Conviction is a strengthened bond between a follower and a Divine Principal. It is also representative of the regard the Principal may hold for the follower. Characters will have a Conviction rating for each Principal.
Followers gain access to leveraging their Conviction with other followers, share Blessings, etc. through Shared Litany, and employing Connexion. Conviction, along with Divine Aptitude, determines the followers rank in assessing what powers they might wield.
Conviction is measured in levels and represents the depth/and or strength of belief and commitment. It does not necessarily reflect absolute adherence to the tenets – it is mainly for the goals and causes (not mundane Signifying events). Each measure represents a greater level of sacrifice, danger, and involvement in the operations of the Principal, and defending or promoting its institutions, societal position and reputation. This differs from a clerical or priestly caste or office, which represents rank and function in the administrative ranks of those that serve the Principal – typically an institution such as a church, outreach program, sect home, or the like. The benefits of Conviction are the direct notice of the Principal, and its intervention regarding certain powers and activities of divine nature. The rating of each measure of Conviction is specific to the Principal it is tied to – a character may have more than Conviction rating. Only one Conviction rating can rise to the level of Zealot for any given follower.
A character may not possess a Conviction rating greater than their Character Level.
Conviction 1: [COST = 2 Essence] Rite of Dedicated Grace For each measure of Conviction, characters that are Clerics casting a spell of that level or lower need not make a Concentration check if they are interrupted during a spell’s duration.
> Group Binding: If the player/character is absent from a session, they can contribute to the success of the group by providing a single Blessing for a session. The members of the group decide how this will be used, but can only affect characters with Shared Litany. This last until the session ends, and renews each session that they are absent from the group (barring them not meeting the requirements to sustain the group). The character shares the same fate of the group if all the other characters are killed, captured, etc.
> Epic Removal: If the character is removed from the game by GM or story [the player invents] through character death (an “Epic Removal”), the group earns a Twist of Fate. The use of this is to be decided upon by the group.
Conviction 2: [COST = 1 Essence] Abiding Litany (Follower of Faith)
Conviction 3: [COST = 1 Essence]
The following require no Concentration is cast by a source that has Shared Litany: Beacon of Hope, Stoneskin
Conviction 4: [COST = 1 Essence]
The following require no Concentration is cast by a source that has Shared Litany: Enhance Ability, Protection from Good/Evil