What are Skills?
There are different Skills that may transform a character into a great gold digger, a prosperous tissue hunter or a quick NPC hunter. Skills are one possibility of individualizing a character. A character can develop into a certain direction. Achieved Skills can not be undone, switched or altered via sponsoring, all Skills are permanent.
There are other Skills that enable you to accomplish a task, like the Skill Magic Preservation.
How do you train?
Strictly speaking, one must differ between the acquiring of a Skill (level 1) and the training of a Skill (Level 2 and more).
To acquire a Skill you need to buy and read (use) the corresponding Book. The book will dissolve and the character gets the Skill at Level 1. Using a book is always possible, even while you are training another Skill. All higher Levels are reached by selecting the Skill to be trained in the Skill menu (top right) and using the link Train level .... A character that never read any book does not have any Skills.
Training is possible at any time. The training lasts a certain amount of time -from a few minutes to several days- which depends on the following factors:
- which Skill is trained
- which Level shall be reached
- which Level of the Learning Aptitude Skill the player has.
The wiki pages of each Skill include detailled training timetables. The training time can be reduced by using spells like the Spell of Very Quick Knowledge.
The training does not influence the normal gaming. Moreover, the training even continues when you log out, are incapacipated or jailed.
Once the training of one Skill is finished, it is possible to train the next Level or another Skill using the Skill menu again. Sponsors are able to put the Skills into a training queue, so the training will be continued without losing a second of time.
The most important Skill to train is the Learning Aptitude - it will always be useful while other Skills can prove to have been a mistake due to the developing way of playing.
Since September 23rd, 2006 all Races have a bonus on different Skills. That means that this Race is training this certain Skill 3% faster than all other Races.
Race depending Skills are listed here:
What Skills exist?
The marked Skills underlie an interest calculation. For example a Skill that improves by 1% each Level has a total improvement of 100%+1%)50 - 100% ≈ 64% at Level 50.