Need help getting your bearings on our server? Stuck on a certain portion of the tutorial quest? No worries! This nifty guide has been made to help guide you along, and to make sure that your time on HollowWorld is an enjoyable one!
This guide has been made for people who have already been whitelisted onto the server, or would like to read up on the basics while their application is pending. If you haven't applied yet, please follow this link!
As always, make sure to reacquaint yourself with our King's Law and Tome of Citizenship!
Now, without further ado... Let's get down to it!
Table of Contents
Nicknames & Titles
Player Interaction and Roleplay
Hail, Wanderer! Welcome to the World of Altera! In order to familiarize you with the world and server features, we've prepared a nifty little quest to get you acquainted with the basics of the server and RP.
Make sure to read the NPC dialogue, as they provide valuable tips on how to survive and interact with the world of Altera!
When you first start out, you'll find yourself inside the Sisterhood Temple. Corpses and the Sisters of Shalherana conduct their business all around you. Gather your bearings, and look straight ahead. You should see a lapis block right in front of you.
Make sure to left click the block to start the quest and be sure to type in "yes" in order to actually start it, and you may be on your way! Your first order of business in should be to find your way out of this place. Just follow one of the two paths to your left or right, and they ought to take you right to the exit. There, you'll meet a nice elf called Mairin. Speak to her to find out where to go!
Once you speak with her, you'll be directed to the small boat at the end of the bay. Yes, I mean the end of the bay. Way down there. See it? It's a long walk, so you best get to it. Head left from Mairin and follow the path. What's that? You're already tired? Ugh. Fine. Once you're on the path, look left (Back to the Sisterhood Temple). You should find a small shack with an express passage right to the bottom of the docks. Make your way along the rest of the path, and hop on that boat. It's a one way ticket to Saryn Shore.
Welcome to Saryn Shore! A humble little community of fishermen and sailors a few leagues off from the main continent, it's also the perfect place to learn about the wonders of the world of Altera! Your first task should be to find Gadifane, the resident know-it-all around Port. He can usually be found lounging straight ahead of the dock.
A prompt and greeting should pop up when you get close, and you'll need to right click the man to engage in conversation. He'll redirect you straight past the bridge and into town, where you'll need to seek out the local tailor.
Right when you reach town, turn right and head up the stairs, where you should find Tiberius the Tailor. Speak with him, and he'll have you go see the town blacksmith while he stitches up a garment for you.
The Blacksmith's job is a loud one, so he operates his smith off the beaten path so he doesn't bother the other residents of the port. Exit the tailor's shop and take a left down the main road, and follow it all the way until you see a gravel path leading through a demolished portion of the old town battlements. Follow it down past a few of the tents, and you should find Ereneas the Blacksmith at his forge!
Once you get your order in to the Blacksmith, he'll send you to get your papers and documents filed and registered by Einthe. She's at the Census Office, which is back by the Tailor's shop. Go in the door opposite to the one you went to before, and she'll be attending the front desk.
As she processes your papers, Einthe'll want you to head right back to where you came from, to report to her friend in the mines. Return to where you found the Blacksmith, but this time take the road further down, and follow the Minecart tracks straight down into the mine.
In order to learn about skills, the Gerlik the Miner will instruct you to seek out Kade, an old friend who's fishing at the pier. You may walk all the way around, back through the town and across the bridge, taking the gravel path just north of the boat you arrived on to seek him out, or simply try your luck at swimming over to the pier.
After teaching you the basics of CQC MCMMO, you'll be directed over to meet Tel'Yor, the town's resident general trader. Her shop can be found in town, on the main road just ahead of the inn. Take a left past the Tailor's Shop and Census Office, and you should find the trading post. Tel'Yor's a shrewd elf, and she'll be able to instruct you on how to trade and barter with the people on Altera.
But there's not many opportunities to make coin or go adventure in this little homely port, (And between you and me, I don't think she'd appreciate the competition, either!) which is why Tel'Yor has arranged a passage for you from here to the booming city of Storm's Landing! Pack your bags (Not that you have any) and run over to the Captain Lynette to get your tickets. His post is around the docks, just by the bridge.
Now hurry up, your Galleon awaits! It's on the other dock, just straight ahead out of the dockmaster's office. Wave Gadifane a teary goodbye as you rush to begin your adventures on Altera!
Welcome to Storm's Landing! A bustling on the southeastern fringe of the New World, it is home to people of all races, cultures and creeds from across the wide world of Altera! Step in through the gate, take a deep breath, and call poison control because this place hasn't had a cleaning in the last five decades. After you get back from the emergency care center, stick in your nose plugs and stake out!
You're looking for Jack the Bartender, by the way. The clothes and equipment you commissioned from the townsfolk on Port Saryn are all being looked after by him. Walk straight ahead from the docks, and enter the Inn right past Mr. Jingles. You should find Jack just behind the counter inside! Speak to him to receive your quest rewards.
Congratulations, you've completed the Starting Quest!
You should receive:
An Iron Sword
A Stone Pickaxe
A Leather Jacket
A Fishing Rod
One Nickname Credit
Nicknames & Titles
Now that you've been shown the ropes, it's time to make a name for yourself.
Being that this is an RP Server, most folks desire to have a "Nickname", or a name that isn't simply their minecraft username. This is mostly because they don't want to RP someone named XxIIDeathLegionKitten894IIxX. That's just not a typical name on Altera. Instead, they might choose to have a name like John, or Daryl, or Lord Militant Attanis Arkonus IV (We call him Little A), or something of that sort. That's where the nickname functionality comes into play.
Provided you have a nickname credit, which is a reward given out at the end of the quest, you may use the following command to change your nickname.
/nick [Username] [Nickname]
Titles work in a similar manner. To change your title, type in the following command.
/title use [TitleName]
/title use [TitleID]
At the start, you are only limited to a selection of 10 titles, but with donations, you can unlock more! There is no cost to changing a title.
You can find a more extensive guide on these commands and more server-side plugins here!
If you've frisked your pockets of late you might notice you're getting a little short on change. Voting for the server on PlanetMinecraft or MinecraftMultiplayer is an excellent way to get some extra income. You can find links to both these sites on this guide or on the top tab of the HollowWorld site.
Radiants have a whole variety of uses. You may use them to purchase property, resources, brewed beverages or even equipment and special player perks and permissions. Be sure to always keep an eye on your wallet, or you might end up with nothing in it but lint.
You may find an in depth guide of exactly how this server allows you to gain and expend radiants here!
Oh, what's this? You might've noticed you can't break or place blocks down in Storm's Landing, or anywhere else in the world. In order to prevent griefing, HollowWorld has a plugin that prevents building outside of player owned regions. But don't fret, we have a world specifically designed to allow you to collect materials and enjoy good ol' Survival Minecraft. Head down to the docks at Storm's Landing, and look for the ship with black and red sails.
That ship'll transport you straight to a place known as the Sorrowlands, where you can collect all the resources you want, but be aware! The Sorrowlands are an unforgiving place, where death, destruction and dastardly betrayal run abound! Players here are free to grief, steal and kill to their heart's content, so keep your wits about you.
In fact, there's so much to do in the Sorrows, we made a guide for it. Read it now!
Player Interaction and Roleplay
Now, let's end by talking about the reason why most of you folks are on the server. Roleplay. And that means talking to and interacting with other players and their characters. There is a ton to cover on this topic, and we can't get to all of it on this guide. We recommend you take a thorough look through the Roleplay Guide to get a good understanding of what's standard and accepted on the server.
Roleplay can be a very difficult thing to get into, but also very fun. While everyone on HollowWorld would love to RP with you, a lot of the times they're simply caught up with something ICly or OOCly and simply don't interact with your character if they just see you standing out on the street. Which is why it's important for you to take initiative! Walk up to them and introduce your character in your own unique way. Whether it's by saying "Hello!" or trying to steal that gold watch from their pocket. Most folks on the server have a good understanding of how chat mechanics and the like work, so by sticking around people, you should be able to get a grasp of the ropes right quick.
If your actions aren't reciprocated, or you feel ignored, the most important thing is to not be discouraged. Try talking to other people in other places, or an alternate approach to interaction. Take part in events, or even plan events of your own. If you can be an active, contributing member of the community, you'll be chatting up a storm in no time!
You may also wish to take time to read up on all the lore articles, various other guides and threads all located on this website and its forums. While nothing really beats learning firsthand, you may find some of these resources invaluable as you learn more about the server and the world. Heck, some day you might even be writing help threads and guides of your own!
Lastly, it's important to remember above all else that Roleplaying is meant to be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone. I don't think I can stress that enough. When you interact with people, please be considerate of their feelings. Don't simply make the RP enjoyable for you, make it enjoyable for all parties involved. There's a bunch of rules and etiquette on this site that basically say that to the same effect. At the end of the day, you'll have a far better time being kind rather than being a jerk. So don't be a jerk.
That wraps up the basics of our server. Hopefully by now you have a good idea of how our server works, and this guide has answered whatever questions you have. If not, feel free to ask our Mentor team for help.
You can identify them in-game by their blue and gold title colors. They're always happy to help answer any questions you have, or redirect you to someone who can answer those questions.
We hope to see you on Altera!