Elder Confirmation Ceremony
The Elder Confirmation Ceremony happens when a new member joins the Elder Council. It is the same ceremony for all Council Elder seats, including the High Council Elder position. Upon the death of an Elder or the announcement that one is stepping down, the information is dispensed throughout Eldahi and those who wish to attend the ceremonies will travel into Eldavi. The Confirmation Ceremony often draws a large crowd of Eldahi People. Some will stay with family or generous hosts, lodging will be entirely booked, and many will camp just outside the city just to attend.
It doesn't happen often, and the way the community comes together, it's something every Eldahi should experience at least once.The ceremony generally occurs one week after the death of an Elder or one week after an Elder has declared they are stepping down. In the first case, the seat simply remains vacant for the week. In the second case, the retiring Elder is expected to maintain the position and their duties until passing the responsibilty on to their successor at the Confirmation Ceremony.
Step 1: Honoring the Ancestors
At this point, some people may gather to watch the procession or even follow behind. However, no one else is allowed into the cemetary until after this portion of the ceremony is complete and the group has left.
The Ceremony begins early in the morning. The Council Elders, the successor, their immediate family members, and a few other high-ranking officials and designated witnesses will meet on the steps of the Ancestral Hall. The group will then proceed in a solemn procession to the cemetary, where they will pay their respects to the ancestors and to their own departed family members.
Nervous, excited, scared, sad, proud-- he should have felt something. Instead, Silas felt numb, empty, and barely aware as he moved through the motions, following those in front of him. People stared as the procession made its way to the cemetary, but it did not matter. Silas barely saw them.
Step 2: Vows of Office
The group will then return to the steps of the Ancestral Hall. By this point, a large crowd will have gathered just below the steps. Various Elders will make speeches, addressing the crowd and attesting to the monumentous occassion. Finally, the High Elder (if present) or the most senior Council Elder will deliver the oaths of office, after which the ascending Council member will give a brief speech as to their hopes and goals for their tenure in office.
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Rush to PrepareThe Ceremony is a major disruption for businesses and families in Eldavi. People will start pouring into the city quickly after the announcement, and shops, inns, vendors, and others rush to gather resources to accomodate the influx as well as prepare for the day of the ceremony and the celebrations thereafter. Some shops will postpone orders until after the ceremony, instead taking time to prepare for operating street booths and tents for the evening celebrations.
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