WOAH! This is the 100th post!! This one snuck up on me, so I’ve put a lot of thought into what I wanted to write. In the end, I decided I’d really like to share some reflections from the past year, and the things I’ve learned since starting this whole creative journey.
In “Midnight”– the first Tales from Iyastera one-shot— players can explore one of the many legends about the Red Queen, an immortal being who thrives upon the fervor and bloodshed of battle. Before you delve in, here’s some background lore about one of Iyastera’s most well-known deities!
It should come as no surprise that I love storytelling. It’s a supremely important part of the human experience that drives creativity, imagination, cultural knowledge and traditions, and helps to make sense of the world around us. Every culture around the world has its own set of traditions, from oral storytelling to dance and visual artwork. Even the elements within the stories are emphasized and communicated in a myriad of ways, beyond the method of transference itself. The more I study these different practices, the more inspiration I find for my own storytelling style…I hope you will find them inspiring as well!
Every culture has a set of traditions surrounding the midwinter season: it’s the darkest time of the year that we humans have been illuminating with light and life throughout history. We come together to enjoy the fruits of the harvest that we had saved for the winter, we celebrate with candles, bonfires, and twinkling lights, we bring evergreen into our homes to remind ourselves of the coming spring…and our friends in Iyastera have their midwinter rituals too! Can you guess which real-life practices inspired each kingdom’s traditions?