House of the Elk
Most politicians need an Elk courtier, they are reputed for their skill at deception, as redefining the world around them, and seeing the secrets of all others. The last emperor was an Elk who went mad and cursed all the Blooded families. He was killed thanks to Serpent magics. Their banner in the Senate is half-veiled as a sign of their deception, both to the house and those who deal with them
The Elk value Cunning as their highest virtue. No one is as perceptive of secrets or as good at lying.
The Steele Family are the ruling family, having taken control from their weaker brothers.
The Thayl Family are the shamed, the descendants of the mad emperor.
The other houses are Jasnine, Uvan and Ballan.