CHAMPIONS AND THE IVORY MARK - Achaea Online Help

13.13 CHAMPIONS AND THE IVORY MARK

(See also: HELP CONTRACTS, HELP ASSASSINS, HELP WRITS)


What is a Champion?
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Champions are members of the Ivory Mark, an organisation dedicated to helping
to avenge those who are unable to do it themselves. The headquarters of the
Ivory Mark is located in a tower in the Sangre Plains, but many members are
adventurers who make their homes in the various city-states of the realm. A
Champion is an avenging combatant who enters into a contract with an adventurer
to slay his or her enemies. 

Contracting a Champion
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Assuming you have sufficient IC justification for slaying another adventurer
(See HELP PK), you may contract a champion as such:

REQUEST CHAMPION FOR <target> [AT <amount> GOLD] <reason>

The price of any contract starts at 5000 gold, and may be modified based upon
any public positions they may have. Organisational leaders and other
higher-profile adventurers will require a higher fee. To impress upon the
Champion the importance of the contract, you may specify an optional higher
fee. A variable portion of the fee will be taken by the organisation, and the
rest will go to the Champion.

Your reason must be a very clear, brief statement: it will be seen by the
target and is viewable by the administration in the event of a dispute. A good
reason might be "Attacking me in Jaru on the 29th of Sarapin". Using this to
make insults against the victim is forbidden, and will result in administrative
punishment regardless of the context.

Contract Assignments
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Once a Champion is requested, the contract will be assigned to a member who is
currently active. You cannot specify which Champion will be assigned your
contract; likewise, Champions cannot pick-and-choose which contracts they take.

If you are a Champion and you are assigned a contract (which will come in the
form of a message from Atlantia) you must fulfil it within the time frame of 30
months, or die trying. If the time expires or you are killed by the target, the
contract is failed and your standing in the mark will decrease (see "Standing
with the Ivory Mark" below).

Joining the Ivory Mark
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In order to join the Mark, you must find Atlantia in the Sangre Plains and JOIN
IVORY MARK. Doing so costs 5000 gold. You must be at least level 60 and 21
years of age.

You will then be a registered Champion. You may not quit the organisation until
approximately 12 Achaean months have elapsed since joining.

While a member of the Ivory Mark, you are open to being attacked by anyone at
any time; your membership is considered sufficient in-character justification.

Standing with the Ivory Mark
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Completion or failure of a contract will influence your standing in the Ivory
Mark. Higher rank brings with it many advantages, such as a higher payout per
contract completion and more prestige. The Champion with the highest reputation
gains a unique HONOURS line and deathsight for as long as he or she is in that
position.

Negative reputation (due to repeatedly failing contracts) will result in the
Mark withholding more of the contract fee, and a higher chance of being passed
over for contracts. Letting a contract lapse will result in a far higher
reputation loss than a failed attempt.
(See also: HELP CONTRACTS, HELP ASSASSINS, HELP WRITS)