Everybody's Free (To Wear Armour)

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Ladies and Gentlemen, of the Class of 84, wear armour.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, armour would be it.
The long term benefits of armour have been proven in battle,
whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own
meandering experience.
I will dispense this advice... now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your mana.
Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your
mana until it is spent.
But trust me. In twenty minutes, you'll think back and imagine
yourself, and recall in a way you can't grasp now, how much possibility
lay before you and how fabulous you really were.

You are not as powerful as you imagine.

Don't worry about battles, or worry, but know that worrying is as
effective as trying to summon a major demon by chewing tobacco. The real
troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your
troubled mind, the kind that leap out at you at three pm on some idle
Saturday.

Fight one thing, every day, that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's swords, don't put up with people
who are reckless with yours.

Pray.

Don't waste your time on scouting. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes
you're behind. The day is long, and in the end, you're all by yourself.

Remember favours you've recieved. Forget the insults. If you succeed in
doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old spellbooks. Throw away your old characters.

Run.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you what to do with your
character. The most interesting characters I know didn't know at 90XP
what they wanted to do with their characters. Some of the most
interesting NPCs I know still don't.

Get plenty of blessings.

Be kind to your mages. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you're a mage, maybe you're not; maybe you're a warrior, maybe
you're not. Maybe you're an elemental elf, maybe you're a illusionist
warlock with flangy spirit miracles.
Whoever you are, don't congratulate yourself too much, nor berate
yourself either. Your choices were half chance - so were everybody
else's.

Enjoy your weapon. Use it everyway you can. Don't be afraid of it, or
what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever
own.

Drink. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in the Greedy Goblin.

Read the Inquirer, even if you are illiterate,

Do not read random scrolls they will only make you feel worse.

~~~

Brother and sister, together we'll make it through
Someday a spirit will take you and guide you there
I know you've been hurting, but I've been waiting to be there for you.
And I'll be there just helping you out, whenever I can...

~~~

Get to know your friends. You never know when they'll be gone for good.

Be nice to your betters. They're the best link to cool stuff, and the
people most likely to give it to you in the future.

Understand that adventurers come and go, except for a precious few, who
you should 3YGB with. Work hard to bridge the gaps in plot and
character, because the older you get, the more you need the
uber-powerful characters created when you were young.

Live in Durholme once, but leave before it makes you hard.
Live in Newcroft once, but leave, before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths. Zombies will rise, Mercenaries will
plunder, and you too may never grow old. But if you do, you'll fantasise
that undead were scarce, mercenaries reasonable, and humans respected
the elves.

Respect the elves.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have healing potions,
maybe you have spirit from your god. But you never know when either one
might run out.

Don't mess too much with your skin, or by the time you graduate it will
look nicely green.

Be careful whose rumours you listen too, but, be patient with those who
supply it. Rumours are a form of disinformation, dispensing it is a way
of taking something that's true, twisting it wildly, and circulating it
more widely than it's worth.

But trust me on the armour

~~~

Brother and sister, together we'll make it through (ooh, ooh, yeah)
Someday a spirit will take you and guide you there
I know you've been hurting, but I've been waiting to be there for you.
And I'll be there just helping you out, whenever I can...

Yeah, everybody's free, yeah, yeah, yeah
Ohh, everybody's free, ohh, yeah!
Oh, to be free...

David McKee, 19-11-2001

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