All characters in the Land of Fate have their own station in life, their place in the great fabric of time which is unrolled day by day. From the meanest beggar to the most gaudy khan, they have their roles to play, and their position in relation to one another. This relative position is called station. It is a measure of social stature, and determines how others perceive a character in the Land of Fate. </p><p> Station is hereditary. As a rule, race and gender do not affect station. However, adventurers and those who walk with Fate will see their station rise and fall over time, according to their actions and abilities. Station with most in the Islands remains fixed from birth until death, but can be improved by experience (i.e. levels of a character class), by spending money (especially through gifts and impressive displays), and can be lost by criminal actions, poverty, and enslavement.