Aerenal Government and Politics
Two forces govern Aerenal. The Sibling Kings hold all
temporal power. By ancient tradition, the nation must be
ruled by a bonded brother and sister. When either sibling
dies, the Undying Court selects a new pair to rule. The
Sibling Kings are seen as the living embodiment of Aerenal,
and the conduit for the power of the Undying Court.
The current siblings are Belaereth and Tezaera of the line of Mendyrian.
While the Sibling Kings guide the daily affairs of
Aerenal, the Undying Court shapes the destiny of the
elf race. This council of the deathless selects, advises,
and empowers the rulers of the land. The motives of the
Undying Court cannot be understood by mortal beings;
their plans stretch out over millennia. But those who have
studied the elves—and their conflicts with the dragons in
particular—are convinced that the deathless have a goal
whose fruition may still be centuries away. Indeed, since
the deathless measure existence in time spans that even
dragons cannot imagine, their machinations and plots
worry the dragons no end.
Each family owes obeisance to the Sibling Kings and the Undying Court, but each has its own traditions of internal rule. Some are matriarchal, some are patriarchal, and others have their own sibling lords.