Layonara, created by Leanthar as a PnP world
in 1986, was brought to life using the Aurora Toolset from
Neverwinter Nights as a role-play-action server and is hosted
at MAE-WEST in San Francisco. The online world has been running
and expanding since June 24th 2002 and all servers are running
at least Intel 2.4GHZ with at least 512 Megs, some have as
much as two gig, of ram and are connected via a 100meg LAN
and connecting to the Internet via fully burstable dual T1's.
And what makes Layonara different from the rest then?
Well, to start off, Layonara is a huge world of 1400+ game
areas spread across four game world servers and one quest
server, although there are seven servers in total that are
used to operate Layonara. Each game world server represents
one or two continents and islands and there are several ways
to travel between them One server is dedicated to the planes.
When you set out into the world there are persistent storage
chests and a world-wide banking system that provides safe
storage of your items and gold as you travel the lands. There
are also bind stones which can be found in temples and larger
cities that an adventurer can bind his/her soul to which he/she
will be returned should your character die.
Well, I've seen that on other worlds as well.
Ah, but there is more. We have a very active team of 30+
GM's and Content Team Members.
This means two things:
1. More quests than you'll encounter on other persistent worlds:
o Over the past year and more we have had about 40 scheduled
quests run per month, not to mention the quests that are run
by our GMs 'on the fly'. You can also request character development
quests for your character where one of the Quest GMs will
then develop an adventure for your character to take him/her
in a direction you want to go.
2. More content than on other persistent worlds:
o Beautiful, hand-tailored areas.
o Over 1,700 custom-made creatures and clans that were made
to inspire players to team up.
o 1000’s of customized items.
o Layonara specific Prestige Classes as well as allowing the
majority of the original ones.
o 20 subraces, using dynamic item properties. Including Dark
Elves, Tieflings, Half-Giants, Orcs, Goblins, Forest Gnomes,
Brownies, Sea Elves, Wemic’s and several more--not to
mention more may be added in the future!
o Layonara Custom Feats such as Eschew Materials which allow
spell casters to ignore the need to carry spell components,
Daylight adaptation for underdark subraces and more!
o An immense Craftable Natural Resources (CNR) system consisting
of Armor Crafting, Alchemy, Enchanting, Fishing, Food Crafting,
Gem Crafting, Infusing, Musical Instrument Crafting, Poison
Making, Scribing, Smelting, Tailoring, Tinkering, Weapon Crafting
and Wood Crafting. Several of these were made by one of our
Content Team members and were implemented first on Layonara!
This CNR list is ever evolving to adapt to players needs and
o A fairly in depth spell component system that allows either
the purchase or harvesting and crafting of components to cast
o A budding new Deity relationship system, e.g. if you cast
a divine spell, it won’t work on characters that follow
deities that are hostile to yours.
o 400+ custom created icons for gem dusts, leathers, poison
vials and other CNR items!
o A fully customized death system. Rather than XP loss at
death there are temporary stat penalties to increase the realism
of the pain and stress dying causes the body.
o Fully ride-able horses after a character reaches a certain
o A unique farming system that allows tending to crops, orchards
o Many customized spells that fit with Layonara and its systems.
o A 356-page campaign handbook rich in history, legends, city
and race descriptions, maps and much more
o Player owned houses that can be decorated to your liking.
Interesting, so what else is there?
In addition to all the scheduled quests there is also the
main plot run by Layonara's creator Leanthar. Sinthar Bloodstone
who was banished from Layonara over two-thousand years ago
has returned. When he was banished he swore vengeance on the
dragons and on all mankind. He now has destroyed nearly all
of the Dragons that were still alive. His forces control all
but two continents and two islands and he grows stronger by
the day. It is time for Layonara to unite your character is
one of the heroes to answer the call.
So I can change the course of history?
YES! Each character, regardless of his/her level, has a role
that fits into the story of the world and even the smallest
action can change history and shape things from peasants to
gods and houses to continents. The players help to change
the world on many levels.
Can I also take my character to Epic levels?
Yes you can. We know that on Persistent Worlds many players
play hundreds of hours a month, so we do allow advancement
up to 40th level but getting there is not an easy task, it
takes a long time and a series of Character Development Quests.
We currently have a few Epic level characters as well as several
players nearing the threshold. Lower level advancement is
fairly quick up to 12th Level. Usually, a very active player
can reach level 7 in under a week.
Sounds good. So how do I start playing on Layonara?
Go to our registration page and register for a forum account,
for free of course, you'll then get an email with how to start
out. As mentioned above, Layonara is a role-play-action server
(but as you have read above there is plenty of action with
all those areas and custom monsters) because of this you have
to submit a character for approval together with a short biography
so you have a basis to start your character from. Don't worry,
it doesn't have to be an extremely long bio and it is usually
approved within a matter of hours. There's also a Layonara
Handbook that will give you plenty of ideas to create your
character or find out more about the world. The handbook shows
all of the changes in the world, many at the hands of the
Anything else I need to know?
Since the custom monsters were made to inspire players to
team up Layonara is not an easy world if you prefer to travel
solo, however; our dedicated and loyal player base that is
often on at all hours so in general it's not too hard to find
some travel companions. Layonara is also a lower magic world
than most persistent worlds that means that we have a lower
drop rate of magical items and powerful goods. That is not
to say that we do not have them, many do exist and most can
be created through the CNR system. Most of the items do have
level requirements, which might look a bit strict, but this
ensures that even high level players get excited when they
get a new piece of equipment.
See you soon!