**THIS IS NOT A THREAD TO DISCUSS ALIGNMENT, OR HAVE EDITION WARS. IT IS A THREAD TO**
**DISCUSS A SINGLE IDEA PRESENTED BELOW. PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL**
In this thread someone floated the idea that divine characters could have concordance scores to represent adherence to their god's tenants of faith. And rather than a paladin, or cleric falling from grace precipitously from one, or even several missteps they would gradually move closer to or further from their god.
I suggested that this be handled exactly like 4e artifact concordance. Each god would have a concordance entry for divine characters that wished, or were required to use this mechanic. Each character would start with a base concordance score and their actions would raise or lower this total by increments. Each concordance entry would have a general statement of faith, and list five or more levels of concordance representing divine approval or disapproval. If a character reached the lowest level of concordance this would be equivalent to being an ex-paladin, or cleric and would require a quest or other re-devotion to the god to reset the concordance score to the level just above the lowest. In addition each entry would have a concrete list of actions that would either gain, or lose concordance and by how much. Each level of concordance would have certain abilities or powers associated with it that could be gained or lost based on the concordance score of the character. That way rather than having a sudden loss of all abilities it is more gradual, and the player is given concrete clues as to which direction they are going without being totally nerfed. The power of judge is retained by the DM, while making the guidelines much more concrete keeps the DM in check in case you have a bad DM.
I was wondering what people thought of this idea, and I hoped that by calling it out with its own thread WotC might see it more easily.