The Ties that Bind
Time and Calendar
The Temple Calendar
When the successor kingdoms seceded from the Old Empire, they sought to differentiate themselves as much as possible. In order to appease all parties, the Temple Pantheon created a new calendar. Dividing the time into eras, they declared that the era prior to the meteor hit was the “Talgenor Era” and that the time after impact was the “Sovreign Era” for the kingdoms seceding.
Each year consists of twelve, thirty day months. The months in order are Vendus (beginning of spring), Bannus, Dragus, Thermus (beginning of summer), Laurus, Marus, Burmus (beginning of fall), Talvus, Torus, Pluvus (beginning of winter), Valus, and Warrus.
Though Morinar is a land divided by allegiances, and borders, oaths and honour, there is much to be said that the faith of the pantheon is still strong throughout. No more obvious sign exists than the fact that throughout the land, the people can break bread on First Dawn, and welcome in the new year; no matter what part of the land they are in. Though there are always regional differences, and festivals celebrated by individual kingdoms, the following is just a small taste of the most common festivals one might bump into amongst their travels.
First DawnThe traditional start of the year, this holiday involves gathering together with kith and kin and staying awake all through the last night of Warrus to greet the first dawn of Vendus. Once dawn comes, traditionally all gathered break bread and give thanks to the gods for being well enough to see the new dawn. In the north due to the sheer distance amongst folk, it is usually only close kin that gather to a humble meal. In the south though, whole villages tend celebrate together and throw a huge festival for the coming of the new year.
Thermus Light is the festival that celebrates the summer solstice. In the north this is traditionally celebrated by having the youths who have come of age don black clothes. This represents the death of their youth as they are taught and gain adult responsibilities. Usually afterwards there is a feast to celebrate their new beginning. In the south youths who have also come of age are celebrated, but instead of feasts, Thermus Light is celebrated by having the youths fast, and pray for a week before Thermus Light. Afterwards they are gather for a quiet ceremony in the chapel, and are taught their new responsibilities.
Lammas Tide is celebrated on the thirtieth day of Talvus, and it represents the end of the harvest season. Traditionally Lammas Tide is celebrated at the end of the last day of the harvest with everyone in the village gathering together for a feast at the end. By and large this is a simple feast that hasn’t changed much since its inception. What is in the feast though largely varies from place to place. In the east what is typical is to serve many different salads, and pies, of either a savoury or sweet nature. However out in kronslund, this is often an excuse for nobles to show off the skills of their chefs by having them recreate elaborate coats of arms, and banners within their foods. It is not uncommon for a chef to spend hours just carefully sculpt a jelly into a house’s sigil.
Pluvus Nacht is the celebration of the winter solstice. Originally conceived as a method of checking in on folks in the dead of winter, it is now treated as a means to gather folk and to give thanks to the gods for having survived thus far. In the southern lands however, where winter does not grip them as harshly, Pluvus Nacht has become an excuse to hold a grand tournament. Usually taking place in Galimond, knights and warriors from all over Morinar come in attendance to win honour and glory.
Feasts of the gods
Each god of the pantheon has a day for a feast to honour them. Each of these feasts falls on the first of each month that it is on. Whilst sharing a common goal of honouring the gods, each area tends to vary in how they celebrate the gods. In the south the Feast of Solemaeus tends to be celebrated by the burning of a huge bonfire in celebration of his life giving fire. In the north, the Feast of Aquillon tends to begin with court trials in honour of his name.
Vendus: Feast of Altanus
Bannus: The Feast of Solemaeus
Dragus: The Feast of Aquillon
Laurus: The Feast of Malia
Marus: The Feast of Mannus
Burmus: The Feast of Agria
Torus: The Feast of Vaedus
Valus: The Feast of Profectus
Memorias is a day that celebrates and remembers the dead. Normally celebrated in the middle of Warrus, that tradition has slowly changed. Nowadays, Memorias is either celebrated in the usual way, or it is celebrated on the anniversary of that person’s death. When celebrating Memorias, there are a few regional differences, but all in all it consists of cleaning the deceased tombstone, and laying out an honorary feast for them, which is then followed by a day of prayer and fasting. For those travelling, miniature tablets are often carried, to honour the deceased regardless of distance from their burial site.