The Throne of Celedon
Nobility in Alyssia
Distinction between Royalty and Nobility: Royalty is related, no matter how distantly, to the ruling family. Nobility is ranked individuals who are not related to royal family. All royalty is nobility, not all nobility is royalty.
The ranks of nobility are listed below:
High King (High Queen): Currently no High King’s exist in Alyssia, but a couple of High Kings have existed in the past. A High King rules over several kings.
King (Queen): The sovereign ruler of a land. At this time in history, all borders are fairly well defined, with the exception of all extreme northern borders.
Prince (Princess): Children of the king. All are royalty.
Grand Duke (Grand Duchess): A Grand Duke rules a sovereign land that has become emancipated from the original kingdom. This can happen through gift from the king or war. A Grand Duke is considered to be on par with any prince of the realm. In essence he is a ruling sovereign, just as a king, but he is seen as a step below the king. There is one Duchy in Alyssia ruled by a Grand Duke.
Duke (Duchess): A Duke answers to a king and rules over a portion of that kings land. His land is quite vast and includes several counties. He is charged with managing the territory and raising taxes/supplies for the king. He is also charged with raising an army for the king.
Earl (Countess): An Earl answers to a Duke and ultimately, the king. He usually rules over a county. He is in charge of raising taxes/supplies from that county and raising an army from that county if necessary.
Baron (Baroness): A Baron answers to an Earl and ultimately the Duke and King. He usually rules over a town or small city.
Baronet: A Baronet is basically a knight whose title is inheritable. He has a small portion of land and a few serfs.
Knight: A noble who has been gifted a small portion of land and a few serfs. His knighthood is technically not inherited, but as a practical matter, if the knight serves well, his children will be knighted.
Squire: A knight in training who serves a knight. It is usually the children of another knight or maybe even the knight’s own children. A squire does not necessarily earn the title of knight, although he will almost always do so if he performs well and the sponsoring knight serves well.