General Changes & Feat Changes
Major EFU Changes
Many changes have been made to EFU: City of Rings that have no home elsewhere in the Wiki. This is where you can find information on those topics.
- Bioware Parties have been disabled in EFU. This is for the enjoyment of all players and DMs.
- Characters roll max HP on each level up and it is no longer randomized.
- Characters start at level 2 in the OOC starting area. Level 5 is very easy to reach by performing many of the quests available to starting players. While level 7 is achievable for almost any player, the difficulty will begin to sharply increase from there. Level 10 is sometimes attained by accomplished long-term characters. Levels 11+ are reached only very rarely, by very influential PCs, and require an application to be approved prior to leveling up in-game.
- Saving throws do not auto-fail on rolling 1's, but still auto-succeed on 20's.
- In-game hours are twenty seven minutes long outside of game, instead of only two. Turns remain unmodified at one minute outside of game. Everything that was hour-duration in vanilla Neverwinter Nights is now 5 minutes, unless stated otherwise.
- Your character may rest only in an inn room (after having paid the innkeeper), out in the wild with a campfire and bedroll, or in special "free resting" locations. Free resting is provided by most associations, factions, and in-game properties. You may rest once every 15 minutes. Class benefits for resting exist for Rangers, Druids, and Barbarians. Perks for some classes affect this as well.
- Various spell visual effects have been removed/shortened.
- Ability stat bonuses from multiple items do not stack. Bonuses from items and spells will stack
- Stealth is more effective in some areas (such as dark caves) than it is in brightly lit rooms.
- Caltrops will not stack when dropped on top of each other.
- AC from Bracers will not work if your character has an armor modifier from other sources (such as padded, leather, or metal armors).
- There are various damage modes (subdual, sparring, blackout, and full damage) all accessible through the Crafting Menu or by using Voice Commands. Blackout mode sends a PC into a special "unconscious" area. You can then grab their unconscious body and take it with you somewhere. Familiars/Companions/Summons should be on the damage mode of their master. Note that summons switch to FD as they are being unsummoned, this is an unavoidable bug due to the game's engine, so be careful.
- Exploration XP - The first time you go to many areas you will receive XP.
- DM XP - DM XP can be awarded for many feats: Doing interesting 'things', pursue interesting stories, express your creativity, roleplay excellently and entertaining yourself and others. It is worth noting that DM XP is not a guarantee, but can also be earned if you persevere through a "spiced" quest. Merely being present for an important event may also earn you some XP. DM XP is either permanent, or normal, depending on the DM's decision.
- Delivery Quests - We have some pretty basic delivery quests around. Note that the delivery NPC will be marked by our system as part of the quest system, which may lead to some confusion.
- Exploration Random Areas - We have more than a hundred of these, easily. Basically, throughout the course of the day different transitions spawn in different areas that either a solitary PC or a group can explore. Some are insanely challenging, some are nothing more than an empty room with a huge pile of loot. They're fun, but sometimes very deadly. Players often refer to these as "randoms" or simply "explorables".
- Random Ambients - lots of different little small "things" spawn all around the module also. Strange shrines, or deadly plants... etc.
- Rumors - We have a "rumors" system by which we can very easily and dynamically update the rumors that NPCs or placeables mention via our web console. Thus, very often we'll hide lore or plot hints or remarks on player actions in-game. It can be worthwhile to speak with NPCs and read placeables scattered across the module...
- Rare Spawns - There are a variety of rare random monster spawns that can be quite rewarding to kill. Some are "Hero Spawns" (randomly named and titled NPCs), others are just very rare. These famed heroes among monsters may seek out experienced characters that are avoiding their lairs.
- Scavenging - There are a lot of areas that can be "scavenged," particularly with high Search skill. You might spontaneously find nice treasure just lying around or in rubble. Certain perks may help grant additional bonuses.
- Merchants - Occasionally, special merchants with stores will spawn in-game with discounted or randomly generated wares. They can be found in "explorable" areas that populate across the City and in occasionally in Ticker Square. Many of these stores sell mundane, flavorful wares. You might also find something among them worthwhile or something to aid your roleplay, such as collectibles, keys, a bit of lore, or just something sort of interesting or unique.
- Interaction NPCs - Some of the random spawn NPCs in settlements can be interacted for the possibility of a reward, such as an arm-wrestling contest wagering gold.
- Reinforced Gold Chests - In EFU: City of Rings, occasionally you will encounter 'Reinforced Gold Chests'. A minimum number of players is required to open these chests, requiring more people depending on the size of the chest. This is to provide incentive, and reward for larger parties. In order to open a 'Reinforced Gold Chest', players must gather in close proximity to the chest. Quests that contain these chests will often, but not always, have two types of chest: one chest for a medium sized parties and one chest for large sized parties.
- Gold Piles - In EFU: City of Rings, many quests feature gold piles that can be found as tiny, small, medium, large, or huge piles. Each pile can be clicked on to receive a random value of gold within a set range, varying depending upon the size of the pile. For example, a small pile might reward you with 25-50 gold, a medium pile with 50-75 gold, and so on. These piles will despawn on use.
- Sacks of Gold - In EFU: City of Rings, Sacks of Gold can be found in many quests, and can be collected by multiple players. Each player will receive randomized value of gold depending upon the quest. This does not despawn once used, but can only be used once per a quest by each player.
- Treasure Boxes - In EFU: City of Rings, special reward placeables can be found in quests that reward every player who opens it. These placeables are usually appear as a pile of boxes. Keep an eye out!
- Delivery Order NPCS - As an inversion of Delivery Quests, players can pay for the collection of a randomized package of loot. Several NPCs offering their services for a bit of groat exist throughout the City of Rings, particularly in Ticker Square.
- Raise Dead- Raise Dead has been disabled for Cleric PCs. Raise Dead is now a "Miracle of the Waters" and when performed by NPCs now costs XP as well from the PCs who wish to raise the dead PC - the cost being the XP death penalty to the PC divided by each of the PCs near the NPC. Respawn deaths should considered as simply having been seriously injured or knocked out.
- Paladins - Paladins start without their powers and must find a shrine in game to swear to a Paladin Code in order to receive full benefits.
- Barbarian Rage - There has been significant changes to Barbarian Rage and the inclusion of Barbarian Furors. The class tool is no longer used to activate rage and now requires a chat command.
- Cleric Spellcasting - Clerics are now Relic Guardians and require you to be attuned to a relic in order to cast spells. You may only attune to a single relic at a time, only once per rest, and they will determine what circle of spells you are able to properly cast.
- Graverobbing - Bash a sealed Sarcophagus and it produces a plundered tomb placeable with a description that tells pcs how it was damaged. Rob tombs or hunt down those who do!
- Falling Damage - Failing climbing checks will generally result in falling damage, which will inflict a significant amount of bludgeoning to your character. This can be lethal if you are reckless enough!
- New Shape Change AI - A new shapechanger AI has been added to appropriate NPCs.
- Sticky Combat Modes - Sticky Combat Modes have been implemented. You may walk around freely with Flurry of Blows, Expertise, Dirty Fighting, Parry, Defensive Casting, and other combat stances.
- Greater Spell Focus: Evocation - By choosing GSF: Evocation, your selected Flame Weapon element adds a special effect to spells that deal elemental damage of that sort. For example, having cold as your Flame Weapon element will add the below effect to all cold damage spells, such as Icestorm.
NB: You can choose your Flame Weapon element in the OOC starter zone.
NB: As with other magic changes, the changes to this feat may be subject to further adjustment.
The special effects added are:
Fire - Damaged targets make a saving throw or are set on fire. They receive 1d4 damage per round until a successful save is made. Cold - Damaged targets make a saving throw or suffer Slow for one round. Acid - Damaged targets make a save throw or experience -2 Armour Class for 1d6 rounds. Electrical - Damaged targets spread 1d4 electrical damage to other nearby targets.
- Dual-Wield - The effects of Magic Weapon, Flame Weapon, Darkfire, Poison and Alchemist's Fire duplicated to off-hand weapon when cast on your main weapon.
- Two-Weapon Fighting - The effects of Magic Weapon, Flame Weapon, Darkfire, Poison and Alchemist's Fire duplicated to off-hand weapon when cast on your main weapon.
- Brew Potion - This feat can be purchased from specific NPCs found in-game. Furthermore, brewing potions has been streamlined and made more efficient in EFU. You can purchase a Potion Cauldron to create multiple potions (the number of potions you can brew at a time using the cauldron is determined by character level) from a single spell-cast or a Brewer's Elixir to check the maximum cost of brewing each potion. To use either, simply cast the spell onto the item. Brewing costs are randomized, but never exceed the Elixir's maximum, and are reduced by your Appraise, Spellcraft, Intellect, Wizard and Sorcerer levels.
- Craft Wand - This feat can be purchased from specific NPCs found in-game. Furthermore, to avoid having to spend a large amount of resources experimenting, EFU has Crafting Scepters that can be found in-game and used to determine the maximum crafting cost of each wand. Prices differ depending on the same formulas described for Brew Potion.
- Scribe Scrolls - A notable change is the addition of the Inkwell Arcana, an item that can be found in-game and used to determine the price each scribing of a scroll will cost you.
- Silver Palm - A special bonus when speaking with merchants.
- Skill Focus: Heal - Increases the rate at which herbs heal the target (per instance) from 1 to 2.
- Thug - Additionally reduces the cooldown on Barbarian Rage by 2 minutes
- Turn Undead - Clerics use a custom, unique system in EfU. See Turn Undead for more information related to this feat. Paladin Turn Undead remains unchanged.
- Improved Expertise - This feat has been removed from EFU. If you take this feat, you will be forced to retake that level.
Encumbrance limits were increased. Weight capacity has been increased by 10 at each point of Strength below 16. At 16 Strength, capacity is only increased by 5. From 17 Strength onward the values remain consistent with vanilla NWN.