The Ferdiad Cycle
" I accept this position to lord over these lands as it’s protector and ruler. I swear to govern it’s people and legacy as long as I draw breath by the name of my clan. By my honour, by your right. "
-Thorenn magh Celrenn
A thane is a high ranking noble in the Cernish feudal system under only the immediate royal family. Each of the sixteen provinces are ruled by a single thane, the headsman of the most influential clan in the area.
When a high king dies and the his clan in deemed unfit to continue the rule a new royal clan is chosen amongst the thanes. They rule their land with absolute power and are in charge of it’s taxation, protection and armies during a conflict. There is always much competition for the tittle of the thane and a king must consider many political angles before choosing a new thane.