The Legends of Aria test server has been updated with a new "experimental patch" that brings a number of new and retooled features into the game. Players can expect to find the reworked cooking and gardening systems as well as "a host of fixes and enhancements". Players will also find the overhauled Allegiance system that includes a third Allegiance with its own ranks, events, rewards and more.
There are two major goals that we feel need to be met concerning Allegiances. The first is that they should incentivize players to participate. Allegiances are an opt-in system, and currently we think we can do better to encourage more activity. I will go into more detail about that below. The second goal is to provide more opportunity and incentive for players to engage in consensual, challenging, and rewarding combat. We know that this has been an issue for a while now, and we don’t want PvP to be exclusive to murderers. This is a system that we hope continues to evolve and be added onto.
Read more on the Legends of Aria site.