Fives (singular Five) is a term for anybody from a society background and is associated with old blood and old money.
The term "Five" specifically relates to those families who can trace their lineage back to the very first humans to settle in the Distant Fringe.
The name derives from the 55,000 original humans aboard the Last Armada – purebreds, not a Gen, a common everyday person whose earliest ancestors were grown in GenPods – and the presence of those ancestors in the Distant Fringe during Year One (2255AD), the date of the first ever domestic agricultural harvest.
- Fives originating on Tal Varisa , the site of that harvest, are considered more elite still.
- First Gens can trace their ancestry to the very first generation of Gens grown on Fedan, the Hopper homeworld.
|Soc||Ancestry||General Social Status||Noble Title|
|A||First Gens||Upper Class|
|D||Fives||Tal Varisan heritage||Earl|
|E||Fives||Old Terran Family||Count|
|F||Fives||Old Terran Nobility||Duke, Prince|
"Ancestry" indicates the character's ancestral origins and lineage based on their generated Social Status score. Any individual's ancestry is complicated, however, and it is possible for processes such as genealogical study, genetic evidence or family revelations to reveal otherwise unknown aspects of an individual's heritage, effectively changing their understanding of their ancestral origins.
Notable "Fives" Families
- Bright family (Selasia)
- Choti family (Pador)
- Mantle family (Scybria)
- Martin family (Kuyt)
- Rose Bloom family (Saldazar)
- Sangar family (Pador)
- Zarakal family (Sudi Verisia)
- Zelig family (Dhon)
Many Fives are part of a system of nobility originating in the time of the Second Confederation, and originally pertaining to grants of real estate on worlds within the coreward half of the Distant Fringe. Not all Fives are nobles, but all nobles are Fives.
A noble title may come with hereditary responsibilities and duties, and it may involve pledging allegiance and fealty to a higher-ranking noble. A noble may hold ancestral lands, which potentially generate income or are inherently valuable. Conversely, those same lands may cause expense in the form of upkeep and maintenance.
- Nobles may have a large family home, often located within a broad private estate. They often have an extended family and a large retinue.
- Mantlerists may have strong views with regard to Fives who hold or affect a noble title.
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- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master Scout Emeritus Adie Alegoric Stewart of the IISS
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science