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Author Topic: Changing and Joining Tribes  (Read 645 times)


Offline Izel Itza

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Changing and Joining Tribes
« on: Dec 20, 16, 05:41:41 PM »
Changing Tribes

Changing Tribes is not done lightly. When someone marries into a different family for love, it’s seen as a natural turn of destiny. However, simply renouncing one’s family of birth for another is no small matter. Only one who has their jewel of rank may change their Tribe.

The individual in question must first seek the services of his soon to be former Tribe’s Priestess where she performs the Rite of Renunciation. This rite lasts for two days and two nights. On the first day and first night, the man or woman in question ceremonially enacts their own death and birth. Members of the tribe gather to first ‘kill’ the renunciate, ‘bury’ them, then ‘mourn’ the loss.

On the second day the individual is ritually cleansed and put through a ceremonial ‘re-offering,’ but this is not an offering of power but of the soul. Bloodletting, Midnight Mushrooms, and intense communion with the Darkness are all involved.

Afterwards, the renunciate spends a year as one of the Tribeless while working with a Hearth Witch specializing in Tribal relation matters who helps the renunciate find the Tribe of their soul. They then must undergo the Rites of Joining in order to become a member of their selected Tribe.

This may only ever be done once, and it is a right granted only to those born to the Forest.

The only way to switch Tribes without undergoing this ordeal is to leave and join one of the Nomadic Tribes.

Joining a Tribe as an Immigrant

The business of finding a Tribe to join as an immigrant to the Forest is handled by a Matchmaker. Matchmakers have many sacred duties and one of the most complicated matters to which they tend is finding those who have come to the Shalador for sanctuary and family a Tribe to give themselves over to.

Before an applicant is even allowed to seek a matchmaker they must reside within the Forest as one of the Tribeless for a year and a day. During this time they are expected to study and learn about Shalador's rich history and many traditions. 

After that year and a day they begin the process of finding a matchmaker whose services they can afford. She then delivers the applicant, or applicants in the case of a whole family, a test. If they fail another year and a day must pass before they are allowed to try again.

If the applicants pass the Matchmaker begins a long process of talks, tours and interviews. This generally lasts about three to four months. After this time they are presented with three Tribes whom have agreed to allow them within their ranks.

The Tribeless applicants then chose. If an entire family is applying together, they must all agree on the same Tribe.

The applicant, or applicants, must then complete 3 trials over the course of a month. Single applicants are handled individually however family's, no matter how large or small, do them together as with the initial test given to them by their Matchmaker.

The trials themselves are three tests, devised by the tribes High Priestess, Seer, and ranking Matchmakers. The tests are tailored to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of applicants and are therefore never the same twice. This is to show the applicants soul as much as it is to reveal what they're made of and make cheating nearly impossible.

Once the tests are past the applicant or applicants are accepted. However, there is a probationary period of one year.  If they violate protocol in a serious fashion, break the law,  or greatly shame their Tribe they are stripped of the Tribe's name. If this happens they must leave Shalador or choose to live as one of the Tribeless.  In the case of an entire family of applicants the family may all chose to go, or the offending party may be the only one to leave. If this happens however, the remaining family must agree to disown their shamed relative.

During this probationary period all applicants must join a court. The exception is Landens, who must agree to serve the farms of their people in the Tribe they join for a minimum of two years. The length of Blood contracts are determined by jewel depth. Children's service is deferred until they receive their jewel of rank, but upon undergoing their Offering they must then serve out their promised contract, become one of the Tribeless, or leave the Territory.

When an individual's probationary period is complete they are considered not only members of their new Tribe, but they are welcomed into their new families as if they were in fact Natives of the Forest all along. The only difference between an immigration made native to the territory and a born native is that a born native may once in his or her life, switch tribes. An immigration made native must live and die with the tribe of their initiation, leave the Forest, or live forever as one of the Tribeless.
  • Landen serve on a Clan’s farm instead of a Court for one year.
  • Jeweless Blood, those with broken jewels, or those with descents of  White, Yellow, or Tiger Eye must serve in a ruling, not a Tribal, court for one year. All listed terms of service must be served in ruling courts, not Tribal courts.
  • Those with descents of Rose or Summer Sky must serve for two years.
  • Those who wear the Purple Dusk or Opal as their jewel of rank must serve for three years.
  • Wearing the Blood Opal, Green or Sapphire requires one to swear between six to eight years of ruling court service. However, six years of service is the minimum.
  • Wearing the Red requires the newly titled Tribes person to serve a minimum of seven to fourteen years. Seven years is the minimum term.
  • Wearing the Gray requires between eight to twenty years of promised service. Eight years of service is the minimum term.
  • Wearing the Ebon Gray requires between ten to thirty years of sworn service. Ten years of service is the minimum term.
  • Wearing the Black would require between fifteen to forty years of sworn service. Fifteen years of service would be the minimum term.

    • If someone's Jewel of rank has been broken their term of service is determined by their Birthright Jewel.
Once an immigrant has undergone the trials and their probationary period has begun they‘re now allowed to switch Tribes. Therefore the choice is made with great care, which is essential when renouncing your formal nation and race to become wholly accepted as a native of Shalador. Some applicants quit their trials part of the way through and begin the process from scratch with a different matchmaker if they begin their trials and the journey feels wrong to them.

However, once the trials are complete and the choice is made there is no turning back lest the individual wish to go back to their former nation or back to the ranks of the Tribeless.

Concepts and content creditted to Petrichor.