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The Nine
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Information Land Blessing Ceremony on Qresh


The Nine refers to the nine families that control The Company. These families are the aristocrats of the Quad and are the landowners of Qresh. Landownership is critical to the power of these families, and families that do not have heirs lose their lands. This creates a vacuum within The Nine, which can lead to war between the families as they try to annex the land and the associated Company seat.[1]

Lesser relatives of The Nine are relegated to living on Leith as they do not hold enough status or wealth to own lands on Qresh.[2]


Qreshi marriage contracts expire every ten years and divorce is complicated with lands and titles. Qreshi nobles attend Tenyer Retreats to try different partners before deciding whether to renew their marriage.[3]

Leithian Vessels

The families of The Nine find childbirth to be an unnecessary risk and use Leithian surrogates, called “vessels”, to carry babies that will be the heirs to the family fortune. The babies carried by Leithian vessels must be born on Qresh in order to be considered a member of the family and an heir to the family lands. Additionally, vessels are forbidden from breathing Westerley air and lose their status if they do so. [4]

Families of The Nine

The members of the nine families can be distinguished through the use of colored sashes they wear on official occasions.[5]

Land Kendry

Land Lahani

Land Simms

  • Blue Sash
  • Land Simms is an ally of Land Kendry. Adaline Seyah Simms was their matriarch. Pawter Simms was an estranged daughter and disowned member of the family. After the death of Adaline Seyah Simms and her husband, Weymer Simms, Pawter became the matriarch of her family.[8] When Pawter was killed by Delle Seyah Kendry,[9] her sister Louella Simms became the leader of the family.


Land Derrish

  • Grey Sash
  • Land Derrish is an ally of Land Kendry[11]

Land Hyponia

  • Red Sash
  • Land Hyponia is a rival of Land Kendry. Arune Hyponia became a leader of the family after many family members perished during a Council meeting in the Ancestral Hall in Medidas City.[12]

Land Trus

Land Nenodall

Land Traclus

Land Rinn

See also