Promotion Question

In a campaign, how does a promotion affect character stats?

For example, if a Tenderpaw gets promoted to the rank of Guardmouse, do they lose their Laborer skill when they gain the skills associated with their new rank, do the new skills just get added/interlaced with their old ones somehow, or is it that the Tenderpaw cannot be promoted unless they learn the required new skills to the required levels while on their campaign?

If they do lose their old skills (/lose levels in some skills while gaining levels in others), is there an in-world explanation for this? It seems sort of counterintuitive to me.


The promotion is narrative, the attributes are mechanical; there exist no rules indicating how or if the two are linked outside the character Recruitment process.

My take has been that a Guardmouse (or any other rank) must show (at minimum) rating 2 in each skill which would be granted to a Patrol Guard/Leader (or other promotion, respectively) before being considered for promotion; they must also have a recommendation from one or more of that higher rank, and have a commendation from a Guard Captain or the Matriarch. But, once gaining the promotion, they have no tangible change in Traits, Skills, or Wises. As per rules, they only have an alteration to Resources and Circles.

In the case of Tendwerpaw, they similarly have no change in Traits, Skills, or Wises while gaining the benefit for Resources and Circles, and they must also have a recommendation from their Mentor or a similarly near-n-dear higher-ranked mouse who can vouch for the lessons learned as a Tenderpaw. They do not have to gain a commendation from any higher-ups to merit the promotion from Tenderpaw to Guardmouse. In that sense, earning the Guardmouse rank rest upon behaving well as a Tenderpaw while also serving as a dead-end rank for those without ambition, purpose, drive, or motivation.

For the Patrol Guard/Leader, it is best they take up a new Mentor under a Guard Captain or the Matriarch in order to properly prepare for continued promotions upward. That is, in case their first Mentor is not among those highest ranks.

Honestly, I haven’t run a promotion in-game for quite a long time, and I’ve only ever run promotions for Tenderpaw to Guardmouse. So, take from my comments only what you wish; little of what I say has much experience behind it in this topic.

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I ran a game where a tenderpaw was promoted to guardmouse. It was purely narrative and the only change was an advancement to resources and circles which I don’t think is in the rules but I felt that there would be such benefits. Looks like you did the same.

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