The Tiefling Noble Class
The Tieflings have a long history of rule, and although they only cling to power in a few small pockets of the world, a complicated class structure remains ingrained into their society.
Emperor – There has not been an emperor for over 100 years, since the fall of “Mad” Emperor Falstavia, whose hunger for power is said to have caused the cataclysm that shattered the Tiefling empire.
Archduke – An archduke rules an entire country in the name of the Emperor. There is only Tiefling Archduke left in the world: Tharos, Archduke of Hellshold. He is said to have ruled since before the cataclysm.
Prince – A prince is the son of an emperor, and as there is no Emperor, there are currently no princes. There is talk of a “lost prince” who claims lineage from Falstavia, but this is dismissed as legend by all Tieflings of worth.
Duke – In the old empire, a ruler of a city or large province would be named Duke. Although a few Tieflings make claim to the title, only Duke Fuldirmar, ruler of the City of Silvershoal is powerful enough to have a true claim to the title.
Counts & Barons The ancient and complex ruling class of the Tieflings has left the land littered with counts and barons; some of these have sold off all but their title to support their lifestyle during the hard times after the cataclysm, and live on the good graces more wealthy relatives and creditors.
Swordknight – An offshoot of the ancient ways, the swordknights are almost exclusively dragonborn knights, raised from birth to be of military service to the Tiefling nobility. The dragonborn Swordknights were considered the lowest of the nobility, but still far above commoners. Outsiders who showed exceptional courage or loyalty were sometimes promoted to the status of Swordknight, but this could only ever be done by decision of the Swordknight council.