A droga, or clan, is the primary unit of Stenza society, and serves a handful of key functions:
- They raise the pups born to the women of the clan
- They serve as the touchstone for organizing the Stenza military
- They subdivide internal management of Stenza affairs
The droga is an extended family, and it is very common for members to know, or know of, other members (their "cousins"). Within this group, it is also common for there to be other forms of connection to bind people together, such as blood brotherhood, being Litter Mates, and the interplay between the two. In almost all clans it can be proven genetically that individuals are related closely enough that marriage within a clan is ill-advised. (The incest taboo applies to blood siblings across clan lines, interestingly enough.) In military matters, the most prized attribute is whether or not an individual or small group can advance the goals of the unit more broadly, rather than the ability of the individual to follow orders (as in other cultures). It was once said,
Nothing succeeds like success.And this carries over into the military. Competent people are given the task of training newer recruits who want to pursue that particular career, and such training is only modified in the case of people with transferrable skills, such as Medical Doctors in certain cases. The distinction is applied in strange ways when it comes to applications for leadership of the Stenza at large, since in theory the challenge is meant to find people who can adapt to strange, unfamiliar challenges (such as a hostile environment), or who have moral fiber (in the case of the fringe method of killing the current leader in order to protect someone or a home territory), but usually results in finding the baddest, most self-centered people around.
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