Saturday, 20 January 2018

Fifty Religious Processions: Hours of Prayer

Just a quick repackaging of the last post. Some entries were particular as to the time of day - others just seemed right for that hour, by my reckoning or whim. This is twenty entries from the original fifty. Most everything else can be scattered throughout the day.

9. At dawn, the singing mendicants enter the city; by local traditions and their own Code, they must be gone by sundown. Many will quietly check into a hostel just outside the city bounds.
11. In the first light of day, several pale, panting young men burst forth from the overnight trials in the Legionaries' Mystery Lodge.
13. The Divine Crocodile is coaxed into motion, in what promises to be a terribly long day. Jewelled rings decorate its hide.
23. It is the Church's Day of Awakening! Temple bells sound, echoed by a thousand gongs from the homes of the city.
33. Burghers, Magistrates and Conscript Fathers march from the Moot to the Shrine of the Foundation, to pray for the good of the city in the coming legal year.

1. The fourteen-foot diameter great gilt sun wheel is rolled slowly along an avenue.  Get out of the way, or risk the consequences.
12. Volunteer work gangs drag a vast new obelisk to the Monolith Fields.
31. With mirth, the selected young folk of the city go quickly to decorate the branches of the Silver Tree.
40. Noon, and a high-profile wedding party leaves the Cathedral. Admiring glances take in white horses, elaborate frocks and hired muscle clearing the way for the carriages.
49. The Order of St. Tancred processes from their commandary towards the Cathedral, armour glinting in the noonday sun. Drawn blades in their presence are anathema.

22. At sundown, when the streets begin to empty, the lepers gradually make their way to the leper chapel outside the inner walls. A dull bell announces their passage. A heavily veiled municipal apothecary tracks their progress.
25. Lay brothers collect bundles of wood for the Season-end bonfire tomorrow night.
32. With gravity, the selected elders of the city go slowly to water the roots of the Silver Tree with river water, wine and milk.
35. Clerics draw blessed runes on the flag stones in coloured chalks. These are not to be disturbed until the procession tomorrow; to do so is the sign of the unbeliever or criminal.
48. The masked Confraternity of the Blessed Rack advance, bearing a float on their shoulders.

7. Several heavily armed members of the dragon cult escort a cartful of treasure for their hoard.
28. That night a torch-lit procession of the Guild of St. Lorcan treads the boulevards of the artisan's quarter.
30. An oppressive silence at midnight blankets a hushed procession to the silent vaults of the Ancestor Kings.
38. A bonfire of the vanities is led by a charismatic priest. Explain that amulet about your neck! Does it have a valid purpose? Could that purpose be recreated in less decadent materials or methods?
41. This night is the Vigil of The Sacred Light. There will be an extravagant expenditure of candle-wax and lamp oil on the streets and homes of the city; many will parade with their own ornate lanterns.

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