Epic Battles are not simply won or lost. There is value in preventing collateral damage, or sometimes in inflicting it.
The Merit Bar indicates the grade (iron, bronze, silver, gold or platinum) you would earn if the quest were to end and how close you are to the next grade. Quests start with either full, partial or empty merit. The events that give positive merit are listed below your bar in green, with events giving negative merit listed in red. Your current objective completion percentage is listed next to the quest name and is multiplied by how much merit you have.
Main article: Promotions
The better grade you can earn on a quest, the more points towards Promotions you receive. Your highest lifetime medal on each quest is added up, with bronze counting for 1 point, silver for 2, gold for 3, and platinum for 4, for a maximum of 236 points. These can be spent on the Engineer, Officer or Vanguard traits to gain additional Epic Battle skills and bonuses.
Main article: Epic Battles Reward Jewellery
Earning merit in Epic Battles fills a number of bars on the bottom of the Road to Battle and Battle History pages. Once each bar is full, you can either 'cash out' and receieve a reward, or transfer the points to a higher tier to save for a better piece of reward jewellery. You can only transfer the points over, however, from Bronze to Silver and from Silver to Gold. It is not possible to transfer Gold points to Platinum points. If the points are transferred over, only one point out of those twenty gets transferred over into the new bar.