Meet TERA’s Sinister Enemies: The Argons
Due out May 1st, TERA is an action-focused MMO which has already seen success in Korea. In preparation for its impending release (the closed beta finished this winter), North American publishers are filling people in on important aspects of the lore. We’ve already seen the Castanics, a horn-headed player race, but today’s news is more juicy: a look at the Argons, TERA’s main antagonists.
- Argons have a “collective consciousness,” a sort of hive mind. “The smaller argons lack the ability to function without orders,” according to En Masse.
- Control of these lesser Argons is the responsibility, of Gilgashes, larger, more deadly creatures with great physical strength, small but significant magical power, and plenty of tactical acumen.
- Argons also deploy “akalaths,” larger combatants, and behemoths, who are their most unstoppable variant.”
En Masse also recounts the story of the Argon invasion, which is difficult to paraphrase:
When the argons burst from the ground and launched their invasion on Northern Shara, no one expected they’d obliterate their opposition so easily. The blue-black creatures swept through Val Kaeli, and then the Helkan District, before swallowing up Val Tirkai. No unit could withstand the power of these dark forces. A veritable sea of black and blue crushed all organized resistance across Northern Shara, seemingly unstoppable. Insidious swarms of smaller argons wreaked havoc, but it was the argon behemoths—their battlemasters—that struck fear into the hearts of soldiers. Each massive argon fought with the strength of an entire company, cleaving through battle formations and leaving nothing but broken bodies in its wake. In a matter of weeks, the argons controlled nearly half the continent and marched toward the amani capital city—Kaiator.
The argons lay siege to Kaiator, but the battle didn’t slow their advance. A massive contingent marched south, invading the fey province of Sylvanoth. The amani sent emissaries to the high elves and baraka in Allemantheia, as well as to the other races on Southern Arun. The castanics, poporis, elins, baraka, and high elves joined the humans and the amani emissary in Velika. Even as the argons conquered Sylvanoth and crossed the Great Rift into Southern Shara, the Valkyon Federation was born—and the counterattack began.
Detailed reports from behind the argon front remain scarce. Already stretched thin, federation forces struggle to break through the argon lines. Few missions slip past the enemy vanguard…and even fewer return. Even from Kaiator, however, spotters have detected changes to the color of the sky over Val Kaeli. No one knows why the sky turns green, but they have come to dread such reports.
Across the federation, reserves report for training, and then deploy to Northern Shara. The invasion may be over, but the Argon War has just begun.
Check out the gallery below to see what these monsters look like.