Attributes and Skills
Attributes are the general qualities of your ingame character. In Phobos there are three attributes: strength, dexterity and wisdom.
- Strength is a measure of how physically strong you are. So high strength allows greater damage to be inflicted using melee weapons. Having a high strength attribute is also associated with having a lot of health, being able to wear heavy armors and wield great weapons. So this attribute is particularly important to close-combat classes.
- Dexterity is how good a character's hand-eye coordination is and how agile they are. High dexterity increases the damage inflicted by distance weapons. So this attribute is particularly important for the distance-combat classes. However being highly dexterous also improves the chance of a successful hit, movement speed, minimum damage for physical and magical combat, and also improves defence as it increases the chance of being able to dodge attacks.
- Wisdom is how intelligent the character is. High wisdom increases the damage a caster can inflict using magic, but also increases your magical defence. Having high wisdom is also associated with having a lot of mana. So this attribute is particularly useful for the magical-combat classes.
Whenever a player levels up in experience, they get a set number of 'attribute points' to spend on attributes. Apart from affecting how much damage you do, the choice of attributes will also influence the HP and MP gained at each level up. So choose wisely.
This means that on reaching max level, no more attributes can be gained. But this also means that you get a certain amount of flexibility with how you build your character, whatever class you are.
The Guilds of Learning may teach us many things: wondrous spells, majestic feats, and how to use them safely. But the knowledge of how to use a spell is not enough. Using different weapons and spells requires different skills. For example: if you practice with a sword, then your sword skill will increase over time. If you practice nature magic, then your nature magic skill will increase over time. And of course, your class will influence how quickly you are able to advance in any given skill.
Skills may be broken down into two main groups: physical (meaning melee- and distance-based skills) and magical (magic-based skills).
- Polearms (including axes)
Practising in the Guilds of Learning, or even with a companion is not enough however. To truly master a skill, it takes much time and effort. And it is in the heat of battle that we improve our skills most quickly; where the air is thick with dust and magic, with our hearts hammering in our chests.