There are additional skills that will help in combat as you advance in your career, from the ability to do more damage by finding weak points in armour to landing multiple blows in one attack. Thiefly types can also benefit from the use of concealment skills and the deadly art of assassination.
Skills are often restricted to individual or like-minded guilds, allowing players to follow a career path to develop their abilities to the fullest potential.
As you progress you will find better armour and weapons become available, and even the use of mounts to ride in to battle.
If riding a mount (MOUNT command), you can CHARGE into battle. You do not need to ADVANCE on a creature to charge. The CHARGE command works just like the ATTACK or AIM command. A charge has a greater chance of hitting and will do more damage but will take longer to recover from. The additional damage and attack chance are dependent on your riding skill.