Clans of Tigath

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D'aon-Dath Tégatha
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Flag of The Clans of the Tigahrrim

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Location of The Clans of the Tigahrrim

Capital Grak'thar
Largest city Grak'thar
Official languages Tigathan
Religion Primes
Government Tribal Matriarchy
Each tribe is a sovereign unit
Founded
Late(?) First Age
Population
 • 4A 11 est.
 •Makeup
 
3,750,000 (N/A)
98% Furre
2% Others
Currency No official currency

The Scarhawk riders known as the Tigahrrim are a nomadic people who claim the entirety of the Plains of Tigath as their own; any permanent non-Tigahrrim settlements in the Plains exist only through carefully constructed treaties. The ancestors of the Tigahrrim were refugees fleeing the destruction of the legendary ancient Empire of Taigorr. The oral clan histories can be charted back hundreds of generations by the clan's Bards, and some Clan Mathair's histories are known back to the Noble Houses of Taigorr itself (or so they claim).

Major Personalities
Kele-De Dh'oul, Bryanna Dh'oul, Conchobar Leathlaobhair, Caedmon Gealbháin, Eithne Maoilchiarain, Devnet Cathal
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History

The history of the clans of Tigath stretch back at least 20 millennia, to the destruction of the Empire of Taigorr. The oldest still existant records of the Glorious Empire show that the Tribes themselves were ancient before the beginning of the Second Age. Much of the Tigahrrim's story is contained in the oral histories transmitted from Bard to Bard through the ages. After 2 eons, however, even the best kept oral traditions reveal only murky clues about the early Tigahrrim. What is clear is that the ancestors of the Tigahrrim escaped from a terrible calamity wrought by the Dark Primes against Taigorr. Some escaped far north to the lands of Valdor (The modern Freelands) and others toward the Elves. The ones who stopped in the plains became the ancestors of the Tigahrrim.

The Tigahrrim lived in a state of almost constant sectarian warfare for most of their history, banding together only a few times to defeat a powerful foe. During the War of the Lich King, the Tigahrrim stopped the undead's advance beyond the Freelands, and were instrumental in driving his foul armies back to Sargothas. Many Tigahrrim stayed in the Freelands after the war, and there is hardly a freelander alive who does not have some Tigahrrim ancestry.

More later! --Kitzi 18:55, 4 Sep 2006 (CDT)


Social Structure

Not only are they divided up by clan, but also by social class: Matriarch and Matriarch's family, Siblings and their families, and on down the line. Anyone not part of the clan would be of the lowest class. This doesn't apply to bards. They are outside the social structure. They belong to the clan and are highly respected. The bards are poets, musicians and singers in the Tigahrrim world. They are required to master hundreds of verses or develop a new one, without the use of writing. The bards enjoy special treatment in the normally warrior society.

The current clan mathair, who is the prime descendant of the founder, is nominally the mathair of the whole clan, having moral authority over all its members. A clan consists of the mathair's family and the branches that can prove descent from the founder through the female line. Although this is the strict familial definition of a clan, it is rarely interpreted so rigidly (except in the North – think Ronat), and in practice the clan includes every family that accepts the authority and protection of the local clan mathair.

Children take their mother's name and daughters inherit her possessions. Virginity is not highly valued; twice the dowry might be given for a femme previously married or with children. Choice or change of mate is a femme's right (hence why Ronat couldn’t do anything when Kele refused Vercingetarix except threaten her).The children have status and worth. They also have the opportunity for education, with no discrimination against gender. Children are to be brought up by both parents. Males and femmes are eligible to inherit property; retain the wealth they brought into a marriage; take part in the military and political activities of the clan; divorce; engage in polygamy (mostly in the southern clans); seek recourse for assault; and face the same punishment for homicide.

The Northern Tribes Gaiscioch and Ruidhri are the most femme dominated ones. Each Matriarch has iron control over the clan. Uidhir is more relaxed on control. Matriarch has final say, but not as iron fisted as the north. Then the southern tribes Oitir, Congail and Grak'thar are more of a council than anything else. Matriarch only in name.

Values

They place value on honor, loyalty, hospitality (unless they think you are invading), honesty, justice, and courage. The Tigahrrim enjoy life. Family, food and feasting are important and they are superior artists, poets, and warriors.The heritage of the Tigahrrim tribes is transmitted via verse. Instead of committing their history to the written word, the Tigahrrim immortalize their history in songs and poems. This is why the bards are important, respected and outside the social structure. The Tigahrrim do however have certain objects, such as the heritage staff where the names of the Clan Mathairs are inscribed.

Warfare

Among the Tigahrrim, warfare is mainly a sport, focusing on raids and hunting. Femmes can be war leaders. Hostages are often times taken for different reasons. Sometimes a clan may raid to steal a particular male or femme from another clan. They're highly skilled in the art of scouting. They know what is happening upon their plains.

There is bad blood beween the Northern Tribes and Austia due to territorial rights.