Andrew E. Larsen
On Nov 5, 2012, at 3:37 PM, John Biles wrote:
> If the Praxians parallel Native American plains cultures, then
> 'cattle' raiding would actually be fairly ubiquitous. A crucial part
> of moving from a flunky of elders to being your own man was building
> up a herd of horses, stolen from settlers / other tribes/clans/etc.
> It is basically the only way to not just be someone's flunky until you
> die, unless you have a 'rich' father who sets you up.
> Now, this is complicated by the fact that you can't make full use of
> anything other than your tribe's totem animal. You can eat it but
> it's not a mount animal for you.
> Something I could see would be a kind of 'prisoner exchange' by the
> young men of different tribes every so often, who would trade animals
> they couldn't make 100% use of for their totem animals. This would
> enable them to build up their own herd while raiding outside their
> tribe so it doesn't disintegrate.
> They'd also steal animals from non-Praxians and eat/trade those as well.
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