A “Gens” is a House or a Clan, a large extended family unit that shares a name and venerates a common ancestor. Gentes (the plural of Gens) are typically something like a cross between large families, political parties, militias and special interest groups. You must be part of the aristocracy to have a family name, whether by birth (common, making you a tiefling) or by marriage (uncommon, probably human). In Bael Turath gens are not patrilineal, women and men both take strong political positions and gender is not biased against in leadership.
There are a couple already defined Gens in the Delenda Est campaign:Gens Valerii
- Current Leader: Gaia Valeria Tyrania
- Ancestor: Primus Valerius
- Notable Features: Mostly barely mentionable political and military merits. Though rumor has it that Gaia is up to something in a newly created and top-secret fortress called Tarascon.
- Current Leader: Jorhara Barikdral Ossea
- Ancestor: Barikdral Tristiti
- Notable Features: Known for their considerable power and control over the necromantic arts. Mainly dark magicians and alchemists, they contribute to the legion with mages capable of turning the casualties of either side into a boon for the Turathi.
- Current Leader: Barathas Kahlir Sanguineus
- Ancestor: Kahlir the Blood King
- Notable Features: Gens Kahlir amassed a huge fortune by essentially starting slave trade as an industry in Bael Turath. Access to so many bodies on which to test its sorceress experiments led to Gens Kahlir developing the proper rites to transform oneself into a vampire. The whole Gens is known for its insatiable appetite.
- Current Leaders: Krumos and Kaieta Zolfura
- Ancestor: Supposedly Princess Fierna herself.
- Notable Features: Famous for their immense study of the planes and the control of the elements. Many are mages that control very destructive properties of fiendish versions of the natural elements. Hellfire, stygian ice, even the tainted radiance of fallen glory. Legend has it that Princess Fierna, daughter of Archfiend Belial, seduced the founder of Gens Zolfura and that is where their affinity for hellfire is from.