Getting to know the basics of the flagging system is easy when playing the game, but unfortunately rather complex to describe. However, when you first start playing, all you need to know is:
- Protected/Yellow players are newly created characters and it's not possible for you to damage them. You cannot steal from them or cast suspicious spells on them. Nor poison them. This is the protection of new players and it lasts for 8 hours (and the player changes to a Neutral/Blue player) or until the player performs an action that would normally turn a Neutral/Blue player Allowed/Gray at which point they lose their Protected/Yellow status.
- Neutral/Blue players are innocent (well, as innocent as they get) and it's not ok for you to damage them. You may not steal from them or cast suspicious spells on them. Nor poison them. If you do so, you become Allowed/Grey. Kill enough of them and you will eventually be flagged as a Murderer/Red.
- Allowed/Gray players have behaved badly in some way against you or someone else in the last few minutes, meaning you can attack them without becoming Grey for everybody else. But remember, if you attack them first, they have the right to attack you back! (Meaning they see you as Grey.)
- Murderer/Red players have committed several murders, and you better look out for them. You can attack them without turning Grey for everybody else, but if you attack first, they have the right to attack you back! (Meaning they see you as Grey.)
Loot from other players and specific objects in the world share this system as well and will be colored accordingly. That means it's ok to loot or interact with all Red and Grey stuff you see, but if you mess with Blue or Yellow stuff you will become Grey yourself.
If you decide to join a Player Guild that is at war with another Player Guild, special rules apply. You will still see their flag/color, but they will be treated by the system as Grey and so will you for them!
As the system itself will always allow you to attack, steal, enchant, poison or kill any color/flag you like whenever you want (the exception being Yellow), you might ask what the colors/flags are for except decoration. The main reasons are:
- Cities and villages may have guard zones, where it's possible to call for the guards to capture or kill any Grey or Red player, if they're not already doing so.
- Certain merchants may choose not to trade with Grey or Red players.
- Players of every color may take the opportunity to attack Grey or Red players, as they can do so without getting Grey for all themselves.
- Red players may loose stats if they resurrect too soon after being killed. Also, most healers will simply refuse to resurrect murderers.
This is probably all you will need to know when first starting to play Mortal Online. However, the flagging system goes much deeper than this as it is the foundation for balanced conflict in the game. This section will be updated with more stats and specifics later on.
The flagging System from alpha: