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Great House Telvanni ranking system

Cernon
Cernon
Soul Shriven
Greetings. We are running a Telvanni RP guild, and we are trying to make it maximum lore friendly. That is why we have several questions to the Loremaster Lawrence Schick @ZOS_Lawrence_Schick :
1) What is the highest rank for non-council members in House Telvanni in ESO? Is it Wizard (like in TES 3), or Master (Master Wizard) or even Magister? Can House members be Magister while not being a Council member? And do the titles of Master Firuth and Magister Gothren make them stand on different levels of the Telvanni ranking system?
2) Can it be considered that the Archamgister rank makes a person first among equal Magisters and a formal leader of the House Council?
3) Can a Mouth be considered as a rank or an occupation? For example, is it important to serve as the Mouth of a Council member to be promoted from Lawman to Spellwright? If not, are there any rank requirements for anyone to occupy the position of Mouth?
4) What is the relationship between the Council and the rest of the House? Do other House members accept and follow the decisions of the Council? From the lore, we know that the members pretty much isolate themselves and don't care much about one another. But there needs to be some common set of laws and organization for the House to not break apart.
Many thanks in advance!

Kind Regards
Cernon
("Azura's Coast" RP guild, PC, EU)
Edited by Cernon on June 16, 2018 5:16PM
Telvanni oriented RP guild "Azura's Coast" (PC/Mac. EU)
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  • Marginis
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    I'm no expert, but I might be able to help some with this.

    1) Not sure what the highest rank would be - it kind of depends on what you think makes a rank "high" - but Master I think would be most appropriate, personally. I believe that being part of the politics and having a certain amount of power within the Telvanni are two different, albeit related, things. It's kind of like two separate ranking systems - council and mouth are roles within the Telvanni society, whereas Master and wizard and such indicate power, experience, and a certain amount of pull. Therefore it might be more of a requirement to have a certain amount of power to obtain a political position, but not technically necessary. A master, for example, could hold a very high rank politically, but does not need to be terribly involved. They would still be considered a master, and would therefore have a lot of respect.
    2) Archmagister is basically just top dog of magisters, as far as I'm aware.
    3)Mouth would probably be considered a role and special rank all in its own. I don't think it's necessary to go up in the ranks to first hold this position, but rather it's a rank meant for a more specific job.
    4) From what I can tell, the council behaves kind of like a small governing body, setting the laws of the Telvanni and making decisions as they do. Many Telvanni, because they value more power and ability than anything else, don't give a damn about the politics, but others like to use their magical prowess to gain political influence. It's like, as I said before, there's a ranking system of power levels among the Telvanni, and that first and foremost determines respect that a Telvanni should get. After that, there's a separate political system, in which having a certain power level helps an individual manipulate things. The two exist separately, but definitely influence each other. Again, I'm no expert, so it's probably best to take this with a grain of salt, but from what I know this is how the House behaves.

    If you're looking to make ranks for a guild, I'd probably go and set up a few ranks by power level - whatever you determine to be the lowest level to the highest - and then fit in a few political ranks right next to the "power" rank that people with that political position normally have. The political ranks could have the same permissions, but then have additional roles within the guild, such as determining rules and events and such.

    Anyway, hope this offers some insight, and if anyone has something to correct me on, please let me know. I'm not Loremaster Lawrence Schick after all. :smile:
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  • Cernon
    Cernon
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    Thank you for reply. But, well, I also have a lot of assumptions to my questions, but they are still unconfirmed assumptions. That is why i ask for the most authoritive opinion of Loremaster. His explanation will be considered as Lore and accepted without any discussions.
    Edited by Cernon on June 12, 2018 5:24PM
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  • Cernon
    Cernon
    Soul Shriven
    Actually to support a discussion. We already have developed the ranking system for our Rp, which we hope to be most lore friendly. It is based on the TES3 and developed a bit, according to what we have in ESO:

    House Administration
    Archmagister
    First among equals of the wizard lords of the Great House Telvanni, who demonstrated exceptional magical power. Formally, he is the head of the Council.

    Councilor
    Politically active Magisters who form the Council of the Great House Telvanni. They are represented by their respective Mouths.

    Mouth
    Young and politically active Telvanni mages, commonly of the rank Spellwright or Wizard. They represent interesets of their masters in the Council; negotiating and making decisions on their behalf.

    General Ranks
    Magister
    The peak of Telvanni nobility, their authority is unquestionable. Magisters form the general impression of Great House Telvanni - they traditionally isolated themselves, pursuing wisdom and mastery in solitude.

    Master Wizard
    The high tier of Telvanni nobility - Master Wizards are the mages who demostrated exceptional wisdom gathered after centuries of research. They prefer to stay away from politics, devoting themselves to science.

    Wizard
    The majority of Telvanni nobility. Mages who earned their position by hard work and display exemplary knowledge. Like other wizards, they mostly devote themselves to research, but also take part in politics to some degree.

    Spellwright
    The lower level of Telvanni nobility. Young but powerful mages who have demonstrated considerable magical talent. They may still be apprentices, but spellwrights can conduct their own, independent research.

    Lawman
    Not noble members of the House, who have made their way to this level with hard work, or who have it by right of blood. They proved their value to the House. Lawmen are not actively involved in House politics. Mostly, they are apprentices and less often independent researchers or battle mages. Telvanni who do not engage in research, cannot rise above this rank.

    Oathman
    Telvanni commoners, who have proven their loyalty to the House. Commonly, they are apprentices, experienced guards and traders. They may own slaves.

    Retainer
    Young members of the House, who demonstrated their usefulness. They carry out various assignments for higher-ranking house members and can become assistants of Wizards. For further advancement, they must find the support of a Telvanni with a rank higher than Oathman, under whose guidance they will serve. Retainers are not eligible to own slaves.

    Hireling
    New members of the House. They are allowed to use public laboratories and libraries. Nevertheless, the study of magical arts is not mandatory for them. Mages, as a rule, do not stay in this rank for a long time, while soldiers are often content with this position.

    But as i said, it is still assuption, even if they are made on strong Lore basis. That is why opinion of Loremaster is crucial.
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  • Marginis
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    Might be useful to tag a mod who can pass along word.
    @Marginis on PC, MARGINIS II on Xbox, leader of Magicka. Also known as Kha'jiri, The Night Mother, Ma'iq, Jane Shepard, Damia, Kintyra, Zoor Do Kest, and You.
  • Cernon
    Cernon
    Soul Shriven
    Mighty admis, i summon you to help proceeding questions in first post to Loremaster. please :)
    @ZOS_JessicaFolsom @ZOS_GinaBruno @ZOS_Lawrence_Schick
    Edited by Cernon on June 16, 2018 5:15PM
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    http://azuras-coast.guildlaunch.com
  • MythicEmperor
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    Yeah, ZOS screwed with the Telvanni ranks for no discernible reason. Essentially, they decided that Magister (the rank used to challenge the Archmagister in TES:3) would serve the role of Master (the equivalent of Councilman in the other Great Houses). Why did they do this? Perhaps they never played Morrowind, or perhaps they simply read the UESP and saw that Magister was the second-highest rank (without knowing the purpose of the rank). Whatever the case, it is needlessly confusing.
    With cold regards,
    Mythic

    Favorite Characters:
    Kilith Telvayn, Dunmer Telvanni Sorcerer (main)
    Kilith, Dunmer Magblade (old main)
    Vadusa Venim, Dunmer crafter (older main)
    Hir Hlaalu, Dunmer Warden
    Søren Icehelm, N'wah Warden
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  • Nightfall12
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    Keep in mind there is a significant passage of time from the era of ESO and Morrowind, so that could explain any changes in rank structure...plus you know .....dragonbreak
    Ummm stuff… about stuff…or something.
  • MythicEmperor
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    Keep in mind there is a significant passage of time from the era of ESO and Morrowind, so that could explain any changes in rank structure...plus you know .....dragonbreak

    Well, granted that some of the very same Telvanni NPCs you see in ESO (Gothren, Therana, Divayth Fyr, etc.) are still alive in Morrowind, I’d say the passage of time isn’t very significant for a Telvanni.

    I assume you’re joking in regards to dragonbreaks; Hopefully we won’t see more of those in the lore, it’s jusy lazy writing :lol:
    With cold regards,
    Mythic

    Favorite Characters:
    Kilith Telvayn, Dunmer Telvanni Sorcerer (main)
    Kilith, Dunmer Magblade (old main)
    Vadusa Venim, Dunmer crafter (older main)
    Hir Hlaalu, Dunmer Warden
    Søren Icehelm, N'wah Warden
    Fargoth of Morrowind, Bosmer commoner
  • ZOS_JesC
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  • Waffennacht
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    I've never seen a Dev answer such a question (but definitely was hoping)

    Very interesting read!
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  • LMar
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    Hireling
    Retainer
    Oathman
    Lawman
    Mouth
    Spellwright
    Wizard
    Master
    Magister
    Archmagister

    Those are the ranks according to TES3. Note that upon reaching the Magister rank you signal that you want to threaten the Archmagister so it wouldn't make sense to have one. (Not sure if this is something touched on in ESO Morrowind as i haven't finished it yet). Since there's only ine Archmagister it wouldn't make sense to have a player character playing him or her as he or she probably exists in Morrowind anyway.

    To progress to the rank of Master and above you also need to have your own stronghold (though you can start building it from Mouth and above). I imagine the lack of area also prohibits too many Masters from existing as you can only carve up the area to so many pieces
    Also reaching Master rank will automatically make you qualify for Magister and hence a threat to the Archmagister. So Wizard seems like a good place to stop for player characters

    Also it seems that all the Masters are also part of the Council although i guess some could choose to isolate themselves and not take part in the political race
    Edited by LMar on June 30, 2018 11:04AM
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  • starkerealm
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    LMar wrote: »
    Since there's only ine Archmagister it wouldn't make sense to have a player character playing him or her as he or she probably exists in Morrowind anyway.

    In general, ESO shies away from the, become master of the guild routine from the single player games. Probably for the simple reason that you can't have 10 million guildmasters.

    ESO does shuffle some ranks, with Mouths acting as magical proxies for their Magisters. Though, it's possible that the Mouths technically occupy a lower ranked position, but are assumed to speak for their masters.

    I'm honestly a little unclear on how these ranks work, to some extent. As Mouths have very clearly stated roles and duties which don't really sync up with their official rank, as of TES3 anyway. It would seem to me that there wouldn't be much call for more than one or two mouths per Magister, meaning any rank above that would be vanishingly rare. I kind of suspect, that the vast majority of characters who associate with House Telvanni stall out at the Lawman rank. This kind of tracks with the other great houses which also make a hard transition from, "people who work with us," to "people who are part of the family," in their rank naming schemes at about the same point. NPC populations in TES3 somewhat support this read. There are vastly more members ranked below Mouth, while Mouth and above account for a relatively small group.
    LMar wrote: »
    I imagine the lack of area also prohibits too many Masters from existing as you can only carve up the area to so many pieces
    Also reaching Master rank will automatically make you qualify for Magister and hence a threat to the Archmagister. So Wizard seems like a good place to stop for player characters

    I suspect the Master -> Magister thing is a scripting oversight. Sort of like the Telvanni Vampire bug.
    Cernon wrote: »
    What is the highest rank for non-council members in House Telvanni in ESO? Is it Wizard (like in TES 3), or Master (Master Wizard) or even Magister? Can House members be Magister while not being a Council member? And do the titles of Master Firuth and Magister Gothren make them stand on different levels of the Telvanni ranking system?

    The Magisters are the Telvanni Councilors. The ranking names are different, as is the exact administrative structure, but the Magisters are, functionally, House Telvanni's councilors.
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