Noble Houses of Dun-di
While a number of wealthy houses exist in Dun-di City, the following noble houses are a few of the most powerful and significant families in the realm:
- The House of the Steward – This is the most powerful and wealthy house in Dun-di. Both the position of King’s Steward as well as the ownership of Belwin’s tavern passes from generation to generation in this family, and both enterprises are associated with a great deal of respect, power, and wealth. Lord Belwin himself is regarded with as much awe and fascination as the original protectors of Dun-di (Willie Jenkins, Zobdoko, Marius, & Einkil). Lord Belwin personally managed the expansion and development of the city into a great metropolis, and his ideas and trade secrets have been passed on with the position. So while they have generally not been as successful as Belwin himself, his descends have successful run the kingdom. Now, this house is relatively small compared to others in the town. The most well known members of the house is the King’s Steward herself, Elina, and her younger sister Selena, who in contrast to the Steward has been very gregarious and popular with the other nobles.
- House Dallimothan – This house is known for their exceptional affinity for magic, and their close family ties. On their crest is a red dragon in flight. They often dress in ornate silks and gold with ornamentation of dragons. The family originates from the content of Lumos; they migrated to preserve their lives as well as their wealth as the common people on this far away continent began to revolt against magic. Lord Kestrel of House Dallimothan also has a prominent place on the Council of the Magical Society in Dun-di. In general, he and his house have kept a low profile in the city, using their wealth to ensure the security of the members of the house. There are rumors that the blood of dragons actually runs through the veins of this family, and that rumor combined with the number of magic users in the house makes security a necessary concern for House Dallimothan.
- House Gratia – This house is known for their extensive social connections and politicking across the houses and with merchants in the city. They often put on events and gatherings to continue to cement their centrality among noble houses. While they are often well regarded by other houses, their friendliness is often taken with a grain of salt, as lords of this house in years past have been known to sell out their allies to solidify their position. Lord Gerard Gratia of the house is known simultaneously for his stirring speeches as well as his musical skills on the harp. Nonetheless, perhaps the crown jewel of the house is Johannes Gratia, one of seven renowned Guards of the Anvil.
- House Morzak – The only non-human noble house in Dun-di City. House Morzak is a noble house of dwarves that are well regarded among the dwarves of the city, but have not ingratiated themselves among the human nobility. The house originates from one of the smaller dwarven holds in the Southern Kingdoms. They immigrated to Dun-di upon hearing Einkil’s call for masters of stonesmithing and engineering to begin construction on the now magnificent city center. The Morzak clan has been famous among the Southern Kingdoms for their epic stone masterpieces of construction, and King Einkil provided them with a new challenge to apply their family craft to these works above ground. Nalten Morzak is the leader of the house. Now approaching old age at 173, he was involved in originally shepherding his house to this human land. While amiable with humans in the city, Nalten spends most of his time with the dwarven community. In fact, King Einkil regards him as a good friend, and they are often found together enjoying good dwarven stouts in Belwin’s Tavern in the Alabaster Tower.
- House Brightsen – This house is the most commonly praised by the common people in Dun-di, mostly due to their great generosity in hosting huge parties and festivals for the city. They host two festivals per year. The first, Summer Slog on Day 7 is a full day of partying, drinking, and dancing in the city square. House Brighten completely funds the celebration, which includes free beer and wine for all of the public and music from the most popular musicians of the year. The second festival is Brightsen Festival, held on Day 190. It is the birthday of hous master Lord Delric Brightsen, and the public is invited to feast on the grounds of their noble mansion in the Nobles Quarter. They also pay for vendors of alcohol and tables to be set up and down the streets of the Nobles Quarter. While the general public has a definite adoration of House Brightsen, the other nobles turn up their noses at such activity and wonder if House Brightsen can truly sustain this immense spending on public events each year.
- House Pelto – House Pelto is the most powerful noble house besides that of the Steward to have risen from within Dun-di City itself. As the city expanded and nobles began building mansions in their own quarter where they could hold land outside of the city center, several entrepreneurial members of this house established a series of high end shops in the region to attract the clientele from this nascent posh neighborhood. While initially originating from a middle class crafting background, this house used their skills and connections in the clothiers’ and jewelers’ guilds to meet the demand for high quality goods in the area and built their wealth from the other noble families.