The House DeFaye was created three generations ago, when the great grandfather of the current Lord of the House, Thadok Defay (the name wasn't adopted until a bit later in the story), acquired an old manor in the outskirts of the capital of the Far Ground. With hard work and a lot of help from his current family and friends, Thadok managed to repair the building and prepare the land to harvest whatever could grow in the Third Level, especially trees for firewood and construction.
With the help of his small fortune, Thadok Defay was soon able to create a small gentry and hire farmers, crafters and lumberjacks, among others. This, added to his talent as a merchant, allowed him to amass a bigger fortune, which he never used for his own profit, as is told later on in this story. Soon, everyone in need of a job would travel high distances across the Far Ground to visit the Defay gentry, and ask its owner about an open position. He would always welcome everyone in need, be they workers, mercenaries, or simple commoners. Everyone would learn a trade, and either stay and live near the farmland surrounding the house, or leave after they got enough money to be on their feet again, freely.