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Sigil of Lilith - Provenance UnknownLilith rarely gives out Distinctions. Only two are known: Knight Errant and Captain of the Third Choice. A third, Baron of Freedom, is suspected but by canon has never been granted (Revelations IV p23, Superiors: Lilith).

However, even Lilith will occasionally need a Servitor with the authority to go toe-to-toe with the other Princes’ titled nobility and she wont always want to do it herself. Here are a few of my thoughts on the matter.

The first thing to realize is that none of Lilith’s Servitors are bound. They chose to serve, often because the consequences are too dire for consideration, but it’s a choice none the less. That means Lilith’s distinctions, especially the upper distinctions, need to reflect “the will of the governed.”

Option 1: The Secretariat

According to Superiors: Lilim, Freedom has no official organization. However, later in the same book it is made clear that one of the most prestigious positions available is placement in the Secretarial Pool. Secretaries may hold no official authority over the other sisters. However, appointment to the pool implies Lilith’s approval, and provides the Sister with a great degree of influence over the communication between temps and contractors.

With this in mind, Secretaries could easily be viewed as Count equivalents and the Acting Guildmaster equal to a Duke.

Option 2: The Merchant Republic

During the Renaissance, the mortals of Venice provided the servitors of Freedom with an example of how an elective government could fit into a system of hierarchical peerage.

As a result, the Doge is Lilith’s answer to Dukes and Duchesses. When Lilith requires a Doge, she informs her Servitors and they elect one. In theory this is a “free” election, but because of the impact of favors and geases it is really more of a referendum among the most powerful geas holders.

The elected demon is then required accept several major (6-point) restricted geases that will bind them to the will of the represented should the elected fail to serve in good faith.

Once this is done, the Doge Elect is presented to Lilith for confirmation. The Dark Mother does have the right of refusal, but she has yet to exercise it.

Option 3: The Goðardship

Modeled on medieval Iceland, the Goðardship splits comes close to splitting the difference between the above two options (and may be combined with either one, or possibly even both).

The Goði are Mediators (Superiors: Lilith p29) committed to Freedom and confirmed by Lilith. They are roughly equivalent to the Barons or Marquis of other Princedoms and hold the right of Proxy. Whenever the Princedom of Freedom holds a vote, the Goði may cast the vote of anyone choosing to follow them in addition to their own vote.

If you feel the need to give Goði a Distinction ability, it should probably give them some measure of freedom from supernaturally imposed mental influence.


Lilith doesn’t like permanently binding Servitors to her service, but she’s more than happy to sponsor demons for words (at a price). She is also more than happy to offer long term, renewable contracts to those wordbound demons who hold complementary words.