The King of Noland was the ruler of Noland. It was said that the king ruled his counselors, and the counselors ruled the kingdom. In Noland, the king's will is law, but there is a Book of Laws written years ago, which is to be used when the king is absent, ill, or asleep.
At one time there was a king of Noland who had an unseen Fairy Guardian named Ereol. He had five high counselors named Tullydub, Tollydob, Tillydib, Tallydab, and Tellydeb, and his principal servant and valet was named Jikki.
This particular king grew old and became ill. Because he had outlived all his relatives, his counselors kept his illness a secret from everyone but his physician, who was half blind and wholly dumb. The king died without an heir, leaving his five counsellors to choose a successor.