Blade Sworn - General Notes

These are general setting notes which haven't workde their way onto the page, as yet.

The day-to-day business of running the country is handled by the appropriate Lords (Lord Treasurer, Lord Sheriff, etc.), who normally report privately to the Monarch, with cases only coming to the attention of the Monarch when the appropriate Lord is unable to adjudicate, or when a party requests that it be elevated. These cases are brought before the Royal Court, where the Monarch listens to the arguments of any interested parties before making a final decision.

The Royal Court also hears cases requesting rulings against the Law Guilds (such cases becoming political if the monarch agrees with the subject), or official audiences with diplomats.

The Lord Chancellor decides which cases may be heard, but the High Steward decides the order in which they are heard within the Court, and there exists some animosity between the current incumbents, as the Lord Chancellor seeks to influence the order. The High Steward also oversees the Stewards who maintain the efficiency of the Court, making sure the subjects of the next case are ready, and removing any troublemakers.

The court is usually attended by a number of nobles who wish to be able to influence matters, as well as some just curious, or the young sent to learn how the country is run. Since being opened to the public, the curiosity value has degraded enough that only the more influential commoners, and merchants, attend, or those with a vested interest in a case being considered.

Most countries take the seasons as Thaw-Bloom-Fall-Freeze, while Elnath use the older appelations of Spirgan-Sumner-Autumn-Wintuth, and the the Sussamesh tribes, who don't generally suffer as harsh a winter, only recognize the hot season and cold season.

The Fay lords set up human society in strict social tiers, with their most favoured as the upper class, and the rabble as slaves, doing the majority of the work.

Following their fall, and the establishment of society in the wake of the war against the Demon Lords, society remained tiered, starting off as feudalistic societies, and a slave class of those who'd served the Demon Lords (willingly or not) who were therefore seen as untrustworthy.

Over time, serfdom dropped away as the kingdoms changed to other forms of governance, with Arkandell and Draan being the last to do away with them following the last war.

Slavery also became less stigmatised as generations separated from the betrayals of their ancestors (although even after its abolition, some biases remain), and it even became fashionable to have slave servant, trained from a young age to their roles. Slavery declined with serfdom, its general abolition in the eastern lands being agreed at the same time.

As a holdover from the times of the Fay Lords, family names are only used by the nobility, or the knighted. The family name of royalty is always that of their country, but it's only used in formal situations.