The skill system here on Dartmud is drastically different from what you will find on a standard LP Mud. As such, it may take some getting-used-to. There are no levels on Dartmud.
Your ability to do things - combat, spell casting, etc. - is determined by your skill in that area. As you use your skills for increasingly difficult situations, you will continue to improve.
You will usually notice when you have made a breakthrough and learned something.
The 'show skills' command will give an idea of your acheivements.
Skill progression is based on several factors including stats, alignment, and the number and type of the other skills you know.
Some skills can only be learned with the aid of a teacher.
Some skills may assist or interfere with your ability to practice other skills.
See also: combat, magic, thievery, random, show, teach