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The Hierarchy
The Hierarchy
(That’s how important you are)

Alright, so maybe this is one of the easier concepts to understand in the game but I was bored so decided to write about it anyway. Besides, there are some bits you may still be able to learn. (Note: slaves are covered in a separate guide).

The ruler of a Kingdom.
The King or Queen has the right to choose and name a consort, a bit like their spouse, who can co-run the Kingdom with them. The consort has no additional stat bonus but should gain the respect they deserve. Kings are also entitled to tax all the people in their Kingdom.
A King or Queen has a max. dice roll* of 400.

Barons rule one or more towns either through buying or being given.
Barons are entitled to tax all the buildings within their town for a set amount and have the right to change ownership of any building at any time. For a fee, a Baron can name two other characters as Lords of their town.
A Baron has a max, dice roll* of 300.

Up to two Lords can serve under each Baron. They must have the equivalent of 1000 gold in asset.
Lords have access to a greater number of buildings to create and are generally military leaders or key members of government.
Lords have a max. dice roll* of 200.

Knights are the lowest of the ranked characters. Up to two knights can be appointed by each Lord for a fee of 500 gold each. The character to be made a knight must also have 500 gold in assets.
Knights have a max. dice roll* of 150.

The plebs of society, the commoners, the proletariat, whatever you want to call them. Everyone (except the ‘lucky few’) start out as peasants with limited access to buildings and a relatively low dice roll. However, the power of the people lies in the peasants, despite not actually have any chance whatsoever of physically disposing of a King, a group of peasants can cause a lot of problems quite easily.
Peasants have a max. dice roll* of 100.

*N.B: These are maximum values before training, skills or weapons are taken into account.

The Honour System

This is the bit that we don’t seem to do very well- mostly because people have different perceptions of what honour and respect should be. Take this as advice rather than rules on how to play your character.

Consider the Hierarchy:

Peasant > > > > Knight > > > > Lord > > > > Baron > > > > King

Feudal. Simplistic. We all understand it. The confusion comes when people misinterpret each other. It’s a confusing concept but there are two different ideas we’re talking about here:

One: The honour system as in the basis of honourable action. Not killing the loser of a fight for example, or paying someone for their services.

Two: The respect demanded by rank. Quite simply; if someone is of a higher rank than you then the address and style of speech should follow suit.

Just our of interest- traditional forms of address:

Knight/Dame: “Sir/Dame "-Name-”

Lord/Lady: “My Lord/Lady” or “Lord/Lady -Name-”

Baron: Also “My Lord” or “Baron -Name-”

King: “My Liege”, “Sire” or to those of high rank or wealth “-King Name-”