"As Housecarl, what will my duties be?""Your loyalties are to me specifically. Your charges will be me, my family, my property. You represent me and my interests, in effect, when not at my or my family's side, you are my direct voice. This is not a position to take on lightly."
Housecarls are the personally appointed bodyguard, officer-at-arms, and advisor, to nobility. This is the highest rank of knights in Theydim, and hold a unique position in society based on "their" noble's rank and status.
Duties of a Housecarl
Often, Housecarls came from non-noble backgrounds, granting the noble with an advisor in possession of another perspective. In council sessions, the Housecarl is granted the same courtesies as the other councilling nobles, regardless of their original class status.
In social events, the Housecarl was treated with the same deference as their noble's rank though had the expectation of being "on duty" instead of being expected to participate in the dances or boisterous activities.
All Housecarls are paid, and twice a year are traditionally gifted with some form of extra compensation for their family due to the time away from home often being a strain. A common early gift includes ways of either helping the Housecarl build their own home, or some kind of gift to assist in the home, such as a valuable stud bull or a plot of land that is not only gifted but also a gift the noble cannot rescind by law ishould the Housecarl not be in agreement. The full value of these gifts is dependent on the noble's status.
Housecarls of an Arle*
Before the Thydian Unification Wars, Arles were the highest authority of their lands, and their Housecarls were both the leader of their standing armies and the Arle's bodyguard.
These military duties often overlap with the duties of the Captain of the Guard, Theydim who is tasked with protecting the cities and can be called upon to be military leaders. Different Captains of the Guard and Housecarls resolve the conflicts between their respective duties in a variety of manners, though poor relations between the Captain of the Guard and the Housecarls tended to cause friction in the cities themselves for the more common people.
The Housecarl of an Arle is tasked with protecting their Arle and the Arle's family, property, interests. They typically wear a ring or necklace marking them as the highest ranked agent of their Arle short of the immediate family.
The Housecarl is not the only bodyguard for the Arle with their added responsibilities, but they are also the ones who are responsible for the other bodyguards.
Housecarls of a
While a Duke is not an Arle, the Housecarl's duties are only slightly reduced. The Housecarl is not expected to be tasked with directly commanding military units, but is more likely to stay in closer proximity to their Duke and to travel with them. Typically, the Duke's Housecarl and the Captain of the Guard are less likely to have overlapping duties due to the Housecarl being more likely to travel with the Duke as they tour the dukedom.
The Housecarl is seen as the highest ranked agent acting on behalf of the Duke, but generally wear a necklace of their status.
Housecarls of a Lordor
Barons*, Lords*, ortypically do not have a Housecarl, and instead have hired bodyguards or a hired man-at-arms. Most who do have a Housecarl came from old families of far more recently diminished powers, and typically their Housecarls do not recommend a successor.
-For the Noble or Housecarl's Life
Rarely -Dismissal by Appointer