Dragonmarked Houses

The dragonmarked houses have existed for thousands
of years. For some reason not completely understood,
the common races living on the continents of Khorvaire
and Aerenal developed dragonmarks and the spell-like
abilities associated with them. Some sages believe that the
abundance of Eberron dragonshards on these continents
has something to do with the development of dragonmarks,
but no one can prove this theory. What is known is that
humans and elves never manifested dragonmarks while
living in the Eberron-dragonshard-deficient regions of
Sarlona and Xen’drik.

Individual dragonmarks appeared within bloodlines,
and soon family dynasties sprang up to take advantage
of the dragonmark powers. Each family created an economic
empire using the dragonmarks, and the dragonmarked
houses developed into independent commerce
states operating across multiple nations. The War of the
Mark, which ended about fifteen hundred years ago,
stabilized the houses and ended the threat of aberrant
and mixed marks that might have destroyed the economy
of Khorvaire. Today, twelve dragonmarks shared among
thirteen houses form the basis for economic power across
the continent.

Agreements reached at the end of the War of the
Mark formalized tenets and traditions that all the houses
adhere to. These include rules concerning neutrality (all
houses make a show of remaining neutral so that they can
operate in all nations), fair trade and practices, family
naming conventions, and a ban on marriages between
houses so that the dragonmarks remain pure.
Family members run each house, with either a matriarch
or patriarch serving as the chief executive of both
family and economic business. House family members
form an economic aristocracy on par with the royal and
noble families of the various nations, and family leaders
are literally barons of industry and commerce. Each
house also employs retainers and hirelings to aid in the
family business. Those retainers and hirelings who show
initiative and promise can rise through the ranks to hold
important positions within the house. The most effective
and promising of these might be invited into the family
through marriage to the young scions of the blood, thus
making sure the bloodline continues.

Even though the house blood f lows through the
veins of every family member, not every one of them has
a dragonmark; only a small percentage of every generation
manifests a mark. Among those who do, the least
mark is the most common to appear, with fewer lesser
marks, and fewer still greater marks appearing in each
generation. Those who do develop a dragonmark are
singled out for great things and have responsibilities
to the family that scions without marks never have to
worry about.

House Cannith
House Deneith
House Ghallanda
House Jorasco
House Kundarak
House Lyrandar
House Medani
House Orien
House Phiarlan
House Sivis
House Tharashk
House Thuranni
House Vadalis

Dragonmarked Houses

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