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It isn't clear just how an individual becomes nuatoma, although birth order and heritage are factors in Unkalaki society. Since all Unkalaki are darkeyes, eye color is not a consideration. The relatives of a nuatoma act as their guards and servants, often performing multiple jobs. These relatives aren't slaves, and they prefer to serve a family member rather than a stranger.
Quest for ShardsEdit
|“|| "The nuatoma, they see our lack of Shards as a great shame. They want these weapons very badly. It is believed that the nuatoma who first obtains a Shardblade would become king, a thing we have not had for many years. No peak would fight another peak where a man held one of the blessed Blades."
The lack of Shards (i.e., either Shardblades or Shardplate) amongst the Unkalaki is a source of embarrassment for the nuatoma, and many have traveled to Alethkar offering significant financial incentives in exchange for the chance to duel a Shardbearer and win a Shard. It is assumed that the first nuatoma to win a Shardblade would gain sufficient power to become the first tana'kai (i.e., the Unkalaki equivalent of a king) in many years.
All of the nuatoma who have challenged Alethi Shardbearers have been killed. Kef'ha, Rock's nuatoma, chose to duel Torol Sadeas, believing that his family would simply become servants of House Sadeas if he died. However, Sadeas killed Kef'ha without a proper duel, then killed some of his family members who protested before seizing their property anyway. Sadeas did not know what to do with the surviving Horneaters. Rock briefly served as a cook and put chull dung in Sadeas's food, earning him an assignment to the bridge crews.