There are four playable races in Age of Conan, the original three races are the Aquilonian, Cimmerian and Stygian. With the release of the expansion Rise of the Godslayer a fourth playable race was added, Khitan.
Each race has a selection of classes to pick from but there are only cosmetic differences between players of the same class. Age of Conan has no racial bonuses.
- The Aquilonians are a people divided behind a front of unity, and threatened behind a show of dominance. Their kingdom, the so-called Flower of the West, is the unrivalled jewel of Hyboria. It is a land of prosperous cities, great wealth, enlightened culture, with a king-sanctioned order of religious freedom, where no faith shall be oppressed. The Aquilonians have a culture similiar to that of the Carolingian Franks as well as the Greco-Romans of ancient history across multiple eras.
- A shroud hangs over the people of Cimmeria. While one might assume it is the pall of the dark weather overhead, eternally threatening grim days and violent storms, the truth is that the Cimmerians live under a shroud of impending doom. As the Hyborian Age enters its final centuries, few people feel it as acutely as the northern barbarian clans. It is a subconscious sensation – more a subtle, ever-present melancholy than any true emotion. The Cimmerians are proto-Celts descended from the Atlantean survivors of the Great Cataclysm and are the barbaric race from which Conan descends. Which are very strong.
- The Stygians are an ancient, decadent people, born of a culture more than fifteen hundred years older than any of their neighboring kingdoms to the north. Dominated by a ruthless theocracy dedicated to the worship of the serpent-god Set, the Stygians are masters of occult secrets and diabolic lore. The scholarship is legendary and their mastery of the magical arts is without equal anywhere in the known world. The Stygians are evocative of a dark, twisted Egypto-Babylonian people.
- The ancient empire of Khitai is a stronghold of the world’s greatest wizards and masters of the eastern world. Khitai is nearly legendary to the western Hyborian races. Khitan society has a place in the structure and codes of behaviour which must be followed. The Khitans believe that those who best obey the codes will be rewarded by the gods. From this, they deduce that "the winner was right," and this success-oriented approach gives them a penchant for treachery and double-dealing which would cause a Hyborian noble to blanch. The Khitani are similar to the Chinese/Korean of ancient history
Other races in Hyboria Edit
At this stage these are not playable, but may become available in future updates. You will, however, meet some of these races as NPCs ingame.