Festivals

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Regional or Sporadic Festivals

Burial Celebration (Rural tradition)

This event is held after rural funerals. Towns will hold revels in honor of the fallen. At the conclusion of the revel, couples travel together out into the surrounding land and have intercourse. The first child born of this union is considered the reborn soul of the deceased. The families are brought together as one and the community becomes closer. The child becomes heir to anything left behind by the deceased if one is not already established, and the deceased family treats the child as the child of the deceased.

Nobel Birthing

This event is held when a noble family has the birth of the first child. The subjects of the noble family hold feasts all night long in honor of the child. If the child is a boy, the custom tends to be to name the day after the boy and celebrate it every year until his 16th birthday. It is considered honorable for the noble family to travel amongst the subjects the next day with the newborn and show the child to the populace.

Chak'na (Tribal Custom)

One of the barbaric marriage customs celebrated in the barbarian kingdoms is known as Chak'na. The custom is that the night before the wedding, the groom is taken to a special location where the bridesmaids pleasure the groom as a remembrance of everything that he is giving up. The bride is not allowed to go along on this night. The night of the wedding, the chief is allowed the first night with the bride to "bless" the union.

Rite of Claiming (Tribal Custom)

Many humanoid barbaric tribes have this ritual as a way to settle disputes. If a person is wronged or just wants something belonging to another, then he formally challenges the other party to personal combat. If one person gets the other into a killing situation, he can claim his prize and the other party has to accept or get killed. Many humanoids would rather die than give up their prize possessions. If a mate is claimed this way, the children may claim the rite of revenge against the offender when they come of age. This is combat between all the children and the person who "claimed" their mother. It is always a fight to the death.

Alms Day (Urban Custom)

In the larger cities, it is common for the church to hold mass that is open to the public once a month. On these days, the nobility brings copper pieces and gives them out to the poor of the city. The constabulary of the city comes out in force on these days to keep the commoners from venting their wrath on the nobility. Mostly, it is a celebration where the nobility tries to outdo each other in donating to the poor. Some wealthy individuals even bring common tools and foodstuffs to hand out to the downtrodden. It is a game amongst the nobility where they rate the grovelers and place bets on who can get the greatest shows of prostration from the crowd.

Religious Holidays

Naraska's Turning

Celebrated on or about the 27th of the month of Valir, Naraska's Turning is marked as the rememberance of the night goddess Naraska's banishment from the light of day. Men are considered unsafe on this night as women called "Naraska's Children" roam the streets looking for stray men. Men caught by the women are sexually assaulted then killed. No one knows who these women are and the authorities have never caught one. Most kingdoms just advise their men to stay indoors.

Syn's Dawn

Celebraded on the 4th of Mandir, Syn's Dawn is a festival as old as the goddess herself. It is rarely observed in cities but the rural citizens still hold it sacred. On this night, all the single men and women between the ages of 16 and 30 in the surrounding villages gather at the local lord's house. Everyone wears masks and don clothes to hide their identity. It is a night filled with revelry and drinking. At the hour of the Wolf, a great gong is struck and the females choose a male from the gathering. Males not chosen must remain indoors. The couple retires to the fields around the home and join in making a child. Children born from this festival are considered lucky. Children born on this night are considered blessed by the goddess. This festival has led to many of the half-breeds in the world.

The Sending

Celebraded on the 6th of Erinir, this holiday isn't practiced as much in modern times. The priests of T'lor would gather together taking the Arcane prisoners from every kingdom to a secret location. There they would pierce the Veil and send these prisoners into beyond where they sent the great mages before them. It was widely believed that on this day, the veil could be pierced if the priests were not vigilant. Since the decline of the priesthood, this day has passed without commemoration in most locations. However, many peasants will say a prayer and do signs against evil to try and keep the evil at bay in memory of this dark rite. Arcane casters don't uses their spells for fear of activating the Veil and getting taken prisoner by the god.

Dark Piety

Celebrated the 17th of Minir , the priesthood of The Unnamed One use this day to communicate with their dark god. At midnight, the populace believes that the dark priests raid graveyards to create more of their hideous undead. No non-believer of The Unnamed One knows for sure what the priesthood does on this night. All that is known is that the priesthood gathers together and goes off into remote areas of the world. Good priests are mostly afraid to interfere with the dark activities. The last lord to take action against the group that night, woke up the next morning next to a ghoul who used to be his wife. Few commoners venture out on this night if it can be avoided. Tales abound of travelers who simply disappear from their camps in the dark of night.

Common Holidays

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival is celebrated throughout the kingdoms. It is considered the end of the old year. Typical celebrations include wild parties held in the streets of the cities and feasts held in the countryside. It is also called Spirit Night and is the time of year most feared for summoning up the dead. Those cultures who worship their ancestors do hold this night most holy.