Legacy of the Kallic Diaspora
The Clan of the Red Dove
Clan of the Red Dove (Quor)
Organization Type: Clan
Heritage: 10/10 (Kallic)
Quor (Kallic Youth)
History: The clan formed out of the remnants of seven surviving families from the time before the Calamity. Historically a small, self-sufficient clan existing on the outer edges of the Kallic horde, only recently has the population exploded through progeny and adoption of the clanless. The strongest progenitor line among the Red Doves is that of the All-Mother, with strong lines of the Explorer and the Kennel-Master. The Red Dove is long known as the clan most often asked to scout new areas for Kallic habitation, having strong survival skills, mastery of hounds and knowledge of flora and fauna. It is said the Red Doves were the first to see the Big Wet. Red Dove is also known for ingenuity in industry, developing many new methods of crafting with known and discovered natural materials.
Structure: Political leadership is held by the Mother or Father Dove, chosen by a council of the five eldest able members of the clan who act further as advisors. Resigning from the leadership is considered dishonorable but the council quickly replaces disfavored leaders to maintain morale. Lengths of term as Father or Mother Dove vary widely.
The Red Doves use a loose military structure to manage a large number of small scouting parties. A reserve of half of forces kept with the main body is common both for protection and for provision of a versatile and fast fighting force at the ready to the greater Kallic purpose. While the scouting parties of the Red Doves are some of the most skilled, their reserves prevents them from covering the greater portion of the exploration duties. Their tendency to be in a forward position of the main Kallic body and often dispersed has affected their political contributions to the Kallic, being less directly involved, contributing less often, and sometimes requiring exclusion by the Kallic leadership in cases of expediency.
Culture: An ability to bear one’s own burden and endure the world with one’s own resources are highly valued in the Clan of the Red Dove. Light armor worn in pieces is typical. Bearing the cold is seen as a sign of a strong warrior, explorer and clansperson. They tend to use versatile weapons such as spears and axes. Tool mastery is a focus for the clan’s children’s education and innovation is encouraged. Those adults who do not spend part of their day exploring and gathering resources are expected to be crafting or preparing food. Wearing the evidence of one’s crafting skills is a practice of status, including tattoos and body art.
The clan practices no pair-bonding and lineage is typically traced through matrilineal lines by necessity. Child-rearing is a group responsibility and paternity is seen as an inherent part for all adults regardless of actual parentage. Mating typically involves males younger than the female.
From age three clan children are taught a defensive style of martial arts that focuses on movement and avoiding contact. Those who excel are taught offensive techniques and invited to take a primary role in defense of the clan.
Heraldry: The symbol of the clan is a rare long-tailed dove with red undertones to its plumage. The most common representation is a red profile of the bird ascending, typically tattooed on the front left shoulder. Banners are used during campaigns and periods of settlement, but seen as unnecessary during migration. These typically involve a red leather replica of a wing with actual feathers of the bird attached to the tail edge. These feathers are typically found, inherited or rewarded to clan achievers and the quantity of feathers on a banner is considered a sign of status in the clan and, to a lesser extent, favor from the ancestors.
Animal Husbandry: The Red Dove is accomplished in breeding and training of their own line of Kallic hound (commonly called “red hounds” despite typically having brown or black coats). The breed’s traits include a broad chest, bushy mane, short muzzle, wide jaw, and acute senses of smell and hearing. The line excels at guarding and tracking but is not as ideal for combat as other breeds and have a slower sprint speed on average. Pups begin training soon after their eyes open. Alerting others of danger or specific triggers, unsupervised patrolling and tracking make up the core skills of the training by the Red Dove hound masters. The red hounds are considered essential when making the long surveying excursions common to the clan.
The tribe has recently attempted to train and use birds for signaling.