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Reputation is a Challenge and a Benefit at the same time because it can take various forms and can be for the good or the bad. It is also a tool to list your accomplishments in the game. How far do your peers think you have made it on the ladder of rank and preferment? Remember that a reputation need not be true! It is all whispers.
Reputation as a Benefit
Choose reputation as a benefit if there is something more original that you want to add in addition to that. Perhaps it is some specific story or rumour that sticks around.
Reputation as a Challenge
You are known as ugly, the worst ever dancer, poverty stricken or worse? Most of this is already part of other challenges. However perhaps you want to add additional trouble. Perhaps you are known as a harlot or rake, or the worst villain alive. Perhaps it is some specific story or rumour that sticks around. With this customized tool you can add additional challenges that your character must overcome to be successful. It is not a challenge unless it adversely affects you.
Reputation you wish to aim for
By adding this to your charactersheet it is a nice way to indicate your long term, non specific goals, or the way you intend to play your character. You can start by listing it on your sheet, but it is subject to frequently review. Wit, Erudite, Schemer, Seducer, Rogue, Underhanded, Temperamental, Fair, Loyal, Gentlemanly, Ladylike, Tomboy, Reserved, Fashionable, Charitable, Untrustworthy, Pompous, Mercurial, Influential, Intriguing could all be Reputations.
Moderators will from to time review the way you are perceived by your peers, calling in the help of polls or ask you for your opinion (supported by proof in posting). It will be added to your profile as a recognition.
You will be asked at character creation to add the minimum of one reputation.
Reputation in game
Reputation is ultimately something to be gained during the game, though as a benefit (or challenge) you can start with something in place already. In a game of social intrigue, much depends on how others perceive your actions. You can have access to the best tailors, but your peers decide if they think you fashionable. A bad reputation can proceed you, or perhaps you have proven to be a villain in the game. Reputations are mentioned on your public profile so other players can claim prior knowledge, having heard the whispers. You can gain, or repair reputations depending on your own initiatives and how you display it in the game. It is in constant flux.
Those with Reputations have them noted in their OOC 'Player Courtiers' profile. This is so that, if your PC is the sort of person that pays attention to such things, they might have heard of that persons reputation before and you may then legitimately use this knowledge of the reputation in play.
Discretion is required with all OOC knowledge of course, it is best to consider a mental back story to how your PC might have heard about someone reputation before using such information in play. It is only reasonable to expect that any of our young ladies arriving at court alone would have received some sort of guidance from their elders to what sort of gentleman they ought to consider making an alliance with either via marriage or even in friendship.