Moods are a significant gameplay aspect of Long Live the Queen. As a young girl under great pressure, Elodie's moods will have a great effect in her capacity to make decisions, and at the same time she will have to learn how to manage her moods to her advantage.
There are eight different moods with different effects, four opposite of each other. These are represented as four different "bars" on the Mood screen:
There are also three additional moods: Neutral, Injured and Cruel that may appear under specific circumstances. See below.
Each bar is made up of two opposite moods. If Elodie gets more Angry, she is correspondingly less Afraid. Each mood bar ranges from 4 of the first emotion to 0 (in the middle) to 5 of the other emotion. If she was +3 Angry and gains +1 Afraid, she will now be +2 Angry.
The amount itself doesn't have any effect, only the dominant mood, so if Angry is the dominant mood it will give the same bonus and penalties at +5 Angry as it does as +1 Angry.
Elodie's "current mood" is determined by which mood has the highest number. If two bars are tied, then the dominant mood is whichever of the tied bars is furthest to the left.
The most obvious effect of Moods is in skill points gained during classes. Certain moods will increase skill advancement while others will reduce it (see below for details). Additionally, moods will sometimes unlock or railroad decisions during the story.
Special Moods Edit
There are three moods that may only appear under specific circumstances.
Neutral is achieved by getting all other moods to 0 value. Under this mood Elodie won't get any bonuses or penalties to skill advancement (aside from the bonus added by previously earned skill points), meaning that any class will get a mood-based growth of exactly 10.00+ points.
Injured can only be achieved during an instance of Week 21. It gives no bonuses and gives a hefty -3 growth penalty to Agility, Weapons, Athletics and Animal Handling that lasts until the end of Week 22. This mood doesn't have it's own "look", as it uses the same look Elodie would otherwise have based on her Mood bar.
Cruel, as the name implies, is a "negative" hidden mood affected by Cruelty. While it doesn't affect skill advancement, nor does it take precedence as other moods, sufficient cruelty will override several possible weekly events, including Weekend Activities.
Managing Cruelty is extremely important if the player intends to reach specific story branches, as not only can this mood override the story, but it's also nearly impossible to remedy.
Skill Growth Effects Edit
Moods affect Elodie's skill advancement. Depending on her mood, she gains certain skill types more or less quickly. The following chart shows how moods affect skill growth.
Do note that the Neutral mood with grant neither bonuses nor penalties to skill advancement.
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