Well, I didn't know that particular tidbit of information so, thank you for providing that. But, there is still too many loose ends to consider. As far as I know, the Guardian Order was tasked to be the custodians of the elemental orbs and to safeguard it against hostile forces. It is for this reason that the Guardian Towers that can be found all over the kingdom were built: to act as safe havens for the orbs. If the thesis that the major cities of the kingdom such as Falconreach, Willowshire, Amityvale, etc. were established as the result of the Towers being a nexus point for trade and commerce is correct, then it isn't far-fetched to conclude that the cities can be considered as under the protection of the Order itself. Since the Order must have some level of autonomy from the kingdom, then the kingdom, in turn, acknowledges the existence of these cities part of its dominion. There must be a concession on the part of the Guardian Order that, at the end of the day, they are not to be considered as a separate political entity and is still subjected to the sovereignty of the kingdom although, they could engage in diplomatic relations.
Notwithstanding the organizational structure of the Order, of course. That is still a mystery. Are the individual Guardian Towers to be considered as an discrete, independent entity on its own? Or is there are centralized command structure that directs the action of the Order as a whole? There are only too few information regarding the Paladin Order to be discussed about so, that is reserved for future discussions. The thesis about the origin of the major cities such as Falconreach is only presumed to be correct. Who knows? Maybe Falconreach existed before the establishment of the Guardian Tower. But, it cannot be denied that the Guardian Order's influence runs deep within Falconreach.
Speaking of influence, I've noticed that, in Book 1, the presence of Swordhaven has not been felt throughout the kingdom in terms of its soldiers being anywhere other than Falconreach and the surrounding areas such as Oaklore Keep and Surewood Forest. What I mean is that there was a noticeable lack of military presence throughout the kingdom. It is only in Book 3 that the presence of Swordhaven has been felt throughout the kingdom with the help of The Rose to the extent that the Sandsea and Amityvale has been included within its domain. This raises a few questions. One, is the king's support for The Rose a matter of political convenience since it has the benefit of uniting the kingdom under his control? Two, if this is the case, what is the king's contingency plan if The Rose becomes unruly or has decided to sever its allegiance to him?
We have not touched even the subject of the arcana imperii (secret of power) with respect to The Rose, the kingdom of Swordhaven, and the various orders within the land. The Hero, too, figures into the arcana as well since not only his skill but also his influence runs deep within the kingdom. There is a need for a further exploration regarding the political influence of the Hero as has been revealed during the aftermath of the Black Winter War.
There are so many things left unexplored as of now. But, I would also like for some other details to be explored as well such as the summon gems and the flavor texts on weapons. Those would add a fascinating layer to the story of Lore in general.