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I really love the goldside content, and being of Praetorian alignment (Loyalist/Responsibility).  In my opinion, the story arcs are very well-written, and I wish more people would experience them.

 

Last week my lvl 20 character completed Provost Marchand's mission "The Rift Enclosure".  I entered the portal to Paragon City and immediately lost the following -

 

1.  access to all lvl 15 praetorian titles

2.  access to all lvl 25 praetorian titles

3.  mission progress with all praetorian contacts

4.  all story arc souvenirs

5.  my praetorian alignment

 

They've been completely wiped, as if they never happened.

 

I was so bummed out about it, that I rerolled the character.  I spent 5 days playing from lvls 1-32 in Nova Praetoria, Imperial City, Neutropolis, First Ward, and Night Ward.  It took 5 days because I had to play solo.  Goldside is, unfortunately, a barren wasteland in regards to player population and there is no way for goldside characters to que for anything other than Summer Blockbuster.

 

I haven't chosen to complete Provost Marchand's mission this time because I don't want to lose any of the above.

 

After exhausting all of the content I had access to, I went to Pocket D and played some missions in AE.

 

I am now sitting in Pocket D as a lvl 50 Praetorian with nothing to do.  If I go through Marchand's portal, I lose all of the above.  If I don't go through the portal, I can't do anything other than AE in Pocket D.  I can't even go to Ouroboros and play content with the Flashback system.

 

So I guess what I'm asking is, can we create a way for Praetorian characters to ignore Marchand's "The Rift Enclosure", keep their Praetorian alignment (Loyalist or Resistance), and have access to blue/red content like Vigilantes and Rogues can?

 

Perhaps change the way the game recognizes Praetorian characters by allowing the following - 

 

1.  loyalist/responsibility are treated as vigilantes or heroes

2.  loyalist/power are treated as rogues or villains

3.  resistance/warden are treated as vigilantes or heroes

4.  resistance/crusader are treated as rogues or villains

 

My proposal would help address several issues.  The first, not having all goldside characters content wiped when leaving Praetoria, and the second, allowing more integration with gold/blue/red players.

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I am not so sure you lose all story arc souvenirs as I still have mine at 50 and being a hero.

 

I personally would like to see half and half symbols or no change to the symbol at all.

 

The loss of titles sucks and I want those to stay.

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  • Mission Progress with Praetorian Contacts, I think makes sense to lose. They straight up tell you "finish any remaining business you have here before entering" a couple of times. You're leaving the dimension on either a diplomatic mission (if blueside) or for personal power and gain (if redside). It's written in kind of a "you might not be coming back for a loooooong time, if ever" way.
  • But I very much want to keep my Praetorian alignment, particularly for characters I level up in First / Night Ward before ever going through the rift. 
  • And I very much agree that there should be a distinction between Loyalist/Power and Loyalist/Responsibility, etc when deciding whether to consider you Blue or Red side.  I hate how certain events (Winter, Valentine's, etc) just blanket treat all Resistance as "close enough to a Hero" and all Loyalist as "close enough to a Villain".  
    • Yes, yes, "Cole is Bad", I get that,.
    • But there's an ocean's worth of difference between Loyalist/Power and Loyalist/Responsibility, or between Resistance/Warden and Resistance/Crusader.
    • If there's no actual data on character file for this, perhaps it can choose which one you are by which portal you went through... If you're Loyalist and chose Red, we'll peg you as Power, if you're Loyalist and chose Blue, we'll peg you as Responsibility, etc.
  • I do think the Praetorian Titles should remain selectable even after you go through the rift.  
    • Even if the price of that might be I don't get to choose certain Red/Blue titles, EVER. 
    • Let me keep my Goldside title selections

 

 

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21 hours ago, MTeague said:
  • I do think the Praetorian Titles should remain selectable even after you go through the rift.  
    • Even if the price of that might be I don't get to choose certain Red/Blue titles, EVER. 
    • Let me keep my Goldside title selections

After lengthy discussions with several GREAT people, I have decided to go through the portal.  I can confirm the following - 

 

1.  My souvenirs from Praetorian story arcs DID carry over this time.

 

2.  My Praetorian title DID carry over this time, HOWEVER... make sure you have your Praetorian title chosen (lvl 15 or lvl 25) BEFORE leaving Praetoria.

 

I don't know if I will still have access to Praetorian titles at the Primal trainers, and I am NOT going to risk checking for fear of losing it this time.

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I am totally with you Vindicator

i played for the first 7 years and now for two years in homecoming

i LOVE the praetorian content and I have many characters that don’t want to lose their faction. 
would it be difficult to just “open” four or even two new factions? And allow us to maintain our faction?

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Yes. My main in both live and HC is a Preatorian, and I got her to level 50 with AE missions as well, after the Wards ran out.

I am ok with becoming a Hero (or Villain/Rogue/Vigilante for some), but let us keep some of the stuff.

I understand the difficulty in programming such things.

It has annoyed me both on live and now in HC.

 

My character grew up fighting Cole and the PPD and even when in Paragon City or the Rogue Isles, she judges people based on those values.

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As it stands now, it is possible to get to 50 without going primal. lonelier, but possible. you can get up to 35 in the 3 topside gold maps + undergrounds. then you can push it to low 40s in night and first ward. the last stretch is the toughest since even at +4x8, you have to re-do some of the arcs with the danger of out-levelling your contacts. If you're lucky, you'll chance upon a Primal team that's doing higher level missions in the wards. another way around it outside of AE (though there are numerous well-crafted, gold-flavoured AE content out there) is through the pillar of ice and flame. so go through your normal levelling without having to turn off XP in the lower levels, then do the ones you missed through the pillar. 

And yes, gold side stories are well written, some are even better than red-side content. I just wish that one of these days, they'd follow through on the moral choices you make along the way.

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21 hours ago, Six-Six said:

As it stands now, it is possible to get to 50 without going primal. lonelier, but possible. you can get up to 35 in the 3 topside gold maps + undergrounds. then you can push it to low 40s in night and first ward. the last stretch is the toughest since even at +4x8, you have to re-do some of the arcs with the danger of out-levelling your contacts. If you're lucky, you'll chance upon a Primal team that's doing higher level missions in the wards. another way around it outside of AE (though there are numerous well-crafted, gold-flavoured AE content out there) is through the pillar of ice and flame. so go through your normal levelling without having to turn off XP in the lower levels, then do the ones you missed through the pillar. 

And yes, gold side stories are well written, some are even better than red-side content. I just wish that one of these days, they'd follow through on the moral choices you make along the way.

Are there higher level missions in the Wards? I had the impression that I had outleveled all of it by about 38.

I don't know what a Primal team is?

I also don't know what the Pillar of ice and flame is?

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IIRC, Fireball is the highest contact you get, which is around 38 or so. So I save him for last and set the difficulty to the highest to get the most XP out of each mission. I just need to get the arc started before out-levelling him. Once the story arc is going (book icon beside the contact) it doesn't matter if you're higher level than the contact's level range.

A primal team is a hero, vigi, rogue or villain. they're free to move around Paragon unlike us goldies. There are a few missions or TFs that are set in the Wards whose contacts we don't get access to but they do. so chancing upon such a team is good XP.

The Pillar of Ice and Flame is a crystal that lets you access past contacts regardless of level. If you're higher, it just exemplars you to a threshold level. It is, however, located in Ouro, which is off limits to us. But you can place one in your SG base and use it just like the original one. Or if you can get access/passcode to an SG base that has one.

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10 hours ago, RogerWilco said:

I also don't know what the Pillar of ice and flame is?

 

Adding a bit of information: 

Pillar of Ice and Flame probably looks like this in your SG:

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If your SG doesn't have it, you could ask your SG leader to buy the item.

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Assuming you stay gold and have reached level 50, use the pillar to access Emperor's Sword Story Arc. You may need to unlock the alpha slot to defeat its final boss. 

https://hcwiki.cityofheroes.dev/wiki/Belladonna_Vetrano_(Contact)#The_Emperor.27s_Sword_.2850_Incarnate.29

 

I hope it helps!

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