Enhancive items are items which increase various statistics or skills of a character when the item is held or worn. All enhancive items have charges and are not indefinite, but can be recharged through the Adventurer's Guild and only need this service about once every six months. Enhancive items can even grant knowledge of a spell, but these are very rare and generally only found in auctions or special raffles. An item can also be made enhancive via the Premium points system.
Enhancive weapons and armor can be enchanted with the use of an ayveneh pre-tempering potion made by a wizard skilled in Alchemy. The type and bonus of the enhancive item will determine the difficulty of the enchant.
Benefits & Levels
- Level 1 - Gives a statistic bonus or increases max mana, health, or stamina
- Level 2 - Increases a skill's bonus
- Level 3 - Increases stat recovery for mana, spirit, stamina, or health
- Level 4 - Increases a character's ranks in a given skill
Though there are items that will increase base stat and stat bonus, or skill ranks and skill bonus, the items will stack and obey the base/bonus stat and the skill rank/bonus relationship. That is, if a base stat increases by +2, the stat bonus will increase by +1 (whether by stat growth, enhancive items, or combat maneuvers such as surge of strength).
The behavior is identical for skill ranks and bonus, though the relationship between the two is non-linear. That is, the first 10 ranks of a skill each provide a skill bonus of 5, the following 10 provide 4 each, and so on (a character with 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 ranks in a particular skill will have a skill bonus of 50, 90, 120, 140, or 150, respectively). All following ranks increase the skill bonus by 1. Consider the following character examples:
- 0 ranks in climbing; 2 enhancives: +2 to climbing ranks, +10 to climbing bonus - Results in bonus/ranks of 20/4 in climbing
- 0 ranks in swimming; 1 enhancive: +4 to swimming bonus - Results in bonus/ranks of 4/0 in swimming
- 25 ranks in multi-opponent combat; 1 enhancive: +15 to multi-opponent combat bonus - Results in bonus/ranks of 120/30 in multi-opponent combat
- Aura base (bonus) of 90 (15); 1 enhancive: +1 to aura bonus - Results in an aura base (bonus) of 92 (16)
- Strength base (bonus) of 100 (10); 2 enhancives; +5 to base strength, +3 to strength bonus - Results in a Strength base (bonus) of 111 (15)
This non-linearity of the benefits granted by skill rank enhancives is the reason that rank enhancives are more expensive to charge, though with sufficiently high training (40 ranks) in a particular skill, the skill rank and bonus enhancive items provide identical benefits.
Enhancive items can not be used to increase quantities indefinitely, there are hard limits to the bonuses which can be provided by the enhancive system:
- Base Stat: +40
- Stat Bonus : +20
- Skill Rank: +50
- Skill Bonus: +50
- Max Health/Mana/Stamina: +50
- Max Spirit: +3
- Health/Mana/Stamina Regen: +50
- Max Spirit/Spirit Regen: +3
It is important to note that these limits do not stack.
Skill bonus and rank items will stack until a combined enhancement of +50 is reached. Similarly, base/bonus stat enhancers will stack until there is a total of +40 to the base statistic. Items which enhance maximum health, stamina, mana, and spirit also stack with the relevant skills and stats towards their enhanced limit. For example, a character with an enhanced constitution score will have increased stamina and health and this contributes towards their limit of +50 to each. The case is similar for harness power and aura for mana and spirit, respectively (note that a character's stats at level 0 contribute towards their mana total rather than their current stats). This is of special interest to those seeking to enhance their max spirit, as it may affect low-spirit penalty thresholds.
In addition, abilities which show an enhanced stat, such as the combat maneuver surge of strength count towards this limit (a character with a base strength enhanced by +40 will see no benefit when using the surge of strength combat maneuver).
Recharging Enhancive Items
Enhancive items can be recharged at the Adventurer's Guild through the Rewards system. The rules governing the cost of recharging items with various enhancement capabilities are very complex. However, the Treasure Master will allow you to see the cost of recharging any item, and you have to confirm you want to spend bounty points to recharge your item at that cost. There is also a tradition during the week of the New Year to allow silvers to take the place of bounty points. As a general rule, the cost of recharging an item in silvers is approximately 17x the cost in bounty points. So an item costing 3,600 bounty points to recharge will cost 60,000 silver to recharge. Notes are accepted by the Treasure Masters.
Charges are randomly drained from enhancive devices. Items which are 'crumbly' will disintegrate when the last charge is used from the device. Persistent items will simply stop providing the enhancive bonus until recharged. See the Enhancive Item Saved Post below for information from the GMs about how this process works.
Bards can determine approximately how many charges are left in a device. There are eight known levels that can be detected. There may be a 'single charge' level, and / or a level between 'couple' and 'quite a few', but those levels from 'quite a few' to 'almost innumerable' are commonly believed to be complete and in order. The levels are:
- a couple of charges
- quite a few charges
- a fair amount of charges
- a lot of charges
- more charges than a giantman | dwarf could count
- a huge number of charges
- almost innumerable charges
For the categories beyond 'a couple', there is not yet a firm understanding of how many charges there actually are. It is commonly believed that 'a lot' of charges is 20 charges. And it is also commonly believed that requesting a device be recharged adds 10 charges to your device.