Saturnalia: when winter arrives in the Empire!
In the period in which Lex Arcana is set, the days around the winter solstice were those of the Saturnalia, a cycle of festivities dedicated to the ancestral god Saturn and the mythical Golden Age. Since Saturn was believed to be able to distribute fortune and money through fate, only at this time of the year were people allowed to play lotteries and games of chance dedicated to the god.
The celebrations took place from December 17 to 23, and were a sort of winter carnival, with banquets and feasts of all kinds. During the Saturnalia, friends and relatives offered each other strenna, twigs of magical and auspicious plants dedicated to the goddess Strenia, but also more substantial gifts.
But the last days of December were also a grotesque and disturbing period. The spirits of the dead and of nature roamed the world, and the slaves could behave like free men, subverting the natural order of things.
What kind of adventures and mysteries could take place at this time of year?
Could hungry winter spirits descend from the dark forests of the north? Would bad debts lead to a tavern where gambling had gone too far? Or perhaps, would a secret ritual of the stray priests of Saturn take place, aiming to restore the anarchy of the lost Golden Age?