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Old 12-29-2019, 05:46 AM   #1
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What are some curious Noršlond customs?

During the three shortest nights of the year, the young men of any village dress up as goats and go wassailing. They are rewarded with food and drink (especially drink) and kisses by the young unwed women of the village. They also burn the Yule-Goat. The Yule-Goat is made from straws of the last crops harvested and contains the spirit of the harvest. By burning it and thus releasing it, it is let loose to begin the work of finding the Sun and bringing it back. It is said that if the Yule-Goat is not burned, the village will starve for three consecutive years.

Adventure Seed: Someone has stolen the Yule-Goat, holding it ransom, and it's only three days until the Winter Solstice. Disaster awaits unless the PCs can retrieve the precious item.
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Old 12-31-2019, 09:49 AM   #2
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On New Years Eve, it is tradition in Nordlond homes to renew oaths of friendship, loyalty and marriage. While it is still possible to do so at other times, the New Year is considered an especially auspicious time to renew the bonds that tie society together. This is also a time of great feasts, when the jarls invite their bondsmen and the freemen that live nearby to celebrate the birth of the new year and the return of the Sun (A Nordlond New Year starts with the Spring Equinox and the return of the Yule-Goat from his quest to find the sun.).
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Old 12-31-2019, 10:04 AM   #3
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(A Nordlond New Year begins the day after the Yule-Goat is burned and released).
As a note, the New Year is in March, on the spring equinox.

Hall of Judgment, p. 10:

Equinox Festival (March). The equinox festival
marks the beginning of the Noršlond year, and the
long-anticipated (long, long anticipated in Isfjall) end
of winter. It is marked by religious celebrations and
the sacrifice of small amounts of seed grains to mark
the beginning of new things. Any children born in the
winter are recognized and celebrated at the Equinox.
If you come across a child named Byrjun, Jólabarn,
Borgny, or Dagne, they were probably born near the
equinox (likely a result of activities during the Solstice
Festival in midsummer).
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Old 12-31-2019, 10:29 AM   #4
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Ah. Well, that fits "the return of the Sun" even better. Will rewrite.
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Old 12-31-2019, 06:33 PM   #5
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How about a custom about giving knives and weapons? You don't give people knives or weapons as that would cut the bonds of friendship. If you desire someone to have this cool knife/sword/whatever you give it to them along with a coin, in essence paying them to have that implement. Or when the recipient receives the implement he pays the giver for it with a small coin.

Based on an actual Icelandic tradition/superstition.
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Old 01-01-2020, 05:21 AM   #6
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Swedish as well, although for us its scissors. There are plenty of superstitions in Swedish folklore to draw from...

For instance, dried and powdered woodlice can be used to treat constipation.
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How about a custom about giving knives and weapons? You don't give people knives or weapons as that would cut the bonds of friendship. If you desire someone to have this cool knife/sword/whatever you give it to them along with a coin, in essence paying them to have that implement. Or when the recipient receives the implement he pays the giver for it with a small coin.

Based on an actual Icelandic tradition/superstition.
That's interesting, and I wasn't aware of it. I have this in December:

Festival of the Bells (December). The winter
solstice festival honors the Lord of Warding for
standing watch through the depths of the winter and
protecting the town and its citizens from harm. At
the moment of solstice, bells and chimes are rung
in every household, building, and steading in the
region. Gifts are exchanged, typically weapons or
replicas of weapons. At the evening meal, every head
of household will spill a drink, and pledge in the name
of the Lord of Warding to be vigilant and stand fast
before evil. The meal is traditionally mutton.
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