Clan Jaik'ran

Clan overview:
-A clan founded on the far island of Im'pavic, their members are one of the most diverse in appearance simply because by necessity the population is almost entirely half-breeds. --In their16th year they are allowed to prove their ability to care for themselves. To do so, they are given a day's rations, a knife with their birthmark in the carving, and an animal skin. They leave by the dark of the moon, walking into the jungle alone. They must survive only by their hands and their wits, accepting help from no other save those that the totems see fit to send. They must remain in the jungle until the next dark of the moon, when they will either return with a kill for the cook fires, empty handed, or not at all.
-The kill, if they bring one back, is not only a sign of their prowess, but a testament that they are capable of caring not only for themselves but for others. If there is an unmated female in the clan at that time, the kill is brought back to her if the male wishes, as an offer of intent to provide for her.
-An empty handed hunter, returning from his jungle leave, is no less the man as one that carries his kill, but is not considered capable of providing for more than himself. He is a man and is welcomed into the Clan as befits one of his independence now, but he cannot attempt the courting or capturing of a mate until his 19th year.
-The mating ritual of this clan is something rather odd to be involved with, especially if those involved know little about the customs. The male will study their chosen prey for some time, learning their ways and movements, until they feel they know them to their core. When such an understanding is achieved of their chosen prey, they will move in for the catch. It must be done during the new moon and in absolute secrecy. If discovered, the hunt is forfeit and the hunter must leave the prey be for a period of 6 moon cycles before trying again.
-If the capture is successful however, the hunter must make all speed with his capture to a secure hideaway where he must keep her for a period of 2 full moon cycles, without discovery. In that time the hunter is responsible for the comfort and safety of his prospective mate. He is required to see to her every need without complaint or anger. Before he can, it must be proven that she is without child when captured and by the end of the first moon cycle, willing to mate with the hunter, before the ritual can proceed. If either is not true then he must return her to where he found her and is forbidden to hunt her again for the period of 13 moon cycles. If she is willing and is not carrying child, then he may take her as his mate after which she will stay with him for a year. At the end of this period, if she is not with child, she is considered a free woman of the Jaik’ran and may be courted by any other male in a normal fashion.

Clan history:
Founded during the 500 years war by a group of warriors who did not believe that one city should have dominance over the others. Taking to the treacherous island chain, they set out to make a clan of their own. After 10 years on their new island, a disturbing trend became all too noticeable. While healthy and suited for their new home, their immunities strong to the hazardous environment, all of the children of this clan were male. At first, this was a good sign for clan, all strong warriors, the daughters of the previous years would have their choice of the strongest to sire their children, but it soon became apparent that no one was having female children.

Another 15 years passed and the trend of the years before was becoming a dangerous liability. Suddenly the number of females that would be the mother to this new clan was known to be finite. As the younger generations began to fight over what there were, the elders began to discuss the problem. It was decided that the females were too precious a commodity to risk; the remainder of the females were confined to a compound where they could be safely guarded. Their every need was met to its fullest with each unspoken for female swarmed with suitors, but this was to prove not enough as the curse of their separation from the other clans became apparent.
Prizing their skills in the wilderness, their knowledge of stealth and the terrain, a new tradition was established that would result in the survival or decimation of their clan. The unmated males went out into the war that ripped Mandalore, to insure their clan's survival. With the coming of the next dark moon, females of many clans disappeared into the darkness, without a sound being heard. In the coming dawn of that day, many awoke to find mates, daughters and friends missing without a trace of where they could have gone, most blamed the other cities, and the fighting continued unabated. But this was not the only such incident. Only having brought back enough for insuring another generation as the curse held true, a plan had to be designed to continue the clan. Rules were made as well as complex rituals that would prevent their clan ever being found and yet ensure that the capture of mates would be possible.

Clan traits:
-The Jaik'ran as a people tend to be of the mind to live life fast and hard, taking in everything that is pleasurable with reckless abandon. The jungles have been hard on them but they have survived, life has been hard on them, they have survived what ever is ahead, they will survive. There is never a time when the guard is let down, lest they be struck by the unexpected and decimated. Calculating and brutal in most senses, but with an inner soul that delights in the simple pleasures. They treasure adaptivity over all other things save stealth.
-As a clan their shared features tend to dark haired and deeply tanned skin. They prefer their hair long and mane-like and it is their pride. To shave it is to take away his pride and to break the clansman; this is one of the worst forms of punishment that they inflict on their own save banishment into the jungle.
-It is considered an honor for them to procreate, since their clan's life depends on it. Mating is not essential for this, but a mate without a child speaks badly of the pair.
-To the right hand side of their manes, they wear their mate-locks, each woven with a length of their mate's hair twined with theirs and tied off with something of personal meaning between the pair. On that strand there are often a number of bone beads carved into the shapes of animals or plants or myths. Each bead on a mate-lock represents a child that came of that mating. To the left hand side of the mane are the child locks. These range greatly depending on the wearer's personal style, varying from simple braids with a single carved bone bead on the end to more elaborate ones that are woven with the hair of that child and also baring the same sort of bead.
-The beads themselves are linked to the one true clan trait that all members and half-breeds of this clan possess. Marked at birth by the blood of the war from which half of their heritage was stolen, all children of this clan have large and very visible birthmarks that range in placement.
-It is considered a mark of honor with the totems to have a mark that is distinguishable as an animal or plant or mythical creature. Generally children with a mark such as this, are said they are destined for greatness and their names are chosen to reflect what it is that their mark reveals about them. Some of these marks are even said to be hereditary. When the child reaches adulthood, the mark is embellished with tattooing to give it more distinctive lines and make it more visible. Those without a recognizable mark tend to opt for patterns or objects as their tattoos of adulthood.
-Until the age of 16, all children of the clan are kept clean-shaven and their hair above shoulder length.