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The Four Families of Kosiba
Four families control the trade in Kosiba, and the patriarchs and matriarchs of these clans form a council (along with a representative of the Zephyr Guard, and the churches of Stilafar, Szcherezade, and Amanur) that organises the running of the city. The council also presides over the notarization of five magistrates, which traditionally means one from each of the four families, and someone trusted by the Zephyr Guard.
The four families are:
il-Khattar (powerful herding group – head of Stilafar church is closely related to patriarch)
al-Souk (Zhenasi trade family – controls many riverboats – in charge of dock tariffs)
il-Bakra (close trading and genealogical ties to groups to southwest and trade from there, the il-Bakra control much of the slave trade)
al-Tamir (mixed Zhenasi and Ouduon farming/herding family – strong influence on spice trade)
The heads of the four families are:
Pelas il-Khattar – known as a quiet man with a keen eye and a great deal of wisdom, Pelas spends most of his time managing his herds away from the city, and deigning to descend to the politics of Kosiba. As such, the il-Khattar family is most often represented by his eldest daughter Melera.
Chamfir al-Souk – the matriarch of the al-Souk family, somewhat mistrusted by her Ouduon equals due to her sex, and due to their rumours of her powerful conjuration abilities. Chamfir, the heir of seven brothers, never expected to be leading her family, and considers it most important that stability overcomes ambition, of all in Kosiba.
Hakim il-Bakra – a squat man with an almost waist-length white beard, il-Bakra seeks to make far-reaching marriages for his many sons and daughters, to expand his sphere of influence.
Benemir al-Tamir – known for his variable temperament, Benemir is a man most avoid, but few can risk doing so, as almost all trade in Kosiba in some way touches his concerns.