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5 hours ago, jajagappa said:

However, Movement Week of Stormseason is the high holy day of Orlanth, and time for initiation into manhood, so there may well be large gathering then anyway that a Tribal Assembly would fit with.

I rather tought that the adult initiation took place at "clan level".

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14 hours ago, wanderingelf said:

I am pretty sure “exoandry” is not a word. Exogamy is a word, but as Inigo Montoya said, I do not think it means what you think it means.



While rare, the word certainly figures in some anthropological texts as a simple Google search will reveal.  As for Joerg being wrong, I think the word you are looking for is "Inconceivable!"

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Not really using anthropological English, here - that would be a foreign dialect in two respects - language and subject.

"Patrilocal" and "matrilocal" isn't quite the correct term, anyway. It is quite possible that a non-orphaned child grows up in a clan that neither of its progenitors live in any more. Year marriages or chained year marriages appear to be a fairly common form of marriage, with the purpose of getting a child of that couple to grow up in the clan of the child's birth. It is possible for a couple to have year marriages at either place, leaving any offspring in the household of the grandparents.

The pregnancy of an unmarried woman will result in the child belonging to the clan she resides with. That may be her birth clan, or a clan she married into and then got widowed in. In case of a warrior woman or magician serving a leader, the child may be born to that leader's clan. A child conceived in a sacred rite may be born into the temple rather than the clan.

A middle-status fertility priestess may have children in a number of clans from sacred year marriages. It takes a high status priestess like Vasana's and Yanioth's mother to consistently attract husbands joining her clan for marriage.

14 hours ago, wanderingelf said:

In Sartar, most tribes seem to have ambilocal residence, where the married couple may choose to live with the parents of either spouse.

While the rules talk about tribes, the marriage arrangements are the sole business of the clan, unless some tribal business requires a bunch of political marriages. And then still the clans of the spouses-to-be have the final say.

The locality of the couple (and the clan membership of the offspring) is not up to choice by the couple, but by the two clans.

The concept of the core family is not very strong in Orlanthi society. Child raising is a communal task of the household, with the actual parents taking some part, but not the main part. Breastfeeding is about the greatest influence a mother can have on her child, although wet-nursing other children of the same age group in the household may be a common experience.


Wives or husbands from year marriages without much intention to be renewed won't be fully accepted as part of the group unless they are of pretty high status. Many wives will only be fully accepted by the women's ring of a patrilocal clan after having given birth to a child. Getting full acceptance in the household a young wife marries into may take even longer (and there is plenty story material available in this).


To answer the other question:

The tribal assembly may very well use the time around one of the High Holy Days of the main deities of the tribe to gather the equivalent of a Great Temple, with all the magical benefits that can be received from having that many assembled worshipers and initiates. That may be the reason behind the Colymar Storm Season assembly. (In that case, what date would Kangharl Blackmor have assembled the tribe on?)

Fyrd training may be a separate event, led not by the tribal king but by a city-king (aka mayor) - but not for the weirdos of the Colymar (or Lismelder) who don't belong to a city confederation. Such inter-tribal training would quite likely happen in Fire Season.

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2 hours ago, Joerg said:

Not really using anthropological English, here - that would be a foreign dialect in two respects - language and subject.

"Patrilocal" and "matrilocal" isn't quite the correct term, anyway.

These terms are, at least, relatively easily understood.  Virilocal and uxorilocal are not well known, and in a Gloranthan context I always feel that uxorilocal is far to close to 'meeting the local uroxi'.

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