High Seas and Fallen Stars
Beliefs and Superstitions
* If a shark bites a boat and leaves any teeth in the wood, the boat has as many days as there are teeth before falling prey to disaster.
* If you cut your hair while at sea, you will drown before returning to shore. Grooming is seen as an offering to Sune, and the jealous Umberlee will claim the life of the offender.
* No ships set sail on Shieldmeet. Those that do are cursed to drift for years, destined not to reach port until the next Shieldmeet, or they are lost forever.
* Red-haired people bring good luck onto a ship.
* Pouring wine on a ship’s foredeck, the mainmast, and bow ensures a prosperous and safe voyage.
* Keep two dogs on board ship; they keep away the scrags and sea ogresll.
* If a tressym (a winged cat) alights on your mainmast, prepare for three days without wind.
* Figureheads on ships are most often of unclad females of any variety of races, since Deep Sashelas may protect her and the ship that carries from harm during a voyage.
* Dolphins or porpoises swimming alongside a ship are signs of good luck, and it is bad luck to kill one, even for food.
* If you count your catch, you’ll not catch any more fish that day.
* Never curse Umberlee’s name while at sea.
* Temple bells heard while at sea (while passing along a coast, pulling into harbor, etc.) signal the impending death of someone on board.
* Carrying a feather keeps the bearer safe from death by shipwreck.