Once in each generation, generally every five to seven years, the young adults of the town of Kassen participate in a coming-of-age ritual that recreates the quest of Ekat Kassen and his followers of their journey into the wilderness in defence of their town.
On the late autumn day that marks the anniversary of the day Kassen set out on his last march, the chosen young townsfolk gather in the square and are solemnly sent off with a lantern from Kassen’s Greathall, to light it at the eternal flame in the crypt of the fallen paladin, and bring it back to town to be preserved through the cold winter, a symbol of the town’s history and resilience.
What happens while the fledgling adventurers are away is a secret closely guarded from the younger residents, but when they return a few days later, the town holds a great celebration in their honor, using the fruits of the year’s final harvest. Those who return with the lantern are hailed as the Heroes of Kassen and are henceforth viewed as fully-grown citizens, marking the end of any apprenticeships. The Quest of the Everflame celebration, therefore, is often the background for engagements and weddings, as well as land and business transactions as the heroes prepare to enter adult life.