Keep of Woes
The Keep of Woes is a Demi-Kingdom made up of numerous small fiefdoms and dukedoms scattered across an area of land spanning approximately a hundred or so miles in every direction with the city of Trail Point as both its capital and central city. It is ruled over by an oligarchy of dukes and barons, each of whom have their own miniature kingdoms that they also rule. But it's the top ten most powerful houses that provide the primary leadership of the Keep through an elected committee who oversees the rule of the Keep on behalf of their masters through what is referred to as "Tyranny by Committee". And, even though the ten most powerful houses provide the bulk of the leadership, all members of the ruling class have a say in its operation, leadership and administration, regardless of how weak or strong their house is.