Nobility

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The character is a member of a nation's nobility. The character gains a number of Additional Successes equal to the characters Might on all Social Attacks made against a member of the chosen nation. When using the Social Skill for Active Defence against an attack made by a member of the chosen nation, the characters Resolve is increased by their Might.

Noble characters are permitted to 'swap' a Talent for this one, as long as they do not breach the type of Talents they have. Other characters can purchase this after gaining Growth, as long as they have a background which supports being Nobility.


Below are the most common titles of nobility, and where they stand. These are the ‘generic’ titles, and are the most well know. Listed with each title is the general rank associated with it, the proper address used for someone with that title, and what responsibilities come from having such a title.

Lord or Lady (Sir or Dame)

  • Addressed As: My Lord, My Lady
  • As a Knight: Sir, Dame
  • Inherited: Yes

An individual without land, or a very minor noble. This rank is also used for knights, and is the lowest rank possible while still remaining a noble. The title may be granted as a reward for service.

Baron / Baroness

  • Addressed As: My Lord, My Lady
  • In Addition: ‘Your Excellency’, If Parents are Deceased
  • Inherited: Heir: Yes, Siblings: Lord

The lowest rank in peerage. The noble is in charge of a Barony, a country region smaller in size than a County. This title is given by Royalty as a reward and as a sign that the noble serves the Crown faithfully. Such a personage usually does not hold much influence in court unless they retain the Crown’s favour. The title of Baron is the minimum requirement to be considered a Lesser Noble House.

Example: Tzepesh hai Draco held the title of Baron while the City of Threshold was an independent City-State. This title was held by more than one person within the city, where each baron controlled an area within the city’s walls. Once the other barons were murdered and Tzepesh took control of the city, he had claim to the title of viscount, and once Threshold was claimed by Drachen, he had the title of margrave.

Viscount / Viscountess

  • Addressed As: Your Lord, Your Lady (Your Lordship, Your Ladyship)
  • In Addition: ‘Your Excellency’, If Parents are Deceased
  • Inherited: Heir: Yes, Siblings: Baron

The title is also known as the Shire Reeve, who controls an administrative area such as a city and the surrounding lands, broken down into a series of baronies and similar small holdings. The viscount is usually in service to a duke or margrave, and is active within their lord’s holdings, ensuring the smooth functioning of the region they have been charged with. The title can be granted to the heir of a duke’s title until such a time as the heir can take their proper place. The title is given by a duke to someone assigned to serve them and is not a title granted by the Crown.

Count / Countess

  • Addressed As: My Lord, My Lady
  • In Addition: ‘Your Excellency’, If Parents are Deceased
  • Inherited: Heir: Yes, Siblings: Baron

The title of Count is given to someone who governs a County (or Shire); an administrative area which is usually a sub-division of a province. A count is a vassal to a duke, and is the highest rank of peerage to be considered a Lesser Noble House. Counts are usually given territory after a lesser noble family has served the Duke for more than a generation, and the noble’s territory has not been artificially expanded through conquest. Usually, the title is granted to those who have not been distinguished enough to be given the title of duke, or who have fallen out of favour and have been stripped of a greater title.

Margrave / Margravine

  • Addressed As: Your Grace
  • Inherited: Heir: Yes, Siblings: Viscount

In essence, a Margrave is a Duke who acts as the military governor for a border province (sometimes called a March or Mark). The title carries perhaps just a little more weight than the title of duke, since the margrave is on the front line for any invasion upon the nation. Margraves rarely attend court, and instead send lesser vassals to ensure that the Crown is well-informed of current events. As with a duke, the margrave is considered to be a Major Noble House.

Example: In the Shire Lands, the Governor of Kopje Keep and the Governor of West Wood would hold the title of Margrave in most other nations, and are recognized as holding the title of Margrave (or Duke).

Duke / Duchess

  • Addressed As: Your Grace
  • Heir to the Throne: Honourable Lord
  • Inherited: Heir: Yes, Siblings: Viscount

The title of Duke is given by the Crown, granting the noble the control of a Duchy (essentially, a province) claimed through conquest in the service of Crown. The title of duke is the minimum requirement to be considered a Major Noble House within a nation. The duke serves as a vassal to the Crown, and either attends Court or sends vassals to see to the Duchy’s needs. If the title of duke is inherited from a prince, it is often the case that the noble is landless.

Prince / Princess

  • Addressed As: Your Highness
  • Heir to the Throne: Your Royal Highness
  • Inherited: Special (See Below)

The title of Prince is granted initially to the offspring of the Royal Throne. In most cases, the children gain the title of duke as a secondary title, and prince as a primary title to indicate royal peerage. Upon the heir’s taking of the throne, the title of ‘prince’ is removed and the remaining siblings take the title of duke, abdicating their position as heir to the throne. In some cases however, the Crown will send these princes to conquered nations as rulers, or the kingdom will be divided between Princes before the death of the king. In such cases, the prince has been given a principality, which is a semi-sovereign nation which follows the rule of the king. If the prince proves to be capable of governing, the title of ‘Prince’ becomes hereditary for that region, even if the region secedes from the kingdom.

Example: By technicality, the Sheriff of the Shire Lands holds the title of Prince. The ruler of the Shire Lands is the Blue Wizard, but the Shire Lands itself is a principality.

Archduke / Archduchess

  • Addressed As: Your Grace
  • Heir to the Throne: Archduke and Heir, or Your Imperial Highness
  • Inherited: Special (See Below)

The title of Archduke is reserved for the offspring of the Imperial Throne. Even upon the heir taking the throne, the title of archduke is kept. The children of an archduke take the title of duke, unless the Empire is divided into nations with each nation controlled by an archduke who answers to the Imperial Court. In such cases, the title of archduke may become hereditary.

King / Queen

  • Addressed As: Your Majesty
  • Heir to the Throne: Your Royal Highness
  • Inherited: Heir: Yes, Siblings: Prince (Duke)

The title of King is reserved for the ruler of a monarchy or kingdom. A king is normally granted divine authority by the prevailing religion, though it can also be taken through force of arms and held as a military title. In most cases, the rule of the Royal Court is an absolute rule, though there are exceptions, where the monarchy does not have hold over the nation (a constitutional monarchy) and the power of rule is controlled by a government.

Example: The Kingdom of Drachen is a monarchy, ruled by a king and queen. Tarantis holds a monarchy, but with the Council in control of the nation, it has become a constitutional monarchy, taking power away from the throne.

Emperor / Empress

  • Addressed As: Your Imperial Majesty
  • Heir to the Throne: Your Imperial Highness
  • Inherited: Heir: Yes, Siblings: Archduke

The title of Emperor is reserved for someone who has conquered a nation and brought it under their rule. The title of Emperor is granted by a prominent religious figure to give it credibility, though the title can be claimed and held by force of arms as a military title. The law of an emperor is usually absolute, though it is possible for the Imperial Court to attempt to usurp control and make the emperor simply a figurehead.

Example: The Empire of Carcassonne is ruled by the Jewel Maiden, who chooses her representative to be her incarna. The title of Empress, then, is given divine weight, and the Empress’ rule is absolute.

Titles and Ranks of Carcassonne

These are the Titles and Ranks used by Carcassonne nobility. Where titles exist that have not been listed prior, explanation is given. In most cases however, the title is in many ways similar to the list given prior.

Clans and Families

The Noble Houses of Carcassonne are sometimes called Clans, inspired by the Clans of Naipon and the Imperial Family who is also ruler of one of the Naiponese Clans. The title of Clan and Family are interchangeable, though the Noble Clans often take the title of Pairie (see below). In addition, each House is split into a number of Families. One Family is the principle family that the House is named after, while the other Families serve as Vassal Families within that House.

Use of Titles and Ranks

  • (Name) of (Family), (Rank), (Title) of (Province), pair de Carcassonne (if correct)

Examples
Luc de Trois-Porte, chevalier, duc de Montre De Nuit, pair de Carcassonne.
Renard de Rose-Marie, écuyer, marquis de Trois Fleuves

Title / English / Region / Alternate

  • Duc (Duchesse) / Duke (Duchess) / Duché / Daimyo
  • Marquis (Marquise) / Margrave / Marquisat / Shogun
  • Comte (Comtesse) / Count / Comté
  • Vicomte (Vicomtesse) / Viscount / Vicomté
  • Baron (Baronne) / Baron / Baronnie
  • Prince (Princesse) / Prince / Principauté

The title of Prince is reserved for those of Imperial Blood who are rulers of a Noble House. Such a title does not grant additional authority within the Imperial Court, but is simply a title of recognition. See Pairie, below.

  • Seigneur (Dame) / Lord / None

Can also be used as a title for non-nobility. Sometimes referred to as Sieur (Sir), followed by the name of the fief controlled by the lord.

Ranks / English / Alternate

  • Fils (Fille) de Carcassonne / Archduke

Quite literally, ‘Son of Carcassonne’, this title is given to the direct children of the Empress, indicating the scion is one generation removed from divinity.

  • Petit-fils (Petite-fille) de Carcassonne

Quite literally, ‘Grandson of Carcassonne’, this title is given to the grandchildren of the Empress, indicating the scion is two generations removed from divinity.

  • Prince (Princesse) du Sang

Literally, ‘Prince of the Blood’. This title is given to anyone who is related by blood to the incarna who hosts the Jewel Maiden, indicating the person is related to divinity.

  • Chevalier / No English Version / Samurai

The rank of chevalier is reserved for members the Principle Family that rules a Noble House. All other members of the House use écuyer when within the province of their lord, but may use chevalier when in a foreign province to show loyalty to the Noble House.

  • Écuyer / No English Version / Samurai

The rank of écuyer is reserved for members of the Noble Houses who are not of the Principle Family. When showing pride in one’s own Family, this rank may be used while visiting other écuyer in other provinces, though normally chevalier is used.

  • Pairie / Prince

The rank of pairie is reserved for an individual who rules a Noble House, and who is also a Prince of the Blood. Very few foreigners are granted this title, save for the Edo Clans of Naipon, and some very few members of other nations who can prove their lineage to the Imperial Line. These ‘Peers’ can sit in the Imperial Court of Carcassonne.

Titles and Ranks of Drachen

The proper title for Drachen is: Das Drachekönigreich (The Dragon Kingdom).

These are the Titles and Ranks used by Drachen nobility. Not all titles are in current use, and many of these titles may require explanations. In most cases, however, the title is similar to the master list given prior. Those titles marked with an * are no longer in use.

Title / English / Region

  • Kaiser (-in) * / Emperor / Kaisserreich
  • König (-in) / King / Königreich
  • Kronprinz (-essin) / Crown Prince
  • Prinz (-essin) / Prince
  • Erzherzog (-in) * / Archduke / Erzherzogtum
  • Herzog (-in) / Duke / Herzogtum
  • Markgraf (Markgräfin) / Margrave / Markgrafschaft
  • Fürst (-in) / Prince / Fürstentum
  • Graf (Gräfin) / Count / Grafschaft
  • Freiherr (Freifrau, Freiin) / Baron (Free Lord)
  • Herr (Frau) / Lord / Herrschaft
  • Ritter / Knight (Untitled Noble)
  • Edler (Edle) / Noble (Untitled Nobility)
  • Junker / Young Noble (Untitled)

The Graf

The title of graf (or Count) is a particular title used in Drachen. There are a number of different titles for a count, depending on the duties needed of the noble. In a lot of ways, the title is similar to that of a margrave, including the fact the region translates as (type)-graviate (such as Rhinegraviate).

Title / English / Region

  • Pfalzgraf (Pfalzgräfin) / Count Palatine / Pfalzgrafschaft

This title is reserved for the permanent representative of the Crown. A pfalzgraf remains within a province of the kingdom as a guest of the duke, acting as the king’s voice when the king is not visiting. The pfalzgraf is an advisor to the duke, and is not capable of issuing orders (being of lower status than the duke), but is present to ensure that the king’s will is done.

  • Burggraf (Burggräfin) / Burgrave / Burggrafschaft

This title is given to a Count of a fortified town or castle. These specific regions are considered to be in or near hostile territory, where assaults on the seat of power are to be expected. The majority of burggraf are found near Tarantis.

  • Rheingraf (Rheingräfin) Rhinegrave / Rheingrafschaft

This title is given to a Count of a riverside town. The Count is expected to control trade and limit piracy in the region.

  • Wildgraf (Wildgräfin) / Wildgrave / Wildgrafschaft

This title is given to a Count whose region borders that of the Northern Wilds. Such unlucky individuals are expected to keep the cannibal tribes at bay, as well as watch for the creatures which may erupt from the Wilds.

Hereditary Titles

Some noble titles have special rules for the title of heirs. These titles are prefixed by Erb-, meaning the title is hereditary. For instance, the heir of a Prince may be Erbprinz, indicating that the Prince in question is heir to the throne, while the heir to a Duke gains the title of Erbherzog. The heir to a lord would be Erbherr.

Titles and Ranks of Naipon

The system of rank in Naipon is quite different from the nations of Kith Kanaan, and rather than give a list which mirrors that of the noble titles of Kith Kanaan, require more explanation.

Title / English

  • Mikado (Jotei Tenno) / Emperor

The Emperor and Empress of Naipon are descendants of the kami, and hold the right of rule due to their divine blood. Once the right to rule is recognized by the Celestial Court, the ryouheika (‘Their Majesties’, the Emperor and Empress) are granted phenomenal power.

  • Shogun / General

The shogun is both a noble title and a military rank, indicating the person who is in command of the Imperial Armies, sworn to the Imperial Family. The administration of the shogun is called the bakufu (House of the General). The shogun is charged with defending the Empire from external threats, as well as ensuring that any Clan conflicts do not escalate to the point where it will destabilize the Empire.

  • Samurai

The term ‘samurai’ or one who serves represents the entirety of the noble caste. It is usually used to refer to a specific rank of men in the buke class, while women are titled onna-bugeisha (if the woman is trained as a warrior, or onna-bushi) or buke no onna (woman of the buke class) if the woman has not had warrior training.

  • The Daimyo

The daimyo is the most powerful ruler in Naipon, and rules either a Clan, or a Family within that Clan. The daimyo is a title which is used through the ranks of the buke and kuge, and thus a system was implemented to denote an individual’s rank. The colours used by the daimyo represent the daimyo’s rank. The highest ranks usually wear purple, ranging from dark to light, depending on how highly ranked the daimyo is. Below this rank is dark and light green, then dark and light red, and then finally black. The majority of daimyo are of the Noble Houses, though at lower ranks (such as red and black), they are most likely Vassal Families.

  • Shugo and Shugodai

Each daimyo rules over a province, called a kuni. Each kuni is then divided into smaller regions called han, which are run by a shugo (governor). The governor, if they must attend Court, assign a shugodai (delegate governor) to handle the affairs of court in the han.

  • Hatamoto

The rank of hatamoto is given to a member of the buke class who directly serves a daimyo, acting as a retainer and seeing to the official needs of the kuni while the daimyo is in Court. The Family of the hatamoto serves the Family of the daimyo, and most hatamoto are either lesser members of the same Family, or members of an a trusted, allied Family.

  • Gokenin

The rank of gokenin is similar to that of the hatamoto, but rather than serving a provincial daimyo, the individual serves the shogun or one of the Imperial or High Noble Families. In essence, a gokenin is a very high-ranked hatamoto, and holds more power than your typical retainer.

  • Kenin

The rank of kenin is reserved for those warriors who serve from a Vassal Family, and are the lowest rank of nobility within the buke class.

The Buke Class

The buke represent the highest rank of nobility in the upper class, though it can also be used to represent the warriors who serve under the shogun. The buke are usually recognized as warriors (the term buke meaning ‘Warrior House’), while those who serve as courtiers and functionaries are titled kuge (‘Public House’).

The buke use their daisho to indicate the individual’s rank within the buke class. Lower ranked buke position their daisho within their obi (belt) vertically, producing a small ‘personal space’ around the individual. As the buke increases in station, the swords are positioned more and more horizontal, increasing the personal space around them. If someone moves within the radius outlined by the individual’s daisho, they are within the personal space of the noble, which can be taken as an insult.

The Kuge Class

The kuge (‘Public House’) members of the nobility who serve within the Court and act as courtiers for the Empire. While only slightly lower in rank overall to the buke, they are still recognized as an important part of a functioning Empire. Even highly skilled geisha or other artisans can be granted this title. The kuge are divided into many different branches, dependant on the duties of the individual or their Family.

  • Dojo Kuge

The dojo class are nobles who are of sufficiently high enough rank that they may sit with the Emperor in Court. Most positions within the kuge require a person’s Family to be a member of the dojo kuge (‘noblemen’)

  • Kugyo

The highest office in Court belongs to the kugyo, a position which is restricted to only three people. The position of kugyo is reserved for the daimyo of the three most influential Families within the provinces surrounding the Imperial Palace.

The Kurosawa Family serve the Imperial Family as their military branch. The daimyo of the Kurosawa Family have earned the right to bear the title of shogun, and also sends a member to Court to take the title of nai daijin.

The Koketsu Family serve the Imperial Family as their spiritual guides. The daimyo of the Koketsu Family have earned the right to bear the title of kanpaku.

The Saotome Family serve the Imperial Family as head of the Imperial spy network, and are in charge of protecting the Imperial line from subtle threats. The daimyo of the Saotome Family have earned the right to bear the title of dajo daijin.

  • The Sekkan

The sekkan is a title used to refer to the two highest positions among the kuge, known as the Sessho and the Kanpaku. These two positions grant phenomenal power within the Imperial Court.

In the case of the Emperor being slain before the next in line comes of age, the Sessho acts as regent, assisting the child Emperor (or Empress) in ruling the Empire until they have come of age. Almost all Sessho come from the Imperial Families.

The Kanpaku is the chief advisor of the Emperor, and acts as a go-between for the Imperial Family and the Imperial Court. The Kanpaku holds Court when the Emperor is not present, and speaks for the Emperor when they are present. A ritual is performed upon the Kanpaku, allowing them to clearly hear the thoughts and desires of the Emperor and Empress, thus allowing the Kanpaku to also act as regent for the ryouheika.

  • Sekke

The title given to the Imperial Families or the highest Noble Families in Naipon. There are only three Families within Naipon who are not Imperial Families, and who still bear the title of sekke. A person must be a member of the sekke to be allowed appointment of the title of Sessho or Kampaku.

  • Seigake

The title given to a Noble Family, allowing members of the Family to be appointed as daijin (minister) or dajo daijin (the highest rank of the four daijin of the Court).

  • Daijinke

The title given to a Noble Family, allowing members of the Family to be appointed as nai daijin (Minister of the Centre or Chancellor) if it is available, otherwise they may gain the rank of dai nagon (Great Councillor). The Chancellor of the Centre presided over the Great Council, and controlled the officers of the state, in particular the Minister of the Left (Sadaijin) and Minister of the Right (Udaijin), as well as four dai nagon and three dajo daijin. The ministers in turn controlled other elements of the government.

  • Jige Kuge

The jige class of nobles are lower class nobles, who have enough rank to enter Court, but not enough to be present before the Emperor. The jige usually serve as vassals to the dojo kuge.

  • Urinke

A lower ranked title for a Noble Family. A military title, allowing a member of the Family to be appointed to dai nagon, or very rarely nai daijin.

  • Meika

A lower ranked title for a member of a Vassal Family, allowing a member of the Family to be appointed to dai nagon.

Titles and Ranks of R’Tal

The majority of noble ranks within R’Tal are signori, a title picked up from early exposure to Carcassonne, vassalli (vassals of the nobility), or cavalieri (the knights of the land). Most of these three Classes are known collectively as baroni (barons), and control most of the lands of R’Tal.

Title / English / Region

  • Re (Regina) / King / Regno
  • Principe (Principessa) / Prince / Principato
  • Duca, (Duchessa) / Duke (Prince) / Ducato
  • Doge/ Duke / Ducato
  • Marchese (Marchesa) / Margrave / Marquisato
  • Conte (Contessa) / Count / Contea
  • Visconte (Viscontessa) / Viscount / Viscontea
  • Barone (Baronessa) / Baron / Barony
  • Signore (Dame) / Sir (Knight)
  • Patrizio / Royal Patrician
  • Nobile / Lord
  • Cavaliere Ereditario / Knight

The title of cavaliere ereditario is reserved for those who have inherited the title of ‘knight’, and is still a bachelor. Another term may be ‘knight errant’.


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