Que'Gelvani Society

Compilation of thoughts:

Origins of the House-based society
Size of a House
Upbringing
Self-sufficiency
Economy
Defense
Politics
Laws
Example House

ECONOMY
This is probably where we see the greatest divergence from human society.

The basic social structure of Que'Gelvani society is an extended family. Gelvani longevity means that this extended family will be larger, but it's still a collection of offspring, siblings, and cousins - most of whom might even live within the same tower or beneath the same Emerwoods. How does this shape their economy?

To begin with, I think most Houses strive to be self-sufficient. Thanks to the longevity of each generation, the Gelvani (much like the other long-lived races) are able to amass a great pool of knowledge and experience. They are thus probably able to not only make whatever they need for their House… but they are also able to make it very well and efficiently.

House probably do trade with one another quite often, but I suspect that such transactions are mostly over luxury goods or resources that aren't available in the immediate area.

Some thoughts:

Agriculture and animal husbandry

I can't imagine much effort being placed here. The natural (or, well, adopted) habitat of the Gelvani are largely untouched woods. This implies time and effort invested in a wilderness survival skill set (something which is reinforced by their weapons training). With than in mind, I imagine the average Gelvani is at least somewhat adept at tracking, hunting, and fishing. Not every Gelvani would be the equal of a Seyl'Gelvani, for instance, but consider the Survival skill:

DC 10: Get along in the wild. Move up to half your overland speed while hunting and foraging (no food or water supplies needed). You can provide food and water for one other person for every 2 points by which your check result exceeds 10.

For the Gelvani, I'm guessing hunting is probably a sacred act - communion with nature, etc.

Either way, Gelvani would appear to be covered when it comes to securing meat. The flip-side of their ethos - building a civilization that is compatible with the wilderness - probably intersects with the need for some agriculture. Their gardens probably double for aesthetics and food production (think Italian and Greek summer homes with grape vines growing over garden gazebos).

MINDSET
The basic social structure of Que'Gelvani society is an extended family. Gelvani longevity means that this extended family will be larger, but it's still a collection of offspring, siblings, and cousins. I imagine there is a great deal of the "it takes a village" mentality within a Gelvani House.

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