A deity's favour or disfavour will augument or hinder your abilities. Be wary of gaining the disfavour of a god, for their wrath once kindled, may burn long.
Typing DIVINITIES will list the feelings of the various deities towards you. In addition to patronage, deities may express their current feelings towards you in three basic ways. All begin with neutrality towards you, either through being unaware of your progress or uninterested. However, should you perform a worthy deed which greatly pleases a divinity, you may be lucky enough to receive their divine favour. The favour of one of the Gods is a great possession, enabling you to call upon them to aid you in times of crisis. Favour augments the might of your skills which are linked to the realm controlled by the Deity, while disfavour will hinder you and should you hold favour for a long enough period you will gain a great boost in your experience.
Conversely, a mortal who is cursed with the disfavour of a God is unlucky indeed. This means that you have displeased a God to the extent that he or she has declared their desire to hinder your progress. The extent of the disfavour will be under the control of the deities themselves, but a mortal should always seek to regain at least neutrality or pay the consequences of the wrath of an immortal. Should you find yourself cursed with disfavour for a long enough period of time, though, you will find lose a great deal of experience.