Rascals of Elturel
Parliament of Peers
The Parliament of Peers consists of about fifty Baldurians, most of whom are patriars. A dozen or so powerful Lower City representatives, including guild leaders and other wealthy individuals, are also peers. Only the least successful patriar families do not have at least one member among the peers. So far, parliamentary seats have been mostly hereditary. By unanimous decree, the peers have created and filled a few additional seats. City law does not address how to fill these seats, so the peers do as they like. Parliament officially meets every day. Attendance is not mandatory, though, so only about twenty or thirty peers show up unless a session is scheduled on important political or monetary concerns. Although the Council of Four officially controls the city, the Parliament of Peers first discusses and then recommends a course of action for virtually every city decision. In other words, every topic from toll rates to Flaming Fist contracts is argued on the floor of the parliament chamber in the High Hall.