- This caste consists entirely of the Sun King and his family,
the High Precentor, the Inquisitors and the two Guild Precentors
of the templar orders.
The proper form of address for the Sun
King is "Your Highness," while the Precentors and Inquisitors are
addressed by title only. A typical Tuluki citizen would deeply fear
these personages as well as revering them.
Most Tuluki Citizens would know that each templar order is ruled
by a single Precentor. How many Inquisitors exist or are active
at any given time is a mystery not many would have the inclination
- The templar caste consists of two distinct sects - the female Lirathans and the
male Jihaens. The sect with more power is the sect that holds the
position of High Precentor within the city. At this time the High
Precentor is a Lirathan. Each order is then presided over by a single
Precentor and their sect leaders. Templars are chosen mainly from the noble
caste, but may also come from other castes in exceptional cases.
Templars are addressed as their established rank followed by their given name,
or as "Faithful Lord" and "Faithful Lady" followed by their given name, rank,
and House name. I.e., "High Templar Faithful Lady Nanola Dasari of the Lirathan Order"
or "Faithful Lord Aretae Lyksae of The Jihaen Order" would both be formal
introductions, while "Faithful Lord Aretae" would be an informal usage.
The Templarate as a whole are referred to as "His Faithful."
- The Chosen Nobility are those family groups with
hereditary titles within the Ivory. Membership in
this caste is by birthright only.
Chosen Nobles are addressed
by the populace as "Chosen Lord" and "Chosen Lady," followed by their
given name and their house. Ie, "Chosen Lady Eudora of House Dasari"
is a formal introduction, and "Chosen Lady Eudora" would be an informal usage.
- Hlum nobility are the winners of the Grey Hunt and are exceedingly rare. A Hlum
noble may rise from any caste and the title reverts upon their death.
Hlum Nobles are addressed as "Chosen Lord"
and "Chosen Lady". Ie,"Chosen Lady Enid" or "Chosen Lord Amos."
- The artisan caste consists of the elite of the other two common castes. Included in the
artisan caste are master crafters, ranked Circle bards of Bard rank or
above with noble or templar partisanship, extremely accomplished
assassins and thieves with noble or templar partisanship and
accomplished artisans of other disciplines that can show sufficient
- The merchant caste consists mainly of Great Merchant House family and those enjoying a
high rank within those organizations. It is possible for a commoner to
eventually gain this rank with employment from a Great Merchant House, or through talent of their own independently (though rarer).
Each Great Merchant House treats their crafting, military and hunter branches uniquely, and therefore
those branches are not individually included in this chart. For more
information on relative social status, representatives of those houses
may provide information in game.
Those Great Merchant House
employees who are able to claim citizenship may have a slightly higher
social status then those who cannot - especially in legal matters.
However, since the social power of the Great Merchant House is largely
a function of their tremendous wealth and not any perceived quality of character,
the differences are minor. This caste also includes the upper echelons of proven,
independent commoner organizations, such as the T'zai Byn.
- The common caste consists of the vast majority of citizens. Laborers,
soldiers, the majority of merchants and the majority of bards,
assassins, thieves, and mercenaries all fall into this category.
- These people are owned either from birth or acquired and sold. Their social status may reach
from anything just short of barely trusted by commoners to positions of prestige and
respect. It is not unusual for highly trusted/trained slaves to be granted
tasks or knowledge that would not be available to commoner
A Note on Foreigners
- Foreigners and non-citizens not employed by a merchant house are not part of the caste system,
but for the purposes of social class would be ranked below independent commoners. This table
is inclusive of all citizens of any race.
A Note on independent organizations
- Independent organizations that are not tied to a city-state but do fall into the place of a
merchant house are usually lumped into the "Merchant" subgroup if they are deemed successful
and influential enough. A group of hunters would not fall into this category, but a self-made,
established organization complete with some sort of noble, templar, or GMH sponsorship would.
For the purposes of Tuluki Society, citizens may change caste over the course of a lifetime,
though such happenings are rare.