[SL] December Newspost
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[Image: salsola.gif] Salsola December Newspost [Image: salsola.gif]

➤ Merry and Bright

Year IV in the rule of Boss Elphaba Revlis; Early Winter in the Thistle Kingdom
In the wake of the Autumnal Last Supper, the days grow ever shorter, and the nights, ever longer. The land gradually slips further into dormancy — the deciduous trees shed the last of their colorful leaves and various creatures find places to hibernate, waiting out the lean, bitter season to come, slumbering deeply until the arrival of spring. With every pass of the sun, the world feels a bit colder until the autumn rains become sleet, and, eventually, snow. In a blanket of white, Winter arrives in Salsola.

Cold-weather garments and comforts are brought out from storage. Firewood is cut and stacked for ease of use. Warm meals and conversations are welcomed and appreciated, and those shared with friends and family, even more. Hunters are rewarded with thick, luxurious furs and handsome antler racks, and those that take to Lupus or Secui enjoy the feel of fresh, icy lungfuls as they race headlong after prey. Playful mischief and fun can be found in various forms; from chilly pranks, to snowmen, to (dirty) snowball fights.

And, it is as the Kingdom embraces the new season that there is an almost festive air to be felt. After all, the arrival of the first snow heralds the start of the customary practice of gift-giving; Saturnalia!

The start of winter brings forth the reminder of another notion too; New Caledonia's Call to Court. An annual event since its conception, the Sun-and-Moon Kingdom to the North has extended an invitation to its southern neighbors twice now, and there is an assumed expectation that this year will mark the third. With growing interactions between the two Kingdoms, those that look to make a name for themselves — or hope to be chosen amongst those named to attend the far-off, foreign event — begin to make preparations for goods and other items to trade or gift the Caledonians. Rumor has it, they have a wonderful play, and their dyes and services are quite exquisite!



➤ Saturnalia

The fall of the first snow marks the official start of the winter season, as well as the beginning of Salsola's annual Saturnalia tradition!

The cultural event begins with the tradition of gift-giving...anonymously. These gifts can range widely, from something rather simple, to something quite useful, to something overly luxurious. It's all up to the sender! Gifts can be given in a multitude of ways, though, whichever method the deliverer chooses, the intent is to remain anonymous all the same. This part of the event is often tied to our Salsolan Secret Santa, however, you are of course welcome to have your own threads unrelated to the sign-ups too.

Under the full moon of December 29th, Saturnalia Eve will be held, with the Banquet to follow on December 30th. Keep your eyes peeled for these threads, and be sure to check our Discord channel for voting for this year's prestigious Lord of Discord!

Remember! If you have a thread related to Saturnalia (e.g. gift-giving, participating in the Saturnalia Eve sacrifice, attending the Banquet), you can earn the Freshwater Trout Anicomb!


➤The Yuletide Yak

[Image: yak_bojangles_alaine.png] The morning before Saturnalia Eve, bells jingle down the snow-covered streets of the Ruins and Millstone Village. As Salsolans look out their windows and peek out their doors, they see a sleigh. It is decorated with garlands and brightly colored ribbons, and is padded with thick furs. It goes at a lazy gait, pulled by Bojangles, who is equally as decorated; with brightly colored fabrics, tassels, bells, and looping accessories capped onto his horns. Blanche leads the yak while wearing a wide smile, for, in the sleigh Bojangles pulls, there is a mound of packaged gifts; one for every Salsolan!

While some may be anonymous — either part of the yearly gift-giving or unassociated with it — others have written senders, but, the one thing they have in common: They were delivered by the yuletide yak!

Players, feel free to make use of this new gift-delivering service this year for your Saturnalia-related threads or OOC assumptions! Bambinos should expect some extra little surprises; from tasty treats made by Blanche to simple, wooden crafts made by Flint! ;)


➤ Sign-ups: Salsolan Secret Santa

Tied into our annual Saturnalia event and in honor the passage of another successful year, Salsola will be continuing a proper tradition — the yuletide gift exchange! Much like the board-wide exchange generally run this time of year, members sign up to give and receive gifts — Very unlike the board-wide exchange, however, the gifts will be In-Character rather than graphical.

As Luperci have no idea who the heck Santa is, the coven and those likewise associated are more likely to use the old archaic term yuletide IC to describe this event and this festive time of generosity and cheer!
» How Does it Work?
Salsolan members sign up for this event by filling out the form below. When sign-ups end, the leadership pairs each participant anonymously with an unknowing gift-ee. Participants should then post their gift and IC delivery proposal in the drop-off topic!

» Rules
  • You're required to reciprocate: you'll be receiving a gift, so you should be providing a gift.
  • You do not need to engage in an actual played-out thread for this exchange. It's primarily for fun and to encourage closeness/interaction/fun between Salsola members! You are welcome to keep your participation in the contest as OOC planning if you wish. It's up to you and your partners (person you are giving a gift to, and person you are receiving a gift from) to decide.
  • Please make sure your gift suggestions and your actual gift are reasonable and realistic. It is not very realistic or reasonable to request a trained Asian elephant, for example. c;
  • When delivering your gift, please reply to the drop-off thread with a description. Try to be comprehensive when describing the item.
  • You must include at least: a pixel icon OR a non-copyrighted photo reference OR a drawn image of your gift AND/OR a 100 word description! See the 'Souls Graphic Resources Wiki Page for places you can obtain non-copyrighted images. If you have any questions about whether your image or description are acceptable, please contact SL Leadership.
» Timeframe
  • December 9th: Sign-ups end
  • December 10th: Assignments given via PM!
  • December 11th: Drop-off thread will be created, and a link will be added to this post. IC threads must be started between this date and Dec 31st, if you plan to aim for the bonus 10 points!
» Form
Please reply to this thread with the filled out form if you intend to participate!
Code:
[b]Character Name:[/b]
[b]Gift Preferences:[/b] (List up to 3 items your character would truly appreciate as a gift -- try to be specific and descriptive so your partners have an easy time!)
[b]What is your character good at obtaining?:[/b]
[b]Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?:[/b] (Yes or No; Once or Twice)

➤ Year-End Wrap Up

Can you believe that 2021 is almost over?? We can't either! However, that means it's time for everyone's favorite Yearbook to make it's return! Submit your characters to ensure the full roster of Salsola is represented!

On that note, don't forget to fill out the 'Souls 2021 character census! Having this information will better reflect the in-game demographics of the region and its populous.

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Much love and Happy Posting - Team Salsola
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Character Name: Velour Valentine
Gift Preferences:
- Hunting Knife
- Leather
- Rug
What is your character good at obtaining?:
Furs, Meat, Feathers, anything hunting/wilderness related
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yes

Character Name: Brocade Valentine
Gift Preferences:
- Blankets
- Armor/Weapons
- Cool Furs
What is your character good at obtaining?:
Weapons, decorative pieces, practical/household goods (candles, thread, wood, etc)
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yes

Character Name: Odalis Amaranthe
Gift Preferences:
- Food
- Furs
- Clothes for Marina or herself
What is your character good at obtaining?:
- Sick burns (jk jk)
- Food / Cleaning Supplies
- Simple garments / Needlework / Embroidery
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yes
#3
Character Name: Eden de le Ulrich
Gift Preferences:
  • Feminine dresses, ones that would look nice along her pelt or have a nice style to them
  • Seeds for plants she may not have in her garden or in SL
  • Gifts/Offerings for spirits in the Blackwoods
What is your character good at obtaining?: Herbs/Seeds, Tea Brews, Furs, Clothing, Tradable Items, Charms, Flowers
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yes, Twice

Character Name: Silas del Morte
Gift Preferences:
  • Blank books
  • Writing/Coloring Utensils
  • Anything relating to the stars
What is your character good at obtaining?: Furs, Meats, Feathers, Work, Favors, Cooked Meals
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yes, Twice
#4
Character Name: Casimir Soul
Gift Preferences:
  • The biggest* fur blanket. Must be very soft!!
  • Horse stuff for his new best friend, Magni. Blankets, tack, brushes, treats, anything!
  • General household supplies. Maybe a few candles. Cas has been sitting in a dark house since Lyra took her lanterns to Portland.
What is your character good at obtaining?: Animal products (bones, pelts, meat, etc), bows (hand-crafted, simple), foraged and scavenged goods
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yeah!


* Actually the biggest. World record sized/Souls record sized. He should look like a tiny swaddled baby.
#5
Character Name: Atlas Greygrief
Gift Preferences:
  • Shiny things! Jewellery, goblets, plates, you name it! Atlas is basically a giant magpie/very small dragon!
  • Clothing for him or his sisters.
  • Secrets ;) Any little useful snippet of information that can be spilled, Atlas would love to hear it.
What is your character good at obtaining?:
  • Drugged teas, for recreational or more... sinister uses. Also non-drugged teas, but where's the fun in that? ;)
  • Herbs, both fresh and dried.
  • Soaps, perfumes, etc.
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Sure thing!
#6
Character Name: Till Van Ulrich
Gift Preferences:
- Breeding Rabbits (wild caught is fine)
- Unique cloaks/pelts (no bear pelts, but wolf/coyote/dog pelts work, or anything that isn't commonly found)
- Books of almost any kind, he likes maps a lot, especially ones of Nova Scotia and surrounding areas.
What is your character good at obtaining?:
Furs, Clothing, gems/coin, candles, paper, cats/kittens, drugs, owls, food, herbs, witchy kits, ink, maps
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yes, Once, if possible/wanted



Character Name: Spartacus Ulrich
Gift Preferences:
- Armor/metalwork or weapons (swords or bows preferably)
- Fancy clothing, maybe a jabot or a mantle, preferably red or black coloration bonus points if it has raven feathers on it.
- Norse Religious paraphernalia (charms, runes, scrying stones, anything like that)
What is your character good at obtaining?:
Furs, Clothing, gems/coin, candles, paper, cats, seeds, drugs
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yes, once if possible/wanted

Then why do I feel so immensely alone
This can't be the end of my story
Onward I go once again
Fighting my way to my F I N A L   B R E A T H
#7
Character Name: O'Riley Eternity
Gift Preferences: High quality goat meat, really cool rocks and minerals, decorative items
What is your character good at obtaining?: Animal parts and hides, meat, items from Portland
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: No

Character Name: Grievous Eternity
Gift Preferences: Glass jars, items for his household, cooking materials (herbs, spices, pots/pans)
What is your character good at obtaining?: Horse-related items, teas, medicinal mixtures
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yes, twice

Character Name: Morgana Revlis
Gift Preferences: Baby items!! High quality wool, dyed material like leather or wool
What is your character good at obtaining?: Clothing, blankets, "spiritual" items
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yes, twice

Character Name: Tattersall Valentine
Gift Preferences: Items for his horse (blanket, tack, etc), armor, household supplies
What is your character good at obtaining?: Feathers, bows, items he can barter for
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yes, once

Character Name: Whisper Eternity
Gift Preferences: Anything with a horse on it, clothing with tassles, "fancy" accessories, soap
What is your character good at obtaining?: Leather products, horse-tack
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yes, once
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#8
Character Name: Marina Amaranthe
Gift Preferences: Clothing (dresses or ribbons to doll herself up), simple jewelry, household items
What is your character good at obtaining?: Whatever she can scavenge from the shore: seashells, bits of seaglass, pretty rocks, driftwood, etc.
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yes, once
#9
Character Name: Deirdra de le Ulrich
Gift Preferences: useful herbs, a blank book, or jewelry
What is your character good at obtaining?: rabbits(dead or alive), feathers, dead birds, bones, and drugs
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: No, she’s a yNPC
#10
Character Name: Azalea Eternity
Gift Preferences:
- Jewelry (gotta accumulate the wealth)
- A nice heavy blanket (RIP)
- Clothing? Azalea's always liked clothing.
What is your character good at obtaining?: She could get pretty much whatever so long as she can skip town for it, and she'll be heading to DCG so, again, I think she can get whatever your character desires.
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: Yes!
#11
Character Name: Mogis Meloy
Gift Preferences:
- Something spiritually inclined, like a ward of protection because Moggs be venturing into things he doesn’t understand.
- Warm clothes for winter. Short fur and cold weather aren’t a very good pair.
What is your character good at obtaining?: Mogis has a stash of shiny things he’s stolen before coming to Salsola. I’m sure there’s some jewelry he’d be willing to part with.

Otherwise, anything else that can be traded for.
Are you planning to aim for the bonus IC thread/s?: (Yes, Twice)


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