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Favour is the main commodity in our game. Intrigue centers around the gaining and giving of favour. It is a form of currency. Ignoring the fact that you owe somebody a favour might get you shunned. While we may consider this system corruption or nepotism in the 17th century it was the norm.
There are different ways of offering somebody a favour.
- You can send expensive gifts
- You can offer your moral support and your vote on an issue in the House of Lords
- You can romance a lady or lord
- You can flatter a lady or lord
- You can gain them an advantage in business
- You can gain them an advantage in diplomacy
- You can introduce them to important people
- You can introduce important people to characters that they might gain an advantage from in some ways or other (for instance introducing a lady to a lord who might bed her later)
- You can offer them protection from harm (both physical and in the political/social arena)
Rewards of Favour
What will favour gain you ?
- Political support in the House of Lords either from individual lords or your voice gains weight because you are popular with the masses (and thus have influence in the House of Commons)
- If you are a royal favourite your business will gain higher profits
- A royal favourite might gain Preferment : offices, titles, other posts, monopolies etc, that gives your character more influence, status and income
- Individuals might do something for you that you really need
- A higher placed character might protect and promote you
- A royal favourite might be protected from the law
- Those that are seeking your favour in return will be giving you bribes and gifts
- If you are a lady favour from a man might gain you jewellery, other gifts, an annuity in your name and of course protection
- You might have somebody in place who owes you a favour at a later time, a valuable commodity
Gaining Royal Favour
See Also Royal Mistress
The King and to a lesser degree his heir the Duke of York are certainly not above bribery or, as they would term it the seeking of favour. In fact they form the hub of those that seek favour for all of the gains it could earn one.
The most straightforward way of gaining Royal favour is to approach his Privy Councillors as what royal wishes there are for their particular department. E.a. for a personal gift one would first ask Baptist May, but if it is political gain one seeks going to Heneache Finch,the Lord Chancellor is a better way.