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Chronicles of Elyria includes many ways for players to resolve and start conflict with one another. One of the most direct of these is starting physical fights and duels with your opponents. A player's ability to physically fight others is governed by that player's skill levels in the combat category, one of the six top-level skill trees in the game.
Combat Mechanics[edit | edit source]
Combat mechanics have been referenced by the developers since the November 2nd Q&A.
A fifty percent mastery swordsman will usually best a ten percent mastery swordsman, but other elements of combat such as player skill and learned experience on your character during current and past lives may skew the results of a duel.
However combat between one and ten percent mastery swordsmen is largely balanced, player skill not permitting.
Vitality[edit | edit source]
Health points don't exist in Chronicles of Elyria. In its stead, player health and well-being is represented by vitality.
- "You can think of Vitality as consciousness. If you go too long without rest, food, water, etc. you pass out from fatigue. If you’re in a fight and are injured, you fatigue faster and pass out sooner." - Caspian
Vitality is a combination of all the various bars you might be used to in other games rolled into one. Health, fatigue, hunger, thirst, all represented as one mechanic.This system is not made to simplify things, however. It is so your actions in one area now impact other aspects of your character.
- "It means if you’re planning to siege a castle, you have to stop and camp nearby to recover from the trip. This gives scouts that see you a chance to warn the castle ahead of time. It also means that bandits who see you leaving may want to ambush you later in the journey when you’re more tired. But this also gives you more chance to notice them as they follow you." - Caspian
There are pause points. Times where you will be weaker. Occasions for attackers to be spotted before they take up their arms. It means that there is room for the story, room for exploiting the actions of others.
For more detailed info on those, see the page on Combat Skills.