Why there is a designation
of Hardies and Softies I am unsure. The Softies clan has about 5 or 6 (I
think) families, but I am unsure as to why they separate families. For
all of them are concerned with clothing.
The People of the Clans
The clans are the main
group of people who live in Vally. They have little power in the land and
are the mostly to do the will of the Man or Stance Mans. Some of the people
of the clans find favor with the people in charge and are give a position
within their family of some power. These people are known as Dept Mans.
The Softies and the Hardies
The two clans, from what
I have found with my research, used to have several designated family names
within them. But those names have long been forgotten. The territories
have been kept though and a family lives within each territory. Each family
is in charge of some aspect of life within Vally. But these families are
not hereditarial. The head of each family is called a Dept Man. This is
probably in keeping with the designation of power in the Mans name, which
is given by the Man. These families are constantly changing, seemingly
at the whim of anyone of the Stance Mans.
The Hardies clan is much
more diverse than the softies. All of the families in this clan are in
charge of different things. There are families in charge of entertainment,
hunting, agriculture, holidays, dishes and utensils, crafts, cleaning,
precious gems, literacy and writing, health, beauty, building and fixing,
footwear, personal hygiene, and home furnishing. There used to be two other
families, since technology has been lost, that have died out. One had been
in charge of strange magical boxes. The other related to big metallic and
plastic structures, with black rubber wheels.
The Dept Mans
Each Dept-Man is the head
of a family. It is their duty to ensure their territory is stocked with
items related to what they are in charge of. They also direct those in
their family to the placing of items and the up keep of their territory.