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The noble houses of Hökaland are similar to noble families in Medieval Europe and applies a bastard feudalism. Each of the greater houses manage a Kingdom, similar in some ways to city-states. The houses are warring, intermarrying and scheming for power. These houses see themselves as more than just nobility, they are royalty!

In reality, the one thing that keeps a relative peace and balance in the power struggles is the mandate of the Family Register, which has be come the authority on to the law among houses. In a sense the only organisation involved with "international law".

As factions go, Houses are both factions in terms of their own name as well as which other houses they are associated with.

For more details on how the Gentry and ranks work in Hokaland, see Gentry.



Types of Houses In the Midrealms

There is really just one type of House in the Midrealms (including the Northrealms and Southrealms), but a House's power vary greatly as does their granted status. A House can either swear fealty to another, more powerful, house or have others swear fealty to them. The house powerful enough to claim actual ownership of land becomes royalty, with all the advantages and disadvantages of this status.

There is some debate where the lines go between some warlord and a noble Lord, but, fortunately, the Family Register is there for all types of eventualities, as well as for weddings and inheritance rights, etc.

With this in mind, there are different groups of Houses, like the Governors, consisting on the five Houses currently in control of Capitoleum's vast riches. There is also the Court of Houses, which is a larger court where all Houses which are considered Kingdoms socialise. The Court of Houses supports the Stripes and the road safety, but the main support of the road comes from the Road Houses. The Court mainly functions as neutral ground for inter-house communications, especially at times of conflict between houses.

Outside of this main circle of Houses, there are also the Court of Houses Participants, which are basically all other houses of varying sizes in the lands. These are allowed to participate at gatherings in the Court of Houses and to mingle, but they don't have a voice in the chamber.

Beyond the Realms there is of course also nobility, part of their own cultural rules, and not really related to this part of the world.

List of Houses

Map of house interactions.

The Main Power Struggle

The Governor Houses controls Capitoleum and holds the symbolic ownership of the Coins. Though the five Houses obviously can't hold the road by military means, it does so through politics with the Road Houses.

The power balance is built up of the Governor Houses and a number of houses that supports them called the Governor Supporters. While all Houses vye for becoming a Governor house, the main opposition consists of the Opposition Houses and their Opposition Supporters. These sides of power and opposition are mainly situated in the Midrealms. The Northrealms and Southrealms get involved as well, but they also have their own neighbours and power centres to consider.

Governor Houses

* Not connected to Capitoleum directly


Governor Supporter Houses

* Forced to support the Menthells, but supports the Opposition when possible.


Opposition Houses


Opposition Supporters

* Forced to support the Menthells, but supports the Opposition when possible.
** Not active supporters, but are unhappy with the system.
*** Actively tries to stay out of the politicking, but finds it hard.



Other Important Houses



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Main Religions Peoples Kingdoms & Noble Houses

Alchemists' Guild
Capitoleum
Capitoleum Militia
Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Shadows
Court of Houses
Family Register
Governors
Harbour Master
Shadow Chamber
Sickle
Wyny War Academy

Church of Rahn
Orthodox Church
True Faith
Elven Religion
Dwarven Religion
Halfling Religion
Dragon Cults
Hawk Cults

Dragons
Dwarves
Elves
Halflings
Hawks
Humans
Ratels
Midrealmers
Northrealmers
Southrealmers

Governors


Artipellin
Edmyr
Haldean
Menthell
Wyny


Supporter


Asmeagan
Hwett
Nihthelm
Selwen *

Opposition


Goldhelm
Pineshield
Vasj
Wyrd


Supporter


Eagle-Eye
Farlun
Selwen *
Brave **
Tally **

Sovereigns


Oakshield
Amory
Barbaran
Farrin
Farris
Framarr
Marke
Morfans

Anacia City States

More


Chivalric orders
Gods
Magic users
Mercenary bands
Northern tribes

Artipellin: Folerach · Lettiere · Palenri · Pezine · Trevisa · Trevisi

Capetian: Boni · Cerda · Mazetti · Mocidea · Stamara · Tinei
Lo Duca: Agrase · Damosa · Lara · Poliri · Raganz
Sagese: Archinto · Distesan · Hamni
Trentino: Derillo · La Vega · Manzini · Osorio · Zanidei