Dragon Oath is a Massively Multiplayer Online Game set in ancient China during the time of the Song Dynasty in 960 AD. The main storyline of Dragon Oath is based on the mythology of the eight races of non-human deities described in Buddhist cosmology. According to Buddhism, these Demi-Gods exist on a higher plane of existence than mortals, and yet they are still bound by their passions and desires to Samsara – the cycle of reincarnation. While the Demi-Gods themselves are not the primary focus in the game, the story’s main characters are modeled after the divine races and exhibit many of their qualities. Dragon Oath allows players to immerse themselves in a world of ancient Chinese lore, and take part in captivating quests that tell the tale of warriors and diplomats from this time period. Dragon Oath has a large emphasis on teamwork and community within its gameplay mechanics. Marriage, guilds, and blood relations all play a huge role in the overall experience of the game.
The story of Dragon Oath revolves around an elaborate saga of complex, troubled relationships among various kingdoms and sects during China’s Northern Song Dynasty. The warring empires involved in the story are those of Song, Liao, Dali, Western Xia, and Tubo. The struggles the characters experience within their combating factions affect the bonds between themselves and their families, societies, ethnic groups, and countries. As a result, strife and conflict abound, and each player will find himself quickly pulled in to the fray. In order to survive, they will have to align themselves with one of the nine martial arts classes. Once chosen, the player’s class will foster development of uniquely powerful skills and abilities that will define the player as a true force to be reckoned with.