The Kingdom of Daytar Leamay
The Kingdom of Daytar Leamay is run as a feudal monarchy. Unlike the historic versions of this system, upward mobility is a lot more achievable. Many Lords, ladies and lower ranked officials gained their title or rank through their adventuring reputation. Even the king, though he would have always inherited the throne, was in his younger years an adventurer. All of his traveling companions now hold posts as mayors or officials in some form many were granted titles. In this kingdom the deeds of the PC’s are subject to gossip and as their reputation grows, they will earn honor and eventually get themselves introduced to people of influence in the kingdoms politics. All titles granted are subject to judgement by higher ranking titles.
Rank and title in the Kingdom of Daytar Leamay
King or Queen: This is an inherited title, though it can be passed by naming a official heir. Generally speaking the title of king or queen is passed to the eldest born living child upon the death of the reigning king or queen. If no such obvious heir exists, the throne is first passed to any named heir, then to the closest living relative as determined at the time by a council of 3 high priests. The three priests are the current reigning high priests of the church of Osmat, the church of Illannida and the Arch druid of the Druid council. If the person inheriting the throne is a minor below the age of 18, the same council may name a suitable regent to assist the child in their daily rule. Once coronated at the age of 18 the king or queens word is absolute law and can override any written or assumptive law of the land. During the coronation ceremony all the Lords, ladies and leaders of the people present themselves and swear the oath of loyalty to the new monarch. The current King is King Ronald Harramany a 20th lvl Paladin with a Silver Dragon mount named Ta’rrielion and his named heir is Leyl Pettew Head of the Silver Swords.
The Consort: This title is given to the chosen mate of the reigning king or queen. while they are given every bit of respect, their word is not absolute. only the reigning king or queen may override their word. In all other ways they are respected at the same level as their mate. The also are given the privilege of having their offspring in direct line to the throne. If the consort is still alive upon the death on their mate and the heir is a minor they are automatically assumed to be given the title of regent unless the council votes unanimously to oppose him or her. There is currently no Consort.
The Regent: This title is very rarely used. It indicates the care taker of the reigning king or queen who is still below the age of 18. On day to day matters the regent is given great authority, however on important state matters the king or queen must be informed and their opinion heard before the regent may act. The older the inheriting king or queen is the more their voice is considered important. When an inheriting monarch turns 18 they are coroneted and from that time on their word is law, before that they must work with their regent in order to enact anything of importance. The regent named by the council can technically be absolutely anyone. However great preference is given firstly to acceptable family members, then to appropriate clergy or heroes.
Lord and Lady: These titles are inherited and new titles can only be granted by the king or queen, most often the closest family members are granted this title. Like king or queen, this title can only be passed to a single named heir. All other children must be bestowed with a lesser title (Such as earl or count). Lords and Ladies and all lower ranks must follow the written law of the land, however only the reigning monarch may pass judgement upon them, so many petty and minor crimes are easily overlooked. Like any other title the person receiving the title must be at least 18 years of age.
Earl and Elass: these titles are limited and are given to the families of the Lords and Ladies who will not inherit the greater title, Every title of lord allows for 2 titles of Earl or Elass, who can be named as heir through family or designation. The Lord to whom the title is passed through get to decide who their titles belong to, and may at their choice remove a title just as easily as granting one. most such titles contain clauses of loyalty to Lord and king and agreements to raise all and any arms at the request of their Lord for the purpose of war. And tax the local populous as necessary. Many Earls and Elass’s take administrators jobs within the court.
Count and Countess: Every earl is given 2 Countships. This title can be either inherited or bestowed as chosen by the local earl. Most Count and Countesses are administrators for their local regions.
Viscount and Viscountess: Every Count is given 2 titles of Viscount to administer as they choose. While these titles are plentiful, their usage is very limited. Viscounts are often treasurers, tax men and local politicians that work on the city or town level. Many successful merchants have earned themselves this title through hard community work. Viscount is the last of the noble titles.
Justiciar: Every city and town has a designated Justiciar. This title can be granted by the local count or countess or any higher ranking noble to a designated person who has shown a definitive love for local law. This title cannot be passed down through inheritance, but does last for the life of the recipient. The Justiciar acts as the law in whatever city they are assigned to. The must administer the courts, and act as final judge on the written word of the law and in town or cities large enough to have a jail or prison they must administer that as well. While the Justiciar can pass judgement on any lower citizen, those with higher titles must be formally accused by a justiciar and brought before the royal court for judgement. Justiciar’s are paid a stipend from the local coffers.
Mayor: Every city and town has a designated mayor. This title is also granted by the local count or any higher ranking noble. Many higher ranked nobles keep this title for themselves and choose to administer the city or town they live in. Mayors are paid officials who receive a stipend form the local coffers. The title of mayor is a bestowed title cannot be passed through inheritance. Mayors use locally collected taxes from the commoners to cover running cost and pay the rest to the crown.
Sheriff: Every city and town has a designated sheriff. This title is also granted by the local Count or any other ranking noble. The sheriff is a paid position that receives a stipend form the local coffers. The Sheriffs job is the administration of the local law enforcement, and/or town guard. Unlike other titles the Sheriff’s title is limited to a 5 years term. Although it is often automatically renewed unless an opponent proves to be a better candidate. Many choose to step down from the rigors of the job as they age.
Land Owner: Not an official title but a measure of wealth. Land owners must own land and can keep servants. Land owners may pass their possessions and wealth to their designated heirs through the form of a written will. Land owners pay taxes to the crown.
Merchants: Merchants are registered and licensed by their local Mayor. Merchants pay sales taxes to the crown for the right to do business.
Commoner: Everyone else. Commoners pay taxes to the local mayor.