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Empatheias Mods ([personal profile] simpathis) wrote in [community profile] empatheias_ooc2017-01-27 04:04 pm
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Selenium 2017 Details


For its third year, we're going to do something different for Selenium. Instead of it being in the city, Theasthai is hosting the festivities. While most of the traditions are the same, the also have their own flair to it. And for those who were expecting previous iterations, fear not! While different, we've managed to keep the essence of previous events while giving it an interesting twist.


First thing we should explain is to once again explain what the tradition even is. Selenium is basically our version of All Souls Day. Everyone takes the time to send their respects (or grievances) to the dead and on the evening of the last day of the month, they release floating lanterns. The candle symbolizes the departed souls, and the act is to help any lingering spirits to pass on. It's both a solemn and celebratory affair as while there is grief, the goal is to also send the departed off with joy of the lives they lived.


Except for one thing, this will be a bit more straightforward. Nevertheless, be sure to read all the details!

  • Time frame. ICly, this happens during the last two days of the month. OOCly, it runs from January 27th through January 31st. As always, you are free to tag in late and tag for as long as you need to. Because this is an event running through the Activity Check, all threads will count toward AC!

  • Location. Just to make it official, it will be set in the Theasthai's Hanging Gardens. Everyone is invited, including the locals of Verens and Shaarnath. The teleporters will be in full operation with additional hot air balloon rides.

  • Opt in. As always, this is an opt-in event. It's also true for locals, as some may stay behind to do their own private ritual of the tradition.

  • Arehtei. Surprise, the Arehtei will be there! This is the first time all of them will be together for Selenium, so they will have a special opportunity for those who wish to visit them to do so. They may even share their own personal memories of their past.

  • Activities. While there will be an overall festive atmospheres, there will be certain items and activities that characters can focus on.

    • Candles of Remembrance. These candles are freely handed out to those who may want one and are for personal use, not the lanterns. They are made with the petals from the Tree of Memories, and what makes them unique is that when lit, both the flame and the smoke will create a reflection of a dead or just sorely missed but alive individual. It's tuned to draw in good memories, but it is possible for a negative image to slip image instead. This image is viewable to all near it. The only real effect this will have is to evoke emotions regarding the individual, but it's otherwise just a subdued little "memory candle" of sorts. Or at least, it's supposed to be.

    • Ghostly Matters. For those hoping to have their characters experience the "ghostly shadows" that appeared from memory petals of years previous, they will be able to do so but in a different manner.

      • Bad grudges. This year, ghostly apparitions will appear in Theasthai and the candles will be the source. From the smoke, a ghostly figure will be recreated and form in front of the individual. However, the difference here is that the figure does not have to be the same as the initial image of the flame. Instead, it will draw deeper and try to pull the worst memories. So even if someone is seeing a loved one in the flame, their hated enemy will appear from the smoke. These apparitions will move and even speak, but their goal is to torment their source.

      • Soothe the soul...? Like before, the "haunted" character will need outside help to try and get past the negative experience they will be having. However, it will be difficult as the apparition will try to spread the negativity and may even try to physically obstruct them.

        • Success! If the "haunted" is able to overcome their emotions, then the the apparition will disappear in white fire and disappear. A hint that they are improving is if the candle turns white.

        • Failure. If the "haunted" is unable to overcome their emotions, then the spirit will actually smile, converge on itself to turn into a black, glowing ball, and disappear. There will be no trace of it left and the affected will be overcome with sickness, but it will pass after a few hours. The hint for failure is the candle will turn black and will even crumble when the apparition disappears.

      • Bad Ghost Count. While we won't have a separate Emotion Tracker, we'd like for everyone who has a failed bad ghost encounter (ie, the ones who escape), to leave a comment here. Yes, this does mean we actually would encourage failure, and that does mean that this is not the last you will see of them.

      • "Rare" Occurrence. Although it's clear that the candles are at fault, it is not all the candles. In fact most everyone should have the more pleasant experience with their candles, with only the "unlucky few" getting the bad ones. So these ghostly incidents should not be considered as a widespread problem. Even so, an investigation will be conducted after the festival.

      • Floating Lanterns. Despite the candle incidents, lanterns will still be lit and released. Just like in Verens, everyone writes the names of their deceased or deeply missed loved ones, attach it to the lantern, light the candle, and release it. For Theasthai, this ceremony will be aided with perfomancy to create an even more illustrious display.

    • What about the Memory Petals in Verens? For those who stay in Verens, they will actually notice the petals are not behaving as they normally do. That is because if it wasn't noticed before, the petals crystallizing will become more apparent and are actually still crystallizing—even after everyone has returned from the excursion. Even parts of the tree seem to have turned into crystal.

And that should be it! So the main take away from this event will be that it's set in Theasthai's Hanging Gardens, there are memory candles, and some are broken and create bad "ghosts."


For those wondering about the aftermath of the Excursion, that is still happening. However, we are pushing it to post Selenium as what will happen matches with that. Also, we need everyone who participated to fill out the trackers before we can really proceed.

And that's it! If you have any questions, feel free to ask here. You are free to use this post for plotting.

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