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ninjaiguana wrote: I'm worried that most Houses will have a very limited Status, since you need an Influence greater than 40 in order to have a head of house with Status 5. This, in turn, seems to be at odds with the way Status is handled in the Character Creation chapter and the Abilities chapter.
I like the Status table shown with the Status ability description, and think it's an elegant 1-10 scale. Unfortunately, with the House creation, you may end up with one person possessing Status 4 (the maximum for a House of Influence 20-40) and all their heirs and vaguely important retainers possessing Status 3. It seems to sharply limit the range of possible Status, and I don't see the benefit of that.
Am I missing something obvious here? It feels like I am, but I can't see it.
kckolbe wrote:According to the rules, you can easily have a status 6. However, if your char's status is 6 but the max status (based off of house influence) is 4, then you take a -2D penalty (equal to the difference) on all status tests until your house's Influence allows a 6.
Arcmagik wrote:Status of 6 is reserved for Liege Lords like Eddard Stark, Mace Tyrell, Tywin Lannister as they have the influence to have a maximun status. If your House is smaller (less influence) then even the Lord of the House isn't likely to rank up there in Status 6 which is exactly how it should be.
hedgewizard wrote:The question then becomes: does "spending" influence to buy heirs/ladies, etc result in lowering the Max Status available in the same way that spending House Influence does to improve tests/fortune?
hedgewizard wrote:In the example on Influence Holdings and using chart 6-5 the player characters have 35 influence. One character "spends" 20 to become heir, another "spends" 10 to become daughter. Leaving 5 to spend on tests. Does this mean:
A. Their house status is 35, the max status is 4, making the Heir status 3, the Daughter 3 (since minimum status is 3), but they have 5 influence they can spend on tests (this is my preferred but unsupported reading).
B. Their house status is now 5. This sets the max status of the LORD of this house to a whopping... 2. Now, because the min status of a heir is a 3 and it would be assumed, the lord is a 4, THEN the lord and heirs receive -2D on Status tests until they bring it back up to status 21 or higher?
hedgewizard wrote:(I think this is some of what Talassa was trying to say?)
hedgewizard wrote:PS - just noticed that the Heir template character has a Status 6; which would incline them to be the heir of a great house... So Robb Stark-esque...
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