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Last updated at 20:44, 16 Nov 2010 Uploaded at 2:39, 22 Oct 2010

Class Advantages

Make Oblivion classes really stand out from each other, just like in Arena and Daggerfall.

Visit the official forum thread at:http://forums.bethsoft.com/index.php?/topic/1125389-relz-class-advantages/

Author: Zenshinzenrei
Version 1.01 FINAL.
Latest update:

01.01 FINAL
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- The Magicka bonuses for Magicka Affinity (Moderate and Superior) were not being added properly. This issue is now fixed. However for this update, I recommend users to uninstall and reinstall Class Advantages so NPCs that have Magicka Affinity will also get the appropriate bonus added to their stats. Please see the Installation/Uninstallation section in the readme for more details.


Requirements:
Oblivion v1.2.0416 (The latest patch)
OBSE v0019 or higher. Get it at http://obse.silverlock.org/
*Class Advantages uses Event Handler functions that are only available in OBSE v0019.

Installation:
Extract all the contents of the .zip file into you Oblivion\Data folder.
Enable Class Advantages.esp through the Oblivion launcher or OBMM.
Make sure you are running Oblivion with OBSE v0019 or higher or else the mod will not function.
Once in-game wait for the Class Advantages Initialization message to appear to ensure that the mod is running.

Class Advantages is designed for both new and existing characters.
If starting a new game, selecting a predefined Oblivion class will automatically grant your character pre-assigned advantages. Selecting a custom class will enable you to select three (3) advantages through a series of pop up menus.
For existing characters, the mod will automatically check for the character's class. If it's a predefined Oblivion class the mod automatically grants your character pre-assigned advantages. Custom classes will enable you to select three (3) advantages through a series of pop up menus. Read the Advantages Descriptions and List by Class for more information.

Uninstallation:
Disable the Class Advantages esp.
Load a saved game without Class Advantages active and make a clean save. It is best if a save is made in an area with no PC or NPC action (combat, sneaking, running, sitting, etc.).

Special Case: If the player character has the Armored Spellcaster Advantage, unequip all non-zero weight armor before making the save. If the character's Spell Effectiveness is not equal to 100% open the console by pressing the tilde (~) key. Type player.ModPCSpellEffectiveness and the value needed to make it reach 100%. For example if SE is 80%, player.ModPCSpellEffectiveness 20 will make SE become 100%. If SE is 120%, player.ModPCSpellEffectiveness -20 will make SE become 100%.

Incompatibilies/ Known Issues:
There are no in-game descriptions for advantages, due to the character/line limit for scripts within the CS. I HIGHLY recommend reading up on the Advantage descriptions in the README before starting a game with Class Advantages.

Pressing ESC to access the in-game Options menu, selecting Quit then Cancel will clear all open message boxes on screen. Class Advantages will not reactivate if that happens while selecting advantages for a custom class. However the chances of that happening is quite rare, and the player can always revert to a previous save/autosave.

The Skip Intro extra plugin for Kobu's Character Advancement System has been reported to prevent KCAS from running while active wtih Class Advantages. However, my own testing showed that all three work fine together and I was informed that KCAS and Class Advantages will run together without the Skip Intro plugin.

In regards to the Armored Spellcaster advantage, if the player equips armor from within the Inventory menu and tabs to the Spells menu, the Spell Effectiveness percentage will not display 100%. It will change to 100% after exiting the menu.

The Active Effects tab within the Spell Menu may be cluttered. Some spell effects were given script effects (with no active script) to prevent some shader effects from appearing on the character. This mainly applies to Deflect Damage and Toughness.

Intelligence Overhaul will cancel out Magicka bonuses from Magicka Affinity even though the bonuses are listed in the Active Effects tab. For users that wish to use Magicka Affinity there are two ways to remedy this:
Method 1- When starting a New Game do not load Intelligence Overhaul until a class has been selected and the Magicka Affiniy advantages have been added. Load Intelligence Overhaul afterwards and the Magicka bonus should be cancelled out. Proceed with the Intelligence Overhaul setup that pops up. Wait up to 10 seconds and the Magicka bonus should now be added to the character's Magicka pool.
Method 2- Similar to Method 1, except this is for existing characters. Uninstall Intelligence Overhaul. Ensure that the Magicka Affiniy advantages are activea nd the Magicka bonus is added properly to the character's Magicka pool. Load Intelligence Overhaul afterwards and the Magicka bonus should be cancelled out. Proceed with the Intelligence Overhaul setup that pops up. Wait up to 10 seconds and the Magicka bonus should now be added to the character's Magicka pool.


Credits:
Thanks to Bethesda Softworks for presenting us the Elder Scrolls series.
Thanks to the Elder Scrolls community for supporting Oblivion.
Thanks to the OBSE team for extending the game's scripting capabilities.
And great thanks to the Beta Testing and Analysis Guild (BTA) at TES Alliance, especially Ysne58, John, and Nottlong, for breaking my mod and making sure that it's ready for release.

Legal/ Disclaimer:
Class Advantages may NOT be uploaded anywhere but Tesnexus.com, and uploads to Tesnexus.com may only be done by me (ZenshinZenrei) or anyone I have given written permission to do so.
Class Advantages may NOT be used in any mod compilation without my consent.
Class Advantages may only be updated and/or patched by me (ZenshinZenrei). However, Class Advantages may be edited or merged with other mods but ONLY for personal and private use. Personally edited versions of Class Advantages may not be distributed.
I,(ZenshinZenrei), am not responsible for any damage Class Advantages may do to your computer, operating system, or your game/mod setup. Class Advantages is distributed for free just like all of Oblivion's mods. I am also not responsible if you somehow paid for this mod and you demand your money back. Once again, Class Advantages is distributed for free and should only be available for download at Tesnexus.com

Contact:
If you have any issues and/or comments, please visit the Class Advantages forum thread or send a message at the Official Elder Scrolls forums or at the TES Alliance forums.


Description:
Class Advantages introduces special advantages to the predefined Oblivion classes in order to make them more unique. Advantages are similar to special class traits from Arena and Daggerfall.

In Oblivion classes differ in name, starting specializations, attributes, and major skills. The biggest difference between classes, however, is the rate of increasing skills, which depend on a class' specialization and major skills. For example: A Thief's Sneak skill will rise much faster than an Archer's.While they both major in Sneak, Thieves specialize in Stealth (Archers specialize in Combat).

But since player characters may be able to advance any skill and attribute they choose, all game classes end up being similar in the long run. An Archer will eventually catch up to a Thief's Sneak level, provided the Archer is commited to raising the Sneak skill, or has enough gold for training.

Class Advantages provides classes the advantages that will make them stand out from each other. A Thief will have an advantage using the Sneak skill by having its movement speed increased in Sneak mode. Even if the Archer equals or surpasses the Thief's Sneak skill, the Thief will always have the advantage since that is one of the skills a Thief specializes in.

Class Advantages makes classes unique by assigning them advantages that are tailored to make them similar to the classes in Arena and Daggerfall and/or to match a class' specialization and/or skills.
For example: In Arena and Daggerfall, Monks were magic resistant and were deadly in unarmed combat. Barbarians had the most Hit points of all the classes available. Sorcerers had the greatest magicka capacity of all spell classes but had stunted magicka regeneration. Assassins were highly skilled in dispatching humanoids. Class Advantages assigns advantages to the default vanilla classes to make them similar to their Arena/Daggerfall counterparts.
Monks once again have some magic resistance and have more efficiency in unarmed combat. Sorcerers now have stunted magicka regeneration but also have a greater magicka pool. Barbarians once again specialize in having higher HP amongst the other classes. Assassins are once again the best at what they do.

To compare classes of each game please check these links for more information. See below to learn more about Advantages.

http://uesp.net/wiki/Arena:Classes
http://uesp.net/wiki/Daggerfall:Intrinsic_Classes
http://uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Classes

Every class has three predetermined advantages. Custom class characters (player only) will be able to choose from a list of advantages. Advantages may have prerequisites that depend on a character's starting Specialization, Attribute, and/or Major skill, as well as the current Birthsign or already acquired Advantage.

Some advantages are designed to be used by the player only. Some classes shared by both player characters and NPCs will have alternate advantages assigned for NPCs.

Advantage Types:
Advantages come in two types: Passive and Active.

Both provide constant effect abilities that modify various character stats. Passive advantages are automatically applied. Active advantages, however, require specific actions to toggle an ability. Advantages cannot be dispelled under any circumstance.

Passive Advantages
These abilities are automatically applied and require no action to take advantage of their effects.


Armored Spellcaster: Practitioners of magic tend to avoid armor as it hinders their spellcasting abilities. Only the most stubborn practitioners are determined enough to grow accustomed to armored casting. Those who are skilled in both armor handling and magical focus do not receive a penalty to Spell Effectiveness while wearing armor.
Requirements: Specialization- Magic, Major Skills- Light or Heavy Armor


Atronach's Curse: Characters afflicted with the Atronach's Curse have the similar effects as those who are born under the Atronach birthsign.. Characters with this ability gain a 150 point Fortified Magicka boost and Stunted Magicka regeneration but gain a 25% Spell Absorption instead of 50%. These effects do not stack with the Atronach birthsign effect.
Requirements: Must NOT have the Atronach birthsign.


Deflect Damage: An agile fighter may deflect weapon damage by redirecting the force of an attack. Characters with Deflect Damage gain a 5 point Armor Rating bonus and 5% Normal Weapon Resistance at Level 1. An additional 5 points and 5% is added every five levels to a maximum of 25 AR and 25% Resistance at level 20.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Agility, Must NOT have Light or Heavy Armor as Major skills, Must NOT have Toughness


Magicka Affinity: Characters who are naturally attuned to magical energies or have some understanding of magical forces are able to tap into larger magicka reserves. Magicka Affinity gives a Magicka bonus depending on the character's starting Intelligence.

Lesser Magicka Affinity - Adds a Magicka bonus equal to half the character's Intelligence at Level 1.

Moderate Magicka Affinity - Adds a Magicka bonus equal to the character's Intelligence at Level 1.
Requirements: Favored Attributes – Intelligence

Superior Magicka Affinity - Adds a Magicka bonus equal to two times the character's Intelligence at Level 1.
Requirements: Specialization – Magic, Favored Attributes – Intelligence


Regeneration: A divine blessing or an extraordinary physical trait may allow the ability to heal physical damage without the need for potions or spells. Regeneration provides a 1 point Restore Health effect that activates every 10 seconds.
Requirements: Favored Attributes - Endurance


Resistance: Training, strong willpower, or an innate ability can make any character able to resist various spell effects. Resistances have a magnitude of 25%.

Cold Blooded - A character accustomed to arid conditions makes a character resistant to Fire effects.

Hygienic - Physically and mentally healthy characters are more likely to resist Disease effects.

Lesser Magicka Buffer - Makes a character resistant to Magic effects.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Willpower

Serpent Blood - This ability allows the character to resist Poison based spells or attacks.

Storm Chaser - A character accustomed to the shocking power of electricity makes a character resistant to Shock effects

Warm Blooded - A character accustomed to frigid conditions makes a character resistant to Frost effects.

Willful Mobility - Paralysis spells and attacks can fool the mind into stopping oneself from any movement or action This ability shields a person's mind and making the character resistant to Paralysis effects.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Willpower


Robust Health: Additional Health is given depending on the character's Endurance at level 1.

Lesser Robust Health - Adds a Health bonus equal to 50% of the character's Endurance at level 1.
Requirements: NONE

Moderate Robust Health - Adds a Health bonus equal to 75% of the character's Endurance at level 1.
Requirements: Favored Attributes – Endurance

Superior Robust Health - Adds a Health bonus equal to the character's base Endurance
at level 1.
Requirements: Favored Attributes – Endurance at 50 or higher


Toughness: Adds a 5 point Armor Rating bonus at Level 1 and an additional 5 points every 5 levels to a maximum of 15 AR.
Requirements: Must not have Light or Heavy Armor as Major skills. Must NOT have Deflect Damage

Vigor: Higher Fatigue capacities allow characters to perform more actions before collapsing. Vigor gives a Fatigue bonus according to a character's starting Endurance at level 1.

Moderate Vigor - Adds a Fatigue bonus equal to the character's Endurance at level 1.
Requirements: NONE

Superior Vigor - Adds a Fatigue bonus equal to two times the character's Endurance at level 1.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Endurance


Active Advantages
These abilities vary in use. Some are similar to lesser powers and must be activated in order to make use of its ability. However, unlike standard lesser powers, these require no Magicka to cast and are Toggled abilities, which may be activated and deactivated at will. Active abilities that do not require activation need to meet certain conditions in order to take advantage of their effects.

Automagic Cloak: Characters that specialize in stealth but are also adept in the magical arts may use the aid of a cloaking spell. The spell is second nature so characters with this ability will be automatically cloaked with a 15% Chameleon effect while in Sneak mode. Sneaking in dark areas provides an additional 10%.
Requirements: Specialization- Magic, Major Skills- Sneak


Combat Expertise: Various fighting techniques provide different effects while engaged in combat.

Arcane Strike - This ability enables the caster to channel Magicka to cause extra magic damage on hit. Arcane Strike has a chance to cause a 15 point Damage Health effect in addition to the character's regular attack damage. The extra damage chance is equivalent to 50% of the character's Destruction skill.
Requirements: Specialization- Magic, Major Skills- Destruction

Blindsided - Every successful sneak attack has a chance of randomly adding one of the following effects: 20 point Damage Endurance, 20 point Damage Agility, or 5 points Damage Health for 5 seconds. The extra effect chance is equivalent to 50% of the character's Sneak skill. An additional 15% chance is applied when sneak attacking in dark areas.
Requirements: Specialization- Stealth, Major Skills- Sneak

Intimidation - A foe has a 25% chance of losing Confidence on hit, possibly causing it to flee from battle. A character with Intimidation checks its Strength attribute from its target on a successful roll. If the character's Strength is higher, the difference of the two Strength attributes will be used to deduct from the opponent's Confidence level.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Strength

Spell Disruption - This ability's purpose is to counter spellcasters in melee combat. Every hit will have a chance to apply a 2 second Silence effect on an opponent. The Silence effect chance is equivalent to 50% of the character's Mysticism skill.
Requirements: Specialization- Magic, Major Skills- Mysticism


Creature Expertise: Knowledge of creatures of Tamriel and Oblivion provide combat advantages. A damage bonus of 2 points at level 1, an additional 3 points at level 5, and +5 points every five levels (maximum of 25 points of damage) is gained when striking a foe of a certain type.

Creatures - Bonus to hit foes of type: Creature. These include animals (including horses), goblins, ogres, monsters, and mythical creatures.
Requirements: NONE

Daedra - Bonus to hit foes of type: Daedra and Dremora.
Requirements: NONE

Humanoid - Bonus to hit foes of type: NPC. These include Man and Mer.
Requirements: NONE

Undead - Bonus to hit foes of type: Undead. These include zombies, ghosts, vampires, and liches.
Requirements: NONE


Critical Strike: Whether through brute force or sheer finesse, very damaging hits can occur in battle.

Forceful Blow - A 1% Critical hit chance per level, up to a maximum of 40%. Damage bonus is 3x damage/ 5x power attack, 5x damage H2H/ 8x power attack H2H. Also adds a chance on hit to apply a 75 point Disintegrate Armor effect: 25% on a regular attack, 45% on a power attack.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Strength, Major Skills- Blade, Blunt, or Hand to Hand

Sureshot - A 3% Critical hit chance per level with a bow, up to a maximum of 60%. Damage bonus is 1.5x damage.
Requirements: Major Skills- Marksman

True Strike - A 2% Critical hit chance per level, up to a maximum of 60% with melee weapons only. Damage bonus is 1.5x damage/ 3x power attack.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Agility, Major Skills- Blade or Blunt

Unarmed Finesse: - A 3% Critical hit chance per level while fighting unarmed, up to a maximum of 90%. Damage bonus is 2x damage/ 4x power attack.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Agility, Major Skills- Hand to Hand


Etiquette: Polite mannerisms have an effect on nobility, figures of authority, proprietors and the pious. For each conversation initiated, Disposition will automatically be added to an NPC and the character automatically gains Speechcraft experience without having to play the Disposition mini-game. The Disposition bonus and experience rate is as follows: 1 point Disposition and normal experience rate at Novice and Apprentice Speechcraft, 2 points Disposition and 2x experience rate at Journeyman Speechcraft, 3 points Disposition and 3x experience rate at Expert Speechcraft, and 10 points Disposition at Master Speechcraft. NPCs affected by Etiquette are: Nobles, Priests, Healers, and Guards.
Requirements: Major Skills- Speechcraft


Gift of Gab: A character skilled in the art of conversation is able to convince or coerce another through words alone. Gift of Gab has a similar Disposition bonus as Etiquette but with few notable exceptions. First, Speechcraft experience gains rise at the normal rate on all mastery levels. Second, conversations with Merchants allow experience gain in Mercantile without having to barter and Mercantile experience gains are doubled. Third, there is a 10% chance (20% at Master Speechcraft) for Guard NPCs to have their Disposition raised to maximum, making them instantly like the character. Speechcraft gain on successfuly charming the guard is 3 times the normal rate. NPCs affected by Gift of Gab are: Commoners, Guards, Merchants, Thieves, Rogues, Pirates, Bandits, and Marauders.
Requirements: Major Skills- Speechcraft


Lore Enthusiast: Lore Enthusiasts comprehend the nature of enchanted items through the tales and tomes acquired on their journeys. Equipped enchanted weapons return a percentage of their charge cost into the weapon's current charge pool. The percentage returned is by 10% at Level 1, with an additional 5 % every five levels, to a maximum of 30%.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Intelligence


Magicka Buffer (Toggled Effect): A character can reduce damage from magic spells by using one's own Magicka pool. While active it provides 50% resistance to magic with Damage Magicka of 15 points per second. The ability automatically stops when the character's Magicka pool is less than 15. This ability stacks with any additional Resist Magic effects.
Requirements: Specialization- Magic, Favored Attributes- Willpower


Mental Alacrity (Toggled Effect): With immense concentration, skilled spellcasters can increase their magic potential temporarily but at the cost of mobility and fatigue. Mental Alacrity boosts a character's maximum Magicka and Magicka regeneration rate by fortifying Intelligence by 100 points and Willpower by 50 points. Mental Alacrity also grants a 50% Spell Efficiency effect bonus for all spell schools. However it will cost 60 points of Fatigue on activation, causes a Damage Fatigue effect for 15 points per second. The ability automatically stops when the character's Fatigue is less than 60.
Requirements: Specialization– Magic, Favored Attributes- Intelligence and Willpower


Mental Alacrity (NPCs): NPCs are granted a 50% Spell Efficiency effect bonus for all spell schools.


One With Nature: Characters with this ability prefer moving around outdoor environments. One With Nature provides a Fortify Speed, Agility, and Luck bonus of 10 points each while the character is outdoors (being inside cities do not count). A character in an Interior cell gets a Drain Speed, Agility, and Luck penalty of 10 points.
Requirements: NONE

Rapid Healing – Allows the restoration of health, attributes, or ailments without the use of potions or spells.

Aquatic Cleansing - A character may regenerate 5 points of Health every 10 seconds and has a 10% chance of curing Disease while swimming.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Willpower

Meditation - A character may regenerate 5 Health every 10 seconds and has a 10% chance to restore 1 point to all attributes while sitting.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Willpower, Major Skills- Restoration


Running Start: Quick, forward momentum is usually needed for a long jump to succeed. Running Start applies a 10+ Fortify Speed boost while running. A +15 Fortify Acrobatics boost is added on the start of a character's run mode and lasts for 5 seconds. A character must restart a run in order to reactivate the Acrobatics boost.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Speed, Major Skills- Acrobatics


Second Wind: Characters on the verge of defeat may summon the energy to make a surprising comeback in battle or to escape the jaws of death. Second Wind fortifies Strength, Speed, and Agility by 10 points when a character's Hitpoints fall below 20%.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Endurance or Willpower


Spell Efficiency: Characters well versed in a particular school of magic are able to return a percentage of the spell's cost back into a character's Magicka pool. Spell cost returns are based on the character's skill level for a school of magic: 20% at Apprentice and an additional 10% for each mastery level with a maximum of 50% at Master level.

Alteration – Reduces spell cost for the school of Alteration.
Requirements: Specialization– Magic, Major Skills - Alteration

Conjuration - Reduces spell cost for the school of Conjuration.
Requirements: Specialization– Magic, Major Skills - Conjuration

Destruction - Reduces spell cost for the school of Destruction.
Requirements: Specialization– Magic, Major Skills - Destruction

Illusion - Reduces spell cost for the school of Illusion.
Requirements: Specialization– Magic, Major Skills - Illusion

Mysticism - Reduces spell cost for the school of Mysticism
Requirements: Specialization– Magic, Major Skills - Mysticism

Restoration - Reduces spell cost for the school of Restoration.
Requirements: Specialization– Magic, Major Skills - Restoration


Thieves' Trade: Stealthy characters with this ability move much faster in Sneak mode than those who don't. A character gains a 100 point boost to Athletics while in Sneak mode.
Requirements: Major Skills- Sneak


Tracking: By observing the environment using all five senses, a person may be able to detect any living or undead creatures in the vicinity. When in Sneak mode, the character will have a constant Detect Life effect with a radius of 60 feet.
Requirements: Favored Attributes- Intelligence


See README for complete listing of Advantages by class.