In the mountains to the distant, in the Kamelands, there are a pair of peaks separated by a pronounced ‘V’ pass. Once each year, the sun rises exactly in the middle of the formation, and the composition of the surrounding mountains, coupled with the normal atmospheric characteristics of early spring, make for an exceptionally bright sunrise, with light relfected and intensified by the peaks.
Misthaven‘s placement makes it a perfect place from which to behold the sight, and since the occurance has been used as a placed-marker in the year for those who live in the area, it was formalized into an annual festival, the exact date of which varies slightly from year to year, and named the ’Golden Dawn,’ which is what people have always called it.
This year’s festival was the second formal celebration, and bigger than the one from the year before, with trappers, farmers, and a goodly number and variety of merchants coming to town to take part and make some profit. Zion got into the spirit on opening night, casting a variety of spectacular spells that impressed the crowd. And in what is becoming tradition, Pik took part in the festivities, dancing wildly and getting pretty drunk. The gnome is, unlike Billings Ahtur, a friendly and genuinely funny drunk, with his wit and personality enhanced by the grog. Indeed, a good time was had by all.
The festival itself starts at sundown on the day before the actual occurrance, with feasts and dances, contests and shows lasting until dawn, when everyone who’s still awake and coherent watches the sun come up. Then most everyone takes the day off to recover. Zion, intially staying behind when Pik, Anton, and Kincaid left for the Narlmarches, continued some of his magic show during the day, and in so doing generated a great amount of interest in the arcane arts & sciences, and was able to talk up the idea of a school or academy of some sort.
Two days after the trial, and one before the festival, Anton hosted Evelynn Wynnwil for dinner at Tuskwater Keep. As would be proper for a young, unmarried woman of standing, she brought her sister Annalise, and Pik joined the trio for the meal and conversation afterward. Presented with a fine fur-trimmed cloak as a gift, Evelynn enjoyed herself immensely, and it was very clear by evening’s end that she and Anton shared an interest for each other.
Annalise and Pik spent most of the evening discussing herbal medicines, and playing a few games of chess.