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it is currently season 1, the year 1449 NE. The continent of Tnarem balances on a precarious edge between survival and destruction. Wars rage between nations, fractures open in the Mete. The world as the Tnaremi people know it is dying and they are left with a choice: act or perish with it.
All of the information you need to become better acquainted with the world of Sergonia and its inhabitants can be found here. Anyone wishing to join the Ericourt will be able to find the essentials here.
ecause there is no nobility and no traditional court to attend, titles are directly tied to a family name in Ostia. Family names and the socially-ascribed titles mean more than the governmental titles that do exist, though any clout that people may throw around, they do. If formality is required for a situation, a person of importance will be addressed as their full name or at the very least with their given and surname. In an informal situation, someone will be addressed as only their given name.
There are no strict inheritance laws in the Marks. Most families will adhere to an agnatic-cognatic formula for the sake of keeping wealth consolidated within the immediate family line. Women who inherit are extremely rare, but they are not unheard of. They are chosen when there is no suitable male inheritor, and always the last choice. No family will willing choose a female inheritor if there are eligible males. Women who do find themselves in positions of leadership are not afforded the same respect as their male counterparts, and people will often circumvent the female in favor of dealing with whatever male is closest in rank to her if able to.
titles & address
NOTE: Unlike the other nations, Ostia has no legal class system. This hierarchy is purely socially constructed and the titles carry little to no weight in foreign nations. However, these titles are extremely socially significant in the Marks.
Self-appointed nobility & gentry
Merchant Princes - This title is given to people who belong to the current dominant family, Ruadh. There is no gendered distinction (both men and women are considered merchant princes), and holding the title does not warrant any different address.
Merchant Lords - All members of the other powerful families in the Marks are referred to as merchant lords, though like with the merchant princes, there is no gendered distinction and holding this title does not warrant any different address.
Firlár - The Firlár are the gentry equivalent of the Marks. They are well-to-do people, but they do not possess wealth or power to rival the merchant princes and lords. These people are often referred to as "Firlár NAME," as both a means of recognizing their wealth and also reminding them (if used by a person of more worth) of their place in the social hierarchy of Ostia.
"Faith and fortitude."
There may be no kings in Ostia, but there are rulers, though they earn their right to rule via guile and the spilling of blood rather than by birthright. Today, there are few as ferocious as the Ruadh family. So wide does their empire spread that it has consumed all of the Marks, each of the three territories controlled primarily by a branch of the Ruadh family. In true Ostian--and Ruadh--fashion, though, they are unhappy to share, even with their own kin. They war amongst themselves, both physically and economically, to gain more power in the region and beyond.
The trees below denote the different branches of Ruadh, unlike the other family trees that show siblings who oversee various swaths of land, these are distinct branches and are not immediately related. It is best to think of them as distant cousins from one another. The families listed are the most powerful among the Ruadh and refer to themselves as "merchant lords."
Merchant Princes of Ulmark h.h Male Ruadh (1379) (o) — Female SOMETHING (1384) (o)