Aman

Aman / Amani

While the Amani fled their homeland during the Great Exodus, their borders were pushed back to the wasteland of northeastern Kâl.

Society Today

Amani travel in small groups of 12 to 28 adults. The majority of their time is spent searching for potable water, hunting food, and avoiding flash dust storms. The groups, called septs, adhere to strict social rules. These rules ensure a sept’s survival in the most barren terrain in the world.

Septs maintain a rigid balance of populations size and gender balance. A sept never expands beyond 28 adults. When the group surpasses this limit – by another Amani joining the sept through marriage or a child coming of age – the most elder non-matriarchal couple or the youngest adult leaves the sept to join another group, found their own group, or leave Aman entirely.

While septs are governed by a mutual understanding of what’s necessary to survive, there is still a hierarchy that makes final decisions when the sept is evenly split. An “alpha” couple establishes the sept’s lineage and composition through matriarchal lines, ensuring that newcomers are genetically viable to promote the wellbeing of the whole. This matriarchal dominance is reflected in Amani surnames. A person’s surname is established by his or her mother’s name, the sept’s matriarchal name and two previous sept matriarchal names for those Amani that move from group to group. Thus a Naissani trader may meet Abrem Abiah un’Tamar se’Jedidah te’Sarai

Women in Society

With the exception of the matriarch, there are no social restrictions that inhibit the advancement of a woman. Men’s natural physical capabilities still grant them a general preference in most tasks as life in the wasteland is demanding. Women that are able to operate in a comparable or better fashion are given the opportunity without discrimination.

Coming Up in Society

There are no coming-of-age traditions among the sept. All members from a young age are expected to fulfill their obligations to the whole and as such are considered adults very young. This occurs generally between the ages of 5 and 8 determined by the child’s parents and the alpha couple leading the sept. Most often this is a private discussion and may even involve some test for the child. Extreme circumstances have seen matriarchs declare adulthood to the entire sept, in which case the parents have no choice but to accept the decision or leave the sept.

Justice

Crimes are addressed by sept consensus, which usually defers to the patriarch’s judgment. Minor crimes are punished by withholding water or shade. More major crimes may result in expulsion from the sept without provisions or stoning. Outsides committing crimes against the sept are treated much more severely than Amani. A crime that might warrant two days without water for an Amani may cause an Ylish man to be stoned to death. There is no appeal or means to defer punishment (challenges were for a short time accepted in place of judgment, but it was felt that justice was never truly served and criminals were often punished after the fact even if they were victorious in their duels).

Slavery

Aman does not have a large enough population to sustain a slave trade nor does it have the resources to willingly take in slaves from other nations. Amani living abroad have been known to take slaves if the custom is accepted in their new home, else they do not actively pursue owning other people. The Amani are known for their elaborate sense of debt and repayment. A person in need given a sip of water by a traveler may offer that person a goat fifteen years later when their paths cross again.

Amani Adventurers

Aman produces a steady and regular stream of adventurers. Those that leave their septs in search of a new family often wander the wastes for months at a time before settling down there. While human life is hard to sustain there, there are a number of monsters that thrive there. And for those that choose to leave their home, there are few resources other than salt in the wastes that can be used as currency, so they must find a means of earning an income.

Aman

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