General Changes & Feat Changes
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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 stating area. Level 5 is very easy to reach by performing many of the quests available to starting players. While level 7 is very achievable to reach for almost any player, the difficulty will begin to sharply increase with each level. Level 10 can be reached for very long term characters. Levels 11+ are reached only very rarely, by very influential PCs, and require an application to be approved prior to achieving 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-rest spots. You may rest once every 20 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 is wearing any form of armor beyond clothing.
- 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.
- Metal Domain power now affects Great Maul as well.
- 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 pretty nice "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 other things in rumors or placeables. It can be worth speaking with NPCs and reading 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" (specially named NPCs), others are just very rare... These famed heroes may seek out experienced characters that are avoiding their lairs.
- Scavenging - There's a lot of areas that can be "scavenged" particularly with high search, you might randomly find nice treasure just lying around or in rubble. Certain perks may help grant additional bonuses.
- Merchants - Various merchants with randomly generated stores can spawn occasionally. They are most often found in explorable random areas. 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 - Recently, some NPCs have been added to the module that spawn occasionally and can be interacted with the random possibility of getting something very nice.
- 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.
- Delivery Order NPCS - Opposite of Delivery Quests, are orders that can be made at the cost of some gold for a later reward that awards randomized loot. Several NPCs offering their services for a bit of groat exist throughout the City of Rings.
- 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 now start as mechanically fallen and must find a shrine in game to submit to a Paladin Code in order to receive full benefits. See this post for more details [TODO: Add link]
- Brew Potion - 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 approximate cost of brewing each potion. To use either, simply cast the spell onto the item. Prices for brewing differentiate based on your Appraise, Spellcraft, Intellect, Wizard and Sorcerer levels.
- Craft Wand - To avoid having to spend a large amount of experience and gold, EFU has Crafting Scepters that can be found in-game and used to determine the crafting cost of each wand. The costs also differ based on values similar to Brew Potion and Scribe Scroll.
- Death Domain - Shadow avatar will not appear before level four. The avatars have also been modified to be appropriate for each particular deity. You can learn more about domains in EFU here.
- 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.
- Climbing Damage - Climbing damage is now bludgeoning instead of magical.
- New Shape Change AI - New shape changer AI has been added.
- Wholeness of Body - Wholeness of body now restores Monk Level x Wisdom Modifier hit points, or times two, whichever is higher. It will also restore ability damage as per lesser restoration.
- Stick Combat Modes - Sticky Combat Modes are enabled. You may walk around with Flurry of Blows, Dirty Fighting, Parry, and Defensive Casting enabled.
- Improved Expterise - This feat has been removed from EFU. If you take this feat, you will be forced to retake that level.