Saturday, May 23, 2009

Notes on Litorian Society

Tribal structure—chief (either gender, more likely female simply due to numbers), council of elders, shaman / loremaster of some sort; then by age & ability. Most important virtues: honesty, responsibility, loyalty

Patrilineal; Polygamy as norm due to high ratio of females to males. Also: adult females go into a “heat” – not uncontrollable, but sex is usually encouraged during these periods due to the greater chance of conception. When not in heat, conception is very rare. (There is an old fathers’ tale of Litorians that children conceived outside of heat are more likely to be boys.)

Males, once adult, make their own tents. This signifies their availability and they are then courted by adult females. If the male agrees to take a female or females as mates, the females move into his tent and provide for him (hunting, etc.).

Considered adult at age 15. May have truename ceremony or other acknowledgement of maturity before then, but 15 is the standard age for a litorian to leave their parents’ tent.
Nomadic—tents, but no horses, or very few. The tribes follow hunting trails but make semi-permanent camps where the males raise children & small crops. Females hunt in packs, faster and more deadly as a group.

Males considered precious because of rarity—a man who fathers sons will have more women wanting him as a mate, like any other good quality.

Children are in effect raised by the whole tribe, and may not even know which of their mothers is their biological mother (although most probably do) and most likely do not care or understand why other races’ children would care.

approx. 150-200 people in tribe at any given time; many leave for a different tribe upon adulthood

Litorian tribes don't put much stock in territoriality; it's impractical to have one person lead-and thus be responsible-for too many people. Each chief is chosen by the tribe's former chief, with the majority agreement of elders and shaman, and trained to take over--who does best in what role, etc. One chief will concede authority to another chief (if tribes are together) due to greater knowledge or experience--generally peacefully, sometimes after a physical calling out. There's no bad blood between tribes; all tribes are considered really one tribe, that of Litoria. Tribes often assist one another after attacks by Rhodin tribes or after illness, natural disasters, etc.

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