SeaDog Nation Titles

Fancy a Title?

updated 06/20/2016

INTRO TO THE SEA DOGS TITLE SYSTEM:

This is the most unique Title System to ever exist. It does not follow anything you have ever had experience with. It is not based on historic or military ranks. While it takes some of the names of stations of nobility, it mixes them in a new fashion. (We use names of titles, as defined on the back of the Title Certificates, merely to explain what that title was in history.)

Governor Zorgon wanted to create a game, in which people could earn and spend their DogPounds and have something to show for it. Not everyone has to play, but we ask that everyone be respectful of those who are playing, and ask those who are playing to honor and respect the feelings of those who are not playing.

Titles are a fun way to engage in the game – to be a Title bearing person, you become Royalty. In the Sea Dog Nation, we are all Nobles of a kind. Becoming Royalty brings honor and glory to your ship or household. *Note*, this does not mean that you outrank your crew…that is up to your Captain/Head of Household and their rules.

A Title is just that – a title. It’s a little something special to add to your persona and take the game a bit further. Just like we create ranks on our ships, it creates a game, for those who are willing to play. Becoming titled just expands your game to a larger playing field.

To be Royal, we hope you use your honor and glory for the good of the people; to play the part of our immersion intended event, and to spread the word and worth of our game and Nation.

NO ONE IS BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE. THIS IS A GAME. And yes, while DogPounds are an integral part of obtaining a title, no one can simply “buy” a title, without playing the game of social interaction and networking – it takes more than DogPounds in order to put together a Royal Line!

This past year was our inaugural year of the newly defined system, and we learned with the progression how to make it easier to understand. We want to take this opportunity to explain it, and interest more people in participating.

The basics are this – it is not a pyramid. It’s a ladder – and there are 15 spots in total for each Line. By the way, these are titles, not definitions… there are two spots at each level, but if you want two Barons, or two Duchess’s, that’s fine! Also, there are of course no gender restrictions; a woman can be an Earl, a man can be a Princess, etc.

KNIGHTS:

Each Line is based on the stout support of one of our noble Knights. From each Knight, up to 14 other people can assume titles, based on their ability to organize and socially create a lineage. Each rank or title level has its own amount of “points” needed, (based on DogPounds spent) to support the next level.

It begins with a Knight, the lowest rank of our system, but the controlling factor. You cannot purchase this Title. While the lowest rank, it is the keystone and foundation of any Royal line. You may apply to be a Knight, by entering the KiT, ( Knight in Training) program. Once the requirements are completed, the new Knight pays a nominal amount of 50 DogPounds in order to obtain their scroll.

There is NO yearly tax or fee for Knights to pay; once they’ve picked up their Scroll and officially been awarded their Knighthood, they are free to offer their services to anyone wishing to start a Royal Line. What that may entail is up to the negotiations and game between the players!

Once you become a Knight, your only yearly requirement is to participate in one Marshaled Event, and to sponsor a KiT. If you do not, you will lose your Knighthood. Be sure to register each year at the Title Station!

The one other way to become a Knight, is to win the yearly Dog of the Sea Contest! All past and present DoT’s are automatically and forever, honoured Knights of the Sea Dog Nation, and as such, can always be the foundation of a Royal Line, should they wish.

HOW THE ROYAL LINES WORK:

First, don’t panic! We have worksheets to help you along your journey, come pick one up and get started! Pray come see the Title Mistress Sasha Cross (of the Scarlet Dove), or Andros C. Cross (of the Blue Wyrm) at the Title Station (located by the Scarlet Dove) for forms, questions, etc.

With each level of Royalty, there comes certain ‘perks’, including revenue paid back in DogPounds, and a certain percentage of DogPounds based on the number of folks below you. Some of the higher levels also include perks such as Land Grants, and VIP treatment.

Example of the LINEAGE ( 15 people total )

Knight

Baron Baroness (100 Dog Pounds)

Viscount Viscountess (150 Dog Pounds)

Earl (Count) Countess (200 Dog Pounds)

Marquis Marchioness (250 Dog Pounds)

Duke Duchess (350 Dog Pounds)

Czar Czarina (450 Dog Pounds)

Prince Princess (600 Dog Pounds)

The basic rule of thumb is, that for the amount of Dog Pounds any given rank/level may cost, you need that many “points” (in terms of DogPounds) that the ranks below you add up to. For example, an EARL (COUNT) / COUNTESS requires 200 Dog Pounds to purchase, AND two people under them, (KNIGHTS don’t count in this!) who’s purchase price adds up to 200 or more Dogpounds. So, you could have a Baron, (worth 100), and a VisCountess, (worth 150), and you’d be good. Or you could have two Barons/Baroness’s, (worth 100 each), who’d also add up to 200 or more.

Not all positions in each level need be filled, as long as there is enough ‘points’ (based on the amount of Dog Pounds paid for each title), to add up to the rank/level you wish to fill. PLEASE NOTE: The titles are NOT Gender specific; you can also have two of the same ‘name’ (such as two Dukes, or two Duchesses’), but no MORE than two people on each level.

So… you can either find an existing Royal Line that you’d like to be a part of, and make appropriate negotiations with them to possibly fill an open position, or perhaps assume a position to elevate someone else to a higher rank.

OR…

If you’d like to start your OWN Royal Line, then you must of course, find a Knight to sponsor the Line!

Titles are available for purchase AFTER Opening Court at SEADOGS, until Closing Court at TORTUGA.

All Titles are good from the time you purchase them, until the Closing Court at the following years event that you when you received your title.

Example: Purchase X Title during Sea Dogs of 2016; it is good until SDN Sunday 2017. You will receive your revenue at SDN Opening Court on Friday of 2017, and must make full tax payment by Sunday of 2017, to be good thru the next year of 2018. The same goes for titles received at Tortuga.

Starting off with the lowest Rank of Nobility, BARON / BARONESS, this is what you do:

If you would like to be a BARON / BARONESS, you will need to find yourself a Knight, who will support you. They need to sign your ‘Royalty Worksheet’ obtained at the Title Station. You then pay $100 DogPounds, (dp), and YOU ARE ROYALTY!

As a Baron / Baroness, you will be given back $30dp in revenue ( at Opening Court) to help you on your way to fulfill your $100dp tax due to keep your title in good standing for the next years Knotty Court deadline.

You must pay each and every year to keep your title.

Baron / Baroness also receives: VIP seating at both Opening and Knotty Courts

The same structure is used for each Title below:

–If you would like to be a VISCOUNT / VISCOUNTESS

  • Pay $150dp

  • Required: You need a Knight and Baron / Baroness signed under you.

  • Receive $30 dp back in revenue, plus 10% of anyone signed under you at next years Opening Ceremony (Barons =10dp )

  • VIP seating at both Opening and Knotty Courts

If you would like to be an EARL (COUNT) / COUNTESS

  • Pay $200dp

  • Required: You need 2 lesser titled Royals signed under you

( Baron / Baroness, or Viscount / Viscountess)

  • Receive $40dp back in revenue, plus 10% of anyone signed under you at next years Opening Ceremony ( Baron / Baroness = 10dp, Viscount/ Viscountess give 15dp, Knight gives none)

  • VIP seating at both Opening and Knotty Courts

If you would like to be a MARQUIS / MARCHIONESS

  • Pay $250dp

  • Required: You must have TWO persons of Royalty of lesser titles ( Baron / Baroness, Viscount / Viscountess, Earl (Count) or Countess) signed under yourself.

  • Receive $50dp back in revenue, plus 10% of any other royalty signed under you (Knight gives none, Baron / Baroness = 10 dp, a Viscount / Viscountess = 15dp, an Earl / Countess = 20dp,) so a grand total possible of 20-45dp. – (depending on who is signed to you)

  • VIP seating at both Opening and Knotty Courts.

If you would like to be a DUKE / DUCHESS

  • Pay $350dp

  • Required: You must have other people signed under you that have titles adding up to 350dp or more ( Knight is none, Baron / Baroness = 100dp, Viscount / Viscountess = 150dp, Earl (Count) or Countess = 200dp, Marquis/ Marchioness = 250dp

  • Receive $80dp back in revenue, plus 10% of any other royalty signed under you (Baron / Baroness give 10dp, a Viscount / Viscountess = 15dp, an Earl / Countess = 20dp, a Marquis / Marchioness = 25dp, a Knight gives none) MAX 35dp

  • VIP seating at both Opening and Knotty Courts

If you would like to be a CZAR / CZARINA

  • Pay 450dp

  • Required: You must have other people signed under you that have titles adding up to 450dp or more, (Knight is none, Baron / Baroness is 100dp, Viscount / Viscountess is 150dp, Earl (Count) or Countess is 200dp, Marquis/ Marchioness is 250dp, Duke / Duchess is 350dp

  • Receive $100dp back in revenue at Opening Court each year, and 10% of any other royalty signed under you (Baron / Baroness = 10dp, a Viscount / Viscountess = 15dp, an Earl / Countess = 20dp, a Marquis / Marchioness = 25dp, a Duke / Duchess = 35dp, a Knight gives none) MAX 45dp

  • VIP seating at both Opening and Knotty Courts

  • a Land Grant

If you would like to be a PRINCE / PRINCESS

  • Pay $600dp

  • Required: You must have other people signed under you that have titles adding up to 600dp or more, (Knight is none, Baron / Baroness is 100dp, Viscount / Viscountess is 150dp, Earl (Count) or Countess is 200dp, Marquis/ Marchioness is 250dp, Duke / Duchess is 350dp, Czar / Czarina is 450dp

  • Receive $200dp back in revenue at Opening Court each year, and 10% of any other royalty signed under you (Baron / Baroness = 10dp, a Viscount / Viscountess = 15dp, an Earl / Countess = 20dp, a Marquis / Marchioness = 25dp, a Duke / Duchess = 35dp, a Czar / Czarina = 45dp, a Knight gives none. MAX 60dp

  • VIP seating at both Opening and Knotty Courts

  • Writ of Exemption

  • Land Grant

  • Preferred parking

  • VIP treatment

Ambassador: This title cannot be purchased; it is by appointment of our Governor only

If you would like to be KING and QUEEN… you will need to win the Party Battle Royale at Tortuga. This Title cannot be purchased!

 

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