Second First Food
Well, what'll ya have? I got some Vole-kebabs, a nice variety of foraged fungi, and I think we might even have some Fourth Floor Fish here. Take your pick! You must be hungry.Food is a rare commodity within Synthacrosia; it's something that only needs to be consumed on the upper floors. Part of the design of the Tower of Souls has base desires and needs stripped away upon entry to the tower. These needs, like eating and drinking, come back as you ascend the tower. In the early days of Synthacrosia's operation, when people would freely climb the Tower, the first meal eaten after regaining Hunger would be considered special. It gradually became known as a soul's "Second First Food", and as time passed the ritual turned into a sort of yearly tradition.
Oh... my... soul... I'm STARVING. How can I be this hungry already, I literally just entered this floor! Someone get me something to eat, please!Before the War of the Fracture, and before Second First Food became a yearly thing, the food chosen to eat was nothing special. It was generally chosen in haste, merely to satiate the intense hunger people felt when initially regaining the desire. Seeing as the Fifth Floor is where Hunger is reawakened, what food people ate was usually dictated by what residents of the Fifth Floor had on hand, or could scrounge up. This resulted in a lot of Second First Food's consisting of mushrooms, or dishes made from roasting the small rodents found on the floor. Thoughtful lower floor residents occasionally brought fish from the Fourth Floor Ocean with them, so as they might fry and eat it upon entering the Fifth Floor.
A Yearly TraditionA persons Second First Food generally became something people would look back on with joy. As such, some people began to celebrate it as a yearly event. On the anniversary of their Hunger reawakening, they would make an event of it. A special dish would be cooked for them -- sometimes the same thing they first ate on the original date, sometimes something new. Generally though, a soul would choose to eat whatever their favourite dish at the moment was. Second First Food eventually became synonymous with a person's birthday, similar to a soul's First Arrival to Synthacrosia. In the upper floors of the tower, Second First Food actually became more meaningful than someone's First Arrival -- Second First Food was about regaining a final piece of one's self, while First Arrival brought to mind the fact that they had died mere moments before coming to the tower.