Almost anything could be forgiven a lord but weakness.
– Torisen's narration, The Sea of Time, "Chapter XX: A Season of Fog", I
Each Kencyr house has a Lord, who holds the bonds of that house's Kendar and Highborn. Lords rule for life, and are normally succeeded by their designated lordan, usually but not always a son or grandson. The house nominates a successor, but that choice has to be confirmed by the Highlord. Lords are often referred to by the name of their house, not their personal name, which appears to be reserved for more personal conversation among their inner circle of friends.
In battle, a lord has a war-guard, picked from his best fighting randon, whose job is to keep their lord safe during battle.