LoA: Character Classes

Classes

There are 15 classes total in my game: 5 novice classes and 10 advanced
classes.  Each novice class starteds at level 1 and can promote to one of
two advanced classes at level 10.  Each class is unique from the other.
Although most novice skills are eventually available to everyone, they are often
limited by different levels of mastery, and some advanced classes even provide
superior augmentations of the novice class skills.

For tentative stats, click here.

Novice Classes

Skirmisher – Skirmishers specialize in wearing down the enemy little
by little with minimal effort expended.  They tend to favour swords
and light leather armour, seeking to hinder their enemy’s mobility with
their own.  Skirmishers promote to Duelists or Blade Mages.
Examples of characters who started as Skirmishers are Nena,  Neil
(Winged One), Kit and Sierra.
Sentry – Sentries specialize in holding the line.
They keep the enemy at bay so that the other classes can do their jobs.
Their offensive skills work to support the advance of the other melee
classes.  Sentries favour spears and mail above all else.
Sentries promote to Knights or Defenders.  Examples of characters
who started as Sentries are Anthony, Pawla and Colve.
Warrior – While Sentries focus on holding the line, Warriors
specialize in breaking it and pushing the enemy back.  Able to both
take and dish out damage in rather large portions, Warriors are a force
to be reckoned with.  They prefer axes and plate mail to any other
equipment.  Warriors promote to Champions or Berserkers.
Examples of characters who started as Warriors are Galf, Shaw and Ben.
Scout – Similar to Skirmishers, Scouts seek to harry the enemy.
However, Scouts prefer to do so at a distance, striking their opponents
with bows.  While they can enter the melee fray if absolutely
necessary, they are fragile, making poor frontline fighters in the long
run.  Scouts promote to Hunters or Rogues.  Examples of
characters who started as Scouts are Quoree, Wes and Wynn.
Mage – Similar to Warriors, Mages specialize in breaking the enemy
line.  However, Mages are horribly fragile and therefore, do no
participate in head on combat.  Instead, they prefer to stay in the
backlines, hurtling magic at the enemy.  Mages promote to Wizards
or Channelers.  Examples of characters who started as Mages are Tak,
Flare and Reandra.

Advanced Classes

Duelist – Duelists improve quite aggressively on their wear down
tactics, attacking their enemy’s ability to act.  Sierra is an
example of a Duelist.
Blade Mage – Blade Mages pursue aggression in a different way,
tapping into their previously dormant magical affinity.  By
channeling magic energy in their attacks, they are able to ward off
magical attacks, as well as bypass their opponents’ armour.  Nena
is an example of a Blade Mage.
Knight – Knights are mobile cavalry units, focused on being able to
move and adjust the line as necessary.  Their offensive skills are
also augmented to support a decisive push on the enemy line.
Krissy (a.k.a. Lady Krisalina) is an example of a Knight.
Defender – Where Knights are more aggressive, Defenders take a more
defensive approach to the line.  Not only can they wear heavier
armour, but they can also shield allies from incoming attacks.
They are also very proficient at routing an enemy’s attempt to break the
line.  Colve is an example of a Defender.
Champion – While still aggressive line breakers, Champions focus on
shiled oriented abilities.  Their durability is increased and their
shield suddenly becomes a great offensive asset for breaking the enemy
line.  Additionally, in the absence of a good Sentry line class,
Champions can also hold the line.  Priscilla is an example of a
Champion.
Berserker – There is no question about it, Berserkers are all about
offense.  Whether dual wielding or bringing a giant 2-handed weapon
to bear, their motto is to crush the enemy before they have a chance to
react.  Shaw is an example of a Berserker.
Hunter – Hunters are Scouts who have decided to focus on their
archery.  Able utilize the mighty long bow, Hunters are truly
snipers to be reckoned with.  Quoree is an example of a Hunter.
Rogue – Although their bow skills have not diminished, Rogues focus
more on bladed weaponry.  Skill saboteurs, Rogues try to get behind
the enemy lines, disrupting the back ranks.  The Rogue is the
Mage’s worst nightmare.  Wynn is an example of a Rogue.
Wizard – Wizards have honed their offensive magic to a level that is
a cut above the rest.  Having a spell for every occassion, Wizards
can deal with both crowds and strategic targets.  However, they are
still as fragile as ever.  Flare is an example of a Wizard.
Channeler – Able to use heavier armour and weapons, as well as
possessing improved healing abilities, the Channeler has become
something of a combat medic.  Although still not as durable as the
frontliners, Channelers can survive a few hits and as long as they do,
so will their comrades.  Reandra is an example of a Channeler.

Class Restrictions and Promotions Table

Class

Promotions

Weapons Usable

Armour Usable

Skirmisher

Duelist, Blade Mage

All Bladed weaponry.

Light, Medium

Duelist

All Bladed weaponry, short bows.

Light, Medium, Medium-Heavy

Blade Mage

All Bladed weaponry.

Light, Medium

Sentry

Knight, Defender

All polearms.

Light, Medium, Medium-Heavy

Knight

All polearms, long blades.

Light, Medium, Medium-Heavy

Defender

All polearms.

All

Warrior

Berserker, Champion

All axes.

All

Berserker

All axes.

All

Champion

All axes, short bows.

All

Scout

Hunter, Rogue

Short blades, short bows.

Light

Hunter

Short blades, all bows.

Light, Medium

Rogue

Short & long blades, short bows.

Light

Mage

Wizard, Channeler

Staves, short blades.

Light

Wizard

Staves, short blades.

Light

Channeler

Staves, spears, short & long blades.

Light, Medium

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