What is Aetolia?

Aetolia is a multiplayer RPG (role-playing game) set in a gothic-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.

February in Aetolia!

Hi folks! 2023 is speeding right along and for the month of February, we have a few offerings for you: a salvage sale, the return of the artifact cart, and a direct lesson sale! Every 100 credits purchased from the website will come with a piece of antiquated salvage, which is typically valued at 200…
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Classleads February 2023

[0;1;37m…and thus he commanded, let there be the first round of classleads for thy year…[0m Hello folks! We’re a day early, but it’s here none the less! Information for this classlead cycle: Submissions will be open for TWO WEEKS in which you can submit THREE reports in for consideration which will be left anonymous. Once…
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More Combat Tweaks!

Afflictions ====================== – Impairment will now increase stun durations by 50%. * It will continue to block racial skills as well for now. – Deadening will now increase the threshold trigger of shock/burnout to 40%. Battlefury / Riving ====================== – Battlecry / Anguish equilibrium recovery time is reduced by 1 second if the opponent has…
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Bounties, Out of City Crimes, Defiling, et al

Hi folks, I have an update to the PK rules to announce today pertaining to bounties and out-of-city crimes. It’s long been my policy that city bounties can only be filed for city crimes that occur inside the city; the reasoning for this was to promote organic PK in the moment and let people fight…
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Flintyard & Flintbeard

Hi folks! This is a 24 hour reminder that at the next Howling, the Flintbeard dungeons will be closing until December 2023, and the speedrun fame holders will be locked in! Last chance to take the fame! Penned by my hand on Quensday, the 17th of Khepary, in the year 507 MA. Discuss this post…
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An Accord Renewed

Throughout the terrors of the Second War of Night, the Hammer of Dawn stood as a shining torch, a defiant people intent on repelling Ohlsana’s ravenous invasion. Returning to their far-flung roots as hunters of shadow and evil, with the aid of the three Exarchs, Enorian invoked the terms of an ancient pact made between…
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Combat Changes

Afflictions ====================== – Physical disruption now increases the length of WRITHE by 1 second. – Physical disruption now only works on writhe impale, rather then all physical writhes. – Haemophilia now causes the Clotting skill to fail 80% of the time, up from 33%. – Chance for Dizziness to make you fall is increased to…
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Mana Boon

The ‘mana_boon’ artifact now offers a 20% reduction on Clotting, instead of 33%, just so it retains some value for those of you who like it for PvE. I’ve also removed the bonus that Kaido Clotting got to try and keep everyone more even since we’ll keep a bit of its strength. This should be…
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Class Viability

The Class Viability survey has been tallied up, thanks to those of you who participated! To see the results, you can follow the link below: https://forums.aetolia.com/discussion/4639/class-viability-pt-3 Enjoy! Penned by my hand on Gosday, the 16th of Ios, in the year 507 MA.
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Happy New Year! January in Aetolia!

Hi folks! Happy New Year to all and welcome to January! We’re saying goodbye to stockings (though your platinums should all now be full – enjoy!), and welcoming back cryptic chests! Chests can be obtained on the Aetolia website (www.aetolia.com/credits), and opening one will award one or more prizes from a wide selection as outlined…
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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 aetolia.com, 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 Gothic Fantasy MUD Game

Be ready for the gothic-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 gothic-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.