Kin Family Information
This chart provides useful info and history about the Kin. Almost all Kin males call each other keet-sah [cousin] in the way human males use the word bro. This can confuse an outsider regarding who's really related to whom. The old joke is that with only sixteen  distinct clans, everyone really is a cousin.
Sanction of Strength
This physical test of hunting prowess is given when a female reaches puberty. Five clans permit males to test; the Marasova at 13, Lexius, Keheyl, Zalmute and Zhkarr at age 12. All other clans forbid this. Upon successful completion, the new warrior is presented with a hook knife, which is sharpened for the first time with their own blood.
Sex and the Kin
In all clans, females experience sex for the first time at age 17 [22 tradestandard]. Kin families openly share every aspect of sex, and males are taught from age 15 [19 tradestandard] how to provide pleasure. Females consider it their duty to keep single males occupied with sex, as it is believed unclaimed males are dangerously aggressive. Females are not fertile until age 22 [28 tradestandard], however, if they conceive early, the family happily seeks a mate. Births are considered the highest blessing of the Creator and all are welcomed.
In the Falehla, Fasra, Keheyl, and Lexius clan, females marry at age 18. In all other clans, the age is 22. Only warriors may marry. Males are given in marriage. Breeders - Ramz - are added to a family unit that is not producing at least one child every 2 years. A female may have up to 6 mates, 6 male breeders and three female ones. All female children, and all children of female breeders "belong" to the primary mate. All male children belong to the secondary mate, except male children of female breeders, which are considered Ramz at birth. They are sought first as mates since they are quite often far more fertile than non-Ramz.
Clan Colors and Symbols
Clan symbols and colors are based on semi-precious stones used to decorate hook knives and identify warriors and leaders.
- Ages are given in Felidaen years, not tradestandard.
- More info is being developed on other pages.
The longest mountain range is within Aleksay territory. The Three Rivers area is the home to the worlds's longest river. Males marry at 14 and are not educated. Their gem is bloodstone, said to come from the blood of Adel Jansaara himself. Symbol is a flame.
The Ceeow use an oak (native kanya) leaf as their symbol and their gemstone is light green peridot. Males have few opportunities in this clan. They receive no education beyond care of the home and children and are married at 15. The clan has rich forests, and a hardy breed of draft horse.
They inhabit barren desert and rich grasslands. Small oases dot the land where Mount Destoiya (native name Mt. Skathrah) climbs out of the atmosphere. It is snow-capped all year. Males educated till age 8. Legends of Adel Jansaara thrive here. Symbol is the fox.
Rhodinite gives the Falehla coast its bright pink sand and is their gem. A rich delta provides some of the best fishing on the planet. Their symbol is a star, due to the first star of summer which glows pink in the western sky. Males are educated to age 6.
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This clan reproduces so successfully that their females are never used as breeders. The males all have tufts on their ear tips, even after three generations of breeding with other clans. Their lightning symbol is well known. Stone is the garnet. Males are not educated.
Books Featuring Kin Characters
At the Mercy of Her Pleasure features a HalfKin (half human, half Kin) hero. Senth Antonello's true father is revealed in a later book to be from the Ruh clan. This makes him a half cousin to Mehfawni Ruh (from For Women Only).
Horses, the clan symbol, abound in the Fitzzeen territory and the clan breeds them for speed and strength. Their stone is Jet. A good bargain is said to be a "Fitzzen Deal" since they are skilled traders. Despite their small area, they are one of the richest clans. Males marry at 15 and are not educated.
For Women Only features a Kin heroine. Mehfawni Ruh is the eetzesar of her clan (princess or ambassador depending on use). She his married to Khyff Antonello. Khyff's half brother is Senth from At the Mercy of Her Pleasure. His biological father is Mehfawni's maternal uncle, making her and her brother-in-law half cousins. Senth's adoptive father is Luc Saint-Cyr (Surrender Love).
Like the Ceeow, the Jhareen clan prevents males from leaving the clan by limiting their roles and education. Their symbol is a snow owl and the stone is amber elaterite. They have a long coastline and make a good living by leasing coastal property to humans.
Jawk features a Kin hero. His clan is not named in the book, but his mother was a breeder, so it is likely that he can claim two separate clans - his mother's and his father's.
They raise elk for food and skins. Their territory is surrounded on all sides with a tiny outlet to the sea which the Koursas and Ceeow clans consider unclean: whales often beach themselves there. Gem is actinolite. Males are married at age 14 and are not educated after age 3.
Surrender Love features a Kin hero. Izzorah Ceeow is the youngest son of a wealthy rancher who was striving to become a lesser tzesar. His arranged marriage would have accomplished that, but he ran away from home and emigrated to Tarth. There, he met Luc Saint-Cyr, who is the adoptive father of the hero in At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, and a former lover of Jawk. Luc claims Khyff and Mehfawni as family, although there is no blood relation.
They have a long coastline and abut the rich forests of the Aleksay and Fitzzeen. Their gem is jasper and symbol the scythe. Males are equal partners with females here and are educated until age 14. Although many are warriors and leaders, no male has yet become tzesar [clan ruler].
They inhabit one of the smallest areas on Felidae but are one of the richest clans. Wheat grows in abundance and a sheaf of grain is their symbol. Males marry at age 14 and are not educated. Their gem is yellow citrine.
Their land is covered with ice for about 30 days each year, but rarely with snow. During that time, a hardy type of seals inhabit its eastern coast, providing the people sufficient meat to survive a long winter. Symbol is indoor grown clover, transplanted from the Aleksay. Gem is amethyst. Males are educated to age 6.
Their rich coasts and lushly forested interiors lure humans who pay dearly to hunt the deep groves and fish their coasts. Their stone is azurite, and their symbol the eagle. Both genders undergo the Sanction of Strength and are educated together.
The clan symbol is the kweeoh, similar in appearance to the bear; but it is far more fierce and wiley, and eats flesh. Their gem is turquoise. Males are educated till age 17 and do not marry until then. They are accepted as warriors by their clan.
Black obsidian is the Ruh gem and their symbol is a kweeoh claw. Fiercely territorial, they have been at war with one clan or another throughout the planet's history. The Tzesarki, or chief tzesar over all clans, is traditionally from the Ruh. Males marry at 15 and are not educated.
Hundreds of protected islands form the Z'fee t'Zh - the Islands of Zh. This is a coveted vacation spot for all Kin. The Zalmute are casually neutral about most things, but are fiercely protective of their islands. Symbol is a fish. Kyanite is their gem. Males are not educated after age 6.
Peaceful, seafaring clan rich in fishing. Stone is the sapphire, mined inland. Their symbol is a shell. Both genders take the Sanction of Strength at age 12. Males are educated until age 12 but must leave school to prepare for marriage at 13, the youngest of all clans.