FORGING - Achaea Online Help

9.29 FORGING

Forging is the skill of creating a wide assortment of weapons and armour,
ranging from the chipped-obsidian throwing dagger to the venerable longsword,
to the impressive full plate armour wearable only by the forger himself.

In order to forge something you know how to make (AB FORGING will show you
what you can make, if you have forging), you must first find a forge. Chances
are it will not be burning, in which case you must buy some coal (probably at
one of the markets), and put it in the forge. Then, you must FIRE FORGE to get
it going. If a forge goes too long without anyone forging in it, then it will
go out.

Once you have got the forge going, you can try to forge something. Each item
has certain commodity requirements. FORGINGCOMMS <item> will tell you what you
need to have in your inventory in order to make that item. For all forging
commands, you should use the exact name of the item that you see when you type
AB FORGING.

Once you've established that you have the proper ingredients, you may FORGE
FOR <itemtype>. The commodities will be removed from your inventory and put in
the forge, at which point you cannot recover them. You then simply continue to
type FORGE everytime you regain balance.

After a certain number of "forgings" (which differs for every item), you will
have turned your useless mass of commodities into your desired item. However,
the weapon or piece of armour will be an inferior product at this point.
Continuing to FORGE will randomly and slowly raise the stats of your weapon or
armour. In the case of weapons, the ones that can be raised are speed, damage,
and to-hit. In the case of armour, the stats are protection vs. physical blunt
damage and protection vs. physical cutting damage. There is a maximum number
of times you can "forge" each item, and when this number is reached, you will
be told, and any further forgings will be useless. Note that you CAN remove
the item from the forge at anytime after it first becomes formed, but once
removed, it cannot be forged again.

It should be noted that refining some weapons with repeated "forgings" after
the initial item is formed has great benefit (such as the better weapons and
armour) while the benefit gained from refining, say, a club or dagger might
not be worth it considering the time it takes. We will leave it to you to
experiment and discover what works best.

In order to see the statistics on a particular piece of weaponry or armour,
you need the WEAPONPROBE ability in the Weaponry skill (it is quite low in it).

Summary of Forging:
1) Buy needed commodities for that item and make sure you have coal.
2) Find a forge, and fire the forge, after putting the coal inside.
3) FORGE FOR <itemtype>
4) Continue using FORGE until you are satisfied with the item, or until you
   are informed that the item has reached its maximum level of perfection.
5) Remove the item from the forge and brag to your friends about what a great
   craftsman you are.