Trouble in Ferenze
People are bound together through bonds of vassalage, so let’s say Kevin is a lord, and I want to work for him. I’ll enter into a contractual type agreement with him, in which I agree to do what he wants, and he offers his patronage and protection should I need it. In criminal matters, your lord can vouch for you and get you out of a tight situation in some circumstances. This system creates a personal connection between the Duke and his nobles and vassals, but also allows for organized crime to be more…well, organized. There will be lots of political intrigue, backstabbing, assassinations, secret allegiances, and that kind of thing. The poor and rich mostly leave each other alone.
People who have entered these bonds are called Bonded Men, and their lord is their Patron.