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.

Aetolia is a gothic-fantasy setting, populated by vampires and weres of multiple varieties. Unlike other fantasy settings, Aetolia encourages both sides of the coin, letting players decide whether to help or hinder.

Oct 20 2021

Classleads October 2021 – Part 1

Battlefury / Riving=======================– [2655] Arc / Umbrage now requires a two-handed weapon to use. Fury=======================– [2679] Fury Expunge can now be boosted to cure stupidity. Hypnosis=======================– [2839] Marks now have a third person message when they expire. Numerology=======================– [2438] Recollection mana cost changed from 500, to 10% of max mana.– [2438] Recollection empowerment effect reworked:*…
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Oct 13 2021

Mining Updates!

– Minecarts now empty their ores into storage as a stack. – I’ve gone ahead and condensed all existing ores in storage into stacks. – You can supply an optional quantity now to MINING DEPOSIT/RETRIEVE* MINING RETRIEVE [<amount|ALL>] <item>* MINING DEPOSIT [<amount|ALL>] <item> – You can now WAREHOUSE WITHDRAW anything in the warehouse, including raw…
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Oct 7 2021

Happy Birthday Aetolia!

As of today, 7th October, Aetolia is officially twenty years old! I’m sure by now you’ve all had a chance to look over the EVENTS listing, but if not, take a look! The CELEBRATE command is now live for the rest of the month; type this to receive a one-off 20 bound credits in commemoration…
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Oct 5 2021

Discord Updates!

We’ve just made some major upgrades to the official Discord server with the integration of Herolt, our new bot! Members of the server can use the !help command in the #bot-commands channel to bring up a list of bot functions, but the list of new additions includes: * Character verification (use the DISC VERIFY command…
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Oct 4 2021

Changelog: 4th October

– Added WIPE OFF TRAP <direction> for those with the Tracking skillset. – MINING REPORT now only shows the 10 latest activity entries. The full activity log can be viewed from the office with the new MINING LOG command instead. – Fixed a bug that prevented RETURN TO HAVEN from working while in any library…
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Oct 1 2021

Artisanal and Bardic Contest!

As promised, the Artisanal and Bardic contest is making a return for October! It is my aim going forward to host one of these alongside major events or milestones (yes this means you can expect another one for Year 500!) so that they are semi-frequent again. Entries should be submitted via e-mail to support@aetolia.com with…
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Oct 1 2021

October in Aetolia!

October has arrived and Aetolia’s 20th birthday will soon be upon us! Alongside a host of events, games, and other celebrations throughout the month, the Wheel of Fates is making a return! Logging in for at least an hour each day earns a free spin and premium skull tokens can be obtained on the Aetolia…
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Sep 30 2021

Classleads Are Open!

An early surprise classlead round is now open! Just to note, this isn’t part of the normal itinerary that we usually do, however both myself and Ictinus think it would be good to let you all voice any ideas/thoughts you may have that need addressing. As such, we will be allowing three reports per a…
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Sep 23 2021

Languages in Emotes!

By: Razmael, the Synthesist Hey folks, I’ve rewritten emote code from the ground up in order to make an entirely new feature possible: languages! You can now insert a language code into an emote following the format of: [action|language|text] Here’s a breakdown of what that means.Action: The type of action your speech is. E.g. yelling,…
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Sep 22 2021

A Cure for Creeping Rot

In Dendara, a creeping rot scourges the very life of the Plane. It hungers, and devours everything in its path. Before now, the rot has only ever crept forward, with no way to stop it – and creep it did, nearly overtaking the entirety of the Prophet’s Hollow and threatening to turn it into a…
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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.