Among the Verm there are born an equal amount of males and females, but unlike many of the other galbran tribes few of their women take up arms in battle—unless in the defense of their own homes. Because of their warlike natures, many of the Verm men are killed in the incessant and ceaseless skirmishes and wars, so there are approximately twice as many females as males in the standing population. To counterbalance this inequity, Verm males are allowed to take up to three wives—though no more, because this would be considered inequitable.
However, it is also dangerous to have multiple wives, because if a Verm male has more than one and another male takes a fancy to one of his wives he may challenge that Verm to combat. If the husband is victorious he is allowed to keep his contested wife. If he is defeated then the challenger may take the contested wife as his own. Because of this a beautiful Verm woman may sometimes find herself the wife of seven or eight different men. If the husband does not survive the duel, any children that woman has borne by a previous husband are cast out into the street to die or make their way as beggars.
With the advent of the worship of the All Father and His One Son, Fedrik Khan declared this practice dead, and a number of Verm have been imprisoned for making such challenges and initiating these duels for the wives of other men. The customs of centuries, however, die hard, and the practice has not yet been completely extinguished in the few months that Fedrik Khan has installed this new edict against the barbaric practice of flesh duels.