Similar to Pernon, Oriel has seasons that affect the weather and scenery in the area, making it a unique region within Elysea.
As Sanctum's population, and with it the city's role as the center of Elyos economic, military and administrative activity was steadily increasing, a number of problems began to arise. Transportation in and out of the city was becoming increasingly difficult, and the available areas for accommodation within the city itself was limited as Sanctum was an island floating in the sky. Eventually suburbs began to form on the land underneath the floating metropolis.
By the time of Aion 3.0 these suburbs had grown into numerous smaller villages. Sanctum then acknowledged the area and invested into further refurbishing it, organizing the villages into states and providing additional means of accommodation and services. At this point the region became known as Elysea's housing province and received a new name: Oriel.
Lay of the Land
Upon visiting Oriel players will arrive at the Oriel Plaza, the central area where all activities related to housing take place. Besides the furniture and housing auction NPCs the plaza also features an a mount merchant and a teleportal leading to several areas of Balaurea.
From Oriel Plaza, players can cross one of the four bridges or use the short-range teleportal device to access the region's various districts:
- Arcada State: The largest district in Oriel, spanning the entire bottom half of the map. This forest/rural-themed district contains numerous small, cozy villages and is primary composed of houses, with few mansions and estates. The free studio the player receives at level 21 is also located here (Studio Entrance, east of Rockroof Village). Arcade State is typically inhabited by new players and those who value the quiet rural village life over the glamour and luxury of the other areas.
- Beryl State: The middle-class district, taken up the top-left quarter of the map. A tropical-themed beach/resort area, it is an incredibly popular spot for vacations and for those who love sun, summer, and the beach. Due to its high popularity it primarily consists of mansions and estates, with a few houses.
- Apex State: The upper-class district, found in the north-east. It the smallest out of the three districts and almost exclusively consists of mansions and estates. The only three palaces available in the game (for Elyos players) are also located in this district. A very prestigious and well-kept area, owning a form of accommodation here signifies great wealth and prestige. It is also the only district whose main village (Prosperity's Light Village) comes with a full set of regular NPC vendors (general goods, armor etc.) in addition to the housing-specific NPCs.
Oriel features a number of recurring events that players can partake in at select times:
Housing Auction: Every week, between Monday and Sunday, players can visit the House Auctioneer (E) in Oriel Plaza to see what houses are up for auction for the week. A bid can be (re)-submitted at any moment during these days. On Sunday the auction for that week will end at a set time, although this deadline can be extended in case last- minute bids are made (up to 6 extensions of 5 minutes each = 30 minutes). After the auction has concluded the houses will be distributed to their respective highest bidders, and the seller will receive their share of the profit.
Seasonal Agrints: At the start of each in-game season (Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter) a Seasonal Agrint will spawn in one of four per-determined spots in Oriel. The type of agrint that will spawn, as well as its location, depends on the season of the moment (1st of March, June, September, December at 00:00 AM in-game time). Players can defeat it to earn unique housing decorations in addition to other rewards.
Shugo Nomads: Traveling Shugo nomads will appear in set locations in Oriel between the 15-17th of each in-game month (with the exception of January, April, July and October). During this time they will sell and offer quests for a rotating variety of items, including some pieces of rare housing furniture and costumes. They also sell several general goods at a lower price compared to the regular vendor NPCs.
- The areas in Oriel Plaza containing the workshops used in the old crafting system were closed down after the 6.0 update, and remain inaccessible.
- Seasonal Agrint used to drop , which were used in the Handicrafting discipline to craft mounts (Sharptooth series).