Classes are the general categories that characters fit into based on their abilities. Though there are others out there, the following are the most common in the Land of the Living. Actual ability and skills may vary depending on the individual. All classes fall under three focuses: Strength, Magic, and Finesse.
The Strength focus is defined by the use of physical damage foremost, using heavy weapons and heavy armor in order to power their way through enemies. Not all characters who focus on strength are inept at magic as some have found a way to add it to their arsenal, but their use of magic centers around their weapons usually.
Warriors are tough, seasoned combatants who excel in physical combat, and often have great strength and accuracy. They are usually proficient with many types of weapons, though most have a chosen weapon that they specialize in. Warriors have almost no magical ability.
Paladins, sometimes called templars, are holy warriors, usually proficient swordsmen with the ability to use simple white magic. They are incapable of using anything unholy and are thus weak against black magic, but they can inflict massive damage to creatures of Darkness.
Dark Knights are the embodiment of sorrow, regret, and mourning. They are strong melee fighters who wield dark magic dedicated to stealing the life of an enemy, and also tend to possess abilities that drain their own health to damage their opponent. They wield weapons that call on the powers of Darkness.
Mystic Knights are warriors with the ability to infuse their weapons with black magic. They do not possess the strength or stamina of most warriors, and cannot wield heavier weapons. Though their magic is weaker than that of pure mages, their spells take much less energy to cast.
Magic is defined as the use of mental prowess in order to manipulate mana or elemental energies in the world in order to cast spells or invoke phenomina. Usually people who practice magic weild staves and wear the lightest of armor and cannot defend themselves as well as others.
Black Mages wield offensive magic, and typically have minimal skill in physical combat. Their spellcasting ability can vary greatly depending on the mage's training and natural prowess. Often they wield staffs, wands or rods, though these are used more for focusing their spells than for self-defense.
White Mages specialize in healing and protecting those around them, and typically having little or no offensive ability. As they are physically weak and incapable of wearing heavy armor or handling heavy weapons, they usually fill a supportive role. Like black mages, they often wield staffs, wands or rods to help focus their power.
Red Mages combine the abilities of warriors, white mages and black mages. Although they are very versatile and can wield a variety of weapons, they are never as powerful as a dedicated warrior or mage and can generally only cast a handful of lesser spells.
Time Mages are specialized mages with the ability to manipulate the space-time continuum to speed up, slow down, or completely halt the passage of time. Like other mages, they are generally physically weak with limited agility. As time magic is particularly difficult to master, most time mages are limited to casting just a few spells before becoming exhausted.
Summoning magic is also considered to be a form of Time magic dealing with the Bridging of time instead of the bending of time and is just as dangerous as even though you can summo nthe creature there is no gaurantee that the monster will follow orders unconditionally. This magic however is rarely if not ever seen and if used should be used with caution.
Bards can throw spoons at people and sing some love ballads. They like nature, too. Their songs can often be magical in nature with which they can charm people and creatures.
Shamans are people who drain powers from the spirits of the dead, and this puts their profession into the unholy school of magic. Unlike black or white mages, a shaman can draw on both negative and positive aspects of the spirits to cast spells that are hard to defend against. Using too much of this power can be dangerous to the caster, so shamans try to avoid dabbling too much in their dangerous arts. White Shamans generally focus more on the life aspect of the cycle, wishing to use the powers of the dead to keep the balance of life and death in the world.
Black Shamans commonly known as Necromancers are essentially the worst traits of shamans. They have strayed from the pure paths of Sacred Light and Sacred Darkness and use their powers for evil and otherwise self-centered reasons. They can command undead and poison people, even going so far as to leech life power from living people if they so choose. Because of the awful reputation and deserved stigma which this profession holds, black shamans are few and far between in the current age.
Finesse is defined by the use of various talents or wit in order to circumvent obstactles or people. people who practice finesse usually have lighter armor and weapons which are easy to handle.
Archers are experts with the bow, boasting supreme accuracy and the ability to fire arrows in rapid succession. Elves, known for their superior eyesight and agility, tend to be very skilled archers.
Monks are spiritual warriors who specialize in using their bodies--from fists to legs to head--as a weapon, which makes them look like a mix of clerics and warriors. Although this focus grants them durability, it also makes them want to wear less armor for better movement and speed but as a downside this mobility makes them get hurt more easily without armor protecting them.
Rogues, also known as magic thieves, are agile and powerful at the cost of having little defense. They tend to wield daggers, katanas or throwing weapons, and are expert assassins and spies. Unlike regular thieves, rogues may possess limited magical ability that enables them to blend into the scenery. They are often proud and ruthless people.
Thieves are another type of Rogue that are very nimble and agile combatants, with low defense due to their light armor. They wield daggers or short swords, and as their name suggests, are experts at stealing and picking locks. They possess very little magical ability.
Alchemists are experts with using potions and creating healing and damaging substances of various kinds which they store in vials. It takes time for an alchemist t create the substances, but once finished, they tend to be very useful in multiple situations even if the alchemist can't carry too many vials around for safety and storage reasons.
Engineers are technically proficient people, often tinkering with various metal objects and creating complex traps and various primitive machines fueled by magic.