From Lineage 2 Encyclopaedia
Starting (initial) villages - In Goddess of Destruction update during Shilen's awakening the Talking Island Village and all other racial villages have been destroyed. But Talking Island Village has been completely reconstructed and has turned to a new big town. Now all created characters (irrespective of their race) appear in Talking Island Village which strongly differs from its original form. In the same place beginners can start completing chains of quests which will help them to receive new levels faster.