Backgrounds

These are the backgrounds you may pick from. You have eight dots to spend in backgrounds at character creation and none may be above 3 without bonus points.

  • Devotion: This background denotes how involved your divine parents are in your life. With zero dots, your parent very rarely interacts with you and does not care about your fate. With five dots, your parent is highly invested and will intervene if you are in danger, though they also expect a great deal more of you in return. Mechanically, in a time of danger or embarasment, the GM will roll dice equal to your devotion to see whether you parent intervenes on your behalf.
  • Divine Bond: This background denotes an unknown bond of mystical power. This power means you are intricately linked to another scion of the same pantheon though that person will remain a mystery to you until the bond reveals itself. One dot in this power means the two of you are slightly connected and will sometimes find their stories intertwined. Five dots in this power means you are intimately linked and rarely have independent stories – fate finds a way to weave them together. You may have more than one divine bond.
  • Familiar: An animal companion that connects you with the powers they possess. A familiar allows you limited access to the Animal boon, which you may purchase as a favored purview. For each dot of this background, your familiar grants you access to another dot of the Animal boon for purchase and extends the distance your familiar may get from you without you losing access to those powers. At one dot, the distance is ten feet. At five dots, the distance is ten miles. You may not have more than one familiar.
  • Nobility: This background demonstrates your ability to blend and fit in with the noble classes, the upper crust of society and the aristocracy in general. At three dots and above, this background also grants landed titles. In aristocratic situations, characters gain bonus dice on social rolls equal to the number of nobility dots they have more than their opponent.
  • Notoriety: This background demonstrates your ability to fit in and blend with London's criminal element, the seedy lower classes and the destitute. In functions almost identically to nobility, but with the criminal element of London society rather than its aristocracy.
  • Resources: Money. Money. Money. A character with no dots is homeless and destitute. A character with two dots is of average wealth and comfortable income. A character with five dots is extremely wealthy and possesses a great estate to live in.
  • Retainer: A human manservant or assistant that assists you in your many endeavors. They are  not divine in standing, but have many skills that may assist your character. A higher retainer increases the power or influence of your retainer. You may have multiple retainers.
  • Retinue: A small number of regular human beings that have partially devoted themselves to you. The more dots you have, the higher number of followers you have. The number to double your dots of epic successes: so, 1 dot = 2 followers, 2 dots = 7 followers, 3 dots = 16 followers, etc.

Backgrounds

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