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Author Topic: Landens in the Tribes  (Read 987 times)

Description: How the Blood and Landen people of The Forest co-exist.

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Landens in the Tribes
« on: Jan 25, 14, 02:36:04 PM »
Landens in the Tribes

If Landens and Blood did not share bonds of Tribe than the all Tribes would be far less impressive in size. The Shaladorian/Landen population is symbiotic in nature thanks to complex laws and traditions and so both are willing to make the complicated bonds required to preserve their way of life. It is both an act of trust and incredible willpower.

The Landens have always been vital to Shaladorian way of life and so they are  as Shaladorian to the Blood as the Blood are Shaladorian to them.

Distinctions of tribe, profession/caste, and family legacy are regarded far more highly than the division between those born with the gift/burden of craft, vs those free to enjoy the land without the costly price taken by the jewels. This heavy cultural value placed on labour, duty, responsibility and service is most apparent in the four great cities and the greater populations surrounding them.

Those who do not work without reason or who make their living in unscrupulous or criminal waysare the ones heavily shunned in Shalador.

Separate is not always equal, but in Shalador it’s custom AND law for the Landen/Blood to be on   equal, if divided, footing. Interactions between the craft and craftless factions within Tribes is monitored by Queens to police instances of power abuse, favouritism, corruption, and discrimination.

Due to the dangers presented by large numbers of Landen and Blood peoples sharing a space the Landen live in their own protected village domains within the scope of their Tribe's domain.

In these Landen domains the majority of all agricultural arts are practised by the craftless in their homes. Because of the complications of growing large crops within the Forest it is not  it is not accomplished without heavy aid from the magic of the Blood.  Even still it is not enough to completely sustain the agricultural needs of Shalador's thriving population.

However, these efforts greatly lessen the Territory's food import expenses and Shalador even makes marks exporting rare items of harvest which only grow in the nutrient rich soil of the forest floor. Vital to the nation's economy and stability much effort is placed on maintaining a high quality of relations between the Territory's people regardless of whether or not they hold the power of craft.

A large part of what aids the power balance is that, without approval of the Landen tribal leaders, blood are not allowed to enter the Landen specific areas of their territory. Those who wish to work the land, a profitable profitable business, must be in the good graces of the Landen domain's Elders.

This is because of the significant dangers the untrained, temperamental Blood present to those without Craft. If falls to the Landen leaders to decide whom is in control enough of their power to walk among the unprotected. Only those who pass tests of will, character, motive, and temper may walk within the Landen villages and farms. Because of this, a larger number than average of Shalador's population may safely interact with Landen peoples.

This leads to more mixing of Landen and Blood families than is average in other territories. Marriage between Landen and Blood Tribe members is a dangerous but essential part of keeping equal and positive relations between the craftless and craft wielding members of the population. While it does not always end well these dangerous bonds are nevertheless important to Landen and Shaladorian relations. The risk is seen as the price of the binding familial ties formed in the joining of man and wife.

The highest instances of Landen and Blood mixed marriages occurs within the Soto Tribe because the vast majority of those within the Soto Tribe specialize in arts related to the cultivation and care of essential crops.