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.