Offices in the House
- Steward – Presides over ministries in the court, and generally assists in the management of land. May be used to inspect or survey lands.
- Bailiff – Appointed to run a manor for an absentee lord. “Bears his lord’s writ” in most cases.
- Treasurer – Presides over the treasury.
- Keeper of the Wardrobe – Presides over a regent’s personal armory, treasury, seal, clothing and personal expenditures (from the privy purse). For smaller households this is performed by the chamberlain.
- Chamberlain – Supervises household servants and purchases supplies.
- Coroner – Presides over criminal investigations.
- Herald – Record and specialize in the history of the house, conduct important negotiations, update heraldy, and sometimes manage libraries or scribes.
- Litigant – Legal professional. University certification is almost always a requisite.
- Reeve – Presides over the village moot, decides what crops to plant, supervises the plow teams, collects rents and sells the produce of the demesne. Typically held by a senior villein.
- Woodward – Manages a fief’s woodlands. The most important officer in a heavily wooded fief.
- Herder – Manages shepards and livestock keepers.
- Beadle – A yeoman or villein serving as the ‘village policeman’. He is responsible for granaries, impounding livestock and collecting fines. Not usually the most popular man among tenants!
- Harbormaster – Manages construction and maintenance of boats and ships.
- Master of Horse – Manages large stables or collections of stables, such as those of barracks or castles.
- Sergeant-at-Arms – Commander of the household guard. Wealthy households employ bachelor-knights for this purpose.
Manor Craftsmen and Military
- Mason – Designs, builds and maintains structures and fortifications. Only kept at heavily fortified manors, keeps or castles.
- Tailor – Dresses the household, buys fashionable cloth from merchants and makes precision changes to clothing. A tailor rather than a clothier is only seen in very wealthy households.
- Scholar – Usually only librarians and tutors, but some lords keep the company of learned men for advice. Ferics call them sages.
- Weaponcrafter – Very rare beyond manors with large household guards, they are not “cost-effective”, and thus the employ of such specialists is rather prestigious.
- Clothier – Converts raw materials into textiles. Female household members can perform some of this work, but not all – only in the most impoverished manors would a noblewoman be found washing, dying and spinning raw wool and flax.
- Entertainer – Includes musicians and performers.
- Physician – Usually scholars or priests as well.
- Man-at-Arms – Professional soldier. Veterans are often made “huscarls” in the north.
- Huntsman – Organizes hunting parties, guards the lord’s woods from poachers, cares for hounds and hunting supplies. Assisted by foresters. When possible filled by a bachelor-knight, squire or sergeant.
- Ostler – Presides over stables
- Gardener – Presides over cultivation of demsne crops.
- Chef – Presides over the kitchen, and the cooks.
- Baker – Prepares not only bread, but pies,
- Aler/Alewife – Presides over a brewery
- Nursemaid – Cares for the holder’s young children.