In the territories of Winter, the Yule festival is an important tradition for the people of the north, who adhere to the old ways of feasts, sacrifices, mead, ale, and blood. In the capital, the holiday has taken on a more secular meaning, although much of the old symbols still remain. For Isblomma, this was her first Yule away from her home in the north, and she found herself missing it terribly. Even Alice discovered the holiday made her feel especially sharply the sting of the loss of her homeland. Their new sisters at Balefire, however, were excited to introduce them to their own traditions.