Favors are what keep you from walking the Starry Road (eternal death). They are a sign from the Gods that you have found favor with them, and they grant you their protection from the Void. The more favors you have, the more protection you will have... If you die with favors, you can depart without fear of losing everything you've earned, or if you're lucky, you can be resurrected by a cleric. By departing (or being raised) one of your favors will be used so that you may live.
While you are in the game, type HELP DEATH. It explains about death and favors.
If you are a first circle novice who has not died more than 5 times, the Gods protect you, and you can DEPART after a cleric restores your memories. You will not Walk.
Why Do I Need Favors?
If you are NOT a first circle novice, or have died too many times, YOU NEED TO HAVE FAVORS! I cannot stress this enough. Favors are essential if you want to preserve your character and ensure that you do not lose all your hard work forever.
If you do not have favors, you WILL lose everything you've earned when you depart. If you are really lucky and a cleric decides to raise you, the cleric is forced to sacrifice one of his/her hard earned favors. Bear in mind, this decision is based solely on their goodwill. Clerics are under NO obligation to raise favorless.
A paladin who has chosen a certain spell may give one of his or her favors to a favorless corpse. However, this also depends on their goodwill and paladins are under no obligation to choose the spell OR give you their favors.
In favorless resurrections, the Gods also punish you, by removing a small portion of your memories (earned ranks, not just field exp) permanently.
Do not be foolish and think you can continue to die favorless, expecting to get help every time. Most clerics do not look kindly on a corpse who has forsaken the Gods. Get favors the moment you are promoted to the second level of your guild, or better yet, before you are promoted.
How Many Favors is Enough?
Well....There is technically no limit to how many favors you can get... *wink*
I recommend that young adventurers get 3 favors right away. Later as you get promoted, get more favors. Try to always keep a constant number of 5-6 favors...to be on the safe side. By 5th circle, you should be trying to maintain at least 5-6 favors. Trust me on this, it will be better for you if you do this. :)
Obtaining favors involve the use of a favor orb. I do not recommend getting more than 2 orbs each time. There is a limit to how many useable orbs you can get at one time, and any more orbs you get at that same time will be ineffective.
There is some confusion as to how many favor orbs you can get at one time. Most say 3 is possible, some say no more than 2. I think it's best to just stay on the safe side and get no more than two orbs at one time.
- Do not take the orb out of the container to rub it. There is a risk of shattering.
- Keep each orb in a separate container. Then, <RUB ORB IN [specific] container> so that you don't accidentally fill the wrong orb.
How Do I Get Favors?
There are 3 known systems of obtaining favors to date. Yes, there is more than 1 way to get favors. On this page, I will discuss the most common and oldest method located in The Crossing. If you want to know more about the others, follow this link to the new favor page.
First, you should already know what god you want to pray to. There should be books in any main library. In Crossing, you can go to the Clerics' Guild and head east into the library. Get the book entitled "The Immortals" and read it. Look on the shelves. There is a list of books there. Get the book you want by its Call Number.
For the Old Favor System, only the 13 MAIN gods are recognized. (If you need to have it spelt out: Chadatru, Damaris, Eluned, Everild, Faenella, Glythtide, Hav'roth, Hodierna, Kertigen, Meraud, Tamsine, Truffenyi, Urrem'tier)... Yes, correct spelling IS important.
There may be discrepencies with the list above. I have had two people tell me that their favor orbs did not coincide with the list. Consider this the more common occurrence since most of the people I ask confirm the data above. There may be the possibility of getting "rogue" favor orbs, which could account for the odd contradictions. Who knows? :)