lunakat said: Or, it could be that it's just more important to keep track of who is closely related to the chief and his children... for matters of succession.
For us or for the elves?
Just wonder if a succession crisis
would ever be an issue for the elves. Let's imagine that Ember and Teir ends up never having a child, and Korafay can't be chief of the Wolfriders due to not really having wolfblood, and not being raised as a Wolfrider. Would they go back through the genelogies to find the one "next in line"? Of course if they did that there's a fairly good chance they'd end up with... Teir.
I suppose if there'd ever been a chief who didn't have any children to take up the Chief's Lock then that chief would just appoint his/her successor, regardless of any bloodtie. Bit like Two-Spear did...