Daoine Power Structures
The Daoine generally see themselves as equals. Most do not hold themselves above the masses. There are exceptions of course, but they are generally those that have expectations from living among the Obrex upper classes. Those that garner respect through their own achievements get recognized from within, by being given gifts, and the best spots in town to call home. Those that have lived long lives, and have great wisdom, are commonly referred to as the Elders. Druids, having vastly different lives than those of the common man, are often given this title honorarily, no matter the age.
Those seen as Elders will get space at the highest point in a village to plant down roots. They oversee the whole village and generally are in control as a council to direct the village as a whole. If the village does not have an Elder Council, then the highest location is generally given to those of the highest status in the village, the breadwinners, the hunters, the healers. In Sos peine, the hunter’s lodge occupies the highest position in the small hunter-gatherer village because they are the primary source of food and income for the village. The healer’s lodge in the same village occupies the next strata as they help those that come from all around to receive aid.
In Wolfpine, a mixed Obrex Daoine town that consists mostly of Daoine fisherman, and Obrex docksmen. The highest position consists of the Elders of Wolfpine as well as the Wolf Druid. They together make up the highest strata. The second highest being those that are the most experienced fishermen, and the most well achieving. The Obrex houses in this community tend to not follow the strata ruling, but rather sit among somewhere around the middle of the Daoine hierarchy. They do not have the same ability to move among the social hierarchy, but they are a very stable position for those of uneven status to marry into. This stability is important to some, but families can still fall into ill repute if they don’t perform adequately at their given profession in the community.
The houses and the material they are built out of also reflect somewhat on the power structure due to the mutable nature of them. They are built out of simple plank walls, with cobbled foundations and chimneys. Glass windows are not often if ever included since the changing nature of the houses makes it hard to keep a suitable location for glass to safely reside. The houses are made to change size based upon the number of children currently in the household, as well as how well their trade is doing. If someone needs more space to work, the house will be expanded as others shrink inwards. Seasonal work is often either kept in a secondary work location or in areas of other seasonal workers so that their homes are not constantly changing. The changes in size are generally for years to come and are only altered when big, sustained increases in business happens, or a child enters or leaves the home.