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So-far-unnamed Fantasy Multi-Racial Conworld
Posted: Posted December 26th, 2018 by chiarizio
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An Earthlike world inhabited by several realistic(?) species or sub-species or genera, all(?) belonging to the same taxonomic family.

It has Humans just like us for Plains People in its grasslands and savannahs and prairies and steppes.
It has Dwarves for Mine People in its mountain ranges and caves.
It has Elves for its Forest People in its forests and woods.

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The reason for the parenthesized question-marks above is;
I also think I might want a Lakes-and-Rivers People; and I think I might want them to be Mer-Centaurs.

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I am going to make the three humanoid species —— Dwarves, Elves, and Humans —— have classificatory Kinship Systems and prescriptive marriage Systems.
I don’t know whether the MerCentaurs will even have anything even resembling marriage; and I can’t get a handle, so far, on their Kinship System.

So far I’ve developed the Kinship and marriage systems for the Plains and Grasslands people best.
Each sex will be divided into twenty sections or classes.
Each person will belong to one and only one patriclan; namely, the one their father belongs or belonged to.
Each person will belong to one and only one matriiclan; namely, the one their mother belongs or belonged to.
Each person will also belong to one and only one sibling-in-law “circle”, determined at birth.

There are five patriclans, and five matriclans, and four sibling-in-law circles.

Every patriclan will contain four sections of each sex.
Each man in each patriclan is in the same section his father’s father’s father’s father (FFFF) is/was in.
Each man’s son is in the same section the man’s FFF is/was in.
Each man’s SS (son’s son) is or will be in the same section the man’s FF is/was in.
Each man’s SSS will be in the same section the man’s father was in.

No one can marry a member of their own patriclan.
A man also can’t marry a woman from his mother’s patriclan; nor his father’s mother’s patriclan; nor his FFM’s matriclan.
Instead, a man must marry a woman from his FFFM’s patriclan.
The men in any patriclan will take turns, by generation, rotating through marrying wives from the other four patriclans.

Likewise, each matriclan will contain four sections of each sex; defined by generation.
The women in each matriclan will rotate thru, by generation, a cycle of which of the other four matriclans to find husbands from.
A woman can’t marry a man from her own matriclan; nor from her father’s matriclan; nor from her MF’s matriclan; nor from her MMF’s matriclan.
Instead she must marry a man from her MMMF’s matriclan.

A man, his wife’s brother (WB), his sister’s husband (ZH), his WBWB, and his ZHZH, must be from five different patriclans.
But his WBWBWB will be from the same section as his ZHZH, and his ZHZHZH will be from the same section as his WBWB.
In other words, his WBWBW and his ZHZHZ will be classificatory “sisters” to each other. They could be actual sisters; or, even, the same woman.

Similarly, a woman’s brother’s wife (BW), husband’s sister HZ, BWBW, and HZHZ, must all be from different matriclans.
But her BWBWB and her HZHZH might be the same guy; or might be each other’s brothers. They definitely must be from the same section, equivalently they must be each other’s classificatory “brothers”.

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All three humanoid species will have such a five-patriclan five-matriclan four-sibling-in-law-circle prescriptive marriage system, and such a twenty-class-per-sex classificatory Kinship Systems.

I think the three humanoid races might put different emphases and uses on patriclans vs matriclans from each other.
Or even, different subcultures within each “race” may use them differently.

Plains People (“Humans”) will include many multi-generational nomadic families, including caravan families.
All the men in each band or caravan will belong to the same patriclan.
People will wear tattoos and clothes to tell which patriclan and which matriclan they are from.
This will apply more to patriclans than to matriclans, and more to men than to women.
A woman will leave her father’s and brothers’ band and join her husband’s band when she marries. She’s likely to switch to wearing clothing appropriate to her husband’s patriclan. That way anyone who sights the band from a distance can tell which patriclan the men in that band belong to.
But from inside the band’s camp, someone would be able to tell, from looking at any of them, which matriclan that person was born into; and to tell by sight which patriclan any of their women were born into.

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Dwarves are likely to view caves and valleys and mines as feminine, but to view spelunking and mining as masculine activities.
Dwarves won’t tattoo themselves.
I dont know whether dwarves will regard matriclans as more important than patriclans, or vice versa, or will regard both as equally important.
I think, though, their women might be matrilocal, and their men might be uxorilocal.

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While Elves will in fact tattoo themselves, it will be for camouflage.
If Elves are mostly matrilocal, then, since one might tell from an Elf’s tattoos and clothes the kind of flora s/he lives among, one might also be able to guess his/her matriclan, indirectly, from those same adornments.

I haven’t worked out such questions for Elves any more than for Dwarves.





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