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Was Initiative Ever A Factor?
I was reading my BG1 manual *wipes tear of nostalgia from eye* and this has always bugged me: what was initiative and did it play it's role?. The manual states that initiative is a random variation on how quickly within the 6 second personal initiatve round any character can use a wepon or cast a spell - the variation adjusting the speed factor for each.
This was never really fully explained. I always assumed that a Kensai would at high levels start to have -speed factor adjustments that would always allow him to act first?. But it always seemed as though mages got their protections in place via contingency (perhaps within the rules) or during the battle.
So my question is in the title really.