CONCEPT - Imperian Online Help

1.2 CONCEPT

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.