Blades in the Darkness
The Rights of Citizenship and Service
To Serve the Throne of Cheles’Vaar
Service must be taken after the eighteenth birthday but before the twenty-fifth birthday. An applicant submits themselves to serve the Throne. Only after the two year period of service is Full Citizenship granted. The rights and privileges of Full Citizenship are as follows;
The right to vote in the City Assembly
The right to stand for civil or public office.
The right to make legal contracts and to hold property
The right to join a Guild.
The right to have a lawful marriage with a citizen, to have the legal rights of the patriarch/matriarch over the family, and to have the children of any such marriage be counted as natives
The right to relocate.
The right to preserve one’s citizenship upon relocation to a steading, village or town within the lands held by the Iron Throne of Cheles’Vaar. This includes colonies.
The right of immunity from export tax.
The right to sue in the courts and the right to be sued.
The right to have a legal trial (to appear before a proper court and to defend oneself).
The right to appeal from the decisions of magistrates and to appeal the lower court decisions.
A citizen may not be tortured or whipped.
If accused of treason, a citizen has the right to be tried by the High Magistrate or even The King
The right of The Sword, to keep and bear the weapon issued to a citizen.
The right to speak freely as long as decorum is observed.
These rights are not given to non-citizens. In the case of a non-citizen native (Usually a minor or someone who hasn’t done Service yet) some of the rights are given, but a Citizen must Stand Advocate for a non-citizen native in any court or contract. Service rights have been granted to minors in the case of inheritances.
Nobility has been granted to citizens due to exceptional performance of duties in Service. In such a case the entire family is Noble thereafter.
When the application to serve is taken and the names entered in the roles, a sword is given to the servant which is kept and used, by law by the prospective citizen.
Martial Service may be in the Army, the Navy, the Coastal Watch, or the three cadres of the City Guard. Non martial Service could be as a clerk, cook, scribe, city maintenance, or administration. The huge amount of roles, logs, books and other papers require a huge amount of bookkeeping. Anything deemed “important” is written down, in triplicate. People to handle this are always sought after.
Each prospective Citizen is tested to determine any talents or experience they may have. Each is then placed in an appropriate pool of personnel. In many cases, bribes and favors may be used to get oneself in to a desirable job. This practice is considered normal and expected.
An eight week regimen of training is then conducted. During training, prospects are confined to the barracks of their particular “Training Group” usually between 25 and 45 people. Men and women are segregated.
It is very unusual for a woman to be trained for Martial Service. In the City’s history, very few have desired it. Those that did were billeted and trained with the men. The men in Martial training are trained the same, no matter which branch they wind up in. Naval training is an additional six weeks after Martial training.
Hand to Hand
Chain of Command
Those that qualify may be taught to ride and care for a horse. Cavalry training is sought after, as it usually leads to a Provincial posting and wealth. At least it was. A large amount of Cavalry Troopers have been sent to Elom lately.
Those that “wash out” of martial training are usually placed in City Maintenance.
Other trades are taught appropriate skills. All prospects are trained with their sword. At least to a rudimentary level.
The graduation ceremony is conducted as prospects are passed, as a group. They assemble in the Old Keep Hall, hear some speeches, receive thanks, and are issued their sword on the way to the Courtyard. At one time, the Queen was expected to hand out each sword. This practice has been lax in the past decades. In these modern times, a prospect will receive his sword form an Armory Sergeant. Then, the Exchequer will issue a small strongbox, containing 250 silver Chels. From the Courtyard, prospects are ushered in line to the Old Court Hall at the other end. This is the only time it is legal to carry a sword in to the Court Hall.
As the line moves forward, the Privy-Clerk will then fill personnel requests from various postings until he is out of personnel, or postings, whichever happens first. This is the point at which your family prestige, bribes and favors pay off. The Privy-Clerk is a low paid position. For a consideration, he can certainly match the right prospects with the right posting…
In some cases, there are standing traditional jobs for certain families, or have been in place since the prospect was a child. Once you have your posting, you pass out in to the City again, now as a Servant. This is usually timed to be close to or at sunset. You are expected to report first thing in the morning to your new posting.
Postings in the Provinces, or to Elom have transport provided, via ship or caravan. You WILL be there promptly at 1 bell.
Local postings are a bit more lenient. Anyone who hasn’t reported by the second day will be sought out and placed where they need to be. After the fourth day of not reporting, prison time or fines are common for those caught. It is also a good way to lose a prime posting.
There are three shifts or work on the city. Life here runs 24 hours a day. They’ll assign you a shift, usually NOT the graveyard for new servants, as it is considered too dangerous. A trainer may also be assigned, or just a shift foreman, depending on the posting. You work your shift, 2 watches long, and go home.
Oh, I guess you should find a home if you’re not native to the City….