– Kirien, Honor's Paradox, "Chapter V: The High Council", IV
The Jaran are one of the lesser of the major Kencyr house, though the largest of the small houses. The Scrollsmen's College at Mount Alban is sponsored by the Jaran, and many Jaran are scholars and singers. In fact, to be Lord Jaran is considered an inferior fate compared to scholarly pursuits, and getting the position is equivalent to drawing the short straw.
In addition to being scholarly, the Jaran are known for being eccentric, and unconventional. Torisen says they're the only house that would think to make a woman their lordan.
Jedrak, the old Lord Jaran, died in the White Hills, and the Host marched south to the Battle of the Cataracts. He was 160, and had presumably been Lord Jaran all though Ganth's exile, and likely as far back as Gerraint's reign.
Jedrak made his great-great-granddaughter Kirien his heir. Since she was still underage at the time of his death, Kenan was made temporary lord until Kirien comes of age.
The Knorth have been traditional allies of theirs, perhaps because both houses have a reputation for being "unconventional". Recently, friendship between Kirien, and Torisen and Jame, has strengthened this bond.
↑To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter VII: In the Bear's Den", I — "the Jaran, a shouted phrase in High Kens: 'The shadows are burning!';"
↑The Sea of Time, "Chapter XIII: Dreams and Nightmares", VI — "The Kencyr shouted back their defiance, each in the battle cry of his house […] the Jarans’ defiant cry in High Kens: 'The shadows are burning!' "
↑Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 10: The Lurking Past" — " 'But surely the male Highborn in your house will challenge your claim.' She snorted. 'Which one of them would want to? As I said, we're scholars, each one of us wrapped up in his or her own work. […] You might say that the entire house of Jaran flipped a coin for the post of administrator, and I lost.' "
↑Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 10: The Lurking Past" — " 'Not that Jaran Highborn have ever been considered very good matches. Too eccentric, you know.' "
↑ 6.06.1Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 10: The Lurking Past" — " 'Trust the Jaran to come up with something so unconventional.' 'Unconventional.' Kirien glanced back into the shadows toward the bed. When she looked back at Torisen, a tear glinted in her eye. 'Jedrak always said that was what he liked best about you, too.' "
↑Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 6: The High Council" — "On the western wall, catching the last of the day's light, was his own rathorn crest, flanked by Ardeth's full moon and Jaran's stricken tree. They were the two oldest supporters of his house, in more ways than one."