It is inevitable that in the course of your Avalon life you will earn the enmity of a particular group or faction, most commonly one of the towns or villages throughout the land.
As life goes on it is usual to come into contact with many cities, towns, villages and regions. Most of the interactions will conform to type but sometimes you may find you do something to upset a foreign town or earn the long-term antipathy of some opposing city-state. If you act against one of these foreign places you can expect to be declared an "enemy" and thereafter treated as such whenever you come onto enemy territory or meet enemy CCCs and NPCs.
Typing PENANCES will list all places that consider you an enemy, and any penance available to you for regaining friendship.
Should you wish to try to reverse "enemy" status and restore yourself in the good graces of the city, town, village or region whose antipathy you have earned, you need to do penance. Penance is usually a deed or action or quest of extra-special benefit or sign of good faith to the place whose "enemy" status you carry. Successful penance means removal of "enemy" status and lo! you become a friend again.
Syntax: PENANCE <penance name>.
Paying your penance may be as simple as paying a small fine (often an item of worth, rather than gold), bringing the corpse of an enemy to the faction's leader or another action considered appropriate repayment for you enemy-debt.
Listed alongside the short description of all penances available is a word in " " marks. This single word is used for refer to the penance itself and you can use it with PENANCE <penance word> to get more info about what to do and how to do it - if any is available.
When you have fulfilled a "penance" your friendship status will be immediately restored. Take note, however, that each specific penance may only be completed once in your Avalon life and - should you repeatedly offend such that no penances remain available to you - you will have to allow sufficient time to pass before any friend status will be restored.
See also HELP ALIGNMENT, HELP NEUTRAL, HELP <alignment level> for related content. You may also want to look over HELP EXPERIENCES, HELP CHAPTER, HELP MOSAIC, HELP TYPES and HELP LEGEND to learn more about subjects referred to in the above PENANCE help-file.