COMMUNITY - FORUMS - LUNA DOMAINS
NA-E Duchy of Aldraska
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Description

In the Ancient lands of Aldraska lives the Blackwood family housed in the Grand city of Wardenfall, a historical site that houses the Great tree that survived the burning. The first thing that you should know is that Aldraska and the houses that reside there are not like most. While they have their tradesmen, their researchers and their merchants, they also have something else, they have the will to fight in every capacity. While the people of Aldraska have their jobs, each Citizen has one thing in common are all warriors, trained in the basics of combat so that they can defend their home and family from bandits and armies alike. This stems from the lands dark history, a history of endless war, because Aldraska has always stood in defense of its neighbors, before the great cities were built, before the Kingdoms were founded and even as far back as the Burning, or at least that's what the Blackwoods say.

Land Selection and Kingdom

During the land selection phase, We will be placing on Vornair proper

The land I will be looking to place the Duchy in will be one of these biomes, I will be looking from mid-north area, steep, grasslands, mountains, alpine forest, coastline or Ocean access. There is no true order of need, but my main will be some form of water access while in the Midlands to the north. I will not be setting up in wetlands, the south, swamps, the desert, or the far frozen north.

The Duchies main focus and Idea

The Main goal and focus are to provide a military force for the Kingdom, and the Aldraska. This will be done by creating a system of production that will supply the duchy and general market with all the gold and finances it needs to move. We will also be creating a fair tax system that relies on this production machine to provide a steady income to the Duke so that I can distribute it out to the Counts and workforce to build up our roads, Shipyards, health systems, and research into new and useful items. Our two main focuses on income will be from both ocean access and resource exports. This will include the production of some of the best naval and transport ships in the world. Another goal will be to focus on armor, weapon and general forging advancements in order to produce some of the best equipment in the lands. Lastly, I would like to have large areas of our land devoted to animal breeding for both food production and mount. We will also have a heavy focus on R&D in every area to try and stay ahead of the general world. This will be done in a few ways Firstly, unless it provides a large financial boost we will be keeping most research to the duchy We will also be looking to trade information within the kingdom and the world to improve on what we do not have Lastly, we will be using our network of agents to gain any information we can for free.

Plans for early game

Goal one will be to establish roads and supply lines leading to each city in the duchy, as well as making a major highway of sorts that will connect the capital of Aldraska to the capitals of the other duchies. Task two will be to create supply points and garrisons along major roads leading to the duchy borders. These will act as both guard posts and areas that the military can resupply before moving out of the duchy. Stage three will be to improve the general welfare and readiness of all settlements of the Duchy: everything from mapping major resources to building up defenses and increasing trade within the duchy. The last phase will be setting up the border defenses. This defense will not surround the duchy on all sides, but will rather be focused on the side or sides where the other duchies are not located. This is because we are a part of a wall so to speak designed to defend the king’s lands. These defenses are also designed to point out to other kingdoms as opposed to internally. With that stated there will be portions that ride to the border of friendly duchy's to prevent possible enemies from cutting through another duchy to his us on an exposed side.

Cross-Duchy Trade

Unlike most other Duchies at this time we have no intention on have any sort of closed border when it comes to kingdom trade. This means any member for the kingdom can freely move goods through the duchy to trade with us or go into the next kingdom over. However do to us being a military duchy we will have very secure borders and trades from outside the kingdom can expect the same treatment when it comes to trade tariffs but they can also expect border inspections.

Duchy Tax and income

As posted in the past section, the Duchy will use both Taxation and trade tariffs to generate income, with that said the Main job of my Treasure will be to generate extra income and we will have tax breaks for certain situations. The first and most important thing to state is that while it is my Job as the Duke to maintain and balance the economy of the Duchy, it is not my job to make all the tax laws. This is the job of the Mayors and Barons. With that stated, I will be making tax regulations to balance the Duchy as a whole and for my own County and City. The next thing I will be doing to generate income will be on trade tariffs. I am not talking about trades made in town, instead, I speak of items that are moving from duchies and other kingdoms. These tariffs will change based on everything from general wealth of the duchy/kingdom it is going to or coming from, to the item that is being moved. This means the tariff on an item the duchy has a surplus on will be small, but on an item that is rare for us and or abundant in another land will have a higher tariff. The last point I will hit on is tax Breaks. As of right now, I am limiting this to deployed soldiers and their war spoils, but more will be added based on the council and information gained later in the game. See this link for full doc: Here

Duchy Structure and expectations.

The Duchy will be organized in a way that is different from many others This will include ranks for both the Civilian side of things as well as the Noble. Every Citizen will hold one of the Military ranks without exception; to not hold a rank marks you as Barbarian. Just because everyone will have to hold one of these ranks does not mean you will need to be in the army. These ranks are there to ensure that each person in the Duchy has a basic understanding of how to defend themselves in case a battle breaks out and the militia is needed to defend its town or county. Again, this does not mark you as a member of the military, guard of anything outside of that of a citizen. It will be broken down by a new set of ranks and requirements. They are as follows: The Ranks will also be used to Determine one's standing within their Civilian lives. For example, a low-class citizen must show respect to a higher class, but a higher class must still show respect to their count, even if the count holds a low rank.

Duke

The Duke is leader of the Lands. They are responsible for overseeing and maintaining all the operational functions of the Duchy and its people on both the military and financial side. This will be done through a council of his choosing. He is also required to run his own thanedom and Barony.

Count

Counts run their counties as the game expects They are, however, not responsible for the Barbarian settlements in their county.
They do not manage a Barony. That is the role of the Duke however this may be passed on to the counts if needed This does not mean that they can not tax, fine, or enforce their laws on Barbarian settlements but rather they are not required to protect, supply or count them in their financial report.

Thegn

The Thegn is a military position Their job is that of the military leader for a county, much like a sheriff. They are appointed by the Count or the Duke. Their main focus is to ensure the county is military ready and that its forces are ready to go at the blow of a horn. They are not a guard captain but they can, and most times will lead the guard. This position can be held by anyone.

Mayor

The Mayor is what you would expect. He or she is an elected citizen of their town or city and they are incharge of managing the taxes and guard of there settlement.

Baron

The Baron is the exact same with the exception of the fact that they are put in that position by the Duke and our count. They are a military leader and will work directly with there local Thegn

Citizen

A citizen is exactly how it sounds; it is a person who is under a Skald and a member of the Duchy. They are broken down based off of a rank given on their Warrior status given by military training

Barbarian

These are people who are not citizens of Aldraska who live in the Duchy. They have no protection from the duchy’s forces. You can freely hang out and work with a Barbarian, but they are second class as far as the duchy is concerned and are not protected in any way

Citizen separation based on militia Rank

Citizens will all hold on of several classes based off of their training and skill. As stated in the last section, these military ranks do not put you in the army or guard, but if we are in a last stand situation these ranks are used to determine where you fall in the defense of the area. These ranks are

High Ranking, Upper-class Citizen ( not to be confused with Noble titles)

These people are the most often full-time soldiers and will rarely be seen doing anything other than supporting the military as a whole.

Karls

These are either full-time soldiers or citizens who have finished their training and have shown a lot of skill Guards will often be in the area as well.

Free-men

These are citizens who have pledged to the duchy and kingdom. They may or may not have gone through basic training to teach them how to defend themselves, but they have shown the intent that they are willing to help. Elderly people and people who have shown their value but are unable to help in the militia will also hold this rank. Regardless of family, all children hold this rank till they come of age. This is also the rank every person in the duchy will hold till they prove that are willing to support their community. For the full military ranks see: Here

Classless

The last class level is the Classless. These are people who choose not to work with the duchy. This rank is given because they harm the duchy and kingdom in some way and some are considered worse than others. In a general stance, they are just called Barbarians, but they break into both settlements and individual people, They include.

Barbarian State

These are settlements whose leaders have chosen to reject the duchy. All hamlets start at this rank as well because they can not pledge to a count till they are town. Just because you are in a Barbarian state does not make you a classless. All the people in a hamlet can be full citizens and the hamlet will still be a barbarian state.

Bandit state

These are settlements whose leader or majority of its people are criminals or are actively looking to harm the duchy Just as like in a Barbarian state just because you are in a Bandit state does not label you as a Bandit, but you are more likely to come to harm in these areas.

Barbarian

This is a single person who refuses to pay taxes, support the duchy, or get basic training. You can easily move from a Barbarian to a Citizen by simply fixing these said issues.

Bandit

This is a person or group of people who are actively committing crimes. Once a bandit faces judgment they will move to Barbarian status.

Outlaw

This is a former citizen who is helping or harboring Bandits, or committing crimes on their own. Once your crimes have been fixed your citizenship will be restored.

Vagabond

This is simply a citizen who obey all laws but does not have any form of personal support. This can be anything from a beggar to a hermit in the woods.

Exile

This is a person who has been Exiled from the Duchy. They will be thrown in jail or punished if seen in the duchy.

Separation of Laws

In the Duchy, there will be very different sets of laws for citizens, Nobles, The Military and Barbarians.

Civil law

These laws will cover all personnel, not in the active military. These laws will be very similar to other laws passed in the kingdom, duchies, and counties of Vornair. They will also have punishments relevant to them.

Military-law

These laws will cover only those people in the active military and the nobles of the lands. These Laws will not be based of off other powers in the kingdom but will reflect military readiness and be punished based off of damage done to said readiness. In some cases, citizens can be held for both civil and military law based on the crime, but punishment will often be carried out less so to punish the person who committed the crime and more so to repair the military's readiness.

Classless laws

These will be the same as Civil law, but the punishments will be much direr due to the fact that they refuse to support the duchy and the kingdom. See this doc for crimes pertaining to Civil and Classless: Here

Grand Tournament

Mass roleplaying occasion in which the whole Duchy and Kingdom are invited to partake in various events The tournament itself will feature warriors skilled to be the champion of their own town, city or even county. These bouts will be for everything from melees to jousting, if it happens on the battlefield we will have a contest for it. Winners in each category will win something of value and will gain honor and glory from their peers and people of the realm.

The tournament will also be an occasion on which various merchants, vendors, and performers may practice their trade for all to see for the monetary and word-of-mouth benefit that comes from the publicity that the tournament allows. Merchants will come to present their wares for purchase and to seek new business opportunities. This will benefit not only the merchants themselves but also the County who hosts it and the Duchy itself respectively. I suggest a tax or a rental fee on all stall rentals or on the goods sold at such events with our own people policing it. This will likely be something that the master of coin will need to be involved in. The types of merchants will likely be as follows:

Blacksmiths

Leatherworkers

Alchemists

Jewelers

Animal breeders/handlers?

Scholars, mapmakers, booksellers?

Hunters/fishermen

Cooks (possibly have a ‘cook-off’ so to speak?)

Within the tournament, the entertainment will not be only the sporting events. It will also be a hub for a myriad of performers to come and showcase their skill. Evening events will likely include concerts for singers and instrumentalists as well as shows for actors, jugglers, fools, acrobats, fire-breathers, etc. The sky is literally the limit here. It is important to keep those who have journeyed from near and far to see the tournament happy and to circulate more coin into the kingdom in the process. If the tournament lasts for more than just a day, as it’s likely to, morning and evening events will help keep morale high as well as showcasing the performers to the tournament-goers for possible hire within their own kingdoms/duchies/counties etc. Animal events? Rodeo-esque? Riding/catching/roping/braving dangerous beasts. More to come when we know more about the animals of Elyria.

Council positions

Steward - helps run the Duchy as a whole and the Duke’s County

Treasurer - manages the taxes and financial system of the Duchy

Chief of Research - in charge of all duchy related research projects and storing all information.

Diplomat - in charge of maintaining all internal and external relations

Master of Law - in charge of making and enforcing all laws

Master of Intel - the person who controls the spy network and gathers intel on other powers of the lands

Captain of the Ravens Guard - this is the commander of the duchy's main guard unit, as well as the personal guards of the Duke and his council.

Councils Of Aldraska

There are Two main Councils that will govern the Duchy, they are

The Council of Aldraska

Duke - Blackwood

Duchess - Briia

Stewart - Rutaq

Treasurer - ARCHiTEKK

Chief of Research - TBD

Diplomat - TBD

Master of Law - TBD

Master of Intel - TBD

Captain of the Ravens Guard - TBD

Counts - TBD

Generals - TBD

If you wish to know more contact me or one of my Council members in Discord by clicking my seal


2/22/2018 2:52:40 AM #1
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Welcome to Bordweall, Duke Oxener!


https://discord.gg/esT7wMN

2/22/2018 3:08:33 AM #2
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Ah, very good. Very well thought out.


11/19/2018 7:57:36 AM #3
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Updated with new info. feel free to pm me


11/19/2018 9:13:25 PM #4
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Hey guys, now that we are back into full swing, there are a few key positions I am looking for. 1. the duchy needs a new military leader to help build and coordinate with the rest of the kingdom 2. various Counts to fill in the open slots and who have communities looking for a home 3. a diplomat 4. and lastly a community rep. aka some one who loves art and talking to people.


11/30/2018 3:52:36 PM #5
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To clarify we are NOT apart of Bordweall, we were looking to join them for a time, but it never got past basic talks. We are joining Vornair as stated in the post.


12/3/2018 4:12:23 PM #6
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Alright guys its 100% official now. We are back home in Vornair.


12/11/2018 10:06:10 PM #7
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Hey Guys we are doing another game night this Sunday at 5pm EST join our discord or pm me to join :) https://discord.gg/WDU79b5


9/13/2019 6:01:33 PM #8
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Glory to the duchy of Aldraska


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