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Leaders from the Clan Circle Reorganization screen in Ride Like The Wind.

Your leaders are the pool of elite clan members from whom you can choose the members of your circle, the questers for rituals, the leaders of ventures as well as exploration and trade missions, emissaries to other clans, and even the person you want to handle individual events. Non-circle members can be selected for most of these tasks, although circle members do have an edge at many of them; you may prefer to choose non-circle members for those tasks that will keep them away from the clan for significant periods of time. 

Nobles are also characters with their own personalities. One may be chronically indecisive, another obsessed with goats, a third gentle to the point of softheartedness--and these characteristics may affect their actions. Leaders age, grow more skilled, and eventually die. Young women leaders may receive marriage offers which, if you accept, will take them away from the clan. Anyone can die in random events, and elderly leaders may die of natural causes. 

New leaders will occasionally appear throughout the game, as children are initiated as adults and adults gain in skill and wisdom.

Religion[]

All your nobles are either worshippers of particular gods, or shamans focused on spirits. This influences how good they are at certain tasks. For a combat-related mission, you should probably choose a worshipper of Elmal or Osara rather than a worshipper of Erissa. Shamans have the best success capturing spirits, while Zarlen worshippers are the best explorers. 

Your clan doesn't worship all the gods, even all the solar gods, and some of your gods are not important enough to you for your nobles to dedicate themselves to. In Ride Like the Wind, the the possible religions for your nobles are: 

  • Rune Fire.pngElmal, god of war and the sun, chieftain of the solar gods. His worshippers tend to be skilled in Combat.
  • Rune Earth.pngNyalda, the Earth Queen, wife to Elmal.
  • Rune Mastery.pngHyalor, your founder and lawgiver.
  • Rune Horse.pngGamari, goddess of horses.
  • Rune Cow.pngBusenari, goddess of cows.
  • Rune Goat.pngUryarda, goddess of goats.
  • Rune Osara.pngOsara, the Flame Sister, is Elmal's daughter and patron of female warriors. Her worshippers are capable of performing the greatest number of rituals of any nobles.
  • Rune Motion.pngZarlen, Elmal's son, god of explorers. His worshippers are among the best at exploring unknown territory.
  • Rune Wilds.pngInilla, Elmal and Nyalda's daughter, goddess of foragers. Her worshippers are by far the best to send on foraging missions, and tend to have strong Food skill. They are also surprisingly good at Combat. 
  • Rune Beast.pngDostal, Inilla's husband, god of hunting.
  • Rune Harmony.pngErissa, goddess of healing. Her worshippers tend to be skilled in Magic.
  • Rune Communication.pngEkarna, goddess of trade. Her worshippers tend to be skilled in Bargaining.
  • Rune Truth.pngRelandar, god of learning. His worshippers tend to be skilled in Lore (and proud of that skill).
  • Rune Spirit.pngShamans focus on spirits rather than any one god. They have a different skillset and outlook than other nobles, and tend to be among the strongest magicians in a clan.
  • Rune Illusion.pngRaven shamans, called tricksters, are constant troublemakers but can also be extremely useful. They are also very rare; you will never have more than one at a time.

Families[]

Each noble has a family. This is most important when it comes to choosing your ring members, as you will suffer various penalties for failing to represent all available families on the circle. Families don't matter for most other purposes. 

Skills[]

  • Rune Communication.pngBargaining: Skill at trading and evaluating goods.
  • Rune Death.pngCombat: Fighting ability.
  • Rune Harmony.pngDiplomacy: Skill at negotiating and dealing with people.
  • Rune Man.pngFood: Knowledge of plants and animals.  
  • Rune Mastery.pngLeadership: Ability to inspire others and command loyalty and obedience.
  • Rune Truth.pngLore: Knowledge of history and law.
  • Rune Magic.pngMagic: Ability to work spells, bargain with spirits, and reach the gods.

From best to worst, nobles may be Heroic, Renowned, Excellent, Very Good, Good, or Fair at a given skill. Any skill weaker than Fair isn't worth mentioning, and won't show up on a noble's description at all. 

Various combinations of skills will be tested as well. For example, a skilled forager needs both high Food and high Lore to be effective, while a hunter needs Food and Combat. 

Most challenges will test the most skilled member of the clan ring, although a few will test a single emissary or explorer instead.  

Increasing Skills[]

All leaders gradually increase in skill over time. Relander's Instruction blessing will slightly increase the rate at which this happens. Various random events can also increase leaders' skills. Shamans may encounter spirits offering to teach them secrets while searching for spirits, which increases their Magic.    

Rituals can increase the skills of the quester, although this works best if the quester is already reasonably good at those skills and also requires giving up another benefit from the ritual. Additionally, there are limits on who you can choose as a quester, and therefore to who you can boost in this manner: shamans (Raven or otherwise) cannot be chosen as a primary quester, and most rituals are restricted to either men or women. Finally, each ritual boosts a set pair of skills, and there is no ritual that increases Magic.    

Ritual Skill Boosts
Men Women
Bargaining Ekarna Four Trader

Ekarna Four Trader

Nyalda Marriage Maker

Combat

Dostal Elk Hunter

Elmal Path Guardian

Elmal Path Guardian (Osaran only)

Gamari Horse Mother

Diplomacy Ekarna Four Trader Ekarna Four Trader
Food Dostal Elk Hunter

Busenari Light Finder

Inilla Forage Finder

Leadership

Elmal Path Guardian

Hyalor Tablet Maker

Busenari Light Finder

Elmal Path Guardian (Osaran only)

Gamari Horse Mother

Lore Hyalor Tablet Maker

Inilla Forage Finder

Nyalda Marriage Maker

Personality[]

Your nobles' personalities influence not only the advice they give, but the actions they take on their own and their chances of success at certain tasks. 

For example, if your best diplomat also fervently hates the Wheels, you might not want to send her to propose an alliance to a Wheel clan.  And a harsh character who recommends never letting up on your enemies is likelier to succeed at intimidating someone than one who always advises mercy. 

Some events will only trigger if a noble with the right personality or religion is on the circle.

Heroes[]

A few of your leaders have ongoing stories attached to them. On this wiki they are called heroes, although that term has a somewhat wider meaning as well. 

These special leaders are listed in the heroes category.

Portraits[]

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