Guilds and Ranks
The political theater of The Tapestry is always on the brink of a shift despite the illusion of peace carried by its people. Guilds are a major part of the world of the Tapestry. They can help your character rise in rank and power, as well as open many doors to quests and opportunities.
In character they are as potent as family ties / clans but have leniency in that they do not have to operate by bloodline.
Click on a flag to learn about the associated guild.
The royal family. A single bloodline has carried the crown through many centuries, supplemented by the marriages with worthy guilds or heroes as decided by the Primo Uomo (King). The royal seat is Inizio D'Oro, the city believed built on the spot that The Skald had made their one and only appearance.
Proper forms of address is by their title only, unless given permission otherwise. It is acceptable to shorten the title to just Primo or Prima, as well.
Primo Uomo (King, 'First Man')
Prima Donna (Queen, 'First Lady')
Primo Figlio (Prince, 'First Son')
Prima Figlia (Princess, 'First Daughter')
Trivia: The Primo/a titles come from the term Prima Donna for 'first lady' in reference to music/ballet.
The titles belong to the Guild Leaders who have the double duty of running entire regions. Based on their service to the royal family can determine if they will marry in and have the honor of adding their family to the line of the Prima Familia.
Heirs enjoy a lap of luxury in the manor with the royal family. They do not have to be blood-related to the guild leader that sent them.
Proper nomenclature for addressing Doge/Duce are varied and more normalized, with Guild Leaders going by either their internal titles, their name directly, or as their title.
Other guild leaders, despite not holding land, are still recognized as one of the wealthy. Their children are often sent to Inizio D'Oro to be personal servants to the royal family and their superior guild heirs. This title may also reference heirs of all guilds as well, as it is the lowest title of nobility.
Nobile Heirs also do not have to be blood related to the guild leader that sent them.
Possessing no additional fancy titles, Nobiles are typically referred to by their names, but are recognized as being of a superior class than the rest of their peers.
Exceptional heroes may be recognized directly by the royal family as prospects to the line, earning a private title that has them at the same 'level' as a Doge/Duce without the land. These are few and far between, designed to humor the belief that even the pig keeper can become a king, a mantra said to encourage people to not feel bound by their station.
There are no special forms of address toward renowned people.
This level of rank could also apply to villains. They are respected, as without them there would only be half the opportunities for heroes to appear. Still, they probably would not be excited to have one as their leader or suitor!
This rank is given to people who collect enough notable badges to appear well decorated and are not already ranked as nobility. Badges of note include The End, Manticore Mangler, Dragon Doombringer, Virtuoso Vanquisher, etc.
Guilds are important in character, providing you opportunities for growth if your character's goal is to lead or rule. It is also a social network, allowing you to connect with other players with similar-minded characters. Some guilds might have enough activity to do their own events, or have overlapping situations with other guilds expanding your social circle in a more organic way, especially if you are shy. :)
Profile Perks to all Guilds
- Members of guilds will have the banner displayed in their profiles, and titles changed accordingly if they hold power within the guild. Other ranks for establishing seniority or specific job will be displayed beneath the banner.
- Guilds will have their own slot on the forum with both a public and private section to use as they see fit, as well as a 'group' that will color member's names in the online list.
- Leaders of guilds will gain a lump sum of 5k gold and gain the rank of Nobile. For Head Guilds this bumps up to 10k and Doge, respectively.
Joining a Guild
If you feel your character would be a good fit for a guild, or that they would be interested in joining it, seek out a representative of the guild. Depending on the guild's structure that may be all you need to do.
Have a character that is a 'native' and you would like them to already be part of the guild? Talk to the leader OOCly to confirm. Make sure you save yourselves both time and hassle and check to make sure that the history of the guild can align with your character's simply enough (ie, timelines).
Legally you cannot be registered to two guilds. This doesn't mean you can't work for another though...
Creating a Guild
- Five members or more (Number includes Leader)
- A specialization, does not have to be unique.
- Can only have up to two specializations that are already similar in nature. You are encouraged to have only one.
- Permission of the place you will be setting up (ooc).
- Please provide information for the wiki.
Banners should be simplistic, focus on a shape and color scheme and picture having to make it by hand on fabric!
You will have total control of how your guild determines its next leader or how it invites its members in, promotions within, etc. You can host your own events for your members.
Becoming a Head Guild
In each territory there can be many guilds, but only one has the political weight to be considered in charge of the territory as a whole. To become the head guild of a territory one of two things need to happen:
- The current head guild submits to your guild
- However it happens! The former head guild will need to let the Staff know.
- A new territory is created (spotted).
- Usually a guild is already selected for this oocly (as it will need to be considered long-established), but... petitioning or a competition may be held.
Profile Perks to Head Guilds
- You are the region owner, you can boss the smaller guilds around.
- Leaders gain rank of Doge/Duce, just under the royalty and is eligible for marriage to the royals (Determined by the Annual Review).
- Wallet boost of 10k gold
- Permanent-room HQ
Can I have a guild of only [race]? Yes.
Can I also have a guild that does [activity]? Yes.
Can I take over a guild? Yes, with the ooc cooperation of the current owner. Take overs/mutinies are a great way to shift ownership if you find just handing it over to be too bland. Rarely, if the owner is not around anymore we will allow someone with vested interest to rise up. This opportunity is ideally for those already within the guild, but this is not a requirement.
Can we have a room for our HQ? At the bottom of the room list there is a form you can fill out to create a temporary room. This room will exist until there has been 2 hours of inactivity. If you need it to be private, then you should mark it as such in the room name. Head guilds, which operate a region, will have their HQ as a permanent room as it is considered the capitol building and should be accessible to the public for civil matters.
Mergers and Partnerships
Partnerships among guilds is not unheard of, though not when it comes to trying to climb to a head guild position, this coveted spot means that partnerships will have to at some point become a rivalry or a merger if the other guild is also vying for the position.
If a merger was to happen, the smaller guild will disbanded and members would be added to the roster of the larger. Mergers can happen where both guilds are lost and a entirely new guild is formed. They will have to still consider the rules of that of creation (above).
Disbanded guilds are simply removed from member's profiles, however the information that is displayed here will just be moved to 'past guilds' with a new section concerning how it ended. History is history, after all.
Reasons a guild may be disbanded:
- Disinterest - Members all split ways and abandon the guild altogether. This can also happen when membership falls beneath 5 members may be considered disbanded upon lack of activity.
- Head guilds will not be disbanded on lack of activity, but if all associated players are MIA then another guild might be invited to take over per staff's invitation and discretion.
- Merged - Being taken over by another guild might lead to those members joining the stronger guild and leaving behind the original.
- Culling - All members deceased... for whatever reason.
- Decree - A head guild or the royal family in question might manually expel a guild from record and eligibility.
- This would be in-character only, and does not mean a guild cannot still operate, it would just mean that they are not official and therefor would not be able to progress politically-- as there would definitely be movement against them.