These small, somewhat flavorless biscuits, made from a base of ground oats and whatever local grains are available, are the primary fare during many of the celebrations during Growfest, since they are easy to make in large quantities and require no expensive or uncommon ingredients. The taste is somewhat akin to an unsweetened oatmeal cookie, and the biscuits are often adorned with bits of chopped fruits or drizzled in honey or jellies to sweeten them up.
Only the most desperate or isolationist of communities would charge travellers for these edibles, but in those situations, a day's worth (providing a full ration equivalent for the day) can be had for 2 coppers.
In areas where an Old Faith druidic circle is present, the preparing of ceremonial biscuits is a serious and involved process, involving ritual prayers to the nature gods and offerings to the beastlords of the various animals native to the area. The result are Growfest Biscuits with a slight enchantment upon them. They have two uses, which are detailed below:
1. If a character consumes 3 whole biscuits (a day's portion), he will be blesses with a +1 bonus to any Skill checks involving animals. Characters without access to those Skills recieve a simple +1 reaction bonus when dealing with natural animals. This effect lasts until dawn of the following day.
2. If a biscuit is tossed to an oncoming animal and eaten by that animal (non-hostile animals will consume the treat on a roll of 1-5 on a d6, hostile animals are entitled to a reaction check, with a hostile result meaning it ignores the treat and continues its attack), it is affected as if a Charm Person spell had been cast upon it successfully by the character who offered the treat. _________________ What would Raxivort do?<br />
The powers of this item have been slightly modified from their original presentation in the Growfest Goodies article, here on Canonfire. This was done solely to better fit the effects of the item into Classic D&D rules, since the original article was written with AD&D 2nd edition in mind. _________________ What would Raxivort do?<br />
Here's a little bit of background on how the Flan celebrate Growfest, to help explain this item:
In the traditions of the ancient Flan people, and the so called Old Faith druids, Growfest is the high festival of spring, celebrating the melting of the snows and return of animals from hibernation. Rituals are often held during this time to honor the nature gods and ensure that the crops planted in the coming weeks will provide a bountiful harvest when autumn comes.
In these rituals and ceremonies, it is tradition among the more traditional worshippers to do no hunting during this time, instead using up the last of what was stored over the winter and whatever new berries and nuts can be found. This honors the animals who share the Flanaess as a home, and is aimed at ensuring productive hunts throughout the coming year. The lack of long term storage options for food products among the people of the Flanaess in 570 cy however means that there is little meat to be had, and breads, vegetable stews and jellies made from the previous autumn's fruits are the primary fare during the spring festival. The variations and local favorites are myriad. _________________ What would Raxivort do?<br />
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