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ACCEPTED Valenhart’s Day - Oserian Religious Celebration

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Valenhart’s Day - The Annual Celebration of Love, Family, and Friendship
The story of Oserian love in times of Revolt
Many around Esna know Valenhart's Day as the day to bring gifts to the apple of your eye or to honor a fallen friend. The Northerners call it ‘Feynir’s Day’, and the Korsians refer to it as ‘Ayd’Habeb’ (Lovers Day). Yet a few know the true origin of Count Epifano Valenhart and his devotion to the One, and the love for his family, his friends, and most importantly, his people.

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[Count Epifanio of House Valenhart]

Count Epifanio of House Valenhart was the lord of a small village from the Grand Duchy of Oakenbri around 500 A.T. As one of the lower lords of the Oserian Court. H didn't have much wealth to his name and had to rule carefully for him and his people to make a decent living. While the court around Dunsgate and the rest of Oseria referred to Epifanio as the ‘Peasant Count’, he was a loved and respected noble within his community. As a devout follower of the One, he devoutly attended every weekly church mass and spoke pure and true about the One’s love and devotion to the people.

This did not prevent controversy around Count Valenhart. Despite his devotion to the One, he had strong opinions about the Oserian Church of the One. He truly believed that the people were more important than the One and that we should first help each other before making time for prayer and worship to the One. He proclaimed an edict that it was the will of the One to help each other. His most famous quote written is ‘Cometh, Reliveth.’, meaning ‘Commit, and Relive.’ With this he says: “When you commit good deeds to others, others will make you relive those good deeds, returning the favor.”.

Sadly, while his popularity grew more and more with the people, his reputation with the other nobles in the Oserian court worsened, as well as with the clergy. His love for the lower class was regarded with hostility with the noble men and women in Oseria, prompting them to commit to his undoing.

Early in 510 A.T. Epifanio was assassinated by a hired crossbowman. A bolt pierced his heart. He died unmarried, and without a legacy. It is debated that his death may have been one of the catalysts leading to the Oserian Peasant Revolt, or that it may have been a consequence of the already ongoing revolts, only worsening the relations and the terror of the situation.


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[A young lovers couple from Dunsgate]

His noble home and community vanished over time. In the year 725 A.T., The Grand Oserian King, together with the Church of Oseria, declared Count Valenhart's day as the day of love, friendship, family, and peace. The tide's had shifted, and Valenhart became a symbol of joy to everyone, including the nobles, who were now of his stature. It became a day of celebration, laid down weapons, and boundless joy for all Oserians. Years later, Count Valentine’s Day became known to all of Esna, finally giving Epifanio a legacy that would last forever.
 
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