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Beginners Guide:
Written by Rhino412

From the weather, commandments, and just getting through the basics of the game, 
this guide to Crest should help any players, experienced or new. It offers valuable 
insight into the basic mechanics of the game, how they work, and what you should do 
to help yourself in different circumstances.

Commandments are the all-powerful god-like way to communicate with your followers. 
It's also your only way to communicate, which can be interesting... to say the least.

Commandments require influence, a currency that generations naturally over time, 
increasing depending on the faith of your cities. Each commandment costs four 
influence. Thankfully, at the start of a game, you get enough influence to issue a 
few commandments.

Commandments come in all shapes in size, and are always made from a combination of 
three words. You start out at the beginning of a game with a few words, but you can 
unlock more through the word tree.

Each commandment requires a condition, action, and a target.

A condition is who follows the commandment, and it's the very first word you put 
into a new commandment. This can be a number of things, from followers who have a 
certain resource, to followers near something, to different followers who are at 
different ages.

Here's a few examples for words in the condition slot:
Desert - Followers living in the desert
Berries - Followers in proximity of berries
Metal - Followers who have metal
Death - Followers who are close to death
War - Followers involved in war

An action is the second word in a commandment, and it is the verb, or what the 
follower will do. There's ten different verbs you can choose from, and they are 
unlocked at the start of the game automatically. Each verb has its opposite, such 
as Consume and Don't Consume.

Here's a list of all the verbs with their opposites:
Consume, Don't Consume
Destroy, Don't Destroy
Produce, Don't Produce
Distribute, Don't Distribute
Migrate, Don't Migrate

These verbs can be combined with other words to make meanings that don't always 
come out as you expected. 

-=For example=-
If you put Young as the Condition, Distribute as the Action, and Middle Aged as 
the Target, then the command would be: "Young followers, do nothing until you're 

So yes, a verb's meaning can be changed sometimes, like Produce can be feeding animals, 
or Distribute can be scare animals.

A Target is the third and final word of a commandment, and it shows what the followers 
will be doing something to. Do you want the people to hunt ostriches or antelope? 
That's what the Target decides. A Target works closely with the Action, so the meaning 
of it can be changed depending on what you put for the verb. Just try to never put 
Consume for the Action and Young for the Target... It might not be the best option, 
but who says cannibalism doesn't help your society progress?

This is all very nice and all, and it seems pretty straightforward, right? You just 
put the three words down, and boom, your followers will follow the commandments like 
good little followers should do. That's why they're called followers, after all! 
Right?! Wrong!

You are a supreme being, a deity who watches from above, and of course you understand 
what you are trying to say, but the puny followers, the mortals... 
They obviously cannot read at all!

In other words, cities will form 'associations' with commandments, their own personal 
meanings of it. Meanings that can be far from what you meant. Meanings that can do 
more harm to them than good. Meanings that can lead to mass migration into the desert! 
Or meanings that can lead to cannibalism! Being a god is messy work.

Commandments can have up to three associations that go with them that cities will 
follow. These associations can even be spread like a disease between cities that are 
near each other, causing horrid chain reactions. Interestingly enough, your followers 
will always get one word of the commandment right, even when they can barely read. 
The Action. The verb of the commandment.

This means, if you word your commandments well enough, you can minimize the damage of 
horrid associations. Trying to leave Consume out of your commandments can help stop 
the spread of cannibalism! Every little bit helps!

But what happens if you don't plan carefully? If something goes wrong and an association 
goes horribly wrong?

This brings up the two options that mighty deities like yourself have: Bless and Condemn 
Blessing a commandment (or a commandment's associations, if you so choose) will cause a 
commandment's energy bar from decreasing for a period of time. This helps so you don't 
have to recreate the commandment every time it runs out of energy and disappears.

Condemning a commandment (or a commandment's associations) is the exact opposite. It 
causes the energy bar to decrease faster than normal, which allows you to get rid of 
annoying associations easier. There's one little problem. You see your followers? They 
don't like it when you condemn the commandments they follow, and will gradually lose 
faith in you the more of their commandments you condemn. It's a tiny annoyance, compared 
to the big picture though. Would you rather your followers eat each other alive or be a 
bit angry at you? Your choice.

-=Followers & Cities=-

Followers are the citizens who work in cities. Your main goal in Crest is to help the 
followers survive and thrive. Of course, your followers, like all humans, have some basic 
needs, including one very important one... And it's called food.

Food is perhaps your follower's greatest need. They can get food from hunting, farming, 
collecting berries, fishing, etc. but you have to make sure they are in an environment that 
allows them to collect food easily and efficiently, and that they have enough time during 
their day to do so.

This is where locations of cities comes into play. Cities by the coast can fish for easy 
food. Cities by the jungle can collect berries. Cities in the desert... Well, sometimes they 
get lucky and a herd will move close by. Make sure, when telling your followers to migrate, 
that they migrate to an area with a good amount of food and other resources.

But, of course, there is more to followers than just food. By clicking on a follower, you can 
see their individual needs. Needs are not exactly what followers need to survive, but will 
usually help in the long run. There are six different needs, including food.

Food - Food is the most basic need, and also the most important. Just have your followers 
collect food from something and they should be alright.
Surplus - Surplus is how much extra your followers have of a resource. The more metal they 
have for example, the more their metal surplus will increase. It is useful to keep surplus 
high (especially food) for when a shortage comes along.
Offspring - Offspring are a follower's children. The more the followers breed and have 
children, the more offspring they have. This is very important because once followers start 
to die of old age, you need to have children to replenish them, or else your entire city 
will just fall to the curse of old age.
Social - Social is how much your communities and followers interact. It is probably one of 
the least important needs, and it does little except make your followers happier. There 
is a specific word (Socialise) that can be used in commandments to make your followers 
increase their social live. Be warned, however, for that commandment may be looked down 
upon by some cities.
Esteem - Esteem is also a lesser of the needs, as your followers don't need it to survive. 
Esteem is more or less how rich your followers are, and can be increased with gems, gold, 
and building bigger monuments.
Safety - Safety is how safe an individual follower or city is, and is affected by a 
number of variables. Getting more metal will increase safety, while having dangerous 
animals near a city will decrease it.

Cities are where your followers live. When you click on a city and see its individual 
needs, it is usually an average of all the followers living in that city, so it provides 
useful insight into their needs without having to click every individual follower. Cities 
must always have one follower. If they have zero, then the city will start to turn into 
ruins. Cities also have a maximum of six followers living inside them. Once a city reaches 
its maximum six followers, and is still doing well in terms of offspring and food, its a 
good idea to send some followers out to migrate and create new cities. Followers will 
never create their own cities unless you command it.

Cities have a certain level of faith in you, how much they like or dislike you. This can 
be affected by a number of things, such as what commandments you give them, or if you 
condemn a commandment they follow. Cities who are faithful in you give you an increase 
to your influence generation, while cities that are unfaithful will decrease your influence 

Cities also have a few interesting features, such as doctrines, expertise, warfare,
trade, and monuments.

Doctrines are how a city reacts to your commandments, whether they like certain ones or 
dislike certain ones, and affect what the cities want the most of.

There are six different doctrines a city can be, but only a maximum of three different 
doctrines are ever active in a world.

Different doctrines dislike certain things, while some doctrines like certain things. 
Doctrines like Maintainers like food, safety, and social, while disliking offspring and 
esteem. This means that any commandments you give to them that involve creating offspring 
will be disliked, and that city will lose faith in you, while commandments that mine metal
(and therefore create safety) shall be liked by that city.

Expertise is how skilled a city's followers are at a certain subject, such as mining or farming. 
By clicking on the expertise tab in the city menu, you can see the city's skills. A city can 
be skilled in two different subjects at one time, and these subjects can be a level from 1 to 5.

Expertise can be very important, allowing you to create cities that are immensely skilled at 
mining, or can produce a lot of food. Then, these cities can trade with other cities to provide 
a nice global economy where all cities prosper. Expertise in certain subjects, like mining, 
can grant you access to new words as well, such as gold and obsidian. This is very useful for 
late-game when you wish to travel to other places and build grand monuments.

-=Warfare & Diplomacy=-
Just as your cities can like or dislike you, they can also like or dislike other cities near 
them. Cities that are within about the size of a standard island can have diplomacy with 
each other. In simpler terms, they can choose to like or dislike each other. This is usually 
based on what doctrines a city has. If a city has the same doctrine, they usually like each 
other and may form alliances. If cities have dramatically different doctrines, they usually 
hate each other and may go to war.

Alliances - Alliances are one of the murkier things in the game, without too much known 
purpose. It seems cities who have an alliance with each other will never go to war while 
that alliance is active, and will be quite friendly with each other. Other than that, 
alliances don't seem to do much, and cities within an alliance do not seem to go to war 
together against their enemies (unless there is some really good timing).
War - War is when two cities do a battle with each other, usually because their doctrines 
are different. Whoever wins the war will force their beliefs onto the losing city, which 
can be useful if you like that doctrine better. If you don't, well, you might have to deal 
with some more angry followers due to your commandments.
Trade - Trade is very important, especially when you have many sprawling cities. Cities who 
like each other will sometimes form trade routes, allowing them to trade resources they 
have a large amount of. This is great for creating cities that produce a lot of food but 
not too much metal, and therefore can trade with others. 
Monuments - Monuments are a project for late-game cities that are doing really well with 
an abundance of resources. Monuments cost different resources, gold, obsidian, and gems, 
and can be upgraded after they are first built for even more resources. Monuments don't 
have a large effect besides granting more esteem for each level and a happiness boost at 
the last level, but they can be useful for creating a completely happy society.

-=Environment & Weather=-
The environment of the world will greatly affect how well a city does. Environment includes 
how well the terrain is doing, in terms of water supply and the biome, and what resources 
(such as metals and berries) are located in the area.

The environment is very important, and can be changed and affected in a few different 
ways, from terraforming and building cities, to using up water and weather. Whenever you 
are planning your strategy, you must always look to the environment and make sure it can 
handle any expansion or mass farming.

When starting up a world, islands will spawn, usually with a large expanse of desert, a 
small strip of jungle, and some savannah dotted along the edge of the jungle. Volcanic areas 
are also rare found, usually about one on a main island per world, and then perhaps a smaller 
island hosting a patch of volcanic land.

There are four main biomes, or habitats, that exist throughout the world. Each one offers its 
own pros and cons. You can determine the biome based off the color of the landscape, from the 
lush green of the jungle to the rusty browns of the savannah and the yellow of the desert. 
Volcanic areas can be spotted with their black, charred area.

Deserts are generally a bad place to live starting out because food is harder to find here. 
Prowling animals will attack followers and there is no good places to farm. Ostriches will 
live and migrate nearly anywhere, so thankfully you sometimes may find a herd of ostriches 
near the desert.

Metal is usually found here in greater amounts than other biomes. 
Cities will not affect water supply as much (since there is no water!).

Hyenas and lions, dangerous animals, usually live out in the desert. 
Less food than other biomes.

Savannahs are a great starting ground for new cities because they offer a decent selection of 
most resources. However, be careful about founding too many cities here, for you might just 
use up all the water and the area will turn into a desert.

Decent food amount. 
Gazelles usually live near here. 
Not far from jungle, where berries will grow. 
Not far from desert, where metals can be found easily.

Weather will greatly affect how far the savannah stretches, and how well-off the terrain is. 
Area can turn into desert quickly if the water dries up, either due to cities and farms or 
a dry season.

Jungles are an amazing place, full of berries and lovely, fertile soil. However, jungles are 
perhaps the most fragile habitat, capable of being destroyed quickly if you aren't careful. 
Jungles can be spotted quickly with their lush, green landscape and beautiful rivers.

Great food, both from berries and the animals that migrate through. 
Great farming ground. 
Hyenas and lions are hardly ever seen nearby.

Hippos, a semi-dangerous animal, can sometimes become hostile and attack followers. 
The biome can be destroyed quite quickly, becoming a savannah or worse. If a dry season 
comes or a city is founded and uses up the water. 
Usually farther away from metal compared to other biomes.

A black landscape, both harsh and charred, but offers a valuable resource seen nowhere else. 
Volcanic areas are also not affected by water supply or weather, at all. Volcanic areas are 
usually very small compared to other biomes, and are much rarer.

Obsidian is found here. 
Not affected by water supply or weather.

Basically no natural food, but thankfully volcanic areas are small and folllowers can travel 
outside it. 
Herds do not move through the area often.

There is also another area, called the coast, that isn't truly a biome, for it can exist 
within any of the other biomes, but is worthy of notice. The coast is any area beside the 
ocean, allowing cities to build a harbor.

Offers access to the ocean, providing fish and allowing followers to migrate to other islands. 
Other pros derived from the biome the coast is on top of.

Cons derived from the biome the coast is on top of.

Along with all this, there is also mountains, which are more of a natural obstacle than a 
biome. Mountains are impassable, so followers have to go around them to get to the other side.

These different ecosystems and biome offer great variety and can affect your play immensely, 
but be wary, for the natural environment is VERY fragile. You (and other things) can upset it 
easily. Here is a few ways it can be affected:

Cities - Cities are perhaps one of the greatest causes of the land turning back into a desert.
 Cities (and the followers within) naturally use up the water supply in a region, erasing 
savannahs and jungles. The more cities in a region, the faster this will happen.
Animals - Animals will also use up a region's water supply, though not as much as ciites. 
Animal herds that boom can sometimes cause savannahs to dry up a bit, but not very much.
Terraforming - Terraforming is your way of changing the environment. Followers will never 
do terraforming projects on their own, so you have to issue a special commandment to order 
them to terraform the environment. This can be done with Produce as the Action, and then 
one of the three default biome words as the Target. 

There's also one other way that the environment is affected...

Most of the time the weather will stay temperate, allowing the environment to work at its 
own pace. However, sometimes the weather will act up, causing a massive change in the 
natural ecosystem, and can help an island flourish or be destroyed. Weather affects the 
entire world at the same time, so no island is ever safe.

Temperate - The default weather. It has very little effect on the environment and just 
lets everything happen. During temperate seasons, you don't have to worry much about the 
weather affecting your land.
Rainy - Rainy seasons are a wonderful blessing, replenishing water and causing jungles to 
grow, while forcing deserts to recede. This can help counteract farming and help repair 
the environment after a dry season.
Dry - Something that any experienced player despises. Dry seasons cause water to evaporate 
out of the landscape, causing all islands to slowly shift back into a full desert, forcing 
rivers to disappears and lush jungles to fade. Usually, dry seasons won't completely destroy 
a jungle, and the environment will repair itself naturally when a rainy seasons comes. 
However, when a dry season is combined with cities and farming, the result can be a complete 

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