d30 Rituals of Summer
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Wildflowers are planted into thatched roofs
The able-bodied embark on a hunt for the greatest beast. The victor
receives tribute from the village until the next summer when the hunt
Young folk wrestle livestock. Victors claim the animals as their own.
Children lead prisoners in dances. Those who follow the child’s
instructions satisfactorily are freed.
Boasting competitions are held. If contestants are caught in a
falsehood, they must drink. Those who pass out are hung nude upside
down in the square.
The town square is made open for public confessions to be pardoned
Children are sent in pairs to forage in the wilderness, one blindfolded
and the other the leader. Each day they alternate their roles.
Fruits are painted with lavish scenes and placed for display until they
Choirs chant praise to the sun from dusk till dawn that it may grace
them with its glory forevermore
Elders are presented with a fruit from the tree of each household. A
coin is given to the family for each seed their gift holds.
Performers enact complex plays using puppets made from
Songbird nests are placed within lanterns of vellum which are sent to
float away in the night.
Local lords and officials surrender their authority for a fortnight and
are buried to the neck. They must beg for nourishment and any
promises they make in exchange must be kept on pain of death.
Citizens craft small sachets of narcotic herbs which they hold under
their tongues all day.
An opulent stained-glass enclosure holds the cocoons of colorful
butterflies which are augured like runes
Outcasts, criminals and sinners are brought to the town square.
Citizens may each throw a single stone and coin, which the outcast
may keep when they are exiled.
One sheaf or fruit of every hundred is left as a gift to the lords of the
wild, that they might spare the settlement the predations of their
Each household must tend to a family of mice. They must present
them to the elders and are held to account for their well-being. Those
who fail must live on half-rations through the fall.
Newborns are given cuts with the tooth of a fox or wolf. It is given to
them as a pendant to be worn their whole life.
A feast is held, and all types of drink and narcotic are consumed.
Celebrants indulge until the point of vomiting, which is done in a
ceremonial trough. It is used to baptize young children.
Those who wish to seek blessing are tied to stakes or trees on the
outskirts of the settlement and left for the animals. If they are
unscathed at dawn, they have been shown favor.
A criminal or outcast is placed in an iron cage in the town square. The
bars are greased with oil and fat and kept aflame constantly. The
cage is just large enough to survive unburnt, provided they do not
A citizen is chosen to be buried except for their head in a mound of
fertile soil, covered in moss and mushrooms. They are tended and
kept healthy until the end of summer, when they are exhumed and the
fruits of their soil are shared among the settlement.
A bear or comparable large predator is caught. Warriors fight one
after the other to the death to defeat it, clad in loincloths and wielding
a single blade.
A buried hero is exhumed and their skull used as an oracle for rulers
until the next solstice, after which it and the body are ground and
mixed in draughts to become part of them forever.
Clay bracelets are given to every citizen for protection from spirits. If
it is lost or broken, they are determined to be a changeling and face
exile or death.
For the duration of summer the death of any foal, calf, or the like will
be matched by sacrifice of an elder.
Visitors are offered rich rewards to prophesy what the year will bring.
Those who refuse are imprisoned and tortured to obtain prophecies,
and released only if they prove true.
Children craft masks of wild animals and hunt in packs on all fours.
An elder is selected by lottery and given alchemical concoctions before
they are flayed and twisted into a Blood Eagle in the square. Wild
celebrations are held and acolytes praise them from sunrise to sunset
for as long as they survive. They are preserved and enshrined in a
secret temple, worshiped every solstice.