Greater and Lesser Houses of Athos Terrarum

There have been many houses on Athos Terrarum all of whom have vied for power at some point in order to achieve their status as a force on the continent. Since the Confederation in 1265 every house has pledged ultimate fealty to the Sovereign who holds the Throne of The Kingdom of Athos. A house derives its power from its land holdings, wealth, and strength. The Greater Houses each hold the fealty of varying lesser houses in their region but they too pledge a fealty. In this case, it is to the Throne in their sub-kingdom within Athos (the exceptions being the houses in Meridem whose Greater Houses meet at the Reich Council and colonial houses on Cisplatina who, though few, operate independently but take some orders from the Military in the Region). Houses rise and fall, fight wars over thrones, wealth, land, or honour, and, most importantly, rule.

Standing Houses

The Kingdom of Alara

Greater Houses

House Caelerius- One of the oldest names on Athos Terrarum and the current reining Sovereign House. Their lands stretch across the rich southern fields of Alara from The Black Forest to Sovereign’s Port. They command the fealty of over 2/5ths of the Alaran lesser houses. Cognizance – A bundle of golden wheat on crimson. Words- “None are Golden”

House Scipio- The oldest name on the continent. Their holdings stretch the north of Alara from the height of the Alaran Planes into The Dying Northlands stopping only at the Alaran Ocean. Cognizance – a down-thrust blade into a tree stump. Words- “Honour Runs Red”

House Tarpea- A recently ascended house, a result of the recent dynasty shift. They were given the central planes and the lands between the northern and southern houses for assisting House Caelerius take the Sovereign’s Throne. They also rule, although some refer to it as puppet rule (in secret), the throne of The Kingdom of Alara in Vulturnus. Cognizance – A flower of obsidian knives on withered grey. Words- “Let it be Written in Stone”

Lesser Houses

The Province of Meridem

Greater Houses

House Abendroth- The Stewards of Sigurhall. The Abendroths have held the city for two thousand years. There house is rich in gold from the lumber trade and powerful as they hold ‘The Central City’ and command it’s many sworn lords. As a result the Abendroths are also considered to wield the most authority at The Reich Council. Cognizance- A round shield, studded with iron from the centre, crowned with a double-horned helm. Motto- “How the Mighty Shall Fall.”

House Hollsborne- The family who run the illustrious Valkricht Company. Their merchant fleet is the largest in the world with port offices across the Realm. Their vast wealth is in moving commodities and necessities with a small portion of their wealth in usury. They are by far the richest of the Meridemian families. They rule in the North of the Province from The Falcon’s Perch, which rests on a plateau high up in The Peaks of Hylas. They also garrison Nordenhall near the quadruple border of Alara, Meridem, Troix, and Oradem. Cognizance- A Falcon outstretched with head in profile facing right on deep blue. Motto- “From Sky to Sea.”

Lesser Houses

The Dominion of Oradem

Greater Houses

House Varnost- The rivers house. They rule the land between Sciron and Goron up to The Sanguine Forest. They control most major trade in and out of the Dominion. They also hold the Regional Throne of Oradem. Their Holdfast is called Steelmorne at the end of the river Sciron. Cognizance – Two blue rivers entwined like braids with a sword through the empty spaces between on pale green. Motto- “Ours is the Torrent”

Lesser Houses

The Kingdom of Troix

Greater Houses

House Andraxes- The ruling house of Troix. They control the shores from the Xanthos to The Sanguine Forest’s edge. Currently they are in hiding as a result of the Troician Rebellion but wage an insurgent war against their Alaran Occupiers. They once occupied the great holdfast on the northern coast called Halicarnassus, but it is now a garrison for Alaran soldiers. They are the most battle renown name in all of The Kingdom of Athos, existing for nearly two millenia. Many of the greatest knights and warriors trained with their masters-at-arms (some still do, in return for assistance in their insurgent’s war). Cognizance – The adamantine gates of Archon with a hand of blood above the door on tan. Words- “Sand and Blood”

Lesser Houses

The Kingdom of Tartarus

Greater Houses

House Holster- The ruling house of Tartarus. They control the entire Frozen Coast line within their kingdom. While they have a throne in Sheol they remain in their holdfast of Drakma hundreds of miles east of the capitol. Their wealth is in the ice trade, learning many long millenia past how to store ice for shipping (they are the only name who currently knows how). They are in a strange semi-conflict with every other greater house within their kingdom over mining rights in the far east of The Tartarean Stretch. Cognizance – An iceberg on deep royal blue. Words- “Solid as the Frost”

Lesser Houses

The Realm of Elysium

Greater Houses

House Redtoe- The ruling house of Elysium. They control the Southern Arrows, following the Tears of Athos to the town of Titan’s Drop where they have their holdfast called The Foot. Their wealth is in mining and the fruits that grow in their riverlands. The head of the Redtoes, the King of Elysium, lives in Lethe, spreading his men between the two regions of the Kingdom. Cognizance – A Mountain with a Blue ring around its peak on white with gold trim. Words- “We are the Rivers”

Lesser Houses

Colonial Houses

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Fallen Houses

The Kingdom of Alara

Greater Houses
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The Province of Meridem

Greater Houses
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The Dominion of Oradem

Greater Houses
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The Kingdom of Troix

Greater Houses
Lesser Houses

The Kingdom of Tartarus

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The Realm of Elysium

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Colonial Houses

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Greater and Lesser Houses of Athos Terrarum

Athos: The Return MikeWelch515