By Xedes, and Nytris, and all the gods of Ocith, do I, Raizza, Princess of Calmarnock, swear my fealty to you, to be your faithful servant, and to protect with all my abilities, from now until death.
he title of Prince or Princess of Calmarnock
, an ancient principality in the western portion of Troyso
, is bequeathed by tradition to the Heir Apparent. This is usually the first born child, although if the King or Queen goes without an heir for a long time, the title may be granted to a sibling or cousin, at least temporarily.
The investiture takes place outside of Coldmere
, at an ancient cairn known as Cragstone
where warleaders were raised in the past. The ceremony is simple, requiring the Heir Apparent to be invested with all the regalia of the Heir, before swearing fealty to the reigning Monarch. Often there are brief speeches by the ruler and heir. The regalia is simple, consisting of a sword, a scepter, and a coronet.
While the traditional Duchy of Brittlecairn
is bequeathed to the Heir Apparent at birth, the title Prince of Calmarnock
is not automatically granted. Usually the ceremony is postponed until the Prince or Princess is old enough to take part in it, and to ensure that the child is healthy enough that no childhood illness or lack of facility will cause their early death.
It's always good to see the old Cragstone being used in the proper fashion. Good, old blood, the Deepwalkers, and that's a fact.
The locals of the old principality of Calmarnock have a mixed response at this reminder of the royal household's origins. Some are thrilled to be remembered, especially the folks in Brittlecairn
who are close to their tribal roots still. Farther away, in the city of Arnistino
, for example, the name "Calmarnock
" does not carry the same sentimental weight, as they have become more metropolitan in outlook.
In the rest of the country, there is growing disapproval about the continued use of the title. Some feel it is an anacronism to keep using the old warlord title. There are also many who resent the constant focus on Brittlecairn
and the surrounding lands. They wish to feel more included, and to celebrate as a whole, as opposed to dividing it into ancient princedoms. There has been a call to abolish the practice in recent years, spearheaded by the Duke of Chiador
, the last of the duchies to be joined to .