Prestige and honor can be two confusing things. How do you earn them? What do they do? Well, in the simple form, nothing. But they show everything.
Prestige: Gained by building units and buildings, researching techs and killing NPC’s
Honor: Gained by killing more of the enemy than you lose. Must be another player
Wait… I lost Honor but won the fight… Honor is based on the resources that were transferred in the fight. This most often happens when you attack a city with a small amount of traps. Your men may be more valuable than the traps you took down, therefore resulting in a loss of honor.
WHAT! I just lost 11k honor because some jerk with three times my prestige destroyed my army! This isn’t all that unlikely. Honor isn’t really that important: Though fun to earn, it isn’t really a measure of ability so much as a measure of bullying.
Prestige is required for rank advancement and a quest requires prestige. This makes prestige more important than honor. There is no way to cheat for prestige. Some people say you can by building and rebuilding cottages. This wastes 700 goods and gets 1 prestige. It’s almost as fast to just make warriors. Warriors also generate 1 prestige per make, but it’s not at all cheating. Warriors are a staple to the fighting force. Feel free to build as many as you want, or as few as you want.
This is the player scale for ability:
20k or less prestige: Beginner
21k — 30k prestige: Learner
31k — 40k prestige: Low Player
41k — 50k prestige: Average player
51k — 70k prestige: Advanced player
71k — 100k prestige: Threat Player
101k–200k prestige: Power Player
201k and up prestige: Player Lord
Of course, any of these ranks could be an inactive player, but the further you move up the spectrum, the less likely.
Hint: Judge peoples cities by their prestige, their armies by their honor
How to quickly earn prestige: Be active. There isn’t any way to really speed your prestige. Make sure you are building and researching things in all of your cities. Also, make sure you are always producing troops and wall defenses, and those troops are attacking valleys. Of course, attacking valleys doesn’t result in much prestige, but the rank advancement and medals will help you.
Honor scale: (only applies to 50k prestige and up)
% of honor compared to prestige:
0% honor = hasn’t fought/been fought or lost big
1-9% honor = probably attacked an inactive, or lost honor recently.
10-20% honor = average player
50% honor = fighter
80% honor = champion
100% honor = warlord
150% and up (some over 1000% honor) = war god
But in truth, there are a lot of war gods. Just make sure you don’t get in there way.