Stuff You Should Know
1.) How do we find quests and adventures and mad fat LOOT?!?
Good question. Most towns have inns, taverns, and meeting halls where most people hang out. Talk to the people there, and ask them about rumors and jobs. To make things simple, most towns will have a job board with a list of quests that people are hiring adventurers for. Of course, the REALLY good adventures are sometimes kept secret, because the boss doesn't want the whole town to know about it. You'll need to make friends with some of the powerful people in town to find out about those jobs.
2.) What is the deal with my cleric's religion?
Clerics are a little different in this game than in most role-playing games. Instead of praying to their deity for magic, they're treated like regular Magic-Users, and belong to a school of magic called the " Right-Hand Path." Spells pertaining to healing, protection, and using the energy of the world in mostly natural ways belong to the path of the Right-Hand. They still need a grimoire (a book of magic spells) just like any other magician.
There are religions on this world, and your character can be a member of one, if you decide that's their story. But, healers don't need to be religious if they don't want to be.
As a side note, there is one REALLY BIG religion that is practiced in most places nearby. When people talk about " The Church", that's the religion that they mean. There are other, smaller temples of different faiths as well.
3.) Where can we go to buy standard equipment?
For a list of many (but not all) items you could buy, look at the list on this page: Equipment
Towns: Most decent-sized towns will have a "Mercer", which is like a general store. You can buy food and basic supplies like rope, ten-foot poles, fishing equipment, etc. there.
Most stuff will cost more in town than it does in a big city.
If you want weapons, armor, magical supplies, or anything custom-made, you'll need to ask people in town to help you find a merchant who sells those things. Not every town has a blacksmith, armorer, or magic shop.
Cities: Most stuff will cost LESS than it does in a town, unless it's specialty gear that you can't buy in a town.
You'll find a LOT more cool stuff for sale in the big cities, and they're pretty much guaranteed to have blacksmiths, armorers, and specialty weapon shops. Some cities might have several of each.
4.) Where can we go to get platemail custom fitted for this monster I just befriended?
All gear is made by one of the four types of craftspeople in the game.
A.) Amateur – These people taught themselves how to make things. They're not great at it. Their items will probably cost less money, but break a lot more easily. They can't make custom gear, just generic stuff.
B.) Apprentice - These people learned how to make things from someone else who has been making it for a while, probably their family. Their gear costs normal prices (unless they're a jerk), and probably won't break. Probably.
They can try to make custom gear for you, but there's a good chance that it will break.
C.) Journeyman – These people learned how to make things from a MASTER craftsperson. Their regular gear will cost a little bit more, but won't break unless you really mess it up (like pouring acid all over it, or getting it cursed by a magic spell.) They can make custom gear, too, for WAY more money. At least you know it won't fall apart.
D.) MASTER – These people are the BEST scholars of their craft. They build MASTERWORK weapons, armor, etc. To earn one of their masterpieces, you'll probably have to go on a quest for them, because they've already got tons of money. Emperors, queens, master wizards, and people like that pay them lots of gold for their works.
5.) Who is the mightiest wizard in the land?
Of the three schools of magic…
The most potent, and evil sorcerer of the Left-Hand Path in this land is Belasco . Luckily, he spends most of his time traveling to other dimensions and universes, striking bargains with powerful beings. If you see him, you should probably run away. Fast.
Delia is the uncontested master of the Right-Hand Path. No one is better at healing and protection than she is. If you look long enough, you'll definitely find her. Just remember to be VERY polite to her when you do. She takes insults personally, and she can destroy you with a single word.
Coyote is the best/worst practitioner of the cROoKeD pAtH of magic. She's kind of a mythical demigod, though, and people she talks to tend to wish that they'd never met her. So, if you want to learn cROoKeD mAGiKz, you should probably find one of her weird disciples instead. There's a guy named Nikias who lives in the woods. He seems to think that he's a raccoon, but, other than that, he's a pretty nice person.
6.) Who is the greatest warrior in the land?
Darius , the leader of the militia, has never been defeated in one-on-one combat. He looks like his muscles have muscles. Luckily, he uses his abilities to protect others. Be nice to him.
Seena is the current champion of the fighting pits. People make a lot of money betting on her to win in the arena.
Khai Desdros is a crazy-great fighter, and leader of a band of barbarians that regularly attack local towns and steal from them. You'll want to level up a lot before you try to arm-wrestle with this guy.
7.) Who is the richest person in the land?
Aside from royalty (who get pretty much anything they want), there's also Giovanni Vega . He's the crimelord of Caravaggia, one of the richest port cities in the world.
8.) Where can we go to get some magical healing?
If you are a Right-Hand Path wizard, you can learn healing spells. If you are a Specialist, you can learn the Healing skill. That requires you to use supplies from a Healing Kit, so you'll need to buy some of those in town.
Otherwise, you'll need to find a wizard, a town healer, a priest of The Church, or, if you're really desperate, a Striga.
Oh, Striga is the name for those scary witches in fairy tales. They're difficult to deal with, but they DO have healing powers sometimes.
9.) Where can we go to get cures for the following conditions: poison, disease, curse, level drain, lycanthropy, polymorph, alignment change, death, undeath?
If your character learned the Poison Skill, then you can use the supplies in a Poison Kit to give characters another chance to save vs. poison.
If you're cursed, you'll need a wizard or a priest of The Church to help you.
If you're diseased, a town healer might be able to help.
If you've lost levels, been killed, or made undead… that's bad news. There are no quick fixes for those problems. Sounds like you (or your friends) need to go on a truly EPIC QUEST to save you.
10.) Is there a magic guild my MU belongs to or that I can join in order to get more spells?
Totally secret, but yeah. Most people are freaked out by magic, and assume that you're a witch if they see you use it.
Luckily (?) for you, magic doesn't really work in cities. It barely works in large towns. This is why sorcerers are always building towers out in the middle of nowhere away from everybody else. The more people there are nearby, the less magic works. Still, there are secret societies of magic-users, and the person who trained you probably belonged to one. You could ask them what EPIC QUEST to go on in order to earn your membership.
11.) Where can I find an alchemist, sage or other expert NPC?
Probably in one of the big cities. These folks are educated, so they don't like to hang out with the illiterate commoners in the small towns. Plus, they get paid better in a big city.
12.) Where can I hire mercenaries?
Also in a big city. You might find some former soldiers in the smaller towns, but the best of the best will be in the city.
13.) Is there any place on the map where swords are illegal, magic is outlawed or any other notable hassles from Johnny Law?
Weapons can't be worn or brandished in most of the large cities. The City Guard will store them in a lockbox for you at the front gate, and give you a ticket. If you hand the ticket to them on your way out, they'll give you back your stuff. If you don't, they keep it.
Magic is illegal in some cities, and probably won't work well in them anyway. Small towns fear magic more, because it might actually work in them. Expect people to freak out and chase you out of town if you use really obvious magic around them.
Also, in the City of Masks , everyone has to wear a mask when they're out in public. It's weird, I know, but it's the law there.
14.) Which way to the nearest tavern?
Pretty much any town has some sort of gathering place for people to eat, drink, and party at. It's like the local restaurant, hotel, and club all rolled into one. Also, they usually have a job board that you can use to find work.
15.) What monsters are terrorizing the countryside sufficiently that if I kill them I will become famous?
EVERYONE HATES GENGHI!!! – Seriously, though. Genghi is this totally weird jerk who shows up to make everybody's lives miserable from time to time. He's really BIG. 9 feet tall, and almost 9 feet wide. He's some kind of puffy, purple-furred monster or faerie. He always wears nice clothes, but he gets them all dirty and bloody, and he doesn't even seem to notice. He tricks people into giving him their stuff, or eats all of their food, or wrecks their house. Or their whole town. Sometimes he shows up alone, and sometimes he works with a whole group of monsters. The City of Masks has put out a bounty on his head, and would pay big money to anyone who can prove they've killed him. Most towns would pay you too. You'd be a bigtime hero, like, for sure. Too bad that Genghi is ultra-hard to hurt, much less kill.
Koda the Bandit Queen and her group of bandits is like, really annoying the local towns and cities. They keep stealing stuff from travelers on the roads, and off the roads. Basically everywhere. There's totally a reward for her capture.
The cannibal Ebu Gogo are just AWFUL, and there are so MANY of them. Since they crumple into silver coins when they die, a group of powerful hunters could probably make a small fortune off of them. The problem is that there are always more of them nearby, and they're probably on their way to help their friends…
Drakons haven't been seen for so long that everyone is starting to believe they're just a legend. Bestial, animal-like dragons are still around, but Drakons are the intelligent kind of dragon. The kind that can talk to you, trick you, do magic spells, and, oh yeah, transform themselves to look like people…
16.) Are there any wars brewing I could go fight?
The countries of Rana and Amon fought a HUGE war for twenty years. It ended in a tie about five years ago. Everybody's nervous that the fighting will start again.
There's always at least one war going on elsewhere, because none of the royal families trust each other. If you really want to fight in a war, let me know. I'll roll dice to find out which families are attacking each other at the time.
Plus, there's also that secret war, in that secret place. But you'll have to find that for yourself.
17.) How about gladiatorial arenas complete with hard-won glory and fabulous cash prizes?
Every big city has a gladiator arena, and some of the larger towns have fighting pits. You can make some money fighting in boxing matches, or MMA-style fights. Of course, there are also fights that allow lethal weapons, but there's obviously a big downside to losing one of those… The pay is better, though.
18.) Are there any secret societies with sinister agendas I could join and/or fight?
The Vega Syndicate runs a lot of the illicit trade out of the port city of Caravaggia if you want to do some crimes or stop some crimes.
There's totally a wizard school out in the mountains that none of the royal families gave permission for, but that everybody's too scared to attack. They're probably up to no good.
There's always a League of Assassins, and most large cities have their own Thieves' Guild.
19.) What is there to eat around here?
Depends on the town, but typical Medieval European food most places. Lots of soups, roast meats and whatnot. Don't expect supermarkets or drive-thrus.
20.) Any legendary lost treasures I could be looking for?
The horde of any Drakon. Those creatures have been around for thousands of years, and they're obsessive collectors of treasure.
The Black Room is supposedly located somewhere in the capital city of the country of Rana. It's rumored to hold all of the most powerful magic items that the Ranan military has confiscated from dimensional travelers over the centuries.
The Sauveteur is a ship that supposedly sank out at sea hundreds of years ago. Oh, and it was carrying a shipment of perfect, unbreakable metal, along with many other treasures.