In the Northern lake town of Helgard, frost flowers are blooming on the frozen ice. As soon as the temperatures plummet low enough for the lake to “bloom flowers of ice”, the residents throw a large 21 day celebration, ignited by large flares sent up from the guard tower on the west side of town. Once the flares are seen in the night sky, everyone in a thirty mile radius begins journeying to Helgard for the Frost Flower Festival. People bring their best hand-crafted goods and materials, as well as dried fish and jerkies, and preserves from the previous fall’s harvest. Trappers bring their best pelts, and it is during this festival where much of the artisan trade and commerce occurs for the year.