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The keep was governed by Elder Jul 'Mdama. His wife Raia maintained the keep and his grandbrother Naxan trained the children in hand-to-hand combat. The keep was close to a Forerunner ruin, located on clan Relon's land.
After the Great Schism, Sangheili society changed drastically. Jul's land was very fertile, and the formerly backwater 'Mdama suddenly gained a lot of power, as it could supply the other states with food, who were used to importing from off-world. Raia searched through the keep's old records for information about food production, and began building a drying barn based on ancient plans.