Solstice and Equinox Events

Twice a year the solstices and equinoxes can be observed around the globe. (Four yearly observations total, two solstices and two equinoxes)
Quirlicorns gain their magic from the sun and moon respectively and as a result can experience magic they have not yet earned and access their regional transformations during each solstice and equinox.  

Your Quirlicorn may celebrate their respective solstice (summer or winter) or equinox (spring or autumn), though please be mindful of your regions and what parts of the world are currently in Summer and which are in Winter.  For more information on what magics and transformations are available see our Regional Transformations page

Summer Solstice 2021

The days have been becoming increasingly longer in the northern hemisphere, as we prepare for the summer solstice to arrive.  Things have been relatively calm in the Quirliverse and not much has happened out of the norm since the Spring Equinox.  

Anevay, who reigns over the summer solstice, has decided it’s time to shake things up a bit.  With Warpaint in tow she traveled to the perfect location for this year’s celebrations.  A small piece of land in the northern Desert region called Phaedra.  

 

“Are you sure it was me you wanted to bring here?”  “I don’t think I have the pazzaz you might be looking for with your solstice events.” Warpaint paused.  “And isn’t this Asrune’s land?”  “Are we even allowed to be here?”  Warpaint looked around his surroundings nervously.  

“Not to worry little one, you’re just right for what I have planned this year, and as one of my loyal worshippers Asrune will be delighted that we chose his land to hold the solstice shenani.. The solstice celebrations.”  Anevay gave Warpaint a reassuring nudge, pushing him further inland towards the jungle that was just head.  Warpaint started to turn his head to look at Anevay.  “Head forward whipper-snapper!”  “Just go with the flow.”  Anevay retorted while moving the stallion forward.  Warpaint decided it was probably easier to just accept his fate than to try to argue with Anevay.  Who knows what she might do to him if he doesn’t just let this go.  

 

The surroundings started to thicken as the ocean breeze started to disappear and the humidity was turned up a notch.  All around them were luscious plants as far as the eye could see.  Vines draped over branches, wrapped around trunks.  Flowers that were as big as your head.  And the unique calls of the critters living within this jungle sounded almost as if they were communicating with each other. 
Phaedra was quite fruitful to the north, while it’s southern mass was far less fortunate.  “The Gods were not the kindest while handing out blessings and curses for this land.”  Anevay remarked.  “Phaedra got lucky that the north got all the blessings.”  “The south isn’t nearly this nice.”  “There’s famine and other problems down there.”  Anevay frolicked happily ahead of Warpaint, briefly turning towards him as she passed on by “Up here it’s perfect though.”  “Just right for what I have planned!”  There was a glimmer in Anevay’s eyes.  It was clear that she was very excited for this year’s celebrations.  Perhaps it was simply because the summer solstice is her time to shine, but Warpaint decided to believe that she was actually looking forward to this year’s plans, whatever they may be.  

 

They continued walking deeper into the jungle until a deep voice rang through the air. “Take another step and it will be your last!”  Warpaint immediately froze up.  Anevay on the other hand continued walking forward openly challenging the unknown stallion up ahead.  “If you think you can touch me, come at me kid!”  Anevay’s whole demeanor screamed that she was ready for combat.  Her flaming locks felt like they grew at least 3ft in size and the grin she wore paired with the glint in her eyes were clear indicators that she meant business.  

A wise Quirlicorn would have backed off, but Belenus was more of a fight first, ask questions later kind of guy.  He went charging straight for Anevay, ignorant to who she was.  Nostrils flared, chest puffed up, Belenus let out a warcry.  
Warpaint sighed. “This isn’t going to end well for that fool.”  

 

Anevay closed her eyes for a moment, seemingly in deep concentration.  Around her, lava started bubbling out of the ground, forming blobs that were getting increasingly larger.  The smoldering blobs started taking on more proper forms.  They looked like small equines made of lava, but they were only about half the size of an average Quirlicorn.  Within seconds it was clear that these lava horses had a life of their own and that Anevay was in full control over everything they would do.  Golems.  Lava golems to be exact.  She’d summoned lava golems.

Belenus noticed mid charge what was happening and skidded to a halt, praying that he’d make it out of this alive.  The force with which he had charged the oversized mare left him sliding several feet before coming to a stop.  Now he knew who he was up against, and Asrune would have his head if he hurt Anevay in any way.  Regret was clear to be seen on his face as he hung his head in shame and defeat.  

 

“Aww, and here I thought I’d get to have a good old fashioned battle with someone!”  Anevay said disappointedly.  The lava golems immediately turned back into blobs and then quickly retreated back into the ground.  “It’s been a while since I’ve pulled out golems, it’s almost a shame they had such a short life.”  “Are you sure you don’t want to challenge me?” “I can bring the golems back again.”  Anevay perked up just thinking about getting to battle for real.    

 

Off to everyone’s right a chuckle could be heard.  “Ha, ha, ha, Bel are you sure you don’t want to battle her?”  Asrune stepped out from behind some bushes.  

“Hey, stop calling me Bel!”  Belenus pouted dejectedly.  
Warpaint suppressed a giggle and Anevay winked back at him.  

 

“You finally made it, I thought you would have been here sooner.” Asrune addressed Anevay.  
“Well, you know me, I can’t pass up an opportunity to battle.”  Anevay smiled at Asrune and bumped Belenus with her rump.  “Hey, don’t knock me over!”  Bel cried. 
“Don’t worry buddy, Warpaint here is good at making sure nobody gets hurt, you’re pretty safe with us.”  Anevay replied.

Warpaint paused before speaking.  The gears in his head had been turning as he came to the realization of why Anevay brought him along.  “You are going to do something dangerous for this solstice aren’t you?”  The concern was heavy in Warpaint’s voice but he already knew his question was rhetorical. 

Anevay looked him in the eyes and smiled.  “It’s going to be fun!”  
“Look, I see the ruins up ahead.” Anevay quickly changed the subject.  “Asrune, thank you for letting us use your land.”  “This really is the perfect spot.”  Anevay beamed, looking at her surroundings.  

 

“Well, I figured you wouldn’t damage things too badly out here, and there’s plenty of space for anyone who wants to come visit.”  Asrune spoke to Anevay like they were on the same level.  Perhaps a perk of being a Mystic and having a close relationship with one of the deities.  That familiarity put Warpaint at ease while poor Belenus was made to feel even smaller by it.  Everyone knew he wouldn’t learn this lesson from a single encounter, but maybe he’ll think twice about charging into battle like that next time.  

 

“Can we get some signs out here to help people find the ruins?”  “Or maybe we should get Bel to politely guide them to them!”  Anevay chuckled. 
“I think we can get some signs up, we don’t want Bel scaring anyone off” Asrune replied.  Belenus huffed and then mumbled to himself “They aren’t going to let that go, are they?”
“I don’t think you’ll be that lucky buddy.” Warpaint chimed in.  Belenus startled, jumping up a few inches off the ground.  “Trying to give me a heart attack isn’t really in line with keeping me safe, now is it?”  he retorted grumpily.  

 

“Hey, guys!”  “Get over here and listen to what Anevay has planned for the solstice this year.”  Asrune shouted.  
Bel and Warpaint hurried over to Anevay and Asrune and listened intently.  

 

“So, your plan is chaos?”  Asrune asked Anevay.
“Exactly!” She exclaimed.  “I’m going to use my magic to create chaos here in the jungle.”  

Warpaint blinked, then gulped.  “Ahh, hell I knew this wasn’t going to end well for me.”
“My dude, you get to keep everyone safe so you won’t be affected by the chaos.”  Anevay halfheartedly tried to assure Warpaint. 
“You do realize that even if I’m not directly affected by your magic, creating chaos for me, I’ll have to deal with the very real chaos of the whole situation, right?”  Warpaint replied in a concerned but also somewhat annoyed tone.  
“Don’t worry, it will be fun.”  Anevay smiled at him.  “I’ll keep you safe.”  

Anevay backed up a bit to give herself space before becoming animated, moving around using her whole body to portray action as well as her excitement.  She grinned from ear to ear, lifting a hoof and ‘poofed’ it into a hand with fingers.  “We’re going to have golems that work for all elements.” she put a finger down.  “And we’ll have the animals of the jungle add to the madness.” she put another finger down, while casually nodding. “Oooh, we can also have the rivers change to fire at random.” Her booty shook with excitement as another finger went down “And the plants should be alive, yes definitely that!” another finger went down.  “I’m sure we can think of a bunch of other things to do as well”.  The last finger went down and she poofed the hand back into a hoof before setting it back on the ground.  

 

Asrune smiled to see his friend so happy, while Warpaint and Belenus sighed, resigning themselves to the madness.  

All Entries that include Anevay or Warpaint will also receive Anevay’s Gift “Chaos Golem”.  

Requirements:

  • Any discipline is welcome 
  • Riders and tack are optional
  • display your Quirlicorn celebrating the Solstice by experiencing the Jungle Chaos on Phaedra
  • keep your Quirlicorns region in mind when choosing magic and transformations 
  • Only Quirlicorns may enter this show, no other breeds will be allowed, sorry
  • You may only display magic and transformations which you will unlock as your Quirlicorn levels so choose wisely! 
  • You may enter one or all of your Quirlicorns but you are only eligible for participation prizes once during this show.
  • Your entry must be new and for this show
  • Tracing is allowed though we encourage you to try putting your best effort in without the need of tracing
  • Visual, literature, and anthro entries welcome!
  • You must cite any stock or resources used in the artists comment section of your entry
  • ALL Quirlicorns entered in the show get an automatic +2 Chime points 

Please link to each Quirlicorn’s log in your entry.  If the log is not linked we can not guarantee that Anevay’s Gift will be added to them.  

Prizes:

Everyone:
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Deadline: July 31st, 2021

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Please be sure to post your completed Solstice entry to our official Summer Solstice 2021 thread, OR as a Note to our DeviantArt Group before the deadline! 

Spring Equinox 2021

The temperatures have finally started to warm a little and Haukea’s frozen tundra has slowly started to thaw.  Snowball fights and ice skating have all come to an end as the Quirliverse welcomes spring with open arms.  

Most years the coming of spring is less eventful and the lands fertility is more apparent.  With Haukea’s snow stunt over the winter solstice however, Quirlicorns experienced more snow than usual for the season.  More snow naturally meant longer thaw times, and even a little bit of flooding.  

Knowing that he had his work cut out for him to usher in the new season, Frysil didn’t hesitate to enlist a helper.  
Udelia often came to visit him, and she always seemed enthusiastic about any suggestions given to her.  Clearly she was the perfect candidate to rally the troops and get spring sprung!

Frysil soared above the still partially frozen land, keeping an eye out for Udelia.  Recently he’d heard a rumor about an area in the north eastern portion of the Windy region, where the Windy region touches Swamp and Plains.  “Along the border the most beautiful gems can be found in the small caves.” 
“I bet that’s where she’s at!” he sang to himself, and then changed course towards the caves.  

Meanwhile, near the border Udelia was spelunking.  She’d also heard the rumors and was thrilled at how accurate they were.  One by one she picked up stones and added them to a satchel around her neck that looked like it had seen better days.  The material was worn, and the seams didn’t look like they would hold much longer.  Udelia’s sack was clearly overfilled and definitely not designed to hold that much weight to begin with.  Still, she kept adding more stones to it.  “One more, and that’s probably the limit for today, I don’t think my satchel will hold much more.” 

Just as she was about to leave, another stone caught her eye.  A large piece of labradorite was protruding from the entrance of a small tunnel within the cave.  The area was mostly dark, but the light hit it in just the right way for Udelia to notice it.  “It looks like a piece of Logain, I must collect a piece and bring it to him!”  
Unaware of her surroundings, Udelia stepped towards the stunning gem across the cave but slipped on a slick spot on the floor and fumbled a little trying to catch her balance.  There was a swoosh and a swish followed by the sound of hundreds of small stones hitting the ground.  

“Ha ha ha ha.” laughter echoed from the caves entrance.  “I knew you got yourself into weird situations a lot, but I didn’t expect you to be so clumsy.” 
Frysil stepped into the cave chuckling.  “Come on, I’ll help you pick them up and then I have a proposition for you.” 

Udelia was thrilled to see her friend, but she would have preferred he not see that embarrassing display.  “I guess there’s still a bit of ice in here.” She said, giving Frysil an embarrassed grin.  “So what brings you here today?” Udelia knew it was the eve of the spring equinox, certainly Frysil didn’t have time to go spelunking, and he wasn’t one to sleep on the job either.  

“I was looking for you, I could use your help with this years equinox.”  Frysil went on to explain that Haukea’s snow created some less than ideal sitations that now need to be dealt with. “And so, I thought, maybe you could help get the others to clear out the residual snow and get some blooms blooming.”  
“You can head to the Swamp, Mountain, and Desert regions to get everyone on board, and I’ll cover the Windy, Plains, and Icy regions” “I definitely need to go to the Icy Region and pick a bone or two with Haukea for this mess.”  

And so, Frysil and Udelia set out in search of Quirlicorns who could help create a positive transition from snow to spring.  

All Entries that include Frysil or Udelia will also receive Frysil’s Gift “Golden Goose Magic”.  

Winter Solstice 2020

It was the night before the solstice.  The year had been long with all its ups but mostly downs or what have you.  Most have felt exhausted trying to make it through without throwing in the towel.  You gotta’ just keep on going, right?  This was the theme of 2020 and the Quirliverse was certainly no exception.  Even with magic, this year was rough.  That weird plague mutation was even discovered.  Some theorized that it came about from the virus that was plaguing the world that year, though nobody knows for sure.  
Regardless, a magical peak was right in front of everyone.  The winter solstice was a much loved and well celebrated event to Quirlicorns across the globe.  The celebration and shift in daylight to come.  The magical boost was simply a bonus to make celebrating the Solstice a bit more fun.  

After such a rough year it was unclear how many would even be interested in celebrating.  Would a boost in magic be enough to lift the spirits of those who have been feeling defeated over these last few months?  Haukea wasn’t certain she’d get to experience the cheer seen in years past, if she didn’t find a way to lighten the mood.  Being directly involved with others isn’t within her comfort-zone, so anything involving that was automatically vetoed by her sense of preservation.  “There has to be something I can do to bring some joy to everyone.” She thought to herself.  

Stuck in thought, it took a few minutes before Haukea noticed the sound nearby.  Pitter patters accompanied by scuttling and the occasional squeal or screech.  At the waters edge Mirage stood, dipping his tail into the water, creating small balls of slush, which he would then pass to the foals.  

Makeshift snowballs!  The foals were having a slushball fight.  

“That’s it!”  Haukea exclaimed.  Mirage and the foals looked in the direction the shout came from, but nobody was there to be seen.  “Let’s wrap things up and get you back home to your parents.” Mirage knew all too well that these were Haukea’s stomping grounds.  He felt it was best not to disturb her so close to the solstice, sensing it was her that they had just heard.  He helped the foals get ready and then they left.  

Once night fell, Haukea went to work.  She knew exactly how she could save the Solstice, filling it with cheer and joy.  Haukea chuckled to herself as she worked because she felt like she could easily be compared to Santa.  “I’ll never get that fat though, all of my swimming keeps me fit! Unless the foals bring me cookies?” 

Night fell and in the stillness the only thing that could be heard was Haukea’s quiet breathing and a gentle softness blanketing the world.  Everything was peaceful and calm, just the kind of renewed energy that was needed for the solstice to be a success.  

As morning came, the land was blanketed in heavy snow. The kind that is great for building snowequines or having snowball fights.  In the sunlight it glistened and glittered, such a beautiful sight.  Among the sea of white you could easily see a bit of red.  Upon closer inspection, Haukea had clearly fallen asleep after working so hard, and it appears as though she’s wearing a Santa hat.  

For this Solstice event, Haukea wants everyone to enjoy the magic, snow, and find their inner child with a good snowball fight.  Shake off the stress of this year and look forward to refreshing your spirits for a new year to come.  

All Entries that include Haukea will also receive Haukea’s Gift “Regional Transformation”.  Regional Transformation magic is pretty straight forward in that it allows the Quirlicorn with this magic to affect and bring out the Regional Transformations of the Quirlicorns near them.  

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