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Monthly Thread Prompts

These thread prompts rotate monthly. Check back at the beginning of next month for a new set of thread prompts!

  • Completion means you have written 1,200 words in the thread. It does not matter how many posts you've made.
  • Read-Only & Self-Threads are disqualified from collecting prompt points: you must actively engage another roleplayer.
  • NPC usage is encouraged!
  • Late completion is generally not an issue, but try to finish your threads in a timely manner. If you start it at the end of the month and it takes you another month and a half to complete it, it's fine. If it's six months late, not so fine!
  • All game point submission claims should be made to the Salsola Maintenance Thread.

Once a thread has met our definition of "complete" (ie. 1,200 words), you can add it to your point log. It needn't be actually finished and archived to count as "complete."

  • Points earned from thread prompts are put toward the Salsola Game.
  • Complete a prompt for ten (10) points.
  • Complete all three basic prompts from one month and receive an additional ten (10) points on top of your other points!
  • Bonus prompts are worth fifteen (15) points, but do not count toward the +10 reward mentioned above.
    • Bonus prompts usually encourage your character to take part in a specific event or explore one of Salsola's many concepts, cultures, places, etc.!

Current Month's Thread Prompts

June (2024) — As summer approaches, the Thistle Kingdom continues to enjoy the warm weather and increased activity that comes along with it. Sunshine is more common in the afternoons, though the early hours often leave Salsola covered in damp mist, especially around the rivers and shoreline. Many still elect to light fires at night, when the damp chill comes in from the coast. Even so, the Silver Wind has begun setting out into the Bay once more.

  • General: Has your character considered taking the Cotona? This mark is an old one, and has a long history in Salsola. Take some time to assess the pros-and-cons of permanently marking oneself. You may want to reach out to another member (especially if they already have the mark) to explore your options. Maybe you're ready to acquire it yourself!
  • Point of Interest: As summer approaches, the Garden has become quite lush. Those with green thumbs can help ensure things remain this way by tending to the plants, but not everything belongs there, however. Extra hands are always needed to remove weeds or chase off pests!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: exploration, sunshine, shadows, secrets, roaming, stillness, windswept, lazy, nostalgia
  • Bonus: Is your character a member of a Hereditary House? Are they intending to expand their family name and found one? Spend some time discussing the logistics of this or going over the history of any Salsolan House, past or present.

Previous Months' Thread Prompts

For reference and historical reasons, we have archived Salsola's previous Thread Prompts from Fall 2019-onward below.

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2019 (Hide)

September (2019) — September remains balmy and generally pleasant, but the daylight hours grow noticeably shorter. Warm nights last only for the first few weeks of this month before beginning to cool, suggesting that autumn will arrive soon enough. In and around Salsola crops reach their peak, making plentiful resources more easily available for scavengers and opportune hunters alike.

  • Presentation matters in Salsola, and homes are no different. Spruce up your character's dwelling: do some decorating, landscaping, or other "home improvement". While you're at it, get yourself extra points by updating the Salsola Residency! ;>
  • With plants preparing for winter, now is an excellent time to begin gathering new seeds for the communal garden. Travel to a location outside of Salsola to do this, or accompany another character while they do so.
  • An unlucky deer has wounded itself somewhere in Salsola's territory. Team up with another packmate to track down the animal and put it out of its misery.
  • Bonus Prompt: Explore The Grotto of Seven Sleepers!

October (2019) — October brings with it the turn of the season. A fresh, cool wind blows down from the peaks of the Halcyon ranges, dusting everything it touches with the first chilly frost. Holding the warm golden memories of summer like treasures in its bower, Salsola begins preparation for the long hard winter yet to come.

  • The end of the harvest is upon us, and in the orchard the last apples are dropping. A little sour to the taste, this late-season bounty is best suited to cooking, jarring, drying or fermenting. The rotten apples are also good for throwing at your enemies. Help gather, prepare or use the apples, so they don't go to waste!
  • On the outskirts of Millstone Village, a number of cranberry bushes are coming into fruit. These little red berries are tart and harmless, but heavily pigmented, perfect for creating dyes for fur, clothing or decorations. Investigate these dense shrubs and consider some some use for their bounty.
  • The first frost hardens the ground mid-month. Best seen at dawn across Lower Tantramar and the boglands, the glittering frost is a treacherous and slippery homage to a winter that will soon be upon us. Admire its beauty, or lament its arrival.
  • Bonus Prompt: The Ediling Ravine is starting to freeze over - check it out, but be careful!

November (2019) — November is here, and the teeth of winter snap at our ankles. With a creeping fog still rising from the loch, and the weather rainy and icy more often than not, it is a grim world beyond the doors of our warm little domiciles. Be sure to keep the hearth stoked and a generous supply of firewood handy, as the nights creep below freezing and each morning carries the promise of frost...

  • For every singular clear November night there are two cloudy, grizzly ones - nonetheless, when the heavens part the stars above are sharp as tiny shards of glass. Admire a rare cloudless evening for all its midnight splendor, or pay homage to our ancestors in the celestial tapestry above.
  • Though we have yet to experience a solid snowfall, early-season rain easily turns to a miserable, icy sleet. Get caught out in some poor weather, and either endure the hardship or search for shelter until it passes.
  • All the deciduous trees have shed their leaves and now stand eerily bare. After a night of rough weather, quite a few have dropped large branches onto the frosty ground. Find a use for these spare bits of lumber.
  • Bonus Prompt: With the third chapter of our Curse of the Sanctum plot underway, all Salsolans have been warned about the dangers of unsociable and desperate Outsiders. Talk to another Salsolan about your feelings - positive or negative - for those not fortunate enough to be a part of the greatest queendom around - that's us, of course!

2020 (Hide)

February (2020) — Salsola endures the previous month's blizzard as well as it can, though the true scope of their losses becomes apparent early in February.

  • Stay warm everyone! A lot of fallen trees means a lot of new firewood, but it has to be chopped up and dried. If you aren't the manual labor sort, take time to pick up fallen branches and thaw them out. Every little bit helps, after all.
  • The aftermath of the blizzard becomes fully apparent, and Salsola suffers a great loss of livestock. With prey scarce, Salsolans are encouraged to find food where they can. Force your way through the snow to hunt or steal a meal from an Outsider.
  • Ice and rising waters dealt tremendous damage to Amherst. Explore Salsola's claim of the city and see what (if anything) remains intact.
  • Bonus Prompt: An earthquake strikes the Eastern Realms on February 6th. Here in Salsola, the effects will be minimal, but felt – what was your character doing that night? Did they feel it at all? Have a thread either during the earthquake and its aftershocks or one where your character discusses what they experienced.

March (2020) — After a winter full of blizzards, earthquakes, and food shortages, the arrival of March marks the first signs of spring, and, with any luck, a welcome reprieve from those dreary and worrisome days of the season passed.

  • The warmer weather has caused quite a bit of snow melt, particularly after the abundance the region received from the blizzard. Have an incident in which you deal with the soggy and muddy ground left behind, or, deal with the treacherous swell of the Pictou River!
  • Wild game has started to return to the area with the arrival of new growth. Engage in a hunt, or, otherwise help replenish the pack's stores by providing dried or smoked meat, or animal by-products such as feathers, bones, pelts, etc.!
  • Things that were once hidden beneath the snow are revealed in its absence, from things that were broken that will need repairing, old tools or items that were once thought to be lost, to -gasp- is that a body?! What did you find?
  • Bonus Prompt: Are you a merchant or trader-savvy individual? With routes clearing from their winter snow, there is more movement within the region for goods. Make a new business deal for the Kingdom (or maybe keep it on the down low for your own benefit ;D), steal re-purpose items from their original owner (they didn't need it anyway!), or maybe help a fellow trader out (make them owe you a debt in proper Salsolan fashion!).

April (2020) — Spring is here and Salsola is flourishing! Mild, warming temperatures help to get everyone out of their homes, especially with rumors abounding about curious happenings...

  • Strange plants have appeared on the shoreline. Those who remember their larger, more dangerous forebears may seek to eradicate these new fauna – though perhaps there's some potential in these intoxicating flowers...
  • A trio of masked traders has set up shop just north of Salsola in Fort Cumberland. Either have a thread with one of these characters, one where your character discusses their presence. If you participate, you could always have your character bring the materials they received in their mystery bundle. Got anything good? Wanna trade with someone else?
  • The surge in new greenery has led to a surge is something else too – lemmings! A whole colony of these has had a boom cycle, and the little, hungry rodents are looking for any and all easily found food they can. Salsola's garden in particular seems to be at risk. Since lemmings are mostly nocturnal, hold an overnight stake-out to protect what's ours! Alternatively, attempt to locate part of their burrow and figure out a way to get rid of the pest problem.
  • Bonus Prompt: A spring storm roars in with outstanding fury, coming to a head faster than expected. The time and your character's location can be of your choosing – as can be whether or not they make it to shelter before the weather turns!

May (2020) — Just like the birds and the bees, Salsola is practically a-buzz with activity. Bursting at the seams with plentiful denizens and all the rigorous growth that Spring has to offer, there is so much to be done - and so much yet to discover...

  • Celebrating the Kingdom's long, prestigious history is no small matter. With a Last Supper looming on the horizon, now is the time to make sure you are prepared to present your best self at the feast. Why not spend some time picking out the perfect outfit, look, or smell? Place some orders or make a trade for new finery with Mirte at the Marketplace, have a friendly (or nosy) neighbor help you pick out what looks best on you, or get yourself properly groomed or perfumed; The options are endless!
  • The arrival of spring brings the birth of new, valuable life. Our livestock are flourishing - interact with a baby creature of any shape or form. Alternatively, have a good chat to a fellow about babies: Making them, having them, naming them, anything about them! Maybe have some fun and imagine what-if offspring between fellow Salsolans? Or, gossip about who will be "next" to produce a litter this year.
  • As the woods become lively in winter's absence, we are eager to replenish the stores of edible supplies that had begun to wear thin. The Mafiosi have demanded all capable hunters do their duty and pay a tithe of meat for the upcoming feast. Hunt down prey, set and check a trap, barter for items that would make a great addition to the feasting table (as well as make a good mark to your name and/or your House's prestige ;>), or craft something delicious! We are so VERY hungry...
  • Spring is terribly pretty, but UGH, there's pollen everywhere! What's your personal interaction with this annual nuisance? Did you sneeze and blow your careful cover? Did you sleep under the stars and are now dusted in yellow specks? Were your eyes dry and irritated, and led to an embarrassing altercation (you sure LOOKED like you'd been crying)? All this spring-time cheer can really bring out the grump in some of us!
  • Bonus Prompt: Only a short while into the new season, and already disaster seems primed to strike. Can you feel the earth tremble beneath your feet? Although Salsola is far enough away from the heart of the earthquake to be spared from mass destruction, its wrath can still be felt. Tremors shake apart structurally-unsound buildings like a child with a rag doll. Roofs of straw and clay tile slouch and cave. How does the earthquake effect your home? Only a mild dusting from the rafters above - or do you no longer have a home to return to?

June (2020) — The mild weather this time of year encourages us to begin those projects we've long put off. However, the middle of the month has different ideas - Salsola will see a couple of grizzly, rainy days in a row before the sun comes out again. Make the most of fickle June while you can!

  • Dead fish have begun appearing en-mass near some of our waterways. The strange cull is most obvious along our Southern Shoreline, and near the Pictou Delta at the low end of the realm. Over a number of days, the smell begins to reach our homes in the Ruins, carried up the high bluffs by a stern wind off the loch. What do you make of our stinky dead aquatic neighbors? Are you repulsed, or intrigued?
  • Midway through the month a heavy rain cell sets in, leading to a couple days continuous deluge. The rain seems to temporarily abate the smell of rotting fish, giving us a small window of relief - even as it dampens all other progress. However, due to the mild and warming weather, the rain is pleasant and not icy - perfect for dancing in!
  • Whilst the old saying may be that "April showers bring May flowers", it would appear that our floral boon has only just swung into full force. The rolling boglands of Lower Tantramar hide beautiful, rare copses of stunning purple and blue blooms, whilst the open sprawling pastures of Upper Tantramar are swarmed with waving fields of riotous color. The wildflowers are myriad species and hues, and have a number of purposes when gathered... Perhaps if you fill your den with enough of them, their potent aroma will overpower the fishy malaise?
  • From her stall in the Marketplace, Mirte Haumann proudly displays an increasingly varied display of goods for purchase. At the start of the month, she receives a shipment from our Portland traders that includes a number of curiosities: Flint firestarters, little salt pouches, decorative bone buttons, mysterious and foreign animal furs, and luperci-woven reed baskets. Visit Mirte to peruse her goods, and cut your teeth against barter with one of Salsola's most practiced merchants!

July (2020) — As warmer weather and longer days linger in the area, Salsola prepares to relax and enjoy the summer. New life abounds and puppies can be seen and heard playing throughout the Ruins, young animals are finding their feet, and the streams begin to run clear again. The worst seems over...for now.

  • Due in part to their population boom in the spring, whitetail deer have begun to crowd into Salsola's territory seeking more space to forage. Some of the bolder deer begin to threaten the Garden and even come as close as the outskirts of Millstone Village. Help control the population!
  • Deer aren't the only things out there looking for an easy meal. Squirrels are stockpiling for winter and looking for anything they can get their grubby little paws on. Not only that, but they're noisy! Have a thread where a squirrel is the main antagonist -- perhaps it's chattering spooks another prey animal you were hunting?
  • Seeking respite during the hottest part of the day is much easier now that the awful smell and dead fish are gone. Have your character cool off in any of the bodies of water in or around Salsola!
  • Bonus Prompt: Something seems to be stirring in The Blackwoods. Rumors about strange noises and sights begin to spread. Is this all imagination, or is something strange lurking in the forest? Team up with another Family member and investigate. Alternatively, hold a ritual or ceremony to appease whatever spirits may linger in the wood.

August (2020) — As the last month of summer, August seems to be the hottest. The day is hot, the breeze is hot. A wise Luperci would maximize their chores and duties during the cooler hours of the day and allow themselves a nice siesta in the cool of a tree's shade or sprawled out in one's home! It's the last month before the harvesting season is to begin, so, enjoy it!

  • General: Share a meal with someone! Invite a Salsolan over to your home for a meal with friends or to show off your personal wealth and prestige. Relax and have a picnic on the beach or amongst meadow flowers. Outside the Kingdom? Share a campfire and split your rations, or, roast some scavenged/hunted food!
  • Point of Interest: Something new to promote use of different locations! This month is the Sea Caves! The tide is out, and this less-traveled wonder is exposed for any that dare to explore its exposed depths! Traverse the tunnels as they wind, narrow, and expand into great rooms. Who knows what you may find down there! Just be sure to make it out before the tide comes back in!
  • Photo Inspiration: Another new thing to help spark those creative juices; have a thread inspired by this photograph. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: hunting, stalking, camping, playing, accident, Chicken of the Woods.
  • Bonus Prompt: What's this? Symre Rask is wanted by the Thistle Crown?! Search high and low for any trace of her in the Kingdom and lands beyond! (Note: She is long gone, you will be unsuccessful. But! It might be fun to still look! She is the first Pentiti since ex-Lord Commander Pentiti Lokr Revlis!)

September (2020) — September has arrived, and, with it, the end of summer and the start of the autumn season! The land begins to cool in temperature and change physically, becoming the vibrant array of autumn's telltale colors. Enjoy yourself before the fall harvest and winter-prep begins!

  • General: Yehk, what is this fleshy, bloody, nastine--oh! It's velvet! Elk, moose, and deer start shedding the felt-like casings for their antlers around mid-September. This can lead to some nightmarish or otherwise off-putting discoveries! Did you find pieces left on a tree or bush? Noticed it hanging from antlers? Thought the animal was injured, only to discover it was just the velvet making a bloody mess? Ever wondered what it tastes like?
  • Point of Interest: The Western Coast offers an incredible view if one is brave enough to near the cliffs' edge. The ocean spray is strong even so high up, and the wind can be fierce or comfortingly calm depending on your luck that day. What are you there for? The view? A moment of reflection or thought? Are you enjoying some of the last days of summer, staring out across to the Wabanaki Coast or at a distant sunrise/set? Or is the Loch drenched and hidden behind a thick fog?
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by this photograph. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: farm, livestock, horses, trade road, horse-drawn cart, misty breath, cold morning, conversation, fence sitting, repair, racing.
  • Bonus Prompt: Just when the world seemed to settle, distant, low rumbles can be heard across the land. Do you notice them, or, do you dismiss the sound (they're not as obvious as the earthquakes were, after all!)? Either travel up into the mountains to see if you can spot the source of the distant rumble, or, have an encounter with Board-NPC, Nelli Silva.

October (2020) — October is here in all its glory! Shorter days and periods of rain are more common, and the nights start to get cold. Salsola's preparations for winter have picked up the pace, especially now that the last trip to Portland has concluded.

  • General: Enjoy yourself before the fall harvest and winter-prep begins! Hide in a pile of leaves and scare someone! Alternatively, run through a pile or jump in one (just make sure it's deep enough and that nobody is in it)!
  • Point of Interest: At this time of year, the Blackwoods are spookier than ever. The colder temperatures and changing seasons cause shifts in this dark, fog-filled forest. This can play terribly at one's senses, making one see, feel, or hear things that aren't actually there. Maybe it's a trick of the mind, or, maybe...there's some truth to the myths surrounding the dark woods. Are you a believer? Or are your packmates just being jumpy? Alternatively, practice your witchy beliefs where the Coven holds the most power and connection with the otherworldly.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1 2, 3. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: chill, howling, wind, haunted, peripheral, night, tricks, fog, tea/soup, blankets, campfire/fireplace, comfort, tossing, shaking, return, meeting, curfew, celebration, party, thunk.
  • Bonus Prompt: Equinest Grievous has posted a call for supplies on the pack's Notice Board. Ensure our livestock and horses don't go hungry this winter!

November (2020) — As the days grow shorter and the nights grow ever colder, November arrives. Prey animals are abundant as they pack on the pounds for the leaner season, bulk up their secret caches of food, or try to find a place to bed down until spring. The land is still vibrant in color, but, there is a taste, a scent, a feeling in the air; it is a cold, crisp, wet chill. Winter waits for no one. Are you prepared for the arrival of the first frost?

  • General: New markings appear on trees as white-tailed bucks rub to mark their territory, and the clattering of antlers ring in the forests and fields with the arrival of the annual rut. While finding the deer becomes easier, the bucks are unpredictable, and inexperienced hunters are cautioned against getting too close. Take advantage of this event, or, get caught up in the danger it can present!
  • Point of Interest: Millstone Village is home to Salsola's Associates, and serves as an important space to newcomers in the pack. Since these facilities are often left uninhabited, winterizing them can help ensure they remain standing for another season. Make efforts to get these buildings situated for the Nova Scotia weather. Alternatively, help out another Salsolan within Millstone with their dwelling.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: first snow, crisp morning, scarf, huddled together, run, hunting, stew, turkey, gobble gobble, BIRDZILLA, chase, camouflaged, crafts, family, tea, warmth, reminiscing, yuletide planning, meeting.
  • Bonus Prompt: Join the efforts to gather information about Salsola's neighbors! Learn something new from an Outsider about another pack, loner band, or bNPC.

December (2020) — By early December, the chill has truly set in. Salsola prepares for winter and its annual celebrations. For some, this will be their first winter – for others, the memory of last year's blizzard is too close for comfort. Of course, with Saturnalia to look forward to, spirits seem high all around. Who doesn't like presents?

  • General: Hungry birds are looking for meals where they can find them, and none more notably than the ravens coming into Salsola from Drifter Bay. These highly intelligent corvids will take what they can when they can, even from Luperci. Have a thread involving a wild raven hassling your character!
  • Point of Interest: Well organized and packed with goods, Salsola's Storage area is a communal area with plenty of items members can borrow or take to trade. Contributing materials and supplies is an excellent way for characters to get noticed ;D Beyond this, as snowfall becomes more regular the path to the door will become difficult to traverse -- spend some time clearing the way!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: frost, ice, snowfall, early morning, campfire, cold nights, sleigh bells, pine trees, blustery.
  • Bonus Prompt: A blanket of snow coats the grounds in and around Salsola overnight. How does this change your character's daily routine? It might take some more effort to get out of the door and off into the world. Maybe a snow-day is in order...

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February (2021) — The chill holds fast as February begins. Though the month is short, the nights are long, and Old Man Winter seems reluctant to relinquish his grasp on the land. Salsola carries on as it always has, enduring through the cold and taking advantage of the boons the season offers.

  • General: February reminds us that winter's bite is slow to fade. A particularly heavy snowfall leaves large areas of Lower Tantramar buried deep under a layer of white. In places, the drifts can be as tall as a full-grown Luperci! Have a thread dealing with the aftermath of the snowfall - perhaps you fall neck-high into a snowbank and need to be saved, or perhaps you find yourself trapped indoors with someone special...
  • Point of Interest: Crafted by Salsolan arms, the Arena is located centrally between the Ruins and Millstone. While some of the Kingdom's more physically apt denizens make regular use of this maintained training ground, recent snowfall has somewhat transformed it. The Arena will need to be cleared out - but first, is anybody up for a snowball fight?!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: snowman, rustic, stew, hearth, chill, flurry, frozen, sled.
  • Bonus Prompt: The heavy snowfall leaves a crisp blanket of white over the rolling hills over Upper Tantramar. In some places, the incline makes for a perfectly swift means of travel via crude wooden sled or toboggan...

March (2021) — Though winter is slow to leave, the coming of spring is apparent as March moves along. Signs of new life are appearing everywhere, with the promise of new bounties ahead. Mist and fog frequently appear in the early mornings. Snowfall begins to give way to rain, making for muddy trails.

  • General: The soil is exceptionally soft, making animal tracks easy to spot! Test your skills or satiate a curiosity, and follow a pair of tracks left behind! Do they lead you to prey? To a packmate? Or something else?
  • Point of Interest: As the snow melts, Upper Tantramar becomes a beautiful sight of budding green and eager wildflowers after months of cold slumber. Explore the rolling hills and plains; race on horseback or on foot, chase deer (or a brave intruder!), get your feet/paws dirty from the soggy soil, or roll in the fresh new flowers!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: snow melt, cold nights and warm mornings, clover patch, new growth/life, livestock and horses, flowers, surprises, play.
  • Bonus Prompt: Are you lucky or decidedly unlucky this month? Did you find something new, rare, or that you've been searching for for a while now? Have you encountered a bad luck sign? Have a thread that deals with LUCK (or the lack thereof)!
    • Some ideas for scenarios include (but aren't limited to!) getting a steal of a deal in a trade, making an unbelievable catch, surviving a near-death experience, ripping a favorite article of clothing, damaging your weapon, losing a kill, or stubbing your toe.

April (2021) — With winter having firmly left the land, April is full of life! The world is green and flowering, and young animals start to appear in greater frequency as the spring season draws on. When it's not raining, the weather is a perfect balance between "cool" and "warm," making it hard to resist the nice days outdoors! Salsola finds itself quite busy this month!

  • General: You find something old amongst your belongings. Do you reminisce the past or does it send you into a spring cleaning?
  • Point of Interest: The Orchard is in full blossom with beautiful, white-petaled flowers. Bees buzz about, and the looser petals float to the ground with the occasional breeze. Enjoy (or don't) a walk through the orchard's rows! Do you enjoy the spring feeling? Or are you embarrassed to be found with flower petals on you?
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: baby animals, protective mothers, spring flowers, secret meadows, shade of a tree, mid-day, picnics, lunches, relax, "no reason", warm weather, strong scents.
  • Bonus: There are plenty of community things this month! Help out with the Firehouse Pack Project, or, check up on our Caledonian guests! While they're here to trade with Salsola, that doesn't mean you can't pose as an also-conveniently-trading Outsider too if you want to keep your identity a secret ;)

June (2021) — As the festivities and fun from Salsola's Foundation week finally dies down and the Salsolans return to their old routines, the Kingdom embraces June, the first month of summer! Fast-growing thunderstorms appear one more than one occasion, typically in the afternoon hours, sometimes drawing long into the night. When the weather is not turbulent though, the day is hot, the sun is bright, and the breeze off the Loch is cool and refreshing!

  • General: A late spring storm blows several large branches down on the commonly used trails within Salsola. Have your character get caught up in the weather and/or spend some time helping clear the paths.
  • Point of Interest: Flung far in the north-easternmost corner of Salsola's claim, the Great Falls thunder down with a vengeance from the foothills of the Halcyon mountains. While the rushing water is dangerous, there are excellent swimming holes to be found not too far from the falls themselves. Rumor has it an evil spirit haunts the area, but that's just talk...right?
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: alone, vulnerable, warmth, comfort, waterfront, rain, mist, mud, tracks, trail.
  • Bonus: There's a whole lot of activity going on across Loch Fundy. While Salsola will not be participating in the inter-pack Olympic Games, that doesn't mean the Thistle Kingdom isn't keen on knowing all about the events. Have your character learn something about another pack, details concerning the winners of the games, or discover new information about a character from outside of Salsola.

July (2021) — July is alive and thriving, accompanied by the heady orchestra of droning bugs and skittering creatures in the underbrush. Summer is in full swing, with the high midday sun basking all below it in humid golden light. The weather is as tempestuous as we are - watch out, for you never can tell when it will turn treacherous!

  • General: The stifling heat often leads to short tempers in all those who can't keep a cool head. How does your character avoid the worst of summer's swelter? Have them attempt to stay cool - one way or another!
  • Point of Interest: A small jaunt south-east of the Ruins proper, you will find a wide cove of pebbly sand and sparkling clear water. The Southern Shoreline has many little inlets, coves and caves to explore, and the loch is enticing to any who hope to escape the heat. Beach party, anyone?
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: gold, bask, sultry, burnt, thunder, petrichor.
  • Bonus: Though it is hard to stay industrious in all this drowsy humidity, work will not wait for cooler weather! Idle hands are the devil's playthings, after all. Do your best to contribute this season by earning a Job, or if you already have one, make sure to practice your craft.

August (2021) — August rolls in and brings more hot weather and less rain. While much of Salsola benefits from thick forests, it's not always so easy to escape the heat. Outsiders continue to travel and gather en mass, but Salsola's eyes and ears are everywhere – though as always, the goings-on of La Familia remain complex and shrouded in secrecy. Has the summer heat led The Thistle Kingdom to roast in placidity, or do greater conspiracies lurk beneath those shimmering surfaces?

  • General: The summer seasons is drawing to its end, but it feels hotter than ever! Have a thread where you find yourself caught outside when the temperatures feel especially sweltering. Maybe help someone (or a lesser creature!) out that seems to be suffering from heat exhaustion!
  • Point of Interest: Knowing where to find water during the summer season is a must. One of Salsola's notable bodies of fresh water is Lake Ligeia! Enjoy a nice swim in the cool waters, make an outing out of it and have a small get-together with friends, or, enjoy a picnic near it! If you're lucky, you might just be able to catch a fish or two out of it as well!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: bountiful, blooming, overgrown, surf, horizon, fields, exploring
  • Bonus: Have a thread where your character discusses their future in the Kingdom! Do they daydream about something that will never be? Or are they determined to make their dreams a reality no matter the cost?

October (2021) — Temperatures grow ever cooler as the month of October arrives. Fog settles in thickly during the cooler nights, and especially so around areas of water. It creates for a eerie atmosphere, and is a test of one's wits and bravery when the world is at its darkest. Colorful leaves continue to fall, and the pack is abuzz with activity as Saslolans partake in the harvest and prepare for an autumn feast!

November (2021) — November heralds the coming of true winter, and wise Salsolans are already preparing for the coming season. The colorful trees remain, but with rain common (and was that snow?) outdoor activities fall to the mercy of the weather. Despite this, the Luperci of La Familia know the real bounty awaits, and many have begun to take advantage of the prey animals pushing deeper into the territory as they seek out food.

  • General: As the cold begins to set in, the time to winterize has arrived. Have your character tend to their home or help out a neighbor or friend. Alternatively, spend some time enjoying your winterized home on a particularly rainy day.
  • Point of Interest: Dividing the Pine Barrens, the gentle babble of Deception Creek sprawls for miles and attracts all sorts of wildlife. An often treacherous waterway, the creek hosts one Luperci-made bridge for easy crossing. These days, falling leaves often crowd the fast-moving stream.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: hunt, feathers, warm clothes, watchful, damp, chilly, quiet, fighting, antlers, tracks
  • Bonus: While the true bounty of winter awaits, show off your character's ability to provide and host another Salsolan for a meal, drink, or general intimate gathering. Getting in the good graces of your family and neighbors is a great way to form alliances, dish out some hot gossip, or plot nefarious deeds. Alternatively, invite over one of our Pack NPCS!

December (2021) — With snowfall becoming more regular, Salsola enters December. The wind is brisk and the waterways frigid, but the Luperci of the Thistle Kingdom are well-prepared for the winter ahead. As the daylight hours give way to the long, dark nights, the scent of crackling fireplaces fills the air. Now is the time for bounty, gift-giving, and finding ways to ward off the cold.

  • General: Snowshoe hares have turned white, making them harder to spot against the ground. Luperci can sniff them out, however – and their unique (and easily modified) fur can be a valuable commodity for trade. With Salsola's trade allies known for their dye studio, now would be a good time to stock up on goods to have tailored to your favorite color. Either hunt or trade for these pelts: since they're relatively small, the more the better!
  • Point of Interest: Salsola's Clinic is a free-standing structure, comprised of an old hunting lodge later expanded and reinforced by early members of the Thistle Kingdom. While minor injuries don't often bring visitors to the area, with the cold settling in sees the building serve as a waypoint between the Ruins and Salsola's greater claim. Those with cold paws are encouraged to stop in and warm up. Have your character make a visit to the Clinic!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: ice, sunset, borders, exploration, windswept, homestead, hot drinks, snowman, fribble
  • Bonus: The season for tricks may be behind us, nature doesn't seem to think so. Unseen ice can cause plenty of problems -- encounter a patch of the stuff!

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January (2022) — January starts with chaos as a new Pentiti is declared and a hunt for their head is made. These endeavors are postponed, however, when a war in the Sun-and-Moon Kingdom of New Caledonia to the north calls for Salsola's aid. Whether one remains behind or travels afar though, the bite of winter is felt in the sting on one's face and the numbness of one's paws. Snow gathers in great drifts, making travel and chores difficult for some, and allowing for opportunities for fun for others.

February (2022) — Winter has yet to release its hold as February arrives, and though short, the month remains cold and snowy. Pack members tend to their families and homesteads, while the more ambitious continue to find ways to make their names heard.

  • General: Something's got your heart racing and your face feeling flush. Is it the thought of romance? An embarrassing moment, note/letter/text, or involuntary thought? Has someone just gotten under your skin? Or, is it just because you're working hard? All of the above?
  • Point of Interest: Salsola's Notice Board hosts any number of messages throughout the year. In addition to those currently active (see our Discord channel!), there's plenty of space left for new notices. Have your character either leave one of their own or find something of interest! Did someone leave a love letter 4 U?
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: frozen, melting, discovery, dreary, glistening, stuck inside, unending, opaline, layer of frost
  • Bonus: Don't let the winter blues get you down! Find a way to lift your spirits or those of a fellow packmate. If you're feeling stir-crazy, why not visit one of the nearby Loner-run establishments? Both La Estrella Roja and The Rest Stop provide options for travelers (after all, you aren't going to reveal your identity, are you?). Don't forget, you can earn our Striped Skunk Anicomb by having threads with a member of all active Loner Bands!

March (2022) — As March arrives, the Kingdom sees warming temperatures, and, with it, an over-abundance of spring flooding! As the cold, bitter week of rain comes to an end, Salsolans clean up the damage done to the Kingdom, and are left to deal with the perils and frustrations of oversaturated soil, and thoughts of a warmer, drier spring season to come.

  • General: As the snow begins to melt, it reveals many things forgotten or lost since the autumn season! What do you happen to stumble across?
  • Point of Interest: Perhaps better known for marking the edge of Salsola's eastern-most claim, the Pictou River is a well-known landmark throughout the pack! Fed by its source high in the Halcyon Mountains, its waters are often refreshingly cool and are constantly running. During this time of year though, the river often overspills its banks, and it even its shallowest points can become difficult to travers! Best keep to the bridges! Perhaps you decide to try your luck at fishing though? Maybe you admire (and respect) the power of the river? Or are you unlucky and feel its wrath?
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: snowmelt, flooding, bitter rain, leaking, company, cuddles, warmth, sprouts, pregnancy, new life.
  • Bonus: As the season shifts from winter to spring, the idea of "new beginnings" is often brought up. Have a thread that highlights this theme somehow!

April (2022) — The flooding may be over, but April remains an erratic month. Temperatures fluxtuate, and seasonal rain rolls in and out throughout the weeks. Luckily, though, the arrival of spring is becoming obvious everywhere. These signs of new growth and renewal encourage the Luperci of Salsola to take advantage of the changing season and escape the confines of their homes.

  • General: With the thread of mildew and mold apparent, now is a good time to wash and air out your clothing, bedding, and homestead. For those who saw their homes become unlivable during the floods, take the opportunity to relocate. Have a thread relating to the theme of tending to your character's home or assisting another with repairs, moving, or even just gossiping over laundry!
  • Point of Interest: Salsola's Garden was nearly washed out during last month's flooding, and is in desperate need of upkeep. There are various ways your character can assist in this process, including: debris removal, repairing the fence, tending to the plants that survived, or planting new seeds or sprouts! If your character lacks a green thumb, perhaps they help in other ways, such as trading for new seeds or helping chase off hungry rabbits and deer.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: hidden, abloom, budding, growing, rejuvenation, weeds, meadow, fragrant.
  • Bonus: Along the coast, strange plants known as Starflowers begin to make their annual appearance. Have your character encounter these!

May (2022) — The rains of April help cleanse the Kingdom in more ways than one, allowing the arrival of May to be full of fresh beginnings, new life, and promise for something better. From the expansive fields of Tantramar to secret meadows within the Pine Barrens to the sprawling Ruins, the Kingdom is abundant in colorful, vibrant wildflowers. The days are warm and bright, and are cooled by breezes coming off of the Loch and down from the Halcyon Mountains. Salsola is teeming with life as trade and merchantry pick up again and its denizens prepare for a particularly extravagant event! (Please see our May Newspost for additional thread prompts!)

  • General: Presenting your best face can involve more than simply wearing a new garment – take advantage of the warm weather to bathe. Get rid of those last patches of winter fur, brush out your mane, and wash off any lingering funk! Your character may choose to seek out assistance from any Visagistos or the Profumiere, who may help provide them with guidance when it comes to looking their best or choosing a new scent to wear.
  • Point of Interest: While the water may still be a bit too cold to enjoy for very long, the rocky beachfront of The Southern Shoreline can provide a lovely place to relax and explore on warm, sunny days. However, like Salsola itself, this location can be two-faced, and on days when storms roll in, tempestuous. Encounter one of these two extremes while at the shore!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: breeze, warm, buzz, slice-of-life, blush, storage, shipment, tally, commission, nervous, pretty/handsome, perfection, image.
  • Bonus: Has your character acquired enough points to claim a home of their own? If so, describe them moving in or otherwise settling into their new domain! If your character already owns a private residency, either assist another character with their move or spend some time doing something around their house. Some ideas include: spring cleaning, repair work, adding storage or a new addition, acquiring new furniture or décor. Remember, you can always make use of our pNPCs for additional help!

June (2022) — As the Kingdom steps into a new chapter with its wedded Mafiosi members, the full heat of summer accompanies the arrival of June. Flowers across the Kingdom are in full bloom, the first yield of vegetables are ready to be harvested, and trade in and beyond Salsola's claim steeply increases. Salsolans enjoy the warm weather with plenty hours of daylight to get chores, errands, and work finished. While an occasional, summer thunderstorm may appear on the horizon, the cooler winds that it brings with it are a welcome reprieve when traversing the expansive terrain of upper and lower Tantramar. Looking east cross the Pictou, the tall, vibrant growths of the sunflower fields wave invitingly.

  • General: Summer has settled into each and every crevasse of Upper and Lower Tantramar, bathing the realm of Salsola in golden warmth. There has never been a better time to enjoy the bounty of the outdoors — our borders, in particular, could use a little management! Scent markers are becoming overgrown and faded, and traps require maintenance to ensure they remain active. Even if you are not inclined to such chores, the weather is perfect for a stroll along the winding perimeter of our large territory - and who knows what you mind find, out there?
  • Point of Interest: Long abandoned by its original creators, the Docks — a shipping port and warehouse area situated in our claim of Amherst - are in poor condition. Maintained by pNPC Bogdan Kotovo, whose sea-weathered face welcomes all Salsolan visitors, this area is full of intrigues. Interested in learning to fish? Curious about water-faring vessels? Want to jump off the jetty and cool down in the loch? Go and check out the Docks!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: sunset/rise, misty, bloom, hunt, noise, blubber, investigate, fur, trade, merchant, business deal, spooky, cabin, wildflowers, the little things.
  • Bonus: Sunsets during this month are a spectacular light show, throwing vivid colors against the backsplash of the heavens. Enjoy a sunset vista, in the company of friends or strangers!

July (2022) — Summer has certainly arrived, and as temperatures soar and rain falls more often than not, humidity becomes a common factor to the Luperci of Salsola. Fawns now old enough to travel can be seen accompanying their mothers in the forests and fields, and may prove a tempting meal to a hungry hunter. Bats are a frequent sight for those traveling in the twilight hours, and with good timing, for the insect population has begun to swell once again. Within Salsola, work is underway on The Shrine, a structure now beginning to take form. On days when the heat becomes unbearable, members of the pack look to the lake, rivers, and shoreline for respite. On clear days and nights, campfires and cookouts crop up around homesteads and beyond, and many Salsolans turn their gazes towards the stars.

  • General: Not everyone has servants of their own, so, that means chores have to be done by someone! Do some laundry; wash clothes or hang some out to dry. Alternatively, take a bath! If you're feeling mischievous, maybe steal someone's clothes or take a sneaky peak at an unsuspecting other... (or be in the wrong place at the wrong/right time...)
  • Point of Interest: Salsola has two stables that could always use extra help, especially with spring babies now starting to explore the pastures (and sometimes beyond). While horses have long been a major source of pride for the pack, they are not the only animals raised by the Thistle Kingdom. In addition to these farmyard friends, three pNPCs live in these areas and are always available for your characters to interact with! In Marrgerd, mated couple Blanche and Flint can provide their insight on homsteading, as well as tasty meals and the occasional sparring session. For those willing to make the extra journey, Grimrun hosts Cole, a horseman who is always enthusiastic about helping others.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: hidden, explore, cookout, sweltering, abandoned, rust, blooming, fragile, fresh, growing.
  • Bonus: The Shrine still has work to be done! Help out with the build in some way! Alternatively, talk with another about your/their beliefs (or lack thereof), culture in regards to life/death, or opinions tied to similar subjects.

August (2022) — As the height of summer passes, the Kingdom sees the completion of the Shrine, and many decide to make the most of what is left of the hot weather before the autumn harvest begins. Some travel far in search of trade or materials while the roads remain fair, though, they would be well to keep an eye for any highway bandits along the way. Those that remain in the Thistle Kingdom make the most of their free time, and may even enjoy some company beneath a warm, summer sunset.

  • General: Strange things always wash up along the shoreline, be it up near the Docks or further out near the southern coastline. You happen upon a creature that is...well, you're not sure what it is, actually — or maybe you do, but you've never actually seen one before. Is it alive? Dead? Angry? Food? Check it out! (Hint: it's a lobster)
  • Point of Interest: Millstone Village is a sprawling community of residences and homes often used by the lower-ranking members of the Kingdom. Have a thread that takes place in the Village! Maybe help do some repairs; patch up vacant houses to help them survive the upcoming winter, vanquish some pests that have moved in, or help another Salsolan in the area! Alternatively, perhaps you wish to take a walk down memory lane and visit an old haunt or home?
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: fun, relax, laughter, hide-and-go-seek, surprise, creativity, food, hunger, fishing, explore, art, memory, road ahead.
  • Bonus: Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have all finally come into season and are ready to be picked. If one is lucky, they may even find a few strawberries still left, or, perhaps even some strawberry blite! Harvest them, gorge yourself fat, or maybe make something out of them (cooked/baked foods, jams/jellies or spreads, or even use them for dyes!). These delicious fruits could market for a good price, just, be wary that you don't disturb a black bear in the process!

September (2022) — While the heat may linger in the first half of September, by the middle of the month the return of rainfall and departure of geese begin to signal the change of seasons. Within Salsola, preparations for winter begin in earnest: crops ripe for harvest are collected, repairs to homesteads are underway, and many take time to relish in the warmth before it departs for good.

  • General: With so many travelers out on the roads and crossing Loch Fundy, it's clear that the event occurring in the north is drawing plenty of attention. This would be an excellent time to do some information gathering! If your character is not participating in the larger event, this may be an ideal time to observe other locations they might not usually frequent. Discover something new about another pack or notable individual.
  • Point of Interest: Though still several months away, winter is coming. Help ensure that Salsola's Storage is stocked for the task by donating goods of your own. Alternatively, make use of our supplies and gather what you might need for your home!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: adventure, trails, travel, trouble, beginning, twilight, mysterious, sudden, overcast.
  • Bonus: Sometimes our companions can be left by the wayside as other events unfold. Have a thread where your character's cNPC or a minor NPC, such as an animal companion, is the main focus! If your character does not have either, you can substitute a Pack NPC or communal animal.

October (2022) — The spookiest of seasons has arrived, and Salsola is abuzz with activity. Before the final trade caravan of the season departs, trouble finds its way to the Thistle Kingdom – but that's merely a bump in the road, and the real hubbub is about the upcoming Last Supper. Eager to revel in the cool weather and enjoy the harvest season, Salsolans prepare in many ways: hunting, fattening up livestock, crafting, or seeking out the treats (and tricks!) hidden throughout the lands...

  • General: Have a thread fitting for this spooky season! Talk about ghosts (or maybe even see one!)! Having a haunting encounter! Get freaked out by something (or deny you were scared)! Play a trick on someone / get a trick played on you! Hear an eerie and/or frightening sound! Carve some pumpkins/winter squash!
  • Point of Interest: At this time of year, the Blackwoods are spookier than ever. The colder temperatures and changing seasons cause shifts in this dark, fog-filled forest. This can play terribly at one's senses, making one see, feel, or hear things that aren't actually there. Maybe it's a trick of the mind, or, maybe...there's some truth to the myths surrounding the dark woods. Are you a believer? Or are your packmates just being jumpy? Alternatively, practice your witchy beliefs where the Coven holds the most power and connection with the otherworldly.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: harvest, spooked, mist, fog, trail, bright, vibrant, eerie, ghoulish.
  • Bonus: Prepare your outfit/mask for this year's masquerade of a Last Supper! Collect items, get the opinion of someone else, or craft it yourself!

November (2022) — As the costumes and masks crafted for the Autumnal Last Supper's masquerade are put away, many Salsolans embrace and enjoy what is left of the colorful season. Mornings grow ever colder, and daylight grows ever shorter with each passing day. Where some days are bright for outdoor activities, others are best to stay indoors as chilly, autumn rains create for cold and miserable weather. While some trees slowly loose their are brightly-colored leaves, the evergreens stand tall and full, but continue to steadily shed their pinecones for critters to store in the winter season to come. Deer going into their annual rut may be best avoided...or perhaps exploited while they're distracted. The antlers on some of them are mighty fine this year! As the season comes to its end, frost becomes ever more apparent, and the first snow begins to cover the land.

  • General: Oh no! Early in the month, a tremendous storm blows through Salsola, bringing down trees and debris, temporarily overfilling the rivers and lakes. Does the damage reach your home? Do you find yourself out in the downpour? Be careful!
  • Point of Interest: As late-autumn arrives, the Pine Barrens become full of pockets of color. Leaves pile high in places, creating fun for a trickster, or disaster for a sneaking hunter. Things become lost, and may take until spring to be found! As the ever-weakening sunlight passes through these forests each day, the atmosphere can change! Dreary mornings may leave the woods cold and damp, bright afternoons may inspire a burst of energy, windy nights may make for an eerie encounter. You never know — you might even see a critter about!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: wet, foggy/misty, careful, quiet, warmth, breath/smoke, leaves, hard work/labor, long day, woodland encounters.
  • Bonus: Noble, the resident peacock of Salsola, has taken to roosting in unusual places. Discover him somewhere unexpected!

December (2022) — Winter arrives in a flurry of ground-shaking events and activity. For the first time ever Salsola partially opens its borders to all visitors, allowing traders to step foot in its trade hub. Though this activity dominates the middle portion of the month, by the time the earthquakes fade and the last of the traders leave, focus turns towards Saturnalia. The cold of winter will settle in soon, but Salsolans are keen to prepare for the joyous and sometimes outrageous events sure to herald the long dark.

  • General: The earthquakes continue throughout local regions, and while they have become a familiar presence, sometimes they sneak up at inopportune moments! Have a thread where an earthquake disrupts your character either directly or indirectly. Luckily, these will cease towards the end of the month! As an alternative to the earlier prompt, have your character discuss the events with another Luperci.
  • Point of Interest: You may have noticed our newspost -- this year marks the inauguration of the Thistle Marketplace! The first "open-border" event hosted by the secretive pack has brought traders from near and far. If your character is participating in the trade event, have a thread with them in the area. If they've decided not to let themselves be seen, night patrols will be needed to ensure no one is trying to sneak off anywhere they aren't supposed to.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: silence, stillness, frost, watching, following, trails, secrets, wasteland, wealth, visitors, gifts.
  • Bonus: With so many events going on this month, one might find themselves desperate for some respite from trade, visitors, holiday and gift preparation and the day-to-day. What do they do to relax?

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January (2023) — While memories of the last year's conflict remain present in the minds of some, the focus for many has turned forward with the new year. New arrivals to the pack from all walks of life come seeking fortune, while the youngest find themselves thrust into a world of long nights and cold days. With the fun and delight of Saturnalia now behind them, Salsolans set back to the grind. After all, the ambitious never truly rest!

  • General: Scouts have reported that the lands to the west have changed since the earthquakes, and that a small settlement has popped up. Though Salsola had previously encountered members of Oglethorpe, the majority of these new arrivals are strangers. Never one to pass up the chance to learn about new neighbors, especially ones who previously had plenty of goods to trade, Salsolans are encouraged to seek out this collective.
    • Note: Completion of a bNPC quest will count for this prompt! If these have already been taken, consider alternative options like general trade or even some hard labor (what on earth are they building, anyhow?).
  • Point of Interest: An odd little building with equally peculiar stones found in the earth, Springhill Cemetery can provide shelter for those caught in unexpected weather -- or perhaps, for those looking for privacy, a good place for a secret meeting.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: overwhelming, evergreen, inhabit, comfort, cozy, tracks, trails, hunting, community, storytelling, isolation, grandeur.
  • Bonus: Have a thread with one of our new pNPCs! Ziggy Blackrust and Serac have recently arrived in Salsola. Each boasting unique skills and interests, their threads need not be limited to Salsola alone! Why not take Ziggy out for a night at La Estrella Roja, or travel with Serac to explore the ruins of Halifax?

February (2023) — The shortest month of the year blows in with rain and snow aplenty, but Salsolans know that spring isn't all that far away. Even so, the dreary days can be less pleasant -- luckily, there are always tasks to help fill the void!

  • General: Midwinter may be a cold, dark time, but for predators the boon of hungry prey cannot be overlooked. The forests and fields of Salsola are full of life and opportunity, though an adventurous hunter may find themselves drawn into the neutral territories to seek their quarry. Team up with a fellow Salsolan (or, if you're out and about, an Outsider) to bring home some meat!
  • Point of Interest: Though pine dominates the local landscape, a thick patch of woodland not far from the Ruins stands tall, dominated by oak trees. The Oakgrove may not be nearly as expansive as the Barrens, but that doesn't mean the sturdy trunks and reaching branches of these trees are any less impressive. Snow provides a beautiful contrast to their bare bark, and many birds and small animals make their homes in this location. Notably, there is a large squirrel population -- many of whom are greedy enough to steal unattended food from predators!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: mist, obscured, adventure, horizon, passages, shadows, apocalypse, derelict, marshland, windswept.
  • Bonus: Rain begins to fall after sundown, only to quickly transition to ice and snow! This sudden change may catch your character in a particularly bad place and force them to seek shelter or risk traveling through the dangerous weather. Alternatively, they may be at home when this begins and observe the transition from the safety and comfort of their living quarters.

March (2023) — Winter holds tight, but the signs of spring are beginning to make their first appearances. While snow lingers for the first portion of the month, by the end rain becomes the norm, and with it, the arrival of new life.

  • General: As winter struggles toward its bitter end, we see less dense snowfall and enough mild temperatures to turn those great white fields into sludgy, boggy hazards! Common thoroughfares will turn muddy as they are churned by daily foot-traffic. To a distinguished and fastidious noble, mud can prove a great annoyance, staining valuable clothing, slipping underfoot, and compacting uncomfortably between one's toes. To a youthful troublemaker, mud can prove an excellent tool for self-disguise, or better yet, a prank... Have a thread featuring mud, either to your pleasure, or your great annoyance!
  • Point of Interest: Soon the great Spring thaw will be upon us, re-opening all the waterways and trade routes for safe travel. These are the last few weeks in which an adventurous Salsolan might explore the Ediling Ravine in its frozen-over state! A deep fissure in the earth, Ediling Ravine is normally a narrow but fast-flowing segment of the Pictou River. But for a little while longer, its frozen currents provide a natural ice rink from one side of the breach to the other.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: isolation, seeking, coincidence, shatter, deviation, precision, departure.
  • Bonus: With the sudden and unexpected fall of our only local allies, New Caledonia, the coming trade season looks to be bleak. Soon the winter passes will be clear of snow and safe to travel in merchant convoys. Now is the time to make covert connections to Outsiders or our remaining neighbours in preparation for trades to come. Meet with a non-Salsolan (disguise optional) to discuss future barters!

April (2023) — A blustery season blows across the Bay of Fundy and towards Salsola. Luckily, warm weather and longer daylight hours counterbalance these storms. Spring is here and greenery, flowers, and sunshine become regular sights in the region.

  • General: Mid-spring marks an influx of births, and there are baby animals everywhere! The Kingdom's stables see new arrivals by the day, and wild fauna do their best to hide their vulnerable newborns from predators. With all these babies around, it's hard to not talk about the subject in general; have a conversation about it with someone! Not your thing? Help out Blanche and/or Flint in Marrgerd, or Cole in Grimrun. Alternatively, maybe you stumble across a young, wild critter; do you help it or do you hunt it?
  • Point of Interest: As snow from high up in the Halcyon Mountains starts to melt, the Pictou River steadily swells beyond its banks. The water is frigidly cold, and even the safer, shallower wading points have become a mild crossing hazard. The river acts as a natural barrier of defense for our borders, but that doesn't mean that there aren't those that will still try their luck to get a glimpse of the rumors surrounding the Thistle Kingdom. What happens when you come across the river this day?
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: opression, windswept, unexpected, blooming, stalking, hunger, creation, soft, forewarning.
  • Bonus: Following the Last Supper, all sort of gossip has spread throughout Salsola. Take part and have a conversation relating to one of the following: the new Faction Pledges, the sudden departures of two prominent families, the royal children, or any other rumors your character may have heard. Our #rumors channel on Discord may be a good place to get some ideas, but you are not limited to Salsola alone! Outsiders may be almost as interesting

May (2023) — With the arrival of late-spring, many Salsolans welcome, enjoy, and make the most of the warmer, drier weather and what fortune it brings. Across the Kingdom, the lands become dotted with pretty blossoms and colorful flowers that dance and sway to a crisp, refreshing breeze. Prey animals are abundant, and the year's first batch of herb and crop yields are nearly ready to be harvested, if not already ripe for reaping. Where some Salsolans may reluctantly begin chores, repairs, or other tasks they have put off for a sunny day, others may find themselves venturing beyond the borders in search of business opportunities, adventure, or perhaps something else decidedly "Salsolan".

  • General: As the weather becomes more and more favorable for travel, merchants, traders, and Others in general roam more frequently to and fro in the neutral lands beyond Salsola's claim. Interact with an Outsider; secure a deal or business connection, meet an old acquaintance, revisit an old haunt or simply explore the world outside of the Kingdom! If you haven't yet, decide whether or not if you want to be an outed Salsolan, or, one who hides behind an alias (or multiple aliases!).
  • Point of Interest: Many Salsolans call The Ruins home, and, as such, the community is hardly small by any means. Separated into five main districts or sectors and its neighboring countryside, the Ruins are a reminder of the craftsmanship of those of Before. Time and Mother Nature have certainly done their best to reclaim it though, the reminder of their presence and wrath seen in the rubble and skeletons of old homes and structures scattered throughout the habitable ones. Low, stone walls line some of the more prominent roadways, and hedgerows help split the expansive fields and clearings in-between. Vines and ivy climb their way up broken walls and other buildings, some abandoned, some not. Explore the Ruins or perhaps linger in one of the main community areas such as the Library, Feasting Hall, or War Room. Alternatively, do something with or within your own home! Maybe do some cleaning or repairs around the homestead or Kingdom, or, have a nice tea party!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: reflection, perspective, relax, play, creative, simple times, pure, warm, deal, arrangement, business, different paths, walk.
  • Bonus: May marks the success of yet another year of Salsola surviving as a pack, and is a time to be celebrated for all. What else might your character celebrate though throughout the year? Have a thread in which pertains to or discusses birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, milestones, or some other reason that your character might celebrate or honor something.

June (2023) — As spring bleeds into summer, the days grow longer as they grow hotter. The Kingdom and realm beyond's forests have grown thick with vegetation, creating much-appreciated, large expanses of dappled shade during peak hours of daylight, and ample coverage for any in need of sneaking about. The gardens and their harvest grow more promising with each day. Prey within Salsola's bountiful territory remains as abundant as ever. Trade both within and outside of the pack sees its usual, steady climb in activity and bartered goods. The world is alive and active, but, there is still time for some Salsolans to relax and unwind, or, possibly even enjoy an evening with friends (or political allies).

  • General: Because of the warmer weather and longer hours of daylight, summer is often a time for projects, be they personal or communal! Repair, build, tear down, clean, salvage, or commission for work to be done either at your own home, or, help out somewhere around the Kingdom. Alternatively, maybe your "project" is less construction-based? Perhaps you want to do specific training with your familiar? Maybe you're working on building up that cardio? Have a difficult tailoring piece you need to figure out? If it's a "project," work on it!
  • Point of Interest: With the warmer weather being here to stay, activity has increased in more places than just the Thistle Kingdom. The streets of Amherst see more and more traffic by the day as foreign traders are drawn in to hawk their wares in the Marketplace. Adventurous Salsolans explore and scavenge what they can from the long-abandoned buildings, and a more ambitious individual might look into their own means of setting up a shop of their own to do business and practice their trade out of. Connected to the town, and with the increase in activity, patrols through the area might even discover a (stupidly) brave or lost soul meandering about on the wrong side of the border.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: ruins, explore, ancient, social class, walk, secret/private, hopeful, travel, future, wonder, companionship, magic, fireflies, memories.
  • Bonus: Perhaps you've heard of the rumor that Starflowers should be in bloom? Maybe you've seen it with your own eyes in the past? Go on the hunt to see if you can find this mythical plant, or, pick your brain for where you remember seeing it before. Pick it, paint it, or just appreciate it, find the Starflower!

July (2023) — As Summer reaches the peak of her power, the rolling hills and lush boglands of Upper and Lower Tantramar bask beneath days of relentless golden heat. The weather can prove fickle - the cloudless blue sky sears against your eyelids one moment, and churns with midsummer storms the next. Find salvation from the heat in pockets of deep shade, or stand out in the bliss of a sudden sun-shower!

  • General: In the midst of this sweltering heat, many Luperci are experiencing a heavy seasonal shed. It is sensible to be rid of your dense undercoat to alleviate some of summer's daily discomforts - pick out your own, or perhaps help brush out a friend's!
  • Point of Interest: A crucial source of fresh water for residents of the Ruins, Lake Ligeia is a well known communal spot frequented by many every day. Some use the cool waters to bath or wash their clothing; others for recreational pursuits. Make your way down to the lake, either for chores or for pleasure!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: fruit, sunny, heat, water, sweltering, dry, play, cool/refreshing, sunset, end.
  • Bonus: Even among thistle and thorn, a sense of community binds the denizens of Salsola. While our territory claim is large, many choose to live in residential areas such as the Ruins or Millstone Village. Have a neighborly thread with a Salsolan who lives near to you - discuss your choice of homes, what might need improving, or offer assistance to your neighbor.

August (2023) — Late summer arrives in the Thistle Kingdom, and the days continue to remain hot while the sunlit hours remain long. The denizens of Salsola carry on with their duties, from summer chores and projects, to taking swift advantage of the fair weather to secure trades and fostering relations for a growing trade network in preparation of the harvest season to come. Some, may simply enjoy what is left of this hot season. After all, wild berries can be found throughout the realm, drawing out all sorts of creatures — though, not all of which are wanted! There are whispers, too, to be heard around the vast expanse of the Kingdom. There are those who gossip on the recent single's party, while others prepare for or are suspicious of the Kingdom's official invite into Del Ceneren's border town of Charmingtown. Perhaps our reputation precedes us, though, whether it's for better or worse, one can only guess.

  • General: The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak on the nights of August 12th and 13th, and shooting stars fill the night skies. What does this event mean for your character? Will they make a special trip somewhere to watch the night sky?
  • Point of Interest: The Pictou Delta is known for its rich soil, but each tide brings new changes with it. Does your character take advantage of these times to fish, or does the strong current provide the disposal needed for more nefarious sport?
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: end, sunset, residual heat, summer ambient sounds, heat, trek, adventure, overlook, high ground, ruin, overgrown, history, ancient, hunt, dew, practice, education, legend, knowledge, curiosity.
  • Bonus: While the Lancaster Stock Show is still weeks away, the citizens of Salsola planning to attend have plenty to prepare for the event. Have a thread where your character spends some time getting goods, gear, or themself prepared for the trek! Alternatively, have a thread set during the journey north. If your character isn't attending, perhaps they aid a friend or shadow our company as they head out!

September (2023) — The end of summer heralds the beginning of the harvest season, and, with it, a boost in activity both within and outside of Salsola. Those returning from the Lancaster Stockshow in the north may regale their peers with their experience, however, there is work to be done! There are projects to finish, trade to be had, and a wealth of fruit, herbs, and vegetables to begin harvesting. The more proactive Salsolans go through their stores to take inventory of what they need to stock up on before the first snow, meanwhile, the more carefree may continue to enjoy the last of these warmer days while they can. The Kingdom itself slowly begins to become bright with fiery hues as the weeks go by and more of the trees exchange their greenery for trendier, autumn colors. Mornings gradually become chillier, and a fog may even start to curl in from the Bay of Fundy.

  • General: The Autumn Equinox arrives on September 23rd. Bid farewell to summer in a spectacular (or more intimate) way! Some ideas include: a dinner with your closest friends, a group hunt, a trip up the Halcyon Mountains to watch the sunset, a spiritual ritual.
  • Point of Interest: As the major landmark that separates Upper and Lower Tantramar, Deception Creek is the most well-known and traversed body of water within the Kingdom. Its fresh, cool waters provide a welcome place to quench one's thirst, and the bridge along the main roadway is one that is well taken care of. Any Salsolan would be wise to remember the reason for its name, however, and only ford it at its safest, shallowest points. Autumn rains may cause the creek to swell, and its chilly waters will only feel that much colder. With the changing seasons, too, the river may become more colorful as it reflects the changing leaves and carries those that have fallen to their final resting place.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: fog, eerie, quiet, crisp, fungus, moss, discovery, curiosity, remnants, caution, Before, drip, search, explore, collection, wet, cold, sharp.
  • Bonus: The cooler weather signals the approach of autumn, and beyond that, the chilly grip of winter. Begin making preparations for this now! Gather supplies for your own homestead or the pack to ensure Salsola is not caught unprepared for the first frost!

October (2023) — Autumn arrives in the Thistle Kingdom, and the lands are overtaken by bright, vibrant hues. The harvest season is here, and, while there is fun that can be had amongst the fallen leaves and damp earth, there is also work to be done. Grains are sown, and the last of the fruits, vegetables, and herbs are collected in preparation of a Last Supper feast, for long-term storage, and for easy trade. The nights become longer and darker, and there is an almost spooky feeling afoot; perhaps it energizes you, or, perhaps it scares you.

  • General: A favorite event of Salsola's will be returning! Prepare your outfit/mask for this year's masquerade of a Last Supper! Collect items, get the opinion of someone else, or craft it yourself.
  • Point of Interest: It's a little too cold for swimming, but that isn't the main reason one might find themselves at the Great Falls. Rumored to be haunted by the trapped spirits of executed Pentiti, this area is as as beautiful as it is dangerous. Are you here to test your courage and spend the night, or are you reflecting on the past? Whatever the reason, have your character visit the area.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: darkness, eyes, predator, watching, magic, ritual, eerie, crinkle/crunch, damp, musty, gift, harvest, trade, misty, dew, crisp.
  • Bonus: Those darn squirrels!! With acorns falling in abundance in the Oakgrove, these wily rodents are doing their best to hide their prizes — unfortunately, that often leads them into unexpected places. Discover a cache somewhere it definitely shouldn't be, or catch a squirrel in the act.

November (2023) — As the festivities from the autumnal Last Supper begin to die down, many Salsolans find themselves returning to work and chores to be finished before the season's rapidly-approaching end. Homes and places of storage are stocked and repaired in preparation for the approaching winter. Around the Kingdom, the world has fully embraced the warm and colorful hues of autumn, though, as the weeks go by, the deciduous trees become increasingly more barren as seasonal rains and blistering winds pluck them of their leaves and scatter them throughout the land. The nights grow ever colder, and it isn't long before the first frost, and, so too, the first snow.

  • General: The first frost of the season surprises your character one early morning. How does this sparkling landscape change the course of their day?
  • Point of Interest: The Oakgrove may have lost most of its color as the leaves turn brown, but there are plenty of things to be found in the area -- squirrels are especially active as they prepare for winter, several trees look like they might need to come down, and plenty of other fauna frequent the area that could prove entertaining (or filling, should one choose to hunt).
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: rut, clash, brisk, heated, rainy, damp, cool, vibrant, rustle, leaves, harvest, abundance, frost, breath, chill
  • Bonus: The Thistle Market will be returning next month! Begin early preparations: gather supplies, start crafting, or get that shop you've always wanted to open up and running!

December (2023) — With temperatures dropping and snowfall occurring more frequently, Salsolans look forward to many events. The presence of Outsiders tasks all members with additional vigilance, while those looking to profit from these visitors have eyes for their goods. With daylight hours short, the long nights call for warm hearths and patrols in the dark. Despite this, the prospect of the pack's annual gift exchange and upcoming Saturnalia feast has spirits riding high.

  • General: Snow becomes more frequent this month, and can both hide and reveal the unexpected. Discover something -- such as a cache of food, a lost item, or animal tracks -- in the fresh powder!
  • Point of Interest: The Marketplace is bustling with activity both before and during the Thistle Market. Take some time before the event to set up shop, engage with a fellow Salsola before (or during) the open market, or patrol late at night to ensure no filthy Outsider ruins the fun.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: frigid, silence, deep, exploration, warmth, cosy, craft, expanse
  • Bonus: Noble, the resident peacock of Salsola, is not a fan of the cold. Always on the lookout for places to roost, it seems he has decided that the next best place is none other than your character's home! Don't worry, he'll leave in the morning -- but until then, play host to one of Salsola's iconic animal friends!

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January (2024) — As the Kingdom settles into mid-winter, the vast stretch of icy white that blankets everything in sight feels like its never-ending. The world is cold, and the air burns in one's lungs. The only way to go is forward, however. Salsolans may prefer the warmth and comfort of the indoors this month, while others may look forward to the biting cold as they hunt or do other laborious, outdoor chores or activities that keep their blood hot. Business activities are at their slowest, but there is still plenty to do if one is looking for work.

  • General: Deer begin to shed their antlers towards the end of the month, though they may often be buried under snow and debris until spring. Discover a shed antler or witness a deer dropping one (or both) of these!
  • Point of Interest: The Greater Pine Barrens are host to all sorts of creatures, especially during winter months when the pines provide extra protection from snowfall. Travel through or explore the region.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: cold, icy, tracks, hunt, furs, hot meal, starvation, warmth, smoke, camp, evidence, snowflakes, lost, whiteout, disappear
  • Bonus: Travel is difficult in winter, but not impossible! Have a thread that takes place at least 50mi (80km) away from the pack's territory.

February (2024) — With any luck, the Thistle Kingdom finds the worst of the winter behind it, though snow still falls and nights can be particularly bitter. Even so, the Luperci of Salsola remain productive. New positions, Jobs, and opportunities suggest that many are looking to climb the hierarchical ladder. Hints of spring begin to show themselves by the end of the month, but those familiar with the local climate may err towards caution – sometimes the weather can turn without warning. There's nevertheless a growing restlessness as all animals begin to look towards the coming change in season.

  • General: What does your character do in their free time? Do they have a hobby or craft, play games, or do they prefer to socialize? Have a thread that focuses around the "downtime" your character has, and what they do to fill it!
  • Point of Interest: Though typically used for short-term visitors, Firehouse can provide Salsolans a quick escape from unexpected weather or the cold. While the more diligent might see to the place's upkeep, some might take advantage of this somewhat isolated structure to hold secret meetings...
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: snowfall, secret, hunger, horizon, sabbatical, pathways, lupine
  • Bonus: Encounter an Outsider! Sometimes these meetings can be beneficial, especially for those looking to trade or glean information about our neighbors, but things aren't always so pleasant. This could be a good time to spread some rumors about Salsola, good or bad.

March (2024) — Though nights may still be cold, temperatures begin to rise and the warmth of the sun starts to coax new growth out of the earth. While Salsola hasn't seen the last snowfall quite yet, the lengthening days signal a turning point from winter to spring. This transitional season presents new opportunitues and obstacles for the Thistle Kingdom and its members. Melting ice and snow spill into the local waterways, while the ground itself shows just how marshy it can become, retaining excess water that refuses to completely dry out.

  • General: Early spring flowers begin to bloom among Salsola's vast territory. Have spring blooms be the focus of a thread: does your character merely admire them while out and about, harvest these for medicinal or decorative purposes, or is this in their own garden?
  • Point of Interest: The Pictou Delta can be dangerous this time of year as melting snow leads to higher and faster water, but the rich soil found along the banks can aid the quality of crops and fishing can be extremely successful here. Salsolans are warned to be careful, however, for the water can be a dangerous place!
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: warming, melt, growth, discovery, difficult terrain, arrival, equinox, life cycle
  • Bonus: Everything is muddy! Mud is everywhere! Deal with the problems that come with mud being ever-present. This might be a good time to reach out to an Ancella for some house-cleaning, or call in a favor with someone skilled with removing stains from clothing or fur.

April (2024) — Slowly, the land begins to dry, and, as it does, the beauty that is the Thistle Kingdom begins to reveal itself once more. The land becomes ever-greener and fuller, and prey becomes overly plentiful as younglings are born. Watered by the occasional, spring shower — across the great expanses of Upper and Lower Tantramar — stalks of wildflowers have started to climb towards the mid-spring sun, growing stronger and more confident with every pass it makes across the sky. Some, are early bloomers, and their bright colors gradually encourage more to spread their petals in kind. Amongst its people, Salsola sees a surge in activity as individuals make the most of the nice, outdoor weather. Towards the end of the month, preparations for the pack's upcoming Founder's Week celebrations begin in full.

  • General: A solar eclipse will happen on April 8th! While Salsola is not in the path of true totality, the sky will darken nonetheless. Alternatively, your character could be traveling north and experiences the event to the fullest. There is a chance clouds and rain may obscure the sky, but maybe you'll get lucky! ;D How does your character react to this phenomena?
  • Point of Interest: The Millstone Village has long acted as temporary housing for new Associates of Salsola, but by and large this area has been underutilized. New communal crafting areas are being constructed, but there's still plenty of work to do! Help repair and clear out the chosen buildings or surrounding yards and pathways.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: anew, breeze, crisp, rain/shower, walk, buds, green, young, soft, clean, outdoors, surprise
  • Bonus: Shedding season has begun! Bust out the combs and brave the cold water if you dare. It can be difficult to take care of full-body grooming alone, so why not reach out to a friend, partner, or the pack's Visagisto for aid? With Salsola's birthday approaching, members are keen to look their best for the upcoming celebrations.

May (2024) — Late spring heralds the annual celebration of the pack's founding, and the Kingdom's vast lands reflect well on Salsola's continued prosperity and health. The territory is full of life; Upper and Lower Tantramar are a sea of vibrant greens and colorful flowers, insects and birds play their merry tunes, prey is overly abundant, and the roads are full of Salsolan travelers and Outsider traders alike. The Kingdom, truly, lives up to is rumors of wealth and beauty. Taking advantage of the fair weather, many Salsolans may enjoy the festivities of the Founders' Celebration, and a few may even look forward to adventures to be had thereafter in the knightly kingdom to the south; others, may simply take the time to enjoy the warm, spring sun accompanied by a refreshing breeze.

  • General: Flowers and other flora are thriving throughout the Kingdom and beyond! Have a thread where flowers, herbs, trees, mushrooms, or other vegetation is the main focus! Examples might be: making yourself your own crown with the use of flowers, collecting mushrooms/vegetables/medicinal herbs, tending to the/your garden, etc.
  • Point of Interest: A combination of the time of year and the Founders' Celebration, the pack is quite busy this month, and the Ruins in particular are absolutely buzzing with activity! From chores and general maintenance to helping the community to everyday duties to much more, the bulk of Salsolan society can be found in and around the various districts and the nearby facilities; the Clinic, the Feasting Hall, the Library, and the War Room.
  • Photo Inspiration: Have a thread inspired by one of these photographs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Need some help for ideas? Here are a few words that might get your brain working: dew, sunrise/set, flowers, birdsong, insects, paths/trails, waving grasses, explore, journey, fresh, crisp, warm, everyday, chores
  • Bonus: Have a thread outside of Salsola! Is your character traveling to Casa di Cavalieri to attend their local event? Are they doing business with Outsiders in a neutral or bordertown location? Are they broadening their network? Are they're just collecting items, hunting, or exploring abroad? Are they trying to recruit new blood? If it happens outside of Salsola, it counts!

SanctusShieldRangerMerchantLore Faction Thread Prompts

These thread prompts rotate seasonally (every 3 months). Check back at the beginning of March (Spring), June (Summer), September (Autumn), or December (Winter) for a new set of thread prompts!

General Rules
  • Only related-Faction members may reap the benefits/in-game rewards from using these prompts. Anyone and everyone is free to use them, however!
    • See our related Factions page for additional information in regards to the reason and usage of this Salsolan perk.
  • NPC usage is encouraged!
  • Stay on task! The thread must focus on the actual prompt for it to count towards benefits/rewards.
  • All submission claims should be made to the Salsola Maintenance Thread..
Pledging Rules
  • Yes! These prompts can be used towards your Pledging Challenge Thread!
  • Read-Only & Self-Threads are disqualified from use.
  • Completion Rules — Must be met.*
  • Late Completion — Try to finish your thread in a timely manner. If you start it at the end of the month and it takes you another month and a half to complete it, it's fine. If it's six months later, not so fine!
Seasonal Challenges Rewards Rules
  • Read-Only & Self-Threads are allowed.
  • Completion Rules — You do not need to meet our Completion Rules to submit threads towards seasonal rewards, however, more involvement (and, therefore, words) towards the prompt(s) may yield "better" rewards.
  • Late Completion — Must be started within the season for them to count towards in-game rewards at the end of the season.
  • IC Rewards — In order to claim seasonal Faction rewards, the thread(s) must be: 1) submitted before the end of the season and 2) can only be claimed by Faction/Faction-pledged members.
    • Spring Season: 01 March - 31 May
    • Summer Season: 01 June - 31 August
    • Autumn Season: 01 September - 30 November
    • Winter Season: 01 December - 28/29 February
Forum Icon Obtainment Rules
  • Read-Only & Self-Threads are allowed.
  • Completion Rules — Must be met.*
  • Late Completion — Non-issue.

*Once a thread has met our definition of "complete" (ie. 1,200 words), you can submit it. It needn't be actually finished and archived to count as "complete."

Current Faction Thread Prompts

Spring (2024)

  • Sanctus Sanctus — With the arrival of spring, the Sanctum regularly finds its attentions split between its duties towards the magical, spiritual, and religious, and towards medicinal practices. The world is abundant with life and in need of blessings and hopes for bountiful and brighter futures. It is a time for replenishment for some too, however, as the long winter has caused many of the Shrine and Clinic's plant resources to be spread thin. Various members of the Sanctum may find themselves venturing out, either to spread their otherworldly talents and gifts or to gather new, seasonal resources. Others may remain within the safety of the Kingdom's boundaries, using their skills for the betterment of its people and lands, or, simply attending the gardens.
  • I talk to the flowers — Spring brings about the arrival of new growth, and, in the Sanctum, plants can be used for a variety of reasons; from magical/spiritual/religious, to medicinal, to nefarious acts, to mere offerings or other shows of respect/remembrance. So, plant/grow, collect, study/teach, experiment, or otherwise make use a fresh plant/herb for a Sanctum-related purpose! Alternatively, craft and/or leave a flower offering(s) to show respect to fallen comrades or loved ones, spirits or gods/deities, or the Shrine (or its smaller counterparts) itself.
  • Begin anew — The spring season is often associated with birth and/or new life in general. With this in mind, craft or trade a magical item, bless or cast a spell on someone/thing, or perform a ritual or prayer to call forth good fortune, fertility, or otherwise in the theme of starting fresh or "new life." Alternatively, do the opposite and curse or doom someone/thing to have misfortune with this theme!
  • A little Shrine cleaning — No matter one's personal duties to the Sanctum, the Shrine falls under the care of all who pledge themselves to this Faction. Help clean up — or otherwise help beautify! — the area by performing general maintenance or upkeep around the Shrine. This can be anything from everyday chores, to planting flowers, to small projects such as building pathways or fixing damage caused by weather!
  • Hey! Listen! — Are you attuned to the otherworldly? On a particularly beautiful, breezy spring day, you hear the whispers of something light and mirthful that draws your attention. Is it joyous laughter? A chime of bells? Or something else that calls to you? When you investigate, what do you find? An innocent spirit in need of help to pass on? Echoes of an unfortunate scene of a distant (or perhaps recent) past? A ghost reaching out in hopes that you can help someone still of the living? Use your skills and knowledge to deal with your findings in a Sanctum-worthy manner!
  • Shield Shield — As the snow melts and the land awakens from its long slumber, activity around the Kingdom and realm alike see an ever-increasing uptick with each passing week. The Queen's soldiers remain vigilant as ever, for, while the season is full of beauty and fragile life, so too, can it come hand-in-hand with dangerous company in the form of Luperci and beast alike. Many of the Shield may find themselves gainfully employed between patrols, guard shifts, escort duties, or other missions abroad. Spars occur regularly at the Arena, and there is increased foot traffic in and out of the War Room as soldiers are assigned their tasks for the day.
  • You can run, but you can't hide — Snowmelt and spring showers can make for a lot of mud and soft soil. It can be as much of a curse as it can be to the Shield's advantage, however. Have a thread in which you make use of prints / tracks left behind to do your soldierly duties — this could be anything from training to a stealth mission to an actual enemy or threat that needs taking care of. Alternatively, have a thread in which the soft or muddy ground impedes your duties!
  • It's a Trap — Salsola's border traps are what help keep our Kingdom safe between roving patrols, so, it is vital that these be in working condition. Remove or repair old or damaged border traps. Alternatively, help better conceal a new or existing trap from unsuspecting trespassers! Is the trap "too obvious" to possibly be a trap? Is it expertly camouflaged? Does it have something irresistible that an Outsider would fall for? Is it the work of a genius or the work of a "genius" (not all are cut out to be Collettores after all ;) )?
  • Only as good as one's tools — Damaged armor, dull blades, shoddy craftsmanship, or poor fighting form or habits can make for a sorry fighter and weak link in the Thistle Queen's military. Perform repairs or regular maintenance on your armor or weaponry, or, engage in a spar or combat-related lesson. Alternatively, if you're a smithy-type, make sure your tools or creations work as intended.
  • That all you got? — You find yourself in an altercation in which you're at a disadvantage against a cocky foe. Salsolans, however, choose the strong. Find a way to turn the tables or otherwise prove you're worthy of Salsola's creed. Alternatively; perhaps you're the cocky one and find yourself humbled by an opponent?
  • Ranger Ranger — The Rangers find themselves busier than ever with the arrival of spring. There is maintenance and repairs to be done all around the Kingdom; from structures, to roadways and water crossings, to general hazards to be cleared or tamed near civilization and wild alike. On top of general, seasonal and annual upkeep, the Rangers also have their hands full with monitoring the beast populations; both domestic and wild! Pregnant mothers and newborns at the Marrgerd and Grimrun stables need tending to, and keeping tabs on wild populations are vital to ensuring the land remains sustainable for the Kingdom. Protective parents and predatory types preying upon our resources can also cause problems for the Rangers. Be they tending to the land or sea, or dealing with the lesser beasts, the Rangers are likely to find themselves spread thin this season.
  • Due date — New, baby animals are abundant in the season of spring! Have a thread in which you interact with either a wild or domestic baby animal! Alternatively, have an interaction with a pregnant mother-to-be. This can be positive or negative; full of warm fuzzies, delicious hilarity, or a harsh reality; or, simply nature being nature (eg. hunters are gonna hunt, eggs are yummy, deformities/complications/accidents happen).
  • Clean up on Aisle Earth — A Rangers' duties are never done when it comes to maintaining the Kingdom's vast lands; from pruning to repairs to regular upkeep. Debris can block road and waterways, hedges and gardens can become overgrown, trees can become brittle and in need of cutting down, and buildings, bridges, and other marks of civilization may be in need of some proper TLC. Help ensure that Salsola's lands, waters, and structures remain beautiful, hazard-free, and/or in working condition!
  • Dabbled a bit as a god — The Rangers are in charge of making sure that Salsola's livestock and wild prey resources are healthy and flourishing, and spring is when they can best see and make plans to ensure a prosperous future. Observe the results of recent breedings to decide if a particular bloodline should be continued or culled. Or, make plans or take action to help otherwise diversify our livestock/wild groups' gene pool (eg. cull or geld animals, arrange for breeding services within Salsola or beyond its borders, trade or obtain new livestock, help relocate or remove wild individuals/groups, etc.). More of a sea or plant-savvy individual? Make an appropriate spin on these towards your expertise!
  • Paint with all of the colors of the wind — Are you a hunter? A rancher? A herbalist or gardener? A sailor? Someone who simply lives and understands the land, sea, or wonders of life? Teach another who is ignorant of your trade or understandings, and show them something they've never known before, and the importance of what your duties to the Salsolan Kingdom or nature in general.
  • Merchant Merchant — The return of fairer weather brings about an increase in foot traffic around the realm once more, and a proper Merchant would be remiss to not capitalize on this and secure lucrative business deals. Although rain and muddy ground may slow travel some, there are still plenty of good days to outweigh the bad, and plenty of backroads to take if one only knows where to look (or how to read a map!). Many of the Faction may be seen regularly around the Kingdom's many storage locations, inspecting supplies, making lists for trade orders, and rotating stock. Salsolans in search of particular items may flag down one of the Merchants, requesting for them to keep an eye out for certain goods or services for barter when they do business with Outsiders. After all, while the Marketplace is often of their domain this season, there is nothing to stop Merchants from traveling abroad to any of the other border towns or trade depots nearby.
  • Past expiration — Now that the weather is nice again, it's time for a bit of spring cleaning! Help remove old, expired, or damaged goods or items from one of Salsola's storage locations. These can be anything from food stuffs, to pest or weather-damaged goods, to generously-used or worn tools. Alternatively, make arrangements (via trade, commission, etc.) to have something replaced or repaired; this does not necessarily need to be something within a storage location, however!
  • It's all about your connections — Salsolans know all about the importance of having the right connections, the Merchants even more so when it comes to matters of business. Secure a new connection or partnership that will either help your personal endeavors or the wealth and prosperity of the Thistle Kingdom as a whole. Alternatively, handle a connection that has since soured (or is in need of being "reminded" of the dangers of crossing you and/or the Thistle Kingdom...).
  • This wasn't what we agreed on — Not every exchange of goods or services goes as planned. How do you handle things when the opposite party didn't hold up their end of the bargain? Did they short you? Lie to you? Attempt to not "pay" or, otherwise, steal from you? Were their services or goods subpar? Have they run up a tab? Have they taken advantage of you? Are they attempting to strong arm/threaten/bully you?
  • They said 'No pickles'! — Trading and merchantry isn't for everyone, and, sometimes, vendors can attempt to take advantage of a meek or ignorant individual to make an unfair trade to their advantage. Not on our watch! Save a fellow Salsolan from being unknowingly duped by a merchant/trader! Alternatively, "help" an Outsider (Salsolans do so love being owed favors...).
  • Lore Lore — While the Lorekeepers are able to, generally, keep busy year-round, the arrival of spring can cause them to be just as busy as the other Factions. There is a certain inspiration to be gained from longer days and warmer weather, allowing performers and entertainers to readily look forward to a change in scenery to practice or show off their work. Artists may eagerly search for ingredients for pigments or other materials for their chosen medium; some might even request the help of a Merchant to locate a trader bartering in certain goods or tools. Scholars and educators — when not busy in their own research or recordkeeping — may find themselves busy with lessons, be it in teaching marks of sophistication or promoting the Salsolan way of life. For a few, however, the prospect of the Founders' celebration at the end of the season looms overhead; proactive preparations must be made, and Salsolans should be reminded of our traditions and history!
  • In the eye of the beholder — Creative expression and the arts are matters of great importance to some Lorekeepers. What constitutes as beauty or art can be subjective, however. Sing, dance, perform, paint, draw, sculpt, write; whatever your interests be in, have a thread where it is shown to, seen by, or otherwise witnessed by another, leaving you open to either praise or generous applause, or laughter or harsh criticism. Alternatively, if you're more of a culture/history/law individual, have someone question your teachings or work, or, your method of relaying it, upholding it, or documenting it.
  • Never too old — Salsola prides itself on its intelligence, its history, and its culture, and this cannot be done without the help of the Lorekeepers. Host a lesson or otherwise teach another in reading/writing, fine art(s), Salsolan culture/history/laws, or a foreign language. Or, practice or educate yourself in one of these.
  • I part-time as a Librarian. — The Library and its upkeep fall under the care the Lorekeepers, so, it is up to them to ensure that the tomes and other resources remain organized and presentable. Perform regular maintenance or chores, return items back to their proper shelves/storage areas, or help a fellow Salsolan locate a particular interest of theirs. Alternatively, scold someone doing something they shouldn't in the library! Are they putting materials back in the wrong spot? Being too obnoxious? Trying to sneak into the restricted area? Attempting to add material that is definitely not Library-worthy? Or did you catch them in the middle of a now-not-so-secret rendezvous?
  • Details, details — At the end of spring, the Thistle Kingdom will be celebrating another year since its founding. Now is the time to make preparations! Practice or work on a play, routine, or song/bardic tale that you hope will receive the Queen's blessing to perform before your fellow Salsolans. Craft, draw, or sculpt a new art piece so it'll be finished in time for the celebration, or, make plans or preparations for beautiful decorations to be displayed about the Ruins during the Founders' week. Care more about upholding traditions? Work with your fellow Lorekeepers to ensure these traditions are upheld, highlighted, or followed in their forms of creative expression.

Previous Faction Thread Prompts

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Summer (2023)

  • Sanctus — The arrival of summer brings about an almost electrifying, magical energy to the land, and, not surprisingly, some members of the Sanctum may feel it too. The Faction as a whole may see a surge in activity this season.
  • Host, spectate, or assist in a religious/witch/superstious ceremony/ritual or its preparation.
  • Have a thread in which you have an experience (big or small!) that is otherworldly and/or entertain the idea/belief/practice of "magic" or the supernatural.
  • Make or trade for something that will be of benefit to the Sanctum. Contributions may be religious (such as charms, totems, cursed/blessed items, incense sticks, etc.) or medicinal (such as teas, medical supplies or journals, psychedelic items, etc.) in nature.
  • You've met an Outsider with an interest in Salsola. The problem? They're not Salsolan material! Be the reason personal or for the better interest of the Kingdom, do what is necessary to scare or otherwise douse their interest either through action or rumor. This should be accomplished via the use of "dark" practices, witchcraft, or religious/cultural/supernatural beliefs/ideals.
  • Shield — Summer for the soldier can either be very busy or not busy at all! The realm itself is abundant in activity, and, with the lands beyond being plentiful in food and trade, there is often little reason to test a pack like Salsola, however, that doesn't mean that aren't any that don't try their luck!
  • Missions, shifts at the Garrison, and acting as a guard (known or secretive) at the Marketplace can be boring sometimes. So, what do you do when the job sees a lull in action? Sharpen your weapon? Polish your armor? Chat/gossip? Complain about something you're missing out on? Wish for something to happen? Take a quick nap while you think no one is looking? Play mental games to pass the time? Get distracted by a tasty piece of something/one?
  • You have some down time, so, hone your combative abilities or skillcrafts through sparring or practice/maintenance. Maybe try something new, or, even teach someone what you know (bonus if it's a non-combatant that you're teaching how to defend themselves!)! Even if you're someone who creates tools/armor/weaponry rather than fights, there's still work that you can do!
  • Not all matters of the Shield are limited to the pack's territory alone. Have a thread in which you go beyond the borders to gather intel, act as an escort, deal with a threat, or obtain materials for your trade or items to add to your defense-related inventory.
  • Team work is essential in the Shield. Have a thread where you must work with another to either hunt down or drive off a danger to the Thistle Kingdom, be they a deadly or aggressive animal or predator, or, a Luperci. This encounter should show off your combative talents, knowhow, and/or interest in protecting Salsola, its people, and its interests.
  • Ranger — The work of the Rangers is never done, the Faction continues to remain busy as the spring season melts into the hotter summer one. These individuals should take advandtage of the longer hours of daylight to see to various projects and maintenance around the territory, and care should be taken to monitor the Kingdom's livestock and wild populations to ensure future boodlines and prosperity.
  • Do chores around Marrgerd/Grimrun or repairs/maintenance around the territory in general. Alternatively, contribute to the community by either donating meat or flora to the Kingdom's storage, or, by hunting/gathering.
  • Explore one of the many waterways in or around Salsola. With several boating options available, the adventurous can test their skills with sails or canoes. If you don't quite have your sea-legs, explore on foot or go swimming!
  • Cull problem, sickly, or elderly animals, or, make a note to keep an eye on such individuals.
  • You encounter someone/thing who is hunting/scavenging (or discover the aftermath of such) off of Salsola's land! Show them the error of their ways, recover what you can, and/or assess the damage done if it's too little too late.
  • Merchant — The dry and warm season of summer offers the best time for travel, and the realm beyond Salsola is teeming with activity because of it! Merchants should focus their efforts on creating trade and taking advantage of increased trade activity on major roadways, or, creating stock for trade once autumn comes.
  • Establish or make efforts to boost the look of a shop in the Marketplace!
  • Have a successful trade with a member of Oglethorpe (See bNPCS).
  • It looks as if some locations in Salsola could use replenishing. Spend some time either seeing to the organization of a communal area (such as the pack's Storage Unit, Firehouse), make, or acquire goods that Salsola will need!
  • Collaborate with a member of another faction. This thread should highlight your charisma, knowledge of "Salsolan-made" materials and goods, and show how you keep wealth flowing through the pack.
  • Lore — Although the newest Faction, this does not mean that there aren't any potential Lorekeepers amongst the ranks. Those intending to help grow Salsola from within and keep our Kingdom strong might see fit to start at the heart of things, and focus on bolstering the Library and its records/content.
  • The newly expanded Library still has plenty of room on its shelves. Acquire some new material! If you're exceptionally ambitious, perhaps you'll write something yourself!
  • Vital to any reference source are up-to-date pieces of information. Ensure that any maps, notes about local groups, and other public records have the latest details available.
  • What is life without art? There are sections within the Library that could use some decoration! Acquire the following: a hanging tapestry, a wood carving, a sculpture, a potted plant, and a new rug.
  • The materials for book-binding are vital to the continuing expansion and upkeep of Salsola's collection, as is the skill itself. Either help acquire the needed materials, or construct a blank-book to donate to the Library.

Autumn (2023)

  • Sanctus Sanctus — Most witches agree that the turn of seasons is a time when energy flows; however, there is something particularly powerful about autumn; something that even a non-believer cannot deny. It's visible in the changing leaves, in the diminishing daylight hours, in the foggy darkness caught between twilight and dawn, and in the peculiarities that range from strange to eerie to downright nightmarish. Some further speculate that this season weakens the veil between worlds, and that restless ghosts may more easily roam the earth. The season is ripe for making the most of one's connections to the otherworldly and magic, but even the non-witchy types find purpose in these times. Healers would do well to prepare their stocks for the long winter ahead!
  • Witch's Kitchen — The first frost isn't far away. Hurry and gather as many herbs, flowers, and other medicinal plants before they're gone for the year! Alternatively, prepare what you've already gathered! Hang herbs/spices to dry out or for easy access at home, grind them into a powder or paste with a mortar and pestle, portion them out into marked pouches, jars, or vials; or otherwise prepare them for storage, be it communal or personal.
  • Conduit for the Afterlife — Connecting to the spiritual realm can sometimes require aid. Use a mind-altering substance to help you reach the beyond. Alternatively, actually speak with a supernatural being. Discover who it once was or how it died, or, help (or cruelly force) it to remember what is has forgotten. Assist the being in either moving on by completing its unfinished business in this world, or, sever the bond that is keeping it here through whatever means necessary, be it through brute force or something more religious/witch-y.
  • It's not just a Phase — Full moons are often cause for ritual work, but they can also attract trouble. Have a thread that deals with one or the other! Perform or prepare for a rite or ritual; perhaps you're successful from start to finish, perhaps you're interrupted at an inopportune moment that undoes all of it, perhaps the results or consequences are more disastrous than you (or your client) desired! Or, encounter with an Outsider during a full moon where you must use your trickery and cunningness to bring life to the stories of Salsola's "dark" coven, and convince them to leave without conflict.
  • Cast: Detect Magic — Craft, acquire, or enchant an item(s) that pertain to your religious or supernatural beliefs or talents. These can be anything from potions and other "magical" consumables, blessed/cursed/warding items, charms, talismans, or trinkets; spells tags, etc. Alternatively, learn about an item from another, or, use your insight to recognize a work to be it flawed, a con, or of exceptional quality/theory.
  • Shield Shield — Gone are the halcyon days of summer, it's back to doing what the Shield does best: protecting the Thistle Kingdom, its people, and its assets, be it at the borders or further abroad. Members of the Shield find their patrols increasing in frequency as border activity rises and suspicious reports — some harmless, some not — come in that are in need of investigating. Some fighters may be sought out by other Factions for escort or guard details, or, simply to act as silent muscle during business contracts with Others. Those that are more talented in shadier skillsets or stealth operations may even be tasked with feeding the Kingdom's gluttonous need for intel, rumors, and gossip; or, with removing certain Outsider threats.
  • Master of Discretion — When out in the field, being able to communicate can make or break a mission, however, not all things are easy as a Salsolan, outed or not. Covertly signal to your peer(s) without giving away your position, find a clever way to pass information through your words without your company realizing, or, pass a note or message in secret or through an expert sleight of hand.
  • Changing Loadout — Every fighter has a favorite weapon, but is limiting yourself to one the best way to go? Experiment with a weapon your character is inexperienced with or seldom uses. Alternatively, help teach someone in a weapon that they're unfamiliar with. Just try not to hurt yourself...or anyone else, for that matter.
  • Investigation Check — While on patrol, your character discovers a flock of ravens crowding around a corpse (be it prey or Luperci). Is this the work of an Outsider, a hungry predator, or simply a bout of misfortune? Investigate the cause and ensure that there's no threat to Salsola's borders. Whether your journey ends in a lackluster discovery, reveals a gruesome tale, or has you engaging in combat is up to you.
  • That's My Cue — Between the wildlife becoming more active (and possibly aggressive), last-of-the-season shipments and travels to be made, and the overall spookiness afoot, members of the Shield may find themselves being a welcomed presence by their peers and other Factions. Use your reputation, expertise, skills, bravado, and/or mere presence alone to defend a packmate, be a guard in an escort, or otherwise prevent major injury or misfortune from befalling another Salsolan.
  • Ranger Ranger — With the arrival of autumn, the Ranger Faction finds itself especially busy. Animals of all shapes and sizes are seen in greater abundance and frequency as they, too, get ready for the cold and dark. This can prove to be both beneficial for Salsola's stores, or, dangerous for its people as certain species become more territorial and aggressive. It's not just the animals that keep the Rangers busy though. The land itself is also making its preparations for winter, and the Rangers must take advantages where they can; from finishing maintenance issues and projects around the Kingdom with an ever-pressuring haste, to collecting the land's wild harvests, to marking off hazardous areas that will become hidden after the first snow.
  • Speak with Animals — Deal with or have a close encounter with a territorial or aggressive animal; be it a gorging bear preparing for hibernation, a feisty squirrel that thinks you're after it's secret stash of nuts, a pair of Cervidae whose antlers have become entangled, etc. Alternatively, encounter an animal who has lost and become wounded from a territorial battle or duel caused by season-induced aggression; use your Ranger inclinations to deal with it appropriately.
  • One Fish, Two Fish — This will be the last season to catch American Shad before they retreat to deeper water. A flavorful and extremely healthy fish, shad can be found in the salty waters of the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic. Alternatively, go after the fatty, seasonal fish that is salmon as they head to their spawning grounds in various rivers throughout the realm. Join pNPC Bogdan Kotovo, and catch, net, cook, or otherwise prepare some of these tasty morsels before they're gone for the winter!
  • This is why we don't name them — Our livestock have spent most of the summer growing fat and healthy, but, with autumn now upon us, some tough decisions must be made. Help prepare an animal for slaughter and ensure that nothing goes to waste. Hope you weren't attached to that one...
  • All in a Day's Work — Hoof care for horses is vital in autumn, however, while farrier work is important, this isn't all that can be done around stables and paddocks! Inspect local pastures: fill in holes or remove rocks and other items which may harm the horses or other livestock. Alternatively, do some repairs or maintenance around the stables or further beyond in the territory itself; from vermin-proofing chicken coops to fixing bridges and well-used roadways or paths, to discovering or marking hazards that will become dangerous once covered by leaves and snow; use those special Ranger eyes to be proactive in preventing disaster later on!
  • Merchant Merchant — Autumn tends to be one of the more busier seasons for the Merchant Faction, what with it being the harvest season, and with so many Luperci rushing to outpace the impending arrival of winter. Trade is good; with options and variety aplenty, both with goods and with those to trade them with. Salsola's Merchants are tasked out to reap what they can for the good and prosperity of the Kingdom, be it through legitimate, honest means, or, perhaps, more underhanded ones. We have a reputation to uphold, after all. Those better skilled in the art of crafting would do well to sort out their stock and take advantage of the season before the first snow, when trade and business will slow, and many routes may become impassable.
  • A way with words — Merchants of Salsola are often prized for their silver tongues and way with honeying words to ensure that they (and the Kingdom) more or less come out on top. Use your experience, your expertise, and/or your charisma when making a trade with another to help you get a better deal or otherwise negotiate contract terms that in your favor. Alternatively, intimidate, bluff, or blackmail an unaffiliated Loner into accepting your trade proposal or otherwise giving you what you want (be it items, scaring them off "your/our turf", intel or an "in" on a business deal, etc.).
  • Business Trip — Trade is abundant during this time of year, and, as a Merchant, you would be remiss to not take advantage of it, be it in Portland or somewhere more local. Prepare for the journey — pack your bags, horse, or cart with trade goods either crafted by you or by others in preparation of a trade venture beyond the borders; and/or, discuss with another about what you hope to obtain and/or who you plan to do business with. Alternatively, have a thread about the trip itself. Or, have a thread where you return and go over your haul and decide how to distribute goods if you traded on behalf of the Kingdom.
  • In the Hands of the Creator — Speechcraft is not the only skill held by those of the Merchant Faction. Obtain materials or create something that will later become a tradable good; this can be anything from creating base materials such as hides/leathers/textiles, crafting alcohols or other storable food stuffs, or creating finished goods such as leather/metal/wood works, clothing or accessories, weaponry, etc.
  • Some may call these junk, but I call them treasures — Inventory is an important task for the Merchants to monitor and oversee. Make a donation, take advantage of the season's bountiful harvests, or otherwise collect goods to be added to Salsola's communal stores. Alternatively, take inventory of what Salsola currently has, and make notes of what we should send off with the autumnal Portland Caravan, what we should urgently seek to stock up on, items that we should have moved to other storage facilities, spoiled or ruined items, or, items that are in abundance or should otherwise be traded off in the next Merchant's business venture.
  • Lore Lore — For the Lore Faction, their duties and responsibilities are never-ending, however, events and unique circumstances can certainly bring about more activity during the autumn season. The literary and education-inclined may find themselves nose-deep in their tomes or scholarly pursuits, or, perhaps even becoming private tutors as their fellow packmates find themselves with less to do. Those that dabble more in the arts may find new inspiration from the changing weather and colorful world as it slowly succumbs to winter's grasp. With the handful of annual holidays and events, as well as other curiosities to be had in this season, too, some Lorekeepers may find opportunities to ensure Salsolan culture and Laws are upheld and history is notated, as well as teaching moments for those who have yet to experience these events.
  • Are you not entertained? — While the Lore Faction typically focuses more heavily on education and maintaining cultural norms and Laws, there are those within it that live to entertain and soothe the more creative aspect of the Luperci mind. Teach or help another relax and enjoy themselves as you share or show off your form of art; be it in painting, sculpting, singing, song-writing, dancing, music-playing, storytelling, bardic tales, etc.
  • Mightier than the Sword — Collaborate with another and make use of your writing skills — perhaps a merchant needs some signs for their shop, some items in the Clinic or storage need labeled, or someone needs you take notes for them, or, is in dire need of a letter or message written on their behalf, etc. Alternatively, make a copy of a piece of literature, or, create one of your own. Literature pieces can be "anonymously" donated to the pack's Library if you fancy creating a penname for yourself...
  • I say! — Uh-oh! Ziggy Blackrust and Nickodemus Sparhawk have gotten into an argument that looks like it's about to get out of control. Something about art? Or maybe interpretation of some sort of literature? Were Sky Brothers mentioned? No, perhaps it had to do with history...? ...Laws? Whatever the case, with the assistance of another (willing or not) to help mediate the situation, figure out what's the cause of this and help the two come to a resolution.
  • It's what makes us Civilized — Autumn is full of dreary, gray-weather days that are best spent indoors. While you're stuck inside, why not browse the archives of Salsola's vast library? Maybe educate yourself on Salsola's history, culture, laws, or discover something else of interest while you're there. Discuss your findings or thoughts on the matter with another. Alternatively, host a public or private lesson of the educational, literature, or artistic variety.

Winter (2023)

  • Sanctus Sanctus — While the more magical and religious portion of the Sanctum may see a lull during the wintery season, the Faction is not without things to do! The Shrine and its many components and surrounding areas provide a convenient and sacred place to carry out various practices. For those without things to do, however, cleaning off snow and fixing winter-damaged altars and shrines are common chores to preserve the area's sanctity. Healers and medicine-type individuals in particular are, perhaps, appreciated the most during the winter months, and often see the greatest spike in aiding their fellow Salsolans; be it of physical aches or mental ones.
  • The longest, darkest night of the year occurs during the Winter Solstice. Sanctus members, in tune with the changing seasons, may choose to perform a variety of rituals. Observe this night in one such way. Some ideas include: tending to a candle or other flame from sundown until sunup, sacrificing an object or animal, hosting a meal, etc.
  • Heavy snowfall leads to some branches falling in the Blackwoods. Help clear these and ensure no damage has been done to the main and smaller shrines in the area.
  • Another pack member has come down with a cold. Provide them aid. Alternatively, take inventory of how much medicinal supplies is left, and either notate or replenish (via trade, scavenging, creating, etc.) low stock so that those who fall ill are not left to suffer!
  • Though the nights are more often cloudy than not, on one particularly clear, frigid night, your character ventures out into the dark to observe the stars. Are there signs in the sky? Strange lights? Perhaps even...Sky Brothers?
  • Shield Shield — Harsh times make for desperate, and oftentimes, more dangerous individuals. The barren landscape and snow make it easier to spot suspicious activity, but, so too, does it make it easier for Outsiders to predict and track Salsola's movements. The Shield must keep their wits about them to avoid being ambushed, be it while on patrol or while escorting or protecting Salsolan cargo or interests beyond the Kingdom's claim. Slow days and guard shifts may be best utilized with some friendly (or not-so-friendly) sparring or practicing other skills to keep their reflexes sharp. Those with more subtle interests and skillsets may attempt to take advantage of the hard times; others, may attempt to see how these bitter months have treated other packs, Loner Bands, or like-groups and Loners wandering the realm.
  • Weapons and armor require care, especially when exposed to the elements. Take some time to tend to your gear.
  • Something — or someone — has triggered one of the border traps. Investigate the source and, if necessary, eliminate any potential threats.
  • Keeping up to date with Outsiders is a vital part of Salsola's defense. Glean some information about a neighboring pack or Loner Band (including bNPCs from Oglethorpe!).
  • Winter presents new challenges for warriors, who must learn to adapt to the difficult terrain. Train or go on a mission where this is tested. Some examples include: deep snow, icy conditions, heavy snowfall.
  • Ranger Ranger — In the cold, bitter months of winter, the Rangers are in their greatest need. While their biggest task may be in monitoring the pack's food supplies, they are also entrusted with monitoring the prey animals that roam our bountiful lands, and culling those that are sick, weak, or poorly-bred; and ensuring that Salsola does not take more than the land can provide. They may also find themselves busy with removing and marking various hazards found throughout the Kingdom, and some may find interests with mapping out the neutral lands beyond our borders. When not roaming the lands and realm, the Rangers may be seen frequently around the pack's Stables, and making sure our livestock remains well cared for throughout the winter months.
  • In days of old, winter was associated with the ghostly Wild Hunt. While the realm of spirits may be more suited to the Sanctus, those in the Ranger faction are keen to take advantage of prey struggling to adapt to the changing season. Partake in a hunt using only your Lupus or Secui form.
  • A sheep has gotten lost from the flock! Help Flint track down this wanderer before a terrible fate befalls them.
  • Sailing in the winter is hardly a pleasant task, especially with the danger of ice flows. Luckily, some fish — like striped bass, mackerel, and winter flounder — can be caught not far from shore.
  • The success of the wild horse round up has led to some unexpected changes in the Bay Horses. Investigate the herds and determine what these are.
  • Merchant Merchant — Winter is often the slowest season for trade, as well as the riskiest for those traveling abroad. On the flip side, however, the cold months can make for business deals made out of desperation, or, easy acquisition opportunities (albeit, our methods may be "questionable" by many do-good sorts...). Salsolan Merchants may also happen upon some unique, seasonal items or traders that are only available during this time of year. If traveling beyond the Kingdom's protective borders, however, it is in the Merchants' best interest to be wary of their surroundings, or, perhaps employ escort services from the Shield. Those that find that business is slow may decide, instead, to pass the season by with managing the various storage locations found throughout the Kingdom, and taking note of what is in excess and what is particularly low in stock.
  • Did you make new connections during the Thistle Market? Trade with an Outsider that your character has previously encountered or done business with.
  • Winter presents a new set of demands from clients. Create an item specifically meant for this season.
  • Oh no! Someone poorly stacked some goods in the Storage unit, causing items to collapse, and now things are a mess! Get everything back in order and organized, and make sure nothing is missing.
  • A merchant isn't just judged by the quality of their goods, but by how they present themselves to their clients. Take some time to improve your wardrobe or personal style.
  • Lore Lore — Of all of the Factions, the frigid outdoor temperatures and dreary season effect the duties of the Lore Faction, perhaps, the least. Winter begins with weeks filled with annual, cultural customs to be had and visitors from all parts of the realm and beyond, creating a bounty of things to log into Salsola's ever-growing historical tomes, as well as to take inspiration from. Now is the time to do various bookkeeping for the year's end, update maps, scrolls, ledgers, and other important record-keeping mediums. Lorekeepers may decide to use the lull of the season to open up literature lessons for their fellow Salsolans, or, take advantage of the calm to write their next novel or do some playwriting in preparations for next year's Founders' day celebration.
  • Another year has passed, and plenty of information needs recorded before it is lost to the ages. Help compile details into writing.
  • Dreary weather seems to be affecting the moods of fellow Salsolans — luckily, you have just the song, poem, or performance ready to help lift their spirits!
  • Newcomers to the pack may not have a clear understanding of Salsolan customs and cultural norms. Discuss a matter of Salsolan culture with another packmate.
  • Reading and writing are skills Salsola's lorekeepers may be familiar with, but not everyone may be quite as capable! Help a fellow packmate improve their literacy, or branch into a language your character doesn't already know.

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