Holidays in Sha’uru

Seasons Greetings Ladies, Gentlemen and Sentient Creatures of all ages.


With the end of year holidays this close, I felt that today’s chewy lore post would be about holiday’s in Aurum. The following are just a few of the holidays that are celebrated by some or all of the denizens of Sha’uru. We have more currently planned, but I figured we would leave some for later. I hope everyone enjoys their holidays this year (for it has truly been a trying year in many ways) and look forward to sharing more rules and lore with you over both next week and next year. So without further ado, here are some holidays:


Vuono Dur celebrate Ancestral Remembrance Day on November 23rd. This is a tradition begun with the Vuono Dur, but is also practiced by the Vrachos and Ouranus as well. On this day the family gathers together for a meal, leaving an empty place for an honored ancestor with a plate of their favorite meal and a flagon of their favorite drink.. If a great member of a house passed that same year, typically this is who is honored. Each Dwarf in attendance recounts why they were thankful to have that person in their life or be a member of that Ancestor’s lineage. For noble households that can afford it, the main dish that is served at these celebration is roasted wild boar.


The Slagte Nisse Day of Silence is on January 6th. This holiday has been practiced by them for millennia. On this day all Slagte Nisse go about their daily tasks without communicating verbally or through the written word. All communication is limited to slight changes of expression and subtle body language. Only in the case of extreme emergencies do they resort to creating noise (typically by the ringing of bells or clanging of metal objects) or perhaps uttering a single word. The Slagte do not share with outsiders the meaning of this holiday, and even other Nisse are not privy as to the purpose of the eerie silence that pervades the Slagte Nisse communities on this winter’s day.


Humans celebrate Republic Day on July 13th. On this day in 1802, Viola-Rose Harewood Silverthorn declared the Silverthorn Empire dissolved and signed the constitution of the Confederacy of Allied Republics into effect. This day is marked by neighborhood festivals and firework displays.


The Feast of the Solstice is observed on December 21st. Though scholars disagree on if this was a Dwarven or an Elven Tradition first, the Feast of the Solstice is a holiday that is now celebrated worldwide by all races (even Goblins). The nature of the festivities may differ due to culture, but the general theme of the Feast is the same. On the longest night of the year, a feast is held to celebrate another year passing. Friends and family gather to exchange gifts and share food and drink. When the clock strikes ten, most gatherings include a round of storytelling that lasts late into the evening. The nature and tone of these stories also varies culturally. Imperials and Vuono Dur tend to tell more austere recountings of past events, while Ouranus Dur and Goblins lean towards the most raucous and raunchy tales they can conceive.

Religions in Sha’uru

Greetings Ladies, Gentlemen and Sentient Creatures. This Thursday we’re going to veer toward some chewy lore information and talk about religion in the world of Sha’uru. Most of the civilized world is monotheistic, but only a small percentage of those people are true believers. As the world becomes more industrialized, true believers of the faith become more and more rare. However, it is important to have this information for the players that either want to play characters of strong faith, or even just add a small flavor of faith into their roleplay. Below is a summary of the religions in Aurum.


The Temple of the Golden One
89% of the civilized world worships Hep’a’nen, the one true god, bringer of light, vanquisher of the darkness. His temples and shrines can be found in the lands of Elves, Dwarves and Men throughout Sha’uru. His name is universally known among these races, but his titles vary. The Dwarves have been known to refer to him as the Bright Father, The Scourge of Dragons, The Flame of Hearth and Forge. Many Dwarven homes often keep a single candle or lantern burning through the night as a symbol to his grace. The Elves have been known to refer to him as the Hopebringer, The Bane of Chaos, The Keeper of the Sun and Stars. The Vand Nisse are especially devout to Hep’a’nen. Many Vand Nisse vessels will have a small altar dedicated to Hep’a’nen on board, and tiny seaside shrines can be found on islands across Sha’uru. In the lands of men he has been known to be called The Allfather, The Holy One, and The Herald of the Sun. His symbol is a flaming sword within a golden sun.


The Children of Sha’uru 10% of the world follow a naturalistic religion and call themselves the Children of Sha’uru. The Children have no official churches, as they worship in places of Natural Beauty. The Children are as likely to meet within a tended Grove in the forest as they are a seaside cavern or a remote oasis. They believe that the very earth we live on, Sha’uru, is our mother. She provides for us and nurtures us, and in return it is our duty to respect and protect her. This religion is very popular among the Tribes of Barlethan, though a few Wayfaring Seekers also claim this as their religious affiliation. They have no official symbol of worship.


The Cult of Rum’at Abi
The cult of Rum’at Abi is illegal in most civilized lands. The Cult worships a dark goddess who espouses deceit and corruption. She is known as the Mother of Horrors, the Queen of Lies, and The Elder Goddess. The few of her worshippers who have been caught alive do not say much of the religion, save their claims that Rum’at Abi is older and more powerful than Hep’a’nen. Their symbol is an onyx dragon encircling the world.