( @displacerghost asked if the M’ega had a holiday like Halloween )
The M’ega do have a holiday that is similar to Halloween—it falls during autumn, and includes candy, as Halloween does, and it does involve dressing up as mythological beings, deities, and spirits of the dead.
It’s called Ssk Levarath-na, which translates to Return from Darkness. This festival marks a time when deities, mythological beings, and the spirits of the dead, are said return to the ordinary physical plane of existence. The M’ega dress up like deities, mythological beings, and spirits themselves for this festival, so that those returning will not have to worry about being recognized and accosted. Costumes range from simple to extremely elaborate.
Ssk Levarath-na is a bit like Mardi Gras in that a lot of it takes place outdoors, with people in costume. People in costume make their way down the streets of the city—usually in boats, as for the most part “streets” on M’ega are waterways. Other people in costume, standing on the docks alongside the causeway, will cheer and throw candy at them, rather like a reverse parade. The M’ega love candy; their species has an inclination towards sweet tasting things.
(The candy is wrapped so that it floats; later, people working to clean the streets will scoop up the uncaught candy from the water in nets, so that the causeways aren’t polluted.)
In the more rural areas, further from the coastlines, the streets may be on land, in which case the costumed revelers will either walk, or make their way down the streets in wagons and carts, or on floats, which are often decorated to resemble boats.
Special stops are made at temples and other publicly funded institutions, where the revelers may leave the parade either momentarily or permanently to demand candy from the religious and government officials. The confections at these places are much more elaborate than those thrown by the people on the sidelines of the parade. It’s a point of pride in these places that their candy be exceptionally good; there’s a kind of good-natured competition between each of the institutions as to whose candy is the most popular, and who can give the most away.
People will often participate in both the parade and the standing on the sidelines watching. On the sidelines, there is music in a variety of different places, and dancing, and general merriment.
Nothing is bought or sold during Ssk Levarath-na; everything must be given away freely. (It would not do to demand payment form a deity or spirit, and who is to say which revelers are mortal and which are not?) Many places of business will open their doors and allow people to come inside and be given things—food, mostly, but also things like clothing and other important household items. People in private residences will often do this as well. So Ssk Levarath-na insures that people who might otherwise be embarrassed to accept charity are still able to get what they need without discomfort.
It is perfectly acceptable, even encouraged, to take on the personality of your costume for the duration of the festival. It adds to the fun, and to the excitement of wondering if one of the revelers might really be who they’re dressed up as.
Levarath darkness / the void of space
“ssk levarath-na” is “return from darkness”
“ssk na-levarath” would be “return to darkness”
“ssk levarath-na-levarath” would mean “return from darkness and to darkness”
“ssk na-levarath-na” would mean “return to darkness and from darkness”
These two concepts differ in this way:
“levarath-na-levarath” – the thing/person being referenced ends up in darkness.
“na-levarath-na” – the thing/person being referenced ends up not in darkness.