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« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2017, 04:57:24 PM »

When it comes to titles, I tend to prefer clear, common English titles with in-world translations used sparingly.  For instance, Umbril in the Clockwork Jungle are frequently ruled by an Ivet, which literally means "foundation/base," but which I very often wrote as "Prince." (There's also at least one Ul-Ivet - "Great Prince.")  For the Gheen, I pretty much always used "Queen" and rarely used the in-world translation, Reeya.  I'd use the in-world terms in a game if the players seemed receptive, but I like to have a simple English equivalent near at hand.

Titles with specific historical connotations tend to put me off.  A fantasy Colonel, for instance, would throw me; that word has an etymology going back to the Spanish tercios and only refers to a high military rank in this world because of historical accident.  Some titles, however, are acceptable in any circumstance.  "First," "head," "ruler," and "power[ful one]" are all obvious, generic ways of describing authority, which is why their English titular equivalents - Prince/Princess, Captain, King/Queen, and Emperor/Empress - are always acceptable to me in any circumstance.  But I wouldn't use non-English translations of those - e.g. F├╝rst, Hauptmann, Raj, Tsar - unless it was a near-Earth setting in which I was specifically trying to evoke a real culture.  Having a "jarl" in Fimbulvinter is fine because it's specifically going for a Norse Mythology vibe, but a jarl in other circumstances would be jarring.
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« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2017, 04:50:50 PM »

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a jarl in other circumstances would be jarling.

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« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2017, 09:26:00 AM »

Thanks to everyone, really. Your participation is appreciated.
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