"Absent gods, here's another bunch of them," Chav drawled, irritation in her voice.
"I hear them," I grunted, shifting my back against the tree to find a more comfortable angle. Well, I'd heard the horses' clopping, any how. I opened a single eye, and sure enough, Chav was right. Four of them this time, green as grass. You wonder if they really thought wearing brown homespun tunics and trousers were going to fool anyone into thinking they were Just Folks ... while riding Sadasian stallions and those gorgeous tooled Mithlantri saddles.
Unfortunately, they also heard us. The chickling at their head spurred over to us, and raised her arm in salute to me. "Captain? My name is Amberstar. We heard in Redwave that one of the orc columns were headed this way." She grinned at me with her cheeks puffed out like a bleeding squirrel. "We want to help!"
Joy and rapture unbounded.
A colourful but universally applicable calendar.
Thirty systems of justice-or the most rank injustice, in some cases.
A system for samurai ranks. Still having trouble with the output of this one.
A short summary of the ranks used by the Gurkha Regiments of the British Indian Army.
An attempt to codify the Byzantine military system.
Ranks of the members of a particular craft guild or livery company.
A simplified explanation of the nobility of the Ottoman Empire.
A fantasy version of nobility from a Middle-Eastern type setting.
The hierarchy of the Hashashin, also known as the Order of Assassins or Silver Band.
The hierarchy of the Thuggee Cult.
Hierarchy of the Shinto religion.
Titles & Ranks for monastic religious organizations.
A summary of the various ranks found within the geisha community.
Ranks & Titles for Chivalric & Theocratic Knightly Orders
Mongol Military Ranks & Civil Organization
Titles & Ranks for a standard organized church hierarchy.
Land Forces military ranks for fantasy settings.
Expanded ninja ranks as used by myself.
In the Middle Ages, and even up to the early twentieth century, most of Europe's executioners were related: the Sansons and Deiblers in France, the Pierrepoints in England, etc. The reason for this was that, it generally not being socially acceptable to, well, kill people, executioners and their children could, generally, only marry other executioners or their children.
The parallels with massively inbred, Hapsburg-style dynasties are obvious- imagine a rather clever but politically inept satirist noting this, and being sentenced by the latter to a meeting with the former; even worse, imagine a dynasty of deranged and deformed executioners- think Texas Chaisaw Massacre with government funding.