The Akamkap (Steppe Nomads) have a complicated clan system apparently unrelated to the nomads of Kef Sirran. Each tanra (tribe) is headed by a Khan, who is elected by elders whenever a vacancy occurs. The Khans form a council that elects a Khagan as the ruler of the Buyuk Tekis people. Most of the time, ruling requires nothing more than settling disputes between tribes, deciding on the when migrations are to begin each year, and appointing shamans whenever new ones are needed. However, from time to time, War Bands are formed to go raiding in Zerithian or Bedewe lands. These are raised and led by Khagan, and defeat at the hands of the enemy, or even just poor loot returned from a campaign, often means the death of the Khagan and the election of someone better favoured by the spirits.
Lake Tepek is the only permanent body of water north of the Rift in central Zerith. Kept warm year-round by subterranean hot springs, it provides a welcome relief from the otherwise harsh winter of the northern Steppes. The rest of the region is hilly grassland suitable for only light grazing for the Akamkap herds of horses. Consequently, the clans travel in great circles that converge on the Lake Tepek region before the first snows every year. With the departure of snow though, the clans move out of the vicinity of the lake so that the grasslands can recover in time for the following winter.