The family's priorities lie in the research and understanding of magic and its capabilities, pushing into the unknowns until those too become knowns. As a result they are not particularly picky about species, race, or other inconsequentials, not even requiring magical attunement since the lessons learned from Talija Goldaming
's example, as long as an individual has at least an interest in magic.
As a result, the only requirement for membership is that an individual be an actual member of the Goldaming family. This could be through birth, formal adoption, or marriage. Those joining the family outside of birthright are required to hold some interest in furthering magical studies but today even individuals with Unattunable Disorder
are recognized as bringing unique traits to the study and understanding of magic.
The Goldaming family therefore straddles all sentient species, even including a Feral Dragon
at one point in history. Most marrying into the family adopt the last name Goldaming, gaining the benefits of membership in the process, and marriages of convenience to gain these rights are not uncommon.
Upon divorce an individual who married into the family may retain the name provided their former spouse approves and the couple was married for at least five years. In cases where the former spouse refuses an individual may also appeal to the Council of Elders
for permission to retain the name. Due to these practice many Goldamings are not even directly related, and marriages between members of the family are fairly common.
Expulsion from the Goldaming family is rare but not unprecedented. Family members are required not only to further magical understandings but also to uphold the family name. Failure to do so results in confiscation of research notes, a removal of the individual's name from their recognized achievements, and disownment, frequently followed by execution for criminalized magic. This judgement is rare but not unprecedented, with the Soul Thief
standing as the most notable example.
Interestingly the practice of dark magic is permissible and acceptable to the Goldamings, it is only cases involving the intentional harming of innocents, a failure to evaluate the true cost of a line of research, or interfering with the soul or afterlife of an unwilling subject that seem to draw the family's ire.