Adventures in Thargothras
House Brayth, known as the Screaming Jesters, have two claims to nobility.
The first claim the prowess of their berserkers, who paint their skin and armor in their house colors (green and yellow) to match a fool's motley and charge into battle shrieking with a magically contagious rage, somehow inspiring their allies to great heroism and destructiveness in melee. In addition to the paint, they wear a comical style of helmet, and more often than not carry morninstars or spiked clubs with hats and faces painted on. All of these accessories include bells when possible.
The second claim to nobility is their wealth, earned with the profits from their breweries, which brew creatively named beers and ales in all price ranges, and crafted to suit all tastes. The prestige of their drinks are unquestioned, and they have little competition in their field. It is said that were they ever to join the wine market, they would outsell the elves. Whether this is true or not, House Brayth has no interest in selling wine, nor do they have plans to sell stronger liquors. In fact, it is part of their goal as a business not to make people drunk, but to make alcoholic beverages that go with meals and leave the imbibers feeling a little more loose, friendly, and courageous. To that end, they do not permit wine or strong liquors on their estate, in their breweries, or on any property they own.
Screaming Jester Ale is not only the most popular brand of drink in Healey, but in most other settlements in Viridonia. Only in Port Westvale is there enough competition with foreign brands that House Brayth does not have the market all but cornered.
The Brayth family mostly live in a villa in Healey, where they manage business interests and, for those with the interest and capability, practice their war-art. Every generation, more young people from the House are inducted to take up the mantle of power, marrying into the original bloodline and learning the family trades as well as other important secrets.
Other members of the House not of the original bloodline live in fine houses scattered evenly around the city, or in fine farm houses on the plains where the wheat and barley are grown for their beers.