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Rites of Passage of the RandomDM

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Due to the EPIC move of the RandomDM, my regular posting schedule has been interrupted.  The plan had been to post this shortly after the Death Rites table, but it is a little more poetic that at the beginning of the month I posted Death Rites during the Life and Death in RPG Carnival blog, and at the end of the Month I post this, the positive side of Life; Life Events.

When you want to add a little more flavor to a small town or a religious order, or a culture one of the best things to design is a rite of passage, and how it affects their lives.  Take for example Catholicism, Baptism and Confirmation are celebrated events.  In Judaism the Bris and Bar Mitzvah are the same.  In Indian culture Betrothal is a celebrated event.  These define the culture and actions of a group of people.

An event like Marriage is a lot more complex then should be limited to one simple custom.  In these cases I would suggest breaking the ceremony into acts.  Roll on the tables of mood, length, and customs for each act of the ceremony.  This adds an interesting complexity and can provide some difficult theoretical exercise on how you have a wild and chaotic sacrifice during the second act of a marriage.

1d12 Life Events 1d6 Mood
1 Birth 1 Festive
2 Entering Covenant with God (Think Baptism, Bris) 2 Somber
3 Surviving too Childhood 3 Strict
4 Induction into Religion (Bar Mitzvah, Communion) 4 Chaotic and Wild
5 Sexual Maturation 5 Celebatory
6 Apprenticeship 6 Mournful
7 Coming of Age
8 Marriage
9 Birth of Child
10 Aging from Adult to Elder
11 Leaving Home
12 Betrothal
1d8 Participants 1d4 Length of Rite
1 Immediate Family 1 d6 x 10 minutes
2 Extended Family 2 1 Day
3 Religious Group 3 1d6 hours
4 Community Members 4 1d6 Days
5 Guild Members
6 Strangers
7 Male Members (of 1d6 Participants)
8 Female Members (of 1d6 Participants)
1d10 Customs
1 Giving of gifts
2 Symbolic Destruction of previous life
3 Animal Sacrifice
4 Feast
5 Dance Ritual
6 Processional through Community
7 Symbolic Rebirth
8 Prayer
9 Reading of Ceremonial Texts
10 Secret Induction Rite