Held together by blood ties and custom, clanspeople do the best they can to live. Egalitarian and mostly peaceful toward their neighbors, they eke out a living off the land and its rivers. But they have two threats. From within, emotions often boil over leading to extensive brawls over even the picayune. From without, they face the occasional onslaught of brigands. This latter menace, and even the thought thereof, makes them supplicate the tribes for assistance. The tribes offer clans a choice they can not refuse. In return for protection, clans must accept subjugation.