The Way of the Blade

The Way of the Blade is a New Player Quest found in New Haven and begins with Jockles the Swordsmanship Instructor.


Increase Swordsmanship to 50


Head East out of town and go to Old Haven. While wielding your sword, battle monsters there until you have raised your Swordsmanship skill to 50.


*As you approach, you notice Jockles sizing you up with a skeptical look on his face*

I can see you want to learn how to handle a blade. It's a lot harder than it looks, and you're going to have to put in a lot of time and effort if you ever want to be half as good as I am.

I'll tell you what, kid, I'll help you get started, but you're going to have to do all the work if you want to learn something. East of here, outside of town, is Old Haven. It's been overrun with the nastiest sort of undead you've seen, which makes it the perfect place for you to turn that sloppy grin on your face into actual skill at handling a sword.

Make sure you have a sturdy Swordsmanship weapon in good repair before you leave. 'Tis no fun to travel all the way down there just to find out that you forgot your blade!

When you feel that you've cut down enough of those foul smelling things to learn to handle a blade without hurting yourself, come back to me. If I think you've improved enough, I'll give you something suited for a real warrior.


Well, well, look at what we have here! You managed to do it after all. I have to say, I'm a little surprised that you came back in one piece, but since you did, I've got a little something for you.

This is fine blade that served me well in my younger days. Of course I've got much better swords at my disposal now, so I'll let you go ahead and use it under one condition. Take good care of it and treat it with the respect that a fine sword deserves.

You're one of the quickest learners I've seen, but you still have a ways to go. Keep at it, and you'll get there someday. Happy hunting, kid.



Stay within Old Haven to take advantage of the accelerated skill gain buff which speeds up skill gain by about 0.2 - 0.5 per gain.

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