While nobility in the Supremacy, as Scatterran tradition dictates, is often acquired through heredity with one’s family, it can also be bestowed by the Emperor the Houses Major as a token of his, or their, gratitude, for efforts and services rendered in a wide range of fields. One can be awarded a noble title for outstanding dedication, loyalty or valor in civil service, martial service, economic success or the church, though this list is far from exhaustive. Some titles, such as knight, can be applied to any criteria, while others, such as margrave, are directed more so towards those proficient in martial skills and often who have distinguished themselves. None are excluded for membership in the nobility, save for heretics, criminals and their ilk, though the common folk are only allowed to enter at the lower ranks, their highest starting position proving, at best, a knight. There are no unreasonable restrictions keeping the people from being raised above the masses. Such should be, and often is, a desirable goal of every citizen.
The prefix Reichs- to any title denotes that such was bestowed on their family by the emperor or member of the imperial House, and not a lesser noble of any kind. The archduke/duchess is exempted from this as they are always appointed/chosen by the emperor. (Ex. Reichsgräf.)
- Reichsversammlung Noble Hierarchy: (in descending order)
- The Emperor/Empress(Kaiser/Kaiserin),
- The Archduke/duchess(Erzherzog/Erzherzogin)
- Lord/Lady(Edler Herr/Edle Dame),
- * Freiin denotes an unmarried baroness.