Valdorian Age - Rising Power on the Frontier
Falling on the last day of Coward’s Month is when the inhabitants of Elweir honor the rivers that provide for their city’s wealth. The day is an ancient custom, and on it, the inhabitants purchase or make small boats. Only one or two feet long, these boats are either carved from driftwood or fashioned by wood wrights in Uphill West. Some sport a sail made of a rag, but most resemble primitive canoes and the like. The boats of The Fifty, however, are grand affairs – precise models of Abyzinian barques and Valdorian triremes right down to the small wooden figures representing the rowers and sailors. Sometime during the day or night, the owner of the boat sets his toy vessel in The Serpentine River (Elweir City) or The Worm River (Elweir City) and lets it sail downriver to Blue Waters (these small boats can sail over the river chains under the Founding Stone Bridge). Traditionally, a boat’s owner places a coin or two in it as an offering to Poteidan but with the disappearance of the gods this custom has fallen out of favor. Now an owner may place a lit candle in the boat or else a scribe written note that lists his wishes or desires. Children often turn River’s Day into a race – groups of them assemble at one point on the river, loose their rudely carved ships, and run along the embankments to see whose boat reaches a certain point first (typically the border of the neighborhood or some other easily-identified point). Adults often join in the fun making wagers on which boat will win. Like many holidays in Elweir, people spend the rest of the day drinking.
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