At the head of each City government is a Lord. The Lord commands over all of his subjects within his city. He directly commands The Lord’s Court, made up of heads of the Royal Mages, the Order of the Flame and the Temple of Vanus. They serve as counselors as well as a direct means of controlling the factions they command. Each city has a Lord’s Manor provided to that Lord when they come into power. Each Lord names a successor to the throne (which may be, but need not be, a member of his bloodline).