Players may participate in tri-faction (Order vs Balance vs Chaos) PvP by assigning themselves to a faction. Joining a faction is specific to the individual and will not force your entire guild to join the faction.
Factions are not limited to fighting each other endlessly. It is entirely possible to organize alliances or to broker a truce.
Joining a faction will show an order/chaos icon next to your name.
To leave a faction, your must have served at least 7 days of real-world time first.
To resign from a faction you'll need to speak to the leader.
Members of opposing factions are exempt from performing negative actions on each other so you can attack, kill and loot each other freely.
Beneficial acts still depend on a target's notoriety. For example, if you are blue, and you heal a gray group-mate, you will be performing a criminal action.
Anyone not in a faction cannot perform beneficial acts on a player that is in a faction.
Murderers cannot be part of a faction.
Faction gear includes the following items, all equivalent to an exceptional version of their standard counterparts.
Faction gear can only be crafted by players in the applicable faction and with the corresponding crafting skill at GM. This crafting attempt cannot fail.
Faction gear requires rare colored materials to craft.
Each peace of gear will require at least 1 favor point to craft. The crafter chooses himself or another faction member from which the favor will be used. For favor points to be used you need to have at least 2 points left after the craft. This means players in the faction will usually have a couple points to lose and need to risk them to farm more to use them for crafting.
In addition to being exceptional, faction gear has specific bonuses for PvE only. Each piece will have one effect, except for the robe that has two since it uses two equipment slots. You can mix and match each piece to get the effects you want. The faction gear PvE effects will only be available when the enchanting system goes live.
Leaderboards for top champions of the realm and of each faction can be found at announcement boards in towns.