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Katalam (North KatalamKR/EU) was the first of the new areas introduced with the 4.0 update. This shared map was the main leveling zone for characters between level 60 and 63. It was bordered in the south by Danaria.
During the Upheaval (4.8 update), Katalam was destroyed and sank into the abyss ocean. Since then the map has been inaccessible to players.
Lay of the LandEdit
Katalam was rich in diversity. An abundance of forests spread along the northern parts and sides of the map, an image in stark contrast with the arid and dry wasteland that made up the center. The southern part of the map was buried under a glacier, with its many mountain formations, cavern systems and imposing ice structures making for one of the game's most popular sightseeing spots.
The map itself was a shared region, allowing for unrestricted 24/7 PvPvE. Asmodian players started out on the top-left side of the map (Danuar Spire), while the Elyos found themselves on the top-right side (Kaisinel's Beacon). Both races worked their way down to the bottom, occasionally venturing into the center region for quests and PvP. There were a few neutral areas that offered quests for the appropriate race on either side, as well as a large shared neutral ground in the north. Transportation around the map was based on a vast and complex network of windstreams, base teleportals and flight paths. There were a total of four entrances to Danaria near the bottom of the map, as well as several hidden entrances to the Idian Depths. In the 4.7 update entry points to Kaldor were added to the neutral farm zones on both sides of the map.
Introduced with the 4.0 update, Katalam was the first map to employ the bases feature (also known as camps). These are small outposts that can be claimed by either of the three factions and provide various benefits to their owners in return, the most prominent of these being two repeatable weekly quests for .
The base near in the center of the map, as well as the bases in the vicinity of Sillus Fortress held the greatest strategic importance and benefits, which made them hotly contested locations. A base can be captured by defeating the occupying warcaptain (Elyos/Asmodians) or Tribunus (Balaur), a named mob that spawns roughly every 15 minutes. Defeating the warcaptain will cause all other NPCs of the opposing race to instantly disappear and the camp to be placed under your faction's control.
Katalam had one fortress located near the center of the map, Sillus Fortress. Being the only fortress in Katalam, it was a structure of both great strategical and economical value. The conquering faction had exclusive and direct access to the Danuar Mysticarium instance, whereas the other faction was locked out or had to wait for a portal to appear in the faction's starting point at fixed times (in later patches). The fortress also provided direct teleport lines to the two nearby camps, as well as a shortcut to the third.
The fortress itself was protected by three layers of walls when vulnerable. When invulnerable, numerous groups of elite guards scattered along the pathways prevented members of opposing race from getting anywhere close to the fortress. During siege, the defenders had to try and stop the attackers before the three walls are breached; if not, the fort was likely to be lost. It should be noted that there were no artifacts on the map.
Katalam was originally occupied by an ancient race known as the Danuar. After the Cataclysm, Tiamat invaded the region in an attempt to gain even greater power through acquiring a deadly Danuar Hyperion weapon. While she succeeded in occupying Katalam, she failed to harness the weapon's power. Failure to properly fuel the weapon contaminated the surrounding areas, mutating the creatures in Katalam with Ide, the weapon's power source. Desperate to reclaim their lands, the Danuar attempted to repel the Tiamat Army. However, they made a fatal mistake by detonating one of their weapons, which resulted in the ancient people's demise.
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 term Katalam refers to the whole region composed of Katalam, Danaria, Idian Depths and Kaldor. This is mostly because the Danuar reigned all of these zones. However they were eventually separated into different regions and renamed due to them losing them to the Balaur.
- The map was incredibly popular among players, with many still seeing it as a symbol for arguably one of the best periods in the game's history. One of the servers on the NA region of the game was later named after the map in its memory.