the reiux, the vale
he proud Lornesian Reiux is an absolute monarchy ruled by the Roi
. Cradled by the mountains of the Vale, House Caemire reigns over all of Lornesse from their ancestral seat in Errevet, the capital of the Reiux. The right to rule is derived from Caemire’s heritage as they claim to be direct descendants of the gods, and in Caemire's Lornesse, Caemire is the final authority in all matters.
The nobility of the Reiux can be divided into two parts. The edlenal
families oversee various lands on behalf of the Roi or Rai as vassals. The five margraviate families enforce the laws of the Roi and protect the lands they occupy. The freial
families are unlanded nobility that hold titles. Despite not holding lands, these freis and frias can still be influential in court and the titles are prestigious.
The gentry of the Reiux form neither a large nor powerful class. Noble command over trade and commerce within the Reiux has stamped out the potential for a strong gentry class. Instead, the obaut nachlein operate in both the political and economic realms. It is a lucky few of the gentry that do hold relatively substantial sway in the courts of Lornesse, the rest left to lead mundane lives in comparison to the nobility of the region. Bureaucratic positions in the Reiux are largely held by nobility and the gentry are left at a disadvantage in seeking those positions for their lack of knowledge about the jeu de tanz. While it is not uncommon for the more savvy gentry to hold some positions in the government, they are most often not ones of great importance.
Trial & Punishment
Trial is something afforded to all citizens or foreign dignitaries, but to no one else. And even with this distinction, the event of a trial is largely a one-sided affair. Issues are brought by a plaintiff to their liege and the lord then decides whether the issue is able to be resolved easily through a decree or if a trial is required. Trial is a judging by peers--not necessarily the peers of the person on trial, but of the presiding liege should the situation be handed to him to settle. If the plantiff is the overseeing lord himself, then the defendant has no choice other than to undergo trial. Should a party be found guilty of a crime, the punishment is entirely at the discretion of the liege lord.
Trial By Combat
- In every trial, the accused has the option to invoke a trial by combat, in which both the tried and the plaintiff are allowed to select champions in a duel to the death (they are also allowed to duel themselves, if they wish). The trial is then decided by the outcome of the duel, with the accused's champion fighting for innocence. However, no champion will be provided by the nobility to either party, so they are limited to only who they can convince or bribe to fight and potentially die for them.
When a person is condemned to death for their crimes and has not been given or accepted the ability of trial by combat, they are executed. The means by which vary depending on social status, and are generally uniform in all of the Reiux. Commoners or people who are not to be considered of much worth are held in prisons until the end of each month at which point they are hanged en masse at the city center. Those of noble birth, or people of importance, are given the choice of decapitation via sword or ax. The execution itself is carried out by an executioner who is well-trained in the act to ensure a swift and painless death (or not, should his pockets be lined with the right kind of coin). If an ax is chosen, it is used with the traditional block, and if a sword is chosen, the person is made to kneel with their neck exposed. The head is collected in a timely manner, and the body is treated with respect and returned in full to the executed's family.
Although organized on a territorial level and at the disposal of the margraves, there is still only one military in Lornesse, with a chain of command that reaches up all the way to the Roi. The elite of the Lornesian military is made up of knightly retainers from various ranks of the nobility raised for the express purpose of being Lornesse’s sword and shield, served by a general soldiery composed of people who’ve volunteered to fulfill the same duty.
No one in Lornesse is required to serve in the army, but those who do enlist are rewarded with citizenship as well as veteran benefits and good pay for their time. The basic equipment is provided by the state to all who enter, but remains with the military after the soldier leaves. Soldiers who’ve enlisted will remain in their home territory to serve in times of peace and will be sent abroad in times of war. Those wishing to become officers in the military must attend training in Rhyon at the Graugarde.
When a gran commandant gives the order, all local garrisons under their direct command and all warrior nobility currently residing in the area rally under an army, led by the gran commandant as their general in the field. The gran commandante themselves are distinguished warrior nobility either trained in command or with much experience beneath the belt. Often, gran commandante will hold the title of couroleir or rittaleir along with their military title.
Usually there is one gran maitrister per territory, who is responsible for all the armed forces within that region, the one organizing the logistics of them all or leading them in a campaign beyond their borders. Only the Roi may appoint a gran maitrister to a territory resulting in the gran maitristere being trusted allies of the Roi.