"Vampires absolutely exist. And they've somehow fooled the Rhovani people into thinking they're not completely evil. I hear people in Rhovan freely "donate" blood to the monsters! You'll never find me in that Torva-forsaken place."Blood Fest is an annual event unique to the cities of Rhovan. The theme of the festival always relates to blood, blood magic, and vampirism. Many believe the reason behind this is to poke fun at the perceptions neighboring countries have about blood magic in Rhovan and rumors about Rhovani vampires.
"I think you've had a bit too much to drink, friend."
At these festivities, witches proficient in blood magic often set up tents where patrons can purchase their assistance with protection and fortification spells, scrying, and more.
On Blood Fest Day, a variety of events occur throughout Rhovan, including street fairs, raffles, and games. Spooky-themed confections are a favorite, particularly among children. People often wear red or dress in costume as vampires or other spooky creatures.
Vampirism is nothing more than folklore designed to scare witches away from practicing blood magic.
Masked GalasMasks can range from the simple to extravagantly painted papier-mâché creations, beautiful and/or grotesque in style. But attendees must wear some sort of mask and dress in formal, costume attire. The galas last throughout the night and are filled with food, wine, and entertainment. Most Rhovani citizens may attend, witch and nomas, nobility and commoner, provided they are appropriately costumed. Prior to the event, many wealthier Rhovani even sponsor some citizens who cannot afford their own formal attire, and rental shops are plenty throughout the cities.
Every year, I save up every bit I can to travel into the city for Blood Fest. The costumes, the dancing, the elegance. I absolutely love it.
Blood Fest has been celebrated since Rhovan's founding in 394 DE. Some records indicate the holiday may have been celebrated by some long before that. The celebration has remained largely the same over the years, though it has grown in size and extravagance, and has spread into many of the larger cities of Rhovan.
The largest and most
well-known Blood Fest takes place in the capital city, Intyr
ParticipantsWitches and nomas of all socioeconomic stations
ObservanceBlood Fest is held the day after Rhovan's Harvest Festival in mid-fall. The exact dates vary depending on peak crop harvest.
RumorsDue to the secretive and isolated nature of the Rhovani people, and the fact that Rhovan's government refuses to outlaw certain types of magic, rumors abound surrounding the nature of Blood Fest. While officials from all nations refute these rumors, and many claim to not believe them, they circulate nonetheless. Blood Fest Rumors
- The drinking of blood
- Sanctioned slaughter of nomas
- Ritualistic murder / human sacrifice
- Bathing in blood
- Collective blood magic to curse enemy nations
- Turning innocents into vampires
This article was written for the Dark Harvest flash challenge. Thank you for reading!
Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
Really fascinating. I love the contrast between the article as a whole and then the secret truth behind Blood Fest. Danse Macabre is the perfect theme for this!
Thank you :)