Once one of the most feared and respected of Athas 's great houses, House Vordon has become something of a laughingstock. This transformation is mainly due to the demented excesses of Tyr's Sorcerer-King Kalak. Kalak diverted valuable resources to the construction of a massive ziggurat and all but bankrupted his city. This caused massive resentment among Tyr's nobles and merchants. With Kalak's excesses at an end and the city in the hands of revolutionaries and former slaves, House Vordon is poised to return to prominence once more.