Shgon Dunstan wrote: Smokehammer wrote:
Actually I suggested that Ariel was Sharen thanks to Zhor in a Live Stream and Kern was like (paraphrase) "no way, he was just a soldier from Sharess' kingdom", which I attempted to equate with being at least a lesser noble of the Sharen and if he couldve thrown spaghetti at me, he probably would've.
Well technically speaking... Aren't
the soldiers members of the clan?
Not that it much matters. He could of been a goldfish, hell he could of been Sharess
, and it wouldn't effect what Ariel "is" is drow culture all that much, and it's not like she herself is just going to go "Oh wait, I have Sharen blood? Well, that changes everything
Technically speaking, there weren't clans as we know them today.
Before Sharess's death, there were large Dark Elven empires/kingdoms that covered the whole southern half of the continent. Zhor wasn't a member of Sharess's "clan" the same way a British soldier isn't a member of the British queen's "clan".
When Sharess evacuated the Dark Elves to the Underworld, it was mostly the ruling class with their retinues who followed her orders, the rest being left behind; it was a chaotic time, the literal end of the world, everything was collapsing on their heads, so when the rulers received her instructions they could only gather and organize so much people, and their own families and servants had preference over the rest, of course...
So, when they arrived to Chel, there was an abnormally high proportion of nobles among the refugees. Those hogged the resources and food for themselves and their loyal soldiers (the nobles becoming the first Vals, the soldiers founding the first subhouses), while the servants became the commoners.
The original nine Great Clans were each made of the renmants of one of the nine Dark Elven kingdoms destroyed by the demonic invasions, and hence, everybody was adscribed to a clan. At the beginning everybody in Chel was either a Val member of a Great Clan, a soldier in service of those Vals, or a servant to those Vals.
However when the Dark Elves became Drow, perfectly adapted to life in the underground, their numbers started to swell, and the clans started to use their own children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren to fill all the posts in the army and administration, discarding and kicking out all the (non-noble) useless mouths, creating the clanless masses of Chel. Also, some clans were destroyed, their commoner members becoming clanless. And new clans rose in turn, taking the place of the fallen ones...