T'oleflor: Training and Upbringing

T'olefor are raised exclusively by their parents. For the 250 years that they take to reach adulthood, the parenting couple guides their offspring with much care and love. This time is considered very important for parents and children, and both dedicate their efforts to offer as many opportunities as they can to both teach and learn.

During the 250 years, a t'oleflor family is almost continuously together. The parents present lessons in life, nature, and any particular discipline the parents are able to teach. The extensive lore of their people is passed on during this time, and they also try to impress upon their children that through patient observation every moment that passes is a moment to learn a particular lesson in life.

T'olefor have many rituals they undertake during the course of their lives. One of the more notable is the Ritual of Nature Calling, which in their language translates to an almost lyrical expression that speaks of beginnings and birth. This ritual is where young t'olefor are given their name after spending a month tending to a particular forest canopy or garden. The parents observe the results of their tending and give them names depending on their efforts and the quality of their work.

After the years of learning have passed, another set of rituals takes place where the children, over the course of a few years, present tokens to their family house for all the significant lessons they were taught. After this, t'olefor begin a long process of isolation in which they observe nature from the shadows of the canopy. They are encouraged to build their own view on the natural processes in life and often spend the majority of their lives doing so.