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Character Levels and Titles[edit | edit source]

Character levels and titles go hand-in-hand, although technically level is a certain number (between 0 and 20) while a character may hold several titles. Titles are sometimes used inter-changeably with badges of certain type. They are an essential game mechanic, as roughly outline the type of gameplay a character may undertake. Certain limitations are imposed on higher level characters (such as requirement to wear fancy clothing, no right to own 'peasant' items such as PIG), while lower level characters are eligible for an annual salary. On the other hand, higher level characters usually have a right to own their own land (duchies, counties, etc), or have other privileges. The hierarchical structure is such that higher level characters are usually older and more scarce than the lower level characters.

Character Level[edit | edit source]

The following table outlines main character levels and titles: [1]

Level Name Special characteristics Additional info
Special: Corporations
L0 Corporations / Societies Health challenge does not apply Corporations in general function differently from typical PCs
L1 Visitor Usually players start at least lvl 2 May be deprecated
L2 Stranger Normal starting level, Eligible for annual salary Promoted based on activity, assets, and success of gameplay
L3 Beginner Eligible for annual salary Promoted based on activity, assets, and success of gameplay
L4 Novice Eligible for annual salary Promoted based on activity, assets, and success of gameplay
L5 Expert Eligible for annual salary Promoted based on activity, assets, and success of gameplay
L6 Master Eligible for annual salary Promoted based on activity, assets, and success of gameplay
Commoners - bonus levels
L7 Wizard y z
L8 Doctor y z
L9 Grand Wizard y z
Minor nobles
L10 Jungherr (-frau) y Typically <21 years old noble, waiting to mature
L11 Knight y z
L12 Baronet y May be obtained by any character by buying a baronetcy
L13 Baron y z
Landed nobles
L14 Earl y z
L15 Prince y z
L16 Marquess y z
L17 Duke y z
L18 Grand Duke y z
L19 Archdukes Usually related by blood to current king Only level eligible to be the next King
L20 The King Only one may character may be King Order of succession to L19 characters

Commoners[edit | edit source]

Most new players start their game in L1-L2 range. The levels system is designed so as to offer a progression through skill/experience-based ranking from Beginner to Master in the normal lifetime of a commoner (age at start 15, life expectancy 45, so 30 weeks of play). Characters who do not receive external money (free players) should generally be able to reach L5 Expert or L6 Master before the character dies. The progress through these levels may be faster with active play.

Characters between level L7 to L9 are counted as Commoners - Bonus levels. Commoner bonus levels are for those commoners who play extraordinarily well. Since it takes long time active play to reach these levels, the characters are often old when this happens. L7 Wizard (actual title may be different) is a level for those excelling in artesan or related skills. L8 Doctor is for those excelling in knowledge and science. L9 Grand Wizard is for the actual magi, the demigods who enjoy independent gamemastery privileges in full harmony with the world.

Nobles[edit | edit source]

L10 Jungherr is any noble who is not yet 21 years old. L11 Knight is a level for those who have been Knighted in some or the Orders, or for other reasons. In the past, officers were Knighted. King has promised to promote to Knight all who reach 250 years of age. L12 Baronet is true to its historical equivalent, a buyable level costing 100 XMR. L13 Baron is the level in the "normal career path" for commoners. Typically prominent merchants, landowners and gold owners are promoted to Baron directly from L6 Master, skipping all the levels in between since they are special levels for special occasions. All the other minor nobles also mature towards Baron.

The landed nobles (LN) are the aristocracy of CK. As the name suggests, the LN hold fiefdom over the territories of CK (the Rural Land). This brings to them many responsibilities, especially after the Countryside module (in development). The qualification to be promoted Earl is being a long-term player and capable to take responsibility. L15 Marquess and L16 Prince are "only" honor-levels of Earls, with the most magnificent promoted after a long service. It is notable that Earldom is hereditary, so once you reach this level in one character, when it dies, you are entitled to retain the level. Lesser noble levels (or any other levels) are not hereditary. L16 holders have honorary address HE (His Excellency), which others may have in rare occasions only (YE, Your Excellency, when addressing directly). "Viscount" is a functional title, not a level, but can be regarded as being above Baron and below Earl. Even commoners may hold Viscounty if appointed by an Earl.

Dukes[edit | edit source]

Dukes are promoted from levels L14-L16. The promotion is not based on absolute magnificence but on need for Kingdom administration. Therefore it is possible to become a Duke as a leap-promotion (skipping eg. Prince). L18 Grand Duke is the highest non-royal level, with the most senior of Dukes occupying it. Dukes are addressed HH (His Highness).

Royalty[edit | edit source]

L19 Archduke is reserved for the heir/s to the throne. It is a Royal level and addressed HRH (His Royal Highness). There may be several Archdukes whose order of succession is determined by edict. There may only be one L20 King (HM The King, His Majesty). When the King dies or abdicates, the first in succession becomes King and it is customary to seek Town affirmation for the act.

Advantages per level[edit | edit source]
Disadvantages per level[edit | edit source]

Character Title[edit | edit source]

Constructing a title[edit | edit source]

How to compose your (Full) Title

1. Title can be made up of anything that describes the person, and is not restricted to the things below.

2. Title might include:

  • Address honorific ("HE" or similar)
  • Main attributes ("TMA" = The Most Ancient, "The Blessed" etc)
  • Main title (often based on level)
  • Name (Christian name or most senior domain name)
  • Duchies
  • Principalities, Marquessates and Counties (in this order)
  • Viscounties
  • Baronetcies
  • (Functional or honorary) Titles
  • Membership in Chivalric Orders
  • Free text
  • Honors
  • Medals
  • (Alternative free text)
  • (Attributes)
  • Badges

3. There is no single authoritative Title for a person. Good style dictates that the Title of high people is longer than that of low people, while omitting things that the lower people would include. The use of "etc" (up to 3 possible), indicates that the title is shortened while remaining Title (Shortname and Full name do not change, do not have etc's, and are typically unique - for instance "HM The King" is a Full name for the said person, and anything else is therefore his Title.)

4. Typical name-title cognates for different levels:

  • L1-L5 (no title, may use level title or job title, if fancy, it's good to indicate level after name eg. "L5")
  • L6 Master/Mistress precedes name
  • L7 Wizard (or custom title such as "Naturalist") precedes name
  • L8 Dr. precedes name
  • L9 custom title
  • L10 Jungherr/-frau precedes name
  • L11 Knight/Dame preceding name
  • L12 Sir X, the xx/y Bt of CK
  • L13 Lord X
  • L14 Sir X, the Earl of Y
  • L15 The Marquess of Y
  • L16 HE The Prince of Y / HE Prince X of Y
  • L17 HH The Duke of Y / HH of Y (omitting both name and level but both may also be used
  • L18-L20 custom title

5. Sir/Dame is a proper address for all nobility except Jungherrn. "Lord" is historically used by Barons to differentiate them from Knights. Barons have no county to identify with. Landed Earls typically revert back to Sir or use the county name. Normally only Marquess is high enough to be called definitively "The Marquess of X (omitting Christian name)". Especially Viscount is not a "The" title, since it is not a level. Baronet only if it coincides with level. It is considered classy to revert back to Christian name in very high levels eg. "HRH Archduke Zechariah, The Prince Royal" who used to be called "The Marquess of Tavastia".

6. Let's practice with Roopatra! one reasonably full composition of this character's Title is as follows:

  • HE TMA Princess Roopatra of Neverland, TA Viscountess of OZ, 9th/I Btss of CK, Councillor, CEO of RAQ & Unicorn Corp, AOK-C, MG-4, GJB, FBB,TB, KFB, HB

Explained as:

  • The address honorific is rare as only 11 characters have it. It always comes first.
  • It is possible to add a valid attribute before the name-title. Being ennobled in the Most Ancient era is a classy thing so let's add "TMA" to modify "Princess".
  • "Princess Roopatra of Neverland" is a valid cognate of main title, Christian name and principality name. This could as well be expressed in other ways, such as: * HE TMA Princess of Neverland * HE TMA Princess Neverland * HE The [Blessed] Dame Roopatra, TMA Princess of Neverland
  • By being the Duke of OZ's financial advisor, it is proper to use the Viscountess of OZ (The fiefholder in the Duchy of OZ (HSH Sir Karl, TMA 1st Duke of OZ) appoints the character, only one of such may exist). Few counties even have a Viscount atm.
  • 9th/I Baronetess of CK means that she is the 1st holder of the very prestigious 9th Baronetcy
  • "Councillor" is a functional title. Ex-councillors use "Councillor Emeritus/-a"
  • Being CEO in companies is definitely a thing worth mention
  • AOK-C stands for "Commander in the Ancient Order of the King", the highest chivalric rank held by anyone except the King.
  • MG-4 is a medal.
  • The rest are badges.

7. Knowing your proper position in CK is very important and for this reason the matter is given so much Royal emphasis. The Quasquibicentennial Jubilee of Crypto Kingdom is approaching! Before that (1625), we would like all the Titles to be in order, furnished by the characters themselves in the MyCharacter /EDIT mode.