Five great noble houses have persisted for nearly as long as the Jaramon dynasty. Each grew vast fortunes by forming monopolies and constructing their own cities. The five houses are Minkora, Brightshale, Fel’Ram, Lavinsel and Belmar. They constantly form and break alliances and scheme for more power as each city grows. They command armies of their own, each comparable to the size of the kingdom’s army. There have been civil wars in the past but lately the houses have resorted to more subtle methods to gain power.
The capital, Boshan, has a district devoted to each of the greater noble houses. Minor nobles typically align themselves with one of the greater noble houses, sometimes publicly, to gain power.