N is for: the Noble Households

The Noble Households of the Old Crown are the descendants of the officers commanding the Istan invasion, along with the leaders of the tribes of their Desh allies.

Whilst the warleader of the Desh and Istani eventually became the boqor of both, his descendants took up the title of suldaan.
His most able commanders were rewarded with packets of land taken from the Moorish, and over time the tangled web of split inheritance and marriage ties have led to shift in the size of holdings, lands too far apart to manage adequately, and more recently sales of lands and titles to wealthy commoners.

Those holding a noble title, as well as their immediate family and heirs, take the honorific Awi or Awa in their name. The young Sera Awa ab-Dalaan is the youngest daughter of the Lord Ironroad, Dalaan Awi ab-Gelir, the eldest son of the late Lady Ironroad Gelir Awa ab-Phellum, and so on.

Important noble families include:
The Lord and Lady Raethmoor, the current rulers of the Old Crown, following the disappearance of the suldaana some centuries ago.
The Lady Redwood, a commoner who was once the mistress of the late Lord, before his sudden death.
The twin Lords Silverhill, perhaps the richest men in the Old Crown, but currently without an heir.
The Lord Kingsmeet, who continues to furnish Queenstown and Raethmoor with fine wines, mead and cheeses, whilst coping with his upstart son.

Servants in the various households sometimes use the status of their patrons to their own gains. One might style themselves Artu ab-Caerdr, steward of House Redwood for example.
In this way, the actual Household could contain many members, from the nobles themselves to any armed guards for their estates, to stewards and servants both on their land and in Queenstown. Merchants and craftsmen working on behalf of the household might also take their title or work under a sign incorporating the household sigils.

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