Scion: A New Beginning
Day and Night
Legends speak of the before days as an era without Light until two lights rose high into the sky; Árvakr the radiant mare and Eguzkia, the burning stallion. Some time after followed the ebbing glow of Mala, the night orb of Memory.
Each day is measured in 24-hour increments. The break of a new day occurs at dawn when Árvakr gallops out of the east with Eguzkia watching from the horizon. Three hours later Eguzkia dashes head-long across the sky. At noon the golden steeds meet at the high point in the sky, renewing their love. Then Ekuzkia blazes into the west, pausing to stare back at his love. Three hours follow as Árvakr slowly finds her way to the night-stable.
Mala rises in the east to mark the night and slowly coasts across the sky glowing powerfully. At midnight Mala dims to remind the mortal races that all things remembered will some day be forgotten. Then as Mala slowly set it gains illumination once again, showing us that even in the darkest time the gods remember the mortal world.
/ = rising, \ = setting, – = stationary, X = absent from the sky
Seasons of the Year
Sitsi, child of The Varðmaðr and Polymitera knew that given time the heat of two suns would destroy the world and the mortals who lived there. He took the form of a silver foal and confused the steeds of his parents to run far afield convincing them he was their son. When the star of Sitsi glows bright in the second month, the steeds run far from the earth and the temperatures drop. At the end of the year the bright star of Sitsi fades then disappears. Árvakr and Eguzkia return to their normal migration close to the earth.
Time is marked in four months, each with 100 days. Each month possesses 20 weeks of five days. The first four days are considered days of labor, with the fifth day being reserved for families and worship.
Formerly know as Spring. Temperatures are mellow and planting is encouraged. Life returns from a world frozen over.
Formerly known as Summer. Temperatures are hot and dry.
Formerly known as Autumn. Temperatures begin to dip and thunderstorms are prevalent.
Formerly known as Winter. Temperatures are at their coldest. Vegetation goes into dormancy.
Holidays & Festivals
Below are the most popular of holidays celebrated across the world. The list is meant to reflect what a character may have witnessed during their lifetime but in no way should reflect what they themselves believe or observe.
Days of Creation
A celebration commemorating the creation of the new world and the eternal concept of creation. The two-day holiday is observed on the night of the last day of the year and the morning of the first. The days are celebrated by mortals by making presents from scratch and gifting them to each other. Smiths, craftsmen, artists and poets are all encouraged to take the days off, relaxing from their normal pursuits and other are meant to pamper them.
Day of the Divines
Traditionally celebrated on the 62nd day of Dawn Glow to commemorate the gift that the gods have bestowed to the mortal races. Offerings and sacrifices are made in honor of patron deities and pilgrimages are often intended to reach their conclusion.
Two noteworthy festivals are held to mark the event. The first takes place in the city of Gangaria, not far from the cradle of civilization. It is a loud and joyous event that many of the gods attend in person. The second is a day of silent prayer and meditation that takes place at the base of Varðmaðr Vaka. Those who would brave the climb often begin the ascent on this day.
Planting Festival / Time of Flowers
The planting Festival is observed during the second-to-last week in Dawn Glow (the 90th through 95th days). During the festival all traditional labor is postponed and all persons are expected to work together to sow the fields for the harvests of Sky Fire and Storm Head.
Following the week of field work the Time of Flowers is observed. The first day is observed as a National Holiday in all four countries. No work of any kind is practiced. Instead a day of rest and appreciation of Nature is observed. The following three days are half-work days, followed by a normal rest day. The Time of Flowers is a popular time for marriages and the renewal of nuptials. Children born during the Time of Flowers are considered to be particularly blessed with stamina and longevity.
Day of Combat
The 20th day of Sky Fire is reserved for the honoring of soldiers both alive and fallen. City guards and serving army and navy soldiers are treated to feasts and crowned with laurels. An annual gladiatorial competition is held in the city of Brin Gui, open to Protaran citizens. The champion is treated to a year of spoils, including free room and board and honored status within the standing army.
In the Zagathurian and Ka’Quanian Empires the day is marked by the temporary repealing of laws against open and consensual aggression. Bar brawls are smiled upon and public duels are held off until the Day of Combat.
Midyear occurs on the 201th day of the year, the 1st day of Storm Head. The holiday is observed as a day of personal achievement and relaxation. Industrious businesses refuse to observe the holiday, instead seeing the event as a way to get the leg-up on lazy competition.
Midyear’s Eve is marked with giant bonfires built to honor the work of the elders of a community for their work as civil pillars and to commemorate the knowledge they pass on to the younger generation. The night usually runs long with singing and dancing.
The final week of Storm Head is usually one of little work. It is a festival meant to reward the work put in by those committed to farming and ranching. As the cold months approach and the harvests have been stored the last chance for many to find last-minute supplies from traveling vendors occurs.
The final day of the Harvest Festival (100th day of Storm Head) is a celebration of soothsayers and prophets who mark the day as the most powerful day for omens. Ill portents of a dark Wizen Time are passed throughout the community or warm tidings of a short cold-season are celebrated.
Day of the Dead
On the 50th day of Wizen Time, often the coldest day of the year a day of mourning and remembering is held to honor those lost to death. Community members come together in public places to commiserate and tell stories of loved ones lost. Making the trek through the snow and ice on the coldest day of the year is meant to reflect the harrowing journey that lost souls take through Twilight looking for their final resting place.
Many of the pious of all religions fast for the day, believing that the dead will be gifted what they’ve given up over the course of the coming year. The motion is also seen as a devotion to the gods of the Underworld – a sign of respect for their authority over the domain of Death.