Shadow and Steel
Just as a character has a maximum hit point value when fully healed and a current hit point value when injured, that character has a Total Prestige Award (TPA) and a Current Prestige Award (CPA). TPA represents the character’s overall reputation within a faction. CPA represents how much influence the character currently has within that faction in terms of favors owed to him and his ability to influence others and make use of the faction’s resources.
Characters may spend CPA to acquire goods or services (see Spending Prestige Award), which means that a character’s CPA is usually less than his TPA, just as an adventuring character’s current hit points are usually less than his total hit points. CPA can never be higher than TPA.
Goods and services can be acquired by using CPA. The following tables outline some of the uses of prestige.
1: Mounts (light riding horse, camel, mule, or pony)
for the PC and up to one companion per level
1: Boat travel (freshwater or coastal transport for the
PC and up to 10 others; includes a crew of four 1stlevel
1: Work detail of 50 1st-level commoners
1: Skilled craftsman (expert of 1/2 the faction
2: Bodyguard (warrior of 1/2 the faction member’s level)
2: Ship travel (deep water transport for the PC
and up to 20 others; includes a crew of 10 1stlevel
2: Squad of 10 1st-level warriors
2: Combat trained mounts (light or heavy warhorses
or riding dogs) for the PC and up to one companion
1: +4 to one skill check
1: Purchase a single item worth 375 gp**
1: Wealthy cost of living for 1 month
2: Purchase a single item worth 750 gp**
2: Extravagant cost of living for 1 month
5: Retrieval of a dead body to a faction-controlled
Spellcasting services can also be acquired using prestige.
From the Faction Guide supplement published by Paizo, 2010.