The player controls a virtual character. After connecting to a server for the first time, players must take sides, choosing either El Morad or Karus. The two nations are equivalent but have different appearance. Once the nation is decided, it's a difficult and expensive process to switch nations. To create a character, the player must choose (depending on the nation) a race, from Barbarian, male/female El Moradian, and the four Tuarek races that inhabit Karus. Following that, a class must be selected for the character along with a few appearance options. Finally the character is named and given its first 10 Stat Points.