The Storms of Shadow
Titles, Houses, Surnames, Duties, and Formality
In matters most formal, nobles of the blood are addressed as Lord or Lady, replacing either with King or Queen for the ruler of Amber. This title is associated with a noble’s genealogy in the order of first name, Amber lineage, shadow lineage, and hereditary duty. To designate Amber lineage, the Tharian prefix van’, meaning ‘the blood of’, is attached to the name of the noble’s first generation ancestor, while a ward under the care of a noble employing the Tharian prefix val’, meaning ‘in the care of’. Shadow lineage is designated by the Tharian prefix dei’, meaning ‘born of’ , and is attached to the name of the corresponding golden circle kingdom or the name of the shadow of birth in the case of a shadow heir. As introductions become less formal, designations are removed from right to left until only the title and the first name of the noble remains. Nobles in good terms often abandon titles all together, speaking with each other on a first name basis.
The kingdom of Rebma adheres to the Amber form, but has its own social structure of noble families, dating back to the time of Oberon, in which its marriages are centered. As the politics of Rebma are a bit secluded from the rest of the realm, its families are not widely known outside the underwater kingdom. Due to this, the shadow lineage association is normally simplified to demonstrate the noble family’s connection to the noble lineage of Moins, the first Queen of Rebma.
Each of the golden circle kingdoms have their own system for defining their aristocracy. Amber chooses to respect the titles and form used within each tradition, referring to and announcing the nobles of golden circle station the whatever manner their culture defines.