Zenith, capital of the Kingdom of Meridian - a nexus of community/politics/trade


  • TF#1 - WHISPERER

    What is Zenith?

    Zenith is the capital city of the Kingdom of Meridian, an ambitious Fractured nation.

    We strive to be a nexus of commerce, diplomacy, and politics for Syndesia – as well as the gold standard for what an ambitious community can do by utilizing all of Fractured's sandbox mechanics.


    What is Meridian?

    Much has been said about Meridian elsewhere, but in a nutshell... Meridian is a nation comprised of solo players, small groups, and client guilds.

    Currently, it is comprised of two cities: the capital, Zenith, and an additional planned settlement called Yalahar.

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    Meridian is less a guild than it is a union of various, disparate parties who share a vision of Fractured as the era's ultimate sandbox MMORPG, harkening back to the days of Ultima Online and Tibia.


    How does Zenith work?

    Zenith is meant to be a testament to Fractured's potential for player-controlled regions.

    Unlike most other MMORPGs that offer player territory control, Zenith is intended to be more than a single guild-aligned city. We want our population to include solo players, small groups, and client guilds who have no desire in trying to claim and manage a city for themselves.

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    So imagine you're a Fractured solo player who has little interest in spending hours at a time in our Guilded server, chatting away. Perhaps your goal is to quietly live in or just outside the capital, leaving only to gold farm in Goblin Hills or employ the city smelters to transform your ore into precious ingots.

    Well, as long as you pay your property taxes and contribute towards the common defense and prosperity, Zenith is the place for you.

    Or imagine you're a small guild comprised of ten close friends. You have little interest in expansion and seek only to be a tight fellowship. Rather than attempt to claim and hold an entire city – a daunting task for any guild – you'd like to join a community where your guild mates can purchase residences, run your business, and even conduct your internal guild affairs in your own dedicated guild hall inside the city walls.

    This, too, is possible in Zenith – with commitment, again, to common defense and prosperity.


    How is Zenith governed?

    As detailed in the Meridian recruitment thread, Zenith is governed much like a real-world city/region/territory might be, in a vaguely feudal style:

    Unlike many MMORPGs that offer player territory control, Fractured demands regions be actively managed by those who claim them – lest they be lost to external threat or internal decay. To better face this exciting challenge, Meridian is designed to work like a real-world government.

    Power and responsibility are dispersed across a variety of positions. Officials must work together to accomplish mutual goals. Debate, discussion, and negotiation are tools of the trade even among our highest leaders. This system ensures Meridian remain a community-driven effort and affords ambitious, dedicated players the chance to guide our journey.

    Because we’re a bit more ambitious and complex than your garden-variety WoW guild, it’s important that all members and potential members understand the chain of command.

    Please note that this refers only to the government that oversees Meridian territory; we do not hold any authority over the guilds that join us except when pertaining to matters of Meridian cities. In other words, the internal affairs and politics of our client guilds – events, loot distribution, ranks, promotions/demotions, etc. – are totally outside our purview.

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    Meridian's founder and ruler is King Beradus Valarn. The King sets the royal agenda – the kingdom's objectives, traditions, and long-term vision. He appoints the Hand of the Crown, members of the Privy Council, and nobles; he approves or rejects prospective regional Governors. The King ratifies or rejects all proposed laws and treaties, alliances and war declarations, and may revoke any of the existing at whim. Lastly, he may overrule any official on any matter of state at any time and possesses the sole authority to surrender or formally disband Meridian.

    The King's royal agenda is implemented by a Privy Council of his most trusted advisers. The Council's chairman is the King's second-in-command, the Hand of the Crown, who coordinates the kingdom's daily operations and supervises the regional Governors. The Hand is also the kingdom's chief administrator, diplomat, and appellate judge. Except the King, the Hand may overrule any official on any matter of state at any time.

    The remaining seven members of the Privy Council are equal in rank, but each oversees a unique function of the royal government:

    • The royal army is commanded by the Master of War, who designs structure, devises strategy, and directs sieges.
    • Bounties, prisons, and matters of general law enforcement are overseen by the Master of Order.
    • The Master of Coin manages budgets, taxes, tributes, and the royal treasury.
    • Commerce, within or on behalf of Meridian, is negotiated and regulated by the Master of Trade.
    • The Master of Craft organizes and schedules the collection of raw materials and their refinement into processed goods.
    • City infrastructure – layout, construction, maintenance, and upgrades – is managed by the Master of Roads and Halls.
    • The Master of Fields supervises all agricultural efforts, including farming, harvesting, and hunting.

    How does this impact Zenith's citizens and residents?

    As of the Spring 2021 Alpha test, Fractured has redefined the relationships between cities and those who engage with them, in ways that broadly support Meridian's vision. The game now distinguishes between citizens, residents, and guild members.

    • Citizens are those who are official, registered members of a city.
    • Residents are those who have purchased property inside the city walls or in one of the residential districts outside the walls.
    • Guild members are those who are official members of a guild, which may or may not be the ruling power behind a city.

    It is possible for a person to assume all three of these roles simultaneously. Or only two. Or only one.

    Zenith (a city) is the capital of the Kingdom of Meridian (a nation comprised of multiple cities). As stated above, our doors are open to solo players, small groups, and other guilds. Those who would join us would become citizens and residents of Zenith, official members of the city and owners of property within or just outside the city walls.

    But the Meridian government's authority pertains only to matters of state, issues pertaining to the city. What you do with your playtime, what monsters you and your friends kill, what internal loot distribution policy your guild mandates for your guild events... have nothing to do with Zenith or the Meridian government as long as it does not undermine our prosperity and security.

    In other words, for example: who you kill only matters to us if you kill a designated political ally, trading partner, or a fellow citizen unprovoked.

    The Meridian government has no interest in policing your internal guild affairs. All we want to do is provide you a place to reliably and securely conduct those affairs if your guild shares our vision.


    What are Zenith's laws?

    • Join Meridian’s official Guilded server. Guilded is a promising alternative to Discord currently in development and it is optimized for gaming guilds. Its features include integrated event calendars, a gameplay scheduling tool, document sections, message boards/forums, polls and forms, text and voice channels, and more. It is the hub of Meridian’s community.
    • Stay informed. Don’t be lazy – Meridian officials shouldn’t have to track down individual members to give them updates that are easily found on our Guilded server.
    • Maintain a healthy sense of humor. Life is hard and Fractured, like all games, is meant to be an escape from your daily troubles. In this community, the ability to be a bit silly and make/receive jokes is vital.
    • Keep a good attitude. There’s a difference between smartass and asshole, honest and rude, cracking jokes in good fun and being an intolerable edgelord-memer. Don’t be a Chad: know the differences and behave accordingly.
    • Get involved. We don’t (and refuse) to have a hard quota for participation and we don’t expect you to live in-game or on Guilded. But Meridian is a community: don’t be a stranger. Members who don’t engage at all and simply take up space in our server and towns will be removed.
    • Show common courtesy. Going on an extended vacation? Give us a heads up. Taking a much-deserved break from Fractured? Give us a shout. Don’t be inconsiderate – it takes all of 30 seconds to fire up your mobile Guilded app and notify a Meridian officer of your absence or departure.
    • Respect the chain of command. In Fractured, there are dire consequences for a community in chaos. The chain of command is essential for structure and long-term success. Obey accordingly.

    Nope. Thanks, but no thanks!

    Fair enough.

    We completely understand and would prefer not to waste your time or ours with an obvious mismatch.

    The good news is, even this early in Fractured’s development cycle, there already are great guilds out there you may prefer….

    Vandiir is a prominent gaming community that’s found its way to Fractured. If you’re seeking strong fellowship but aren’t enticed by Meridian’s flavor, Vandiir’s lively and supportive culture may be just for you.

    But perhaps you favor more imperialization and conquest than Meridian intends to offer. In which case, we recommend taking a gander at Fractured’s most ambitious enterprise: The Shadow Empire, led by Vyr Vandalous.

    Or maybe you’re seeking a cerebral, actively roleplaying guild and have no idea where to start looking? Consider stately House Pythias, led by Tirinith Uundol Pythias.

    Additionally, you may consider the rapacious Horde of Tartaros, led by the blunt and uncompromising Rekington, if you seek to commit your prodigious bloodlust to an ambitious cause.


    Hell yes! Where do I sign up?

    Meridian prefers a more personal approach: Apply on our Guilded server or hit myself or @Bardikens up via direct message here on the Fractured forums and let’s chat one-on-one. 🙂


  • TF#1 - WHISPERER

    As the King and ruler of Meridian, I approve this message.


  • TF#12 - PEOPLE'S HERALD

    Sounds very ambitious, should be cool.


  • TF#1 - WHISPERER

    @Bardikens said in Meridian's capital - a nexus of community, diplomacy & trade:

    As the Prince and ruler of Meridian, I approve this message.

    It has the official Seal of Approval? xD

    @Jimbolini said in Meridian's capital - a nexus of community, diplomacy & trade:

    Sounds very ambitious, should be cool.

    Thanks for the kind words and vote of confidence, Jim! 😄

    Please feel free to ask any questions or offer any insight, and please take a peek at our official guild thread for additional information.


  • TF#12 - PEOPLE'S HERALD

    Sounds like the Beastling Pack will want to have a shop set up there to connect off-world folk looking to travel to Arborea with our 'Happy Trails Crew' 😉


  • TF#1 - WHISPERER

    @PeachMcD said in Meridian's capital - a nexus of community, diplomacy & trade:

    Sounds like the Beastling Pack will want to have a shop set up there to connect off-world folk looking to travel to Arborea with our 'Happy Trails Crew' 😉

    Meridian looks forward to engaging with the Beastling Pack in both the Syndesian capital and @LilCassiopeia’s Arboreus settlement. 🙂


  • TF#12 - PEOPLE'S HERALD

    @Alexian & @LilCassiopeia - WOW! So funny to have zero time ingame and already clients at the door. Really looking forward to getting to know my neighborhood mobs once the beta is open lol


  • TF#1 - WHISPERER

    @PeachMcD said in Meridian's capital - a nexus of community, diplomacy & trade:

    @Alexian & @LilCassiopeia - WOW! So funny to have zero time ingame and already clients at the door. Really looking forward to getting to know my neighborhood mobs once the beta is open lol

    Haha, yeah we can't wait either!


  • TF#1 - WHISPERER

    Update: in light of the upcoming Alpha 2 - Test 3, we're blowing the dust off this old thread. 😁

    Zenith, Meridian's capital, will make its debut in this new test. If you're interested in becoming a citizen of Zenith, please sign up:

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  • TF#12 - PEOPLE'S HERALD

    @Alexian I've signed up to help with Duath, and look forward to visiting Zenith!


  • TF#12 - PEOPLE'S HERALD

    I wonder if they have any holding cells there that I can lock pick my way out of 🙂

    (Plays the song for "The day the squirrel went berserk")


  • TF#10 - CONSUL

    Im interested in joining the city if thats ok?


  • TF#1 - WHISPERER

    @Ostaff omg WHO LET YOU OUT OF YOUR CELL AGAIN

    We'll have to double security. 😏


  • TF#1 - WHISPERER

    Zenith is still recruiting residents, including other guilds who don't yet have a city of their own! 😁


  • TF#1 - WHISPERER

    Interested in absolutely joining the town or guild or both. Experience in story telling/roleplaying [not saying I am the best story teller but I have great experience and I tend to be detail oriented on the lore I participate in/create so its packed tight.] Beginning to gather everything I need as well to start creating content centered around player created stories in mmos in general.---

    As a traveling Arcane Scholar I am looking to plant my roots and grow while building a library.


  • TF#1 - WHISPERER

    Hi @slumwav! Check your private messages. ☺


  • TF#1 - WHISPERER

    Proud to be a citizen of Meridian and looking forward to moving into Zenith in the upcoming test. I believe in what we're trying to accomplish here. Anyone needing a Fractured home should look no further.


  • TF#6 - DIPLOMAT

    Seems like we keep on growing - hope to see more new faces soon. If you're looking to be part of something great, you should definitely find a home in Zenith!


  • TF#6 - DIPLOMAT

    @Bardikens King? nice... self proclaimed or chosen?


  • TF#1 - WHISPERER

    @Dordolio His Majesty was either willingly crowned by his loyal subjects... or he proclaimed himself King and we live in constant fear of his most tyrannical wrath.

    We haven't decided what the official story is yet. 😜


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