To start let’s dive right into Altmer political hierarchy (that we know of). High Kinlords are heads of noble families that rule a province of the Summerset Isles as vassals, this is what seperates regular Kinlords from High Kinlords. ‘Kinlord’ is a familial title while ‘High’ Kinlord is a political one. I don’t know if there is another rank above high Kinlord or not, there certainly seems to be one since Skywatch is said to be the capital of Auridon, but with a High Kinlord ruling in both Skywatch and Firsthold, they would need a title to designate the High Kinlord of Skywatch as the Lord of Auridon as well, otherwise no one would be able to tell the difference between the ruler of all Auridon and the ruler of northern Auridon who is a vassal to the previously mentioned ruler.
Now on to my question:
At the start of ESO there were two known High Kinlords in Auridon, High Kinlord Rilis XIII ruled Firsthold and presumably all of northern Auridon (based on the fact that there is no other High Kinlord to be found until you reach Skywatch). High Kinlady Estre ruled Skywatch and presumably all of central and southern Auridon (and maybe even ruled as Lady of Auridon as well, though we don’t know if such title exists so it’s just speculation).
Kinlady Estre dies at the end of the Auridon questline but we don’t know who takes her place. Does the monarch rule Skywatch as regent? Does High Kinlord Rilis XIII take charge? If he does then by what right would he do so? He would have been a vassal to Estre and nothing more. Yet I find it hard to believe that Ayrenn, on top of everything else she is dealing with, would give herself the temporary titles of: High Kinlady of central/southern Auridon, and Lady of ALL of Auridon. It just does not seem that practical for someone in her position. A monarch delegates to avoid micromanaging, and if she did that then she would have to begin micromanaging more than half of Auridon.
I know that if the Vestige chooses to side with Estre in one of the Coldharbour questlines, she escapes to the Hollow City and hints that she will eventually return to the Summerset Isles. This would certainly clear up a great deal of the political problems presented with her absence, yet would Ayrenn allow her to reclaim her titles after she led a resistance movement?