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Holidays of the Iliac Bay


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Hey there! Being a time-worn Daggerfall veteran, I thought I'd post some of the holidays that I think match from around the same time period of TES:O, to give you all an idea of the culture of the Daggerfall Covenant! Bear with some of my mistakes! [Remember that not all information should be taken literally, for example, there is no "Emperor" in TES:O at the start, but I thought I'd post it for detail anyway!]


New Life Festival
Morning Star 1st

Today the people of [this province] are having the New Life Festival in celebration of a new year. The Emperor has ordered yet another tax increase in his New Life Address, and there is much grumbling about this. Still, despite financial difficulties, the New Life tradition of free ale at all the taverns in the cities continues. The people of [this province] certainly know how to hold a celebration.


Scour Day
Morning Star 2nd

Scour Day is a celebration held in most High Rock villages on the day after New Life. It was once the day one cleans up after New Life, but has changed into a party of its own.


Ovank'a
Morning Star 12th

Ovank'a is the day the people of the Alik'r Desert offer prayers to Stendarr in the hopes of a mild and merciful year. It is considered very holy.


South Winds Prayer
Morning Star 15th

The 15th of Morning Star is a holiday taken very seriously in (this province), where they call it South Wind's Prayer, a plea by all the religions of Tamriel for a good planting season. Citizens with every affliction known in Tamriel flock to services in the cities's temples, as the clergy is known to perform free healings on this day. Only a few will be judged worthy of this service, but few can afford the temples usual price.


Day of Lights
Morning Star 16th

The Day of Lights is celebrated as a holy day by most villages in Hammerfell on the Iliac Bay. It is a prayer for a good farming and fishing year, and is taken very seriously.


Waking Day
Morning Star 18th

The people in Yeorth Burrowland invented Waking Day in prehistoric times to wake the spirits of nature after a long, cold winter. It has evolved into a sort of orgiastic celebration of the end of winter.


Day of Release
Sun's Dawn 8th

The people of Glenumbra Moors may be the only people to remember or care about the battle between Aiden Direnni and the Alessian Army in the first era. They celebrate it vigorously on the Day of Release.


Heart's Day
Sun's Dawn 16th

Today is the 16th of Sun's Dawn, a holiday celebrated all over Tamriel as Heart's Day. It seems that in every house, the Legend of the Lovers is being sung for the younger generation. In honor of these Lovers, Polydor and Eloisa, the inns of the city offer a free room for visitors. If such kindness had been given the Lovers, it is said, it would always be springtime in the world.


First Planting
First Seed 7th

On the 7th of First Seed every year, the people of (this province) celebrate First Planting, symbolically sowing the seeds for the autumn harvest. It is a festival of fresh beginnings, both for the crops and for the men and women of the city. Neighbors are reconciled in their disputes, resolutions are formed, bad habits dropped, the diseased cured. The clerics at the temples run a free clinic all day long to cure people of poisoning, different diseases, paralyzation, and the other banes found in the world of Tamriel.


Day of Waiting
First Seed 9th

The Day of Waiting is a very old holy day among certain settlements in the Dragontail Mountains. Every year at that time, a dragon is supposed to come out of the desert and devour the wicked, so everyone locks himself up inside.


Flower Day
First Seed 25th

Flower Day is another of the frivolous celebrations of High Rock. Children pick the new flowers of spring while older Bretons, cooped up all winter, come out to welcome the season with dancing and singing.


Festival of Blades
First Seed 26th

During the Festival of Blades, the people of the Alik'r Desert celebrate the victor of the first Redguard over a race of giant goblins (orcs). The story is considered a myth by most scholars, but the holiday is still very popular in the desert.


Gardtide
Rains Hand 1st

On Gardtide, the people of Tamarilyn Point hold a festival to honor Druagaa, the old goddess of flowers. Worship of the goddess is all but dead, but the celebration is always a great success.


Day of the Dead
Rains Hand 13th

[i]The Day of the Dead is one of the more peculiar holidays of Daggerfall. The superstitious say that the dead rise on this holiday to wreak vengeance on the living.[/i]


Jester's Day

Rain's Hand 28th

Be warned that today is Jester's Day in the city of (this province), and pranks are being set up from one end of town to the other. It is as if a spell has been cast over the community, for even the most taciturn and dignified councilman might attempt to play a joke on his (relative?). The Thieves Guild finds particular attention as everyone looks for pickpockets in particular.


Second Planting
Second Seed 7th

The celebration of Second Planting is in full glory this day. It is a holiday with traditions similar to First Planting, improvements on the first seeding symbolically to suggest improvements on the soul. The free clinics of the temples are open for the second and last time this year, offering cures for those suffering from any kind of disease or affliction. Because peace and not conflict is stressed at this time, battle injuries are healed only at full price.


Marukh's Day
Second Seed 9th

Marukh's Day is only observed by certain communities in Skeffington Wood. By comparing themselves to the virtuous prophet Marukh, the people of Skeffington Wood pray for the strength to resist temptation.


Fire Festival
Second Seed 20th

The Fire Festival in Northmoor is one of the most attended celebrations in High Rock. It began as a pompous display of magic and military strength in ancient days and has become quite a festival.


Fishing Day
Second Seed 30th

Fishing Day is a big celebration for the Bretons who live off the bounty of the Iliac Bay. They are not a usually flamboyant people, but on Fishing Day, they make so much noise, fish have been scared away for weeks.


Drigh R'Zimb
Mid Year 1st

The festival of Drigh R'Zimb, held in the hottest time of year in Abibon-Gora, is a jubilation held for the sun Daibethe itself. Scholars do not know how long Drigh R'Zimb has been held, but it is possible the Redguards brought the festival with them when they came in the first era.


Mid Year Celebration
Mid Year 16th

Today is the 16th of Mid Year, the traditional day for the Mid Year Celebration. Perhaps to alleviate the annual news of the Emperor's latest tax increase, the cities temples offer blessings for only half the donation they usually suggest. Many so blessed feel confident enough to enter the (dangerous) dungeons when they are not fully prepared, so this joyous festival has often been known to turn suddenly into a day of defeat and tragedy.


Dancing Day
Mid Year 23rd

Dancing Day is a time-honored holiday in Daggerfall. Who started it is questionable, but the Red Prince Atryck popularized it in the second era. It is an occasion of great pomp and merriment for all the people of Daggerfall, from the nobles down.


Merchants Festival
Sun's Height 10th

The bargain shoppers of the known world are out in force today and it is little wonder, for the 10th of Sun's Height is a holiday called the Merchants' Festival. Every marketplace and equipment store has dropped their prices to at least half. The only shop not being patronized today is the Mages Guild, where prices are as exorbitant as usual. Most citizens in need of a magical item are waiting two months for the celebration of Tales and Tallows when prices will be more reasonable.


Divad Etep't
Suns Height 12th

During Divat Etep't, the people of Antiphyllos mourn the death of the one of the greatest of the early Redguard heroes, Divat, son of Frandar of the Hel Ansei. His deeds are questioned by historians, but his tomb in Antiphyllos is almost certainly genuine.


Sun's Rest
Sun's Height 20th

You will have to wait until tomorrow if you are planning on making any equipment purchases, for all stores are closed in observance of Sun's Rest. Of course, the temples, taverns, and Mages Guild in the (city) are still open their regular hours, but most citizens chose to devote this day to relaxation, not commerce or prayer. This is not a convenient arrangement for all, but the Merchants' Guild heavily fines any shop that stays open, so everyone complies.


Fiery Night
Suns Height 29th

Few besides the natives of the Alik'r Desert would venture out on the hottest day of the year, Fiery Night. It's a lively celebration with a meaning lost in antiquity.

Maiden Katrica
Last Seed 2nd

On the day of Maiden Katrica, the people of Ayasofya show their appreciation for the warrior that saved their county with the biggest party of the year.


Koomu Alazer'i
Last Seed 11th

Koomu Alezer'i means simply "We Acknowledge" in old Redguard, and it has been a tradition in Sentinel for thousands of years. No matter the harvest, the people of Sentinel solemnly thank the gods for their bounty, and pray to be worthy of the graces of the gods.


Feast of the Tiger
Last Seed 14th

The Feast of the Tiger in the Bantha rainforest is like other holidays in praise of a bountiful harvest. It is not, however, a solemn occasion for introspection and thanksgiving, but a great celebration and festival from village to village.


Appreciation Day
Last Seed 21st

Appreciation Day in Anticlere is an ancient holiday of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest for the people of Anticlere. It is considered a holy and contemplative day, devoted to Mara, the goddess-protector of Anticlere.


Harvest's End
Last Seed 27th

Perhaps no other festival fires the spirit of %cn as much as the one held today, Harvest's End. The work of the year is over, the seeding, sowing, and reaping. Now is the time to celebrate and enjoy the fruits of the harvest, and even visitors to (this region) are invited to join the farmers. The taverns offer free drinks all day long, an extra vagance before the economy of the coming winter months. Underfed farm hands gorging themselves and then getting sick in the town square are the most common sights of the celebration of Harvest's End.


Khurat
Hearth Fire 6th

Every town and fellowship in the Wrothgarian Mountains celebrates Khurat, the day when the finest young scholars are accepted into the various priesthoods. Even those people without children of age go to pray for the wisdom and benevolence of the clergy.


Tales and Tallows
Hearthfire 3rd

No other holiday divides the people of (this city) like the 3rd of Hearth Fire. A few of the oldest, more superstitious men and women do not speak all day long for fear that the evil spirits of the dead will enter their bodies. Most citizens enjoy the holiday, calling it Tales and Tallows, but even the most lighthearted avoid the dark streets of (this city), for everyone knows the dead do walk tonight. Only the Mages Guild completely thrives on this day. In celebration of the oldest magical science, necromancy, all magical items are half price today.


Riglametha Riglametha
Hearth Fire 12th

Riglametha Riglametha is celebrated on the twelfth of Hearth Fire every year in Lainlyn as a celebration of Lainlyns many blessings. Pageants are held on such themes as the Ghraewaj, when the daedra worshippers in Lainlyn were changed to harpies for their blasphemy.


Children's Day
Hearth Fire 19th

Children's Day in Betony is a festive occasion with a grim history. All know though few choose to recall that Children's Day began as a memorial to the dozens of children in Betony who were stolen from their homes by vampires one night never to be seen again. This happened over a hundred years ago, and the holiday has since become a celebration of youth.


Dirij Tereur
Frost Fall 5th

The fifth of Frost Fall marks Dirij Tereur for the people of the Alik'r Desert. It is a sacred day honoring Frandar Hund, the traditional spiritual leader of the Redguards who led them to Hammerfell in the first era. Stories are read from Hund's Book of Circles, and the temples in the region are filled to capacity.


Witches Festival
Frostfall 13th

Today is the 13th of Frostfall, known throughout Tamriel as the Witches' Festival when the forces of sorcery and religion clash. The Mages Guild gets most of the business since weapons and items are evaluated for their mystic potential free of charge and magic spells are one half their usual price. Demonologists, conjurors, lamias, warlocks, and thaumaturgists meet in the wilderness outside (the city), and the creatures created or summoned there may plague Tamriel for eons. Most wise men choose not to wander this night.


Serpent's Dance
Sun's Dusk 3rd

The Serpents Dance in Satakalaam may or may not have begun as a serious religious holiday dedicated to a snake god, but in this day, it is a reason for a great street festival.


Moon Festival
Sun's Dusk 8th

On the 8th of Sun's Dusk, the Bretons of Glenumbra Moors hold the Moon Festival, a joyous holiday in honor of Secunda, goddess of the moon. Although the goddess has no active worshippers, the traditional celebration has continued through the ages as a time of feasting and merriment.


Hel Anseilak
Sun's Dusk 18th

Hel Anseilak, which means "Communion with the Saints of the Sword" in Old Redguard is the most serious of holy days for the people of Pothago. The ancient way of Hel Ansei is never practiced by modern Redguards, but its rich heritage is remembered and honored on this day.


Warriors Festival
Sun's Dusk 20th

Today is the 20th of Sun's Dusk, the Warriors Festival in (this city). Most all the local warriors, spellswords, and rogues come to the equipment stores and blacksmiths where all weapons are half price. Unfortunately, the low prices also tempt many an untrained boy to buy his first sword and the normally quiet (city) streets ring with amateur skirmishes. The (mayor) has pardoned most of these ruffians in the past, but has promised to be less merciful this year.


North Winds Prayer
Evening Star 15th

Today is the 15th of Evening Star, a holiday reverently observed by the temples as North Wind's Prayer. It is a thanksgiving to the Gods for a good harvest and a mild winter. Some years, like this one, the harvest was not particularly good and the winter unseasonally harsh in (this province), but as the (mayor) is fond of saying, "It could be much worse." The temples offer all their services blessing, curing, healing for half the donation usually requested.


Baranth Do
Evening Star 18th

Baranth Do is celebrated on the 18th of Evening Star by the Redguards of the Alik'r Desert. Its meaning is "Goodbye to the Beast of Last Year." Pageants featuring demonic representations of the old year are popular, and revelry to honor the new year is everywhere.


Chil'a
Evening Star 20th

Chil'a, the blessing of the new year in the barony of Kairou, is both a sacred day and a festival. The archpriest and the baroness each consecrate the ashes of the old year in solemn ceremony, then street parades, balls, and tournaments conclude the event.


Saturalia
Evening Star 25th

The New Life festival comes a few days early in Wayrest with Saturalia, traditionally held on the 25th of Evening Star. Originally a holiday for a long forgotten god of debauchery, it has become a time of gift giving, parties, and parading. Visitors are encouraged to participate.


Old Life Festival
Evening Star 30th

On the last day of the year the Empire celebrates the holiday called Old Life. Many go to the temples to reflect on their past. Some go for more than this, for it is rumored that priests will, as the last act of the year, perform resurrections on beloved friends and family members free of the usual charge. Worshippers know better than to expect this philanthropy, but they arrive in a macabre procession with the recently deceased nevertheless. On this day, ale flows freely in all the taverns in all the cities of Tamriel.
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makes me think... i hope TESO doesnt have some stupid missplaced Christmass event. that would be lore breaking.
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(October 27th 2012 05:56 AM)Sordak Wrote:  makes me think... i hope TESO doesnt have some stupid missplaced Christmass event. that would be lore breaking.

Actually:

"Evening Star is the final month of the 12 Months in the Elder Scrolls universe. It is considered to be a Winter month. (by our definition). It is homologous to December (June in the Southern Hemisphere)

Annual Events during Evening Star:

4.25th of Evening Star: New Life Festival is celebrated. It is a holiday originally celebrating debauchery, but has since come to be recognized as a day for gift giving and parties. (Note: Similar to Christmas)"


Source: http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Calen...Frostfall:

Just saying.




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your interpretion. it would be far off. I would not mind having it like that, but other people that want to celebrate christmass probably would. I dont know what you want to prove here. I said i want no stupid missplaced christmass event.
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It's on the same day using the same deal, and you call it an interpretation? That's pretty desperate.
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(October 28th 2012 11:23 AM)Triskele Wrote:  
(October 27th 2012 05:56 AM)Sordak Wrote:  makes me think... i hope TESO doesnt have some stupid missplaced Christmass event. that would be lore breaking.

Actually:

"Evening Star is the final month of the 12 Months in the Elder Scrolls universe. It is considered to be a Winter month. (by our definition). It is homologous to December (June in the Southern Hemisphere)

Annual Events during Evening Star:

4.25th of Evening Star: New Life Festival is celebrated. It is a holiday originally celebrating debauchery, but has since come to be recognized as a day for gift giving and parties. (Note: Similar to Christmas)"


Source: http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Calen...Frostfall:

Just saying.

Triskele, join me in my attempt to enrich the Daggerfall Covenant roleplay, and you shall be showered with wealth (handshake) and power (pat on the shoulder)
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What I want to prove is that you should check the facts before you post. That you go as far to call facts from TES lore an "interpretation" says more about you than about me. Then again, I'm starting to learn you seldom post without the desire to pick fights.

As for the OP, really nice list and thanks for the effort, I would not mind seeing some of those in-game someday :)

Edit: Oh, I'd love to dip into Dagger-Roleplay sometime! I have a Redguard-alt planned, so if you have any ideas or think of anything just PM me, we can brainstorm :D
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(October 28th 2012 11:23 AM)Triskele Wrote:  4.25th of Evening Star: New Life Festival is celebrated. It is a holiday originally celebrating debauchery, but has since come to be recognized as a day for gift giving and parties. (Note: Similar to Christmas)"[/i]


New Life is on the 1st of Morning Star... the day and description you quoted is for Saturalia. The wiki you quoted from is... let's say, unreliable. <_< Still, the holiday does exist, by whatever name.
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(October 29th 2012 04:05 PM)MargieArgie Wrote:  
(October 28th 2012 11:23 AM)Triskele Wrote:  4.25th of Evening Star: New Life Festival is celebrated. It is a holiday originally celebrating debauchery, but has since come to be recognized as a day for gift giving and parties. (Note: Similar to Christmas)"[/i]


New Life is on the 1st of Morning Star... the day and description you quoted is for Saturalia. The wiki you quoted from is... let's say, unreliable. <_< Still, the holiday does exist, by whatever name.


I already wondered where the conflicting dates came from as I browsed around. Still, as you said, it exists :)




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I think faction-specific holidays is a great idea! It might get complicated trying to keep track if you have enough alts, however. :) Nice thread, Rodastyr!


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Don't forget to have a holiday reserved for when the Covenant reclaims Cyrodiil and begins their full conquest of Tamriel!
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Excellent post Rodastyr and good find Triskele! I can't wait to share this with my guild mates. :)


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