Burning Worm

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JCab747
September 5, 2016 - 7:24pm
Burning Worm is a bi-annual gathering that originally took place at the town of Laconia, along the northern polar sea of Laco (Dixon's Star). Founded in 33 FY by veterans of the First Sathar War, it was meant to promote tourism to this out-of-the way community on a backwater planet of the Frontier by bringing in artists and forming a temporary community for about a week. The gathering would end with the "burning of the worm" -- a huge effigy of a Sathar.

Over the years, even through Laco's War -- which primarily impacted the planet's southern polar region -- the Burning Worm grew in popularity and size. After the S'sessu were discovered, it was first feared that they would take offense to the festival, but even they joined in the fun wiht the "Slime Troupe" becoming a favorite exhibition of Satharoid aerobatics and displays of combat skills.

There have been incidents of sabotage by alleged Sathar agents at some gatherings, but that only increased its popularity with thrill-seakers.

The success on Laco soon created related Burning Worm events on deserts of other Frontier planets, including Kraatar (Tristkar). It seems the more distant and far removed an gathering is from a big city, the more likely it is to attract Burning Worm organizers.

Once Volturnus was found, it soon became a magnet for "worm burners" as participants call themselves, though the Eorna and several of the other Volturnus races aren't quite sure what to make of the revealers who come to their world.  
 
Joe Cabadas
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rattraveller
September 6, 2016 - 5:32am
Suggest the festival last one month since it takes 5 days to travel there from the nearest planets it would not really be worth the trip for a one week festival.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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JCab747
September 6, 2016 - 6:14am
rattraveller wrote:
Suggest the festival last one month since it takes 5 days to travel there from the nearest planets it would not really be worth the trip for a one week festival.


Good point. Maybe the first festival was a week, then the concept grew.
Joe Cabadas

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Shadow Shack
September 6, 2016 - 6:39am
This event --- along with Electric Dralasite Festival --- is what helped the Malthar's Ixiol trade more than anything.
No, I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide. Nor do I have any qualms in stating why. Tongue out

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JCab747
September 6, 2016 - 7:06am
Shadow Shack wrote:
This event --- along with Electric Dralasite Festival --- is what helped the Malthar's Ixiol trade more than anything.


You bet. While Burning Worm has many supporters, its detractors say it is nothing but a festival for those with empty lives who like to "trip out"on the latest recreational drugs while engaging in pure hedonism.

Others say it attracts the free-minded thinkers of the Frontier who are able to engage in communications with their fellow beings without all of the social constraints of their various cultures.

One famed chef who makes an appearance is Rata Two EEh, a Vihm, who makes delicatable delights for any palate.
Joe Cabadas

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JCab747
September 6, 2016 - 7:07am
JCab747 wrote:
Shadow Shack wrote:
This event --- along with Electric Dralasite Festival --- is what helped the Malthar's Ixiol trade more than anything.


You bet. While Burning Worm has many supporters, its detractors say it is nothing but a festival for those with empty lives who like to "trip out"on the latest recreational drugs while engaging in pure hedonism.

Others say it attracts the free-minded thinkers of the Frontier who are able to engage in communications with their fellow beings without all of the social constraints of their various cultures.

One famed chef who offers his services for free during the festival's final week is Rata Two EEh, a Vihm, who makes delicatable delights for any palate.
Joe Cabadas