To Walk in Their Footsteps
The Cloud (Traditions)
Trial of the Outsider:
The Cloud are not quick to violence but they are definitely slow to trust those outside of their clan. This is born of paranoia rather than any significant past violence with the other clans. Regardless, those not born of the clan are expected to undergo a trial that consists of several tests to gauge their intentions and willingness to stay with them for an extended period of time. Consisting of these tests is a willingness to learn the basics of their language, their customs and formalities. A daunting task for some, but the Cloud understand the challenges which is why they are willing to give their guests time to accomplish the tests. In the meantime, they are restricted to what they can do and see while within their lands.
Only in astoundingly rare circumstances would the Cloud ever execute another of their clan. The Cloud prefer giving their criminals a chance to rejoin their clan. Their punishments usually involve encouraging the guilty to make right with the victim. In extreme cases, they do utilize corporal punishment to deter offenders. The marks of said punishment are intended to obvious to everyone around so their crimes are known. Criminals are free to continue their lives as normal, but for a time, must live with the shame of everyone knowing their crimes. After a period of time determined by the Elder, they are forgiven by the clan publicly provided that they have not once again wronged the clan a second time. For crimes like murder, they reserve their more severe form of punishment. In most cases, the guilty are stripped of their wings and banished from their lands. Forever.
Rite of Adulthood:
The clan encourages their youth to find a path that is worthy of their passions and talents. While everyone among the Cloud always appreciates a singer or storyteller, they do not balk at other interests or skills among their clan mates. It is tradition that with their family, the Elder and any other interested parties, a youth coming of age must perform a feat or presentation of sorts to show that they have found their aim in life. This does not take the form of a test that is judged to be acceptable or not, but it allows their family and the Elder to see that the youth is ready for the responsibilities of adulthood and the freedom to choose their direction in life.