- "Being a lord has its ups and downs. Like a king, you control and command your subjects. Being a lord means you are the ruler of your lands, homes and castles. It may sound glorious to the poorer man, but it is harder than it seems."
- ―A lord discussing his titles
A Lord formerly known as Kyyo'o in elvish, is a title given to a person of high status, that person being a: human, dwarf or an elf. Goblins and ogres both have their own lord, but they are never seen or held with respect.
The lord is a social and political structure in Amsnorth, which political power is dominated by noble Houses. Most of the elder males of a noble house is a lord, no matter is that house is minor or a great one. The lord is the leader and commander of his house and all the things that house owns. However the lord falls under the King or Queen of Amsnorth.
A lord may be considered the third rank of power in all the lands, falling under the king then queen. The lady is bellow them, with the noble and knight under that. A greater lord, who belongs to a Great House is above a lord of a lesser House.
One very rare occasions a lord may be made by a monarch out of respect, or a great deed of honour. While most of these beings, poor or rich, may be made a knight, a lord is considered a great deal, which makes it rare for one to be made a lord without holding a high status or a member of a noble house.
The history of the lord is the same as most titles, however the original name was Kyyo'o. The original lords were the ancient dark-elves, who first came up with the title to proclaim their rank of power. However that rank eventually became emperor.
When the Dark-Elf Empire soared across the seas, and made their ways known, many of the leaders of the other races were made lords by the empire. It was then that the humans changed the original name to 'lord'.
The feudal society of Amsnorth is based on a rigid social structure dividing the population between a hereditary nobility set above commoners. A strict political hierarchy is in place, consisting of kings and great lords who command the allegiance of lesser lords who serve as their vassals. This "government" is based on personal oaths of allegiance: while one can speak of "the realm" on a vague level, they do not possess an abstract concept of the "Nation-state" in modern terms.
The greater lords hold much more respect and power over lesser lord, mainly because that lord holds more power in terms of gold and lands. The greater lords may also hold a key role in political affairs given by the one of high power, making them one of the most powerful people in the lands.
A lord may inherit his lands through his mother or father, but like the king or queen, the first born may be the only person entitled to the title of lord. If the first born son of a lord dies, then the second born may take the title. But if the eldest takes the title, then his younger sibling will not be allowed lordship.
The lord of a noble house is the ruler of that house and its lands, and the lord will pass on his titles to his children, but if that lord has none, then it will pass on to the closest relative. A noble house must have a lord, if it doesn't then the house will likely crumble.
A being can become a lord through deeds that highly impress someone of a high status. A monarch can only grant a lordship to somsone, while a lord or lady can only suggest one. There have been many people of a low born nature, who have come to the attention of a monarch, and have been promoted to a lord and went on to forge their own houses.
A man can also make himself a lord if he manages to take control over a land and make it his own, however he will have to receive permission from the ruling monarch of the land.
Role in WarfareEdit
Lords do not play a major role in warfare, but if it does concern their lands then it is of great importance. A lord must seek to protect his subjects and his supplies within his lands, and in doing so he must have control over vast numbers of soldiers.
Most of the Great Houses have armies at their command, while lesser have smaller numbers. A lord can play the role of a General in combat, and may enter the battle themselves. If a man has been born into lordship, then that man's early youth will have consisted of combat training, this is to prepare them for possible battles when seeking to protect their lands.
A lord is usually very skilled in combat, and will charge into battle. They also plan, and organize strategy, and seek to overthrow their foes using intelligence. Like a General they are seen as the primary target for the enemies, as if the lord is taken out, the soldiers have little else to fight for, unless that lord's child is also on the battlefield.
Types of LordsEdit
Lords hold the same rank of power in all the races, but there are types of lords that hold larger respect than others. Elvin lords are much like the humans, as they have a ruling monarch, but the dwarves hold their lords like a king.Since the dwarves are forbidden to have a king or queen, their lords rule over all their own lords and houses, and have complete control over their lands, but still fall under the King or Queen of Amsnorth.
Royal Lord: This type of lord is the ruling leader of all his lands, such as the Lord of the Golden Halls, Lord of Garreneari, and Lord of Summer of Priest. These lords serve as a king figure to their people, and control their ruling government from their lands. He also rules over all the other lords in his lands, and is held higher than any other lord in Amsnorth.
Greater Lord: This lord is bellow the royal lord, but hold much higher respect than anyone bellow him. He is the head of his house, and lord of his lands.
Lesser Lord: The lord of his house, smaller ones, and commander over his farms and lands. This lord holds smaller lands and power than the rest, but are still more respected than most.
- Lords command their own armies
- They still fall under the king or queen
- A lord can not make another man lord, but can suggest one
- They are the third ruling power in all the lands
- There are only three Royal Lords