Posted 1 hour ago

that’s it that’s the clan
*drops mic*
*walks off stage*

Posted 1 hour ago

Clan Shaala: crafts

The Clan produces exactly one craft: armor.

They produce many forms of armor ranging from anachronistic leather and metal modeled after designs found in historic documents to modern ablative plate. Designs range from ceremonial (but functional) to field kit (also functional). They sell the armor by commission in small lots and the price reflects the exquisite quality of the work.

What they are most famous for, however, is lekku helms.

Lekku helms vary in size and materials and must be fitted to the wearer, so they are not made in any kind of quantity. Some are basically extensions of the traditional headbands, coming back over the top part of the lek. Others are more elaborate and encasing, surrounding the lek for a foot or so in a padded tube. They have even made light mail encasings that cover the entire length of the lek.

As with most Clan things, armor crafting is communal. Everyone pitches in and helps with even the smallest tasks, overseen by the Clan Armormasters. Each House has a distinctive esthetic style, but they have been known to collaborate, producing some truly spectacular pieces.

Posted 2 hours ago

Clan Shaala: the arts.

Dance is a major cultural focus for Twi’leks in general, but has a special significance to Clan Shaala. The majority of ni’uma who have come to the Clan have at some point been dancers. The Clan seeks to reclaim dance as a form of expression. Clan dances are usually wild, noisy affairs, and embrace moves from sien’jela and lyn’jela along with traditional Twi’lek folk dances.

To that end, music is also fundamental in the Clan community. Clan music tends toward folk and dance songs, heavy on hand drumming and small portable instruments like flutes and pipes. Most of the folk songs tell the stories of important personages in the Clan, sung in allegorical style.

Storytelling and poetry are also integral to Clan life, and the storytellers use their art to teach the history of the Clan. Poetry tends toward the subjects of loss, especially falling in battle, and rather more optimistic love poetry (romantic and otherwise).

Harkening back to the early days of the Clan, when they were often forced to move around a lot, these ‘portable’ arts have become ingrained and flourish within the community. More ‘supplies-heavy’ arts such as painting and sculpture are largely non-existent.

Posted 7 hours ago

this is literally the only reason I had children

Posted 10 hours ago

Clan Shaala: community

Fostering a sense of caring and community is all-important for the Clan. It is meant to be a safe space.

Food is central to the Clan community. All meals are communal, and all members of the Clan participate in meal preparation, cooking, and clean up (even the Matriarchs). Meals are eaten in large rooms or, weather permitting, outdoor pavilions. The area is strewn with piles of carpets and pillows and the meal is served on very low tables in shared dishes.

Anywhere the Clan settles, community gardens are set in place to help give the clanswomen a sense of self-reliance and accomplishment. These gardens usually produce grains and herbs used in the brewing of alcoholic beverages, and the main Clan settlement on Ryloth holds a yearly drinking celebration where all the Clans share their brews and storytelling is the main source of entertainment.

Social gatherings generally revolve around dance, mock combat, or both. The individual Houses hold potlatch-style parties where gift giving to guests is the focal point; this is not meant to show wealth or superiority, but rather to reinforce the ideas of reciprocation and generosity.

All members of the Clan are expected to do a sort of “medical internship”, serving as assistants to the Clan physicians and learning at least rudimentary first aid and field dressing.

Childcare is also communal, with all members of the Clan sharing in the necessary duties as well as caring for the mother while she recovers from childbirth. Children begin schooling at the age of five, which includes combat training and mock tournaments.

At the same time, the Clan recognizes that sometimes people just need to be alone. To that end every Clan settlement also has a ‘meditation retreat’, a quiet building away from the main settlement that is a series of simple rooms around a central courtyard. They may be used at will.

All public areas of the Clan settlements follow this pattern. Each House has a sort of communal barracks building that surrounds a central courtyard, and the doors open into this common area. The Clan Matriarch usually stays in the barracks of the House from which she came, although it is not uncommon for some (such as Master Zeenah) to divide their time staying among each of the Houses.

Posted 16 hours ago

Clan Shaala: male children and the Ghost Rail.

Ideally there is no stigma attached to a clanswoman giving birth to a male child. However, male children are raised separately (by their own mother rather than communally) and in an enclave outside of the Clan’s public areas. They are not allowed to attend clan gatherings and not allowed to learn sien’jela or lyn’jela.

However, recognizing that this might breed resentment, the Clan makes sure to treat the child with the same care and respect a girl would receive; they are also the recipients of an elaborate gift giving ritual that persists through several developmental milestones until its culmination when the child reaches eighteen. At this point his mother ‘returns’ to the Clan and he is presented by the Matriarchs with a set of hand crafted armour.

He is also given the opportunity to join the Ghost Rail. In the entire history of the Clan, only one male child of a clanswoman has refused the honour (more on him later) and in fact the bulk of the network is made up of the descendants of the Clan’s male children through the centuries.

(if a male child of a clanswoman fathers a daughter, she is automatically in the clan whether the mother is or not. In a more or less subconscious way, this is viewed as redemption of sorts)

The Ghost Rail has developed a clan-like hierarchy of its own, divided by houses like Shaala (they are called Cells). They have even developed their own fighting style which is a no-rules quick takedown art similar to Krav Maga.

Since the Ghost Rail is made up mostly of Clan children, its loyalty to the Clan is unwavering and absolute.

It is not unheard of for girl children of Ghost Rail agents to stay with the network rather than going to the Clan; they are still considered clanswomen regardless and are privy to all the benefits of membership.

Posted 1 day ago

Crimfall - “Shadow Hearth”
(this song has some harsh vocals in it, so just a heads-up, if you’re not into that sort of thing)

This is sort of the Clan’s unofficial anthem. “Shadow Hearth” could mean “hidden home” so I like to think it is apropos.

As life ever was
In trails you retrace
Stream never pause
New dawn chase

Heart shedding ashes white
Furnace rimmed in frost
Devoid of searing bright
Brim they never crossed

Fall sundered ways to seek your shadow hearth
Soul-deep in dark
Cast sorrows forth and they shall depart
Unless dawn proves us scarred

Pathways worn deep
By many or none
Yet past only weeps
Passing of one

Casting tails unveiled
Silhouettes besieged
Retreating vulpine shades
All borders breached

Fall sundered ways to seek your shadow hearth
Soul-deep in dark
Cast sorrows forth and they shall depart
Unless dawn proves us scarred

Fall sundered ways to seek your shadow hearth
Soul-deep in dark
Cast sorrows forth and they shall depart
Unless dawn proves us scarred

Posted 1 day ago

Clan Shaala: the ni’uma.

When a person comes to the Clan seeking aid or sanctuary, three things happen immediately.

One: she is given two Sha’alema (Clan Guardians), one or both of whom must be maintaining unbroken visual contact with her at all times.

Two: she is dressed in a head to toe covering garment to maintain her anonymity.

Three: she is given the title “ni’uma” (“gift-sister”) and is referred only by this title.

This status (referred to as “the Ghost Walk”) remains in effect for a minimum of two space weeks. The only person allowed to touch her during that time are the Clan physicians. No one may address her directly; any verbal communication is done through the Sha’alema.

After the Ghost Walk is complete, the garment is removed and the ni’uma may be addressed. The Sha’alema stay with her until such time as she feels safe to leave, or she is accepted into the Clan.

If the ni’uma is revealed to be a felon attempting to escape justice, the Clan will allow them to petition one of their Sha’alema to act as a “defense attorney”; if the ni’uma is found not guilty, she may petition to be accepted into the Clan. Her claim will largely hinge on the opinion of the Sha’alema who acted in her defense.

If the Ni’uma is determined to be guilty, the Clan will turn her over to the appropriate authorities.

If the Clan believes that the ruling is unfair or biased, they will appeal; if that doesn’t work, they are not above breaking the ni’uma out of jail.

This of course only applies if the ni’uma’s crime is revealed. If she completes the Ghost Walk without anyone coming forth to make an accusation, she is free to leave or stay as she chooses. The Clan does not judge a ni’uma on her past.

If, however, she commits a crime while under the Clan’s aegis, she will immediately be turned over to the authorities or subjected to Clan justice, which is very harsh on people whose transgressions bring harm or prosecution to the Clan.

Posted 1 day ago

think I got it sorted. Clan justice, woo!

Posted 1 day ago

I could use some help!

I feel like it’s important that the Clan law stating that ‘no one seeking aid or sanctuary will be denied’ remain unconditional in that regard. It has to be absolute. I feel like people might be afraid to seek aid, going back to the issues of self-worth…they might not even think they deserve help, or that their situation isn’t as bad as some so it’s not worth asking. Or that they might be judged.

I’ve set up a system by which the seeker (ni’uma) is given a sort of ‘grace period’ of complete anonymity and round the clock protection. But my problem comes when that grace period ends.

What if the ni’uma is a felon escaping justice? A serial killer? Someone who sold her fellow Twi’leks into slavery? The Clan might have its own internal justice system, but if the person is being prosecuted by some other political entity, that entity is not likely to accept an “it’s okay, we’ll handle this” from the Clan.

Anyone have thoughts on how I might handle this?