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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. These crafts tend to take the shape of massive oceanic creatures or predatory birds, according to the novelization of Aliens vs. Predator. Predators in the same clan occasionally refer to themselves as "brothers".
Even the Hish, a notable deviation from the typical Yautja, have clans.
OverviewSimilar to Humans, Predators live and function in communal groups. 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 it is offered at all. However, not all Predators appear to exist within a clan. Wolf, for instance, appeared to live and hunt alone and this seems acceptable within predator society. However, this may be reserved for hunters of high rank, such as Elite warriors.
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 no 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 intends 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 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. Should he die for any reason, the next strongest will rise to power. 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.
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.
Females seem to be rare in a clan - at least as far as Packs and hunting go - and 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 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. This 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 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.
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 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 fueds.
- ↑ AVP: Novel, Page 82
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftzTOGbJLDw&index=5&list=PLfcy2N1YzghcDR7UuPQvHyY47jwlcbO1e
- ↑ Prey, Page 105
- ↑ Aliens vs. Predator: Hunter's Planet
- ↑ Alien vs. Predator: 2
- ↑ Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, Page 34
- ↑ Predator: If It Bleeds
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n49k229kxMQ