The Unquiet Earth
A sign of honor.
Any member of the royal houses can sponsor a lesser lord or lady to the Stone Charter. Having one’s name on the Stone Charter does not raise one’s status at court officially, but it does grant some privileges that normally are reserved for higher ranking individuals. A name on the Stone Charter represents an individual, not a family, and does not pass down when the Charter member dies. One’s name is stricken from the charter if one’s sponsor dies or if the sponsor decrees the name be removed.
If your name is on the Stone Charter, you are allowed to attend all court events, including those reserved for only royals and invitees, such as coronations and trials, balls, executions, and spectacles (though you may not bring anyone who could not normally attend). You are allowed to make inquiries to the royal library and use the royal mail. You may make a formal plea to your sponsor, who is honor-bound to see you personally, though overuse of this right can result in your sponsor removing your name from the Stone Charter. If your sponsor is in the currently ruling house, you have limited access to the royal stables and can request a mount for personal use if there is one available, or a beast of burden, a carriage, or some such conveyance. Citizens of Sagespire who support the house of your sponsor will react more favorably to you.
If your name is on the Stone Charter, you are given a certificate to that effect, which allows you to purchase a Stone Charter Signet (150gp), a magically treated silver signent ring bearing the symbol of the charter (or the symbols of the charter and your house overlapped) and attuned to you. Anyone else trying to wear your signent will find the ring extaordinarily heavy. It will grow heavier the longer it is worn, until the wearer is unable to move while touching the ring. The penalty for being caught with a forged or unauthorized Stone Charter Signent is the loss of a hand.