The Frozen City
A mercantile family, House Abanar commands great wealth. Abanar is the largest house as well as the wealthiest, although probably not the most powerful or influential. In Ptolus, people say, wealth breeds contempt, and that’s true of the merchants of Abanar. The members of the house have a poor reputation. Most people think of them as greedy, usurious cheats and liars who use their power, position, and wealth to gain greater power, position, and wealth.
Abanar is unique among the noble houses, due to the fact that one can quite literally buy one’s way into it. For approximately 10,000 gp, anyone can buy a minor title and position within the house hierarchy. This enables the titled individual to attend house functions and participate in house business (from making investments to actual employment in a house-owned business at a managerial level). This is what makes the house so large. The house has as many as one hundred titled members, with an extended association of another two hundred individuals. (Most houses have five to twelve titled members and an extended association of perhaps forty to eighty.)