Living Greyhawk Redux
The Perrenese Lexicon
Perrenland is a place with its own unique culture and idiosyncracies. Some of these are detailed in the following files.
Canton: One of Perrenland’s eight political divisions.
Graf: A generalist term used to describe any of the hereditary clan nobles of Perrenland
Grafgardt: A body of troops that Perrenland’s Grafs are allowed by traditional law to maintain at their own expense. The size of a Grafgardt depends on the rank of the noble. A Pfalzgraf can maintain a Grafgardt of 100 troops. An Obstergraf can maintain a Grafgardt of 50 troops. A Landgraf can maintain a Grafgardt of 20 troops. To exceed this total is not only illegal but considered highly dishonourable.
Grossmark: A large gold coin equal to 5 gp.
Helftmark: A large silver coin worth 5sp
Hetgardtsmann: The captain of a Grafgardt.
Kleinmark: A standard silver coin worth 1 sp
Landgraf: A minor noble of a clan, generally the head of a minor sept (subclan). Best historical comparison would be a Baron.
Mark: A standard gold coin equal to 1gp
Obstergraf: An important clan noble generally either the head of a major sept of a clan or a close blood relative of a Pfalzgraf. Best historical comparison would be a Count or Marquise
Pfalzgraf: The leader of a Canton or province of Perrenland. In the case of Clatspurgen, also the head of the Roodberg clan with hereditary title to the position. Best historical comparison would be a Duke or Sub-King.
Pfennig: A standard copper coin worth 1cp.
Sept: A smaller division of one of Perrenland eight major clans. A Sept depending on size, wealth and importance is considered either a Major Sept or a Minor Sept. A Major Sept will have an Obstergraf and generally has over 5000 members divided into Minor Septs of between 100-1000 each. These Minor Septs are led by Landgrafs. Minor Septs generally use the same clan name and colours as the Major Sept they belong to.
Stadt: A traditional group of building, often with a low defensive wall, occupied by a extended family of between 10-80 individuals. Some Stadts have retained this lable but grown into large communities.
Stamtaal: The term used to describe the accent of the common tongue in Perrenland. It usually takes a month for visitors to be able to understand Stamtaal reasonably fluently. The Overking’s Common is a slightly simpler dialect and can be learnt in a fortnight by most Stamtaal speakers.