While doing a bit of a character burn with @Mark_Watson last night, I came up with a noble born character who is strongly shaped by his father having him spend some time seeing how the estate is run (i.e. a Peasant LP), leading to a belief that commoners are of different rank rather than different value. During which we passed over a couple of bits of Reputations that I’m not certain I have the RAW status of.
(1) Can one choose to make a “free” Reputation from a trait infamous if it isn’t stated to be? Didn’t end up applying to the character, but while pondering various routes, I noticed some traits (e.g. Bastard) grant an infamous reputation whereas others just grant a Reputation. Obviously, if I purchase a Reputation using rps, I can decide to make it infamous; if it makes sense for the character can I choose to make the Reputation infamous even thought the trait doesn’t say it is?
(2) Can one choose to make a Reputation infamous for a particular test? As each NPC is a person with their own beliefs and experiences, the NPCs in a particular town/&c. won’t all agree something is a good quality/deed/&c. For example, while pondering how exactly to define the 1D Reputation my character has for his past, I struck upon “Genuinely Cares about Commoners”. As it’s “not the done thing” for feudal nobility to challenge the the idea nobles are “betters”, it seems like it would make finding an amenable noble harder, but as it means I’m not going to have a commoner whipped just because I’m in a bad mood, it equally seems like it would make it easier to find an amenable peasant. Rather than taking a Reputation for each group (1D with commoners, and 1D infamous with nobility) can I define the small area as “my father’s estates and surroundings” and choose to take an Ob penalty on Circles tests with Nobles despite not being forced to?