Structure

The Empire of the Wolf is based on the following:

  1. The Laws of the Wolf
  2. Structure
  3. Orders and Nobility
  4. Army Structure
  5. The Paths

Structure

The following hierarchy gives structure to the Empire and assists in its governance at all levels.

Membership Ranking from Highest to Lowest.


Administrative Ranking
The Crown
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Ealdorman
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Karls
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Thralls


The Crown
The Crown heads the Empire. The Crown is considered Royal among the members of the Empire as they carry a heavy burden and should be treated as such. Members of the Crown have the final say in all matters, should the need arise, and are also charged with handing out awards and ruling on certain membership titles and ranking. During times of "High Dress", Court events, and Battle, a member of the Crown should always have at least one bodyguard that goes where they go. "High Dress" refers to any time the Royalty is wearing court level clothing and always when wearing their Crowns.

  • The Ulfric and Dronning are the King and Queen of the Empire. They are the Highest Ranking Royalty that exists in the Empire. They are to be addressed as Your Majesty, or Ulfric or Dronning at all times.
  • The Prinz rank is given to the leader of a Principality. The Prinz is to be addressed as Your Highness, or Prinz.

Ealdormen
Ealdormen, (pronounced Alderman) are the leaders of the Empire and the Crown is part of them. Many titles within the Ealdormen exist, some Noble, some Administrative, but all members are valued equally even if one may outrank another. Administrative Titles are as follows: Boiarin, Stallari, Keeper of the Keys and Hertogi. Each Administrative Title has a Job. Administrative Ealdormen contributes to each member's experience within the Empire, so treat them with respect.

Nobility are also part of the Ealdormen.

Karl Status
Full members of the Empire. (Free Men) Karls are the Primary members of the Empire of the Wolf. These people are whom the Crown and Ealdormen serve. Karl status bestows many privileges but comes at a price. Karls are asked to pay Danegeld (Membership dues). In this respect, The Crown and Ealdormen are also considered Karls. Karl privileges include access to high ranks in The Paths, the ability to join an Order, the ability to become Noble, gain the right of Challenge, and Award eligibility. If a member of the Empire fails to pay their danegeld for a year they are active in they will lose these rights the first sunday of Ragnarok for that year. However, members can still earn tokens towards paths and orders during a year a member is "unpaying" but still active. All full members are automatically renewed at the beginning of the year and are considered active until their Grace period ends. Thralls and Gestir are not required to pay danegeld, but also have limited access to the above privileges.

  • Becoming a Karl: Thralls who prove themselves will be elevated to Karl when they complete the following Requirements:
    • Satisfactory Honor on the Field (If they fight)
    • Develop a persona name and basic background from a culture within the Empire’s timeframe (8th – 12th c.)
    • Own one event’s worth of culture-appropriate garb: 1 fighting tunic, 1 feast tunic, and 1 pair of pants, all above Dagorhir minimum requirements
    • Approval from one's Drottin and the local Crown
    • Thrall Period of at least 1 year (No Maximum Time exists)
    • Proving one's worth still falls to the discretion of the Ealdorman and the Crown.

Thrall Status
To become a member of the Empire of the Wolf one must go through a petition process. When someone petitions they are given the Status of Thrall (sometimes Initiate) and must then prove themselves worthy of full membership. The Minimum petition period is 1 Year. When Thralls have proven themselves as a contributing member of the Empire they are given the Status of Karl and are considered a Full Member.

  • Initiate - An optional Rank, used for people not yet ready for the commitment required for Thrall. Initiates are NOT officially members of the Empire. Initiate is generally an open status, anyone can become one, they just need to approach their local Ealdorman and request to join the Empire, in person. Initiates also may choose to take an order from a Karl or higher ranked member, it is up to them. Thralls can not order Initiates.

Special Status
Other Statuses exist that are special awarded titles. These titles are by instance only and can vary in meaning and related duties. Current Special Titles:

  • Gestir - People who prove their worth to the Empire but have prior allegiances that keep them from committing to thrallship are awarded with Gestir Sashes. Gestir are considered Full Members in regards to Awards and Paths but do not gain access to Orders & Nobility and have no command over Thralls.
  • Hand of the King – An honorary position awarded at the Ulfric’s behest to carry out martial or law-related duties at his behest when he himself is unable or unavailable. To avoid conflicts of interest, the Hand chosen cannot currently lead any group or order.
  • Chieftain – Should a Hirð or other group need elect a new leader who does not fulfill all other requirements, the role of Chieftain may be appointed. A Chieftain can ONLY be elected by the Ulfric and Dronning, and should only be a temporary title until the affected group is appointed an actual Hertogi/Drottin. This title facilitates change, without awarding the prestigious titles of Hertogi or Drottin to one who may not meet necessary requirements, or one who would only be filling said role temporarily.
  • Queen’s Champion – What once was a shield and sword is now a single title. The Queen’s Champion has a two-fold duty to the crown. During any event of Court or Formality, they are to stand as her personal guard. Also, they are the representation of the Dronning upon the field of combat, and should the need arise, will fight for her honor.

Houses

The Empire of the Wolf is currently made up of two Great Houses, Dimma Ulfur and The Warband, also known as the Northern and Southern Principalities, with smaller houses existing within them known as Drotts and Hirds. All members of the Empire belong to a Great House and a Drott or Hird. Members of the Crown are considered members of every house that is under them.

Each Great House is headed by a Prinz and the King and Queen rule over all Houses. Currently the Great House Dimma Ulfur is headed by Prinz Bodvar Skavensson. Warband is currently headed by Prinz Jostal Blod Rand.

During the Viking Era, Free men in the Scandinavian regions who could not afford land and a house of their own, would often offer their services as a warrior and worker to a house owner in exchange for a place to sleep and live. Within the Empire of the Wolf, we offer two levels of households, called Drotts and Hirðs, which members can form around a geographical and/or historical "Roleplay" basis.

Drotts
Drotts are the first level of household available within the Empire. Drotts are responsible for attending a local practice or practices as a group, but do not have to be tied to that specific practice or realm. Drotts should look for new recruits at their practices, and bringing honor and glory to the Empire’s name. Drotts should strive to dress and equip themselves in a similar fashion to cultures within the time frame of the Empire and develop a history/back-story for the Drott and its members that brings them into contact with the Empire and explains their ties to the Empire. Drotts can develop their own heraldry (that must somehow include the Empire’s red hook), display their heraldry on gear and garb, can fly a 2’ x 4’ banner in camp or on the field, gain a better representation with their local Ealdormen and receive the ability to have a sponsored speaking place in Symbel and Court.

Drotts are headed by Drottin. Drottin are the Chieftain of thier house and are the Ealdormens' primary contact at a practice location. They also manage member recruitment and run practices.

  • To apply for Drott status, a potential Drottin must petition their local Royalty with 5 members (Thralls or higher), an established history/back-story for the Drott, and an example of the potential Heraldry. The potential Drott must have an official petition scroll drawn up by a scribe for presentation at High Court. The Crown can choose to give an answer at that court, or wait until a later date to give an answer. It is the Crown's discretion.

Hirds
Hirðs are the second level of household available within the Empire. Hirðs are lead by a Hertogi, a landed noble within the ranks of the Empire, and must be tied to a geographical realm or practice that they run themselves or attend regularly. Hirðs are expected to recruit from their practices, equip their members and recruits, and complete periodic kit inspections to guarantee that their members are up to the Empire’s expectations as a whole. Hirðs should further develop and establish their history/back-story to explain how they came under the rule of the Empire and how they contribute to the Empire’s future. Hirðs can display their heraldry on a 2’ x 4’ banner in camp or on the field, gain direct representation with the Crown, receive an open speaking place in Court, and Acts as contact point/intermediary for surrounding drotts & supports/mentors new drotts.

To apply for Hirð status, an established Drott must petition the Crown with 10 members (Thralls or higher, at least 4 Karls), and the improved history/back-story for the Hirð. The potential Hirð must have an official petition scroll drawn up by a scribe, and present it, and a token of the Drott’s loyalty, to the Crown at High Court. The Crown will then review the petition and give an answer at the next High Court.

The Paths

The Paths provide members with a purposeful "occupation" and can be pursued by any member of the Empire. Members of the Empire can pursue as many paths as they wish, though some paths do have requirements and some paths may be assigned (mostly with Thralls). Please see the Paths of the Empire Section for detailed information.

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