Best Served Cold
House of the Serpent
The scholars and magicians who were able to bring down the last emperor when he went mad. While magic is a forbidden art, the mastery of the Serpent has allowed them permissions beyond that of normal ven. Many houses mistrust them as tricksters and poisoners, but openly they appear to be peaceful and knowledgeable.
The Serpent value Wisdom as their highest virtue. None know the world like the Serpent, and none have faced the sacrifices they have to do so.