Known Habits and Customs of the Fidelli
The Fidelii are descended from old Imperial humans left behind during the last Great Plague. Their exposure to the horrors of the Plague left them with a dramatic hatred of anything Chaos-tainted. At first, they formed in traditional clan structures by last name. Over time, destruction of entire tribes by evil forces, or through absorption by other clans has reduced the number of clans from several hundred down to only a dozen or so scattered tribes.
Rulership and Governance
Fidelii tribes are governed by the chief, who takes the name of his tribe. (For example, Krondal is now also known as Chief Ludwig after besting their chief.) The most common way to rise to chieftan is through ritual challenges of up to 4 persons—the chief and up to 3 friends. The challenged chief picks the number who shall fight, if he accepts the challenge.
The chief is an absolute ruler of sorts, but if he rules against the will of his tribe, he may find himself challenged more frequently. A chief may not refuse a challenge from one within his own tribe, but he may freely refuse challengers by outsiders. If these outsiders are another Fidelli tribe, this frequently leads to war.
Typically, whoever wins the challenge adopts the name of the challenged leader and his clan immediately becomes identified by the new name. However, if the challenger was more powerful, he will frequently keep his own clan’s name instead.
Attitudes Towards Magic
Magic is pure, unadulterated evil. If you even so much as speak of magic without the appropriate tone of disgust, Fidelii may attack ruthlessly.
Other Cultural Notes
A Fideli that no longer wishes to be in his tribe can voluntarily leave it. He becomes “Unspoken”, as there is no one to speak up for him should he be killed. If he wishes he may attempt to join another clan, but this is usually an arduous process that takes several years. In the meantime, he has no home and no protection. It is forbidden for Unspoken to band together, even for an evening so it is not commonly a burden chosen by married Fideli.
“Clear days are auspicious.” Specifically, when a visitor comes and arrives on a clear day (which happens every 9-13 days), his words are given more weight and viewed more favorably than otherwise.