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感化 Influence


立場と人気を操ることは人間社会におけるごく自然な活動の一部であり、高潔な十字軍の中であっても腹黒い貴族の社交界であっても何ら変わりはない。複雑に絡み合う忠誠心が策謀渦巻くキャンペーンの中心にあり、そこでは他者の失脚を狙い味方を増やすために謀略を練る者達が跋扈する。これらの謀略を再現するため、この節では2つの感化システムを紹介する:1つは個人への感化、もう1つは組織への感化である。1つめのシステムは、重要なNPCから支持を獲得また喪失する場面である社会遭遇のための応用の利く枠組みと、さらに恩義や義理を生み出す仕組みを提供する。2つ目のシステムでは、PC達の行動が味方の組織内での勢力にどのような影響を及ぼすか、利害の反する組織に対してPC達の手管がどれほど通じるかを具現化する。

個人への感化 Individual Influence


最も一般的な社会遭遇は〈威圧〉、〈交渉〉、〈はったり〉を含む1回のやり取りを必要とする。下記の感化システムは、基本システムのより強力な代替ルールとして機能する。また、このルールはパーティ全体を社会遭遇への参加を促進するものであり、複数のNPCとの遭遇に使用することもできる。個人への感化システムでは、参加者は対象の意見や法廷でのひいき目などを、各個人固有の様々な判定に成功することにより、変更を試みる。感化判定と呼ばれるこれらの判定は通常は技能判定であるが、あるNPCの何らかの特性が著しく印象的であるなら(例えば酒を飲む能力や武人の勇敢さなど)他の種類の判定であっても構わない。

このシステムでは、社会遭遇を1つ以上のフェーズに分割する。各フェーズの長さは長くも短くもあり、一般的には15分から1時間までである――この長さは、それぞれフェーズの最中に各PCが感化判定と関連の無い数分を要する行動(殺人現場の調査や秘密裏に暗殺者を倒すことなど)を、社会遭遇へ参加する機会を失うことなく行うのに充分な長さである。GMは、社会遭遇が何フェーズ続くか前もって決めておくべきであり、それはPC達が対象に感化を与えるたり、対象について学んだりする機会の回数を決めておく、ということである(一般的には2~6回)。またGMは、PCの行動が追加のフェーズを勝ち得るかどうかも決めておく方が良いだろう。例えば、女男爵を誘惑する、または女男爵の馬車を止めることは、いずれも彼女の好意を得るための追加のフェーズを獲得する可能性がある。

フェーズの開始時に、各PCは1人のNPCを選択する。各フェーズの間、PCは感化判定を用いてNPCに直接影響を与える、或いは察知判定(同一の社会遭遇内におけるその後の感化判定または察知判定を助けることができる、NPCについて学ぶ判定)を用いてそのNPCについてより多くの事を学ぶことを試みることができる。感化判定や察知判定で求められる判定の種類は、感化技能と呼ばれ、各個人特有のものである。PCはNPCの感化技能を察知判定(察知判定を参照)に成功することにより学ぶことができる; そうでなけば、推測しなければならない。

察知判定および感化判定の難易度 Discovery and Influence Check DCs

感化判定の適切な難易度はいくつかの要素によって決まる。下記の『表:標準的な感化DC』に平均パーティ・レベルごとの基準となる難易度を示した。この難易度は対応するPCのグループにとって比較的簡単な値であり(特に、援護と察知の助けが使える場合)、一般的にNPCに対して最も効果的な技能に相応しい難易度である。典型的な判定難易度を決めるために、基準DCに5を加える事; 困難な感化判定DCを決めるには10を加えること。多くのPCが極めて高いボーナスを持つ技能(〈交渉〉や〈知覚〉など)の難易度は、均衡を得るため更に増加するべきだろう。感化されにくいNPCには、そのNPCの感化技能に一般的なDCまたは困難なDCを使用するか、場合によってはさらに高い難易度を使用する。

社会遭遇の最中に重要な出来事が発生した場合、その出来事の反応としてNPCの感化DCを変更すべきか考慮する事。例えば、何者かが大変高価な宝が眠る秘密の宝物庫に社会遭遇の最中に侵入した場合、PCの犯行への関与を疑っている法に従うNPCを感化することは難しくなる。

平均パーティ・レベル 基準DC
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2 13
3 14
4 15
5 16
6 18
7 19
8 20
9 22
10 24
11 26
12 27
13 28
14 30
15 31
16 33
17 34
18 36
19 38
20 40

察知判定 Discovery Check


察知判定に挑むそれぞれのPCは、例え複数のPCが同じフェーズに同じNPCについての情報を察知しようとしている場合であっても、それぞれ個別にロールする。これはPC達がそれぞれ独立した意見と解明方法を持っていることを表している。

社会遭遇の開始時に、各PCは特に有名なNPCに覚えがあるか関連する〈知識〉判定を試みることができる(『個人への感化』の下部にある『察知と感化判定難易度』を参照)。いずれかのPCがNPCに対するこの判定に成功した場合、全てのPCはそのNPCを対象とする察知判定に+4のボーナスを得る。察知判定を行う前に、PCは対象NPCの『強さ』、『弱さ』、または感化するために使用可能な技能のうち、どれを知る試みを行うか選択する。それぞれの察知判定は、それぞれ必要な技能と難易度を持っている。PCが察知判定を試みることを選択した場合、GMはプレイヤーにそれぞれの察知判定に使用可能な技能の種類を伝え(もちろん難易度は教えない)、ぞれを試みるか選択させること。〈真意看破〉はしばしば察知技能として機能するが、それは一般的すぎて裁量の選択とはなり得ないだろう。察知判定が〈知識〉技能に依存する場合、それは現時点での観察を必要とするものであり、普遍的な知識ではない。

察知判定に成功したPCは、そのNPCを感化することができる技能のうち1つ(最も低い難易度の技能から始める)、そのNPCの『強み』を1つ、またはそのNPCの『弱み』を1つを知る。成功したPCが対象の難易度を5ポイント上回るごとに、追加の感化技能、強み、または弱みを1つ学ぶ。これにより、控え目ながらも観察力のあるキャラクターは今後の感化判定において味方に重要なボーナスを与えることができ(また重大なペナルティを回避する助けとなり)、脚光を浴びることを好むPCと同じようにグループの成功にとって重要な存在となる。

感化判定 Influence Check


察知判定に成功していなければ、感化判定を試みるPCは、NPCの感化技能が何であるか推測しなければならない。PCは通常、相手のNPCに感化できない技能を使用する際は利益も不利益も得ないが、度重なる当て推量の失敗が相手を苛立たせ、今後のロールにペナルティを課しても構わない。感化判定の難易度を決める指針は『個人への感化』の下部にある『察知と感化判定難易度』を参照。

通常、PCが1人のNPCに影響を与えるには1回より多くの感化判定に成功しなければならない。何人のPCが同じNPCに話しかけたとしても、1つの判定だけが、そのフェーズにNPCに感化を与える試みを行うことができる。さらなる判定は最も達成値の高い判定に紐づく援護として扱う。感化判定が充分な余裕を持って成功した場合は追加の利益を得られる。5以上の値で感化判定に成功することにより、感化判定と察知判定に成功したものとして扱う(成功したPCは、NPCを感化する技能1つ、NPCの強み1つ、もしくはNPCの弱み1つのうちいずれかを、判定の前ではなくロール後に選択するが、その他の点では察知判定に成功した場合と同じように機能する)。感化判定に10以上の差で成功したPCは、感化判定の成功2回分の利益を得るか、感化判定と察知判定の利益を得るか(5以上の差で成功した場合と同じように)を選択することができる。

感化判定を大きな差で失敗すると、その後に対象を感化することが難しくなる。PCが5以上の差で感化判定を失敗すると、残りの社会遭遇の間、失敗したものと同じ技能を使用することができなくなる。感化判定を10以上の差で失敗したPCは、残りの社会遭遇の間は対象のNPCを感化することが全くできなくなる。例えば、対象のNPCの感化技能が〈交渉〉と〈知識:神秘学〉で会った場合、〈交渉〉判定に5以上の差で失敗したPCは、それでもそのNPCに対して〈知識:神秘学〉を用いて感化を試みることができる。この制限は援護についてはも適用される――10以上の差で失敗したPCは、パーティが失敗したPCからの援助を受け取ることができなくなるほど、対象のNPCの不興を買う。

PCは、5以上の差で成功しない限り、必ずしも感化判定が成功したかどうかを認識するわけではないが、対象のNPCに対する最大の感化を達成したときは常に理解する。NPCの中には、PC達に耳を貸すつもりが無くても、あたかも感化を受けたかのように振舞う者もいる。

GMはNPCに対する1回のフェーズの間に1人のNPCとやり取りできるPCの人数を制限したいこともあるだろう。どのみち、1人のNPCは一度にそうおおくない人数としか会話を続けることはできず、6人のキャラクターが周囲に群がれば、そのやり取りは意図せずとも脅迫と受け取られることだろう。一度にNPCとやり取りできるPCの人数を(他のPCが察知判定を試みたり、別のNPCに目を向けるなどをして)2~3人に絞ることにより、この社会遭遇の流れをキビキビと進める助けとなり、1人のPCに対して過度に脚光を浴びせてしまうこと防ぐことに繋がる。

PC達が所定の回数の感化判定を成功させた場合、対象のNPCに影響を与えることで、ある事柄についての考えを変えさせる、好意を獲得する、またはなんらかの利益を得たり、障害が取り除かれたりなどの結果を生み出す。

社会イベントの前に Before a Social Event


PCが事を進めるためにどNPCを感化する必要があるか理解している場合、PC達は感化の助けとなる情報を前もって調査することができ、社会遭遇の前に社会データ・ブロックの情報を獲得する可能性がある。このような準備の結果を表現するには、各PCは1回の〈知識〉に基づく察知判定を-5のペナルティを持って前もって試みることができる。GMは他の察知技能を許可しても構わないが、PCが積極的にNPCに付きまとっているのでもない限り(これには〈変装〉や〈隠密〉判定が追加で必要となり不味い結果を誘引することとなるだろう)〈真意看破〉は決して成功することはないだろう。PCが特に有名なNPCに対し事前の察知判定を試みた場合、察知判定の〈知識〉判定に+4のボーナスを得る(『察知判定』を参照)。

Active Opponents Active Opponents


The PCs may not be the only ones seeking to influence prominent NPCs. An opposing party of NPCs at the same event can place additional pressure on the PCs to complete their task. Once either the PCs or the opposing party gain sway over an NPC (see Benefits of Influence), the other group can't attempt further influence checks during that event. If the two groups are actively opposed, one group's successful check causes the other group to take a cumulative -2 penalty on subsequent influence checks against that NPC, which can change the strategies the PCs might use. For instance, if the PCs notice the other group talking with a particular NPC, they have to decide whether to try to influence that NPC (thus foiling their rivals) or to yield that NPC to the other group and focus on influencing other NPCs.

感化と魔法 Influence and Magic


PCs can also use magic to assist in gaining influence over key NPCs. In most cases, casting mind-affecting or other intrusive spells is socially unacceptable or even criminal, so PCs who wish to use such magic should use discretion. Whenever a PC (or NPC) casts a spell, NPCs with the Spellcraft skill attempt to identify that spell. Even NPCs unfamiliar with magic are likely to assume that spells are intended for mischief, unnatural control, or other selfish ends. The most common schools of magic used in social situations are divination, enchantment, and illusion.

Divination spells can assist the PCs in similar ways to a discovery check. Spells such as detect magic and identify reveal active spells and magic items. Spells and items far beyond the reasonable means of an NPC may indicate that NPC is hiding something, or is more than she seems. Alignment-detecting spells reveal whether someone has an unusually strong or unexpected aura. Other divination spells, such as detect thoughts, pry directly into a target's mind, and can provide valuable clues at the GM's discretion, most commonly replicating a successful discovery check.

Enchantment spells and effects are extremely effective tools for increasing influence, but their use is dangerous. When cast during a social encounter, spells such as charm person grant a +5 circumstance bonus on influence checks in place of their normal spell effects, as long as the target fails the saving throw and remains unaware that she is under an enchantment effect. More powerful enchantments such as suggestion are unhelpful for gaining influence, since they compel limited actions for a time and then stop. Spells such as geas/quest or dominate person might obviate the need to sway an NPC, but the magical influence is obvious to many people interacting with the NPC. People typically react poorly to realizing that enchantment magic has been used on them. The consequences of getting caught range from the offending PC being unable to attempt further influence checks against that NPC at that social event, to the whole party being unable to attempt further influence checks against that NPC during that event, up to the party being kicked out of the event entirely or charged with a crime.

From innocuous glamers―such as magic that sustains illusory finery―to spells disguising an individual as a different person, illusion spells are versatile tools of deception. Many illusions that allow a saving throw require the viewers to study the illusion carefully or interact with it before they attempt a saving throw. In the context of the influence system, the first time a PC interacts with an NPC during a phase, the PC and the NPC each receive a saving throw against the other's relevant illusions, as they are assumed to be studying each other carefully at some point during the first exchange. After that, participants generally become more complacent in the way they examine each other, so they receive saving throws against only illusions dealing with particularly specific aspects of their interaction. For example, a glamer to make a dress look nicer would grant a saving throw during the first phase of interaction, but it usually wouldn't recur in later phases unless the topic of the dress came up in conversation.

Secret Identities and Hidden Allegiences Secret Identities and Hidden Allegiences


When an NPC is being deceptive, it is possible that the PCs never discover the NPC's true allegiance―even in the case of a recurring villain, as such an NPC's exceptional skills may render his deceptions undetectable until later in the campaign. While Perception and Sense Motive checks are often used to oppose Disguise and Bluff checks, sometimes another skill might be more useful in discerning an impostor. For example, someone pretending to be a noble of a certain house could accidentally reveal his deception through his ignorance of facts that the noble should know.

The PCs themselves may also be interested in using secrecy and trickery. A PC may even be present at a large social event under more than one identity at the same time. All participants each typically attempt a Sense Motive and Perception check upon first encountering a deception and can attempt another check only if new lies or disguises are introduced during the event. However, each time a PC makes a claim or takes an action that seems implausible for the person she claims to be, nearby opponents can attempt another opposed check.

Divided Parties Divided Parties


In general, this influence system assumes that the PCs share roughly the same goals, and that the party shares the total number of successful influence checks. Games developed around intrigue can produce unusual situations, though, and it is possible that the PCs may be split into groups working at cross-purposes, or, more likely, toward unrelated goals, where each purpose is separate but not in direct conflict. For example, Valeros and Seelah may want to influence the NPCs in the king's court to support a war against the necromancer queen of a neighboring land, while Kyra and Ezren want to influence those same NPCs to gain support for Kyra to marry the princess. In such cases, each groups' number of successful influence checks should be tracked separately; if their goals are unrelated rather than conflicting, one group's influence over an NPC doesn't take that NPC out of play for the others, as it would for an opposing group.

Benefits of Influence Benefits of Influence


In a single encounter, the goal is often to convince an NPC to perform a specific favor. In longer-term social engagements, the PCs may need to build toward larger goals. Each time the PCs sway an NPC using the influence rules (gaining the number of successes listed in the NPC's social stat block), they increase their influence level over that NPC by one step. For instance, if the PCs are unknown to an NPC who requires 3 successes to influence, after 3 successes, the PCs succeed in winning some of their target's trust and thus increase their influence level from no sway to minor sway. An NPC the PCs have not yet influenced typically treats them as strangers.

No Sway:The NPC treats the PCs as any group of strangers.

Minor Sway:The NPC might perform small favors for the PCs that do not involve a significant expenditure of resources. The NPC speaks favorably about the PCs to others. The NPC does not interfere in the PCs' plans unless they conflict with her goals.

Moderate Sway:The NPC might perform favors for the PCs that require some of her own resources or are time-consuming, as long as they do not threaten the NPC's overall interests. The NPC actively seeks to convince people to work with the PCs. If the NPC's plans conflict with the PCs' goals, the NPC tries to work with the PCs to find a mutually acceptable resolution to the conflict.

Major Sway:The NPC assists the PCs with tasks that pose a significant risk to her position or status, and depending upon the circumstances, may risk her safety for them. The NPC advocates for the PCs, even when doing so is unpopular, and she undermines the PCs' enemies. The NPC concedes a personal goal in order to allow the PCs to move forward with one of their plans, as long as they provide a suitable alternative.

Not all favors are reasonable, no matter how much sway the PCs gain over an NPC. For example, asking a cleric to betray her deity typically falls outside of the bounds of influence. Similarly, reaching the higher levels of influence should become increasingly difficult; the check DCs and the number of successes required increases by 2 for each progressive level of influence. Just as some NPCs are impossible to influence in a certain encounter, some NPCs will never become particularly friendly with the PCs, who cannot exercise more than moderate or even minor sway over them.

GMs also can use the influence system instead of Diplomacy to modify NPC attitudes. In this case, rather than using influence levels, each time the PCs successfully sway an NPC, the NPC's attitude toward the PCs improves by one step. Most NPCs start at indifferent or unfriendly. An NPC whose attitude is not at least indifferent will always refuse requests for aid.

Countering Influence Countering Influence


A character can attempt an influence check with the goal of lowering an enemy's influence level over an NPC rather than raising her own. The DC for this kind of influence check is based on the enemy's influence level with the NPC in question. The sabotaging character gains a +2 bonus on these checks if she has minor sway over that NPC, a +4 bonus if she has moderate sway, or a +6 bonus if she has major sway. Sabotaging an NPC's influence level requires as many successes as the enemy would need to increase his influence level with that NPC. A sabotaging character who knows of an NPC's strengths can use that knowledge to ascribe unfavorable characteristics to the enemy she hopes to sabotage. If these disparaging descriptions are true (or if the NPC believes them to be true), the saboteur gains a +2 bonus per strength on influence checks to counter the enemy's influence.

This mechanic is appropriate when the saboteur and the enemy she is trying to sabotage are on roughly equal footing, or when the saboteur has a higher level of influence. A saboteur wishing to erode the influence of a far more trusted individual, such as a group seeking to convince a queen that her closest advisor is betraying her, either cannot attempt to lower the trusted individual's influence level without first gathering substantial evidence against the advisor, or might not be able to lower the advisor's influence level at all in some circumstances.

For example, suppose Merisiel has achieved moderate sway over the mayor, and Ezren has achieved minor sway over the mayor. The DC for Ezren to influence the mayor with Diplomacy is 23, with two successful checks required, and the DC for Merisiel to influence the mayor with Diplomacy is 27, with three successful checks required (since it is harder for her to move from holding moderate sway to major sway). If Merisiel wanted to lower Ezren's influence over the mayor from minor sway to no sway, she would need to succeed at two DC 23 Diplomacy checks, with a +4 bonus from her moderate sway, to make a persuasive case that Ezren should not be trusted. Since the mayor is deeply religious, Merisiel reminds the mayor of Ezren's detachment from religion to gain another +2 bonus. On the other hand, if Ezren wanted to lower Merisiel's influence level with the mayor, he would need to succeed at three DC 27 Diplomacy checks, with a +2 bonus from his minor sway.

Neglect Neglect


Over time, a PC's influence over an NPC is likely to wane if the PC doesn't keep in contact with her (and continue making influence checks every once in a while), depending on the influence's nature. Generally, the higher the influence level, the more effort the PC must commit and thus the faster the influence degrades with neglect. However, if the PCs achieve major sway over an NPC because she becomes deeply indebted to them, at the GM's discretion their influence level may not degrade until the NPC feels she has repaid that debt, making it a matter of favors rather than time.

社会データ・ブロック Social Stat Block


社会遭遇にあたり、GMは重要なNPC達の社会データ・ブロックを構築する必要があるだろう。社会データ・ブロックの各項目は非常に柔軟であり、社会遭遇に関するあらゆる情報が含まれることになるが、ほとんどの場合は下記の項目が含まれている。下記に代表例を示す。

名前/Name このNPCの名前、属性、および確立しているクラス。

属従/Affiliation この項目にはNPCの忠誠が記載されている。

秘密の正体/Secret Identity NPCの中には秘密の正体を持つ者もいる。この項目には隠された正体を見抜くけるような技能判定はあまりないが(この場合、判定については記述がない)、NPCが変装しているか、別の名前を名乗っていたNPCに過去においてあったことがある場合などは真実を暴くために必要な技能がこの項目に記載されている。

背景/Background ここにはNPCの略歴とPCにどれほど関連するかが記載されている。

認知/Recognize ここには世評、噂、名声などを通してNPCを認知するために必要な判定が記載されている。

外観/Appearance ここには外見的特徴を含む、NPCの描写が記載されている。

紹介/Introduction この項目には、NPCがPCに対してどのように自分自身を紹介するかが記載されている(場合によっては、使いの者や共通の知合いがPC達にどのように紹介するか)。紹介は一般的にはこのNPCに対して感化に使用できる技能の手がかりを含むべきであり、有用であるなら、人柄に遭ったセリフを含めても構わない。

性格/Personality ここにはNPCの性格と物腰に関する短い説明か、NPCの振舞いを説明する形用の一覧が記載されている。社会遭遇に参加するNPCが多ければ多いほど、PCが迷わず進めて行けるようにするため、NPC達の違いを特徴付けることが重要性を増してくる。

目標/Goals ここにはNPCが公にしている目標が記載されている。

秘められた意図/Hidden Agenda 君のゲームが陰謀を主題とするのであれば、全てのNPCが自らの目標を公然としてしていることはまずないだろう。特定の秘密の目的は、『目標』項目ではなく、この項目に記載されている。

先入観/Biases NPCの中には先入観――遭遇に影響を与える微妙な心構え――を持つ者がいる。例えば、あるNPCはハーフオークを好意的にとらえ、エルフに対して疑念を抱いてる。NPCの先入観がPCに影響を与える場合、NPCの先入観がPCに対して好意的に働くか否かに応じてPCの感化判定に状況による+2、または-2の修正を加える。NPCがPCに対する強い好意や偏見を抱いている場合、この修正はさらに大きくなるが、このような強い先入観は容易に明らかになる。PCは難易度20の〈真意看破〉判定に成功することで“先入観”を見破ることができる。

技能とセーヴ/Skills and Saves NPCの技能の中には稀に適切な技能となり得るものもある。〈真意看破〉と〈知覚〉はほぼ必然である。NPCが何か重要な事をPCに隠しているのであれば、〈はったり〉と〈交渉〉も重要である。この項目には、イベントの最中に呪文の発動の発動が発生する場合、〈呪文学〉と、おそらくセーヴィング・スロー修正値が含まれるべきだろう; 意志セーヴィング・スローは チャーム・パースン ディテクト・ソウツ など謀略に関連する呪文にとって一般的なものとなる。

分析/Analyze ここに一覧してある判定に成功したPCは、NPCに感ができる技能または判定についての詳細を知ることができる。各文には1回の察知判定の成功により明らかになる情報を含むべきだ。

強み/Strengths NPCは特定の駆け引きについて特別な耐性を持つ場合がある; このような駆け引きはNPCの強みと呼ばれる。例えば、ゴマすりに全く我慢がならない人物は、誉め言葉を降り注ぐ相手に対して好意的にとらえることは少ないだろう。強みを察知するための技能と難易度はここに記載されている。NPCの強みを感化判定に組み込むPCは、判定に-4のペナルティを受ける。NPCの強みを知る事は、対象への感化を邪魔する他の誰かに対する強力な武器となる。

弱み/Weaknesses ほどんどのNPCは1つ以上の弱みを持っている。弱みは根深い秘密や不安な気持ちであったり、何日も続けて話し込んでしまうほどの趣味であったりする。これらの弱みを察知する技能と難易度がここに記載されている。PCが感化判定に各弱みを組合わせるごとに、累積する+2のボーナスを獲得する。

感化技能/Influence Skills 各感化判定の技能と難易度が記載されている。技能が記載されていない場合、通常であれば全く感化することができないが、プレイヤーがなぜその技能が有効であるか強力な理由を語ることが出来るのであれば、GMはこれを一覧に加えても構わない。〈交渉〉と〈はったり〉は使用可能な技能として記載されていることが一般的である。この技能一覧に〈交渉〉が含まれていない場合、その理由がNPCの『個性』に書かれていることだろう。例えば、世間話を強烈に嫌い、秘術の理論に関する話題以外では会話をしたくないNPCは〈交渉〉に応じることはないだろう。しかしながら、誰かを感化する技能として〈交渉〉が最適であることはまずない; 一般的にNPCを感化するための〈交渉〉判定の難易度は、そのNPCの個性に適合するか、NPCの興味に合致した技能を使用留守事に比べ高くなるものである。GMが社会遭遇を構築する際には、それぞれのPCが社会遭遇に貢献できる手段があるように、各PCが持つ技能を念頭に置くべきである。必ずしも全てのNPCが感化されるとは限らず、その場合は察知判定によりそのNPCに対して成功の見込みがないことが明らかになる。

必要成功数/Successes Needed このNPCの考えを変えるために必要なPCが成功しなければならない回数が記載されている。

願い/Favor このNPCは信頼した者に頼み事をするかもしれない。その場合、『願い』の簡単な説明と、記載された内容を完遂するの為にPCが行わねばならないことと、『願い』を達成した場合に得る利益を記載する。

出来事/Events ここには、このNPCが早めに社会遭遇を切上げることや、何者かが対象のNPCの邸宅に盗みに入った後にPCを疑うようになる、など、PCがNPCを感化する能力に影響を与える外的な出来事の詳細を記載する。

利益/Benefit この項目にはNPCに影響を与えた場合にPCが獲得するものの詳細を記載する。

不利益/Penalty この項目には、このNPCに反感を持たれたPCが失うものの詳細を記載する(反感を持たれる可能性がある場合)。

Using the Individual Influence System Using the Individual Influence System


Individual influence is great for situations such as high-stakes auctions, political lobbying, or convincing a guard to let the PCs go after they are framed and imprisoned. The following example uses the influence rules as the framework for a classic murder mystery.

Organizational Influence Organizational Influence


The organizational influence system provides the GM with tools to track the PCs' social cachet within organizations. Small organizations seeking to make their mark on society may allow the PCs a great deal of clout within them, but are limited in what they can offer. Large organizations, on the other hand, are typically more difficult to influence, but can bring much more power to bear on an area at large.

Influence Points and Ranks Influence Points and Ranks


The organizational influence system uses influence points to track the opinion of an organization concerning the PCs. When the PCs first interact with an organization, they typically start with 0 influence points, and hold no control over the organization's actions. If the PCs demonstrate their value to the organization, they can gain influence points, representing their growing ability to call in favors. If the PCs repeatedly fail or work against an organization, they lose influence points (see Gaining Influence Points and Losing Influence Points). The PCs' influence point total with an organization can be a negative number―the lower the total, the more resources the organization is willing to commit to actively oppose the PCs.

The PCs' influence points help determine the number of resources an organization is willing to commit to help or hinder them, but it is not the only component of that calculation. If the PCs seek to build a positive relationship with an organization, they may find themselves limited in what benefits they can gain until they perform certain tasks. For example, most organizations limit the number of resources they commit to nonmembers, so PCs may need to officially join to gain access. On the other hand, an organization at odds with the PCs should not provide the same response to minor insults from the PCs as it does to the PCs crippling one of its major operations. The nine influence ranks presented below take into account tasks that the PCs may accomplish to pass to fundamentally alter their relationship with an organization (see Table 3-1 under Favors for examples). To reach a new influence rank, the PCs must accumulate (or lose) a certain number of influence points, as decided by the GM, and perform any required tasks that the GM sets. See the sidebar Influence Thresholds below for guidelines on setting the required number of influence points for each rank. The possible influence ranks, and their meanings, are presented below.


Influence Thresholds Influence Thresholds

The number of influence points required to shift from one influence rank to the next sets the pace for how quickly the PCs' power in organizations can change. The three main factors that play into setting influence thresholds are the length of the campaign, the interest level of the players in exploring their interactions with organizations, and the power and personality of the organization itself. Short story arcs generally require lower thresholds than long campaigns. Some groups of players would rather slowly earn influence within a difficult organization, while others would rather see how quickly their PCs can become powerful in multiple organizations. Finally, within a campaign, weaker organizations typically allow the PCs to gain influence ranks more quickly than prominent ones.

With all of these factors in mind, the following ranges provide guidelines for determining the number of total influence points a character must gain to reach positive ranks, or lose to reach negative ranks. These thresholds are for a weak organization. For a moderately prominent organization, multiply the numbers by 2. For a strong organization, multiply by 3, and for a preeminent organization, multiply by 4. For more details on deciding the prominence of an organization, see Prominence.

Rank 1 or -1:From 1 to 5 total influence points.

Rank 2 or -2:From 3 to 8 total influence points.

Rank 3 or -3:From 7 to 12 total influence points.

Rank 4 or -4:From 13 to 18 total influence points.


NPC Attitudes NPC Attitudes

The PCs' influence rank with an organization determines the typical starting attitude of members who have heard of the PCs. The starting attitudes of individual members may vary.

Hunted, Hated, or Disliked (Rank -2 or below):Hostile.

Known Opponent (Rank -1):Unfriendly.

Unknown (Rank 0):Indifferent.

Known Ally (Rank 1):Friendly.

Respected, Admired, or Revered (Rank 2 or above):Helpful.

Positive Ranks Positive Ranks


At these ranks, an organization either doesn't care about the PCs or considers them allies.

Unknown (Rank 0):The organization either doesn't know who the PCs are, or does not believe they are relevant.

Known Ally (Rank 1):The PCs' actions have proven that they are aligned with the organization's goals. One or more PCs may be low-ranking members.

Respected (Rank 2):The PCs have performed significant services for the organization. Some low-ranking members of the organization look up to the PCs. One or more PCs are members of the organization in good standing.

Admired (Rank 3):Average organization members admire the PCs. Some low-ranking members may have strong loyalties to the PCs. The PCs have notable positions within the organization.

Revered (Rank 4):While the PCs are not the official leaders of the organization, they are key members. The PCs can direct and shape policy.

Negative Ranks Negative Ranks


At these ranks, an organization actively opposes the PCs.

Known Opponent (Rank -1):The organization's opinion of the PCs is unfavorable. It may act against the PCs if they are interfering in its affairs, but the organization mostly focuses on its own goals.

Disliked (Rank -2):The organization commits some resources to targeting the PCs even when the PCs are not actively interfering with its goals, and retaliates when the PCs acts against it.

Hated (Rank -3):The organization seeks to discredit, humiliate, or kill the PCs, and commits substantial resources to doing so. However, the organization ultimately prioritizes its long-term power and stability over harming the PCs.

Hunted (Rank -4):The organization seeks to discredit, humiliate, or kill the PCs, and is willing to sacrifice enough time, resources, and lives to markedly weaken itself in the pursuit of this goal. Even the organization's leaders may risk their lives in pursuit of the PCs' downfall.

Gaining Influence Points Gaining Influence Points


As the PCs perform tasks that benefit an organization, they gain influence points. Performing favors requested by an organization is the most effective way for the PCs to accrue influence points with that organization. A typical favor earns the PCs from 2 to 5 influence points, depending upon how difficult and dangerous the favor is to complete. See the Favors section for more details. The PCs can also accrue influence points with an organization by taking actions that coincidentally further the organization's interests. Such actions typically earn the PCs 1 or 2 influence points. For example, if the PCs apprehend a notorious jewel thief who has been stealing from their own coffers (as well as those of local nobles), they may gain an influence point with the local nobility. The PCs can also gain influence points by building trust with a member of the organization. The personal influence system found at the beginning of this section is one good way to create an encounter based around improving this NPC's opinion of the PCs, while the verbal dueling system on pages 176-181 is another. The number of organizational influence points that the PCs can earn from gaining the approval of a single NPC within the organization typically ranges from 1 to 5. Backing a rank-and-file member of the organization is worth at most 1 influence point, while the backing of one of an organization's leaders is worth 5 influence points, and may be worth more in extraordinary circumstances, at the GM's discretion.

Losing Influence Points Losing Influence Points


The PCs generally won't actively seek to lose influence points with an organization. However, the PCs' actions over the course of a campaign are likely to put them at odds with one or more organizations, and the PCs may inadvertently harm organizations that they do not wish to antagonize. Whenever the PCs actively sabotage an organization's interests, they lose from 2 to 5 influence points with the organization. If the PCs take actions that coincidentally work against the organization's interests, they instead lose 1 or 2 influence points. If the PCs horribly botch an attempt to perform a favor for an organization, they may similarly lose 1 or 2 influence points. If the PCs damage a prominent member's reputation or finances, they lose from 1 to 3 influence points, depending on the extent of the damage and the power that member wields within the organization. The PCs also lose influence points if they harm a prominent member of the organization. Killing members of any organization is a particularly effective way to lose influence. For most organizations, any time the PCs kill one or more members of an organization, they lose at least 5 influence points per incident. If the organization is a primary antagonist of the campaign or story arc, the GM may consider using the nemesis system on pages 136-141 to complement the organization influence rules, particularly if the organization is led by a single individual.

The most crippling blow to the PCs' reputation with organization is betrayal. To be considered traitors to the organization, the PCs must violate the organization's fundamental tenets while using the organization's own resources against it. If an organization that favors the PCs becomes convinced of the PCs' betrayal, the PCs immediately lose a number of influence points equal to twice their current total, essentially reversing their standing with the group. In general, the higher the PCs' influence rank, the more evidence the organization requires before it considers any accusations of treachery credible. If an organization declares the PCs traitors, it is possible (though difficult) for them to redeem their reputation. In general, this process requires the PCs to track down and discredit the source of the slanderous evidence. Doing so restores the PCs' original influence point total, and likely earns them additional rewards from the organization for unmasking the true threat against it. If they only partially exonerate themselves, they may regain some but not all of their influence points.

Organization Interactions Organization Interactions


The PCs' interactions with organizations are often only a piece of a larger political tapestry. Alliances and rivalries between organizations shape how each organization reacts to the PCs' actions. If two organizations are rivals, they typically require the PCs to choose a side. The PCs may automatically lose influence points with one for supporting the other. For example, if the PCs perform a favor for one faction during a war and gain influence points with that faction, they lose an equal number of influence points with that faction's rivals. In less extreme circumstances, the PCs may lose half as many influence points as they gain.

While rivalries between organizations make holding split loyalties difficult, allegiances between multiple organizations can help the PCs accrue influence faster than they could otherwise, and provide the PCs with access to additional resources. If the PCs help or harm one of two allied organizations, treat them as coincidentally working for or against the second organization's interests for the purposes of the number of influence points the PCs gain or lose.

As the campaign unfolds, the web of alliances and rivalries between organizations may shift. A sudden shift in allegiances does not retroactively adjust the PCs' influence point total.

Prominence Prominence


An organization's prominence represents the political and social power of that organization in its home community or area of influence. The categories of prominence are weak, moderate, strong, and preeminent. In general, a weak organization can provide only simple assistance within its limited area of concern. Most weak organizations are eager to recruit new members to increase their prominence, though some appreciate the lack of attention they draw from outside forces. A gang of pickpockets is an example of a weak organization. In comparison, a moderate organization holds an established place in the power structure of its local area, and has some connections and contacts with other local organizations. A thieves' guild is likely to be a moderate organization. A strong organization, on the other hand, may be at the top of the power structure for its area of concern, or it may be one of several organizations that hold power on a regional or national scale. The cathedral of a major deity in a state with multiple religious traditions is likely to be a strong organization. Finally, a preeminent organization is the undisputed head of the power structure in its sizable area of concern―the ruling body of a nation is an example of a preeminent organization, as is a merchants' guild that effectively controls trade in a large region.

Favors Favors


Favors lie at the heart of the organizational influence system. When the PCs perform a favor for an organization, they can either gain influence points, or they can earn a favor from the organization in return. The PCs can spend favors that they have earned to gain benefits from the organization. The PCs can slowly earn favors over time, after a certain number of sessions or amount of in-game time that is appropriate for the campaign. This rate also provides a guideline for modeling the behavior of organizations.

Typically, this rate is an appropriate benchmark for how often allied organizations approach the PCs with requests, as well as how often opposed organizations act against them. In general, if an organization is willing to grant a benefit to the PCs when they have a positive rank with that organization, it is willing to grant that same benefit to someone acting against the PCs should they attain the corresponding negative rank.

Favors:Sometimes, tasks for the PCs to complete as favors to an organization arise naturally out of the events of the campaign. However, at other times, the PCs may actively seek to assist an organization at a time when such tasks are not so forthcoming. The 28 favors on Table 3-1 are generic enough to apply to almost any organization. Some of the tasks near the top of the chart are too inconsequential for established members, while the tasks at the bottom of the chart are too significant for initiates. To use this chart, roll a d20, and add twice the PCs' influence rank to the result.

Benefits:Each organization provides its own unique set of possible benefits to the PCs based on their influence rank. The PCs can spend a favor that they have earned to gain one of the benefits that they have unlocked. Some benefits become free once the PCs become sufficiently influential in an organization, allowing the PCs to make use of them without expending a favor (see Benefits under Organization Stat Block).

Table 3-1: Favors Table 3-1: Favors


Result Favor
1 Deliver a message to a member of the organization.
2 Perform a disgusting or unpleasant chore for the organization.
3 Assist the organization in gathering information in preparation for an upcoming mission.
4 Purchase and deliver supplies to a member of the organization.
5 Carry out the duties of a specific low-ranking member of the organization for 1 week.
6 Produce verbal or written propaganda in favor of the organization.
7 Mediate a disagreement between members of the organization.
8 Provide spellcasting services or other specialized tasks to the organization for several days.
9 Credit the organization for your own publicly popular actions.
10 Collect money for the organization.
11 Assist in the construction or renovation of a building for the organization's use.
12 Investigate the disappearance of an ally of the organization.
13 Donate a substantial amount of money to the organization.
14 Recruit a new member to the organization.
15 Obtain a significant item for the organization.
16 Defeat a challenging foe of the organization. The foe's CR must be equal to or greater than the party's APL + 2.
17 Help a member of the organization escape a dangerous situation.
18 Collect valuable information for the organization.
19 Mentor a new member of the organization.
20 Convince a powerful individual to cooperate with the organization.
21 Cover up evidence of an indiscretion tied to the organization.
22 Plan and execute a dangerous operation to achieve a difficult goal.
23 Sabotage an organization with opposing goals.
24 Repay the organization's debts by performing a challenging task for another organization.
25 Investigate a possible traitor within the organization.
26 Establish a branch of the organization in a new district or city.
27 Represent the organization in a meeting with extraordinary stakes.
28 Carry out the duties of a key member of the organization for 1 week.

Clandestine Operations Clandestine Operations


The base organizational influence system assumes that the PCs act as a unified group and do not take extraordinary effort to conceal their identities and activities. In an intrigue-based campaign, these assumptions are not always accurate. The simplest type of clandestine operation to adjudicate is a single secret favor. If the PCs perform a favor for an organization and conceal their actions, do not decrease the PCs' influence points with that organization's enemies. The PCs can use secret identities to perform more complicated maneuvers, such as playing multiple sides of a conflict, or perhaps even infiltrating an organization as spies. As long as an organization knows that the PCs are infiltrating its rivals, that organization's members continue to believe that they have the PCs' loyalty; they typically overlook minor actions that the PCs take against the organization, so long as the PCs provide a plausible justification for their misdeeds.

If the PCs use secret identities, track their influence under each set of identities separately as long as they maintain the ruse. Maintaining two distinct sets of identities over a long period of time should be challenging, but not impossible if the PCs are careful. Common features between the identities―anything from physical features or mannerisms to equipment, fighting style, or associates― present the threat of exposure. If the PCs rise to high influence ranks in two opposing organizations, their risk of being caught increases significantly. The vigilante class is particularly well suited to the challenge of maintaining multiple identities.

If an organization figures out that the PCs are maintaining two separate identities, the PCs' influence point total for that organization may change drastically. If both sets of the PCs' identities are aligned with an organization, the PCs' influence point total may go as high as the sum of the points they earned under both identities. Conversely, if both sets of the PCs' identities are aligned against an organization, the PCs' influence point total may go as low as a negative number equal to the sum of the two. Adding the two values sometimes allows a single action to count twice―this reflects that the organization may either respect the PCs' dedication to their cause, or revile the PCs for their dedication to opposing it. In most cases, however, the resulting change in influence should be less extreme than a direct sum, even if the organization has a favorable opinion of both identities. If the PCs are working for two opposed organizations, see the last paragraph of Losing Influence for details on how an organization responds to being betrayed.

Organization Stat Block Organization Stat Block


An organization's stat block is arranged as follows.

Name:The organization's name.

Alignment and Prominence:An organization's alignment is the alignment that most closely represents its policies and actions. While individual members of an organization may be of any alignment, an organization's key NPCs are typically within one step of the organization's overall alignment. An organization's prominence may be weak, moderate, strong, or preeminent. More details on prominence appear under Prominence.

Size:An organization's size is an approximation of its number of active members.

Key Members:Key members of an organization are both visible leaders and shadowy schemers who have significant pull.

Values:An organization may value any number of traits in its members, such as creativity, generosity, dependability, skill at particular tasks, or social station.

Public Goals:All but the most clandestine organizations share some of their goals with the general public.

Private Goals:These are the private goals both of the organization as a whole and of key members. Sometimes, the private goal of a key member might conflict with the private goal of the organization.

Allies and Enemies:Organizations do not exist in a vacuum. An organization's prominent allies and enemies are noted here. PCs can gain or lose influence with an organization based on their interactions with its allied or opposed organizations.

Membership Requirements:Most organizations have a procedure for officially joining them, and expect their members to satisfy ongoing commitments (like paying dues).

Influence Limitations:Often, the PCs need to perform a specific task for an organization before they can raise their influence past a certain threshold. The most common requirement is for the PCs to join an organization, but organizations may require more complicated tasks or favors before counting the PCs among their most trusted allies.

Benefits:This section lists favors that the PCs can call in based on their influence rank with the organization. The PCs can always choose benefits on the available list for their current rank or a lower rank within the organization, and, at the GM's discretion, the PCs might be able to access the benefits for lower ranks for a decreased number of favors, or even for free, if the PCs request the benefit a reasonable number of times. To approximate the benefits that the PCs can gain from an organization outside of its base of operations, the GM should decrease the PCs' effective influence rank appropriately, to a minimum of Rank 0 if the PCs are entirely beyond the organization's reach.

New Benefits:This section details the benefits the PCs can earn from the organization beyond those listed in the Common Benefits section.

Common Benefits Common Benefits


The following benefits appear in many organizations' stat blocks, and are defined below.

Borrow Resources:Many organizations allow members in good standing to borrow money or items for short periods of time. PCs can borrow money or items worth a total amount listed in parentheses. If the PCs do not repay the loan in a timely manner, they risk losing influence points. Typically, the PCs cannot borrow resources from an organization if they have outstanding debts, and some organizations require collateral. Organizations are more likely to have items that are relevant to their own interests―a mercenary group might loan weapons and armor, but not holy symbols or arcane books, for example.

Command Team:When the PCs reach a high influence rank within an organization, the organization typically allows the PCs to lead a team of its members on a mission. The PCs are expected to protect this team and bring the members back alive. PCs can lead groups of the size and strength listed in each favor's entry.

Gather Information:The PCs can ask several members of the organization to assist them in gathering information about a particular subject, and gain a +4 circumstance bonus on all Diplomacy checks to gather such information.

Put in a Good Word:The organization promotes the PCs' reputation among its allies. The PCs gain a number of influence points equal to their rank with the organization with one of the group's allied organizations.

Reciprocal Benefits:The organization leverages its ties to one of its closest allies for the PCs' gain. The PCs can purchase a benefit from the benefits list of a closely allied organization by expending two favors. Treat the PCs' influence rank with the allied organization as 1 lower than their rank with the initial organization.

Sample Organizations Sample Organizations


The sample organizations in this section span all possible levels of influence. The organizations that are relevant to each GM depend upon the campaign.

Other ideas for organizations that are not detailed below include an assassin's guild, a bardic college, a merchant's guild, a museum, a secret society, and a university.


Small-Time Gang Small-Time Gang

CN weak organization
Size 15 members
Key members
Greedy Jenny (LE female human sorcerer 1)
Martin Quickfingers (CN male halfling rogue 2)
Values This small-time gang of petty crooks is always willing to accept new members who prove their skills.
Public Goals When caught, these criminals claim that they only steal enough to survive.
Private Goals Martin would like to recruit other down-on-their luck individuals to join the growing organization, while Jenny cares only about her own profits.
Allies The small-time gang is allied with local beggars, who provide them with information in exchange for small amounts of food and clothing.
Enemies The town guard has not yet caught wind of these thieves, but it would oppose them if it knew of their activities.
Membership Requirements The PCs must steal an item worth at least 20 gp, and donate half the value of the item to the small-time gang.
Influence Limitations A PC must join the thieves formally to rise above Rank 1. If a PC rises to Rank 3, Martin sees that PC as a threat and tries to eliminate her. Defeating Martin makes that PC the leader of the organization, and increases her rank to 4.
Benefits These petty thieves band together to help each other survive and profit.
Rank 1:borrow resources (10 gp), case (+6), lookout (1 way, +6)
Rank 2:borrow resources (50 gp), diversion (+6), gather information, pickpocket (+8), put in a good word
Rank 3:borrow resources (250 gp), reciprocal benefits
Rank 4:borrow resources (500 gp), command team (1d4 1st-level rogues)
New Benefits The petty thieves grant the following unusual benefits.
Case:A group of thieves cases an area, searching for guards, hiding places, and entrances. The thieves' total Perception skill bonus is +6.
Diversion:A group of thieves creates a diversion to allow the PCs to sneak past guards or other watchful eyes. The thieves' total Bluff skill bonus is +6.
Lookout:A thief acts as a lookout, monitoring one direction for oncoming guards or witnesses. The thief's total Perception skill bonus is +6.
Pickpocket:A thief attempts to take a specific item from a specific person. The thief's total Sleight of Hand skill bonus is +8. If the thief believes the situation is too dangerous, she informs the PCs and refuses to attempt the task―in this case, the favor is not expended.


Thieves' Guild Thieves' Guild

LE moderate organization
Size 200 members
Key members
Chief (LE male half-orc ranger 7)
Kalgeen (LE female human wererat rogue 5)
Values This thieves' guild has a strict code of conduct for its members, who must look out for each other at all times and may never steal from each other's friends or relatives. The guild values loyalty and resourcefulness.
Public Goals The guild has no publicly stated goals.
Private Goals The guild seeks to expand its reach into additional settlements.
Allies The guild is allied with a local group of merchants.
Enemies The thieves' guild has made enemies among the organizations that it regularly targets and local law enforcement officials.
Membership Requirements The PCs must steal an item worth at least 250 gp, and donate half the value of the item to the thieves' guild.
Influence Limitations A PC must formally join the thieves' guild to rise to Rank 2. To rise to Rank 4, the PCs must execute a complex heist (see pages 118-129).
Benefits While this thieves' guild cannot operate openly, it helps its members scope out potential jobs.
Rank 1:borrow resources (100 gp), case (+10), lookout (2 ways, +10)
Rank 2:borrow resources (500 gp), diversion (+10), gather information, pickpocket (+12), put in a good word
Rank 3:borrow resources (2,500 gp), reciprocal benefits, remove evidence, rob, search black market
Rank 4:borrow resources (5,000 gp), command team (1d4 3rd-level rogues or 3d4 1st-level rogues)
New Benefits The thieves' guild grants the following unusual benefits.
Case:Per the benefit under small-time gang above, except the thieves' total Perception skill bonus is +10.
Diversion:Per the benefit under small-time gang above, except the thieves' total Bluff skill bonus is +10.
Lookout:A pair of thieves act as lookouts, monitoring up to two directions for oncoming guards or witnesses. The thieves' total Perception skill bonuses are +10.
Pickpocket:Per the benefit under small-time gang above, except the thief's total Sleight of Hand skill bonus is +12.
Remove Evidence:A group of thieves carefully enters a scene where the PCs committed a crime and removes evidence. This eliminates any obvious clues, such as the body of a victim or notes the PCs left at the scene, and increases the Perception DC to find more subtle clues by 5.
Rob:The thieves' guild sends an agent to steal a specific item from a secured location. The agent has a +10 total skill bonus on Stealth checks and a +12 total skill bonus on Disable Device checks. This benefit costs from 1 to 3 favors, depending upon the danger involved. The thief expects the PCs to pay half the value of the stolen item.
Search Black Market:The thieves' guild locates any type of item whose value is up to the base value of the settlement, even if the item is illegal in that settlement, and arranges for the PCs to purchase it.


Mage's Guild Mage's Guild

N strong organization
Size 520 members
Key members
Archmage Theona Tethril (N female human diviner 9)
Master of Wards Falariel (NG male elf abjurer 7)
Values The mages' guild values curiosity, creativity, and magical aptitude.
Public Goals To regulate the use of magic for the public good.
Private Goals The mages' guild seeks out arcane knowledge that it deems too dangerous and stores such information in its heavily secured secret library. The master of wards protects the books from public access, while the archmage uses them to learn more about the people who would abuse the dangerous knowledge contained within the tomes.
Allies The mages' guild is on good terms with several nearby universities and the alchemists' union.
Enemies The mages' guild has made several enemies among evil cults and other organizations that make use of profane knowledge.
Membership Requirements To join the mages' guild, a PC must spend 1 week teaching spells to guild members, or bring a spell or bit of arcane knowledge to the guild that it does not already possess in its libraries.
Influence Limitations The PCs must all join the mages' guild before they can reach Rank 2.
Benefits This guild of mages provides training to its members, and casts spells for them.
Rank 1:borrow resources (100 gp), spell library (Core Rulebook spells only)
Rank 2:arcane library, borrow resources (750 gp), gather information, item crafting, put in a good word, spell library spellcasting (1st- and 2nd-level spells)
Rank 3:borrow resources (1,500 gp), reciprocal benefits, spellcasting (3rd- and 4th-level spells)
Rank 4:borrow resources (4,000 gp), spellcasting (5th-level spells)
New Benefits The mages' guild grants the following unusual benefits.
Arcane Library:The PCs gain access to the guild's library, allowing them to potentially learn secrets relevant to their current adventures (consider using the research system on pages 148-153 to handle research in the arcane library).
Item Crafting:The mages' guild crafts a custom-ordered collection of scrolls, potions, or wondrous items for the PCs. The items cost their usual market value in gold pieces plus 1 favor for every 2 days of crafting required.
Spell Library:The mages' guild provides the PCs with access to its extensive library of spells. The PCs can learn a spell in the library. Spells from the Core Rulebook cost 1 favor, and all other spells that are available cost 2 favors.
Spellcasting:The PCs can expend favors instead of paying the typical cost for spellcasting services. A 1st- or 2nd-level spell costs 1 favor, a 3rd- or 4th-level spell costs 2 favors, and a 5th-level spell costs 3 favors. The cost and availability of spellcasting is based upon the levels of the guild's members (in this guild, a 5th-level spell always comes from the archmage herself, and consequently is quite expensive).


Crime Syndicate Crime Syndicate

NE preeminent organization
Size 15,000 members
Key members
Lady Alixis Drosain/Lyra (N/NE female human vigilante 12)
Nikolas Trivoy (N male human investigator 7)
Whisper (NE female human slayer 10)
Zadreni (N male human bard 9)
Values The syndicate values skill and ambition, but also discretion and loyalty.
Public Goals The crime syndicate's public goals are to manage and regulate crime, to deliver valuable goods and services, and to invigorate the local economy.
Private Goals Overall, the syndicate's members seek wealth, power, and prestige. While Lyra has emerged as the undisputed leader of the syndicate, the vigilante will not be satisfied until she controls the open market as well, under her social identity of Lady Drosain. Nikolas is growing increasingly suspicious of Lyra, and he painstakingly seeks material he could leverage against her.
Allies While few organizations would publicly admit to an alliance with the crime syndicate, many groups benefit from under-the-table dealings.
Enemies The crime syndicate has made enemies of several prominent organizations in nearby nations, including the royal house of a neighboring kingdom.
Membership Requirements Steal a unique and iconic item, such as the prize painting in a museum's collection. Alternatively, establish a legal business whose illegal side dealings provide the PCs with a net profit of at least 100 gp per month.
Influence Limitations Each time the PCs wish to reach a new rank, they must prove their worth to the organization, with a task more spectacular than their last demonstration. The syndicate has plenty of members, and does not spare time for those who are unwilling to prove their worth. PCs must declare their allegiance to reach Rank 1, and they must become full members before they can reach Rank 2.
Benefits This crime syndicate can protect its members from the consequences of all but the most heinous crimes.
Rank 1:borrow resources (100 gp), case (+15), diversion (+15), gather information, lookout (4 ways, +15)
Rank 2:borrow resources (1,000 gp), put in a good word, remove evidence, rob, search black market
Rank 3:borrow resources (5,000 gp), command team (1d4 NPCs of 3rd level, or 3d4 NPCs of 1st level), destroy evidence, market manipulation, reciprocal benefits
Rank 4:black market mastery, borrow resources (15,000 gp), command team (1d4 NPCs of 6th level, or 5d4 NPCs of 3rd level)
New Benefits The crime syndicate grants the following unusual benefits.
Black Market Mastery:The crime syndicate explores the full extent of its black-market contacts to find an item for the PCs. It can locate almost any type of item whose value is below the settlement's base value. The PCs can use black market mastery to search for one item below the settlement's base value per favor they expend. Alternatively, the PCs can use black market mastery to search for a single item above the settlement's base value, at the cost of 3 favors. There is a 50% chance each month that the syndicate locates the requested item. If the PCs seek a unique item, the syndicate may be able to provide the PCs with the location of that item for the cost of 2 favors.
Case:Per the benefit under small-time gang, except the thieves' total Perception skill bonus is +15.
Destroy Evidence:The crime syndicate makes evidence of a crime that the PCs committed disappear. This ability functions as remove evidence (see thieves' guild above), except that the Perception DC to find any evidence at the crime scene increases to 30 (or by 10, whichever is higher). The syndicate also discourages witnesses from testifying against the PCs, using a combination of intimidation, bribery, and even memory-altering magic. This benefit costs 3 favors.
Diversion:Per the benefit under small-time gang, except the thieves' total Bluff skill bonus is +15.
Lookout:A group of thieves act as a lookouts, monitoring up to four directions for oncoming guards or witnesses. The thieves' total Perception skill bonuses are +15. This ability costs 2 favors. Alternatively, the PCs can purchase the lookout ability as listed under the thieves' guild for 1 favor.
Market Manipulation:The crime syndicate can manipulate market forces to drive business away from the PCs' rivals and toward any businesses the PCs own. This ability produces an amount of additional money for the PCs that depends upon the extent of the manipulation. This windfall comes in the form of increased results using whichever rules you are using to determine the success of the PCs' businesses (such as the downtime rules). For each favor spent, the PCs can earn at most 1,000 gp (to a maximum of 5,000 gp).
Remove Evidence:Per the benefit under thieves' guild.
Rob:Per the benefit under thieves' guild.
Search Black Market:Per the benefit under thieves' guild.


National Military National Military

LN preeminent organization
Size 18,000 members
Key members
General Agnar (LG female dwarf fighter 10)
General Rortian (LN male human cavalier 12)
Values The military values order, discipline, loyalty, and service.
Public Goals The military's goal is to protect the people of its nation and to fight against its enemies.
Private Goals General Rortian seeks to enhance his personal glory by embarking on a campaign to expand his home nation's territory.
Allies The military of this nation is on good terms with most political organizations within the nation. It is formally allied with the militaries of allied nations.
Enemies The enemies of this military are the political and military organizations within enemy nations. Membership Requirements Joining the military as a recruit requires the PCs to undergo training and prove their ability to follow orders.
Influence Limitations Most militaries maintain a strict hierarchy of command. The PCs must be promoted to a higher military rank before they can increase their influence rank within the military.
Benefits This military force takes pride in its highly trained and well-equipped soldiers.
Rank 1:acquire arms (350 gp), borrow resources (100 gp)
Rank 2:acquire arms (750 gp), borrow resources (750 gp), command team (1d4 1st-level warriors), gather information, put in a good word, retrain
Rank 3:acquire arms (magic), borrow resources (2,500 gp), command team (5d4 3rd-level martial NPCs), reciprocal benefits
Rank 4:borrow resources (18,500 gp), command legion, command team (70 HD worth of NPCs, none of which can be more than 7th level)
New Benefits The national military grants the following uncommon benefits.
Acquire Arms:The national military gathers a collection of mundane weapons and gear from its armory for the PCs. The PCs can purchase this collection for 1 favor or its standard market price. At Rank 1, the combined value us 350 gp or less. At Rank 2, the value of this collection increases to 750 gp. At Rank 3, the PCs can purchase magic weapons and armor from the military at a 10% discount by spending 2 favors. For the purposes of item availability, the military counts as a metropolis.
Command Legion:The national military grants the PCs command of a medium army for 1 week per favor expended. This force comprises 100 2nd-level fighters who follow the PCs loyally. If the PCs do not clearly use this force to further the military's goals or the PCs are reckless with the soldiers' lives, the PCs' influence rank is reduced to 3. Bringing the soldiers into a dungeon that is level-appropriate for the PCs counts as reckless endangerment.
Retrain:Military trainers work together with the PCs, allowing them to retrain archetypes, class features, feats, or skill ranks, as per the retraining rules. At Rank 2, each week of retraining costs 1 favor and the standard cost in gold pieces. At Rank 3, the military covers the gold piece cost. At Rank 4, the PCs can retrain without expending favors or money.