I wonder if the setup of Mer Gost was less like the Western kings and queens, and maybe more tribal? There may have been a wise-person who wasn’t necessarily a ruler but more of a guide?
Actually, I’m somewhat more confused by this, now that I think of it. When I first read it, my assumption was that each of the houses worked like a mini-kingdom. So like, you had a monarch, some noble titles like dukes/barons/etc, and then everyone else in the house would be the common people. But it honestly sounds like the Royal Houses were just that, only royalty? But what does that mean for everyone else? And there surely must have been an ‘everyone else’ or else there would have been no power in the titles. If everyone’s royalty, then no one is, you know?
I have to admit - and I will say part of this is me being a 21st century person - I don’t like the exclusivity. Does it bother anyone else to think that the guilds might’ve started as an exclusive club? They’re so open now. It’s weird to think of them so differently.