Skill Descriptions.   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Skill Descriptions
What follows is a detailed description of each skill.
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Hand to Hand

Hand to hand combat is a rare skill in the lands of Midgaard.  Learning this
style of fighting gives the player a weapon even when disarmed -- bare hands.
Trained hand to hand experts are far more effective than many swordsmen.
Clerics, warriors and monks are the best at this skill, although thieves and
mages may also learn it.
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Palm Block

All that a monk learns is not offensive. A wise man once said that a good
defense is a great offense. Ancient masters, taking that to heart, developed
a method of weaponless evasion that allows one to ward off strikes from
opponents using the palms of ones hands.
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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RECALL is a command for low-level characters which instantly transports them
from where they are back to the Temple, one south of Kalane the Healer.

If you RECALL during combat, you will lose XP (more than for fleeing), and there
is a chance the RECALL might not work.  RECALL also does not work at all if you
are afflicted by a Curse, or in certain cursed rooms or areas.

RECALL doesn't work after you reach level 12.   It's a good idea to
buy some scrolls of Recall at the magic shop until you can use other
transportation spells of your own.
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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       EAT PILL, QUAFF POTION, RECITE SCROLL, BRANDISH STAVES, ZAP WAND
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While anyone can use pills or potions, it requires skill to use scrolls,
staves, and wands.  All adventurers have some innate skill with magical
items, and their skills will improve with use.

Pills can be imbued with up to four spells.  They may all be different or
all the same.  Eating a pill will cause all four spells fire at once.

Potions are similar to pills, but they're consumed with quaff.

Scrolls are similar to pills and potions, but they are used with recite.

Staves possess only one type of spell, and the number of charges varies from
one to infinite.  When a held stave is brandished, a charge is used up
and the spell is cast on everyone in vicinity to the caster (if the spell
can be cast on others.

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Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Fast Healing

 The fast healing skill improves wound healing rates, whether walking, resting,
 or sleeping.  It can represent knowledge of healing herbs,  or general stamina
 and toughness. Fast healing is checked every tick, and it's possible for it to
 fail. All classes may learn this skill, but barbarians especially excel at it,
 regenerating at an accelerated rate even while in a great rage.   Everyone can
 learn the knack of fast healing.
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Kick

Those trained in the ways of a fighter have been taught a special ability known
as kick.  Kick is a way to hurt opponents during combat that does not involve a
weapon.   Fighter classes, rogues, bards, and clerics may all learn to use this
attack to deal damage in combat. Additionally, these classes can kick wounded
mobiles, which bruise the muscles and restricts their abilities to dodge, parry,
shield block for a short time. When used against other players, kick will
bruise them and make it harder to move, but not for bards or clerics.
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Multiple Attacks per round

 Second attack allows the character a chance at one additional attack in combat
 - up to two per round, instead of the usual one (assuming the character is not
 affected by other skills or spells which affect attacks).

 Third attack stacks with second attack to allow the character a chance at two
 additional attacks  in combat -- up to three per round,  instead of the usual
 one  (assuming  the character is not affected by other skills or spells which
 affect attacks).   ===============================================================================
Classes: Monk, Warrior, Barbarian, Ranger, Rogue, Bard, Warlock, Templar


Fourth attack stacks  with second AND third attack to allow the character a
  chance at three additional attacks in combat: up to four per round, instead
  of the usual one!
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Classes: Warrior, Barbarian

 Fifth attack stacks with second, third, AND fourth attack to allow barbarians
 a chance at FOUR additional attacks in combat -- up to five per round!

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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Dodge

 If you can't parry a blow, try to dodge it. The dodge skill makes it possible
 for characters to avoid blows they can see coming by moving out of the way of
 the blow.  Anyone can learn to dodge.
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Parry

 Parry is the first line of defense against physical attacks.  Those who are
  able to parry do so by skillfully using their weapons to deflect blows;  it
  is  therefore essential to  be wielding a  weapon in  order to parry.  Some
  two-handed  weapons naturally lend themselves to  greater ease in parrying.
  Parrying is done automatically while in combat.
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Arm Throw

  "Armthrow is a highly specialized skill which allows the monk to move inside
   the range of combat,  hook his opponent's arm, and throw him to the ground.
   This action dazes the victim and gives the monk a few moments to attack the
   victim as he lays helpless on the ground."

                                             -- Master Chian,
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Heightened Senses

The senses may be trained to detect things which cannot be seen. People who can
learn to heighten their senses may feel movements in the air,  or catch a faint
scent  of another living creature  in the near vicinity,  or hear the slightest
sound of breath where no one appears to be.   Using this skill,  it is possible
to detect those hidden or even made invisible by magical means. Of course, this
skill only allows the user to sense the immediate vicinity and so doesn't offer
any sensitivity to magic probings.

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Class: Monk, Warrior, Barbarian, Psionicist, Templar
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Meditation

This skill is similar to fast healing, but relies on silent inner mantras which
are designed to increase mana recovery whether in motion or at rest. The effect
of meditating is dependent on skill, but once meditation mantras are acquired,
no further effort is needed to use them.
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Divine Focus

  "While most fighters have learned to focus on the battle, templars and monks
   instead seek moments of calm to focus on their chosen deities. They rely on
   divine intervention to guide their movements. The gods invariably favor the
   crusaders who focus so intently on them, granting them many enhancements to
   the battle at hand. Those so graced with Divine Focus must maintain careful
   concentration, and so it's possible to dispel or cancel the effects through
   magical disruption."
                                                 -- Master Chian, Monk Trainer

          Purpose: Boost to 2nd, 3rd, 4th Attack
                   Boost to Str, Dex, and Con
                   Moderate healing effect
                   Haste effect
            Other: Dispellable, Cancellable
                   Stacks with Frenzy
      Achieved At: Level 38
 Cost at Level 50: 50 Mana
    Influenced by: Calm (Better Chance)
                   Fighting (Lower Chance)
           Target: Self
            Class: Monk, Templar

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See Also: Monk, Templar
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Enhanced Damage

Many classes can become skilled enough in physical combat that they are able to
inflict more damage than usual. Enhanced damage varies widely in range, and its
effect is different with every hit. The chance of a hit dealing enhanced damage
depends on the individual's skill level.

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Classes: Cleric, Monk, Warrior, Barbarian, Druid, Ranger, Rogue, Bard, Warlock,
         Templar
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Dirt Kicking

Considered by some to be a cowardly skill, dirt kick gives the clever combatant
a chance to blind his opponent by casting dirt in his eyes.  The blindness does
not last long, but can provide an edge in combat. Dexterity helps in landing or
avoiding dirt kick.

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Classes: Monk, Warrior, Barbarian, Ranger, Rogue, Bard
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Crane Kick

 "Through mastering many forms of offensive combat, monks learn how to use all
  parts of their bodies as weapons. The Crane Kick, an ancient style of combat
  allows one to inflict great damage on a foe with little exertion on the part
  of the master.  This move is so powerful that, once the victim has sustained
  substantial physical injury, the Crane Kick will begin to damage the mind as
  well as the body,  causing victims to bleed arcane energy in addition to the
  usual bodily fluids."
                                               -- Master Chian, Arinock Trainer

          Purpose: Damage hp and mana
      Achieved At: Level 24
 Cost at Level 50: None
    Influenced By: Dex, Str
           Target: Single Victim
            Class: Monk
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Haggle

 Haggling is an indispensable skill to the trader.   It allows buyers to match
 wits with merchants, enabling the successful haggler to purchase goods at the
 lowest possible cost.  Haggle must be practiced at least once to use.

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Classes: All
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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 "The best defense is usually a good offense. Enemies are less inclined to try
  to kill you when you've hit them somewhere vital.  Plus, having someone bend
  over in pain usually reveals less armored spots to center your attacks."

                                               -- Master Chian, Arinock Trainer

          Purpose: Damage AC and Hitroll
      Achieved At: Level 29
 Cost at Level 50: None
    Influenced By: Dex, Haste, AC, Level
           Target: Single Victim
            Class: Monk
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Burning Palm

   'It is said the most powerful monks are capable to tap into a devastating
    and ancient article of faith which takes the form of a burning palm. Not
    only is the blunt attack itself brutal,  the technique also occasionally
    taps into the burning religious fervor of the monk,  creating a physical
    flame capable of burning not only the victim but anything on his person,
    from potions and food to books and plants.'
                                                -- Master Chian, Monk Trainer

            Cost: 15 Mana
         Purpose: Bash Damage
                  Burning effect
     Achieved At: Level 37
   Influenced By: Dexterity of Both
                  Hitroll of Monk
                  Level of Monk
                  Victim's Saving Check
          Target: Single Target
           Class: Monk
Dungeon Master
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Mon 17 Feb 2020
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Dragon Punch

Dragon punch is a powerful counterattack skill that only a monk can master.