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The Nine refers to the nine families that control The Company. These families are the aristocrats of the Quad and are the landowners of Qresh. Landownership is critical to the power of these families, and families that do not have heirs lose their lands. This creates a vacuum within The Nine, which can lead to war between the families as they try to annex the land and the associated Company seat.
Qreshi marriage contracts expire every ten years and divorce is complicated with lands and titles. Qreshi nobles attend Tenyer Retreats to try different partners before deciding whether to renew their marriage.
The families of The Nine find childbirth to be an unnecessary risk and use Leithian surrogates, called “vessels”, to carry babies that will be the heirs to the family fortune. The babies carried by Leithian vessels must be born on Qresh in order to be considered a member of the family and an heir to the family lands. Additionally, vessels are forbidden from breathing Westerley air and lose their status if they do so. 
Families of The Nine
The members of the nine families can be distinguished through the use of colored sashes they wear on official occasions.
- Purple Sash
- The Kendry family founded the Vessel Program. Delle Seyah Kendry is the family matriarch.
- Blue Sash
- Land Simms is an ally of Land Kendry. Adaline Seyah Simms was their matriarch. Pawter Simms was an estranged daughter and disowned member of the family. After the death of Adaline Seyah Simms and her husband, Weymer Simms, Pawter became the matriarch of her family. When Pawter was killed by Delle Seyah Kendry, her sister Louella Simms became the leader of the family.
- Grey Sash
- Land Derrish is an ally of Land Kendry
- Red Sash
- Land Hyponia is a rival of Land Kendry. Arune Hyponia became a leader of the family after many family members perished during a Council meeting in the Ancestral Hall in Medidas City.
- Silver Sash
- Mankai Seyah Nenodall was the matriarch of Land Nenodall, until she was killed by Louella Seyah Simms.
- Maroon Sash
- Melek Seyah Rinn was the matriarch of Land Rinn, until she was killed by Louella Seyah Simms.