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Fire Festival

The Fire Festivals are a summer tradition celebrated by the runos of Maloruno. Fire is risky when you live on a forest planet, but they make it work.

History

This tradition originated several hundred years ago. Maze forests were on the decline thanks to an infectious purple fungi that ate through the forests, revealing runo campsites to dangerous predators. The fungi acted so fast that just overnight a tree can go from completely healthy to decomposing.

In a strange effort to combat this, runos decided to set a bunch of forest fires to kill off all of the infected trees. It took an entire planet of runos to participate, as the epidemic was quickly spiralling and had infested into every corner of the Southern Hemisphere, where runos reside.

These fires were successful and within twenty years the fungi went extinct. But, runos did not stop. It became a tradition to light a couple trees on fire, and during the fungi annihilation the runos learnt that if a noble maze pine catches fire, the fire cannot spread onto a regular maze pine. It didn't make any sense, but the runos loved it.

Every year runos find a noble maze pine and set it alight, to remember the times where they were forced to. Instead of just setting fire to a tree they turned it into a celebration with music, dance, drinks, and of course, lots of food.

Observance

The first fires took placing during summer times when fungi spread fastest. There is no confirmed date for the first fires, but it is estimated to have been around the fifth month of the year, out of ten. The warmer, but still cold, temperatures means fires spread faster, which helped to clear out more fungi-infested trees.

The festivals take place at different times depending on the tribe. Runos begin the festival whenever the time feels write, but it must always be during the middle of the year.

Components

Fire Festival Tree Symbols

Noble Symbols

The most historically significant component of the Fire Festivals are the Noble Symbols. Magical symbols are etched into the trunks of noble pines before they are set alight, each having some significance.

The magical symbols were first used to scare away spirits infecting the trees, before runos knew it was actually a fungi causing the issues.

Burnt Food

A more recent addition to the Fire Festivals is burnt food. To feel one with the trees, runos will intentionally burn their food, lathering it in enough spices to make them actually taste nice.

Not all food is burnt, purely because some people despise it enough to refuse. There will always be well-cooked food for the picky.

Fur Painting

Fur painting is a form of bonding for runos. Organic paints made of ground-up fruits and seeds are lathered onto the thick fur of these people, creating striking patterns and marks on their entire bodies. Some have fun with it, some take it incredibly seriously.

Between the fur painting, cooking, and noble symbols, the Fire Festival is heavily involved with arts and creativity. People are encouraged to use all their artistic talents in this festival, to create the most amazing fur patterns, noble symbols, and the most delicious foods.

Dance

   
Dance is crucial to a fire festival. Participants circle the burning noble pine tree and dance for hours, right from when the fire is first lit until the tree becomes a mound of scorching ashes.
   
Primary Related Location
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Related Species
Runo
Maze Pine

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Author's Notes

I do not condone the actions of intentionally starting forest fires.


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Jul 2, 2023 09:25

Hopefully these go better than Fyre Festival.

Jul 2, 2023 10:22 by Mochi

Definitely xD

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Jul 2, 2023 10:01 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

The Runos still scare me a little but I absolutely love this.

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Jul 2, 2023 10:26 by Mochi

They scare me a bit too xD glad you like it! <3

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Jul 2, 2023 16:53 by Verita Raizel

The fur painting and tree carvings sound so cool. If I were there I'd totally be one of those fusspots with the food. XD

Jul 3, 2023 09:08 by Mochi

Thank you! I know quite a lot of people would be eating the regular food xD

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Jul 3, 2023 09:00 by Catoblepon

I love the origin of this festival! And I'm so glad you accounted for the picky eaters, I am one of them and burned food is the worse >.<

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Jul 3, 2023 09:08 by Mochi

haha thank youuu! <3

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Jul 5, 2023 23:00 by Rin Garnett

"It didn't make any sense, but the runos loved it." mood

Jul 8, 2023 01:42

Great minds think alike and the world is a better place when there's fire. <3 Also, the maze forest sounds neat af and I'd happily get lost.

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Jul 8, 2023 06:55 by Mochi

YEEESS FIRE >:) thank you! maze forests are pretty :D

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Aug 3, 2023 05:18 by RandoScorpio

I read this as part of my summer camp reading challenge!   What an awesome celebration! It's the best case of making the best of something necessary. Who doesn't love a bonfire at a party?! I like that there are a lot of related articles to help get familiar with the world, but as a stand-alone the Fire Festival makes sense and only really needs the article as context.

Aug 3, 2023 11:23 by Mochi

Thank you so much for choosing one of my articles!   The Fire Festival is intended to introduce you to the cultures of these people, making something out of difficult situations is a key part of who they are. I'm so glad you enjoyed the article! <3

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Aug 10, 2023 04:17 by Han

I'm deeply, deeply concerned about the sparks...


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