The Great and Lesser Houses

Noble families of Kasuria

THE GREAT HOUSES OF KASURIA:

Ayoubis, Giovarri, Pala, Balsamud Haala Risharrd, Carthamine, Kavillaur, Sabine, Desdicara, Moon, Yasmeen

The twelve Great Houses are all between three and six centuries old. Rules of inheritance are strict, and a child must be born in wedlock to take the family name. Magical ability is said to run strongest in the veins of the Great Houses, who often arrange marriages to members of other Great Houses for this reason.

The Great Houses are responsible for the "external" affairs of a land, such as sending merchant-diplomats to encourage shipping from other counties, and the capitol's defenses. The King may call for each Great House to contribute troops to Malgrave's Garrison, and ships and sailors to the Royal Kasurian Navy. In return, the King's forces keep the peace and coordinate trade throughout all Kasuria, and protect her from invasion from other countries.

THE LESSER HOUSES OF KASURIA

Akaba, Keung, Mundi, Broderick, Kithain, Paolo, Glissamord, Kosani, Shalimar, Kelmothand, McDagger, Sherazi

The Lesser Houses are the allies of the Great Houses. Unlike the Great Houses, they don't have any Countships, and they have considerably less influence and wealth.


A LIST OF GREATER HOUSES

Risharrd

Ruler: Countess Anne ti'Risharrd K'Desdemond Am'Lorren

Heraldic device: Left half of field white, right half of field red, with a light blue raptor standing in the middle, facing to the left.

Makeup: Small slender Mustelines; dates back to the Kingdom of Tellish.

Allied to: House Glissamord.

Kavillaur

Ruler: Countess Kesondra ti'Kavillaur K'Malcom Am'Conrad Ix'Am'Sarn

Heraldic device: A field of gray, with a thick palm tree flanked by a white glove on the left and a black glove on the right.

Makeup: Heavyset Mustelines; dates back to the Kingdom of Tellish.

Allied to: House Kelmothand.

Carthamine

Rulers: Countess Gladtail ti'Carthamine K'Symbidia Am'Jake and Count Dragar ti'Carthamine K'Aldric Am'Leejah

Heraldic device: Field blue, with three horizontal yellow stripes evenly spaced.

Makeup: Lupine/Vulpine (Wolves and Foxes).

Allied to: House Broderick.

Desdicara

Ruler: Count Harrystile ti'Desdicara K'Rovarri Ix'Am'Tanya

Heraldic device: Field dark blue, with a circle of white, and a dark gold eagle with outstretched wings in the circle.

Makeup: Dogs and some Lupines.

Allied to: House McDagger.

Giovarri

Rulers: Count Niccolo ti'Giovarri K'Montakerri (Mt. A'Kerry) and Countess Reffa ti'Giovarri K'Kosh Ix'Am'Kronin

Heraldic device: Field yellow with a dark red wedge coming from the top; a white wolf pawprint on the lower half.

Makeup: Dominated by Wolves. The most prestigious Canine clan.

Allied to: House Keung.

Pala

Ruler: Countess Velamay ti'Pala K'Ralston Am'Londorric

Heraldic device: Field white, with four fat blue teardrops, their points radiating out from a central point to the diagonal corners.

Makeup: Rodents, mostly Rats.

Allied to: House Akaba.

Moon

Rulers: Count Dax ti'Moon K'Challis Am'Laylah Am'Ardra Ix'Am'Corrinthia Ix'Am'Peaches and Countess Felicity ti'Moon K'Sormegar Am'Freddy

Heraldic device: Field black; three yellow crescent moons point-up in a vertical line, the one at the top larger and the one at the bottom smaller.

Makeup: Smaller Felines.

Allied to: House Shalimar.

Sabine

Rulers: Count Solomon ti'Sabine K'Sontray Ix'Am'Zendra and Countess Sethla ti'Sabine K'Lithe Na'Kalthyr

Heraldic device: Field blue; a white cross.

Makeup: Felines; originally from P'ree in Frrance.

Allied to: House Kosani.

Haala

Rulers: Count Bloodclaw ti'Haala K'Harfang Am'Lessa Am'Dori and Count Gemini ti'Haala K'Spreekle Am'Jordan Am'Sheila

Heraldic device: Field dark brown, with a golden sunburst in the center over a thin horizontal white line.

Makeup: Lions; ancestors from the Aegyptian Lands.

Allied to: House Paolo.

Ayoubis

Ruler: Count Emirava ti'Ayoubis K'Tranzish Am'Sunmare Am'Dara

Heraldic device: Field dark green, a white tent, like a circus tent, with a triangular black open doorway.

Makeup: Horses; pride themselves on being "purebreed", and do not permit members of other races to even enter their private quarters.

Allied to: House Sherazi.

Balsamud

Rulers: Count Fenwyr ti'Balsamud K'Glasny Am'Lin Ix'Am'Korrin and Count Laslyn ti'Balsamud K'Hurpha

Heraldic device: Field dark red, with a silvery lamp (like a genie lamp) at the top center.

Makeup: large Felines; reputation for scholarliness.

Allied to: House Mundi.

Yasmeen

Rulers: Count Alnor ti'Yasmeen K'Darvin Am'Dor Ix'Am'Dianna and Countess Yazeel ti'Yasmeen K'Raideth Am'Stephano

Makeup: Equines; famed for their opulent quarters.

Heraldic device: Field rich purple, with five gold balls in a diagonal line from upper right to lower left.

Allied to: House Kithain.


A LIST OF LESSER HOUSES

Kithain

Makeup: Felines; descended from sea raiders.

Allied to: House Yasmeen.

Keung

Makeup: Tigers; trace their lineage to exiled Taigorian warlord Jiyarr Keung.

Allied to: House Giovarri.

Allisia

Akaba

Makeup: Equine; descended from Kohazzi nomads.

Allied to: House Pala.

Sherazi

Makeup: Equine; descended from the famous Stallion Malponi Sherazi.

Allied to: House Ayoubis.

Shalimar

Makeup: Entertainer Mustelines; dates back to the Kingdom of Tellish.

Allied to: House Moon.

Kelmothand

Makeup: Semi-aquatic Mustelines; dates back to the Kingdom of Tellish.

Allied to: House Kavillaur.

Glissamord

Makeup: Black Ferrets. Trace their ancestry to the Tellish Prince Svultan K'Glissamord, called `Golden Eyes'.

Allied to: House Risharrd.

Broderick

Makeup: Canines.

Allied to: House Carthamine.

Richter

Mundi

Makeup: Canines.

Allied to: House Balsamud.

McDagger

Makeup: Rodents, with relatives in Clan McDagger from Eriu.

Allied to: House Desdicara.

Kosani

Makeup: Rodents, mostly Mice; famous as a banking family.

Allied to: House Sabine.

Paolo

Makeup: Oddly enough, a family of Cats and Mice.

Allied to: House Haala.


TRADITIONAL HOUSE ALLIANCES

These are the traditional alliances of Great and Lesser Houses. Most of them began as arrangements between the old-blood/old-money of the Great Houses and the military or merchanting prowess of the Lessers.

Greater Houses
...
Lesser Houses
Ayoubis (Equine) ... Sherazi (Equine)
Balsamud (Feline) ... Mundi (Canine)
Carthamine (Canine) ... Broderick (Canine
Desdicara (Canine) ... McDagger (Rodent)
Giovarri (Canine) ... Keung (Feline)
Haala (Feline) ... Paolo (Feline/Rodent)
Kavillaur (Musteline) ... Kelmothand (Musteline)
Moon (Feline) ... Shalimar (Musteline)
Pala (Rodent) ... Akaba (Equine)
Risharrd (Musteline) ... Glissamord (Musteline)
Yasmeen (Equine) ... Kithain (Feline)
Sabine (Feline) ... Kosani (Rodent)


MALGRAVE AND THE COUNTIES OF KASURIA

Malgrave the Capital

RULED BY King Constantine the XII ti'Haala Am'Dillandra Am'Phaedria Am'Cilosia Am'Buttercup Rightful Ruler of all Kasuria.

County
Capital City
Ruled by
Lithe Port Payne House Sabine
Kosh Kreegor House Giovarri
Hurpha Freemarket House Balsamud
Spreekle Alkus House Haala
Aldric Dragonclaw House Carthamine
Raideth Treebore House Yasmeen
Sormegar Raffamond House Moon

Lithe, Kosh, Hurpha, Spreekle, Aldric, Raideth, and Sormegar are referred to as the Highlands or the Cold Counties. They are sparsely populated, and poorer because of the shortage of Raptors. Raptors, Ostrix, and Kiwi don't do very well in the cold, and Raptors will not lay eggs here.

County
Capital City
Ruled By
Mt. A'Kerry Skyhaven House Giovarri
Malcom Songhigh House Kavillaur
Glasny --- House Balsamud
Ralston Sephion House Pala
Sontray Zellis House Sabine
Challis Challiston House Moon
Darvin Ram House Yasmeen
Rovarri Falbert House Desdicara
Harfang Zaydore House Haala
Symbidia Bannisard House Carthamine
Desdemond Saffingwell House Risharrd
Tranzish Moorim House Ayoubis

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