ASRIA NASRID, SOVEREIGN DUCHESS OF CRESONIA
Nasrid Coat of Arms
COURT & BECOMING A COURTIER
It should be noted that any person may apply to become a courtier, you do not have to be a citizen initially but must be willing to become one when given a position in the Cresonian Court. Housing is provided to members of Court, either within the palace or in the city.
The Ducal court is located in Korvossa, Cresonia inside the Ducal Palace. All citizens and nobles are required to attend any official court summonings and when possible if the Duchy is to receive foreign guests. Automatically all nobility are registered as official courtiers of the Duchy, however, any willing citizen may join as a courtier given they meet the requirements. A Courtier is higher in rank than a normal citizen, but their position inside court is determined based on a multitude of factors (to be explained).
The Court of Cresonia is renowned for its vast culture (which is to be detailed). Summarised in its fine wines, dances, art, poetry, jewellery, music, food and fashion. There is a position for any courtier that wishes to delight themselves in a role of more creative intent as well as those looking to improve their political position. All members of government must become courtiers and should intend to be in frequent attendance of court to please Her Grace, the Duchess.
There are three types of courts that the Duchess maintains. A ‘Grand Court’ is held during official and mandatory meetings when an important announcement is to be made that all must hear. Citizens and Courtiers alike are permitted in - this court held in the grand throne room and attendance is mandatory where possible. The second called an ‘Official Court’, attendance is mandatory but not as strict as a Grand Court. This type of court being held during knighthood ceremonies, slightly lesser announcements or if the Duchy is to be receiving guests of important nature (Kings, Queens, other sovereigns etc.). The Final Court, the Court of Cresonia is constantly being held. Courtiers are expected to spend most of their time in the Palace. It is a time where they can interact with other courtiers, work on their positions and their jobs and please the Duchess.
BENEFITS OF A COURTIER
1. Access to the palace throne room and galleries at all time
2. You may be given an official position in court, boosting your position in the Duchy’s hierarchy
3. Any citizens may find it easier to attain certain political aspirations being a member of the court as you are frequently around Her Grace, The Duchess and many members of the Privy Council and government.
4. You may enjoy yourself the pleasures of the court and its vast culture: music, food, wine, debates, dances.
As nobles are given automatic courtier status, they do not need to worry about meeting the requirements a commoner-citizen must. If a citizen wants to become a courtier they must simply enter court at any given moment and ask the Duchess or a member of the Ducal Family to be given the status. They will be judged on a number of things:
Their attire (clothing)
How they speak
The way in which they present themselves
If the Duchess, or Nasrid, believes they qualify (which, in most cases they do), they will be given automatic courtier status and permitted at will into the gallery and higher levels of the throne room. If they are not, then they are told to leave and re-enter the palace when they believe they may befit the role of a courtier.
The only other way to gain the rank of courtier would be to inquire about a specific role inside the Court Hierarchy that a person believes they might perform well. They will be given a private audience with the Duchess or family member and if they are deemed well enough for them they will be granted courtier status and given a role automatically.
COURT POSITIONS AND HIERARCHY
IN ORDER OF HIGHEST TO LOWEST RANK
Her Grace, Asria Nasrid, Duchess of Cresonia
Their Lady/Lordships, Children of the Duchess
Grandchildren and siblings of the Duchess
Cousins of the Duchess
Any other relations of the Ducal Throne
THE HIGH PRIESTESS
Their Lady/Lordships, Members of the Nobility
Their Excellencies, Members of the Privy Council (From Highest Ranked, to Lowest)
- Grand Knight
- Grand Marshal
- High Judge
- High Steward
The Honourable, Knights/Dames
The Honourable, Life Barons
Lady in Waiting (Not of noble birth)
Secretary of the Lesser Council
COUNCIL OF CULTURE
Councillor of Culture
– Master of Vanity
- Master of Cuisine
- Master of the Wines
- Master of Literature
- Master of Art
- Master of Animals
COURT PROTOCOL RULES
FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL POSITION
Court Protocol is used to allow all members of court to feel properly respected in regards to their respective roles. They are not used to make others feel lesser but simply to show the honour in having a position they have. While there are specific rules for specific roles, there are a few general protocols that all members of court must abide by, failing to do so will result in punishment or even dismissal.
When a member of nobility walks past you or is in your presence you must curtsy (if female) or bow your head (if male) to begin any further interaction if wanted.
In court you must address anyone with their respective titles/styles, this is done as a show of respect and punishment will be given if a title isn’t used as a way of showing disrespect.
If you are sitting down and someone of higher station requires a seat you should give up your seat to them as a sign of respect. Unless medical conditions makes it so that you need that chair.
If you are to leave court you must request permission from Her Grace, the Duchess if she is not busy dealing with something else.
You must curtsy/headbow at the end of a conversation or interaction if the conversation you are having with involves someone of nobility.
Nobody in the court is to marry without the Duchess and High Priestess being informed beforehand.
Only members of the Ducal family are permitted to wear golden crowns or tiaras.
Although the High Priestess is under the Duchess, a form of religious respect is given to the faith as whenever the High Priestess enters a room the Duchess must bow before her.
A common way of saying farewell to anyone in court is to use the common term, ‘May the Sun bless you and the Moon guide you’.
Nobody may walk in front of the Duchess if she is walking. If you are walking in the same direction as her you must walk behind her once she has passed after you curtsy or bow your head.
Nobody may interrupt the Duchess or talk when she declares she will make a statement to the entire court, the Duchess will tell her chamberlain or lady to announce that she is to speak and regardless all must become silent. Neglecting to do so could result in harsh punishment.
You may not walk away from the Duchess unless she nods or dismisses you verbally, doing so is considering treason.
Insulting the Duchess at court validates the removal of a tongue, and if noble, a public whipping would be permitted.
When a child of the Duke/Duchess weds, it is common for the sovereign to offer the Nasrid betrothed a titular title of nobility.
CHILDREN OF THE DUCHESS
They must curtsy (female) or bow their heads (if male) when the Duchess enters a room or walks past them.
During court they must either sit beside or behind the sovereign.
They are to tell their lady or chamberlain that they are to speak to the court whom will announce that they will begin speaking. Nobody is to interrupt them.
Nobility may not stand in the personal space of the Duchess without being granted direct permission.
Nobility may not sit next to the Duchess, only behind or at another location unless given permission.
Nobility must kneel before the Duchess during official court meetings in order to address her.
Nobility may not sit or stand on the Ducal dias unless given specific permission from the Duchess or a regent.
Nobility must address all and everyone by their correct style and title. This is done as a sign of respect and if the lack of titles used is done in bad intention punishment will be handed out.
Lords of the nobility may not sit behind the Duchess, they must stand behind her.
Ladies of nobility, if they are to be near the Duchess, must either sit behind her, or stand behind her so that the Duchess has their ear at all times.
Members of the Privy Council may not sit down during Official or Grand Court proceedings, as they may do so during Privy Meetings and must be able to move.
Members must kneel before the Duchess during official court meetings in order to address her.
If a member of the Privy Council does not have any higher styles or titles, they are entitled to be addressed as ‘Your Excellency '.
Privy council members must not stand near the Duchess during court, in front of her or to the side of her is permissible.
Members of the Gentry must stand in positions that guard the court, guard spots marked by stone buttons on the floor.
Gentry may not address the Duchess directly during court, unless called upon by Her Grace or if they ask the secretary before hand.
- They should always address their ladies by their full titles
- During court they must always follow their ladies at a single pace behind-next to them
- When their Lady sits down they must either sit behind them or stand behind them.
- A lady is not to engage in flirtatious behaviour with any man that hasn’t been chosen as their match by their Lady, doing so will result in punishment.
- During a ‘Grand’ or ‘Official Court’ a Lady must sit below the dias in the throne room, speaking only if addressed.
- If nobody else is present, a lady must taste any food or drink presented to their lady before their lady has any.
- Squires must follow their Lord at any given moment during court.
- Squires must do all a Lady-in-waiting does to their lady, to their lord.
- Advisors may act as they wish but must be in the presence of the Nasrid Family so that they
may give advice when called upon
The Lesser council may not address the Duchess unless they ask the chamberlain’s permission, the chamberlain must announce asking their request, the chamberlain doing the same if they wish to address them.
At court, the lesser council must actively try to complete their roles.
COUNCIL OF CULTURE
Members of the council must behave at exceptional behaviour
They befit no style or title
They must offer all court members that are not engaged the opportunity to try/see/use their chosen speciality (wines, art, poetry)
They are expected to try and perform when possible.
Members of the council must provide their specialities whenever possible at the court.
Bards must perform if not already
Poets must ask the Duchess (through the chamberlain) if they may perform a poet.
Poets must accept any requests the Duchess makes for a poem, and any nobility ascending the rank of Viscount requests, given they are not already working on one for the Duchess.
Jewellers must take to the court to sell their jewels, or take requests from courtiers ascending the position of the lesser council.
Dressmakers must sell gowns and dresses to the noblewoman whose family ascends the rank of a Barony.
IN DESCENDING ORDER
Positions held in the Ducal Court and their roles and duties.
Secretary of the Lesser Council
Charged at managing the other members of the Lesser Council, recruiting new members when needed or performing their job if the role remains vacant. You may apply for this position.
Birds are the messengers of court, used to deliver messages to people, whether it be inside the Palace or on another island. You may apply for this position.
Judges are tasked with deciding whether or not someone is guilty during trials, their position at court is minimal and it is often judges take on more than one court position. You may apply for this position.
A chamberlain's position at court is managing the positioning of all courtiers, announcing the arrival of nobility to Her Grace, the Duchess. Taking requests from anyone requesting and relaying it to the Duchess. You may apply for this position.
Ambassadors are tasked at visiting foreign states and improving relations, inviting other ambassadors or members of foreign courts to visit the Duchy’s. You may apply for this position.
Advisors of the court are to be used at the will of any nobility ascending the rank of Count. Giving helpful advice on any matter. You may apply for this position.
Court scribes are tasked at recording important interactions the Duchess or Noble ascending the rank of Count has. You may apply for this position.
COUNCIL OF CULTURE
Councillor of Culture
They must manage and recruit all courtal positions under the Council. Filling in where possible to any absent roles. You may apply for this position.
Master of Vanity
The Master of Vanity is tasked with recruiting jewellers and dressmakers as well as making sure all clothing protocol is followed during court. You may apply for this position.
- Master of Cuisine
The Master of Cuisine is tasked with preparing dishes for feasts and meals for the Ducal family.
During court they are tasked with offering new sorts of foods to all courtiers. Food may not be
Provided in the throne room, only the gallery - strictly. You may apply for this position.
Master of the Wines
The Master of Wines is in charge of creating new wines and providing existing, traditional ones to any courtier requesting, or simply offering. They must remember that in the throne room no one is to drink or eat. You may apply for this position.
Master of Literature
Tasked at writing stories the courtiers are to enjoy. You may apply for this position.
Master of Art
Tasked at painting moments of significance as well as portraits of the courtiers. You may apply
For this position
They must provide musical entertainment if requested by a courtier of rank ascending the Ducal Household. You may apply for this position.
They must provide poetry entertainment if requested by a courtier of rank ascending the Ducal Household. You may apply for this position.
They must sell jewellery, offering it occasionally but will often be sought out by the courtiers with excelling money. Jewellers are marked as they wear only a single golden ring - no other jewellery is permitted on them. You may apply for this position.
They are to sell their gowns and robes, offering it but often being sought out. Dressmakers are marked out as they wear a silk scarf across one shoulder. You may apply for this position.
To apply send a bird inquiring about a specific position - you do NOT have to be a current citizen of Cresonia but you must be willing to become one in order to become a Courtier. Send a bird to one of the following,
Lady Jasmin Nasrid, High Judge of Cresonia, Councillor of Culture
Lord Rahim Nasrid, Grand Marshal of Cresonia
Her Grace, Asria Nasrid, Duchess of Cresonia
((You can send a bird via replies as well))
ACQUIRING NOBILITY AT COURT
Hereditary & Life peerage
Hereditary Nobility is something that is often sought out in human courts: Cresonia no different. Nobility offers many privileges in the court and Duchy of Cresonia; the right to titles and styles, larger housing, grants of jewels, privileges at court and the right to your own levy. However, this brings the question, how would one acquire nobility at the court of Cresonia? There are mainly two answers: loyalty, proof of loyalty.
You may prove your loyalty through years of dedication to the duchy, through military achievements, political or cultural. However, one of the faster options to prove your undoubted loyalty would be through the rally of men. Rallying soldiers and offering to become subjects of the Duchy in exchange for a title and in some cases land befitting the title. To present your soldiers you must first write directly to the Duchess or Privy Council member and arrange a date of your rally. At this rally, you must kneel before the Duchess and offer the men and soldiers as subjects. The title you receive dependant on the number of soldiers rallied:
If you are able to rally five hundred (5) soldiers you will be granted a Barony.
If you are able to rally eight hundred (8) soldiers you will be granted a Viscounty.
If you are able to rally thirteen hundred (13) soldiers you will be granted a County.
If you are able to rally fifteen hundred (15) soldiers you will be granted a March.
It should be noted that if a noble family is unable to provide in militant force they will be expected to provide aid to the Duchy in other ways. If this is unable they may forfeit certain titles.
Alternatively, a way of achieving gentry/nobility would be to acquire a life-long peerage in the form of a Barony. You will be granted the style ‘Your Lady/Lordship’ however your children will not receive the same privilege, nor will they inherit your title. These peerages are given out, usually, on the basis of heroic acts. For example, saving the life of the Duchess or defending the city against a raid.
Her Grace, Asria Nasrid, The Duchess of Cresonia
Her Ladyship, Jasmin Nasrid
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