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    Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord
    Reference Guide, version 1.1
    
    Written by David Goss
    Current: 09 November 2005
    Orginal: 30 October 2005
    
    This guide is intended to help people create, understand, and play their 
    characters in the NES port of Wizardry 1.  It is protected by copyright and 
    cannot be altered by anyone except the original author.  It may be distributed
    and used for non-commercial use, so long as no profits are taken and the 
    original author is credited.
    
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    Contents:
      001 Alignment
      002 Race
      003 Classes
      004 Clerical Spells
      005 Mage Spells
      006 Frequently Asked Questions
      007 Contact
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    NOTE: The following abbreviations are used in this documents...
    STR = Strength
    VIT = Vitality
    AGI = Agility
    HP = Hit Points
    MPx = Magic Points, where X is the spell level
    
    This guide is not a walkthrough.  It is intended to give you the player all
    the information you need to create a viable party and survive in the proving
    grounds.
    
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    001 Alignment
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    The following chart shows what alignments are available to each class
    
    CLASS   GOOD NEUTRAL EVIL
    Fighter   Y     Y      Y
    Mage      Y     Y      Y
    Cleric    Y     N      Y
    Thief     N     Y      Y
    Wizard    Y     N      Y
    Samurai   Y     Y      N
    Lord      Y     N      N
    Ninja     N     N      Y
    
    Things to know:
    1.) If you attack friendly encounters, your party will shift towards evil.  If
    you choose to let friendly encounters pass unharmed, your party will shift 
    towards good
    2.) If a character's alignment changes to one not allowed by that class (e.g. 
    a thief becomes good) then that character will not be able to gain more levels
    until it changes to something acceptable.
    3.) Good characters cannot travel with evil characters and vise versa.  
    Neutral characters can travel with everyone.  
    
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    002 Race
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    The following is the starting stats for each race:
    
    Class    STR IQ PIETY VIT AGI LUCK TOTAL
    Humans     8  8     5   8   8    9   46
    Elves      7 10    10   6   9    6   48
    Dwarfs    10  7    10  10   5    6   48
    Gnomes     7  7    10   8  10    7   49
    Hobbits    5  7     7   6  10   15   50
    
    As a result, each race lends itself well to certain classes:
    Humans:  Anything, except clerics
    Elves:  Mages, Clerics, and Wizards
    Dwarfs:  Fighters, Lords, and Clerics
    Gnomes:  Clerics, Thieves, Ninjas
    Hobbits:  Thieves
    
    As you can see by looking at the total points, Human stats are a bit more
    balanced, but they have a slight deficit when compared to other characters.
    Humans and Gnomes are your most likely candidates for Ninjas later in the
    game.  The bonus points you receive when creating a character is random, thus
    if you want a high number (such as 15+) reject your character until you get a
    reasonable about of bonus points.  Hobbits are a poor race in general, luck
    isn't very important in this game.
    
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    003 Class
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    These are the classes and their requirements:
    
    Fighter:  High HP growth and able to use most weapons and armor.  Gains an
    extra attack every 4 levels.
       Prerequisites:  11 STR
       Alignments:  Good/Neutral/Evil
    
    Mage:  Low HP, able to use few weapons, and can only equip robes.  Able to use
    Mage spells.
       Prerequisites:  11 IQ
       Alignments:  Good/Neutral/Evil
    
    Cleric:  Decent HP, able to fight well, but hindered by lower strength, weapon
    and armor choices when compared to a fighter.  Able to use Cleric spells and
    dispel undead creatures.  NOTE: If you dispel a monster you will receive 0 EXP
    from it.
       Prerequisites:  11 Piety
       Alignments:  Good/Evil
    
    Thief:  Average HP, limited to daggers, short swords, bows, leather armor, and
    small shields.  Skilled at detecting and disarming traps.
       Prerequisites:  11 AGI
       Alignments:  Neutral/Evil
    
    Wizard:  A hybrid Cleric-Mage.  Slightly lower HP growth than a cleric.  Able
    to use Cleric equipment.  Able to cast from both spell sets, as well as
    identify unknown items.  Gains spells more slowly than the pure mages.  With a
    decent bonus point roll, you can use this class with a new character.
       Prerequisites:  12 IQ, 12 Piety
       Alignments:  Good/Evil
    
    Samurai:  A hybrid Fighter-Mage.  At level 4, slowly gains Mage spells, thus
    their spell casting abilities are not as strong as a pure Mage.  Their
    Clerical counterpart is the Lord.  With a decent bonus point roll, you can use
    this class with a new character.
       Prerequisites:  15 STR, 11 IQ, 10 Piety, 14 VIT, 10 AGI
       Alignments:  Good/Neutral
    
    Lord:  A hybrid Fighter-Cleric.  At level 4, slowly gains Clerical spells, as
    well as the dispel ability, thus their spell casting abilities are not as
    strong as a pure Cleric.  Their Mage counterpart is the Samurai, though Lords
    are slightly stronger as they are the only elite class that requires good
    alignment.  You cannot start the game with this class.
       Prerequisites:  15 STR, 12 IQ, 12 piety, 15 VIT, 14 AGI, 15 luck
    
    Ninja:  Able to use the same equipment as a fighter, but they fighter better
    both unarmed and unarmored.  They land more critical attacks than any other
    class.  Average HP growth, and able to deal with traps like a Thief.  This is
    the strongest front-line class in the game.  You cannot start the game with
    this class.
       Prerequisites:  17 in all stats
       Alignments:  Evil
    
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    004 Clerical Spells
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    LEVEL 1
       Kalki (Blessings) Reduces party's AC by 1 point
       Dios (Heal) Restores 1-8 HP to a single target
       Badios (Harm) Inflicts 1-8 damage to a single target
       Milwa (Light) A bright light reveals hidden doors and lets you see further
       Porfic (Shield) Lowers caster's AC by 4 points
    LEVEL 2
       Matu (Zeal) Reduces party's AC by 2 points
       Calfo (X-Ray) Lets you safely determine a trap with 95% accuracy
       Manifo (Statue) Paralyzes a group of monsters*
       Montino (Still Air) Prevents a group of monsters from casting spells
    LEVEL 3
       Lomilwa (Sunbeam) Same as Milwa but doesn't expire until you leave the maze
       Dialko (Softness) Cures Katino and Manifo for a single target
       Latumapic (Identify) Shows the names of monsters until you leave the maze
       Bamatu (Prayer) Reduces party's AC by 4 points
    LEVEL 4
       Dial (Cure) Restores 2-16 HP to a single target
       Badial (Wound) Inflicts 2-16 damage to a single target
       Latumofis (Cleanse) Cures poison to a single target
       Maporfic (Big Shield) Lowers party's AC by 4 until you exit the maze
    
    LEVEL 5
       Dialma (Big Cure) Restores 3-24 HP to a single target
       Badialma (Big Wound) Inflict 3-24 damage to a single target
       Litokan (Flames) Inflict 3-24 fire damage to a group of enemies
       Kandi (Location) The caster approximates position of another character in
    the maze**
       Di (Life) Attempts to revive a dead character***
       Badi (Death)  Attempts to kill a single target (target must have a heart)
    LEVEL 6
       Lorto (Blades) Inflicts 6-36 damage to a group of enemies
       Madi (Restore) Restores a single target's HP and status
       Mabadi (Maiming) Brings a single target to single digit HP
       Loktofeit (Recall)  Teleports to castle, leaving all equipment/gold behind
    LEVEL 7
       Malikto (Wrath) A meteor strike inflicts 12-72 damage to all enemies
       Kadorto (Rebirth) Revives dead & ash character to full HP***
    
    *Paralyzed monsters cannot attack for a few rounds.  They are easier to hit
    and receive 2x damage from physical attacks.
    
    **Used for recovering a fallen party
    
    ***It these spells fail, a dead target turns to ash.  If Kadorto fails to
    revive an ash character, that character is lost forever.
    
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    005 Mage Spells
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    LEVEL 1
       Halito (Little Fire) Inflicts 1-8 fire damage to a single target
       Mogref (Body Iron) Reduces caster's AC by 2
       Katino (Bad Air) Puts a group of animal or humanoid monsters to sleep*
       Dumapic (Clarity) Tells you were the stairs are and what direction you face
    LEVEL 2
       Dilto (Darkness) Raises the AC of a group of enemies
       Sopic (Glass) Caster's AC is reduced by 4
    LEVEL 3
       Mahalito (Big Fire) Inflicts 4-24 fire damage to a group of enemies
       Molito (Sparks) Inflicts 3-18 damage damage to a group of enemies
    LEVEL 4
       Morlils (Fear) Reduces the AC of a group of enemies
       Dalto (Blizzard) Inflicts 6-36 ice damage
       Lahalito (Torch) Inflicts 6-36 fire damage
    LEVEL 5
       Mamorlis (Terror) Reduces hit% of all enemies
       Makanito (Deadly Air) Attempts to kill all air-breathing enemies > 40 HP
       Madalto (Frost King) Inflicts 8-64 ice damage
    LEVEL 6
       Lakanito (Vacuum) Kills all air-breathing monsters in a group
       Zilwan (Dispel) Dispels (kills) a single undead enemy
       Masopic (Crystal) Reduces party's AC by 8
       Haman (Beg) Appeals to gods for help**
    LEVEL 7
       Malor (Teleport) Teleports the party to a random location on the same level
       Mahaman (Beseech) A more powerful version of Haman**
       Tiltowait (Ka-blam!) Inflicts 10-150 damage to all monsters
    
    
    *Sleeping monsters cannot attack.  They are easier to hit and receive 2x
    damage from physical attacks.
    
    **Haman and Mahaman can only be cast by a level 13+ character.  Caster appeals
    to the gods for help, consuming 1 experience level.  If the gods help, one of
    many things can happen:
    -Silence all enemies
    -Magic becomes more effective
    -Dialko (softness) on the entire party 3 times
    -Madi (restore) on entire the party
    -Kill all enemies
    -Protect the party
    -Teleport monsters
    -Restore the dead
    
    (Source: http://www.tk421.net/wizardry/wiz15spells.shtml)
    
    If you discover any different effects of Haman or Mahaman not listed here, or
    if you can elaborate as to the specifics of the effect, please email the
    author at dave_goss(AT)yahoo.com
    
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    006 Frequently Asked Questions
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    If you have a question please email me at dave_goss(AT)yahoo.com and I will
    respond (probably within 72 hours) and add your question here.  The following 
    are preemptive questions, as this is the first version:
    
    Q:  Wizardry is difficult.  What can I do to better survive?
    A:  Make sure you have a decent party (see below).  Until you gain a few
    levels, hang around the entrance.  Use dios to heal (also make sure you know
    what the spell names mean!) and return to the Adventurer's Inn in the castle
    and use the stales to recover your MP.  Earn money and levels, purchase better
    equipment, and explore deeper into the maze.
    
    Q:  I get lost.  Is there an in-game map function?
    A:  No.  You are required to map your own map.  If you try to memorize the map
    as you go, you will get lost.  Get some graph paper and make a map.  Maps can
    also be found various places online, but half the fun is making your own.
    
    Q:  How many tiles are there per floor, and how many floors are there?
    A:  Each floor is 20x20.  There are 10 floors.
    
    Q:  How can I get more gold?
    A:  Besides fighting, there is a glitch.  When you create a character, that
    character starts out with some gold.  If you make several dummy characters,
    you can pool their gold together, then delete them.  In effect, you can use
    this to gain unlimited gold without leaving the castle.  This is obviously
    cheating, thus I do not endorse it.
    
    Q:  Where is a good place to level up in the beginning?
    A:  Murphy's Ghost.  When you enter the dungeon, head north, then turn east.
    Go straight and head through the door.  Move north 1 square, then continue
    east.  You'll reach a dead end (or a door), there is a secret door here, open
    it and continue east.  Eventually you'll reach a true dead end.  Turn around
    and you'll find that you have warped to a different place on floor 1.  There
    are 3 doors in front of you, the one on the right contains Murphy's Ghost.
    You can exit and reenter this room to fight him again and again.  To return to
    the stairs, exit the room with Murphy, go two squares straight in front of
    you, turn right and go through the door, then go left.  Follow this passage
    until you reach the darkness.  Turn right and go 9 paces, then turn left and
    go straight.  You will soon reach a lighted area.  Keep going straight until
    you reach the wall, then turn right and go through the door.  Follow this
    passage and you will reach the stairs.
    
    Q:  How does multi-classing work?
    A:  To change class go to the training grounds in the castle.  You must meet
    the class's prerequisites and alignment.  When you change class you will lose
    all experience and levels.  Stats will be reduced to their minimum, and your
    age will increase.  Your HP and spells will carry over.  If your previous
    class was a spell caster, you will lose the extra MP for each level (i.e. all
    MP will be 1), however you will learn still learn new spells of that type and
    level, even if your new class doesn't learn spells.
    
    Q:  What's the best party?
    A:  This is a matter of choice.  The traditional party is 3 fighting
    characters and 3 back-row characters.  You should have at least 1 Mage and
    Cleric.  A thief is important for opening chests.  Starting out with 2 or 3
    fighters isn't a bad idea.  My preferred party is...
    
       Fighter -> Samurai
       Fighter -> Samurai
       Thief*   -> Ninja
       Mage    ->   -
       Cleric  ->   -
       Wizard  ->   -
    
    *Thief and cleric should trade places.  Once the thief can change class, it
    can move to the front row and the cleric can move to the back.
    
    The premade party replaces my Wizard with another Mage, moves the thief to the
    back row, and moves the Cleric to the front.
    
    Q:  What is the story of the game?
    A:  You won't really find much about the story in the game.  I reproduce here
    page 1 of the instruction manual for your reference:
    
       "One Morning, Trebor, the Mad Overlord, noticed that the fabled amulet,
       which he constantly held in his possession, had disappeared.  Realizing his
       ultimate fear come true, he uttered, 'It must have been stolen while I
       slept.'  Looking around the room hoping to find the amulet, he instead saw
       a note sitting on the table.  'Foolish Trebor, I did not think I could take
       the amulet this easily.  How senile you have become!  Do not attempt to
       retrieve the amulet, Trebor.  For your best efforts will surely fail.  The
       Great Wizard Werdna.'
    
       "When Trebor finished reading the letter, it burst into flames and burned 
       to ashes.  The angered Trebor sent notices throughout the countryside and
       gathered soldiers to recover the amulet.  'Those who are able to recover
       the amulet will be rewarded with great riches and much distinction,' he
       announced to the soldiers.
    
       "Thus, adventurers from throughout the country who were confident of their 
       skills gathered under Trebor and entered the dungeon deep below the castle
       in hopes of conquering Werdna."
    
    Q:  Does this game end?
    A:  Yes and no.  You can beat Werdna many times, however if anyone in your
    party has beat him before then he will not be there.  You are effectively done
    with Wizardry when you have fully mapped all 10 floors and defeated Werdna.
    
    Q:  How does age affect a character?
    A:  Supposedly around age 50, a character's vitality will slowly decrease.
    When it reaches zero, that character will permanently die of old age.  I have
    never encountered this, nor have I heard of anyone encountering this.
    
    Q:  How many Wizardry games are there?
    A:  There are 8 games in the Wizardry series proper.  There is also Wizardry
    Gold, which is Wizardry 7 with improved presentation.  The first 7 games plus
    Gold are available in the Wizardry Archives for PC.  Wizardry 1 and 2 were
    ported to NES and Wizardry 5 was ported to SNES.  There is also Wizardry:
    Forsaken Lands for Playstation 2 and Wizards & Warriors, developed by the man
    behind Wizardry 5-7, for PC.  There are a few other titles and ports that
    never made it outside of Japan.  Wizardry 8 is most likely the last Wizardry
    title that will be made.
    
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    007 Contact and Credits
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    Email: dave_goss(AT)yahoo.com
    On GameFAQs: Dave Goss
    
    Please email me with question, comments, or errors.
    
    Story information and spell translations quoted directly from the game's
    manual.  Wizardry 1 created and defined the hack-n-slash RPG genre.  It is an
    honor to write a document for such an important and influential title.  Thanks
    to you the reader for playing this game and keeping Wizardry alive.
    
    Copyright 2005 David Goss