On Ern, the Sovereign has always been a man, usually with the title of King. Being king doesn’t guarantee a long reign, however, as evidenced by the frequent rebellions plaguing the nation.
There isn’t one. Brenden Hunter, who was officially titled Steward, held the position for the eight most recent years. He has now disappeared, having been assassinated by Vittari Maxelar. Many are vying for the position.
Ascension to Office
For several generations the King has been determined less by genealogy and more by strength of arms. For one reason or another the King has always been flawed, leaving many nobles angry and thereby facilitating armed rebellion. Rebellious war, in fact, has become the single most definable facet of Ern culture. Powerless commoners have learned to accept it as a unchangeable part of their life.
The King’s responsibilities are what most would expect. They rule the nation, set policy, appoint nobles and other officials, design construction projects and hold public court that allows virtually anyone to seek the crown’s help. Of course, the Sovereign also has final authority over the national military, both the army and navy.
The Sovereign’s castle is housed in Ern City, the islands’ capital and largest port. That was where court was held and where the King could normally be found.
Some Sovereigns traveled the island more than others, which naturally meant some were in their castle more often than others.
Access to the King was traditionally limited. He held court at least once a week, but otherwise was only open to Small Councilors, Great Lords and military leaders. Some few others from outside the island, especially prominent and wealthy individuals, could arrange audiences with the Sovereign by appointment only.
The Sovereign (and his family) were closely guarded by a band of one dozen royal guardsmen. These guardsmen were well-trained, very proficient and deadly in combat. They were hand-picked by the King and were allegedly the greatest warriors on the island.
The Sovereign is referred to as “My Liege.”
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