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Occasionally, differences within a caste or Clan cannot be reconciled. The Ritual of Abjuration, which any caste may carry out, and the warrior caste's Trial of Annihilation are two methods of resolving such grave situations. In the Ritual of Abjuration, the disaffected members are banished from their caste and Clan, consigned to the so-called bandit or dark caste which lies outside Clan law.  The Clan Trial of Abjuration (sometimes known as the Ritual of Abjuration[1]) is a ritual in which a Clan's single bloodname or even all of its bloodnames are erased from all Clan records as if they never existed. A Trial of Abjuration may also be decided by combat between two Clans; in this case, all of the losing Clan's bloodnames are erased from all records as stated above


Origin of the Trial of Abjuration

The origin of this Trial comes from an incident in the early 29th Century, when Ellie Kinnison, the first Khan of Clan Steel Viper, attempted to assassinate Jennifer Winson, the wife of ilKhan Nicholas Kerensky. As punishment for this misdeed, Kerensky ordered Kinnison's name be stricken from all Clan records and her genetic legacy destroyed.

When a bloodname is stricken from Clan rolls, all genetic samples associated with that bloodname may be destroyed, all sibkos containing genetic material associated with the bloodname may be terminated, and all warriors bearing the bloodname may be executed, as in a Trial of Annihilation. However, all persons associated with the stricken bloodname may have their lives spared, so that they may live their lives in shame and dishonor, which is a fate worse than death in the eyes of the Clans. Any property in use by persons with the dishonored bloodname(s) is confiscated and reassigned.

Though originally devised to destroy genetic material, over time the Ritual of Abjuration has evolved into a rite any caste can call. The accused party appears before the appropriate Clan or caste council, or is tried in absentia. A caste council can Abjure one or more members without involving any other councils, but only a Clan council can abjure a group of individuals from several castes. The Clan's Grand Council can (and has) Abjure an entire Clan.[1]

If the appropriate council has a four-fifths majority in favor of Abjurement, the accused is Abjured. When an individual is Abjured, they have five days to return any belongings that aren't theirs to storage (usually weapons, armor, and tools). The Abjured individual is then allowed to leave Clan-held territory. If they're still in Clan space after five days they will be imprisoned or executed. A convicted individual may challenge the ruling directly (if a warrior), while a member of a different caste can appeal the decision to the next highest council. Lest the Abjured believe this appeal is a reprieve, the five day time limit still counts down while the appeal is in process. This usually means that if the appeal is denied, the Abjured will be arrested on the spot.[1]

Though it may seem as deadly as the Trial of Annihilation, using the Ritual of Abjuration is usually seen as a way for an errant Clansman to return to the fold. Abjured Clansman, unlike those of the Not-Named Clan, are Clansman who have wandered from the way of the Clans without rejecting them entirely.

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