Faevini Hunter's Trial Tradition / Ritual in Pronathea | World Anvil

Faevini Hunter's Trial

"The way of the Faevini is one that the world has long tried to understand. Much like their cousin-kin, the Ithrevini, each of the Faevini must succeed a trial to adulthood before they are no longer seen as a child..."
— Excerpt from Mill's Travel Dairy: The Eight Lands in Focus

A hardship taken in stride

  As the hardships of the forest are many and respite is hard to find outside of the homes of the Faevini, each Faevin must successfully navigate a week alone in a part of their local forest that they are not routinely familiar with.   Each Faevin who embarks on the trial are given nothing but a dagger and a tooling knife, so any tools or weapons that one would want to have on hand would require them to fashion it themselves out of materials in the forest. A few have managed to craft bows, but the difficulty of finding appropriate wood, string, and creating the arrows needed, makes it unwise unless you have previous experience doing so.   While these trials are expected to be able to be completed alone, as they are done in groups of the Faevin who have their birthdays within that week, there is no shame in working together to survive. Those who are lost, and not found dead after the week is up, are considered to have failed the trial, which affords them none of the respect of becoming an adult of the Faevini.  

Stride found through survival

  The Faevini are a proud but understanding folk, so should one return after becoming lost or abandoning their trial, they are still welcome to retry the trial at their next birthday, though abandonment of the trial again poses the question of if you would be successful at all.
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Jul 20, 2020 10:52 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I like that they are given a dagger and a tooling knife to start the trial with. That means that those who are more resourceful will have a much easier time of it. Sounds like a really interesting coming of age trial.

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Sep 4, 2020 11:30 by CoffeeQuills the Coffee Quaffer

What about if they're found after that week... like, about a month later? Or since they know they've failed, they just don't bother coming back? (a thought).

Sep 5, 2020 03:13 by Andrew

The ones that aren't found during the time allotted for searching are usually the ones who have just abandoned their trial. They'll still be welcomed back if they choose to return, though, but if abandoning it becomes their norm then it's a problem. Family might stage an intervention at that point.