One of the most important parts of combat is being properly prepared for it.
Without some certain basic equipment, you have no hope of succeeding against
any competent opponent.

This document will only cover equipment and defences that is not
class-specific. Further, though a few offensive aspects of combat will be
covered, generally-speaking, your primary offensive abilities are
class-specific and are covered in the help files for the skills associated
with that class.

A short list of basic equipment that you'll need follows. It isn't complete,
but it is a start.

an elixir of health : heals your health
an elixir of mana   : heals your mana
healing pills       : see HELP HEALINGYOURSELF
a shield tattoo     : protects you against many physical attacks
a cloak tattoo      : protects yourself from summoning by a brazier tattoo
immunity elixir     : cures the deadly voyria elixir
starburst tattoo    : resurrects you immediately upon death
tentacle tattoo     : will drag people out of the sky
speed elixir        : provides a one-off defence to resist the Aeon affliction
herbalism paste     : creates a waxy coating which prevents Syssin from
                      biting you
skullcap            : a plant that, when smoked, creates an anti-weapon field
armour              : class specific. see HELP ARMOUR.
boar tattoo         : regenerates health
moon tattoo         : regenerates mana