16.18 The pinnacle of ranger skills - the Sylvan Lore.
The pinnacle of the ranger skillset, the most potent of the profession's powers, are to be found under the banner of Sylvan Lore. The Sylvan specialisation is attained through reaching a highpoint of affinity with the forests of Avalon and maintaining it over many Avalon years. There is an element of competition in the forest affinities, since your woodland sympathies are pitted against others in the ranger and druid profession; though often a consensus is reached with certain forests declared the domain of the ranger, others under the wing of the animists. The land's current political climate will doubtless affect whether an individual's pursuit of Sylvan Lore is a case of competition or consensus.
Here is the precise process for advancing towards gaining Sylvan Lore, for those in the ranger profession: Every Avalon month the forests of the land will register their affinities and, depending on the size of the forest, any active member of the ranger profession in the top five 'highest affinity' possessing the Falconry skill will gain a little "forest empathy". See HELP FALCONRY for info about that first-stage ranger specialisation. You will be informed each new day you enter Avalon how your "forest empathy" is progressing, as a percentage, towards the eventual attainment of Sylvan Lore. Eventually, providing you have gained sufficient "forest empathy" you will crossover 100% of what's required and - in a way everyone in the land will see - Sylvan Lore will be acquired.
You can increase the speed of your attainment of the aggregate forest affinity required to gain Sylvan Lore via the TEND FOREST command. This is begun at certain specific locations (varies from ancient forest to forest) in all the larger woodlands and takes you through a circuit that will use lessons to advance forest affinity. You may use darsurion here if you are tending using your lessons - for acquisition of Sylvan Lore (as opposed to tending for affinity-gain). The larger the forest the more benefit to your acquisition/affinity, but conversely the longer the circuit takes to tend it.
WARNING: make sure you tend in earnest rather than simply use this as an automated acquisition for the forests, though patient, will not endure a cynical tending forever. Burning woodlands and defoliated locations in a tending region are much frowned upon.
Once acquired, Sylvan Lore will become a permanent facet of the ranger's character repertoire - and, depending on which forest he/she stands within, abilities will present themselves. The higher the affinity in a particular forest the greater the range of abilities, the more powers available. A sylvan specialist rated closest friend of, for example, the Greenwood forest - he or she will command vast resources and enormous powers; and since only one person can hold this position at any time, the extent of these powers steps way beyond the typical limits of mortal influence.
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