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Ssumaz is the name given to the ruling imperial line of the Race's Empire. The spirits of deceased members of the Ssumaz family are worshipped under the Race's cult of Emperor-worship.

Through use of a harem to regulate their bloodline, members of the Ssumaz family are the only members of the Race to know their own parentage.

Literary NoteEdit

The name "Ssumaz" was used by Fleetlord Atvar in the very first scene of In the Balance, but was never used again throughout the series. Given that the scene contained hints of several elements which would seem to contradict facets of Race society consistently seen throughout the series, it is possible that Harry Turtledove intended this dynasty name to be dropped from series continuity. However, it is part of series canon, and is used on this Wiki accordingly.

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