Empire of the Hyena-Honour

As followers of the Heavenly Virtues (see this page for details), honour is of vital importance in the lives of people in the Fang Empire, enforced by the spirit world a person with honour is respected, they will receive aid and welcome without thought of recompense and will be lauded by their peers. A person without honour is frozen out of polite society, shunned and their opinion not respected.

How does honour work in the game?

The campaign uses the optional DMG Honour rules, they are reproduced in abbreviated form below for convenience.

Honour functions as an additional ability score (determined in the same manner as other stats when generating a character). Honor measures not only a character’s devotion to a code but also the character’s understanding of it. The Honor score can also reflect how others perceive a character’s honor. A character with a high Honor usually
has a reputation that others know about, especially those who have high Honor scores themselves.

Unlike other abilities, Honor can’t be raised with normal ability score increases. Instead, you can award
increases to Honor- or impose reductions- based on a character’s actions. At the end of an adventure, if you think a character’s actions in the adventure reflected well or poorly on his or her understanding of the code, you can increase or decrease the character’s Honor by 1. As with other ability scores, a character’s Honor can’t exceed 20 or fall below 1.

Honor Checks. Honor checks can be used in social situations, much as Charisma would, when a character’s understanding of a code of conduct is the most defining factor in the way a social interaction will play out.
You might also call for an Honor check when a character is in one of the following situations:

  • Being unsure how to act with honor
  • Surrendering while trying to save face
  • Trying to determine another character’s Honor score
  • Trying to use the proper etiquette in a delicate social situation
  • Using his or her honorable or dishonorable reputation to influence someone else

Honor Saving Throws. An Honor saving throw comes into play when you want to determine whether a character might inadvertently do something dishonorable. You might call for an Honor saving throw in the following situations:

  • Avoiding an accidental breach of honor or etiquette
  • Resisting the urge to respond to goading or insults from an enemy
  • Recognizing when an enemy attempts to trick a character into a breach of honor

But where do we write this on our Roll20 sheet?

Unfortunately there is no space for Honour on the Roll20 5E character sheet, so I suggest recording it in the Features & Traits section as shown on the screenshot below: