In the beginning, it was only the ilim, and the land. In time, humes discovered their safe-haven, and the ilim welcomed them with open arms, readily sharing what they had. But, humes ever desire more than they have, and pushed further across the continent, building cities, and nations. The ilim were driven into a smaller and smaller territory, now called Galace, the last stronghold of the children of Azaleon. 

And the ilim knew war. The hume nations slowly whittled away until there were but three: Dalmasca, Jihon, and Macenia. Dalmasca and Jihon were always at war with Macenia, seeking to reach Galace's resources and claim them for themselves, but the Macenian humes refused to bow and let them pass. 

In hope that they would understand the ilim, and learn to live in harmony as they did, the gods bestowed unto humes magic, but it was not the gift they'd intended, most hume magi going crazy, over time. The people became fearful of hume magi, many casting them out when they were found, more outright executing them. 

A prophecy was told, that foretold the coming of a mage called the Messiah, that would rid Azaleon of all humes incapable of using magic, and bring a new dawn to Azaleon. But some do not rely on prophecies and would- be. In Dalmasca, a storm rises, as a young boy aims to claim the imperator seat for himself, and stop the fighting. He has much opposition. Do you stand with the cobra, or will you seek to behead it? 

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Messiah

As a large majority of Messiah's political scene is driven by the noble houses, essentially it replaces a faction system with a house-based one. All groups and organizations established in board canon are essentially extensions of a house, and thereby not everyone in a house are related to one another. Houses may be highborn, lowborn, or somewhere in-between, and most can and often will serve below a higher house as a vassal line.

Major houses in Dalmasca and Jihon must be created as minor houses and worked up the ladder to major status. There are also several pre-made houses that are up for adoption, see the wanted board. Macenia does not really have nobility. The entirety of the Dalmascan major house list is about to suddenly implode on itself and open up a lot of major house slots, but be aware Dalmasca is also amid collapsing and has been for a while now.

Dalmasca

Asheron

But we are not men.
The longest standing major noble line in Dalmasca, House Asheron is a name that everyone knows, and many fear. The line began humbly, and steadily rose through class after class, going from commoners to nobility, to the biggest name in Dalmascan history. Anything big in the history books is almost always guaranteed to have the name Asheron tied to it somewhere, and all major lineages in Dalmasca have some blood from Asheron in their ancestry.
Vassals: None played.

Cassimer

The truth prevails.
Despite how infamous the name Cassimer is, they are newer to the nobility scene. Only a scant few decades ago, Cassimer were commoners serving under House Asheron; that is, until the current head of house, Marcus Cassimer, came into power and rather swiftly built wealth, and then shoehorned them into the warlord class, eventually surpassing their former patron house.
Vassals: Salonus, Warwicke.

Essair

Love is as blind as madness.
Rising stars to the Warlord class, the Essair family can trace their line back dozens of generations, but only recently had they become a well-known name. Formerly mercantile class nobility, the Essairs began wealthy and that is nearly all, but with the ascension of their current head of house to power, the lineage have gained a foothold into the military, and still continue to climb the ladder. Their emblem is a cobra, indicative of their covert ways, and, strangely, a large number of those patrolling Nydema's streets wear the same emblem.
Vassals: Teresi, Wynbrandt.

Greyson

We are all beneath the same sun.
Newcomers to the major noble lines of Dalmasca, Greyson were originally a minor house serving House Kenleigh, and when Kenleigh fell, Greyson arose to take their place. For the most part, Greyson have kept their noses clean, and remained out of interhouse conflict, but with the rise of the house as a major power in Dalmasca, that, most likely, will change, and soon, despite their head of house's attempts to prevent them from being dragged into it.
Vassals: None played.

Lancaster

In life or in death, triumph.
The only House to become one of the major lines solely and completely with the blood of their blood fighters, House Lancaster are somewhat new to the nobility scene, only having risen to that status within the last two decades. Unfortunately, their current head of house is great at making enemies; not so much at making friends, and it may well prove the House's downfall.
Vassals: None played.

Galace

Yrdyn

Heed the mountain's call.
Having led Galace forward for several generations now, Yrdyn is one of the oldest lineages of ilim in Galace. Their head of house is the Emperor Viniel, whom rules the nation alongside his wife. Their family have been influential in Galace's political scene for many generations, even long before their leaders came to lead as emperor or empress as the case has sometimes been, and some say their line can be traced back to the first ilim. Some even purport that the Yrdyn line are amongst the strongest ilim still remaining, as their magic does not seem to have dimmed the same way.
Vassals: None played.

Haradi

Assad

When the rich wage war, it's the poor that die.
The rulers of the Free City of Haradi for the last several generations, and the source of the auratech movement in the west, House Assad are an old and honoured lineage. Formerly warlords, the House have roots in the Ivory Mountains, at the base of which Haradi sits, but they are believed to have originally been Macenian.
Vassals: Argyros.

Jihon

Tachibana

Even in darkness, there is light.
An older lineage of formerly mercantile wealth, that later clawed its way into the warlord class, and from there, into ujalin, House Tachibana are a name well-known, but not always well-loved. The family can claim ancient roots, if they trace their line back far enough, and are just ruthless enough to get what they want, much of the time, however the lineage has suffered a recent blow to their standing, and may or may not recover from it.
Vassals: None played.

Tran

The strong survive.
One of the oldest ujalin lines in Jihon, and the single ujalin lineage that has kept at least one ujal in their family the longest, House Tran is a name that many within and outside Jihon know, and know well. When one speaks the name Tran, it is said either with reverence, or fear, never between. House Tran are either a great ally, or the most dastardly enemy; but which one they are is ultimately up to everyone else. Choose wisely.
Vassals: None played.

Saqqara

Lucain

Stand not in the jackal's path.
The founders, and rulers, of the Free City of Saqqara, for the last three thousand years, House Lucain is probably the most ancient noble line on Azaleon. The lineage don't flaunt this, however, and tend to keep their precise founding years to themselves, years long before the current era. Most, as a result, don't know much about House Lucain, and their story, truthfully, sounds like something out of a story book.
Vassals: Ihsan.