Royalty and Nobility

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Royalty; it's walkin' around like you own the place because you own the palace.


Proposed Canon

Royal and noble units have slightly stronger stats and level faster than normal units.Erf-b1-p079aSame-site.PNG Cities ruled by Royals may pop Nobles and more Royals.

All Royals are descended directly from the original 99 kings and queens created directly by the Titans' own hands.

A Royal is a commander (a warlord or caster) popped in a Capital city to a ruler who is also a Royal. A Noble is any other commander popped by a royal side (with occasional sui generis exceptions, such as Knave Jack Snipe). Nobles have a title designating their social status, such as Duke Nozzle, Count Vinny Doombats, or Viscount Caesar Borgata. The rank of a Noble depends on the level of the city in which it was popped:

- a Viscount or Viscountess is popped in a Level 2 cityErf-b3-p307Same-site.PNG

- a Count or Countess is popped in a Level 3 cityErf-b3-p307Same-site.PNG

- a Duke or Duchess is popped in a Level 4 city. (Duke Joseph Forecastle requested that the city of Forecastle be upgraded, so we can conclude that it was not yet a Level 5 city when it popped him.)


"Lord" and "Lady" are generic titles for Nobles of any rank (as well as Parson).

When a Noble is the senior warlord popped in a given city, her title takes on the name of that city. Thus Cheri Maraschino (senior warlady from Spatula) became the Countess Spatula, whereas Skyy Appletini (junior warlady from Shana-Na) was not the Viscountess Shana-Na but only the Viscountess Appletini.Erf-b3-p307Same-site.PNG

Royal Ideals

King Slately LIAB Text 42 listed the following Royal Ideals, though there may be more than those listed here. (Presumably the missing list includes Duty.) Since Loyalty is also a unit's attribute, the others may be as well.

  • honor
  • sacrifice
  • dignity
  • decorum
  • station
  • loyalty
  • bravery

Some Royals subscribe to the ideology of Royalism, the belief that they were meant by the Titans to rule over Erfworld, and that non-royal and non-noble units are not fit to rule. These beliefs are challenged by the ideology of Toolism, which emphasizes atunement to the Arkentools as the ultimate source of divine right to rule.

Known Royal Units

Barbarian

Faq

Gobwin Knob

Transylvito

Jetstone

Haggar

Unaroyal (side destroyed)

Firstpost

Squashcourt

Homekey

Delkey

Seaworld

Cheeseburg

  • King Dairious I - founded the Side, popped well over 80,000 turns ago, has almost certainly snuffed it

Graceland

  • Queen Corian - popped well over 80,000 turns ago, has almost certainly snuffed it
  • King Simon - founded Side, deceased

Swanstone

  • Queen Meganite - popped well over 80,000 turns ago, has almost certainly snuffed it

Unisom - one of the earliest Sides to be created

  • Queen Ambien - as the second ruler of ancient side, must surely have conked out by now
  • Queen Lunesta - founded the side, believed to have been created by the Titans, long, long dead

Woodshole

  • King Alvin - founded the side, croaked
  • King Theodore - popped well over 80,000 turns ago, has almost certainly snuffed it

Hobbittm

Known Noble Units

Transylvito

Gobwin Knob

Sofa King

Jetstone

Faq

Delkey

Seaworld

Known Ignoble Units

Kingdom of Faq

  • Jack Snipe - Jack (or Knave) was his title, as well as his name; this indicates a position of a servant. It is not a military rank or official position, however, and fulfills the same purpose of a noble title. Practically, Jack enjoyed the same treatment as Lady Wanda Firebaugh, as both were Casters. That he is given a title at all is interesting, as it is seemingly rare; most non-noble units simply use military ranks for the purposes of hierarchy and social interaction.

Speculation

It is possible that sides ruled by Nobles have a further diluted variation of this mechanic, enabling Nobles to be popped in the capital as the ruler's own progeny, but nowhere else. Royals and Nobles are presumably only created when popping commanders, since Delkey was snobby towards Homekey for promoting Warlords instead of popping them. It might take longer to create a Royal than it does a Noble, and longer to create a Noble than a non-Noble (though Turnamancy can accelerate this process). Caesar Borgata, a Viscount, is described as being "barely a Noble", suggesting that a Duke is likely to have slightly higher initial stats than a Count, who is likely to be slightly higher than a Viscount.

It's possible free will is a innate trait to Royals, as most of the non-Ruler royals are described as ornery and contrary to their progenitor's wishes.

Many Royal and Noble Characters (especially Prince Ansom before his Decryption) believe Royalty and Nobility are the signs of Titanic mandate to rule. In fact, the purpose of the Royal Crown Coalition was to defend this belief against Stanley, who believes Titans favor those with the Arkentools.

The only Noble titles seen thus far are Duke, Count, Viscount, and possibly Lord/Lady. Other potential titles could include Baron, Earl, or Marquis.

Helpful Notes

In the Real World, and probably also Stupidworld, royal and noble titles are ranked in the following order:

  • Emperor
  • King
  • Archduke
  • Grand Duke / Grand Prince
  • Prince / Infante
  • Duke
  • Sovereign Prince / Fürst
  • Marquis / Landgrave
  • Count / Earl
  • Viscount / Visdame
  • Baron
  • Baronet / Hereditary Knight
  • Knight
  • Esquire
  • Gentleman