I have some good momentum going so far, which is very helpful at the start of a project like this! I’m also pretty excited, as I realize I may get a chance to write a character I never thought would be more than a footnote in the overall Muunfel project.
Word Count: 1,413 / 15,000
James Mercy had the loveliest handwriting out of any engineer Guinivere had met since arriving in Genfierz, though even he seemed to write as if he had a strict time limit. His reply to her, given a week’s close thought after her in-person visit, was delivered with care, no matter how carefree he could seem.
Dearest Guinivere and honored mage,
The specifications you mused upon with me during your recent visit have stayed on my mind for quite some time. I freely admit that they present a most tantalizing puzzle. It is little wonder that you, as accomplished in your self-taught field as I, would resonate with me so well. I could expect no less than a keen mind for invention in one such as yourself.
Holidays across Muunfel vary with the people. There are some regional variants that all center around the same idea but which are attributed to different gods. For example, a spring thaw festival over most of the continent celebrates the children of the earth god Kuro and their stewardship over plants and animals. However, in Rutan, the harsh desert nation, the same festival is held in honor of the god of storms, Elias, in the hopes that he will bring them plentiful rains.
Most people will have a low key celebration of the New Year on the first of Queen’s Eyes. It celebrates another cycle in the passing of time, and a new beginning. The Fae celebrate it for nine days, some for an excuse to party and others for their respect of the cycle.
Some other holidays found throughout Muunfel:
- Korvasin has a Festival Day on the birthday of the reigning monarch, though it is mostly celebrated in the cities – more rural folk will actually prepare all year to bring some of their produce into more populated areas to sell.
- Korvasin also shares a holiday with the Fae, in remembrance of the battle in which a previous king oversaw the maiming of a previous Una of the Fae. It is a somber day of reflection.
- In Rutan, there is a three-day celebration of the formation of the Rebel Kingdom, one day for each of three key figures in the success of the rebellion: Aaron and Leah Stride, spies for the rebels, and Vale Rutan Galen, the first king of Rutan.
- Genfierz celebrates the birthday of one of its most prominent inventors: James Mercy, the innovator of steam power. His contribution to the mainstream importance of invention is honored all over the country.