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Contents

Downtime
Interface
Clan System
Hints and Tricks
Stats, Values and Skills
Professions


Downtime

The game and website will be down on the first working day of every month for three to six hours. The downtime starts around noon CET (6 am EST). It is used to clean up the database, delete old logs and accounts and install bugfixes and updates.

Additional downtimes might be neccessary to install updates. These will be announced on the
forum.


Interface

The client screen is divided into five parts:



1. Map
This area shows the actual game - your character, other characters, the landscape, etc.


2. Equipment
The slots shown here indicate your equipment. This includes your weapons, your armor and everything else you wear.


3. Chat
In this window you will see what other characters say to you, and you will be able to follow the general chat.


4. Stats
This list shows your stats - your attributes, your skills and spells. If you're in shop-mode, it will show the contents of the shop instead. The same goes for loot-mode.


5. Inventory
This is your backpack. It contains all the items you're carrying with you, but which you are not using at the moment.


Clan System


Basics

All clans depend on one commodity, Jewels. Jewels are used to pay the lease for the clan hall and to provide any clan bonuses the clan desires. Jewels can be found in special rooms that are easy to recognize by the blue pedestal they contain. Any blue pedestal might hold Jewels. Anyone can obtain Jewels, but unless properly stored, they deteriorate very fast. Storing Jewels in a clan vault keeps them fresh. If two clans are at war, their members can kill each other - regardless of level - in all clan areas. Clan areas are the clan halls and other specially marked places. The rooms containing Jewels are marked as arenas, so anyone can kill anyone else in there, but without loss of items or experience. If two clans are at feud, all their members within a three-level range can attack each other, no matter where they are, unless the area is a peaceful zone. RIGHT CLICK on the ground to find these areas. Entering feud status requires both clans to agree to it, so some clans may choose never to take part in feuds as a matter of policy.


Founding

To found a clan, go to a transport station, choose a clan to transport to, and talk to the Clanmaster. He will ask you for the name you want your clan to bear, and for a Jewel. Once you've given him both, you'll be the leader of a new clan. Note that in order to keep your clan alive, you'll need to pay Jewels. Unless you're very good at regularly obtaining Jewels yourself, you'll need a group of dedicated players to help you with Jewel gathering. Once the clan is founded, you can use any transport station to go to your clan hall.


Raids

Each clan hall has a clan vault. The clan vault can be attacked by members of other clans that you are at war or feud with. The clan vault is protected by three cannons that will target any attackers. The clan vault starts with 100% life. Once the clan vault's life reaches 0, the attackers will win a number of Jewel Points.


Clan Bonuses

To attract members, each clan can buy bonuses for them. Each bonus can be set to a level ranging from 0 (bonus is disabled) to 20 (a huge bonus). The cost for each bonus is its level in Jewel Points per week.

To adjust the bonus levels, go to the clan clerk and tell him: "set bonus <nr> <level>"

Currently, the following bonuses exist:

Nr        Name
0Pentagram Solve Bonus
1Trading Bonus
2Gear Preservation
3Smith
4Enhancer

Increasing a bonus costs increase/4 jewels. So to increase the Smith bonus from 10 to 20 would cost 10/4=2.5 jewels. Increasing Enhancer from 0 to 20 would cost 20/4=5 jewels.
Decreasing a bonus is free.

Maintenance

To keep your clan alive, you'll have to provide it with a steady income of Jewels. The minimum maintenance fee for a clan is 100 points per week (you can view the cost using the /clan command). To add a Jewel to your clan vault, simply give it to your clan clerk. If you cannot pay for the maintenance of your clan, your clan will eventually be destroyed.


Relations

Each clan is linked to all the other clans. The relations of one clan to another are clearly defined, varying from alliance to feud. The clan leader can change the status of his clan's relations with another by going to the clan's clerk and telling him: "relation <clan> <relation>" where <clan> is the number for the clan whose relations with your clan you wish to change and <relation> is the number for the status of relations you want to set.

Clan Relations:


1 Alliance
2 Peace Treaty
3 Neutral
4 War
5 Feud


Alliance

Allied clans can visit each other's clan halls. Both clan leaders need to set the status of their relations to Alliance for an alliance to be formed. If, after an alliance has been formed, one of the allied clans wants to reduce the status of their relations, it will take 24 (earth) hours for the change to come into effect. The status of their relations can only be changed to Peace Treaty. If both sides agree on diminished (or reduced) relations, the change happens at once.


Peace Treaty

A Peace Treaty requires both clan leaders to set the status of their relations to Treaty before it becomes operative. One-sided reduction of relations takes 24 (earth) hours to come into effect.


Neutral

Neutral is the basic status and starting point for all clan relations. Going from Neutral to War takes one (earth) hour.


War

Members of clans at war can attack each other in clan areas. They can also steal the other clan's Jewels through the clan vault. A change from War to Feud or to Neutral, Peace Treaty, or Alliance, necessitates the consent of both clan leaders.


Feud

Feud is...total war. All members of both clans within a three-level range can attack each other, no matter where, except peaceful zones. RIGHT CLICK on the ground to find out what zone you are in. No clan can be forced into a feud, it requires an agreement between both leaders. A one-sided ending of the feud takes 24 (earth) hours to come into effect.


Clan Treasury

Each clan has its own bank account. Members ranked 1-4 can view it with the /clan command. All members can also deposit money into the account by telling the clan clerk: "deposit <amount>" Clan members of rank 3 or better clan remove money from the clan account by telling the clan clerk: "withdraw <amount>"


Membership

To accept a new member, an existing clan member (rank 2 and above) and the potential new member need to pay a visit to a Clanmaster, where the existing clan member must say: "accept: <name of new member>". Then the new member must say: "join: <name of existing member>" Any member can leave the clan at any time by going to the Clanmaster and saying: "leave!" (the exclamation mark must be used too). Clan leaders can fire any clan member by going to the Clanmaster and saying: "fire: <name of clan member>


Rank

Each clan member has a rank within the clan. These are numbered 0 to 4, and the clan leader can assign names to these ranks by telling the clerk: "rank name <nr> <name>" He can also change any member's rank by telling the Clanmaster: "rank: <name> <nr>" Note that rank 4 is the rank reserved for clan leaders. Any clan member at this rank becomes a clan leader and holds the same powers as the clan's founder, including the power to reduce the founder's rank. At rank 3 or better, the clan member may access the clan treasury and withdraw money, and buy and use clan defenses. Clan members with rank 2 or better may recruit members.


Logging

All important actions of clans and their members get logged, and can be checked by all players. The command to do so is: /clanlog. Use of this command will show all clan activities which have occurred during the last 24 (earth) hours. To search for specific occurrences, /clanlog can be modified with parameters:

-p <name> - Show only entries created for player <name>
-c <number> - Show only entries created clan <number>
-x <priority> - Show only entries of <priority> or lower
-s <hours> - Show only entries <hours> old or newer (start time)
-e <hours> - Show only entries <hours> old or older (end time)

To get all important actions for your clan use: /clanlog -c 4 -x 10 -s 336
-c 4 restricts the output to clan 4 (you have to change the number to match your clan, of course)
-x 10 restricts the output to relation changes and raids.
-s 336 gets all entries for the last two weeks

To get a history about a specific player use: /clanlog -p Ishtar -x 15 -s 1344
-p Ishtar will restrict the output to this player (change the name to fit your needs)
-x 15 ignores all entries less important than joining or leaving clans
-s 1344 gets all entries for the last eight weeks
You could also use -x 25 to see when that player deposited a jewel in the clan vault.

Please note that /clanlog will not output more than 100 entries per call. If no start time is specified, it will be set to 24 hours. If no end time is specified, it will be set to zero hours.


Website

To make your clan website show on the clan overview page, tell the clan clerk: "website <name>" The name must not contain the leading "http://".
Example: "website www.astonia.com"


Hints and Tips


Character Building


Warriors

As a warrior, your first experience should be invested in Sword, Attack, Parry and Tactics, since these are the primary skills needed for battle. Once the cost of either of these equals the cost of one Hitpoint, raise Hitpoints until its cost exceeds that of the skills'.

Once you have raised Sword, Attack, Parry and Tactics to about base eight (8), try raising Intuition, Agility and Strength. Once you start battling mages, you should also invest in Immunity.


Mages

Invest your first experience in Bless by raising Bless one (1) point, followed by: Bless (again); Dagger or Staff; Lightning Flash or Fire (or both); and Magic Shield. These are the most important spells and skills for the first few quests. Once the cost of any of these equals the cost of one (1) point of Mana, raise Mana until it exceeds the cost of the spells. Once you start battling mages, you should also invest in Immunity.

A mage is very difficult to play, especially in the beginning, but it offers many options and a variety of gameplay that a warrior can never attain. Remember to always bless yourself and to activate Magic Shield before engaging in combat.


Fighting Strategy

You can try to form alliances with other players to face the many adventures that await. An alliance between a mage and a warrior will be much stronger than an alliance composed of either two mages or two warriors.

When exploring the world, always carry at least two torches, one recall scroll, and a healing potion.

Also, it may serve you well to be brave and ask more experienced players for advice and guidance. However, do not ask them to fulfill the quests for you.


Stats, Values and Skills

While traveling in the land of Astonia, you will meet with many dangers and perils. You must learn to master your spells and skills. Only then shall you victoriously pass all trials and adventures awaiting you. As you gain experience, you must raise the right skills and spells to become the ultimate hero.


Attributes

Four attributes form the base for most other skills and spells. These are Wisdom, Intuition, Agility and Strength. In the game, RIGHT CLICK on these attributes in your stats window to read about them. You must use the right combination of these attributes to enhance your most important skills.

Each skill and spell is based on three of the attributes. The actual skill/spell level is calculated by adding the attributes and dividing them by 5 (plus adding the skill, of course):

final_skill_level=(base1+base2+base3)/5+base_skill_level+magical_modifiers

Attributes cannot be enhanced by more than 50% through the use of Bless and special items.


Skills and Spells

In the game, RIGHT CLICK on these the skills and spells in your stats window to read about each one. Skills cannot be enhanced by more than 50% through the use of special items.


Professions

In addition to the skills system, characters can learn up to four individual professions. Characters can gain profession points (PPS) by raising a skill called "Profession." At level 20, every character acquires this skill. All classes can raise this skill to level 25 (arches to 50). Each individual Profession maxes at level 25.

Characters can subsequently spend their PPS by doing an apprenticeship with a teacher at Aston University to either learn a new profession, or to increase their knowledge of a profession they have already begun to master. Learning a new profession requires a character to pay for his studies with gold (coins, not nuggets).

Each Profession initially costs 300 gold to learn, then 250 gold to improve. Learning and each instance of improving your individual profession increases that particular Profession by five (5) levels.

Use /support to share your Profession with other players. Support allows another player to use your Profession just as if they had the Profession themselves. The player must be in visual range to share support. Once the player leaves the area, support is removed. Professions that can share support are: Enhancer, Trader, Alchemist, and Smith.

Currently, Aston University offers the following Professions:


Alchemist

The alchemist can create stronger potions, calling on the powers of the moons and the seasons at any time. Type: /time in game to see the current moon phase or season.


Enhancer

The art of the Enhancer allows you to utilize the full power dormant in magic stones. An Enhancer can create strong orbs faster than normal. Stone strength is increased by PPS percentage; the higher level of Enhancer you obtain, the stronger your stones will be.


Mercenary

Those skilled in the art of the Mercenary will collect pay for their missions.


Miner

A skilled Miner will make better use of every vein of precious metal he finds. He also will not exhaust as fast as an unskilled miner.


Smith

A Smith can repair magic items using less silver and gold.


Trader

Traders get a bonus when buying/selling in shops



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