In the world of Terris you start as a first level character. As you play, you will complete quests, slay creatures and perform other deeds which amass you experience points. When you achieve certain experience point thresholds, you will be promoted to the next rank (next level). You can use the EXP command to see where you currently are in your experience progression.
As you reach these levels, your character will gain additional hit points and spell points as well as build points. It is by finding a teacher and spending your saved build points that you learn skills or become better at existing skills. This is how your character grows in capability.
You spend build points either at a trainer or with another player. If you are at a location offering training, use the SHOW SKILLS command to see the list of skills being taught and their cost in build points and gold. To learn a skill at a trainer, type LEARN <skill number>. If you have enough gold and sufficient build points, you will learn the skill. The first time you learn a skill, it costs more build points than normal. As you progress in your skill, the build point costs remain the same but the gold piece costs go up. To avoid paying gold pieces to learn skills, you can learn skills from other players. See HELP TEACH and HELP STUDY for more information.
Different classes pay different build point costs to learn skills. The closer the skill is to your core class skills, the cheaper it is for you to learn. Note however, that there is ^YNO^N restriction on the types of skills a player can learn (provided these skills/spells could be found)! A half-ogre fighter could learn spell craft; it would just cost him more than an elven wizard!
Different skills will give you different abilities: the ability to slay creatures in combat, the ability to cast spells, the ability to pick locks or hide in shadows etc. As you gain in abilities, parts of the land once too challenging for you to enter will be within your skill sets. Thus, as you adventure and attain more skill, you will find the world opening up, allowing you to adventure further than ever before.
In addition to achieving rewards directly from the game (for example when you complete a quest or slay a creature), the Gods and even other players have an influence on your character.
As you adventure within the land, you can be awarded role playing points from other players. When you achieve a new level, your accumulated role-playing points for the prior level help determine how many new spell points, build points, and hit points your character earns. Thus, players who gain many role playing points will find their characters progressing at a faster rate than those who do not. Thus, you should always try to role play your character well. Other players will reward your role playing skills, which in turn will help your character progress (see HELP ROLEPLAY for more information on this concept)
The Gods can also have an impact on your character. They can send you on elaborate quests, reward you for heroic deeds or excellent role playing, or penalize you for harassing other players or acting out of character. Treat Heros and Immortals as important players, because they can have a dramatic effect on your character! (See HELP SYSOPS for more on the full role of Heros and Immortals.)
The real Goal in Terris is to attain such a high skill level and knowledge of the land that you are asked to join the ranks of the Gods. These are players who have grown so powerful that they are asked to help develop the game, guide newer players and take part in the planning of new quests and challenges. It is truly an honour to be asked to join this elite rank!
While you are attaining the skills necessary to become a God, you will be learning the lands of Terris, slaying foul beasts, completing complex quests, learning of forgotten magic’s and secret locations. You should talk with other players, remember everything told to you in a quest or written on a rumor scroll and generally be aware of what’s going on.
Beginning goals should be:
to learn the commands needed to view your character (EXP, STATS, SKILLS, SPELLS, GOLD, FLAGS)
learn the commands needed to move about the land (N,S,E,W,U,D,NE,NW,SE,SW)
learn the communication commands (SAY, TELL, SHOUT, WISH)
learn the item manipulation commands (PACK, UNPACK, I, EQUIP, WIELD, DROP, GET)
learn the combat commands (ADVANCE, ATTACK, RETREAT, CAST, TARGET, RECALL)
and shop commands (SHOW SKILLS, SHOW SPELLS, SHOW ITEMS, SHOW QUESTS, SHOW SERVICES, BUY, LEARN, SCRIBE, OFFER, SERVICE, SELL)
Help is available on all of the above mentioned commands.