Sorry, I've been thinking about this, but does anyone remember the characters of the previous new character creations? For some reason my memory is a bit amphorous and I seem to have a had time differentiating Achaea's Lore from other games.
At any point did the character Clotho exist in the new character creation process? Since the new player creation introduction has been redone so many times over the years, what iteration what she in, how long ago? It would have had to be the one where you step through the Flame if memory serves.
Edit: I've played a lot of IRE titles so I think I am confusing Lusternia now. Sorry
Still, what happened to Loom Island and making sense of the Flame? Was Trial of Rebirth a thing or am I just besot with something.
A male voice is heard through the membrane, "Hey, girl."
A male voice is heard through the membrane, "Are you an Apostate? ..because you just tore my heart out."
When I made Sybilla, there was the Trial of Rebirth: you meet a crone at North of New Thera, she takes you to the flame of Yggdrasil, you touch it and are transported to Ceylon where you meet Pasiphae, Severian and Gruul who teach you the basics of Achaea, you get the dragon orb, enter the pool and end up at Portals. This wiki page explains it.
Before that, I'm not sure. I hear it was some Loom Island thing where you fought with a paladin and were given training sword etc.
Currently there's the pygmy trial, where you start in a cell, escape the dungeon with the help of two city denizens, and start unveiling a conspiracy to get you ready for city life and Achaea as a whole.