Friday, January 6, 2012
The family is the basic unit of society, among both men and gnomes. The typical family is headed by a man and wife; and includes all his siblings and their spouses, and everyone’s children and grandchildren. Growing beyond this, families tend to split into separate families.
A clan is typically made up of around 100 families; many, but not all, interrelated. In Arden, there are clans that include unrelated gnome families, and there are even a few clans led by gnome chieftains.
A Clansmeet is held annually in the home territory of each clan. Each family belonging to the clan turns out in force for a several weeks of training, carousing and feasting. During the Clansmeet, the Chieftain can choose, or change, his Zec (designated successor), an able-bodied adult from his family, but not necessarily the oldest or even his own child.
Typically, five clans form a Kingdom. The Kingsmeet is held every five years, or as needed to elect a king. All able-bodied adults of the clans gather to carouse, train, feast, and if need be, elect a new king. Each king appoints a zec, at this level more an honorary position of assistant, since kings are elected.
There are currently seven kings in Uruk and three in Arden.