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    Royal Blood: Create Your Own Fantasy Titles

    Her Revered Majesty, Agathe the Lawgiver, Queen of Andalor, Custodian of Heaven, Tribune of the West. Kings, Queens, High Clerics, Counts, Archdukes, Emperors, and more - these all feature in our fantasy (and sci-fi) campaigns. Here's a quick way to create new, evocative noble titles.

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    Royal titles vary between cultures. Following is a list of some common ones in English.
    Rulers

    Those listed below are common rulers of kingdoms.

    • Emperor/Empress
    • High King/High Queen
    • King/Queen
    • Prince/Princess
    • Archduke/Duke/Grand Duke
    • Sultan (Turkish)
    • Emir (Arabic)
    • Tsar/Czar (Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Croatian)
    • Maharajah/Rajah (Indian, Nepalese)
    • Khan/Khakhan (Mongol)
    • Caliph (Islamic)
    • Pope (Catholic)


    British Titles

    The following British ranks fall below the monarch in descending order:

    • Duke/Duchess
    • Marquess/Marquis
    • Earl/Count/Countess
    • Viscount/Viscountess
    • Baron/Baroness
    • Knight/Dame
    • Esquire
    • Gentleman
    • Yeoman
    • Peasant

    Other languages and cultures, of course, have their own systems of ranks and titles. These ranks can be used in a sci-fi setting just as easily as a fantasy setting.

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    A monarchĺs title (known as her ôstyleö) can be long and include various honors and titles. For example, both real life and fantasy fiction contain titles like the following:

    • Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.
    • His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.
    • His Holiness Francis, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the Vatican City State, Servant of the servants of God.
    • Joffrey of Houses Baratheon and Lannister, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.
    • Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons.


    The titles below tend to reflect Western (European) Fantasy; you are encouraged to design charts specific to your own game setting.

    Use the tables below to generate each title element (a "d66" is 2d6 where the first die represents "tens" and the second "ones"). The first title, received upon first taking the Monarch title, is different to the rest.

    1. First Title. Roll on the Primary Title table to create a title such as His Imperial Excellency, Prince of Charbor.
    2. Second Title. Roll on the Lower Title table and append a location, such as Duke of Balinost.
    3. Sobriquets. Roll on the further titles page. Where it says [lower title] roll on the Lower Titles table. Where it says [higher title] roll on the 4th column of the Primary Title table. You will get a result such as Earl of the Three Seas, or Hammer of Winter.
    4. Epithet. Sometimes the Sobriquet table tells you to instead roll an epithet, such as The Conqueror, which is inserted just after the characterĺs name. This epithet is informal, and not chosen by the monarch; it can, therefore, be unflattering.

    The following are example results rolled on these tables.

    • Her Revered Majesty, Agathe the Lawgiver, Queen of Andalor, Custodian of Heaven, Tribune of the West.
    • His Serene Excellency, Mandallan the Pious, Hammer of the Gods, Commander of the Nine Kingdoms, Heir of the First Men.


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    "the Unburt"

    The whosisnow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wraith Form View Post
    "the Unburt"

    The whosisnow?
    Unburt = Ernie

    But seriously, cool article. An interesting companion piece would be something on heraldry and how family history, national identity, and the joining of bloodlines influences all the symbolism in armorial bearings.
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    Regarding sobriquets, there should be an addendum whereby any title which does not include "the Dance" shall be rerolled until it is included.

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    I use the table:

    "What do you call a 25th-level Wizard?... Whatever he wants!"
    By Brian Blume
    Dragon Magazine #21, November 1978.

    Considering how rare it is to get a title in my regular campaign(s), there are enough choices/options that I don't have to worry about duplicates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wraith Form View Post
    "the Unburt"

    The whosisnow?
    I think it is supposed to be The Unburnt.

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    Why is there no love for Baronets? Dragons think they go well with crumpets.

    One could use other languages for the various races. Welsh works nicely for the elves.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_peers_and_baronets

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    Quote Originally Posted by TregMallin View Post
    I think it is supposed to be The Unburnt.
    Well, yes, obviously. We typically call what I did ^ up there a "joke," intended to make others laugh.

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    Titles and the feudal hierarchy were very important in the times D&D tries to take its society from, so instead of presenting a random generator which can result in nonsense titles it would be better if there were articles about how feudal politics worked and how to incorporate fantasy elements into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derren View Post
    Titles and the feudal hierarchy were very important in the times D&D tries to take its society from, so instead of presenting a random generator which can result in nonsense titles it would be better if there were articles about how feudal politics worked and how to incorporate fantasy elements into it.
    Jeez dude. It was just a bit of fun.

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