Storm of Chaos
Days of Celebration
It may be useful to visit the Calendar page before reading on.
This page is under construction, but here are a few celebrated days in the world of Atlea.
In the firstday in secondmonth, also known as Harvest, the festival of
Fieleyede (as it is known in the far west of Sehanine’s Reach and most of the Isles),
Harventide (as it is known in the northern islands of central Atlea),
Tirsvehl (as the dragonborn empire of Arkhosia called it), and
Gatheyede (as it is known throughout most of the rest of the world) is celebrated.
As an intercultural event, Gatheyede is a festive time where the celebration of abundance, food and produce is held. Gatheyede has many different customs (and names) for it across the world, but the celebration is central, as is worship of Pelor during this time. Pelor is the god of the sun, time and summer.
Day of Ravens
Firstday in thirdmonth, the beginning of winter, and many races give praises to the Raven Queen hoping for a short and easy winter. This is known as The Day of Ravens by most. As a symbolic offering, the people each feed a raven, if they can find one, or leave food for them. The ravens have learned over the years where to find food when it is given, so more often than not, it is actually eaten. Those with little food to spare will often instead sing praises to the raven they find, asking for it to prevent starvation this winter.
Some have taken to worshipping Corellon on this day, but in the afternoon, asking for a swift start to Spring. This is a common practice for elves and other fey that live on the prime material plane.
The Festival of Scales (Specific to the Isles)
This festival is held on seventeenthday in firstmonth. It is when the dragonborn of the Isles, specifically in Ojira, celebrate their Emperor, who is said to have descended from a gold dragon. During this festival banners and coloured lanterns are hung in the streets, the dragonborn celebrate by dancing and laughing and drinking together. Many offerings are made to Bahamut during the day and at night, people hold parties wherever they can in the Emperor’s name. The Emperor has been known to give speeches in public during this time as well. Though it is not an official practice, it is common custom for couples to make love (known colloquially to dragonborn as “losing the dragon’s breath”*) specifically on this evening in the hopes that a baby conceived on the eve of the gold dragon might have good luck in their life.
*A small cultural note. While the term “losing the dragon’s breath” does mean to make love, the phrase is sometimes used to describe when a dragonborn is getting pointlessly frustrated and angry with a situation (as in “don’t lose the dragon’s breath over it”). This will only be used between close friends or relatives though, and would be considered extremely rude in most other circumstances. The former use is not considered rude, but polite compared to more vulgar phrases (such as “grinding scales”).
The Day of Honour (Dragonborn specific)
On seventyfifthday in thirdmonth, dragonborn across Atlea honour their ancestors by making offerings at their own personal family shrine. In times gone past, there were great shrines erected by the more prestigious and wealthy families in dragonborn cities. During this day, all work ceases (though guards are still required to work) while thanks are given to those since passed on. Fasting is common for adult dragonborn on this day until a single meal in the evening during which prayers to Bahamut (or even Tiamat for evil dragonborn) are given. The eldest among the dragonborn, especially sages or leaders, often pray to Io instead, in spite of the fact that the god no longer exists.
On thirtysecondday in fourthmonth, creatures from across the world that live in towns, cities and other settlements give specific worship to Erathis and Moradin. As the gods of civilisation and family, they are both given thanks on this day by most citizens of the world. Offerings to Erathis include monetary donations to any of her local temples and group prayer. Offerings to Moradin include precious gems placed in special shrines to Moradin at local temples, along with food or clothing. Across the world many community events are held on this day, including public displays of craftsmanship or invention. Many smiths, artisans or inventors take this opportunity to advertise their services and to astound crowds with shows of impressive skill. In other places, there are competitions held such as footraces or weight-lifting (often bags of food or other common items are used for weights, though occasionally a blacksmith may provide raw metals for weights).