Noble Reformation 20SC
Helios had once been governed by the five Great Houses unilaterally, the five families making blanket choices for the whole of the realm that they controlled. This system worked well, for more than a century after the unification of the realm post the Nocturne Age, but with the expansion of trade and the booming population the five were soon overwhelmed not only at home but when called to court in Hyperion. This led the five houses to expand the court and as such expand the noble ranks.
Traditionally permanent title had been held tight but with the expansion of the realm such a thing could not be maintained. The five Great Houses were given the titles of Helvarin, to set them apart from the lords they were set to create. 8 Lesser Houses were brought up, and given the title of Lord. These 8 houses would form the low court and they would be charged with maintaining the more day to day affairs of the realm such as naming committees and allocating funds. The High Court would still meet and make large scale decisions for the realm but the lack of numerous lesser functions to administer they were free to govern their own lands more meaningfully.
This new court structure saw the lands more easily governed, and maintained and while it seems a large change for a small number of people it saw vast opportunities for the common people who would be governed by these new lords and ladies. Where leadership seemed far away before, this new system brought leaders back to their lands more often and made them far more approachable for meaningful change and development.