"Why, to the Five, our governing council. Surely you've at least heard of that." "It's made up of King Sellik's representative, the Skyrr Archiem's, and three that the city guilds choose themselves, isn't it?" "Of course, and they need money to pay for the guards, themselves, and especially the city charter. […] So the Five levy taxes and license violence."
– God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 2: The House of Luck-Bringers"