ROIAF Court Life - Getting Ahead



 
The Royal Court is comprised of various noble and (rarely) commonborn individuals given royal appointment, office and status to perform in the stately duties of the court, the realm and in the immediate, the administration of King's Landing and the Crownlands. Court is the hotspot for power politics, realm-wide influence, economic trade , pageantry, arts and culture, so on and so forth. 

Pageantry is another aspect of court that often goes overlooked in a roleplay setting, but part of a Royal Court's allure is that it is often a busy place for politics and beyond politics. For exmaple, several kinds of entertainments take place regularly and can and should be NPCed, from singers and mummers to court fools and games, the latter of which can be organized and made popular by court attendees and officials at any time providing, of course, they're not pin the limb on the leper, and other, more crude games.  

Another significant element of this roleplay is that every house, great and banner, are here by invitation or to a specific end. King's Landing is not a city in which nobles would just be for no other reason but right of title and significance in their own kingdoms. Every character/house/region will be here to perform in some duty or role for the purposes of influence at their base, be it to better or sustain their economy, political economy, to establish their relevance to the realm as a whole, or to situate themselves in positions of greater power than what they currently occupy. 

In short:
    -    Politicking
    -    Influence and Recognition
    -    Economy

While this might sound intimidating to some, it is actually a good thing for writers/roleplayers. It means every character on sim should/would have purpose already ingrained in their character base, and it will be to the writers to embellish goals and purposes with roleplay, which can be done with active involvement with and in the court primarily, and beyond it in the greater city.  

 

The King's Household

  • Steward - The steward’s role involves managing the household for the king, overseeing a wide number of aspects and drawing from the king’s personal household funds to see it take place. He oversees the servants, he helps arrange the king’s daily schedule of audiences and meetings, he helps arrange the logistical aspects when the king chooses to travel outside of the city. The steward is a closely-trusted aide who alleviates many of the day-to-day tasks the king would otherwise have to see to. This a Major Office.
     
  • Master of Horse - The master of horse maintains the king’s stables and studs. This includes all the horses that the king’s household needs, from the horses used to cart goods to the hunters and destriers of knights, squires, and so on. In a military campaign, the master of horse may have a significant role in overseeing the process of cataloging and valuing all horses knights and soldiers in the king’s army bring with them, to properly record how much the king must pay in case of loss. This is a Minor Office.
  • Master-at-arms - The master-at-arms oversees training of the castle’s pages and squires, and makes sure that the king’s household knights are maintaining their readiness. A secondary role of the master-at-arms is managing and overseeing the king’s armory in the Red Keep. This is a Minor Office.
  • Master of The Hunt - The royal huntsman oversees and arranges hunts for the king. This includes hiring huntsmen, and interacting with the king’s falconers and kennelkeepers. They receive funds to carry out these tasks, as well as a limited license to hunt for their own pleasure in the kingswood, or to sell these licenses to others who wish to hunt there. This is a Lesser Office.
  • Master of Falcon - In charge of the mews, they see to the acquisition, breeding, training, and use of the king’s falcons for hunts. This is a Lesser Office.
  • Master of Games - A subordinate of the steward, the master of games is in charge of the details of arranging tourneys, races, and other such sports for the court. This is a Lesser Office.
  • Companions - Gentlemen in the service of the His Grace and Prince(s), they act as both body servants and companions. It is a coveted position for young knights and lords, especially those unbetrothed or unwed, as it provides them the opportunity to experience court life to the fullest, to show themselves to best advantage, and to develop a connection with a prince. Companions have the prince’s ear, and are privy to the inner workings of the court. Many of the chief courtiers had their beginnings as a royal companion.

The Hand

The Hand speaks with the king’s voice. He can carry out all tasks that the king himself might perform, from leading armies to sitting the Iron Throne, all in the king’s name. This is a Greater Office.

Captain of the Hand’s Guard - Head of the Hand’s guards, the captain oversees their training and readiness. This is a Lesser Office.

Steward - The Hand’s steward arranges his household and his activities. This is a Lesser Office.

The Small Council

Grand Maester - The Grand Maester of the realm is the king’s counselor and chief healer, and has a place on the small council where his learned opinion carries the same weight as that of any other council member. This is a Greater Office.

  • Archmaester - One of the chief maesters in the realm, they elect the new Grand Maester and manage the Citadel, including the training of new maesters and the assignment of maesters where needed. This is a Minor Office.

Lord Commander of the Kingsguard - The Lord Commander, selected by the king, is a knight of high standing and generally wide experience. This is a Greater Office.

  • Kingsguard - The six other knights of the Kingsguard are widely-regarded as some of the finest in the Seven Kingdoms. They swear away their inheritances and hope for children, their celibacy serving as part of a holy seal that binds them to the king. They swear to keep his secrets, obey his commands, and protect his life with their life’s blood. This is a special Office, reflecting the limited political role but high prestige that they have. 

Master of Coin - The king’s treasurer, the master of coin has a great role in the raising of and disbursement of funds in the realm. They oversee a vast bureaucratic apparatus, ranging from direct assistants to harbormasters, wine and wool factors, customs sergeants, tax farmers and tax collectors, and more. This is a Greater Office.

  • Harbormaster of King’s Landing - Chief of the busy port at King’s Landing, they oversee customs sergeants and others. They have a role in seeing who gets what berths, who has access to the royal shipyard among non-royal ships, and help to arrange transport of freight from ships to the dock warehouses. This is a Minor Office.

    • Customs Sergeants - Officers in charge of assessing the value of cargos to be transferred through the port of King’s Landing, and determining what customs duties are required. This is a Lesser Office.

  • Keepers of the Keys - The four Keepers of the Keys literally control the keys that open certain doors and chests that belong to the king’s household. Broadly speaking, this extends to having the responsibility of overseeing the items that these locks guard. One holds charge of the king’s jewels, another has charge of the king’s purse—those funds that the king keeps purely for his own interests, another still commands the key to the armory (and so associates closely with the Master-at-Arms), and the last holds the keys to the king’s manors outside of the city. With each office, there come responsibilities, including hiring of assistants, overseeing investments of personal wealth, acquiring such things as the king desires. This is a Minor Office.

  • King’s Counter - Subordinate most directly involved in managing the taxation of the realm, making sure that all that ought to be coming in in tax revenue comes in as intended. Royal tax assessors, tax farmers (men who pay to “farm” the royal tax for a lump sum, on the expectation that they’ll be able to turn a profit), and so on are in their employment. This is a Major Office.

    • Tax Assessors - Individuals tasked with assessing royal taxes and seeing to their collection. Licenses to carry out this task are often sold, with those purchasing the license allowed to keep what they collect, in which case they are called tax farmers and are not direct subordinates of anyone. This is a Lesser Office.

  • King’s Scales - Official keeper of the royal weights and measures, and enforcing them as the standard throughout the realm. Various kinds of factors—wool, wine, spice factors—are in his employment, and they play a more direct role in assessing tariffs and duties. This is a Major Office.

    • Factors - The various factors under the King’s Scales range in levels of importance. However, the chief factors help to sell various goods produced by the royal lands—wool from the king’s flocks, wine from the king’s few vineyards, and so on. They also purchase such goods for the king’s household, particularly spices, which is almost entirely imported. This is a Minor Office.

  • Officers of the Royal Mints - The three royal mints lie in King’s Landing, Lannisport, and Oldtown. The officers oversee the minting of money, and arrange the shipment and protection of specie. This is a Minor Office.

  • High Almoner - The High Almoner is responsible for distributing alms to the poor. This position closely mirrors the Mistress of Charity, though while the Mistress is in charge of direct charity (giving out money, clothing, and food), the High Almoner is responsible for larger programs like kitchens and shelters for the poor, or programs to help apprentice tradesmen.

Master of Laws - The master of laws oversees the law of the realm, committing any changes to the records and maintaining the codices. They are advisory and supervisory in their role, and are not themselves justiciars—they do not try cases or pronounce judgments, except in so far as is appropriate to their own rank (i.e. a lord who is master of law would still try cases within his own lands). They also carry the task of overseeing the specific legal apparatus of King’s Landing, reducing the work the king himself must carry out in hearing petitions. This is a Greater Office.

  • High Reeve - The chief judge of King’s Landing, although their writ runs purely to low justice. Murder, treason, and crimes potentially meriting execution are high justice, and are dealt with by the king and his Hand in the city. This is a Major Office.

    • Reeve - A lesser judge, carrying out rulings on cases of low justice. This is a Lesser Office.

  • King’s Justice - The king’s executioner, he also oversees the royal dungeons and gaols. This is a Minor Office.

    • Chief Gaoler - Directly supervising the gaols, they hire undergaloers and keep track of the prisoners. This is a Lesser Office.

    • Lord Confessor - The king’s torturer. This is a Minor Office.

  • Justiciar - A handful of men holding powers of high justice directly from the king, authorized to try matters involving pits and gallows. They travel the Seven Kingdoms, commissioned by the king to bring his justice to those parts of the realm that require it. One common task is to call an open court in various areas where there have been complaints about the rule of local lords or knights, to hear complaints and make judgments. The justiciar’s power can bring them into open conflict with lords, and some lords began their rebellions by murdering a justiciar who had attempted to force the king’s law upon them. This is a Major Office.

Master of Ships - The commander of the royal fleet, the master of ships oversees their maintenance and preparation. This is a Greater Office.

  • Commander of the Sea Watch - Head of the patrol fleet that specifically guards the waters of Blackwater Bay in the vicinity of King’s Landing, stretching up towards Crackclaw Point, the shores of the kingswood, and Massey’s Hook. This is a Minor Office.

  • Royal Shipwright - Often a tradesman, the shipwright oversees the royal shipyard at King’s Landing and the building of his galleys. This is a Minor Office.

  • Royal Captains - Commanders of the king’s war galleys. This is a Lesser Office.

Master of Whisperers - Controller of the king’s spies and informers, providing him such information as he requires regarding activities both within and without the realm. This is a Greater Office.

  • Informants and Spies - Those who provide the master of whisperers his secrets.

Other Offices

Commander of the City Watch - Head of the city watch, the commander maintains a force of 2,000 men to police the city and maintain the peace. This is a Major Office.

  • Officer of the Gate - One of the seven senior officers in command of the seven gates of the city, they oversee policing in the quarters of the city adjoining their gate. This is a Minor Office.

    • Officer of the City Watch - One of a few score officers of the City Watch. This is a Lesser Office.

  • Warden of the Kingswood - A deputy of the king assigned the duty of making sure that the kingswood is maintained for the king’s pleasure, and that peace is kept within its lands. The warden oversees matters related to forestry, hunting, and fishing in this area. They are given funds to hire foresters and knights to prevent banditry and poaching, as well as certain privileges related to hunting and logging in the wood. This is a Major Office.

    • Deputy Warden of the Kingswood - The warden’s right and left hands. One is charged with command of the foresters, the other with matters related to the game that the king hunts. Each works to make sure no illict logging or poaching takes place. This is a Minor Office.

      • Officers of the Kingswood - Knights and men-at-arms in the pay of the warden to police and maintain the kingswood as he commands. This is a Lesser Office.

Queen's Council

Mistress of Council - The Mistress of Counsel is a position usually held by a lady more experienced in courtly manners. Her purview is to guide and advise the council, to act as a check and balance on the other ladies and to ensure the smooth running of council meetings. The Mistress of Counsel has frequent contact with all the other ladies of the council, and will often aide as someone to bounce ideas off of, or to check things over with before proposing something to the council as a whole. She is one of the queen's closest advisors, someone as close to her as the Hand is to the King.

  • Lady of Good Works - The Lady of Good Works serves under the Mistress of Counsel. She is responsible for overseeing the condition of the poor in Kings Landing. It is her responsibility to make monthly visits to the city to deliver donations on the Crown's behalf. She also acts as a voice between the Crown and the smallfolk, informing the Queen's Council of issues and events happening in the lower parts of the city. She also acts as a humbling reminder to the ladies of the Queen's Council to remember those less fortunate. She will work alongside the other Ladies of the council, mostly the Mistress of Keys, to ensure that enough money is being used for charitable purposes - and that all ladies and nobles alike are involved in helping those less fortunate. She will also work alongside the Mistress of Ceremony when planning any large-scale charity events. Together they will plan said event and make sure everything runs smoothly with the aid of the other ladies of the council.
     
  • Lady of Word - The Lady of the Word works under the Mistress of Counsel. She is the Queen's second pair of eyes and ears. Like the King's Master of Whispers, the Lady of the Word is knowledgeable about all rumors, gossip, and secrets floating around and outside of Kings Landing. She is the Mistress of Council's insider and source of information. She must be discrete and creative. She is not an open member of court. The only people who know of her identity are the Queen and Mistress of Counsel.
     

Mistresses of Keys - Acting as a sort of steward for the royal Queen and princesses, the Mistress of Keys arrange the households and help to manage their funds and their daily activities. This is a Major Office.

  • Lady of Orderliness - The Lady of Orderliness serves under the Mistress of Keys as her right hand. She is responsible for helping the Mistress of Keys collect information from the other Mistresses regarding coin spent and coin needed. She acts as the steward for the Mistress of Keys, taking letters for her and acting as her second eyes and ears to meet with the other Mistresses when the Mistress of Keys is not available. She is responsible for relaying and holding messages for the Mistress of Keys.
  • Lady of Books - The Lady of Books serves under the Mistress of Keys as her left hand. She is adapt in coin management and balancing books. She is responsible for keeping a running record of the Queen's Council's expenditures, keeping it up to date and balanced. It is her job to point out when finances are low and when a donation to charity is appropriate.

Mistress of Ceremony - The Mistress of Ceremony is the person in charge of ensuring that all ceremonies, feasts and festivals go according to plan. She is responsible for organizing feasts and parties at the command of the Queen or the Mistress of the Household. She finds the minstrels and so on and secures the budget from the Mistress of Keys. She selects the location and so on and even the possible menus that the Queen can select from, if she so desires. In the end the Mistress of Ceremony has contact with mainly the Mistress of Keys, the Mistress of the Household and the King's Steward to either ensure finances or secure a royal patron. She is also the person to ensure the preparations are met for the tourney’s and jousts together with the Steward. He takes care of the jousters and she of the stands. It is also her task to ensure the safety of her guests by discussing with the Command of the Gold Cloaks as well as the Master of Law about the details of such security.
 

  • Lady of Scene - The Lady of Scene works under the Mistress of Ceremony. She is responsible for scouting locations for events and reporting those back to the Mistress of Ceremony. She is also responsible for overseeing the decorating of each event. It is her duty to oversee purchases and the placement of decorations approved by the Mistress of Ceremony. It is her duty to oversee the cleanup after each event. It is said she is the first to arrive and the last to leave.
     
  • Lady of Festivities - The Lady of Festivities works under the Mistress of Ceremony. She is responsible for assistance in planning and maintaining the itinerary for each event. She is the mouth piece for members of court wishing to suggest ideas for events to the Mistress of Ceremony. She collects ideas and suggests them to the Mistress of Ceremony for games and activities for each event. When suitable, the Lady of Festivities acts as the host for games and leads the nobles in the rules and through the activity.
     
  • Lady of Feasts - The Lady of Feasts works under the Mistress of Ceremony. It is her job to plan and oversee the menu for each event. She will work closely with the Lady of Books and Lady of Scene to prepare a meal to compliment the location while following the budget. Generally, she will prepare three meal options and the Mistress of Ceremony will decide on the final menu. The Lady of Feasts will have a close working relationship with the chefs of the Keep and a variety of knowledge regarding different cultures and their food.
     
  • Madam of Song - Madam of Song is a position held by someone of low birth or born outside of Westeros. They are the Queen's Minstrel, and reside with her ladies-in-waiting. She is held as one of the Queen's companions. Additionally, she works with the Mistress of Ceremony to plan and hire performers for events to provide song and music.

Mistress of Robes - The Mistress of Robes is - as the title suggests - in charge of the Royal wardrobe. Hers is the only of Mistresses whose task goes further than just the Queen, Princesses and those favored enough by the court. Her duties include ensuring that the members of court are able to receive the clothes they desire, and that the crown's are kept safe. She also is the person in charge of finding seamstresses and the purchasing of clothes, jewels and so on. She, together with the Mistress of Keys, keeps a good eye on the jewelry of the Queen. She is also in charge of ensuring that the ceremonial wardrobes are ready when they are needed, as well as making sure the Queen has enough clothes when going on procession. Because of the fact that she dresses the Queen (and their kin), she is less dependent of the infrastructure of the Royal household, however, she still receives her money from the Mistress of Keys and still requires permission of the Mistress of the Household if new robes are to be ordered. The Mistress of Robes is also responsible of ensuring the court follows the fashions as well as making sure any Lady in Waiting dresses to what is considered decent. 

  • Lady of Silks - The Lady of Silks works under the Mistress of Robes and is responsible for hiring and managing the tailoring staff. She oversees the purchases of new cloth in-person once the cloths are chosen by the Mistress of Robes. She has an eye for fashion and is responsible for making sure the royals are always the best dressed at court. She works with the Lady of the Word to keep ahead of the newest fashion trends in the realm. She is responsible for updating the measurements of the ladies and keeping a running record of materials available for new gowns and outfits.
     
  • Lady of Jewels - The Lady of Jewels works under the Mistress of Robes. She is responsible for overseeing the delivery of jewels to and from the vault and the picking of jewels for occasions. It is her duty to be versed in the history of the jewels and in the overseeing of purchasing of new jewels, picked by the Mistress of Robes and funded by the Mistress of Keys.

The Faith

High Septon - The spiritual father of the Faith, he puts aside his name when the convocation of the Most Devout elect him. He maintains his seat at Visenya’s Sept. Though this is a Greater Office, since the days of Maegor and Jaehaerys the High Septon has kept a distance from the politics of the land.

  • Most Devout - Septons and Septas of the highest rank, they reside with the High Septon and help to oversee the spiritual and temporal matters of the Faith. Unlike the tradition of the High Septon, Most Devout have been known to accept temporal dirt on their hands in the courts and intrigues of the realm, in pursuit of the bettertment of the Faith. This is a Major Office.