At Event 4, the Hwyel (a Wisdom priest) put a statement of principle to the General Assembly about changing how Exemplars are recognised. It’ll be on the wiki in due course, but as a preview:
The General Assembly was called on to make the following Statement of Principle: “The General Assembly acknowledges that the current requirements to recognise an Exemplar of Virtue, being a Greater Majority of the a Virtue Assembly, are too easy to achieve with a small number of priests and, acknowledging that this cheapens the value of recognising an Exemplar, the recognition of an Exemplar of Virtue shall require both of: 1) A Greater Majority of the relevant Virtue Assembly, and 2) a Lesser Majority of the General Assembly. Furthermore, no judgment to recognise an Exemplar shall be valid unless it specifies which of the Signs of the Paragon the candidate has displayed.”
That kinda says it all, and - in the field - attracted the support of a third of the General Assembly, with a handful of dissenters.
Early on in development, letting Virtue Assemblies be responsible for identifying Exemplars of a Virtue made sense. However, in practice the Assemblies range from 10 - 30 in size, and a majority would be 6 - 16 (crudely), which isn’t that many to hand out a prestigious title.
Reviewing the thresholds for recognising Exemplars was something that I wanted to discuss with my colleagues over the winter, but player action in-game seems to support it as well. The advantange of the GA’s statement is that it can be taken as permission to amend the process without it being imposed from “on high”.
Statements of principle are not legally binding, so we are not obligated to slavishly follow Hwyel’s model as laid out in the Statement, though I believe it has much to commend it. I thought it might be good to let people talk OC about a change that is (very likely) to happen, now that we have a remit to do so.
What I like about Hwyel’s model is:
- The initial emphasis/responsibility lies with the Virtue Assembly, which should have authority over Exemplar recognition
- The General Assembly is positioned to act as a check on, for example, one nation’s significant influence in a Virtue Assembly (a check, I hasten to add, that was deployed effectively in the context of the Virtue Fund in at least two cases)
- There’s a requirement for players to provide the civil service with information (which can then go on the wiki)
We could go even further and require, for example, 100% of a Virtue Assembly (or at least 0% opposition within the Assembly) but that adds another threshold to the simple two-tier Greater/Lesser which I like because its simple and two-tier.
Anyway, I thought - since its as much as mechanic/process as an IC element - that I would open for discussion and hope I don’t regret it.
(NB: There’s currently no plans to review Paragon recognition as Greater Majority of the General Assembly is a plenty high bar, as Darius i Ezmara knows well)