A question still remains. How does one get good relations with another convent? I hope this gift giving isn't the only way. I dislike games that are like that. I always get this "why am I the one who has to make all the effort here" kind of feeling.
I only played up to character level 4. Maybe I expected too much too soon. But, I could've sworn that diplomatic relations were constantly deteriorating unless I kept it up with the gift giving. Did I misread it? If I'm wrong I'll freely admit it.
The main thing I'm asking is if there's any other way to improve relations, other than just endlessly lavishing gifts upon someone?