Galasthin's stewardship is not handled by the monarch alone - we are all responsible for maintaining the legacy our forebears left us.
The ancient elven kingdom of Galasthin
may have taken a step back from its former dominance across Istralar's shores, but it is nonetheless one of the eldest nations of Istralar, particularly as its history stretches far beyond the history of its people landing upon this world. The structure of Galasthin's nobility has changed little since they arrived, even as their culture has gradually shifted in reaction and adaption to the events of their broken world.
The ruling couple, He of Sky
and She of Forest
, and their families are somewhat unique. Their names are not wholly a secret - indeed, their families and friends still address them as such - but are largely considered irrelevant in official duties, and the separation serves as an excellent way to keep private and public lives separate. The ruling bloodline passes down the title of She of Forest
to the intended heir, as decided by their parents in counsel with the noble houses, and the title of He of Sky
is thus bestown to the monarch's partner. The ruling family's line remains unbroken throughout their entire time on Istralar, and for many millennia in the past upon other worlds.
The current reigning queen has held her position for three centuries. Her wit, knowledge, and wisdom is prized through Galasthin, and her partner's, too, alongside her.
The Noble Houses
The grandest of us are not those born with titles, but those born titled must bear responsibility for their privilege nonetheless. Their privilege - and our legacy.
Galasthin's greater noble houses are nine in number, across two categories: the five bound to the elements, and the four bound to their duties. Though each House has many areas to guide, their members are plentiful, and the Houses work together with one another, lesser nobles, and commoners to see their nation flourish.
Indeed, relations between Houses and promising lesser individuals are encouraged to see bloodlines expand and new talent welcomed to old families. Only the Head and Scion are strictly expected to wed approximately equal to their own rank, though their immediate families are often subject to similar requirements. More distant members of each House must still seek permission from their Head to wed, but it is incredibly rare for these requests to be denied.
Lesser noble houses are largely created by great deeds deserving of recognition. They are created by titles granted to a particular individual by the royal family, and may only be continued in subsequent generations if the title granted was allowed to be passed on.
Members of the nobility can be recognised as primary line nobility if their full surname is identical to the name of the House, and as more distant relatives if they retain only the letters preceding the apostrophe. For instance, Talindë Ae'tharis
is a member of the primary line of House Ae'tharis, and Lyadrí An'thimael
is a more distant member of House An'darae
Members of these noble houses without such indicators are often considered to be adopted into these houses, and are thus provided with a secondary surname derived from their primary name that includes this indicator. For instance, Endirissë Ral'misthir was sponsored by House To'ranidion
, and thus became known as Endirissë To'misthir.