Aman / AmaniWhile the Amani fled their homeland during the Great Exodus, their borders were pushed back to the wasteland of northeastern Kâl.
Society TodayAmani 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