Reputation is the opinion of the public toward a person or a group of people. In Pillars of Eternity, you have a reputation with various factions and individual communities you encounter, which can be positive, negative or mixed reputation.
There are many different factions and communities in the Eastern Reaches, and you can develop a distinct relationship with each one. Your reputation changes based on actions you make towards each faction/community, and their current conflicts. Reputation can be modified in 3 ways: by completing quests, making certain dialogue choices, and by attacking members of that reputation (the latter of which, of course, always results in negative reputation.) You can see what dialogue options will result in a reputation change if "Show Personality/Reputation" is enabled. Note that this is automatically disabled if you are playing in expert mode.
Reputation has no inherent benefits or drawbacks, but there are quests and dialogue options that change depending on the player's reputation. For example, one way to progress through Fragments of a Scattered Faith is by having a high enough reputation with Defiance Bay.
Ranks[edit | edit source]
There are three types of reputations you can have with a faction: positive, negative, and mixed. Losing reputation and gaining reputation don't cancel each other out, but instead are tracked separately. If your positive and negative reputation are around the same, your overall reputation will be mixed.
In addition to the type of reputation, there is also a rank, showing how well your reputation is received. The ranks are as follows:
- Ally (Faintly Good)
- Hero (Moderately Good)
- Champion (Overwhelmingly Good)
Mostly Positive Reputation (some negative)
- Friend (Somewhat Good)
- Defender (Extremely Good)
- Troublemaker (Faintly Bad)
- Villain (Moderately Bad)
- Terror (Overwhelmingly Bad)
Mostly Negative Reputation (some positive)
- Rascal (Somewhat Bad)
- Scoundrel (Extremely Bad)
- Oddity (Somewhat Mixed)
- Eccentric (Faintly Mixed)
- Merciful Brute (Moderately Mixed)
- Dark Hero (Extremely Mixed)
Factions[edit | edit source]
The following factions have their reputations tracked over the course of the game. Keep in mind that factions have different thresholds for ranks. For example, to go up in rank for Defiance Bay, you may need to complete quite a few quests, but for a smaller faction like House Doemenel, a single quest could be sufficient to increase your rank.