Summerthing It happens every year when the water in the ocean becomes warm enough to swim in. It is basically a gathering of the young adults of the outpost to celebrate another year of being young and free. It is usually held in mid summer months, end of June, beginning of July. The night starts off hours before the sun begins to set. The job of the mages among the youth is to conjure up a contained but massive fire, in honor of the fires the wipe through the forest every hundred years or so. It gives light to all the events of the evening, which tend to get underway as the sun begins to set in the sky.
There are few major events that go along with Summerthing, things that come to mind when someone mentions it is coming. The dancing is a major part of it. The best musicians that the outpost has to offer will often perform throughout the night, those being mostly beyond the age of attending Summerthing, but still wanting to continue the legacy. There is also the most well received food that the outpost has to offer, no meat being used in any of it though. Between dancing, eating, and being with friends, new and old, the evening on its own would be complete. But there is the main highlight of the evening, known as the jump.
The jump is what people wait all year long to attempt, or even merely witness. Those who find themselves strong of heart participate, though in tradition of being young and slightly silly, most all will prepare. Preparations for the jump consist of stripping out of whatever clothing one has to wear, and standing among all others, no different than one another. As the clothing is removed, so too are traces of social class and ranking, everyone becomes the same. Flesh. Nothing more, just flesh. Then, those who wish to continue go, as one, into the ocean. It is ridiculously cold, and very few can stomach it for too long. Those who stay in the longest are often showered with personal tokens from other Elves causing them to be the only ones different from the group, and after the event is over, the rest of the evening continues like before, clothing optional at this point.
Summerthing has been restricted for many years to the elves of the outpost, and of the Ramsalon Wood Clan This past year, in discussions between those who will be in attendance, it has been decided to open it up to those in Ramsalon as well who have come of age recently. The idea is to begin to create strong ties of brotherhood between elves and non elves alike. And hopefully, this year it shall be a success.