Their species were bureaucratic yet honest in nature. Their society was based on a caste system, the artist caste being one such caste.
Some Jenchum had the ability to provide positive emotions and remove negative emotions from another; this ability usually emerged at puberty. This process was called the Thrall, and the type of relationship could be sexual, familial, friendship-based or other in nature, but was normally mutually-exclusive. The Painter was one such person who experienced the Thrall.