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Octum Lore

Postby Rias » Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:01 pm

Wondering what's up with all those spirits on the roads at night? Educate yourself on that and other Octum traditions!

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Re: Octum Lore

Postby Dorn » Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:55 am

How much of this would be common knowledge, Rias? I love lore stuff, but at the same time I do wonder "Just how much would my character know of this or have heard of?"
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Re: Octum Lore

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Re: Octum Lore

Postby Tamsin » Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:15 am

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Re: Octum Lore

Postby Dorn » Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:16 am

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Re: Octum Lore

Postby Rias » Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:32 am

Fixed the link in the original post.

The Octum lore is widely known in the Lost Lands as well as Karnath (where the Hillfolk live) and Parr. It was a huge deal in the kingdom of Aetgard, and the surviving people/settlements post-plague still carry on most of the traditions in one way or another. Considering ghosts and spirits actually do come out in Octum and there really is a big old dark patch of sky with two blue stars staring down at the world like the eyes of a wraith, this is probably some of the most well- and widely-known lore in the region. It's not really something one can just have never chanced to hear or read about, considering how major it is and all the rituals/traditions/festivals that surround it.

So, I'd say anyone who has spent at least one Octum in the Lost Lands, Karnath, or Parr has likely heard all about it, if not actively sought out ("What's with all those ghosts out on the roads? Why are people dressing up as nethrim? Why are people knocking on doors and asking for charms? What are all these carved pumpkin lanterns I see everywhere?"), then simply due to hearing all the chatter, excitement, and preparations from the people in settlements as Octum approaches and arrives. Unless your character is living under a rock out in the wilderness somewhere (which, to be fair, some do), they've heard a good deal about this Octum stuff even if not having actively sought the knowledge.
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Re: Octum Lore

Postby Rias » Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:35 am

P.S. The Pumpkin Lantern stuff specifically is a particularly well-established tradition in Shadgard, though certainly not unknown elsewhere.
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Re: Octum Lore

Postby Dorn » Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:08 am

Thanks Rias.
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