Thanks to Petra for copying and expanding this over from the old FAQ that was done by Neon Ninja. 1. Getting Started Ideally you would start your character with 50 stealing as a starting skill, but if you are re-working an existing character, or prefer to put your starting points into other skills, this is the alternative way. Unless you are playing on Siege Perilous or Mugen you can buy your first 30 (approx) skill points from an NPC Beggar, Brigand, Gambler, Gypsy, Thief or Thief Guildmaster. 2. Training The correct weight to steal in order to gain in skill is usually considered to be 10% of your skill level, so at 30 skill steal objects weighing 3 stones, 40 skill, 4 stones etc. You can use stacks of objects, such as gold (50gp = 1 stone) or you can steal specific objects of the correct weight. Here is a list of examples: shirt, 2 stones. robe, 3 stones, skirt, 4 stones, cloak, 5 stones, bronze shield, 6 stones, metal kite shield 7 stones, heater shield, 8 stones, war fork, 9 stones, lap harp 10 stones. Training is usually done from a pack horse. You must be in Felucca and you must 'target' steal, not 'random' steal. Tell your pack horse "all guard me" or "[name] guard me" and check for the message "[pet's name] is now guarding you". If you are in a guild your pet's health bar/name will turn green. 3 Error Messages The two most common error messages seen by training thieves are: "the creature blocks your attempt" - You will see this message if you try to steal in Trammel, or other facet with a trammel ruleset. The solution is, move to Felucca. "You caught yourself red handed" - You will see this message if the object you are trying to steal is already in your pack. Check that you re-target onto a new object after each successful stealing attempt. 4. Why would I join the NPC Thief Guild? There is no requirement to join this guild to steal static objects, such as from town containers or stealable artifacts, or to steal from npcs or monsters, however you must join in order to be able to steal from other players. 5. How do I join the NPC Thief Guild There are some requirements to be met before you can do this: • Your character must have a total of 48 hours in-game time. • Your stealing skill must be 60 minimum. • The Thief Guildmaster requires a fee of 500 gold To join you must find the NPC Thief Guildmaster. Each town has a Thief Guild Master, or Mistress, but they can be hard to find. Cove, having the smallest guard zone area, is the most preferred town to seek him out. Having found the Guild Master/Mistress, address him by name: ‘(name) join’. If you meet the time and skill requirements he will ask for 500 gold. Simply drop the gold on top of him. If you wish, you can then ask, ‘name buy disguise kit’ this will cost a further 700 gold, which you again drop on to the npc. There is no 'buy' context menu on the Guild Master npc's, using this phrase is the only way to purchase this item. 6. What are the drawbacks of joining the Thief Guild? Thieves cannot report a murder, ie can not give a count. This means anyone can kill you with no fear of penalty. Thieves are freely lootable on ANY facet. 7. How do I leave the Thief Guild? Find a Thief Guildmaster, when you have address him/her by name again with the phrase, "(name) resign guild" 8 How does the disguise kit work? Disguise kits can only be used by members of the Thieves Guild. Double clicking the kit brings up a hair style menu, select a style and apply it. Your hair will lose its colour, becoming white and your name will change to a generic npc name. You can check out your new name by opening your paper doll and can continue to use the kit repeatedly until the name is one you find acceptable. A hairdye bought from an npc provisioner will restore your hair to a more natural color. Your disguise will stay in place for 2 hours (real time, in game). It can NOT be removed, While disguised, you cannot cast incognito or any shape changing spell such as polymorph, wraith form, animal form etc. WARNING! If you log off while under the effects of the disguise kit the disguise name will appear in your character list. A new folder will be made for that name and generic macros only will be available. To access your normal macros you will need to follow these steps: Log in to the character, selecting the 'disguise' name. Log back out. Go to your desktop folders (My documents/EA Games/Ultima Online Legacy) find the character's normal folder, copy the contents then paste them into the new, disguise name, folder. If you use uoassist you will also need to copy the character's uoa settings in the same way. You can then log back into your character with full access to your macros.