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Introduction

 

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As an empire that centers around traditional values, where a vast cultural heritage is both obligation and source of pride, Oleon's society is dominated by the influence of her nobility. Noble houses offer prestige, noble titles open doors. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the establishment and expansion of one's house is a matter of heart and honor for every Oleander – and so it should be for you, too!

Oleon grants you the possibility to establish and expand your own noble house, too, as the ultimate reward for long term commitment to His Majesty and the empire, for outstanding achievements and unprecedented acts of loyalty.

In this thread you will find all relevant information regarding Oleon's nobility system. All Oleander noble houses will be listed and updated here, too. However, all changes and awards of all sorts will be announced in the Oleon Intro Thread, which will also be the place for the general discussion.

 

Vive le Roi!

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The Most established Noble Houses of Oleon and their Fiefs

 

Ardros

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The House of Ardros - the Royal House - proudly looks upon an uninterrupted bloodline of kings that stretches back hundreds of years, and that bases their name on the ancient region of Ardros, one of the heartlands of Oleon. Covering the valley of the Pantac River, Ardros is dominated by gently rolling hills and vast forests, with Granoleon as biggest city and capital of Oleon, situated at the northern end of the Bay of Sarrant.

Pontia

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Pontia is a province in Western Oleon, centering around the rivers Chanon and Roisel. Near the delta area of both rivers lies its capital Allondrelle - overseeing and guarding the Great Western Bay, and with it all Oleander trade with the western lands of Halos. Pontia is also a core province of Oleon, and the grain basket of the Kingdom due to its rich and fertile soils. The region gives its name to the House of Pontia, which is de facto the oldest noble house in all of Oleon, and has been rivaling Ardros for power since before the days of King Arltrees.

Courtia

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Together with Ardros to its East and Pontia to its West, Courtia forms the heart of Oleon. In terms of economic strength, the province is behind its coastal neighbors. But politically, Courtia is a capital player. Not only because it’s here that the Followers of Zeus traditionally have their power base, but more so since the House of Courtia regularly finds itself in between the two great houses of Ardros and Pontia, whose rivalry it often utilizes to its own advantage. For two centuries now the dukes of Courtia have supported the House of Ardros, which tremendously increased the influence of the Order of the Faith, stabilized Oleon as a whole, and allowed both houses to flourish. However, the recent enthronement of Philip I. has already lead to first strains in this almost holy alliance.

Genaro

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For almost two hundred years now the House of Genaro has been ruling over the province of Vele, a coastal region of largely rural character with a rocky and unforgiving shoreline that borders Ardros to the East. Its capital Saint Vele is one of only a few large cities in the province. Its traditionally important harbor is home to many merchants and lately even banking houses which helped transform Saint Vele into a center of commerce second only to Granoleon. To a large degree this success is owed to the fiscal talent of the current duke, Pierre Lavalette Genaro, who in a matter of years managed to not only turn Vele into an economic powerhouse, but also restored the long lost prestige of House Genaro. For his accomplishments, the Duke of Vele was appointed Oleon’s Intendant Général des Finances. Already, he is considered the rising star at the Royal Court - a role that is not seen without envy by some.

Tourment

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The House of Tourment holds the ‘Southern Key’ - Eranos, a vast region the size of several ‘northern’ provinces, which makes up large parts of the fortified border with Varcoast, and which also neighbors Pontilla. It’s a region mostly dominated by flat, fertile grasslands that stretch to the seemingly endless horizon, spotted with lakes, only interrupted by a few dwellings - and the ancient city of Tourment - ancestral seat of the dukes of Eranos, and the heavily fortified gateway to central Oleon.

Valduria

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The House of Valduria formerly ruled over the province of the same name, a relatively small strip of land to the North, bordering Juniper province. But for its role in the Forty-Nine Years War the House of Valduria has been declared a disgraced house without honor, and His Majesty has forbidden to talk about it. The province of Valduria is now part of the royal domain.

 

These are the houses - named the 'Original Six' - that lead the struggle for Oleander independence which culminated in the dissolution of the Empire of Madrice in the early second century. For their great deeds they were granted the right to depict knights' helmets as addition to their crests for all times. As the ruling house of Oleon, this helmet would be painted golden.

 

Bothnia

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All background info on Bothnia can be read here.

Beauregard

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The House of Beauregard traces its roots back to the year 463 AE - the year the Midlands War ended. For his faithful service in the war Marshal Artizar ‘Ironhand’ Beauregard was awarded lordship of Corban - a newly created, small province comprised of four former free cities - Quilbignon, Essarz, Trigny and Cavaroche - all located at the southern end of the Bay of Sarrant, and thus guarding the Lavoye Channel - a natural strait leading up to city of Granoleon. Like all coastal regions, Corban has flourished over the last decades, and especially the city of Quilbignon has developed into an important harbor and prime naval base for La Royale.

Boussac

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Located north of Lac Givron, on the western banks of the River Doix - the stream that marks the border with Corrington - lies the historic march of Boussac, along with its capital, the fortress-city of Durmont sur Doix. Lord in this key province has been, for nine generations, the Duke of Mazan - also named the Lion of Boussac, because - like the roaring lion that blazons the house’s crest - the Duke of Mazan needs to stand tall facing Oleon’s hereditary enemy to the East.

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Principles

 

How this works in-game. Read the following carefully – if you have questions, feel free to ask in the Oleon Intro-Thread.

  • The list of noble titles (in ascending order): Knight of the Realm (Chevalier du Royaume) → Baron (Baron) → Count (Comte) → Marquis (Marquis) → Duke (Duc) → Duke and Peer of Oleon (Duc et Pair d'Oleon) → Prince (Prince)
  • Members of Oleon can be knighted for outstanding achievements, or generally after one full year of active participation. Active participation up to Count means regularly showing up in the forum, being available by PM, licensing properties or ships from time to time.
  • If members don't want their main sigfigs knighted, they can use a secondary character for development (imagine a wealthy donor, business partner... or even arch-enemy).
  • Once knighted members' sigfigs receive their own crest (of their own or our choosing – consider that any Lego-based design can be used for this purpose – hand in an idea, we'll make the crest!), which will be extended (see below) with the character's achievements (noble titles, certain orders, high military/religious ranks, etc.)
  • For continued excellence (after each year of active participation, or more outstanding achievements) one will 'level up' to Baron, then Count, Marquis, Duke.
  • Once the title of Baron is reached, (imaginary) land (not in New Terra) is awarded as a fief: Baron Barony (Baronnie), Count County (Comté), Marquis March (Marquisat), Duke Duchy (Duché)
  • As a result, sigfigs will henceforth carry the noble title 'Baron of …', 'Count of …', etc.
  • With a fief comes a monthly income, increasing with each title:
    • Duchy: 300DB,
    • March: 200DB,
    • County: 100DB,
    • Barony: 50DB,
    • Note that these numbers are subject to possible change.
  • As sigfigs can 'level up', they can also be stripped of their titles:
    • Continuous lack of participation → title by title, year after year, down to the title of Knight (which cannot be revoked),
    • Switching faction → all titles and privileges are revoked,
    • General treason → all titles and privileges can be revoked, a royal pardon is possible.
  • In order to be granted the title of Marquis, every Count has to organize a royal property building event beforehand (property will go to the crown), to practice organization skills, and to show one's loyalty to the crown.
  • From the title of Marquis onward, in order to maintain active participation, at least once every two months a property or ship must be licensed.
  • A lack of participation will result in an immediate cut of income of 50% for the time active participation is lacking.
  • Once the title of Duke and Peer of Oleon is achieved, another Barony to be leveled up will be granted, plus the original Duchy will become irrevocable (= title for life).
  • Although irrevocable, income from a lifetime Duchy will be decreased by 50DB/month, month after month, if active participation is lacking. The rules about treason and switching factions still apply.

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An Oleander Coat-of-Arms

 

Based on a sample province named Cauzac

Basic Setup

  • After being knighted the player's sigfig receives its crest - the base of every coat-of-arms - and is now titled Chevalier du Royaume:

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  • From there on, the coat-of-arms can be expanded, this one shows the sigfig as Baron de Cauzac:

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  • An overview of Oleon's heraldic crowns (Baron - Count - Marquis - Duke - Duke and Peer of Oleon - Prince):

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  • At the level of Duke and Peer of Oleon a Coat matching the crest’s colors will be added, example see further below
  • Sigfig as Marquis de Cauzac:

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Inclusion of Royal Orders

Some of Oleon's Medals and Decorations will be shown on one's coat-of-arms:

  • The Royal and Military Order of the Star of Ardros (for layout reasons as collier only):

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  • The Royal Order of Saint Arltrees:

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  • Example: Sigfig as Marquis de Cauzac, Officier de l’Ordre Royal et Militaire de l’Étoile d’Ardros:

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Insignia of Royal Offices

The coats-of-arms of High Council members feature unique additions to mark their fields of responsibility as advisers to His Majesty. The coats-of-arms of all High Council members can be found in the Oleon Intro Thread.

  • The General Intendant of Finances:
    • Two keys golden and silver, framing the crest, connected by a golden ribbon with golden fleurs de lys:

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  • The Secretary of State of the Colonies:
    • Columns golden and silver, framing the crest, connected by a royal-blue bar with golden fleurs de lys:

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  • The Secretary of State of the Navy:
    • Golden wheel underneath the crest, on royal-blue ribbon with golden fleurs de lys:

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  • The Marshal of Oleon (if not in personal union with the Constable):
    • Longsword and shield silver, siding the crest, linked by a silver ribbon, added to the rank insignia of Marshal (see further below):

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  • The Constable of Oleon:
    • Two longswords golden and silver, siding the crest, linked by a silver ribbon
    • If in personal union with Marshal of Oleon: Two longswords golden, siding the crest, linked by a silver ribbon, Marshal’s insignia, royal-blue cloak:

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Inclusion of Military Ranks

A complete overview of Oleon's military rank structure can be found in the Oleon Intro Thread.

All military ranks of high command are also reflected on a coat-of-arms:

Royal Army:

  • Maréchal - two crossed golden-blue marshal batons, sided by six golden flags
  • Général d’Armée - six flags (two medium blue, two royal blue, two golden) on golden flagpoles
  • Général de Division - six flags (two medium blue, two royal blue, two silver) on silver flagpoles
  • Général de Regiment - six flags (two medium blue, two royal blue, two dark blue) on black flagpoles
  • Overview:

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  • Example: Sigfig as Marquis de Cauzac, Grand’Croix de l’Ordre Royal et Militaire de l’Étoile d’Ardros, Général de Régiment:

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Royal Navy:

  • Grand-Amiral d’Oleon - two crossed golden anchors
  • Amiral - one golden anchor
  • Vice-Amiral - one siver anchor
  • Contre-Amiral - one black anchor with silver bordering
  • Overview:

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  • Example: Sigfig as Duc de Cauzac, Grand-Amiral d’Oleon:

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The following insignia will be displayed as simple rank insignia in the Oleon Intro Member List:

Royal Army:

  • Colonel - Epaulettes golden
  • Lieutenant Colonel - Epaulettes silver

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Royal Navy:

  • Chef d’Escadre - Bicorne, golden trimming
  • Capitaine de Vaisseau - Bicorne, silver trimming

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Oleanders and their Noble Houses

Keymonus  - Monsieur Tristan Rimbaud - Count of Astrapi

blackdeathgr - Seigneur Hugo d'Offren - Knight of the Realm

robinnilsson403 - Seigneur Darlin Sisnera - Knight of the Realm

Kolonialbeamter - Seigneur Corentin Roseabeau - Knight of the Realm

Bodi - Seigneur Thierry LaGaufre - Knight of the Realm

Ross Fisher - Seigneur Pierre François  - Knight of the Realm

 

Edited by Captain Genaro

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