Settlements: Finer Points
In this installment of our settlement series, we’re going to cover a few of the finer points of settlements.
Many will want to settle into the relative safety and comfort of a settlement. To do so you will need to become a citizen. You can be a citizen of only one settlement at a time. With citizenship will come a number of benefits. You’ll become a part of something larger - a community that will more than likely be looking out for one another. You’ll enjoy the protection of the guards which is quite a boon given all the challenges you will face in TerVarus. You will also be able to buy plots of land from the settlement to do things like build your home and plant a garden.
As a lord of a settlement, you can elect to put your settlement on the list of starting places for newly created characters, giving you the opportunity to sway them into citizenship.
To answer the question that has cropped up on the forums a few times - swearing citizenship will not give away your character’s real name.
A settlement can set two types of taxes: sales and property. Sales tax is straight forward in that whatever you buy from a merchant, they will automatically add the proper tax amount. Direct trade between players will not be imposed any taxes. Property tax is based on the size of plot you own and is global across the whole settlement. In other words, a lord cannot tax two plots of the same size differently.
The lord can change his or her tax rates at any time. We will put a maximum on what they can tax their citizenry.
Not paying your taxes will result in warnings, followed by reputation penalties and eventually seizure of your property and/or bank strongboxes.
Loss of the Lord
In the event that a lord is perma-killed, cancels his account, or doesn’t log in within a set amount of time, his settlement will be transferred to his heir - a character he can select to take over if any of the above should happen. A lord can change his heir at any time. The targeted character must accept the lord’s heir proposal.
With a lack of an heir, a process will be initiated where citizens can nominate themselves for the throne after-which a vote is taken and the citizen with the most votes will receive the settlement. In the even no citizens are nominated, anyone will be allowed to nominate themselves for the throne and the voting process will ensue. Lacking any nominees, the settlement will lose its recognition as a settlement and certain decay factors will be initiated.