The Spear of Souls
Kingdom of Lanilore
A human realm ruled by a autocratic King or Queen, who passes his or her rule the eldest child, be that a son or a daughter. Under the King branches a hierarchy of nobles, powerful landholding lords and ladies. Each rules a fiefdom in the Kingdom of Lanilore and is charged with the protection of those that live in the fiefdom, and for the laws of their own fiefdom. They collect taxes from each major city and town.
Each city and town (each usually with its cluster of villages) have a mayor that is appointed by the King or Queen, often with the recommendation of the ruling noble. The historical reason behind this is the ability of the monarch to plant supporters in each fiefdom to ensure that the laws of the Kingdom are upheld, and to provide a counterweight to the noble’s power, which is passed down with varying traditions from House to House. In most places the mayors act mostly as judges and bureaucrats for their settlements. In the outlying fiefdoms, mayors sometimes have as much power as a noble would, only on a smaller scale. These mayors often control the local militia as well, making them lesser lords in their own right.