Post by jinntolser on Aug 11, 2004 15:31:59 GMT -5
Well, the title pretty much sums it up. Today being my 21st birthday (yay me!) , the subject of birthdays has been on my mind of late. Also, one of my friends is starting an epic campaign (which sadly I can't join, because school starts in about a week and a half), and one of my other friends went into such minute detail in his character's background that he gave his paladin a birth date. So the question is, do people in Ravenloft (or any other D&D setting, for that matter) celebrate their birthdays? I've never really thought about it before.
Post by MadStepDad on Aug 11, 2004 15:40:12 GMT -5
First off - HAPPY PHUCKKIN BIRTHDAY, kid! Fo real!!
The big 21 is ALL THAT, son! Just beforewarned - it's all downhill from here. ALL downhill. This is the absolute peak of your existence on earth. Fo real.
Secondly, to answer your question - yes. Yes we do celebrate D&D birthdays. Any excuse to party, remember?
I can recall Destanial's off the top of my head - 7/7/17. Why I have no idea.
Alexus' is on some Barovian holiday that's either printed in a netbook or most likely one we made up ourselves. Something like a Devil's Night or something. I'd hafta look it up further.
But I got an old (1996) TSR calendar that I use strictly for gaming purposes. It has listings of every major holiday and event within the dread realm, regardless of domain.
I specifically remember Destanial adding Solyss' birthday and Vincent's death as regional holidays when he was Count. And I remember adding Alexus' and Violet Anne's wedding date to the calendar as well.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, kitko! Go get drunk and don't come back till you you're seeing the triple-headed dragon!
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Post by Javier Phenergan on Aug 13, 2004 18:11:22 GMT -5
Well, the title pretty much sums it up. Today being my 21st birthday (yay me!) , the subject of birthdays has been on my mind of late.
Just beforewarned - it's all downhill from here. ALL downhill. This is the absolute peak of your existence on earth. Fo real.
Now, MSD, don't go and destroy the boy's hopes of having something to live for. No worries, Jinn! Twenty-five is still something to look forward to. Your car insurance will drop significantly (considering that you don't wrap your car around a tree with all the drinking your going to be doing). ;D
I think Strahd's personal opinion was just that--personal. He had a gripe with being old before his time, and Elrod wanted to emphasize it.
By and large, I'd say they do celebrate birthdays, but the real question is how they celebrate. IIRC the Romans used to give gifts on their birthdays, while most of the Western world that descended from them switched that to receiving--probably to discourage freeloaders from going to the b-day party hoping for a handout.
Other thoughts: in some domains ruled by despots, the birthday of the ruler might be a national holiday (party! Whether you like it or not!). You can bet that many Falkovnians know when Drakov's birthday is, if only because they dread his method of celebrating (PC#2: Umm, doesn't that holiday translate as "hide-your-virgins-day?"). Even less despotic rulers might make their birthday celebrations noteworthy (Borca anyone?).
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