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1. Players who are going to be idle for over 15 minutes need to switch their nick to something like Nickname-AFK.
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To begin with, the battle system in Orthos is a d30 system. This means, that the majority of dice rolls in Orthos are done with a d30 die (the equivalent to a die with 30 sides). Understanding Attacking, Defending and Statistics rolls is necessary for questing, dueling, sparring and other fighting activity within Orthos. These variables all run on the d30 system. Rolls such as initiative, damage and soak are also necessary, but use different sized dice.
At the beginning of every battle, whether spar, duel or during an event, an initiative roll must be rolled by both competing parties. This may be done individually, or sometimes in the case of parties in a quest, in a group. An initiative roll is vs. d10, where the lowest roll determines first strike. For example:

<Ellyra> `roll 1d10
<Gareth> `roll 1d10
<Dice%gt; Ellyra rolled 1d10: 3 <Total> 3>
<Dice> Gareth rolled 1d10: 5 >Total: 5>

In this case, Ellyra gains first striking capability, due to her lower initiative roll. Certain talents, class skills or perhaps certain items may alter this roll. In this case, a negative is added onto the end of the roll so it is automatically lower. For example:

<Ellyra> `roll 1d10
<Gareth> `roll 1d10-2
<Dice> Ellyra rolled 1d10: 3 <Total: 3>
<Dice> Gareth rolled 1d10-2: 3 <Total: 3(-2) = 1>

In this case, Gareth gets to attack first, due to his lower initiative roll.

Using the latter of the above examples, Gareth attacks first. To attack, one must roll a d30 and get above 26 minus their tht score. Tht scores may be found on the character sheet of a registered character, and improve with level advancement, skills, talents, or items. In the case of attacking, only your attack tht counts for the roll. When using items, the tht bonus given with the item only applies when one is using said item. Talents and skills apply to all applicable tht rolls. For example, one may have a talent giving an extra +2 to their attack tht. This talent would improve only their attack tht, and not their defense or resist tht. For example:

Gareth`s tht score is +4, and he is using a sword that gives a +4 to tht. In order to calculate his tht, first add all the tht bonuses together:
+4+4 = +8
Second, subtract them from the base 26:
26-8 = 18
This means that Gareth must roll over 18 to hit Ellyra with his sword. If Gareth were not using his sword, he would have to get over 22 (26 Gareth`s base tht of 4 = 22). So, let`s say Gareth attacks Ellyra with his sword:

*Gareth rushes at Ellyra, sword drawn and flashing momentarily in the light above. He brings the sword down in a quick slash across her midsection (Roll vs. 18)
<Gareth> `roll 1d30
<Dice> Gareth rolled 1d30: 16 <Total: 16>
As Gareth rolled beneath his tht-modified 18 base, he did not succeed in slashing Ellyra across the midsection.
As one progresses in levels, they gain a larger number of attacks available to them per round. This simply means, that they may roll more than one attack and have a greater chance of hitting. For example, if Ellyra has three attacks available to her per round, with a tht of +6 and a sword giving +2 to attack :

*Ellyra sidesteps easily away from Gareth`s blade and brings her own sword down across his midsection, then across both knees. (26-6-2 = 18. Roll vs. 18)
<Ellyra> `roll 3d30
<Dice> Ellyra rolled 3d30: 14 27 3 <Total: 44>
In this case, Ellyra may possibly hit Gareth once, as the 27 is above her modified base tht of 18. If Gareth fails to evade her attack, she may roll the damage of her weapon.

Once an opponent or opposing party has scored possible hits on a person, that person must evade. This works on a d30 system much like the system used for attacks. In order to evade, one must use the defense tht found on their character sheets, and subtract it from the base 26. In order to evade, one must roll over the new modified base, one roll per hit. This means, that if you are evading three separate attacks, and only make the roll for one, the other two will do damage. As a continuation from the above example, assuming Gareth`s defense tht is +4, he would evade thus:

*Gareth easily evades the first and last attacks, and attempts to move aside from the second. (26-(+4 def. Tht score) = 22. Roll vs. 22)
<Gareth> `roll 1d30
<Dice> Gareth rolled 1d30: 12 <Total: 12>

If Gareth had rolled over 22 he would have succeeded in his evasion. Since he did not, Ellyra may deal damage on Gareth.

As Ellyra managed to hit Gareth, she can now deal damage to him. Damage is different per weapon or spell. Make sure you know the dmg of your weapon or the spell you are casting. For regular hits, damage of all successful hits are rolled together. For example, if Ellyra`s sword deals 2d6 damage:

<Ellyra> `roll 2d6
<Dice> Ellyra rolled 2d6: 5 1 <Total: 6>

In this case, Ellyra does a total of 6 damage to Gareth. If she had hit him twice, she would roll 4d6. To determine the number of rolls needed, simply multiply the original number of dice by the number of hits. For example, if your weapon deals 1d12 damage, and you hit three times, roll 3d12. If your weapon deals 3d4 damage, and you hit three times, roll 9d4.
When dealing with damage, soak must also be taken into account. Alongside the natural defense your character has, they will more than likely eventually acquire armor as well. Where defense is how easily your character can block or evade damage, soak is how much of the damage is buffered by the armor. Soak is a percentage, and can be rolled in two ways. For example, if Gareth is wearing armor with 40% soak, and his HP (Hit Points, Health) is 50:

<Gareth> `calc 6*0.4
<Dice> Gareth: 6*0.4=2.4
<Gareth> `calc 6-2
<Dice> Gareth: 6-2=4
<Gareth> `calc 50-4
<Dice> Gareth: 50-4=46
/nick Gareth-46
*Gareth is now known as Gareth-46

This way, Gareth multiplies the damage by the decimal value of his soak. The answer is how much damage was absorbed by his armor, and then must be subtracted from the original value. The original value, minus the answer of the soak calculation, gives the damage taken. The damage then, is subtracted from the HP to give the value of how much health Gareth has remaining. Usually in a battle or a quest it is a good idea to keep your HP, if not at maximum, at the end of your nickname so you can keep track of it. Some DMs/GMs also require this practice. Gareth`s soak can also be rolled a shorter way:

<Gareth> `calc 6*0.6
<Dice> Gareth 6*0.6=3.6
<Gareth> `calc 50-4
<Dice> Gareth: 50-4=46
/nick Gareth-46
*Gareth is now known as Gareth-46

To roll it this way, simply subtract the decimal value of your percentage from 1, and use the answer as your soak value. Since Gareth`s soak is 40%, its decimal value is 0.4, 1-0.4=0.6. Gareth uses this 0.6 to determine how much damage is not absorbed by his armor, and thus how much damage he takes. As soak is done with decimal values, one must know how and when to round the answer. If a decimal is below five, then it is rounded down to the first whole number. If a decimal value is five or over, it is rounded up to the next whole number. Depending on the method of rolling you use, it is usually considered proper to always either round up or down. Using the first example, it is proper to always round downwards, and using the second example, it is proper to always round upwards. This should be considered especially in the case of a decimal roll of five or six.

Generally during quests and sometimes inn Role-play, you might be asked to roll a stat check. Stats include Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Wisdom, Intelligence and Charisma. Stat checks are generally used to determine if your character is capable of doing a particular action. Intelligence checks tend to be the most common. To roll a stat check, one must roll a 1d30 and get below the listed stat on their character sheet. These stats are calculated and created by the players at registration. As an example of a stat check:

Gareth is wandering through a cave. He is looking around for signs of other people. The DM asks him to roll an intelligence check to determine whether he is capable of finding said signs or not. Gareth`s intelligence statistic is 12.

<Gareth> `roll 1d30
<Dice> Gareth rolled 1d30: 9 <Total: 9>

As Gareth rolled below 12, he succeeded in his stat check. If he had rolled above 12, he would not have succeeded. The effects of a failed or passed statistic check are usually determined by the DM or GM, unless the player chooses to place them in their own RP under their own initiative. Always remember, that statistics require one to roll beneath the value, where other rolls such as attack or defense require the player to roll above the value.

Magic is rolled very similarly to the attacks done with melee or ranged weapons. Only a few differences apply. When rolling to cast a magic spell, one must use the prayer, spell or song tht as applicable to class in place of their attack tht. To determine which one you use, simply look at the highest value of the three. Only one should have a value above zero, this is because spells are rolled differently per class. For example, a mage uses their spell tht, where a druid uses their prayer tht, where a bard uses their song tht. Also, when rolling a spell, the name of the spell and, if applicable, the technique used to avoid it must be placed at the end of the action before the roll. For example, if Sonia, the mage, wishes to cast the level 6 spell Light Javelin, as described below, with a magic tht of +5:

Range: 45 ft
Duration: Instant
Damage: 3d6 per 5 levels
Saving Throw: defense
Description: Summons a large beam in the shape of a spear; it pierces through any armor known in Orthos. The beam travels through the target, crushing into the next one behind it as well.

*Sonia waves her arms about in a few precise gestures while chanting the soft arcane words of a spell. A flash of light appears down from the sky and cuts down into her enemies (26-(+5 prayer tht)=21 Roll vs. 21 Light Javelin vs. Def)
<Sonia> `roll 1d30
<Dice> Sonia rolled 1d30: 26 <Total: 26>

Since Sonia rolled above her spell tht modified base, she hits with her spell. Since it is vs. defense it is rolled as if one were evading a regular weapon. Damage is rolled as specified in the spell description. Spells may ask for a stat check, (Commonly a dexterity or constitution roll) or may ask to roll vs. Devine resist (as is common with prayers and nature spells, as they require the hand of a god or goddess). Devine resist is rolled the same as defense, but with the corresponding value from the character sheet. Statistics are rolled vs. d30 as well; however require that the roll be below the desired stat. For example, if Sonia`s opponent, Daren, must roll a save vs. a dexterity roll, and his dex is 16:

*Daren attempts to dodge Sonia`s well-aimed spell (Dex 16)
<Daren> `roll 1d30
<Dice> Daren rolled 1d30: 5 <Total: 5>

In this case, because Daren rolled under his stat roll, he succeeds in evading the spell.
Spells may be rolled several times depending on spell attacks per round, as melee attacks may be rolled several times depending on melee attacks per round. To determine how many attacks you have per round, check your class description sheet and the chart at the very bottom. Find your level range and read the number of attacks per round directly to the right of it. This is the maximum number of attacks one is allowed to roll per round, and they must be done all at once.

On a roll of 1d30, a roll of 1, 2, 29 or 30 is considered a critical roll. These rolls are handled differently from the regular hits and misses. The effects are thus:

When attacking, a roll of 29 or 30 negates the opponent`s evade roll and deals double damage to the opponent. On a roll of 30, the soak of the opponent is negated. On a roll of 29, soak still applies.

For Example:
Daren rolls a natural 30 when attacking his opponent, Sonia. His sword deals 2d6 damage usually. As it is a critical roll, Sonia cannot evade, and thus Daren rolls his damage directly. This damage is doubled, also due to the critical roll:

<Daren> `roll 4d6
<Dice> Daren rolled 4d6: 4 5 2 3 <Total: 12>

Thus Daren does 12 damage to Sonia, non-soakable due to the roll of 30. Were it a roll of 29, he would still deal 12 damage, however, Sonia`s armor would still be effective in soaking the damage.

When attacking, on a roll of 1 or 2, the attacker must roll weapon loss. On a roll of one, the attacker must also roll 1d6 self damage. Thus on a roll of one or two, unless possessing of a locked gauntlet or some other weapon loss negating device, the attacker must roll a 1d4, and is unable to retrieve their weapon until after that number of rounds. In the event of a one, the attacker must roll 1d4 for weapon loss as well as a roll of 1d6 for self-damage. Soak does not apply to this damage.

For Example:

Ellyra rolls a 1 when trying to attack Gareth. She not only fails, but also must roll self-damage, and weapon loss, as she has no locking gauntlet.
<Ellyra> `roll 1d6
<Dice> Ellyra rolled 1d6: 3 <Total: 3>

Ellyra takes 3 self damage, and then rolls her weapon loss:

>Ellyra< `roll 1d4
<Dice> Ellyra rolled 1d4: 2 <Total: >
This means that Ellyra can`t use that particular weapon for two rounds. This is how long it takes before one can retrieve, restring or find time to fix their weapon. Were this a roll of a 2, Ellyra would not have to roll self damage.

When defending, a roll of 29 or 30 allows one to roll a counter attack. This is rolled as a regular attack, as explained above. However, this is only one attack, and is not subject to the number of attacks one would normally use per round.
When defending, a roll of 1 or 2 dictates self impale. On a roll of 1 or 2 when defending, the defender not only receives the damage from their opponent, but also rolls an extra 1d4 damage due to their own weapon.

Magic fumbles are applicable on a roll of 1 or 2 when attacking with a spell. This is a critical fail, however, as magic does not follow the same rules as melee attacks, it has various effects when the spell is cast very badly. On a roll of 1 or 2 when attacking with a spell, the caster must roll 1d30 to determine the effect of their miscasted spell. This is rolled, and then the effect is taken off the magic fumbles chart. Generally the effect is posted in the main room by the GM or DM hosting or supervising. However, when no DM or GM is present, one must know how to roll a magic fumble. For example:

Sonia rolls a 1 when attempting to cast a spell. Thus:
<Sonia> `roll 1d30
<Dice> Sonia rolled 1d30: 6 <Total: 6> <Sonia> 6 - The caster becomes confused, and makes all rolls at a -2tht for d6 rounds.

So, since Sonia rolled a 1 when attempting to cast her spell, she rolled a 1d30 to determine the effect of the miscasted spell and took the effect from the magic fumbles chart. This effect then applies to further actions, or as specified.

1 - Nothing happens.
2 - The caster`s magic is blocked, leaving them unable to cast for 1d6 rounds.
3 - Arcane backlash: a wave of magical energy does 1d10 of non-soakable damage to the caster.
4 - The caster shrinks to 4 inches in height and 20 pounds in weight for 1d6 rounds.
5 - The caster emits an arcane glow that illuminates a twenty ft circular area.
6 - The caster becomes confused, and makes all rolls at a -2tht for 1d6 rounds.
7 - The caster levitates himself 5 feet off the ground for 1d6 rounds.
8 - The caster half shifts to the ethereal plane for d6 rounds. They cannot deliver melee attacks or be attacked, but can cast spells at half of their spells per level and for half damage.
9 - The caster develops thick scales for d6 rounds, adding a natural 10% soak.
10 - The caster`s spell spins out of control, dealing 1d8 soakable damage to anything within 20 feet of the caster.
11. The caster can only hear gibberish for 1d6 rounds. They can hear words, however they cannot understand them, no matter what languages they know.
12 - The caster`s energy pauses, freezing everyone in time for one round. 13. The caster`s magic swirls around the party, healing 1d10HP to each party member.
14. The caster is overcome with sorrow, unable to attack or cast for 1d6 rounds unless cornered.
15. The caster can understand all spoken languages, including secret languages for 1d6 rounds.
16. This creates a small rain cloud that hovers over the caster`s head and rains on him for d6 rounds, no matter location.
17. The caster draws up the energy of the party, draining 1d8 of unsoakable damage to anyone within a 30-foot area of the caster.
18 The caster feels lucky, and gets to add their luck bonus to their spell tht for the next two rounds.
19. All the caster`s body hair falls out and takes 1d3 days to grow back.
20. The caster and everyone within a 10 foot area become invisible.
21. The caster goes into a fit of laughter it is so distracting the party rolls at a -1 for all rolls during the next 1d6 rounds. The caster is unable to do anything during that time period but laugh.
22. The caster accidentally adds a temporary +2 damage to ALL characters within a 20-foot area for 1d6 rounds.
23. The caster ages one year.
24. The caster enlarges himself to double his height and weight for 1d6 rounds.
25. The caster goes blind for 1d6 rounds, leaving the caster unable to attack.
26 - The caster smells strongly of sulphur for 1d3 days.
27. The caster grows an extra head that is the opposite alignment of the caster, which remains there for 1d3 days.
28. The sound of the caster`s spell creates a sonic boom that causes 1d8 unsoakable damage to all characters within a 30-foot radius.
29. The caster turns into a frog for 1d6 rounds.
30. The casters hit points drop by half.