1.5.5 Status and Wealth
Your Status and Wealth (or lack thereof) can also be advantages or disadvantages. These are handled a little differently, however: they are either higher or lower than the norm for the society. Higher values, naturally, are Adavantages; lower values are disadvantages. If don't spend or buy back points, your Status and Wealth levels will be 8, which is `normal' or `ordinary'.
If your character conception involves high status, you should buy
enough levels of Status to reflect your position in society. If you have
in mind a character from the lower ranks of society, or perhaps from
outside society, you can buy back Character Development Points by
selecting a low Status. Each level of Status above 8 costs one point;
each level below 8 buys back one point. The exact meanings of Status
levels will depend on the nature of the world. On a medieval
Monitors will check to see that your Status is appropriate for your Background before approving the character (entering your Background is discussed below). If your Background says that you're the lord of extensive estates, you'll need to buy 4 levels of Status.
To raise your Status level, use the
Normally, a character with a high status will be wealthy, and one with a low status will be poor. This isn't automatic, however, and the two are calculated independently. Its possible to be an impoverished nobleman (your estates are in poor condition, and don't bring in enough money to cover the taxes you must pay to the king), or a well-placed professional with no extra money (your living habits consume all your income), or a wealthy slave (you found or stole a great treasure, and are keeping it hidden until you have a chance to gain your freedom).
If you don't raise or lower your Wealth, you will begin with the
starting allotment (the amount is set by the
A good meal: 1 to 2 small coins
A nice car: 8,000 small coins
The default starting amount is 100 small coins and 1 large coin; 200
small coins, in other words. For characters whose professions don't
require a lot of equipment, this will be plenty. For fighters, it won't
be enough. Depending on the theme of the world and how prices are set up,
other types of characters might also find the starting allotment skimpy:
Spells may require expensive magical components, or the
Raising your Wealth costs one point per level. Each level of Wealth doubles the amount of money you start with. If the default starting allotment of 200 small coins is being used, spending 1 point on Wealth would give you 400, 2 points would give you 800, 3 points for 1600, etc.
Lowering your Wealth buys back one point per level. The results of lowering your Wealth are as follows:-1 (Wealth level 7): 3/4 Start Amount
-2 (Wealth level 6): 1/2 Start Amount
-3 (Wealth level 5): You start with no money
-4 (Wealth level 4): You start in debt for the Start Amount
To raise your Wealth level, use the
Unlike other advantages and disadvantages, a high or low Wealth level does not show up in the advantages & disadvantages field of your character sheet. Instead the amount of money you have will be adjusted.