Chronicles of Azvar: Gender Roles in Azvari Society

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    Azvari society is by necessity focused on the success of the whole rather than the individual. As such, the distinction between the roles of man and woman is minimal. Azvari looks at the capabilities of the individual before gender in terms of the role one should play. The expectation is that all members of Azvari society will contribute what they can where they are best suited. For example, if someone is strong enough and skilled enough to be a warrior, regardless of their gender, then there are no real restrictions.

    Some self-selection does occur as a result of motherhood. Limited resources means the Azvari are not seeking to greatly increase their population, though a strong emphasis is still placed on proper parenting. Since a new mother will spend much of her time caring for her newborn, it often falls to their partner to continue laboring on behalf of the family. For a time at least, this will lead to a natural separation of gender roles typical of other societies. Once the children are of a reasonable age to be left unattended, however, it is customary for the mother to return to her previous tasks.

    Inheritance in Azvari society is usually a communal affair, with the offspring being given relatively equal portions of the proceeds. For those items that cannot be easily split apart, such as land or titles, it is the duty of the deceased to determine which of their offspring is most deserving prior to their death. If the inheritance is not explicitly stated, then it falls to the eldest child, regardless of gender, by default.

    Titles in Azvari society pass from the parents to the child they determine to be most deserving. The primary focus of Azvari society is enduring the threat of the fell beasts, so there is a high value placed on military experience when it comes to choosing which child will inherit a title. As men are often better suited for military service, the majority of titled nobility in Azvar is male. It is not uncommon for a title to be passed to a favored daughter whose skills lie elsewhere, however, as military service is fraught with danger and death that often robs a family of its most experienced warriors.

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