Athletics

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Athletics is the skill of training the body for raw physical endurance. Weight training, some aerobics and a rigorous workout regime will eventually gain a variety of skills that involve either brute strength or feats of endurance.
Skill Learned At Description
Weathering Inept+0% Immunity to normal weather.
Vitality Inept+50% An adrenaline rush to heal your body.
Breathe Novice+0% Prepares your body to reduce fatigue loss.
Sturdiness Novice+33% Standing firm against attempts to move you.
Fitness Novice+66% Increased resistance to the elements.
Headslam Apprentice+0% Stun your opponent with your hard head.
Intimidation Apprentice+50% Intimidates weaker opponents with your bulk.
Blocking Capable+0% Allows you to block specific directions.
Regeneration Capable+50% Regain health through strength of mind.
Resistance Adept+0% Affords your puissant body extra magical resistance.
Workout Adept+33% Maintain peak physical condition.
Tackle Adept+66% Roughly tackle an opponent into an adjacent room.
Sprinting Master+0% To sprint rapidly in a given direction.
Barging Master+33% Barging your opponents.
Constitution Master+66% Maintaining your intestinal equilibrium.
Adrenaline Gifted+0% Pumping adrenaline through your veins.
Hunger Gifted+50% To force hunger and thirst upon yourself.
Doors Expert+0% You can now attempt to barge through doors.
Strength Expert+50% Increases the strength of your strikes.
Consciousness Virtuoso+0% The ability to stay conscious at all times.
Transmute Virtuoso+50% Instantly convert mana into health.
Boosting Fabled+0% Increasing your rate of regeneration.
Charge Fabled+33% Carry someone a great distance with a charge.
Numbness Fabled+66% Delaying the effects of damage.
Immunity Mythical+0% Immunity from most poisons.
Surge Mythical+25% Increase your health at the cost of your mana.
Buff Mythical+25% An impressive display of your strength.
Bulwark Mythical+50% Protect your allies.
Taunt Mythical+75% Let out a cry that forces all enemies to attack you!
Puissance Transcendent+0% Your next physical attack will be of great strength.
Surge (by Folken)


Weathering

Syntax
WEATHERING

WEATHERING RELAX

Vitals Bonus: 1/2 Health

Your budding control over your body will assist you in weathering the storm of life by warming your blood and granting a 1/2 maximum health buff. It will also make you feel a bit warmer.

Additional Notes:
Does not require or expend balance or equilibrium.


Vitality

Syntax
VITALITY

You may only activate this ability when on full health and mana. Once active, when you drop to less than twenty-five percent of your maximum health without dying, you will get a sudden rush of adrenaline that will heal you significantly.

Additional Notes:
Once your vitality defense has triggered, you cannot reraise vitality for XXX seconds.


Breathing

Syntax
BREATHE DEEP
Damage Resistance: 1/3 Asphyxiation

With the increased lung power you have gained from your bodily mastery, you are able to resist becoming out of breath, allowing you to move faster and resist asphyxiation damage.

Additional Notes:
Increases celerity by 1. Requires & expends equilibrium.


Sturdiness

Syntax
STAND FIRM

By concentrating on increasing your mass, you are able to increase resistance to most attempts to move you against your will. It is lost when you next use balance or equilibrium.

Additional Notes:
Universal Rooting +50%. Sturdiness also falls if the user moves to another room.


Fitness

Damage Resistance: 1/8 Fire

Your athletic fitness is such that you are better able to sweat out a fight at extremely hot temperatures, and will therefore take less damage from heat-based attacks. There is no command to activate it; you will always be protected from the heat so long as you possess this skill.


Headslam

Syntax
HEADSLAM <target>

By slamming your thick skull against your opponent's head, you can briefly stun them. You may headslam even while tied up or with both arms broken, though you must be standing.


Intimidation

Syntax
INTIMIDATE <target>

Instill fear in your opponent by your impressive strength and bulk...assuming you are indeed bulkier and stronger.


Blocking

Syntax
BLOCK <direction> [FIRM]

UNBLOCK

Power: 1 (any) (Only when "firm")

This ability will allow you to block a particular direction, giving a chance to prevent normal movement in that direction. Spending power to block "firm" will make the blocking guaranteed.

Additional Notes:
Does not affect denizens; they can still pass by.


Regeneration

Syntax
REGENERATION ON/OFF
Regeneration: 1/5 Health -1/-10 Mana

At an ongoing mental drain, you are able to channel your mental energy into healing yourself (1/5 health regen).

Additional Notes:
Requires equilibrium, but does not expend it.

Changelog:

  • Athletics Regeneration now has a mana malus equal to half of the health regen bonus (i.e. a -1 malus without boosting, a -2 malus with boosting. (#531 on 03-08-2016)


Resistance

Syntax
RESISTANCE
Damage Resistance: 1/8 Magic

Calling upon your inner physical reserves, you can exude an aura that will absorb some magical damage.


Workout

Your many hours of rigorous training grant you a 5/10 bonus to health.


Tackle

Syntax
TACKLE <target> <direction>

You can tackle your opponent and carry him or her to an adjacent location.


Sprinting

Syntax
SPRINT <direction>

Sprint quickly in a particular direction.


Barging

Syntax
BARGE <player> <direction>

This ability will barge a player to the direction you choose. To start the ability, you must be in a room adjacent to the room where the target player resides, and you must choose to barge him in a direction that wouldn't take him into the room you are in. So, for instance, say that Bob is in a room to the north of you, and that his room has another exit to the northeast. You would do BARGE BOB NE to carry Bob into the room northeast of him.

Changelog:

  • Athletics Barging will no longer bypass walls or other exit obstructions. (#149 on 05-01-2012)


Constitution

Syntax
CONSTITUTION

This ability will gain you a stomach of steel.

Additional Notes:
Creates a chance to avoid the vomiting affliction. Requires & uses equilibrium.


Adrenaline

Syntax
ADRENALINE

A surge of adrenaline will speed up your reflexes.

Additional Notes:
requires equilibrium.


Hunger

Syntax
HUNGER

Force yourself to become hungry, even if you don't want to eat. You should be warned, however, that this will indeed make you hungrier than normal.

Additional Notes:
Cures the anorexia affliction.


Doors

Syntax
BARGE <direction>

If there is a door in the direction you barge, you will attempt to break it open using your superior strength and bulk.

Additional Notes:
Most doors will take several barge attempts. Steel reinforced doors may not be barged down.


Strength

Syntax
FLEXING
Damage Bonus: 2/6 Universal

By flexing your muscles, you can enhance your damage to the tune of a 2/6 universal buff.

Additional Notes:
Requires & uses equilibrium.


Consciousness

Syntax
CONSCIOUSNESS ON/OFF

Your power of concentration is such that you will be able to maintain a grasp on consciousness where you might normally lose it.

Additional Notes:
Prevents others from making you fall asleep. Requires and uses equilibrium.


Transmute

Syntax
TRANSMUTE <0-1000>

This will instantly turn the specified amount of mana into health, minus a bit that is lost in the transfer.


Boosting

Syntax
BOOST REGENERATION

This ability, when used in conjunction with Regeneration, alters the rate of regeneration to a more favourable mana-to-health ratio (2/6 health regen).


Charge

Syntax
CHARGE <target> <direction>
Damage Type: 100% Blunt

If your target is within your line of sight, your charge will carry you the entire length of your line of sight, much like sprint, only you will ram into your target and carry him or her with you. Your target will be slammed into the ground and take damage.

Changelog:

  • Athletics Charge will now properly respect movement barriers (e.g. icewalls, greatpentagrams, etc.) along the path between the caster and target. If the target is unreachable, then the caster is unmoved, otherwise both players will be moved as far along the path as possible. (#404 on 02-25-2014)


Numbness

Syntax
NUMB
Power: 5 (Any)

Effect: 25/25 Universal Resistance

With a very clever method of concentration, you are now able to numb yourself to damage received, at least temporarily. While numb, you will greatly resist any damage received.

Additional Notes:
Used to last 15 seconds. Please verify.

Changelog:

  • Athletics Numbness has been changed to be a temporary defense that grants 25/25 universal resistance for 15 seconds. (#1178 on 12-05-2017)


Immunity

Syntax
IMMUNITY
Power: 4 (Any)

Allows you to use your increased mastery over your body to burn off poisons.

Additional Notes:
Dramatically increases poison shrugging. Each time it fires, it has a chance to remove the defense.


Surge

Syntax
SURGE

RELAX SURGE

Power: 4 (Any)

By channeling your power into your body, you can protect yourself for a limited time when danger is near. Surging your body will allow it to metabolize potions, sparkleberry and other forms of healing more effectively. When you relax surge, or it wears off, there will be a short duration before you can surge once more.

Additional Notes:
Doubles all healing received for 15 seconds. 30 second cooldown before you can use it again.


Buff

Syntax
BUFF
Power: 8 (Any)

By flexing all your muscles and showing off how buff you really are, you can put up breathing, constitution, consciousness, strength and immunity all at once.


Bulwark

Syntax
BULWARK <ally>
Power: 5 (Any) 1000 mana and 5s equilibrium

You can adopt a protective stance to protect a mutual ally for a period of time. Being separated from your target for too long will cause this to fall, as well as becoming paranoid.

Additional Notes:
"Cast on an ally and for the duration of the skill, any damage you target would take, you take instead. If you're separated from your target for 4s or if you're afflicted with paranoia, the [bulwark] will drop." (Changelog #1219 on 2017-Dec-30)


Taunt

Syntax
TAUNT ENEMIES
Power: 8 (Any)

Taunting personal enemies will force them to attack you for the next 6s. Should you leave the room where you taunt, this effect will fall, and all enemies will be immune to taunting for a period of time after it falls.


Puissance

Syntax
PUISSANCE
Power: 3 (Any)

Your next 3 physical attack will do puissant damage, granting the ability to lower the wounding requirements for any modifiers by one level. For example, if it requires critical wounds, with puissance, it will require heavy wounds.

Wounding attacks will not use up a puissant strike. If you do not use your puissant strikes within 5 minutes, the effect will fade.

Puissant strikes will not help you with killing modifiers.

Changelog (Puissance-specific):

  • Puissance will no longer use charges on the following attacks:
  • Puissance has also been converted to the defdb system. It was given a fade line when it fades after 5 minutes. Other than now showing up on GMCP, there should be no other noticeable effect. (#2582 on 25-Dec-2021)
  • Puissance will no longer work towards kill modifiers, such as execute, bashbrain, exsanguinate, etc. (#1409 on 06-01-2018)

Changelog (skill-wide):

  • New skill added to Athletics: Bulwurk. (#1219 on 12-30-2017)
  • New skill added to Athletics: Taunt. (Announce news #2827 on 5-31-2018)