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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:46 pm


.:. Leadership .:.

There is no monarchy or any real leading order in this pride. There is no king and queen mated pair, chief, matriarch, patriarch, or anything like that.

The pride instead is more or less a member-run pride with an invisible hierarchy built within the ranks. The one rank that may be considered closest to a leader is the Mama, who is the oldest and wisest female in the pride. Aside from her, the members who perhaps have the most say in matters (though all members have a say in decision-making) are the oldest, most experienced pride members within each of the ranks.



.:. Hierarchy .:.


While two individual SoA who hold the same rank may be seen as equals on that level, there is a generally acknowledged hierarchy within the ranks. For example, a newly-appointed Medsen Fey is obviously going to look up to a very experienced, older Medsen Fey, and try to learn all they can from them.

There is no gender hierarchy. The pride members value each other like family and certainly don't go around looking down on someone based on if they're male or female. That's just not how they look at things.

The older, more experienced pride members are the ones who help to train and teach the younger ones who are newer to their ranks. Older Mambo will teach younger Mambo, existing Poupe will share stories of experience with newer Poupe, and so on. There is a hierarchy within the ranks, and everyone works together to train the new generation and help to keep the pride running smoothly.



 
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:49 pm


Mama: Usually the eldest female in the pride, the Mama is greatly respected, and all of the pride helps to look after her. Whether she is a Mambo, Caplata, or any other rank, she is the strongest spiritually in the pride, because she has the most experience. She has no control over anything, but the pride members understand the importance of wisdom with age, so she is sought after for constant advice and spiritual guidance. The Mama also helps to train the younger generation in any of the ranks. Many of the pride members who do not have family due to death or separation will look to her as their mother, so the Mama has many "adopted" children. She is a highly regarded and respected individual, and you would be wise to bow your head when graced with her motherly presence.


Houngan: These are the male priests in the pride. Houngan are able to summon Loa, ordain other male lions as Houngan, perform rituals, give blessings, perform funerals, and are ultimately responsible for spiritually training the younger males. They are the "good" priests and usually do not like involving themselves with the darker Loa and more risky rituals. They are usually mostly pleasant souls, but there are, of course, exceptions.


Mambo: These are the female priests of the pride. Mambo do all that Houngan do. They spiritually train the females in the pride, and they are capable of ordaining other females as Mambo.


Bokor: These lions are just like Houngan and Mambo, only they specialize in "black" magic. They are sorcerers. They are usually not without bad intentions, and are normally seen as being just a tad (or way more than a tad) dark and malevolent. They enjoy the company of crueler Loa, and are not above tricking and cheating someone to get what they want, or even just for amusement. Many of them are said to have sold their own souls to the Petro Loa for more power--considered the greatest, most favored offering to the Petro Loa, and definitely one that would earn you a lifetime of dark powers. But they can be either mean, nice (but kind of sly--none of them are ever truly kind, no matter what), downright cruel, playful, or completely solitary. So the personality type isn't set in stone, but the obviously aren't going to be nice, smiling, and happy--they're darker, more sinister, no matter how they portray themselves on the outside. Many would suggest you watch your step around them--they tend to have silver tongues.


Caplata: See the above! They are exactly the same as a Bokor, only female. The only noteworthy difference is that many Caplata use their female wiles to get others to do as they wish...


Medsen Fey: Also known as Leaf Doctors, this rank is for those who specializes in herbal remedies, healing, and health. These particular pride members have a special relationship with familiars, even monkeys and baboons, who help them to gather ingredients and help mix their concoctions.


Poupe: The translation of this rank means "puppet/doll". These are the lions who are considered able to be possessed by Loa and the spirits of deceased ancestors during a summoning ceremony. They are average individuals, for the most part, who participate in hunting along with the Gathers, and also help with a multitude of miscellaneous tasks whenever needed. However, they are slightly revered in that they are the ones "chosen" by the Loa to be possessed and used as vessels. (Whether your SoA truly believes and feels it or just pretends to be possessed is up to you...)


Gatherer: These are the lions who hunt to provide food for the pride. They are also the ones who collect living sacrifices for the summoners. They are skilled in the art of the hunt, as well as the strange art of shepherding live animals back to the pride. While they are normally the bulk of the pride, this is by no means a dull, "normal" rank--Gatherers are highly skilled hunters and shepherds, possess a vast amount of knowledge about wildlife species and plants, know in and outside the pride lands like the backs of their paws, and since they gather live animals, plants, and various objects for required spiritual tasks. They are highly in-tune with the Loa. When all of the Gatherers get together and head out into the wild, it can be quite a spooky image.


Pèseptè: Maybe by now you're wondering, "How do these guys get the bones and hair from the dead? Do the Gatherers do it?" Nope. Gatherers deal in living animals and hunting for food. Meaning "collector", Pèseptè are the ones who collect the bones and such from the dead. That means they go out into the land sort of scavenging for the rotting corpses of pride members who were left in their Dead Places, and they also dig deep into any Hounfor to collect what they can or what is needed, as well. No one can say how the Pèseptè feel about death and living as a result of their close proximity to disfigured corpses--that's up to the individual. Generally, though, most pride members seem a little uneasy around the Pèseptè. Their task is not often spoken of, but they are highly respected. The only ones who seem truly comfortable with them are the various priest/ess members, but even some of them may look at Pèseptè in an off-put way. The Pèseptè, as in most ranks, come in all personalities, but their rank does have the stereotype of being the "quiet, creepy" type. In a nutshell, their rank is to provide the priestly SoA and Shrinekeeps with items from the dead required for various types of ceremonies, as well as other more simple objects like a type of feather, stone, or trinket of some kind.
Just like Poupe, while they do have their own special tasks to perform, they may also help in anything that needs help, including hunting or anything else.


Shrinekeep: Most commonly female, the Shrinekeeps tend to the different Hounfor, keeping them tidy and making sure there are always a few offerings around that pertain to each particular Loa's likes. They carry their gifts to the spirits in bangles and bands around their forearms or satchels and place these gifts at the Hounfor by pulling the offering out gently with their teeth, then positioning it around the Hounfor. They are seen as pure and peaceful individuals, never having fiery tempers or speaking sharp words. It is not unusual for a Shrinekeep to never take on a mate, since many of them, being so close to the spirits, choose to devote their lives to serving them.


Guard: While the entire pride helps to look out for each other, a specific rank is offered for those whose sole wish is to protect the pride territory and its members. Males and females take on this rank, though usually the female guards are a bit larger and stronger than the average lioness. However, it's not uncommon for there to be a small or thin female (or male) guard, as it is considered helpful to have very fast, agile bodies for times when quick warnings are needed. There is true camaraderie among members of this rank, and they treat each other like military brothers. Communication between guards is thick, not always requiring vocal messages. They train with one another physically and also in the strange art of attempting to read one another's thoughts, which is helpful when taking down an enemy without notice or going to silently investigate potential disturbances. They normally circle the borders of the pride's territory, but there are some who remain within the heart of the pride to keep things safe there, as well. There is no stereotypical personality type for Guards--they can be anything, as long as they do their job well.


Little One: These are the cubs of the pride. They don't have any responsibilities other than having fun and just being cubs. All the pride members help to look after them if need be, but it is mostly the parents who watch over their own cubs.

When a cub reaches the juvenile age, they begin to get a good idea of where they want to go in life, and from there they are taught by the more experienced individuals of the rank they show an interest in. They take on the rank name they are pursuing at the juvenile stage, but obviously they are not a full-fledged whatever they are yet! Really, the offspring don't get a huge say in what they train in. They are encouraged to decide for themselves, but in this pride, the parents (with some feedback from other pride members or elders) would decide what rank is best for their offspring, and the youth would train in that rank.



 

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:56 am


Species allowed in: Lions, cheetahs, leopards, hybrids, and accepted familiar species (with a bonded only). Any other species are not permitted to join.

Colors: There are no color restrictions in this pride. Anything goes.

Pre-existing members: If you have a blank slate and you want him/her to be a pre-existing member (born in the pride), that's fine. Just make sure you make that clear in the "what's their story?" section. Additionally, you can also have an older member who wasn't born in the pride. "New member" doesn't have to mean just-off-the-boat new. These SoA could have joined a while back--they just weren't born-in. However long ago your SoA joined is up to you. But remember, since this pride hasn't been accepting non-lions for very long, it wouldn't make sense to say your cheetah is a very old member of the pride.



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[size=9][b].:. NEW MEMBER .:.[/b]


[b]Owner's Name:[/b] 
[b]SoA's Name:[/b]
[b]Image:[/b] [url=]xXx[/url]
[b]Rank:[/b]
[b]Parents:[/b] ? x ?
[b]Personality:[/b]
[b]What's their story?:[/b] (Doesn't have to be long. Just why they're joining or how long have they been in the pride and brief history, etc.)[/size]



Cub form: If your SoA had a litter, use this form for however many cubs are staying in/joining the pride. Remember to come back and update your cub's info once they reach the juvenile stage and take on their rank name.


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[size=9][b].:. CUBS .:.[/b]


[b]Owner's Name:[/b] 
[b]Cub's Name:[/b]
[b]Image:[/b] [url=]xXx[/url]
[b]Name of Parents:[/b] (Father) x (Mother)
[b]Personality:[/b]

[b]Owner's Name:[/b] 
[b]Cub's Name:[/b]
[b]Image:[/b] [url=]xXx[/url]
[b]Name of Parents:[/b] (Father) x (Mother)
[b]Personality:[/b]

[b]Owner's Name:[/b] 
[b]Cub's Name:[/b]
[b]Image:[/b] [url=]xXx[/url]
[b]Name of Parents:[/b] (Father) x (Mother)
[b]Personality:[/b] [/size]



 
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:57 am


Did something about your SoA change? Just fill out the form with the necessary information and post it here.

Additionally, if your member is leaving the pride for whatever reason, just post here saying so along with their name and image. Adding a brief explanation on why they're leaving is optional.



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[size=9][b].:. UPDATE .:.[/b]


[b]Owner's Name:[/b]
[b]SoA's Name:[/b]
[b]Image:[/b] [url=]xXx[/url]
[b]Rank:[/b]
[b]Parents:[/b] ? x ?
[b]Personality:[/b] [/size]



 

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:03 pm
Lazarus will be leaving permanently as he was thralled into the stormborn on one of his gathering outings.  
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