Saturday, February 8, 2014

People of Marlowe

Royalty - 

Sovereign leaders such as kings and queens, and custodians with authority delegated to them by their respective monarchs. Most commonly married to nobles and less commonly to gentry.

Nobles -

Land owners addressed as lords and ladies, often with commoners indentured to live and work on their land, whom they collect taxes from in the form of produce. Must be recognised by the monarch in order to claim their title as lords and ladies, to be recognised they pay an annual tax to the monarch. Most commonly married to royalty and gentry, less commonly to merchants.

Gentry - 

Men at arms and soldiers of their respective monarch and or ruler. The highest ranking officers are often made into knights regardless of whether they meet the standard or take the oath. They pay tax directly to the king for the rights to own their own lands, though they cannot rent their land to farmers or workers. Most commonly married to nobility, occasionally to merchants and tradesmen.

Merchants - 

A member of the upper class due to their business cunning, unlike the high born folk merchants don't need any kind of birthright to get into the business. A successful merchant is considered to own one or two shops or wagons and engage in trade of produce and other commodities. Have been known to marry nobles, and even low born folk.

Tradesmen - 

People who are skilled in a particular trade and considered an asset to the monarch, include smiths, tailors, builders, architects and scribes. They are often in business with merchants, who make deals for their services for a cut of the commission. While most own their own shop and or home, some have been known to rent from merchants and nobles. Often married to farmers, merchants and peasants.

Farmers - 

Those who work the fields and harvest the produce, those who work on the king's own lands are exempt from tax. Others that live and work on the land of nobles earn their keep by providing produce for the noble family, and also doing mild jobs for them. Produce left aside from paying tax and feeding their families is sold at markets and to merchant wagons. Often married to tradesmen and other low born folk.

Servants - 

Those who were once commoners, the children of low born folk, who now live in the high born houses and serve the high born families. They are paid in coin but afforded only one afternoon in the week to leave their work and spend their money, or visit their families. They often marry between themselves, and raise their children alongside the children of their masters.

Peasants - 

The poorest people of the kingdom, often recognised by dark skin and hair. The lucky ones are indentured to noble families but only for a few years at a time, those who are not serving a noble family are at risk of being sent to work in the mines in Iridia. Although slavery is illegal in Marlowe, they are never paid enough to live on. When they are sent to Iridia, they are considered slaves due to the law of possession. Most die while working in the mines.

Slaves -

Peasants who have been sent to Iridia to meet the annual requirement of miners Marlowe promises. In Marlowe, they are regarded as a sacrifice for the good of the kingdom and are not expected to be seen again. In Iridia, they are no longer treated as people, and are traded throughout the shire. The law of possession in Iridia states that when a person is under the guard of 'Slavers' - who are considered merchants, they become that person's property. They are often branded to identify them amongst others in case they attempt to find freedom. Slaves do not live long due to their mistreatment and lack of proper housing and nutrition.


  1. You forgot clergy. The clergy not only served an important role, but also a prominent role in medieval life and society. Marriages, funerals, baptisms, caring for the ill, teaching and preaching - these were all done by the clergymen, from the highest bishop to the lowliest ostiary.

    1. Religion is not a popular thing within Marlowe, and not considered as common as it would have in real life. Marlowe is not at all historically accurate :P

    2. Even if religion is not popular in Marlowe, you may consider adding some sort of social institution that binds people together. How do people marry? How do people bury their dead? How do people treat children and the coming of age? What is the meaning of life? Is there someone watching over us, controlling our behaviors?

    3. I appreciate the suggestion, but Marlowe is new, and at this point I haven't gotten to including societal views to the story yet. Primarily this is a fictional story and is not historically accurate, but above all that, it's my story and I will write it the way I want to. Thank you for your input.