Up and Down Obrexia - The Obrexian Stiltwalkers
Every year a race takes place from the north to the south of Obrexia. Over the course of several weeks, dozens of competitors go from Atoria Hold to Wolfpine on stilts.
This is an Obrex tradition, that is thought to have originally represented the Obrex migration to the peninsula. It goes back to the first Obrex in Obrexia. However, nowadays there are also Daoine competitors, although to a lesser degree.
Competitors will start the journey on the day of the spring equinox. When the competitors pass a village, it is usually during its local spring festivities. Children and adults will line the streets to welcome them into the town, and often times food will be handed out from balconies and windows. Some competitors will decide to join in on the festivities for a while, and some locals may decide to join the race, but they won't be able to win if they haven't completed the whole journey.
Once they reach Wolfpine, it is tradition run into the sea and see who can get the furthest without getting their feet wet. The winner of the race gets given a wreath to carry back to their village, where it is usually hanged on the tallest building.
In the early days of this tradition, the stilts were handheld, but nowadays they tend to attach to the foot and right below the knee. When walking with the stills, they will carry a long cane which they can use to stabilise themselves, move objects down below, or remain still while standing.
The stilts are usually made of a strong wood with few knots, like oak or ash. Short poems are carved into the sides and coloured cloth is placed right under where the feet are held.
The competition is open to everyone, and the atmosphere is very relaxed, if you ever find yourself in Obrexia during spring, give it a try, you might even reach the gates of the first town.