Ascend: Hand of Kul was developed by Signal Studios and published by Microsoft Studios. It was released into public beta on September 25, 2013, free of charge. XBLAFans awarded the game a deserved Buy It! rating in our review.
Welcome to our Ascend: Hand of Kul guide! This guide aims to provide information on the many unique features in Ascend. In addition to the core mechanics, you'll find tips on making use of Ascend's varied equipment, items and spells. You'll find comprehensive lists of each area in the larger world, the many dungeons that populate it, the achievements you'll earn for progressing through it and the game's "collectibles" in the form Lore Stones hidden throughout it.
As Ascend: Hand of Kul is ongoing and new content is being planned and added, we can't guarantee our guide will cover all aspects of the title in the future. But for those looking to get a foothold in the game and learn how to make the most of their time spent hacking, slashing, looting and learning, you've come to the right place. If you've yet to check out Ascend: Hand of Kul, you can find our impressions in the official review.
Many sections of this guide contain information that pertains to Ascend's story progression. Consider this a general blanket warning – this is spoiler country! Click on each image to visit that section of the guide.
“The New Gods arose as the faith of mankind returned. Dominion is now their sustenance, for without the fear and prayer of humankind, they fade into dream.”
“Over the eons, the Caos have learned to carry their knowledge, and even their possessions, from life to life through Ascension. The dark angel of their soul has somehow transcended death, and therein become one of the most powerful forces to walk the world.”
“The Crusade stretches across all worlds and all times. Each Caos is aware of other Caos in parallel worlds mirroring their own.”
“The Caos are giants of towering strength, yet their divine birth allows them to channel the awesome power of their God into devastating spells.”
“The bestial trolls are corrupt creatures, born from the blood and sorrow of the fallen. They infest this land like a plague, a constant reminder of the Titan’s dominion.”
“When Caos were first made, Vor the Forgemaster bound their weapons with runic symbols. The ancient markings writhed with strange magic, giving untold powers to those who wielded them.”
“The First Race littered the world with great doorways and secret chambers. Their titanic dungeons honeycomb the stone beneath the mountains, holding plunder and doom.”
“Our ancestors interred the sacred relics and weapons in great stone chests, holding faith that the Caos would one day return.”
“Legend has forgotten how these tablets came to be cut. The Age of Scholars is long past, and only records cut in stone remain.”
“Ours is a world of death, but we remember those who have passed before us. The stones honor our ancestors, and give comfort to their lost spirits.”