When you create a new party, you have to use one of each of the four classes. The characters order will remain the same through all the game. A strategic setup could be the following:
|Wing (1 or 4)||Scout||The middle positions are better used for other classes; the scout is also supposed to be fast.|
|Middle (2 or 3)||Fighter/Amazon||This class is best fit for melee combat.|
|Middle (2 or 3)||Priest/Priestess||From the center, the priest (priestess) can more easily reach any weakened character.|
|Wing (1 or 4)||Magician||This class is best fit for ranged combat (arrows and spells).|
Characters have no default names.
For a sense of continuity, you could use names of aged characters from Drakkhen II:
- Damme, an experienced fighter
- Qunos, an old wizard
- Rodister, an experienced ranger
- Ogma, an old cleric
Since the authors of the game are the same number as the party members, you could use their first names (they are all males) for male characters and their family names for female characters.
- Stephane Baudet
- Richard Bottet
- Michel Royer
- Laurent Salmeron
Each character has five attributes that the player can assign to them, plus Luck/Fortune (determined automatically).
Different versions of the manual give different explanations of the attributes. In many cases the "explanation" explains nothing: such instances are in italics. Note that the three explanations of Constitution/Physique are completely unrelated to each other; either at least two manuals are wrong (or maybe all three; never trust a manual!), or this attribute was modified in the different ports.
The SNES manual actually gives explanations for some attributes, if it can be trusted:
- Strength (power): it determines damage dealt to enemies.
- Constitution (physique): either it determines regeneration rate of Health and Magic Points (DOS manual) or it determines hit rate when attacking with weapons (SNES manual).
- Luck (fortune): it determines evasion rate from enemy attacks.
- Education (knowledge): it determines the ability of using magic.
Dexterity (agility) and Intelligence are left unexplained in every manual.
From analogy with earlier famous role-playing games, the following hypotheses can be assumed:
- Dexterity (agility): it determines hit rate for physical attacks and maybe also how often the character attacks (as in Ultima, Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy).
- Strength (power): after dexterity determined whether the attack connected, strength determines damage dealt to enemies (as in Ultima, Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy).
- Luck (fortune): it determines evasion rate from enemy attacks (as evasion rate in Final Fantasy).
- Constitution (physique): it determines regeneration rate of Health and Magic Points (similar to Vitality in Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy).
- Education (knowledge): it determines the ability of using offensive magic (as intelligence in Ultima 3 and Final Fantasy).
- Intelligence: it determines the ability of using defensive magic (as wisdom in Ultima 3 or spirit in Final Fantasy).
Character creation suggestions
If anything, the original French manual gives the most precise guidelines for character creation. Still, Constitution/Physique remains undetermined.
Character class triangle diagram
The following diagram summarizes the characteristics of the four classes; they are analogous to other role-playing games. It is actually based on their magic abilities.