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"Lord" was a title of great respect and authority. The title was used by many cultures in Alagaësia.
When Galbatorix destroyed the Dragon Riders and established the Empire, he killed all the lords of the Broddring Kingdom, and appointed new lords who were faithful to him, at least in word. Often, however, these lords attempted to gain more power for themselves. For this reason and various others, some Imperial lords, such as Marcus Tábor, were removed from office.
Unofficial Imperial lordsEdit
Many people in the Empire had the power of lords, but not the title.
Elf lords were decided by right of birth. Each ruled a portion of the elven land. There were always 24 Elf Lords.
Dwarf lords, also known as clan leaders or Grimstborith, were elected by their clan. Each lord had power over one clan. There were 13 Dwarven Lords at all times, bar when a new Grimstborith is being elected.