Syntax:name <name prefix> % <name suffix>

Use this command to more explicitly say what your name is. The percent sign is used where you want your MAIN name to be inserted. You MUST include your main name in your extended name so that people know how to talk to you. :)

Examples will best clarify this feature:

name John %        This would set 'Handel' to 'John Handel'.
name King % I      This would set 'John' to 'King John I'.
NOTE: PCs putting things that should rather be put in their title or who put obnoxious names in for their character will be reprimanded. If you ignore the warnings, your ability to name will be taken away to be restored at the cost of some extensive, painful quest.

See also: describe | nickname | title

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Syntax:ncreate <news type> <title>

This command is used to create a new news article.

See news-types for a listing of news types.

See also: nedit | news

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The necromancer is a master of the dark powers of the undead. In combat they rely heavily upon their command of undead but are capable of mastering some of the more sinister powers of undead magic as they advance. As fighters they are as weak as mages if unaided by pets.

Best Canons: Drain, Energy, Cold, Necromancy.

Type "profs ne" for a list of necromancer spells and skills.

See also: canons | class | levels | practice | profs | runes | skills | spells

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The Necromancy Mastery feats reduce the mana cost and increase the damage of any spells using the "dra" rune.

See also: profs

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This command is used to edit a news article.

Syntax:nedit <article number> <options>

Where `boptions`n are:

`bcontents`n            Edit the article's contents.
`bflags`n               Edit the article's flags
                    (see news-flags for a list.)
`btitle <title>`n       Edit the article's title.
`btype <type>`n         Edit the article's type.
                    (see news-types for a list.)
`baddchoice <text>`n    Adds a new choice to a poll.
`bremchoice <#>`n       Removes choice # from a poll.
See news-types for a listing of news types.

See also: ncreate | news

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(also NERFAGE)

To "nerf" something is to weaken an ability. The use of the term comes from nerf toys, which are harmless versions of the real thing.

When something has been toned down, it has been "nerfed".

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(also NEWBIES)

If you are just starting to play this mud, the best thing you can do is spend some time paging through the help files.

NOTE! All of this help can be read on Arcane Ages's web page. This can be a lot more convenient.

Be sure to read help on rent so that you know how to save your items. You save items at one of the receptionists in the game. The most accessible receptionist to people just starting out can be found upstairs in the Leering Gargoyle Inn which is just south and east of the Temple Square.

Various rules and guidelines can be browsed through in the law section of the help. Things that are outlawed are listed here as well as policies on various issues.

It is important that you do not kill innocent creatures in the town unless you know what you are doing for the guards in the town will track you down and pulp you. The guards will also track you down if you kill another human player outside of a dueling ground. Further, try to avoid dying. Dying is very costly because you will lose a third of your experience points.

Once you obtain enough experience points to gain a level, you must find out where your guildmaster for your class is located. The lower level guildmasters are fairly easy to find and are all located in the town where new players start out. You can talk with your guildmaster to gain levels and practice command to learn new skills and get better in old ones.

If you can do ANSI or VT100 terminal emulation, be sure to read help on the color command.

Also, read help on help by entering entering help all by itself. The help will refer you to several major help topics so be sure to read those as well.

You can usually find someone who is willing to help you out, so read help on communications to figure out how to talk to them.

See also: color | communications | gain | inform | law | practice | rent

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The purpose of the newbie helper campaign is to create a method in linking the new players on Arcane Ages to high level players who are willing to help. The system will add a feat to the high level player. When the new player starts on Arcane Ages, they are given a list of the newbie helpers online and told how to contact them. Also, the high level player is informed that the new player has logged on.

This feat can be turned on and off with the command newbiehelper. If you turn it off your name will NOT be displayed to the new player. This is to allow high level players to turn it off if they are not in a position to help. If you feel you would be interested in becoming a newbie helper on Arcane Ages, please contact a member of the immortal staff.

See also: newbie | newbie-helper-guidelines

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Newbie helpers should be available to answer questions about basic commands and functions needed to get around Arcane Ages for the first 10 levels. Teaching them to use the help files and find help on their own is also important. Above all else newbie helpers should be FRIENDLY! A good impression and a friendly face mean so much. No impression at all is better than a bad impression so if you don't feel you are right for this, don't do it.

This is not a method in which to equip every new player and then drag them around for exp. If you want to go above and beyond and help with equipment that is fine of course, but that is not the newbie helper's job. The newbie helper is to assist with commands and helping the player learn how to play Arcane Ages. Below are a list of some of the basic commands and ideas that a new player may need help with.

setting a wimpy
turning on loot
how to con mobs (consider)
setting a prompt
turning on ASCII
talking to a mob
how and where to rent
using the status/x command
how to gain levels (guildmasters and such)
explain runes/spells and basic skills to level 10
teach how to type skills wa 1 10 to see upcoming skills
teach how to use help in identifying what each skill does
See also: newbie | newbie-helper

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The news command displays news articles about events taking place on the mud.

Syntax:news [<options>]

If you use this command with no options, it will show a listing of the most recent news articles. The options are as follows:

`bdetails`n              Show the contents of each article in addition
                     to the header line.
`bpolls`n                Just show polls.
`bposter <name>`n        Show articles posted by that poster.
`btitle <keyword>`n      Show articles with keyword in their title.
`btype <type>`n          Show articles with a given type.  See
                     news-types for a listing of types.
`breverse`n              Show articles in the order in which they were written.
Syntax:news [<article number>]

You can also specify an article number to read that article. For example:

`enews 4`n                    (reads article 4)
Some news items have polls. Use the vote command to vote in them.

See also: help | motd | version | vote

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The following is a list of the different types of news categories:

`bimmortal`n          This is immortal-only news.
`burgent`n            This news is important and should be read.
`bpoll`n              This news article has a poll.
`bpoll-add`n          Voters may add new choices to the poll.
`bpoll-public`n       Voters votes are a matter of public record.
`bpoll-change`n       Voters may change their vote after voting.
`bpoll-closed`n       This poll is now closed.
See also: news

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The following is a list of the different types of news categories:

`bengine`n            News about the software that Arcane Ages runs.
`bevents`n            News about events taking place on Arcane Ages.
`bgeneral`n           General news articles.
`bzones`n             News Arcane Ages zones.
See also: news

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Syntax:nice [never] [clan] [faction] [player]

This command is used to determine who you can be aggressive to. For example, when casting area spells you might not want it to hit other players by accident.

`bclan`n      You will not hurt clan members by accident.
`bfaction`n   You will not hurt mobiles you have friendly faction with
          by accident.
`bnever`n     You will never be nice and will hurt any and all foes.
`bplayer`n    You will not hit other players by accident.
Note that you are always considered to be nice to group members.

The nice flag is ignored in the arena or battlefield, and against players who are known to be unpunished PC-killers or PC-thieves.

For example:

`enice player clan`n (nice to players and clan allies, mean to faction)

You can enter "`bstatus nice`n" to see your current nice levels.

See also: status

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Syntax:nickname <name of person>|<set of nicknames>|delete

This command can be used to set up short nicknames for your character. Nicknames will make it easier for others to talk to you.


nickname drac dracul
Would be a good command for someone named 'draculionias' enter.

You can find out what nicknames people have set up for themselves by entering "nickname <name of that person>". Ex: nickname torsias would show you a list of keywords Torsias could be referred to as.

You can erase your nicknames by entering 'nickname delete'.

Entering 'nickname' by itself will show you what your current nicknames are.

NOTE: As with "name", if you abuse this command, it will be taken away from you and it will be difficult to get it back. (Some long, painful quest probably.)


See also: describe | name | title

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Syntax:call nightmare [<name>]

High level anti-paladins are known to be able to call upon the services of unholy steeds to carry them forth in the cause of evil.

Nightmares may only be called once every other mud day (1 hour).

See also: call

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To walk in a given direction. The diagonal directions can be abbreviated by a two letter direction -- "ne", "se", "sw", and "nw".

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