Noble Houses of Infernus
And they are the pillars, designated by his own blessing, to lead this Realm in his absence. Recognized for their power, their leadership, and most of all, their loyalty to the Realm, they are the ones that will continue our prosperity. And when our next golden age comes, let it be known now that it was them that guided us to such fruitfulness.
—Elder Demon Iin'vrai'kulniil Lu'kiinolz
Even among the numerous Planes of Existence, the Noble Houses of Infernus are quite famous for their successes and achievements that have become the envy of many other species. The only species that rivals the prosperity of the Noble Houses are the Orders of Angels of Paradiso, and oddly enough, humans in The Mortal Plane (even though they are completely unaware of it). Founded in Solar Year 052 NS, the Noble Houses of Infernus is a form of governance that puts power into the hands of the many recognized families of the Realm. Learning from their past mistake of the Ancients wanting power solely for the 7 Primordial Ancients, the Elders devised the system to spread power among many. Such power could not only be properly contained but would also have several systems of checks and balances.
Power to the ManyThe Ancients were incredibly powerful and were almost perfect embodiments of Zan'nal'takriin's greatest seven ideals. Although it's still uncertain which of these ideals sparked the wanting of all power into the 7 Primordial Ancients, it's speculated that Az'liin'kol, often called Lust, was the driving force for the events leading to the Infernus Civil War and, ultimately, the end of the Ancients. After the Civil War, and after Zan'nal'takriin had left for The Crossroads, the survivors, the Overrulers, the first line of Elders, were left on their own to rebuild the Realm. It was up to them to figure out why their beloved Realm had suffered such a disastrous fate. So, the Elders came up with the solution to split power into the hands of many: Iin'vurnu vol Kaliin'marnuvaz, meaning The Powerful Houses of Nobility of Infernus. Another revision to the old ways of governance was Zan'kalii shol Kri'iivnii, The Divided Lands of Unity. This system divided Infernus into 5 levels of governments: Zul'nan, Zan'val, Zan'nil, Zan'kiil, and Zan'furniir. Zan'kalii shol Kri'iivnii is directly tied with Iin'vurnu vol Kaliin'marnuvaz.
Of the 3 Noble House StructuresNoble Houses, in a nutshell, keep royal powers from having too much power by being able to vote on pieces of proposed legislation that a royal family may wish to enact into law. Noble Houses can veto pieces of legislation in a Zan'nil or a Zan'val by a 4/6ths majority of all noble households in either. Aside from being actively engaged in the legislature of Infernus, noble houses also have special domains they all privately own. These domains always adhere to the laws of both Zan'val and Zan'nil. Additionally, a noble domain can also have its own set of laws. Noble houses also have private militaries that are under their direct commands. These militaries are called the Ol'viilun, or the "Fighters of the Noble." The Noble Houses of Infernus is split into 3 different types: Greater, Lesser, and Honored Houses. Each house is different from the other in various ways, but each one has one thing in common; each Noble House in Infernus has a seat in the Iniil'shazul Council.
Greater Noble HousesThe Greater Noble Houses are the oldest and most powerful of all houses in Infernus. What sets these houses apart are that they are all direct descendants of Zan'nal'takriin. Often seen as directly blessed by Zan'nal'takriin, the only way these houses were formed was to be both a direct descendant of The Great Devil as well as being blessed by him. Although there are still many direct descendants of the Father of Demons, he is no longer present, having self-banished after the 4th Great Holy War. These houses were all formed during the Elder Rule, and at the peak of their rule, there existed a total of 150 Greater Noble Houses. Unfortunately, after the Avriin'durel Plague, that number was cut to 109. And after the 4th Great Holy War, the number was further cut to 82. In modern-day, 72 of the original 150 Greater Noble Houses are still alive. No new greater houses can ever be formed, as one of the two requirements for forming one is gone. These houses can have up to 5,000 servants in their Ol'viilun. Also, and unique to only the greater noble houses is Duriin'miin, "Personal Herald Fighters," which are small but proficient and sworn personal guardians/servants to a greater house's family members. Both the Ol'viilun and Duriin'miin have their own hierarchies, but the Duriin'miin is a bit more complex. Another unique aspect of these houses is Kal'raavul, "Sacred Weaponry." These are unique and powerful artifacts that have incredible powers. Each greater house has one to two, and each is heavily guarded. One such Kal'raavul is House Avernus's "Secrets of Borrowed Time Grimoire," which holds the knowledge of what is said to be the greatest spiritual spell of all time: Borrowed Time, a spell that defies the laws of mortality itself, where pain becomes rejuvenation and death becomes life.
The Greater Noble Houses are also the ones that play the largest roles in Infernus's governance. At the top are the 7 High Royal Families of the Realm; these families' lineages all traced back to the original 7 Primordial Ancients. These 7 Families, Houses, Avernus (Satan'na), Lu’kiinvir (Lucifer), Niil’zinkuv (Beezlebub), Levii’dinviian (Leviathan), Da’non (Mammon), Az’linzus (Asmodeus), Bel’ziinlur (Belphegor), all comprise Enkiil'mal, or "Greatest Oversight." This level of governance is at the level of an entire realm or Zul'nan: there are seven high royal families and continents; each realm is governed by one. Each of these families has a large domain, and always the largest, domain of any noble house.
Sure they're high kings and queens and the literally the most powerful devils in the Realm. But that doesn't mean they get to rule with an iron fist. That time came and nearly wiped out our existence. As far as they're concerned, they set the law at the highest levels only, and even then, they're prettyvague and open for interpretation. And furthermore, us, yes our house, gets to veto them if we don't like their laws.Although a single high royal family leads entire realms, they don't have total control of the realm. They are oath sworn to Julamiir'umiil, the "Limitation of Powers of Royalty." This doctrine acts as a constitution that limits royalty's authority, i.e., a High King or King cannot make a law of his own accord. It must be passed by a special counsel (these councils vary depending on their kingdoms). High Royal Families each have one seat (always the High King and Queen) at the Iniil'shazul Council and sit the closes to the seats of The Council of the Elders- Naomi Zaliin
Ruling over a Zan'val, a kingdom, are another type of greater noble House: the Royal Families. Of the 72 Greater Noble Houses, there are 16 Royal Families. These families are responsible for upholding the higher form Enkii'yol, "Great Oversight." This system is near identical to Enkiil'mal, the biggest difference being that governance is at a smaller level.
Well, they make the law for our entire Zan'val. You know, Zan'nil kii U'liis, Ba'luna, Univiil, Ka'ulin, and Ku'ul. If I'm not mistaken your old home had a similar system. I guess you'd call them states, but we call them kingdoms...well sort of.Each royal family rules over a single Zan'val, which is comprised of Zan'nil. Like high royal families, these families are also given a single seat at the Iniil'shazul Council and sit behind their seats. They also make up the 2nd largest of domains of the noble houses.- Naomi Zaliin
The rest of the 49 Greater Noble Houses are not considered royalty but are still highly respected in the Realm. These houses are all still unique; the biggest difference between them and the Royalty of the Realm, the size of governance they have. These houses don't govern Zan'val nor Zan'nil. Instead, they govern their own special domains within a zan'nil. Although considered a low level of rule, they still uphold Enkii'yol.
Sure we're not royalty, but we were made just the same by our Great Lord. But most importantly, we're his direct bloodlines. His blood after hundreds of millenia still coursing and burning hotter than the Infernos itself within us.These families are all given 1/2 seat (in terms of voting, not literally) at the Iniil'shazul Council and sit behind the Royal Families. Their domains are large but considerably smaller than that of their Royal counterparts. Unlike their royal counterparts, not all Zan'nil in Infernus contain a non-royal greater family.Amanda Saleos
System: Hybrid Constitutional Monarchal Federation (in mortal terms) Current Number of Houses: 72 Greater | 160 Lesser | 436 Honored