When you’re not dealing with the chaos and madness of the planet Nexus in WildStar, odds are good you’ll be dealing with the game’s main factional conflict between the Dominion and the Exiles. But how did this split come to pass? What are the Exiles exiled from in the first place? The latest WildStar Wednesday tackles exactly this issue, explaining how one man led a rebellion against the largest military power in the galaxy and won — or at least came close to winning.
The Exiles, as it turns out, were originally citizens of the Dominion’s capital planet, Cassus. Unpopular Dominion policies led to riots on Cassus, which culminated in the retired Admiral Serrick Brightland stealing his flagship from drydock and leading several other traitors on military raids against Dominion holdings. Brightland succeeded in hurting the Dominion, but without a home base to fall back on, his fleet was forced to flee, becoming the Exile fleet scouring the fringe of the galaxy for a new home. Take a look at the full article for details about Brightland’s last stand and the core of the conflict between these two factions.
The faction split is one of the few things I don’t like about this game so far, especially since the Dominion sounds almost totally unsympathetic. I really hope this isn’t going to be another “For PvP-based reasons, the ideological split between Faction A and Faction B is too severe to ever be resolved, and we’re not going to let you guys talk or interact because you might yell at each other, so if you mainly like PvE you can go ahead and safely pretend half of the playerbase doesn’t exist” thing. I’m glad Rift is moving away from that.