Q: I've gathered that when a clan is coming together that its important to establish a Dramok first, that if a Nobek and an Imdiko wish to be clanmates they seem to need a Dramok to clan them both. Why can't an Imdiko and Nobek be clanmates out right? Why do they have to wait for the Dramok?
A: You can blame that one on politics, as well as the early drive to establish balanced clans in the first place. Clans of the three male breeds and a female were not always the order of the Empire (you can check 'The Kalquorian Empire' page for the history on that). As with any new social order, there was initially kickback against the clan system. It will come as no surprise that it was the larger number of Nobeks who weren't keen on sharing their rare Imdiko lovers or the even rarer Matara mates. And yes, the warrior majority did have the greatest opportunity to score lovers and mates due to sheer numbers.
To those in power at the time, it seemed far fairer to have the natural leaders, the Dramoks, as the so-called 'heads' of the clans and in charge of establishing the new legally mandated family units. And who were those in power for the most part, those who made that determination? The Dramoks, of course, who always make up the majority, if not the entirety, of the Royal Council. It was a Dramok emperor in power (and his Dramok heir, who headed up the first Imperial Clan) who got the ball rolling.
Yes, they were called out by the Nobeks for shifting terms in their breed's favor. However, the constant warring over the few women had taken a toll on everyone. Even Nobeks can reach a point where they're tired of shedding blood, especially Kalquorian blood. Fear of extinction on the horizon also had a hand in quelling the arguments. The Crown Prince further swayed the popular opinion by agreeing to form a clan, though it meant sharing his betrothed Matara with two other men.
That is how the clan system came to be, with the Dramok in control of creating the clan. Whew. Did you get all that?
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