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December 3, 2006, 9:41 pm

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The Celebration Thread


The many worlds of the Universe have their multiple festivals-some may be to celebrate the turning of the year, the coming of the rains or the return of the sun.

Here let us list the celebrations and the gift bringers of our multiplicty of worlds.

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Once a year, Father Olaf delivers presents to all the people of the world in one night.How does he do it? With the help of the Sleigh of the Storm, and the vital Shard of the Storm within it.

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The Sleigh of the Storm is a large wooden sleigh with what appears to be some very ordinary sacks in the back. A Shard of the Storm is mounted in the front of the sleigh, which can detect and repel rain, snow, hail, sleet, lightning and most other forms of bad weather, and which keeps the driver warm in the nastiest coldest winters. Arrows and spears that are fired or thrown at the sleigh are blown away and any evil magic cast at it is turned back on the caster.


Nine centuries ago, Father Olaf, who lived in Vallermoore, was a priest of Mammon with a difference. He cared about his people, and not just those in his flock, but those who worshipped other gods and goddesses. He would help the poor and those in need without demanding anything in return, most of all at the Festival of Sunreturn, the shortest coldest day in Vallermoore.

The Bishop heard of this and was outraged, requesting the secular authorities to arrest him and throw him into prison on charges of misuse of church funds and heresy. But when the City Guards turned up to arrest him a beam of bright sunlight shone down upon him and when it vanished in a few seconds, he had gone as well.

The next year on Sunreturn Eve there were strange rumours of a flying sleigh pulled by boars, the sacred animal of Mammon. People of all religions woke with gifts in their stockings and socks, mostly children, but some adults as well, providing they had been good. Bad people only got lumps of coal. Since then the same thing has happened every year. There have been attempts to capture the sleigh but they have all failed,and resulted in the people involved having their spare socks stuffed with coal.

Nobody knows where Father Olaf lives. Some say he lives in Heaven, others that he lives with the Gods and Goddesses, others that he lives in a cave in the Sabertooth Mountians or at the inaccessable ice-gripped North or South Pole of the planet.

Noone has seen the sleigh except on Sunreturn Eve either.

Magic/Cursed Properties

The sacks are in fact magical dimensional one-way portals to what is thought to be some kind of heaven. They contain an endless supply of toys and small gifts.Things can only be taken out of them-nothing can be put inside.Anything put inside is slung out again.

The sleigh is pulled by a team of eight flying pigs.In the case of this item, pigs really can fly.

Providing that the driver is driving on Sunreturn Eve and carrying out his or her duties of delivering presents, time stops on the planet, until the last gift is delivered. Guards, dogs, golems, and nasty booby traps are frozen in position and even Undead will not attack the driver of this sleigh. For the driver, it grants a whole year of immortality, after the duties are carried out. Should the driver ever resign the duty he or she would forfit the immortality gained. (see below.)

Should he or she attempt to use the position for evil purposes, the guards/dogs/booby traps/Undead will attack him or her, and the immortality will be forfitted and as many years that have passed will be added on.In the case of Father Olaf, he would crumble to dust, ageing nine centuries in as many seconds. It is thought that Mammon Himself, touched by the priest's kindness, granted him the position and the sleigh.

OOC-Merry Christmas everybody, and a Happy New Year 2007!

2006-12-03 09:41 PM » Link: [3387#22294|text]
Hey, wasn't this whole scroll posted as The Sleigh of the Storm? I would suggest to describe just the holiday, and link in the submission. No need to post the same thing twice.

2006-12-04 04:13 AM » Link: [3387#22296|text]
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Voted Chaosmark
December 3, 2006, 22:25
Quite an interesting thread. I like it, and will add some Tyrenean Holydays soon enough.
Voted Murometz
December 4, 2006, 17:05
I think the scroll is a great idea! Everyone loves a holiday. I'd be curious to see some examples of bizarre celebrations from various campaign worlds.
Voted Mourngrymn
December 5, 2006, 15:44
Interesting to see where this goes myself. Although I would flesh the scroll on Father Olaf a bit more and turn it into its own sub. There is enough information there to bring it to fruition I'm thinking.

Edit... not realizing that the sleigh was originally a Shard quest sub... I would just link it as manfred says.
Voted Scrasamax
December 5, 2006, 17:37
This thread inspired me to write out the Small Town Festival codex, and i just wanted to make a differentiation here, it isn't inteded to be any sort of rival to the Celebration thread. Rather, the two could be complementary with major celebrations and holidays in the celebration thread, and little town get togethers in the other.

I am looking forward to see what the citadel can add to this sub, and I will be adding to the scrolls myself.
Voted MoonHunter
December 6, 2006, 11:23
So post up a Christmass Challange, and lets see what can be added to this post.
Voted valadaar
May 15, 2014, 10:06
A good idea, that did not appear to get any traction.

Do not have ideas at the moment, though it is food for thought.

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Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

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In culture, Corpse buds are used to repair broken spines or degenerative diseases, as the sentient mind will easily overcome the mind of the non-sentient corpse bud. Once infected by a corpse bud, however, removal is usually fatal, and the infected individual cannot reproduce, or risk infecting another. Thus, it is a technique often reserved for the elderly, or a last resort.

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