The Matter of the North
Alwen’s Day, occurring near the middle of the second month, is a day sacred to Alwen, goddess of nymphs. On this day, nymphs experience an increase in their power and influence over the minds of others, but at severe cost to their self-control.
For the sake of their own safety, couples traditionally spend Alwen’s Day in each others’ company, as a committed romantic relationship is the only reliable antidote to a nymph’s power. As a result, Alwen’s Day is particularly dangerous for single men and women, who are advised to remain surrounded by a crowd in a well-lit, defensible environment for the duration of Alwen’s Day.
Exhilarating, life-and-death stakes can be an opportunity to bring people closer together, and the stark terror of Alwen’s Day has provided the spark to many a happy relationship. Most famously, Boffin Barrow, Holy Taradonian Emperor, etc., wed sensible nymph Minerva on Alwen’s Day of 48, thus saving himself from the unwanted advances of a crazed nymph horde. Suspicions that Minerva intentionally instigated these events remain impossible to confirm.