[size=129][color=#BF4000]Style:[/color] Narrative Pre-Columbian Meso-American Fantasy RPG.
The Flower Festival in Xochitlan (“Place of Flowers”; one of the three ruling cities) is held following the bloom of the Akokotli flowers (Tree Dahlia) in the Tonalsiwatl’s (“Sun Lady”; the Empress ) garden. These flowers blossom at a different time each year. The celebration begins as soon as they open and lasts five full days.
The Flower Festival is a celebration of art, beauty, and pleasure. It is sponsored by the goddess Kwekweponiwitl (Blooming Feather), patron of artists and lovers. The finest artisans, crafters, and musicians gather to share their best works and demonstrate to the goddess that her inspiration has been put to good use. They also seek to earn the attention of Tlatokay (Nobles) patrons for future work and gain respect and fame from ordinary people. Regardless of skill level, everybody who attends must bring an object of beauty.
Works of art are displayed in the Market for all to see. Admiration infuses the objects with life and adds to their magnificence. Flower Singers and musicians from all over the Empire perform, sharing their most precious dreams with the people.
Many of the traditional restrictions on sex and sensual indulgences are relaxed during the festival, allowing everyone to embrace the fleeting moment and seek unfettered joy. It is the most fun, exciting, and moving event of the year.
The beauty does not last long, however. At the end of the five days, all the pieces of art are taken into the Sacred Precinct and sacrificed to Kwekweponiwitl (Blooming Feather) to show gratitude for the joy she brings. All the adoration the objects received goes back to her so she will continue to provide beauty and inspiration to the world.
In addition to objects, sometimes the artists and singers volunteer themselves as sacrifices. They live for five days as gods, adored and worshipped by the attendees and given the opportunity to share anything they wish. It is a moment of unparalleled glory for the artists, an opportunity to display their greatest works before an infinitely appreciative audience. But then, at the end of the festival, the artists are sacrificed by having their wrists opened. If the artist is a singer or musician, he or she is allowed to perform from the top of Kwekweponiwitl’s temple until dead. If the artist is a crafter or sculptor, he or she works until dropping. Many great artists have died at the Flower Festival of Xochitlan, ending their careers in glory rather than retiring.
It is the ideal finale to a life spent in pursuit of beauty.
[color=#BF4000]Setting:[/color] Semanawak (“Land Between the Waters”) … a fantasy country inspired by the Aztec and the Maya.
[color=#BF4000]Characters:[/color] … are all very busy during the Flower Festival.
[color=#BF4000]System:[/color] NEW FIRE [pregenerated characters]
[color=#BF4000]Dice:[/color] several D10[/size]