[RPG] the point of the PCs being awarded titles


I'm reading through the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure, and the side quests that can be had from some of the people in town. After finishing those quests, the characters can be approached by the NPC, and if the characters share viewpoints with the quest giver, the NPC can award the character a title.

For example, Daran Edermath, of the Order of the Gauntlet, can give a character showing honor and vigilance the title of Chevall. Halia Thornton, of the Zhentarim, can give a character showing a desire for wealth and power the title of Fang.

What is the point of these titles? I'm wondering about these titles in this adventure specifically, but an answer about titles in general is also welcome.

Best Answer

There is no specific purpose, for now

First of all, Daran does not just give you a title, he offers you to join the Order. He basically recruits the character:

Daran Edermath privately approaches certain members of the group to urge them to join the Order of the Gauntlet. He speaks with those who exemplify the virtues of the order, such as honor and vigilance.

This makes little sense in the context of the adventure though, since Daran is the only representative of the order in Phandalin. However, the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure could be the beginning of a larger campaign. Aside from getting an employment, a player's character also gets a useful contact in the respective faction. See the "Faction Agent" background in the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide (p. 147) for a practical example:

As a faction agent, you have access to a secret network of supporters and operatives who can provide assistance on your adventures. You know a set of secret signs and passwords you can use to identify such operatives, who can provide you with access to a hidden safe house, free room and board, or assistance in finding information.