A Hazat's pride in her soldiers is only surpassed by her pride in herself. Trained since birth to lead soldiers, she is at home in an army sleeping bag as in a feather bed. Still, the Hazat are extremely aware of their role in society, and will never let their inferiors forget it. The Hazat treat their serfs as a source of troops for their military. They are divided into several family branches: Eduardo, Justus, Rolas, Castadena, Dulcinea, and others, who often feud with each other for leadership of the house. The Hazat are similar to the Hawkwoods in that they have a strict code of honor and a willingness to use swords in duels with nobles both Hazat and non-Hazat. Planets more or less under control of House Hazat include the Hazat capital world of Aragon, Hira (whose ownership is contested by the Kurgan Caliphate), and two other planets, Sutek and Vera Cruz. Current House head is Prince Juan Jacobi Justus of Aragon.
Once renowned as the most decadent house, House Li Halan is now the most tied to the Church. Li Halan elders give readily to Church charities, and younger members of the house are the first to join crusades and serve in the Orders of Battle. While most nobles owe their loyalty primarily to their own house, the Li Halan owe it only to the Pancreator. The Li Halan are often aligned with the most zealous Universal Church elements, such as Hinayana Orthodoxy and Avestite Inquisitors, and can be intolerant of real and potential heretics. The house, however, is benevolent towards it's serfs not unlike the way of House Hawkwood. Current House head is Prince Flavius Lihalan, who rules from the planet Kish. Other Lihalan worlds include Icon, Midian, Rampart, and the Vorox homeworld of Ungavorox.
The family that many observers believed would win the Emperor Wars, the Decados are praised for their sophistication, wit and charm. They are feared for their malevolence, fury and treachery. To befriend a Decados is to ally with a viper. The Decados often are the worst noble house in the way they treat their serfs. They are also longtime rivals of House Hawkwood, and Decados nobles have fought countless duels with swords against various Hawkwoods. The Decados are also notorious for the way they use espionage and dirty tricks against other nobles (both Decados and non-Decados), Church clergy, and League guildmembers, especially with the assassins of the Mantis League and the agents of the Jackovian Agency. Decados vassels include the minor noble houses of Keddah (rulers of the planet Grail), Van Gelder, and Masseri. Current head of House Decados is Prince Hyram Decados, who rules from the planet Severus. Other Decados planets include Cadiz, Malignatius, Cadavus, and the former Lost World of Pandemonium.
In addition to the five Royal Houses, there are innumerable minor ones. Some of these used to be big, some are on their way up, and some have never gotten anywhere and probably never will. Thus, minor houses range from the most virtuous to the most vile, and gamemasters and players should get together to design their own.
History is littered with many Houses who rose to prominence only to find their power snatched away from them. Many have fallen into destitution or even extinctions. Three of the Great Ten are now extinct, while the other two are subjects of their former allies.