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Seven great noble houses dominate the political landscape
of Brevoy, most dating back to before the arrival of the
Conqueror, when they existed as powerful tribes of raiders
and barbarians. Choral apportioned lands and titles to
those lords willing to pledge fealty to him, reordering the
houses into their modern forms. The past two centuries,
coupled with various marriages of alliance, have shifted
and expanded the influence of the noble houses, extending
well south of the rivers and Lake Reykal.

House Garess:

The valleys and lowlands of the Golushkin
Mountains are the domain of House Garess, founded on
both the defensibility of the mountain terrain and the
mineral wealth the house has brought out of the peaks for
generations. House Garess once had a profitable alliance
with a clan of dwarves living in the Golushkin Mountains,
serving as brokers of a sort for the ores, metals, and worked
goods the Golushkin dwarves produced. Lord Howlan
Garess (LN male human artistocrat 5/expert 2) even took
Toval Golka (N male dwarf aristocrat 2/expert 4), the son
of the clan-chief of the dwarf hold, as his ward (some say
more as a hostage than a guest in Grayhaven Castle). This
proved fortunate for young Toval, as Grayhaven lost all
contact with the dwarf hold of Golushkin during the same
winter as the Vanishing. With his own son Bren lost inside
the mountains, Lord Howlan, a widower with no other
children, has named Toval his adoptive heir. This has
earned the dwarf, now a skilled young warrior in his own
right, few friends in Grayhaven.
House Garess’s crest is a snow-capped mountain peak
in gray against a dark blue field like the sky, with a silvery
crescent moon in the upper right corner and a black
hammer across the base of the peak, head toward the left.
Its motto is “Strong as the Mountains.”

House Lebeda:

The Lebedas of Lake Reykal are known
as the most “Rostlandic” of Brevoy’s noble houses,
having inherited a good deal of Taldan blood and
tradition, including a fondness for sword fighting and
an appreciation of the finer things. Their family seat of
Silverhall is one of the grandest castles in Brevoy, its spires
rising above the shores of Lake Reykal. The Lebedas earn
and maintain their fortune as merchants and brokers
between the northern and southern reaches of Brevoy,
and control much of the shipping across the lake. Dame
Sarrona Lebeda (N female human aristocrat 11) has ruled
the house as regent since the death of her husband, but
their son Lander (LN male human artisocrat 2/warrior
1) is approaching his majority, when he will become lord
of the house. His older sister Elanna (NG female human
aristocrat 4) spends a great deal of time representing their
house in New Stetven, and rumors claim the Lebedas are
looking to arrange a marriage between her and Noleski
Surtova. Naturally, Natala Surtova hates the young and
charming Elanna Lebeda with a passion.
House Lebeda’s crest is a white swan, serenely sailing
across a blue expanse, with the sun on the horizon behind
it. Whether the sun is said to be rising or setting depends on
the house’s fortunes, but the Lebedas’ sun appears ascendant
at the moment. Its motto is “Success through Grace.”

House Lodovka:
Whereas House Surtova slowly changed

their waterborne ways to focus on their lands and political
affairs in Brevoy, House Lodovka has remained strongly
interested in maritime affairs. They have steadily
grown their fleet of ships in the Lake of Mists and
Veils and their influence along their lakeshore
lands and the trade routes crossing the waters.
House Lodovka claims comparatively little
land in the northernmost areas of Brevoy,
and much of the land they hold is
unsuitable for farming, but the house
has many vessels hauling catches of
fish and freshwater crabs from the
Lake. Lord Kozek Lodovka (CG male
human aristocrat 2/expert 3/warrior 2)
is at heart a cunning old pirate with a
love of the water, looking to do right
by his house, his family, and his
House Lodovka’s crest is a greenshelled
crab climbing from the blue
waters toward the gray band of shore
surmounted by a gray tower-keep
in the center, against a backdrop
of black. Their house motto is “The
Waters, Our Fields.”

House Medvyed:
The easternmost

house, Medvyed claims lands nestled
against the Icerime Peaks and the Gronzi
Forest, and rules them from the fortress of
Stoneclimb in the lower peaks. They are a
hardy folk, raisers of mountain goats and
sheep, hunters in the Gronzi Forest, and
cultivators of what good land can be found
on the edges of their harsh territory. The
Medvyeds and their people hearken back to the
“Old Ways” of worshiping nature in its myriad
forms. Isolated forest and mountain shrines
to Old Deadeye (and, it is rumored, Lamashtu)
are more common than temples of Abadar or
Gorum. Lord Gurev Medvyed (NG male
human aristocrat 1/warrior 5) loves to
hunt, ride, and feast with his men, and dotes on his wife
and children.
House Medvyed’s crest is a black bear, rampant against
a red field, with a spread of black antlers above the bear’s
head. Its motto is “Endurance Overcomes All.”

House Orlovsky:
From Eagle’s Watch on the slopes of Mt.

Veshka, House Orlovsky seeks to remain above the conflicts
in Brevoy, both figuratively and literally. Unfortunately, the
house’s role as a staunch ally of the Rogarvias has placed
it in an awkward position under the current regime. Thus
far, House Orlovsky has refused to acknowledge Noleski
Surtova as anything other than Lord Regent in the absence
of King Urzen or a true Rogarvian heir, but it is becoming
increasingly clear which way the political winds are shifting.
Lord Poul Orlovsky (LN male human aristocrat 4/warrior
4) will soon be forced to either declare for the man he
considers a usurper and opportunist, or seek to overthrow
him and claim the Dragonscale Throne for himself
(or another he finds worthy). An alliance between
Orlovsky, Garess, and Medvyed could divide
the nation, and cut the Surtovas’ travel and
supply routes between Port Ice and New
Stetven, but any such arrangement must
be cultivated discreetly.
House Orlovsky’s crest is a black
eagle against a gold field, wings
spread, feathers almost touching at
the point of the base. Its motto is
“High Above.”

House Rogarvia:

Looking to secure
himself and his progeny as high a
place in the new order as he could,
Nikos Surtova offered the hand of
his daughter, Myrna, in marriage
to Choral, binding the house of
the Conqueror with his own. Since
Choral’s final victory in the Valley
of Fire, House Rogarvia has ruled
Brevoy, until the recent mysterious
disappearance. The house built the
Ruby Fortress in the city of New Stetven
as its stronghold, and Urzen Rogarvia
sat on the Dragonscale Throne up
until 4699, when the entire family
vanished overnight. The Rogarvias
were well known as ruthless rulers,
determined to hold Brevoy together
in the Conqueror’s name by whatever
means necessary. Still, while their
loss was not overly mourned, the
stability they represented has
been. Loyalists have continued
to call for investigation into the
Vanishing and make much of the fact that their rule lasted
precisely 200 years, but it has become increasingly clear
that House Rogarvia will not return soon, if ever.
House Rogarvia’s crest is a two-headed red dragon, one
head breathing flames, the other bearing an unsheathed
sword, representing Choral’s legendary conquest, against
a quartered field in white and gold. Its motto is “With
Sword and Flame.”

House Surtova:

The most influential house in Brevoy,
House Surtova, is also the oldest, established in Issia
centuries before Choral’s arrival. The Surtovas were
infamous pirates and raiders in those early days, and
with the Conquerer’s coming were able to parley captured
wealth into lands and titles. What started out as a defensible
fortress became Port Ice, a settlement that has been the seat
of Surtova power for generations. Nikos Surtova’s alliance
with Choral secured House Surtova’s place at the right hand
of the ruling house, and allowed them to move quickly
into place after the Vanishing. The Survotas established a
“regency” in the absence of King Urzen, which has quickly
become the de facto succession to the crown. King Noleski
Surtova (N male human aristocrat 5/warrior 3) sits upon the
Dragonscale Throne, while his sister Natala Surtova (LE
female human aristocrat 6) reigns as unofficial “queen,” as
her brother is as yet unmarried. Rumors say Natala enjoys
her role (and her influence over her brother) far too much
to embrace the idea of a proper sister-in-law. Still, there
is considerable pressure for Noleski to choose a bride and
produce heirs for his new dynasty.
The Surtova crest is a gray ship against a field of blue
below and black above, the upper shield spangled with
silver stars. Its motto is “Ours Is the Right.”

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