The Governing Families of Herkus' Seat & Solna
Solna is ruled by a council of noble families who have held lands within Herkus' Seat since before the days of the Dominion of Einor. Following the Solnan Secession, they also directly ruled the lands surrounding Solna. The Heads of the Houses hold a Council to decide upon matters of governance.
Von Rosin, The Warriors
The longest-standing house, the Von Rosins trace their lineage back to some of the first warrior-priests who gravitated towards the Caves of the Torchbearer and built the city of Solna around those caves. They fought alongside High King Ulrich I Spearbearer but they believed they should stay behind and safeguard the birthplace of Solnan culture. Over the years, they have become increasingly involved with the knightly Order of the First Gate until the two groups eventually became synonymous with each other.
The Head of the House is currently Lord Gehrmin “Excellence” Von Rosin, a renowned adventurer & beloved hero of the War of Twisting Shadows.
Von Cauldens, The Healers
The Von Cauldens are the members of the First Families with the strongest pacifist leanings. The only time that the Von Cauldens have ever openly called for war was when the Shadar-kai Legions arrived. During most discussions they attempt to scale back the budgets of the Order of the First Gate but they are often outvoted.
The Head of the House is currently Lord Emon Von Cauldens, the older sibling of Lady Sefa Von Cauldens.
Von Bessinger, The Cryptkeepers
The Von Bessinger family have served the Dominion since its inception & even before to the early days of yore across the Solnan Plains. They have always been some of the most zealous members of the First Families and their religious beliefs tend to get a bit eccentric. They were led by Ser Agnarr Von Bessinger before his untimely death.
The Head of the House is currently Lady Engla Von Bessinger, who returned to the city recently following her older half-brother’s death with nothing but a spellbook & her family’s signet ring after years being away acquiring an ‘arcane education’.
Von Sorn, The Stewards
The Von Sorn family are diligent stewards who have been a tremendous aid to the organization & construction of Herkus’ Seat over the years. However, in recent years there are rumors that their once great wealth has been steadily diminishing and that they owe quite a bit of money to different institutions. Regardless of rumor they are still a loyal member of the First Families & a close ally of Herkus’ Seat.
The Head of the House is currently the elderly Lord Tobias Von Sorn, Leader of the Sixth Light.
Von Albrecht, The Magi
The unofficial fifth First Family of Solna are the enigmatic sorcerers of the Von Albrecht family. While they once lived in Herkus’ Seat, they willingly excommunicated themselves when their ties to the Beacon became too strong & began to conflict with their interest in the governance of Solna. They resigned themselves to their estates within the Telkus Ward.
The Head of the House is currently the ancient Lady Freida Von Albrecht. However, there are no direct living descendents of the house and there is much talk about who will inherit the estates following her death.