- Social Standing
- Lord Richard Uthlain
- Cudgels, Hand of Torm, Five Coins
- Independent Merchants & Craftsmen
- Working Class & Farmers
There are five rungs to Uthmere’s social ladder. At the top is Lord Uthlain himself, the tenth ruler in a long line of monarchs. Directly beneath him are the lordlains, a council of five who oversee the daily operations of the city. Answering to the city council are the city guard, followers of Torm, and the Five Coins—the local merchant guild. These organizations form the upper-crust of Uthmere’s society having some privileges and rights that exceed those of the common folk. The commoners are defined as the independent merchants and craftsmen who run smaller businesses and the general citizenry of Uthmere, its farmers and labourers that form the foundation for its economy.
Taxes are collected by lordlain officials early in the year during the month of Ches. The citizens pay 10-20% of their yearly earnings with the determining factor being whether or not they are labourers or business owners. This yearly tax goes straight into Uthmere’s treasury, some of going to support the city guard and urban infrastructure, the rest is saved in case of disease, crop failure, or invasion. Any goods brought into the city through the gates or by ship are also taxed depending on the type of commodity, this tax is used for keeping the roads clear and safe for travel. Financial transactions within the city are also taxed at a rate of 1 cp for every 10 cp spent, this tax is primarily used to supplement the maintenance of Uthmere’s infrastructure.