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 HOW TO ACT AS A VASSAL / SUZERAIN ? (MANDATORY)

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PostSubject: HOW TO ACT AS A VASSAL / SUZERAIN ? (MANDATORY)   Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:58 pm



1 - The spirit of donation: You should dedicate part of your money to the Guild. Please give some coins to the Master or an officer (who will then pass it to the Master) from time to time. The sake of the Guild depends on your actions. It favors our own expansion. The Master's chest is dedicated to the Guild. All the gold serves for Hall expansion, to help those in need, or for prizes for events. Giving anything else of use to the Master, such as gold or green weapons, expensive runes, dyes, etc, is also very appreciated. And remember our golden rule: There is no buying and selling inside the guild!!! This is a Society, not a Bazaar…

2 - The spirit of help: Officers have the duty to help, train, teach, and equip as they can new members. But it’s not limited to that… Anyone can help any member. We are a hierarchical society but we are also a community in terms of practice. So please, if you have knowledge, pass it around. And if you don't, it's okay not to know everything. So don't pretend, that is worse. Prove wise and humble, even if you are a smart ass. That is the best way to rise in ranks.

3 - The spirit of etiquette: In a feudal society, proper respect has to be granted to your suzerains. Three specific emotes define the ways you can say ‘hi’ in the game: /salute; /bow; /kneel. These represent three levels of courtesy and respect. So you need to know how to use them properly in our guild. IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR IDENTITY AND SYSTEM:


/salute

Salute is a mark of respect by itself, the smash on the heart expressing dear. It is also a sign to use when there is a strong bond between two people, such as brotherly love or such kind of emotion. Thus:

The ‘salute’ command, according to its military background, CAN BE used among members of the third state, as their recognize each other as comrades. It also HAVE TO BE used among Knights themselves, thus indicating that they are brothers-in-arms (please see the note at the end of this article if you belong the Chivalry). Usually, Clerics and Nobles, who are used to higher etiquette, do not use this way of greeting.



/bow

A bow implies a mark of respect. It is used as a thanking greeting, when you’ve learnt a lesson, obtained an important item, etc. It also expresses a mark of respect towards women. It is actually the basis of courtship. Thus:

The ‘bow’ command is an important mark of respect for members of the Third State saluting their tutors, because they should be constantly grateful of the knowledge their tutors give them. Knights among themselves usually salute, but they CAN add a bow to the formal military salute. Clerics HAVE TO bow to each other, as they recognize the importance and scholar achievement of each other's career. Nobles also HAVE TO bow to each other, as a mark of respect and recognition for each other's House, even if they have different ranks. Among people of the same class, it can be used to show respect, thankfulness, or courtesy.


/kneel

As for kneeling, it is the highest mark of respect one can give someone. Symbolically, you place a knee on the floor to show devotion and respect. It is also an extreme mark of respect or gratefulness. Above all, it is part of the ritual of those being dubbed and granted with a higher position. To finish with, in the Middle-Ages, it’s simply the best visual reward that you can grant a ruler. It’s never a degrading act in chivalry, but rather the contrary. It proves that you are a trusted vassal, true at heart, and humble enough.

The ‘kneel command’ HAS TO be used when anyone salutes Nobles or the King. It is also REQUIRED that you kneel when you are granted a new rank or a new title. It is part of the dubbing ritual. Finally, in terms of courtly love, kneeling to a woman when you can only salute or bow to her is a public sign that you are courting her, and are interested in her sentimentally. Beware of rivals though, or of married woman, for it thus can easily turn improper.


/wave

In a Court system, waving is very improper and can be interpreted as a sign of disrespect. Salute involves touching one's heart, bowing involves lowering your head and back in respect, kneeling involves touching the ground as a mark of hierarchical respect. Waving is implying that the person is worth nothing, as you move your hand in sheer air.

The 'wave command' is prohibited as a salute. However, it can be used if people do not see you in a crowd, even though it is always more courteous to go find the person yourself.


FINAL IMPORTANT NOTES ON THE ETIQUETTE:

- you can greet groups of people, if you could salute them all the same way.

- Remember that our Hall is the Court of King Arthur. In terms of Role Play, it is not a place to mess around in. The King is obviously the most important character of his Court and any etiquette not respected in the presence of the King can be very very ill-perceived. If we all want the experience to work and the charm to be intact, we need to be wary of this as important. Respect the Hall as Arthur's Castle, thus in medieval philosophy, as Arthur himself.

- Finally, be careful of First Person view because it very often creates a bug from the point of view of the others. When you feel you're facing people you might sometimes actually turn your back to them, which is the utmost proof of impoliteness in Medieval standards. So try to keep Third Person view when you are greeting or Role Playing with members. That is the best way to avoid that bug.


IF YOU NOW BELONG THE CHIVALRIC PATH: (skip this passage if not concerned)

Knights among them salute with the strike of a fist on their heart, expressing the brotherly bond that links them all under Mighty Camelot. They thus use the command /salute to manifest such a mutual respect.

Now, if Lieutenants, Commanders, or Grand Commanders meet Marshals or Generals, they have to /salute and then they have to use the command /attention, and wait for their hierarchical superior to tell you "Rest, ... (followed by your rank and possibly your name)" before you can actually rest. Note that Marshals and Generals have to salute back. Lieutenants, Commanders and Grand Commanders still /kneel to the King, and then /attention, waiting for the regent to tell them to rest.

Now, when Marshals or Generals meet the King, as their private elite guard they do not kneel any more. As Knights of the Round Table, they belong to another type of bond based on equality. The King remains the King, but marshals and Generals have to /salute and then /attention, just like Lieutenants, Commanders and Grand Commanders do to them.
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