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PostSubject: Guild ranks and hierarchy   Guild ranks and hierarchy Icon_minitimeMon Feb 07, 2011 8:19 pm

Here is the information considering the guild ranks.
Note that this is just my idea, if you have ideas of your own or want to modify this idea, then don't hesitate to post!

The general thought and idea I had that, since it's a family based guild, the power and position you have depends on how close you are to the current head of the house, by blood that is. For instance, the brother of the matriarch would have more to say about than her highest councilor, even if the brother was a "normal" Lord or Lady. If you're playing family, we'll discuss which exact rank and power-spot you have.

In short however, the rankings will be the following, in order of influence:



Civilian
Military
Spiritual
Patriarch/Matriarch
Marshal
Apostle
Lord / Lady
Captain
Disciple
Citizen
Sergeant
Adept
Serf
Soldier
Brother / Sister

To explain how it works, -every- member of the house has a civilian rank, and –can- have a military and / or Spiritual rank.
The moment you are to enter into the House of Dronegan, you need to decide what civilian or if you will social class your character is to belong to. Is she a member of the nobility, a smith, a scholar or just a simple vagabond or someone whose parents are peasants?

Right after that, you decide if your character fits into the hierarchy of a military or a spiritual role. For example, an officer in the army from a “middle class” background could be a Citizen Captain, while a peasant boy who has seen the truth and joined the cult could be a Serf Adept.

Fitting yourself into a military or spiritual role is not necessary however, a house spy / assassin would for instance simply be a citizen. Your imagination is the only limit.

Civilian ranks:

Patriarch/Matriarch

Required class: None
A male or a female head of the house. Two can exist at the same time, if this is the case, it's generally the Patriarch who rule the house.

A patriarch cannot take his throne unless he is married, and a matriarch has no more power than her husband gives her. If a patriarch should die and there are no heirs available for the throne, the matriarch will rule until she thinks that a heir is ready. However, if she's managed to make herself popular, she could probably cling to the throne until the end of her days before the heir gets his say.

Lord / Lady

Required class: None
A lord or a lady is a member of one of two things: the main family and the branch family.
The main family consists of the mathosians who are directly connected to the current matriarch and / or patriarch. This would be the parents, siblings and eventual children.
To be a member of the branch family you would have to carry the last name of Dronegan, and be linked somehow by blood to the family lineage. Be a cousin, a second family, an uncle or possibly even an adopted child.
(See image for example)

Citizen

Required class: None
A citizen is about everyone who has a power status better than a peasant, say a merchant, an assassin, a diplomat or a craftsman. If your father was a smith, a trader or a scholar, you are most likely a member of this civilian class.

Serf

Required class: None
A serf is someone who’s father was a peasant or lower, like a beggar or a woodsman, a ranger or a criminal.

Marshal
Required class: Warrior, Cleric (Someone in heavy armour, basically)
Recommend civilian status: Citizen, Lord / Lady

A male or female (generally a male) who has the highest military rank in the guild. Consider this person a general who is in full control of his forces and is the one with the last say in a battle of what is to be done.
That is, if the current head of the house doesn't say otherwise.
A marshal isn’t simply promoted into one, but is decided by vote among the members of the branch family.

At the moment, there can only be one Marshal. If we gain greater numbers, perhaps we'll consider getting some more.

Captain
Required class: None
Recommended civilian status: None

A Captain is a more highly ranked officer than the Sergeant, and is often given free hands on the field of battle, after directions of the marshal of course. A few years of experience is often needed to become a captain, but should a member of the family decide to take a military career, this is most likely where they will start, no matter of age, experience or skill.

Sergeant
Required class: None
Recommended civilian class: None

A low ranked officer who after time of service (or sheer luck) has gone beyond the rank of the common soldier. He commands a smaller unit in combat, but often follows under the rule of a captain.

Soldier
Required class: None
Recommended civilian class: None

A soldier is everyone who serves the army and isn’t an officer. Specialists apply here as well, including scouts, field-medics and whatnot. However, an assassin does not apply, and to be a soldier includes being part of a military unit, having a Sergeant and a Captain to listen to and obey, ultimately including the Marshal.

Apostle
Required class: None, though Cleric / Mage is preferred
Recommended civilian status: None, theoretically. The patriarch makes his own choice.

A male or female who has got the closest connection with the current Matriarch / Patriarch and thus has been given the power to not only command the other spiritual head of the house, but also become the highest instance if anyone has a question of spiritual matters.

Anyone who has got good enough ties to the current head of the house can become an Apostle, however there can only be one at a time.

Disciple
Required class: None, though Cleric / Mage is preferred
Recommended civilian status: Citizen, Lord / Lady.

A male of female who serves as a spiritual advisor to the house. Confessions can be made to them, and they have the right to bless a member of the house.
Their influence is, as one would expect of one with a spiritual role, great.

Adept
Required class: None
Recommended civilian class: None

An Adept is a initiated Brother / Sister who has finished their studies to become a Disciple but has yet seen enough of the world and gained enough experience to become an actual disciple. To take the step from Adept to a Disciple, another Disciple or the Apostle must accept you into trial. What this trial will be is entirely up to the trainer, though once finished, the Adept is a fully accepted Disciple. This trial can take all from a day to a year, depending on the trainer and what s/he asks of the Adept.

Sister / Brother
Required class: None
Recommended civilian class: None

A Sister or Brother is an initiate of the cult, and has yet to receive proper training or education. Many people join the cult without aspiration to go any further however, to simply pay homage to the Gods and the cult itself.
A citizen is generally more respected if simply a member of the order.
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