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A barragana is a concubine or morganatic wife. This status was considered by some to be honorable, and by others to be merely another form of prostitution. In the early days of Darkovan culture, it was considered necessary for as many genetic combinations as possible, hence the practice of polygamy.

The Oath of the Free Amazons forbade any Renunciate to accept this status.

The Comyn Council accorded this status to Kennard Alton's wife Elaine Montray-Aldaran, in order to avoid granting her sons Domain heirship.

Notable barraganas include Aliciane of Rockraven and Elaine Montray-Aldaran.