Once a Monarchy, Aven’s Crest now runs as a city-state under the rule of the the Steward and his Council of Twelve. The Steward has a monarch type authority, and is a lifelong, hereditary position. His rule is tempered by the Council, representatives of the twelves guilds of the city. Their unanimous rule can supersede his own, though this rarely happens.
Also included in the State is the city Guard.
The State’s headquarters is the three story Capitol, which sits near the center of the city. It houses Guard headquarters and courts on the first floor, the Council offices and chambers on second floor, and the private housing of the Steward and his family on the third. The Throne room is left eternally empty and guarded, in honour of the Lost Queen who disappeared centuries ago.