Up until the Great Council Farfara was ruled by five Mercenary Companies that were chosen through majority elections of all the leadership of the Mercenary Companies. When the Five were killed at the Great Tragedy, the criminal elements within the South took their opportunity to seize control.
Now Farfara is rule by three masked rules: The Blade, The Hook, and the Whisper. The three represent the heads of the three primary criminal guilds that operate with impunity within the South.
The Blade represents a rogue Mercenary Company that is known to take any sword for hire that wasn’t welcome in the Mercenary Companies. They extort protection from the citizens of Far and are known to not hold to the Tenements.
The Hook represents the primary pirate and smuggling guild that operates throughout The South and the Heart. They take ransoms and have corrupt dockmasters throughout the ports.
The Whisper represents a feared and respected Assassin’s Guild that ensures that the Three stay in power.