Krondor is one of the largest cities on the continent and the western capital of the Kingdom of the Isles. The western half of the Kingdom is ruled from here by the Duke of Krondor, an appointed, non-hereditary position. The Duke of Krondor is appointed by the king and is usually a trusted relative or an heir, such as a younger sibling or the king's son. Occasionally it is awarded to a vassal of the king's whose loyalty and skill is beyond reproach.