Haven arose in Abanasinia from the ruins of an elven city that was destroyed in the Cataclysm. A number of human families built the city with the aid of the elves and set themselves up as the rulers. Many laws and privileges were created at the whim of the founders, and any person who wishes to have any say in the Lordcity of Haven must be able to trace their lineage back somehow to the city founders.
Rule of the city has recently been taken, following the fall of the Cult of Belzor, to a group of Seeker priests, who set themselves up as the Council of Highseekers. Though they have retained the mayor, he has become largely a figurehead in the city— the Seekers themselves see to the ctiy’s defenses through a religious militia.