Glory is the true calling of every knight. It is what you primarily strive for as a PC within any given Pendragon campaign, though some may have ancillary and even competing goals. Nearly every action your character might take has a potential for gaining him glory. It might be the rescuing of a damosel from the arms of her cruel and vindictive father. It may be participation in a Tournament or a great battle, or a small skirmish. Glory, in game terms, is a number that represents the relative fame of your knight within the realm, and perhaps beyond. The higher your Glory, the more likely you are to be recognized, deferred to by your peers or even challenged by your rivals. Glory does not necessarily denote status, though it is far more likely that a knight with high Glory may have his pick of title and lands (up to a point). Because there is such a broad scope of what may award your character glory, you should have a separate sheet for tracking your actions during a play session, and when it comes to calculating at the end of the session, make sure to bring the GM’s attention to any instance of Glory gain they may have missed. Try not to be too much of a miser, there should be plenty of glory to be won, and there’s not much sense in quibbling over a point or two. Below is a link to a handy Glory calculator, on Greg Stafford’s KAP site.
Mechanical Effects of Glory
- Player may petition GM for +1 modifier per 1000 points of Glory to non-combat skills such as Flirting, Orate, Intrigue etc., while at Court.
- +1 to Recognition rolls per 1000 Glory points
- Bonus Points: Per every 1000 Glory points Players may increase any one Stat, Trait, Passion or Skill by one, regardless of limiting factors such as Age, Racial Maximums or trait limiters. This is how very famous Knights end up with Traits in excess of 19.
- Character Precedence: When characters are in social situations with other chivalrous folk, the character with the highest Glory takes precedence over others of equal title. Glory does not supersede matters of precedence in regards to title, eg. a king would not defer to a vassal knight, no matter how much more Glorious that Knight may be. In matters of arms, the most Glorious knight is assumed to have the “first crack”