Jousting - Imperian Online Help
A mounted knight wielding a lance is one of the most puissant forces on the battlefield. The sport of jousting was born from these knights to allow them to show their skill with mount and lance without the fear of killing one another. A joust is participated in by two mounted warriors, on a large field referred to as the "lists". A wooden barrier referred to as the "tilt" runs down the center of the field. The warriors take their places on opposite sides of the lists and tilt and charge towards each other, each attempting to strike the other with the lance, while attempting to block the other's lance with a shield. A point is scored for each lance that is broken upon a successful strike, while a match is instantly won if a jouster dismounts the other. Three points win the match, and draws are possible if both jousters simultaneously break their lances on the other. Syntax: CHALLENGE <person> TO JOUST - In order to challenge someone to a joust, you must be wielding a lance and a shield, as well as riding a horse that has the ability to joust. It's also a good idea to have a few reserve lances in your inventory, as you will need to replace any that you break on your opponent. - The challenge must be issued in a joust staging room near a jousting field. ACCEPT JOUST <person> - Accept another's challenge to joust. You must also be wielding a lance, a shield, and be riding a horse that can joust. SPUR MOUNT - Urge your mount to go faster. When your mount is going quickly, your lance strikes will be more powerful and have a better chance to break a lance or dismount your target. Your opponent's strikes will also be more powerful, however. REIN MOUNT - Urge your mount to go slower. NUDGE LANCE UP|DOWN|LEFT|RIGHT - Change at what part of your opponent your lance is targetting. MOVE SHIELD UP|DOWN|LEFT|RIGHT - Change what part of your body your shield is protecting. LEAN LEFT|RIGHT - Leaning will change where your opponent's lance will strike. If your opponent is aiming his lance directly at your chest, leaning to the left will cause your target's lance to instead aim slightly to the right of your chest. SHIFT WEIGHT FORWARD|BACK - Shifting your weight forward and back works much the same as changing the speed of your mount; it will increase the strength of your strikes. While jousting is generally considered a sport of the knights, any can participate in the lists. Those well trained in the arts of riding and arms will find themselves at a distinct advantage while jousting, however. In addition, the more you joust (and win), the better skilled you will be at the tilt, and the quicker you will be able to move your lance and your shield. If you find yourself consistently losing at the joust, your jousting skill will decrease. If you draw with your opponent, your jousting skill will increase or decrease dependent on the skill of your opponent.