Family first This has been the guiding principle of the House of Daitau since they first arrived in Mharaji. While others squabble, feud and fracture, the House of Daitau stand together. From humble beginnings as merchants and miners once lost in the Far Deep, House Daitau has come to occupy a place of wealth and power within the grand city-state of Mharaji. With their ascension to the ruling Council, the roots of House Daitau have dug deep into the city. More than ever, they have the means to look to their kin and clan. They will do anything for family. Anything.
Bonds of Blood
Never pick a fight with a Daitau. They're like Chiwara; you start something with one and the rest just come crawling out of the stone to chip in.The House of Daitau are merchant, miners and workers. Through their sprawling lines of kinship, they control a sizable chunk of Mharaji's mining and industry. Theirs is a significant presence in the Vaults and no other power within the city funds as many prospectors as they do. Despite their wealth, the Daitau are considered the weakest member of the Council and often underestimated. It makes them less of a target to the never-ending intrigue of the Enclave and leaves them free to pursue other.. More important ventures. Only those who claim kinship with the Daitau lineage has any hope of advancing within their mercantile empire, no matter their talent. Even those who marry into the family are bound to the station of their spouse, with no way either up or down. This has created something of a generational competition, where the children are the ones expected to rise (or, on occasion, fall) beyond the station of their parents. As a result, marriage is tightly controlled by Daitau elders and potential spouses are scrutinized for what they can bring not only to their spouse, but the whole family. Some have made the comparison of Daitau courting rituals to the ranches that try to breed the best Khtam and it is well deserved.
Kinslaying There is no greater sin, no more vile treachery to the Daitau than to spill the blood of kin. That is not to say it doesn't happen - the house of Daitau is vast and competition between families that seek to position their offspring to assume ever-more power is fierce. When such cases do arise, the Daitau handle such matter within the family. What they do with kinslayers is their own business and they do not share their fates with outsiders.House Daitau is not as wealthy or as powerful as it could be. It trusts few outside their own kin and this has stunted their growth in business. Partners are only considered if they can also be bound to the family by marriage, with few exception. While others hurry, the Daitau grow only as fast as their family does.
Within the sprawling family tree of the Daitau lies a dozen lesser names, of families within the family and bloodlines of great importance. The Daitau track the latter with fervor, believing that the blood carries greatness within it. While all are Daitau, the family are split into sub-families and laced with these bloodlines. Some families consist entirely of members made up of one bloodline, while other lineages are scattered throughout the family as a whole. The Daitau take great pride in both and the skulls of venerable ancestors, treated by Daitau Shikei, are housed in well-kept shrines as treasured relics.
The SohmOne of the largest and oldest, the Sohm control much of the Daitau. Wealthy and powerful, they see themselves as the guiding hand that lead the others. Unfortunately for the others, they have the means to enforce their will.
The KahrThe Kahr are warriors, bred and born to fight. Their numbers are intentionally kept small and spread out across the other families as men-at-arms, bodyguards and assassins. Marrying the Kahr is prestigious, but the Kahr elders are particularly stringent on the physical qualities of potential spouses.
The YayaiOne of the smallest families and rapidly disintegrating as members die from a terrible inherited disease, the Yayai face oblivion. Worse, their blood is considered tainted now and none will allow their kin to be married to a Yayai. They are cared for, as they are still family, but kept at arms length.
DaiMany of the Daitau belong to the bloodline of Dai, the founders. They often think of themselves as the true-blooded of the family and carry themselves with all the arrogance that comes with it. While the Sohm are all of the Dai bloodline, it can be found in every family
ZohabNo one outside the Daitau know of the Zohab bloodline. Their numbers are small, never allowed to rise or fall beyond thirteen. They are kept away from the rest of Mharaji, guarded or imprisoned. Feared and treasured.
Mharaji The greatest of all city-states, Mharaji is the largest and most populous city in the dark of the caves. House Daitau have nested in the heart of the city and count among the Council that rule it. Vibrant, vast, diverse, dangerous - Mharaji are many things, but never dull. Read more about Mharaji