Epic Sacrifice

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Epic Sacrifice
Character Creation

Characters on Arelith:
Race - Alignment
Deity - Class
Gifts - Backgrounds
Mark of Destiny
Epic Sacrifice
Head List

Previously known as the 5% roll.

What is it?

There comes a time when it is time to say goodbye to even the most loved character. Perhaps they have finally perished, or chosen to return forever to life on the sword coast. Regardless of the reason, when it comes time to retire your character Arelith has an operational reward scheme.

Please note, as of a 2019 change characters need a Role Play Rating of at least 20 to receive these rewards.

When you use -delete_character, if your character is in the following level ranges, you have a chance at an award:

  • 16-20: 25% normal, 75% minor.
  • 21-25: 10% greater, 35% normal, 55% minor.
  • 26-30: 5% major, 20% greater, 75% normal.

If you are successful, you will get a floaty text message just before you are sent back to character selection on using -delete_character for the second and final time.

Also, for every 200.000 gold pieces that your character owns worth of flat gold, inventory value (probably for 1/3rd or 1/2nd, see quote from Xerah below. Maximum item gold worth is capped at 50.000), bank account and gear equipped an extra 1% will be added to each awards of your roll (except the least-valued that you could get), with a maximum of +5% at 1 million gold pieces.

  • Level 30 normal roll: 5% major, 20% greater, 75% normal
  • Level 30 with 1 million GP roll: 10%, 25%, 65%

Quote from Xerah:

"It was decided that having a mostly non-transparent system is what is desired out of this system. [...] Clearing a few things up, speaking in general terms:

  • Inventory value does count. (percentage value)
  • Equipment value does count. (percentage value)
  • There is a max item value limit
  • Bank account value does count as if it was on your character. (full value)
  • All items but ammunition does count."


All of these apply only to new characters created after the retirement. Only one award may be redeemed per new character. You may use a superior-tiered rewards to purchase a lower reward.

  • Minor: -1 ECL applied to your character OR one of the following:
  • Access to the Forest Gnome subrace.
  • Access to the Wild Dwarf subrace.
  • Access to the Wild Elf subrace.
  • Access to the Ghostwise Halfling subrace.
  • Access to the Troglodyte race.
  • Access to the Derro race.
  • Access to the Noble Award. This award currently grants Silver Palm as well as certain NPCs will recognize your nobility, sometimes granting you access to noble only perks. Non-evil and non-chaotic nobles can join certain class restricted factions. If you wish to use the noble name of an in game house (Freth, Claddath, Derlson, etc.) please apply in the same manner as a PRC to the DM Team. Unavailable to Commoners
  • Language Award: Pick a language you can naturally know from character creation. (Will not count to your learning cap)
    • Minor Options: Abyssal, Celestial, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Gnome, Goblin, Halfling, Infernal, Orc, Undercommon, Xanalress, Giant, Sylvan, or Gnoll
  • Normal (also referred to as Medium): -2 ECL applied to your character OR one of the following:
  • Access to the Aquatic Elf subrace.
  • Access to the Gnoll race.
  • Access to the Genasi Subraces for Human-base only.
  • Good alignment for an innately-evil race (as kobolds or drow), and viceversa. Note this does not make a surface monster, solely a good monster, and vice-versa.
    • Requires a Role Play Bonus of 30+ or an application approved by the DM Team if 10 or 20.
  • Non-Evil Pale Master
  • Allow Duergar and Goblin characters to attain pirate tattoos and start in Sencliff, this reward requires an APPROVED application made to the DM team prior to taking the award.
  • Guldorand Start - Boosts character to level 14 and adds 30,000 gp to the character's bank account. Must speak to clerks and retrieve/turn in papers to properly receive award perk. Unavailable to Commoners.
  • Language Award: Pick a language you can naturally know from character creation. (Will not count to your learning cap)
    • Minor Options as above OR Normal Options: Animal, Sign, or Thief
  • Greater: -3 ECL applied to your character, OR one of the following:
  • Major:
  • Access to the Avariel race.
  • Access to the Ogre race.
  • Access to the Fey race.
  • Access to the Firbolg race.
  • Access to the Vampire race, with a very strong application submitted to the DM team.
  • Access to the Tiefling race.
  • Access to the Aasimar race.
  • Access to the Minotaur race.
  • Access to the Rakshasa race, with a very strong application submitted to the DM team.
  • Access to the Imp race.
  • Access to RDD PrC Token
  • Example awards menu on the PGCC where you can test awards.

Spent character retirement awards may be refunded on characters of level 10 or below by using the -delete_character command. Using the command once will show which award tier that character is eligible for, if any.

This opportunity is no longer available if a character reaches level 11, even if they are to delevel. Characters redeeming the level 14 Guldorand start award cannot refund the award in this manner if they have taken their 11th character level. They will only be able to refund it if they use the command prior to taking their 11th level.

Common Question Answers

  • Award redemption is per CD key.
  • It is not possible to transfer or use your awards for other players or gift them to other players.
  • There is no RPR requirement on RDD and shifter. If you're being silly with it, we'll deal with it on a case by case basis.
  • ECL is applied as follows. If you would normally get 100xp, and you have an ECL of -2, you get 100 * (level / (level -2)) xp. so at level 4 with -2ECL you get double xp from kills.
  • An award may only be applied to new characters.
  • If you want to remake a character, you have to drop their level below 16 before using -delete_character. It's against the rules to create the same character after having rolled them for an epic sacrifice, but not if they are off the spectrum that would trigger the roll. More info in the character remake article
  • There are a few other ways of permadeath that do not trigger the Epic Sacrifice roll, regardless the level: for example the Mark of Destiny, or its despairing cousin.
  • Creation of award race example: Make an evil half-orc at character creation → Log in → When the conversation comes up, go to the next page. On the subrace select page, select None. → This will bring up the awards page → select Major award. → Select Award Subrace. → Select Ogre.