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Tribal Heirarchy
« on: Dec 20, 16, 05:47:11 PM »
Tribal Hierarchy, Jewels, Positions of Power, and Castes

Jewels and Rank
how do they interact?

While jewels are of incredible personal and spiritual importance to the people of Shalador, they do not come into play very seriously when it comes to matters of social hierarchy unless two persons of the same rank are speaking. Then the Darker Jewelled individual is considered to be the superior in the interaction.

While Dark Jewels do trend towards the top of the social pyramid it is because more responsibility is expected of them. Everything has a price. In Shalador the cost of great power is bearing the weight of much responsibility. Those Dark Jewelled who shun responsibility are treated with distrust and suspicion.

A Top-Down Breakdown of Who's Who and Why in Shalador.
listed in order of rank and/or proper levels of respect to grant according to forest traditions. titles separated by '//' are of equivalent rank.

1.) Queen or Ruler of Shalador.

2.) All Area Rulers. Power and Respect granted relate directly to their own rank and amount of land they oversee.

3.) Tribal Rulers who are Queens or Area Rulers who also sit on the Elder Council of Seven. A Tribe is only ruled by a Queen if she holds no other formal position. This is, and always has been, rare and is seen as a sign of greatly prosperous times. This Queen must have her jewel of Rank. The only time a Queen is not in charge of her Tribe when she is free to do so is if the Tribe has an Elder on the Elder Council of 7. If that is the case, The Elder that sits on the Council rules the Tribe and the Queen sits at a level of equal respect, but acts as an adviser to the Elder.

4.) Non Queen Tribal Leaders. Tribal Leaders not Elders on the Elder Council of Seven or A Queen are selected, through Tribal election, from a Pool of Tribe Elders, Matriarchs, and Shepherds. // Non-Ruling Queens Though rare as they are usually those too old, young, or incapable of ruling or serving  in another's court. // Faction Rulers. For the purposes of this article faction rulers are considered Coven leader High Priestesses, area or Tribe Seers, and Healer's Guild officials. 

5.) Visiting Dignitaries. All political officials visiting Shalador, while treated with high respect in the traditional views of the Shaladorian people, hold absolutely no official powers not granted to them by general law and protocol.

6.) Chieftain . The Chieftain is the Voice of the Tribal Leader and acts as her enforcer. It is the Chieftain's job to keep the Tribe's businesses running and keeps track of what needs tracking. If the Tribe is ruled by a Queen this position is filled by the more traditional role of Steward. Then the Tribe has a Queen and her court at its head, all of the Inner Triangle and First Circle positions fall at this level of rank and granted respect.

7.) Landen Farming Village Head. The Farming Village where the Tribe's Landens live is almost always a quite large portion of the Tribe's Territory, as these carefully guarded nooks are where the Territory's Tribes grow their food. These difficult to maintain farms are vital to the Shaladorian way of life. It is the duty of the Landen elected by his or her fellows to control this sub-sect.

The Blood are only allowed if they have been granted permission by the craft-less area's leaders. It falls to the Landen Farming Village Head, and a committee of Landen elders whom he or she oversees, to judge whether or not the Blood seeking entrance to the farms for work and profit are not going to pose too great a threat to their people. 

8.) Master of the Guard. Tribes have their own Masters of the Guard due to Shalador's mandate that all able-bodied men be trained members of the military in case of conscription. The Tribe's Master of the Guard is in charge of training the young, and keeping the adult men in fighting form should an emergency or need for war rise.

9.) Warlord Princes // Black Widows // Princes // Priestesses // Members of the Guard.  While all young men from the ages of 8 to 20 are trained by their Tribe in the arts of war, as when Shalador is under threat all her citizens are expected to be able to fight, not all make war and civil defence their entire life's purpose.  // Medicine Woman. The Tribe's medicine woman is the Tribe's official representative within the Healer's Guild, as well as the woman who oversees the training and reaching of mastery in the caste's craft to all of the Tribe's blossoming Healers. She is in charge of directing the rest of the Tribe's Healers in times of health or violence related emergencies.

10.) Other Healers // Landen Farm Heads.

11.)   Talesingers. In Shalador Myth, History, Current Events, and Religion are tightly entwined. Back before the people of the Realms had the written word, Shaladorans were keeping track of themselves and their stories through song. Rhythm and lyric help keep things fresh in the memory, so tales of deeds and stories of mythical heroes were recorded in songs which Talesingers passed down through the generations. The Talesingers are a broad category and while they're all are very educated on Shaladorian History they each have specific specialities upon which they focus their efforts. These days they also, alongside Priestesses, keep written records of their songs and truths.  Historians, Mythologists, Students of Religion, and Messengers alike all fall under the proud banner of the Talesingers.

12.) Family Matriarchs. Family lines are marked by the first name and title of the current matriarch of the line. She is the family elder, all Tribal elders are chosen from both the position of Familial Elder and Shepherds. 

13.) Shepherds. If there is no matriarch to step up when the old one passes a male figure steps in but he is not called the patriarch, he is the Shepherd. He stands as the matriarch’s second in command. If she passes and another matriarch is not yet ready (a woman of 65 or older, with a record of service to the Territory) his duty to watch over the family until a proper female head rises to the job. He is expected to find and marry a woman of appropriate age and past from another family to take over the role. 

14.) Tribal Elders.  Tribal Elder is a title and level of earned every member of a Tribe receives upon reaching the age of fifty. It is the most common title in the Forest, and it is indicative of an expected level of respect to be granted to one.It is still an important milestone as there are certain positions in the Territory one may only fill as an Elder.

15.) Master Craftspeople // Mothers or Fathers who treat mothering as their sole duty. // Master Artisans // Merchants // Red Moon House Owners. //  Red Moon house manual labour is seen as work, but its importance is minimal enough to be one of the few jobs reserved primarily for the Tribeless. For a Tribeswoman to work in Shalador as a Red Moon worker is a rare and controversial choice.

16.) Warlords, Witches and Hearth Witches of no profession and those who can't work due to disability.  Shalador is a land that has never forgotten the importance of the Hearth to the flame that burns within the souls of the Blood. Therefore Hearth Witches are treated with the same amount of deference and respect as a Warlord or Witch. 

17.) Apprentices // Trade-less-workers. This is a catch all term for those who work menial labour tasks of minor importance/little skill.

18.) Children. Even children of Caste are still expected to defer to their elders and those who contribute to the community.

19.) Tribeless. The Tribeless are largely comprised of immigrants going through the process of joining a Tribe or renunciates going through the process of changing their Tribe. They are the lowest-class citizens in Shaladorian society and have limited options for housing and employment. Without joining a Tribe it is impossible to raise above this least honoured fringe portion of Shaladorian society. There are  a large number of sanctuary claiming refugees whom, for whatever reasons, choose to remain without a Tribe and therefore without full access to all Shalador has to offer. 

While the Tribeless are afforded the rights of sanctuary promised to all who enter her borders and respect her laws, they do not often have an easy time of it. While slavery, aside from bonds of slavery inflicted as punishment for a crime, is illegal in Shalador those who remain Tribeless for an extended, or permanent, duration find themselves treated with little more respect than those held in Raej's markets.

Concepts and content creditted to Petrichor.