listen guys listen to me the greenwood elves absolutely had a yearly tradition where one night the people hunt their ruler through the woods with horse and horn and hound. ruler may or may not literally be wearing antlers for this. it’s all very symbolic and tied to the turning of the year and the forest’s acceptance of the elves’ presence and the ruler’s fitness to dominate it. also they totally wouldn’t actually kill the ruler if the ruler didn’t manage to escape the hunt
hahaha! they swear! totally! but for sure everyone would be very uneasy about the kingdom’s fortunes in the coming year and the ruler’s political stability would be pretty shaky and the court would all just. quietly watch. and the ruler had just better make sure they escape better next year. that’s all.