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Danaria (South KatalamKR/EU) was the second of the new areas introduced with the 4.0 update. Located south of Katalam, this shared map oversaw player progress between level 63 and 65. Upon reaching the (at the time) level cap players would venture into the Idian Depths.
This spacious region once was the homeland of the ancient Danuar race, but has since then been left abandoned and has grown bewildered. Since the arrival of Goldrine Ltd., a conglomerate of the Shugo Commerce Union, the region is actively undergoing development and change.
Lay of the LandEdit
The same glacier found in the south of Katalam spans across the northern regions of Danaria, although the various mountain formations prevented it from spreading further. The remainder of the map primarily consists of grassland, featuring a large swamp, several forests, a basin, and some plains. The deforested area in the vicinity of Pandarunerk's Delve serves as the lone exception.
As with Katalam, Danaria was an unrestricted, open-world PvPvE map, featuring an additional 10 bases, 2 fortresses and various (hidden) access points to the Idian Depths. The lack of neutral zones was offset by the fact that the map was very large and specious, greatly reducing the chances of running into members of the opposing faction in areas that were not in close vicinity to the bases.
Asmodian influence (left) spread in the form of a triangle between the Battlegroup Encampment, Tainted Lands and down to Tiamat's Fall; Elyos activities (right) were concentrated in the Idean Lake, Beritra's Bane Territory and Balaur Battlefield. While traversing these regions players could run into patrols of opposing faction guards.
Danaria had two fortresses located on opposite sides of the 'square' that made up the main contested area in the middle. Silona Fortress was located in an area where flight was enabled. Beyond the fortress entrance was the actual fortress, coming in the form of a cube floating in the air. Guards and cannons were scattered on the surrounding floating islands, complicating efforts. It provided an access point to the Void Cube instance. Due to its secluded and fortified location (airborne, there being only one access point into Silona Basin for members of the opposing race), it made for a great zone for members of the conquering faction do quests in.
Pradeth Fortress was a castle-type fortress located in the far southeastern corner of the map. It was protected by several walls, with a stairway leading up to the tower where a Guardian General awaited. It provided an access point to the Idgel Research Center instance. Due to its obsolete instance and secluded location (far away from the main routes and bases) it held little to no strategical value, and was only used as a teleport point to the nearby camps.
- Ophidan Bridge [65+]
- Danuar Sanctuary [65+]
- Eternal Bastion [65+]
- Void Cube [65+]
- Idgel Research Center [65+]
Danaria once was the homeland of the ancient Danuar race, but much of the map's history remains unknown. While the original residents have been long gone, their legacy remains in the form of ruins and other relics of times past. Teeming with ancient Danarian bases and fortresses, the land holds a prime opportunity for the Elyos and Asmodian war efforts, and is widely contested as both seek to become the Lords of the region. Things are greatly complicated by the presence of the Beritran Army, which has numerous outposts and troops deployed across the region.
Never ones to miss a lucrative opportunity, Goldrine Limited, a conglomerate of the Shugo Commerce Union, exploited their neutral position to engage in many developmental projects in the area. The most notable feature was the presence of several railway tracks that players could hop on for a quick ride into areas without flight paths. Likewise, the Dragonbound, a group of eco-warriors known as The Merry and Green and the pirates of the Steel Rose also had mysterious interests in the land.
Upon the discovery of a functional Hyperion and its following destruction by the hands of the Daevas, Beritra began a large scale invasion on Balaurea. The Daevas tried to hold off these attacks, but the Sealing Stones holding the land of Katalam together were eventually destroyed under the onslaught. Katalam broke apart under massive explosions and violence, and the fragments sank into the Abyss ocean.
- The vicinity around Pandarunerk's Delve has likely served as inspiration for the new region added with the 7.0 update, "Dumah".