Rights and Responsibilities of the Prince
There is no
universal code of princely conduct.†
Aside from the loose interpretation of the
Rights, as prince, a cainite is entitled to the following rights:
∑ Destruction:† Only the prince can destroy (or order the destruction of) another cainite.† Princes hold the power of Final Death over their vassals as ultimate proof of their claim to princedom.
According to the
∑ Domain:† Any Cainite within the domain of a prince effectively becomes a vassal of that prince.† The prince is also within his right to assign and bequeath domain to those who are loyal as regards or even as bribes in return for their support.
∑ Feeding:† It is the price who establishes feeding grounds and any rules associated with its practice (only by the light of the moon, after a certain hour, no killing and so on.).
Duties, The title of prince obliges the Cainite to meet certain expectations and fulfill certain duties.† Those who ignore their responsibilities quickly find themselves with support and facing an angry populace.† The responsibilities of a prince include:
∑ Protection:† Just as the prince can count on the protection of his vassals, the prince must be ready to defend his subjects.† A prince who looks the other way when one of his subjects is destroyed (by a rival or another vassal) stands to loose all credibility and support.† The honor of princedom requires eternal vigilance.† Those who are ambient may soon find themselves facing the merciless sun.
∑ Shepherding the Flock:† In order to keep the peace, the prince must ensure that there are always enough humans to sustain his vassals.† While the prince sets hunting limits through feeding grounds and domains, he must also shepherd the mortal flock.† Without a healthy supply of mortals, the princeís vassals would soon be at each otherís throats.
(Taken word for word from the Dark Ages Table top rule book; yes vassalage is the correct word, and the oath to prince and city is a two way street.)