Although the Frother Clans differ significantly from
each other, a number of similarities exist.
All Clans are ruled by a Clan Lord (or Lady),
although the titles differ; in most Clans, the position is hereditary,
though two Clans determine the successor during a Great Cailidh
(Assembly) which all members of the Clan attend. In addition, most
Clans also have mechanisms which allow another Clan member to contest
the ruler's title if certain conditions are fulfilled. The outcome
of these contests will usually be determined by combat.
Warriors tend to be held in the highest esteem
by all of the Clans, since fighting for the Clan (usually a a SLA
Operative) is considered to be the most honorable occupation a man
or woman (gender is of little importance in most Frother Clans -
the Claymore has become a very convincing tool of feminism) can
have. Those Clans which have a hereditary, quasi-monarchical system
will also have a sort of nobility, which will possess a higher social
status. Although other professions do exist, most Frothers concentrate
on their fighting skills. After all, that's what they're best at.
Why bother with all those tedious administrative tasks - SLA Industries
is always very happy to take care of that.
The Clan's substructure consists of Septs. Septs
are Frother families which belong to the Clan, with the oldest male
or female warrior normally being the main authority. A lot of Septs
still retain their family names, although they belong to the Clan
and are fully fledged members (recognizable by looking at the Tartan).
Thus, a Frother's name might be O'Connor, although he wears the
Day-to-day affairs will usually be settled within the
Sept (subsidiarity principle). If a major problem arises that cannot
be solved within the Sept, the issue will be handed over to the
Clan Lord or his Counselors (if any) who will then try to find a
settlement. Frequently, settlements or trials will involve tests
of willpower and physical prowess (Slosh drinking, mutual headbutting
or Claymore duels to the death, depending on the seriousness of
Members of all Clans sport various Clan-Symbols to show
their affiliation. The most important symbol is the Tartan-cloth.
Frothers can distinguish each other by simply looking at each other's
kilts and scarfs (to most other people, all tartans look the same).
Most Frother's are also heavily tattoed. Most of the time a Frother's
DNA Hallmarks will hint his Clan and Sept affiliation, any passage
rites he has gone through etc. The majority of Frothers will always
display some feature that shows their Clan affiliation. Kilts are
very common although many frothers wear fashionable variants over
ther normal trousers (MCT is just too darn cold and wet for skirts
and they do not go too well with heavy armour).