In the course of growth and gaining skills, many adventurers
learn at a different rate than the norm. Some are slower to
absorb what they learn from combat and from other experiences
in life, others will gain insight far more rapidly then the
From time to time, those who truly are immersed in their
own sense of "self" and who project this sense onto
others, gain unusual or extraordinary flashes of insight into
This allows them to progress much faster than average in
converting what they have learned into practical knowledge
and utility. This conversion into what the mundane call "experience"
can rise to a rate double that of normal or, in extraordinary
cases, even triple or higher while their burst of insight
These bursts of insight are known to last for several hours
and then to fade away or decay as one's perception of "self"
returns to normal. Though cases have been reported of these
massive bursts of insight lingering for long periods of time
by the truly gifted.
No guaranteed pattern of behavior has been found to trigger
these bursts of insight and no one can truly say when one
may receive such a blessing. All that can reliably be told
is that a consistent pattern of behavior seems most important
to gaining such insights.
That is, no matter what or who you are, striving to be a
very realistic and believable version of yourself seems the
surest route to gaining additional insight and growth potential.
Immersing yourself into the lands of Elanthia and tying yourself
strongly to its cultures and peoples seems to increase the
chances of obtaining heightened insight.
Sages, upon consultation, have said that these gifts derive
from either some form of sentient Elemental energy that manifests
itself onto the life patterns of thinking beings, or to indirect
actions of the Gods who wish to reward those who seek to reach
full realization of their life in this world. No one knows
for certain where or when these gifts will occur. It is only
known that they do and that for those who are wise enough
to seek them out and to use them properly, amazing advances
in knowledge and in the sheer quickness with which they can
rise to a higher level of training in their chosen fields
can be forthcoming.
GameMasters are continually on the lookout for instances
of good roleplaying. If someone is observed roleplaying well,
the GameMaster may give an immediate award of fame and experience,
as well as a multiplier which will affect all fame and experience
absorbed for the next several hours. The better and more consistent
your roleplaying, the more likely you are to be observed,
and the higher the multiplier which will be awarded. Multipliers
decrease naturally over time -- a low multiplier may only
last for one hour, but higher multipliers can last for several
The duration of a multiplier will only be decremented while
it has an effect on your field experience. In other words,
if you wish to roleplay in town while your mind is "clear
as a bell," this will have no effect on the multiplier's
duration -- the timer only counts down while you actually
have some experience to absorb.
If you choose not to roleplay, or to be out of character,
this will never have a negative effect on your experience
or fame -- you will continue to earn and absorb experience
at the normal rate. Roleplaying experience and multipliers
are only intended as a bonus for good roleplayers, and not
as a requirement for play. However, If you do have a multiplier
then "out of character" behavior may result in the
loss of this multiplier and your return to a "normal"
rate of experience absorption.
It is understood that there are times when it is necessary
to discuss things in an "out of character" manner,
such as when explaining combat and/or spell techniques to
a new player. Therefore, GameMasters will use judgment in
such situations, and will not generally clear a multiplier
for this type of behavior. If, however, your character is
faced with an extremely out of character situation, and yet
still manages to roleplay well under the circumstances, this
can lead to an even higher award than usual.
Occasionally, a player will recieve a roleplaying award when,
to their perspective, they were doing nothing at all. Though
many roleplaying awards are given 'on the spot' some are simply
noted and awarded at a later date and time.
GameMasters do have limits to their time and attention, so
just because you are roleplaying well in a particular instance,
this is no guarantee that you will be observed and/or awarded.
But all GameMasters are on the lookout for good roleplayers,
and eventually everyone is observed. The best way to be assured
of an award is simply to roleplay consistently, no matter
what the situation. Do your best, and you will reap the benefits.