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By Kele-De: The Tigahrrim

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 10:33 pm    Post subject: By Kele-De: The Tigahrrim Reply with quote


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.

First of all, is the ruling structure the same for all clans/tribes, in that a matriarchy governs?

First off, no. It depends upon which tribe you are in. I mean it's all a matriarchy but they all function differently. 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.

To what extent are the males downtrodden in each of the assorted tribes? Does it extend to essential consort only while being virtual slaves within Ruidhri?

The males aren't downtrodden. It just happens to be that the femmes are in power. Femmes give birth so therefore the line is through the mother. In the north, they use that to their advantage to remain in power. It's not that the males are downtrodden just not really in the major seats of power.

What in the way of courts would there be?

Judicial: It depends upon the severity of the crime. Small things would go to the head of the family. Anything big would go the Tribal council.

Social hierarchy: 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.

Are their views on non-clan members strong enough to be considered elitist by an impartial observer, or no?

Yes but not like Elvin elitist. They just won't treat you the same as they would a clan member.

So, to what extent? Obviously not 'Your whole race sucks, we'll live forever' but...

They are friendly to outsiders in general, but they will never treat them as equals. Unless they think you are an invader.
So pretty much the difference between a family member you know, and someone you just met.

Basically yea.

And that attitude is basically the standpoint for all of Tigath? Without taking into consideration where Caeseal is.

Pretty much, the south is more open than the north but in general yes.

Marriage Ceremony

The Tigahrrim marriage ceremony is a very beautiful event. The ceremonies differ from clan to clan but basically use the same ritual elements.

Because clanship is matrilineal it is forbidden to marry within one’s own immediate clan. Because the femme holds the family clan, she is represented at the ceremony by both her mathair or clan mathair and oldest brother. The brother stands with her as his vow to take the responsibility of teaching any children in the values of the society as that is the traditional role of the ‘uncle’.

The intended approach a pre-selected place, often times a small grove of trees on the plains or some meaningful place for them and are blessed by the priest, priestess, and/or clan Mathair. All participants of the marriage ceremony including guests are also blessed. Songs are sung and those conducting the ceremony bless the couple. The intended join right paw to right paw. Their wrists are then loosely bound together by a ceremonial cord or cords in color or colors of their choice. Each color symbolizes a different aspect of what they each intend to bring to the relationship.

Red - Signifies: Will, passion, strength, fertility, courage, health, vigor, lust, and danger.

Orange - Signifies: Encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, plenty, kindness.

Yellow - Signifies: Attraction, charm, confidence, balance, harmony, knowledge, learning, concentration, persuasion, jealousy, joy, and comfort.

Green - Signifies: Fertility, luck, charity, growth, rejuvenation, prosperity, nurturing, beauty, health, and ambition.

Blue - Signifies: Tranquility, understanding, patience, health, truth, devotion, sincerity, honor, loyalty, peace, and wisdom.
Light Blue: Tranquility, understanding, patience, health.
Dark Blue: Longevity, strength.

Violet/Purple - Signifies: Power, piety, sanctity, sentimentality, tension, sadness, wisdom, high ideals, protection, and strength.

Black – Signifies: Strength, empowerment, wisdom, vision, success, and pure love.

White - Signifies: Purity, consecration, meditation, divination, healing, peace, spiritual strength, truth, serenity and devotion. It may be substituted for any other color.

Gray - Signifies: Balance and neutrality.

Pink - Signifies: Unity, honor, truth, romance, happiness, healing, friendship, and affection.

Brown - Signifies: The Earth, grounding, trees, concentration, healing, skills, and nurturing.

Silver - Signifies: Purity, treasure, values, creativity, inspiration, vision, and protection.

Gold - Signifies: Wealth, happiness, activity, intelligence, unity, longevity, prosperity, and strength.

Personal vows are exchanged. The couple then drinks together from a Tigahrrim Marriage Vase. The vessel holds one drink, but has two openings for the couple to drink from at the same time. The ceremony is officially ended with the words, "Agus Deanann Aon Fheoil Amhain Diobh" ("And they shall be one flesh"). Following this clans provide a feast and the dancing and celebrating often times continue all night.

The ceremony need not be so public. Often times if the parents do not approve, a young couple will sneak off to a secluded place on the plains and perform their own ceremony. This is not as common but is as valid as one done publicly.

Anyway the ceremony is performed the intended set a time limit upon it. At the end of this limit they may choose to part ways and seek out new mates, renew their vows for another time period, or take permanent vows.

Quality of life:

Typical quality of life for the Mathairs family, as opposed to the less prestigious members of the clan?

Bigger puball, first choice of meat and hides after beefalo hunt, first choice of Scarhawks, basically, anything you can think of with community living, they get the first choice of. Best place in the village to put the puball, etc., etc., etc.

In some of the tribes or clans, would there be a larger difference between the ruler and those who served her? And if so, how far?

In Ronat's there is, but that's because Ronat is a big old bitch and abuses her power. In the majority of the clans, you are going to find there is little difference other than what was aforementioned. They work along side everyone in the clan. It's more about survival and community. The south is more like this than the north. The north tends to be a bit more rigid and organized.

Righto, Ronat = Bitch Lady. ^^ What form of currency do they use, if any?

They barter for things.


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.

Specifically relating to bards:
The word geis means "bond", a prohibition, taboo or injunction. The geis is tied with one's fate or destiny. The violation of one's geis, will lead to some misfortunes, and in most cases, to one's own death. They are something like a curse or a blessing. However, there are occasions when avoiding violation of the geis, does not necessarily means that disaster will be avoided. Avoiding breaking a geis can sometimes work against the person. I’m not really certain, how a person finds out about his or her own geis. Just about anyone can impose a geis upon another. (I’m only putting this in because bards would know songs/tales about those who both violated the geis and had it lead to misfortune and who followed the geis that led to misfortune as well as tales of those who prospered from following the geis.)


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.

What's their stance on espionage and suchlike? (From them, against others.)

They don't spy. They aren't going to send a spy in to report back to the home base. They might but it's not something they would normally do. They do scout though. They -know- what happens on their plains.

Judging by their lack of covert operations, would I be correct in assuming that they don't really do much outside their own borders?

The borders there are fluid. They kinda mush and flow together. It's kinda hard to show it on the map....I just kinda laid it out as best I could. But anyway, right now, there are roughly five scouts watching Caeseal. Like I said, they -know- what happens on the plains. All the clans know. The passing of information is important.

I mean like with other nations, like The Republic, or Westernesse, are they connected politically, or are they relatively indifferent to each other?

The Elves and Tigahrrim have limited trade, but only in the west. But they are indifferent to the Republic.

And New Austia?

They don't like Austians. It's like the Celts vs. the French.


The Clans of Tigath, listed by Tribe and order of power within the Tribe and the Mathair of the Clan listed after the clan name:

Tribe Gaiscioch – Tribe Mathair - Ronat
Cathal – Ronat
Glas Corca - Fallon
Mordha – Brianag
Tiobraide - Lasair
Faolain - Rionach
Muigheasa - Meadhbh
Suileabhain - Ciannait
Neachtain - Maeron

Tribe Ruidhri - Tride Mathair - Doileag
Aodha - Doileag
Loidean - Nuala
Deaghaidh - Teamhair
Uiathnigh - Niamh
Rabhaigh - Mordag
Bhreitheamhan - Aodhnait
Tuama - Eideann
Giolla - Liadan

Tribe Uidhir – Tribe Mathair - Grainne
Mearaigh - Grainne
Iocshlainte - Kennocha
Bindealan - Giorsal
Badrho - Elatha
Folc - Isla

Tribe Oitir – Tribe Mathair - Sidheag
Liathroid - Sidheag
Grainni - Laoidheach
Cosc - Siomha
Dihir - Duvessa

Tribe Congail – Tribe Mathair - Caointiorn
Imeal - Caointiorn
Olc - Fodla
Broc - Aine
Pib - Beathag

Tribe Grak’thar – Tribe and Clan Mathair - Faoiltiarna
City of Tigath at the Pillars of Grak’thar

Grak’thar really isn’t a tribe. They are a separate entity that stays out of the political affairs of the other Tribes and clans.

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