To be a dragon or not to be, that is the question :)
In Foundations of Hope Online there are three realms to choose from. Humans, Saurians(intelligent lizard species), and the Dragons. The primary war on earth is between the Humans and the Saurians, but the dragon realm is a free for all against both. The dragon realm has become the most popular out of the FoHO testers but it is interesting to see which realm each person picks. There are some players that just have no interest in playing as a dragon while most of the teen players play the dragons more frequently. There was a fear when implementing the dragons that everybody would play them and no other realm, but thankfully finding that not to be the case.
Each Realm starts off in their own particular location. The Dragons starting location is in the Grand Canyons. A player starts off as a Dragon Hatchling, then at level 15 can move to the Dragonling, then at level 30 a Dragon Cub, level 45 they are a Dragon Teen, and finally at level 60 they become an Adult Dragon. Each stage has its own model and skills based on its age. A hatchling can fly for a few seconds while an adult dragon can pretty much fly continuously. A teen dragon will receive fire breathing which also carries on and gets stronger into the adult dragon years.
Below is are some screenshots showing the size and look as the player progresses from one model to another. The hatchling starts off all cute and changes into the oh-not-so-cute-fire-breathing adult.
The dragon players will be able to equip weapons and armor as well. Only one model has been implemented for helm and weapons, but animal weapon crafting has been implemented to create better weapons for the dragons. Once the animal armor crafting is implemented, the dragons will be able to wear armor on their arms, legs, body, and tail. For now, they have a helm.
When the dragons were first implemented, it was kind of surreal. Everybody was running around as hatchlings in tall grass attacking the Saurians. Felt like a movie where something is quickly scurrying through tall grass then suddenly somebody gets dragged down. That was before Grand Canyon was implemented. Now the hatchlings start off on some beetles and work their way up.
It is questioned won't the Dragons be too strong and have an advantage over the other two realms since they can fly? That is not an issue because both the Humans and Saurians will be able to get Dragon Mounts at level 60. The Dragon Mounts will be able to fly, perform land and air mounted combat.
In the Grand Canyon, there are some ledges that have paths which allow Humans and Saurians to reach for future quests, but many are designed for only the flying dragons can reach. Obviously not a problem for Humans and Saurians once they get their Dragon Mount.
Some pics of the Grand Canyon location:
And finally just a few of my favorite dragon pics:
This is one of my favorites. It is me and my 4 year olds(now 5) Paladin. He played over the summer before kindergarten and was able to get to level 56. I was totally amazed at what he could do. He could join alliances, trade, heal players, buff, track, etc. All the older players new him and had ways of communicating. If they backed up from a corpse, he knew he could loot it, if they waved, he knew they were logging off. Newer players I would have to let them know he couldn't read because they had no clue a 4 year old was behind the character.
And a couple videos. I still need to fix the wings pointing forward to much in the flying animation as somebody pointed out.
Dragon Adult Video:
Pre-Alpha testing is open if interested. It is all hack and slash and testing of the technology for now. Quests will be added in for the Alpha testing. Just create an account and sign up in the website forums.