2das (two-dimensional arrays) are what Jade Empire uses instead of a database. Almost all of the game's parameters are stored in the 2das. In comparison to earlier Bioware titles the number of 2das has increased quite dramatically. There is still a small amount of magic numbers hard-coded in the scripts and in the game engine itself, but most of the game's parameters - be it the sequence of combat moves, the radius of area effects, the textures of the characters, the prices of gems and a million other things - are accessible and editable now.
See the article about 2da files for more.
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