Reincarnation

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The Pillar of Light that enables players to use the reincarnation system.
The Pillar of Light that enables players to use the reincarnation system.

With the constant changes in adding new content or balancing existing content on Higher Ground, the reincarnation system was designed to recognize the amount of time players spend developing a character by allowing minor tweaks to be made in light of recent changes to the server. This system is not meant to be used as an at-will build redesign tool, though it can ultimately be used as such after taking the restrictions into mind.

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Usage Restrictions

By visiting the pillar of light named Reincarnation in the Docks of Ascension, as illustrated in the image to the right, players can begin the process of reincarnation. Depending on the character's immortal status, there are some possible outcomes:

  • A character must be at least level 21 to reincarnate
    • If the character is not yet immortal, the reincarnated character won't be able to reincarnate for one month.
    • If the character is immortal, it will be locked for three months.
      • Additionally, a character must have taken level 41 if they wish to reincarnate as an immortal

If the given time period has not yet passed since a character's last reincarnation, the Reincarnation Thingy will notify the player how much more time is remaining before they are able to reincarnate that character. Once a character is deleted for reincarnation through talking with the Reincarnation Thingy, a reincarnation slot is created and will remain active for one week. If the reincarnation process is not completed within that week, the reincarnated character will be invalidated and will be unable to leave the Voyage.

One thing that people sometimes get confused about is that this is NOT reincarnating one of your characters per month. This is one reincarnation per month for every non-immortal character. One reincarnation per 3 months for each immortal character.

XP Loss for post level 60 characters

If you reincarnate beyond level 60 (12.5 million exp) and before level 80 (125 million exp) there is a loss of experience points when creating your new character with the largest loss (from a % point of view) being at about level 70, see this thread http://highergroundpoa.proboards.com/thread/20701 for more details, this loss will be even greater if you switch to a race or class mix that adds a 20% or 40% experience penalty.

If you do not wish to lose experience either reincarnate at or before you get to 12.5 million exp or after you have reached level 80.
Note: If you reincarnate a level 80 character you will end up with 125 million exp no matter how many you had before and you will lose any bragging rights to your previously 1000 million exp character ;-)

Class Restrictions for Legendary Characters

If the character is able to reincarnate per the above requirements, there are additional restrictions on what a character can be reincarnated into in order for that character to reclaim any legendary level tags or experience. A legendary reincarnated character may either have the same Control Class or the same combination of classes upon reincarnation. As examples:

  • Control Class swap (Maintain class combination)
    • A melee-oriented Bloodfire Mage (3 Paladin / 21 RDD / 16 Sorcerer) can reincarnate into a caster-oriented BFM (1 Paladin / 10 RDD / 29 Sorcerer)
      • The control class was swapped from RDD (21) to Sorcerer (29), but this is allowed because the character maintained the same class combination (Paladin/RDD/Sorcerer)
  • Class combination swap (Maintain Control Class)
    • A Wizard (39 Wizard / 1 Paladin) can reincarnate into a Staffmaster (25 Wizard / 15 Weapon Master)
      • The control class remained the same (Wizard), so the character was able to change the class combination (dropping paladin levels and picking up weapon master levels)

Experience Penalties: Note that if a reincarnated character changes classes in such a way that the new character would have an experience penalty, that penalty will be applied to any legendary experience that character reclaims as well, which could cause a reincarnated character to have fewer levels than the original character.

The Reincarnation Process

When a character is selected for reincarnation, it will be deleted and its experience, tags, some equipment, and bound items saved to be reclaimed by the reincarnated character. Randomized items, gold, and duplicate items in the character's inventory cannot be saved and should be stored (in a transfer chest for items and in the player's !wallet for gold) for retrieval at a later time. If the character has any random items in their inventory, the Reincarnation Thingy will notify the player of this and refuse to reincarnate the character. The step by step process is as follows:

  • Inventory Preparation: Store items/gold you wish to save for the reincarnated character to retrieve later, the light will not let you reincarnate if you have any random equipment in your inventory
  • Begin the Process: Talk to the Reincarnation Thingy with the character you wish to reincarnate
    • Acknowledge all points the Thingy presents, which covers most of the information on this page
    • Your character will be deleted at the end of the conversation and a reincarnation slot created with this character's information
  • Create your reincarnated character
    • Character Names: If you intend to use the same character name you must wait 24 hours and create the character on a server that has been reset after that 24 hour period
    • Subrace Upgrades: If you intend to upgrade your character's subrace, you must already have the tag for that subrace and the reincarnated character must have on them the item that grants that specific subrace in order for that character to be upgraded. This item will be taken when the reincarnation slot is first claimed.
      • If you need to re-do the reincarnation during the reincarnation period, a second such item will not be required for that subrace
      • If you need to re-do the reincarnation during the reincarnation period and wish to upgrade to a different subrace, you must again have the appropriate item to perform such an upgrade (and already have the tag for the desired subrace) when reclaiming the reincarnation slot.
  • Reclaiming a reincarnation slot: Talk to the Reincarnation Thingy with the reincarnated character
    • Reclaim the pre-legendary experience available from the character slot
    • Level up the character until it has reached its maximum level
  • Talk to the Reincarnation Thingy
    • Reclaim any tags the previous character had
      • If the previous character was immortal and reached level 41, the legendary experience that character obtained will now be given and the !level command or Altar of Legends can now be used to continue leveling.
  • Finishing Reclamation: After your character has finished leveling and you are satisfied with the results (if this is not the case, use the !delete command to delete the character so that you can re-do the reincarnation from the Create your reincarnated character step), talk to the Reincarnation Thingy
    • Reclaim equipment not stored in transfer chests
      • If you later decide in your reincarnation week to re-do the reincarnation, these items will not be available to that character
    • Reclaim any bound items for that character
      • If your character previously had any Epic Spells available to them, the reincarnated character must have the prerequisite epic spell focus feats in order for these bound items to be reclaimed. If this requires the character to read a [Wondrous Tome], it must be done before choosing this option
      • If you later decide in your reincarnation week to re-do the reincarnation, these items will be available to that character
    • Reclaim an artifact if your character had used one
      • If you have an artifact in your inventory, this will cause an explosion and both artifacts will be lost
      • If you use this artifact and later decide in your reincarnation week to re-do the reincarnation, this artifact will not be available to that character
    • Reclaim a [pandect] if your character had used one
      • If you use this pandect and later decide in your reincarnation week to re-do the reincarnation, this pandect will not be available to that character
    • Reclaim ability bonuses granted as a demigod or double-demigod

After reclaiming everything, the reincarnation process is complete. If you play the reincarnated character for a few days and then decide that you are not satisfied and need to re-do the reincarnation, in addition to the items listed above that will not be available to a re-do character, any tags or experience gained with the reincarnated character will not be saved.

Frequently Asked Questions

For any specific questions not explained by this page, refer to the [Reincarnation FAQ].
The experience lost during reincarnation is explained in this topic [Reincarnation XP Loss]

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