Reedwater Adventure No.3
The people of the 13th century were living in an agricultural society¸ they relied on vast quantities of grain. To get their grain they had to be in tune with the season¸ ploughing¸ planting¸ growing¸ harvest all relied on the knowledge of the seasons.
They believed that the seasons were controlled by forces¸ some thought that the winds and the sun were gods¸ who slept or woke - became loving or angry with the change of the seasons. There is also a fey version of this story regarding the mating of the Willow Maiden and the Mistletoe King.
The adventure asks the question¸ what would happen if the king never finds the Willow Maiden? What would happen if he were to be accosted and never came to settle? Then¸ winter would never come¸ it would be forever autumn.
After the ploughing the winter frost needs to break up the ground¸ release the nutrients. The animals would never get to spring and mate¸ fish would die in the lakes and rivers¸ the weather would turn the paths and tracks to deep mud. In short the kingdom would be in chaos.