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Find below an alphabetical list of all the character names, places and objects beginning with the letter J in the World of Astrom. I shall add to this list as more of my works are published. If an entry is missing, leave a comment below and I shall fill it when I can.

Jeantar

The ruling office of Aranar, literally meaning ‘Horse-King’ in elvish. It was an annual position, filled by the winner of the Hamid Tournament, at which all the great clans and lords of Aranar competed with great passion. Some clans and exceptional leaders were able to dominate the office of Jeantar for decades at a time, but over the centuries no one clan ever achieved a lasting hegemony and so this curious system sustained an equilibrium and political stability in Aranar. Despite the meaning of the name, the Jeantar was not a king, but a temporary official with limited powers. Based in the Jeantar’s Palace in the capital Hamid, the Jeantar had enormous influence and prestige, and could, in extreme circumstances, rally all the clans in the national interest, but in many ways it was a titular position and lacked real authority over the clans, who were largely autonomous. A council of stewards arbitrated any disputes surrounding the Jeantar’s office, but there was no overarching judicial system in Aranar, which meant that the Clan Lords were the real powers in the land. The Jeantar’s office reflected its occupant, being a nominal figurehead under ineffective leaders but a powerhouse of authority under assertive lords. The Jeantar at the time of the Quest of Oron Amular was Southilar, Lord of the Pegasus Clan. See also Aranar, Hamid & Southilar.

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