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  • Writer's pictureEli Z.

Samhain, Crina, and Plamen

There are two cultures that celebrate Samhain on Innatraea, though they are very different from each other in history, belief, and location. The Danae are a semi-nomadic people who inhabit the Tanglewood's outer reaches. To them Samhain is a spiritual day of remembrance and rebirth, it is also the end of summer and brings out the spirits of those who have passed. To Kievan it is the annual cycle of seasons where Innatraea and Kanraphim are closest, so they can contact their passed loved ones, but must also appease those more dangerous spirits.

The Danae have an odd ritual they perform on Samhain, of carrying pumpkins carved with nightmarish faces, lit by candles inside. They view these as protection from Crina, their spirits of the dead. Legend says that long ago she was a young Danae girl, who was forced into a life of labor after being kidnapped by evil Aedonian farmers. She passed away before coming home again and now her spirit haunts the fields of Innatraea taking those unprotected souls with her into Kanraphim with the light of dawn. The Danae believe carrying their carved pumpkins shows that they're Crina's people, earning them mercy from her wrath. Many Danae wander their encampments carrying these pumpkins while visiting friends and family, to share sweets, feast foods, and make sure their loved ones are safe.

The Kievan also believe Samhain to be a time where their passed loved ones, and other dead spirits walk Innatraea again. For them their God of flame and death, Plamen, is a feared spirit who wanders the woods burning those unworthy of his mercy. His origins mag trace back to enemies burning the sacred forests of Kievan in past wars, but this is not verified. They also believe in carving nightmarish faces into pumpkins but rather than carrying these, they band together in fields displaying all of their carvings, to create an area of protection for all. Feasts, sweets, music, and dance are commonplace and serve as distractions from the nightmares of Samhain.

Both cultures, and those who share similar beliefs may look at things very differently. But one thing is clear, Samhain is a day of nightmares, and Innatraeans should be cautious in order to wake with the dawn.



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