CONCEPT - Imperian Online Help
Imperian is a massively multiplayer online text world often known simply as a MUD. In it, you take on the role of a man or woman of eighteen years of age, and of one of the wide variety of races, who has recently left home to begin to seek his or her fortune. Through a myriad of experiences, ranging from sojourns into the deepest dungeons to roles of political leadership, to, if you prove worthy, Ascension to the ranks of the Gods themselves, you will grow as a character in depth and, if you desire, in fame. The first thing to understand about Imperian is that it is not a game as you may be used to if you have not played MUDs before. Although there could be said to be an ultimate goal, that of Ascension (becoming a God), only a fleetingly small percentage of players will ever achieve that. Regardless of whether you show yourself to be worthy of this honour though, you will find a number of goals to strive for. You may seek, for instance, to become an Archmortal or an Elder of Imperian, positions of power and honour, respectively. Perhaps you will choose to attempt to join the ranks of the greatest combatants of all time by honing your reflexes and putting the vast store of knowledge you must acquire to use in besting another human opponent in the arena of combat. Maybe you will decide to become a merchant, opening a chain of shops and importing goods to sell from faraway lands. Or, you may simply desire to gain a reputation as a fabled healer, and spend your days perfecting your knowledge of the healing crafts of Imperian. By thoroughly reading the help files that Imperian has (type HELP to see a chapter list), you will find out enough to get started, and enough to get some glimpses of what may lie ahead of you. By no means, however, is everything in Imperian included in the help files. We choose to try to fully document everything that new players will encounter, but we prefer to leave the things more advanced players may deal with for them to discover. Imperian has an automated introduction for new players that will guide you through some of the most basic commands in the game, so we will not explain them here.