Overview

A sinecure is any Imperial title that provides the office holder with a fixed income. The return can take the form of money, herbs, materials for crafting items, mana crystals or even liao. The income provided by a sinecure is received only by the person with the title - if the title has not been appointed the resources do not accrue.

Sinecures are traditionally appointed for life.

Senate Commissions

The Imperial Senate may pass a motion for the construction of an establishment capable of producing wealth - money, herbs, resources or similar. This motion automatically results in the creation of a sinecure once the construction is complete.

It is also possible for the Senate to pass a motion to upgrade a sinecure, increasing the benefits that it provides.

Costs

  • Materials: Variable (minimum 10 wains)
  • Time: 3 months to construct per 50 wains of materials used
  • Labour: 2 crowns per wain
  • Upkeep: None

The more resources are devoted to constructing a sinecure, the greater the return. Under normal circumstances, the material required will be the one associated with upgrading an equivalent personal resource. For example, at least 10 wains of mithril is required to create a sinecure that produces mana crystals.

In addition to the wains required, it costs 2 crowns per wain to pay for labour and skills to complete the construction.

Wains Money Ingots Herbs Mana Crystals Congregation
10 216 rings 12 18 9 6 liao, 12 votes
12 252 rings 14 21 10 7 liao, 14 votes
16 288 rings 16 24 12 8 liao, 16 votes
20 324 rings 18 27 13 9 liao, 18 votes
30 396 rings 22 33 16 11 liao, 22 votes
60 540 rings 30 45 22 15 liao, 30 votes
80 612 rings 34 51 25 17 liao, 34 votes
116 720 rings 40 60 30 20 liao, 40 votes

The table shows some standard costs and benefits for a range of sinecures. For example a sinecure created by the Senate using 20 wains of mithril could produce 13 mana crystals each season. There is no upper limit on how many wains can be used to construct a sinecure; provided at least 10 wains are used, then any amount can be spent to build it.

Limitations

It is not possible to create a sinecure which mimics the effects of a fleet or military unit, nor is it possible to create a sinecure which creates mithril, ilium, weirwood, or white granite.

A sinecure is very similar to a personal resource such as a farm or mine in that it provides a set amount of resources to the character who holds the position at the start of each event. Unlike a personal resource, however, the sinecure cannot be upgraded or diversified by its holder (only by senate motion) and there are no decisions to be made about what the position provides or how it does so. A sinecure that produces liao will not come with an option to sell that liao in downtime, a sinecure that produces green iron cannot be paid to produce more in the way a green iron mine could.

Sinecures are not affected by rituals that target a personal resource. A ritual that increases the production of a green iron mine will not affect a sinecure that produces green iron.

A sinecure that produces herbs will normally produce equal quantities of all herbs. It is possible to create a sinecure that produces a single herb, provided it is one that is commonly found in the area. As part of the necessary details, the senator can indicate what herbs they would like but the final decision about production is made by the game team.

Synod Votes

Any sinecure that produces liao also provides votes in the Imperial Synod. The flavour for such a sinecure almost invariably includes a group of faithful lay followers of the Way of some sort. The civil service evaluates this in the same way they would a congregation and assigns liao and votes in the Imperial Synod on that basis.

A sinecure that provide votes in the Imperial Synod has significant constitutional implications if the appointment of the sinecure is not made through the Synod. For example, the Guardian of Britta's Shrine was unconstitutional since it was appointed by the Senate but the title carried votes in the Synod. The magistrates would not have allowed this motion to pass in this form if they had noticed the situation at the time. If the sinecure were appointed by the Synod, then it would be constitutional.

A sinecure that provides votes in the Imperial Synod grants the holder of that title the legal powers and responsibilities of membership of the Synod. If the holder of the title is not already a member of the Synod, it automatically includes membership of all appropriate assemblies (the General Assembly, the appropriate National Assembly, and either the relevant Virtue Assembly or the Assembly of the Way).

The physical location of a sinecure that provides synod votes is not relevant to the assemblies that the owner is considered to belong to. A Navarr guide who maintains a cathedral in the Marches still wields their votes in the Navarr national assembly rather than the Marcher national assembly, even though the congregation of that cathedral are largely of Marcher nationality. Only the size of the congregation matters to the civil service, not its make-up.

A sinecure that provides votes in the Imperial Synod does not provide additional votes during the election of a Highborn senator. This could in theory lead to the odd situation where a Highborn citizen can vote in that election due to the possession of a sinecure, but has no votes. On the rare occasions that this has come up, the citizen can attend and participate in the interrogation of the candidates, but cannot cast any votes during the selection process.

Other Votes

It is no longer possible to create a sinecure that provides votes in a Bourse or Senate election, even where voting is determined by the size of a citizen's personal resource. After lengthy consideration, the Constitutional Court determined that sinecures that did this violated an important principle of presence, that an individual should be present to cast their vote.

Responsibility

Any citizen who is granted a sinecure is expected to be responsible for any problems that might beset the resources represented by the sinecure. For example, if Thule reavers are raiding the mines overseen by the Lady of the Upper Halls, then the Empire will expect that citizen to deal with the problem.

Current Sinecures

This table includes all sinecures which are active and have been appointed in recent times. For a full list of title holders see here. This list was last updated following the Autumn Equinox 383YE.

SinecureOutputLocationAppointmentEligibilityElectionOccupant
Afal-on-Ash9 mana crystalsAshbrook, UpwoldSenate AppointmentMarcher PositionAutumnVacant
Aviary of Ishal5 doses of Goosewhisper InfusionSkymark, KallavesaSenate AppointmentWintermark PositionAutumnOdelia Nelda
Azure Chorus6 vials of liao
12 votes in the Imperial Synod
Braydon's Jasse, KahramanSynod JudgementImperial PositionHas tenureHembeneth i Guerra
Barossa College of Imperial Strategy Iron wing8 pieces of day visTassato Regario, TassatoSenate AppointmentLeague PositionWinterVacant
Barossa College of Imperial Strategy Wolves wing8 pieces of day visTassato Regario, TassatoSenate AppointmentLeague PositionAutumnGabriel Barossa
Basilica of Seven Doors10 vials of liao
20 votes in the Imperial Synod
Bastion Rounds, BastionSynod JudgementHighborn PositionWinterVacant
Brocks Buffet2 thrones 4 ringsGreenfalls, MiarenNot A Well Worn PathDawnish or Marcher PositionSummerVacant
Broken Shield Guardian6 doses of imperial roseweald
5 doses of marrowort
5 doses of bladeroot
2 doses of cerulean mazzarine
Solvihill, SkarsindSenate AppointmentImperial Orc PositionHas tenureRedhand Gezzar
Caretaker of New Dunhall2 thrones 4 ringsWood Heath, HahnmarkSenate AppointmentWintermark PositionHas tenureBrigantia Duning
Claviger of the Basilica of Cora Holdfast9 vials of liao
18 votes in the Imperial Synod
Chalcis Mount, ReikosSynod JudgementImperial PositionHas tenureJared
Collector of Prosperity's Boon20 mana crystalsWood Heath, HahnmarkSenate AppointmentWintermark PositionHas tenureTyr Brenna
Crow Keeper of the Rest6 vials of liao
12 votes in the Imperial Synod
Kallavesa Marsh, KallavesaSynod JudgementWintermark PositionHas tenureUrsa
Curator of the Printer's Guild Museum6 vials of liao
12 votes in the Imperial Synod
Tassato Mestra, TassatoCardinal AppointmentImperial PositionWinterFabio Costas de Sarvos
Curator of the White City Museum7 vials of liao
14 votes in the Imperial Synod
Bastion Rounds, BastionSynod JudgementHighborn PositionHas tenureApollos
Custodian of Glass Point Cove9 mana crystalsUccelini, SarvosSenate AppointmentLeague PositionHas tenureDalibor Marek van Temeschwar
Custodian of the Claw10 mana crystalsRavion, MorrowSenate AppointmentUrizeni PositionHas tenureValeria
Custodian of the Imperial War Memorial6 vials of liao
12 votes in the Imperial Synod
Mareholm, CasineaSynod JudgementHighborn PositionHas tenureJericho
Delver of the Depths50 ingots of weltsilver
20 ingots of tempest jade
12 mana crystals
Goldglades, MiarenBourse AuctionImperial PositionAutumnTobrytan Dunning
Dredgemaster of Lake Feverwater4 random resourcesEast Ashes, TheruninSenate AppointmentNavarr PositionHas tenureEosffair Farwalker
Drusilla's Obelus18 doses of bladeroot
12 doses of Bite
The Morass, HolbergBourse AuctionImperial PositionHas tenureVacant
Emilio's Herbarium6 doses of true vervain
6 doses of cerulean mazzarine
4 doses of imperial roseweald
4 doses of marrowort
1 dose of bladeroot
Foracci, SarvosSynod JudgementImperial PositionHas tenureEmilio Marsana Saverio di Sarvos
Eternal Flame of Miaren9 mana crystalsSerenall, MiarenSenate AppointmentNavarr PositionHas tenureTanwen
Fallsheart Guardian9 mana crystalsWood Heath, HahnmarkSenate AppointmentWintermark PositionHas tenureBreeta
Farmer of Eastern Spring Farm9 mana crystalsGildermark, SkarsindSenate AppointmentImperial Orc PositionHas tenureStormcrow Dren
Fire at the Foot of the Mountain9 mana crystalsSkogei Glens, SkarsindSenate AppointmentImperial Orc PositionHas tenureVana
First Voice Glade27 random herbsOakways, MiarenSenate AppointmentNavarr PositionHas tenureIdwynn Splitroot
Forest of Defiance9 mana crystalsSkogei Glens, SkarsindSenate AppointmentImperial Orc PositionHas tenureVacant
Friar of Honour's Rest8 vials of liao
16 votes in the Imperial Synod
Greensward, MournwoldSynod JudgementMarcher PositionHas tenurealbert fugglestone-copperHill
Gatekeeper of Falling Snow12 doses of cerulean mazzarineKalpamark, HahnmarkSenate AppointmentWintermark PositionHas tenurePendraed the Maker
Gloaming Sentinel20 measures of iridescent gloamingSrodkoja, MiekarovaDeclaration Of CandidacyImperial PositionBy candidacyVacant
Good Leaf Gardens10 doses of true vervain
5 doses of imperial roseweald
5 doses of bladeroot
5 doses of marrowort
5 doses of cerulean mazzarine
Birchland, UpwoldBourse VoteMarcher PositionWinterVacant
Granger of the Golden Orchard9 mana crystalsSerenall, MiarenSenate AppointmentNavarr PositionHas tenureMerel
Grim Gardener7 doses of true vervain
5 doses of imperial roseweald
5 doses of cerulean mazzarine
5 doses of marrowort
5 doses of bladeroot
Perumaki, MiekarovaSenate AppointmentVarushkan PositionHas tenureMaegruth Bearonovitch Strascovitch
Grove of Golden Cox3 pieces of summer visChalcis Mount, ReikosDeclaration Of CandidacyImperial PositionBy candidacyGideon
Guardian of Dunfrith5 doses of bladeroot
5 doses of true vervain
5 doses of marrowort
4 doses of imperial roseweald
2 doses of cerulean mazzarine
Wood Heath, HahnmarkSenate AppointmentWintermark PositionHas tenureKai
Guardian of Giselle's Tomb5 vials of liao
10 votes in the Imperial Synod
Hanuri, TemeschwarSynod JudgementLeague PositionHas tenureCasimir Marcelino di Sarvos
Guardian of the Cairn9 mana crystalsSkogei Glens, SkarsindSenate AppointmentImperial Orc PositionHas tenureTarqeq Icetongue
Healer of Dawn18 doses of cerulean mazzarineThe Chase, AstolatSenate AppointmentDawnish PositionHas tenureIsabella de Rondell
Hearth of Virtue9 vials of liao
18 votes in the Imperial Synod
Perumaki, MiekarovaSynod JudgementVarushkan PositionHas tenureNikolovich Drakov
Herbalist of the Hearth6 doses of bladeroot
5 doses of true vervain
4 doses of imperial roseweald
4 doses of marrowort
2 doses of cerulean mazzarine
Southridge, HahnmarkSenate AppointmentWintermark PositionHas tenureBrienne-Walda Stormborn
House of the Proffered Hand6 vials of liao
12 votes in the Imperial Synod
Coombe, AstolatSynod JudgementDawnish PositionHas tenureLady Eleanor Novarion
Imperial Seer2 x Waters of the Shimmering Shore (Activated Item)Wittal Grove, KallavesaDeclaration Of CandidacyImperial PositionBy candidacyDrake De Coeurdefer
Jade Custodian12 mana crystalsForacci, SarvosSenate AppointmentLeague PositionHas tenureGiacomo Corvinoscuro
Keeper of Aurelie's Garden10 doses of imperial roseweald
2 doses of cerulean mazzarine
2 doses of true vervain
2 doses of marrowort
2 doses of bladeroot
Groveyard, AstolatSenate AppointmentDawnish or Navarr PositionAutumnKnight Commander Cinder Hearthsong
Keeper of Berislav's Rest1 throne 2 crowns 16 ringsSuvretz, VolodmartzSenate AppointmentVarushkan PositionHas tenureGoran Berislavin Kovacevic
Keeper of the Crystal Vale10 mana crystalsSouthridge, HahnmarkSenate AppointmentWintermark PositionHas tenuretorunn Volcarona
Keeper of the Dour Fens10 mana crystalsGravenmarch, BregaslandSenate AppointmentMarcher PositionHas tenureBill of Middleton
Keeper of the Golden Fields9 mana crystalsGolden Downs, MitwoldSenate AppointmentMarcher PositionHas tenureNicolas Reaper
Keeper of the Imperial Menagerie3 pieces of winter vis
2 thrones
4 doses of Tears of the Rakshasa
Holmauer, HolbergThrone AppointmentImperial PositionHas tenureKay Griffinsbain
Keeper of the Memorial Gardens at Treji6 doses of bladeroot
6 doses of true vervain
2 doses of imperial roseweald
2 doses of cerulean mazzarine
2 doses of marrowort
The Glen of Shadows, HercyniaSenate AppointmentImperial Orc PositionHas tenuregertreg
Keeper of the Spice Gardens12 doses of cerulean mazzarine
2 doses of imperial roseweald
2 doses of true vervain
Morajasse, FerozSenate AppointmentFreeborn PositionHas tenureSadiq i Isa i Erigo
Kennels of Holfried1 throne 6 crowns 8 ringsHolfried, HolbergSenate AppointmentLeague PositionSpringAlfredo von Holberg
Laroc Cathedral6 vials of liao
12 votes in the Imperial Synod
The Chase, AstolatSynod JudgementDawnish PositionHas tenurePerryn Forthwright
Master Apothecary6 doses of bladeroot
5 doses of true vervain
4 doses of imperial roseweald
4 doses of marrowort
2 doses of cerulean mazzarine
Kalpamark, HahnmarkSenate AppointmentWintermark PositionHas tenureKesa Algarsdottir
Mayor of Caricomare1 throne 7 crownsCigno, SarvosNot A Well Worn PathLeague PositionSpringAria Notturno di Sarvos
Maze of Zoria9 vials of liao
18 votes in the Imperial Synod
Mieriada, MiekarovaSynod JudgementVarushkan PositionAutumnIllya Nikovitch Volkov
Misericorde Market1 throne 2 crowns
5 measures of ambergelt
12 random herbs
Holfried, HolbergSenate AppointmentLeague PositionHas tenureVacant
Patron of the Pavilion10 vials of liao
20 votes in the Imperial Synod
Holmauer, HolbergSynod JudgementLeague PositionHas tenureVacant
Penumbral Watcher1 piece of night vis
1 x Distilled shadow-tar (Activated Item)
Naris, RedoubtDeclaration Of CandidacyImperial PositionBy candidacyAsenath
Pit of Revelations9 mana crystalsSkogei Glens, SkarsindSenate AppointmentImperial Orc PositionHas tenureLaika
Preceptor of the Skarsind College of Warcasting9 mana crystalsEstermark, SkarsindSenate AppointmentImperial Orc PositionHas tenureGaterender Brik
Queen's Rose12 vials of liao
24 votes in the Imperial Synod
Lacuve, SemmerholmThrone AppointmentDawnish PositionSummerCatalina Novarion
School of Exorcism6 vials of liaoRiverwatch, ReikosSenate AppointmentHighborn PositionHas tenureNaomi
Shepherd of the Great Herd1 throne 2 crowns 14 ringsEstermark, SkarsindSenate AppointmentImperial Orc PositionHas tenureLuga
Signori d'Argento Vine Tender1 throne 2 crowns 16 ringsForacci, SarvosSenate AppointmentLeague PositionHas tenureCaptain Markus DeVere
Skarsind College of Pitfighting1 throne 2 crowns 16 ringsSkogei Glens, SkarsindSenate AppointmentImperial Orc PositionHas tenureVacant
Storm Shaman9 mana crystalsPakaanan's Pass, SkarsindSenate AppointmentImperial Orc PositionHas tenureAshborn Rauur
Temple of the Winds8 vials of liao
16 votes in the Imperial Synod
Peregro, MorrowSynod JudgementUrizeni PositionSummerAspar
The Bleak Tower6 pieces of winter visRavion, MorrowSenate AppointmentUrizeni PositionHas tenureStaurakios
The Sapphire Stair2 thrones 4 crownsCascatas, TassatoSenate AppointmentLeague PositionHas tenureDomitila Sanguineo Rezia di Tassato
The Spider's Tollkeep2 thronesTorres, MadrugaSenate AppointmentFreeborn or League PositionHas tenureRafa'eet i Contra i Guerra
Thorned Rose9 mana crystalsSerenall, MiarenSenate AppointmentNavarr PositionHas tenureBledri Eternal
Vigilant Shield6 vials of liao
12 votes in the Imperial Synod
Mareholm, CasineaThrone AppointmentImperial PositionWinterVacant
Voice of the House of Barbs8 vials of liao
16 votes in the Imperial Synod
Northpines, HercyniaSynod JudgementNavarr PositionWinterVacant
Watcher of Britta's Pool9 vials of liao
18 votes in the Imperial Synod
Kallavesa Marsh, KallavesaSynod JudgementWintermark PositionHas tenureGunnbrand Ironwill
Watcher of the Wheel1 piece of night vis
1 piece of autumn vis
1 piece of spring vis
1 piece of winter vis
Madeiras, TassatoDeclaration Of CandidacyImperial PositionBy candidacyLina of Felix's Watch
Weigher of Worth9 mana crystalsGildermark, SkarsindSenate AppointmentImperial Orc PositionHas tenureTulva

Former Sinecures

These are sinecures that have been appointed in recent times but are no longer active. This happens automatically if a sinecure is abrogated by the Imperial Senate but in most cases it is because the commission has been captured or destroyed by barbarians.

SinecureOutputLocationAppointmentEligibility
Custodian of the Starlight Drift10 mana crystalsOccursion, ZenithSenate AppointmentUrizeni Position
Custodian of the Storm Vault10 mana crystalsProceris, ZenithSenate AppointmentUrizeni Position
Dean of Pilgrims18 vials of liaoOperus, MorrowSenate AppointmentImperial Position
Head Gardener of Urizen7 doses of true vervain
5 doses of imperial roseweald
5 doses of cerulean mazzarine
5 doses of marrowort
5 doses of bladeroot
Iteri, ZenithSenate AppointmentUrizeni Position
Keeper of the Glorious Fountain10 mana crystalsPeregro, MorrowSenate AppointmentUrizeni Position
Keeper of the Tower of the Fall10 mana crystalsOccursion, ZenithSenate AppointmentUrizeni Position
Sheriff of Overton12 ingots of green iron
2 ingots of tempest jade
2 ingots of weltsilver
2 ingots of orichalcum
Greensward, MournwoldBourse VoteMarcher Position
The Herb Garden of Origen's Rest10 doses of true vervain
5 doses of cerulean mazzarine
5 doses of imperial roseweald
5 doses of bladeroot
5 doses of marrowort
Lustri, ZenithSenate AppointmentImperial Position