Humans

Human society starts with the Kalashek Way, which is claimed to be the oldest and most enduring system in history.
The Kalashek organized their people into vocations so that everyone has a place and a purpose. There are four castes.
-The most honorable is the sage, who lives a life of study. This is seen as the highest purpose, as it is a sage who invented the Kalashek Way in the first place, bringing knowledge and enlightenment to humanity and their partner races. Mages and scholars are put into the sage caste.
-Next is the leader, who organizes the people and is responsible for their well-being. Anyone in the government (from king to town leader) is considered a leader, as well as merchants, who organize and represent the craftsmen.
-The next vocation is the craftsman, who dedicates his life to the production of goods. Artists, carpenters, masons, and farmers are considered craftsmen.
-The last and lowest vocation is the warrior, whose duty it is to fight and die in place of others. Soldiers and bodyguards are considered warriors.

At a young age, evey Kalashek child is sent to a sage, who must consult with both the child and its parents to find the natural talent that the child has. Once found, the child is declared to be part of one of the four castes, based on their aptitudes, and begins receiving training. Training means being sent to live with people in your caste. People of the same caste live together, so sending a child there to learn ensures that the child is fully immersed in their caste and that they are exposed to the many facets of that caste. Thus, the Kalashek idea of parenting leads a child to feel like they have many parents, as everyone in their learning home must act as their caretaker. It is not unusual for multiple children to be sent to one home, which further expands their “family” to include brothers and sisters in learning.

After The Return of Magic, human society split apart. The Pimen and Polaris clans (see The Hirogen) keep to this old tradition, but include priests into the sage class. The Numiri, Hesca, and Aurorans have the same “training” concept, but have no formal vocations. They essentially run a meritocracy after that.

Humans

Upstarts in Felac'Delb tablebeasti