Worldbuilding Wednesday: Harvest Festival

Today’s Worldbuilding Wednesday is a special one, I’m excited to say…today’s prompt comes complete with a map for setting the scene! With spooky season nearing the big day, it seemed a good time to think about harvest festivals, and what they might look like in my worlds.

In the Ahran Archives, a series I’ll be talking a lot more about in the coming days (and which I’m actively writing…I’m on book 3 already!), festivals play a big part in the characters’ everyday lives. Though they vary from region to region, harvest festivals are common amongst the peoples of Ahra. In the far south, where the weather is milder, the coast regions of Umbra and Empyrea and the Merrowlands themselves celebrate a harvest of another kind: migratory schools of fish that come from the northern lands to inhabit the warmer waters. In the more northernly parts of Tanahr and Sylania, and in The Dominion, harvest festivals are a nod to the need to store away food and other supplies for the coming winter and the longer, darker days the cold season brings. Since I’m leading a DnD 5e campaign in Ahra, I’m trying to incorporate some of these festivals, bringing to life the worlds I’ve only forged in pixels and ink and wow, I’ve learned so much about the customs and culture Ahra in the process. Speaking of learning about your worlds, it’s my hope that today’s prompt can help you along the way!

Prompt: Harvest Festival

Banners, ribbons and colorful bunting stir in a capricious breeze. Market stalls are festooned in seasonal colors, and filled to the brim with harvest offerings. The local inn has set up a special tent where revelers can enjoy harvest ale and autumn fruit pastries. What would a fall festival look like in your game or writing world? Are there special foods and libations, or is it a more solemn time of year filled with religious rites? e revelers can enjoy harvest ale and autumn fruit pastries. What would a fall festival look like in your game or writing world? Are there special foods and libations, or is it a more solemn time of year filled with religious rites? Today’s #worldbuildingwednesday comes with a map, as I’ve noted–I revamped my spring festival scene/battlemap, creating a harvest festival setting. A standard 25×25 map, I wanted to help you set the scene for a lively (or cozy, if a short rest is needed) autumn encounter. Check it out on Inkarnate, and I’ll be uploading this to Deviantart soon! 

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