Aristocrats are dynastic haunts, passing down their personalities through human vessels instead of giving birth to heirs. This is a lossy process that can lead to hyper-dementia.
They practice atavistic terraforming, manifesting their ancient regime into the modern day. Torture, slavery, and despair is the water they swim in.
The asbestos and petroleum courts are poorly understood, but their modern-day vestiges are protected by fascist governments in exchange for power. They are either completely insane by now, or furthering a plot with geological patience.