Calls in Combat and Types of Damage

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Calls in Combat and Types of Damage

Combat calls are used to convey information about attacks and special abilities characters have. Some calls are used only with attacks, others are used to announce defenses, and some calls just let people know that you benefit from an ongoing effect.

When you make an attack you announce the damage you will deal to another character by making a combat call, such as "3" or "3 normal" both of which indicate that you are dealing 3 points of normal damage. If no number is announced when you attack with a weapon it is assumed that you are dealing 1 point damage with your attack. Some attacks have no calls at all in which case they inflict 1 normal damage. Other types of damage can be dealt by stating the type after the number, so "2 magic" means 2 points of magic damage.

An attack counts as all things called. Sometimes one call can change some properties of other calls attached. For example the poison call makes an attack not a spell even if the other parts of the attack normally indicate spells.

If a player is using a weapon they have not yet identified but they recognize it as being made of a special material because of the weapon's color that player should make the corresponding call when attacking with that weapon.

When an effect allows you to call for something different with a weapon than you would normally call, you must choose which call to use when you make your attacks. If the something different only applies to the "next successful hit", and you choose not to use it when you make that hit, the effect is wasted.

For example if a character who deals 2 damage with each melee attack has a sword that deals "Nature" damage and they apply Scorpion's Kiss to that weapon so that it can deal "poison weaken" damage for the next successful hit. When they make that successful hit against an opponent they can choose to call "2 nature" or "poison weaken". They may not call "2 Nature poison weaken". Regardless of the effect they choose, the Scorpion's Kiss will be expended after that successful hit.

All the Combat Calls of Kingdoms of Novitas

Everyone should know these basic game information calls.

Game Information Calls
Source of Call Description Call

Game Hold Everyone stops what they are doing immediately and repeats the call 'Game Hold' or 'Hold'

Game On Used after a game hold or time stop to indicate a return to normal play '3, 2, 1, Game On'

Time Stop Players stop what they are doing and cover their eyes and ears 'Time Stop'

These are the only calls in the game that are used to respond to another players attack. Every player should know what these calls mean.

Defensive Information Calls
Source of Call Description Call

No Effect Announces to another player that a previous call had no effect 'No Effect'

Immunity Announces to another character that a previous call had no effect. 'No Effect'

Reflect Bounces a specific type of attack against you back at the attacker 'Reflect'

Re-Reflect An attacker reflects an attack back against you that you also have a reflect available for. 'No Effect'

Light Blows If blows are significantly too light, players within reason can ignore the hit 'Light'

Fast Blows If blows are too rapid, players within reason can ignore the hit 'Too Fast'

Hard Blows If an opponent is hitting too hard they need to know it 'Hard'

Hand An opponent hits your hand which is holding a weapon so you don't take the hit. 'Hand'

These calls indicate that a special kind of damage is being dealt. Some of them give negative conditions if you take damage from them. Every player should know what these calls do.

Combat Information Calls (Special Information for an attack)
Source of Call Description Call

Numbers The amount of damage an attack will deal if successful. No number means 1 damage. '1', '2', '3', etc

Normal A standard attack. No special call required. 'nothing' or 'Normal'

Blunt Blunt wounds last only 10 minutes or can be healed normally. 'Blunt'

Poison Causes the poisoned condition. Makes a spells mundane, shield-blockable, 'Poison'

Goblin Iron Deals poison damage. 'Poison'

Disease If wounded or body points are damaged gives the diseased condition. 'Disease'

These calls cause attacks to ignore certain specific defense abilities. You only need to know these calls if you have a defense (such as armor, shields, and spell effects) that tells you to pay attention to one of these calls.

Modifier Calls
Source of Call Description Call

Acid Destroys shields after four damage. Makes spells mundane, shield-blockable. 'Acid'

Slay Deals full damage to monstrous creatures. 'Slay'

Pierce Ignores a target's armor 'Pierce'

Smite Removes damage requirements, kill conditions, and ability to dissipate or cast ley lines 'Smite'

Strike Indicates a weapon attack is a delivering a spell 'spell call Strike'

These calls modify the type of damage an attack deals. Some creatures require a certain type of damage to be hurt and others are immune to some types of damage. You only ever need to know any of these calls if you have a weapon or ability that attacks for that damage type, or you have a defense related to one of these calls.

Damage Type Calls
Source of Call Description Call

Silver Some targets are only hurt by this call. 'Silver'

Magic Some targets are only hurt by this call. 'Magic'

Elven Steel Counts as magic, silver, and elven steel for overcoming defenses. 'Elven Steel'

Nature Some targets are only hurt by this call. 'Nature'

Primal Counts as 'nature', 'magic', and 'primal' damage for overcoming defenses. 'Primal'

These calls indicate an offensive spell effect. They never inflict damage. If the call is paired with poison the attack is not a spell. Every player should try to know what these calls mean. If you have to ask questions to learn an effect, don't be afraid to do so, these can take a while to learn.

Offensive Spell Calls
Source of Call Description Call

Banish Forces a target to dissipate for 10 minutes 'Banish'

Charm Forces a target to become more friendly for 10 minutes 'Charm'

Command Forces a target to follow 'Command'

Curse Inflicts the curse condition, reducing body to 1 'Curse'

Disengage Prevents others from acting with hostility towards the caller. 'Disengage'

Dispel Removes magical effects from target. 'Dispel'

Dominate Forces a target to follow 'Dominate'

Fear Forces a target to flee, combating anyone who attempts to stop them. 'Fear'

Grounding Keeps a character from vanishing or benefiting from illusions 'Grounding'

Memory Loss Erases victims memory of the last 10 minutes. 'Memory Loss'

Pin Traps targets feet to the ground. 'Pin'

Repel Causes a target to attempt to leave immediately. 'Repel'

Silence Prevents a target from using their voice in-game. 'Silence'

Stun Target is paralyzed for 10 minutes or until attacked 'Stun'

Weaken Causes the victim to strike for half damage with physical attacks. 'Weaken'

These calls announce information about a spell effect and are never used offensively. The player affecting group are likely to affect players and they should try to learn them. The NPC affecting ones generally only impact NPC's, so players can take more time to learn what they do.

Player Affecting Announcement Spell Calls
Source of Call Description Call

Dissipate Allows a character to escape danger by becoming intangible and unfindable. 'Dissipate'

Sanctuary Creates a 20 foot bubble of physical peace around the caster. 'Sanctuary'

Unhallow Prevents the living from entering an area. 'Unhallow'

Second Breath Announces someone was revived from near-death by the second breath spell. 'Second Breath'

NPC Affecting Announcement Spell Calls
Source of Call Description Call

Sanctify Creates hallowed ground that repels undead 'Sanctify'

Ghastly Visage Caller tricks undead into thinking they are also undead. 'Ghastly Visage'

Bug Repellent Repels creatures of the insectoid type 'Bug Repellent'

Garlic Paste Repels Lesser Undead creatures 'Garlic Paste'

These calls are used by creatures to represent supernatural abilities. Every player should know what to do when they hear them.

Creature Special Abilities
Source of Call Description Call

Detect Life A call used by some npcs. You must respond out of game 'Life!' 'Detect Life'

Mana Burn Target spends 4 power points. 'Mana Burn'

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