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The sky of Ancardia is covered by a myriad of stars. One moon circles
the world. The inhabitants of Ancardia believe in the magical forces
controlling the movements of the celestial bodies. Magic energies
influence one's life depending on the time of birth.
Each month is named after a particular star sign. One year has 12
months, each with four weeks of seven days each. In addition, there
are two special days in each month which don't belong to any week.
The first day in a month is Darknight, when no moon is visible. The
16th day of a month is called Silvernight, when the moon shines
brightly. Darknight is considered to be a dangerous day followed by a
night filled with evil magics. In contrast, Silvernight is a joyful
day (when nobody usually works) and is followed by a night full of
feasts and revelries.
During the day of Darknight all evil magics are very strong while good
magics are severely hampered. On the day of Silvernight good magics
enjoy great advantages while evil magics are severely hindered. The
weeks are named Oneweek, Twoweek, Threeweek and Fourweek. Thus a
typical month is structured like this:
|Day ||Specific Name
|2- 8 ||Oneweek
The following twelve star signs are used to name the months:
|Season ||Month ||#
|Spring ||Book ||2
|Autumn ||Falcon ||8
|Winter ||Wolf ||11
When the game is started, a star sign is determined (together with
your character's birthday). The star sign has some effects on the
career of the character. Note that some signs are quite variable in
the attributes they govern. Your character will also be slightly
favored during the month named after his star sign. Finally,
characters tend to be very lucky on their birthday. You might want to
consider these factors when creating a character.
- Raven: Death, Messengers, Companion, Tricks
- Book: Knowledge, Learning, Laws
- Wand: Laws, Neutral Magic, Leadership
- Unicorn: Grace, Beauty, Purity, Innocence, Dignity
- Salamander: Magic (especially fire), Eloquence
- Dragon: Ferocity, Combat, Might, Rulership, Anger, Combat Magic
- Sword: Combat, Execution, Tactics, Strategy
- Falcon: Nobility, Hunt, Force of Personality
- Cup: Collected Knowledge, Experience, Camaraderie
- Candle: Hope, Life, Serenity, Transition
- Wolf: Hunt, Ferocity, Community with Nature, Devotion, Loyalty
- Tree: Tradition, Inflexibility
The game itself begins on the first day of the month of the Unicorn.
Game-related Effects of Star Signs
Each star sign has specific game effects which will be enumerated
Harder to trick by deceptions, messengers will reach you faster,
you are faster (+10 to speed), companions are more powerful, +2 to
Lawful tendencies (it's harder to change), one free skill increase
per level, increased chance to learn spells, +3 to initial Learning.
Lawful tendencies (it's harder to change), spells for neutral casters
are 10% cheaper in power points, +2 to initial Charisma, starts out
with lawful tendencies but gets +2 to Mana and 10% more power points
if neutral initially.
Harder to corrupt by Chaos effects, hard to change to a different
alignment once lawful, +2 to initial Appearance.
Fire magic is 20% cheaper in power points, +1 to initial Charisma, +3
to initial Mana, +20% to power points (always).
10% increased effects from Tactics settings, -3 to initial Willpower,
+2 to initial Strength, +1 to initial Toughness, costs to increase
weapon skills are reduced by 10%, combat magic is 10% cheaper in power
Positive modifiers from Tactics settings are increased by 10%, costs
to increase melee weapon skills are reduced by 20%, +1 to the initial
Very good at surviving in the wilderness, +2 to initial Willpower, +1
to initial Charisma, one free talent.
Requires 10% less experience points to advance in level, receives one
free skill advance every two levels, learns spells more effectively
(20% better than others), +2 to initial Learning.
Heals faster, the gods are more forgiving when asked for favors, one
+3 to initial Perception, +3 to initial Willpower, food is more
nutritious for you (by +10%) (by +25%).
It's generally hard to change alignment, +5 to initial Willpower, +2 to
Toughness, +1 to PV.