Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
– George Washington
The Moot of Harbingers (also called The Council of Seven or The Great Moot) rules Guang Keshar during the Emperor’s incapacity. Comprised of the Lords of each of the Seven Great Houses, it makes the decisions of great importance, including creating peace treaties and declaring war, settling disputes between Houses of all ranks, ratifying new legislation, setting tax rates and much, much more. Everything a government would normally deal with passes through the hands of the Great Moot.
House Atum and the first three member Houses of the Moot are described below (in descending order of current political clout). Here’s details on the other four Houses.
- Atum: The Emperor. Heir:None.Hotashen Atum, is the last of his line. His only child, Balatsin, died in a hunting accident seven years ago. Hotashen has also been ailing a long time and the Moot effectively rules Guang Keshar in his absence. Technically, Atum sits above the Moot and isn’t officially part of it. However, Atum has a seat in the Moot chamber and the Emperor has both tie-breaking and veto power, although he cannot legally vote on Moot matters. Atum isn’t counted among the current Harbingers, though Atum (the actual person), is listed first of the original Harbingers.
House colors: black and gold.
- Guashim: Seat of Wisdom. Current Harbinger: Guashim of Guashim. Heir: None.As the Seat of Wisdom, Guashim penetrates the deepest secrets of Creation and acts as the “voice of reason” on the Moot. Unlike many Harbingers who thrive on the attention and deference their position brings them, Guashim seems content to remain in the shadows, dispensing advice and teaching the brightest of Guang Keshar’s younger generations. He takes little interest in political games, unless they threaten Guashim or Guang Keshar as a whole. Then he is like a mother bear protecting her young and none want to be in his way. He has named no heir and his only child, Lia, is missing, presumed dead. Rumor abounds, however, that Guashim is grooming Tsalim of House Kukuri to take his place.
House colors: white and gold.
- Kotish: Seat of Leadership. Current Harbinger:Klimia of Kotish. Heir: Bikan of Kotish.Originally the Seat of Battles, Kotish was elevated to the Seat of Leadership when Atum, the original Seat holder, was placed above the Moot. Once a Great House in its own right, it’s now a sub-house of Atum. Which means it’s in the strange position of being both a Great House and a Major House at the same time. Lady Klimia’s heir is her eldest son, Bikan of Kotish. The Moot hopes Klimia’s rule is long, as Bikan has shown himself young, arrogant, and foolish.
House colors: green and gold.
- Tsamin: Seat of Tradition. Current Harbinger: Manin of Tsamin. Heir: Mishya of Tsamin.Manin of Tsamin has been missing for several years and his heir, Mishya, is not yet of age to take the Seat himself. In his place, the Council has appointed Manin’s half-brother, Gyatsin, as Tsamin’s regent until Manin returns or Mishya comes of age. Tsamin records and keeps the secular laws, customs, and traditions of Guang Keshar and to them fall the interpretation of law and the execution of the Empire’s justice for all levels of society. Only the Emperor’s own court outranks the courts of Tsamin.
House colors: blue and silver.