Achaea Help Files
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14.3 Rats and Ratting
(See also HELP NEWBIE QUESTS) Ratting is the activity of hunting and slaying the rats that infest the major urban cities and sewer systems of Achaea. In every one of these cities (all city-states listed in HELP CITIES but Eleusis), there exists a denizen who has been commissioned by the city to pay those who help rid the city of its vermin. Simply slay the rats you find, then SELL their corpses to this rat buyer. Rat buyers ---------- Ashtan Ratman Northwest part of the city, near the docks. Hashan Liirup In Hashan's Old Quarter. Cyrene Jorj Near the entrance to Cyrene's courthouse. Mhaldor Maric Pestilent Way, in the north of the city. Targossas Hakhim In an office at Mistfall Square, on Duskmere Isle. You can reach nearly all of these directly via an exit from the portals, if you are a newbie and can use the portals. These denizens can also be reached by using the landmark system (see HELP LANDMARKS). Syntax ------ RATS Enter this command to see rats. Enter again to stop seeing them. SELL RATS TO <name> Sells all your rats to the rat person in order to get your reward. You must be in the same room as the rat person. Because there are so many rats wandering about the cities and because seeing them enter and exit can become annoying, the command RATS will toggle on and off your ability to notice rats. Generally, you will want to turn this off while you are not out ratting. When you see a rat dart out of its hiding spot, by all means, slay it before it can run away. Once a certain number of rats have been slain in a location, no more rats will appear there until a new Achaean day. Generally, you'll find that a sewer location contains more rats than a normal city street. I Can't Find Any Rats --------------------- As noted above, rats only appear in cities and sewers. Beyond that, only a few rats may be killed in any particular place before they get wise and won't return until the next Achaean day. The sewers are more populous, but also much more dangerous, and most of our younger players will not have the specialised skill required to enter them in any event (see HELP SEWERS). Rat Stats --------- There are five types of city rats. Ranging from most common to least common (which also corresponds to least valuable to most valuable, as well as weakest to strongest), they are: Rat Type What The Rat Buyer Will Pay --------- --------------------------- baby rat 7 gold sovereigns young rat 14 gold sovereigns rat 21 gold sovereigns old rat 28 gold sovereigns black rat 35 gold sovereigns A Word of Warning ----------------- Be careful! When you are of a very low level, it is recommended that you stick to baby rat and young rats. Bigger rats have the potential to do lethal damage to you. Remember, when you are in a room with multiple rats, you can type INFO HERE (or simply IH) to see the specific #s of the rats in the room and target the specific rat you want for attack. For example, you might see: rat70550 a black rat rat148947 a baby rat In this case, you would want to be sure to attack rat148947. If you simply type KICK RAT, you would attack the first rat in the list, the black rat. Rat Exceptions -------------- Rat pets are not affected by the above, though you are free to try killing them anyhow. (See also HELP NEWBIE QUESTS)