Tutorial

Structure:

  • General
  • Key bindings
  • Getting started
  • Factions, classes and clans
  • Serfing
  • Cooking
  • Crafting
  • Fighting
  • Looting
  • War, capturing castles and peace
  • Money
  • Robbery
  • Rules

1. General

Greetings. Persistent Kingdoms is an open world mod that follows the roleplay theme where you can train different classes, go into houses, taverns, make war, create sieges, join clans or roam the world as an outlaw.

2. Key bindings

Important key bindings:

F – The most important key in the mod. With F you can use/buy/craft/open/… in general this is a Use key.
C – With C you can toggle the names above players, show/hide you clothes, show your money pouch, attach carts, mute instruments, drop items etc.
W,A,S,D – Movement keys, like in most other mods.
F7,F8,F9 – Poll keys, F7 for abstain, F8 for ‘No’, F9 for ‘Yes’.
ESC – Main Menu, here you can start polls, leave the game, manage your faction etc…
P – Opens the money window, there you can drop moneybags or withdraw/drop money in nearby chests.
L – Opens the chat log
# or \ (the button left of enter, depends on keyboard) – Sheaths your weapon (you can change the key).
F12 – Select a player and armor looting.
F7 – Local chatlog.

Chat keys:

Q – Local chat, has a light orange colour, if you press shift+enter, then you shout out, this has a dark orange colour and has an increased range.
T – World chat, white colour, main chat that reaches all players on the server.
I – Faction chat, different colours, depending on the faction flag. If you are a leader of the faction you can use shift+enter to make announcements.
Backspace – Admin chat, use this if you have complains. Purple colour.

3. Getting started

When you first join the server you’re part of the commoner faction. Commoners is the basic faction and normally can’t be attacked by other players randomly. The first thing you should do is to check how much money you have, if it’s more then 250, you should look for a Serf training post that can be found around the map (pitchfork). Then you hold and press F to train. That changes your class to a serf which enables you to destroy trees, gather wood, iron ore, farm and cook.

Buy yourself a woodcutters axe or a mining pick and gather wood by destroying trees or use the mining pick to gather iron ore from the mines (take a cart with you to carry more items with you).
Then you will see that the trees/mines drop items. Pick them up (you can have a maximum of 4 items in your inventory) and find a place to sell them. Mostly they are in towns and castles. Put them in your hands and hold F at the spot where you can sell them. This is one of the ways to earn money in PK.

To buy a weapon / armor, just tap F once with no weapon in your hand. Then the weapon spawns at the spot and you can take it with F.
You equip armors in the same second you buy it, it’s the same as weapon to buy it, you just don’t need to take it with F after.

4. Factions, classes and clans

Commoners: The Commoners faction serves as a catch-all group for players that just joined, players moving from one castle owning faction to another, players that want to sneak around anonymously without the protection of a group.

Outlaws: The Outlaws faction serves as a category for known and notorious bandits and criminals, outside the protection of an organized criminal group. When killing a member of a friendly faction (one not at war with yours), your “outlaw rating” will be increased; over time it decreases slowly, but if you exceed a certain rating you will be forced from your previous faction to the Outlaws, with no way to leave until your rating drops down to 0. You might also be able to join this faction by choice at certain training stations.

Faction:
You can join different factions in PK. Leaders can decide if they are in war/peace, their name and their banner.
Mostly the factions own castles and own spots for weapons/armor/training places/selling spots.
If you train in the factions castle, you join this faction (it’s shown in the first line: ‘Train as “CLASS” for the “FACTION”).
In PK half of the money you spend in the castle to buy things goes to the money chest. This chest is locked by the leader of the faction and you can ask him for the keys.
He also can give out door keys for opening gates closed by the faction. The leader can do all of that in the faction-administration panel (Escape).

You can leave a faction anytime you want by tapping F on a ‘leave a faction and become a peasant’ stick somewhere in the world.

Clans:
You can join different factions in PW. Some factions are owned by clans. We can identify clans by the player names, they mostly use the same pattern: Rank_Name_ClanName
If you are in a faction owned by a clan, it doesn’t mean you are a part of the clan, to be a part of it you must apply to their leader and they have to accept you officialy. You can’t use their tag without them accepting you. Most of the times, clans have their own teamspeak, this mean you will need teamspeak to join them.

Classes:
There are many different classes in PK, you can see the full list here https://persistent-kingdoms.com/classes. Every class has other special abilities, the better the class the higher is the price to train it. There are also special classes:

  • Knight: Mixture between MAA and sergeant
  • Man At Arms : Basically cavalry
  • Sergeant : Best class for infantry
  • Archer : Pew Pew with bow
  • Crossbowman : Pew Pew with crossbow
  • Sailor/traveler: Best class to sail ships
  • MasterSmith: Best class to craft weapons (only Craftsmen and Engineer can also craft, but they are less skilled) and build constructions.
  • Serf: Best class to mine/chop wood, cook and farm.
  • Doctor: Can heal players with a surgeon scalpel by stabbing them with it (Healer is a class that can heal too but it’s less skilled and mostly useless).
  • Ruffian: It’s an outlaw class. Used to lock pick door.
  • Herdsman: It’s a class that give you the possibility to control animals with an Herding crook.

5. Serfing

Wood

  • Selling points in most of the crafting place (Armory of castle)

1. Obtain a woodcutter’s axe.
2. Start “attacking” a tree until it falls down, and keep chopping to make the wood blocks and branches pop up.

Iron 

  • Selling points in most of the crafting place (Armory of castle)
1. Obtain a small mining pick or a large mining pick.
2. Try to find a cart so you can transport more iron from where you get it to the selling point
3. Find a mine, and start “attacking” the iron vein (the vein is gray with brown spots) with the pickaxe.
4. Keep hitting it until a piece of iron pops ups.
5. You can sell the iron ore in the armory
 
Leather
 
  • Selling points in most of the crafting place (Armory of castle)
1. Buy a butchering cleaver.
2. Find either a boar, deer or cow, and kill it with any weapon.
3. Crouch down at the dead body of the animal and slash it with the cleaver, and retrieve the leather from the ground.
4. Find a tanning station, and hold F with the leather out to turn it into rolls.
 

Linen

  • Selling points in most of the crafting place (Armory of castle)

1. Find a flax field. These can often be found close to crafting stations.
2. Hold F on the flax to pick it.
3. Head to a spinning wheel, and turn the piece of flax into two pieces of linen thread.

Salt, Silver and Gold

  • Selling points somewhere on the map
1. Obtain a small mining pick or a large mining pick.
2. Find a mine, and start “attacking” the salt (white), silver or gold (gray) vein with the pickaxe.
3. Keep hitting it until a piece of salt, silver or gold pops ups, depending on the vein.

6. Cooking

Bread

  • No selling points.

  • 50% food refill.

Train as a class with the labouring skill, preferably the serf class.
2. Buy a scythe.
3a. If the field does not have any grown weed, import the wheat sack and throw the seeds on the field.
3b. To speed up this process, buy a bucket, fill it with water at a well and use it on the field.
4. When the wheat has grown, start slashing into the field with the scythe.
5. When you have three wheat sheaves, go to a grinding stone and grind the sheaves into a flour sack.
6. Buy a bucket if you haven’t already, and fill it with water at a well.
7. Head to an oven, and use it with the flour sack in your hands, and the bucket of water in your inventory.
8. You can either sell the bread, or eat it yourself and rest at a bed to restore your health.

Beer

  • Selling points in most cooking areas (Tavern).

  • 40% food refill.

Obtain two wheat (see the “Bread” tutorial above for a guide on how to obtain these).
2. Obtain a bucket, and fill it with water at a well.
3. Find a brewery, and brew the two wheat and bucket of water into beer.
4. Serve the beer cask at a bar (which you can most often find in a tavern), or sell it to a stockpile. Alternatively, you can drink and rest at a bed to restore you health.

Fish

  • Selling points in most cooking areas when salted.

  • 50% food refill.

1. Obtain either a fishing net or fishing spear, or both.
2. Head to any river, and either:
3a. Start stabbing into the water to obtain fish.
3b. Put down a net, which will catch fish for you over time.
4. Head to an oven, and hold F to cook the fish. Alternatively, you can salt it (see the “Salting” section).
5. You can either sell the fish, or eat it yourself and rest at a bed to restore your health. 

Meat

  • Selling points in most cooking areas when salted.

  • 50% food refill.

1. Buy a butchering cleaver.
2. Find either a boar, deer or cow, and kill it with any weapon. The animals spawn randomly on the map. Make sure you are the “Huntsman” class, or you will not be able to retrieve the meat.
3. Crouch down at the dead body of the animal and slash it with the cleaver, and retrieve the meat from the ground.
4. Head to an oven, and hold F to cook the meat. Alternatively, you can salt it (see the “Salting” section).
5. You can either sell the meat, or eat it yourself and rest at a bed to restore your health.

Meat Pies

  • No selling points.

  • 75% food refill.

1. Buy a butchering cleaver.
2. Find either a boar, deer or cow, and kill it with any weapon. The animals spawn randomly on the map.
3. Crouch down at the dead body of the animal and slash it with the cleaver, and retrieve the meat from the ground.
4. Obtain a flour sack (see the “Bread” tutorial above for a guide on how to obtain these, or buy them from a stockpile).
5. Head to an oven, and use it with the raw meat in your hands, and the flour sack in your inventory.
6. You can either sell the meat pies, or eat it yourself and rest at a bed to restore your health. 

Wine

  • Selling points in most cooking areas.

  • 40% food refill.

1. Obtain a knife.
2. Find a vineyard, which you can most often find in a village, and prune the vines with a knife by hitting them.
3. Wait several minutes for the grapes to grow.
4. Take three grapes, and bring it to a presser. Continue this process four times, so that you have four must barrels.
5. Use the four must barrels on the presser to create a wine barrel.
6. Serve the wine cask at a bar (which you can most often find in a tavern), or sell it to a stockpile. Alternatively, you can drink and rest at a bed to restore you health

Salting

  • Selling points in most cooking areas for salted food.

  • Lower food refill for salted food than cooked food.

1. Obtain a salt sack (or buy it from a stockpile).
2. With the salt sack out, hold F on a preserving table (a small wooden table) to turn it into four salt pinches.
2. Take a single pinch of salt, and three pieces of fish or meat.
3. With the food out, hold F on a preserving table to salt it.
5. You can either sell the salted food, or eat it yourself and rest at a bed to restore your health.

7. Crafting

If you are an engineer / craftsman / master smith, you can craft items / build objects.
To craft items, you just need the right resources and hold F at the weapon spot of the weapon you want to craft.

You can find the crafting recipes on the following link: https://persistent-kingdoms.com/crafting-recipes

This video explains how to craft items in PK:

Building:

To build anything, you need to find the right place, it’s often marked with a piece of wood or a chest.
Then you just need a repair hammer and some wood. Then you hit the spot and after some time and many resources, the thing gets built.

8. Fighting

Fighting is easy. You just need to hit the enemy with left click like every time and right click to block.

9. Looting

When you kill someone who owns an armor, he will drop it on the ground. It will be represented as blood, look at it and press F12. Then you can take the armor.

10. War, capturing castles and peace

On Persistent Kingdoms, you can declare war against other factions. The Lord of your faction decides to do so by pressing on ‘Escape’ then ‘Declare war/Declare peace’ if you are at peace or at war. To see with who you are in war, press TAB and click on your faction (It’s represented by a banner). The faction you are at war with will have two swords on his banner. You can then recognize your enemy by pressing “C” and “Toggle name label”. In a war, every enemy can be killed on sight. Your goals is to capture the enemy castle. For this you have to buy a banner in your castle and then go to the banner of the enemy castle and hold F on it.

11. Money

On this mod, you can get money by farming/mining etc. If you have a lot of money on yourself people can rob you and take your money. If you are a commoner, outlaw or in a faction at war, when you die you drop a part of the money on you. There is a simple way to avoid losing money, put it in your bank. Banks can be found on the map, you can hold F to put your money in it and press F without holding to take money out.

12. Robbery (depends on the server rules)

People have the possibility to rob you and you can also rob them. To rob someone, you have to say “Halt ‘Name'” then you can make your demands (show pouch,…). If he shows the money pouch, you will receive a message in the chat with an estimate of how much money he has. Then you can ask him to drop his money. If he doesn’t comply to your demands within 10 seconds, you can kill him. Outlaws are the only people allowed to demand someone to drop their armor. Be careful, when you say “Halt Helem” for example, the player Helem can attack you.

13. Rules

Every Server has a different ruleset. You must follow it or you will be punished. You can find rules on the forum of the server.

This guide was written by Helem and is a compilation of multiple different guides.