Awards and Honors
Kings reward their loyal and useful nobles in a number of ways. The most common method is to give them money. A few hundred thousand ducats thrown in the right direction can do wonders for His Majesty's popularity. The king can also give nobles the management of royal fiefs, which gives them a steady income. Sometimes fiefs are granted outright. The king also has dozens of Magnate titles that he may grant to deserving nobles. These are quite useful gifts for a noble, as many of these titles come with the authority to tax a province. Moreover, if the title is higher than any other the noble may already have, it will boost the recipients stature. The king can also invent noble orders, the Order of the Sun being a common French creation and the Order of the Garter being a common English one.
The king may also award smaller honors for specific types of duties. In one game, a player devised the following system of honors for his French nobles:
"Each year, the King will propose honors for deserving nobles, which will be accepted by Parliament. The purpose of this system is to reward those nobles who help the Crown. The classes of award are:
! (The Lash) given for raids and pillages.
@ (The Eye) given for scouting and spying.
# (The Ladder) given for sieging.
$ (The Strength) given for fief management.
% (The Rooster) given for increasing the population.
^ (The Chevron) given for army combat.
& (The Horn) given for special acts.
* (The Star) given for especial gallantry.
+ (The Cross) given for service to the Church.
\ (The Bar) given for discreditable actions.
Multiple awards of the same classes are shown by numbers. The director will make proposal for awards to the King based upon Herald reports and other information."