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29th Sep '17 8:46:18 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has a set of ranks for each faction. The ranks for Imperial Legion and House Redoran in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' are explicitly military, and they are nothing like real-world, medieval or not. The Redoran ranks are, in fact, Dunmer titles of nobility, and they are also fantastic.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' adds [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Dremora#Ranks an entirely separate rank system]] for the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent dremora]], ranging from Churl (similar to an army private) on up to Valkynaz (combination of a general and a duke).
** As mentioned above, in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', almost every faction you can join, and there are a ton, has an interesting rank system. Here's a list:
*** House Hlaalu has: Hireling, Retainer, Oathman, Lawman, Kinsman, House Cousin, House Brother, House Father, Councilman and Grandmaster.
*** House Redoran has: Hireling, Retainer, Oathman, Lawman, Kinsman, House Cousin, House Brother, House Father, Councilman and Archmaster.
*** House Telvanni has: Hireling, Retainer, Oathman, Lawman, Mouth, Spellwright, Wizard, Master, Magister and Archmagister -- though in terms of lore Magister is more of a title than a rank (a Magister is a Master who has formally declared that they deserve the position of Archmagister more than the current holder).
*** The Blades have: Novice, Apprentice, Journeyman, Finder, Traveller, Operative, Agent, Spy, Spymaster, Grand Spymaster.
*** Census and Excise (which ''can't'' be joined, and it only has non-player characters for two of the ranks, so to know most of these you have to check the editor) has: Novice, Apprentice, Clerk, Taxman, Taxtaker, Operative, Agent, Excise Officer, Inspector and Grand Inspector.
*** The Fighters Guild has: Associate, Apprentice, Journeyman, Swordsman, Protector, Defender, Warder, Guardian, Champion and Master.
*** The Imperial Cult has: Layman, Novice, Initiate, Acolyte, Adept, Disciple, Oracle, Invoker, Theurgist and Primate.
*** The Imperial Knights (which only exists as a faction in the editor, having no members or way of joining it) have: Aspirant, Squire, Gallant, Chevalier, Keeper, Knight Brother, Commander, Marshal, Seneschal and Paladin.
*** The Imperial Legion has: Recruit, Spearman, Trooper, Agent, Champion, Knight Errant, Knight Bachelor, Knight Protector, Knight of the Garland and Knight of the Imperial Dragon. It's implied that you essentially switch to a different ranking system after Champion (it's mentioned that the Legion officer corps is dominated by knights).
*** The Mages Guild has: Associate, Apprentice, Journeyman, Evoker, Conjurer, Magician, Warlock, Wizard, Master Wizard and Arch-Mage.
*** The Thieves Guild has: Toad, Wet Ear, Footpad, Blackcap, Operative, Bandit, Captain, Ringleader, Mastermind and Master Thief.
*** The Camonna Tong (which also can't be joined and can only be inspected through the editor, [[FantasticRacism filthy outlander!]]) has: Bully, Tough, Thug, Brute, Lifetaker, Chiller, Hammer, Old Man, Strong Man and Kingpin. Only ranks Bully through Brute, as well as the Kingpin, are seen in the game, however.
*** The ''Bloodmoon'' expansion adds ranks for local offices of the East Empire Company: Underling, Clerk, Steward, Fixer, Agent, Negotiator, Officer, Deputy and Factor.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has a set of ranks for each faction. The ranks for ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** While the [[BadassArmy
Imperial Legion Legion]] does have some real-world ranks throughout the series and House Redoran in the backstory (recruits, troopers, sergeants, commanders, captains, centurions, legates, generals), they also have a few fantastical ranks (knight errant, knight bachelor, Knight of the Garland, Knight of the Imperial Dragon).
** In
''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' Morrowind]]'', the ranks for the Imperial Legion and House Redoran (the [[ProudWarriorRace Proud Warrior House]] of the Dunmeri [[TheClan Great Houses]]) are explicitly military, and they are nothing like real-world, medieval or not. The Redoran ranks are, in fact, Dunmer titles of nobility, and they are also fantastic.
fantastic (Hireling, Retainer, Oathman, Lawman, Kinsman, House Cousin, House Brother, House Father, Councilman and Archmaster).
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' adds [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Dremora#Ranks an entirely separate rank system]] for the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent dremora]], Dremora]], ranging from Churl (similar to an army private) on up to Valkynaz (combination of a general and a duke).
** As mentioned above, in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', almost every faction you can join, and there are a ton, has an interesting rank system. Here's a list:
*** House Hlaalu has: Hireling, Retainer, Oathman, Lawman, Kinsman, House Cousin, House Brother, House Father, Councilman and Grandmaster.
*** House Redoran has: Hireling, Retainer, Oathman, Lawman, Kinsman, House Cousin, House Brother, House Father, Councilman and Archmaster.
*** House Telvanni has: Hireling, Retainer, Oathman, Lawman, Mouth, Spellwright, Wizard, Master, Magister and Archmagister -- though in terms of lore Magister is more of a title than a rank (a Magister is a Master who has formally declared that they deserve the position of Archmagister more than the current holder).
*** The Blades have: Novice, Apprentice, Journeyman, Finder, Traveller, Operative, Agent, Spy, Spymaster, Grand Spymaster.
*** Census and Excise (which ''can't'' be joined, and it only has non-player characters for two of the ranks, so to know most of these you have to check the editor) has: Novice, Apprentice, Clerk, Taxman, Taxtaker, Operative, Agent, Excise Officer, Inspector and Grand Inspector.
*** The Fighters Guild has: Associate, Apprentice, Journeyman, Swordsman, Protector, Defender, Warder, Guardian, Champion and Master.
*** The Imperial Cult has: Layman, Novice, Initiate, Acolyte, Adept, Disciple, Oracle, Invoker, Theurgist and Primate.
*** The Imperial Knights (which only exists
duke). These also qualify as a faction in the editor, having no members or way of joining it) have: Aspirant, Squire, Gallant, Chevalier, Keeper, Knight Brother, Commander, Marshal, Seneschal and Paladin.
*** The Imperial Legion has: Recruit, Spearman, Trooper, Agent, Champion, Knight Errant, Knight Bachelor, Knight Protector, Knight of the Garland and Knight of the Imperial Dragon. It's implied that you essentially switch to a different ranking system after Champion (it's mentioned that the Legion officer corps is dominated by knights).
*** The Mages Guild has: Associate, Apprentice, Journeyman, Evoker, Conjurer, Magician, Warlock, Wizard, Master Wizard and Arch-Mage.
*** The Thieves Guild has: Toad, Wet Ear, Footpad, Blackcap, Operative, Bandit, Captain, Ringleader, Mastermind and Master Thief.
*** The Camonna Tong (which also can't be joined and can only be inspected through the editor, [[FantasticRacism filthy outlander!]]) has: Bully, Tough, Thug, Brute, Lifetaker, Chiller, Hammer, Old Man, Strong Man and Kingpin. Only ranks Bully through Brute, as well as the Kingpin, are seen in the game, however.
*** The ''Bloodmoon'' expansion adds ranks for local offices of the East Empire Company: Underling, Clerk, Steward, Fixer, Agent, Negotiator, Officer, Deputy and Factor.
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21st Jun '17 10:47:31 PM MadAnthony94
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** [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Early on]], "Darth" was implied to be some kind of noble rank. As the series evolved it simply became the title for all Sith Lords.


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* ''DarthsAndDroids'': Among other changes made to the plot of''StarWars'', "Darth" has become the title of address for a retired Jedi, regardless of moral standing. Yoda takes the name Darth Sain while in hiding.
19th Jun '17 8:28:08 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Fanfic/InTheService'' and ''Fanfic/LifeAfterHayate'' share the author's ranking system for [[LyricalNanoha TSAB]] Navy combat mages; the system is separate from the normal Navy ranking system to indicate their specialty and enshrine in regulation that the senior combat mage in the landing party will outrank any number of admirals. At the top end it rejoins the regular Navy ranking system.

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* ''Fanfic/InTheService'' and ''Fanfic/LifeAfterHayate'' share the author's ranking system for [[LyricalNanoha [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha TSAB]] Navy combat mages; the system is separate from the normal Navy ranking system to indicate their specialty and enshrine in regulation that the senior combat mage in the landing party will outrank any number of admirals. At the top end it rejoins the regular Navy ranking system.
14th May '17 4:55:37 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Traveller}}'' Vilani noble titles don't translate on a one to one basis with Terran but there is a rough adaptation and many nobles of Vilani heritage prefer the Vilani rendering to the Terran. Vilani titles come from the days of the old First Imperium:

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* In ''{{Traveller}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' Vilani noble titles don't translate on a one to one basis with Terran but there is a rough adaptation and many nobles of Vilani heritage prefer the Vilani rendering to the Terran. Vilani titles come from the days of the old First Imperium:
1st May '17 10:04:52 PM nombretomado
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* TransformersAnimated introduced a few of these.

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* TransformersAnimated ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' introduced a few of these.
16th Apr '17 3:12:50 PM nombretomado
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** Various Chapters have variation on this as well: the SpaceWolves replace Scouts with Blood Claws, Devastators with Long Fangs, Librarians with Rune Priests...

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** Various Chapters have variation on this as well: the SpaceWolves [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] replace Scouts with Blood Claws, Devastators with Long Fangs, Librarians with Rune Priests...
2nd Mar '17 7:54:45 AM Discar
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** ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' suggests that the Knights Radiant of old - or, at least, the Skybreakers order - used to have their own ranking system, based on the number of Oaths sword. Going from one to five, it was initiate, novice, Shardbearer, an unknown one and Radiant. Nale still uses the system for his acolytes.

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** ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' suggests that the Knights Radiant of old - or, at least, the Skybreakers order - used to have their own ranking system, based on the number of Oaths sword.sworn. Going from one to five, it was initiate, novice, Shardbearer, an unknown one and Radiant. Nale still uses the system for his acolytes.
26th Jan '17 7:48:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''StarCraft'': The Protoss have a different rank structure, though only three ranks are ever mentioned in the original game.

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* ''StarCraft'': ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': The Protoss have a different rank structure, though only three ranks are ever mentioned in the original game.
15th Jan '17 3:51:28 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The prime minister of the Seven Kingdoms is called the Hand of the King. He is supported by a "small council" (privy council) of officials such as the "Master of Coin" (treasurer), "Master of Whisperers" (spymaster), and "Master of Laws" (attorney general).
** Dothraki ''khalasars'' are led by ''khals'' who are protected by three "bloodriders" and appoint lieutenants called ''kos'' who each command their own unit called a ''kas''. When a ''khal'' dies, the strongest ''ko'' will strive to replace him.
2nd Jan '17 3:59:59 PM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Cultures that follow the Vorin religion have two related systems of ranks for darkeyes (peasants) and lighteyes (nobles). Both have ten ranks, with first being the highest and tenth the lowest, but the darkeye ranks are called ''nahn'' and the lighteye ''dahn''. The easiest way to go up a rank is either to buy it or to join the military, though there are limits. While ranks can be inherited, not all of them are inherited evenly; a king is first ''dahn'', for example, as is his heir, but any other children will slip down to third ''dahn'', which is a "stable" rank. Second ''dahn'' is for highprinces and their heirs. Other cultures have their own ranking systems, though none as explicit as the Vorin. They ''are'' descended from a ProudWarriorRace, after all.

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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
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Cultures that follow the Vorin religion have two related systems of ranks for darkeyes (peasants) and lighteyes (nobles). Both have ten ranks, with first being the highest and tenth the lowest, but the darkeye ranks are called ''nahn'' and the lighteye ''dahn''. The easiest way to go up a rank is either to buy it or to join the military, though there are limits. While ranks can be inherited, not all of them are inherited evenly; a king is first ''dahn'', for example, as is his heir, but any other children will slip down to third ''dahn'', which is a "stable" rank. Second ''dahn'' is for highprinces and their heirs. Other cultures have their own ranking systems, though none as explicit as the Vorin. They ''are'' descended from a ProudWarriorRace, after all.all.
** ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' suggests that the Knights Radiant of old - or, at least, the Skybreakers order - used to have their own ranking system, based on the number of Oaths sword. Going from one to five, it was initiate, novice, Shardbearer, an unknown one and Radiant. Nale still uses the system for his acolytes.
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