Ronan Titles

In the Great Kingdom of Rona (when it ruled all of Verosia), there were many titles used for the nobles. Rona originally only had Lords and the King. However, as it expanded over Verosia they encountered many kingdoms with various titles, and adopted them to fit their social structure. The first one of note is the Duke, which was adopted from the Moarik title that was equivalent to King. In Rona a Duke was a step below the King. Thereafter other titles were adopted, but most were attributed to be equivocal to a Duke or a Lord in the eyes of the King. When the Great Kingdom of Rona collapsed, many of these titles took on greater significance in their countries.

Royalty:

King/Queen
The title King comes from the lands of Lohar. From the ancient word Cyng, the King was a war-chief, and was given the title by the Chieftains of his clan. A female war-chief was called a Cwen, now a Queen. There were six Kingdoms in Lohar, and one was Camus. Camus rose to become the center of three of those Kingdoms, and Sorik was the first Great King (ruling more than one Kingdom).

Prince/Princess
The title "Prince" comes from the Moarik term "Piast", which was the name for the son of the Duke, and the son directly inherited his father's throne. When Rona abolished to ancient Triast system the King chose to allow his title to be passed to his son, or heir. This was the same system used within Moar, and so when they encountered the Moarik peoples they adopted this title for the son of the King. Traditionally a Princess can not inherit the throne, but her spouse can. There are some exceptions.

Nobility:

Duke
The title "Duke" originated in Moar, but grew well beyond that. The Duke of Tharthin was the first "Duke" in Rona. When Rona conqurered the Karthain people of Moar, the people of Tharthin aided them. In return, as Rona came to rule that land, the King agreed to allow the Duke of Tharthin to retain his title, so long as he swear loyalty to the King. This began the first true regional governence.

Primus
This title existed in Parthus as the ruler of a city state. It really meant the "primary politician", suggesting that city states had a form of senate where all nobles met and made decisions. However, one was elected as Primus to represent them to the people and in meetings with other city-states. When Parthus as a whole was threatened the Priests of Memnos set in place the title of Arch-Primus, which was always one of the Primi who was chosen to stand for all agianst the enemy. The title was NOT used in the time of the Grand Kingdom of Rona. Instead they were all changed to Dukes.

Count/Count & Viscount/Viscountess
The titles "Count" and "Viscount" come from the Ganniards. The Ganniards didn't have a true realm at the time the Ronans arrived. Instead they had a number of regional rulers they called Counts. The Counts had assistants they called Viscounts. The position wasn't entirely inheirtable. The Count could choose his successor, but it didn't have to be his son. The only stipulation was that it not be the Viscount. When Farrellin became a part of Rona, the rest of Gand was assumed to be included. Hence the Count of Farrellin was named Duke, and had to enforce Ronan law on the rest of the Counts.

Sheriff
When the Ronans first arrived in Verosia they encountered the Folkin. In their culture, the Sherriff was the title for the figure of authority in a territory. It was adopted by the Ronans for the name of a law enforcing official appointed to a region by the King. A Sheriff usually answered only to the King, so that he could enforce the law upon the Lords. When Dukes were established, the Sheriffs were made answerable to the Dukes. The title of Sheriff hasn't really spread beyond the mainland of Rona.
Salutations: Sheriff, Sir, or Sire

Earl
This title seems to be interchangable with Baron or Count. It is believed to be a Valdar title for a similar position.
Salutations: Lord/Lady

Baron/Baroness
In Moar, the Barons were free Yeomen who served no Piast and yet had castles and lands all of their own. They were most common in the southern lands, bordering the Parthan lands. Rona won these men over by allowing them to maintain their titles and granting them rights within the nobility of Rona. These titles still exist today in southern Moar.
Salutations: Baron/Baroness or Lord/Lady

Lord/Lady
This title comes from the Kingdoms of Lohar, and is still used there by the Skarrells, although it is pronounced Laird. A Laird or Lord was simply a clansman who owned land, and hence had men working for him on that land. The Lairds served the Chieftains. Rona maintained this title as it spread across Verosia, and Lord was the most common title granted by the Kings. It allowed for ownership of land and the right to be represented to the Duke. In Rona the Dukes have a council that answered to or petitioned to the King.
Salutations: Lord/Lady

Baronet/Baronetess
This title was a very rarely used lesser form of the title Baron, but one granted to a Commoner who has found favor with the Duke or King. It was also used as a higher form of Knightly title. The title grants no true rights, but unlike the title of Knight it can be inherited. This title was used for a brief period to recognize the Rycerz of Moar for service to the King, before the title Knight was adopted by the Moarik.
Salutations: Sir or Sire

Gentry:

Knight
The first "commoner title" is the Knight. A Knight is a man who earns a title through service to the King. Most commonly it has been awarded to men of any birth. The position of Knight has existed in various realms. It is believed to have begun in both Old Camus, as a Code of Honor began to spread amongst those who worshipped Thamor, and in Moar as the cavalry warriors called Rycerz adopted their own codes of morality. A knight is expected to own his own horse, armor and weapons. He is granted certain rights through most lands, but isn't able to own land simply by merit of being a knight. Most Knights begin as Squires, and have to attain the rank of Knight. Knights can come from noble birth, and often do. Many religious orders have assumed the Knight as a rank within their militant factions, such as the Knights of Thamor. Because of this the title Knight usually indicates a strong religious ordination. The title of Knight isn't inheritable, but the children of a knight are often recognized as being greater than any other simple peasent.
Salutations: Sir or Sire

Esquire
A Squire is the attendant of a Knight and is trained to become a knight. When a Squire reaches the age of maturity, but has yet to assume the role of Knight, he is often times given the title Esquire. This title was also given to the Eldest Son of a Knight. Thus though the title Knight wasn't inheritable, the title Esquire was a way of signifying the parent's class.
Salutations: Gentle-Sire or Master/Mistress

Gentleman or Master/Mistress
These is simply polite ways of addressing someone who is of wealth but not noble birth, nor knightly matter. A Master is particularly someone who is at the top of their profession, or trade.
Salutations: Gentle-Sir or Master/Mistress

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