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11th Sep '17 9:30:06 PM intastiel
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* In ''Literature/TheWheelofTime'', the Aiel people are the subject of many wild stories in the Westlands for their [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy militaristic culture]] and fantastically intricate code of honor, but what really startles Westerners is their practice of marrying multiple "sister-wives". Moreover, the women in question negotiate it between them, then propose to the prospective husband as an all-or-nothing deal.
30th Aug '17 7:06:41 AM PaulA
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* Several stories in Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's Literature/{{Hainish}} 'verse are set on a planet where a traditional marriage consists of two men and two women, arranged so that each person has a wife and a husband, both of whom they're expected to be sexually intimate with, and an additional spouse of the opposite gender whom they're forbidden to be sexually intimate with.
22nd May '17 8:55:09 PM Mei-may
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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', the angara race practice some very unusual form of family relationship the precise details of which are never made explicit. What we do know is that the family unit consists of one father, many mothers who practice communal child-rearing, that romantic bonds are not expected to be permanent, and that even between those still bonded, exclusivity is not required. The most likely scenario suggested by all this evidence is that a single male angara typically has multiple female mates, usually mating with one (or two) at time and then sexually moving on to another when their attraction cools, with those females coming together to raise their children communally. Angara refer to their biological mother as their "true-mother" (Jaal takes Sara Ryder to meet his during his RomanceArc) but otherwise don't distinguish between various stepmothers and half-siblings.
14th May '17 8:00:53 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'', the Hexarchate - at least in Jedao's times - seems to have no problem with multiple spouses, as Meng is mentioned as having four partners.
13th May '17 5:30:44 PM StarSword
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* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' Fremen commonly take multiple wives as a way of pinpointing male sterility. Imperial nobles are allowed only one wife but may take bound-concubines whose children by him are considered legitimate (a bit like how things worked in the Ottoman Empire and Qing Dynasty China), but lower in the line of succession than children from a wife. Paul is the son of a duke and his beloved concubine (who in a bit of a subversion of the usual course was his ''only'' mate;[[note]]At the time at least; the [[FanonDiscontinuity "prequels"]] hold [[Literature/PreludeToDune he had taken another bound-concubine before]], the daughter of the deposed and disgraced Earl of Ix.[[/note]] Duke Leto liked to play [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth I]]'s game and pretend to court various noble women for political advantage), and it causes Paul no small bit of angst that he has to relegate his Fremen love Chani to a concubine and marry the emperor's daughter in a SexlessMarriage in order to legitimize his coup.

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* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' Fremen commonly take multiple wives as a way of pinpointing male sterility. Imperial nobles are allowed only one wife but may take bound-concubines whose children by him are considered legitimate (a bit like how things worked in the Ottoman Empire and Qing Dynasty China), but lower in the line of succession than children from a wife. Paul is the son of a duke and his beloved concubine (who in a bit of a subversion of the usual course was his ''only'' mate;[[note]]At the time at least; the [[FanonDiscontinuity "prequels"]] hold [[Literature/PreludeToDune he had taken another bound-concubine before]], the daughter of the deposed and disgraced Earl of Ix.[[/note]] Duke Leto liked to play [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth I]]'s UsefulNotes/ElizabethI's game and pretend to court various noble women for political advantage), and it causes Paul no small bit of angst that he has to relegate his Fremen love Chani to a concubine and marry the emperor's daughter in a SexlessMarriage in order to legitimize his coup.



** Beowulf runs even more on this, having a wide variety of atypical marital and familial arrangements

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** Beowulf runs even more on this, having a wide variety of atypical marital and familial arrangementsarrangements.



** [[Literature/TalesOfTheJokka Jokka]] discourage heterosexual relationships because childbirth has a strong risk of DeathOfPersonality, instead Houses practically treat their females like chattel and assign males to breed them when needed or rent them out to other Houses. However they don't have any problems with homosexual relationships between any number of individuals. [[spoiler: And at the end of ''A Bloom in the North'', it turns out that on the northern continent, where mind-death is practically unknown due to better nutrition, triads with one of each gender are the norm.]]

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** [[Literature/TalesOfTheJokka Jokka]] ''Literature/TalesOfTheJokka'': Jokka discourage heterosexual relationships because childbirth has a strong risk of DeathOfPersonality, instead Houses practically treat their females like chattel and assign males to breed them when needed or rent them out to other Houses. However they don't have any problems with homosexual relationships between any number of individuals. [[spoiler: And at the end of ''A Bloom in the North'', it turns out that on the northern continent, where mind-death is practically unknown due to better nutrition, triads with one of each gender are the norm.]]



* The ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'' has it that Andorians practice group marriages of four due to their BizarreAlienSexes. One member of each sex has to take part in a telepathic mating bond called a ''shelthreth'' in order to produce a child.

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* The ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'' has it that Andorians practice group marriages of four due to their BizarreAlienSexes. One member of each sex has to take part in a telepathic mating bond called a ''shelthreth'' in order to produce a child.child, and sexual contact outside of a ''shelthreth'', called ''tezha'', is taboo.



*** In the episode "Sanctuary": among the Skrreea, a matriarchal society, the women take multiple males as mates. The main Skrreea character isn't familiar with the word "husband" but describes her own two men as "bonded to me". She's a little surprised to find out Kira doesn't have ''any'' males of her own ("at the moment") and notes that "they come in very handy".



*** In the episode "Sanctuary": among the Skrreea, a matriarchal society, the women take multiple males as mates. The main Skrreea character isn't familiar with the word "husband" but describes her own two men as "bonded to me". She's a little surprised to find out Kira doesn't have ''any'' males of her own ("at the moment") and notes that "they come in very handy"
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' Londo Mollari has three wives, all {{Arranged Marriage}}s, whom he hates. It's apparently not uncommon for high status Centauri nobles, and made easier by their [[ExoticEquipment six "appendages".]]

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*** In the episode "Sanctuary": among the Skrreea, a matriarchal society, the women take multiple males as mates. The main Skrreea character isn't familiar with the word "husband" but describes her own two men as "bonded to me". She's a little surprised to find out Kira doesn't have ''any'' males of her own ("at the moment") and notes that "they come in very handy"
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' Londo Mollari has three wives, all {{Arranged Marriage}}s, whom he hates. It's apparently not uncommon for high status Centauri nobles, and made easier by their [[ExoticEquipment six "appendages".]]"appendages"]].



* In ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'' Muslim rulers can marry as many wives as they have titles, and pagans can take as many concubines as they can capture.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', the angara race practice some very unusual form of family relationship the precise details of which are never made explicit. What we do know is that the family unit consists of one father, many mothers who practice communal child-rearing, that romantic bonds are not expected to be permanent, and that even between those still bonded, exclusivity is not required. The most likely scenario suggested by all this evidence is that a single male angara typically has multiple female mates, usually mating with one (or two) at time and then sexually moving on to another when their attraction cools, with those females coming together to raise their children communally.

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* In ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'' ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsII'' Muslim rulers can marry as many wives as they have titles, up to four women at a time, and pagans pagans, Zoroastrians, Indians, and tribal chiefs can take as many up to three concubines at a time (and get prestige from forcing high-status women into concubinage). Muslims also get random events about interactions between primary and secondary wives such as they can capture.
having one of them MurderTheHypotenuse, or for them to fall in love with each other.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', the angara race practice some very unusual form of family relationship the precise details of which are never made explicit. What we do know is that the family unit consists of one father, many mothers who practice communal child-rearing, that romantic bonds are not expected to be permanent, and that even between those still bonded, exclusivity is not required. The most likely scenario suggested by all this evidence is that a single male angara typically has multiple female mates, usually mating with one (or two) at time and then sexually moving on to another when their attraction cools, with those females coming together to raise their children communally. Angara refer to their biological mother as their "true-mother" (Jaal takes Sara Ryder to meet his during his RomanceArc) but otherwise don't distinguish between various stepmothers and half-siblings.
6th May '17 11:40:21 AM WanderingBrowser
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** Dragon magazine #116 article "The Ecology of the Minotaur". Minotaurs are polygamous, with each minotaur bull having up to 7 females.

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** Dragon magazine #116 article "The Ecology of the Minotaur". Minotaurs are polygamous, with each minotaur bull having up to 7 females. This shows just how much DependingOnTheWriter can effect even tabletop games; minotaurs were originally said to be an AlwaysMale OneGenderRace.


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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', the angara race practice some very unusual form of family relationship the precise details of which are never made explicit. What we do know is that the family unit consists of one father, many mothers who practice communal child-rearing, that romantic bonds are not expected to be permanent, and that even between those still bonded, exclusivity is not required. The most likely scenario suggested by all this evidence is that a single male angara typically has multiple female mates, usually mating with one (or two) at time and then sexually moving on to another when their attraction cools, with those females coming together to raise their children communally.
15th Apr '17 11:14:00 AM SomberCaelifera
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* In Creator/CherryWilder's Literature/{{Torin}} stories, the traditional Moruian family structure is built around a group of five adults, which includes at least one woman and two men in the roles we'd think of as wife and husbands. (Other roles are possible; the five adults can include grandparents as well as parents, for instance.) Biologically, each child has one mother and one father, the same as humans, but all husbands share equally in the raising of each of the family's children, and it's considered impolite to suggest that any of a child's fathers are more or less "really" its father than any other.
16th Mar '17 10:44:47 AM morenohijazo
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* The practice of polygyny is carried over from some real life Islamic cultures into the world of ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}''; Caliph Haroun el-Plassid has multiple wives and dozens of children (so many that he can't reliably remember all of their names), as does Sultan Pullmankar. In "A Calculated Risk", the Caliph and Sultan Pullmankar sign a marriage contract engaging the Caliph's 37th son to the Sultan's 42nd daughter.
4th Mar '17 8:13:20 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Emperor Charles zi Brittania has OneHundredAndEight wives. This is unique to the role of emperor, in order for him to have as many [[WarriorPrince warrior heirs]] as possible so that they can fight for the throne, in line with Britannia's social-Darwinist philosophy.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Emperor Charles zi Brittania has OneHundredAndEight wives. This is unique to the role of emperor, in order for him to have as many [[WarriorPrince warrior heirs]] as possible so that they can fight for the throne, in line with Britannia's social-Darwinist [[TheSocialDarwinist social-Darwinist]] philosophy.
23rd Feb '17 3:41:38 PM Xtifr
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