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This is a badge indicating the rank of Duke or Duchess. Quarterly, I and IV argent, II and III azure.

As defined by the New OutRider's Charter the Duke is the highest 'landed' officer rank in order of precedence in the New OutRiders.

Ducal Mandate

  1. Moderate Duchy meetings set at a regularly scheduled time.
  2. Supervise the CT/CS's in your Duchy, and meet with them as often as necessary to keep the Duchy running smoothly.
  3. Promote up to CT/CS to fill the needs of a growing Duchy.
  4. Ensure the Branch roster is current and forwarded to the High Council Scribe before the first Sunday of each calendar month. This may be delegated to the Duchy Herald.
  5. Forward any letters for mass mailing to the CT/CS's in your duchy. The word "DISTRIBUTE" will appear beneath the return address, or in the subject line, indicating a letter for mass mailing to all members. Please proofread the entire email first, ensure it does not accidentally contain material not suitable for all members.[1]
  6. Supervise all the members, including the Dungeon Master Group members in your Duchy to maintain order.
  7. Meet with the DM on your server regularly to keep abreast of their activities.
  8. Notify the Dungeon Master (DM) of any members wishing to transfer to the Dungeon Master Group (DMG).
  9. Attend the weekly[2] HC meetings at least twice each month, one being the official business meeting.
  10. Answer questions from the lower ranks.
  11. Act as Liaison to the other Guilds/Orders and entities within your server as needed.
  12. Supervise the Duchy Herald.
  13. The Duke/Duchess is responsible for all responsibilities as stated in the Herald Mandate, and must ensure they are fulfilled regardless of having a Herald or not.

Revision History

  • Approved by the High Council February 26 1995.
  • Revised by the High Council March 09, 2003.

Ducal Titles

There are four titles at the Duke rank:

  • Duke - an active male Duke
  • Duchess - an active female Duke
  • Marquis - an inactive/retired male Duke
  • Marquise - an inactive/retired female Duke

These titles are generally considered equal in weight and significance. The difference being that the Duke and Duchess are active officers of the order. Marquis/Marquise are no longer active officers and lose the rights and privileges attached to the office.

Historical Background

A duke (male) or duchess (female) can either be a monarch ruling over a duchy or a member of the nobility, historically of highest rank below the monarch. The title comes from French duc, itself from the Latin dux, 'leader', a term used in republican Rome to refer to a military commander without an official rank (particularly one of Germanic or Celtic origin), and later coming to mean the leading military commander of a province.

A duchy is the territory or geopolitical entity ruled by a duke. The term implies a territorial domain, within which the duke has actual subjects or significant land holdings, with respect to which the duke has or had unique legal privileges, e.g. sovereignty or manorial rights or entitlement to certain duties or income from residents (e.g. the corvée), etc. A dukedom is the title or status of a duke, a rank in the present or past nobility, and is not necessarily attached to a duchy.

A marquess or marquis is a nobleman of hereditary rank in various European peerages and in those of some of their former colonies. In the United Kingdom the title ranks below a duke and above an earl.

The word "marquess" is unusual in English, ending in "-ess" but referring to a male and not a female. In continental Europe it is usually equivalent where a cognate title exists. A woman with the rank of a marquess, or the wife of a marquess, is a marchioness in the United Kingdom, or a marquise elsewhere in Europe. The dignity, rank or position of the title is referred to as a marquisate or marquessate.

Ranks of the Order
Preceded by Rank Succeeded by
Count Duke Lord


  1. Artifact of pre-email clients or servers and limits to "electronic mail" of sending ten letters at a time.
  2. High Council meeting are currently every week, but may schedule a frequency of their choosing.