The Great and Noble Houses of Zafir House Dragonson The current ruling family of Zafir they are led by the powerful and wise Hector Dragonson who has ruled Zafir for over fifty-seven decades. House Dragonson is known, from throughout their history, to produce the strongest, swiftest, and most powerful Ryujin overall in all of Zafir or so they will claim. They are the ancestral foes of House Valiullin and are the most insular of the houses having no direct allies with any of the major houses, save for House Aeterna. Members of House Dragonson typically have fire, lightning, or enhancement natures. It is also fairly well known although never discussed publically that Malum Dragonson, ruler of the distant Kingdom of Haugun, is the disgraced brother of Hector Dragonson who fled from the country centuries ago for his own personal desire. House Valiullin House Valiullin used to be the ruling house of Zafir until House Dragonson were successfully able to claim the throne in the Great Zafirian Succession Crisis almost 575 years prior to the start of Zalzabar's Journey. Having diminished slightly in power they are still one of the most powerful houses of Zafir and remain the longtime rivals of House Dragonson. Like all Zafirian houses Valiullin prides itself on its Ryujin and their mages with the ancestral traits and focus of their Ryujin and mages being that of Earth, Enchantment, Summoning, and even Necromancy. House Arias House Arias has been described as the most brutal of the major houses of Zafir. Indeed many of their warriors and Ryujin are known for their bombastic and so-called 'short sighted' mindset. Seemingly favoring quick gains over long term profits. They were the house after all that back during the reign of House Valiullin pushed for the annexation of Mithras, a smaller Kingdom that lay to the east of Zafir before becoming conquered and restricted as House Mithras. That war has caused Arias and Mithras ever since to be bitter enemies, the members of house Mithras never forgiving Arias for the crimes of over half a millennia ago. House Arias typically has Ryujin and Mages of the Wind, Illusion, Negation, and even lightning natures. In fact, there has been a long-standing tradition of the lightning mages and Ryujin of House Arias competing with House Dragonson to see which ones can create the largest and most impressive lighting storms. House Mithras House Mithras was not one of the founding houses of Zafir almost four thousand years ago, nay they were conquered some time after its founding. While they have integrated into Zafir, and to the degree that independence has become almost unthinkable, they still remain culturally distinct from the rest of the Zafirian houses which continues to cause friction to this day. Mithras specializes in Water, Healing, and Light Natures. It is also exceedingly rare for Mithras and Arias to communicate with one another, almost always requiring a third party, often House Dragonson, to mediate any discussion between the two Houses. The hatred between the two houses runs so deep that unofficial skirmishers and proxy wars are a common and consistent occurrence between the two. Something Hector Dragonson has tried to prevent and stop to little success. House Aeterna Whether House Aeterna is still a major House in Zafir is a question of much debate. And there still continued inclusion of the Council of Great Houses is something the other houses will continue to bring up over and over only to met with sternness from Hector Dragonson. Historically the head of House Aeterna would be one that was known as the 'Time Mage' a being with the unique and special power of Time a legacy handed down from generation to generation. However, Tempus Aeterna, the current Time Mage, left the house some time ago leaving his brother to rule in his stead. (It is also fairly well known that Tempus is a bastard, the result of his father's affair with a Taetusian noblewoman, thus a further disgrace combined with that fact that he and not his brother became the time mage of House Aeterna) As such the house has declined massively in power and many other members of the family think of Tempus with disgust and mistrust for abandoning his duty. And while they do not have the same power they once did they are not a force to be trifled with, still amassing a sizeable force of Ryujin and mages.