NPC settlements will be the starting areas where you can learn the game and start your training. They will be guarded by NPC guards to reduce the threat of PvP. The closer you come to an NPC settlement, the faster the NPCs can respond to hostile actions taken against you. The NPCs establish a zone of hexes around each NPC settlement creating an area of relative safety (compared to the uncontrolled wilderness). NPC settlements have an automatic mechanism for enforcing law in the River Kingdoms.