Family-like relationships among kaibyou
Posted: Posted November 27th, 2018 by bloodb4roses
I'm calling these family-like relationships, since most kaibyou derive from house cats instead of reproducing directly. While they do have a concept of family, it is not biologically based with the exception of rare incidences like two blood related cats becoming kaibyou at that same time.
When a new clan is formed, it is usually from among some younger members of an established clan as the primary members, sometimes with former strays or cats from other clans than the core group's previous clan.
The core members are considered siblings, and while actual age does factor in, the leader is considered the oldest sibling of this group and parent to the clan as a whole, along with their mate if they have one.
Cats that come in later or just aren't part of the main group are taken under the wing by one of the main siblings, as younger siblings, and then take on younger siblings of their own as the clan recruits more new cats.
To these younger/lower ranking cats, the clan leader (and their mate) are referred to by a cognate for mother or father (or in rare cases, parent), and the cats in the main group who are the leaders' younger siblings are either the younger cat's older siblings if they they are or have been trained by that cat, or aunt/uncle in all other cases.
Cats who were trained by the same cat might also be seen as "siblings" by each other, but the words are slightly different. Most cats would use the term that is cognate to the Japanese word for cousin for most cats in their clan, and a similar word for cats in sister clans.
If the clan leader dies, the leadership is often turned over to their next oldest sibling, or their mate if said mate was well-liked and loyal. Less often, the clan leader might pick a cat to inherit leadership, and they are either trained directly by the leader or by a trusted younger sibling.
Example: Takumi is in the Himata clan, which is one of the newer ones. His "father" is Matasuke, and Takumi has favor with both Matasuke and his wife. Matasuke's wife Makoto was from the Sagano clan. For political reasons, Makoto keeps her family name; Her older sister is the clan leader of the Sagano. Makoto is Takumi's "mother" and the Sagano clan leader is his "aunt".
Goro is also in the Himata clan; he is not favored by Matasuke or Makoto, and since he wasn't raised by the same older sibling, he cannot call Takumi his brother. At best, he can call Takumi a near cousin. And while he can also claim the Sagano clan leader as his aunt, she wouldn't know who he was by name or face. (But possibly by markings or scent, since those would be shared aspects among the Himata that she would recognize.)
Both Goro and Takumi are Matasuke and Makoto's "sons", but one is far closer to them for various reasons.
Does this explanation make sense. Should I draw up an example "family tree"?
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