Pitymaster Rank/Title in Hastened Delight | World Anvil


"A stern manner makes a good Pitymaster!"

The Pitymaster is an individual responsible for managing all aspects relating to Dovepost in the Royal Post of the Tightish Empire.
This includes the oversight of Dovepost Stations and the training of service professionals as well as the intersections between the Dovepost and the Trevy Signal and Pacer networks that cover the Ilses of Gaibidess.
In regions affected by Outgrowth, they are also responsible for deliveries traveling via the Metropolitan Line.


Very few individuals are ordained to become Pitymasters, since Dovepost is widely considered to be the most intricate branch of the Royal Post.
Although there are no formal requirements for the position, most Pitymasters have been retired Lords of the Order of Imperial Custodians.
All current Pitymasters have had a background in engineering, with the majority having been involved with the Royal Guild of Horologists at some point in their career.
This has likely had an impact on the large degree of automation found in Dovepost Stations and explains how Dovepost remains the primary means of communication for most matters of national service.


It was all very sudden. One moment I was eating dinner with my family, the next I was in Penchester with a sickle to my neck!
— Quote from an interview in The Goings-On
Whenever it is decided by the Director of Deliverance that a new Pitymaster is required, a Request for Personnel form is filled in and delivered to the Royal Household for review.
Should a suitable candidate be found, a representative of the Royal Household will be sent to inform the chosen individual that they are "summoned before Her Majesty's likeness to serve the country you honour your presence with".
Presuming this offer isn't declined, which it never has been, they are then immediately escorted to the Imperial Halls where a Rite of Servitude takes place.
This is typically followed by an informal meal with the Director of Deliverance and the escorting of the newly appointed Pitymaster back to their homes.


The primary responsibility of a Pitymaster is guaranteeing the efficient operation of the Dovepost in their designated geographic region.
This implies that the Pitymaster is constantly aware of the current state of their domain.
This includes, but is not limited to, the number and location of operational Dovepost Stations, the forecast of the weather, the estimated number of doves in service, missing and in training.
This knowledge is essential for prioritising and adapting to issues in service, and the Pitymaster can order denial of service to certain customers if required.
It is expected that the Pitymaster oversees the expansion and improvement of their domain, which often includes research and development work as well as gathering statistics and optimising the existing infrastructure.


I myself can't stand the balls and the banquets, but the gossip! Aah, the gossip...
— Attributed to Q. W. Tinkwater
Being a "Most Consigned" official, Pitymasters are part of the bureaucratic elite, overshadowed only by the Royal Household and the Crown itself.
This grants them a certain amount of prestige and gives them access to various confidential information.
Pitymasters in particular enjoy the benefit of priority communication, meaning they can use the infrastructure of the Royal Post free of charge and their messages (but not packages) will be delivered in the fastest possible time.
This is mainly to guarantee that the Pitymaster can contact any entity necessary to maintain peak efficiency of the Dovepost at any time.

Accoutrements & Equipment

As with all members of the Royal Post, Pitymasters are required to wear a service brooch with the Post's Emblem: Crossed silver quilts and a silver scroll on a base of royal red, surrounded by a golden eight-pointed sun.
Since the Pitymaster is on duty all the time when in public, Pitymasters must wear their brooch anytime they leave the house, making them easily recognisable.

Grounds for Removal/Dismissal

Should it be conceived that the Pitymaster is not ensuring excellent service, the Director of Deliverance may have them moved to a different, less critical, position or, if The Crown approves, have them removed from service entirely.
In the case of the Pitymaster having committed an offence according to the Book of the Crown's Justice, they will be immediately and automatically removed from their post and will no longer be able to obtain a post equivalent to a "Most Consigned" official.


The role of the Pitymaster dates back to the ancient Rovans, who first bred and trained doves for ceremonial occasions.
A flock, or pitying, would be overseen by the master of pityings, who would typically work alone.
When the Royal Post was formed and the work performed by independent Pitymasters became centralised, it was decided that the term was being applied too liberally.
This lead to the differentiation between the modern Pitymaster and their subordinates, known as Pitiers.

Cultural Significance

It wouldn't be children's play without a Pitymaster, now would it?
— A Bard defending her pupil's actions to a Constable
With Pitymasters regularly taking long trips from their comfortable homes to inspect rural Dovepost Stations, they have obtained a reputation for being stern and grumpy individuals outside of the Outgrowth.
This stereotype, coupled with the fact that their uniform is easily imitated with a suit and a large postage-stamp, makes them beloved characters in children's games, often portrayed as an easy target for practical jokes.

Notable Holders

The current Director of Deliverance, Maurecent E. Blacker, acted as Pitymaster before rising to his current post.
Under his watchful eye the Dovepost network saw an increase in automation, with many Dovepost Stations becoming autonomously integrated into the Trevy Signal system.
This also lead to innovations such as the weather-based redirection of service doves and the automatic removal and attachment of messages to the dove's legs.
by A Lambent Eye
Former Pitymaster Maurecent E. Blacker
Form of Address
Lord Pitymaster
Alternative Naming
Flying Duke
Equates to
"Most Consigned" civil servant
Source of Authority
The Crown
Related Organizations


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Dec 1, 2021 23:05 by Arklaw

Why is it called the "big pit" if it's a person?

Dec 2, 2021 08:11 Private

Fair point, that one's a bit contrived, I'll remove it.

Dec 2, 2021 16:50 Private

Any further feedback? Do you find the article an interesting read?

Dec 2, 2021 17:23 by Arklaw

Most of the article could do with some rephrasing I guess. For qualifications, since they oversee training and, they need administrative skills and showcase leadership. As for offences, do they get only one chance? It could do with an example of a famous Pitymaster and what they did. Other than that this is an interesting post for a civilian overseer.

Dec 2, 2021 21:32

I've put some more work into it, do you think it's better now?

Dec 3, 2021 11:19 by Arklaw


Dec 3, 2021 01:21

Your article reads nicely, Lambent Eye. In particular, you've got such a talent for quotes that're both fun to voice and either answer or produce questions for the reader. My only real suggestions from this comment are perhaps you can use columns to format text (such as having a quote next to a paragraph it's referring to) and that maybe the initial quote up top could be within a quote block? (Both of these are entirely stylistic, probably, given I can't quite articulate why me feel such things. Otherwise, good work, yo.

Dec 3, 2021 11:03

Thank you very much!

Jan 5, 2022 17:25 by K.S. Bishoff

This is really good and I enjoyed reading it. Layout-wise: Columns would shorten the article. Also, being a grandmaster, you could use the Scrolling Sidebar feature in the Codex and that would take care of the long bit of emptiness in the sidebar. Just scroll to the Article Sidebar section here:

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CSS examples to change article & BBCode components.

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Jan 7, 2022 00:19

Thank you very much for the advice! When you say I should use columns, what exactly do you have in mind? I shall certainly explore the possibility of having a sticky sidebar or finding something else to do with it!

Jan 7, 2022 02:45 by K.S. Bishoff

In under each section you could split the info into two columns. For instance, under the Cultural Significance, you could use columns to put the quote BESIDE the next paragraph. I will admit it takes some practice to get things balanced between the columns the way you want.

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Jan 18, 2022 06:56 by LexiCon (WordiGirl)

Hey there! Long time no talkie talkie. This was a nice article and I should really be keeping up with your world more. You may not remember me, but we met on the NaNoWriMo Forums back in 2020 when WorldAnvil was running the Alliance challenge. Hope you don't mind if I featured you for January's challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your work. <3

Jan 22, 2022 10:04

Why of course! So lovely to get in touch again! I'm glad you enjoyed it and of course I don't mind being featured! Would you have any feedback on the article, just to give me some room for improvement?

Jan 22, 2022 12:36 by LexiCon (WordiGirl)

The only thing I can think of is the fact that some words are bolded that I would love to click and learn more about, but they are simply bolded and not linked to other pages. Surely you probably have in mind to flesh out these articles later, but if you could perhaps use a simple tooltip to provide a brief sentence on what the bold is referencing would help to satisfy a bit of curiosity until a full article is developed. Other than that, I think it's great. :)

Jan 22, 2022 14:33

An excellent idea!