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Last week, MMORPG.com Community Manager Michael Bitton had the opportunity to visit Trion Worlds HQ in San Francisco. As part of Gamer's Day, Mike scored a hands on look at Rift: Planes of Telara. The first feature that Mike looked at was character creation and he's got the skinny on what it's like.
Your very first choice when creating a character is that of your faction. Rift uses a two faction system which is comprised of the Guardians and the Defiant. Both factions have opposing views on how to deal with the crisis on Telara and this is reflected at the most basic level during creation by way of race and class choice. The Defiant revived their Ascended souls through the use of forbidden technology and they adopt a proactive stance in dealing with the crisis, using anything and everything at their disposal to deal with the invasion. The Guardians, on the other hand, are basically training armies for their gods, while erecting temples and praying to the gods for a miracle.
Read Mike's Rift Character Creation preview.