Count/Countess is a title that belongs to the high nobility. In the Middle Ages the title was the lowest possible rank of nobility that allowed independence, a County could theoretically be a sovereign state, similar to a kingdom, just with less prestige to the regent. But more often it was part of a hierarchy of nobles within a larger feudal society.
To become a Count, you don't need to meet any in game mechanical requirements. A Regent can appoint up to 1 Count for each castle the Kingdom owns. The title can also be customized to reflect a regional or roleplay equivalent. The crown icon seen above will remain the same.
This role is mainly for Role Playing purposes.
kingdoms can decide for themselves wether and which duties or privileges they want to give with the title. For reference, those may include among others:
- administrative duties
- military duties
- award for exemplary loyalty, efforts for the kingdom's benefit, etc.
- come with a salary
- exemtion from certain laws