- Emperor/Empress, Kaiser/Kaiserin, Tsar/Tsaritsa: rules over everyone
- High King/High Queen, Maharajah, Pharaoh: rules over other kings
- King/Queen, Sultan/Sultana, Shah/Shahbanu, Raja/Rani, Rex: rules over everything (Europe) or leader of a large area or province (ancient Egypt, Persia, India)
- Crown Prince/Crown Princess, Emir/Emira, Dauphin: also called the heir apparent, next in line for the throne
- Prince/Princess: other children of the imperial or royal family
- Archduke/Archduchess: ruler of an archduchy
- Duke/Duchess: ruler of a duchy; highest rank under the royal family; While some duchies have their own lineage, members of the royal/imperial family can also be dukes (ex. Queen Elizabeth II is the Duke of Normandy)
MARQUESSATE, MARGRAVIATE, OR MARCH
- Marquess, Margrave, Marquis/Marchioness: the ruler of a marquessate, margraviate, or march
- Count, Earl/Countess: ruler of a county; known as an earl in England, but their wives are still countesses
- Viscount/viscountess: ruler of a viscounty; rank below counts/earls
- Baron/baroness: ruler of a barony
- Baronet: British title ranking below baron and above knight
- Seigneur/Knight of the Manor: rules a small local fief
- Knight: basic rank; used to denote someone who owned land and fought on behalf of their overlord
- Baron/baroness (Scotland only): ranks below a knight and above a laird; hereditary position
- Laird (Scotland only): ranks below a Scottish baron and above an esquire; landowner’s title
- Esquire: indicates someone who attends or is apprenticed to a knight
- Gentleman: the lowest rank of gentry; owns a small manor or plot of land
It was the reason he kept coming back. Just to hear him play.
When Johnny started playing at the club again, he asked Paul not to go those nights. Paul didn’t understand why, Johnny played for him all the time at home, wouldn’t be any different watching him at the club, but he didn’t go. At first. After Johnny’s third night playing at the club, Paul went to the club, sneaking in through the back and watching where Johnny couldn’t see him. It was amazing. Despite being up on the stage, crowd of people watching him, Johnny was still himself, more focused on the piano, on each note, the crowd forgotten. It was exactly how he played at home, while Paul cooked dinner or cleaned his guns.
For three more nights, Paul would sneak into the club and watch Johnny play. He’d met Johnny while gambling, that Johnny lost and a little broken, the piano and the music a long forgotten friend compared to the gambling addiction. Idly wondered what might have happened if Paul had met this Johnny first, if he would have kept him from the gambling.
That night, he stayed after Johnny was done, went over to the bar to order a drink. Johnny spotted him once he’d left the stage, walking over with a smile on his face.
"That last one was for you," he said, ordering his own drink as he sat next to Paul. "Hoped you’d stick around tonight."
"How’d you even know I was here?"
"Because I always know when you’re watching me play."
Paul kissed him, chasing the smile on his lips.
After that, he was there every night Johnny played if he wasn’t working himself, seating in the front, his drink forgotten in front of him. And as Johnny played, a smile would appear, a smile for Paul.
Lawful Good is known as the “Saintly” or “Crusader” alignment. A Lawful Good character typically acts with compassion, and always with honor and a sense of duty. A Lawful Good nation would consist of a well-organized government that works for the benefit of its citizens. Lawful Good characters may sometimes find themselves faced with the dilemma of whether to obey law or good when the two conflict—for example, upholding a sworn oath when it would lead innocents to come to harm—or conflicts between two orders, such as between their religious law and the law of the local ruler. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. Lawful good can be a dangerous alignment because it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.
- Sensitive To The Feelings Of Others
- Respectful of “life, love, and the pursuit of happiness”
Neutral Good is known as the “Benefactor” alignment. A Neutral Good character is guided by his conscience and typically acts altruistically, without regard for or against Lawful precepts such as rules or tradition. A Neutral Good character has no problems with co-operating with lawful officials, but does not feel beholden to them. In the event that doing the right thing requires the bending or breaking of rules, they do not suffer the same inner conflict that a Lawful Good character would. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. Neutral good can be a dangerous alignment because it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.
- Protective of Life
Chaotic Good is known as the “Beatific,” “Rebel,” or “Cynic” alignment. A Chaotic Good character favors change for a greater good, disdains bureaucratic organizations that get in the way of social improvement, and places a high value on personal freedom, not only for oneself, but for others as well. They always intend to do the right thing, but their methods are generally disorganized and often out of alignment with the rest of society. They may create conflict in a team if they feel they are being pushed around, and often view extensive organization and planning as pointless, preferring to improvise. While they do not have evil intentions, they may do bad things (even though they will not enjoy doing these things) to people who are, in their opinion, bad people, if it benefits the greater good. Chaotic Good is the best alignment you can be because it combines a good heart with a free spirit. Chaotic Good can be a dangerous alignment because it disrupts the order of society and punishes those who do well for themselves.
- Respectful of Personal Liberties
Lawful Neutral is called the “Judge” or “Disciplined” alignment. A Lawful Neutral character typically believes strongly in Lawful concepts such as honor, order, rules and tradition, and often follows a personal code. A Lawful Neutral society would typically enforce strict laws to maintain social order, and place a high value on traditions and historical precedent. Examples of Lawful Neutral characters might include a soldier who always follows orders, a judge or enforcer that adheres mercilessly to the word of the law, and a disciplined monk.Characters of this alignment are neutral with regard to good and evil. This does not mean that Lawful Neutral characters are amoral or immoral, or do not have a moral compass, but simply that their moral considerations come a distant second to what their code, tradition, or law dictates. They typically have a strong ethical code, but it is primarily guided by their system of belief, not by a commitment to good or evil. Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot. Lawful neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it seeks to eliminate all freedom, choice, and diversity in society.
- Respectful of Authority
Neutral alignment, also referred to as True Neutral or Neutral Neutral, is called the “Undecided” or “Nature’s” alignment. This alignment represents Neutral on both axes, and tends not to feel strongly towards any alignment. A farmer whose primary overriding concern is to feed his family is of this alignment. Most animals, lacking the capacity for moral judgment, are of this alignment. Many roguish characters who play all sides to suit themselves are also of this alignment. Some Neutral characters, rather than feeling undecided, are committed to a balance between the alignments. They may see good, evil, law and chaos as simply prejudices and dangerous extremes. Neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion. Neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction.
Chaotic Neutral is called the “Anarchist” or “Free Spirit” alignment. A character of this alignment is an individualist who follows his or her own heart, and generally shirks rules and traditions. Although they promote the ideals of freedom, it is their own freedom that comes first. Good and Evil come second to their need to be free, and the only reliable thing about them is how totally unreliable they are. Chaotic Neutral characters are free-spirited and do not enjoy the unnecessary suffering of others, but if they join a team, it is because that team’s goals coincide with their own. They invariably resent taking orders and can be very selfish in their pursuit of personal goals. A Chaotic Neutral character does not have to be an aimless wanderer; they may have a specific goal in mind, but their methods of achieving that goal are often disorganized, unorthodox, or entirely unpredictable. Chaotic neutral is the best alignment you can be because it represents true freedom from both society’s restrictions and a do-gooder’s zeal. Chaotic neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it seeks to eliminate all authority, harmony, and order in society.
Lawful Evil is referred to as the “Dominator” or “Diabolic” alignment. Characters of this alignment see a well-ordered system as being easier to exploit, and show a combination of desirable and undesirable traits; while they usually obey their superiors and keep their word, they care nothing for the rights and freedoms of other individuals and are not averse to twisting the rules to work in their favour. Examples of this alignment include tyrants, devils, undiscriminating mercenary types who have a strict code of conduct, and loyal soldiers who enjoy the act of killing. Lawful Evil characters may sometimes find themselves faced with the dilemma of whether to obey law or evil when the two conflict. However, their issues with Law versus Evil are more concerned with “Will I get caught?” versus “How does this benefit me?” Lawful evil creatures consider their alignment to be the best because it combines honour with a dedicated self-interest. Lawful evil is the most dangerous alignment because it represents methodical, intentional, and frequently successful evil.
- Respectful of Authority and Power
Neutral Evil is called the “Malefactor” alignment. Characters of this alignment are typically selfish and have no qualms about turning on their allies-of-the-moment. They have no compunctions about harming others to get what they want, but neither will they go out of their way to cause carnage or mayhem when they see no direct benefit to it. They abide by laws for only as long as it is convenient for them. A villain of this alignment can be more dangerous than either Lawful or Chaotic Evil characters, since he is neither bound by any sort of honour or tradition nor disorganized and pointlessly violent. Examples are an assassin who has little regard for formal laws but does not needlessly kill, a henchman who plots behind his superior’s back, or a mercenary who switches sides if made a better offer. Neutral evil beings consider their alignment to be the best because they can advance themselves without regard for others. Neutral evil is the most dangerous alignment because it represents pure evil without honour and without variation.
Chaotic Evil is referred to as the “destroyer” or “demonic” alignment. characters of this alignment tend to have no respect for rules, other people’s lives, or anything but their own desires, which are typically selfish and cruel. they set a high value on personal freedom, but do not have any regard for the lives or freedom of other people. they do not work well in a group, as they resent being given orders, and usually only behave themselves out of fear of punishment. it is not compulsory for a chaotic evil character to be constantly performing sadistic acts just for the sake of being evil, or constantly disobeying orders just for the sake of causing chaos. they do however enjoy the suffering of others, and view honor and self-discipline as weaknesses. serial killers and monsters of limited intelligence are typically chaotic evil. Chaotic evil beings believe their alignment is the best because it combines self-interest and pure freedom. Chaotic evil is the most dangerous alignment because it represents the destruction not only of beauty and life but also of the order on which beauty and life depend.
The next day, James went out for a haircut and afterwards stopped at a nearby bookstore. While he was gone, Michael made some work related calls. His manager, who he’d yet to tell the good news to, congratulated him and said he’d send over some scripts for Michael to read through. He also reminded Michael that he’d need to start thinking over Assassin’s Creed soon, as work on the newest script continued. There really wasn’t much for Michael to do yet without a script, so he opted to play through the first game again.
He hadn’t been playing for very long when James returned home.
"I thought you were going to work?" James asked, setting down a couple of bags from the bookstore on the couch beside Michael.