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Your leaders are the pool of elite clan members from whom you can choose the members of your circle, the questers for rituals, the leaders of ventures as well as exploration and trade missions, emissaries to other clans, and even the person you want to handle individual events. Non-circle members can be selected for most of these tasks, although circle members do have an edge at many of them; you may prefer to choose non-circle members for those tasks that will keep them away from the clan for significant periods of time.  Nobles are also characters with their own personalities. One may be chronically indecisive, another obsessed with goats--and these obsessions may affect their actions. Leaders age, grow more skilled, and eventually die. Young women leaders may recieve marriage offers which, if you accept, will take them away from the clan. Anyone can die in random events, and elderly leaders may die of natural causes.  New leaders will occasionally appear throughout the game.

ReligionEdit

All your nobles are either worshippers of particular gods, or shamans focused on spirits. This influences how good they are at certain tasks. For a combat-related mission, you should probably choose a worshipper of Elmal or Osara rather than a worshipper of Erissa. Shamans have the best success capturing spirits, while Zarlen worshippers are the best explorers. 

FamiliesEdit

Each noble has a family. This is most important when it comes to choosing your ring members, as you will suffer various penalties for failing to represent all available families on the circle. Families don't matter for most other purposes. 

SkillsEdit

  • Bargaining: Skill at trading and evaluating goods.
  • Combat: Fighting ability.
  • Diplomacy: Skill at negotiating and dealing with people.
  • Food: Knowledge of plants and animals.  
  • Leadership: Ability to inspire others and command loyalty and obedience.
  • Lore: Knowledge of history and law.
  • Magic: Ability to work spells, bargain with spirits, and reach the gods.

From best to worst, nobles may be Heroic, Renowned, Excellent, Very Good, Good, or Fair at a given skill. 

Various combinations of skills will be tested as well. For example, a skilled forager needs both high Food and high Lore to be effective, while a hunter needs Food and Combat. 

Most challenges will test the most skilled member of the clan ring, although a few will test a single emissary or explorer instead.  

Increasing Skills Edit

All leaders gradually increase in skill over time. Relander's Instruction blessing will slightly increase the rate at which this happens. Various random events can also increase leaders' skills. Shamans may encounter spirits offering to teach them secrets while searching for spirits, which increases their Magic.    

Rituals can increase the skills of the quester, although this works best if the quester is already reasonably good at those skills and also requires giving up another benefit from the ritual. Additionally, there are limits on who you can choose as a quester, and therefore to who you can boost in this manner: shamans (Raven or otherwise) cannot be chosen as a primary quester, and most rituals are restricted to either men or women. Finally, each ritual boosts a set pair of stats, and there is no ritual that increases Magic.    

Men Women
Bargaining Ekarna Four Trader

Ekarna Four Trader

Nyalda Marriage Maker

Combat

Dostal Elk Hunter

Elmal Path Guardian

Elmal Path Guardian (Osaran only)

Gamari Horse Mother

Diplomacy Ekarna Four Trader Ekarna Four Trader
Food Dostal Elk Hunter

Busenari Light Finder

Inilla Forage Finder

Leadership

Elmal Path Guardian

Hyalor Tablet Maker

Busenari Light Finder

Elmal Path Guardian (Osaran only)

Gamari Horse Mother

Lore Hyalor Tablet Maker

Inilla Forage Finder

Nyalda Marriage Maker