last story update) "Far From Home" feature two separate stories: one with the player character/Roland/Lucian/Lena/Rissa and others stuck in the middle of nowhere after they are forced to take an alternate exit through the Crypt, and a B-plot with Marcus - masquerading as the player - and most of the craftable Legendary troops (Mina/Saragaash/Teucer) continuing to fight enemies in his/her stead. In raids or Invasion mode, however, you can still use all these characters at the same time and no mention is made of their separation.
Faustus the Wizard travels with the player through the various quest areas, and handles the summonable raid monsters that can be fought outside of quests. However, he can't be used as a general in the player's army unless said player spends Planet Coins to acquire him as a unit.
Gotta Catch Them All: There are hundreds of weapons, armor sets, crafting components, troops and legions that can be collected throughout the game. Some are automatically given over the course of the story, some are acquired after completing raids or areas on certain difficulties, and others must be bought (either with gold or Planet Coins, which often cost real money).
Guide Dang It: The steps required to craft the ultimate version of the Sword of Conquered Kingdoms. You must acquire 5 "Enigmatic Items", which are obtained by putting on certain combinations of weapons/armor/troops/Legions/mounts and fighting in specific raids. There is no information on what combinations to use anywhere in the game itself, and the DOTD wiki is the only location where such information can be found (due to players trying tons of different combinations before figuring out which ones resulted in the items being obtained).
Hard Mode Perks: Similar to Bragging Rights Reward, Legendary and Nightmare quest bosses and raids are much more difficult (and they have much more HP), but they give much better items and chances to get rare troops and weapons/armor.
Hellish Horse: Vornex's Steed, a premium mount that has red, glowing eyes and red/black skin.
The Hero's Journey: The player starts out as a simple farmhand in Burden's Rest, and soon becomes a prophecized warrior who will save West Kruna from evil forces.
Hub City: The Citadel, which has various buildings and facilities that can produce troops, legions, weapons/armor, raids, mounts and more. Further building upgrades are unlocked over the course of the game.
Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: Normal, Hard, Legendary and Nightmare. While the first three difficulties can be easily managed by most players, Nightmare significantly ups the difficulty and multiplies the damage output and HP of most enemies and bosses.
Idiot Ball: The Lyrpan World Raid was caused by the player character obtaining and wearing a hat that had a trapped demon within it which spoke random thoughts. The demon then escaped and grew powerful, which subsequently required the help of angels to take it down. Thaddeus the Protector lampshades the absurdity of the player's actions by proclaiming the hat's owner to be a "stupid wretch".
Improbable Aiming Skills: In the "My Name Is..." chapter, Teucer Tullian fires three arrows (while facing a woman and casually speaking with her) that kill three targets off in the distance.
Improvised Weapon: Lucian somehow ends up with a cricket bat in his hands after taking part in the player's dream in the "Together in Eclectic Dreams" chapter, and uses it in every battle afterwards.
I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Lampshaded during the "New Claw" World Raid. The text description for the Fat Dragon Familiar (one of Bosso Twinklefingers' creations) notes that the player character saves a young girl from being crushed by it - and the girl immediately asks the player to give it back, as she thinks it's cute and wants to bring it home with her.
Infinity+1 Sword: The most powerful crafted weapon in the game is the fully-upgraded Sword of Conquered Kingdoms, which gives bonus damage, +225 power/+30 damage in PVP, chances to create Sword Fanatic units, and extra damage for each unit owned. Although there are premium weapons that are more powerful, the "SOCK" can be obtained for free during the natural course of the game.
In the Blood: It is implied that the entire Bloodwyn family, save for Caleb and Vanessa Bloodwyn, are all corrupt to some degree. Aurelius disagrees with the player's actions during the Fallows quest, and tries to hog all the glory for himself. His brother, Verus, was Marcus' predecessor as Fallows' Guard Captain, and was accused of killing a woman. Only Caleb (who was excommunicated by his family for wanting to see justice done to an uncle who murdered a housekeeper) and Vanessa (who defied her father to become a noblewoman) can be considered "good".
Katanas Are Just Better: The Ninja's Kurisagama and Ninja's Jitte are the only two weapons to date that can proc twice, giving them a significant edge in combat.
As of a recent update, the Otherworldly Blade can also do this. The blade in question though is ALSO largely Katana-esque.
Certain player titles like Immortal (reach level 2,500) or Immortal Drake-Slayer (reach level 5,000) come with special magics, with the text descriptions for each honoring the first player to have achieved the rank by name.
Lucian the Scholar will shout random Lore yells during combat, some of which directly name players and the strategies they use in-game.
Legendary Weapon: There are several of these in the game, although most of them must be crafted from loot obtained from Nightmare-level quest bosses and raids. This includes the Sword of Conquered Kingdoms, Betrayer's Deserts and the Golden Garden Staff/Blade.
Several world raids and player events offered items that are otherwise unobtainable.
The social media-exclusive units like the Gugent familiar and Bethany the Sorceress general were part of limited-time promotions ("like" 5th Planet Games on Facebook and Twitter, respectively), and are unavailable otherwise.
Money for Nothing: After a certain point, gold becomes nigh-useless, as the player will have likely bought everything in the Bazaar that requires it, and the best items and equipment require Planet Coins (the premium currency) to acquire.
The Dragon's Lair raids (and its associated World Raid, Ultimate Loot Lair) offered the chance to get eight complete armor sets (with the two best, Greenleaf and Derek's, only obtainable at the highest level) and tons of stat points. Coupled with their short timers and ubiquitous raid links in chat rooms, it's very easy to be stocked with more armor and weapons than you can handle after only an hour of raiding said bosses.
Rhalmarius the Despoiler (also listed under Disc One Nuke) gives everyone the same loot, regardless of whether they made 1 or 200 hits, and doled out generals, mounts, legions, stat points, armor and more.
Multi Wielding: The "________-Armed Zombie Warrior" troops all carry a weapon in each hand, ranging from a one-armed warrior to a four-armed variant.
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Mina Von Richten, a.k.a. "The Red Baroness". In the "My Name Is..." chapter, one enemy finds out that even sunlight can't stop her from feeding.
Non-Combat EXP: Some experience points are gained through questing (at the cost of energy).
Our Dragons Are Different: The dragons found in West Kruna can see far into the future and are capable of speaking the English language. Solus (the player's first mount) learns how to speak after eating his mother's eye.
Roland is a former adventurer who (in questing) appears to have lost none of his strength, can fight side-by-side with the player with little effort, and is revered by just about everyone who knows him. As a raid general, he's one of the weakest in the game, and the only way to make him stronger is through various boosts and rewards from questing areas.
Queen Lena is a barbarian queen who single-handedly took out a group of gladiators in an arena and won her freedom, and is a key part of the player's party in several chapters, but she is underleveled (170 ATT/120 DEF at max level) compared to most recent generals.
Peninsula of Power Leveling: Zone 10 - the Crypt of Caracalla (and its associated raids) is frequently used for stat farming by many players, due to the sole fact that it offers twice as many stat points per craft (x4 versus x2) than any other quest or raid. The developers tried to Nerf the rampant leveling by increasing the cooldown timers for Z10 raids, but this has done little to stop anyone from getting raids from chat postings.
The Zone 7 (Subterranean Depths) raids. The glyph items they drop create the relatively useless Burning Rain spell. However, subsequent crafts of those same items grant a whooping five stat points a piece, as well as Oroc Crystals which craft for an additional two. The damage required to get these items is also significantly lower than later raids. Add to it, the large number of people who summon them for specifically this reason, and you have one of the best stat point farms in the game.
Perpetual Beta: The game has operated in a "Beta" form since 2010, and has weekly updates and tweaks added to its framework.
Player Versus Player: The game includes four separate areas for PVP combat. Two of the four areas also have a ranking system, which unlocks more PVP power, along with rare weapons/armor, troops, legions and magic.
Play Every Day: Players who log in at least once each day get bonus items, ranging from common troops and energy/stamina potions to a whole armor set (Callissa) and Idols of the Devoted, which can be exchanged for Planet Coins or beginner's weapons.
Power Creep: The attack and defense values of most armor and weapons have crept steadily upwards since the game's inception in 2010, and are leagues better than other armor introduced just a couple years prior. This is averted with the generals - some of the oldest premium generals and troops have scaled with the power and availability increases over the last two years, to the point that they are bar-none the most powerful units the player can obtain.
Power Crystal: The Qwiladrian Power Stone, which are used to upgrade three sets of armor (Master-at-Arms, Callissa's and Drake-Death) to their highest level.
The Power of Hate: Erebus' hate for the protagonist is so powerful that death hasn't stopped him from being a recurring foe.
Rainbow Pimp Gear: It is completely possible - and normal - to see players going around one piece shy of a full set of armor, with the missing piece replaced by something totally absurd or unrelated to what they're wearing. It's not uncommon to see players in full armor with a Kobold Illusion head, or wearing pieces of several different armor sets in a single configuration that has the most attack power.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Marcus, the Guard Captain of Fallows, doesn't dismiss the player's accusations about Kobolds attacking Burden's Rest out of hand, and stands with the player when Aurelius Bloodwyn tells them both to mind their own business and let him handle the problem.
Recurring Boss: The first dragon the player kills, Erebus the Black, just won't stay down. He has two different Raid essences (most bosses only drop one), "Erebus the Black" and "Tainted Erebus", he returned as "Corrupted Erebus" in a World Raid, and as of Halloween 2013 came back as the ghostly "Spectral Erebus". The Erebean Gore set lampshades his tenacity.
Regenerating Health: All players have this ability, and some raid bosses (like Hydra and Lord Tyranthius) feature it as well.
Revenue Enhancing Devices: A wide array of basic functions require Planet Coins to complete, including instant energy/stamina refills, increasing the size of the player's army, changing their name or changing their player class.
Sapient Steed: Solus is initially described as being able to "feel" the player's thoughts and predict what their next action will be. He eventually learns how to speak English after eating his mother, Kalaxia's, eyeball.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Kr'xunara of the Bloody Waves, a powerful water demon, is released after the merfolk unleashed the Ninth Terror, one of the sea monsters that acted as Kr'xunara's seal, during the battle of Dracoshire.
Set Bonus: Most armor/weapon sets released post-2012 feature some type of set bonus when used together or in tandem with an associated General.
Shout-Out: The Derek's armor set is a riff on Dragon's Lair - not only is it acquired in a raid of the same name, but it is modeled off of Dirk the Daring's appearance, and the set's proc bonus is listed as "Derek's Daring".
Soul Jar: Each quest boss drops an "essence", which can be used to summon them later on as a raid for the player and/or others to fight and gain loot from.
Stationary Boss: Most quest and raid bosses function in this fashion, likely due to the limits of the Flash engine. As you deal more damage, they change their attack stance, but do not move from where they are standing.
Steam Punk: The "Steam Fanatics" World Raid features a group who want to bring civilization out of Medieval Stasis and into Steam Punk. The craftable items include steam-powered weapons, steam punk clothing, and even an airship.
Dahrizon (a former general who was thought to be long-dead) is recruited by the player after completing the Scrolls of Dahrizon area, and provides a passive boost to the strength of all Legions.
The premium general Fontella D'Tang (who is also a strategist) references her value to the player's team.
I'm the most valuable weapon you'll ever have in your efforts against the dragons. Yes, I know you have plenty of warriors, mages, and assorted doers of violence in your ranks. But without a master tactician, what good are they? Don't let your successes thus far delude you. It's only a matter of time before you come up against an enemy force that you can't overcome with brute force. That's where I come in.
Suffers Newbies Poorly: The game can be very intimidating for new players, especially those that don't visit the DOTD Wiki before asking questions. Don't know how to autolevel? Prepare to be ignored by most people on the forums. Cast the wrong magic on a raid? Get ready for the other raiders to flame and mock you mercilessly.
Suicide Mission: The player and their companions undertake one in the Fallows quest area to protect the city, by assaulting the Dragon's Camp area by themselves because no one else can do it.
Summon Bigger Fish: In Zone 15 "All Roads Lead", the sea dragon Nereidon nearly devours the hero's merfolk allies. Then they release the Ninth Terror, a gigantic sea monster, that eagerly devours the dragon.
Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors: Certain legions deal more damage against certain enemy types than other legions of comparable raid strength. Likewise, certain mounts deal extra damage against specific enemies and enemy types.
They Called Me Mad!: Vigbjorn the Crazed, who was called this by his tribe for having seen what he describes as a "blue Yeti". He tells this fact to a horse.
The Undead: The focus of the "Vornstaag" quest area, as well as the Vornstaag Crypt and Zombies! world raids.
Undying Loyalty: Mascon and the Loyalist faction, who stayed at Dahrizon's castle to fight off an enemy attack, despite being cut off from their general's castle and having no support whatsoever. Interestingly, Mascon's strong loyalty for his commander is enough to bring him back from the dead, making this a literal case as well.
Upgrade Artifact: Several can be found and used on characters/weapons to increase their power. Notably, the "Together In Eclectic Dreams" chapter has four items that are used to upgrade specific generals (Roland, Lucian, Medea and Marcus).
Veteran Unit: Most of the unique units found throughout the quest areas (including all of the named companions - Roland, Marcus, Aela, Calla, Lucian and Medea) can be upgraded with items obtained in boss fights and raids to increase their attack and damage, and give more backstory on their exploits.
Villainous Breakdown: Kalaxia goes insane when she reads your future and realizes that she is doomed to be a minor footnote in your destiny. She attacks in a futile attempt to Screw Destiny.
Windmill Crusader: Vigbjorn, who is hunting "blue yetis" that supposedly killed his father by poisoning his ale. During raids, Vigbjorn will randomly yell out various lines about how the yetis are close, and he even mistakes enemies for blue yetis at some points.
With This Herring: The player meets King Jamus, the ruling leader of West Kruna, in the third chapter, and is tasked with finding Lord Tyranthius and his posse of knights. Despite this, he never bothers to give you any supplies, monetary resources or equipment for the trip. Later instances (like the gear you get from cashing in Achievement Points, for example) indicate that he is more than capable of providing armor/weapons that are far better than what the player currently has.