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Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:06 am
Year I in the rule of Boss Elphaba Revlis, l̵͍̏o̸̜̕n̴̦̉g̷̼̑ ̵̺̾m̵̰̕a̶̦͆y̷̤͘ ̶̣͐s̷̘͋h̴̪͆ë̸̠́ ̷̣̉r̶̪̆e̴̬͠i̸͎͝g̵̢̅n̴͙͆
It is a halfmoon since the first snow fell.
Now the white has great regularity. It stretches inland from the coast, brighter than the eye can truly understand. In places the drifts are deep enough to submerge a man whole, though the season is yet young. Eve after eve, it continues to fall. When the moon is at her zenith, the air becomes cold enough to sear the lungs, to confuse the limbs like fire. Icicles droop from eaves and awnings. The livestock have become big shaggy things, thick of hair and slow of movement, shuffling through the powder with the ponderous energy of those resigned to a long winter.
The kingdom enjoyed a late autumn harvest, but that which was not cured or salted for storage has now been consumed. It is a time for hunters, who search the brilliant white for the tracks of their prey, relentless and resilient. Each home has a hearth with glowing coals to stave off the lingering chill. Those unaccustomed by blood and line to the frigid north bundle up in many layers of coarse wool and fur, their skin pink and blood blue where the cold seeps in.
It is a hard time, but not impossibly slow. Salsola accepts the challenge of this season with the same ambitious brevity as all such challenges. They have, after all, weathered worse.
And they have, after all, worse yet to come.
As the true winter snows begin to build heavy, impassable drifts that hamper travel between the peninsula and the mainland, a final delegation of Salsolans have been assigned to brave the difficult journey to the Outpost to conduct the last of the year's trading at the Portland docks. This is routine for the Thistle Kingdom, as a heavily-guarded caravan has been sent early-winter for every season in recent memory. The individuals chosen are well-prepared for their task, laden with heavy winter supplies and the last of the late-harvest goods.
Leaving December 10th and returning on December 28th, the Salsolan party will be staying for approximately six full days in Portland. If you'd like your character to join the expedition, please let us know by replying to this post.
OOC Note: It is standard practice for the Leadership to offload longterm aNPC characters to the Fort Preble Outpost to free up room in our on-board ranks. If you are the owner of one of the below-mentioned characters and do not wish to see them moved off-board, please contact us as soon as possible.
Current members attending the trade voyage are:
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As the nights grow longer and the moon brighter, the coven prepares itself. Icy breath pours down from the Halcyon peaks, setting the Blackwoods alight with little crystal flames; They sparkle in the limbs of the ancient pines like small treasures, and sometimes drop unexpectedly with enough force to kill a man dead.
It is not the first year the icicles have grown so early, but certainly their size and clarity is remarkable. As with most things, the witches of Salsola look to nature for the signs they need to pursue their Crafts. Heralding the approach of the Longest Night, they prepare in each their own unique way, contemplating uncountable faceless gods or preaching to the spirits who grow restless in the dark.
On December 21st the solstice arrives, and with it a most portentous sign; Witnesses describe seeing tiny specks of snow falling in perfect prismatic shapes, like stars descending from the heavens. These snowflakes are no larger than a finger's breadth, but they are intricate and unlike anything else, most certainly the work of some benevolent creator. The witches make of this what they will, but determined to steer the narrative of the discovery in a way that best suits her, Elphaba calls upon them as darkness falls to gather in ceremony.
You will be notified of this non-mandatory all-welcome thread as soon as it is posted - a link and update will be posted in the Salsolan Discord ❅
To 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 the general 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 giftee. Participants should then post their gift and IC delivery proposal in the drop-off topic!
Please reply to this thread with the filled out form if you intend to participate!
[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)
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