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Shieldmeet was the equivalent of a leap year day in the Calendar of Harptos, occurring once every four years, adding a day after the festival of Midsummer and before Eleasis 1. Traditionally the day was used for fairs, bazaars, musical and theatrical performances, and tournaments of skill and magical ability. Nobles usually held court to hear the petitions of their people and to make or renew trade pacts, alliances, and agreements.[1]

Shieldmeet was known as Cinnaelos'Cor (also seen as Cinnaeloscor[2]), "the Day of Corellon's Peace" in elvish[3] and marked the end of an aeloulaev and the beginning of a new one in the elven Aryselmalyn calendar.[4]

Shieldmeet YearsEdit

There were Shieldmeets in the years of 1348, 1352, 1356, 1360, 1364, 1368, 1372 DR[1] and 1480 DR.

VariationsEdit

Across Faerûn the Shieldmeet celebrations varied greatly, from calm and reflective to extravagant and outrageous.[1]

On This DayEdit

  • Worshipers of Angharradh celebrate the Melding of the Three with the singing of hymns and performing great works of cooperative magic.[2][3]
  • Worshipers of Beshaba continue reveling in rudeness and destruction.[5][6]
  • Worshipers of Deneir observe the Gilding in which priests take turns casting a spell to emboss in gold a single letter of the Words of Deneir onto a manuscript for public viewing.[7]
  • Worshipers of Helm hold the Ceremony of Honor to Helm.[8][9]
  • Priests of Kelemvor tell the Deeds of the Dead to preserve their memory.[10][11]
  • Followers of Marthammor Duin call this day the Shepherding and reveal hidden ways to their neighbors of other races.[12] For the next nine days, the public is invited to join in lusty singing and consuming strong drink accompanied by the ritual burning of used footwear and ironworks.[13]
  • Mielikki's Wild Ride continues.[14][15]
  • Worshipers of Oghma make or renew agreements and contracts.[16][17]
  • Worshipers of Selûne perform the Conjuring of the Second Moon ritual, with simultaneous chanting at all her temples throughout Faerûn which summons the Shards to assist the earthly clergy.[18][19]
  • The elves call this day Cinnaelos'Cor ("the Day of Corellon's Peace") and followers of Solonor Thelandira compete in grand archery contests.[20][21]
  • Worshipers of Torm celebrate Shieldmeet very seriously as a time of agreements, compacts, and oaths.[22][23]
  • In Loudwater, the Circle of the Stag performs the ceremony to pick Mielikki's Green Regent.
  • In 20 DR, humans adopted the elvish holiday of Cinnaelos'Cor and celebrated it every four years as "Shieldmeet".[24]
  • In 300 DR, representatives of Turmish and Chondath staged mock wars, a custom that continued for many centuries to come.[25]
  • In 1364 DR, the festivities in Waterdeep were thrown into a state of turmoil by former Harper Iriador Wintermist and her former ally Grimnoshtadrano[26] when the green dragon nabbed her in retribution over a broken agreement for the magic harp Morninglark.[27]

AppendixEdit

See AlsoEdit

External LinksEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition, p. 77. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 125. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities, p. 98. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  4. Steven E. Schend (1999). Sea of Fallen Stars, p. 61. TSR, IncISBN 0-7869-1393-2.
  5. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars, p. 43. TSR, IncISBN 978-0786903849.
  6. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 92. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  7. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. TSR, IncISBN 978-0786903849.
  8. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars, p. 69. TSR, IncISBN 978-0786903849.
  9. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 28. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  10. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars, p. 86. TSR, IncISBN 978-0786903849.
  11. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 33. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  12. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities, p. 76. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  13. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 121. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  14. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars, p. 114. TSR, IncISBN 978-0786903849.
  15. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 48. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  16. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars, p. 133. TSR, IncISBN 978-0786903849.
  17. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 53. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  18. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars, p. 136. TSR, IncISBN 978-0786903849.
  19. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 55. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  20. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities, p. 134. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  21. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 131. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  22. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars, p. 164. TSR, IncISBN 978-0786903849.
  23. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 74. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  24. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms, p. 60. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  25. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms, p. 69. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  26. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms, p. 147. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  27. Elaine Cunningham (April 2000). Elfsong. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1661-3.

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