February 13-15: Lupercalia, a day to
cleanse the underground homes and streets of New Duward and several other
cities in Southern Europe of human influence. No human tools or inventions are
typically used by those who celebrate the holiday, and those who do not
celebrate the holiday are often frowned upon.
Originally Lupercalia was a day to cleanse the streets of evil spirits, but
since the warlocks and demons protested against this in 1895, it was changed to
a purging of human effect on the underground cities.
is celebrated by all the creatures in different ways.
the most interesting celebratory customs are those of the few remaining
gorgons, who spend the first day buried completely underground asleep to kill
the serpents atop their heads and to shed their old, weakened skins, then
emerge on the second day with hardened membranes and pluck the dead snakes from
the third day, they go on a hunt in forests, deserts and/or human houses to
find new snakes to bond with. After they find their new companions, the gorgons
use the snakes’ venom to soften their skulls then insert the snakes in by their
tails, giving them a new head of “hair” and thus concluding the events of
left of the gorgon species usually meets up in New Duward’s underworld to
partake in the celebrations together, burying themselves close to each other
and going on their snake hunts as teams. They have been known to occasionally
help pull the dead snakes out of each other’s heads, but such intimacy is rare
among gorgons and is regarded as a strange thing to do by other supernatural