There are 8 governing stats that make up your character in the world of Arena. Here is a list of them and their explanations:
This governs how strong you are. It affects how much damage you do in combat and is a factor in determining your fatigue points. Strength also affects how much you can carry and not be encumbered, and how far you can jump. It is recommended that any warrior class have high Strength.
This governs how smart you are. It affects the total amount of spell points you get to cast spells with. Intelligence affects your chances in negotiating for items and other purchases. It also affects your chances of figuring out a lock in case you wish to pick it. It is recommended that any mage or thief has a high Intelligence.
This governs how mentally tough you are. It affects your ability to withstand or resist spells. It affects your ability to negotiate successfully with shop owners and innkeepers. It is recommended that any character wishing to be adequately defended against spells should have a high Willpower.
This governs how nimble you are. It directly affects your chances of hitting an enemy with a melee weapon, your chance of getting hit in hand to hand melee, and your chance of getting hit by targeted spells. It also affects your chance to steal an item or pick a lock. It is recommended for thief class characters to have a high Agility.
This governs how fast you are. It directly affects your movement rate in and out of combat, and the fire rate if you are using a missile weapon. It is recommended that any class characters have a high Speed.
This governs how healthy you are. It directly affects your hit points, your healing rate, and is a factor in determining your fatigue points. It also affects your resistance to poisons and other drugs that you may come into contact with while adventuring. It is recommended that warrior class characters have a high Endurance.
This governs how charming and socially acceptable you are. It directly affects your ability to negotiate with other people you may meet in your travels. It is recommended for any person wishing to interact with others have a high Personality.
This governs how fate affects you. It is a powerful modifier to any action you may take, whether it be attacking, defending, stealing, or anything else. It is recommended, but not essential, for any character class to have a high Luck. Remember, just like other stats, your character can be 'lucky' or 'unlucky,' depending on your luck score. The average is 50.
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena Manual (pages 11 and 12)