I’ve been spending an immense amount of time sorting out the classes for the society I’ve created. Here is a generalized list of the classes, from top to bottom:
- Tavern Owners (bar tenders)
There are a few extra classifications as well. Prostitutes and Servants get the brunt of everything, and (obviously) suffer the most in society. Commoners are barely a step up from Servants (a fact of which they are very aware), and Tavern Owners are really only successful/glorified Commoners. Businesswomen are somewhat on the same level as Tavern Owners, except that they are looked down upon by nearly everyone in the community (so they have a rough time of it). Businessmen are quite wealthy, and although arrogant, are prone to using flattery. Innkeepers are obsessed with money, so they will do almost anything for a price. Merchants are the “bad boys” on the block; the smart people just get out of their way. Noblewomen are full of plots and schemes (and lots of drama), and Noblemen are the top of the food chain (and require subsequent bowing and scraping).
Those not mentioned (besides the Prostitutes) are those generally associated with the Temple (which is a class system all its own). In the temple you have (from the ground up) Temple Servants, Priests, and Temple Maidens. Temple Servants are the extreme bottom of the social ladder, being fodder to the other temple inhabitants, though still somewhat respected by the normal citizens of the town for fear of the Temple (which does protect its own, servant or higher). Priests (and Priestesses) take care of the basic functions and administration of the temple. Temple Maidens are subject to Priests/Priestesses, but in many ways they actually have more power (physically, not necessarily politically). Healers are an odd group, sometimes found in temples and sometimes on their own, depending on personal preference.
Prostitutes are generally left to protect their own. Most of the time they have owners (just like Servants), and they are treated as even below Servants. They usually end up very independent personalities, but they do band together to protect their own when the group is threatened.
People who manage the storefronts along the streets are generally commoners, although Businesswomen do so as well (usually bigger storefronts though, maybe part of it is actually inside a building), and Merchants may open a storefront to introduce their wares to a new area. However, Merchants usually have their own indoor stores, comparable to those of Businessmen (if not greater).
Please note that this “generalized” information might prove VERY helpful before you read Chapter 10 (which I am currently about halfway through, or more)—unless you want to learn EVERYTHING as Rome does, which is fine, but it might be a little mind-boggling.