Monday, April 15, 2013

Seasons and Holidays of the Rainy City


SEASONS AND HOLIDAYS
The Quiet (a time of growth, molds and mildews, when the tar mines are alive, silver cliffs too)
  • Bellringer’s Day (new year) starts the Quiet
  • The Dragon Boat Festival (dragon boat races from Levee Town to Old Town)
Firelight (fires burn normally, food can be roasted and grilled instead of prepared with boiling salts, most smithcraft and fire based work is done now)
  • The Molten Man Festival (featuring throwing molten lead at a ruined castle wall in Old Town)
  • Bonfire Night at the peak of Firelight season
  • The Lantern Festival (holiday of the dead) ends Firelight and the lanterns go out themselves
The Rainy Season (fires do not light, fire based work is at rest, more refugees flood the town)
  • All Saint’s Day (religious observances following the lantern festival)
  • The Grand Salon (wizard’s show off their greatest magical inventions)
The Windy Season (stormy weather, fewer ships coming in past the swells)
  • Hunter’s Night (when the people of town ritually hunt the thunder god to attempt to kill him and stop the rains)

THE QUIET (THE FIRST SEASON)
Growth, molds and mildews, the tar mines are alive with wealth, silver cliffs produces more ore. This is the season for planting.
BELLRINGER'S DAY
The rainy city's new year's day festival, wherein the ringing of bells is used to drive away storm, wind, and evil spirits. A more detailed description of the holiday can be found in this older post on Bellringer's Day
THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
The dragon boat races, from Levee Town to Old Town, when clubs and cults from every neighborhood  race to prove their worth over all others. There is no other festival in the city that brings the noblest of Embassy Row into direct contact (and competition) with the lowest Sump laborers. 
FIRELIGHT (THE SECOND SEASON)
During Firelight, fires burn normally, food can be roasted and grilled instead of prepared with boiling salts, and most smithcraft and fire based work is done now. The rains continue unabated, but there is more warmth in the city, more wealth changes hands, and a great deal more smoking of every possible herb, leaf, and weed. The season has a darker side as well, as gun deaths occur during this season as well: the only time of year when blackpowder will light. Wizards are to be feared at this time, as well, for magical flames burn normally this season.
THE MOLTEN MAN FESTIVAL
Smelters put on this festival, held in Old Town. At the height of the festival, Molten Men (smelters in heavy protective garments) hurl sparking hot metal droplets against the ancient stone of the old town wall, scattering sparks everywhere. 
BONFIRE NIGHT
Bonfire night is the middle of the firelight season, when fires burn hottest. Effigies representing old gods, famous wizards, and figures from folklore who can be blamed for the coming of the rains are paraded through the streets, burned, and tossed into the waters. 
THE LANTERN FESTIVAL
The last day of Firelight is the feast and holiday of the dead. Lanterns are lit throughout town, hung from every window and door frame and floated down drainways. The Nimbus is filled with lanterns. And as Firelight passes into the rainy season, the lanterns are snuffed by the damp. When the last lantern goes out, the dead are put to rest and the rainy season has begun. 
THE RAINY SEASON (THE THIRD SEASON)
The rains are heaviest at this time of year, and their influence strongest. Ordinary flames are weakest during this time of year, and magical flames do not light at all. The largest numbers of refugee ships enter the city during this season.
ALL SAINTS
Originating in Levee Town, this is the holiday for veneration of saints, heroes, cult leaders, and petty gods. Parades are a major feature of the holiday, with cults competing to produce the most interesting float to venerate their favored versions of their favored saints.
THE GRAND SALON
Wizards hold this annual show of their greatest achievements in the Galeria at the top of Embassy Row. Only the richest and noblest can gain entry. Everyone knows it is held during the rainy season to ensure that no wizard destroys us all in flames. Everyone except the wizards themselves. 
THE WINDY SEASON (THE FOURTH SEASON)
Windy, stormy, gusty. Few ships make it past the swells this season, and of those that do, many crash into the rocks and are accosted by salvage and pirate gangs.
HUNTER’S NIGHT
On this night, the people of the city ritually hunt the god of thunder, who it is said hides somewhere in town. If the people of the city could only find and kill him, the rains might stop, and the sun might shine once more.