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- 1. The Valar
- 2. The Fili
- 3. The Malcrin
- 4. The Enda
- 5. The Sitsina
- 6. The Haugrin
- 6.1 Disgraced
New Caledonia's ranks are centered around the court system of feudal Europe and possess a hierarchy strictest at its lowest tiers. Emphasis is placed on attaining a noble title and thus such lords and ladies possess the most freedom in their everyday affairs. Rank names are inspired by languages from high fantasy and often refer to the geography of New Caledonia.
Promotion requirements vary between ranks. Activity is measured in IC posts per month, but some have additional requirements, such as earning a certain tier of co-rank. Characters may be demoted if they show poor activity (>5 posts) over a few months.
For first-time joiners, a is required prior to their first promotion. For previously aNPC'd characters, a full month of membership following their most recent re-joining effort is also required for further promotions. Show examples?
- Wolf joins the pack on September 15th and makes 11 posts as a newly-instated Commoner, meeting the post requirements for promotion. However, since Wolf has not been a part of the pack for a full month when October promotions are checked, they will have to wait until the November rank check and still meet the posting requirements for the month of October before they can be eligible for a promotion.
- Coyote was aNPC'd for a number of months and rejoins on February 2nd, retaining their rank as Aear. They will not be eligible for a promotion until March, after a full month of membership for their current stay within the pack has passed.
- The natural exception, of course, is if a character joins and is accepted on the first (1st) of the month.
Ranks are listed below in order of highest to lowest in the form of six tiers: Valar, Fili, Malcrin, Enda, Sitsina, and Haugrin.
The Powerful, Leadership Ranks
The High King is the ruler and figurehead of New Caledonia. First elected during war-time, the High King passes on his name and rank by adoption, blood, or marriage. The King has the final say in all matters of state; his is the guiding light that unites the disparate pieces of Caledonians new and old.
Once known at the Lord-Regent, the subleader position now goes by a newer, more personalized title: the Isiltári, or 'Queen of the Moon.' It is likely to go by another name, should another rise to this position in the future.
This is an individual hand-selected by the King from the seat of high Nobility. They act as co-counsel to the King's affairs and as a public official to the Realm. If the King is outside of pack lands, indisposed, or passes away, the sub-leader assumes their authority and rules in their stead until the King returns or an heir is found. The Isiltári works closely with the King to ensure the health and prosperity of the Realm, and heads a great many matters of state. Very little is outside of their authority.
- The High King and his subleader are often pre-dispositioned to either the Court of Dusk or the Court of Dawn, and act as the opposing heads of court.
The Fair, Councilors of the Realm
The Fili are highly ranked individuals who have proven themselves to be the upper crust of the nobility. The four Councilors have pledged their allegiance to the High King, and are expected to attend all pack events. They are also able to accept newcomers into the pack. Each member of the Fili is assigned jurisdiction over a District which aligns with their skills. Councilors are not expected to be masters of all trades, but should have at least one Tier III corank that aligns with their chosen districts overall theme.
The Councilor of the Othas District ensures the safety of all within the Realm. Often considered a master of arms, it is the Councilor’s duty to secure the pack's borders and maintain the guilds within its district. They are skilled in some form of combat, and work closely with the Guilds in its district to assure its members are well trained. In wartime, it is the Councilor’s duty to lead troops and secure victory for the pack against adversaries, as well as to present briefs to the King when required.
The Councilor of Osta is in charge of internal activities which lead to growth within the Realm. They are dedicated to the spiritual and literal growth of New Caledonia - whether that be through religion to nurture the heart or preparing food to feed the soul. The District of Osta may host Guilds that pertain to worship, hunting/gathering, or scholarly pursuits.
The Councilor of Lanya is in charge of the Realm’s external activities. They act as the chief diplomat and facilitate the movement of goods in and out of the Kingdom, and they may delegate specific trading and diplomatic arrangements to other members within their District and respective guilds. Ultimately, the image of New Caledonia — to those within the Realm and outside of it — is reflected by the work of this Councilor.
The Councilor of Nethias is entrusted with the task of putting New Caledonia on the map and maintaining high spirits within the pack — namely through the arts and similar means. Given they oversee the entertainment district as well as its guilds, it is this Councilor’s duty to look after the Tavern, as well as the overall gaiety and amenities within the Realm.
The high nobility are split into two courts, the Court of Dusk and the Court of Dawn, representative of the nobles' values and priorities. Whether traditional and pious, or progressive and inclusive, every noble can find their place. Refered to in title as High Lord or High Lady, these esteemed nobles are the epitome of class and charm, representing the core values of New Caledonia in their every endeavor.
It is important to note that nobles need not uphold or represent all the values of their court; they may choose whatever they feel suits them best and will likely fit among a spectrum — some more conservative than others.
The Court of Dawn
Those who choose the Court of Dawn, consider themselves open-minded and forward-thinking. They see the world for what it could be and place their focus on forging outward relations. A member of the Court of Dawn might respect their heritage, but also consider the value in a fresh perspective. They prefer to solve problems through compromise and understanding and pay due respect to the beliefs of others no matter the forms they might take.
The High King Iomair presides over this Court, fostering affability and inclusivity in its ranks, with little use for posturing nor great demand for deference, preferring the nobles speak their minds. New Caledonians not hailing from the Old Kingdom might find their ideals reflected in this Court more favorably.
Court of Dusk
Tradition drives the Court of Dusk. They cling to the Caledonian gods and prefer not to sacrifice their long-held beliefs on the altar of progression. Theirs is an inward perspective, considering Caledonian needs paramount and fostering wealth among their own people, suspicious of the motivations of outside influences. Some choose to hold their power above the heads of their low-ranking brethren, while others are as amicable as any noble of Dawn.
Isiltári Fennore leads this Court, which might seem an odd choice considering her diplomatic and outgoing endeavors — but she knows well the importance of keeping to what traditions they have, and thus acts as an open-minded mouthpiece for the Dusk's inward desires. Putting Caledonian people and culture first, the Isiltári endeavors to preserve the traditions of yore, and requests from the nobles the respect their ancient bloodlines deserve.
- Characters are promoted High Nobility the Fili ranks...
- ...by invitation from Leadership, we will review which Fili Rank best suits your character together,
- ...if they make 15+ posts routinely and are extremely active within the pack, AND
- ...have two Tier III co-ranks, AND
- ...are a member of a Guild.
Named to honor the four clans, members from the Enda are promoted into this rank once they have established themselves as well-respected members of a local guild, or by bringing honor to their name through quest completion.
Other ways to be promoted into this rank are: marriage, adoption, or bribery.
The Nobles are split into four sections: The Escal (The Veil of Clouds), The Oeglir (The Mountain Range), The Tavar (The Woodland), The Aear (The Sea). These names represent the journey from sea to sky, and consistent activity will see you through each level.
- Characters are promoted the nobility ranks with 12+ posts.
- Characters are promoted Escal the High Nobility (Courts) with 15+ posts.
Note: All characters rising from the Escal (The Veil of Clouds) into the High Nobility must pledge themselves to The Court of Dawn or The Court of Dusk. Depending upon this allegiance, they will be titled as a High Lord or High Lady of the Dawn or Dusk, according to their preference.
The Enda is the heart of New Caledonia. This is where Caledonians begin to make names for themselves. In this rank characters begin to collect honor either by joining or starting a Guild, OR by completing quests. This is an excellent rank for members who wish to master their co-ranks and grow the influence of their Guild and name. The Enda ranks are split into two sections: the Distinguished and the Privileged.
- Characters are promoted Privileged Distinguished with make 10+ posts.
- Characters are promoted Distinguished the Aear if...
- ... they make 10+ posts AND
- ... have either a Tier II co-rank or have started/joined a Guild.
All members start in this rank upon joining New Caledonia. They are pledged to no Court and instead use this time to learn about the realm's history and developing culture. Here they solidify their relationships and interact more with the Enda. This is where members first begin to associate with Guilds and start earning their co-ranks. Commoners may be called upon to work for the nobility and are looked to shoulder the burdens of labor and the more menial tasks of day to day life.
Promotion Requirement: Characters are promoted Commoner Privileged with 10+ posts.
This is where pNPCs and cNPCs will linger. yNPCs that are 1 year or older will also be ranked as Peers.
Page is a rank reserved for children. Children of the nobility (Malcrin or above) ascend to the ranks of the Enda upon reaching 1 year old. Otherwise they move up into the Sitsina tier, starting their adult life as a Commoner.
Promotion Requirement: Characters are promoted Page...
- ... Commoner after 1 year of age.
- ... Privileged after 1 year of age, if they are children of nobility.
A rank reserved for the oldest of members (9+ years) of New Caledonia. The Elders are known for their wisdom and quiet servitude. They remain in this rank indefinitely.
Those banished from dwelling amongst the law-abiding members of the Realm are sent to the Underthing to do penance for their crimes.
The Underthing is a deep dark hole to the north of the Enedwaith. New Caledonians who run afoul of the King or Shadow Council's favor are banished to the Underthing as punishment for their crimes, and they are branded as Disgraced.
Characters who live in the Underthing maintain the ability to create Guilds and earn co-ranks despite their status. Some members willingly choose to join the Underthing based on their predisposition to the darker arts. It is a little known fact that some Caledonians flock to its seedy core knowing full well that a certain clientele lurk deep within its depths.
Promotion Requirement: Characters are promoted Haugrin at the IC discretion of the King and Shadow Council.