Domine Dirige Nos
"By Our Consent!"
“By our consent!” is a traditional toast among the citizens of Ongus. Any person born in Ongus, or any Albish born serf or freeman who lives in the city for a year and a day, becomes a citizen of Ongus – a freeman of the city entitled to bear a blade within the city. The foreign born can be proclaimed a citizen by the City Authorities. The only Albish born people who cannot gain such status automatically are prisoners held in Oldfort, actual slaves, or members of the Royal Family entitled to the style of His or Her Highness – the King and Queen are considered freemen of the City.
The full formal toast is, in fact, “No Lord, but the King. By Our Consent!”, sometimes said as a call and response. This reflects the fact that no Lord holds Ongus as part of their demesne and under the city’s Royal Charter, no Lord ever can – there can be no ‘Baron of Ongus’ or similar. The city acknowledges the King as their ultimate ruler.