Notable Houses in Westeros
The Seven Kingdoms utilize a loose feudal political system, in which the Houses and their allegiances to the throne in the form of political, economic, and military power determine the relative stability of the realm. A House in these terms refers to a family, and its holdings, and the smallfolk that fall under the desmene of their rule. Just as greater houses give support to the throne in exchange for favors and power, so do smaller houses pledge as bannermen to them in return for some protection of their own interests.
The notable houses in Winter Chills are listed below.