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Highborn

High King

Commonly established through blood-line, the high king is answerable to no one. Unlike kings, the high king does not deal in any day-to-day affairs, instead he or she focuses their efforts in the prosperity and power of their kingdom.

King

Usually established by conquest or appointment by the high king, the king is the ruler over his peoples. There can be many kings in one country, and they often fight one another for land or position.

Jarl

Earl, Chieftain or Ealdorman

Appointed by the king, jarls have authority over their region and the right of judgment in provincial courts.


Nobles

Lendmann

Baron or Highest-ranking follower

A lendmann is the next highest rank, just under earl and king. They usually have military and policing responsibilities.

Shire Reeve

Sheriff

Shire reeves are given authority over the detection and prevention of crime within a shire, or division of land.

Thegn

Thane

A thegn is a wealthy property owner who is given land for military service. They are often retainers for kings or jarls.


Middle Class

Hauld

Possessors of ancestral soil

A hauld is the possessor of an ancestral plot of land that cannot be taken away by a jarl or even the king himself.

Farmer

The farmer is a wealthy individual who owns land for agriculture or animal husbandry. Often employs many families, making up small communities.

Yeoman

Freeman or Commoner

A yeoman is a freeman who works as any given profession. The common man.


Freedmen

Son of a freed slave

The son of a freed thrall, or slave, has slightly more standing then his formally enslaved father.

Freed slave

A freed thrall has paid their due to their master or was relinquished by the death of the master.


Slaves

Thrall

Slave

The lowest ranking person is the thrall. Whether by conquest, debt, feud, or bad luck, the thrall is a slave, sentenced to live out a term of servitude.