Friday, January 22, 2010
Alagairtha & Moonfest
High in the north sky is an awesome circle of large, bright stars with utter darkness between them. Due north is marked by the brightest Brow Star, also known as Alagairtha by the Bedine of Anauroch.
Other folk in the Realms call this constellation the Crown of the North, or just the Cold Crown. Some believe it to be the Eye of Evil, the Hole That Leads to Darkness, or the Circle of Coins (thrown on high by the gods, to taunt poor men). Some Bedine tribes believe that this place is N'asr's Tent, the dwelling-place of the Lord of the Dead. When Alagairtha is at its brightest The Feast of the Moon festival begins.
The Feast of the Moon:
This festival, also called Moonfest, is the last great festival of the year. It marks the arrival of winter and is also the day when the dead are honored. Graves are blessed, the Ritual of Remembrance is performed, and tales of the doings of those now gone are told far into the night. Much is said of heroes and treasure and lost cities underground. On this night the barrier between the prime material plane and the various other planes is at its weakest.
Gods commonly watching over this holy day: Myrkul, Velsharoon and Talos
Black candles are burned to ward off negativity.
On this day magic involving necromancy and destruction are at their most potent.