The ruler of a dominion is called a Noble, a member of the Nobility. Nobles normally gain their titles by grant from a member of the Royalty (see below), or possibly form some other sovereign (independent) ruler.
Both masculine and feminine terms are given (feminine in parentheses). All titles are cumulative; for example, a King could also be a Duke, Marquis, Count, Viscount, and Baron.
A ruler who loses or leaves a dominion may keep the title gained through rulership, regardless of current status, assets, etc.
A Baron (Baroness) rules a dominion of at least one stronghold and the population needed to support it. The dominion is called a Barony. Additional strongholds may be added, and the character may appoint Seneschals to rule them.
A Viscount• (Viscountess) rules 2 or more Baronies, at least one of them through a Baron. The greater dominion has no special name. A Viscount may be a Baron, or may choose not to keep that duty, as desired. A Viscount can become a Count only by adding a dominion by Conquest; other methods of adding dominions do not change his title. A Viscount may appoint Seneschals.
A Count (Countess) is a Viscount who has added a dominion by Conquest, and who thus rules at least 3 lesser dominions. The greater dominion is called a County. Other dominions may be added in the usual ways. A Count can only become a Marquis by adding another dominion by Conquest. A Count may appoint Barons and Seneschals.
A Marquis (Marquesa) is a Count who has added one or more dominions by Con quest (in addition to the ones necessary to become a Count). If other dominions are added by any method, the title of Duke can be gained. A Marquis may appoint Barons and Seneschals.
A Duke (Duchess) is a Marquis who has added one or more dominions by any method. Further additions do not alter this title. The greater dominion is called a duchy. A Duke may appoint Seneschals, Barons, Viscounts, Counts, and Marquises, as long as the dominion requirement for each is met.
Note: Although the requirements for a title may be gained, the title is not bestowed automatically; it must be granted by a higher ruler able to do so.
A Noble may be anyone who has become a ruler, but the term royalty is reserved for Kings (or higher rulers) and their families. Any royal ruler may, if desired, reserve the right to bestow Noble titles; if so, the lesser rulers may not appoint anyone but Seneschals.
A royal ruler may award a lesser Noble a
“Conquest” (for purposes of determining new titles) for successful defense of the greater dominion in times of war. Bravery and outstanding personal leadership are the primary guidelines.
The following definitions are for game purposes, and do not precisely match the historical titles of the same names.
An Archduke is a Duke who is a relative of a King or Emperor, and who rules a dominion in the Kingdom or Empire. The dominion is called a Grand Duchy. This title can also be given by an Emperor to an independent Duke who joins the empire, though this is very rare.
A Prince (or Princess) is a son (daughter) of a King or Emperor, whether by birth, marriage, or adoption. A Prince is usually a Baron, but need not be a dominion ruler unless desired. A Prince cannot grant other titles unless a dominion is ruled, and the limits of the dominion rank apply. For example, a Baron Prince can only appoint Seneshals. The dominion of a Prince is called a Principality.
A Crown Prince is a Prince who will inherit a Kingdom when the current King dies. An Imperial Prince is a Prince who will inherit an Empire when the Emperor dies.
A King (or Queen) is a ruler of a large greater dominion, a Kingdom. The lesser dominions within it are ruled by Archdukes, Dukes, and/or other rulers.
An Emperor (or Emperess) is a ruler of a group of independent dominions, each ruled by a King, Queen, Archduke, Duke, or lesser ruler. The greater dominion is called an Empire.
For Kingdoms and Empires, accurate dominion details cannot be given; the types vary widely. If desired, a group of duchies may make up a Principality, which can be part of a Kingdom, which can be part of an Empire.
Titles and Forms of Address
A royal person usually uses the term “we instead of “I.” The following terms are used when speaking to any ruler in formal or social settings:
Baron, Viscount, Count, or Marquis: “Your Lordship”
Duke or Archduke: “Your Grace”
Prince: “Your Highness”
Crown Prince: “Your Royal Highness” Imperial Prince: “Your Imperial Highness” King: “Your Majesty”
Emperor: “Your Imperial Majesty”
Other titles are often used in addressing other important persons. For example, a Knight is always “Sir” (“Madam”) unless “Lord” (“Lady”) applies (which is then used instead). High-ranking members of the Theocracy may be called “Your Grace.” You may add other titles as desired.
Other Titles and Governments Other names and forms of government are certainly possible, and even common. The
The following brief notes on forms of government may be useful:
Confederacy: A united group of independent dominions.
Democracy: A single dominion or confederacy of dominions ruled by the people, either directly or through elected rulers.
Dictatorship: Any dominion ruled by one supreme leader (but without any nobility or royalty).
Feodality: A dominion within the “feudal system”; greater power is gained through the loyalty (fealty) of lesser rulers.
Magocracy: Dominion ruled by magic users.
Militocracy: Government by fighters.
Monarchy (or Autocracy): A dominion ruled by a leader who inherited the title.
Oligarchy: A dominion ruled by two or more rulers equal in power.
Republic: A democracy with elected rulers (or thieves).
Theocracy: Government by clerics.