Noble Titles and Terms of Address

November 26, 2013 The Almanac of Useful Things

Whilst many of the Dominions have since accepted the Aradorian standard for noble titles, there remain some exceptions. Scarrow is perhaps the most notable of these, as that Dominion has ever been contrary, and wears the Royal Yoke only grudgingly. Likewise, with the nature of the City-States in Croxin each contributing to a Council rather than having a unified noble structure, there is some variance. Chasco also has some local and cultural variance – doubtless as a result of influence from Scarrow and Holerund.

It goes without saying that King Tomas II holds the highest rank in the land, and is therefore over and above the ranks listed below, as indeed are the other members of the Royal Family – this table merely serves to illustrate the individual hierarchies after that peak.

Rank, from Highest to Lowest

Dominion

Arador 1

Scarrow

Croxin 3

Chasco

Princeps 2

Thane

Baron

Duke

Autarch

Count

Jarl

Don / Dona

High Chief 4

Viscount

Don / Dona

“Low” Chief

Knight

Huscarl

Knight

Named Man

Noble

Carl

Noble

5

1 – The Aradorian standard is also followed by Aesilon, Breslyn, and Fallowmere.
2 – In Arador itself, the role of Princeps is also held by the King.
3 – As Croxin is governed overall by the Council of Autarchs, they have no overall ruler.
4 – The population of Chasco is generally split into High Clans and Low Clans. This is not based on geography, but on size and other factors.
5 – Chasco also does not recognise hereditary bloodlines, and so has no “lesser nobility”.

Members of noble families in Arador, Aesilon, Breslyn, and Fallowmere each distinguish themselves from the common folk by a signifier in between their first and surnames: this differs from Dominion to Dominion, like so:

Aesilon – troi
Arador – ap
Breslyn – kel
Fallowmere – dan

In addition, the head of each noble family in these Dominions is known more usually in the definitive third person, so the head of House Colvoy of Arador is known as The Colvoy, whereas his son is Geffrey ap Colvoy, for example.
Terms of Address:

When addressing those of higher social rank than yourself, it is vitally important that the formalities of etiquette are observed. Thus, the correct mode of address for each rank is as follows:

King / Queen– Your Majesty
Princeps– Your Highness
Duke / Duchess – Your Grace
Count / Countess – My Lord / Lady
Viscount / Viscountess – My Lord / Lady
Knight – Ser (This title applies to both men and women)

Thane – Thane
Jarl – Jarl or My Lord
Huscarl – Ser
Carl – No specific term of address

Autarch – Most Learnéd One
High Lord / Lady – My Most Noble Lord / Lady
Lord / Lady – My Lord / Lady
Knight – Ser (This title applies to both men and women)

Baron – Your Honour / My Most Honourable Lord
High and Low Chief – Chief
Named Man – No specific term of address, although usually their granted Name is sufficient, occasionally preceded by “The” – for example, Tormund Steeleye would be known as either Steeleye or The Steeleye depending on circumstance.

As the least formal of all Dominions Chascons put a lot more stock in the manner they are addressed rather than the specific term used. Indeed, Chief is often used when addressing the leaders of warbands of villages even when they are not a formally recognised High or Low Chief. This can lead to a great deal of confusion for the civilised courtier when being presented in Chasco, and we advise the taking of great care lest inadvertent offence be caused.