This was an idea that came to me with the most recent model updates – since I took the opportunity to tweak the character design to add greater detail, it felt like it’d be appropriate to actually take the time at some point to show these additions actually being obtained, rather than just sneak or retcon them in like I otherwise tend towards. At the same time, I didn’t want to dedicate too much time to the matter since the main purpose is simply just to sync the visual design with the narrative. This was especially the case for Areen where I felt her gear could only really come from the Order of the Silver Hand, so I both wanted to show her recieving the hammer, but at the same time I didn’t want to end up spending multiple pages trying to write an appropriate ceremony, particularely since the time frame is supposed to imply it’s all done in short order.
I actually went and bothered one of the members of the Silver Hand guild on Earthen Ring for suggestions on what to do with the ceremony, and he too arrived at the same conclusion I did – that the best option was simply to show a few glimpses and then let people work out the details for themselves.
So this is really the whole reason why I gave the two day time frame – I wanted there to be enough time for them to prepare and have things happen, but not so long that they’d have time for an adventure or whatnot to distract them from their course.