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An item is something that can be picked up and put in a player character's inventory. Items have several properties, depending on their type. These include a value and a level. The first is primarily used to set the price when an item is traded, the second to determine how hard it is to identify the item or to repair it when it is broken. Some items can be equipped by a player character, others eaten, read, mixed, etc.
Many items can also be enchanted or already have an enchantment on them. An enchantment generally increases their value and usefulness.
Artifacts and Relics
There are a number of items in Karigor that have been uniquely crafted and are more powerful and valuable than other items. They are usually well hidden or otherwise hard to come by. Artifacts have positive enchantments only, while relics may also have negative enchantments that will, however, be more than compensated by the positive ones.
There are quite a few ways to acquire items in Might and Magic. Items can be:
- received at the start of the game;
- bought in shops or from traders;
- found in the open, on the floor, etc.;
- taken as treasure from containers, like cupboards or chests;
- looted from the bodies of dead monsters;
- granted by non-player characters, for instance as reward for completing a quest;
- crafted, assembled, mixed etc. from ingredients and materials;
- stolen from non-player characters;
- conjured, or enchanted with a spell.
If not equipped, the party can bring items with them in the player characters' inventories. Items that are not needed for the moment can also be kept in any container, but in general that is not entirely safe. The riverboat St. Nicholas offers some space for the safe storage of items, as do banks.
A blast from an explosion, a spell, or a blow from a foe, may on occasion break one or more items, equipped or in the inventory. Broken items cannot be used. They will need to be repaired first. Hardened items are much less likely to break.
Items can be lost in various ways. Normally, the party would sell items that are no longer needed, but items can also be dropped. Some items will disappear or run out upon use. It may furthermore happen that an items needs to be handed over, and even that it is stolen from a player character. An item that has been dropped, will disappear once the party leaves the area or dungeon, presumably picked up by other parties or by local citizens or monsters.