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Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:35 am
Year I in the rule of Boss Elphaba Revlis, W̵͙̔̋ȋ̵̤̫͔͇̕ẗ̴͚̯͉̀̋̈c̴̰̄̓͑̓h̴̬̦͑ Queen of Salsola
It is early fall in Nova Scotia. The stifling heat wave that gripped the boglands and crumbling Ruins in August has finally succumbed to milder temperatures, with an occasional cool breeze lifting from the choppy grey waters of Loch Fundy. After a sweltering summer, the gentle weather should be seen as a late-harvest blessing to those who toil the land. But to the kingdom of Salsola, the mild respite seems to belie an undercurrent of tension, treason and mourning that festers like an infected wound in many of the Family.
Ondine Heiwa, Seer of the Sanctus Faction, has been murdered.
Her funeral was a fraught, somber affair that disquieted many, regardless of whether their intentions were genuine or staged. Ondine's loss is felt keenly throughout the kingdom's spiritual echelons, both for good and ill - though not formally associated with the coven, her family's long tradition of adhering to the Craft has held them in well regard by many who favor Salsola's increasing occult power. The Seer herself was a likable, modest woman, her genteel humbleness a rarity in this wicked place. Feeling her political strength threatened by the unforeseen loss of a reliable bureaucratic supporter, the young Queen is wisely counselled by her Erilaz to boost the miserly spirits of the people by hosting a more joyous event.
Thankfully, she has just the celebration in mind.
A sweet turn in the climate heralds the first of autumn's splendid hues. Though the deciduous trees have yet to turn royal red, a golden carpet of leaves has fallen by the old apple orchard. Mendicants and Indentured Servants have prepped the area with a small wooden altar fit for a formal rite. Backdropped by the tall foreboding pines of the Blackwoods, Elphaba has chosen this setting for the most anticipated social event of the season.
Now that Kamari Kaiser and the Boss' bastard halfbrother Krios Revlis have come of an appropriate age for their betrothal to be fulfilled, there seems no point in further delaying the royal wedding. The wedding ceremony itself will be a private affair, with only family members and specific high-ranked nobles invited to oversee the binding of these two ill-fated youths (private thread); But in place of a traditional Last Supper, the reception will be a raucous and rowdy communal affair for all members of the famed Family to attend (pack thread).
Individuals are encouraged to prepare a gift for the newlyweds, to be presented at the post-wedding reception. The reception will be held in the Feasting Hall, and contributions of food, cider, wine or spices will be most welcome. Eager to establish a more fortuitous foundation for her reign after Ondine's untimely demise, Elphaba will spare no expense to ensure that this event is as grandiose and luxuriant as possible, even going so far as to arrange for music and extravagance in the form of liquor and entertainment.
She is hoping that this will help Salsola forget its grim troubles, and bribe the fractious dissenters closer to her side. What actually happens on this long night of carousing is up to you.
If you have a specific idea for how your Salsolan might contribute to the revelries, post below! Minstrels, storytellers, romantic drama and a comedic roasting of the unfortunate bride and groom are especially welcome ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
The wedding event is scheduled to be held on September 16th. Once the Ceremony Thread (private) and Reception Thread (mandatory pack thread) are posted, you will find links to them HERE.
For taking part in the celebration, you might be applicable for the following bonuses:
As this is the first wedding to have been extensively played out IC since Elphaba's coronation, we decided it was time to give some structure to the cultural lore surrounding a 'Salsolan wedding'. As with some of Salsola's traditional rites (i.e. the Cueponi, or becoming a Pentiti), it is put in place as a guideline for what your character/s could do, not what they must do. We hope that this added flavor will serve to provide you with some fun and interesting ideas, should it come time for your character/s to take that next step in their romantic lives!
THE WEDDING CEREMONY
Generally solemn, private affairs, mateships in Salsola are equally as often used as means to bolster rank position or political standing within the Family as they are a traditionally romantic gesture between individuals. It is entirely up to participants as to how large or how small they want the wedding ceremony itself to be, with some couples opting for only themselves, the Mafiosi and the Crone to attend, though generally there is a large amount of pressure for the entire pack to be invited to the reception held thereafter.
Following the event, a large and informal feast occurs in the Ruins proper, most commonly held at the Feasting Hall for convenience and size. This is generally something provided for by the family and friends of those participating. Some may choose to extensively decorate the area, intending to bolster the appearance of their household and names. Attendees are encouraged to bestow well-wishes and sometimes gifts upon the participants, for as in many things, gift-giving (i.e. bribery) is an essential part of Salsolan culture.
Having been converted to a matriarchal rule under the reign of the First Queen, Salvia Eternity, Salsola does not adhere to some of the more archaic patriarchal traditions associated with primitive post-wedding receptions; Consummation is a private affair, and no proof of it is ever required to ensure the validity of the union. However, with plenty of drink often provided at the reception, well-meaning advice-givers and jokesters may use the opportunity to be as baudy and lewd as they dare, much to the likely embarrassment of the newlyweds.
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Kaeli Blacksun wrote:Kaeli would be going on a hunt to provide meat for the feast, how about we make it a group hunt? Together a group of Salsolans is sure to get enough for the cooks to make some big and nourishing dishes.
Helena Troy Lykoi wrote:Helena, as chef would likely take over preparation of foods and table decoration, and basically go nuts trying to make it, and herself, look gooood 8) She can also sing/dance as entertainment
Andrew Winthrop wrote:Of course with Ol' Andy Boi being a servant, he can definitely do some of the grunt work getting things prepped (i.e. building the alter and so on).
Also! Would it be cool to have Red at the reception to serve drinks and assist Helena with entertainment?
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