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Diplomacy takes the concept of factions and player interaction to a whole new level. The diplomacy system in Vanguard allows players to learn the history and legends of the world of Telon, while influencing the game world itself. Political and social changes can be made by groups of determined diplomats, causing benefits for all. An example of this is the ability to make a city a haven for crafters by working to create a number of city buffs that benefit all crafters who work there. Adventurers will gain the advantages of greater hit points, harder hitting spells, and boosts to their run speed through the efforts of players using diplomacy.
As a sphere, diplomacy uses a unique skill system that emphasizes the player's skill. Through an innovative card game, players will experience the push and pull of a conversation by playing cards such as "Aggressive Statement," "Truth Be Told," and even "Cult of Personality." As your character gains skill in diplomacy, larger rewards await in the form of unique diplomacy gear, upgrades to adventuring gear, and access to some of the places of power on Telon.
The diplomacy encounter is known as a parley. At the beginning of a parley, both you and your opponent will start with a pool of Dialogue Points (the number depending on the encounter difficulty and your relative diplomatic skill). Your goal is to use Statements to Influence the diplomacy marker, controlling it so that your Dialogue Point total is reduced to zero before your opponent. As you progress toward this goal, you will be rewarded with lines of dialogue as you fight to wring the details of plot and intrigue from reluctant NPCs.
You will use this parley mechanism in all the fields of diplomacy, which include:
While you advance through diplomacy you will earn titles which you may display on the front of your character name. For example; Messenger John Smith. Some of the ranks are as follows:
Titles may grant certain bonuses with certain groups.
Diplomacy is as item-centric as other spheres, and the equipment worn by diplomats will definitely have an effect on their chances of success. Diplomacy Gear can affect both your diplomatic endeavours and your success in other spheres. Diplomats can also custom-construct a Diplomat's Mask, with many different results.
Information Brokering is a reward system tied in with Civic Diplomacy. You are able to trade Information for items and other advantages.
The ability to lower the purchase price of items or services.
Effects of Haggling will be permanent for the continent that you achieved the effect in.
Civic Benefits are usually in the form of city-wide buffs triggered by city diplomats for the benefit of the crafting, adventuring or harvesting spheres.
You must start diplomacy by visiting the diplomacy trainer of your race. You will be provided with a starter set of Statements by your trainer, and can follow a series of quests which not only teach you the mechanics of diplomacy, but provide a great deal of lore on your race and starting city.
A Diplomacy Focus Point is a gathering place for diplomats, and is particularly relevant to Civic Diplomacy, as it is a place where information about the city's diplomacy needs can be gathered.
Focus Points are represented by a set of bulletin boards surrounding a pillar or tree.
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