Winter Solstice

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The Winter Solstice on Oerth occurs on the 4th of Needfest.

The night of the Winter Solstice is called Midwinter Night, also known as Dark Time, Dim Time, and Handmaiden's Glory. It is this night when Luna is completely dark and only Celene is visible in the sky. It is the longest night of the year.

Holidays and observances

  • Yeartide (elves): The elves believe on this day the earth is purified beneath her blanket of snow. They observe the date with quiet meditation of the past year and on things to come.
  • Clerics of Celestian conduct all-night services of moonwatching and stargazing on Midwinter Night.
  • Clerics of Garyx celebrate All-Consuming Night on the winter solstice.
  • Midwinter Night is also considered holy by followers of Kurell.
  • Troglodyte shamans perform the rites to placate their ever-ravenous god, Laogzed, on this day.
  • Treasures are offered to the orcish goddess Luthic on the winter solstice.
  • The winter solstice is also a holy day for the frost giant god Thrym.

Bibliography

  • McComb, Colin. The Complete Book of Elves. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1992.
  • Kestrel, Gwendolyn F.M., Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, and Kolja Raven Liquette. Races of the Dragon. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2006.
  • Miller, Andy. "Campaign Holidays." Dragon Annual #4. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 1999 (pp. 18-19).