Type: Attack Skill
Range: Target Character
Cost: None
Lag: 2 rounds
Duration: Instantaneous

Syntax: backstab <target>

Backstab is one of the most archetypal thief skills, and one of the most powerful single attacks in the game. It can only be used to initiate combat, and may not be used on any character described as being in "small wounds and bruises" condition or worse. The thief must be wielding a dagger in order to backstab, but need not be hidden from the target.

As sleeping characters incur greater damage and cannot dodge attack skills, backstab is often used in conjunction with waylay to further increase its damage.

If dual wielding daggers, a higher-level thief may attempt a second backstab concurrently with the first using his offhand dagger.

Primary Attribute: Dexterity

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