The last holiday of winter in Svilland is the Disablôt. It happens after the Jolnir (Wyld Hunt), towards the end of winter. It is a sacrificial holiday, meaning that more beasts (and sometimes humanoids) are sacrificed on this holiday than any other. Blood of the sacrifices is used to bless the fields with prayers to Freyja and gratitudes to her celestial servants, the disir.
Disablôt starts when the first farm is settled. Svillanders spray the fields with blood after they plant the seeds. Svilland is not a fertile land, growing things and especially farming is troublesome for many settlements. Life is constrained in the realm, especially after the coming of Black Winter and Hel’s draugr being seen roaming here and there.
Thus, Svillanders believe that there is a price to pay for a good, lively harvest, and that price is paid in blood. This is why blessing the fields this way is crucial for the abundance of the farms and adequacy of food, especially after harsh winters.
It is also believed that Freyja sends her celestial servants, the disir to look over the needs of Svillanders. On the other hand, some believe she sends them to fulfill the scales of life, causing deaths to feed the abundance if needed. That is why the disir are also known as the maidens of fate. Just like the valkyries, disir are also capable of weaving the threads of fate according to divine plans.
Ritual of the Harvest
This ritual is done by a gothi of Freyja. It blesses the farming fields at the time of their seeding, for abundance and good harvest.
Casting Time: Depends on the size of the farm, approximately 1 hour for a medium one.
Component: A medium bucket of blood for each 1000 sq feet of the farming field.
Requirements: A gothi devoted to Freyja must make the ritual.
Duration: Until harvest
After the beasts are sacrificed, which can be done by commoners, their blood is poured on buckets for the gothi to use. The gothi of Freyja then starts praying to the goddess while spraying the blood on the planted seeds on the farm. She keeps on praying and spraying until the farm is completely blessed.
Conclusion: When the maker of the ritual is done, roll 1d100 and determine the results. The level of the gothi is added to the result. The result can be observed by how fast the soil soaks the blood.
(100) Blood is soaked instantly. The true blessing of Freyja, the farm yields three times the crops it normally can.
(75-99) Blood is soaked fast. A good blessing of Freyja, the farm yields two times the crops it normally can.
(25-74) Blood is soaked normally. Freyja shows her consent to the prayer, the farm yields normal crops.
(02-24) Blood is soaked slowly. Freyja shows her discontent, the farm yields half the crops it normally can.
(01) Blood remains for a long time. Freyja curses the field, the farm yields only a quarter of the crops it normally can.