Harshlands is a FREE roleplay intensive, skills-based MUD set on the island of Harn (Columbia Games). Standard 'hack and slash' play is seriously dissuaded, with levels, classes
and experience points non-existent. Players can choose to pursue careers, including herbalist, journeyman craftsmen, soldier,criminal, clery, law enforcer and many more.
Players proving to be skilled and dedicated are offered choices that include shop ownership, master level craftsmanship, nobility and many advanced professions. For those unfamiliar with Harn, it is a world based on a composite of 9th-12th century Britain. The world has over 16,000 original rooms in smoothly integrated universally consistant zones, ten deities, five human ethnic and cultural groups, and three non-human races selectable by players of proven ability.
While the thrust and focus of the game is serious roleplay, the world remains a deadly and harsh environment, where life is risky and death is permanent. Recently upgraded code includes account system, wound-based combat system with wound treatment/infection code, upgraded AI, crafts, and numerous small refinements to promote RP.