Your most basic defence should take shape by utilising the power of the firstaid system. If you haven't heard about this already, you can read into it by checking out HELP FIRSTAID. However, there are some important ideas to consider that might not be so obvious. In order to defend yourself, it is crucial to: a) be properly prepared in terms of defences and equipment b) be aware of your surroundings c) know your opponents capabilities A is covered in HELP PREPARATION. In order to achieve B, you should spend a goodly amount of time exploring and committing to memory the areas of Aetolia in which you are most likely to spend time and thus most likely to be attacked in. There are few things more frustrating than trying to flee in unfamiliar territory when your opponent knows the layout well enough to follow you with ease. C can only be achieved with experience. Only after a significant number of battles will you begin to know the capabilities of the various classes. Remember that as long as you have learned something, it is worth dying, for next time you will be that much better equipped to survive.