Characters in Amber DRPG are represented by four attributes: Psyche, Strength, Endurance and Warfare.
The attributes run from -25 (normal human level), through -10 (normal level for a denizen of the Courts of Chaos) and 0 (normal level for an inhabitant of Amber), upwards without limit. Scores above 0 are ranked“, with the highest score being ranked 1st, the next-highest 2nd, and so on. The character with 1st rank in each attribute is considered “superior” in that attribute, being considered to be substantially better than the character with 2nd rank even if the difference in scores is small.”
Rather than a single numerical scale, there are levels of Attribute ability. Within a particular level you can be ranked. The lowest rank in a level will always be considered superior“ to the highest rank in the level below. There is no limit to the amount or ranks within a level as they are only used to differentiate characters.” It is possible to have most attributes in one level and one attribute in a higher level. Several races exhibit one extraordinary ability.
A typical member of a Great House will have Great House level Psyche, Humanoid level Strength, Great House level Endurance and Alien level Warfare. A member of the Great Houses under the War King will have higher levels in Strength and Warfare. A member of Faction Paradox may have any mix of Attribute levels below Outsiders.
Buying a higher level that you would normally start with is 50 points. Choosing a lower level than you would normally start with gives you 25 points. i.e. a member of a Great House chooses to have Alien level Psyche and therefore gets 25 more character points to spend.
Faction Paradox is as competitive between players as Amber. Therefore attribute auctions function in almost exactly the same way - except that you must specify which of the levels you a bidding on for an attribute.