A coming of Age ceremony
The of Kathal'Dir trace their bloodline back to the Giants themselves and uphold many traditions in their honor. The most important one is the Arokush, a coming of age ceremony everybody has to go through, once they turn 20.
Today is the day. Today, you are finally becoming a full member of our society. When you emerge from the ruins in three days, you will be a changed person. You'll have proven yourself, like everybody else before you. You will have grown further than you could ever imagine. This is equally a challenge, as it is a chance. May the gods guide your way, and may the Giants bring forth the best within you.On their 20th birthday, every individual has to enter the ruins of Kathal'Dir and spend three days and nights within them on their own. The deeper individuals venture into the ruins, the higher their status within the society afterwards. Many even try to bring back an item or knowledge from deep within the ruins to prove their courage and abilities. Not everybody returns from this venture. Some fall victim to the ancient tunnels or creatures living within them. After one week, the village usually sends a group of experienced fighters to retrieve the individual or what remains of them. Those who have fallen gain the honor of a burial as a full tribe member. Those who abort the ritual are seen as lesser members of society and usually have to take on jobs nobody else wants. Should they be able to prove themselves over many years, they might be allowed to do the Arokush a second time.
PreparationsFighting and physical strength are a big part of the culture of the . Kathal'Dir is rather inhospitable and filled with countless dangerous animals, so it's essential for people to defend themselves. Every child learns the basics of fighting and has to at least learn enough to survive the Arokush. The actual preparations for the ritual start half a year before their 20th birthday. Under the guidance of the village elders, they will learn everything they have to know about the ruins. Additionally, they will have to forge their own weapons and craft anything they might need in the ruins, as in the end, they are only allowed to take what they made themselves. A few days before their 20th birthday, they will even hunt and prepare their own rations. They do not celebrate the day of their 20th birthday much. Usually it is just a small gathering with close family members, as the big celebration happens once they emerge from the ruins. They mostly use this day for last preparations. The parents give some last advice to their children, check their equipment and just spend time with them, as they know well enough that not everyone returns from this venture. Then, at dawn the next morning the Arokush begins, and the individual descends into the Ruins of Kathal'Dir.
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Kathal'dir is fascinating. The magic of the giants is different, and I don't quite understand how it works, but they created great things. Sadly, the people living on that island are not very fond of outsiders exploring the ruins. I would love to study the ruins at some point, and should you ever find something from down there, I'm more than happy to take it off your hands.