House Graelskeld (meaning “Golden Shield”) is the Great House founded to represent dwarven interest in Rasenna. It is not a proper familial house in the usual sense. Membership is theoretically open to any dwarf who’s willing to either tithe an appropriate payment or swear an oath of service, though marriage is a way into the House as usual. To some extent, House Graelskeld operates much as a “benevolent organization,” participating in politics to ensure that Rasennan dwarves suffer no particular disadvantages or trade restrictions when compared to the more numerous humans. Some other Great Houses also accuse Graelskeld of running protection rackets and dabbling in criminal affairs for the benefit of dwarves — though these accusations are almost never made to a Graelskeld’s face.
The Graelskelds have embassy-like estates in every principality. However, the House seat is in Verann, in a manse that is practically a traditional dwarven citadel.