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The Sa'qul Idri is a ceremony performed by the Merkitsa Elves of the Dreaming Green during the final stages of a pregnancy. The ceremony is performed by the father-to-be and his closest male kin, who paint their faces and wear ceremonial war masks. The sa'qul idri begins with chanting and drinking, and then ends up in a raid against neighbouring Goblins, Ogres or Humans. The amount of heads and horses brought back are supposed to foretell the fortunes of the infant.

However when the mother or infant die during childbirth, the raiders will do everything in their power to kidnap a surrogate child, normally of human descent. The infant is then raised amongst the tribe and treated as an equal in most respects, except they are never normally allowed to lead a war party or the tribe itself.


  • Time of the Dragon, p.20