This page contains many of the frequently asked questions by new players and answers to some questions you never knew you needed to ask. The two best resources for answering questions are the help files and other players. Just type help in the game and you’ll be supplied with a list of additional help keywords that you can start requesting. Additionally, the experienced players know tricks and details that make life easier in ways that help files won’t always list.
Also, you may refer to the wealth of information in the help text under newbie and the help entry called extra, which has some miscellaneous but handy hints. Special thanks to Werttrew (and all those who helped him) in compiling this FAQ. Please report any errors using the links below the menu, so they can be updated.
Is there any way to recover lost equipment as a newbie?
How can I control my speed? Does it help my character in any way?
How can I look at the second of the same creature or object?
I just died! What do I do now?
When will my character die permanently? How do I age?
If I die, will my corpse remain? For how long?
I lost a great item to thieves! When I logged on, the game said that thieves had stolen something from me, and this great item I worked real hard for had disappeared! Why did the game take it from me?
I don't want this person to follow me, but they won't stop!
How can I give money to other players?
How do I know how tough an area is or a mob is?
When I look at certain things, like my MOTD or my list of spells, the screen gets all funky and double-spaced. What's wrong?
How can I drink from a lake?
When does the recall command start costing experience points?
I got a message saying 'You've been enlightened by the gods!' Another time I got a message saying 'You gain some worthwhile experience.' What do these mean?
I tried to cast magic missile, but when I type: cast magic missile nothing happens!
What is the most popular race in SK? What is the most popular class?
What is the best race or class to play?
Are some classes and races harder to level than others?
Sprites and centaurs have extra help files: help sprite-culture and help centaur-culture. How do I decide which one I belong to if I play a centaur or a sprite?
How do I join a cabal or a tribunal?
Which skills are automatic and which do I have to type a command to make it work?
What are those brackets in front of my name on the who list?
What do train stat hp and train stat mana do?
All of my innate skills went from perfect to superb - why?
When using experience to train skills, if a person at Apprentice status trains a Veteran skill and uses up half a level of experience, then that same person at Veteran status trains a Veteran skill and uses up less than a tick of experience, is the same amount of experience used either way?
I got a message that said that my lack of training set my experience back! I lost experience I had gained!
How do you repair items that get damaged?
I hear people talk about being level 34, etc, however I don't see any number listing for my level. How can I figure out the number of my level?
How can I tell if my hide has been successful? Or my camouflage?
People are saying something and it comes out in gibberish. What's going on?
What is a good adjective?
How can I join up with others? What is the advantage of joining up with others?
Where can I find a trainer for...
Why am I being called a lawbreaker?
Since characters with alignments of principled and scrupulous can request items from light aura mobs, can I ask someone high level to request an item for me and then give it to me?
I'm sick of my pet - how do I get rid of it?
I started playing a character and I can't find anybody! Where can I go to meet other players?
Why do people ignore me or get angry with me?
I'd like to build something in SK. Can I become a builder? Or can I get an administrator to build something for me?
How does one become a 'god', or an administrator on SK?
As a rogue, with the circle stab skill - can my character only use it as an opening or final attack, or is there a way to use it during the actual combat as well?
Is junking IC or OOC? If IC, how should it be treated? What exactly do you do when you junk?
How soon should a priest character choose their religion?
At what point in a character's life do immortals decide that, once deleted, that characters name becomes illegal for others to use?
When someone gets disconnected, it sometimes doesn't say so till they reconnect. I noticed someone not responding for nearly 8 minutes, and yet the server did not say anything until they had rejoined the game. Shouldn't it report that the user is no longer online?
I get disconnected just as the game asks for my name, every time I try and play. This is my first attempt to connect to the game. Why can't I play?
I changed the password for my character and have since forgotten what it was; can anyone tell me how to retrieve it?
What are the calendar days and months within Shattered Kingdoms?
I was trying to quit and I couldn't because I had just been fighting. Is there a way to quit in an emergency?
Why does the emote command rely on the knowledge of a language?
What happens when my character is enlightened, and is there a difference with being enlightened by the Gods and players?
When hiding, if it succeeds are you hidden to everyone, or is the skill more level dependent? For example, if a level 5 rogue or halfling character hides and succeeds, is there a chance that a level 45 person will see them without any affects? Or is 'hide' like 'invis' and either works or doesn't, there's no level dependency?
What is the difference between these affects (often found on armor) - magical protection, magic resistance, reflex, fortitude, and willpower?
I started a priest who was seeking Algorab, but I unknowningly roleplayed him in a different way to that of the religion. Technically, I am not in the religion of Algorab yet because I don't have the favor of the god, but when I type score my religion says Algorab. Would I be able to change my religion to something else?
I had a successful disguise, but people could still see who I was!
What are the various skill levels, in order?