Halchean Rules on Peerage
Halchean Rules of Peerage
Nobles abound within the former kingdom of Halchea, and each rank of peerage carries with it unique titles, powers, and forms of address. Below is a list, given in ascending order of power, of these ranks with all associated information.
Lordship: The lowest rank of nobility, and the only rank that can be purchased. To even apply requires 500 gold (or 15 economic influence), ability to field 100 soldiers (10 military influence), and the backing of two nobles above the rank of Lord (1 political influence each). Approval of the Crown is required. Lords are granted peerage, often have estates, but must still pay taxes to the local Baron (though less than non-nobles). This title only passes from the holder to their eldest child, with the rest considered of the gentry but not nobles. Addressed as His/Her/My Lordship/Ladyship, Lord/Lady (full name [last name may be used once rank is clear]), or Sir/Ma’am (after use of one of the previous addresses). More prevalent in Gol and Alaire than in Paladia, where buying title is frowned upon.
Baronet: Title essentially equal in rank to a Lord, but earned through service instead of purchased. Higher nobles may also be reduced to the title of Baronet should they do something to be stripped of their original title. Powers granted are same as a Lordship, though Baronets do not suffer the disrespect in Paladia that Lords do. Addressed as “The Right Honorable (full name), Lord/Lady (first name), or Sir/Madam (after use of previous form).
Knight: Equal to Lord and Baronet, but a military title that must be earned. Knighthood or higher is required to join a Knightly Order. Peerage, but still pays taxes to local Baron. Must serve a Baron or higher. Addressed as Sir/Dame (name, first or full), or Sir/Madam (after previous form). Exception for the Lord/Lady Marshal, who may also be addressed as such or as “My Lord/Lady (first name)”. e.g. Lady Marshal Alexandrea Foustine may be addressed as “Lady Marshal”, “My Lady Alexandrea”, “Dame Alexandrea”, “Dame Alexandrea Foustine” or “Madam”. Knights often bear an honorific after their name as well, indicating which land or city they serve if they do not already hold a noble title, such as Dame Alexandrea Foustine de Jatha, Sir Malbert Holden zu Barrelmoor, or Sir Jaik Vendrel of Indrys.
Baron: Control areas in a county/duchy/earldom outside the larger cities, collect taxes for the Count/Duke/Earl. May attend court. Peerage. Lowest rank in Alaire permitted to use the “de” in their name (example Baron Nolan de Agretain, son of the previous Baron and Lord Marshal Dugald de Agretain, who controls a barony in southern Tamri). In Paladia, Barons use the nobiliary particle “zu” to distinguish them from the Dukes. Golish barons, like all other nobles in that land, do not make use of a nobiliary particle in their names. Addresses: Full title and name, Baron/Baroness (last name, minus nobiliary particle), My Lord/Lady (first name), Sir/Madam.
Viscount: Alairan title. Controls a large city in a county (no more than two), collect taxes for the Counts, may attend court, has peerage. Can step in and rule county in Count’s stead if required. May hold office of Chancellor in Alaire. Addresses: Full name and title, Viscount/Viscountess de (city name), Lord/Lady (city name), Sir/Madam.
Count: Alairan rank equal to an Earl or Duke. Controls counties from cities known as county seats, has peerage, collects taxes and pays portion to the Crown. Often leaves a Viscount, heir, or other trusted person in charge of the county seat while in Jatha to participate in the Large Council or attend court. Counts use the particle “du” when adding their county to the end of their names in order to avoid confusion with the viscounts and knights. Addresses: Full name and title, First or full name du (county name), Count/Countess (county name), Lord/Lady (county name or last name with “de” included), Sir/Madam.
Earl: Golish rank equivalent to a Duke or Count. Controls an Earldom, reports directly to the Crown. Addresses: Lord/Lady full name and title, Lord/Lady (earldom or last name), Sir/Madam.
Duke: A Paladian noble that controls a duchy, collecting taxes from the barons and giving a portion to the Archduke they serve. Has peerage. Addresses: Full name and title, Duke/Duchess (first name), Lord/Lady (duchy name), Lord/Lady (last name, “von” included), Sir/Madam.
Archduke: The highest non-royal rank in Paladia and all former Halchea. Control the five Archduchies of Paladia, collecting taxes from the Dukes and paying a portion to the Crown. Rule on the Council of Five and advise the Monarach. Addresses: Full name and title, Archduke/Archduchess (first name), Your/His/Her Grace, Lord/Lady (archduchy name), Lord/Lady (last name, “von” included), Sir/Madam
Chancellor: An office more than an actual rank, existing only in Alaire. Chosen by the Large Council from the ranks of Counts or Viscounts and their heirs. Represents the peerage on the Small Council, and thus has more power than a Count while holding this office, previously of rank with an Archduke. Non-hereditary. Addresses: Full name and title, Chancellor (optional last name), Lord/Lady (first name). In addition, whatever address appropriate to their normal station is also permissible.
Crown Prince/Princess: Heir of the Monarch. May represent the interests of their parent in their absence. Addresses: Full title and name, His/Her [Royal] Highness (full name) [of country], Your Highness, Prince/Princess (first name) [of country]. Example: His Royal Highness, Prince Casimir von Lambert of Paladia (Official Paladian documents use “zu Paladia”)
King/Queen: Controls country. The Crown. Adresses: Full title and name, His/Her [Royal] Majesty, (full name) [of country], Your Majesty, King/Queen (first or full name) [of country]. Example: Her Royal Majesty, Queen Katherine I von Lambert of Alaire (Official Alairan documents use “de Alaire”)