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There's a skill to Competing that goes beyond simple familiarity with the rules of any given game. You want to get into the heads of your competition and make them make mistakes - better, make the specific mistakes you want them to make. It's wit, it's manipulation - it's learning how to win when simple statistics say you shouldn't.

Dominant Attribute: Finesse

Training Levels and Unlocks:

  1. Trash Talk (Action)
  2. "Evriam Dal’esc and the Festival" (Lore)
  3. "Competitive Edge" (Lore)
  4. Magic (Pheme), "These Simple Thoughts" (Lore)
  5. Pep Talk (Action)
  6. Hostis (Pheme)
  7. Earth (Pheme), "End of Rivalry" (Lore)
  8. Competitive Spirit (Spell)
  9. Choke (Spell)
  10. Rabble Rouse (Action)
  11. Trophy Storage Room (Location)

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Planning

Dominant Attribute: Insight (in-game description incorrectly claims it's Finesse)

Preparation for competition is not enough; to be really successful, one must plan!  The Skill of Planning encompases all possibilities and eventualities, allowing a person to sally forth while knowing their backs will be properly protected and that everyone is 'on the same page', as it were.  

Training Levels and Unlocks:

  1. Hindsight (Pheme)
  2. Learn from Mistakes (Ability)
  3. Time (Pheme), "Best Plans Fall to Pieces, by Wentell Seeburg I" (Lore)
  4. Scry (Pheme), "Best Plans Fall to Pieces, by Wentell Seeburg II" (Lore)
  5. Foresight (Pheme)
  6. Reveal Flaw (Spell)
  7. "Best Plans Fall to Pieces, by Wentell Seeburg III" (Lore)
  8. "Best Plans Fall to Pieces, by Wentell Seeburg IV" (Lore)
  9. Look Ahead (Ability)
  10. Daniel ‘Big Danny’ Carter's Catalog (Shop)
  11. [Random Plot Subskill] - maximum Skill Level +1

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Manipulation

Dominant Attribute: Finesse

Manipulation has existed since before the time of the Wyrms, yet it is truly the dragons that defined this Skill.  Dragons were known to force other of their slave humans to report on other slave humans, even to the point of making these confessions occur without provocation.  Merely the mention of the possibility of punishment caused slaves to squeal their confessions, thinking that by sending their comrades 'down the river', they themselves might be saved.  Alas, most of the time, the dragons were merely looking for entertainment, and all those who squealed and were squealed on were punished the same.  

Training Levels and Unlocks:

  1. Timing (Pheme), "Kinara the Shrew" (Lore)
  2. Amicita (Pheme)
  3. "Anilka and her Potion" (Lore)
  4. Stir up Trouble (Action)
  5. "Item: Friendship Bracelet" (Lore)
  6. Improve Relationship (Spell)
  7. "From a Historie of the Court of King Phelemon XII" (Lore)
  8. Faraday Tenebach (Shop)
  9. Mediocre (Pheme), "Tarquinius the Mage" (Lore)
  10. Schism (Spell)
  11. Manipulator's Gift (Ability)

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Wit

Dominant Attribute: Finesse

Wit as it relates to the field of competition is far different than Wit as it relates to writing and poetry, yet the two are often intermingled so much that only the poet or historian can tell them apart.  Those who study Wit will learn the art of speech in a way that can inspire followers and friends in practically any realm.  

Training Levels and Unlocks:

  1. Water (Pheme), "Riddle of the Ancient Mage" (Lore)
  2. Benvinitio's Catalog of Chuckles (Shop)
  3. "Sharp-tipped Words" (Lore)
  4. Impress Listener (Spell)
  5. Acuity (Pheme)
  6. Quick Wit (Spell), Hostis (Pheme)
  7. Fire (Pheme), "Task of Meldau" (Lore)
  8. Air (Pheme)
  9. Understanding (Pheme), "The Quickest Words" (Lore)
  10. Inspirational Writing (Spell)
  11. Dimmae Theater (Location)

How to Raise Maximum Skill Level:

Research Topic (Wit)

Level 10 : Wit - maximum Skill Level +1

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Striving Against the Foe

Dominant Attribute: Fitness

[New Skill as of DLC 5]

Common in College Godina, but available to everyone, the skill of Striving Against the Foe lies in finding excitement in adversity.  If you teach yourself to look for challenge where others see only disaster, you may take more than your share of knocks - but you'll also win more than your share of contests.

Training Levels and Unlocks:

  1. Excitement (Pheme)
  2. The Mad Hill Obstacle Course (Location)
  3. "A Quote Attributed to King Godina" (Lore)
  4. Challenge (Pheme)
  5. "A Quote Attributed to Callixtas of Lysandos" (Lore)
  6. Competitive Training (Action)
  7. Underdog's Edge (Spell)
  8. "A Quote Attributed to the Dragon Auratgaraitch" (Lore)
  9. Threatening Opposition (Spell)
  10. Fortitude in Adversity (Ability)
  11. Expand Fitness +1

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