Family Structure

  • Each and every family is concerned with one thing: climbing the Caste ladder.
  • Each transaction is presided over by the Oniwabanshu that checks and verifies the genetics of the potential spouses
  • Given the nature and wide-spread use of the Iron Womb, it is easy (if jendr) to steal genetic material from one family or another.
    • In situations where the spouses aren’t consensual, they still have to submit the combination to the Oniwabanshu or face dire consequences
      • It is easiest for women to “steal” semen from males after sex
        • While the theft of female eggs isn’t unheard of, it is much more difficult requiring access to Familial holdings and Iron Wombs
  • Marriage
    • Can be for love
    • Can be a political (inter familial) maneuver
    • Can be a way to increase genetic diversity
    • It is not a merging of two families. The individual is always subsumed by the whole
    • Implicit in the marriage is that it is a trade
      • Could be a 1:1 trade (a woman for a woman, man for a man, woman for a man)
      • Could be an exchange of gametes (eggs or sperm)
      • Could be the promise of a child of their union
    • The subsumed party leaves their past family behind and takes on all the responsibilities and dreng of the new family
    • However, increasing dreng of the old family can raise the subsumed’s status within the new family
    • Common practice at all levels of society
    • Marriage Oddities
      • High Caste to Low Caste marriage
        • Marriage is used if they want a child or an exchange of person in return
        • The member that is married into a lower caste is known as a down-spouse
          • A negative connotation
          • A down-spouse is not married to anyone in particular and can get mixed around in the family
        • Why would either family do this?
          • The high Caste family gets rid of their problem child.
            • They are rebellious
            • They have fallen towards jendr (and took the family with them)
            • They test poorly during Proofs
            • They are unskilled in their specific Caste (differs from testing poorly)
            • They elect to change families
            • The low caste family introduces “better” genetics into their family line.
          • Better genetics means the children will have a better chance to rise up the Caste ladder and bring the family along with them.
          • Benefits the higher Caste family because they remove “bad” genes from their family line.
      • Low Caste to High Caste marriages
        • A rare occurrence
        • A high caste family may elect to marry a particularly skilled or tallented person
        • There is of course a trade
    • Iron Womb
      • A member of the Water Kazuko, Scientist Caste created an “in home” grow tank called an “Iron Womb.” Women wouldn’t be limited to one child every 9 months. A quick trip to the Medic’s would net several thousand human eggs, which could be easily inserted into the tank for storage. When a man inserted his semen, the tank would automatically combine the best of what was available, and in 6 months, a new child would be “born.”
        • Children born of an Iron Womb are not considered GVGLs, they were true, if scientifically accelerated and selected, Humans.
      • Some families use the Iron Womb to keep their most prized and drengin family members “alive.” They use the eggs or sperm from an honored family member and combine it with a living (or other dead but dreng person’s) egg or sperm. It creates strange genetic lines.
    • Family lines must be registered with, and are tracked by, the Genetic Council to ensure that families don’t inbreed