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Downhill Soup Night

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The Downhill district, known for its winding Descent Street and its closely knit neighbourhoods, hosts the Weekly Soup Night every Thursday evening. This tradition started many years ago as a humble effort to ensure that everyone in the community had at least one hearty meal a week, especially during the colder months. Over time, it has grown into a celebration of community spirit and culinary creativity.  

The Event

  Every week, a different household volunteers to host the Soup Night. The host family prepares a large pot of soup using fresh ingredients sourced from the local markets, gardens, and sometimes even foraged from the nearby woods. The variety of soups is endless, ranging from classic vegetable and chicken broths to more adventurous concoctions featuring exotic spices and local delicacies.   By early evening, the aroma of simmering soup wafts through the streets, drawing neighbours out of their homes and towards the host's house. Simple yet welcoming decorations adorn the tables set up outside. As the sun sets, the streets come alive with the sounds of laughter and conversation.  
Downhill Soup Night
Downhill Soup Night by Tillerz using MJ

Community Bonding

  Soup Night is more than just about the food; it is an opportunity for the residents to catch up on each other's lives, share stories, and offer support. Elders share wisdom and tales from the past, while children play nearby, forming friendships that will last a lifetime. This tradition quickly embraces newcomers to Downhill, providing a seamless integration into the community.  

The Hosts

  Hosting Soup Night is a point of pride for many families, giving them a chance to showcase their cooking skills and hospitality. Some even prepare secret family recipes passed down through generations, adding an element of surprise and delight to each gathering. Hosts often receive assistance from neighbours, who bring bread, desserts, other side dishes, or wine to contribute to the feast.  

The Impact

  The Weekly Soup Night has a significant positive impact on Downhill. It ensures that everyone, regardless of their financial situation, has access to a nutritious meal. It also strengthens the social fabric of the community, fostering a sense of belonging and mutual care.   GM info / spoilers.
The map of Bridgeport, a harbour city located in the south of Farenia, showcases a maritime center characterized by vibrant activity and bustling trade. Unlike other cities in Farenia, Bridgeport's harbour opens onto a different sea, setting it apart and granting it a unique status. To bolster its connectivity and reinforce its importance in regional trade, the ambitious Bridgeport Channel project is underway. Not everyone is pleased with the construction of the new channel, leading to a surge in violent resistance...  
Bridgeport by Tillerz using MidJourney
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Jul 10, 2024 15:00 by Amy Winters-Voss

I love the community building and provision for all in this tradition! <3

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Jul 11, 2024 10:57 by Tillerz

A meal is a good opportunity to get closer to people. :)

Jul 10, 2024 15:10 by Darren McHaffie

When I saw the title I thought of a place literally around the coast road from where I live, about a good 30 minutes, maybe 45 minutes away, if even. They also filmed part of Game of Dragons at it too.

Jul 11, 2024 10:55 by Tillerz


Jul 10, 2024 17:10 by CoolG

Sweet! How can I join :D

Jul 11, 2024 10:57 by Tillerz

Just be there at the right time!

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