Count

count in Valyria is the lower of the two peer lords called magnates. Counts are responsible for developing the economies and infrastructure of the land within their domain, including roads, bridges, and settlement.

A count leads a territory called a county. Some counties are comprised of multiple shires, making them “grand” counties. A shire is the basic unit of land in every duchy, of which there are always 24. A count in charge of multiple shires in his home county might often appoint a viscount as a deputy.

Counts by the right of their position as peers are entitled to a seat in the House of High Lords. One count takes one seat, no matter if he is a grand count or not.

Although they are magnates and peers, counts do not have the right to create barons, even though baronies are frequently parts of counties. Even though barons are not invested with their titles by counts, however, barons still need to enter into some sort of fealty with their local count in addition to the contract they hold with their duke.

A count also may not grant the Accolade unless the count is himself also a knight. Counts are empowered to grant the gentry titles of esquire, gentlemann, and baronet, however.

The title of earl is exactly equivalent to count, and is used by those preferring a more flavorful theme. Wives of earls are still countesses, as are countesses in their own right. The same goes for the title jarl, which is a Nordic variant of earl. The title bishop is yet another spiritual variant, and is considered equivalent to count in Valyria because the diocese a bishop directs is roughly coterminous with a shire.

In formal address, a herald should announce a count as “His Lordship, the Right Honorable the Count ofand directly as, “My Lord.” When referred to as “Lord N“, N is his surname or his territory name. The female equivalent is Lady and Ladyship.