Hierarchy Jul 19, 2011 1:17:24 GMT -5
Post by Roxilicious on Jul 19, 2011 1:17:24 GMT -5
Every organized civilization has its own hierarchy. The Osoan Empire has a number of different social groupings that, while not always significant, can have an impact on the way certain people treat others.Social Hierachy
The Osoan Empire is ruled primarily by Emperor Remiel Naevius IX and his empress consort, Aurelia Naevius. The Naevius family has held reign since construction of the Celestial City during the Recreation Era.
The Celestial Council
A council of six men, the Celestial Council holds much of the legislative power of the Empire. The Emperor himself is the seventh member. Together, they make significant decisions about the law and governing Osoa.
There are four kings ruling over four individual provinces of Osoa to help make the Emperor's job significantly easier. There is a king for Resmir, for Asteria, for Hegatzi, and for Verfall. Kings are generally appointed by blood: the eldest son is next to take the throne. If the royal family of that province does not have a son but does have daughters, she is to be the queen and marry a prince consort to continue the bloodline. If no children are born before the king and queen die, a new king is elected by the people and the Emperor.
There are counts who rule over the counties of each individual province, as well. They have general jurisdiction over their citizens, but all significant changes must go through the king, and they still answer to the king. Counts are frequently members of the king's royal family, but they can also be chosen via election or their own royal family.
The Royal Families
The number varies depending on who is in control. Any person blood-related to the Emperor, his Empress, or any of the kings, queens, counts, or countesses is a part of some sort of royal family. The only thing they hold above other citizens is nobility and a higher class.
Those with status as lesser nobility are workers for the castle or the Naevian Palace. They are servants, butlers, chefs, advisors, stewards, heralds, and maids. Each castle also has one mystical advisor who excels in magic, alchemy, spiritual guidance, and political advisory.
The Aureal Guard
Aureal Guardians are members of an elite force whose primary duty is to protect the Emperor. They are named at Denarius Temple, and they put average city guards and even legion soldiers to shame in terms of fighting skills. They are found all over the Regal District of the Celestial City. Their symbol is a golden lion.
All across Osoa, state guards can be found. Their uniforms vary county to county, but they regulate crime and enforce the law.
Legion soldiers are members of the guard whose prime duty is to patrol outside of cities. They are affiliated with only the Empire and no specific city.
Jailors are guards who are assigned to prisons.
Guard Captains are the authority of the guards in a particular city, and there are usually two or three per city.
The Church of the Hexadus has a significant impact on the society of Osoa. People who work for the Church are regarded as mediums through which messages and prophecies from the Hexadus and deceased loved ones can pass.
Bishops generally rule over local chapels and churches.
Priests help share the word of the Hexadus to local chapels and churches and generally lead prayer and sermons.
Spiritual guides are much more connected to the Hexadus and the spirits of those who have passed on. Most worshipers talk to them for spiritual advice.
Healers use the powers of the Hexadus to provide spiritual cleansing, physical healing, and even healing from disease.
The Upper Class
The upper class is a class of the wealthiest citizens of Osoa. They mostly live in cities, as the nicest houses are found there, but some live in private estates built outside of city walls or towns.
The Middle Class
Comprising the majority population of citizens in Osoa, the middle class acts as the common man of civilization. They are the most average who can get by on a steady income but are not bathing in their splendorous wealth.
The Lower Class
Peasants, beggars, scoundrels, and those who can hardly get by with what they earn fall under the lower class. Many don't even have official jobs.
Travelers are people who generally do what they need to do to get by without working for anyone. They're usually good at differentiating poisonous from editable plants, and they can always hunt for their food. They never stay in one place at any one time, and their only citizenship is to the Empire.