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A Clan is group of Yautja, who live together in the downtime between a hunt. Clans typically live on large Spacecraft, that can be as long as a Kilometer, however they can also take residence on planets. These crafts tend to take the shape of massive oceanic creatures or predatory birds, according to the novelization of Aliens vs. Predator. The planets they reside on tend to be arid. Predators in the same clan occasionally refer to themselves as "brothers" or "brother warriors".
Even the Hish, a notable deviation from the typical Yautja, have clans.
OverviewSimilar to Humans, Predators live and function in communal groups, with some portions (usually males) operating off-world and some portions (usually females and pups) operating on Yautja Prime. These groups contain individuals who share certain characteristics, such as appearance, technological prowess, and certain customs. Though the specifics may be different, the vast majority of predators operate on an honor code that is strict, inflexible, and demands harsh redemption if broken, if redemption is offered at all. However, not all Predators appear to exist within a clan. Once Yautja reach Blooded status, they've proven they can hunt without assistance and supervision, as they've effectively become "adults" to their kin.
Like individual Predators, Clans can be hailed and distinguished. However, it is possible for an entire clan to be disgraced and banished. This could be one avenue for a Bad Blood clan to form, when the hunters therein do not end their own lives, as is expected by the Honor Code.
Is is not clear how new Yautja clans are formed, however Clan Leaders can have their places usurped via a challenge from a lower-ranked hunter. Alternatively, Leadership may be attained by acting as something of a "apprentice" towards a current Leader, as seen with Skemte and Warkha who served under Dachande. It is worth noting that there seems to be some overlap in a instructing Leader and Clan Leader. In Prey, when the Un-Blooded young males are left to fend for themselves, Tichinde violently takes charge, calling himself the new Clan Leader. He intended to design his own mark, then officialize it by etching it into his head and the heads of his "students" via Xenomorph blood, claiming them as his own.. It isn't clear if this is the typical Yautja way of founding a clan or if this method is unique to Tichinde.
Clans can also be formed out of Bad Bloods and it is likely these otherwise solitary and outcast hunters come together to increase their survival against the mainstream, honorable hunters. The Super Predator Clan and Killers are two clan comprised of Bad Bloods and both of them are in perpetual conflict with other, more traditional clans. The conflict between the Super Predators and Jungle Hunter Clan is referred to by Ronald Noland as a "blood feud".
Membership and Rank
It is unknown if Yautja are born into their clans or if they join or are selected by them once they demonstrate a certain level of finesse. Both these scenarios may be true; Dachande and Nei'hman-de had known each other since childhood, despite having different mothers and would be together constantly until the latter's death during his Blooding ritual. The novelization of Aliens vs. Predator describes Scar, Celtic, and Chopper -- also siblings -- as being "teenagers", going through a ritual to be seen as adults in the eyes of their fellow Clanmates. The comparison is made to human tribes, in which being a born Clan member may be a likely possibility. Even the Elite Clan has Young Bloods.
Clans are led by Clan Leaders; usually the oldest, strongest Yautja, often an Elder, who shares his power with his mate, the Matriarch. Below them are the Elites of the clan, one of whom takes power should he die for any reason, though he may be challenged by his peers before he is accepted.
Some clans are thought to have a monarchy. Prince is said to be from such a Clan, hence his name. Vassili Rykov notes that the markings on Prince's mask is different than his clan-mates; they are more ornamental. Machiko Noguchi also runs into a hunter in Hunter's Planet that is far too young to be getting the respect some much older predators get. She suspects he is either highborn or particularly skilled. Tli'uukop was a teacher of Blooded hunters who came from esteemed bloodlines, indicating that some Yautja are born with privileges that some more common born pups are not, such as specialized mentorship.
Clans do take members from other species, typically after being impressed by their skill. Machiko was one such human. Lex Woods also killed a Queen Alien with Scar, who marked her as a Blooded warrior shortly beforehand. However, unlike Machiko, she was not invited to accompany the hunters on their ship meaning Clan Leaders likely do this at their discretion.
- "A female will hunt for trophies, but the reasoning is different. Dominance, the ability to prove they can defend their worlds, or perhaps to attract a stronger mate are all reasons they would choose to venture out."
- ―Prodos description of the Female Predator
Females are present in a clan, likely making up a majority of it's homeworld population, but as far as Packs and hunting go, are rare. There is only one known female Clan Leader, called Hashori. Wendigo, Vagouti, Big Mama, and Sister Midnight are all female Yautja who are Blooded or better hunters. The former two are definitely clan affiliated and the rest, as blooded hunters who have presumably gone through the Rite of Passage, are presumably clan affiliated as well.
The vast majority of females do not hunt, instead staying on and protecting their homeworld as Matriarchs. Yautja society is described as being matriarchal-- while males lead clans off-planet, females rule them at home as well as rearing young yautja.
The apparent rarity of female hunters is never explained, however male Yautja only ever mention them in relation to mating and child-rearing, to the point where a slang term for a female is "Lou-te kalei"-- child maker. That being said, Machiko mostly hears them spoken of in a respectful manner. Child-bearing and rearing could be their primary role in society; to make strong pups who would hopefully grow into strong warriors. However, females do not appear to be disallowed to hunt and it doesn't even appear to be frowned upon. Unlike males, female Yautja are never shown proving their worth as potential mates, which is one motivation of the Hunt. They simply choose a male to sire their young when the season comes about; because of this, there would be little incentive to partake in a Hunt aside from personal glory. It is common for a male to have several females in a harem and esteemed males can have nearly 100 offspring. It is possible that Yautja raise their children communally, as Dachande and his brother grew up together in constant company despite having different mothers.
One possible explanation for the lack of female hunters is the simple lack of drive for the hunt. Young males are often violent, impulsive, and near suicidally-overconfident; they're rash enough to challenge and even try to kill their teachers. This appears to be an intrinsic characteristic of male Yautja, as it is present in young male pups. Even older male Yautja find their charges a handful and must frequently use ridicule, violence, or threats of violence and dishonor to keep them in line. Female pups are never characterized, however Dachande notices the lack of rashness and impulsivity in Machiko. Along with her intelligence, and mammary glands, he concludes that she must be female as he believes that the females of a species are generally smarter than the males. This may suggest Yautja females have a similar disposition and while this doesn't disqualify them as potential hunters, it does mean they lack the inclination to hunt both socially and biologically. This could also explain why the few female Yautja encountered are high-ranking; males must grow out of their bloodlust in order to become thoughtful, methodical hunters. Females are born with this state of mind and do not have to achieve it, giving them a head-start.
According to Prey, a derogatory name whispered by males about females means "child maker". This may suggest most females do little to no hunting, but do the child-rearing instead. This also reflects the common Yautja opinion that any Predator who cannot or does not hunt, with very few exceptions, is not a true Predator and worthy of ridicule. A unarmed female is strong enough to match an armed, excellent male warrior in battle, however, so even an unwise hunter never says this to a female's face.
Clans themselves seem to have high or lower status in relation to the other clans. The Elite Clan, for instance, were an exalted group of legendary hunters who outrank and outperform most other clans. They themselves were only subordinate to the Council of Ancients, who ruled Predator society as a whole. The Dark Blade Clan was well known for it's highly advanced weapons, but likely lost some standing after one it's members, called Scarface, allowed Yautja technology to fall into human hands.
There is little evidence that clans interact extensively, however some clans are more well known that others. It isn't unknown for the Council to pit two Clans unknowingly against each other to determine the stronger faction and some clans have broken out into full-scale-wars, often over conflicts of ideology or due to lengthy blood feuds.
Within clans, there may be groups of related individuals. Most prominently, these are brothers or young males and their fathers. Female relations are not described. The general attitude of honor and glory is more intense among family members. For example, a poor performance for a prospective male hunter may reflect poorly on his father and the male in question may be punished for it. There is also at least one example of a Monarchy in a clan, with Prince being a highborn of his respective people.
Parent-offspring relationships are not at all affectionate. A sire, more than anyone else, expects his children to be fine hunters and will not shed a tear for any who fail. This can be seen in how Dachande's father sharply corrects his surviving son for showing concern for the death of his brother, Nei'hman-de. However, sibling-sibling relationships can be closer. Celtic, Chopper, and Scar were three brothers who hunted together in Antarctica. When Chopper was slain by Grid, Celtic was enraged at his younger brother's death and tried to kill the alien to avenge him. Chopper himself looked up to and often tried to impress his elder brother, Celtic. Neither brother seemed to have an especially close relationship to Scar, who didn't seem to react much to their deaths and was more of a loner.
Dachande and his brother Nei'hman-de were very close, often celebrating together over C'ntlip, despite the fact that they only shared a sire and had different mothers. After Nei'hman-de's death, Dachande is coerced into feeling nothing for his brother's death by his father and eventually grows cold to his passing, feeling his brother is a "loser". Even so, Dachande still occasionally thought about his deceased sibling.
- ↑ AVP: Novel, Page 82
- ↑ Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, p. 223
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftzTOGbJLDw&index=5&list=PLfcy2N1YzghcDR7UuPQvHyY47jwlcbO1e
- ↑ Prey, Page 105
- ↑ https://shop.prodosgames.com/home/356-predator-elders.html
- ↑ https://shop.prodosgames.com/home/396-elite-predators.html
- ↑ Aliens vs. Predator: Hunter's Planet
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- ↑ Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, Page 34
- ↑ Aliens vs. Predator: War (novel), p. 22
- ↑ Aliens vs. Predator: Hunter's Planet
- ↑ Aliens vs. Predator: Prey
- ↑ Predator: If It Bleeds
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- ↑ Predator: If It Bleeds
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n49k229kxMQ
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