On Thu, 7 May 1998, KirbyRanma wrote:

> Hello all,
> I don't have the Birthright player's handbook, so was wondering if
> someone could help me here. We have a blooded spell caster in our party. If
> she deals the death blow to a blooded villain by using a spell, does she get
> the same blood points as if someone blooded had killed the villain with a
> sword? If no, why not, and how are blooded mages/ wizards supposed to go up
> in blood points if they aren't regents?

Technically, bloodtheft only occurs when the killing stroke of a weapon
pierces the heart. However, I allow small bonuses (and penalties) to
bloodline strength based on reputation. Kill a minor awnsheigh, gain 2-3
points in bloodline strength as your reputation increases and people
respect you more. Win a battle against your "heriditary enemy" and gain
1-2 points, win a war against that enemy and gain 4-5 points. (Effective
use of bards and bardic colleges could double this, but my players never
figured that out.) Of course, I give them similar penalties from defeats.
I typically give this bonus to the whole party that is involved in the
awnsheigh-killing, unless they keep it quiet, in which case their
reputations do not increase and they don't get the increase.

Mark VanderMeulen