|Blade| - Sword, Knife, Axe, etc.
|Armor| - Magic Armor, Zora Armor, Darknut Armor, etc.
|Rod| - Cane of Somaria, Fire Rod, Cane of Byrna, etc.
|Instrument| - Ocarina, Flute, Pipes, Drums, etc.
|Tool| - Hookshot, Boomerang, Grappeling Hook, etc.
|Bomb| - Waterbomb, Powder Keg, Bombchu, etc.
|Heavy| - Ball and Chain, Greatsword, Hammer, etc.
|Bow| - Fire Arrows, Ice Arrows, Light Arrows, etc.
|Shield| - Mirror Shield, Hylian Shield, Kokiri Shield, etc.
Items in this system are the focus. You can't really do much of anything without items (with a few exceptions, of course.) For each of these item classes, your character has an item level. It uses a notation like this:
|Item|#| where # is your level in that item class.
For example, |Blade|3|
Each of the races you can choose from can only use 6 of these items (with the exception of hylians), starting off at level 1 in each item class that they can use, and 0 in the others. They also have specializations in certain classes, and they'll start at level 3 in classes that they specialize in.
Next post will be the races.