Fraternity

Each Thema includes a population of Parthans - men, women, and children - that can easily number over a thousand people.

To ensure close bonds between these many people, the Primus and his Archons of the Parthan Citadels rely on the system of Fraternities created ages ago under the guidance of Salix and Ariston - one of the few innovations of those gods that Memnos allowed to continue under his Order.

A Fraternity is a grouping of those Parthan men in good standing who live in close proximity to one another within a Thema. Generally speaking, most Fraternities include in their ranks such men from as many as twenty or even thirty families.

During times of peace, Fraternities are the groups that Parthans gather in to celebrate their holidays, or make their religious observations. At least once a moon, they congregate and throw elaborate feasts to celebrate their bonds. Daughters of Parthans will typically marry a man within their fathers' Fraternity. Their members cooperate with one another to ensure mutual prosperity - coordinating types of crops, for instance, or pooling manpower to accomplish something for their community.

At least once a week, the actual members of the Fraternity must meet to dine in common. Only men of fighting age are allowed to attend these meals - with the exception of their underaged sons, who serve the food and pour the wine. Each man must contribute to the feast, and failure to do so is viewed as no different than refusing the Primus his tax or the Order their tithe.

Though the Archon rules the Thema, the members of each Fraternity elect from their ranks a Tribune. This man serves as the president of their functions, the enforcer of the law, and their representative to the Archon.

Parthan elders cannot take part in the meetings of a Fraternity - they are not able to take to the battlefield, and therefore their opinions should not sway the council of those who do. Their wisdom does not go unheeded, though. When needed, they convene in a Council of Elders, and advise their Tribunes and their Archon alike as to how best to interpret the law and traditions of their people when a priest of the Order is not around.

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