Gold is not only viewed as Shiny, it's viewed as something that helps protect people. They can't really use netherite from what I can tell, so gold is the only thing Piglins can use to defend themselves.
Non fighters will commonly have earrings or rings, maybe some gold lined clothing if they are upper class. Maybe rich piglins put ancient debris in their earring for that extra Status.
Fighter piglins — so like general piglins and piglin brutes — however tend to have gold necklaces, chains, or bracelets. They will still have rings and earrings, don't get me wrong, but they usually have more concentrated pieces of gold. Piercings are also common because I said so <3
When raids happen it's often that people look at the shiniest person for protection, which can be helpful in blind panic! It also is a good way to show your dominance. Yeah you're invading my bastion, but I am shiner and therefore more protected, get rekted.
Because of the hierarchy of Gold, younger piglins tend to have stud earrings or small loops. These smaller jewels are often unique and have a gemstone. When the piglin grows older, this can be a brand of who they are, like a second name.
Piglins exist between these roles commonly, though they can some what branch out if other things are needed:
HOWEVER, to different groups the roles might appear differently. Brutes tend to care more about the elderly, young, handymen, and other regular people. Young are on their highest priority! It is often for brutes to be separated from young unless in high stress situations, so they can complete their jobs.
Don't get it twisted, brutes are sweethearts deep down. Just don't mess with their family and you will meet one of the chilliest people in the nether (no pun intended).
Brutes don't really care about their leaders, actually. Piglins who carry out military duty and value leadership are soldiers! They have the same hybrid mind as regulars, just with the added bonus of kicking ass. They highly respect their leaders and the elder council and often get into disputes with brutes over their conflicting instincts. They do however grow bigger due to different environments when being raised, though they definitely aren't as big as the brutes. I would make Techno a soldier or brute class, but whatever one you choose is up to you.
Leaders are pretty self explanatory. With a combination of gold usually worn by civilians and fighters alike, leaders wear long golden robes. Their robes are probably made of the material of the "leaves" of the trees in the nether, because I feel like that would be a hard material to refine. Depending on the climate that also makes their get up different colors. Leaders also can wear heavy armor. Piglin brutes can not be leaders. It goes against their instincts, since in general they don't really care about leading people. Leaders are usually ex soldiers. They are valued for being coldhearted and brutal to enemies, but a guiding firm hand to their bastions.
Leaders and brutes don't always get along, but they have heavy respect for each other. Brutes want the best for their pack, and someone who tells the others what to do and organizes their efforts seems to be the best! If the brutes don't like the leader, there will be no leader 😊.
The elder council is made up of old brutes and soldiers. These individuals have seen many battles and often help the much younger leader with advice and guidance. The elder council also handles legal matters, but the leader acts as the supreme court.
Handymen make the tools, weapons, armor, and clothing of the bastions. Usually the role is tied to a bloodline, but sometimes they can take apprentices from other families or even from outside of the pack. Becoming a handyman after joining a bastion is actually easier than becoming a soldier, since the other role is highly respected and valued.
Handymen are still really important to bastion life though! Mess with a brute or a soldier's favorite armor maker and you will end up six feet under 😀. Often you will have a handymen who gives advice to a general or something because they hear a lot of shit in their shops, man. People just enter the store and think no one is listening.
Regulars are usually lesser handymen, family people, hunters, or merchants. They grow to be smaller and can be easily thrown by brutes. Not that a brute would ever do that. For fun. When bored on a Saturday night. I have no idea what you mean. Just because they are the lowest class do NOT think they are pushovers. They are still piglins and can put up a good fight. Also every family of regular piglins — and handymen for that matter — have a brute assigned to them. Mess with their little found family, and the brute will find you.
Teenagers have their own class divides depending on who they are going to be. Between their young and teen ages is when this role is picked, and afterwards they are raised and trained to be that role. Teenagers are often doing whatever job they are trained to do poorly or goofing off.
Young! Babies! Children! Literally do nothing but look cute and get everything for it. Probably would bite you and get away with it. Hurt a young, and everyone in the bastion will hunt you down <3. Better know where your nether portal is, bitch, it's the only thing saving you right now.
(I would put Tommy under teenager or young depending on the fic. Take that as you will. Like I know most people would make him a young, BUT IMAGINE TECHNO TEACHING HIM HIS TRADE!!! THAT WOULD BE SO CUTE. BRUTE TECHNO BEING LIKE “you are doing good with your cobblestone making stuff” WHILE ABSOLUTELY HATING IT BECAUSE HE MUST SUPPORT??? AMAZING.)
Wait but, what are Phil and Wilbur then:
Okay, listen. As I said, piglins can have other roles. Wilbur fits both the elder and regular role in my eyes, so Techno would probably view Will with respect, but also view him as someone to be protected for the good of the pack and not because of status.
Phil? He’s probably a leader to Techno! That could have a funky dynamic if Techno is a brute, because his instincts don’t give a shit about Phil, but it’s fucking Phil, man. Techno has to listen to him smh. I love the concept of Techno telling Phil his hybrid brain considers him an elder just to mess with him. “Phil. Phil, look, I’m not saying anything, but the little voice inside my head — well one of them — tells me you’re old. That voice has never led me astray. I think you should lie down,,, for a couple of years.”
Honorable mention, but when Tommy grows up, I heavily see him in the soldier role. He respects authority and is eager to fight, it’s so him. I feel like this implies that Tommy would be the soldier under Wilbur who is his leader, so you could also write a fic where Techno feels like crimeboys have left his pack and made their own. Betrayal,,,,
Another honorable mention, Ranboo. Ranboo is totally a teenager right now, but when he grows older? Probably a Regular.
Displays of Affection (we know why this is here):
Cleaning. IRL pigs are some of the cleanest animals. If they clean your house for you, it means they care. This can also tie over to sharpening your swords or even taking care of your animals.
Resource sharing. Sharing is caring, literally. If someone shares food, clothing, or weapons with you, it means they trust you! Water is a heavily limited resource in the nether, so if a piglin shares water with you assume they would die for you.
Headbutts. Need I say more?
Brutes really hate being thrown off their Duties, but young and teens are 100% allowed to infodump the more boring shit to them. I see many a bedrock bros moment with this.
Music. When everything is on fire, you rarely have time for some sick lofi beats. Sharing music with someone is a way to show that you are completely relaxed with that person and have your guard down around them.
Piglins don’t actually like hugs and cuddles as much after a certain age. Not that they hate it, it just isn’t their most common way of saying “I love you.” They will put up with it for other cultures.
MENTIONED BY A FRIEND, BUT CUTENESS AGGRESSION AND CAIN INSTINCT!!! I could see brutes getting in trouble because of biting a young </3. Techno would smack Tommy upside the head (affectionate). Though, Tommy would probably bite back, and he has rabies.
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