Court of Peers Formal Dress

For many years after our Awakening, we Humans lived in small groups. We learned to hunt for meat, and to gather the wild crops provided by the gods. The lives of our ancestors were challenging. Anw while they survived and grew in number, they did not prosper. It was only when our first King, Saint Ancelin (his name be ever praised), taught our ancestors to organize that we Humans began to realize our true potential. May we never forget what Saint Ancelin taught us.
— Pastor Jonason teaching Human History to a class of children
Saint Ancelin taught those early Humans principles of organization and leadership. He explained the importance of teaching to refine talent, and he stressed that those talents should always be put to best use for the community as a whole. As Humans grew in number, these teachings became codified and now represent the core of the law that governs the First Kingdom. But over the years, those who did the organizing, leading, and teaching began to believe they were the embodiment of Saint Ancelin's vision. After all, wasn't it their guidance that has allowed Humanity to become civilized?

The Court of Peers

The collection of rulers, religious leaders, and craftsfolk began to consider themselves apart from the common farmers, herdsfolk, hunters, and laborers, though they were peers to one another. To embody this belief, they named themselves "the Peerage", and when they gather formally, they refer to "assembling the Court of Peers". In early days, there were few Peers, and it was easy for them to know each other's names, skills and rank. But as the Kingdom grew, this became more difficult. And so, for the times when the entire Peerage gathers, they devised a dress code that identifies their titles, positions, and ranks in the Order of Precedence. For formal celebrations or mourning, to deliberate a serious matter, or to hear the criminal trial of one of their number, they don this garb which reminds them, and the population of commoners, of their common purpose. Their robes, even in their variety, remind all of their equality and interdependence upon one another as they guide all aspects of kingdom life.

The Formal Dress of the Peerage

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The clothing worn by every member of the peerage are, except for tailoring adjustments to suit individual body shapes, identical in cut and form. It is in the colors used to dye the fabrics and the decorative trim and appliques added to the basic outfit components that distinction of rank and function are shown.

The outfit consists primarily of a robe made of heavy, layered linen that is styled to resemble a coat over tunic, although it is a single garment. It features loose sleeves that end partially cuffed and partially free-hanging. A high, stiff open collar extends around the head of the wearer. The front has the appearance of narrow lapels open around an undertunic, but as mentioned, it is all part of the same garment. Below the waist, a central panel hangs free from the waist with tassels affixed to the bottom. The sides flares into long coattails with tassels affixed along the back portion only.

Trousers are worn beneath the robe for modesty, and calf-high boots with heels are worn on the feet.

There are various trimmed edges, and an applique pattern is applied to the upper arm area of each sleeve. Finally, a chest device is affixed to the front below the neckline. In general, the main body of the garment will be of a single color, while the trim, tassels, cuffs, and appliques will be of a different color to denote title and rank. The chains and chestpiece are always metal, but choice of metal depends on rank.

The following sections will describe the individual robes for each rank in the Peerage. The robes are grouped by similarity of function; the order in which they are presented here is not representative of their place in the Order of Precedence, which clearly defines their relative ranks of importance.

The Royal Family
The Royal Family, consisting of the High Sovereign, any Sovereign Consorts, and Principal Children are the only persons entitled to wear any sort of clothing fashioned with the unique purple dye extracted from river mollusk shells within the kingdom. The bodies of their Peerage Robes are dyed with this purple. All are trimmed with Cloth of Gold. The High Sovereign is identified by the chains and chestpiece of gold, while those of the consorts are of silver, and the Principals are of copper. Black trousers, and highly polished black boots complete the outfits.

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Soverign Consort

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Governing Nobility
There are six ranks of active governing titles within the Peerage: The Archdukes oversee all. The Marklords, Earls, and Barons oversee the bulk of the lands, while the High Lords Mayor govern cities and Lords Mayor govern towns. The robes for all of these are dyed a deep, rich blue color, which marks them all as active administrators within the Kingdom. The robes of the Archdukes are trimmed and tasseled with the same blue, and adorned with silver chains and chestpiece. Those of Marklords, Earls, and High Lords Mayor - all of whom report to Archdukes - are trimmed and tasseled with a light, contrasting blue. The Marklords are chained and chestpieced in gold; the Earls in silver, and the High Lords Mayor in copper. Finally, the Barons and Lords Mayor, who report to either Marklords or Earls, are trimmed in black. The Baron's chains and chestpieces are silver, while those of the Lords Mayor are copper. Black trousers, and highly polished black boots complete the outfits.

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High Lord Mayor

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Lord Mayor

Retired Administrators and Honorees
Archdukes, Marklords, Earls, and Barons are not guaranteed to serve for life, but they are guaranteed places in the Peerage once they have achieved these ranks. When an Archduke is honorably deposed from the position, the title of Duke is taken in retirement. Honorably deposed Marklords and Earls are granted Viscount titles, and honorably discharged Barons assume the title of Baronet. Additionally, the High Sovereign may from time to time bestow one of these three titles upon an individual that has performed some admirable service for the Kingdom. To denote the fact that the holders of these ranks are no longer actively administering the affairs of the Kingdom, the robes are primarily black in color rather than deep blue. The trim, tassels, and chains are the same as they were for the original administering rank. The chains and chestpieces are all of silver. Black trousers, and highly polished black boots complete the outfits.

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The True Church Hierarchy
The Religious Hierarchy of the True Church of Humanity - the State Religion of the Kingdom - is also included within the Peerage. All of its ordained ranks appear within the Order of Precedence, interspersed among the administrators. For religious purposes, all of these add a head covering to the basic outfit.

The leader, or First Servant of the True Church, is distinguishable by robes primarily of golden yellow-colored cloth (but not cloth-of-gold), and pure white trim and tassels. Chains and chestpiece are of gold. The headgear is a hood with stiffened edges to overhang the face without covering the eyes. The hood affixes outside the collar of the robe. Archbishops, Bishops, and Pastors - the remaining managerial as well as preaching ranks within the church - all wear robes of primarily red color. Archbishops are trimmed in gold, Bishops in Silver, and Pastors in black. Archbishops wear chains and chestpieces of gold, Bishops of silver, and Pastors of steel. Finally, the Servants of the True Church, the ordained priests that assist Pastors, wear a darker red robe with black trim, and black iron chains and chestpieces. Archbishops and bishops wear hoods similar to that of the First Servant, appropriately colored and trimmed. Pastors and Servant Priests do not wear hoods; instead they wear black, wide-brimmed hats to protect them from the sun in their travels. The First Servant's trousers are white, and boots are yellow-dyed leather. The trousers of the rest of the clergy are dyed to match their robes; their boots are all polished black.

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First Servant of the
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Servant of the True Church

Guild Grandmasters and Masters
The third leg of the triumvirate of professions that make up the peerage are the skilled artisans that have risen to the top of their respective professions. Artisans in the Kingdom are strictly organized into Guilds, and standards of quality within the guilds are maintained by those who have demonstrated the highest levels of expertise. As craftsfolk learn a trade and refine their skills, they rise through the ranks of the guild. The highest two levels of achievement in the guild - the two levels from which guild leaders are drawn - are the guild Masters and Grandmasters. In addition to any guild rewards, these highest achievers are also granted positions within the Peerage.

The robes of all artisinal craftsfolk in the Peerage are the same deep green in base color. But unlike the administrators and clergy who use trim of the robe to designate relative rank, for the craftsfolk, the robe's trim is used to denote which particular trade they belong to. Trim, cuffs, appliques, and tassels all take a color representing a particular trade: red for the metalsmiths, green for the woodsmiths, yellow for the lorekeepers, orange for the clothsmiths, and blue for the culinarians. Also, since most craftsmen wear a head covering while actually working (usually to protect either themselves or their work), the formal robes include a simple cloth hat; the hats are also colored to reflect the specific guild of the wearer. Finally, it is the chains and chestpieces that denote relative rank, with gold for grandmasters and silver for masters. Craftsmen of all guilds wear brown-dyed trousers, and wear suede-like brown boots.

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Grandmaster Clothsmith

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Master Clothsmith

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Grandmaster Culinarian

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Master Culinarian

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Grandmaster Loresmith

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Master Loresmith

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Grandmaster Metalsmith

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Master Metalsmith

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Grandmaster Stonesmith

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Master Stonesmith

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Grandmaster Woodsmith

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Master Woodsmith

Occasions for Formal Dress

The formal dress gowns described here are clearly not intended for everyday use. While the clergy members may - and many do - wear these robes regularly, it should be obvious that the artisans could not if they were still practicing their crafts. The robes are not comfortable for riding atop a horse for extended periods, either.

There are several types of occasions when the Peerage members are expected to don their formal robes. Coronations and State Funerals (funerals of a High Sovereign, Sovereign Consort, Archduke, or Principal) are two such occasions. Weddings involving any member of the Peerage, if they include a large ceremony with large guest lists, are informally considered another time to wear the formal attire. The final situation is when the members of the Peerage are called to sit in judgement of one of their number who has been accused of a high crime. When this occurs, the entire Court of Peers, as it it called, convenes in one of the three cities of the kingdom to hear the case and pass judgement and sentence upon their peer. The solemnity of this occasion calls for the reminders of their unity and purpose which the design of the robes provides.


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6 May, 2021 12:06

The many different colors and their meanings in rank is wonderfully worked out.

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6 May, 2021 17:01

Thank you!

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7 May, 2021 21:59

Nice article :D I like all the images you've made, it makes it very easy to understand what you're talking about and see the differences immediately.   " The collection of rulers, religious, and craftsmen consider themselves apart from the common farmers, herdsmen, and hunters," This is an interesting division. I'm picturing something inspired by early civilisation like in Mesopotamia for now, and I can see why craftsmen would be considered important too as their skills would be a basis of what separate the civilisation from hunter-gatherers.   " But as the Kingdom grew, this became more difficult," Similar to how city-state in Mesopotamia had troubles establishing a real empire because of the difference in how they are administered. Or even when the Roman empire had to evolved other time. I like those little details :D And I also like how you explain the historical origin for the costumes.   " The Formal Dress of the Peerage" This section is a big paragraph that is a bit hard to read, so I would divide it into smaller paragraphs. Maybe using a list with a different bullet point for each element would also helps in making it easier to read?   I like how you have special lower titles for when the nobles retire from public function.   Do you have something to distinguish guild leaders from other masters and grandmasters?   I don't think you've mentioned what type of cloth the clothes are made of. Is it something that everyone can afford, especially with the precious metal in the outfits? I imagine most of those roles come with some revenues, apart from the masters and grandmasters…

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8 May, 2021 00:57

Thanks for the detailed comment! To start from the bottom up... The rulers (except for the (High) Lords Mayor), are given estates. Those estates include farmable and huntable land, and can be leased to tenant farmers, etc. That's their revenue source. Upon retirement, they have to leave the ruling estate, but they get another estate and can are expected to maintain (and profit from) it. Religous leaders get their money through the church, and the guildmasters command good coin for their work (or consultation).   Unspoken here is that while kids of the identified nobles get the Commonlord title, that doesn't get property for free, though they are permitted to own more property than commoners. But basically, a kid of a noble that doesn't figure out how to support themself is going to end up in trouble when mommy or daddy dies - unless they inherit.   Journeymen guild members aren't "peers". They're effectively the middle class. So they don't get court dress. (btw... I need to add "laborers" into the list of farmers, herdsmen, and hunters) to define the "commoner" class.)   I'll look at splitting up that paragraph. I know I need to do something about it - it's a wall-o-text right now.

11 May, 2021 13:36

Great article! You must have had quite some work with making all those heroforge models! It does pay of though since it makes it easy to get a visual when reading the related text. I like how the most important artisans get some special robes as well. Those masters of lore do seem sleep deprived though xp   My only remark would be the same as Amélie already said: dividing the "The Formal Dress of the Peerage" paragraph to make it more readable. Other than that great read!

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11 May, 2021 20:09

Thanks for the comment. I deliberately made the loremasters look ancient to suggest that typically, in that guild, it takes a long, long time for your associates to agree that you’re a “master”. I’m still mulling ideas on how to deal with initial wall-o-text. I’m sure i’ll come up with something

16 May, 2021 15:38

Hey Bob!

All-in-all a well done, highly customized (yet standardized) depiction of those in power in Cartyrion that would be easy to convey in either a book or to TTRPG players. My detailed notes are below for your information. Great work!

Detailed Notes

The article opens with a custom "world branding" cover image and uses the basic WorldAnvil theme. A nice backsplash with character faces fills the background of the page in a manner that is both interesting and pleasant. Most importantly is that the number of characters shown is restrained and each portrait is partially transparent. This technique softens the pictures so they remain clear but not distracting from the actual article content.

The article background is a nice "old timey" paper background that doesn't reduce readability. The font (Aquifer) is unique but legible, and the text is appropriately sized and coloured (black and red). The text is justified left and well divided into sections and paragraphs. Other than "The Formal Dress of Peerage" section (see "What Would I Consider Changing?" below), the text flow is well done.

The article is written full-width (sidebar removed) and contains 31 Hero Forge® portraits that are equally sized and well distributed both horizontally and vertically. The image sizes are of adequate size and quality to see the clothing details, and a "row" of images are visible without scrolling.

What Would I Consider Changing? I find "Aquifer" to have greater than average eye fatigue than other fonts since it's "wavy"; however, it's not so bad that I would strongly recommend a change. I personally prefer fully justified text.

I would revise the text flow in "The Formal Dress of Peerage" section as the first line is full width, then the text is between two images, and the bottom three lines are below the left image but not the right. I believe there is potentially a blank link above the right image, and the left/right images are not the same size.

I would consider adding an initial image to the right of the first paragraph so a reader doesn't have to scroll to see the first instance of clothing.

Content: The first two sections summarize world history to set the stage for "The Court of Peers" to which the clothing in the article applies. The third section discusses the similitude of the garment's construction between all groups within the Peerage before breaking down the details for each group in sections four through eight.   What Would I Consider Changing? The first two sections feel "long" (but not excessively) before the true "clothing content" starts in section three. I'm not sure how I would address it since the information does help the article. Perhaps I would have put section 1 in a sidebar and instead opened with section 2?

(Nearly) all the characters are depicted as "white". If this is appropriate to your world, then no issue; however, if your world has ethnic diversity in "the Peerage" then I would show this in the images. Similarly, all "top" authority figures (other than guild members) are depicted as male (which again may or may not be true in your world).

I would clarify if/that all "titles" are gender-neutral even if they're gendered terms in the real world (e.g. Duke vs Duchess).

I would clarify that if/that there is no "ranking" associated with metals in your world. Only the colour purple is reserved.

I would add more "material" and "fabric" designations to your clothing throughout. There are only a few indications of "leather" or "suede-like" for the boots and trousers.

I personally prefer link heavy writing to entwine the article to the larger world. Either article links or tooltips would be beneficial for: "Awakening", "Humans", "Saint Ancelin", "The First Kingdom of Humanity", and "Ancelin's teachings". Based on the bold font effect, it appears you intend to have an article prepared for "High Sovereign", "Sovereign Consorts", "Principal Children", "Archdukes", "Marklords", "Earls", "Barons", "High Lords Mayor", "Lords Mayor", "Duke", "Viscount", "Baronet", "First Servant of the True Church", "Archbishops", "Bishops", "Pastors", and "Servants of the True Church".

"Court of Peers Formal Dress" Paragraph 1 - The middle portion of "Their lives were challenging, and they survived and grew in number, but they did not truly prosper." feels clunky to me. Consider "Although their lives were challenging, they survived and grew in number but did not truly prosper."
"Court of Peers Formal Dress" Paragraph 1 - I would rewrite "Ancelin's teachings" as "Saint Ancelin's teachings" since I would expect the clergy or even general populace would always include the honourific. Alternatively, "Ancelin's Teachings" could represent an individual tome or a series of works.

"Court of Peers Formal Dress" Paragraph 2 - Echo "highly organized" and "highly skilled" are in consecutive sentences.

"The Court of Peers" Paragraph 1 - Delete the "or" before "to deliberate a serious matter" within the list "whether for formal celebration or mourning, or to deliberate a serious matter, or hear the criminal trial of one of their number".

"The Formal Dress of the Peerage" Paragraph 1 - I would insert a few paragraph breaks. Consider breaks between "... distinction of rank and function are shown. The outfit consists primarily ...", "... front below the neckline. In general, the main body of the garment ...", and "... depends on rank. The following sections ..."

"Governing Nobility" Paragraph 1 - You have an extra "e" in "whome" in "all of whome report to Archdukes"

"The True Church Hierarchy" Paragraph 1 - You have have a capital "i" in "First" of "FIrst Servant of the True Church" and "FInally".

"The True Church Hierarchy" Paragraph 1 - You didn't capitalized the "b" in "bishop" in "Archbishops and bishops"

"The True Church Hierarchy" Paragraph 1 - You use the term "Priests" but they're not defined as a rank or shown in a image.

"Guild Grandmasters And Masters" Paragraph 1 - I think you should indicate this group as the fourth leg, not the third ("Royal Family", "Governing Nobility", and "The True Church".

Attributions: The article footer ("Credits") references use of Hero Forge® and Inkarnate. I would double check the Terms of Service for how to reference Hero Forge® content.

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17 May, 2021 03:25

I played around a bit with the opening paragraphs... trimmed them a bit... turned one into a quote which lessens the "wall of text" appearance... broke up the long descriptive paragraph adjusted it and its images a bit. I fixed the few typos you pointed out. I still need a few links (Saint Ancelin, e.g.), but I'm hoping it looks a at least a little bit better now.

19 May, 2021 14:40

Hey Bob, as I said on Twitch yesterday, the opening quote/1st two sections are much more engaging and emotive now that you've reworked them.   Detailed Notes

Opening Quote
Consider changing:
  • "We learned to hunt for meat, and to gather the wild crops that our gods gave us." to "We learned to hunt for meat and gather the wild crops given to us by our gods."
  • "number, However," to either "number; however," or "number. However,"
  • "And we have never forgotten what Saint Ancelin taught us." to "may we never forget what Saint Ancelin taught us" or "we will never forget Saint Ancelin's teachings."
  • If you want Human history to be an academic subject/course then capitalize History

Opening Paragraph
Consider changing:
  • "those who did the organizing and leading and teaching" to "those who did the organizing, leading, and teaching" or "those who organized, lead, and taught"
  • It is unclear if the belief that the aforementioned individuals "embodied St Ancelin's teachings" is perceived as a good, bad, or neutral thing in your world (i.e. is the formation of the Peerage as discussed in the following section a bad thing?)
  • if "It was their guidance that has allowed Humanity to become civilized" was the cause of the aforementioned individuals' beliefs it could be made more explicit/clear

The Court of Peers
Consider changing:
  • Delete "Thus," as you've started a new section
  • Add "figures" after "religious" to better align terms for groups of individuals (e.g. rulers and craftsmen)
  • Change "craftsmen" to "craftspeople" and "herdsmen" to "herdspeople" to make them gender neutral (if desired/appropriate for your world)
  • Eliminate the echo of "consider themselves apart" and "considered themselves peers"
  • Delete "have" in "they have devised a dress code"
  • "But as the Kingdom grew, this became more difficult, and so for the times when the entire Peerage gathers - whether for formal celebration or mourning, to deliberate a serious matter, or hear the criminal trial of one of their number - they have devised a dress code that identifies their titles, positions, and ranks in the Order of Precedence. At the same time, the similarities of their dress remind them - and the population of commoners - of their equality and interdependence upon one another as they guide all aspects of kingdom life." seems quite long for two sentences with a lot of sub-thoughts.

I didn't review the details in the rest of the article as I assume it's relatively unchanged. I did notice that you consistently spell "tassels" (correct) as "tassles" (incorrect).


I hope these notes also help you. And best of luck in shortlisting again!

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20 May, 2021 13:25

Edits appreciated and applied! (And I have no idea where "tassle" came from... I know better, but I was remarkably inconsistent in my spelling error!)

18 May, 2021 10:43

Dinosaurbob,   This is a fantastic article, you have put soooooo much thought and work into all the different colours and styles for the nobles, Guildmasters and Priests. Awesome work buddy. A well deserved LIKE/FAVOURITE.   Aemon

18 May, 2021 12:09

Thank you for taking the time to read it! And for the extra time to comment! Both are greatly appreciated. (I can’t wait to start building out the cloak and dagger antics that go on behind all this “equality” and “cooperation”!

20 May, 2021 07:27

A lovely amount of detail on each part and stellar use of HeroForge to create a visually pleasing formatting for the entire article :D   One thing I didn't grok is: is this from the perspective of a single culture/civilization, or are all humans from this particular culture?   Feedback wise, I would also suggest that adding some more context to the starting paragraph would help. As someone who doesn't know who this saint is, it's unclear to me how exactly they fit into this from the setting as a whole. The article offers some hints (very dang important person), but together with the above, I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking at. Less of a problem for people more into the setting, I'm sure.   How did they arrive on these particular outfits? Was it something this Saint used to dress as, or something started by an early adopted that took off?   Very nice work as always, Bob :)

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20 May, 2021 13:05

This is the derivative of the first human culture. Over the years, there have been breakaways, and there are now rival kingdoms with their own cultures. Some are friendly... some are most decidedly not. The "True Church" has also splintered over time; there's a "Reformed Church of Humanity" for example that the True Church considers heretical (but is much more species-acceptable). I need to at least tooltip Saint Ancelin for now... he'll be getting an article as he's the first king of the humans... the guy who essentially brought them from the hunter/gatherer stage into the "civilized" stage.

23 May, 2021 20:38

The article is excellent. But I feel like there is too little occasions where they would wear this wonderful robes. But I really like the descriptions and different colours for each rank.

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24 May, 2021 03:32

Thanks for reading! And taking the time to comment!   They're designed to look "commanding", but they're not terribly comfortable. The Peers are usually happy to get out of them on occasions when they are required!

24 May, 2021 03:34

Your "check out my costume" link brought me to your world homepage, not your costume article, btw.

24 May, 2021 23:04

I like how colorful the outfits are! There's a lot of information in this one article. And the Hero Forge models match the clothes' descriptions perfectly! Nice article.

25 May, 2021 03:13

Thanks for taking the time to read it - and an extra thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! Always greatly appreciated!

25 May, 2021 22:16

Wow! That's a fantastic and easy way to find all the details anyone might need as to what the Court of Peers formal dress is like. Nicely done!

26 May, 2021 03:43

Thank you! And thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It's always greatly appreciated!

26 May, 2021 19:40

Ooh you expanded a bit since I last saw it, a shame I can't hit like again.
Must be a pain to learn and remember them all tho if you are part of that group.

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George Sanders
6 Jun, 2021 05:13

The sleeves and the collars, nice details to pick out, and I liked the colors and jobs lined up - tells about the world without words.

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7 Jun, 2021 12:26

Thanks for the comment, and thanks for taking the time to read it! I have lots of plans for the First Kingdom... it's my "Renaissance Intrigue" region of the world. I'm hoping Summercamp offers opportunity to start putting some flesh on the bones of the region!

6 Jun, 2021 22:07

Imagine being such elitist snobs that you develop a massive dresscode... -,-   Also, Loresmiths appear to have a really unhealthy profession. o_O Get some sunlight once in a while, ya vampires!!!   Anyway, wicked article, I like the details they use for the symbolic meanings.

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7 Jun, 2021 12:28

Lol... yeah... the loresmith guild is an interesting one (in my mind so far, anyway). It ranges from folks that neverr leave the library, to folks that travel to all sorts of dangerous and mysterious places to gather lost lore. But the main thing I was trying to get across is that in order to make it to master (or grandmaster), you had to have put in a LOT of time and study. The Grandmaster Loresmiths are OLD!!!

7 Jun, 2021 12:31

Oh... and the 'elitist snob' comment is spot-on... They are firm believers in the "we're all equal, but some are more equal than others" creed. While they "cherish and protect" the commoners (farmers, herdsfolk, laborers), they most definitely consider them a lower class not worthy of friendly association with.

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12 Jun, 2021 17:03

Wonderful work here, Bob. I love all the different colors—and the great point about purple, which ties nicely into the real world (ask me sometime about a great poem by friend Richie Hoffman about the color purple and where it came from).

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13 Jun, 2021 02:07

Thanks for reading... and extra thanks for taking the time to comment.

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