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In any fantasy setting that is remotely medieval or feudal in base, noble families wield a great deal of power and are of great importance. They can become patrons, allies or foes of player characters, a source of quests and help or a constant pain in the characters' side. It's useful to have some families that can be dropped into a campaign.

This is a collection of thirteen different families to use. Individuals in the families aren't given; instead, the family itself is described, as well as such as its history, interests and power, behaviour and habits.

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Here are the families:

  • Dredgers: This clan of backwater swamp barons earned their lands with blood and spite. Reclusive and little seen, there is more to them than most know.
  • Tercels: The king's hawks, the Tercels formed some of the nation's first irregular units, and fought hard for the throne. With impeccable honor and sharp swords, they're often held up as paragons.
  • High Hall: Bankers and money men, these masters of coin found they couldn't buy their way into the aristocracy. But the forgiveness of loans, and the hiring of swords, are both very persuasive.
  • Storvall: A clan as famous for its artisans as for its pacifism, it was when the Storvalls took in orc refugees, and made a stand alongside them against a threat from the deep, that they hammered their names in steel.
  • Star Gazers: A rather widespread clan of elves and half-elves, the Star Gazers are famed for their wisdom, their learning, their curiosity, and their artistry. Those who have thought them defenseless, though, have been taught that war is just another art to master.
  • Far Walkers: A highland clan of small folk, it's the Far Walkers good natures and concern for their neighbors that got them raised to a high seat. A seat they've done their best to earn with every generation.
  • Crowsbeak: Descended from gravediggers, this funerary family is often avoided. When it comes time for someone to do the dirty work that keeps the kingdom going, though, theirs is the first name on everyone's lips.
  • Silvers: Named for the color of their blades, these knights errant have a well-earned reputation as monster hunters. Some of the hardest warriors in the land, they face terrors that would send others running.
  • Blackbriar: A dark and brooding line, the Blackbriar's have a sour reputation. Lords of a shadowed forest, there are many who fear the rituals and customs that have tied them so firmly to their lands.
  • Flinders: Farmers and hosts without equal, the Flinders have an honesty and impartiality that is beyond reproach. Peace makers by reputation, there are some who suspect them of being the power behind the throne.
  • Causeways: Powerful merchants who found their wares constantly under attack from bandits on the roads they had funded, the Causeways ensured that guards were plenty, and the roads open to all. With enough hired swords in their employ, the kingdom doubled its standing forces by raising them to the nobility.
  • Harthway: The Hounds of Harthway are fearsome, bold, and loyal. Though there are some that say their crest is not the only feral thing about this particular family.
  • Stonejaw: Orc mercenaries without equal on the battlefield, the Stonejaws were so feared that often simply hiring their warriors would bring peace talks. When one small kingdom couldn't pay them in gold, it did offer them something they wouldn't receive from anyone else… standing high among its nobles.

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December 24th, 2018
Wonderful stuff! Each noble house has a unique schtick that makes them notable while still being easily dropped in to nearly any fantastical kingdom, and each one has hints of meat and mystery that can be kept as is or expanded upon at the user's choi [...]
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