That's easy, she united all the mercinary tribes in chel in existence at that time there has been plenty of time for new mercenary groups to arise, move in from various other cities ect.
Very good point,
Plus, come to think of it, sources saying she united all the merc groups are probably just oversimplifying for convenience sake.
They have non-val nobles, or vassal houses. So yeah, Syph's house would have been noble, but not Val. Sunny and Pitdragon kinda explained it here when Sharp and I were fighting about commoners vs Vals and Sharen inbreeding if they were all Val (turns out they arent), which led to us being informed there was a third class of people - Non-Val nobles.
Very interesting. I had been under the impression that Val was just the Drow word for noble, I didn't know it was a specific rank.
Since non-Val nobles are referred to that often, i am going to assume they have a rather nebulous place in society.
Im not saying they dont have "associated commoners" of some sort, but they're not clanswomen from what we've heard/seen -those are all noble, greater(Val) or lesser. And again, all of their nobles are first and foremost , warriors. Which isnt to say in a warrior based clan system that even a Sullisin noble wouldnt be expected to know how to fight, its just that because thats not their principle specialty, its an after thought( a really big one in a Sullies case ). Like say a Sulli studied martial arts as a teenager for a few years and maybe uses it as a way to keep fit, but said Sulli is principally a teacher of healing arts after a long career as a doctor. Conversely you might have a Sharen who was a healer, but ever since they could hold a sword they were taught how to use it, and while being a doctor's nice, its something they learned after they spent years fighting, or as an adjunct to their fighting. When and if the Sharen laps a few centuries, she might teach the healing arts but chances are it will be as applicable to the battlefield, rather than private practice. And since this teacher/healer of the Sharen wont actually age much, in times of war she's going to show up on the battlefield and be counted, where as the Sulli professor wont -thats what the Tiger Knights(and the Sarghress) are for.
Good analysis, I agree...
Matter of fact, in one of the DayDream stories, Sarv shunned one of her daughters for being a bookworm instead of a warrior if I remember correctly. Now, Sarv has been referred to as a control freak so she is probably more prone to doing that an most Sharen.
They seem to be herders. If theyre nomads, they could wander over world -graze their animals & gather stuff and then disappear back into the mists to regenerate their mana. They can also easily raid human settlements for goods.
Good point again. Though the underground doesn't strike me as good for grazing, outside of Mim anyway. Course, moving towards the surface can help with that.
Though speaking of economic lifestyles...I wonder what the average commoner does for a living?
In most feudal societies, the vast majority of people would be farmers, but Chel has little farmland and the drow's need to live in cities to keep their mana up wouldn't let them be farmers anyway.
In an industrial society, most people would be factory workers, but I don't think the drow mass produce anything. And even with all their fancy golem tech, I can't call them industrialized - after all, every golem is hand made, not mass produced.
In a post-industrial society, most people have jobs related to service and information, but I think that requires a certain amount of wealth and leisure that they don't have in Chel. Naquar, sure, but Chel...
Maybe that is why there are so many mercenaries.