19 September

The Festival of Passage

By Serpentius

Greetings Elyrians!

We're fairly certain your event attendance desires and button smashing proclivities have been satisfied for the time being thanks to our previous event.

With that in mind, this month we're celebrating new lore and information that hasn't been released before!

History

Once per lifetime, every 52 years (in Earth's fall), the Faedin celebrate the Festival of Passage. This is a year-long festival, in which the Faedin observe and recognize their relationship to the animal spirits of the world, the process of reincarnation, and the transition from what was before, to what will come.

Read the revealing lore associated with this promotion and learn how Nanna became the first in this new story: The Leader of the Pack

Observances

The Kypiq celebrate this time by hosting The Masque of Passage - A masquerade lasting a full month similar to Mardi Gras where people dress up in costumes to honor the different animals of Elyria.

The Pursuit of Passage is a hunt lasting a full month, where Brudvir dress up as wolves and attempt to join the wolf packs, and then proceed to hunt with them. They hunt and kill in order to usher in the end of an animal's life to prepare for Queen's Gaze and the chance for reincarnation.

The Janoa honor this time with the Contest of Passage - a month-long tournament where people fight within a circle against other people, or against a selection of animals, to demonstrate their prowess.

Others who share a close relationship with a Faedin tribe may join in the celebrations and use them for their own means.

Notably, the Neran may use this as a time to join in with the merry-making of the Kypiq, and the Hrothi may use this as a time to foster and encourage relations with the Brudvir, offering to sell them thematic weapons, etc. The To'resk may use the contests of the Janoan as a series of events in which to gamble upon.

As this time in Elyria is celebrated, you can be certain there will be stories passed down through the ages about grandiose Masque of Passage costumes, and unfathomable skills demonstrated by young Janoans during their contest.

However you celebrate, think of your animal spirit as you do and your life will be richer for it!

Promo items

Keeping with our tradition, this month during the Festival of Passage, new limited-availability items are now in our online store!

These promo items will be available starting on September 19th, 2018 and lasting through Friday, September 28th, at 12pm PDT.

After that, all promo items will return to the vault.

Here are the new store items you can currently purchase:

Sounds of Passage

Description: Honor the transition of the soul and the Festival of Passage with traditional Faedin instruments.

They say that the howl of Ylva''s pack, the first wolves to connect with the Brudvir, can be heard through their flutes, while the berimbau of the Janoan Contest marks the entrance of a new warrior into the fray. Whether you are joining the Pursuit or taking up the Contest, steady your mind and attune yourself to the spirits around you with the Sounds of Passage.

Contains:

  • A flute-like instrument used by the Brudvir that makes a sound like a wolf howl
  • A string-percussion instrument used primarily by the Janoa that resembles a berimbau

Wolf's Clothing

Description: Adopt the form and techniques of the wolf and join the pack!

Celebrate the Brudvir connection to the spirit of the wolf and the Pursuit of Passage as you follow in the footsteps of the first Brudvir, donning the wolf costume and stalking your prey.

Contains:

  • A hide & fur-made wolf disguise w/ pattern
  • Camouflage codex teaches basic camouflage technique

Masks of Passage

Description: Celebrate the many forms of the spirit with this collection of Kypiq masques!

Each mask represents the Faedin's belief that the animal spirits of the world are deeply connected to the Tribes of Elyria. Don your masque and enjoy the many shapes and forms a soul can take in the Cycle.

Contains:

  • Set of 5 animal masks for the masquerade (wolf, squirrel, horse, alligator, badger)
  • Paper maché recipe using Ironwood leaves
  • Book of patterns for making the 5 masks

Animal Journey

Description: Embark on a mind-expanding spirit journey through the Astral Plane as an animal spirit!

It is said that the form a spirit takes in the Astral Plane is a reflection of its place in the Cycle of Souls, and that each of us, even as we live but a single lifetime, still have within us the past shapes of our soul. With meditation and reflection, these forms can be explored...

Contains:

  • Psilocybin mushroom spores
  • Mushroom wine recipe
  • Mushroom wine which allows temporary "travel" on the astral plane as one of a number of spirit animals

Wolf Sled

Description: Travel in style – Brudvir style – with this sled and your own private wolf pack!

Though meant primarily for the snow, these sleds can be drawn across almost any terrain with the right team and there is no team as determined, loyal, and lethal as your very own pair of domesticated pet wolves!

Contains:

  • Single-occupant sled to be pulled by wolves or other medium quadruped animals (requires 2-6 animals)
  • Domesticated wolf pet (x2)

Based on numerous requests, this item has been added to this promotion: (9/20/2018)

Domesticated Wolf

Description: Start a pack of your own with this domesticated wolf!

A wolf's pack is its family, when one adopts a wolf, they are adopting a fiercely loyal companion. Family in spirit, if not in fact.

Contains:

  • Domesticated wolf pet

In closing

That's all for now folks, we hope you enjoy this promotion and the lore story that accompanies it!

Make sure you head on over to our online store and grab the items you are most interested in as they return to the vault on Friday, September 28th at 12pm PDT!

If you have any questions about this promotion, please reply to this thread or email us at [email protected]

More to come!