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Encouragement - the way to lighten up a depressed hero. Instantly performs a fabulous miracle guaranteed to cheer up anyone.

To encourage a hero, a god must use the 'Encourage' button on their Remote Control.This usually costs 25% Godpower, although it may occasionally cost more or less. A Divine stream of consciousness then sinks down to earth and instantly affects the hero. Usually, the hero will then have most of his health restored, which is handy in tight situations. At other times, the enemy may be healed instead. Sometimes they are both healed. It may also result in the hero reading a long prayer, resulting in gaining Godpower. The hero may even receive gold. If the hero is at full health, he might gain experience, an aura of rage, or a piece of equipment might be mended (+1 durability). If the hero has enough coins, encouragement may occasionally transform around 3000 gold coins (usually a little more) into a gold brick. There is even the possibility that nothing will happen at all, but the special effects go a long way to filling the hero's heart with happiness. Since divine intervention is special, a hero will always write about it in his diary. Encouragement also affects a hero's Personality. It steers him towards the side of righteousness, but constant encouraging is needed to remain good otherwise a hero will eventually drop back down to neutral.

So now you want to encourage your hero, how do you do it?

  • Send a sign, heroes are always asking for signs. They especially love those roadworks ones but never send them a speed limit sign or they'll get very angry.
  • Strange hallucinations are very good, they always seem to believe they are sent by God, even when they're not. Always go for the flying packet of bacon.
  • Randomly kill someone, not them though obviously. Heroes seem to be sticklers for a bit of 'smite the non-believer!'.

It may also have an effect of earning your hero more gold or free items if used in shops

"12:56 PM Golden motes whirled around the trader's pictures of known shoplifters, and I realized I could tell him where some of them were. He paid me 270 gold coins for the tips before getting out his weapon and temporarily closing up shop."

"12:55 PM The trader suddenly stuck his hand out, as if he was gifting me a fez dispenser. I wonder why I had to yank it out of his hand. Almost like he didn't want to let go..."

"12:08 Walked into a healing ray to find that a floating book had descended in front of me. In a trance, I read almost all of it before I realized it was a prayer. Oh, Mighty One! You trickster, you!"

"12:39 A beam of light fell and struck a frog that was sitting next to me. It suddenly transformed into a man who claimed to be a Ligerian Prince who had been cursed. He gave me 168 gold coins and said that he was off to repay all those he had scammed."