Carceri ~ The Dead Walk Away
Some time before the Madness, the Carceri pantheon came to live as Avatars amongst the people of Carceri. Each of the deities chose a consort to join with their Avatars and founded the Noble Families of Carceri. Those deities then returned to their celestial homes, with the Noble Families acting as guardians of their clergy and people. The children of the perished Carceri gods hope that one of their number may one day claim the powers of their progenitors and restore their divinities to the Pantheon through them.
Players and NPCs may be aligned with one of the five leading houses who trace their lineage directly to the Gods of Men. Those with the strongest connection to their celestial (and infernal) progenitors are born as Aasimar (and Teiflings) who carry the prefix Val (or Mal) before their family name. The house as a whole take the name of their Aasimar.
Val’Shee ~ Children of Larissa – This family has the highest status outside of Carceri, owing to the fact that Larissa was accepted into the Twelve. Diviners, prostitutes, hospitalers, analysts, and camp-followers mostly hail from this house.
Val’Ishan ~ Children of Beltine (Ishi) and Neroth (Mordane) – This largest family is decended from the divine couple, the Aasimar of which take the name of the deity they feel the strongest pull in their blood. Morticians and physicians mostly come from this house, as well as most of the Gifted.
Val’Mehan ~ Children of Sarish – This family draws their lineage from the Human god of Law, who bound demons and devil to his service through contracts and divine will. Politicians and lawyers mostly come from this house.
Mal’Assante ~ Children of Illir – The family of the Traitor God, forever branded by his sin, the members of this house have strong military bend, but can vary from servants of the people to power players. The former emperors of Ceoriyani were all members of the Val’Assante and the Mal’Assante still hold positions of power: owning businesses and running trade groups/mecenary bands.
The “Orphaned” Val ~ Children of the dead – These families grouped together after their progenitor Gods died in the Madness. Many of their original numbers were outright killed when their progenitors were stuck down, but Aasimar from these families still crop up from time to time. Heretical cults have been built from some of these “Orphans” claiming to be their progenitors reborn.
Val’Abebi ~ Orphans of Knowledge – This noble family is in actuality a group that was founded by Val’Abebi aasimars after the death of their progenitor. The Followers of the Azure Way have not had a visible aasimar of Althares, the human god of knowledge, for many generations; the term Val had been transformed by the Followers’ common parlance to refer to the most senior members of the Azure Way.