APP House Rules
Appearance is one’s exterior look, being visual and thus entirely outward and superficial. Appearance provokes deep responses in human beings, automatic and normally outside of our awareness, never mind being within our control. (Exceptions exist, but not among knights.)
01-05. Ugly. See below
06-09. Plain, unattractive, flawed
10-15. Handsome, pretty
16-20. Superlative; beautiful (women) or spectacular (men); gorgeous, dazzling. See below
Appearance is only useful when it can be seen. It has no affect when men are clad in concealing armor.
Gorgeousness has its advantages, and disadvantages.
In a crowd of equals, the most handsome person will be addressed first, as if he or she is the leader (since handsome people have Honor, the most handsome is the most honorable!).
Everyone is always watching, especially when the beautiful person is not watching. Thus it is very difficult for them to do anything in secret, including whispering at a feast, speaking to anyone, and even how long is spent with him, or her, or that group over there.
Each superlative APP point (16+) grants a +1 bonus to the following:
Flirt: Natural attraction makes it easier to Flirt.
Intrigue: The handsome fellow, giving even just a little bit of unusual attention to the staff, gets information much easier than usual.
Orate, Singing, Play, Dancing: People prefer to be entertained by pretty people, because even if the performance is not as good, at least they had a pleasant evening observing the attractive performer.
It does not affect Romance.
Ugliness carries a taint with it. Commoners lack Honor, and are thus less appealing to the noble eye.
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Ugliness has its advantages and disadvantages.
In a crowd of equals, the ugliest person will not be addressed. At all if possible.
If something goes wrong, the ugliest person is always blamed first.
Nobody looks at you. In a crowd you are practically invisible, able to stand nearby to whisperers, or in a room perhaps entirely unseen, as if you are one of the servants.
All heroic characters are handsome, and all their ladies are beautiful. Being ugly is a terrible disadvantage since people immediately judge a person on his superficial traits. Thus, at character generation, each point of APP below 10 costs 1 Honor. Losing APP due to major wounds or aging does not diminish Honor, however. Scars from wounds are a note of courage and strength, and counteract the loss. Likewise, aging adds to honor in exact proportion to losses.
Glory for APP
I’ve been pondering, for my own campaign of allowing high APP (16+) to gain a yearly Glory bonus, in a similar vein as Traits, Passions, etc. Firstly, I think it would allow a good way for ladies to gain glory, due to the fact that they seem to (generally) have a higher APP. Secondly, someone’s appearance is the sort of thing that people talk and gossip about, and the fact that a number of ladies’ primarily mentioned trait is their beauty (Ygraine, Guenever, etc), it seems to work well with awarding glory. Similarly, I’d give it to knights also, as they’re hampering their ability to get glory in more traditional manners by taking lower amounts in those other stats.