|Superior To:||Young Blood|
|Subordinate To:||Clan Leader|
|Next Rank:||Clan Leader(Presumably)|
In Yautja society, a Leader is a seasoned Blooded warrior tasked with leading packs of Un-Blooded and Young Blood hunters down the path of the warrior. Sometimes, even Blooded predators of sufficiently high rank and status will train newly blooded Yautja in a particular area of the hunt, be it methods or weapons.
OverviewOnce a hunter has reached a certain level of prestige and skill, he eligible to take up duties as a leader of younger, inexperienced, unskilled hunters. Leaders are first Adjutants, or second-in-commands, who are chosen from and learn at the feet of an existing Leader. A Leader is charged with teaching large groups of students the basics of hunting and fighting. To this end, Unblooded are meant to spar against one another and practice with weapons. Occasionally, this sparring can be lethal for the students, who prefer it this way. It is in a teacher's best interest to properly train his charges, as their prowess and skill reflects back on himself. Yautja teachers run the gamut from hard-but-fair to using threats and humiliation to whip their charges into shape. According to Dachande, a leader can became a "Leader of Leaders" and this was something both he and his brother Nei'hman-de aspired to do since they were pups. Particularly good leaders who come under the scrutiny of the clan's Elders could be raised to the rank of Clan Leader. Leaders themselves are not Clan Leaders; they take orders, for example, from higher sources.
Leaders are known to be very popular with females; Dachande sired over 80 offspring before his death and Nat'ka'pu was said to have a harem of wives waiting for him after every hunt. One of Lar'nix'va's main interests in being a Leader was siring many pups, something his short stature was impeding his success with. Leaders are also expected to be obeyed and respected, even if disobedience produces better results. However, given how tiresome young males are to train and how inevitable it is that they snap and challenge at the slightest provocation, most teachers will overlook insubordination a certain degree.
According to Dachande, many leaders focus on the importance of hunting with the assistance of a Cloak and proficiency with a Burner. However, others emphasize things such as the natural prowess a hunter has from using his body's natural weapons alone. A Leader may have a Queen Alien captive on his ship with the purpose of seeding a world so that his students may hunt her offspring. A Leader is measured by how many of his students are still alive and hunting; Dachande was said to have trained hundreds of young males and only lost a few dozen, most of whom died due to disobedience.
Dealing with overconfident, bloodthirsty males dumb enough to challenge a vastly superior Blooded warrior is par for the course for Leaders. Even so, Leader tolerance varies. Some use violence or threats and humiliation to maintain control on aggressive young males. Others will even go so far as to kill their students if they cross a line too far. Sometimes, it isn't about disrespect. If a Unblooded challenges his leader and loses, the Leader is within his right to slay the student. This is not an unreasonable outcome in the eyes of the Yautja.
When a Queen is needed in order to seed hunts in the future, a Leader will select among the strongest and most skilled of his Un-Blooded warriors to participate in a high-dangerous Queen Hunt. This is said to be a great honor, even to be placed at the bottom of that particular hunting pack.
- Dachande's mark is a lightning bolt, similar to clan who hunted in Antarctica in 2004. However, while their mark holds possible religious significance, Dachande's may not be so.