My last Blog focused on the primary skillsets of the Rogue and the primary uses of such. Today I am going to be looking at the two Specializations open to the Rogue class though bear in mind you may only take ONE of these skillsets.
The first skill set I am going to look at is Thievery, which as you can probably guess turns you into a master thief in the world of Midkemia Online. The first skill in thievery allows the rogue access to the thieves’ highway, which in the lore of the books of the Riftwars by R.E.Feist is the name given to the Rooftops of towns and cities by the thieves’ guild. No other player asides from other thieves can gain access to this levitation, which allows you to bypass other players or city/town guards which may be on the ground below. Thievery also has the skill Pickpocket which allows you to pickpocket an item or coin from another player or NPC. Coupled with Snoop to see the inventory of denizens and players this skill can be used to make money very quickly. Whilst players have a number of skills available to protect themselves from being stolen from, a talented thief has the ability to strip said defenses from within the shadows where they hide. The thievery skillset also has hidden afflictions that can be whispered to other players without them realizing it which gives a very good head start on the ensuing combat. The thieves of Midkemia online really are to be feared. Some other utility for the thieves is the ability to sense incoming projectiles and avoid them, forge the seals on letters to send in game communication to others with the authentic seal of another player, graffiti on walls with inks and construct hidden bolt holes to escape into, which when constructed can lead between two rooms in different parts of the map. It is also possible to snipe from these bolt holes through the use of crossbows.
Rooftop Fight by Chris Bourasa on the Midkemia Online website which shows young rogue, Jimmy the hand in a fight against a Nighthawk assassin.
It is skillsets like these that really make me enjoy playing MUD games over other, more conventional no download mmorpg games. In no other type of game do you have the level of freedom offered by a MUD.
The next skillset I am going to talk about is performance, which when taken will make your rogue a Bard Rogue and is an excellent specialization for solo combat and even better in groups. The bard will enchant his fencing weapon into a song blade, which when used in combat will absorb cadence that will extend the duration of songs that the bard will play on his lute. A skilled bard is able to have three songs playing at once and can also play a dissonant note to remove or disrupt the songs of enemies playing nearby. The songs played by the bard have many effects, from passive bonuses to all listening, beneficial buffs to allies and malaise’s to enemy players. Some of the de-buffs include sleep inducing melodies, songs that increase bleeding and damage done and even fear and terror which can cause the enemy to become frozen to spot whilst simultaneously trying to flee which saps adrenaline. A skilled bard is an insane foe and someone to be careful of. Bards are also able to perform plays, songs and stories in tavern which grants experience to all those listening as well as the performer. A fun skill to use is a song of lust which causes all the enemies listening to fall in love with the singer which removes the bard from their enemy list which reduces the amount of skills able to affect him.
Midkemia Online has a vast combination of Skillsets across the four available classes and no matter which class you pick there are many different combinations of skills to customize your play style. Midkemia Online has to be the best free to play mmorpg out there.