Shard of a Perfect World
The Great Houses are the largest powers within The Realm, both politically and economically. While each house has its own specialty, they all have great wealth and power. Even the weakest Great House is a force to be reckoned with.
There are eleven houses in total. The heads of each house all claim direct kinship to The Scarlet Empress and several now vi for the throne. Most dragon blooded in The Realm were either born or adopted into one of the Great Houses.