An aldermann in Valyria is a landholder in a civilian settlement, often referred to as “Village Elder” or “Town Councillor” in Chronicles of Elyria design journals. [1] In Valyria, aldermenn do not have to be landholders, but can also be elected burgesses. This is common in situations where successful merchants or guild leaders can win election to the Town Council. Aldermenn are assistants to and advisors of the leader of the settlement, often a squire in small settlements and a mayor in larger, chartered boroughs.