Nei Blave's Tome of Sorcerery
What I've learned about being a Sorcerer in Elanthia is rather hard to express. Basically, I feel like the way to succeed as a Sorcerer is looking at the big picture. Its like watching TV. Get too close, and all you see is a bunch of dots. But if you back up, everything will be much clearer.
If you have ever read a GemStone guide, you know that Sorcerers start out weak. But you don't *have* too :). A well designed Sorcerer who knows what to do is a deadly character, regardless of level. But of course Sorcerers are hard to play, and becoming this "well designed Sorc" is even harder. But it can be done, and hopefully I can help you do it :).
We all know what its like to be level 1. It stinks right? Well, the best way to get from 1st to 4th is to deliver messages. It will earn you lots of silver, and if you know what you're doing, can keep your mind at "Must Rest" for a long time. But there is something that you absolutely need when delivering messages. Make sure you have a map. And if you don't have one, go get it!. Now, you might say, "Geesh, this is boring, I want to go kill something!". Well, if thats the way you feel, then by all means do it. But learning your way around the town will help you greatly in the future. Oh, one little tip. The system has been changed so that you *must* deliver the message you were given. If you eat it, or drop it, the clerk will be upset and refuse to give you another for a little while.
All of these things are VERY important to a Sorcerer. In fact, a lot of mana and a high CS can advance you all on their own. But getting a good CS is a lot harder than you might think. To get the highest possible CS you would have to:
So while the last two don't seem that bad, the first one is the kicker. To get the highest CS possible, you must overtrain in the Sorc Circle. Meaning: You must learn spells that you cannot cast yet (remember, you can only cast 5th level and under spells if you're 5th level, but you can learn past that). BUT, if you choose to go this way, it is important to still get spells in other Circles that will help you. Having the first three spells of Minor Spirit (Protection I, Aura, and Spirit Barrier) are great spells as a Sorcerer. Because our spells are not affected by Spirit Barrier (only things like swinging a sword, or casting a fire bolt are) we can get an extra +50 DS without any side effects. There is also another important factor of CS. If you are attacking something one level below you, you get an extra +3, two levels +6, three levels +9, etc. BUT, if you're attacking something one level above you, you recieve a penalty of -3. So, you'll probably have to hunt at the same level or below. Not very fair is it? Well, life isn't fair either ;). Oh, one thing I forgot to mention: The weapon you'll use for your entire career is Mana Disruption. Keep that in mind, and remember it doesn't work well against creatures with armor.
Well, thats it for awhile, but I will always be adding more pointers and suggestions, so check back soon! :) If you have problems, comments, questions, or complaints about the Sorcerer pages you can send mail to Brooke Meridean aka Nei Blave.