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The weapons of Elanthia are as diverse
as its inhabitants. Therefore, one should have a good
understanding of the various weapons and their effects
in order to fully grasp one's true capability in assailing
or defending against thy opponents. The following information
has been derived from extensive experiences and observations
of individual weapons and their interactions among the
denizens of Elanthia. It is compiled herein for easy
reference and illumination of the ignorant among us.
Armor comes in a myriad of varieties.
What to choose? For several professions, the choice
is an easy one. Warriors traditionally wear the heaviest
armor they can get away with and still swing a weapon.
Pure spellcasters tend towards the lighter armors, or
none at all, relying on their magics to safeguard them.
For those in between, the rangers, bards and magical
rogues, mostly, the choices are sometimes more daunting.
Sacrifice greater mobility for the sturdier chain armors?
Compromise your physical protection, to nurture your
innate spell casting abilities? As with most parts of
Elanthia, the choices and consequences are yours to
make and take.
Weapons and armor are crafted from a
myriad of different materials. Swords, for example,
crafted from different materials can span the spectrum
of usefulness and value. Some materials may have the
ability to be unaffected by magic, while others may
harness the destructive power of the elements. From
ordinary metals like iron, to extremely rare substances
with stunningly useful properties like vaalorn, the
guide which follows details several types of materials
and describes properties associated with each.
Arcane spells from wizened Wizards,
a sanctifying prayer from a devout Cleric, or a clever
tweak from a traveling merchant can greatly alter
the performance of your weapons or armor. Padding
your armor or weighting, or lightening your weapons
may come as a service from the more mundane craftsmen,
while those with studies in the arcane or holy arts
may imbed wondrous abilities into your items. Sometimes
the difference between a decent blade and a finely
crafted one is your own survival.