There are currently four 'major' Mhaldorian families listed as proper houses within the city, with details on the acceptance of minor family houses but none that I could see. It certainly seems that there are significant roleplay opportunities if the help scroll is anything to go by, with city functions and privileges afforded to the current family in line for the next event. With that in mind, are there any political ramifications or in game opportunities opened to being in any of them?
And if anyone has experience in one of the families, how active are they? And are there application processes to them or do you just need to wait to be approached by a member? It's intriguing if it's treated as a serious, Game-of-Thronesque type of subactivity in the city, along with politics and order affiliation. But I have no idea. I've approached my character's background as being from a strict Mhaldorian family (even if an insignificant one) and upbringing, which makes it easier to approach future public prayers, sermons, and combat with an air of experience despite age. However, it'd be pretty awesome if the family mechanic in place within the city held some activity or opportunities.
Any thoughts on the matter would be appreciated!
That said, no, it's not like GoT. For one, if you try to do that kind of shit in Mhaldor you're getting executed--it's a big part of how we've treated the new Houses to not let them lead to infighting. For another, there's no choice of Order affiliation in Mhaldor. You're either grandfathered in, orderless, or a Sartai.
The families are more like noble houses in a city where their rivalry is at most light-hearted.
It's an honor ICly to be accepted into any of them, and you'll likely get more respect in the city if you have one of their surnames. OOCly, those that are in the families are generally those who take the Mhaldor RP more seriously, but that's not always the case.
Note: none of the families are meant to denote blood relation. You don't earn any of the surnames by simply being born into it, nor does being born in Cyrene or Hashan or a random fishing village stop you from joining one.
I also don't mind having Sartai ordership being the only option either, since I've already joined the Votaries of the Black Cathedral with some religious activities scheduled ahead, I just assumed it will take a much longer time before being allowed as an initiate of an Order.
At at any rate, I've been really enjoying the opportunities and RP of Mhaldor so far.
If you choose to join Mhaldor and put your mind into it, you could definitely get a cool family to be apart of.
edit: yes we kill for holding our bloodlines without merit.
That is why some outside Mhaldor bare the name (related by blood to former Mhaldorians that were about when the family names were passed via bloodlines). And some Mhaldorians take offence to them (those that think the family names are just glorified titles for those who show current exemplary service).
That said, I've heard in game that some of the family heads are dormant, so maybe look to meet members of the family you're considering to make sure you'll have be able to have interaction while you're usually logged in, down the road.