Silver Age Beyond
The Noble Prolimetri (or Major or Royal) houses are marked by their ability to vote on certain aspects of the Galactic Imperium. Minor Houses cannot vote and must petition Major Houses to vote as they would prefer. The signifier of this is called a Vowing Scepter. So too, may nobles, with dispensation from the Sectus, use advanced technology, such as space-faring craft, fusion weapons and other sinful tech. With appropriate indulgences, a powerful Noble can equip their house with many powerful technologies that freemen and serfs could never wish to obtain.
Another feature of the Noble Houses of the Prolimetri is that they each were descended from godlike Parahumans of antiquity who claimed to be the gods of recognizable pantheons of Earth mythology. Most of the Prolimetri completely eschew this particular aspect of their lineage however, as many of these myths were lost during the Fall of the Second Republic, and as pious Nobles of the Galactic Imperium, they are expected to embody the virtues of the members of the primary religion in the Imperium, the Universal Sectus of the All-Maker. The strict, orthadox adherents to this one-god religion have little patience for the pagan leanings of ancient history, particularly when it’s that history that they’ve worked so hard for centuries to destroy. In fact, aside from the more academic members of the Sectus, most in the Imperium don’t even recall the myths of First Earth, believing that the Posthuman race came from another planet entirely, one dubbed Holy Ersetu.
Also known as “The Atzlánti,” this House consists of several different families, all claiming lineage back to Mayan god-nobility. They pride themselves on glory and martial ability, and are well-known for such qualities. The most noteworthy in this epic are the Rolas (fierce warriors), the Dulcineas (honorable and trustworthy), and the Bursandras (close to the Sectus). The Atzlánti are currently involved in a conflict with the Al-Fashir Caliphate.
The Amatsukami were once the most decadent and depraved house in the Galactic Imperium, but long ago turned completely around, becoming the house closest to the Orthodox Sectus. They generally are virtuous and very religious, though some still secretly follow the old ways. The Amatsukami, al-Yazata, and Dodekatheons stood against the Bogovi and Atzlánti in the final stages of the wars for primacy over the Imperium, and respect the martial prowess of the Atzlánti, while despising the Bogovi and al-Yazata. The Amatsukami are descended from Asian god-pantheons.
Descended from the Persian Parahuman god-pantheons of antiquity, this house has many ties in the Merchant Guild Shofar, and is very wealthy. Rumors of demon-worship pervade the al-Yazata, but no solid proof has yet been presented. During the wars the al-Yazata made up for what they lacked in tactics with high-tech and research.
Natural leaders, House Dodekatheon are mainly of greco-roman, anglo-saxon descent, coming from the god-pantheons of the ancient Greeks. The Dodekatheons and Bogovi are, for the most part, bitter enemies due to an ancient vendetta which is still unresolved. House Dodekatheon is having problems with the ‘raiders’ from the Zon-Gra Protectorate, and the Aesir star-nations, and is trying to use their influence over the Emperor to push for Imperial involvement in the matter. Though the Emperor is a Dodekatheon, he seems to be trying to remain impartial and dispense resources according to need, not loyalty.
Primarily Russian and slavic descent, the Bogovi are known to be the most freakish and shocking of the noble houses. They are said to use blackmail and espionage as much as brute force, and have an intelligence agency (the Janusians) second to none in the Empire. A Bogovi is just as likely to shake your hand as he is to cut it off with a hidden cybernetic blade. They owe their lineage to the slavic god-corporations of antiquity.
Across the Imperium there are many small houses. They are often restricted to one planet though some maintain minor fiefs on a few planets. Others have descended to penury and are returning into serfdom. Politically most of the minor Houses are aligned to one of the greater houses who use them as pawns if they are weak and partners if they are strong. Some Minor Houses remain rich and politically significant, though all minor houses lack a Vowing Scepter, which allows them no direct vote among issues presented before the greater houses of the Prolimetri.
The noteworthy minor houses are :
There are also several completely defunct houses, including house Alecto, the destroyed house of the former Emperor, and the Ra-tet Pharaonate, which was technically never a house within the First Republic, but rather is believed to have vanished during the Diaspora era.
See also: Galactic Imperium, The