Gods Amongst Men
The Great Houses
The strongest military house remaining in the Realm, Cathak can field the largest number of legions of any house and uses its military might to keep jade funneling into their coffers from their Threshold satrapies. House Cathak is famous for its heroes.
A mighty economic force, the decadent Cynis trail Ragara in raw economic power but make up for it because of their ties to the Guild (giving them access to markets in the middle and deep Threshold) and their stranglehold on the Blessed Isle’s slave trade.
In disgrace and officially dissolved, the Iselsi maneuvered against the Empress in a doomed power-play generations ago and now survive by her sufferance. Disregarded by the other houses, Iselsi has spent decades cultivating a massive intelligence and assassination network both in the Realm and abroad in the Threshold.
Famous for its staunch support of the Immaculate faith, House Ledaal has eyes on the swelling unrest in the Threshold rather than the Throne, dividing the House’s attention in the face of looming civil war.
Strict traditionalists, whose religious devotion provides them power in the Immaculate Order while skillful manipulation in the Deliberative and the Thousand Scales affords them political clout. Mnemon herself is the most prominent surviving child of the Empress and much like her mother in political savvy.
House Nellens is widely derided for its weak blood, but makes up for it with political and economic influence within the Realm’s ministries. Nellens is popular house with the patrician and peasant classes, and grooms its few Dragon-Blooded scions very carefully indeed.
The Realm navy belongs to the disciplined Peleps, granting it enormous power. The other houses are torn between attempting to stymie them and allying with them.
Ragara is the chief economic powerhouse of Great Houses and a rival to the Guild in many Realm satrapies. It controls banks, insurance brokerages, and innumerable markets within and without the Realm, giving it leverage which was checked only by the Empress herself while she ruled.
Derided by the other Great Houses as brutes and thugs, the ruthless and savage Sesus are the second most powerful military house in the Realm and deeply allied with House Cynis. What the Sesus lack in subtlety they make up for in brutality, and those who challenge them regret it more often than not.
Formerly one of the most powerful and honorable military houses in the Realm, House Tepet’s legions and many of its Dragon-Blooded heirs were slaughtered on a doomed campaign in the North. Now, House Tepet is a dark horse struggling to climb back to power.
The youngest Great House and most favored by the Empress before her disappearance, the eager and clever V’neef managed the mercantile navy for the Empress along the Inland Sea—the Empress was grooming them to keep House Peleps in check. Without the Empress’s favor, they are struggling to exploit opportunities for themselves while avoiding open warfare with Peleps.