Hall of Respite
Purpose / Function
When a birthing occurs, the mother and child are sent in the Hall of Respite, regardless of their faith. Inside, the temperature and space is optimal and arranged with chime bells nearby small wind corridor to offert a soothing background noise mixed with the blowing wind while keeping a moderate temperature. A big fire is taken care of by the shrine maidens to make sure the room is most optimal. The room is also filled with numerous treated beast skins, fresh sheets but also donations of little puppets and stuffed animals given generously by other members of the tribe in their off time. A custom is said that a mother can bring one of them per child back home, usually the one the child seems to prefer, as a token of communal support. It is also seen as a way to develop empathy and care for the child by having one made of the local fauna's animals, as it is an important part of their culture. When not used for birthing repose time, some maidens and priest(esse)s gather around the fire to meditate, as the room is also filled with faint odors of incenses. Most common odors being lavender, pine and sage. This is usually a place most of them gather to participate in calming crafting works like brodery and tailoring.
Most of them have one big entrance and exit made or engraved wood. Some works are also made to make air circulation. Since it is usually a basement room, there is no side windows, but one is made around the fire's base top to help and see the time of air. Because of that limited light, the room is usually dim.
During the first generations of the Tranendites and Frostbranded, birthing were difficult for boreal settlement as the instalations werent made for optimal conditions on that end, added with the problematic temperature. To paliate to that, the seers and priests went into divination to find a solution, and through cryptic answers, tought that having a safe haven closer to earth would benefits the new blood they had. To make it so, they started construction of a basement building in their shrine and managed it to offer heat but also some air change through small wind corridors. It symbolised the gift of the Ice mother through those living on earth and needed the earth's shelter, as a symbiosis.