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Each Great House is shown in colours. Black areas are places in which are owned or controlled by no person.

The Great Houses are the most powerful of the noble houses within Amsnorth. They exercise immense authority and power over their vassals and territories and are answerable only to King or Queen of Amsnorth. They Great Houses are ruled by a paramount High Lord or Lady, and they are the regional rulers of their areas, over their vassals and land. Before the War of Kings each of the Great Houses were infact royal houses, most of which had their own king or queen. However Jafier Heartan after wining the war, disbanned all the titles of monarchy, execpt the Wood-Elves. Each of the houses that assisted Jafier, or the ones who held high power, were given a huge amount of land where they can decided their own laws and rules, but must anwer to the High King or Queen. The Houses that were destroyed by Jafier during the war were, House Boulderarm , which was replaced by his own house, House Heartan - House Heartan also took control over House Ashstone, to become the new rulers of the Rocky Vale and its surrounding areas. House Boulderrock took contorl over House Grazaxe, House Durgilion took over from House Yunder, House Lukie for wiping out House Blutton, House Gonsovier for destroying House Vontier. Each Great House has a large number of vassal houses serving it, most of whom in turn have smaller vassals under them, extending all the way down to farmers and landed knights. Each Great House rules over its territory and is responsible for collecting taxes and, in times of war, raising troops to fight for the king or queen. Otherwise they are largely left to operate autonomously to simplify the bureaucracy and governance of the realm.

Great HousesEdit

Current Great HousesEdit

Exiled HousesEdit

  • House Undertongue, the ruling kings of Markwall. Destroyed when Jafier Heartan attacked the city during his uprising. He killed the Undertongue king and exiled their house. There whereabouts are unknown.

Destroyed HousesEdit

HistoryEdit

Great Houses were first formed in the Creation Period, it begun when seperate human tribes started to migrate across the seas, and form into huge settlements and build civilzations. These settlements eventually took on their own names, and formed the very first houses.

The dwarves later discovered this, and started doing it themselves, pushing their borders against the growing humans. As these great houses grew in size, they started to raid, and invade lands, expanding on their power and borders. While they did this, they took in vassals, and small houses to serve under them. These great houses formed their own governments, which at the time all fell under the Dark-Elf Empire, and eventually their kings. 

Great Houses have battled it out between each other for thousands of years, each one trying to defeat their rivals. It is common for each lord or lady to threaten, or even try and intimidate their fellow great houses. 

In the BooksEdit

Great Houses are not mentioned much within the first few books, but it is clearly known about them, even more so House Heartan. They are known as the rulers over all their lands, and are responsible for rasing taxes, or reducing them. Many events that lead in the future novels, will deal with these houses in more depth.

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