(See also HELP SKILLSYSTEM, HELP LESSONS, HELP LESSONGAIN, and HELP LEARNING) Much of your life in Lusternia will revolve around your skills. Skills are either sets of abilities or a single ability representing how well you do something (like dodge arrows and sword blows, for instance). Typing SKILLS will list which ones you have, and typing HELP <skillname> will give you some more information on each skill. Furthermore, many skills have anywhere from 20 to 50 abilities within the skill. An ability could be an individual spell, or something like a particular type of kick or swordstroke. You'll notice, when you type SKILLS that next to the name of each skill will be a word, like Inept. This word indicates your general proficiency in that skill. As your proficiency in that skill increases, you will gain more abilities, in the case of skills which have abilities in them, or you will grow better at whatever that skill represents. For instance, as you increase your resilience, you will take less and less damage from physical attacks. The word next to your skill will also change, indicating your increased mastery of that skill. To see a list of skill ranks, type HELP SKILLRANKS. Though the general skills that you start off with are useful, it is the guild-specific skills that make up the core of your character. To gain these sets of skills, all of which will have many abilities in them, you will need to join a guild. You may read more about guilds and classes in section 8.0. In order to see what abilities you have in a skill (if there are, indeed, any abilities in that particular skill), typing AB <skillname> will let you see them. After that, typing AB <skillname> <ability name> will give you help, generally speaking, on that individual ability.