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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Yes; a couple are mentioned in The Realm, and hopefully we'll be able to explore such systems in greater detail in later books....
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  • Eric Minton
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    Clan Burano is currently one of the two ruling clans of Prasad, so the family is doing reasonably well for itself....
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  • Eric Minton
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    Not at present, but never say never....
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  • Eric Minton
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    Burano and Ophris haven't been Great Houses for a very long time....
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  • Eric Minton
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    Correct, and only the Empress had the power to do so....
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  • Eric Minton
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    The Empress held supreme executive power; she was not bound by her own edicts, nor did they restrict her future actions. She could take away Great House status as easily as she awarded it. The Iselsi family still officially exists; it's just a patrician family now. Traces of some of the other dissolved Great Houses, such as Ophris, still linger as patrician families. (Others, such as Manosque, were put to the sword.)

    EDIT: I think I misunderstood your question! Great House status was based solely on the Empress' edict; if she said you were a Great House, you retained those privileges...
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  • Eric Minton
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    Long-legged wading birds....
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  • Minor Dragon-Blooded families on the Blessed Isle, such as the Bal family (re: Bal Keraz, the head of the Imperial Treasury) are simply one flavor of patrician family. Ruling Dragon-Blooded families in the Threshold who've married into the Dynasty as called "cadet houses"; they don't live on the Blessed Isle and have nothing to do with the patriciate....
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  • "Lesser Houses" is not a setting term in 3e....
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  • Eric Minton
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    Vance and I finished proofing, but that just means that we finished marking up everything on the proofs that needs correcting. The design team still has to implement those changes, and then we'll have to go over the revised proofs to make sure they're clean. So I'm afraid that Wednesday is off the table. Sorry!

    Edit: Ninja'd again!...
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  • Some patrician families trace back to the Blessed Isle's old Shogunate families. Some trace back to the start of the Realm, with the Empress elevating families that formed the backbone of the nascent Imperial Service. And some continue to be created when high-ranking mortal military officers are elevated to the patriciate, or when outcastes establish new households with peasant spouses.

    When a patrician family has a Dragon-Blooded child, that child is either adopted into a Great House — which pays significant dividends, both from beneficial terms at the marriage table and by establishing...
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  • These exist in 3e as a subset of patrician families.

    EDIT: To clarify, that's not a subset in the sense of being legally distinct or having separate nomenclature. It's just that some of the old Shogunate gentes survive as patrician families; it's like "old money" vs. "new money" families....
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  • We haven't come to any firm conclusions yet; there hasn't been time for us to properly dig into the subject....
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  • It's mentioned in the Realm timeline....
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  • The 3e timeline puts Nellens as the next-youngest Great House after V'neef (founded in RY 590), so there are probably a few.descendants of Nellens-patrician and Nellens-outcaste marriages who don't have a blood connection to the Empress. As a general rule, though, your point stands; centuries of intermarriage have given the overwhelming majority of Dynasts a blood connection to the Empress, with only a bare handful of exceptions....
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  • Eric Minton
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    They're still around, and they both appear in What Fire Has Wrought....
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  • Eric Minton
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    As a further clarification, marriage doesn't make a man legally change Great House affiliation. Ledaal Kes didn't become a Ragara when he married Ragara Szaya. He is, however, expected to be loyal to Ragara Szaya and her household, and through them, to House Ragara. This is how the Empress' husbands were expected to behave, and how house matriarchs' husbands are expected to behave, and this goes a long way toward normalizing putting the wife's house first. But a Dynastic husband is also expected to be a filial son. Hence, divided loyalties.

    Some husbands go to great lengths to prove...
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  • Eric Minton
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    To elaborate on this, being married to a mortal may be seen as a punishment by the Dragon-Blooded scion and their peers, but it's almost never intended as such; a Dragon-Blooded child is far too valuable an asset to waste on spite. While DBs usually marry other DBs, marrying one to a mortal is not uncommon, whether for political connections, pedigree, or major concessions from the mortal's parents in marriage negotiations.

    (In some cases, marriage to a mortal may be a sign that the house has long-term plans for the scion, as a male Dynast normally returns to his mother's household...
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  • We do have a few of them in Arms of the Chosen....
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Inspirational reading!
    Looks to be a classic instance of presenting original fiction as a translation of a nonexistent historical work. It's a fun read so far, though! Thanks for sharing it....
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