A clan is defined as a family group of sorcerers. Each clan is either patriarchal or matriarchal in setup, with the eldest male or female being the patriarch or matriarch of the family. In other words, they become the leader of their clan. These family groups are often very large and all connected by blood. Therefore, marriages must take place between two clans, as marrying within the clan would be incest.
Clans stay very strict to their traditional patriarchal or matriarchal setup. This means when a marriage takes place, say in a patriarchal clan, only the male family members stay within the clan. Females are removed from their clan to live with their husband’s clan. For matriarchal clans, this would be reversed, with female family members being permitted to stay in the clan and males being removed. Because of this, children are often betrothed by their parents to a clan of similar setup to theirs. So a matriarchal clan would betroth their male children to a female member of another matriarchal clan. This way, their children are simply moving from one clan to another. If in the case a child marries someone of a clan opposite of theirs, both would be removed from their clans to live singular lives outside of a clan. This could also happen if their child marries a non-sorcerer.
Whenever a sorcerer finds themselves living outside of a clan, they and all of their children are known as the lower class. Once in the lower class, it can be near impossible for them or any of their children to rise in class within the sorcerer society, as their options for work are greatly limited. They usually end up living as farmers, ranchers, or hunters, often making just enough money to get by. There are only two ways a lower class sorcerer can rise in class within the sorcerer society. They either must marry into a clan or their family must find a way to build up their own clan with power and family wealth, thereby making them ‘adoptable’ by a chiefdom.