Holidays and Traditions

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.

Letters from Camp

I did it! Technically I finished the goal last night, but I was too tired to try to come up with an excerpt or anything. I made my word count goal and I got the story on its way in a proper direction, I think, so next time I try to work on it I’ll really have something to do. It feels so good to have made a goal, even a modest one like mine!


Word Count: 20043 / 20000

Excerpt:

She fought a goddess? ” Ness signed haltingly.

Vale nodded solemnly. “I’ve seen some of the history books that Calista’s people kept from back then. There are some records from the time the Solians and humans both occupied the desert, and back then this was big news.”

“Not a lot of people can go up against a god like she did and not make it into the books,” Aaron agreed. “This lady is supposed to be mad powerful.”

Ness huffed to show his exasperation. “So why do you care about her? If she’s locked away, shouldn’t she stay that way?

Letters from Camp

So I’ve definitely been neglecting to make these posts this week. It’s been a weird one for remembering things. Work has been crazy, but! I’ve still been getting writing done! It just so happens that usually after I get done I am so ready to get off the computer that I do that without making a note of my progress or finding an excerpt. I’ll do two this time just to make up for it.


Word Count: 8052/20000

Excerpt 1: 

Aaron smirked. “Vale has a mission that he’s asked me to put together. I think having you on the team for this one would make it a lot more possible than not, if you understand me. It’s not gonna be an easy one regardless.”

Ness pursed his lips. Like always, he let his face do the talking for him. He was skeptical, but still listening.

Aaron tapped the map on the table and nodded for Ness to come closer. “We want to break into Fora Prison.”

Excerpt 2:

“The advisors speaking to my brother had him convinced that we, our father’s heirs, were cursed. That we were destined to battle and break the kingdom. When he told me about these things, I assured him that I would always stand by him. I had nothing but love and esteem for my brother and his decisiveness in what matters came before him.”

Loyalty isn’t always enough, not with certain people.”

Letters from Camp

I skipped yesterday again, because of a migraine and a lot of socializing, which is generally exhausting for hermits/hobbits like me. I got a lot done today, though, which feels great! I think it’s really getting somewhere. To celebrate getting so much done, I’m going to do two excerpts.


Word Count: 17635 / 20000

Excerpt 1:

They didn’t wait at the middle platform, instead heading directly up to the tallest of the three towers. Ness looked up, if only to avoid looking down, and noticed with fascination that the gently-sloped roof was covered in shingles that looked like scales, and several of them housed a piece of colored glass. In the new sunrise, the colors of the desert scattered from these pieces and glittered for all to see.

Then, they reached the door to go inside. When the guide threw that door open, Ness’s mouth opened in shock.

The room at the top of the tallest tower didn’t have any layers like the previous tower. It was all one large, round room, and the shards of glass in the roof above allowed the light in. Colorful lights arced across the floor and walls, with shadows over the areas that couldn’t be reached by the angle of the sun just yet.

The floor was a solid piece of stone, or at least it appeared to be. Colors were dyed into it, a burst of shapes radiating outward from the center like the biggest desert flower he had ever seen. He had a feeling that, with the sun at its zenith, the light from the glass would match perfectly with the pattern on the floor.

Excerpt 2:

“Ah, God’s Ire, I am so bad at this whole decorum thing,” Aaron announced. Ness gave him a pointed look, but Aaron had become good at ignoring those. “Ness. Allow me, Aaron Stride, to introduce you to Vale Rutan Gallen, Prince of Korvasin and Lord of the Glass Towers.”