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This skill allows the Character to score extra damage when using a rear attack with a dagger, and later with swords and axes. An unaware opponent (due to prowling, sleeping, stunned) receives considerably more damage than an aware one. The amount of damage increases with the skill's improvement.

  • This skill is dependent upon your dexterity (DX).
  • Damage is calculated after an attempted melee strike.
  • On a critical melee failure, the player takes all calculated damage.
  • Backstab Apprentice: a successful rear attack upon an unaware opponent will bypass his armor.
    • Trainer: City and town guards with evil alignment
    • Trainer: Thieves in major cities if the player is a member of The Thieves Underground
  • Backstab Expert: the Character may backstab with swords and axes as well as daggers.
  • Backstab Master: the Character gains an enormous increase to his chance of scoring a critical success.