Subdue is a Rogue Guild skill and a Combat Maneuver that allows a rogue to take a weapon, preferably a small blunt weapon, and beat someone over the back of the head with it, possibly stunning or paralyzing the target with a chance of driving them to their knees. Subdue costs a large amount of stamina and creatures that wear armor that covers the head have a high chance of avoiding the attack, therefore limiting the usefulness of this maneuver. There is no weapon requirement for characters that have trained to be unarmed specialists.
Do not use this skill for offensive purposes. Learn Subdual Strike instead. It is a very similar maneuver which requires about 60 less on the attack roll for success. A single rank in Subdual Strike beats guild mastery in Subdue.
Smaller weapons increase the chances of success while the enemy wearing head protection reduce the chances of success. If a character is wearing double leathers, the head is considered to be covered by soft leather armor, while a character wearing metal breastplate is considered to have chainmail armor on their head. The higher the level of protection, the harder the target is to subdue. Also, training in Ambush and Combat Maneuvers increases the attacker's chance of success.
Rank 1: 14
Rank 2: 16
Rank 3: 18
Rank 4: 20
Rank 5: 20
[Roll result: 150 (open d100: 78)] You hear a rustle of motion behind you and you are quickly delivered a blow to your head! You feel paralyzed and are driven to your knees!
Gaining ranks in all of the Rogue Guild skills requires the completion of numerous tasks. In some skills, the tasks are always in a certain order or always give the same amount of points to gain a rank. However, tasks given for Subdue are not in any particular order.
- Smashing Garlic
- Likely the easiest of the tasks, next to the mannequins. There is a series of steps that must be done before you can subdue the garlic, such as cleaning the block and placing a new clove on it. Once succeeding in smashing the garlic properly, one must place the garlic in the pot.
- Subdue Mannequins
- Put a melon on the mannequin's spike to give it a head then hit the melon without breaking it. The goal of this task is to put a dent in the melon without cracking or breaking it, and initially, doing so may require a number of attempts. As a character gains more skill, this task becomes easier and easier.
- Critter Repetitions
- This task usually takes a rather long time to complete due to the large amount of stamina that Subdue requires. Choosing a critter that does not wear armor is advised, as any head protection will reduce the chances of succeeding significantly.
- Cleaning the Windows
- Just grab a rag from the store room and wipe the windows in the guild. Ta'Illistim has 7 windows, all other guilds have 5. If one has more than 5-10 repetitions, try going between guilds, as you have to wait about eight to ten minutes between repetitions within the same guild. If one is in Ta'Illistim, Ta'Vaalor, Kharam Dzu, or River's Rest, it would be better to wait within the guild or briefly finding something else to do due to the time required to travel to another town. It is advised to perform these tasks in Solhaven, Icemule Trace, or Wehnimer's Landing because of this.