The location that a character starts at depends upon the race selected during character creation. Characters can move freely throughout the world after a brief instanced tutorial quest and are placed in a different low level area depending on which tutorial quest was completed.
Before level 10, Free accounts have access to a waypoint in every starter area, but cannot access the services in any race's capital city. However, there is an adjacent Services area that has all crafting stations, master craftsmen, access to a merchant, account vault, material storage and wardrobe storage.
- There is a Dodge Instructor in an adjacent area.
- The game is configured to overpower players versus hostile mobs in starting areas compared to higher level areas.
- Each race has a ruler in their capital city: Asuran Arcane Council, Charr's Imperator Smodur the Unflinching, Human's Queen Jennah, Norn's Knut Whitebear and Sylvari's Pale Tree.