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The forbidden art of summoning 'monsters', the Skill of Gates is one that should never be practiced by any save the most powerful of wizards...and even then with extreme caution. During the first years of the Empire, when Verus and his successors were spreading their word and law, commanders in the field found it to their advantage to summon monsters of great power to supplement their small armies of men. After 118 men were slaughtered in the year 97, however, opinion began turning against this terrifying art until it was banned altogether several centuries later. There are many objects and books of power remaining at large, however, that tell of the seductive power of Gates; students who find these books and objects are encouraged to turn them in at once.
Gates is one of two Magic Parent Skills that are Forbidden Lore, the other being Mastery.

Dominant Attribute: Fitness

Training Levels and Unlocks:

  1. Animal (Pheme), 'The Beastie Addiction' (Lore)
  2. Summoning (Pheme), 'Excerpt: A Bestiary of Creatures Wylde and Weirde' (Lore)
  3. Control (Pheme)
  4. Rending Leech (Spell)
  5. Hostis (Pheme), 'Altered Dimensions' (Lore)
  6. Librarian's Ghost (Spell)
  7. Speech (Pheme)
  8. Blood Tarantula (Spell)
  9. Decimus' Hidden Workshop (Location)
  10. Decrepit (Pheme)
  11. Hostis Spiritus (Spell)

Research Topic (Gates):

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Gates Methods

Dominant Attribute: Fitness

Training Levels and Unlocks:

  1. Amicita (Pheme), 'Aminþia Que’la: The Mother of Monsters' (Lore)
  2. Air (Pheme), Water (Pheme), 'Enchanted Weaponry, Armor, and Battle Wares 5th ed' (Lore)
  3. Rend (Pheme), 'Trip the Legend' (Lore)
  4. Earth (Pheme), Fire (Pheme), 'Aminþia Que’la's Apprentice' (Lore)
  5. Stiff (Pheme)
  6. Wild Dog (Spell)
  7. Calculate (Pheme)
  8. Flame Sphere (Spell)
  9. Curious Eagle (Spell)
  10. Agitation (Pheme)
  11. Relic, Merchant (Shop)

How to Raise Maximum Skill Level:

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Gates Phemes

Dominant Attribute: Fitness

Training Levels and Unlocks:

  1. Accuracy (Pheme), 'The Gate Maker' (Lore)
  2. Bone (Pheme)
  3. Strength (Pheme), 'The Spirit Gate' (Lore)
  4. Blood (Pheme)
  5. Distribute (Pheme), 'Gateway of the Fairy People' (Lore)
  6. Condense (Pheme), 'Of the Passing Through the Gate' (Lore)
  7. Flesh (Pheme), Charm (Pheme)
  8. Muscle (Pheme)
  9. Heart (Pheme), Serenity (Pheme)
  10. Spirit (Pheme), Unleash (Pheme)
  11. Circle of Broken Stones (Location)

How to Raise Maximum Skill Level:

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Gates Spells

Dominant Attribute: Fitness

Training Levels and Unlocks:

  1. Give Me Passage (Lore)
  2. Swarm of Bees (Spell)
  3. 'This Mage, Heed' (Lore)
  4. Creeping Vine (Spell)
  5. 'Against Gates, by Revor Homson II' (Lore)
  6. 'Close Your Gates' (Lore)
  7. Informative Bird (Spell)
  8. 'A Simple Little Poem' (Lore)
  9. Cooking Sprite (Spell)
  10. Summon Brown Spitting Cobra (Spell)
  11. Vigilant Spirit (Spell)

How to Raise Maximum Skill Level:

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Theory of Gates

Dominant Attribute: Fitness

Training Levels and Unlocks:

  1. Magic (Pheme), Theory of Gates SL I (Lore)
  2. Enrich (Pheme), Theory of Gates SL II (Lore)
  3. Dexterous (Pheme), Theory of Gates SL III (Lore)
  4. Disorientation (Pheme), Theory of Gates SL IV (Lore)
  5. Rend (Pheme), Understanding (Pheme)
  6. Weaken for Melee (Spell)
  7. Weaken for Magic (Spell)
  8. Indiscriminate (Pheme)
  9. Selective (Pheme)
  10. Phantom Doppelganger (Spell)
  11. Rabirius' Shack (Location)

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How to Unlock the Gates Skill

  • Gates Phemes and Spells can be increased by casting a spell with the Control Pheme added to it. The easiest way to learn Control is by raising Interrogation to 2, although Theory of Mastery 9 or Gates 3 will also get you there.
  • Insects 10 unlocks The Well of Flies, which will expand a random Gates Subskill by 1 step. The location can also be discovered by Exploring Elumia Proper, although this might require a high Luck/Explore roll and/or will require general luck.
  • Climb 10 unlocks Climb the Spire (Ability), which can Expand a random Gates Subskill by 1 step on a successful Luck/Perception v. 13 roll. The Spire can also be found by Exploring Elumia Proper, but using it (regardless of how it was unlocked) requires first going through the Climbing the Lost Spider's Spire location Adventure.
  • Vilocian 10 unlocks the merchant Eloise Shi, whose wares include Gate Methodologies from 79-234 (increase Gates Methods and Gates Spells by 2, cost 815 Pims) and A Heritage of Pride (+2 to Gates Theory on an "expert reading" of Intelligence/Vilocian v. 12, cost 900 Pims).
  • A random event about a candy-offering stranger can grant you the Candies of the Gnawing Void. Eating them will inform you of all Gates skills at the low price of expanding your Stress by 8.