Troll Offerings and Rituals - 28/03/2013

Mel'Lodi fastened a note written in Zandali to the notice board of several Troll-centric and neutral areas.

Brothers and sisters,
It has been quite some time since my last public ritual.
If you have the time and the spirits permit,
join me after the sun sets in Sen'jin Village.


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Out of character details for the upcoming event:
Date: Thursday, 28th March, 2013.
Time: 7:00pm Server Time ---------- 8:00pm Eastern Standard Time.
Venue: Sen'jin Village, Durotar.

For those that don't know, Mellodi has performed many rites and rituals to the various spirits in the past. He is doing so again. Non-Trolls are welcome to observe, but Mellodi will be speaking in Zandali the entire time.

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This write up is for past events.
Read above the cut or skip to the last post for the current event.


She always said to give the children a few silver coins and that your message would spread faster than it would from any poster nailed to wall of the bank. So, I'll do both.

With the permission of the mages of Darkbriar Lodge, Mel'Lodi fastened a piece of paper to the board at the entrance. In Zandali, this is what was written:

Brothers and sisters,
I will be performing services upon request.

The joining rituals of sepanja and urubaj both require a meeting or two before I decide whether to perform the ritual or not. These are not things to be taken lightly and I will not join just anybody. Other ritual dedications, offerings, repentances and so forth may or may not require a meeting prior. These are decided on a case by case basis.

Depending on the circumstances, most rituals will be done using traditional chants, reagents and ingredients. However, in some cases appropriate alterations may have to be made.

Furthermore, starting next week, I will be doing regular offerings to each of our many spirits and gods. One spirit will be chosen per offering to ensure that they get the respect and reverence they so deserve.

If you need me, I am Mel'Lodi.


The entert-- priest, turned to the few Troll children that were begging for a song. He delighted them with a short children's song about fire and a crocolisk. He then gave each of them a silver coin and told them a message to spread around to any Troll they saw:

The priest, Mel'Lodi is performing weekly offerings to the spirits and rituals for Trolls on request.

He nodded with satisfaction as they ran off. He noticed one stop to tell Xan'tish, who waved to Mel'Lodi, smiling.

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OOC: Mel has been performing priestly rituals on request now.

For those who do not know, sepanja is a marriage-type ritual and urubaj is basically a bond between warriors. Blood brothers to the extreme, essentially. They were rituals designed by Skorpia's player (I believe he initially posted them on Dramatis Personae) and when he still played, he encouraged people to use them. So I use them.

I will also be doing semi-regular ritual events. The days depend on my work schedule. It is ever-changing.
Edited by Mellodi on 3/26/2013 10:42 AM PDT
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OOC:
The following is a short writeup of the ritual.
No, there weren't actually 50 people there (closer to 15-20), but as everything in WoW is very scaled down I like to bump the numbers up in my story to reflect that. For instance, Alterac Valley would not be decided with a mere 80 combatants. Anyway, you get what I mean. To keep it short, I've also cut out the speech. If you want to know the sorts of things said, go to the next one!

Thanks again to all who came.

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The Offering to Legba - 26/4/2010

The time drew near. The priest cut his conversation with Jin'Zil short and donned his ritual robes. As he emerged from the cave, he discovered that the dark clouds from earlier in the day had cleared up. The ritual would have continued even if it did rain, but Mel'Lodi couldn't help feeling happy that the weather was going to be good. What was even more pleasantly surprising was that he saw the first arrivals making their way down the mountain path. It was a full hour before the offering was to take place and Trolls were already here. Mel'Lodi would later realize it was a sign of good things to come.

A young Troll dressed rather strangely for the occasion was sitting on a small rise. He approached the girl and struck up a conversation. Lottee, as she called herself, had read the notice at Darkbriar and figured she should make an appearance. He did not question her choice of attire (formal shirt, tie and dress pants), because he did not want to risk offending her and chase away a fellow follower of the loas. They wrapped up their idle conversation within a few minutes of starting and joined the small crowd by the fire.

Before he could really engage them in any sort of chat, Mel'Lodi realized it was getting late and he still had a few things to organize. As he walked away, he heard an undead Troll speaking with one still living. He promised himself quietly that he would address them when the ceremony began. At the small altar he gathered the reagents needed for the ritual and set them up accordingly. As the drums were beaten with the rhythm that marked the top of the hour, he nodded and smiled. It was time.

"It is time to begin," he shouted to the others across the village. One by one, they made their way to the altar. Some stood and some sat, but all were respectfully silent as they waited for the priest to begin. As the last filtered their way to the designated are, Mel'Lodi surveyed the small crowd. In all, about fifty or sixty had gathered for the occasion.

He thanked them all for coming and acknowledged the undead Troll in a positive light. All Trolls were welcome, even if some of his own kind deemed the undead abominations. Mel explained that the purpose of the group rituals was to rekindle the fire of passion their people once had for the loas. Most in the crowd nodded and agreed that they had been neglectful. Some had even been ashamed to display their faith.

The priest explained that this first offering was for Legba, the master of the road. The guardian of the crossroads between their world and the loas' domain. In order to invoke any loas, notable barring a few exceptions, they must ask for Legba's help. A stone plucked from a crossroad in Durotar was held up and it was declared that this stone would receive Legba's blessing so that in the future, any who passed it could say a small prayer for guidance with greater chance of success.

During the ritual, Legba's vévé was drawn in the dirt and a couple of pastes were handed around to annoint themselves with the colours of Legba: black and white. A rooster was then sacrificed, both as the offering to Legba and to anoint themselves with the last of Legba's colours: red. The stone also received the red, black and white. Once everyone bore the colours, Mel'Lodi began to dance. Without prompting, Zuleiman caught the spirit and began drumming the traditional rhythm for Legba. With that, the rest of the faithful followed suit and started dancing too.

Mel sang praises and a request for protection from Legba. At the end of the singing, they all paid respect to the master of the road by making joyful noises and each gifted his stone with bits of the ground. Mel'Lodi sealed away all the items from the ritual into a linen satchel and declared it done. Of course, with the official part of the ritual complete, the junglevine wine was brought out and the celebration began. The Trolls (and lone Tauren) sang and danced the night away, praising each other and the loas.

Later, Mel'Lodi placed the stone at the crossroads where the stone was found, thus fully completing the offering.
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OOC: Thanks to all who came out!

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The Offering to Ogoun - 3/5/2010

It was afternoon in Shadowprey Village and Mel'Lodi had already performed the ritual for the people of the village. He did it early in the morning, even before the sun had come up, so that they would not have to break from their duties in the evening when he performed the ritual again. He looked at all the warriors doing their guard duties and watched as the hunters brought in fresh kills to share with the village. The fishermen were even fortunate enough to have pulled in a shark, which was fairly rare for the Desolace coast. Mel smiled at the goings on and reflected on his own renewed sense of duty. He looked up to see the position of the sun and figured that the time was near, so he went to wait by the docks.

Only a few Trolls made the trek out to Shadowprey for the ritual. This was expected, as it was out of the way and very isolated. Between the Alliance outpost, the Naga, the Centaur tribes, the Legion, the Twilight Hammer cultists and the dangerous wildlife of the area, it was an overly dangerous trip for anyone not using a windrider or other means of airborne travel. The handful of devoted Trolls made their way up the hill to the awaiting hut. Mel'Lodi banged the gong five times to signal the hour. The few Shadowprey inhabitants that had missed the morning ceremony filtered in and around the hut, rounding the number of Trolls out to about fifteen.

Mel'Lodi explained that the ritual was in honour of Ogoun, Loa of war, metals and fire. He issued a warning to the Trolls that anyone who was menstruating or had an open wound should either leave immediately or very loudly declare that they were not the offering. This was to ensure that the Great Warrior understood that he was not to consume them, but rather the actual offering. Luckily, there were no such Trolls in the group, so it was not possible for Ogoun to get confused.

They opened with a short prayer to Legba so that he would open the way for the spirits. Once satisfied, Mel'Lodi drew Ogoun's vévé on the wooden floor of the hut. The crossed machetes undoubtedly represented the warlike nature of Ogoun. Everyone then anointed themselves with the green and the black pastes offered so that they were adorned in the Great Warrior's colours. A human skull was placed in the centre of the vévé, spat on with rum and then set ablaze. A dried heart was then crushed to dust over it. The Trolls started danced and raised their voices to Ogoun, begging for his strength in battle and thanking him for his gift of weapon making knowledge. The closing of the ritual saw Mel'Lodi smash the flaming skull with a similarly prepared, flaming machete and then the blade was flung into the centre of the village. It would remain there untouched for a week before being removed and presented to the head warrior in Shadowprey.

Afterward, a few Trolls stayed behind to talk with the priest as he gathered up the remnants of the skull. While they talked, he crushed the fragments into dust. Some of which was placed into a pouch to spread around the border of the village and some was sprinkled into a few bottles of rum. Mel'Lodi turned in for the night when the sun had set. The next day he was to oversee an urubaj ceremony.
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OOC: Thanks to all who came out!

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The Offering to Ezili - 18/5/2010

The crowd of faithful and curious Trolls followed the priest down to the beach. There, he explained the significance of their surroundings and of his wearing a female's dress. The offering was to be for Ezili, the Great Lover. He touched briefly on her dominion over fertility, love, lust and how she was the maker and breaker of intimate relationships. For some reason, this stirred more conversation than at the other offerings, but Mel'Lodi continued anyway. He did not want to waste the crowd's time and more importantly, he didn't want to waste the Loas' time.

They opened, as always, with a prayer to Legba to open the gate. When the sea breeze blew inland, they took it as a sign that he had heard them and had granted them their audience with Ezili. They anointed themselves with the purple, pink and white of the Great Lover with the help of the priestess, Genjai.

Once all were adorned with the colours, they laid out food and flowers for their Loa. Then, in accordance with tradition, all in attendance hugged and kissed the cheeks of the Trolls next to them. Whether they were the same sex or not, this affection flowed through the whole congregation. They followed this up by dancing together in pairs. Mel'Lodi led by example and showed no sign of embarrassment when he held the hand of a male he had never met before and danced with him. Seeing this, the rest shed their hesitation and followed suit, dancing with the strangers next to themselves. As they danced, they raised the voices to the Loas. At the end of the feverish song and dance, a string of pearls was burst and scattered over the beach. After which, all of them retired to Sen'jin for the post-ritual celebrations.

Mel'Lodi remained in the dress until the next morning, when the tide swept away the food and flowers left on the beach to be consumed by Ezili.
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The Offering to Shango - 3/6/2010

Mel'Lodi nodded and smiled at the gathering at Zoram'gar Outpost before slipping on his mask. It was a good turnout. There was even Atal'Shango present. Surely this was a good sign. He began by telling the legend of Shango; A Zandalarian king who was so great that Samedi (Bwonsamdi to the Darkspear) himself came to proclaim Shango's ascension to the seat of the Loa. He spoke of the Electric Warrior's power and how he aids the Trolls in mundane aspects of life as well as in wartime. Clearly, many among them had seen Shango's power, as they simply nodded in agreement. Once the stories were complete, they prepared for the ritual at hand.

Mel'Lodi called on Legba to open the way. The Atal'Shango in attendance confirmed that a low rumbling in the distance was Shango signaling his arrival. The vévé was drawn, candles were lit and the offering began. A white paste was used to anoint the faithful before the pig was brought to the centre of the circle. Zurali was called upon to perform the sacrifice. He was reluctant at first, but soon realized the great honour it was to perform the kill (and the great insult to Shango if he didn't). The blood from the pig was used to paint their bodies red.

The dancing and singing followed soon after they were all red and white. The movements of the dancers conjured images of the Loa throwing lightning down. After the dancing and singing praise, the candles were blown out. The pig was chopped up to be divided between the inhabitants of the outpost, the faithful in attendance and of course, a portion was to be taken out to sea for the Loa of storms.

Shango was happy.
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The Offering to Dambala - 14/7/2010

Mel'Lodi stood on the jetty of Revantusk village, watching the fish jump in the distance. He struck up a conversation with a young Trollja who had arrived early and they discussed the reasons for having the ritual in Revantusk. A Troll scholar named Mat'lai soon joined them and had already deduced that the Loa that would be given an offering was Dambala.

The drums sounded at a quarter to the hour, which prompted Mel to head to the ritual area. It was nothing too fancy. The walls of Revantusk village were decorated with serpentine statues. While Troll tribes do not share all the same beliefs, every single Troll tribe without exception venerates snakes and serpents. The ritual for the serpent Loa was done in Revantusk as a show of solidarity between the Trolls of the Horde and the Revantusk tribe (who to date are still merely affiliated with but not an official part of the Horde).

At the sound of the drums at the top of the hour, the ritual began. Mel'Lodi began explaining who the trickster was. What powers Dambala lends the Trolls and what represents him. As always, he petitioned Legba to open the way and allow communication with the spirits. Yig's windserpent made some noises immediately after the prayer. The Trolls attending decided that it was a sign that Legba had agreed to let the spirits pass and that Dambala was present. Candles were lit quickly, dancing and singing commenced. And following that, a live piglet was placed in the center of the ring of Trolls. The creature seemed compelled to move towards a viper belonging to one of the hunters. It was devoured and the Trolls rejoiced, believing that Dambala had accepted their offering. A good omen, most certainly. Then Mel'Lodi vanished from the ritual circle.

Initially, there was some confusion. However, Mat'lai and Tolrath both commented that, really, it was the perfect end to a ritual of Dambala: the ritualist disappearing in a silent, stealthy, and treacherous way. As they waited in vain for Mel's returnm Mat'lai told story about a legendary warrior. Most understood that it was about Zul'jin. Following that, they said some prayers to Legba, Dambala and the other Loas before dispersing.

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Mel'Lodi was whisked away and received word that the spirits were pleased with his efforts to reinvigorate reverence for the Loas and the Primal Gods. To him, it seemed very brief, maybe five to ten minutes. However, when he was returned to the Hinterlands it was the next morning and all the Trolls who had gathered were already long gone. So, he began his own journey back west.

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OOC:
I had lost power that evening, so I vanished halfway through the offering. So, thanks to Matlai's quick thinking and his story, those in attendance weren't totally disappointed. Many thanks to those who did come out and stayed for Mat's story!
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The Offering to Lukou - 9/9/2010

The moon was filling the Valley of Spirits with its pale light. Mel'Lodi looked down from the balcony and saw old and young Trolls trickling in. Some he knew, some he didn't. He smiled. Just a couple of months before, people were coming late, halfway through the rituals. Now, there was a crowd well before it even began. As the time came closer, he shouted into the valley. Yips, howls and cheers were his response. Truly the faith of his fellow Trolls was getting stronger. The priest made his way down the stairs and out of the building.

He greeted the Trolls in attendance and expressed his joy that the Darkspear were finally on the right path again, making amends with the spirits. He waded into the water and encouraged the others to follow suit. It was explained that Lukou, the Loa of healing and respite was the spirit to whom they offered thanks that night. Mel told the age old story of the Trollja who stopped a civil war with her tears, how Samedi fell in love with her and how he whisked her away to the realm of the Loas.

They began the ritual itself by asking Legba to open the way to the spirit realm. When asked for a sign, the guardian of the gate obliged by sending a messenger. Kashie, a Trollja who had died some time ago, appeared to the gathering and gave a quick blessing. Prayers, songs and blessings then began. By the end, they were all covered in white and blue paint, and most were soaking wet from the splashing. At the conclusion of the ritual, Mel gave gifts from the sea to all in attendance.

As they slowly dispersed, Mel'Lodi smiled. The message was finally getting through.
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The Offering to Zanza - 30/9/2010

Due to the heat, the jungles of Stranglethorn were not Mel'Lodi's favourite place. However, with the aid of enchanted frost-woven clothes, it was somewhat tolerable. He waited on Yojamba for the others to arrive, and one by one, Trolls floated in on rafts, canoes or in some extreme cases... swam from the mainland.

Before they began the ritual, the Zandalar held an execution of a Hakkari zealot. It was explained that although Hakkar was dead, the Hakkari and Atal'ai who survived would never stop trying to bring the Soulflayer back. For this reason, they had to be stopped by any means necessary.

For a change, Mel did not have to reveal who they were going to be praying to. It was obvious to all who had come that Zanza was to be the recipient of the offerings that day. Due to his help in Zul'Gurub, almost everyone in the Horde knew of Zanza and his powerful magics. They headed to his altar and after Legba opened the way, Tizze was asked to lead the prayer that the Zandalar had handed down for generations. Following that, there was dancing and then Mel'Lodi offered a sacrifice. The heart of a Hakkari zealot was offered up to Zanza and he accepted. It is said that all throughout Stranglethorn, similar to when Hakkar himself was killed, the members of the Horde were filled with the spirit of Zanza as the rain fell.

It was a short ceremony, but it was generally agreed that it was a good one.
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The Offering to Samedi - 8/11/2010

It was set to be a long evening. Though all the Loas were important, Mel'Lodi knew that to the Darkspear, Samedi (or Bwonsamdi to them) was the most revered of them all. This was especially true after the liberation and reclamation of the Echo Isles. As such, the priest had gathered gifts from all the other Loas for this ritual. He hoped that by showing the solidarity between the various Loas, that perhaps more Darkspear would start considering the others and not just Samedi. Tizze and Gen'jai had arrived early to begin preparations. The three discussed the order of their offerings and blessed the offerings once more before putting them aside for the public ceremony.

As the Trolls started coming into the village, Mel quietly moved the offerings out to Sen'jin's graveyard. When they were confident all had arrived, the trio led the congregation out to the spot. They chose the graveyard because Samedi was the watcher of the dead.

First, Mel'Lodi gave the offerings from the other Loas and explained the importance of Samedi to the Trolls. He also explained his belief that Samedi did indeed accept the undead, given certain circumstances. Using that segue, Tizze took over and reiterated Mel's beliefs with her own. She then led the gathered Trolls in a dance for Samedi. Those that had been helping at the Echo Isles reclamation would have recognized the dance as it was the same that the ritual dancers did at that time.

Finally, Gen'jai gave her own offerings and prayer. Then the spirits took control of her body and Samedi relayed how pleased he was to hear the ritual drums beating again and to be given offerings. The Trolls were awed by this and it seemed to deepen their faith. Samedi gave some advice to those who had come then finally left Gen'jai. With that, the spirits departed and the ritual was brought to an end.

Mat'lai, the Troll scholar entertained the remainder with a story about those who would defy the spirits. After which, everyone went back to their respective duties.
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Mel'Lodi fastened a new note written in Zandali to the notice board in the Valley of Spirits.

Brothers and sisters,
The offerings begin again in the middle of next week.
The Coldblood Blitz welcomes all Trolls to participate.
Join us after the sun sets in Bambala.



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Out of character details for the upcoming event:
Date: Wednesday, 23rd February, 2011
Time: 9:00pm Server Time
Venue: Bambala, Northern Stranglethorn

Non-Trolls are welcome to come watch, but please note that the entire ritual will be held in the Zandali (Trollish) and no translation will be provided by the priests presiding.

This post will be edited into the RP writeup when the event is completed.
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This is happening tonight.
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As if Mell didn't freak out everyone enough last night with rumors of the High Priests ressurections, we get the news today that ZG (and ZA) are going to be level 85 heroics- new mounts, new loot, but most importantly new storylines.

Uh oh.

Love the pics though, and lots of fun :D I'll try and throw up some of mine later!
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Mel'Lodi fastened a note written in Zandali to the notice board of several Troll-centric and neutral areas.

Brothers and sisters,
It has been quite some time since my last public ritual.
If you have the time and the spirits permit,
join me after the sun sets in Sen'jin Village.


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Out of character details for the upcoming event:
Date: Thursday, 28th March, 2013.
Time: 7:00pm Server Time ---------- 8:00pm Eastern Standard Time.
Venue: Sen'jin Village, Durotar.

For those that don't know, Mellodi has performed many rites and rituals to the various spirits in the past. He is doing so again. Non-Trolls are welcome to observe, but Mellodi will be speaking in Zandali the entire time.
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(( Bugger, missed it. Will need to actually keep an eye on these forums. ))
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