Mini-Event: Memorial for the Ancients Jan 11, 2018 3:36:14 GMT
Post by Arlyn on Jan 11, 2018 3:36:14 GMT
Memorial for the AncientsThe time had yet arrived again. Once every few hundred years, the elves host a ceremony, called the Memorial for the Ancients, to remember where their roots have come from and the gifts of life and magic their ancestors have bestowed upon them. Majority of the elves hold this event in the highest of regards, hence the fact that many will attend, some families even make it a requirement to. All of the important elves shall be in attendance, from royalty to the council, all will come to remember where they have come from. A single, white willow tree, at the furthest edge of the Sacred Hunting Grounds, marks the center of where the ceremony will be taking place. Of course, the willow is decorated with the finest of lights, twinkling down all the way to the snowy ground below. Some other decorations are placed on the tree as well, mementos to loved ones that have long since passed. Some little notes, or maybe even some memorabilia which has important meaning to said individual. Presents also line the bottom of the tree, gifts brought from all of those in attendance. Once all of the presents under the tree have been placed, it is until sundown and after the ceremonial speech is that they can be opened. Strangers, giving gifts to each other, marking how peace has long prospered in elven culture.
But it is not only the elves in attendance, even in the past, even during the war, setting aside their differences for perhaps a single day before battle was wrought again the next, the royals from all other races were invited to this ceremony. The other races of course could participate in all of the festivities, exchanging gifts, giving speeches, conversing with the other races and enjoying all the beauty this event brought about. This is the only day in the year in which hunting is not permitted, of any animal whether it be predator or prey. This is a day for peace for all beings, and to remember those who have not lived to see this day. As of late, perhaps this is more of a remembrance, for all of the tragedy as of late. Many were lost at the Royal Emberi Ball, the Plant Hunt, and the Oedir Battle Royale. Perhaps this is a final goodbye, to wish those a safe passage from this life into the next.
After the speeches given by the speakers, the royalty, priests, anyone else that wishes to speak is given full reign on the small podium next to the edge of the snowy cliff, the sun setting behind them and into the cold night. Near the white willow, a river flows. Once after the speeches have ended, and those who wish to open a single present have received them, the final part of the ceremony will proceed. Every individual receives a lantern, and can write messages, draw pictures, do anything with them, before placing them into the river to let them flow with the current. Each lantern, each light, represents a loved one or loved ones lost, going from this world and into the next. After the lanterns flow down the river, near the edge of the cliff is a waterfall. The lanterns flow across the river then when they hit the waterfall, they flow off into the heavens above, the lights of the lanterns blending into the starry sky. A new year has passed, perhaps these lives will not be forgotten, and this year can be much more peaceful than the last.