Citizens of the Dragaeran Empire are divided into seventeen Great Houses. Usually, a person's House is determined by their parentage (see Joining Houses). There were originally 30 houses, but many died out before the forming of the Empire.
Each House (except the Yendi and the Jhereg) has distinct physical characteristics. Every House except the Yendi has heraldic House Colors, which its members usually wear. A person's House is believed to determine their temperament.
Of the Houses, the Teckla are by far the most numerous, at over 90% of the Empire's population. They are the only house not considered 'noble'. In practice, although the Teckla are the only peasantry, mainly the Athyra, Dragon, Dzur, Lyorn and Phoenix houses make up the aristocracy (a notable exception would be the Count and Countess of Whitecrest who are Tiassa); the other houses make up what would be considered the middle class. Although their members hold titles of nobility, they are often nominal or empty.
Which house controls the Imperial Orb and the Empire at any given time is determined by the position of the Cycle. A House's position on the Cycle also determines in a more general sense the fortunes of the House.
List of housesEdit
In their order on the Cycle, the seventeen Great Houses are: