|At RPGVault, you can find the eleventh Horizons Developer Journal, written by Creative Director David Bowman. It deals with special combat abilities:
Special abilities are granted to your character by the schools to which they belong. As you prove to your school that you've mastered your current abilities, you are promoted in status and will be rewarded for this progress with new special abilities. Each school has its own series of special abilities, with only some overlap between prestige schools. When you decide to leave a school, the school will revoke some of the special abilities that were granted to your character. If you later decide to return to the school, these special abilities will be restored. We will be adjusting which special abilities are retained and which are revoked throughout the beta process.
It is also important to understand that many of the opponents that you'll face in Horizons also belong to schools, and that they've also been rewarded for their advancement with special abilities. If you engage in combat, you will sooner or later experience a computer opponent unleashing a special ability during the battle.