You may not know this: there is more than 1 favor system in Elanthia to this date. There's the old way of obtaining favors, which every first-time player will undoubtably encounter, and then there's the new way, which most people (including myself) aren't too familiar with. Oh, there's also a semi-obsolete way of getting favors as well.
The Semi-Obsolete aka Cheap Favor System
There used to be an easy way to get favors (on Aesry, and at Therenborough) simply by praying and waiting. This is no longer possible.
In the past, you could get up to 6 favors this way without any sacrifice. This feature has since been removed from the general Elanthian areas with the advent of the New Favor System. This way of getting favors can still be found on major pay-quests, such as Return to Taisidon, and so forth.
The Original Favor System
This system (OFS) can be found in the following areas:
Favor orbs from the OFS can only be obtained from the 13 Neutral Aspects of the Immortals, or the "Main" Gods. The method of getting orbs from here can take longer if you already have a significant number of favors already. There's also a great deal of repetition involved if you have many favors.
This has been the most common method of obtaining favors. It is fairly simple, and offers novices their very first involved quest.
The Alternative Favor System
This system (AFS) can be found in the following areas:
- EVERYWHERE! YAY!
Check out the altars of your
favored deity to see if it's an AFS special altar!
A very incomplete list of the location of some favor altars
is just to give you an idea.