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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.
itles in the Black are not cumulative, nor do they replace lower titles. There are only two levels of nobility and due to the lack of landed nobility, nobles only possess a single title that will never grow or disappear. The heads of families do not have different titles than those underneath them and if a woman marries, it does not change her title, even if she marries down. The only exception to this is a woman who marries the Ard Ri--her title will be replaced with 'Ard Phrionnsa." If a woman marries outside of Dubhion, she will retain her title in Dubhion, but that does not mean the foreign nation will recognize her claim to nobility if she has married downward in the foreign nation's hierarchy.
Dubhion is strict about which foreign nobility they officially recognize. They will only recognize the nobility of Lornesse (royal to heural nobility), and the historical nobiles class of Mercia (the Veturii). They do not recognize any nobility from Nis and do not recognize even the wealthiest families from Ostia as nobility, despite their frequent and willing intermarriage and open politics with the Reach.
In the Kingdom of Dubhion, inheritance defaults to agnatic-cognatic primogeniture. Women inheritors are not unheard of, but they are rare, and chosen only when there are no immediate males to take the seat. Like in the Marks, family and bloodlines trump gender, so it is more common for a woman in an immediate line to inherit over a distant male relative. The women who do manage to find themselves in positions of leadership, however, are rarely 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 they are able to.
TITLES & ADDRESS
The Royal Family
Ard Ri/Ard Phrionnsa - The high king and high princess of Dubhion, these are the highest titles in the Black. The appropriate way to address the Ard Ri is as "your high majesty," and the Ard Phrionnsa as "your most gracious."
Prionnsa/Phrionnsa - All family of the ard ri are known as prionnsas and phrionnsas; this includes distant relatives. The appropriate way to address a p(h)rionnsa as "your grace."
Leath/Leatha - All unlanded nobility, no matter how young or old, prestigious or disgraced, is known as a leath or leatha. The appropriate way to address a leath(a) is as "my lord/lady."
Unlike in the Marks, where the gentry are known as Firlár, in Dubhion, there are no titles afforded to gentry. People of the wealthy common class are simply referred to as "gentlemen" and "gentlewomen." Anyone who was not born with a noble title in Dubhion and/or does not hold a recognized noble title in a foreign nation will always be referred to in this manner. There are no forms of address, these people will be addressed as "gentle(wo)man NAME."
"Determined and dauntless."
Prionnsa of Dubhion
Simultaneously bound by tradition and buffered by change, the Ormonde family does as its motto suggests: remains determined to rule and dauntless against the challenges it faces. One of the longest-standing dynasties to oversee the Black, their reputation as steadfast and competent is earned. They are not afraid of war, and their ministry beneath them shows such, but nor are they afraid to step into the political arena either. They are a balance of might and gentle touch; this is seen in how they conduct themselves in both political and private situations.
Ormonde oversees all of Dubhion, as their family is the only landed nobility in the nation. They appoint governors to various demesnes throughout the region, but the land is still theirs to rule ultimately. They are a powerhouse of commerce and trade, deferring to their ministries to aid them in all endeavors involved in tending to the Kingdom.