- Hospitality: A Baron must extend the hospitality of his hall to any Noble, ordained Priest (of Mythas), or Agent of the King when requested. A Baron may not give support or sanctuary to any person fleeing the Kingís justice, and must arrest such persons or notify the Kingís agents of their whereabouts when known
- Arrest and Punishment: A Baron may enforce laws on his own lands, including the arrest, trial and punishment of commoners. However, other Barons, members of the Royal Family, Lords of the Court, or Agents of the King may not be arrested, charged or imprisoned. Members of the Priesthood may be detained, but adjudication must be conducted by a Royal Magister and Inquisitor of the Archbishop.
- Disputes: The King is the arbiter of disputes between the Barons and His judgment is final, with no appeal possible. Legal and property disputes between Barons are adjudicated by the Royal Magister. No Baron may seize or destroy the property of another, nor raise up arms against another in lieu of the Kingís judgment. Nobles who ignore the judgement of the King are considered to be in rebellion against the King.
- Royal Summons: A Baron must answer and obey the summons of the King, anytime and at any place, at His Majestyís pleasure. A Baron who is physically unable to comply can send a representative in his stead. Such a person must be as closely related to the Baron as possible (generally the baroness or heir).
- Marriage: Any union between members of a Baronís family and another Baron, or a foreign noble, must be approved by the King Ö This is something attended to by the Queen and Her Royal Secretary, who will investigate lineage as well as any effect on succession of titles.
THE KING'S LAW
The Articles of Fealty
Anglamar is a feudal country (like Europe in the Middle Ages), ruled by a King and a class of nobles who control the land and rule with the Kingís authority. The majority of people are commoners Ė peasant farmers, tradesfolk and merchants. Those who own property and businesses pay taxes to the nobles, who in turn pay taxes to the King.
In the days of the old Empire of the Inner Sea, the Koths were barbarians ruled by independent clan chieftains. As the clans settled down, the chiefs became lords and their warriors became knights, all of them supported by the labor of peasants who had little or no rights. Then, 295 years ago, Lord Thelron of Gond united most of the Kothic clans through conquest and alliance to found the kingdom of Anglamar. Thelron established the Kingís Law and forced the other lords to submit as his vassals. The Barons were allowed to rule their own holdings as long as they paid taxes and provided troops to the King in time of war.
The King of Anglamar rules from the Royal Castle in Gondaran. Currently, the Royal Family includes His Majesty, His mother, the widowed Queen Jolieth, and grandmother, Esselda (wife of the former King, Thelric), Prince Halan (18 years old), and Princess Aressa, as well as an uncle, several aunts and cousins. Close relatives of the King are forbidden to hold landed titles, so they serve at the Royal Castle as Lords of the Court. The Royal Chamberlain, Lord Hestor, is a cousin of Queen Jolieth.
With the passing of Thelring II just after the New Year, 1490, there have now been 30 kings of Anglamar, all of them descended from Thelron the Great. King Thelgar III is 36 years old and unmarried.
The land-holding nobles of Anglamar are descended from the old clan chieftains and lords. They are proud and independent by nature, but generally loyal to the King. However, there have been times in the past when the Barons have rebelled against the Kingís authority. Each Baron rules a large territory as a vassal of the King. They are free to rule and tax their subjects as they see fit, as long as they remain loyal and enforce the Kingís Law.
The lesser nobility of Anglamar are descended from the old Kothic warrior class. They are the elite warriors of Anglamar, traditionally trained in mounted combat with heavy armor and traditional weapons Ė the sword, lance, axe, and mace. Some serve as the Kingís Royal Guard, the Knights of the Gryphon, or as officers of the Royal Court. Most are vassals of the Barons, commanding baronial forces throughout Anglamar, and some of them have their own smaller holdings within the baronies.
At a minimum, a Baron should have the following offices:
In addition, a lord may employ any number of advisors and special agents (secretaries, healers, professional spies Ö even a mage). With all of the staff and servants of a medieval keep, a small barony can easily employ 500 people, not counting armed troops.
Youíll also be expected to handle multiple rolls so that your Cís family, subordinates and advisors can come into play (if they donít have their own Players). This can be as extensive as you like, from simply posting for them IC or creating handles for them. After all, the King Himself may visit your keep and you wouldnít want to make a bad impression.