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What is Aetolia?

Aetolia is a multiplayer RPG (role-playing game) set in a dark fantasy world.

The difference between Aetolia and other games is that Aetolia is played entirely in text with minimal graphics. This genre of games is called MUDs or Multi-User Dungeons.

Characters in Aetolia talk, trade, fight, plot and even kill and eat each other. They roam the continents and explore dungeons, killing (or helping) foul creatures, gather gold and treasure while increasing in power and prestige.

Unlike other fantasy settings, Aetolia enables you to play characters of all alignments and creeds, and it's entirely in the hands of the player whether to become a hated villain, vaunted hero, or anything in between.

Free Reincarnations

Hello folks, Unlimited reincarnations will end in one IRL week’s time and will return to normal. Everyone will receive their one free reincarnation again once the unlimited period is over as a bonus. Please make sure you’re in your chosen statpack and race when the period ends, otherwise you’ll be left in what you have,…
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The Enmity of Scolrys, Part XIV: Justice and Ascension

As the first hours of Ios arrived in the third year of the new age, so too did a terrible threat to the Hammer of Dawn. Pounding drums and wild, phlegm-laden ululations arose from broken Huanazedha as the cultists of Incarnate Insanity carried out a dark rite. Led by Leira, the self-proclaimed champion of the…
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The Enmity of Scolrys, Part XIII: Xaanhal and Xoral

As the War of Six Nations ebbed and flowed, the deaths of five Xorani spellcasters announced the arrival of a new player onto the field. Following a ritual empowered by the irrevocable offering of life, crackling potential raged from within the Shamtota hills, its esoteric power a terrifying union of mastery and sacrifice alike. Lost…
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The Enmity of Scolrys, Part XII: The Ravages of Chaos

Towards the middle of Severin, the Hammer of Dawn began to hear troubling rumours of cloaked figures and arguments held in kitchens within guildhalls. Though they initially found no evidence to support either, the city elevated their security measures to a critical state and barred access to the halls and sensitive places, as well as…
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April promotion

Hi folks! We will be running one of our two yearly auctions in the later half of this month, so look forward to that! But for now, Cryptic Chests are returning to the website ( under ‘artifact packages’ for April! Opening a chest will award one or more prizes from a wide selection as outlined…
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The Enmity of Scolrys, Part XI: Messengers and Sentinels

Early in the month of Severin, the Deepest City sent another messenger out into the world. Once more bound for the Dragon of the North, the rune-scribed golem trekked through Dun and Praelatorian in a dogged attempt to reach its destination, but found itself swiftly waylaid by the forces of the Threefold Alliance. With the…
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The Enmity of Scolrys, Part X: Faith’s Awakening

In early Sapiarch, Lanu Du’s influence upon the realm intensified. After felling her final victim within the halls of Tiyen Esityi, the Tekal cutter known as Leira finally achieved the vaunted state of Azudim. Upon her ascension, the baleful warrior renounced her faith in the Dark Mother and swore herself to the Faceless One –…
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The Enmity of Scolrys, Part IX: LANU DU!

Interrupting the clash of Abhorash and Chakrasul against Lahkencai, a gargantuan tentacle abruptly punctured the realm, crashing in with the doom of inevitability. It sank straight through the ground in its path, ripping open a window to Prime as a new set of Combatants took the field. The heavens bled once more as something bulged…
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The Enmity of Scolrys, Part VIII: Chaos

As Prime and Chaos became increasingly entwined with the attention of Primordial Chaos, profane whispers perverted the tranquillity of Prime, heralding an abominably eldritch tendril that split the sky, carving a steadily widening abyss across the heavens. The empyreal wound festered and expanded with the deafening sizzle of marinating rot. Pustulent greens and bleeding reds…
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The Duel

The first Duel of the year is here! This weekend the Duel will make its mark in the Esterport arena – a double elimination tournament of skill where only one person will be crowned the champion! If you’ve never joined one before or haven’t heard of it before now, HELP THE DUEL will tell you…
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How Can I Play?

Aetolia is a free-to-play game that can be played on several different platforms. To play directly in your browser, you can click this link, or the play button above.

If you're coming from another MUD and already have a MUD client of choice, you can connect to Aetolia at, port 23.

You can also play on mobile with the Iron Realms Entertainment Nexus app.

View the Nexus app in the App Store.

View the Nexus app in the Google Play Store.


Player vs Player Combat

Aetolia has some of the most detailed and intense PvP ever created.

In addition to traditional RP initiated combat, Aetolia has numerous systems to encourage and reward its most skilled and bloodthirsty:

  • Open PK areas with world altering effects for those brave enough to enter
  • The Sect of Blades, a ranked system of organized combat
  • Twice monthly contests for the Orrery, a powerful location that boosts the faction of the team with the best showing
  • The power of Ylem regularly tears into Sapience, leading to clashes to control these Foci, for personal and organizational gain

Of course, PvP isn't just PK. We also have elected city positions to backstab your way into, rankings of everything from most powerful merchant to best minipet collector, and even racetracks for said pets to earn their owner winnings!


Character Classes and Skills

We take our skill system seriously, and want every class or talent to feel unique and different. Whether you are an assassin leaping from the shadows to abduct your foe, a powerful knight slashing enemies with your flaming blades, or a monk utilizing your self control to heal wounds and devastate foes, all classes have their own unique mechanisms and abilities.

  • 15+ Unique Classes
  • 12 Guilds
  • 2000+ Different Abilities
  • 80+ Skillsets of Crafting/PvE/PvP
  • 60+ Race skills

Our skillsets each include 30+ skills, varying between general skills, crafting, and class based. Every guild has its own class with unique abilities, modified by a core of abilities common to everyone. And of course, add to that our mercantile, tradeskills, and talents... you get hundreds of possible combinations!

What is a Mud?

They're the original massively multiplayer real-time online games. Before there was World of Warcraft, there were MUDs.

They aren't single-player text adventures like Zork or choose-your-own-adventure games. They're very much real-time and multiplayer.

Ultimately, you can think of MUDs vs. graphical games as books vs. movies in some respects. Just as many people feel books are more immersive than a movie, many people feel MUDs are more immersive than graphical games.

Are you one of those people? Only one way to find out. Try out our game world right now!


The World and Your Place In It

Aetolia is an entirely unique, ever growing world and storyline. For over 17 years our realm has worked through a player driven storyline, and it has seen some changes no other setting could imagine. Almost 20,000 rooms are explorable to players, and 13,000 more are just waiting for the story to catch up...

The drive for this? Roleplaying. Aetolia has a true player-driven storytelling with depths yet unseen. Regular events keep the story moving, while the Administration supports when our players unseat it all and take the reins! Our stories are crafted from the intricate RP of our players, with a vast overarching plot decades in scope... and all without a cutscene showing some NPC swooping in to steal the show.

Your World

Crafting, Building, Leading

Aetolia is built to let players create and lead. Our organizations are designed with player-led positions, and our crafting skills mean that the clothes you wear, the swords you stab with, even the healing potion you drink from are all player designed and created.

  • 20+ Crafting skillsets
  • Over 100,000 player made designs
  • Castles and Havens for your character's private home
  • 4 Completely player run City/Council/Empires
  • 12 Player led guilds
  • Player run packs of shapeshifters

Our crafting is complex and wide reaching. Cities expand their buildings when their leadership decides to. Characters earn their own Haven and design it themself. And again, everything is player designed and crafted. Start your mercantile empire, then run the Imperial Dominion, build a castle, and corner the market in fancy hats, everything is possible!

No Download Needed

Online Dark Fantasy MUD Game

Be ready for the dark fantasy horror world of Aetolia, which is an RPG text game of Iron Realms Entertainment.  Terror, dark forces and vampires are everywhere in the land of Aetolia. If you want to survive in the fantastic world, you will have two chances; fight back or join! Every decision that you will make affects your destiny in the world of Aetolia. When you make a decision in the land of Aetolia, you will have to deal with the consequences. You can discover more than 20,000 rooms in Aetolia, the world is massive!

Aetolia is a multiplayer online RPG with no download necessary. The MUD game Aetolia does not rely on graphics because it is an RPG text game and can be played with minimal or no graphics. Its story in the dark fantasy horror world is unique and player-driven. Characters have many different abilities and skills in Aetolia, giving you great control over the game itself.

Fantasy Vampire MUD

Horror RPG

Sapience is the continent of the everyday Aetolian world. For hundreds of years, Sapience has had its own problems until flying death machines filled the skies and led to the discovery of an antagonistic other continents. Now squabbles over resources, Dark and Light, land, and life vs death play besides an overarching worry of invasion from eldritch abomination Gods from the continent of Albedos.

There are many different abilities on Aetolia encapsulated by your skills in the game. Besides the basic skills everyone shares, hundreds of other skills vary by class, and how you play is your choice. In addition to class, there are mini skills to passively protect you, mercantile skills to generate life's necessities, hobby skills, agricultural skills, practical skills, and trade skills that you will be able to learn through varying methods in the game. You can have many different talents that you can increase, separate from level, all to help you survive and thrive.

In Aetolia, you might deal with, or even become, an undead. Vampires also walk the lands, seeking blood and domination. Light counters these unnatural beasts with Duamvi symbiotes brought from higher planes to empower the select worthy few. Help either side, or neither, your choice is free.