Here's an idea I just got from arifel over at the pub, in the "Reverie's Next Game? Your Wishes!" thread (which everybody should totally check out).
This is it: that PvP battles, instead of just being started by the players, are also hosted by the devs/publisher.
This is, word for word, what I said: "These battles could have more players, and could be filled with more stuff (NPCs and such). The battlefields could be more exotic, too, since it wouldn't just be in some random spot in the countryside like regular PvP (though that's good too).
These battles could be big deals; there could be regional ones, when any players in the area would be notified that a major battle will be occuring. There could also be tournaments open to all players, that might keep armies away from the homeland for a long time. These battles could have better rewards, too."
Now, I don't know how hard this would be to put in the game; but it dosen't sound that
tough. And it would make a nice change of pace.
As for the lore reason for these battles happening, there could be any number of explanations. Tournaments, or just sudden political events that lead to armies clashing (a human lord called a powerful orc chieftain smelly, and now the orc race is moblizing to avenge the insulted chief
Tell me what you think, and any more suggestions you've got.