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    Ranger FAQ
    
    Ranger FAQs created by CaptainKO
    Date: 4/14/07
    Version 1.04
    
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    Table of Contents
    A.	Attributes & Skills
    B.	Feats
    C.	Gameplay
    D.	Spells
    E.	Races
    F.	Multi-Classing
    G.	FAQs
    H.	Copyright
    
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    A. Attributes & Skills
    
    Strength - (14)
    Strength is need for carrying items, raise you're Attack Bonus (aka AB) for
    melee weapons and doing more damage. The amount of weight you can carry goes up
    with every point of strength you receive and the damage you do with a weapon
    does up every 2 points for +1 to damage and attack bonus. If you have a
    Strength score of 10, you'll gain no benefits to damage, attack bonus and the
    weight you can pick is standard. If you're Strength goes below 10, you'll start
    to suffer -1 penalties towards AB, damage and the amount of weight you can
    carry with every -2 you lose. (Penalties apply to weight every point taken from
    strength)
    
    Rangers are not melee characters. The fact this class doesn't have medium or
    heavy armor proficiency should be a clue. The most your Ranger should look
    forward to is a score of 14 to Strength to hold a Large Shield and a one-handed
    melee weapon.
    
    
    Dexterity - (17)+5
    Dexterity is need to raise your Reflex saves against damaging spells, raise
    your Attack Bonus (aka AB) for range weapons, Dexterity-based skills and traps
    as well as raising your Armor Class (aka AC) for a better defense. Your Reflex
    saves, Dexterity-based skills, Range AB and AC are raised by +1 points every 2
    points of Dexterity you get. If you have Dexterity score of 10, you'll gain no
    benefits to your Reflex saves, Dexterity-based skills, Range AB or AC. If
    you're Dexterity goes below 10, you'll start to suffer -1 penalty towards any
    Dexterity based-skill, AB with range weapons, reflex saves and AC.
    
    If you aren't going to put points in this attribute then you should re-roll
    another character. Dexterity has more use important uses for the Ranger then
    just adding AB, but it gives the Ranger bonus AC and bonus skill points to
    hide, move silently and set trap.
    
    Set Trap (Dexterity-based skill): The Ranger can set traps along doors,
    contains or on the ground. The DC of the trap depends on how strong the trap
    is. The calculation for this is Set Trap Skill + Dexterity + Dice Roll vs.
    DC of the Trap. A critical failure can lead to your character get hit by his or
    her own trap. I hate to say this, but traps are fair better than a Ranger's
    spell and are almost required for ANY Ranger build.
    
    Parry (Dexterity-based skill): The calculations for this is Parry DC +
    Dexterity vs. Enemy AB. If the roll is 5 or higher, you'll perform a counter
    attack. You can only block and counter attack as many attacks you can perform
    in one round, which means you can only perform 4 successful blocks and 4
    successful counter attacks. This is only useful if go down the combat style
    path and obtain two-weapon defense and improve two-weapon defense
    for 7 parries and 7 riptose.
    
    Hide & Move Silently (Dexterity-based skill): These skills are mentioned
    together because both skills work with stealth mode. These skills are debatable
    as its usefulness depends on your style of play and how often you end up in
    cramped areas. The Ranger's version of Stealth is better than the Rogue's
    because this class get HIPS (Hide in Plain Sight) while a Rogue,
    meaning you can go in stealth any time you like.
    
    To put it in perceptive, stealth is useful in PvP server to get the drop on
    your opponent or in PvE if you find yourself in corridors frequently. In narrow
    hallways, it's rather easy for enemies to close the distance and it's rather
    hard to maneuver. Plus, you don't want your enemies targeting you for death
    first when you go through a door so stealth is ideal to get a better position
    to gain the advantage. However, stealth is a bad scouting skill when COMPARED
    to Survival Skill.
    
    
    Constitution - (13)
    Constitution is need to raise one's Health Points (HP), Constitution-based
    skills, and Fortitude saves against poison, disease, negative energy affects &
    death spells, attacks and traps. Your Fortitude saves, Constitution-based
    skills, and HP are raised by +1 every 2 points of Constitution you get. If you
    have Constitution score of 10, you'll gain no benefits to your Fortitude saves,
    Constitution-based skills, or Health points. If you're Constitution goes below
    10, you'll start to suffer -1 penalty towards Fortitude saves, any
    Constitution-based skill, and HP.
    
    Rangers only need a Constitution of 13 to 12. Don't worry about getting 9
    Health Points per level as you.
    
    Concentration (Constitution-based skill): Allows you to continue casting even
    being attack/damaged. The calculation for this is Concentration DC +
    Constitution + Dice Roll vs. 10 + Enemy Damage. This skill isn't really needed
    unless you plan to cast spells in the frontlines. Since Ranger are primary a
    range-attacking class, it best not to put anything towards this.
    
    
    Intelligence - (10)
    Intelligence is needed to gain another skill points and raise your score for
    Intelligent-based skills. Your Intelligence-based skills and Intelligent-based
    skills are raised by +1 every 2 points of Intelligence you get. If you have
    Intelligence score of 10, you'll gain no benefits to your Skill points or
    Intelligence-based skills. If you're Intelligence goes below 10, you'll start
    to suffer -1 penalty towards Skill points and any Intelligence-based skill.
    
    Rangers only need an Intelligence score of 10 because they only have one
    Intelligence skill worth putting points too and that's Lore. Search is useless
    if they can't use disable device. Intelligence should maintain at 10 unless
    you're Non-human ranger.
    
    Craft Armor & Craft Weapon (Intelligence-based skill): These skills allow a
    character to create armor and weapons for their teammates, provided they have
    the materials need to craft. If you aren't planning to be a stealth Ranger then
    these two skills will prove most helpful and will allow you to save more money
    for enchanted arrows.
    
    Craft Trap: This skill allows you to craft a trap using Alchemist items and
    trap molds. This is a must for the Ranger unless the module or server does not
    provide the ability to craft a trap.
    
    Lore (Intelligence-based skill): You can identify items that appear to be
    unknown when taking them out of the chest. If you want to save money for
    enchanted arrows, then you'll put points towards this skill.
    
    Search (Intelligence-based skill): This skill allows you to spot traps on the
    ground, door, or container. (Ex. Treasure chest) This skill is useless because
    you can neither disable traps nor recover traps to use again. If you could,
    this ability would have more worth as a Ranger skill. Let the Rogue search and
    recover the traps for you.
    
    Wisdom - (14)
    Wisdom is need to raise one's Willpower save against mind spells, attacks &
    traps and Wisdom-based skills. Your Willpower saves and Wisdom-based skills are
    raised by +1 every 2 points of Wisdom you get. If you have Wisdom score of 10,
    you'll gain no benefits to your Willpower saves and Wisdom-based skills. If
    you're Wisdom goes below 10, you'll start to suffer -1 penalties towards
    Willpower saves and Wisdom-based skills.
    
    A Ranger only needs a score of 14 to cast spells. You don't need any additional
    points towards Wisdom as you only three spells that require DC and even they
    aren't that useful.
    
    Heal (Wisdom-based skill): This skill present a ranger having to dedicate spell
    slots for removing poison and healing. The healing kit perform two functions:
    Completely heals your allies and removes any Fortitude saving aliment like
    poison or disease. The calculation for Heal is Heal Skill DC + Wisdom Bonus vs.
    Aliment. A successful roll cures the character of their aliment.
    
    Spot & Listen (Wisdom-based skill): This gives the Ranger the ability to see or
    hear anyone in stealth sneaking up on them. These skills will allow you to see
    sneaking characters, but not invisible characters. Having both is good because
    you get two rolls against your enemy's DC instead of one or none at all.
    However, it's not too useful in PvP because most dexterity-based classes who
    use stealth have above a score of 23 towards their Move Silently skill.
    
    Survival (Wisdom-based skill): The Survival skill allows the Ranger to see
    enemies within the area who are hidden or behind closed doors on the mini-map.
    This skill can only be used by those with a track feat. The more points 
    put's towards Survival, the bigger the detection radius becomes. This is a very
    good scouting skill and is one of the Ranger's key ability that will make you
    an excellent scout class.
    
    
    Charisma- (8)
    Charisma is needed to raise points toward Charisma based-skills. Your Charisma
    based-skills are raised by +1 every 2 points of Charisma you get. If you have
    Charisma score of 10, you'll gain no benefits to your Charisma based-skills. If
    you're Charisma goes below 10, you'll start to suffer -1 penalty towards any
    Charisma based-skills.
    
    This is the Ranger's dump attribute because Rangers have no Charisma based
    skills at all. At one time, they had Animal Handling and Wild Empathy to use to
    dominate animals, but are they now useless because animal only appear in the
    wilderness whereas most modules are focus in the city.
    
    
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    B. Feats
    
    -	Class Feats
    
    *Favored Enemy: At the first levels during character creation, the Ranger can
    choose a race they can specialize in doing damage against or gaining Spot, and
    Listen skill point advantages. You'll gain +1 point to damage every 5 levels
    after level 1 for a total of +5 points towards, damage, Spot, and Listen checks
    at level 20. Favored enemy is also a prerequisite for Favored Power Attack.
    Level 1 - +1 to Damage, Spot, and Listen.
    Level 5 - +2 to Damage, Spot, and Listen.
    Level 10 - +3 to Damage, Spot, and Listen.
    Level 15 - +4 to Damage, Spot, and Listen.
    Level 20 - +5 to Damage, Spot, and Listen.
    
    *Archery Style: Starting at level 2 (if selected) Archery Style gives the
    Ranger three free ranger-attacking feats: Rapid Shot (Level 2), Many Shot
    (Level 6) and Improve Many Shot. (Level 12)
    
    *Combat Style: Starting at level 2 (if selected) Combat Style gives the Ranger
    three free two-weapon fighting feats: Two-weapon Fighting (Level 2), Improve
    Two-Weapon Fighting (Level 6), and Greater Two-Weapon Fighting. (Level 12)
    
    Trackless Step: At level 1, when outdoors, you'll get a +4 to Hide and Move
    Silently. You're not going to be making much use out of this considering you'll
    be in either a dungeon or city most of the time. In fact, any outdoors ability
    is useless to Ranger.
    
    Toughness: At level 3, the Ranger gains +1 Health Point equal to their level
    for a total of +20 points to health.
    
    *Animal Companion: At level 4, the Ranger will be able to summon a pet to fight
    beside him or her. You can choose one of the 5 pets: Badger, Bear, Boar, Spider
    and Wolf.
    
    Woodland Stride: At level 7, the Ranger speed increases when outdoors. Refer to
    Trackless Step as to why you aren't going to be putting this feat to much use.
    
    Swift Tracker: At level 8, the Ranger can use Tracking mode without being
    slowed down.
    
    Evasion At level 9, you'll gain the only ability that's worthwhile to your
    Ranger. Evasion will allow you to avoid 100% damage, if you pass your
    Reflex
    save as oppose to taking half. However, if you fail, you'll still take full
    damage.
    
    Camouflage: At level 13, the Ranger can continue to run at the same speeds
    while in stealth mode. Not to useful, since stealth mode is only useful in
    cramped areas.
    
    Hide in Plain Sight: At level 17, the Ranger gains the ability to go in stealth
    outdoors while being viewed by the enemy. This ability works outdoors. Need I
    say more?
    
    **Note: To get more information on these feats, refer to the Gameplay chapter.
    
    
    -	Selectable Ranger Feats
    
    Favor Power attack: This feat gives you +4 damage instead of +3 against your
    favored enemy. Not a good feat unless you're a melee type Ranger even then it's
    not useful because power attack damage isn't universal. You would have to pick
    this ability five times in order to get the true use out of it.
    
    -	General Feats
    
    Power Attack & Cleave: You're only get power attack to get cleave to help make
    your fights shorter.
    
    Weapon Focus, Improve Critical and Power Critical: These feats are a must if
    you want to increase the damage output of your bow.
    
    Blind Fighting: If find yourself fighting a concealed enemy, this feat is great
    as you get a second roll against your enemy.
    
    Dodge: Add +1 point to your Base AC.
    
    Iron Will: These feat grants +2 towards Willpower save. I'm only suggesting
    this because they aren't many feats a Ranger can get.
    
    
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    C. Gameplay
    
    The Class
    Instead of trying to create an Aargon Ranger or a Legalos Ranger, you should be
    shooting for Link from the Legend of Zelda. This Ranger's job is crowd control
    from long range. You rain death on your enemies from above with a hail of
    arrows. The damage you do, causes the enemy to break away from your current ally
    so you're allies can get an Attack of Opportunity (AOO) against them as they try
    to run towards you. The Ranger's pet assists in crowd controlling by either
    tanking or causing status inflictions such as poison from the Spider. When not,
    not sniping, you're in the frontlines holding down the fort using a large
    shield and a one-handed weapon.
    
    Top 5 Favored Enemies
    The top 5 favor enemies are Humans, Undead, Aberrations, Constructs
    and Dragons. You're likely to run into a Human, Undead and Dragon
    in just about every game, while the Outsiders and Elementals are
    a give or take.
    
    Archery Style vs. Combat Style
    Archery Style gives you Rapid Shot, Many Shot and Improve Many Shot while
    Combat style gives you Two-Weapon Fighting, Improve Weapon Fighting and Greater
    Two-Weapon Fighting. The three feats offered by Archery Style is the full-range
    feat package while Combat style only offers 3 out of 5 the Two-weapon Fighting
    feats.
    
    Furthermore, Two-Weapon Fighting is only useful for those who can do a lot of
    damage (such as Sneak attack) or have a low critical threat range. Rangers can
    do a lot of damage, if they are fighting against their favored enemy. However,
    compare to other classes, Rangers damage while dual wielding isn't that
    impressive. So it's better to stick with Archery style. Besides, you're well off
    using a shield and sword with your ranger and serving as tank to the team
    then try
    to do a lot of damage. If you're looking to do a lot of damage in melee then
    you've pick the wrong class.
    
    Ranger Pets
    The best pet is the Wolf because they are good to use against spellcasters whom
    are the most dangerous class in the game. Wolfs have a decent attack bonus,
    damage and they can use knock, but their strength is low, their AC score and
    health are seriously lacking.
    
    The second best pet is the Spider because of its poison. The spider's poison
    reduces the enemy NPC's Dexterity, making the target easier to hit. If the
    enemy continues failing their fortitude save, their dexterity continues to go
    down. However, the Spider's AC, health and damage are the worse in the game,
    second to the Badger.
    
    The Bear is the third best because it's your best damaging tank. The bear
    offers a lot of damage and a lot of health, but has a poor AC score. If you
    have a NPC Wizard/Sorcerer, Druid or Cleric in your party, then have them cast
    Stoneskin and spells that increase your pet's AC score. Sadly, not too many PC
    spellcasters are willing to waste their buffs to keep your pet alive.
    
    The Boar and Badger are the least favored pets on this list as they offer
    nothing, especially the Badger.
    
    Pre-Battle
    You're buffing your pet before you take the first shot to start the battle.
    
    Melee
    The only time you'll find yourself in melee is when your main tank falls and
    your force to hold the frontline until he's able to be recovered or the
    spellcaster is able to throw in his/her trump card. You should not be at the
    frontlines dual wielding or power hitting.
    
    Range
    This is the best position for the Ranger. You're Ranger should be doing damage
    from long range using a longbow if medium statured or a shortbow if small
    statured. In the beginning, you'll be using the standard bow with
    standard arrows. However, as time goes on, you should look for bows with the
    mighty enchantment so you can add your strength to every
    shot.
    
    Strengths
    -	Rangers are a good dual-classing, being able to tank and use long
    range attacks.
    -	Rangers have a huge AB for range fighting and a decent AB for melee.
    -	Rangers get a lot of free feats.
    -	Rangers get a number of spells.
    -	Rangers get advantage over Favored enemies.
    -	The Ranger can get up to 5 Favored enemies.
    -	The Ranger is very effective outdoors on any server or module.
    
    Weakness
    -	Rangers are confined to light armor causing them to focus more
    on Dexterity.
    -	They are only 4 to 5 spells that are useful to the Ranger.
    -	Rangers have two options in approaching a fight, but poor utility to back
    them up.
    -	Most of the Ranger free feats don't offer anything better that other class
    can get for themselves.
    -	Rangers don't get any real unique feats except for their outdoor feats and
    favored enemies when compared to the class like the Rogue and the Fighter.
    -	The bonuses of a Ranger's Favored enemy aren't all that great.
    -	Rangers can only pick 5 races out of several groups of races, which also limit
    their effectiveness.
    -	Rangers have no NPC roleplaying options, leaving them with one-dimensional
    gameplay.
    -	The Ranger's Combat Style doesn't offer Two-Weapon Defense or Improve Weapon
    Defense.
    -	The Ranger is still dependant heavily on enchantment weapons.
    -	The Ranger's Archer style is inferior to a Fighter, Rogue-types and Arcane
    Archer.
    -	The Ranger's Combat style is inferior to Fighter-types.
    -	Most modules and servers are based around cities.
    -	Druids with Zen Archery are better wannabe-Rangers.
    
    
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    D.	Spells
    
    -	Level 1 Spell
    
    Camouflage
    Adds +10 to Hide and Move Silently. This spell is good to strengthen your
    tealth mode.
    
    Cure Minor Wounds
    The target ally is healed of 1d8 Health Points and additional + 1 Health point
    per caster level for maximum of +5. This spell is useful until level 5.
    
    Magic Fang
    This spell provides a +1 magic enchantment bonus for your Animal Companion.
    
    Resist Energy
    This is a great spell for Damage Reduction against elemental attack, spells and
    traps.
    
    -	Level 2 Spell
    
    Bear's Endurance
    Bear's Endurance boost your character's or your pet's Constitution up by +4.
    
    Cat's Grace
    Cat's Grace boost your character's or your pet's Dexterity up by +4.
    
    Protection from Energy
    This spell gives you a 30/- damage reduction against elemental damage.
    
    Barkskin
    This spell is a must for your Pet or Ranger as it add Natural AC to your or
    your pet's AC score.
    
    
    -	Level 3 Spells
    
    Cure Moderate Wounds
    The target ally is healed of 2d8 Health Points and additional + 1 Health point
    per caster level for a maximum of +10. Not a useful spell once you get it.
    
    Aid
    This spell gives 8 health and +1 to attack bonus to the caster or target.
    
    Summon III
    Summon a Dire Wolf, who is by far your best summon pet over your bear or wolf.
    
    Greater Magic Fang
    Greater Magic Fang enchants your creature fangs by +1 magical enchantment every
    4 levels.
    
    Invisibility Purge
    This spell will dispel any invisibility spells within the area.
    
    
    -	Level 4 Spells
    
    Cure Serious Wounds
    The target ally is healed of 3d8 Health Points and additional + 1 Health point
    per caster level for a maximum of +15. Not a useful spell once you get it.
    
    Freedom of Movement
    This spell is useful because you don't want to get stuck or slowed down
    vs. vines and grease.
    
    Summon IV
    Your Ranger will summon a Dire Spider.
    
    
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    E.	Races
    
    
    Elves are the best race for being a Ranger. The Drow and Moon Elf get a +2
    toward Dexterity and a -2 towards Constitution. (Drow gets +2 to Charisma too.)
    As I noted earlier, you only need a Constitution of at 12 so this leaves you
    with +2 extra points to put towards one of your attributes. It would be best to
    put it towards Intelligence since you'll need the extra point to get 7 points
    total. Sun elves and Wood elves are okay rangers when compare to the Moon and
    the Drow. The reason elves are good ranger is because of their sleep immunity
    and hardiness vs. enchantment spell racial feat. These feats are good since
    willpower saves aren't the Ranger's strongest saves.
    
    (Note: Non-humans should always put a 12 towards Intelligence in order to get
    the 7 necessary skill points.)
    
    The next best Ranger is the Tiefling because they get both +2 to Dexterity, +2
    to Intelligence and -2 to Charisma. Rangers don't need Charisma so you can
    lower the Tielfling's Charisma to 6. One of Dexterity and Intelligence,
    Tielfings get damage reduction vs. cold, fire and electric, darkvision, +2
    Skill Affinity points to hide and a free racial darkness spell for better
    stealth combat.
    
    Dwarves are tied with Tielfling because they posses favored enemy racial feats
    against giants and goblinoids. Shield and Gray Dwarves are excellent choices
    Rangers for Dwarven Rangers, but the Gold Dwarf is under qualified by one point.
    
    Humans are rather mediocre when it comes to Rangers. The Rangers only get a few
    feats that are useful while the rest are a give or a take. The extra feats are
    not need because the Ranger class gets free feats anyway and because their
    Intelligence is lower than 13 they aren't working with any good tactical feats.
    
    Aasimar offer only +2 to Wisdom, +2 to Charisma, and a free racial light spell,
    both of which are quite useless. Although, this frees attribute points up for
    the Aasimar, the Charisma can't put the attributes to use whatsoever. However,
    the Aasimar gets the same Damage Reduction vs. fire, cold and electric as the
    Tielfling.
    
    Halflings and Gnomes are okay choices when making Ranger. The gnomes,
    especially since they come with favored enemies racial towards reptilian
    opponents. You're only setback is that you'll be wielding a shortsword instead
    of longsword.
    
    Half Orcs offer +2 to Strength, but a -2 penalty to Intelligence and Charisma.
    While you don't need Charisma, the -2 to Intelligence isn't good, especially if
    you're a non-human. The Half Orcs makes for a decent Ranger, but can only land
    six skill points. If you're willing to sacrifice Lore or Heal then the Half Orc
    Ranger might work.
    
    
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    F.	Good Classes to take in consideration when multi-classing.
    
    Fighter: The ranger will lose a bonus to favored enemy for a chance to do +2 to
    damage with Weapon Specialization while landing a few extra unneeded feats.
    
    Rogue: A ranger with 4 levels of will get 2d6 sneak attack, Evasion and
    Uncanny Dodge.
    
    Cleric: One level of cleric with Air and Travel give uncanny dodge and fast
    movement. Unfortunately, you lose 1 point towards all your favored enemies
    bonuses.
    
    Barbarian: A level of Barbarian with extended range can allow your Ranger to
    capitalize on his enhanced strength score when using Mighty bows.
    
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    G.	FAQ
    
    1.	Is this build for the original Campaign?
    No, as I've mention in other FAQs, these are general all-around builds.
    
    2.	Why didn't you include Strength based builds?
    Strength based builds can only get up to score of 18 without totally ignoring
    their Dexterity, which also needs to be raise to 18 in order to at least
    qualify for a Chain Shirt. Besides, if you plan to melee more than attack in
    long range then you might want to play a different class like a Fighter.
    
    3.	Is there any other way to build my Ranger?
    They are other ways to build your Ranger, but most of advice you'll find around
    the web will turn your Ranger into a cliche dual-wielding build or a full on
    archer build. To be useful to your team, you need be both proficient in long
    range attacking and tanking.
    
    4.	There are other spells and feats you didn't mention here. Why?
    Ranger has the worse spell list in the game and lacks feats that are worth
    taking. Not to mention the feats worth getting, the Ranger gets for free.
    
    5.	Does the Ranger suck as a class?
    Depends on how you play, the Ranger. The Ranger may not be as effective as an a
    long range attacker as the Arcane Archer or a tank like the Fighter, but the
    class makes up for it with his/her ability to do crowd controlling. You just
    need to know what enemies to hit and what pets are best for crowd
    controlling.
    
    6.	Who's Link?
    Link is a character from Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo who was created back
    in 1987 and was based on Shigeru Miyamoto's childhood fantasy he has as a boy
    adventuring in the woods. Legend of Zelda came out for the NES and was instant
    hit. It has since then spawn sequels or "do overs" as the developers
    continuously reintroduce Link with new features or a new story. Link possessed
    a number of talents including sword fighting with a shield and archery. These
    two skills are used in just about every Legend of Zelda game and Link has had
    to switch between both during combat. (Thus, my suggestion about playing your
    Ranger as a Link character)
    
    Although, this isn't official, many fans speculate that Link is REALLY based on
    a character from a 1985 film called Legend, which was directed by Ridley Scott
    and featured a young Tom Cruise and Tim Curry. The three of the Legend
    characters(Jack, Lily and Darkness) have uncanny resemblance to the three main
    characters of the Legend of Zelda. (Link, Zelda and Gannon) Jack is helped by
    fairies just as Link is. Again, this is not official, but mere speculation on
    the part of some of the fans.
    
    
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    H.	Copyright and Permission
    
    All the material written here is copy of myself and will not be used without
    permission from me.
    
    (c) Tony Mark, March 2007