“We are close,” Maladin provided. Janya didn’t think that was what p’bruz translated as – and she didn’t think it meant brother, either – but she didn’t make an issue of it. - Drednanth
“They’re ... p’bruz g’tar,” Greyblade said disinterestedly, checking his file. “It doesn’t really have an analogous concept in Xidh or Old Meganesian. Two of them are in a monogamous partnership, the third is a free agent who will occasionally join the couple and contributes to the household-” - Greyblade
P'bruz (the one family; full formal designation p'bruz g'tar, the one family unified in love) is a domestic grouping common in numerous civilisations and accepted as non-standard alternative in many others. The term is broad enough to refer to religious or military units as well as family groupings.
P'bruz can be of any age, gender or species, but usually share some sort of demographic commonality. P'bruz g'tar often, but not always, defines a relationship of a romantic, sexual or familial nature. In more advanced civilisations lacking the incest and inbreeding taboos perpetuated by genetic instability or sociocultural dogma, it can define a relationship encompassing all three.
Since the New Pinian term originated from the Ancient Pinian pabrozh / pabrozh gzhar, and has no direct Xidh equivalent, the specific relationship form is widely considered peculiar to civilisations under Pinian rule. There are numerous broadly equivalent sociocultural units across the Corporation that could use the term directly, but they tend to employ more generic Xidh terms, or concepts in their own linguistic frameworks rather than adopting the New Pinian wording.
It is not therefore so much an unusual unit, as an unusual term.
Cultural significance Edit
Mere siblinghood or the pledged troth be naught but a shade, the brotherhood of blade or gun a child's approximation, the fellowships of worship and war but pale imitations. Yet in all of these lies the seed, and any of these may be the fertile earth. - The Book of Pinian, in reference to the p'bruz bond.
P'bruz is distinguished from other similar concepts of fidelity, loyalty and family unity by its singular intensity. Even in Pinian cultures and languages, it takes great shared experience or a ferocity of love to elevate a bond from its "lesser" equivalents to the p'bruz level.
While the relationship form finds common usage in some cultures, they are usually cultures known in any case for their strength and intensity of relationships and interpersonal connections. To refer to a relationship as p'bruz g'tar under most circumstances and contexts is to risk diluting its meaning.