Arena:Places

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The world of Arena contains many important places. In total, there are 387 cities and dungeons, plus the Wilderness.

  • Note: The settlement where the player's character starts after leaving the Imperial Dungeon depends on the character's race. For example, a Breton will always start in a city of High Rock.

AR-mapicon-Fang Lair.png Main Quest Locations[edit]

Black Marsh Elsweyr Hammerfell High Rock Imperial Province Morrowind Skyrim Summurset Isle Valenwood

AR-mapicon-City-State.png City-States[edit]

There are eight city-states in each of the provinces excluding the Imperial Province, which only includes the Imperial City. They are as follows:

Black Marsh Elsweyr Hammerfell High Rock Morrowind Skyrim Summurset Isle Valenwood

AR-mapicon-Town.png Towns[edit]

Each province except the Imperial Province also has eight towns, which are mid-sized settlements.

Black Marsh Elsweyr Hammerfell High Rock Morrowind Skyrim Summurset Isle Valenwood

AR-mapicon-Village.png Villages[edit]

There are sixteen villages dotting each province except the Imperial Province.

Black Marsh Elsweyr Hammerfell High Rock Morrowind Skyrim Summurset Isle Valenwood

AR-mapicon-Dungeon.png Random Dungeons[edit]

In addition to the fixed Main Quest dungeons mentioned above, each province contains fourteen additional dungeons which can be unlocked by accepting certain random side quests. These dungeons are fixed in number and location, but not in name, which is determined at the time of the quest which first unlocks them. Once you've unlocked all fourteen dungeons in a province, subsequent side quests will begin to send you back into dungeons you've already unlocked, which keep their original name.

Buildings[edit]

You may ask townsfolk for general directions (for non-unique places such as Inns and Shops you need to choose from a sub-menu). Alternatively, all doors will be marked by a red square in your map, and doors which you can enter have a gray square in front of them. After identifying a certain place (by right-clicking on the door) its name will appear on the map.

Wilderness[edit]

The wilderness contains locations that you can find when venturing outside of villages, towns, and city-states.

Procedural Generation[edit]

The wilderness areas are randomly generated rather than being hand designed. This doesn't mean the areas change, but rather describes how they are created. Smaller building blocks (or tiles) were hand crafted and then an algorithm uses computer-generated "seeded" randomness to determine how all the wilderness blocks will fit together. Computer programs often use what is called pseudo-random numbers. This can be described as a string of seemingly random numbers that the computer can select from, but the list is always in the same order. In order to prevent recognizing the pattern of numbers, a programmer will first provide the random number generator with a "seed" or starting point within the string to start drawing numbers from. As an illustration, the value of PI can be considered as a string of seemingly random numbers, however, they are always in the same sequence of 3.1415926535… If the decimal places are used to simulate the randomness of a d10 (ten-sided die) the first roll will be a 1. The second roll will be a 4 and so on. This will appear random until the program is restarted and the first roll is again 1 and the second roll is 4, etc. If a seed with a value of 5 is first used, then the first roll will be given the value of the 5th decimal in PI instead of the first. The first roll will be 9 and the second, 2. For dice rolling, the algorithm could use the current time as the seed. This would allow the program to use a different starting point each time the program is started and would be difficult to recognize any pattern. Arena uses a single unique seed for each area based on the name of the current village, town, or city-state. This allows each area to be unique, but remain consistent each time you visit. Procedural generation allows for many large areas to be created while requiring only a minimum amount of storage.

Due to the wilderness "seed" being based on only the first four characters of a settlement's name, if those are identical to another settlement, they will have the same wilderness map. In Black Marsh this applies to the following locations: Rockgrove, Rockpark, Rockguard, Rockpoint, and Rockspring.

Size[edit]

One 16th of the wilderness map for Rihad. (256 out of 4096 tiles) The inset shows what the in-game map would display just after exiting the city. The city map has been added as an overlay to the wilderness map.

There are 66 unique blocks that are used to fill in the wilderness areas. The red doors in the map-view consist of a single cell and each wilderness block is a square of 64x64 cells. The algorithm creates each wilderness area as a square of 64x64 wilderness blocks. The center 4 blocks contain the current settlement and although villages, towns, and city-states are various sizes, they each sit on a plot of land that is 128x128 cells. Depending on your game setup and character, it takes approximately 20 minutes real-time to walk from the city gate to the edge of the wilderness at an average speed. There is nothing obvious to indicate you are at the edge of the wilderness area and the game doesn’t prevent you from continuing farther. This can lead to the perception that the wilderness is endless. Unfortunately this will often lead to problems with your current game. If you don't encounter any immediate side effects, the game will continue to generate the same wilderness block repeated for all areas. You may be able to enter buildings or dungeons but find the game crashes when trying to exit. Games saved in this repeating area will often be broken and you may not be able to simply turn around and return to the game map. It is sometimes possible to recover by using the continental map to fast travel back to the city.

Wilderness Blocks[edit]

The wilderness blocks are numbered 5 through 70 and blocks 41, 50, and 56 are not used. The blocks are organized into several lists which are used when the wilderness area is created. Blocks 28,29,32,34, and 49 occur in more than one list, so it is possible that these blocks will be encountered more often than others during exploration.

Wilderness Blocks starting with block #5 and counting right then down to block #70.

Wilderness Map[edit]

While in the wilderness, the map will open to show your current location and can be scrolled north, south, east, and west to reveal a square of the 4 closest wilderness blocks. As you cross the center of a wilderness block and are within approximately 32 cells of the next area, the two new closest blocks are added to the map while the farthest two are removed. Pressing <F2> will give a coordinate for your position such as 43,77. These values range from 32 to 96 when facing north or east and 31 to 95 when facing south or west. The coordinates roll over from 96 back to 32 (or 95 to 31) as you cross the center line of a wilderness block.