Could anybody please provide me with some carity here.
Let's say i'm a rank 1 gladiator and i've equipped a sword with an optimal rank of 7.
Do I get reduced stats to coincide with my current rank?
Does the sword degrade quicker than it would if I was rank 7?
Ultimatley, what is the benefit of being the optimal rank (or higher) as opposed to equipping an item a few ranks below?
Thanks for the assistance or apologies if i've just beaten a dead horse.