I loved this thread back in my hayday on NaNo Forums past, and I checked the main site only to find the thread from last year was pitifully short. I got the sads about that, so here I am, putting this up over here. I do not expect this thread to get much traffic before the site and this forum go live, but like I said, I have missed it.
Usually, someone picks up from where someone else left off before the forum wipe, but this is a new forum, and although I could pop over to the main site and get the last response from that thread, it would feel kind of weird, especially if that person isn’t over here yet. So instead, I’ll give you a piece of lore from my world that you can respond to, and a question to answer, and we’ll go from there. I will set up the general pattern these posts will follow, as I remembered them being laid out.
This is typically where you would put your response, but since I have nothing to respond to, I’m just going to move on.
This is where the question is answered, but here, I’ll give you a piece of world-building from my Sisterlands setting for the next poster to respond to:
Weddings in the Sisterlands involve a haven circle (a piece of land bound by a circle of haven trees, which are very very tall and beautiful, and which charge the land they surround with magic). The bride and groom, or whichever other combination of soon-to-be-wedded you prefer, each start at one side of the circle and walk toward each other, meeting in the middle. Since one well-known attribute of haven circles is that the magic of the trees makes the land within them grow over time without changing the exterior perimeter, this walk can take a little time, and the older the circle, the more likely it is the couple will have to speed things up magically, either by flying, singing themselves to within sight of each other/the central marker, or something similar. Once they have met in the middle, the officiator of the wedding snips off a lock of hair from each of them, and braids it into a strand which is wound around the couple’s right wrists and tied off. It’s customary to make sure your hair is long enough on your wedding day that the Wedlock is long enough to slip out of when the ceremony is over, because cutting it is something only ever done symbolically if one is having a divorce. The couple either ensure this by magically growing out their hair on the day, or taking a year or so to grow it out naturally between betrothal and wedding. There are, of course, some lovely vows exchanged while the Wedlock bracelet is in place, and after the ceremony, it is removed and placed in a box kept by the couple, and buried with the one who dies last in the event that their union lasts until death separates them. Divorces do happen, but due to their society being built on mutual respect, there are more happy marriages than unhappy ones.
Question time! Tell us about something unique to your setting, be it a mineral, a plant, an animal, a race of sapient beings, or whatever else you fancy.