The most obvious display of the gratitude of the Kingdom of Exiles for those who risk life and limb in it’s patrol system is danger pay, a lucrative source of income for any who wish the risk. However it is not the only form of reward that the Kingdom can offer it’s greatest heroes who have saved entire cities, baronies and all of reality on more than one occasion. These rewards can take many forms but are a show of the Kingdom Favour any character can earn through hard work and heroism in the face of overwhelming odds.
By default, a character gains Kingdom Favour points equal to their Rank/20. This is regardless of any changing of guilds or loyalties in that time. Kingdom favour points can be exchanged for any one of a number of boons depending on what the character wants. This rate of gain can vary depending upon the behaviour of the character in question.
Example: Baron Gustaf Van Heusen defended the West gate of Heusenberg for 24 hours straight against an entire orc tribe seeking to breech the walls and slaughter the citizens within. After the fact he was immediately granted a point of Kingdom Favour in the form of his Hero Ability “Bulwark of the Westgate”
Example: During the Royal Tournament of Arms, Marshall Eorith insulted the Baron openly to his face during the award ceremony. As a result, her next point of Kingdom Favour was delayed by 10 ranks.
Kingdom Favour points can only be exchanged during downtime. Unless otherwise noted, all boons cost 1 Favour.
The following boons can be taken by any character with Kingdom Favour without requiring approval.
Special training allows the character to increase their Life Threshold by 6, or their Mana/Standing Threshold by 20.
A character may immediately gain a Weapon/Spell or Miracle Adept of a level equal to the number of Kingdom Favour points they exchange. They must meet all pre-requisites for the adept, and a legal kingdom guild must give access to the adept.
Example: Tinker has 4 Kingdom Favour points. She chooses to exchange this for 1 use of Piercing (2H Spear) costing 1 Point and 1 use of Through (2H Spear) costing 3 Points.
Example: Seeker Chaucer has learnt the Shadow Spell “Darksight” and wants to learn the Speed Cast adept to not be overheard casting it. However no Kingdom guild offers Spell Adepts in dark magic, so they cannot use Kingdom Favour to learn it.
The Kingdom offers a boon of wealth from the treasure vaults of the Kingdom. This takes the form of a magic/miraculous item of a value up to 20 groats, a superior weapon or a suit of superior armour. Multiple Kingdom Favour can be spent to increase the value of the item taken. At the discretion of the Character Refs, a Character may trade in an item gained from this boon to upgrade to a higher quality version and only pay the difference in Favour.
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A character gains the ability to purchase 1 skill that they would not normally have access to which does not require special approval from the Character Refs.
A character gains special training in a spell or miracle of their choice, allowing them to purchase it at Priest or Mage base cost for their race. They must already know all pre-requisites for the spell or miracle and have access to the spell or miracle, either from it being level 4 or below, from a guild, or from use of Special Tuition.
Example: Archibald, a Human Mage, knows the Death Miracle “Control Undead 1” which he purchased at a cost of 18 Character Points as a follower of Might. He uses Arcane Tuition to learn the Death Miracle “Control Undead 2” allowing him to buy it at 10 Character Points instead of 30 Character Points. He could not use it to learn “Control Undead 3”.
A character immediately gains a background skill at no cost. This does not count towards their limit of background skills and is not restricted to skills from their background.
Restricted Boons represent potent abilities which the Kingdom does not give lightly, even to those heroes who have earned the right to request them at all. All restricted boons must be requested from and approved by the Character Refs
A character gains the ability to purchase 1 skill that they would not normally have access to which would normally require special approval. This includes Throatslit, Legendary Mastery Skills, Rituals at level 10 and above.
Some senior figures in the Kingdom know of rare ceremonies which allow for a willing participant to sacrifice part of their soul to restore that of another. A character using this boon regains 1 Death Threshold up to their racial maximum, as long as the Kingdom deems them a worthy recipient.
The Kingdom provides the resources to remove a Spiritual Influence from the character via the process described in Spiritual Influences. All the other potential consequences from the process still apply other than requiring access to a suitable caster.
Example: Paladin Vertonius is suffering from the influence “Soulbound to an Elder Vampire” which risks him being possessed by an undead abomination. As a hero of the Kingdom, Vertonius uses his Kingdom Favour to ask for assistance in removing this influence. The Kingdom provide skilled Life Ceremonialists and Water Ritualists to remove the mental link, but cannot change the fact the Elder Vampire has now targeted Vertonius for a horrific death.
The Kingdom offer special training and expertise to a character fitting to their noteworthy escapades. The form and potency of this ability are specific to each character and will depend on the amount of Favour exchanged. Alternatively this may be used to make an existing Hero Ability more potent.