Strength shows you muscle power and vitality. It is needed when you are interesting in doing physically hard labor and work in bad weather.
Mobility shows how much control you have over your body. By increasing your mobility you better your balance and reflexes.
Mobility and the associated skills are displayed in green.
Dexterity shows how well you are with your fine motor skills. This is needed when you are doing jobs that require very precise work.
Charisma shows your appearance and personality. Its skills are mostly needed in jobs that require the contact with people or animals.
Construction is important to work on buildings or when setting up things. Working in your town is much easier if you have a high level in construction.
Vigor is the real muscle power of your character and is needed when something has to be pushed or hit. Vigor raises the damage you do with a melee weapon in a duel.
A high level in toughness makes it much easier to work in bad weather. In a duel toughness lowers the damage that is caused by melee weapons.
Stamina helps you in exhausting jobs and tasks.
Health points are your life force. Each time you add one point to the skill "health points" you receive 10 more health points for you character.
Horseback riding shows how comfortable you feel with your horse. It also raises the traveling speed on the map.
Reflex shows how quick you are to react. In a duel reflex reduces the damage that you receive from a firearm attack.
Dodging is very important in duels. With every level the chance gets lower that your enemy scores a hit.
Hiding helps you escape both man and animal.
Swimming is very useful when you fall into a river or lake.
Aiming is used for nothing but dueling. if you raise your aiming skills you raise your chances of landing a hit.
Shooting decides how good you are in the use of a firearm. Shooting raises the damage you do with a firearm.
Trapping is important to set traps for animals and to ambush people.
Fine motor skills are important for jobs that need a lot of finger work and concentration.
Repairing is used to fix broken things. It's also important to work in the town.
Leadership is important if you have to give instructions to other people. It's also important when constructing buildings in town.
Tactic allows you to make strategic plans and to carry them out. When challenged to a duel tactic lowers the chance that a hit is landed.
Trading helps you with your negotiation skills and to get better prices. Sadly, the merchants in town have set prices and cannot be talked down.
Animal instinct helps you to understand the animals and to work better with them.
Appearance is the way you are seen by other people. A higher level makes you more trustworthy, but you can also intimidate people better. If you challenge another player in a duel your appearance helps intimidate your opponent and makes him less likely to land a hit.