Kingdom of Auria has six different classes: the Nobles, represented by the three Houses (House of Stroganov, House of Magedon and House of … – to be decided-), the Free People (represented by our tavern keeper, Justine), the serfs (peasants submitted to one of the Houses), who still look for someone to represent their rights, the Pirates (represented by Captain Jack Black Pearl), the villains (not sure they need anyone to represent them!) and the slaves (represented by our head slaver, Gravel Stadnent).
The Nobility, called the Noblesse de Race by some…arrogant bastards by others. Who are they?
The nobility first of all, is the highest social class of medieval times. They can be kind or evil, generous or greedy, humble or arrogant, just like everyone else. The only difference between noble and commoner…is title.
1. The Noblesse de Race….titled nobility
The NdR are typically from a long-established bloodline of nobility, with a proud heritage in place. To insult the family name of a noble will always invite a severe response, up to and including declarations of war between noble houses. Watch what you say about a noble’s bloodline if the noble is present…
A. Chain of Command
Earl/Lady (Lady may or may not be the correct female title for an Earl’s wife)
Knights (Varying levels within the class)
Why does Princess rank below Prince…because quite frankly, medieval times were weighted towards leadership by men. The Crown Prince is the Royal Heir, followed in birth order by his brothers, even if the Princess is the oldest child. Female players in medieval RP must live with the fact that male players will outrank them. It’s realism, and that’s how we play it. The titles of Princess and above are actually not nobility, but Royals…they were included here for a complete list.
Nobles love to impress other nobles…for this reson, unless two Houses are at war with each other, a noble will always grant entry to their home to another noble, and show them full hospitality even if that noble is visiting from another land. A noble marked as inhospitable can count on no help in times of trouble and will be an outcast among his/her peers…very serious in this era.
C. Nobles and the Law
In many cases, depending on the realm, the nobles have made the law…but they are not always above it. Crimes commited against a noble by a commoner are always solved with anything from public humiliation to outright death, depending on the crime and the affected noble. Offenses by a noble against a commoner are almost always ignored…unless the victim can convince a noble of higher station to represent them in the courts. The offending noble could then be charged with damaging royal property..or whatever the court should decide. Nobles against other nobles can vary…crimes like murder or rape will be dealt with severely, but lesser crimes will usually result in public apology and/or renumeration. Noble crimes against the King…can be dealt with harshly. Public humiliation (rare), imprisonment, forfieture of titles and land, up to death. The crime of treason can also include the execution of immediate family. So a noble better be careful if thinking of plotting against the King!
D. Nobles and Travel
I always love to see a noble player accosted by other players while walking alone across the land…truth be told…Nobles will NEVER be alone, unless the player states in RP that they are. A nobleman will have some guards and a couple of servants..a noblewoman will have guards, servants, a personal assistant, and those people, whether players also or NPC’s will stand between the noble and commoners. A noblewoman will have more attendants than a nobleman. For two reasons…appearance, and because most noblewomen do NOT want to be touched by people with dirty hands…and their husbands don’t want them being defiled in any way either. Nobles are above the common people and will normally act like it.
***THE FREE PEOPLE***
Middle Class of Auria represents all those people that are neither Nobles or Serfs (or slaves/prisoners/villains) and who own a small business of their own OR working for the money they earn. In this category we have:
A. Higher Middle Class: keepers of all kinds (tavern keeper, brothel keeper, shop keeper, marketstalls keeper etc), Officers (except General and Knights), doctors, sheriff, Priestesses, scholars, poets, artists, teachers, Druids.
B. Lower Middle Class: all types of workers who earn their money legally: tavern wenches, brothel girls, soldiers, miller, butcher, tanner, armorer, cook, payed servant, fisherman, hunter, housekeeper, nanny, woodcutter etc.
Middle Class is the base of Medieval Society. They can be rich, especially those in the higher middle class, maybe not so well-off. In any case, they cannot measure with the Nobles, the exception being the Priestesses, who are a bit of a ‘special’ category.
Show respect for those higher in rank/class- if you are a ‘high middle class’ like a doctor or a scholar, do not double cross any Noble- after all, they might pay you very well for your services. If you are a tavern wench, better think twice before you disrespect the doctor or a teacher entering the tavern or you meet on the streets or at the market. Be respectful. If anyone hurts you in any way, you have the right to complain to those higher than you: your patron (Tavern Keeper for a tavern wench, Officer for a soldier etc). In any case, dont start argue with those higher in class than you; if you do, you take your risks.
As a middle class, you usually serve whatever needs of the Nobility if you are asked to do so (of course, that also can be agreed OOCly). Don`t forget- the Nobles have the supreme power in a medieval Kingdom (almost equal to a King/Queen)! You can negotiate with them, of course. Caution: this wont make you their servants, but try keep the right attitude IC.
Serfs of Auria are the peasants working to support their lords and ladies in any way the are required to do it: work the land, take care of the animals, cook, clean, wrestle for their amusement, dance, anyway, whatever would cross their owner`s mind. In time of war, the young male serfs will fight to support their lord. As descendents of the Roman slaves, they have no rights whatsoever, except those granted by their lord or lady. They cannot leave, but they can run away- on their own risk, of course, for that might lead to grave consequences if they ever get caught. They can also seek protection to another House, if the lord or lady of that House wishes to offer them a shelter. They can get kidnapped, in time or war, but not only, by the soldiers of another House, in order to increase the number of workers for that specific household. If that happens, they better obey the new lord or lady just the same. If their former owner wants them back, they will get them back.
The serfs of Auria, however, are not slaves, though they are something very close to that. They have the right to ask for protection from their lord or lady if the situation requires it and they should be protected by their owners, especially against aggressiveness of other serfs or the free people. They also should obey the orders of any other lord or lady, from any House and, if abused, they, again, have the right to complain to their owner, but that will rarely solve any problem, anyway. Avoiding getting into trouble is the best way to go, always!
The Pirates of Auria have a Captain: Jack Black Pearl, who coordinates pirate activities. They live on the ship (The Black Pearl) but are also allowed to rent a room in the city if they want (Auria Town or Under City).
Captain Jack can choose his ‘lieutenants’ if he wishes but, in any case, anyone wants to play Pirate role must obey to Captain Jack`s orders.
Pirates are considered the ‘nobility’ of the villains in Auria, so please act like it and respect the Code of Honor (more details about the Code of Honor you can find contacting Jack).
Pirates act like a gang, so stay united as much as possible. Keep most of the illegal activities for the Docks (Under City); they can include: intimidations, extortion, stealing, plunder, rape, kidnapping etc. Of course, the Pirate activities shouldn’t summarize to those activities alone, nobody likes to be harassed all the time. Of course, Pirates are allowed to try their schemes in the Auria Town, too, but much more careful than at the docks, mostly because Nobles and Army are watching. If they push their luck too far, they might get banned from Auria Town for a while, ICly (matter of days or weeks, depending on how grave the crime is). Do not disrespect the Nobility and the Army of Auria, that can cause you very serious trouble.
Please do not harass the other players beyond limits: no one likes to be assaulted or attempted rape everytime they login SL! Use your imagination, create own stories and go along with them.
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The Villains of Auria are a very colorful category including: thieves, pimps, criminals, beggars, rapists, trouble-makers, prostitutes, witches. The commoners are the people without an actual job lurking around, not being necessary criminals: retired sailors and soldiers, runaways, former prisoners, drunkards, slackers, adventurers. They spend most of their time around the Under City.
Please always remember your rank: you have no rank. Respect those higher than you, especially the Nobles and Soldiers. Watch your tongue and attitudes around them. Speaking bad or acting bad towards any Noble or Soldier of Auria might lead to your quick death and, therefore, your character`s end of story ICly. Acting nasty can also lead to your status change: from free to slave, if the offended considers so. Not to mention the jail.
Speaking of jail, whatever mischief you do (kidnap, rape, steal, start fights) remember you can be punished, so try to hide such things. Avoid such activities in Auria Town and around it. Of course, you can walk around the Town, but try behave as much as possible.
Auria has only one Head Slaver – Gravel Stadnent and can have few other slavers. Almost anyone can buy a slave in Auria if they can afford it; those most probable to have slaves are the Nobles, Officers, Pirates, Keepers and workers if they can afford it.
The slaves should be sold/bought with Auria Roleplay Money, no other currency allowed (Absolutely NO Linden Dollars, whoever uses L$ for whatever RP transaction in Auria will be banned from the sim immediately). Details about Auria Monetary System can be found at the Shop, in the Square (Behind the fruits stall).
Slave trades can only take place at the Docks (Under City), where a special place was build especially for this activity. If a Noble asks you to visit their house and show them the offer, you, as a Slaver, can do that, but remember the rule: no collars. So you shall ask your slaves remove their collars while you walk together around Auria Town. Slaver can keep his slaves naked if he/she wishes, but please try stay dressed up when walk around the Auria Town. Not so much important for the Under City.
Important note for slaves: again, we are not a Gorean sim, so please remember it. Words like Master and Mistress are not the best idea, Lord and Lady are more proper for Medieval Times. If your owner has a special rank (Like Baron, Count, General, Captain etc) address them by their proper rank.