Entry #080

Apanahood (part 1)

Apanahood is an adoptive familial bond practiced all across Avia. While at first glance not much different than a typical adoption, Apanahood implies a far deeper connection, as well as a different dynamic, than that of a parent and child. The practice was first practiced in the aftermath of the Kharun Infestation, when, to spare many orphaned children from becomimg homeless or, worse yet, victims of exploitation, many adult avin took one of them under their (metaphorical) wing and took on the responsibility to look after them and raise them.

In an apanahood, only two individuals exist – an adult avin, the apana (ah-PAH-nah), and a child avin, the nuni (NOO-nee), neither of them related by blood. No apana can have more than one nuni and no nuni can have more than one apana. Apanas are single, unmarried and in no relationships, as well as living on their own. On the other hand, nunis are orphaned children, as young as hatchlings and as old as fledglings, at least when they’re first adopted by an apana. Thus, the apana-nuni relation focuses entirely on these two, with no additional avin involved.

Apanahood is purely voluntary and is not imposed on anyone. Therefore, those who choose to become apanas are well aware of their responsibilities and duties as one. These include, first and most, being responsible for the safety and wellbeing of their nunis until they reach adulthood. They’re also responsible for their upbringing, ensuring them a proper education and teaching them important life skills. Equal parts guardian and mentors, they more often than not raise their nunis to follow the same career paths as their own. Apanas may show affection to their nunis if they choose to. However, it is expected from a good apana to be supportive and nurturing. Abusive apanahoods are frowned upon and, in many places, outright outlawed.

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