Hezi-Kai, Kai-Lin and the Clan Structure

Very simply Kai-Lin are the strict religious laws that govern the werewolves and the Hezi-Kai are those that maintain them. A werewolf who does not follow Kai-Lin is considered Endi-Kai, and it is the right of any werewolf to kill him/her, without suffering punishment. It is for the same reason that werewolves despise those stricken by lycanthropy: they have the appearance of werewolves but are utterly Endi-Kai in their morals.

There are two crimes, decrees the Kai-Lin: murder and disloyalty to the clan. There is one punishment: ostracism. The clan deals with more petty crimes such as thievery. Other than that, werewolves are pretty much free to do as they please, even if what they want to do is sit in the mud and kiss the boots of every passing Endi-Kai. The Kai-Lin also encourages mutual help between werewolves when faced by the Endi-Kai, so a werewolf that breaks the laws of another race will always have several witnesses to prove his alibi and in case of danger will be discreetly transported out of the city.

Allegiance to a clan is determined at Kai-Geratz, or ‘werewolf initiation’, held at Kai-Lin-Sayibsah every year. There, young werewolves of sixteen socialize, undergo the initiation and get to chose their clan. Naturally, many werewolves choose the clan of their parents, but there are exceptions. During the initiation, they are tattooed with the clan sign on the chest, usually on the right half, just above the bottom-most rib. They are given a last name that corresponds to the name of the clan and are presented with their first set of Sy-blades. The nine current clans are Tag, Heustag, Barz, Kenare, Medovi, Lahar, Ecule, Druke and Reclawiks. Any werewolf can rise to become leader of a clan.

Although this is not in any way directly stated by the Kai-Lin, werewolves reverentially worship the moon goddess, Selene, who, they believe is the source of their ability to change. This worship probably originated with the even more mysterious Sihe-Naas, and the figure of En’ye-Lekat-Mei-Selene, ‘En’ye who walks beneath the moon’, also known as En’ye the Belief Founder.