We will be incorporating Invictus titles which can be found in the Invictus book from 1e.
Please note, these titles, methods of address to convey esteem, and the like are used among the Invictus and others aren't held to any expectation (or consequences) of following these forms of address.
Titles are broken down into three types accorded to each member. Titles of Esteem (Who you are?), Titles of Tribute (How important you are to the covenant?), and Titles of Function (What you do?).
Constructing a Full Title
A Full Title is constructed with slight differences based on if the kindred has achieved a Title of Tribute or not and is an Elder or not.
In General a title constructs (as Applicable) as follows:
Tribute Modifier + Title of Esteem + Full Name + Title of Tribute (append City if appropriate) + Title of Function
Here are some examples with explanations:
Lets say we are dealing with an Invictus Prince!
The Right Honorable Alder Battie Coda, The Marquis of New York and Judex
- "The Right Honorable" Is 'Tribute Modifier' from Battie Coda being a Marquis and it's usage already tells the Invictus audience they are talking to a Marquis.
- "Alder" Is a title of Esteem that signifies that Battie is an Elder
- "Battie Coda" Is the Full name which you'll want to use in a formal title, or first introduction.
- "Marquis" This is Battie's Title of Tribute
- "New York" This lets his Invictus Audience know where Battie is a Marquis
- "Judex" Is a title of function and tells us that Battie Coda also acts as a judge
The Construction for Battie is: Tribute Modifier (The Right Honorable)+ Elder Status (Alder) + Full Name + Title of Tribute + City where Title is Pertinent + Title of Function.
BUT! What if we are looking at an Ancillae Seneschal like Vincent Darrows*?
The Good Vincent Darrows, Viscount and Seneschal of New York
- "The Good" Is from Vincent being a Viscount and it's usage already tells the Invictus audience they are talking to a Viscount.
- "Vincent Darrows" In a formal title, or first introduction, you'll want to reference the full name
- "Viscount" This is Vincent's Title of Tribute
- "Seneschal" This is Vincent's Title of Function- because it is location specific we'll put it before Location this time
- "New York" This lets his Invictus Audience know where he is a Viscount and Seneschal.
The Construction for Vincent is: Tribute Modifier (The Good) + Title of Esteem (Mister) + Full Name + Title of Tribute (Viscount) + Title of Function (Seneschal) + City where Title is Pertinent.
- The Good Alder Vincent Darrows, Viscount and Seneschal of New York has crossed officially into the ranks of the Elders.
Tribute Modifiers are:
- Lord/Lady: no tribute modifier
- Baron/Baroness: no tribute modifier
- Viscount/Viscountess: The Good (Append the city to the Tribute Title)
- Earl/Countess: The Honorable (Append the city to the Tribute Title)
- Marquis/Marquise: The Right Honorable (Append the city to the Tribute Title)
- Duke/Duchess: His/Her/Their Grace (Append the city to the Tribute Title)
- Lord Townsend, Librettist, Master of Elysium of New York
- Baron Oliver, Commissioner, Master of Coin
- The Good Alder Vincent Darrows, Viscount and Seneschal of New York
- His Grace Alder Elvis Presley, Duke of Paris, Prince and Steward
IMPORTANT: If you have a question about what form of address you think you should be using, ask OOC instead of making a terrible mistake IC.
Forms of Address
Now that we've looked at constructing a full title, lets discuss forms of address!
- Formal Address: Title of Esteem + Title of Function.
- If the vampire has more than one title of function, you'd pick the one that applies best to the situation.
- If the vampire doesn't have a title of function you'd use the last name instead.
- This is your safest form of address in most situations (after formal introductions)
- Familiar Address: Title of Esteem + First Name
- This form is appropriate when addressing a blood relative, coterie mate, etc
- Suggest Caution!
- Intimate Address: First name
- Used with former and current love interests
- Submissive: "Most" + Ingratiating Term + Title of Tribute + Name (if title of tribute is not unique).
- Example: The Most Gracious Duke of New Jersey.
- Disparaging: "My" + Title of Tribute + Name (if title of tribute is not unique).
- Example: My Duke or My Duke Michael, My Lady Genevieve, My Mister Stewart
Introduction are preferably handled with an intermediary who will should a full formal title for both parties. If a third party is unavailable then the vampire who initiated the meeting (even if accidental) is expected to introduce themselves first with their full title.
- Introduction: Tribute Modifier + Title of Esteem + Name , + Full Title of Tribute (Append City if Appropriate) + Titles of Function
Titles of Esteem
Titles of esteem are the most common in the covenant, every neonate gains one the moment the Embrace takes hold.
This title is given to Invictus paiges who have yet to go through Manumission.
This title is given to accepted members of the Invictus covenant who have not yet reached the level of Alder.
Alder is given to a Kindred who is considered an Elder in the Invictus. This is the only title of esteem that you would work into a formal title or address once a title of tribute is earned as reaching elder status is notable.
Titles of Tribute
Lord / Lady
Lord (Lady for a female) is bestowed upon a vampire for honorable service to the Invictus, normally marking an achievement of some merit. The measure of merit differs from city to city, and has a lot to do with the power level enjoyed by the covenant in the domain, as well as the standing and relations of the Kindred in question. Some vampires earn the title merely by being the inoffensive childer of an extremely prestigious sire, while less fortunate vampires spend decades fighting tooth and claw to climb so high.
Baron / Baroness
Baron is bestowed upon a Lord or Lady vampire who has distinguished himself or herself on several occasions, with honor and valor above and beyond the call of duty. Unlike Lord and Lady, this title is never given purely based on lineage, and is considered (by the haughtier members of the covenant) the lowest true title of tribute.
Viscount / Viscountess
Viscount is bestowed upon a vampire who is given permanent domain within the territories of the Invictus. The vampire so titled appends the name of his domain to the title (for example, The Viscount of Soho). If the vampire loses control of the domain in question for any reason, he remains a Viscount, but the domain is no longer acknowledged in the name. The Good precedes the Viscount’s name in introductions. No more than one vampire may hold this title for a domain at a time. Only Final Death or a declaration of the Inner Circle can free the title to be conferred upon another.
Earl is bestowed upon a vampire who conquers a domain, adding it to the territories of the Invictus and earning the right to rule it (as determined by the Inner Circle). The vampire so titled appends the name of their domain to the title (for example, The Earl of Montmartre). As with a Viscount, any who lose control of their domain must remove the domain portion from their title. The Honorable precedes the Earl’s name in introductions. No more than one vampire may hold this title for a domain at a time. Only Final Death or a declaration of the Inner Circle can free the title to be conferred upon another.
Marquis / Marquise
Marquis is bestowed upon a vampire who is given permanent place on the Inner Circle of a city. This is an extremely high honor, suggesting that no fault or mishap could ever diminish the influence this vampire has within the Invictus. This title is normally given to one who has clearly altered the course of history within the city to the covenant’s advantage, and without whom (it is acknowledged), all would have been lost. The name of the city in question is appended to the title (for example, The Marquis of Florence). No more than one vampire may hold this title in a city at a time. Traditionally, only Final Death or permanent exile can free the title to be conferred upon another. The Right Honorable precedes the name of a Marquis or Marquise in introduction.
Duke / Duchess
Duke is bestowed upon a vampire who is held responsible for conquering a city and establishing a strong base of power for lasting rule by the Invictus. A Duke is customarily given a permanent place in the Inner Circle of the city he or she has secured, as well as permanent personal rule over a domain within the city. The name of the city in question is appended to the title (for example, The Duke of Richmond). No more than one Invictus vampire may traditionally hold this title in a city’s history. Even Final Death does not free the title for conferring upon another, though in modern nights this practice is relaxed somewhat if the Invictus are forced to re-conquer a city following a prolonged period of absence. Thus, a few cities hold Kindred with titles such as “the Second Duke of Glasgow.” His Grace or Her Grace precedes the name of a Duke or Duchess in introduction.
Titles of Function
Advisor is an Invictus member of the Primogen.
A specialist in public relations or activism to promote the interests of the covenant. Advocates may be called upon to make public speeches at city gatherings to help sway the general opinion of local vampires to favor the Invictus or to recruit outsiders to the covenant.
Almoner is a vampire who makes it a profession to care for the less fortunate, either in Kindred or mortal society, or both
Archon is the Invictus title for a Hound.
Au Pair is given to a specialist in elementary training for neonates: basic vampire survival and etiquette, Discipline use and Masquerade preservation skills.
Commissioner is given to a vampire trained in the judicious distribution of resources. Generally, a Commissioner is called upon to administer plans that require the co-ordination of several vampires’ material goods or contacts.
Councilor is given to a member of the Inner Circle. This title supersedes any other Title of Function the vampire may possess except, of course, Prince.
A keeper of herds. This may refer to mortals or animals. A Groom is expected to keep the herd in superior condition and may be called upon to provide herds with specific qualities and training. Some Grooms even specialize in finding or preparing promising candidates for Embrace.
Interpreter is given to a translator and specialist in matters of subterfuge. An Interpreter must be able to interpret the motives of his subject as well as the language spoken.
A professional judge and settler of disputes within the covenant. Advocates, Interpreters, Notaries and Senators are most likely to take on the position of Judex, but the Inner Circle is by no means restricted in its choice
Knight is given to an oathsworn Soldier. A Knight is distinguished from a Soldier by membership in an established Order of Knighthood, with its own traditions and oaths of conduct. Membership in the Order of Knighthood replaces titles of esteem with Sir or Dame, for male and female Knights, respectively. The formal address is Sir Knight, or Dame Knight.
A professional connoisseur of arts and entertainments. A Librettist may be called upon to arrange entertainment for Invictus events or to advise covenant members on the quality and authenticity of valuable works of art.
Meister is for an acknowledged expert and instructor in any field of study, who oversees a Guild. The formal mode of address is simply Meister for both male and female vampires. The title of esteem is not used if this is the only title of function the vampire possesses.
An officially recognized professional expert; the leader of a Guild. (archaic; also: master)
Minister is given to Invictus Heralds. The ideal Invictus Minister is multilingual, capable of delivering a personal oral or written message to any member of the city’s Kindred community on demand.
Notary is given to a professional witness to declarations and recitations of Blood Oaths. A Notary must have a reputation for strict honesty, and will also find himself relied upon for general reportage.
Player is given to a professional artist or performer. The term refers to creative arts as well, so a painter is still formally referred to as a Player.
The city position of Prince.
The city position of Priscus. This is a position conferred by right of age, and requires no training.
An Invictus title for a Sheriff. A Reeves are customarily trained as an Archon, rising to this position by dint of impeccable service after the position is vacated (or, occasionally, by demonstrating superiority to the current holder of the title).
The governor of Guilds in a city. Without acknowledgement from the Secretary, a Guild may not officially exist.
A professional philosopher and advisor; may be called upon to give counsel on spiritual matters or interpret occult occurrences. Senators are nearly always dedicated specialists, obsessed (or very nearly so) with the minutiae of their chosen field of study
The Princes right hand, the Seneschal is in turns an agent of the prince, his gate keeper, and the one who acts on his behalf when he is indisposed.
In the Invictus, Seneschal is a Title of Function for the city position of Seneschal. If one takes this position, the title of Seneschal supersedes one’s previous title of function until the title of Seneschal is relinquished.
Example: Full Title - The Good Alder Vincent Darrows, Viscount and Seneschal of New York
Soldier is given to a professional warrior who is not sworn to an Order of Knights. Since Soldiers are not bound by the detailed Oaths of Knighthood, many become mercenary warriors and assassins.
Speaker is given to a specialist in matters of Etiquette and Diplomacy. Speakers can expect to be called upon to handle delicate negotiations with members of other covenants.
In the Invictus, Steward is given to a preserver of valuable artifacts. A Steward may also be an individual who has taken responsibility for an elder vampire in torpor, ensuring that all arrangements are made to welcome him back when he wakes, and caring for him, if necessary.
Technologist is given to an expert in the study and application of Disciplines, including the experimental development of new Devotions, categorization of bloodline-specific powers, and observations of other "foreign" abilities (such as Theban Sorcery or Crúac).
The city position of Whip. Ideal Whips are trained as Interpreters or Grooms. If one takes this position, the title of Whip supersedes one’s previous title of function until the title of Whip is relinquished. The whip ensures that the Invictus present a unified face to the city.