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25th Oct 2014, 6:00 AM
Faulty Rituals
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Newbiespud 25th Oct 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Story time x2 combo! Tell a story about a custom-made holiday/cultural event (not based on an already existing holiday) in one of your games.

We've also got Fallout is Dragons, and it's a doozy. Reportedly one of the most fun sessions we've had in a while, but I'll let you be the judge.
Session 27: Libsyn YouTube
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Aegis Steadfast 25th Oct 2014, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Wow, new page and nobody's here. Helloooo? It's so dark in here.
Digo 25th Oct 2014, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
Was busy playing Fallout 3. XD

So made up holidays? Okay, there was "First Contact Day" in a space campaign I ran, which celebrated Earth's first contact with an alien race. And the nice thing was that it didn't end badly like Hollywood movies nor,ally depict. In fact, the worst part was a bit of an unintentional exchange of diseases, but that was managed well enough.

So... yeah, FCD was a holiday celebrated by acknowledging the inventions that came about thanks to the two alien species working together, like the Hyperdrive and Cold Fusion. Oh and taking your alien bud drinking. All the PCs liked that part, though I didn't remember it being in my notes...

Jannard 25th Oct 2014, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Well, there was that music festival in which the bard almost got us all kiled by performing poorly in front of the king, and then going on and performing superbly in front of a neighbouring kingdom's queen.

Then there's the day of Full Blossoms, a sort of spring celebration, only more focused on celebrating the resurrection of a nature god. It's also tradition for the goddess of decay to try and kill said god (again) during that time, so the day of Full Blossoms usually ends up in epic battles for druids and cultists all over the world.
Zuche 25th Oct 2014, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Why doesn't anyone expect to find teddy bears in the woods any more? :(
Super_Big_Mac 25th Oct 2014, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
I always expect to find teddy bears everywhere! But usually only three or five, and I usually have to touch them or shoot them, and then it'll open the army door, and I can get to the PaP machine and continue the fight against the zombie horde!
Raxon 25th Oct 2014, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
They're not in the forest because they're too busy partying in the monster's belly!
Raxon 25th Oct 2014, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Oh! I have a story about that! I gots a dragon holiday! The month of paths. It is a ceremony once every five years, when young dragons are given names, and, consequently, honorary adulthood. The males will leave their broods, and take females to mate with and start broods of their own.

There are big ritualized fights to determine which male has the right to first choice of the newly culturally adult females. The females have the right to refuse, but generally, they want to be with the strongest, so the females also fight to entice potential mates. It's all about who is the strongest and cleverest.
Seanpony Renaud 25th Oct 2014, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
Wakes up early to post before that Raxon fellow. FAILS.

I too have a dragon holiday and might steal yours. Mine is basically the Olympics.he winners get to go hunt in one region compete, the winners get to go hunt a magic beast and feed it to a dragon. Most people only kinda sorta believe in the dragon since only the winners get to see the dragon, and she grants them a wish.

Originally it was a pact so she would defend them against the giants in the region but the giants got kinda exterminated and she liked the arrangement and so did the locals so now it's just a holiday.
Raxon 25th Oct 2014, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
In my setting, dragons like in harem broods. They're born at a 10:1 female to male ratio. Males have harems of around eight to ten females, and can have broods of a few hundred, given that adulthood is declared at or soon after fifty years of age.

I made a whole society for them, with an actual, complex social structure and stuff. No reason, other than world building.
Summoned Singer 25th Oct 2014, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
Summoned Singer
Man Raxon, your stuff is the shiznip, please e-mail me the full deets of your dragon culture at chaorexblau[at], I want my dad to use it in our setting.
Raxon 25th Oct 2014, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
Will do!

EDIT: It is sent. Important thing to note is that rank has little to do with social standing. The biggest and strongest have the highest social standing. Their rank is just their duties. Social standing determines who's in charge.
Specter 25th Oct 2014, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
Dragon holidays? Those seem nice and all, but remind me to move one closes in (never had a encounter with dragons before that wasn't me).

I DMed a game once where a civil war had taken place over trivial matters (the players never bothered to find out why, they were simply hired blades, and could care less). It was getting pretty dark in the beginning of the game, because the amount of refugees that were coming in was simply too much for the camps and neutral third party kingdoms to handle.

Food was the number one concern obviously, but without any treaties or spare hunting grounds nearby, a lot of places went hungry... except where the players were currently stationed. They went ahead and made a pact with a group of elder dragons for food in exchange for a VERY handsome sum, which went down a lot when a few players meta-ed in a few modern day foods (which could be made during those times) such as sandwiches, cake, and what the dragons greatly loved to learn, bacon.

As the game went on, the players noticed (sort of) a number of people who were eating those foods from time to time (the dragons got a lot of money for their knowledge of the food, time after time again). By the end of the war, those foods became so popular, that legend says the food (from origins unknown) was the only reason the war stopped.

So three holidays were made: Holiday of Bacon; day of the Dragons. Holiday of Cake; day of truth and peace. and Holiday of Sandwich; day of Hero's and Adventure.

Little to be said, the "production" of those foods (bacon in particular) was in very high demand.
Draxynnic 25th Oct 2014, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
Unless they're polymorphing beforehand, I'm not sure how much benefit adult dragons would get out of bacon. A typical bacon strip would be like an alfalfa shoot to a dragon, particularly since they don't really have the tooth structure to chew like we do, and I don't think you'd be able to get slices big enough for a dragon to really notice to crisp up. Could be used as a kind of seasoning, I guess - we sprinkle salt and pepper on our food, they sprinkle bacon...
Raxon 25th Oct 2014, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
Well, you could get the bacon from mountain giant boars. breed them for gigantism, and they're huge size. Invent enlarge monster, and you have gigantic boars with enough meat to feed whole cities.
Philadelphus 25th Oct 2014, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
A lot of people use bacon as a seasoning. Bacon bits on salad, anyone? Not to mention all the "bacon-flavored salt" and other stuff.
Specter 25th Oct 2014, 11:44 AM edit delete reply
Actually, after the campaign and everything was done, we kind of decided to mess with the ending a bit with straight up d20 rolls vs. percent dice. Our luckiest player rolled for a massive increase of bacon production, and Nat. 20ed it. In the end, we were herding pigs in the millions and some of them were as big as cottages. The bacon production got a little out of hand and made so much that we had to start sending the bacon in-mass to every dragon home as charity and hoped for the best. It was really silly of course, but the player who was next on the DM roster decided to continue that game a few generations later with a pig revolt.

Pigs to world population was 55:1.
Elacular 25th Oct 2014, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
I gotta admit, I really like Pinkie Pie showing off her people prowess. She really is more than just a silly goofy bard, in and out of character, and it's good to see that. I wouldn't be surprised if she's one of those rare psyche/socio majors that actually changes the goddamn world. While playing a pink pony.
FanOfMostEverything 25th Oct 2014, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
Agreed. Pinkie Pies with hidden depths are always fun ones. And it's always nice a player can sympathize with the DM.
ZhonLord 25th Oct 2014, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
One of my DM's loved to do "sneaky not-so-good-guys" campaigns. So for one of our sessions he had a holiday called Purloinapalooza, which had grown up around a competition for thieves around the world to gather and show off their skills. Everything was thief-themed: cakes shaped like padlocks, games where kids tried to pick a pocket stitched with bells without setting them off, they even had chopsticks shaped like lockpicks for the occasion.

But of course the main event was the tournament. It took place at a coliseum roughly as large as the Roman, with several structures in the middle that looked like houses or small castles. Each one was laden with locks, traps, and goodies, and whoever could infiltrate the most buildings and come out with the most loot won. But anyone who triggered a trap was marked in ways that couldn't be removed without the tournament host's aid, so the tally of failures stayed with them for the whole contest. The winner got a huge diamond enchanted with daily invisibility/silence uses to enhance their already-impressive skills.

Our party's thief won the contest that game, and the celebration afterward left everyone but the sorcerer passed out from drinking too much. We woke up in the morning to discover the diamond had been stolen from him, and the next five sessions were dedicated to finding the thief and getting payback.
Specter 25th Oct 2014, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
It was the sorcerer, wasn't it.
Toric 25th Oct 2014, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
In the circus homebrew I recently finished, the whole campaign was about the party trying to arrive at a nation's capital city in time for the king's 100th birthday. The circus was called "Baffle's Splendiferous Circus, Centennial Edition" despite the fact that no one knew how old Baffle was or how long the circus had been in business.

They had to enter a competition to perform in front of the king, except the king was a little bonkers. His idea of a preliminary was pitting several circuses against each other on a death race of an obstacle course, complete with pits, flamethrowers, spike traps, and a prismatic wall. Only the PC's even made it through the race alive; all the other teams either died on the course or were killed by the players.
Lyntermas 25th Oct 2014, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
Heh, thought that leading the children into the woods would go over poorly.

Alt-script time!
DM: Silhouetted in the moonlight, you see a chariot drawn by two pegasi in dark armor and bat wings. The chariot sets down on the ground, and the hooded figure reveals herself to be...Princess Luna!
AJ: Ooh, ooh, this is it! A 20th level Alicorn sorceress, wishing to reconnect with her subjects...or will she turn back to her evil ways? Heh, that would be a laugh.
Rarity: ...
AJ: W-why are you smiling? WHY ARE YOU SMILING!?