Chronicles of Ekos
Sardonia is ruled by a King, with land divided between various Baronies all paying tribute to the Crown. The Lords are expected to police their own lands of bandits and monsters and as such each lord has a standing army, although the size and composition varies greatly depending on the size of the Barony. Many Noble families have strong ties to each other going back centuries, either by trade agreements, inter-marriage, a shared enemy or some other bond. Sardonia is currently ruled by King Frederick Von Keller III, who is generally regarded as a relatively just and fair king. While the current ruling family has been in power for more than 50 years, the various nobles are constantly trying to increase their lot, and some plot to take the throne themselves. The current status quo is kept however due to the allying of 2 of the to richest and most powerful Noble houses, House Keller and House Chandos, cemented through the Marriage of King Frederick to his queen, Lady Charlotte Chandos. No other house can match this alliance either in military power or economic might, and nothing short of an alliance of all other houses against them, or the splitting of the Keller-Chandos alliance looks likely to end their dominance.