Ar Nemnu: Night of Our Saints

ALL HALLOW’S EVE DESCENDS ON PALANTINE CITY

October 31 is a date which is traditionally celebrated in the Primary World by dressing up in costumes and going trick-or-treating. The holiday in itself is considered to have many Gaelic, Welsh, and Christian origins – and for the Human  capital of Ar Nemnu, that night’s frights would become all too real….

The Holy Alliance – that is, the soldiers and people of the lands bordering Ar Nemnu – had long thought that no harm could befall their capital Palatine City, due to Starhammer, the ruling power of the Humans. But a city may only remain safe for so long, though the Alliance was made up of the bravest and most noble soldiers, charged with peace-keeping within the borders of Ar Nemnu, the evil that stirred within could not be kept at bay for long.

Halloween, or All Hallows Evening, is thought to have many roots, including such inspirations as Gaelic, Welsh and Christian influences. All Hallows Evening was long thought to be a sort of marking of the end of the harvest season and the onset of the winter season. As these were European influences, the burning of bonfires and guising gave rise to the belief that supernatural beings were afoot and thus doing so would appease them. Soul lights, used to guide the dead back to the home, were also used on this night.

Despite the pagan Celtic influences that were also part of the humans’ celebration originally in the Primary World, now they only remembered the saints of old and those who died fighting the Keimbold in the Cause of Holiness, for, as is written in the Book of Illu: There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;[e] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised

-Lamathrath of the Nexus

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